Craftin’

vol 96

StarCraft Remastered hit the digital shelves last week; something i looked forward to since it was announced. Before Blizzard made the original game and it’s expansion, Brood War, available for free but not without having to let them put their foot into some of your computer’s ports through their BattleNet software who’s installation is a “necassary evil” to play the non-enhanced version.
Allow me to lead you down on a trip down my corner of memory lane; it was the spring of 1998 and all us video game enthusiasts were giddy to get our sticky little fingers onto a box of StarCraft. I was the first of the gang with the box in his hand and the first one to get rid of it. A local chain of small electronic stores had the policy to not give a second thought to release dates ans put up their stock as soon as the shipping boxes arrived; which sly, young me anticipated and used his lunch break to head to the next store.
Back in school of course i bragged with my acquisation and locked it with my backpack into one of the small cabinets we had in our classrooms, rather the classroom we occupied at that afternoon because we were a “nomad class” that got tutored in whatever classroom was free at that particular time. This afternoon however we had some work to finish in the electric laboratory in another wing of the building. i deemed my backpack with it’s precious cargo save in the locked cabinet.
Of course i was wrong.
The culprit had locked up the cabinet after the deed was done and i was lighter for a box of StarCraft, which led me to believe that he was a member of the 20 people that inshared the adternoon with and were aware of the location of the game. But 19 years have passed since then and i got a copy the next day nonetheless, perhaps made from the one i bought.
When i went through my video game collection i found three separate copy’s of StarCraft i bought over the last few years alongside Diablo and Warcraft II and III.
Now StarCraft itself was an amazing experience back then; it was the first real time strategy game at which i actually accomplished a thing or two as a single and a multiplayer. And at the time it felt like the closest thing we got to a Warhammer 40k video game at the time; years later Dawn Of War would scratch that itch with the needed gusto.
To be frank, as great as i remember the story of the game to be, the details escape me when i stick my hand in into the jello of my memory to grab them.
The remastered version does scratch the nostalgia itch and while i understand the general consens to be rather negative due to the missing implementation of modern compfort features, the desolated levels and the missing improvements to the pathfinding of the units. And i get that from a reviewers point of view; however that weren’t things i considered to be put in this version. The improved graphics being realized in the original engine is a thing i consider to be quite a feat, considering my limited sphere of knowledge, but zooming in and making woooh does get boringly repetative.
Nonetheless, good times replaying StarCraft.
But the reviews made me think about our expectations for things. Even if the game mechanics and functions would have been adjusted to a contemporary status my guess is that reviewers would have called out the way it tried to appeal to a modern audience. That is the point were at, one has to put his ear to the rails to make out the nuances, and even then it feels like there isn’t genuine joy anymore. Perhaps i’m listening on the wrong rails, perhaps the professionals are to deep in the loop, perhaps it’s just me.
And before i get into the whole “the artist should be allowed to fuck with his art retroactively” i close this volume.

Check out Star Wars Revisited to see what the Special Edition could have been (i’ll point you in the right direction if you want).

But now i’ll close it for real.

Thank You for your time!

heliocentricbs@mailbox.org

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[review] Mister Miracle no.1

“Of course this title was going to be his pick of the week no matter if it turns out to be a turd sandwich served with a glass of warm Natursekt.” is probably the first thought when i declare that Mister Miracle no.1 is my comic of the week. And that is true because i already enjoyed last weeks New Gods Special more than is warranted.

Jack Kirby’s creations, and the figures from his Fourth World in particular, all have an aura around them; an honesty that has become a mainstay in contemporary comics but even years after their first publication feels like nothing else.
And in the centennial of the King Of Comics DC-Comics publishes a continuation of one of the most beloved figures and the Fourth World he inhabits that evokes an almost equal buzz as when i read Mister Miracle’s premiere issue.

Of course, DC made sure this book would cause a wave by giving writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerards the keys to the Hot Rod that Grandpa built back in the day but Dad put a blanket upon because he did not get the time to continue the work (which is an elaborate metaphor for Grant Morisson’s work on the characters).

