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.7

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

# Inside a crew cabin in cargo ship swaying during rough seas
A former trainee of mine is currently working on a ship. Hope his journeys are more stable.
Turn off the audio if you don’t need an edgy riff to enhance the visuals.

# Maybe there’s more that brings us together than you think
Ultimately, the commercial should communicate that everyone is watching tv. But i like the idea of bringing people from all walks of life together in such a way.

# Doug Chiang Talks With American Cinematographer About ‘Rogue One’

# Re-Creating The Spacecrafts Of ‘Star Wars’
I had a guy in class who was building his own spaceships by kitbashing, so the thought of reverse engineering a kitbashed result gives me sweats.

# Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger Returns V-Cinema Project Announced
That is good to read. Dug the series and learning about how its protagonists navigate through the new world that they built is a fun premise. The Kyoryuger thing that was set in the future was neat too.

# ‘Lucifer’ Renewed For Season 3
Yes! The Wife and i dig that show. Watch Tom Ellis in Miranda when you have the chance!

# Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Chou Superhero Taisen Full Trailer Online!

# Review – Maketoys MTRM–09 RE:Master Downbeat
Hmm, feels like i need a not-MP Jazz in my life.

# ‘Suicide Squad 2’ Might Get Mel Gibson to Direct

# The Story of Oskar Barnack, Inventor of the Original Leica

And why not:
# DCEU Exit Strategy Enters Phase Two As Now Ben Affleck Won’t Write The Batman Either, Says Report
# Not So Fast! New Report Claims WB And Ben Affleck Are Happy With The Batman Script, Which Won’t Be Rewritten Again
# Report: Matt Reeves Offered The Batman Director Job That Formerly Belonged To Ben Affleck

link up! [2/2017]

Friday 00:05 MET, time to link up.

# Word Balloon Comic Books Podcast: Word Balloon’s 2016 Writer Of The Year Tom King Great talk.

# The Rock Talks #BlackAdam And The Entire DCU: “Hope, Optimism & FUN… Prepare Yourselves DC Universe” So he smelled what the Rock Of Eternity is cocking?[1]

# Polaroid Pop: A Digital Instant Camera for Iconic 3×4″ Polaroid Pictures We can’t let it die, can we? I have one of the old Polaroid ZINC printers, but frankly, the prints aren’t worth the money.

# Make Shinshoji Zen Museum & Gardens One of Your Top Destinations of 2017

# Ippitsuryu: Single Stroke Paintings of Dragons

# Utsuro-bune: the unidentified ship that landed on Edo-Japan’s shore

# First Uchu Sentai KyuRanger Teaser Promo Online! Is it that time again? I’m having so much fun with Zyuohger that i don’t want them to go into Super Sentai history. A second season would have been a good compensation for Ninninger, which in turn had a better soundtrack and mecha design considering that the main robot of the red ranger controlled a larger frame built by the other robots/vehicles.

# Arkham Knight – Mister Freeze Playthrough Victor Freeze is one of the tragic villains the Batman has to face from time to time and i dig what they did with him in the Arkham series of games, providing a fitting but sad ending in Arkham Knight[2]. Bat’s comment at the end is a tad harsh though.

# Remembering the Amstrad CPC, a superior 8-bit computer

# Dragone: Platinum’s Scalebound cancelled. I was actually looking forward to see the final game.

# Researchers discover that experimental Alzheimer’s drug causes teeth to regrow tissue lost to cavities

# How silent film effects were done

# Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche Comes To The USA With IDW Entertainment Remember reading a german edition a long time ago. Neat read.

# Scribd Closes Digital Comics Line Because No One Read Them

# Call Sheet Reveals Inhumans Characters

# A book about London’s gorgeous, brutalist architecture includes dainty DIY papercraft models to make yourself

# Watch Animation Test Footage For A ‘Rust’ Graphic Novel Adaptation Rust was great in comic form, an animated version makes more sense than animating every Justice League story.

# Bandai: S.H. Figuarts Dr. Strange Promotional Images and Info UPDATED! Looks neat. Not sure how i like the magic circle effect parts but otherwise a good ointment for the Hot Toys itch.

# (german) Die acht besten Bücher, die 2017 erscheinen Achtung Satire! Hoffentlich….

[1] It was worth a try.
[2] In my opinion, the worst of the games. Even Origins is better.

comic reviews [30/2016]

I missed last weeks reviews and am late this week. But i did not have much time to either read or think about comics to much so i’m trying to catch up here. Not the most fresh things, but i was reminded this week that the weekly grind isn’t that important.

Without further ado, let’s start.

Dark Night: A True Batman Story (2016)

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Talking about this comic is hard. First of all, it is a very honest look into a very difficult period of Paul Dini’s life, and while other writers pack their life lessons into fictional stories, we get a certain part of the truth with this. Works such as this take me some time to read. With such a serious matter one has to be in the right frame of mind and create a save enough environment.
First of all, let me say that the artwork by Eduardo Risso feels uninspired. He never was my favourite artist, but what makes him stand-out is the sheer savagery and brutality in his work. He manages to portray the animals that we still are, and while it suits the part that becomes the catalyst of the story told, it doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the book[1].
The story….well, it is part of a therapeutic process. A very open part of the process, but different strokes for different folks. And i think this comic was not written with the intent of putting it’s author under a spotlight, but rather as a reminder that we are all existing in the same reality, and that it takes bravery, honesty and asking and accepting help to overcome obstacles.
And sometimes, we are our own obstacles.

