Monday, April 29, 2013

League Post: Comic Books!

It seems like it was League of Extraordinary Bloggers time just a short while ago doesn't it?

Maybe I'm just imagining things. Anyway, in honor of Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, the topic for the League this week is:

league comics

I got thinking about a bunch of different comic-related topics that I wanted to talk about... but since I share pretty extensively all the comic books I buy at Goodwill, I decided to skip that for now. 

Instead I'm going to talk about 10 comic book titles that I love above ALL others. I'm going to do it in a countdown format, but honestly, there's really no particular order to these 10 titles. And honestly, I could probably list a LOT more than 10... but I'll keep those in my back pocket for now. So here goes. In no particular order at all my 10 favorite comic book runs/titles/collections/whatever criteria I choose. 

10. Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men

In 2003 I returned to comics when Neil Gaiman wrote a mini-series for Marvel called "1602". That series was just okay but what was truly important about it was that it got me back into my local comic book shop for the first time in almost 8 years or so. Neil Gaiman may have gotten me back into comics... but Joss Whedon kept me there. In 2004 he began an new series called "Astonishing X-Men". It starred Cyclops, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, and Beast. Colossus, who was dead at the time would soon rejoin the cast as well. Whedon added to the X-canon by inventing some new characters from whole-cloth such as X-student Armor, alien villain, Ord, and one of my personal favorites, the sentient Danger Room construct known simply as Danger. 

Whedon's series was an excellent blend of all the significant X-Eras. You had the classic feel of the old Byrne/Claremont books, mixed with the high concepts of the Morrison run. He combined the concepts flawlessly and told retro-but-fresh feeling stories that displayed the same light-and-dark hearted tone he displayed on his television shows like Buffy and Firefly. I can pick these trades back up years later and still find them entertaining, gut-wrenching, tear-jerking, and simply astonishing. 

I like stories that take old concepts like this, respect the continuity, and still manage to make everything new, exciting, and most importantly, easy to follow. I found Marvel Knights 4 (a Fantastic Four book) to be a very similar sort of reading experience. 

9. The Goon

The Goon by Eric Powell from Darkhorse comics is one of those books that I started reading late in the game and immediately felt I needed to get caught up in a major way. 

The Goon and his sidekick Franky bust heads through a monster-filled, slap-stick, supernatural, crime-noir, absurdist, low-brow, high-concept, sci-fi infused, sex-filled, profane, brilliant romp full of cool cars, stage magicians from hell, booze, sea witches who just want to be loved, voodoo priests, booze, wicker men, giant latin lizards, haunted houses, booze, mad scientists, cannibalistic hobos, skunk apes, zombies, robots, hook-handed fish men, werewolves, bartenders, giant talking spiders, crazy old gypsy ladies, booze, psychic seals, leprous hooded freaks, bog lurks, ghosts, booze, giant squid, and Peaches Valentine, who has to be seen to be believed. The writing, sense of humor, sense of horror, and storytelling both absurd and serious are all incredible. And as ridiculous as the main series is... it's Powell's departures into projects like "Chinatown" that show his storytelling range. Also "Satan's Sodomy Baby" should totally be a Disney film somewhere down the road. 

"Knife to the eye!"

8. Planetary

Warren Ellis has a bevvy of books that fascinate me. FELL, Desolation Jones, Transmetropolitan, Newuniversal, and Freakangels are all favorites that spring to mind... but by far one stands tall above his other works in my mind:

Planetary is an incredible series starring Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner, The Drummer, and a cast of characters meant to be direct references to dozens of other fictional characters. You see, Planetary takes place in a world populated by literally any and all kinds of fictional beings, including monsters, superheroes, aliens, ghosts, and everyone is a recognizable archetype based on characters like Doc Samson, Captain Marvel, The Fantastic Four, Tarzan, Wonder Woman, John Constantine, Mothra, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. 

But beyond the gimmick, Ellis uses the characters to turn traditional genre fiction on its ear and get down to the hearts of the heroes behind the stories. He makes all the fantasy and wild concepts a real core of character relationships. It's an incredible read, an incredible team book, and an incredible collection of tales and adventures. 

7. Astro City

Kurt Busiek takes a similar tact to his storytelling in Astro City as Ellis does in Planetary... with a few major differences. Busiek doesn't use the classic archetypes and storytelling tropes to just tell "hey this seems familiar" style comic book adventures. Instead he grafts a completely human experience onto each story, giving the reader a brand new perspective on what it is to be a villain, a victim, a hero, a henchman, or a hapless onlooker in the experience of "real-world" super-battles. 

