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Thoughts from TheNinjaD
Since I am returning from a long while away from this blog, I feel that I should reintroduce myself to any potential new readers, even if they just happen by while browsing. For any old readers, or people reading that actually know me, this will serve more as an update on my current interests.
My name is David. On the internet, I’m usually known as Ninja D! or TheNinjaD. Rarely, it’s Istirith or Black Jack Davey. I may still even have some accounts that I no longer use under the names The Lost One or Davidknght. I live in Mankato, Minnesota. I love this city and it is pretty much the hub of south central Minnesota in every way. I’m 24 years old and I work overnights at a truck stop.
Something that seems to be the biggest development in the eyes of many is that I have started drinking. Alcohol, that is. I have always been strongly opposed to the stuff in the past. I guess you could say I gave in to its temptation in a time of weakness. After a series of disappointments, let downs, and otherwise unfortunate happenings, it felt like my life sucked for a little while. That’s when I started. I’m better now, more or less. However, since I can’t really say I don’t drink at all now, I’m not as inclined to avoid it. I’ve actually come to like the taste of UV apple vodka. Rumple Minze isn’t bad, either, and much stronger. Go figure. What hasn’t changed is what I think of alcohol. It’s still stupid because it is, in fact, poison. You really shouldn’t drink it. It’s a bad idea. Also, if you’re drunk out in public, you’re still an asshole. Do it at home and don’t bother anyone. An exception to this is bars because people working there signed up to deal with that shit.
My interests are still primarily music, comic books, video games, and just a whole lot of generally pretty geeky (but no less awesome for that) stuff. I’ve been working a bit more seriously on music than I had been for quite a while and watching a lot more TV shows and movies. I’ve also recently come to like suits and think I just might be wearing them often from now on.
Music. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of local music from the past and present. Among these are Old Towne Ghosts, Professor Fresh, !ntell!gent Des!gn, Discount Brown (no longer together), Phedge (no longer together), Collabo (no longer together), and probably a number of others that I’m forgetting at the moment. I’ve also been listening to a lot of (hed)PE again. As for what I’ve been working on, that’s mostly still with the project called Behavior Modification Therapy and we’ve actually been making some progress.
Comics. I’m still reading most DC titles, along with the big ones from Top Cow, and a few others. I really need to cut back on what I’m ordering and I’ve been doing that gradually. I’ve also only been ordering comics every other week instead of weekly and I guess that’s probably saving me a bit in shipping costs. I am, of course, still ordering from Midtown Comics. The Green Lantern and Batman books are mostly my favorites but there is a lot of good stuff out there. Probably a bit too much for me to go into right now.
TV and Movies. I am sometimes a Netflix junkie. Lately, I’ve mostly been watching How I Met Your Mother. Before that, I watched all that I could of Louie and Archer. I’m still gradually working my way through Star Trek, little chunks at a time. This week I watched the movie Trollhunter, which was excellent and easy the best found footage movie I have ever seen. The last couple of movies that I saw in theaters were Prometheus and The Avengers, both of which were quite good.
Video Games. I canceled my subscription to SWTOR because I just don’t feel like I have the time to dedicate to it. I’m still bound to WoW for a number of moths yet because of the Annual Pass that I signed up for. If anyone would like to play that with me, I would be very interested. I feel bad that I’m paying for it and haven’t even logged in for so long. I’ve played some Diablo 3, Skyrim, and Mass Effect 3 but I’ve mostly been hooked on Minecraft again, both on PC and Xbox 360.
And there you have it. I think that’s more than enough of a summary for now. I hope you’ll read beyond this point where things may actually become more interesting.
It’s new comic day again.
DC titles on my list for the week :
Batman #6 — I really like what Scott Snyder has been doing with the Council of Owls. It’s got to reach a climax soon and it should be interesting.
Birds of Prey #6 — While not really among my favorites of the new 52, I have thus far considered Birds of Prey to be worth ordering every month. Last month things got a bit strange so I’m sure to keep reading for at least a little while longer.
Captain Atom #6 — Again, not the best but worth reading. I’m surprised that this book made it through DC’s first round of cuts. I haven’t heard any great reviews for it or anything so maybe it will be in the second. I like it well enough, anyway.
