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Surprise me, Wonder Woman
I started working on this comic on the week I watched the movie, but I preferred to wait until it was safe to assume all the people who planned to watch the movie at the theatres already did. So...

Against all precedent and against all expectations, the movie is GOOD!

This movie is all Man of Steel should have been. Inspiring, uplifting, positive, heroic, and even knows when to take moments of levity. Personally I didn't find it "life changing," but then I'm not part of the target demo (women), and all I see is lots of little girls who now look up to Diana and superheroes, and that is GREAT.

The only "downside" of the movie was its corny-bordering-on-weeb dialogues at times which rivalled shounen anime dialogues, but then Wonder Woman's aesthetics have always been partially corny, so if you're at the movie theatre watching Wonder Woman, you should have no problems with that (also, I have plenty of weeb friends for whom this was a feature, not a bug).

At first I was afraid it was going to turn into your average weeb plot of "molly coddled teen rebels, her recklessness gets her whole kingdom killed blah blah blah"... but I was mostly pleased this was averted by a Hypolita who actually had brains in her head, and understood that 1) She couldn't fight the future and 2) All she'd do by going all "arrested development" on Diana would be harming her. Diana had to rebel twice in the movie, and both times Hypolita understood she had to yield. I liked that.

Diana's muggle companions were each one a winner and worked great as a team... when Diana gets her crisis of faith and leaves the team I swore "oook, this is where they die"... and again, the movie subverted the cliche, and the only muggle who died happened to be the romantic interest. It was sad to see Trevor go, but since Johns had already paired Diana with Supes and now he's at the wheel of the DCEU, I can see why that had to happen.

The music accomplished its purpose but it was still a smidgen short from memorable, and alas, the FX for the lasso was rather poor in the fight scenes, but I won't make it into a thing, I enjoyed the combat scenes enough (also, this Diana is better trained than The Goddamned Batman). Speaking of FX... so, considering the ending, does this mean Diana now possesses Zeus' lightning? If she does, that means she's going to be the tie-in for Shazam's movie and may be involved in Billy's empowerment.

Wonder Woman is the first actual competitor Warner has against the MCU... alas, unless Warner sacks Snyder (I wonder if I can make that into a hashtag), it's also going to be the ONLY one.

Peace.
A Boring E3
If you watched the big publishers' press conferences prior to the E3, then basically you had already seen the whole week of the event... because the main live streams (ign, gamespot, and rooster teet) wouldn't give coverage to anything else.

Where were the indies? Where were the B-listers? Where was Indivisible? Where was Bloodstained? Where were Valiance Online and City of Titans? Clearly, the official streamers didn't care, as all they did was regurgitate the pre-event presentations time and time again. So, if you wanted any relevant notes once the event started, you had to either dumpster-dive the streams on a minute-by-minute basis in hopes the press gave a couple minutes to an unmentioned game... or just stay tuned to the Square Enix Presents stream, because they actually had relevant notes and content (which is what I did starting Wednesday, mostly).

Sure, Sony and Nintendo put on a GREAT show, Devolver's parody was damn funny, and both Wolfenstein 2 and Spider-Man took the cake, but I'd have actually liked some, you know, EVENT, in the event.

Peace.
But his emails!
NOTE: No, I won't provide you with the URL of the article, as that would mean giving them clicks/money, thus defeating the purpose.

Let's set this straight, there's no such thing as a successful, long-lived, non-evil corporation. Is Steam evil? I'd never doubt that, but at least it saves its evil for its employees and business parters while treating its customers to affordable prices, so you can say without fear of being wrong, that Steam is factually LESS evil than the competition (don't even get me started on EA and MS).

Having said this, one would have thought that one Cheeto Mussolini and one round of French Elections later, people would know better than to fall for this kind of smear campaigns. Protip: Whenever you see a scandalous note related a public figure, ask yourself WHO WILL PROFIT FROM THIS (Spoilers: MS already tried to de-facto abolish Steam once when they were debuting their online store, and both EA and Ubi would be tickled pink to remove the "odious middleman").

Also, if said note doesn't examine the incident from all angles (including what the competition is up to), then you can be sure there's money behind that piece of "journalism."

So yeah, Polygon, I see what you did there.
We are the DC Borg, you will be assimilated
I'm still of the mind that the worst move DC has done this decade was borg-ing Dark Horse and Vertigo titles into the DCU's main continuity (I still get kneejerking whenever I see an Endless in a JLA title), and my opinion about doing the same to Watchmen is pretty much the same.

