Thursday, November 03, 2005

This week's comics

Yesterday was the first Wednesday of November, so it's as good a time as any to start logging all the comics I'm reading. Yesterday I got (in no particular order):

1. JSA #79
2. Ultimate Spider-man #85
3. Outsiders #30
4. Powers #14
5. Vigilante #2 of 6
6. Jonah Hex #1
7. House of M #8 of 8
8. Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #1 of 4
9. The Punisher #27
10. Supreme Power: Nighthawk #3 of 6
11. Desolation Jones #4
12. Marvel Team-Up #14
13. Superman #223
14. Firestorm #18
15. Detective Comics #813
16. Justice League Unlimited #15
17. Batman: Gotham County Line #2 of 3

I also got the latest volume of collected Twisted Toyfare Theaters. I don't normally read Firestorm but it's an Infinite Crisis tie-in this month. I'm numbering the rest of the titles because at the end of the month I want to add them up and see how many books I'm getting every month. So this week it's 11 for DC (which includes WildStorm) and 6 for Marvel.

I'm glad House of M (or as we were calling it last night, House of 'Meh')is wrapping up, because it's derailing some of the few remaining Marvel titles I read and generally leaving me cold. Oh, and when Scarlet Witch said "No more mutants", she left 198 mutants in the world. I guess it's true: women suck at math. At least this crap hasn't leaked into the Ultimate books.

I'm also reading back issues when I can. Last week I finished John Ostrander's Suicide Squad series from the late '80s/early '90s, and now I'm trying to start Mike Grell's volume of Green Arrow, which started in the late '80s and ran into the late '90s. So I imagine I'll be seeing all the same ads again that were in Suicide Squad...

New Fall TV

I know, "new" isn't the right word anymore. But now that November Sweeps is upon us, several shows that aired three episodes and then had reruns (or were pre-empted for baseball or whatever) are back on the air and I'm happy about that.

Among the returning shows we're watching are Arrested Development (which is new to us but we've caught up via DVD), Lost, Veronica Mars, and Smallville. I think that's it. Wow. We'll watch The Shield when that starts up again early next year and I'm willing to give 24 a shot, but it's on probation. Last season was both stupid AND boring, so if it doesn't get better I'm not going to waste my time.

As for the new shows, we tried out several but the only ones I'm still watching are these:

My Name Is Earl (aka Touched by a Redneck): I've been a fan of Jason Lee's ever since I saw Chasing Amy, so I'm glad to see him in a good, successful show. It's one of my favorites, and is probably the most uplifting TV show since, uh, I can't think of another one. It's sweet and funny and frequently quotable.

The Office: It comes on after My Name Is Earl, but that's not a big factor since we always TiVo everything. This show is growing on me. It's very funny but sometimes brings back painful memories of jobs I used to have and totally hated. I never got into the British version, but maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance.

Kitchen Confidential: All three or four episodes that have aired so far have been pretty entertaining. Whenever it comes on again, the TiVo will get it for me. Its lead-in is Arrested Development, which you should be watching.

Bones: I'd hesitate to call it "good", but I still plan to watch the episode that's sitting on the TiVo from this week. My best review of the show is " It's no more retarded than CSI!" On the plus side, David Boreanaz is cute and sometimes shirtless. Yay!

I think that's all of them. We tried several other new shows like Reunion and Supernatural, but I didn't stick with them. Reunion was just kinda average and then the second episode was pre-empted for hurricane coverage, and I found I didn't care that much. Supernatural was like a dumbed-down X-Files, and instead of fine-ass David Duchovny you have Jensen Eckles, who provided last season's Smallville with a massive charisma vaccuum. On the plus side, it has a good classic rock soundtrack. On the minus side, I already have a radio. I watched two episodes and then quit. My husband watched another one or two, but didn't care enough to continue.

Shows of which I watched part of the pilot but gave up before I sprained my eyeballs from rolling them so much: Invasion and Prison Break.

Hey, we didn't die

In case anyone thought my ominous last post sat there for over a month because we died, we didn't. Hurricane Rita decided to turn at the last minute and demolish some smaller towns to our east, pulling the biggest prank ever on the 2.5 million Houstonians who evacuated because the news led them to believe that we were all gonna die. We stayed at home and watched the wind and rain blow, but it was a real non-event here. We never lost our DirecTV reception, much less power or water service. We also watched the DVDs of the entire first season of Arrested Development, which is every bit as good as I'd always heard and then some.

Before the storm hit we decided our gauge for the storm's strength would be the half-empty 20 oz bottle of A&W Root Beer that someone had thrown on top of the covered parking area our balcony overlooks. When it blew off, that would indicate windyness. Guess what? The bottle was still there when the whole storm was over. It didn't even roll over the corrogated tin roof. It was finally washed away by a thunderstorm a couple of weeks ago, proving that a normal Houston thunderstorm is more intense than the edges of a major hurricane.

Anyway, I haven't posted because I've just been extremely busy with work stuff. We also got bogged down with a lot of exhaustion and generally feeling under the weather and so we've slacked way off on watching a movie every night. New Fall TV started though, which has given us plenty to do. We're still keeping up the Dream Journal for movies and stuff, but we haven't written it down every time we watched My Name Is Earl. Which is awesome. You need to be watching it.

I'll log the Dream Journal stuff here to get caught up. I'll also talk about the TV shows I like, because I'm self-indulgent and obsessed with pop culture. Gee, maybe I should start listing all the comics I read every week too. I loves me some lists of stuff.