TV Shows I Love: Luke Cage

The latest in an awesome line of Marvel-Netflix collaborations dropped on Friday and I have devoured the show, mostly thanks to obsessed friends who wanted to binge on it and also thanks to a weekend with very little in the way of plans. We started watching early Saturday and then finished up at 1am this morning, with interruptions for sleep, food, shopping, and gaming. So, what did I think of it?

It was an impressive use of a diverse cast and I wish that such casting was less of an exception to the status quo. I’m white, but damn am I tired of seeing shows full of pasty white people when there are so many ethnicities that are underrepresented. Luke Cage, which is set in Harlem, is blissfully free of more than a few token white people and I love that. Mike Coulter is amazing as Luke Cage. His presence is like a wall, strong and powerful, just like the character is supposed to be. You can bash yourself against that wall all you want, but it won’t move and it won’t break. Rosario Dawson is brilliant and a sweetheart as Claire Temple. She’s definitely my favorite female character, though the side character Aisha came across strongly for me. I could see Aisha dawning spandex to fight crime with a baseball bat, being as bad-ass as anyone else on the streets. read more

Kickstarting All the Gay

My IRL friends are all very much aware that I have a bit of a Kickstarter habit. For those not aware, Kickstarter is a site that lets you crowdfund projects—from games to books and comics to technology to clothing and everything in between that ends in a product. To date, I’ve backed over 150 projects (not all of which were successful) which has earned me the profile badge of “superbacker” though really that should say “person who has too much disposable income”. Kickstarter recently released a new feature which I and other backers have been clamoring for: a way to follow creators so that you can keep updated on future products. This is especially important when you’re backing someone who’s releasing several volumes of a comic since they have to go send an update to backers of the old project (say, volume 1) when their new project launches (volume 2, etc), and not everyone remembers to do that. It’s a lose-lose scenario that has since been fixed. read more

Movies I Love: Suicide Squad

I’ve been hearing a lot of negative reviews about Suicide Squad. I haven’t actually read the reviews because I generally don’t. I know Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 38% in their critical reviews and I have to wonder if they watched the same movie I did. Obviously, like the title of the post says, I loved the movie. I thought it was an uncharacteristic success for DC in terms of comic book movies and they did right by one of my all-time favorite characters, Harley Quinn.

For those unfamiliar with the premise of Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller, a high-ranking government agency, puts together a team of supervillains who have been captured or incarcerated, sticks mini bombs in their necks so they’ll behave or be blown up, and then sends them on missions against other metahumans that have a high likelihood of getting them killed. As you might have guessed it from the mini bombs mention, Amanda Waller is the queen of Not A Good Person. She’s ruthless and has little regard for human life if it doesn’t suit her needs. She’s actually more of a villain than the villains she controls. In the comics, she’s actually the cause of a lot of bad things that happen in the DC universe. read more

Comics I Love: Noisome (Possibly 18+)

Website: http://noisome.smackjeeves.com/
Creator: tatouji – Facebook
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tatouji

Noisome is just getting started but it’s pretty interesting so far. It’s available in both English and Spanish.

Coen is a psychiatrist who gets too wrapped up in his patients. Noi is a writer with psychological issues, namely that he can’t stand being around most people. They become roommates. …and that’s all that’s happened so far.

I’m really interested in the characters. Both Coen and Noi have friends that are sounding boards. Noi’s friend Bibi comes off as a bit of a caretaker for Noi. He’s definitely used to Noi’s peculiarities and up on the hidden idiosyncrasies and secrets that have yet to be fully revealed. Coen’s unnamed friend seems viciously blunt and hints at something dire happening if Coen doesn’t get—and keep—a roommate for his massive house. Apparently Coen has “ridiculously high standards” about who he lives with, but Noi seems to be fitting in where others haven’t. For starters, Coen’s cat takes to Noi instantly, which is unusual for the cat. (It’s a really cute cat!) read more

Comics I Love: Victim. Gate of Spirits (18+)

Website: http://victim.smackjeeves.com/
Creator: Lina and Corey
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/zccoffee

I know the title implies it, but I FUCKING LOVE THIS COMIC.

Victim. Gate of Spirits is a fantasy comic set in a world where magical creatures roam the swamps. Unfortunately, most of those creatures are dangerous. Ivo’s swamp village is under attack by undead creature coming out of the depths of the swamps and the attacks keep getting worse with every new attack. Most of the village’s warriors are away, but Ivo’s skilled enough to hold his own. Ivo volunteers to go out with two other warriors to search for the source of the attacks. Ivo gets split from the others and ends up poisoned by an “Ancient”. Thankfully, Ivo’s long-lost friend Dragosh shows up in the nick of time to save him! read more