The concepts of age, legacy, generations, duty, social class, culture shock, xenophobia, and so much more are explored in the run of stories. We get aged villains and heroes who feel past their prime, others who pass their duties, ethos, and in some cases their very mantles on to the younger generation. We have everything from condemned criminals too tired to do anything but the "right thing" and children who explore the world through sometimes super-powered but often all-too-human eyes of wonder. 

If you've never read it, please realize it's not a rip-off, it is one of the most genuine forms of homage I have ever seen in comic book form. 

6. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Alan Moore has a ton of books out that completely knock me flat, like Watchmen just to name one (Promethea, V for Vendetta, and Top Ten to name a handful more). 

But where Watchmen takes comic book archetypes and elevates them to literary gold... LoEG goes in the opposite direction. It takes a collection of literary characters and reduces them to the basic concepts that make them super heroes and villains. Characters like Mr. Hyde and The Invisible Man go toe-to-toe with the Martians from War of the Worlds and Moriarty. There are great call-backs to other works of classic literature, like the Island of Dr. Moreau, Pollyanna, 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea, James Bond, Orlando, and Gulliver's Travels, among literally hundreds of other references. Some pages in LoEG play like a page from Where's Waldo, with a who's-who of old Newspaper cartoons, poems, songs, and of course more books. It's a shared literary universe. The series tends to get a little bogged down in Moore's weirdness the further it progresses from the first two collections, but they are still brilliant. Nothing reads better than that original pair of mini-series though. Such an excellent concept, executed in such a clever and humanized fashion. 

5. Hawaiian Dick 

Hawaiian Dick is a criminally ignored series that NEEDS to have it's third collection put back out in TPB STAT. The stories are incredible period-piece 50's era crime noir stories with just enough Hawaiian folklore and forces mixed in amp things up and keep them interesting. 

B. Clay Moore's stories with Steven Griffin's illustrations cast a hypnotic spell over the reader, with incredible color, kick-ass crime storytelling, and an awesome retro feel that would work without any supernatural elements at all. 

The stories hero, Byrd, is your typical gumshoe, albeit a bit more light-hearted and likeable than most (even though he's an alcoholic with vast emotional problems). The supporting cast around Byrd, like his buddy on the police force, Mo, and lady friend, Kahami are all well developed and help to build a fascinating and compelling world that I always want to crawl inside and make a home in. 

But I'm a sucker for good genre private dick stories, like Brian Bendis's Marvel MAX title ALIAS, and Sam Noir: Samurai Detective by Anderson and Trembley... but Hawaiian Dick really stands apart. 

4. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Batman Books

There are plenty of excellent Batman books out there, definitive ones that stand the tests of time. But for me, I like a good stand-alone story that redefines a hero without having a ton of baggage it drags around behind it.

Jeph Loeb abd Tim Sale have worked on a set of four collections of Batman-universe stories together. Batman: Haunted Knight, Batman: the Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory, and Catwoman: When in Rome are all incredible collaborations between Loeb and Sale that tell some incredible stories about the Dark Knight and his twisted rogue's gallery. 

Tim Sale's hyper-kinetic line-work make characters like The Joker and Poison Ivy larger than life. Yet there's also a sort of gritty realism that helps characters like Jim Gordon and the gangsters he's fighting keep a very realistic integrity. The idea of the freak culture of Gotham city with it's masked vigilantes and villains slowly edging out "traditional" crime and crime fighting is heavily referenced here, as the last big crime family and an idealistic District Attorney have to try to defend their respective statuses in the face of changing times. 

3. All-Star Superman

With the exceptions of his run on the X-Men, and his short Vertigo series WE3, I am often left out in the cold when it comes to the rabid Grant Morrison love. His Seven Soldiers series was cool, but didn't strike all the right notes for me. I haven't read his run on Batman at all.

But Superman? I've read his Superman. All-Star Superman is Morrison's love-letter to the insanity of early era Superman comics juxtaposed with the insane futuristic visions of technology and techno-voodoo that only Grant Morrison seems capable of. With Frank Quitely's amazing artwork setting it all on fire, All Star Superman is a paean to the crazy mythology only found in the pulpiest and wildest of the comic book medium. 

