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April 7th, 2005 - Trickle of Consciousness — LiveJournal
If you didn't expect this post, then you clearly haven't been reading this blog (in which case, welcome to my crazy!). Yesterday, the new Power Pack #1 (by Marc Sumerak and Giruhiru) hit the stands. Now all that in-depthitude I've been applying to the original series turns to the new venture. Spoilers are highly likely, as is a long post. So, your fair warning and cut tag for the day:

The good, the bad, and the fanboyCollapse )

The long and short of it: This is a good, fun read. Sumerak certainly doesn't surpass the source material, but I find myself assured that he has a reasonable understanding and respect for it, which is a lovely and noteworthy step up from Marvel's previous "Power Pack reunion" attempt in 2000. There are flubs here and there, both in the writing and the art, but I expect that in most first issues, and the creative team gets far more things right than wrong. We all knew I'd be buying the second issue, but I'm happy to say I'm looking forward to it, as well.

Plus, now I totally want an "Angry Jack" Power Pack keychain.

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It's that time again, when I get my butt in gear and update my links. This time out:

The Power Pack(ed) Fansite changes URLs yet again. I'm guessing this is the internet version of all those power switches. Am I right?

One new online comic makes the sidebar: Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick. The premise ("What if characters in a roleplaying game knew what the rules were?") has a limited audience, I'll admit. If you don't have a basic knowledge of how roleplaying game mechanics work (D&D specifically), most of the punchlines fall pretty flat. My many giggles on perusing the archives lay bare my dark past as a high school gamer
(and occasional dabbler since), but it's a shame I'll live with because I'm hopelessly addicted to this strip now.

In blogs, I've noticed three new regular stops I'm making:

I want to steal The Pickytarian's visual art criticism vocabulary. I'll settle for burying him under the three extra people's worth of bandwidth I can send his way.

David Welsh is the self-proclaimed Precocious Curmudgeon. He has a nice balance of manga and Western comics commentary, and he's linked to a fair number of columns and blog entries I've found interesting but would otherwise have missed.

Two Davids this time out. The second is David Carter. And while he's christened his place on the web Yet Another Comics Blog, I find it a nice oasis of thoughtful reviews and intermittent industry commentary that always maintains a level head.

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