Not only that, let's remember the only reason the Watchmen were created as a characters was because DC wouldn't let Moore use their characters/universe the way he needed to tell his story, so he made stand-ins (and years later Grant Morrison did his own version using the actual DC characters Alan wanted in a similar story, read Pax Americana).

Nevertheless, I enjoyed Convergence (DC's last "crisis" event), and I'm a fan of what Geoff Johns did with the JLA, so I'm giving Doomsday Clock the benefit of doubt.

If anything, at this point, DC could screw their comicbook universe six ways into Sunday and they'd still have the moral high ground on Marvel (the comics' division, that is).

Peace.

P.S: For those still wondering: The OTHER Doomsday Clock.
Non-denial Denials
While mr. Lee's words are technically not a lie, he didn't deny the godawfulness of his deeds.

Americanitis is just as evil as racism, except the former poses as protectiveness "because viewers are morons."
Hell is Other Directors
Ever since Burton's Batman, superhero movies have been rid with this strange curse that dictates that part 3 of the saga is almost inevitably going to be a trainwreck. Not only that, when that happens this decade, there's a fair chance the producers did something to alienate the director.

In Thor's case, however, it wasn't so lucky, and part 2 already sucked. Now, while I understand Disney is the sole owner of the IPs now and if they want to fire the old fanbase in favor of a broader audience, they can do that. Still, I know Disney can do things with more class than this, they're better than this. They're better than Warner.

Peace.
Aethera
First and foremost, I must say this:

Any game setting that includes tips of the hat to the Phantasy Star series will get my attention, and Aethera does. So if you like Phantasy Star and you like Pathfinder, then get to it.

IMHO, the author should have taken the time to create a competely different magic system divorced from d&d as well as a separate bestiary (either that or just taking the Ravenloft route and banning -specific- spells rather than whole classes and spell descriptors). I'd have just banned Teleport/Greater/Dimensional, since that's all it takes for the planetary gates to keep their importance. Alas, the school I'd have removed is divination as a whole, since as long as you have it, nothing will ever be "unknowable," which is another of the game's themes.

I may still try the setting... if with a different system. The setting is good, but d20 is too much of a de-facto solution for it.

Peace.
GitS, Hollywood-style
Some people say they'll watch that movie "because they want it to be good."

Some people say they'll watch it "so they can know first-hand how bad it is."

Remember one thing, however, consumers can only vote with their wallets, and each occupied seat in a movie theater is one more reason for Hollywood executives for giving us more mediocre anime adaptations.

Paying for it is endorsing it, and endorsing it is asking Hollywood for more (and worse).

Vote with your wallets, DON'T WATCH IT.

Peace.
Iron Fist
Sure, Iron Fist was already part of the plan for television since years ago... still, Marvel would need to be totally blind to the times we live in to think they could bring old Iron Fist's story to light as-is and think people wouldn't take it in the worst way possible. Like it or not, all art is political.

Furthermore, their attempt at salvaging the narrative by adding sympathetic elements towards the 99% only came up as schyzophrenic, like they don't even know which demographic to target.

Marvel, make a choice, you can't have both GOPers and human beings on board.

Peace.
d&d Beyond (hope)
I scheduled this comic for one month after the beta started... because I'm in zero hurry to pick this low-hanging fruit.

Anyone who has been paying attention to WotC's story so far can already predict Beyond is going to be another Insider (and that, in the best case scenario) because the d&d division has no idea of how to make proper use of digital media. Everyone knows it to the point that the only raison d'etre for this comic was lampshading.

Also, chances are you can notice the low quality line... that's because I decided to give vectors a rest for a bit. Even if my crappy wrist has never been able to draw a straight line to save my life, I'll only get worse if I don't even try. Hopefully the change won't be too jarring.

Peace.
Going too far
While this note is not exactly new, the game is still on Early Access, so it's not quite obsolete either... also, coming with an actual punchline for THAT was hard (pun intended) considering that article on its own was basically its own (donkey)punchline.

Now, I'm far from a puritan, and whoever gets all offended at that bit (pun intended) of game has clearly not read Robert E. Howard's original Conan tales. In addition, it's good to see a game publisher that still has the balls to pursue something outside the milketoast PG-13 demographic. Still, there IS such thing as going too far when your game is begging for the lowest common denominator to see it as the new Second Life (then again, it might end up not being the case, it wouldn't be the first time I worry over nothing).

Also, for those not familiar with F.A.T.A.L, we're talking about the "He Who Must Not Be Named" of tabletop roleplaying games. While its infamy comes from having been the first attempt at an erotic game, the reason it earns my disdain is because it combines a godawful system, hyper-realism, and a pretentious author.