This is truly an incredible Superman story to end all Superman stories, with epic battles, legendary villains, and allies who straddle the line between helpful and harmful. Clark Kent is amazingly rendered here, as are all the classic characters like Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Lex Luthor. I am generally not a fan of Superman in the slightest, but this is the kind of reality bending insanity that I think Superman was invented for. 

2. Ex Machina

Brian K. Vaughn is a household name for most comic books fans at this point. With a hugely successful run on Y: The Last Man, and his new series, Saga tearing up the controversy with its sex and non-titillating titillation...  as well as BRILLIANT books like Dr. Strange: The Oath and Pride of Baghdad under his belt... it was hard to pick one book of his to focus on. 

But by far one of my favorite books of his is Ex Machina, a strange blend of the West Wing, Fringe (I know Fringe came later), and The Rocketeer. Brian K. Vaighn found an outlet to talk not only about superheroes, but real-world politics in a non-preachy and interesting way. Every story arc dealt with a mystery or villain of some sort, as well as the mechanics of having to be the Mayor of New York, all while building on the mystery of just where the main character's superpowers (talking to machines and inventing science-fiction hero gear) come from, and what they mean. There's political intrigue, mystery solving, a touch of science-horror, and some good old fan-boy geek-out moments in the mix. All wrapped up with a well-written and so-human-it-hurts cast of characters you won't know what hit you. 

1. iZombie

We've come to the #1 slot, although I don't really feel that iZombie would hit #1 if I were grading on a genuine scale here. It's just the last book I decided to write about. But it is AWESOME.

With Chris Roberson on writing chores and the legendary Mike Allred on art, this book is an incredible blend of cheesy pop-culture and horror tropes gone noir. They mine everything, from a Scooby-Doo meets the Munsters sort of vibe, to a Dr. Phibes sort of style. The book is stylish and smart, and has modern monsters trying to adapt to a harsh and modern world. The supporting cast is a brilliant assortment of characters that would have fit in perfectly with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her crew, and the plot device behind main character Gwendolyn's need to feed and her need to help those she's fed on is an excellent one. 

Allred's art is both retro and modern at the same time, especially when characters like Ellie the ghost take center stage. 


WOW. I feel like I've been writing about comic books for HOURS now... and actually I have. But it's easy when it's a set of books like the ten I featured above. I also managed to sneak in references (some subtle some not) to some various runner-up titles that I would have loved to explore in more depth... but this is ENOUGH. 

Let's take a look at what some of the other Leaguers are saying about our topic this week:

- Nerd Rage Against the Machine introduces us to a comic I've never heard of before, called Desert Peach. 

- Toyriffic is a big cheating cheater who cheats and uses a post he put up about the AWESOME Plastic Man archive editions he recently picked up. 

- Fortune and Glory (Days) goes all 90's collector's bubble on us with his homage to the Death of Superman.

- Yelinna at Traveling Pics gives us her purview on perusing Peruvian periodicals. 

Well that is IT for tonight's blog post, ladies and gents. I'll be back soon with some Geeky Goodwill Goodies! until then, Happy Hunting!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

League of Extraordinary Bloggers: Sleepover!

It's League of Extraordinary Bloggers time once again!!! This week's assignment had me really scratching my head. 

All the places I thought of first were dangerous as hell. The Thundercat's lair? That place gets infiltrated like every other episode. 

If you're a villain... I want you inside of me.
The Xavier Institute for Higher Learning at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center in Westchester County, New York? That place gets destroyed on a pretty consistent basis. Sidrians did it, Inferno did it, Magneto did it, The Hulk did it, Danger did it... Sentinels did it...

Hey! I can see my house from-- oh.
I also ruled out  the Bat Cave, Castle Grey Skull, 1428 Elm Street in Springwood, Ohio, the TARDIS, the Millenium Falcon, Camp Crystal Lake, a Pineapple Under the Sea, and several other pop-culture locales for various different life-threatening reasons. 

Then I thought: Where better to spend the night than in the back of the good old Mystery Machine with my favorite team of teenage crime solving sleuths? 

Then I got thinking about the logisitics:

Too cozy.
Then I got thinking about the pure fantasy:

Look at that giant set of... monsters above the van.
Then I got thinking about dog poots. 