The comic opens with a facette that always was there in the beginning of Scott Free’s existence as the greatest escape artist there is, but twists it to the ultimate conclusion: only the best escape artist can built the ultimate trap for himself. But not only does the contraption put Mister Miracle in chains; the whole pantheon of the New Gods is trapped with him.
And as if that isn't enough to push against; Darkseid is.

But the story of this escape act would not work as well as it wasn’t for Mitch Gerards. He makes the characters stand out of their surroundings; gives them the boldness that is associated with New Gods and Forever People. But while Kirby gave us figures that feel like springs under permanent tension declaring their readiness to expand any moment by emanating the famous Kirby crackle, Gerards relies on their presence to instill the awesomeness of the figures.
He deepens the unrealiable nature of what we see on the page by working with distortions and in one instance even by placing pieces of adehsive tape on the page.

A downside to this issue is that a person that reads this issue without prior knowledge of the characters and their relations to each other and the larger DC-Universe could put it away with the thought of it being nothing more than DC trying to copy the “artsy fartsy” approach Tom King brought to the Vision or the Omega Men. But like with the two mentioned series, he examines an aspect of the character in his way, or in this case rather focuses on an ignored one: Scott Free was sent to a life of torture at the hands of Darkseid and Granny Goodness to secure a peace treaty that only was honored until it afforded Darkseid to further his power.

While i am counting the days until the second issue is officially released (September 13th) the sentence above presents the biggest stone in the way of this title to become more than just a Kirby acolyte’s favourite contemporary comic. But the events unfold in the broader continuity of the DC Universe, and when Darkseid is mentioned there is more at stake than just the city a hero is located at.

Mister Miracle no.1
published by DC-Comics
written by Tom King
art by Mitch Gerards
lettered by Clayton Clowes

linked up vol.11

Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

# Could Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Make DC Comics’ Biggest Ever Omnibus, In Time For Christmas?

# New ‘Devilman’ Anime To Stream On Netflix (Japan) In 2018

# S.H.Figuarts Qui-Gon JInn Revealed
Yes! Wait, what is the second faceplate meant to emote?

# Whoa: ‘The Matrix’ Reboot Taking Shape at Warner Bros. Without the Wachowskis
This could work. Perhaps not with the people currently attached, but there are so many angles you could look at this story, even now.

# Anime Godzilla Movie Coming to Netflix Later This Year!
With Gen Urobuchi on writing made me more interested in this version of the king of monsters. His Kamen Rider series, Gaim, gave the franchise a needed new perspective.

# Six Years Ago Today
A comparison of the fukushima incident and Shin Godzilla.

# Tiny crack in steel seen through an electron microscope

# Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Begins Production, Laughs in the Face of God

# That New Star Wars Title Will Be A Darth Vader Ongoing By Charles Soule And Giuseppe Camuncoli
I hope Mr. Soule is in the same form as when he wrote the Lando miniseries because i liked that but wasn’t as much of a fan of his recent Marvel work.

# ‘Steven Universe’ WIll Be Coming To Consoles As An RPG

# James Cameron Confirms ‘Avatar 2’ Won’t Arrive in 2018, Make Your Fake Surprised Face Now

linked up vol.10

Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

# Tales Of Alethrion trailer
This series spins out of the short animated movie The Reward, which somehow reminded me of all the D&D Adventures my brother and me….imagined our characters live through.

# Senate Republicans introduce resolution ensuring ISPs don’t need your permission to sell your private data and SSN
I try to keep politics out of here, but this is something that people using the internet should be aware of. We already give away to much by choice.

# A game where Character Creation is the Whole Game

# „Ich las genug!“ – Übersetzungen aus der Negativ-Zone
Marvel comics translating through the ages.

# ‘Logan’ ADR Clip: Watch Hugh Jackman Intensely Grunt His Way Through an Action Scene
I wonder if there are actors who get foley or dedicated adr artists to do such work for them.

