BW’s Morning Article Link: 1st Phase Shifters Review Wrap-Up

I picked up a whole bunch of followers during my review of The 1st Phase Shifters & The Omega Capsule for Chapter By Chapter. So if any of you missed last night’s update (instead of a comic it was a site maintenance report), I did the final wrap-up review of the book overall over at my other website, The Clutter Reports, a site all about my attempts to control and eliminate the clutter I’ve built up over the years and slim down my various collections to something I can enjoy. Here’s the review if you missed it. Odd to be using the Morning Article Link on one of my other sites.

Site (And Patreon) Maintenance

I haven’t used that graphic in a long time. I use it so rarely it’s not even worth updating

So as you can tell there’s no Jake & Leon tonight. I am hoping to put something together for Memorial Day. The sleep cycle thing is still bothering me and I had life stuff to deal with, including completing this phase of the Comic Organizing Mega-Project. I decided today to get some overdue site-related stuff done. I did write my final review for The 1st Phase Shifters & The Omega Capsule over at The Clutter Reports, which included the aforementioned Mega-Project status. I’ll be putting another link in the Morning Article Link for people who only came because of that review. In two weeks we’ll see what the next Chapter By Chapter is, and like I’ve teased it’s going to be different from previous book reviews.

This week I’ll be returning to the main Marvel titles on Tuesday, although it’s back to Uncanny Origins. And I’ll be getting to the Phantom comic I promised last Friday. As for what work I did on the site, I took down some RSS feeds that haven’t updated in years (including a couple for closed sites, like Reviewers Unknown). I also took down the Big Hollywood feed because after Andrew Breitbart passed away the entire Breitbart Network, including Big Hollywood, was put under one feed. I try to keep politics off of this site as much as I can (which isn’t easy with politics invading every part of our lives it possibly can, like a virus) but finding a Conservative voice in the entertainment industry isn’t easy. Until they give Big Hollywood its own feed again or I find another site similar with it’s own feed it’s a branding decision to remove it. I still support what they do.

I also finally made the changes to the BW Patreon. I shortened the video tiers since I’m not making that many, and altered the rewards slightly to better reflect current output and goals. If I can finally wake up and sleep at the right times and not be tired all day I’ll start achieving them all, but at least I can keep current output going. If you don’t want to sign up I do also have a link to the PayPal if you want to help support the site that way. Meanwhile I still need to find a job, which is also going to pull time away. Based on current needs if I made at least $500 a month I’d be in fair shape, although $800 would be better and of course more would be even better. Right now I’d settle for anything that would help, including getting more YouTube views, but I need the time to make more content that hopefully people will watch. I’m having enough trouble getting my readership numbers back up. Until BW projects lead to income this is a resume-builder that I also do for fun (because if you don’t have fun with it, all that hard work is for nothing), but I’ll keep doing it as long as I can. Speaking of which, it’s back to work.

Saturday Night Showcase: Sectaurs – Warriors of Symbion

It’s scary how many kids toylines were set after an apocalypse. Earth wasn’t spared, with toys like Visionaries and Starriors set after a cataclysm, and a few non-toy shows (but we’re talking toys here), but killing off alien planets popped up a lot. Robotix, and the cartoon backstory for Gobotron and the Rock Lords spinoff Quartex, as well tonight’s offering, Sectaurs: Warriors Of Symbion, all set after some cosmic, or in this case bad science, event caused the end of their worlds, forcing them to adopt new forms in order to survive. There were probably others I’m not remembering either.

I was never really into these toys. I guess bug people couldn’t pull my money away from transforming robots and Star Wars toys. There was also media to help push the toys because of course there were. Marvel produced an eight-issue limited series, there were read-along records, and as I just learned this week mini-comics packed into the toys. I think our next Free Comic Inside will take a detour to Symbion before returning to the Super Powers Collection. The story takes place on the planet Symbion, after a bunch of scientists do something wrong and mutate the planet. And you thought people worried about the dangers of some scientific experiments is a new thing? Now it’s a primitive planet of bug people who “tele-bond” with bugs, some large enough to fly on while others are just your pet dog.