[1] But if you ask me who might have been a better fit to illustrate the story the only name that comes up is Frank Quitely, either of the Ba/Moon twins or Darick Robertson.


Rumble no.12 (2016)

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We take a look back to when Rathraq paved the way for mankind and slew the Esu-King Asura, who is currently in possesion of his body while Bobby is haunted by nightmares.
i love this book. Even in a set up issue like this one it manages to be full of frenetic action and emotion.
Furthermore, after a rather black and white start, the border between good and bad guys becomes more and more diluted.


Aquaman no.3 (2016)

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It feels to me like all the wrong books in DC’s Rebirth continuity are becoming all the attention. Aquaman has a good comic and nobody seems to talks about it….seriously, this title could be the one to “end all superhero comics”. Yes, it might use themes and imagery seen in Man Of Steel, but i guess Dan Abnett will take it on a more thoughtful route.


Civil WarII: Chossing Sides no.2 (2016)

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It was good to see Misty Knight again. I juxt wish that one issue in which Danny and her had a kid and were happy would be canon. The rest of the book feels….i don’t know how to put it, but even though the outcome of Civil War II will set up the next few months of stores in the Marvel Universe, it doesn’t feel to have an impact on the day-to-day business of the Marvel Universe.


Lazarus no.23 (2016)

Lazarus no.23

This issue closes with a statement that sent a chill down my spine. The whole issue feels like a caged animal, sitting coiled up in the corner of its cage as it hears a keeper unlocking the door.


Scooby Apocalypse no.3 (2016)

Scooby Apocalypse no.3

Still doing new things. Disturbing things taking the material it is based on. The flashback was a downer at first, but working it into dialogue or another action sequence wouldn’t have worked given the state of the gang at the start of this issue.


Star Wars no.21 (2016)

Star Wars no.21

We get a look at what has been unleashed on our heroes, a fist carrying a scalpel. The empire strikes back indeed. But we also get the motivation behind the new Sarge of the squad, whom we know as the imperial double agent in Fabio-Jabba’s arena. Everything used to be black and white.


Future Quest no.3 (2016)

Future Quest no.3

I still like the series and was excited about Steve Rude on art, but with the rather long backstory that introduces us to the Herculiods, it feels like a plan b issue. Doesn’t matter, it was a fun read that still conveys the feeling of a Hanna Barbera cartoon, this time a Birdman solo one.


Jupiter’s Legacy vol.2 no.2 (2016)

Jupiter's Legacy vol.2 no.2

Like with the first issue, the art fells off. But i look at this panel and what i saw of Frank Quitely’s process in the What Do Artists Do All Day documentary about him and get a new appreciation.
The story, well, the rebellion is underway. Neat ideas and further revelations about the ruthlessness of Brandon and how little he thinks of his parents values.


Divinity II no.4 (2016)

Divinity II no.4

A little kindness goes a long way, in this case a long way for everybody. But it alao makes on ask if Abraham’s plan will backfire on him.
“Where will this lead?” is my main question. The series was great like the first one, but the ending and set up for the next Divinity series feels odd. Valiant has been careful with each of its releases and they have my trust that the end of Divinity III will make we look for my socks.


The Autumnslands: Tooth & Claw no.12 (2016)

The Autumnslands: Tooth & Claw no.12

With the current political discussions about the rights of an AI, this issue gets a whole new level of relevance. And while we live through the heartbreak and hope is kindled….let’s say that we speak comic and know what comes next.


East Of West no.28 (2016)

East Of West no.28

More set up for the end times and the fallout from lasst issue. But it’s just so enjoyable. This issue was worth the time and money for the humor in it alone.


Transformers: Titans Return (2016)

Transformers: Titans Return

It has been a while since i’ve read a Transformers comic, and i have not a clue what is going on here, but i like the humour and that Autobots and Decepticons are working together now. And it seems to set up Headmasters and the Revolution event which looks insane.

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the Killing Joke?

Just read about the added content that has been inserted into the animated feature based on Alan Moore and Brian Bollands The Killing Joke.

After the Arkham Asylum/Suicide Squad themed animated feature i gave up on DC-Comics animated features[1]. I won’t watch this new one because the comic is already good and i have no desire to have my imagination replaced by a moving version that has been approved by Warner.

And while it might happen in a less ideal version of Batman, i consider intercourse between Batman and Batgirl to be a corroding factor in their relationship. I can understand two athletes who compete in a tournament and celebrate their victory with the consesual exchange of bodily fluids, but the “kids” are Bruce’s surrogate family and thus, it gives me the Breaking News-Keeping It In The Family vibe….

[1] ok, the “bad mirror universe” one was neat because it was about improvement instead of becoming darker and darker