# Jeff Lemire Quits Marvel
Hmm, if that is true Marvel should take a hard look at how to keep talent in house.

# Finn Jones leaves twitter discussing Iron Fist whitewashing controversy
It is an issue that needs addressing and a solution, but why don’t we address the people who are actually producing the things we take issue with? (because they are smart enough to stay off social media)

# DC Comics Planning Digital Subscription With Amazon Prime – And Everything Changes
At this point this might not come to be a reality, but having a subscription for Marvel Unlimited and a similar DC service might cover a huge chunk of the comic grind.

# Five ways to remove a stripped screw
Have to try out the rubber band method, because most of the time i don’t carry a Dremel with me.

# Adorable mascot drummer opts for death metal interpretation of childrens’ song

# Cole Sprouse weighs Jughead sexuality contoversy
Has he cut himself another asshole afterwards, because Twitter sure tore Mark Waid a second one. I get the rather emotional reactions, but we’re not the custodians of these characters and i give Waid the benefit of the doubt for not making a sexmachine out of Jughead all of a sudden. It’s Mark Waid! Frank Miller would have send him to make burgers out of people from the middle east and nobody would have given a thought about it.

# Image Announces 15 New Titles at ECCC
Every one of those titles has something that makes me want to read it, but how many if those titles will be around long enough to finish their run? Is Chip Zdarsky’s He-Man book still a thing?
And i don’t believe in Mage: The Hero Denied until i hold it in my hands. Been waiting 15 years for it.

# Trailer for the new Duck Tales cartoon, which looks promising.

Is Ike Perlmutter’s Marvel vs. Fox War Playing Out In Casting Announcements For X-Men And Inhumans TV?

# ‘TRON 3’ Is On The Cart In Monty Python Screaming “I’m Not Dead Yet”

Asteroids In Exile ep.11 – Richard Jokes

Niv and i assembled to celebrate our show’s one year anniversary and talk about Batman amongst other pop-cultural relevant things. But it is the world’s greatest detective that we always end up talking about.

You find the episode here, and our feed lives here.

linked up vol.9

*Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

[# Die schönsten Comics, die ich kenne (12): „The Fantastic Four“ # 41 – 51 (ii)](http://blog.montyarnold.de/2017/02/28/die-schoensten-comics-die-ich-kenne–12-the-fantastic-four–41–51-ii/)

[# China’s zombie factories and unborn cities](http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170223-chinas-zombie-factories-and-unborn-cities)

Dark Horse taxes my wallet this fall:
[# Dark Horse Publishes The Art Of Rick And Morty In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publishes-art-rick-morty-september/)
[# Dark Horse To Publish Art Of Over The Garden Wall In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publish-art-garden-wall-september/)
[# Dark Horse Announces Go Team Venture!: The Art And Making Of The Venture Bros.](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/27/dark-horse-announces-go-team-venture-art-making-venture-bros/)

[# Two Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition volumes in one year?](http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5792cac24346d164eb0cf6ad2&id=d70f593984&e=2b9c931aaf)

[# Sneak Peek At Samurai Jack Season 5](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/23/sneak-peek-samurai-jack-season–5/)

linked up vol.9

*Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

[# Die schönsten Comics, die ich kenne (12): „The Fantastic Four“ # 41 – 51 (ii)](http://blog.montyarnold.de/2017/02/28/die-schoensten-comics-die-ich-kenne–12-the-fantastic-four–41–51-ii/)

[# China’s zombie factories and unborn cities](http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170223-chinas-zombie-factories-and-unborn-cities)

Dark Horse taxes my wallet this fall:
[# Dark Horse Publishes The Art Of Rick And Morty In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publishes-art-rick-morty-september/)
[# Dark Horse To Publish Art Of Over The Garden Wall In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publish-art-garden-wall-september/)
[# Dark Horse Announces Go Team Venture!: The Art And Making Of The Venture Bros.](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/27/dark-horse-announces-go-team-venture-art-making-venture-bros/)

[# Two Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition volumes in one year?](http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5792cac24346d164eb0cf6ad2&id=d70f593984&e=2b9c931aaf)

[# Sneak Peek At Samurai Jack Season 5](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/23/sneak-peek-samurai-jack-season–5/)

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