There was also a five-episode miniseries that never made it to full series, and a series of serial-style advertisements that told of a battle between the heroes and villains. The cartoon was produced by Ruby-Spears, and while there were differences between the comics and cartoons (for example Spidrax leads the Dark Domain instead of the forces of Empress Devora, who leads in the comics I guess–I’m going by Wikipedia) they kept the geography and basic premise, that the two sides are fighting over “The Hive Of The Ancients”, a leftover laboratory that contains secrets that could win the war for either side. Let’s see how that turns out.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Superman Adventures #15

“Hey, they’re ALL red wires!”

Superman Adventures #15

DC Comics (January, 1998)

“Maximum Effort!”

WRITER: Mark Evanier

PENCILER: Rick Burchett

INKER: Terry Austin

COLORIST: Rick Taylor

LETTERER: Lois Buhalis

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Maureen McTigue

EDITOR: Mike McAvennie

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In Defense Of CinemaSins and Rifftrax

And you know you’d buy it just to see how weird it is.

Cinema Sins and Rifftrax are two different properties but for some they make the same mistake. Rifftrax is of course the continuation by Mystery Science Theater 3000 hosts Mike Nelson (Mike), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) making fun of movies by recording an audio track you play alongside a movie, allowing them to riff even big name disasters. Cinema Sins looks over movies to find plotholes, dumb decisions by characters, and various other flaws in bad movies.

Where they’re getting flack, especially Cinema Sins in circles I travel, is when they go beyond bad movies and go after good movies. One of my fellow Reviewers Unknown refugees, Jerry “The Film Renegado” Nava, hates Cinema Sins at least in part because of their looking at good movies and finding flaws. The consensus of this group is that good movies should be left alone when there are so many bad movies to riff on or point out flaws for. Now I will never tell people that they should or shouldn’t like something because mind control is against my creed. However I will defend their rights to take on even the good movies with two words: nothing’s perfect.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #6

“This time the FOOD is going to play with YOU!”

Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #6

Star Comics (Marvel; March, 1986)

Yes, I know I said today would be a The Phantom comic but I found this during the comic organizing project as well as well as the 25th anniversary special I reviewed when it originally came out. So we’ll get to the Ghost Who Walks next week. This is the last Spider-Ham comic I currently own to review.

“Salad Daze”

WRITER: Steve Skeates

ARTIST: Joe Albelo

COLORIST: Steve Mellor

LETTERER: Janice Chaing

EDITOR: Larry Hama

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BW’s Morning Article Links: Defending Superheroes

Immortal Iron Fist #1. Art by David Aja.

Immortal Iron Fist #1. Art by David Aja. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bill Maher is a moron, and for once I’m not just saying that as a conservative. In a recent rant that deserves a longer response from me (hey, there’s no Friday Night Fight this week but I think this needs more than an article) the host of HBO’s Real Time made a rant about how superhero movies were damaging to American culture before going into a rant against President Donald Trump. He also showed he doesn’t understand what he’s talking about because he doesn’t even know Netflix isn’t a TV channel (except on certain cable systems, and that’s just to access a website) or who Iron Fist is. (He’s a martial arts superhero if you’re new around here.)

There are actually two articles I want to point out. First is from ICv2 contributor Steve Bennett defending the need for superheroes. The other is from The Mary Sue contributor Kalia Hale-Stern that was linked to in that article, showing kids in poses emulated by superheroes, a series of art pieces by Jason Ratliff. I should also point out that superhero comics and TV shows/movies are being worked on primarily by liberals like Maher, some of whom have worked that into their story to the detriment of their characters. (Mostly at Marvel, who have ruined perfectly good diverse characters by writing them poorly and calling you a bigot for not liking their writing.) Maher has pretty much attacked his own side to go after Trump. But like I said, it’s going to take more than an article to go into that.