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Thursday, July 31, 2008

More DC Universe Online news!

Man, I'm as green as the Hulk is right now with envy at how lucky Americans are to have the San Diego Comic Con.

I'll provide my own thoughts into that, and if we'll ever have something as big as that here in the Philippines, later, as I point out this interesting tidbit about the upcoming MMORPG, DC Universe Online. (No, you are not dreaming, and yes, you and I have the same dreams as I do, so we're probably soulmates. But yeah...if there's anything that will get me to play MMORPGs again...it will be DC freaking Universe Online!)

Read about Jim Lee and Wildstorm Productions' presentation of concept art and screenshots of the game at the San Diego Comic Con, in this article courtesy of Comic Book Resources.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

4 ON THE FLOOR Week 3: What are friends are for?!

4 ON THE FLOOR is a weekly look at the history of the Dark Lich's blog, what's happened since then, and whether people still read his blog. All of it in celebration of the 4th anniversary of Think Happy Thoughts.


Ever fall in love with your friend?

It could be a girl friend (or even a boy friend if you’re also a boy, I don’t discriminate) of yours that you’ve hung out for a while. It could be a neighbor, a classmate or a pen pal. It starts out okay…friends take care of each other right? The lunch outs, the calls late at night when their boyfriend’s a dick…then slowly but surely, the pats on the back and the arm-in-arm walking and the calls late at night take on a whole new meaning.

That’s what happened to me after the nigh-embarrassing moments I recalled with you in the last 4 ON THE FLOOR. My psyche, while healing, was still pretty weak, so it reached out to the first person that treated me better than the last one. And it just so happened it was my friend.

The fact that she’s a best friend with the girl I first courted and failed at didn’t help matters, but I didn’t care. Here was a girl who didn’t treat me like shit and was really nice to me. A pretty straightforward person as I recall, as I’ve had enough of the weird ones. She was a friend to me, and we watched each other's back. But then I found myself waiting at the window of the bus to Lucban hoping to catch a glimpse of her house and looking for hidden meanings behind her “I miss you”s and trying to find hidden agendas behind her niceness.

I was in love. With my friend. The worst and the best scenario for love, depending on whom you’re asking.

I drove myself crazy for weeks thinking of how to tell her. It's like a texbook case, right? The set up was perfect! I imagined it being absolutely awesome with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye, and holding my hand as she said the magic words…

Except she didn’t. Needless to say it really doesn’t work out the way you plan it to be.

And I went home alone that day.

But for some strange reason I didn’t run away like a complete sissy after that rejection. I didn’t feel sad or torn or whatever…I felt free. Instead of crying my eyes out till they bled before I slept, I wept for a couple of minutes then went back to whatever it is I’d rather be doing.

I learned an important lesson that day…a lesson I carry until now. I didn’t cry simply because what I felt wasn’t real. My immature mind latched onto her affection and caring and attached meanings to them that weren’t really there. It was infatuation, plain and simple, and once again I’m glad that I learned it from her.

Right now she’s leading her own life…I don’t know if she’s already in a relationship or if she’s still not ready to have one. All I can say is that I hope she finds someone who’s worth it, and hopefully not as dumb as I was!

But did my fascination with the ‘friends or lovers’ mentality stop there? And did I ever see myself making money or becoming famous with whatever shit I wrote in this blog? You’ll probably find out in the next installment of 4 ON THE FLOOR, our road to the 4th anniversary of Think Happy Thoughts!

I bet most of you can relate with what I wrote just now. Let’s talk it over until the next installment comes in! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My Week in Comics: July 27, 2008

No My Week in Comics this week, as my pull list is empty. Thank God for small mercies then, right? Anyway, I'll just tell ya what I think about the books I wanted to pull but can't, and why reviews are actually pretty helpful.

UNCANNY X-MEN #500 was one of the titles I was supposed to pull, if not for the novelty, but for the promise of gorgeous Terry Dodson art inside (along with a couple of Greg Land thrown in). It came in no less than 4 different covers, each showcasing a different superstar artist. There's Dodson and Land doing covers, but it also had a cool Alex Ross alternate cover, and one made by the late great Michael Turner.

