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Mike on Generations Hulk

Ally Hearts The Shirtless Bearfighter

Ally is a Super Son

Dave on Mage

Riddler v Joker

700658_20cafbf3e1f88ff8718d1fb7ef6d15e6f66b45a0When two super villains go head to head, it’s always exciting. When it’s two of the biggest and baddest, the intensity knob goes to 11.

The Joker is going to war with the Riddler and it looks like it’s no holds barred, massively dirty and evil slugfest with Batman and the rest of Gotham caught in the middle. Batman #26, which shipped this week, is the second installment in “The War of Jokes and Riddles.” This issue does not disappoint in terms of action, suspense and overall excitement. Tom King and Mikel Janin are crafting a fantastic story arc that leaves me desperately waiting for the next installment.

DC is doing a much better job of telling stories these days than Marvel. Batman #26 is a great example of this trend that I hope continues for many years to come.

Scooby!

Dave on Peter Parker

Science Fiction Summer

downloadEvery summer of my childhood, I would travel to my Grandma Patty’s house in Kirkwood, Missouri to visit for a few weeks. She had a beautiful, in ground pool in her back yard and plenty of space for all the grand kids to hang out and have fun. She would love to have us every year, especially after my grandfather died suddenly of a heart attack. She needed the company.

Missouri in the summer is a tad on the warm side so she wouldn’t let us play outside in the pool all day long, especially on the hot days. She also didn’t want us getting all pruny! On many of those hot days, she would yell at us to come and in read a book in the air conditioning. I loved to read, especially in the summer, so it was really not a big deal.

Most of the books I read as a kid and early adolescent were science fiction books. I read a lot of Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke in those summers. Thinking about those stories always brings me back to those hot Kirkwood days when we’d have to sit inside and wait until Patty said it was OK to go back out in the pool. As I got older, I lingered longer and longer with whatever book I had chosen to read. Many times I would bring the book outside with me and read under the umbrella in the patio furniture that was just off to the side of the pool.

She sold her house after my senior year in high school but every summer since that time, I have always had the profound urge to read science fiction books in the summer. This summer, I’m reading all the Larry Niven Known Universe books in future history chronological order. Right now, I’m on Protector, a story that spans two hundred years and deals with alien involvement in the evolution of humanity on Earth. The image to the left is exactly what my copy looks like. It’s an older edition that is from the 1980′s which would be right around the time I would have been at Patty’s house.

It’s been pretty hot up here in the North Woods this week as summer is off to a roaring start.¬†As I sit in my extremely comfortable chair in my front room leafing through the pages, I’ll stop and close my eyes when my air conditioning kicks on. The feel of the cool breeze coming out of the vent and the smell of the old book pages brings me right back to those Kirkwood summers. I’m 12 years old again and sitting in my grandmother’s house, reading and waiting to go back outside to the pool.

If I had the smell of chlorine, I’d probably travel back in time!

Pick O’ The Week: Kneel Before Zod!

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My pick this week is Action Comics #981 (man oh man are we getting closer to issue #1000!). This week Supes finds himself racing to save the Suicide Squad from Black Vault escapees General Zod, the Eradicator and Cyborg Superman (aka Hank Henshaw).

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this trip down Evil Villains Memory Lane. It reminds me a great deal of Superman in the 1990s which was fun, adventurous and action packed. Be warned, dear readers, this ish ends on a cliffanger.

Is he or isn’t he?!!??

Dave Flinstone