Sunday, February 21, 2016

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:
  • Jan 13th
  • Green Lantern Corps: The Edge of Oblivion #1 - It's lanterns at the end of the universe. Fun fun fun.
  • Earth 2 Society #8 - Welcome to the new world, same as the old one? Problems crop up when people get together. It's human nature. This book depresses me.
  • Batman '66 Meets the Man From UNCLE #2 - Nicely plotted, although I still am a bit clueless about half the crossover. The suspicions are lovely and so perfect for these characters. Loving it!
  • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 - Oooh, the plot thickens quite nicely as a time limit is put on the good guys. I'm really enjoying this crossover. Of course, now I want pizza...
  • Back to the Future #4 - Two fun little tales, one of Doc and Marty's past and one showing how Doc got his car converted so it could fly. Cute stories with some nice nods to continuity.
  • Doctor Who 8th #3 - Very creepy. Reflections always lead to strange thoughts, and this story is definitely a strange one.
  • Rebels #10 - A brutal done-in-one about a conscript in the British army and how he ended up in the colonies.
  • Huck #3 - You can't help but like Huck, he's a kind man who wants to help. I love what he did for the guys who talked with him outside the hotel. But the cliffhanger is a little worrisome. What's going to happen to him?
  • Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #4 - And the story moves along with the bee attack. I thought that was after she met the Wizard, but then this isn't exactly the same tale.
  • Spongebob Comics #52 - Wow, that was typically Spongebob.

Fortean Times #332
Fortean Times #332 (October 2015). A bit of a jumble of a cover, especially since I haven't seen all of Kubrick's films, so the images didn't really connect with me. The cover story itself was a fun look at one of the most bizarre conspiracy theories I've seen in a long time. I mean, some of the zingers I've read about are impressive, but this one might just take the cake. Of course, it's one of those that if you then sit back and think about it... well, I won't say it makes sense, but it holds together considerably better than some.

The second main article is about mermaids, and it's a pretty good overview of the history of their perception in culture. It's not comprehensive, but it's a nice overview. The last main article is about food in alien encounters, from UFOs to bigfoot to fairies to manna from heaven. I hadn't heard of many of the incidents, but they were... tasty.

Strangedays started with a lost Nazi hoard, and continues to Bangkok ghosts and Mormon history. There's a piece on French robberies supposedly pulled off by gassing the folks in the home unconscious. Medical bag is gross beyond words, and a further section on cannibals is equally gross. The Fortean follow-ups were good, as usual.

Science is about the initial scientific studies of the EmDrive, which are showing more promise than expected for a closed system. In short, an EmDrive is "a sealed cavity in the shape of a truncated cone filled with resonant microwaves shuttling back and forth." It shouldn't be able to produce thrust, but tests are showing it is... so is there something to it, or are the experiments flawed?

I liked the golden tales in Archaeology. Classical corner is about ancient magic, while Ghostwatch is about haunted buildings not wanting to be renovated and falling down instead. Alien Zoo talks about how Egyptian jackals are actually wolves, which means Anubis is wolf-headed, not jackal-headed. Mythconceptions tackles the fact that bloody steaks actually don't have blood in them... it's myoglobin mixed with water.

Blasts from the Past had a good piece on "night doctors" who supposedly killed people, mostly black people, on the streets at night for medical students to dissect. Strange Statesmen looks at a Scottish politician who believed the Scots were the descendants of Atlanteans... no reference to Aquaman, though. I'm curious about the books discussed in the Fortean Library feature, but I don't know if I'll ever get them.

The Forum has an article about ... well, cannibalism. I guess this issue is just determined to gross me out. The second forum article is about studies done on twin telepathy, and the hope that scientists will get over their skepticism long enough to actually study the phenomena properly, since the studies done so far have been limited. The final forum article is about Spartacus, and is a little short. There's a great piece in there, but it fails to explore the topic deeply enough.

The Reviews feature two perfect 10 scores, very unusual. The first is for the new Michael Moorcock book, "The Whispering Swarm" and the second is for a 1961 movie, "The Day the Earth Caught Fire" which recently had a DVD release. The rest of the reviews were solid, as well. The letters are also good, including a comprehensive rebuttal of the Yew article in issue #330, mostly pertaining to determining the ages of yew trees. All-in-all, a solid issue of the magazine. Despite the cannabalism.