I was pretty excited to get it, even if just for Dodson, but when I saw the prices for the alternate covers, his was priced at a whopping P1,000! That's more than what I pay in a month for comics...for just one issue! I love you, Dodson, I really do, but if your alternate cover is seeded as 1 in 30 copies and is worth that much...brother takes care of his own first, sorry.

I know, denying myself comics due to financial incapacities is a pretty shit weak reason but hey, at least I got reviews to make me feel like I read the thing and give me enjoyment!

Or not.

I read reviews from a lot of sites, but mostly I read reviews from sites I know, like Comic Book Resources. Most of the stuff there come from people who really love comics (sometimes too much...yeesh) and not some armchair critic who just read select few comics and then think they know everything about the comic industry already.

Wait, did I just incriminate myself?

Anyway, the reviews stated Uncanny as a fresh start of the flagship mutant title, and while a few others thought it's a pile of crap, Greg McElhatton's review at CBR was done so well that I'm second guessing my decision to not pull this.

Some people dismiss reviews as hokey crap done by people without anything better to do, but I believe reviews can actually be pretty helpful. I know I check reviews before buying a comic book or watching a movie I did not have a pre-vested interest in. If 90% of reviews say something's crap, while it can be taken with a grain of salt, chances are it probably is. Although I do not get why Spider-Man 3 got all the positive reviews it got...maybe that's one point against reviews, isn't it? I loved the first two Spider-Man movies, but hot fiddly damn, if that last installment wasn't a loosely-plotted disaster.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

So now I'm thinking if I should pull Uncanny X-Men #500 at a later date, and making do with the normally priced Alex Ross or Greg Land covers...and if I should follow my heart and pick up Christos Gage's start at Thunderbolts and confirm my continuing man crush (or "bromance" as Joss Whedon corrected once) on that silly man.

Man...did I just review reviews? Head hurts. But that's how I think of them. If you think otherwise, leave a little comment and let's talk about it!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

MOVIE NEWS: Witchblade teaser poster released!

In case your heads haven't had their share of explosions this week....


Booyah!

Never has a picture of a naked woman with an ancient weapon of death and destruction on her looked this damn good. Ever.

For more info on this poster, visit the Comic Book Resources article here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

4 ON THE FLOOR Week 2: Feline

4 ON THE FLOOR is a weekly look at the history of the Dark Lich's blog, what's happened since then, and whether people still read his blog. All of it in celebration of the 4th anniversary of Think Happy Thoughts.


Aah…2005. I don’t think I’ve ever had a year quite like it, and I don’t think I will ever have a year quite like it.

My best mates have already graduated at this point, leaving me behind to pay for my academic mistakes. Without their down-to-earth guidance, I became a loner and went all emo about myself. Not something to be proud of, I agree, but better it happened then than it happening now!

I seriously cannot imagine myself 3 years ago writing the sort of shit I wrote. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually pretty proud of those snippets of heartbreak-induced genius, but these days I sort of avoid reading them aloud…for the emotions instilled into those writings were so real, so vivid. They’re so moving, that I dare anyone to read it and not have it tug a familiar heart string or two.

The lady I’ve fawned over for 2 years has rejected me at this point, and I broke her apart in this very blog, cursing her name to high heaven and at the same time rationalizing and romanticizing our nonexistent relationship with each other. I’ve overdosed, I’ve unlearned, and I’ve been tired. And I told myself that it would be the last. And guess what? It was definitely the last time I ever mentioned her here (apart from this blog post, of course.)

So what happened to her? Well, she now has a boyfriend, and she works at the same building I work in (isn’t that, like, karmic or something?). And these days I don’t get sick to my stomach in utter revulsion or plain wussy fear whenever I talk to her. We say hi, we even engage in small talk at the cafeteria line when we catch each other there. It’s all because I’ve made a certain commitment to not hold on to past grudges with the women who’ve scorned me. Laugh all you want but that’s just how I roll now. Hers was a major bridge I burned back then, and while it will take a long while to rebuild (if it will be at all), at least my emotional baggage with her is now gone.

