Archive for January, 2009

Just Another Day

Today is the day that Barack Obama gets inaugurated as our 44th (?) President of the United States. People have been paying small fortunes to be there. Personally, I won’t be watching. It’s not political though; I wouldn’t have watched if McCain had won either. The Nation is on the verge of a major depression. I just don’t think this is the time to be spending Government money and time to pay celebrities to show up and get drunk. More than that, all this crap just further endorses the Hollywood-ization of the election process.

For me, like a lot of people, this is just another day at work. As you may have guessed, I voted for McCain/ Palin. But the reality is that we lost. 60 percent of the nation disagreed with us. So now it’s a moot point who won or by how much. Barack Obama is our new President of the United States of America. And here’s the rub… you have to respect that. I’m not jumping on the band wagon. No matter what, you will not see a shred of Obamania in me. That said, I hope he does well. Though I disagree with his policies, the reality is he is our only option. His failures are our failures. His successes ours as well. But we are the recipients of the consequences, not him.

It is pointless to argue.

SoI don’t celebrate his Inauguration. But I respect the fact that he’s our new leader, ri ght or wrong. And for once, I hope that I am wrong.

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Bruce Wayne: DOA?

The DOA in this case stands for dead or alive?

Spoilers ahead. The last panel of the penultimate issue of Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis strongly suggests that the original Batman is dead. The tip off is the image of Superman holding his dead body after attempting to kill (but most likely only wounding) the great and powerful Darkseid.

The image itself is of course an homage to the original Crisis (on Infinite Earths) in which Superman held the dead body of his cousin (which is itself an homage to dozens of other comics before it). If its true, this seems to be a jab at Marvel which pulled a similar stunt, suggesting in hints that Captain America would die in its Civil War event, only to kill him with no announcement in issue 25 of his regular series. This time around, DC spent months building up Batman RIP (also penned by Grant Morrison) which was expected be many to either kill off or replace Batman. Despite an amazing start, that event failed on many levels with a disappointing last issue. Instead, Batman died rather abruptly in one of the last scenes of FC #6.

A lot of fans, including myself, were rather disappointed with Morrison’s handling of longstanding Justice League member J’onn J’onzz in Final Crisis #1, in which he was killed off panel. So was Batman’s death handled as well as Captain America’s or as badly as the Martian Manhunter’s?

The answer is neither and both. Morrison didn’t crap all over the memory of Bruce Wayne like he did with J’onn, though I will say it seems like a cheap stunt death to add weight to the very disappointing event that is Final Crisis. I mean, sure, the Earth is being destroyed, but really, how long will any of this stuff stick?

I don’t think he handled Bruce’s death as well as Cap’s either. In fact, the Batman’s death is lacking when you compare it to the FIRST TIME Morrison penned it. In the Rock of Ages storyline, Bruce Wayne is killed helping to take down Darkseid (sound familiar?). The difference between the two scenes is that in Rock of Ages, Batman’s last moments are truly bad-ass, and fully worthy of the last moments of the Dark Knight. In Final Crisis, the death scene is admittedly kind of cool, but rings a little false. For one thing, he uses a gun, which is a Bat-no-no. For another, the dialogue comes off like a cheesy Die Hard rip off. Batman’s final words “DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR????????” To which the answer would be, “no Bruce. Because you didn’t say anything before that statement. Unless your point is that you have a gun. But as you can see, I’m not blind, so I know you have a gun. Therefore, you kind of sounded like a tool just then.”

It’s a little wordy, sure, but I think it comes off better than Darkseid’s actual response.

Of course the big thing is— Batman may not actually be dead after all. Darkseid’s murder weapon of choice is called the Omega Beam. It’s like a living laser that he shoots from his eyes which disintegrates it’s target. Yes, I really just typed those words. But the beams that Darkseid uses this time is called the Omega Sanction, which he refers to as the “death that is life!” Also, Batman’s body is left intact… if somewhat crispy. My guess is he’s in a… and I can’t believe I’m typing this… super-coma.

Yes, a super-coma. (fuck me, I am done as a writer.)

Death is rarely permanent in the make believe world of comics. Hell, Batman’s protege Jason Todd was just brought back to life after Superboy Prime punched the Universe. (soooooo done as a writer after this) Surely Bruce can take a super viagra and some espresso (super espresso?) and wake up from this!

And most damning of all is the felling that Morrison wasn’t really done writing Bruce Wayne. At the end of RIP, he clearly had a lot of story left to tell.

So is Bruce dead or alive? My guess is we won’t find out until DC’s next event, Blackest Night. It’s tagline? The Dead will rise.

Goodbye Time

I’ve gone through this blog in my head about a thousand times in the last 5 days, abusing melodrama in about a billion different ways.  But then that’s more for my benefit than yours.  When it comes down to it, it’s all about me.  So fuck it.  Might as well just say it.

I’m moving to Orlando.  

Yes, really.

I’ll be there in February.  Period.  

Yes, really.

I told my work that I quit.  I have an apartment and everything.

It’s not ideal.  Short notice to upheave ones life.  And I’ll be giving up a lot.  Those of you I said I would be visiting?  Thats out.  And any plans I had made for the year.  That new computer that I really do need?  Bye-bye.   My beloved weekly comics?  A memory.

And if I feel like I’m giving up so much, what am I giving it up for?  There will be struggle.  Some truly suckfest moments are in my future.  Felatialicious even! (TM Adam 2009)  But where there will be pain, there shall also be reward.  This is where I find out what I’m made of.  Can I make it on my own?  No college.  No built-in job.  No money to speak of.  Just me versus the world.  In the words of Buffy Summers, I’m shaking in my stylish yet affordable boots.  And what’s more, my heart is trying to reconcile the idea of leaving my family behind.  I’ll see them again, sure.  But from now on, they’ll be out of reach.  At dinner, my Ma asked me {if I would} “still call {her} every day.”  As the words fell from her lips, I knew that she’d just realized this wasn’t like the other times.  This time I was leaving and not coming back.

I’m that guy you know that left the nest and went far, far away.   It hurts my heart.  And yet I always knew this day would come.    An instinct I was born with told me that I would have to leave them behind.  I can no more deny that than I can deny the wind.

So there you are.  Will I make it?  We’ll see.

But don’t be surprised if you see me on some obese male web stripper site in a few months.  www.ridethewave.com

I bet thats a real site.

2008 Time Capsule

Fav TV Shows

>Life; One Tree Hill; Heroes; Chuck; Battlestar Galactica

News Program of Choice

>The Colbert Report

Fav Movies

>Iron Man; The Incredible Hulk; Dark Knight; Zack and Miri Make a Porno; Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Fav Songs

>Hallelujah, Kate Voegele; Billie Jean, Chris Cornell; Troubadour, George Strait; Raise the Barn, Kieth Urban

Best Album

Matchbox 20, Greatest Hits

Best Concert

Miranda Lambert @ House of Blues

Hotties

Miranda Lambert; Kristen Bell;  Miley Cyrus; Jesse Jane

Style/clothes

band t-shirts: ACDC, Cash, Led Zepplin

Shoes

>Skechers & Mizuno

Hang Outs

>Masquerades, Rockin’ Sake

Jobs

>Walker Acura, Best Chevrolet

Vehicle

>2000 GMC Jimmy

Trips

> Nashville & Chattanooga, Disney, Mexico

Events of note

>September hurricane evacuation & 15 hours on the road; 2nd International voyage