Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Young Justice: "Salvage" - So, Roy is out and about searching, but some of the stuff that was foreshadowed in the show and shown in the comics has come to pass. Impressive stuff in this one for all the relationship reveals, if nothing else.
  • Young Justice: "Beneath" - The abductions don't make physical sense, being geographically so far from Bialya, although the boom tube tech suggests that transportation isn't a huge issue. Still. A lot more on Blue Beetle in this one, but Wonder Girl is annoying.
  • Young Justice: "Bloodlines" - Oh wow. That's something you don't see every day. But what a way to bring Impulse into the universe. Wow. I do seem to say "wow" a lot with this show. Interesting B-plot as well.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jan 23rd
  • The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West Ongoing #3 - The field mice are freaking awesome, the wheelers are terrifying (they've always been creepy, these are scary) and the story... well, I'm really interested to see where it goes. This is a fun book, if strange.
  • Steed and Mrs Peel Ongoing #4 - I love how Mrs. Peel snaps the orchestra out of the trance. Having done the same thing on a very similar instrument, I can say it's satisfying and loud.
  • Justice League #16 - Why would Dr. Shin be of any value when Vulko is there? I don't like how the league just dismisses Aquaman in this. They don't trust their teammate, even when he's got a magic lasso wrapped around him. Blah.
  • Green Lantern #16 - So, Baz gets his formal intro to the Green Lantern Corps from a giant squirrel. There are worse possible mentors. Guy for instance...
  • Green Lantern Corps #16 - And speaking of, there's Guy! And there goes Guy... I was amused at Guy's suggested that Baz's tattoo should have been the Cowardly Lion. heh.
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #16 - Hey, the White Lantern has shown up! That must mean this whole big crossover event thing is almost done, right? Right?!?
  • JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skill #2 - I still don't know what is happening here.
  • Young Justice #24 - I'm just not really impressed. Maybe I need to watch the rest of the episodes of the show. But I'm still not sure I'd like it. Not without Aqualad.
  • Fables #125 - A car that runs on blood is bad enough, but it also will revert back to being an evil witch after so many trips? Yuck. I'd rather not drive that thing, myself.
  • Saucer Country #11 - A very interesting tale of childhood, but I'm still not sure what is going on with the aliens in this book.
  • Peanuts V2 #5 - I never thought I'd enjoy non Schulz Peanuts much, but these are ok. So far none rise to the level of classic, but some of the new stuff has gotten pretty close.

Fortean Times #286
Fortean Times #286 (May 2012). Wow I like this cover. I've always been a sucker for Egyptian-themed stuff, and this just resonates with me for some reason. The cover story does a good job of covering the history of cynocephali (dog-headed races) from rock art to UFOs and modern werewolf tales.

Another article, first of two parts, asks if humans are wired to believe in God. It comes to an interesting conclusion about the human brain and the pathways that religious experiences tend to travel. Another article talks about coincidence and the subversive idea that everything is linked.

Strangedays is the usual with a great set of Fortean Follow-ups that includes DNA results from a potential big cat attack in England. I was sadly amused at the report on the brawl at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem between the two sects of Christianity that administer the site. There's a 2012 watch section that talks about people preparing for doomsday and other people profiting off those folks.

Science postulates on attempts to erase people's memories, particularly experiments possibly conducted by the CIA in the 1950s. Ghostwatch is about interactive ghosts, who show people around houses, mostly. Konspiracy Korner has a splendid conspiracy about Obama being part of a group of people who teleported to Mars when he was younger. Not sure what to make of this except it's supposedly NOT the Onion.

Alien Zoo talks about Loren Coleman's museum, a giant sponge and megamouth sharks. Archaeology has a lot of different bits in it this month, nothing that jumps out at me. Classical Corner is about Byzantium and its passions. Fortean Traveller visits the Palais Ideal, created by a rural French postman. You really need to see the pictures and read the backstory to understand why it's Fortean, but it really is.

The UFO Files is about the Solway Spaceman, a thing I'd heard of before I really started to read Fortean topics, but had never known what it was called. Short story, guy takes a picture of his young daughter holding flowers in 1964, when the film is developed, there appears to be a spacesuit standing behind her. This article talks about what happened after the guy reported the incident.

Blasts from the Past has an 1898 case from Texas of lights in the sky, fireballs and ghosts. The Fortean Bureau of Investigation is about Rupert Sheldrake and what is wrong with science in the modern world.

The Forum has an article about shape-shifting ghosts and an article about a frighteningly Fortean "suicide" that probably would never get reported in regular papers because the circumstances were so bizarre. A book in the Reviews section gets a very rare "0" for a rating, which always means the review is going to be entertaining reading. Letters were good, overall a strong issue.