But did I ever find love again after her? And what sort of blogger posts just one or two posts per month?! All will be revealed in the next installment of 4 ON THE FLOOR, our road to the 4th anniversary of Think Happy Thoughts!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 21, 2008

D&D Miniatures Starter Set now here in Manila!

Okay, so I found out when I went to Galleria last week that a Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Starter Set has finally arrived at Neutral Grounds. I admit, I let out a high-pitched squeal of geek joy upon knowing that I finally have a chance to get the new rules of the D&D Miniatures game.

So, I caved in and went to Trinoma this morning and got myself a starter. Speaking of caving in, I also bought a booster of Dungeons of Dread, cursing myself and my shit weak will.

It’s weird that I got all of these just now, considering that Dungeons of Dread and its accompanying Starter Set came out months ago (the first week of April to be exact). I don’t know the story, nor do I care, for I am now in possession of the latest Starter Set for this amazing game.

The packaging is actually pretty good. So good that I was seriously considering not opening it at all! All the figures can be seen clearly in the huge plastic bubble in front. And check out that awesome d20 in the middle! And it’s in my absolute favorite color! It’s fate, I tell you!

Not only that, I also got a free carrying case with my Starter purchase! It’s even got a slammin’ D&D logo up front!


Now that’s cool.

Anyway, inside the starter was all the stuff I need to begin playing: A rulebook, damage counters, character cards and two double-sided maps (the old starters only had map tiles that were confusing as hell to lay out, so this was a welcome change). The figs were in good shape, and have awesome sculpts (my Heroclix figs are pretty jealous right about now…maybe that’s why I’m losing games so much?). The Young Green Dragon in particular is amazing, with his chest scales painted one by one!

The new rules that govern the D&D Miniatures began with this Starter, so it was important that I got this version. But what that also means is that all the rules that the old figs used, along with the stats and powers in their character cards, are now obsolete. Funny isn’t it? Thankfully Wizards got around that by making updated character cards that now use the new rules for old sets, and offering them as free downloads on their website.

They’re working their way backwards from this latest set, and right now have completed updated character cards up to Unhallowed. After downloading the new cards, you can print them out and proxy them for real cards during tournaments. A minor inconvenience, but I’m willing to spend some printing moolah just to have my Shadowbane Inquisitor and Greater Barghest go toe-to-toe with the new figs!

Now, since I got a starter with the new rules, I figured why not get a booster of a latest set to see how it goes?

Nah, that wasn’t how it went. It was a battle of wills, with Will finally kicking the shit out of me and taking my money to buy a booster of Dungeons of Dread.

It wasn’t that bad (yes, that’s me rationalizing my purchase). Notable pulls include a Gnoll Marauder, a gargoyle, a Shade Knight, and my rare…a giant Ettin Jack-of-Irons. An ugly two-headed giant wasn’t my idea of a good rare, but hey, I’ll take any rare any day.

Oh, and did I mention the latest set, Against the Giants, is already here too? You are assured one Huge fig with every purchase, but it costs as much as a Starter.

The Starter cost P1, 100, which is surprising considering that a usual Heroclix starter set costs P1, 500 and up, and you get a chance to get fugly sculpts and what not. But I guess its okay since the D & D sculpts are smaller and have no dials or loose/separate elements to worry about mismatching. The Dungeons of Dread booster stays at the usual P750, so I guess for all the loot I got, including the sweet carrying case, it was worth it.

Now to find another player willing to play with me…

Saturday, July 19, 2008

My Week In Comics: July 19, 2008

It's a pretty light week in comics for me, which is good since I'm also operating under a pretty light salary. :) A bit bad too since now I only have a few new stuff to read. Well, this week it's really fewer, as I dealt with one awesome issue, a lukewarm one, and one that's completely...meh.

IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #31

The second issue of IRON MAN's Knauf-less run, as we return to Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. up to their asses in trouble with a giant growing computer brain wanting to destroy everything, and while Iron Man is at the mercy of an upgraded Paladin, Dum-Dum Dugan unleashes what he thinks are the only people that can take on that giant death-machine...TIM DUGAN'S FLYING COMMANDOS!

Seriously, if he thinks a couple of guys in green suits with jetpacks packing Uzis can take on a giant fucking computer brain that can destroy enemy systems, then the Skrulls are seriously being overestimated by that thought alone.

Anyway, it's not without a few badass moments, as the aforementioned Paladin learns about Extremis the hard way, and Iron Man confronts the giant computer brain (it's stuck in my head now) like only he can. Unfortunately, we get a feeling that it's 'been there, done that' and writer Stuart Moore isn't pushing any envelopes so far. But then again, He's been here only since, what, issue 27? I can still cut him some slack, but at least the level of iron action here is satisfactory.

I say, to people picking this up, to continue doing so as Moore and co. are doing a fine job so far. And to the people who aren't picking this up, to give it a worthy try.

My Rating: 7.5/10 for the return of Adi Granov doing his absolutely stunning covers.


INCREDIBLE HERCULES # 119 (Secret Invasion Tie-In)


















The God Squad deals with a Skrull in their midst, and we get a god-to-god mega-brawl of mythical proportions as Herc and company face the wrath of the gods of 900+ dead civilizations!

Greg Pak continues to make me smile with his unique recap page, which makes you want to read it from cover to cover! Herc and Snowbird are shown contemplating what to do after their little horizontal dance, and its funny how Herc sounds like a whiny bitch ashamed of letting people know he scored. :) But all is not well in God land, as we see how Skrulls have infiltrated their number...and its the one you least expect.

I still can't believe Pak can generate this level of genius after his absolutely disappointing work in World War Hulk...it's like a different person writing this! But hey, the level of action never tapers off. That, and we got a shot of the Skrull queen looking smokin' hot. We got ourselves a winner.

My Rating: 8.5/10


MIGHTY AVENGERS #16 (Secret Invasion Tie-In)

















A done-in-one issue showing what led to the events of Elektra becoming, living, and eventually dying a Skrull. Elektra kicks Skrull ass like you won't believe. Not much dialogue, but its got a lot of Elektra action which everybody seems to like. Not me though, and I didn't want to shell out P150 for a 24 page, 5 minute read. But I did, so I'm paying for it.

I'm sorta bummed that one of my favorite series is reduced to a flashback rag. I can't wait for Secret Invasion to be over.

My Rating: 5/10


So what's the verdict? Well, one is god-ly good, one is bearable, and one went over my head faster than a shot from a jumpy, cross-eyed William Tell. I don't know what to make of it, but unless you're a completionist, I humbly suggest just going for the first two books reviewed.

Thanks for reading!

MY VERY FIRST d20

Finally...after years of denying myself the urge to be a part of the collective...I present to you...

My very first d20 die.

I am now a complete geek. Feel my chaotic neutral power!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

4 ON THE FLOOR Week 1: It's big, it's heavy, it's WOOD!

4 ON THE FLOOR is a weekly look at the history of the Dark Lich's blog, what's happened since then, and whether people still read his blog. All of it in celebration of the 4th anniversary of Think Happy Thoughts.


I just realized something.

These days, the blogs that people read and love the most are the ones NOT about the person writing them, or at least where the writer is popular enough that their blogs don’t even NEED to be about themselves.

Take Chris Sims and his blog, the-isb.com. It’s about him in a sick and twisted sort of way, but it’s really about comics and his absolutely hilarious thoughts about them. BoingBoing.net, supposedly the most popular blog in the whole freaking world according to Technorati, is a blog about cultural curiosities. Who wants to read about that, right? Right?

It used to be that blogs were actually what its shortened name is…a web log, an online diary of a person where they spill their guts out to a wider audience or to people who might even care. It’s that sort of attention pandering and sense of entitlement that blogs originated. Not to say that all people used and started blogs this way, but by God if it that wasn’t the reason I started mine.