Peace.
Sailor Moon Crystal
This comic is prone to switch places depending on when is the official release date for next season.

Personally I enjoyed last season, it somehow felt disturbingly Lovecraft (ok weeaboo lovecraft, but still nothing I'm used to see at a magical girl show).

Between Sailor Moon Crystal, The Dragon's Trap remake, Shenmue III, Torment, and the Switch (with all its goodness), this is a pretty good year for 'memberberries (if only I could afford them all...).

Peace.
Mobius Final Fantasy
Mobius' story takes its sweet time to take off, and the first two chapters feel like a godawful tabletop campaign with a trollish GM, but once you get past the trolling, you get to see there's more to the story of this warrior of light than meets the eye.

The best thing of the game, though, is its innovative memory management method (if you play it on a phone, that is), which is rather efficient and only uses a minimum of assets, which are in constant rotation (Contrary to the awfully inefficient Brave Exvius, which actually led me to believe Japanese videogame devs had grown complacent and lazy).

Peace.
Logan
After decades of superhero movie mediocrity from Fox... first Deadpool, then this. It's not just "passable," it's not just "decent," it's already on my top three superhero movies of all time (the other two being Sin City and Watchmen).

HOWEVER...

Let's not forget that both Deadpool and Logan were made not so much "by" fox as in IN SPITE OF FOX (Reynolds had to forfeit his salary as actor and director in exchange to keep executive meddling at bay, and the people behind Logan likewise had to win a battle in the executive colosseum for the executives to actually let them their own thing).

Making a long story short, both Logan and Deadpool are basically indie films that just happened to be bankrolled by Hollywood... and Fox, as a studio, has yet to do any real superhero movies.

Peace.
Now On Steam
While Mobius Final Fantasy has been around for a while, back then my old phone didn't support it, so I passed on it until recently that it was released on Steam.

And I happened to be greeted by a Final Fantasy VII event that's clearly meant to keep us hungry for the eventual FF VII remake. Other than that fake Cloud, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Anyway, I finished the event, and I'm still stuck in the story campaign because, almost one year after the game was released, Squeenix HASN'T FINISHED IT YET (it just released part 4.2).

Anyway, I just hope Squeenix doesn't Snyderize the remake with THAT godawful Cloud.

Game On.
Thoughtcrimes and Dragons
First and foremost, I do wish the best to the authors of THIS KICKSTARTER.

Alas, unless the people behind it have strong ties to The Usual Suspects, it's most likely doomed to be shut down by The Thought Police. Granted, I myself have no use for this book, but some other people probably do, and just because I don't care for a book, that doesn't mean I should be going out my way to make sure no one else can get it either. It's not my place to dictate what you can or or can't read (unless it's nazi propaganda, but I failed to find anything in Ms. Stiles' KS page that compelled me to punch her in the face).

One thing's for sure, the authors won't be able to sell this book in OneBookStore (which is still tight in the Thought Police's clutches).

Peace.
Cause and Effect
Last week (as of the time this comic was queued) I read on twitter of a DM that actually tried to inflict such price-gouging on his players without paying attention to the implications. I'll never understand why so many DMs claim to hate murderhobos and bemoan their existence, yet they do everything in their power to antagonize players until turning them into murderhobos.

Oh well, common sense is the least common of the senses.

Peace.
Support your unions!
The most diabolical part of THIS BILL is that government doesn't even have to look the part of the villain abolishing unions, the people will do it for them.

Why?

Because if union fees are now optional, chances are no one will want to pay them, and thus they'll disappear for lack of funds.

...and it will all be the people's fault.

If this bill passes, please don't let unions vanish because of -you-. Don't opt out of paying your fees.
Selective
So, now Trump, sorry, president BANNON intends to legitimize nazi terror.

Last year I reached a burnout point on politics and stopped doing politics-related comics because the sorry state of the world was depressing me too much to be able to come up with so much as a punchline, and now I seemingly can't stop.

Hopefully, this won't come down to an armed revolution... however, as a citizen of world's capital of corruption (80 years of Kakistocracy and counting), I can tell you that if you let the filth root itself in power, you'll never, ever remove it by legal means.

"We ascended to power by force of arms, and you'll only remove us by force of arms." --Fidel Velazquez

Lo que sera, sera.
When Pigs Fly
Seemingly, the Cubs winning the world series was the beginning of a season of otherwise impossible events, like Mexico's president actually showing dignity and standing for his country... not only that, showing a dignity Theresa May didn't that same week.

My heart goes to the people of UK, who are probably (rightly) very angry right now. As Nerf Now's Jo Pereira said, "2016 was only the preview."

Peace.