Bodycount

I borrowed the four-issue TMNT Bodycount series from a guy at work a few weeks ago, and just got around to reading it today.

Was there a point to this?

It seems like creators think they have to legitimize things they enjoyed when they were younger by making them “dark”. Why do they feel this is necessary?

Then again, I guess the turtles started out “dark”. But this is “dark” for the sake of “dark”. There’s no reason for it other than to make the turtles more badass, to distance them from the cartoon.

The only character development we got was in book 4 when Raphael sees Casey get shot and suddenly doesn’t think guns are quite so cool. But even then he doesn’t really seem to be in character–he starts crying immediately, for example. I don’t think Raph is all talk; I don’t think he’s the type to bawl like that. Regardless of the fact that he’s a teenager.

The series is supposed to be funny, in a macabre way, and it’s full of homages to Hong Kong action flicks, but ultimately there was nothing there that moved me. Did I expect more out of it than I should have?

Final thought: for a story about a ninja turtle, Raph didn’t get as much face-time as I would have expected. But I guess that’s a good thing, because the artist sure made everybody ugly.

Okay, Highlander is awesome, but…

$249.95?!

That comic looks badass, and the cover art is beautiful. I’d really like to read the story.

But $249.95?!?!?!?

Sure, right now it’s $149.95, but is that really any better? It’s still ridiculous.

I’d pay $35, maybe $50. Maybe.

I guess I’m just not hardcore anymore.

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A few more news items

Lynda Carter talks about her feelings towards acting in Sky High, Disney’s blatant rip-off of Robert Kirkman‘s Invincible. (Okay, I don’t know that it’s a rip-off, but you have to admit the setup is similar, and anyway Kirkman’s married to my sister-in-law’s best friend, so you know where my loyalties lie.)

Somebody’s planting trees! Secretly!

Blondie is set to celebrate 75 years of Dagwood sandwiches. Well, sort of. Actually, Dagwood wasn’t a major character until he and Blondie fell in love in 1932. So…73 years of Dagwood sandwiches, we can assume.

When the strip debuted on September 8, 1930, its heroine was Blondie Boopadoop, who was pretty and single. Dagwood was the playboy son of a railroad tycoon and one of her several boyfriends.

Blondie was popular at first but interest in a strip about rich characters declined as the Depression spread.

In 1932, Chic Young had Blondie and Dagwood fall in love. They were married in 1933, but Dagwood’s parents disapproved of Blondie and disinherited him, forcing him to go to work and live a middle class life.

Boopadoop = Best. Name. Ever.

Local officials want to tax already cripplingly expensive downtown Augusta real estate in order to pay for cleanup and improvement efforts. Good idea? Bad idea? I have no idea, myself.