I started this blog with me dreaming of hundreds of people reading about my sob stories and pseudo-comical musings and becoming famous because of it. My life is so horribly interesting, I probably thought, and people should read all about it!

And so, I did what any self-respecting, college dude with an inferiority complex would do: I used this very blog to blurt out all the hurtful, emo stuff I was experiencing back then, probably hoping for sympathy.

I posted about how I hated the girl who scorned me and blamed her for the emotional quagmire she supposedly left me in. I laughed at her misery when the unrequited love of her life pissed her off. Let’s just say that I wasn’t a very pretty sight to see back then. But hey, you try waiting for 2 years for her to say yes...you'd be pretty pissed too.

Looking back, I really can’t believe I was that much of a wuss. Even to this day I’m ashamed of some of the things I said. Maybe that’s why even if I have the urge to delete some of my earlier posts, they serve as a reminder of what I was, and of how different I am today. Right now I’m not so much of the insecure wreck you read about in the first few weeks of my blog. I’m now somewhat of a celebrity among certain otaku circles, and I’m happily in a relationship with the most awesome woman I have ever met and fell in love with…

…but I’m still not so funny.

But what happened to the girl I was giving a hard time in this blog? Who is she? And why the hell are there 5-6 month gaps between my damn posts?! All will be revealed in the next installment of 4 ON THE FLOOR, our road to the 4th anniversary of Think Happy Thoughts!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

My Week In Comics: July 13, 2008

WARNING *SPOILER ALERT!!!* WARNING

I was laughing when I saw the comics that were shipping this week.

How ironic that just last week, all the comics that I collected weren't shipping that week, so my money breathed easy right then and there. Even joked about it with my best friend, with both of us quipping, "Wala ka this week, pero sigurado isang bagsakan lahat ng comics mo next week! Hahaha!"

Lesson learned: Never laugh at irony.

So back to me checking out the comics shipping this week, and sure enough, half of everything I collected was shipping on Thursday. All 7 of them. Apart from that breather last week, my comics have been shipping almost every week, and I was spending myself to starvation just to keep up.

But I digress. When I sat down to read what I bought, everything was awesome. So awesome I'll review the stuff I bought and maybe you can make an informed choice based on my review. Maybe I'll do this every week, how's that? :)

CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #3 (Secret Invasion Tie-in)

A comics event tie-in that's better than the main event? Judging from the quality of CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND THE MI 13, it's not so far fetched. Misleading cover aside, the awesomeness of this series continues to floor me, and it's starting to become top of my read pile. The Skrull invasion continues to wreck havoc both in the real world Britain and the magical world Britain, and the rest of the MI 13 make one last stand in Westminster Bridge. The sheer amount of awesome dialogue ("We are going to make them pay for this bridge. We are going to see if the @#$%&#% can swim.” Fuck yeah!) is worth the cover price alone, and in the end, Captain Britain is resurrected in a wave of flags and national symbolism that it made me swell with patriotic pride, even if I'm not even remotely British! The Skrulls don't know it yet, but they are officially fucked.

My Rating: 9/10 because Spitfire didn't do anything in the issue that's even remotely about the cover.


INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #3

The thrill ride that is INVINCIBLE IRON MAN comes to a head in this issue, as Ezekiel Stane (son of Obadiah Stane the Iron Monger) launches a personal terrorist attack in a party Tony Stark is in, and the aftermath isn't very pretty, as Pepper is seriously hurt in the blast. And we just know Stark's gonna jumpstart the Hurt Locker initiative on Stane, because you just don't mess with his girl, dawg!

All in all a good issue, and as I said in a couple of forums, a more action-packed alternative to his cerebral twin, IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD. Though I'm kind of confused that these two books I mentioned have not hitched a ride in the Secret Invasion wagon. It's like either I'm reading stand-alone series or Iron Man's own books are being left behind. Iron Man's techno-sick in the Savage Land in SI but he's catching terrorists in INVINCIBLE and DIRECTOR OF SHILED. So which one should I believe?

