Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 20

In this episode I talk about why working at a movie store was terrible, more on Quinngate/Gamergate, out of control prices in the retro game market, and more. Check it out here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review of the Week: Mega Man #40

If you haven't already, check out my reviews for parts one, two, and three. Really not a lot happens in this issue. Mega Man and his crew fight the Wily Walker in his time, and X and his friends (some of whom are soon to be enemies) fight it in their time. That's it. Aside from anti-robot terrorist Xander Payne bouncing through the time stream ending up in X's time and then back to his own time just in time to get arrested, there was no actual crossover to this crossover. One interesting thing did happen though, in part 2 when Xander was bouncing around the timeline he witnessed some of the events of the Sonic/Mega Man crossover, making him the only one in the Mega Man universe to have any knowledge that it ever happened due to the fact that all evidence of it was erased by the Genesis Wave at the end of it. The last page of this issue we see Xander drawing this on his cell wall.
Guess we're hinting around to another crossover. I guess that's cool, not like the first one actually mattered to the Mega Man world though, it isn't even remembered by anyone but this guy. This story arch was good, don't get me wrong, and it will make a decent lead in to the Mega Man X title I'm sure they're planning to do. They haven't announced that yet, but this was clearly testing the waters for it. But this failed as a crossover because there was no actual crossover to it. In some ways though this book needs to stop with these sorts of stunts and just get into fleshing out Mega Man's world more before we start doing crossovers out the ass. We're still in Mega Man III territory and this is issue 40. Proto Man is still Break Man.  I love this book, but they need to focus on first things first, and that's introducing more characters from the game and building this world up. All that being said, this is still a damn fun read and easily the best all ages family title on the shelves. So check it out if you haven't.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 19

My latest podcast is up where I talk more about the Zoe Quinn debacle and what it might mean for the future of geek culture, the new project by Davis Aurini and Jordan Owen, and my favorite Sonic game of all time. Check it out here.

Also of note, I did a brief summary of the Zoe Quinn saga as a guest poster on Captain Capitalism's blog. Check it out here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Spider-woman and feminist puritanism.

So the alternate cover for the new Spider-woman #1 has her with her ass up. Most sensible people wouldn't think twice about it. Feminist, however, are having a fit over it. So I had a little video response to their totally not ridiculous complaints. Check it out here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review of the Week: Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1

I picked this up on a whim because the cover caught my eye, not only did it have Wonder Woman fighting Batman villains but Harley Quinn is in her classic pre-New 52 costume. The first story in this anthology book involves Batman taken down by his villains in a Pre-New 52 type world and Oracle calls in Wonder Woman to clean up Gotham which has now been taken over by the villains. The second story is about a boy who loves Wonder Woman and his friends tease him for liking "girl stuff". I'm not even going to dignify that feminist claptrap of a story with any further analysis.

The first story however is good but also really flawed. At the beginning the Batmobile is destroyed and Batman seemingly killed but at the end he is fine with no explanation given. Also Catwoman and Harley Quinn show up just to watch midway through the fight until WW recruits them. The story had an odd feel, everything being so slightly off in characterization I expected it to be a dream at the end. And yet there were a handful of moments that showed a strong understanding of the characters, like at the beginning when they talk about how with Batman villains that "One plus one never equals two" meaning that the fact that they can't cooperate is what keeps them from winning, and this time they have finally managed to overcome that. This story had a lot of strong points, and is worth checking out, but it also at times felt like sloppy story telling, almost fan fiction like in that regard. The second story is preachy crap.

Sadly though, this is still probably better than 90% of what DC puts out these days.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Will the Zoe Quinn debacle get us to finally clean house in geekdom?

