Saturday, November 12, 2011

Home, Sweet, New Home

Today, the kids, puppy and I finally got to see our new home!  First though, we had to get here.  Whew.  We loaded up my sister's SUV and our car with boxes I had already packed, two kids, two adults and a dog who does not like riding in cars.  Or SUVs.  We made it about 2 miles then switched so that I was with the kids and daddy was with the puppy.  Tomorrow, I drive back with the kids AND the puppy.  I need a good night's sleep for THAT not to end up a catastrophe!

Fifteen years my husband and I have been together.  Twelve married, one engaged, one dating, one has friends.  And we've never done anything without the other - at least in terms of BIG life decisions.  But this time, the circumstances warranted it.  He picked the house.  Signed the papers. And I started packing.  I wasn't worried.

And for good reason.  He has impeccable taste.  The house is lovely.  The neighborhood is lovelier.  Will we stay here forever?  Of course not.  We signed an 18 month lease.  But for that year and a half, I plan to be perfectly content.  We have three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two garages, a nice kitchen, a community pool, park and beautiful, BEAUTIFUL trees.

We went out today to get a new couch.  SCORE!  Found one we both liked, it was the right size, the right color, right material AND the right price.  So we decided to throw in a curio cabinet for all of my crystal.  It will go perfectly with my piano.  We still need a washer and dryer, but a girl's gotta have priorities.

We are LITERALLY a stone's throw (if you have a really strong arm) from my new job and our kids' school.  It's pretty flipping awesome.  I have internal GPS now to Price Chopper, Hy-Vee, the pharmacy, Walmart, Subway, the ER and Starbucks - you know, the basics. ;)

And tonight, we'll cozy up in our air mattresses and sleeping bags and wake up for the first night in our new house (which also has a cozy fireplace that turns on when you flip a switch.  I'm spoiled).

Good night.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

X-Men: Second Coming

I have been a fan of the X-Men for a very long time.  For me it's always been about the characters and how they interact with each other, rather than the villain of the week concept that was so prevalent in the Avengers titles throughout the 90's.  This characterization is what drives the story in X-Men: Second Coming, and reminds me why I became a fan in the first place.

The story begins with Cable and Hope returning to the present day troubles that have forced the X-Men into exile upon a floating island they call "Utopia".  Hope has been referred to as the mutant "Messiah" because she is the only mutant baby born since M-Day when most of the world's mutant population was eliminated by the Scarlet Witch. Hope, now a teenager, has grown into a hardened soldier from her years jumping back and forth in time, running from those who want to kill her.

As for the great character moments, fans of Illyana Rasputin, also know as Magik, will enjoy her witty interactions with Pixie and her brother Colossus that harken back to her days with the New Mutants that made her so popular in the 90's.  Cyclops, usually known as a great strategist, finds himself rushing into a situation driven by emotion that results in chaos.  And in one horrific panel X-23 takes matters into her own hands, shining a light on Cyclops' darkest secrets, creating an enormous divide in the team when the fate of mutant kind needs them to be united now more than ever.

This chapter ends with the reveal of the mastermind behind the newly formed alliance between the Sapien League and the Purifiers with plans to kill Hope therefore leaving mutant kind on a path to extinction.

Second Coming is credited to:
Writers:  Craig Kyle and Chris Yost
Artist:: David Finch
Inks: Matt Banning
Colors: Aspen's Peter Steigerwald
Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna

The X-men: Second Coming storyline continues in Uncanny X-Men #523

Monday, February 15, 2010

Echo #18

Echo is a wonderful story from one of my favorite writer/artists Terry Moore, who is most known for his last creation Strangers In Paradise. Echo is about a photographer named Julie who witnesses a government experiment that seems to go terribly wrong. I say seems because we find out later that the accident may not have been an accident at all. Julie unwillingly becomes hunted by the government when fallout from the experiment bonds to her chest in the form of a strange metal breastplate capable of emitting an electric charge. She suddenly finds herself on the run with the help of Dillon who is the boyfriend of Annie, the scientist who lost her life in the accident. They come across many struggles in their journey to find the truth behind Annie's death and this mysterious metal. One of these struggles comes in the form of an old man, bearing a resemblance to the Gorton's Fish Sticks Captain, who's hand is bonded with the same metallic substance that is spreading and now covers much of Julie's body. This man has learned to use the metal's power as a weapon and is going on a killing spree.

In issue 18 we find him attacking a group of scientists connected to the experiment in what is probably the most gruesome scene so far in the story. Julie is hiding out with her mentally unstable sister Pam at the home of Ivy, a government agent originally ordered to hunt down Julie but is now helping her, and Ivy's young daughter. Julie and Ivy have discovered a wonderful new power the metal possesses and have decided to see just what it's capable of.

Echo is one of my favorite comics coming out right now. Every month I have trouble deciding whether to read it first, or put it at the bottom of my stack. Sometimes I do both. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys government conspiracies, science fiction, and character development. The art is black and white, but don't let that steer you away from the book. Even though it lacks color on the page, the images jump off the page and fill your mind with a full color picture of this world and the characters involved. The first three trades are now available but after you read them you will probably want to start picking it up monthly. I can't imaging waiting six months to see what happens next.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I've discovered that there aren't many people in my little home town to talk to about comics. So I guess the next best thing is to blog about what I've read. I am primarily a Marvel and Independent reader, but I do read a couple DC titles and will pick up something new when it's a story I hear a lot of buzz about.

My vision for this blog would be a fun little review about what I'm reading right now. It could be something current, or something classic. I'm hoping to post at least once a week and maybe with any luck my reviews will encourage some readers to try something new. I mainly just need an outlet to express some of my opinions about the world of comics.