Only thing not giving this issue a higher grade is the god-awful coloring and inking of Salvador Larocca's pencils. Every character in this book has got either an awful tan or is blacker than James Rhodes* himself, which is disappointing considering that I loved his work in X-Treme X-Men.



*The secret identity of the War Machine

My Rating: 7/10


NOVA #15

My favorite series continues to be kick ass and there's no sign of him stopping! Nova was seen last issue helping off refugees on a dying planet currently being fed upon by Galactus himself, and due to some gravimetric anomaly caused by said feeding, he is trapped and apparently doomed.

Of course, our resourceful hero finds a way out of this situation...but at a cost. Due to the stress of the daring escape, Worldmind has gone offline and Nova discovers that he now only has a user support system on his suit to use his powers manually like a voice-activated computer (causing Nova to exclaim, "My pants are talking to me?” Hilarious.). Worldmind could not have gone offline at a worst time, as Nova is now on Galactus' own ship, and he didn’t escape alone! Harrow, the evil space alien Nova fought the last two issues, has escaped with him, and he’s looking for payback. What’s a Centurion to do?

I really can’t say anything more than what this issue can deliver on its own. It’s got Galactus, Silver Surfer, and a battle between Nova and Harrow that ends with the Big G not taking kindly to people stepping on his yard. A solid read from top to bottom. If you haven’t been pulling this, do so NOW!

My Rating: 9/10


RED SONJA #35

Not much to see here. Frankly I'm just buying this series for the hot girl art, and seeing how well artist Walter Geovani draws women, I decided to give RED SONJA another shot (I was supposed to be dropping this due to financial constraints). Unfortunately for me, there were no hot girls here except for the standard Red Sonja love scene her reincarnated self has with her husband. Other than that, there’s nothing but a man who looks like Claw hacking and mauling people to death senseless, and an ending that simply said “Pirates!” that had me scratching my head. Granted I came into RED SONJA for all the wrong reasons, but I could see how fans of her could like this.

I guess I’m not really the person to turn to and ask if RED SONJA is a good read, so let me just break it down: if you like to see Red Sonja in her metal bikini killing d0ods (like her cover erroneously portrays), then you’re out of luck with this issue. If you like a little bit of drama and don’t care who doles out the action, then by all means try this issue out. If you’re a first time RED SONJA reader, this is the perfect jumping on point, as this is the start of the new storyline. Let’s just hope it picks up from here.

My Rating: 6/10


SECRET INVASION #4

What the hell is up with misleading covers this week? Anyway, the Young Avengers being prominently shown on the cover does nothing of the sort, and is only shown having their unconscious asses hauled out so Nick Fury and his new Howling Commandos can kick Skrull butt in peace. Before that, Queen Veranke (the Skrull Queen) is monologuing why the humans are fighting a useless battle since they’ve apparently won way before they’ve touched ground in Manhattan.

More of the paranoia and confusion erupts in this issue, as Nick blows Ms. Marvel away for apparently being a Skrull, and Black Widow pops caps into the returning heroes Phoenix and Beast (who turn out to really be Skrulls.) in the Savage Land. Tony freaks out at the Skrull Queen’s revelations, and a whole lot of other stuff happens that I can’t really fit into this single blog post. :) In the final pages, the Skrulls feel their sphincters tighten a little bit, as the cavalry finally comes…in the form of the God of Thunder and the new symbol of America!

Finally, lots of interesting stuff happens in this issue, far and away more satisfying than the last three issues of heroes punching each other to boredom in the Savage Land. A few more important revelations are shown, and with more Skrulls being revealed, one wonders just how far the infiltration goes. This issue brought back my faith in this event, being worth the P200 I spent on this.

My Rating: 8/10


WONDER WOMAN #22

Once again, a title I just buy to get my fix of hot girl art. Unfortunately I came into this series because of Terry Dodson, but now that Aaron Lopresti replaced him, my interest in Wondy has waned a bit. Couple that with the current lukewarm storyline, I felt a little shafted with this.

