Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Batman/Superman #1: Review

I have been looking forward to "Batman/Superman" for a little while. Luckily, I was not disappointed. DC definitely put some pressure on making this title pretty cool and this issue can certainly be the kick off for a solid series. "Batman/Superman" is the conjoined tale of DC's two biggest heroes. In previous years, stories like this have been published in World's Finest, but that title has since been taken over by Huntress and Power Girl. "Batman/Superman" is written by Greg Pak, with art by Jae Lee and Ben Oliver.

The art of this book is what stands out first, it is phenomenal. The art is split between the two artists with Lee illustrating the first 18 pages and Oliver the last 7. Both artists capture tone very well, and I especially enjoy Lee's character design and use of original panels. On writing, Pak sets up exposition to Clark and Bruce's relationship while teasing out the beginning of the first arc's plot. The story isn't phenomenal, but that's not why I read a book about Batman and Superman. I bought this book for the interactions between the two characters. Two men who despite their immense differences become friends and colleagues in their personal pursuits for improving the world. Pak captures this pretty well through interactions between Bruce & Clark and Batman & Superman. On the whole I would say this is a beautiful comic with a solid story that could lead to a pretty good arc. Pick it up at a shop and you'll be convinced t buy it by the cover alone. I give "Batman/ Superman" #1 an 8/10.

-Peter

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Job Money = Video Games (Animal Crossing)

My first substantial paycheck came through and I was pretty excited to spend some of it. As it is summer time, I have been feeling the desire to play some new games. With my trusty 3DS in hand I picked up Tetris Axis (because Tetris), Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (a rerelease of an old favorite), Pushmo (because puzzles), and Animal Crossing New Leaf.

Video games in the summer time may be one of my favorite things. I rarely have enough time to dig in to games during school, so having 3 months with no exams, papers, and assignments is very beneficial to my gaming side. I love my 3DS and given a choice, I will always take a handheld over a console. That being said I am very happy to have picked up these titles.

There isn't much to say about the first 3 games. They were mainly titles I had been meaning to pick up for a while and I finally had the time to play around with them. I decided to get New Leaf due to the massively positive response I have been seeing from reviewers, friends, and various nerd folks on twitter. Despite the fact that I had a much beloved Gamecube, I never played the original Animal Crossing.

I haven't been able to dive in too much, my little sister has had more time to play it, but I have really enjoyed it so far. Since I am pretty green, I don't know all the basics that people like from the franchise, but I really enjoy the calming placidness of creating a small country village. It reminds me of The Sims, except that I actually enjoy Animal Crossing. Your character begins on a train headed for a new town. You inexplicably become the mayor and from then on it is all about enjoying your life and improving your village. I see Animal Crossing almost as an extension of your 3DS profile and I found it surprising that my character did not look like my 3DS mii. Considering the 3DS has features designed for random encounters between 3DS owners, Animal Crossing New Leaf may be one of the best titles for the 3DS. I give Animal Crossing New Leaf a 10/10.

-Peter

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Summer Nerd Music

While trying to fill up the time between work (some people call it night time) I caught wind of MC Chris's tour, "Revenge of the Nerd Tour 2". Please enjoy the lovely poster.
I am not a big MC Chris fan, but he will be touring with Tribe One, Jesse Dangerously, and Dr. Awkward who are some pretty great nerd rappers on their own. Not wanting to miss the chance to see these guys I picked up a ticket for their July 24th show in Chicago and I am pretty pumped. If you dig the nerd rap scene, or want to hear something different, check out the tour schedule at MC Chris's website: http://mcchris.com/.

On a side note, everybody's favorite chiptune band, Anamanaguchi, released their album "Endless Fantasy" and successfully obliterated a kickstarter. I kicked in last minute and have a vinyl edition coming to me soon. It is a great album, you should probably go listen to it, like right now. Here's the title track.


-Peter