DC Universe Presents #6 — The first story of this anthology series, which starred Deadman, ended last month. This month starts a new story featuring the Challengers of the Unknown.
Green Lantern Corps #6 — While I’m unlikely to ever not read a Green Lantern title as long as I’m reading comics, this one has annoyed me a little by messing with established canon more than any of the others. That always happens, though.
My Greatest Adventure #5 — I’m pretty sure that this limited series is nearing its end so if you haven’t read it before now, don’t bother trying to get into it. I’ve liked it quite a bit, though, and would suggest picking up the trade for something a little different.
Nightwing #6 — Solid book so far and part of the Batman group.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #6 — Easily the weakest Batman group book that I keep getting. It’s silly with bits of ignorance. It’s capable of offending. It’s also pretty damn amusing at times.
Other Comics :
Witchblade #153 — I’m still following the new Top Cow universe, for now. Darkness #151 marks that title joining the new universe with Artifacts and Witchblade.
Dark Tower Gunslinger Way Station #3 — It’s Dark Tower, enough said.
Mis-Adventures of Adam West #1 — I’ve got to check this out. What the hell could be in store for the world here?
…and that’s it. This week also sees the release of more infection tie-ins but I haven’t read the first one at this point and I don’t feel like going all out on a big event right now.
Yesterday I read Artifacts #13. It was supposed to be the last issue of the series, which was originally planned for a limited run. However, the series is now becoming ongoing so that is no longer the case.
I don’t want to spoil what happened for anyone that hasn’t read it but it was mind blowing. I really did not expect what happened.
The end of the first run of Artifacts was also used to sort of reboot the Top Cow universe. Starting with Witchblade 151 and Darkness 101, both of those books will be in this new world.
Check out the entire Artifacts series, it’s really entertaining.
Ron Marz is currently probably best known for being the writer of both the Witchblade and Artifacts comics.
The first comic book that I ever picked up, in the aisle at Cub Foods was written by Ron Marz. It was a Green Lantern comic. He wrote most of the GL comics I read growing up. Just think of what that did to my life.
With the launch of the new 52 from DC, Ron Marz has been writing a comic called Voodoo. Unfortunately, I learned just yesterday that issue #4 is the last issue he will be writing for that title. I will likely be dropping it after that. Apparently he doesn’t even really know why other than a vague statement of DC wanting the book to go in a different direction. He got the news from the book’s editor who was on the way out on the same time as him.
It turns out, Ron Marz is also pretty damn cool. This year he will be doing something that he apparently did last year. That is auctioning off comics that he has signed to raise money for Toys for Tots. That kicks ass. I will post more information when I have it.
When I said Artifacts was originally supposed to be 13 issues, that wasn’t exactly true. In reality, the series was originally intended to go up to issue #13. That isn’t quite the same as being 13 issues long.
Artifacts actually began with an issue #0, which Image put out for Free Comic Book Day. That issue is included in the volume 1 trade paperback, which you can buy for about $10. If you want to check out just that issue, however, you can still get it for free through Comixology. That’s where I found it and it got me to check out the rest of the series.
The artwork in #0 is nice, if limited in scope. It focuses around one character basically having the Top Cow universe explained to her.
The entire Artifacts series is meant to be new read friendly (Ron Marz told me this personally, via Twitter) but Artifacts #0 is where that is most obvious. For someone that is not at all familiar with that setting, like myself, it is a great read.
After reading Artifacts #0, it seems that the character I understand the least is the one that was the focus of the comic. It also seems she is the least important, though. The important thing is that this issue prepared me for what is to come.
4 / 5
I have just started reading the series called Artifacts. It’s published by Image and comes from Top Cow productions. It’s basically a crossover event of the entire Top Cow universe.
This series is written by Ron Marz, which is the main reason I decided to check it out. Ron Marz on Green Lantern is pretty much what got me reading comic books in the first place. The artist slot for this series is changing on a regular, planned schedule. I guess they wanted to show off the best artists that work for Top Cow.
This series was originally intended to be 13 issues long. That’s because there are 13 artifacts, which is what this series is all about. It has gone over so well, though, that is will be going beyond issue 13 and Ron Marz will continue writing it. That’s great news to me.