But thankfully for me, the story picked up with this issue, as Diana continues her journey through the mythological world to kill the Devil, with Stalker, Beowulf and Claw in tow. Lots of introspective here on Diana’s part, and Gail Simone has every single character’s voice down pat, from Claw and Beowulf’s barbaric tone to Diana’s regal badassery. In the final pages, a traitor is revealed, and while the Devil promises a gruesome death for Diana’s crew, she turns the tables and brings the battle back to the real world, where she promises that the Devil will “never see another dawn.”

Couple that with a sexy Donna Troy cameo, and we got ourselves a winner of an issue.

My Rating: 7/10 for too much beefcake, not enough cheese.


YOUNG X-MEN #4 (Divided We Stand)

The Young X-Men begin their assault on the Hellfire Club, but it looks like Cannonball and his Hellfire Club mate aren’t raring for a fight like they expected. Any explanation offered by Cannonball falls on deaf ears, making the Hellfire Club look more like the good guys being assaulted in this case! Greymalkin attacks Cyclops at the X-Mansion, screaming “Turncoat! Brigand!” and we finally get the reveal a lot of us saw a mile away!

Man, that revelation was so obvious I don’t even have to say it out loud here. But anyway, it’s another good-looking issue thanks to Yanick Paquette’s pencils. Frankly, Marvel’s X-books hold no interest for me, but Young X-Men personally is a great jumping on point to the X-Universe if you like honest to goodness action without all the emotional and continuity baggage the ‘main’ books (X-Men: Legacy and others) have. You’re seeing it through the eyes of youth, and a fresh outlook on all this madness is a good thing all around.

If you want to pick this up, it’s still on issue 4, and most comic shops still stock the first 3 issues. Get them while they’re hot.


My Rating: 7/10


All in all, a pretty solid week for me. Solid because it put a solid hurt on my comics fund for the month, and solid because there are a LOT of kick ass scenes and dialogue and art in this round of comics that I really felt it was worth it. But what the hell is it with all the misleading covers this week? Anyway, I hope this helps you in your comics buying, whoever you are!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Big Boss, man!

It's no secret that I loathe my job...or at least I loath that I'm still there with no more room to grow. Ergo, I thought that this once-exciting job is now the monotonous force-of-habit of me waking up every weekday morning facepalming myself and saying "Not again..."

Suddenly, out comes life to sweep the rug from under me and serving me one of the weirdest yet most fulfilling work days of my life!

So we've been searching for another copywriter since Irene left, and I've been pushing HR to give me one, even going so far as to give them my own recommendation (which is Cassie, one of the office's interns I became friends with) and bugging them till the cows come home to hire her.

Wonder of wonders then when yesterday, our production manager asked me to interview Cassie tomorrow (which is today, for the dateline challenged). So I just kept nodding my head while deep inside I was wide-eyed and giddy as a school girl, since this will be the first time I will ever interview someone my entire life.

So today comes and I interview her first thing in the morning. I fumbled a few lines here and there but I kept it as professional as possible, even trying to write notes on her resume like the real interviewers do!

Now you might say, "What's the big effin' deal, Dark Lich? It's just an effin' interview!". And I would totally effin' agree. But the thing about me is that I like being given responsibility, and being given the responsibility of interviewing somebody, analyzing both their worth and their potential to be hired, not to mention that their future employment is in my hands, made me feel like I'm more than just a writer in this damn company, like I'm actually an important part in this organization.

Anyway, teh madness doesn't end there. No no no, not yet!

The same morning, the aforementioned production manager texted me, saying that the boss of bosses (no, its not who you think it is) just gave me an OJT, and I'm supposed to train him starting today.

I say, "What the heck, why not?"

Only then realizing as I went to her office (just after my interview) to pick up the trainee that it's her nephew, and he's a 16 year old Fil-Am kid from Maryland staying for the summer, and he doesn't speak a lick of Tagalog.

He's actually pretty nice, and as giddy as giddy can be. He's a big anime fan (hence why he was given to me) and what's funny was, upon realizing that I was the voice of HERO, broke into the same starstruck glee one gets when they meet a celebrity. Now how about that? And I'm going to be teaching him the ropes of copywriting and producing plugs for the whole month. And he can't be any more excited at the prospect of it.

