May 5th, 2014

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08:38 am
The last several days have been a blur of work. I had too much to do to be able to help entertain our house guest from Britain. However, here and there I've had the chance to burn through the pile of comics that has been growing for on the order of a year.

I start with Bushido: The Way of the Warrior #3, 4, 5; this completes the story, and I can't believe I bothered to read it. It looks like they were setting the stage to have a samurai/vampire/good guy acting as ronin and wandering the Earth to right wrongs. Wrong. If I see such a book, I will avoid it.

Next was Protectors, Inc #1. This is a book written by JMS, and that's what originally caught my eye; unfortunately I missed the next several releases, and the comic shop didn't pull it for me, so I'm trying to find issues 2 & 3 to continue the saga. It deals with a new twist on superheroes, in which they've unionized. Really strange, and I can't wait to find #2 to continue reading it.

Then, The Sandman: Overture #1, 2 and The Sandman: Overture Special Edition #1; revisiting the classic Sandman works in a fascinating way. I'm enjoying this one, the only problem being how rarely it gets new releases.

Next title is Letter 44 #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; this series is a story about how we've noticed alien activity in the Asteroid Belt, and it deals with the White House coping with this while keeping it secret from the world, and a spacecraft sent out to investigate, again completely secretly. The storyline hops back and forth between Earth/Washington DC and the investigating ship. Very cool series; very gritty; almost believeable. Worth reading...

Speaking of Sandman, BTW, I recall certain characters that popped up when I read those comics back in the day, i.e. Dead Boy Detectives. I've read #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the books are pretty good. Better than some of the previous titles, not as good as others. It's about two pre-teens who are killed in a British boarding school at widely different times in history who haunt and solve mysteries.

A couple of other titles that I'm keeping pace with includes Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4 which scratches my itch to see more Firefly-related material and in a good way, while Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station #2 gives me a picture to look at as I recall the book from which it is based by David Weber. I look forward to more of each.

I should be off call tonight. I intend to crack open a bottle of wine as soon as I can get home, whatever time that will be...

(Speak, or forever hold your peace)

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco...

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