Comics of July 18, 2018

I’m feeling kind of tired today, so I’m not yet sure if I’ll write a full review or just stick with this first impressions post. I caught myself shutting my eyes mid-sentence multiple times while reading today’s comics so I’m not sure how much faith I have in my analysis skills today. Also, the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials (for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championship) are on tonight and I’ll likely be watching some of that. The comics I picked up this week include Thor 3, Avengers 5, X-Men Red 6, Star Wars Poe Dameron 29 and Star Wars 51. I planned to pick up Cable, but my local shop ran out.

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007 – In-Between Movies 2: The Living Daylights

After most of the Roger Moore movies went heavy in the camp direction for the Bond series, The Living Daylights brings the franchise closer to its thriller roots. The story in The Living Daylights involves government hired assassins, deceptions, fake assassinations, defectors from either side of the Cold War, and double agents. It’s a fairly complex plot, yet it’s not too hard to figure out as long as you’re paying attention.

This also marked the first of Timothy Dalton’s only two portrayals of the Bond character. When they first planned the movie, following the financial and critical disappointment of A View To Kill, they intended The Living Daylights to be a prequel of sorts. They knew they didn’t want Roger Moore returning to the role, and then 59-year-old Moore didn’t want to return anyway, after having portrayed the British spy for 7 movies in 12 years.

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X-23 1 review

With a bit of distance between now and when All-New Wolverine was still releasing, my opinion on the series has changed a bit. I still contend that it was for the most part, the best X-Men comic on the market at the time. I still feel that Orphans of X is the best X-23 related story in years, and the opening arc, the Four Sisters, is a close second. But at the same time, several arcs felt too short, and as the series went on, it became a bit too much about Gabby and not enough about Laura at times. There were moments when Gabby almost felt like a parody than an actual character, as entertaining as she is. But that’s not unusual for writers who end up creating a fan-favourite character. You could even say the same of X-23 when her creators put her into a couple team books from 2005-2010. And near the end of the series, the writing got way too political, to the point where it interfered with the storytelling.

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Comics of July 11, 2018

I’m feeling kind of sore today, but it’s the kind of sore that will be good for me in the long run. Long story short, I did inspection at work yesterday. That involves nearly 8 hours straight of moving around 50 pound car parts. And then I went straight from work to a lane swim in a 50m pool, where I proceeded to swim all 10 races Michael Phelps swam in the first 4 days of the Bejing Olympics (the year he won 8 gold medals). That’s 2 400m IM’s, 3 200m butterflies, 4 200m freestyles and 1 100m freestyle. A total of 2.3 km swam, all within 90 minutes. I did it just to see if I could, and it kind of excites me that I succeeded. The fact that I still managed to get to work today means that I’m improving my physical shape at a quicker pace than I expected. I’m kind of shocked that I’ve made it this far considering I only swam my first ever 200m butterfly just over a month ago. A year ago today, I still couldn’t do one 50m butterfly in a 50m pool.

Anyway, it’s time to talk about comics. Today, I picked up X-23 1, The Amazing Spider-Man 1, Superman 1 and Red Sonja 18. Here are my first impressions, and my review (most likely of X-23 1) will be added in a link when it’s posted.

X-23 1 review

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007 – In-between movies: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

I wasn’t sure what else to call this month for my James Bond blogathon. This month I’m working on a major book edit – possibly even two edits if I find the time. As such, I’ll only be looking at the official James Bond movies with the short-lived actors. Today, it’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the only Bond movie to star Australian actor George Lazenby. Later this month, I’ll look at the two Timothy Dalton Bond movies.

Not only is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service unique in that it stars the only one-off James Bond actor, but other aspects of this movie are unique for the series as well. For one, most of the movie takes place in a single location and its surroundings. More specifically, the Piz Gloria restaurant in Switzerland, which was at one point the highest altitude restaurant in the world.

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Comics of July 4, 2018

For any American readers, Happy Independence Day. To the rest of you, happy new comic day. So this past weekend, I swam three 200m butterflies, all negative split, all in a 50m pool, and two of them were within 20 minutes of each other. Still had enough energy after that for an aggressive 200m individual medley. I think it’s safe to say that I’m on the right track with improving my general fitness. But enough about that – it’s time to talk about comics.

The comics I picked up this week include Avengers 4, Star Wars 50, The Man Of Steel 6 and I Hate Fairyland 20. Here are my first impressions.

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Pixar Movies 20 – The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 released very recently – about 2 weeks ago in fact. As such, there isn’t a lot of background information available just yet, so this won’t be as detailed of a blog post as some. Also, I only just saw the movie in theaters, and it’s hard to watch clips of the movie to help out with certain aspects of a review like this. Instead, this is just going to be how I thought of the movie.

That said, there is at least a bit of background information available. Following the release of 2004’s The Incredibles, director Brad Bird started working on his next Pixar movie, Ratatouille. Around the time of Ratatouille’s premier, Bird said he’d be open to a sequel to The Incredibles, but only if it could be even better than the first.

“I have pieces that I think are good, but I don’t have them all together.”

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