What's in those Scooby snacks???
Wait... was that Shaggy?
So I pretty much ruled out the Mystery machine as a viable sleepover spot. How do all those kids sleep in that van anyway? Is it like a clown car? Why are they homeless? What are they on the run from? 

Then I finally thought of the bestest, coziest, happiest place I would want to spend the night. The safest, most innocent, least killed-in-my-sleep kind of place in all of pop culture:

C'mon. You had to know where this was going.
123 Sesame Street! And not just ANY apartment in that building... but the Basement apartment, inhabited by Bert and Ernie! The only real danger I could think of would be getting carried away by Boogie-Woogie Sheep:

I'd roll out my sleeping bag on the floor (we are operating under the illusion that there is in fact a floor and not a sub-space inhabited by muppeteers) and doze the night away. In the morning I'd go visit my buddy Big Bird and fight crime with Super Grover. 

AAH! Zombie!
I'd have some breakfast at Hooper's store with Cookie and the Count, and then I'd play "STOMP!" with Oscar's trash can. I'd hang with Telly and the Honkers while we watched the Twiddle-Bugs playing in their flower box. Hell. Sleepover? I might just move right in.

Where are the other members of the League sleeping over this week?

- Vikki Verka takes us on a tour of Darla Dimple's extravagant manse (from the animated film, Cat's Don't Dance)

- Rediscover the 80's wants to spend the night in  one of those types of neighborhoods that I would have rejected as "too murdery".

- The 30ish Year Old Boy wants to bunk with Chuck!

- Miss M at Diary of a Dorkette stays EXACTLY where you think she would.

- The Vault of 3D Sculpts makes the case for 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

- The Cold Slither Podcast dreams of what it would be like to be born with a Silver Spoon in their mouth.

- Pop Rewind has two VASTLY different answers in one post.

AND there have been other awesome answers, from the Batcave to the Muppet Babies' Nursery... so be sure to check out all the other entries over at Cool and Collected! And thanks to 3B's Toy Hive for the Awesome idea for this week's topic (3B will be boldly sleeping over where no man has slept over before...)

Well that's all I got kids! I'll be back soon with more Geeky Goodwill Goodies! Until then, Happy Hunting!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quick Stop Books: From Troma Films to Teen Titans

I popped into Goodwill for a Quick Stop last week and am just now getting around to blogging about it. It was a better haul than I'm used to picking up in a Quick Stop, which is usually just a sort of drive-by for me where I skim the toy section, the book section, and then run for it with anything I find. 

So I found a nice pile of books, and even a handful of toys, but I'm just going to focus on the books first. I'll drop a post on here about the toys tomorrow or the next day.

First up is this awesome book All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger which looks like an EXCELLENT READ. From Class of Nuke'em High to Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD I love a good, trashy Troma flick. I was incredibly excited to find this book. This was 1.99.

Bed Bed Bed is actually the second They Might Be Giants book I've found for cheap recently. The other one is a book called KIDS GO! which I found at Mardens (a salvage and surplus store chain here in Maine). I am a huge TMBG fan from way back when so having books based on their works just makes me happy. I paid .99 cents for this, but the CD was missing from the back (which is okay because I already have the music that would have been included).

Next up a newer Dragonlark: Dragon Day Choose Your Own Adventure book that looked cute. I have a couple of the more recent, more fully illustrated books from this series that I've picked up at Goodwill. .99 cents.

This was a treat to find for me, because even though I am really not even a little bit of a manga fan (or manga-style fan) I am a fan of Adam Warren. He did a great mini-series for Marvel a few years back called "Livewires" and the art style didn't set my teeth on edge. The writing was clever and I loved the hyper-technology he introduced in that story. So when I discovered this Elseworlds version of the Teen Titans by Warren: "Scissors, Paper, Stone" I was interested to see his take. It was a nice surprise, and a great, short read, and since I paid .99 cents for the book I was not disappointed! 

As I've mentioned before, I like the Muppets, I like Golden Books, and I pretty much don't mind if they're not vintage as long as its a Holiday book I don't already own. So this Ho-Ho-Ho Baby Fozzie book made it home for .99 cents without having to think too hard about it. 

Another excellent find was this sometimes considered controversial Player's Option: Combat and Tactics book for the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd edition (or 2.5 edition, depending on which geek you ask). I LOVE finding role-playing books at Goodwill! I paid 2.99 for this book, but definitely felt it was worth it. 

