New Comic Book Day with Dr Strange, Paper Girls, and Lady Killer

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Some great comic book reads this week, including a delightfully disturbing new title.

Doctor Strange #10 – Last Days of Magic Finale

comic book cover dr strange #10 man in blue flying with swordWe finally meet The Thing in the Basement and it is fantastically horrifying.

This issue concludes the Last Days of Magic arc. No big surprises, but satisfying overall. Things did not go in the direction I had hoped, but that would have taken several more issues of this arc, and they have a movie to make buzz about.

I’m not sure what was going on with the art of this issue. For the most part, I have really enjoyed the look and feel of this book, but there were several panels in this issue that seemed rushed. It was just enough to throw me out of the story, and only noticeable because the art has usually been stellar.

Looking forward to the next arc, especially with such an ominous tease of things to come.

Paper Girls #8

comic book paper girls #8 girl looking in mirror sees skullThe weirdness continues in this time travel Goonies-esque adventure.

We’re up to three different Erins now, and the giant tardigrades have not stopped their Kaiju monster fight.

The mystery of the Apple products from the future continues.

This is a comic that has me desperately impatient for the big reveal of what’s really going on, who is actually a bad guy, and why there are pterosaurs ridden by people who may or may not be time cops.

Lady Killer #1

comic book cover lady killer #160’s housewife and secret killer-for-hire? I’m completely sold on this comic after one issue.

Joelle Jones’ writing is tight and fun, with clever dialogue, pacing, and set up. Michelle Madsen’s art is delightful; you can practically taste and smell the 1960’s by looking at her pages.

Turns out that I missed out on the first run of this comic last summer, which means I am tracking down the trade immediately.

Spiderwoman #5 – The real story starts here

Alright y’all, the Spiderverse crossover is over at last and we can finally, finally, get this party started.

Jessica Drew, aka Spiderwoman, has decided to quit the Avengers and go have herself some ‘figure out who the hell I am’ time.  She’s awkward and unsure of herself, but manages to feel great in an awesome new outfit.

She’ss a fun character, relatable in how she deals with the world, and truly enjoyable to read. I want to know how this whole thing with quitting her job to go freelancing turns out.  The mystery that immediately drops in her lap to set up this next arc is also intriguing!

There is a joke buried deep in this issue about that hideous variant cover of Spiderwoman #1 by Milo Manera that so many people were grossed out by.  So many points for writer Dennis Hopeless.

This is a great issue, and not only because you don’t have to read 20 other comics to understand what the hell is going on.  If you haven’t picked up the series yet, just start here. Don’t worry about issues 1-4 unless you’re committed to reading all of Spiderverse.  That is a thing that is absolutely worth doing, by the way.

If you’re going to pick up a new series this month, I cannot recommend Spiderwoman enough.  This is the issue to jump in.

What I read on Thursday

Twitter keeps doing things, shockwaves from the Target hack continue to be felt in the tech world, the next revolution in stock images is happening, and LifeHacker, as always, has some great advice. Then I listened to some podcasts.

mothra dragging godzilla

ReadWrite: The Death Of The Magnetic Stripe Claims A Scalp As Target CIO Resigns

Google Maps: Photospheres of Egyptian Ruins
I could look at these photospheres all day, especially the one of Hatshepsut’s temple.

LifeHacker: What Can I Actually Upgrade On My Mac?
Doing research on keeping my old macbook alive.

LifeHacker: How to Stop Being a Cynical Asshole

PreviewsWorld: Jeremy Barlow Picks Up From The Clone Wars With Darth Maul Series 

Super Duper Space Witch: Review: The Outer Temple of Witchcraft – circles, spells and rituals by Christopher Penczak
My friend Amanda’s blog, participating in the Pagan Blog Project. Penczak’s stuff never really appealed to me when I was still practicing.

Wired: The 5 Comics You Need to Read This Month

Marvel.com: Blast Off with Captain Marvel #1 in March
Yay! Carol’s back! I am going to go broke buying comics this month, jeez.

BJP-online.com: Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement
Wow.  That’s awesome, and brilliant. Plus WordPress jumped right on that: Announcing New Embed Support for Getty Images

NPR: Park Officials: Illegal Cutting of Redwoods Is Increasing

Wired: How Your Season of Birth Is Etched in Your Brain

KaijuCast: Godzilla vs. The Thing Daikaiju Discussion
This is one of my favorite podcasts. I’m going to start including things I listen to or watch in a given day, since this is mostly about looking at the range of information I take in.

Search Engine Land: As Google Upgrades Google Maps Business Listings, Conflicts Happen Including Duplicate Listing Issues
I’m a little shocked that articles on this are just now showing up. I’ve been troubleshooting that particular issue for our clients for months now.  It’s a pretty nasty mess that Google’s made for the SEO’s to clean up.

TheNextWeb.com: Sweden (yes, the country) wants your ideas for a new breed of games

DigiDay: Why Twitter’s growth problem isn’t a problem for Madison Avenue
The discrepancy between how Wall Street and Madison Avenue view the platform illustrates a fundamental difference between the two. For bankers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, selling the promise of future success is as, if not more, important than exhibiting actual ROI. That equates to placing a premium on growth. Agencies and brands tend to focus more on performance, and in that regard, Twitter delivers.

Scientific American: From Gadgets to Galaxies: Conference Reports
Another podcast that I love.  This one is rarely more than 30 minutes long.