The State of the Dwarf and other Nerd Stuff

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Well, I guess that it was going to happen sooner or later, but I am excited to say that I am now working the classical 9 to 5 kind of job.

I recently was posted into a new position in the company that has provided me with a day job. That position is in Human Resources as a Recruiter. This is awesome for a couple of reasons, while the pay is significantly better… I am also happy to say that I will be doing something that I can envision as being part of my real talents.

So there was that…

Now onto some other things a bit more nerdy.

Music: Pronobozo – Hackwave.

So after finally getting my hands on this album, and takings some time to listen to it… Holy hell is it good.

Delivering a fusion of Techno, House, Electro, and Dub Step… Hackwave is an interesting blend that will both pump you up, and make you want to dance. Here is the first track.

The track titled Two Feet on the Ground is a slower track on the album, and serves as the “mood setting” song, showing some flashes of influence from Massive Attack (shares some elements of Angel off of Mezzanine).

But I would also be remiss if I didn’t also share this track from a band called The Protomen:

Yeah, I admit that I am geeky.

So, with all of this said, I guess now I will shift to comics.

So there are a couple books that I am reading right now that really have caught my attention… well really 3 that are really sticking out to me.

The first is the current run of Swamp Thing.

Swamp Thing Vol. 5

One of the best stories as of late to have been told in the DC Universe involving good old Swampy.

The story which is now taking a turn from the previous road that had been laid down by the various creative teams, now finds Alec Holland in a slightly different role than he was before.

Not only is he alive again (as he was killed off in a previous run of the book.) He is human.

You read that right. Alec Holland is human in the first few issues of the book.

The story is a departure from what was already known about Swamp Thing, but takes direction from the previous comics that were written by Alan Moore from his run on the book back in the early 1980’s.

Starting with scenes for mass bird deaths in Metropolis, and the Bat Cave becoming littered wtih the sudden deaths of Bats. It is at first thought that maybe there is something going on… And wow are we right. Superman searches for Alec Holland, and from the meeting that they have, we learn about how while those kinds of mass deaths are not all that uncommon in nature, all is not as it seems. Enter a visit from a member of the Parliament of Trees, and the return of Abby Arcane in the 2nd issue, and the revelation that there is a realm out there that is the opposite of the Green… well, lets just say that this book has been intense, and while not the fastest moving in the first couple issues. There is no shortage of good story telling, and a sense of how I want to see what will happen next.

I now move on to three all new comic series that all made their debut this year.

First of the three is Robert Kirkman’s Thief of Thieves.

Thief of Thieves

Now with the Walking Dead being the celebration of Zombie Lovers everywhere, one might think that a book written by Robert Kirkman that does not have a single zombie in it, would perhaps fall flat on it’s ass. I mean if George Romero really can’t do anything past the Living Dead films to much success would be an indicator about those that write Zombie Apocalypse fiction… then maybe there is a rule?

Write Zombies well and you will not be allowed to succeed at anything else.

Thankfully, this comic proves that theory wrong.

Very well written, and honestly a good story to boot… I also need to mention that the first 4 issues of this comic are now in their 4th and 5th printings respectively. It is also one of the staff picks at my local comic book shop. (Hooray for Comic City in Novi, MI.)

The last two books that are on this list are both written by Mark Millar (Wanted, The Authority, Kick Ass), they are Super Crooks and The Secret Service.

Firstly The Secret Service:

Secret Service #1

This book as of right now, rivals Preacher in overall satire value, and takes the James Bond stereotype and kicks it in the bollocks and then covers it in petrol and sets it on fire. Then proceeds to use a seltzer bottle to put out the flames.

Not only is the book filled with black comedy, and twisted humor. There is a little of everything that one would expect in a comic of this sort.

Humor, violence, excellent art work… but most importantly, there is a story here. And a damn good one.

While I know that I have not really gone into much description about the content of the comics that I am covering right here, I really don’t want to spoil anything. Especially since Super Crooks and Secret Service are only now going into their third and fourth issues respectively.

Speaking of super crooks…

Super Crooks #1

So… say you decided to take Ocean’s 11 and cross it with the Legion of Doom?

You would have this comic right here, and it’s damn good.

This book is strictly told from the perspective of a bunch of super villains that decide that they are done getting their arses handed to them repeatedly by super heroes, so they decide to go someplace that is without supers altogether.

Throw in a super crook mentor that is deep in debt to the wrong people, and a subplot of a super hero that has fallen from the favor of the people, and commits almost as much crime as the baddies that he stops.

So in closing, I will tell you right now… BUY THESE BOOKS!!!

Don’t just wait for the trade paperback… get the individual issues, if for no other reason than to support the comic creators and the shops that sell them. Do it, do it now.

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