Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Sunday Review

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Feb 18th
  • Justice League #39 - A lot more Aquaman in this issue than in previous ones in the storyline, but he's mostly mind-controlled throughout. Oh well, can't win 'em all!
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #39 - Um. I'm already not a big fan of Kyle, why would I care if there's two of him?
  • Multiversity Mastermen #1 - Ooooh, Underwaterman... very Germanic for an Elseworld. Oh, yeah, the rest of the story was ok, too.
  • Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #8 - Luthor's going to be a problem, isn't he?
  • Teen Titans Go #8 - Valentines Day tale... meh. Immersive TV tale has two fun bits: an Aquaman appearance and a tribute to Doctor Who. Whee!
  • Fables #149 - Wow. I really don't like the ending to that flashback. However, I really enjoyed the final tale of Briar Rose.
  • Doctor Who 10th #7 - This issue is a bit better than the last one. Easier to figure out what was happening, for one. But it actually makes the angels more terrifying than they were in Blink.
  • Twilight Zone #12 - Holy carp on a stick. This was... this was really really good. I got chills reading it... entirely because of the issues that came before. In short, the whole series was a single very long story. And it turned out to be a pretty good one.
  • Peanuts V2 #25 - This is a change in format, with a single long plotline of Charlie Brown and Snoopy going to camp. It's ok, but not great. I prefer the shorter tales mixed with classic strips.

Fortean Times #321
Fortean Times #321 (December 2014). All three main stories are on the cover topic, which is not something I'm particularly interested in: fairies. Still, the second piece is eyewitness accounts of fairies, and frankly this magazine seems to be best when it's people telling stories about things they've experienced, even fairies. And one of the subjects is a fairy census, in which people are currently being asked to tell about their own run-ins with fairies, at The survey is being conducted by the subject of the first story, The Fairy Investigation Society, which was founded about 1927 and was relaunched as a website in 2013 after people interested in it couldn't find any members of the original group. The second story recounts some of the stories collected in the first survey, which happened in 1955. The third story is about fairy music, which I admit to liking a little more because of supernatural music is just cool.

Strangedays has news of mysterious and creepy clowns scaring people, ebola fears, Ig Nobel prize winners, a kid with an extra row of teeth, witches and a two-headed dolphin. Science tackles the Death Valley Erratics and how the mystery of the moving rocks was finally solved. Ghostwatch is about small hauntings. Archaeology is about cave paintings and roman toilet seats. Classical Corner covers ancient recipes. Alien Zoo looks at ancient Incan rodents once thought to be extinct along with creatures reclassified as their own species after further study.

Fairies, Folklore and Forteana is about the fairy census and urges people to participate in the new one. The UFO files talks about hoaxes and drones, and also the "Oz Factor" and how it might contribute to UFO sightings (and yes, the article is written by Jenny Randles, who coined the term). The First Forteans goes into pacifism, socialism and the roots of science fiction fandom in Britain during WWII. Phenomenomix is about the feud between Carl Gustav Jung and Sigmund Freud... caused by Jung's fascination with the occult.

The Illustrated Police News is all about suicide jumpers from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, including a woman who survived due to her skirts making a sort of parachute that slowed her down enough that the plunge into the mud didn't kill her. She lived to be 84 years old, a testament to not trying suicide in the first place.

The Forum has some good pieces: the first is about the return of the bogus social workers and whether or not they are an urban legend, the second is about a frightening condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome that results in visual hallucinations for people who are losing their sight and the final piece is about false flag operations from history.

Reviews are still going through a not-as-nasty-as-I-like-'em phase, but there's some good stuff in here. Comparing Religions by Jeffrey J. Kripal sounds interesting, and gets a rare perfect 10 rating. Nothing else made my wishlist, but some of the reviews were worth the read. I enjoyed the letters, as usual. Some good stuff from the readers of FT. All-in-all, not my favorite topic for the theme of this month's issue, but still very readable and enjoyable.