So yeah, I felt really important in this job today, more than any formal title or pay raise can make me feel in my lifetime.

Okay, maybe not as great as a pay raise, but close enough.

It's going to be an exciting week ahead. I can just smell it!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

4 on the Floor: Prologue

This is it, folks. There's no turning back now.

Because starting this 16th, I will begin what will probably be the most awesome thing you (and by you, I mean the 5 or so people reading my blog) will ever experience in your paltry little lives.

Lady and gentlemen, I present to you...

4 on the FLOOR!

Yes, folks. On October 16, my blog will celebrate its 4th anniversary. That means for four years I have survived heartbreaks, heartaches, successes and sucky days, and had half the good mind to post about it in this very blog.

Some things last forever. Some things don't. Thankfully for me, this blog has lasted for far longer than I expected it to, and I'm kinda proud of that. And I hope it lasts till my good years are gone (or at least until Blogger.com decides to stop their service, in which case I will curse their good name and call upon locusts and wasps unto them and all their houses. Kidding.)

So what will this "anniversary" mean to you, dear reader? I'll tell you exactly how.

Every week starting next week (or at least I'll try to :D) I will recap portions of what I have posted on this blog for kicks and laughs, and give you an insight on whether I have changed from that point or am still the whiny little bitch my former posts allude me to being. Yes folks, you will walk with me (or I will probably forcefully drag you) along memory lane and reminisce on the past and the ramifications they had to my present. Since I'm not much of a blogger (I think I've admitted at least that much in my very first post), I don't have that many posts to pick apart and ponder, so this should be easy. On you and on me. Right? Right!

So stay tuned for 4 ON THE FLOOR! It only gets better from here, folks!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Dark Lich dips into: D&D Miniatures

If you were kind enough to read my post about collecting and my insatiable hunger (or is it lust?) for anything collectible, I will now honestly tell you that I wasn't churning out hyperbole sa ginawa kong post na yun.

I've been researching on Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures ever since I saw their boosters sa Neutral Grounds since forever. For more info, you can check out their stuff here. Basically they're the same as Heroclix, pero mga miniature representations sila ng mga fantasy characters as seen sa Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game. You can play them like Heroclix and fight it out with an opponent using dragons, magicians and elven archers (magugustuhan siguro ni kuya UC tong game na to), or you can just use them as just physical representations of your characters if you're playing a D&D campaign. OR you can just collect them all for their awesome sculpts.

They had me at 'collect'.

So I went to Trinoma yesterday and caved in to my curiosity and bought a D&D Miniatures booster. "Night Below" said the cover of the box, and upon further research I found out it came out about mid 2007. So it was pretty new.

My only fear was to buy a booster with nothing but halflings, dwarves and carrion crawlers.

I shoulda kept my mouth shut. Coz upon opening the box, I got these:

Prisoner (a generic prisoner figure. I knew my day wasn't good XD)


Hobgoblin Marshall (a pretty decent fig)

Kobold Trapmaker (as tiny as tiny can be)

Brass Golem (this one's pretty cool. Will be giving this to my best friend, who loves anything with 'Golem' in it)


Halfling Tombseeker

Trained Carrion Crawler


Guard of Mithral Hall (a dwarf)


Shadowbane Inquisitor (a rare. Not so much of a rare pero at least...)

So yeah, that's 3 tiny figs, 4 medium figs and one large fig. All for 750 pesos. Not bad of a deal considering that they have nice sculpts and the detail in each fig is a step or two above Heroclix.

I'm seriously thinking about collecting sets of these guys but with the 750 price tag per booster that's 300 more than I am willing to shell out for a chance to get miniatures the size of a Mentos. So right now I'm checking out if they have characters I like (and they do, like Raistlin Majere and COUNT STRAHD VON ZAROVICH baybeh!). But that means I have to go to E-bay for those, and I really don't trust online shopping that much...

What to do...what to do...
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