Just a quick update on my swimming goals. My initial goal, set in November of last year, was to be able to swim a 400m individual medley by my next Birthday. That happened to be this past weekend. But when I swam a 400m im in December, I upgraded that to swimming it in less than 8 minutes in a 50m pool (Olympic sized-pool). Well, this past Sunday, I came very close. Within 20 seconds of that goal. I made the mistake of going a bit too hard in front crawl and ran out of energy by the end, but it was going well up to that point. On the plus side, I also swam my first ever 200m butterfly in the long course, and I still swam another 400m individual medley after that.
Considering I only swam my first ever 50m butterfly on my 30th birthday, and barely finished it, being able to swim 3 400m individual medleys, a 200m im and a 200m butterfly in a 50m pool on my 31st birthday is great. And I have plenty of time to try to get under that 8 minute mark. Anyone who says you can’t improve your physical fitness after turning 30 is either a wimp, a liar … or both. Or they’re physically handicapped – I’ll give them a pass on this.
Anyway, it’s time to talk about comics. This week, I picked up X-Men Red 5, Star Wars 49, Justice League 1, Red Sonja 16 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 83. I also planned on picking up Man Of Steel 2, but my local shop is missing a full shipment box (again), so I’ll need to wait on that one. Here are my first impressions.
X-Men Red 5 is good. It continues the story with the brain implant sentinels, gives us a couple fight scenes, and brings Gambit onto the team. There’s not too much else to say about this issue. It contains a lot of the same kinds of moments we’ve seen in previous issues. It’s all well done, and there are some good character moments for Jean Grey, but this series is starting to feel mildly repetitive. Hopefully it can move forward with the plot sooner rather than later. Hopefully, the X-Men will figure out a way to be less reactionary and more proactive with the situation soon. Still, this is worth picking up if you’ve enjoyed this series so far.
Star Wars 49 is great. It concludes the story of the Mon Calamari officially joining the Rebel Alliance with some great action, well-written dialogue with the Mon Calamari command, and brilliant strategies on both sides of the battle. Oh, and there’s a huge plot twist at the end of the issue, questioning whose side a major player is really on. Star Wars fans should be reading this series, which currently takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, while also building up towards Return of the Jedi.
Justice League 1 is good. This issue mostly focuses on introducing a major new threat, but it also does a good job at introducing a couple of the lesser-known characters to new readers. Most notably Martian Manhunter, emotionally connecting his own personal past to the situation. Apart from the character focus on him, this is mostly a plot focused issue, and it does a great job at establishing that. With all that said, I’m not completely sure how I feel about this issue, nor am I sure if I’ll continue reading it or not. It’s at least worth a look though.
Red Sonja 16 is fun. It concludes the time traveling Kulan Gath storyline that began with issue 1. There’s a lot of action at the start of the issue, some bittersweet goodbyes, and a good cliffhanger. Not sure what else to say at the moment.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 83 is great. Most of the issue focuses on the Ninja Turtles encountering one of the immortal characters introduced 20 or so issues ago. This one in particular is a loner, but after a brief chase, he actually finds kindred spirits in the turtles. Beyond that, there’s the ongoing threat with the Rat King, some further advancement with the situation in the streets of New York, and hints at further plots to come. As usual, this is a great series and an easy recommendation for Ninja Turtles fans in general.