The New Walt Disney Treasury: 10 Favorite Stories from Golden Books from 1971. I really like the look and feel of the book and its illustrations. Here are a handful of shots from the interior: 

Another excellent find for just 1.99. I'm really not a collector of anything classic Disney, but I really wanted this book. 

Well, that's it for the books from my most recent Quick-Stop. I'll be back with more Geeky Goodwill Goodies soon, as I still have some toys from the same trip to share!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Goodwill Geek's Mailbag Returns!!!

So it's time to return to the Goodwill Geek's Mailbag! (Gotta come up with a better name for this...) 

This came to me in the mail last week, and I am just now getting the chance to blog about it. I recently ordered one of the Cult Film Club's "No Tipping" Sticker Packs. I guess the money goes to help them with hosting and production costs... but I'm not so sure. They're a sketchy crew over there at the Cult Film Club. Jaime Hood over at Shezcrafti gives me reason enough to be suspicious. Pax over at the Cavalcade of Awesome plays it a bit more straight and narrow... but man that guy just seems too squeaky clean. You know what I mean? 

Anyway, this envelope arrived, decorated with a kick-ass Karate Kid trilogy sticker. It felt like the red-carpet treatment from the very beginning, you know what I mean? 

It IS something people call me.
Just sayin',
Included were these neon-colored protective index cards... one of which had a more-awesome-than-I-could-ever-hope-to-be piece of original artwork from Shawn Robare. I'm still decidining how I want to display this in the cave. Just tacking it up somewhere seems dismissive. I'm going frame shopping.

Also included were these two random vintage collector's cards. What Shawn may or may not realize is that he could not have picked better cards to select for me specifically because I love GPK and I love Gremlins 2, and specifically the Grandpa Fred character because he is a horror host with aspirations. And because: "Fire. The Untamed Element, Oldest of Man's Mysteries, Giver of warmth, Destroyer of forests, right now this building is on fire. Yes! The building is on fire! Leave the building! Enact the Age Old drama of Self-Preservation!" Because I want that as a ring-tone when I finally get a big-boy smart phone. 

Anyway... here are the sticker-packs themselves. I ordered two because I F**KING LOVE CULT FILM CLUB!!! And I want it to go on forevers. If you look closely on the left, Shawn signed the header of the pack for me. That one doesn't get opened. It's so f**king money, baby. 

Here are the stickers from the pack I opened. There was actually a Branded in the 80's sticker included as well, but I didn't realize it was in there until after all the pictures were taken. It was stuck to the back of one of the other stickers I think. Not sure. But it was awesome too... just not awesome enough for me to over-come my laziness and get an additional picture of it. Sorry Shawn. I think my absolute favorite one is the ticket-taker... but the CFC projector-skull is just such a sweet design I can't decide... and Steve Buscemi has never looked better than he does as a sticker. 

Here's what it looks like though:

(BUT if you buy some stickers and then post a comment on Shawn's Branded in the 80's blog, he'll toss one if for you too!!!)

Here's (almost) all the loot together in one shot! 

I have not decided what I want to stick these all over yet. I'm thinking I'll slap them on a binder and put AWESOME stuff inside. For now, I just have them in a card collector sheet until I decide. If they're durable enough to go on my car that's definitely where at least one of them will go. 

Soon I'll write a post on the stuff I got from Boxsome! I thought about just including it here, but I really wanted to let Shawn's stickers and the Cult Film Club shine here. The blog is great, but be sure to check out their podcast! But wait! There's more! Join the club and watch the movies in time to listen along! You can also follow them on facebook and twitter so look for them there!

I want to send out a genuine thanks to Jaime, Pax, and Shawn for coming up with such a great, addictive podcast, and for such an incredibly cool way to support and promote it!

I'll be back soon with some Geeky Goodwill Goodies! Until then... Happy Hunting! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

First Impressions: Thundercats Are Loose!

It's League of Extraordinary Bloggers' Time once again kids!!! And this one was a real head-scratcher for me at first... but all of a sudden it clicked for me. What's the topic?

It really did take me a while to come up with a good answer to this question. I couldn't think of a thing. I know of a lot of pop-culture THINGS that I love... but what specific FIRST impression did I love? 

