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Comics Review – Amazing X-Men and the Return of Nightcrawler

I have been holding off on reviewing this comic until they completed their first story-arc, now ranging the first five issues. This comic was one of the first in the new lineup of Marvel titles, which they’re calling All New Marvel Now. And as all my titles changed over, this is the one I’ve stuck with.

The other comic I was reading still was Wolverine and the X-Men. However, this came to an end and they rebooted this title as well back at issue #1. Which partially means, a writer change. I was noticing that they had the same writer for the whole run of Wolverine and the X-Men… Jason Aaron. The new writer for Amazing X-Men.

Amazing X-Men #1!

Amazing X-Men #1!

So I think I have my replacement comic. Because this plot rolled out of one that had started in Wolverine and the X-Men from the very first issue. The story of the Bamfs, who looked so strangely like Nightcrawler… This comic picks up the plots, humor, and fun that I was loving in Wolverine and the X-Men! So let me review a couple of the aspects around it!

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All New Marvel Now and Should I Keep Reading?

So, over the course of the blog, I have talked about my growing rediscovery of comics, which has been aided and fueled by the ease of access with mobile apps, and the fact that tablets seem like an almost perfect way to read a comic book. If you don’t believe me, check out a somewhat older comic that should be pretty cheap, like the two-comic Days of Future Past, and see what you think. And try out both the Guided View on and off.

It was an Avengers World... It was the first of many. Cover to Avengers World #1!

It was an Avengers World… It was the first of many. Cover to Avengers World #1!

I’ve mainly been reading Marvel Comics, and blogging on them, and excited for them. I had such a great backlog of things to catch up on, and there were combined volumes to grab – the digital equivalent of trade paperbacks, and often for better prices. But then I found some comics I like, and then I got caught up on them. And then it’s the waiting game, and the new comics price – new comics tending to run $3-$4 each, with a new slew of titles coming out every Wednesday. But for most titles, only once a month, so the waiting, anticipation, cliffhangers… it gets you continuing to buy the titles as they come out, month over month.

However, Marvel seems to be going through re-branding and re-booting their comics lines AGAIN, something I discussed before has already happened a couple of times in the last few years. I got back into comics just as this last batch of re-boots started, but now as it happens again, while it might be a great time for someone new to come onboard… is it the best for an ongoing reader? For instance, as I was finally finishing reading Dominic Deegan, I noticed a comment in the news at the bottom, about the author going through the transition from the Heroic Age to Marvel Now, and being disappointed with the re-boot and author-swap of his favorite titles. I was like, well, I like where it is now… and then it’s going somewhere else. So consider with me for a moment while I consider my comics reading moving forward!

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Avengers Alliance – Mobile Gaming Review

So, since we’re traveling soon, I was looking for some additions for mobile gaming for the trip. Free games are nice, as are pass-and-play games. There’s a new app for Pandemic, and we’ll have to report back about that later. There’s also pass-and-play for Ticket to Ride now, and more options now for Small World. So we’re excited for these.

Avengers Alliance

A free one I had downloaded but not actually tried was Avengers Alliance. This game was originally on Facebook, it seems, and so has a massive in-game store. But I’ve played Infinity Blade, and had a friend playing it and when he bought gold, he was disappointed because all it did was decrease playability – the game is in the unlocking. So the store shouldn’t be an issue, right?

I’ve played a bit of this game over the weekend, and I want to tell you about it – and then I have to ask, have any of you played it? I could use some input. So if you play Avengers Alliance, in particular, read on and let me know!

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10 Best Spells

Magic is a great part of fantasy. As much as I am a Science Fiction guy, and the definition I work off of does not allow for magic (check out the definition here), the escapism of Fantasy (check out the definition here) can be a lot of fun. Fantasy and that level of escapism better lend themselves to gaming, because in gaming you can work outside of the bounds of reality, outside of our normal physics.

A fun sort of thought experiment, here I have a list of the ten best spells – with the thought being that you’re coming up with a spellbook and using them all together. Many spells or spell effects are duplicated, in various ways and various manners, in all sorts of books, video games, and tabletop games. So many of these have a variety of analogs, and are a good bet in most of these circumstances.

There are some spells, of course, that are a bit much. Are almost too powerful for regular sorts of use. The king of these spells is the Wish spell, from D&D – basically, it does what all these spells do, and just about anything else. It’s a plot-changer, game-breaker, and is a bit too much. So maybe it’s better to say, these are the tops of spell types, the best for use, for your gaming wizard or fictional mage of choice! Continue reading

The Once and Future Nightcrawler

Wolverine and the X-Men 32When I decided to get back into comics, I immediately went one place. I looked up my favorite character, Nightcrawler. A great character in my youth, reading Excalibur until it ended… A great character in Ultimate X-Men, where he is a product of the Weapon X project… A great character in the video games, where he can practically solo bosses…

So I returned to the Marvel Universe to find that Nightcrawler died.

I’d like to do a character study of Nightcrawler, but there’s a lot of history there. Like with Wolverine, I think I will focus mainly on lately in the comics, and about what Marvel has done with my hopes and dreams around this character.

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