Friday, September 30, 2016

Cosplay Friday: Afro Samurai

Full disclosure: I've never made it all the way through Afro Samurai. Started it, but never finished it. While it seemed alright, it wasn't my cup of tea. That might have been different if the film was live action and Little Wren here was the star.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on this week!

What's Up for September 30, 2016

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the articles, books, comics, movies, videos, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)

This time around, I have a favorite maxi-series back on the reading pile, a so-so superhero sequel, the latest in a 20 plus book series and more!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

F.O.R.C.E. Files 7: Zenith

Like much of her team, Zenith is a character with a long history before and after the one chapter of the ongoing series she leads. Her history ties closely to that of Powerhouse and Legend, but she has her own unique path, the secrets of which will become apparent as her tale is told in F.O.R.C.E. 7.

She's also somewhat unique in my first round of characters as she doesn't have an obvious analog to a superhero stereotype. I can't say I did that with any particular purpose though: Zenith is a character that's floated around my skull since I was thirteen. The concept of living light is fascinating to me, as it opens a ton of unique features and abilities. I have distinct memories of the early 90s iteration of Living Laser as he became a literal living laser and the use of his abilities under the writing of John Byrne, Len Kaminski and Mark Gruenwald are really the only outside influences I can muster when it comes to Zenith and her power set.

The main tale of F.O.R.C.E. 7: Zenith takes Zenith, Doc Tesla and the other female members of the team into Pashtunistan, a Middle Eastern dictatorship. As revealed in the final pages of the last chapter, a group of militant extremists named the Femazons attacked the oppressive regime and literally incapacitated every male in a society where all women are treated as second class citizens. This creates an interesting conundrum for our heroines: who is the lesser evil between the standing government and the Femazon conquerors?

As the first full year of F.O.R.C.E. races to a close in the next month and a half, this chapter also reveals a major plot point that comes to play starting with the next chapter. While an excellent standalone tale, it is also a key plot point in the ongoing saga of the team.

F.O.R.C.E. 7: Zenith is now available for 99 cents at Amazon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Top 10 action figures overseeing my writing

I have an incredibly tiny desk space in the corner of the bedroom where about 90% of my writing gets done. It isn't the ideal writing spot, but it is an effective area to work. But sometimes I need inspiration or just a bit of a distraction from the regular grind of trying to figure out the next plot point of my current story. And that's where the handy shelf of action figures behind my desk comes in handy.

As part of this week's Pop Culture League, I'm going to take a look at my ten favorite toys on those shelves. And since my current at home camera sucks, I'll use handy stock or review photos for my convenience!

Honorable Mention: WWE Figures

I don't buy many wrestling toys, but a few have a treasured place on my shelves. My currently unopened Samoa Joe will certainly join these four shortly. (Images all from Ringside Collectibles if you didn't figure that out.)

10. Otho

I've seen a lot more love for the Four Horsemen's Mythic Legions line than I've actually felt for the figures. They are pretty solid overall, but I can't help but feel the line is overly expansive without enough variety. Still, I see a few gems in the line and Otho here is one of them.

Image credit: Four Horsemen.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Great Art: A-Force by Thony Silas

While I am not necessarily the biggest fan of Marvel's current line up of titles, I cannot complain about this great art print by the talented Thony Silas featuring various members of the Secret Wars team A-Force. It's gorgeous work from a great talent.