And then it hit me: THUNDERCATS!!! Why? Just watch:

When I was about 10 years old (everything happened "about" this age if I was a kid... just fair warning) I first saw the Thundercats on cable. It was an afternoon show at this point, and it had come on after some other show I had tuned in to see, like G.I. Joe or something like that. The intro came on and I was instantly hooked. Some of the show itself was cheesy, for SURE... but that opening sequence was enough pure bad-ass awesomery to make me simultaneously wet my pants and go hysterically blind while screaming like a cross between a teenaged Beatles fan and that bird on the Flintstones that let's Fred know it's quitting time. 

All right. Let's break it down:

Let's start with that opening to the song. The trumpets and roaring lions that leads right into Lion-O's Sight Beyond Sight and then him shouting "Thunder! Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats HOOOOO!" While thrusting his growing sword right in your FACE!

Bam. Money shot.
Here's Omens in yer eye.
We are treated to a sequence where the team-members all look up and see the Thundercats signal emblazoned across the sky. Then Tygra appears, brandishing something that appears to be out of a dirty catalogue...
Whuuuh...cha got there Tygra?
And then it turns out to be a whip (so pretty much right on the first try) and he just starts whipping the HOLY HELL out of your FACE!!!

Then he turns invisible.
Just to f*ck with you.
We get a massive, earth-shattering shot of the Thunder-Tank smashing sh*t up... and then we get a brief shot of barely dressed, super aggro-agile Panthro jumping up into the air (am I just reading sexual subtext into all this on my own? Is it just me? I didn't mean to write it this way, I swear).

Spikes? Chains?
Then he flips his sh*t and kicks us in the FACE!!!

Booyakasha indeed.
AND THEN. It... it happens. It leaves you breathless. After getting stabbed and whipped and kicked in the FACE... We have our breath taken away. Whipping through a crowd of the Thundercat's enemies comes a yellow blur of pure... stunning... beauty. 

Atta girl.
Cheetara comes streaking (not literally... but man) into view. We see her run, jump, do some flips, smile winningly at the audience, and finish it off with a manic twirl of her bo-staff... in your FACE. 

Then we get some shots of Wilykat and Wilykit throwing bombs at some bad guys in your... face. It's kind of bad-ass too.

NOT from the intro.
Just couldn't find screen-shots from that part.
Then we get a shot of the whole group with Jaga's ghost looking over them all as they pose in front of the Cats Lair. 

Let the Bad-assery continue.
That's it right? We got a shot of the heroes, as a team, with their guardian spirit watching over them, in front of their base... and they all got to do things to your FACE. 

But WAIT! There's more! This intro is not done with you! Here comes Mumm-Ra... and he's going to scream his FACE off... IN YOUR FACE!!! Even his allies are terrified of him!

That is one scary upskirt shot.
Man let me tell you. All kidding aside. Just the intro to this show was an ADHD cocaine fix with it's finger in a light-socket filled with caffeine and angry bees. When I first saw it I was as immediately addicted to it. The show itself may have been silly or ponderous or nonsensical at times... (while at other times incredibly smart, imaginative, fast-paced, and action-packed) but you never didn't have fun watching that intro. It sold you on the show no matter what came after in a way very few other shows actually did (The original TMNT intro definitely did it very well, but that came into my life later). 

And I have been joking throughout... but there's really a lot of subtext it feels like. There's a lot of sex selling here honestly, intended or not. I don't feel like I'm reading into that. I mean... the first episode had this in it:

No... no funny jokes... to make on this one.
It didn't have an expository narrator... it didn't have a 30 second dance number to kick it off... It was absolute jam-packed with mind-melting, balls-to-the-wall action that didn't let up until the Thundercats logo popped up behind the sword of Omens that had literally been belching rage and fire at Mumm-Ra (and the audience) up to that point.

That's it guys. The Thundercats intro made one hell of a first impression on me. 

Let's see what other impressionable League Members thought... of things... at first.

- Jathniel at Space For Rent talks about his first impression of the Superman film. 

- Big J at Nerd Rage Against the Machine talks about his first impression of New Who. 

- Chris Mapp at Stunt Zombie talks about his first impression of Doomsday.

- LeAnn at Retro Toy Safari talks about first impressions of a galaxy far far away. 

- Lee and Linz at Pop Rewind talk about their first impressions of part 2 or even part 3 movie sequels. 

- Miss M at Diary of a Dorkette talks about her first impression of a particular Princess of Power. 

I'll be back soon with more Geeky Goodwill Goodness! Happy Hunting! 
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