Defying Gravity: Checking in with Faith #1

Faith #1 CoverJanuary’s end has come and gone which means that the first issue of Faith has finally come out! And, spectacularly, I remembered to go out and buy it before the next one came out (memory problems, pshaw)! I’m not going to lie, my hopes for this inaugural issue were pretty high: nice art, good characterization of Faith herself, and pop culture references that didn’t make me cringe with secondhand embarrassment. After reading, I found that all said hopes had been marked off with a nice little check mark, and the comic was even so good as to introduce several plot threads I’m genuinely interested in. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at see what Valiant whets our appetites with. Continue reading

Throwback Thursdays: The Empire Strikes Back

empire strikes backThe Force Awakens is still everyone’s favorite thing right now, and without the ability to see that movie over and over again, I decided to start re-watching the original movies non-stop, just because I can. Now, I suppose if I am going to review the original movies it would make sense to start with A New Hope, but The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite of the original trilogy. Heck, it’s probably my favorite Star Wars movie ever (though Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens are close contenders), and right now I’m going to tell you why.

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Agent Carter: “Smoke and Mirrors” Review

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There’s nothing quite like sitting down to an episode of Agent Carter after a long day of work, and it’s an especial delight when said episode delivers above the expected level of awesomeness. This week’s episode of Agent Carter was chock full of plotty intrigue as Peggy and her posse got down to business, but it also gave us a much-coveted look into Peggy (and Whitney)’s past.

Spoilers below the jump!

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Finite Incantatem

Though the last Harry Potter book was published almost ten years ago, its fandom has never died. It might have waned a little, but recently, with a play and another movie coming up, it’s come roaring back. And true to form, that means more creative fanworks from fandom. One such fanwork is an ingenious new webcomic called Finite Incantatem.

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow and Historical Liberties

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a subscription to one of those geek-loot blind boxes, specifically one that focused on YA fiction. I eagerly awaited my first crate of goodies throughout January, and finally, near the end of the month, it arrived, bringing with it Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley.

My copy has the cover on the right, which is apparently the Canadian one, doncha know.

My copy has the cover on the right, which is apparently the Canadian one, doncha know.

Vague spoilers for the book below.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season 2

The second half of Rebels’s latest season has already started airing and we’re already a few episodes in, so I am getting to this trailer just a little late. Regardless, with the exception of Leia’s introduction, most of what we see in the trailer hasn’t happened yet. This is unfortunate, because every moment of this trailer is filled with awesome, and so far, the same looks to be true for all the actual episodes. Take a look:

Oh, my God, this is one of the best things ever.

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Magical Mondays: Transistor and Re-Birth

Spoilers for Transistor below.

Transistor Royce BracketI’ll be honest with you all: I don’t really know what a transistor is used for in real life. Wikipedia is telling me that it’s a tool used to amplify and/or switch electronic signals, and considering that Transistor’s battle system is all about switching around various powers to get the combination that works the best for you, the player, the name makes sense. (Although I would argue that my initial thought of “USB sword” is also very fitting, despite the lack of catchiness.) While, yes, this system creates what is essentially the game’s magic, I found it interesting that the act of “downloading” a person’s consciousness into a sword wasn’t really considered strange. When the player is first instructed to provide sanctuary to a townsperson that has already succumbed to the Process by absorbing them into the sword, it’s just a matter-of-fact kind of deal. Sure. Why not do that–totally normal. True enough that magic doesn’t always have to be a scary, alien concept in a fictional universe, but since the Transistor (sword) is essentially the only one of its kind, the idea that everyone is just okay with this struck me as kind of bizarre. Yet, when the world around you is dying, affording this much suspension of disbelief isn’t too hard.

Looking at the game now after the fact, I think I was distracted from the true magic in the game. Not that the power of the Transistor should be entirely discounted, and there is definitely something to be said for transformation, but the line spoken near the end by Royce Bracket, member of the Camerata, hints towards the true magic taking place here. He states that the Transistor is a brush, while the Process is the paint by which the city is created and re-created. Compared to the blunt theme of transformation throughout, what I find is the true magical force in this game is that of rebirth: a power that Red ends up embracing, but only on her own terms. Continue reading