By now I have to assume you heard about Zoe Quinn and the 5 Guys saga. The reaction to it has me cautiously optimistic that maybe this will be the beginning of the end for the SJW's stranglehold on geek culture. I made a video talking about it, check it out here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 18

My latest podcast is up. I talk about Bomberman games, cops vs puppies, Eric Holder vs physical fitness, and the whole Zoe Quinn scandal. Check it out here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review of the Week: Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

This actually came out last week but I didn't get my hands on it until this week, and there was really nothing out this week I had anything to say on. The story here starts with Eternity, Infinity, and the Living Tribunal discussing a cosmic change that is about to happen. Then we cut to Thanos in his ship in a half dead state that he put himself in so his soul could roam around as he wishes to investigate the feeling that something is wrong he has been having. He visits the Guardians of the Galaxy to talk to his old nemesis Drax, who from panel to panel keeps shifting from his modern look to his more classic look, although Thanos doesn't seem to notice. Later he goes into Mistress Death's realm to look for answers. He gets a clue from the Infinity Well as well as the soul of Adam Warlock tagging along back to the realm of the living. Warlock makes himself a new body, which keeps shifting from panel to panel from two different looks without anyone noticing. The two further investigate the feeling that something is wrong that they both have and eventually they step outside the universe to some ancient power source/cosmic relic, MacGuffin and they see alternate universe versions of themselves. Each of the pairs has one of the different Warlocks, meaning what we've been seeing this whole time are identical events in two almost identical universes. When both sets return to their universes, they go about fixing the damage to the fabric of reality they were sensing using the power from the MacGuffin. In one reality the universe is remade into a twisted reflection of Warlock's subconscious, in the other, Thanos' subconscious. Eventually they undo the damage by apparently merging the two almost identical universes, with the Thanos from one and the Warlock from another. History has also been altered, at this new version of Warlock only ever had this one costume, which is all anyone but Thanos remembers. Also, notice how Thanos basically calls Warlock a fag here.
Warlock was a "dandy", I love it. Anyways Warlock leaves to go do Warlock stuff and Mistress Death shows up and is all over Thanos suddenly.

Jim Starlin on Thanos is always a treat. Slarlin's various Infinity stories have all been amazing, except for Crusade, which was just him bitching about how he dislikes religious. One of my biggest problems with Infinity Gauntlet was that if failed as a "Secret Wars" type crossover, since despite how many guest stars it had, it was the Thanos and Warlock show. This embraces that and focuses almost entirely on those two and their odd friendship/rivalry/hatred/bromance. I also loved how Starlin took stabs at some recent Thanos stories by other writers. As Thanos thinks about what is off about the fabric of reality and how it has effected him he comments that even he doesn't understand some of his recent behavior.

Really I have very few complaints about this hardcover, aside from the fact that it is a hardcover. Why not just a trade Marvel? Do you really need to screw me out of that extra $5 or so? Still, this was worth it, so if you're a Thanos fan, and who isn't these days, check this out.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Too many honkies in Guardians of the Galaxy?

Managing Editor of Comic Book Resources Albert Ching really loved Guardians of the Galaxy, he just wished it wasn't starring a white guy. And somehow people got upset with him for that. I did a short video on the subject, check it out here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review of the Week: Superior Spider-man #32

Spider-verse kicks off by bringing back Superior Spider-man for another issue. This story features an alternate universe version of Superior Spider-man who gets trapped in the year 2099 during that the events of Superior Spider-man 19. Eventually Ock-Spidey builds himself a time machine but when he goes back he finds himself in another alternate timeline looking at a dead Spider-man. He does this several times, until we eventually see him in the timeline of Spider-man:India in time to save him from Morlune, who has been killing Spider-men across the multiverse. He recruits Spider-man: India to his growing league of Spider-men.

This was an absolutely fantastic start to this arch. The various alternate timelines we see are interesting nods to past stories, and even Ock-Spidey's time in 2099 is cool as we see him fight a couple of 2099 villains. I am really looking forward to seeing where things go with this story, and it was nice to see Spider-man: India used again. I give this story 5 alternate web slingers out of 5.

Gambling is not a sin.

Over and over again I hear Chruchianity leaders talk about how gambling is a sin. I have even heard it from my former pastor at the pulpit. But the simple fact of the matter is, while Evangelical culture may teach that gambling is a sin, the Bible however does not. So I talked about this more in a little video. Check it out here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to solve the welfare problem.

I did a quick little video on how to solve the welfare problem. It's a humble little proposal that would phase it out in a couple of generations. It would have a couple of odd coalitions on both sides of the debate were it actually proposed in congress. Check out the full video here.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The futility of modern mission trips.

I did a little video on modern mission trips and how pointless they are. What does sending a bunch of teenage girls to the third world actually accomplish? Check it out here.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 17

Indie game developer Jennifer D'aww stopped by once again to chat about the video game industry and Geeks for CONsent. Check it out here