Revenge of the Foregone Conclusions, and some other stuff.

Erin and I saw Episode 3 this weekend, and yea, verily, it was good. Not Clone Wars or "Lego Star Wars: The Video Game" good, and certainly not Empire good, but quite enjoyable all the same. It's definitely the best of the prequel trilogy (which, I suppose, is sort of like being declared "World's Tallest Midget," but there ya go), and maybe even the third best over all of the whole series (after Empire and the original Star Wars), but I'd have to watch Jedi again before I can really claim that comfortably. It has some of the same problems as Eps. 1 & 2, those being dialogue, dialogue and dialogue, but overall, it's funny where it needs to be, tense when the situation called for, and gloomy as all get out by the final reel, and it ties up most of the loose ends quite nicely. Overall, a decent movie. And considering it's probably the last time I'll get to see a movie in the theater for the foreseeable future (less than four weeks until baby time, if the doctors are at all right), it's a good note to go out on.

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Two bits of coolness posted over at
This is Pop! :
  • Russ Cochrane discusses the possibility of EC Archives volumes, a la the DC Archives, to be sold at book stores everywhere (please oh please oh please, and do a Carl Barks set while you're at it, Russ!)
  • British ska/pop legends Madness plan on releasing a new album this July, with their original line-up no less. This makes me quite happy indeed!

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On a quasi-related-to-the-Madness-bit note (at least in that this relates to music, too), a new Aquabats CD in June and a new Juliana Hatfield CD in August. Woot! Better start saving my pennies now.

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The Absorbascon continues to stump for Thanagar in the ongoing Rann/Thanagar Bloggyverse War. If you prefer a planet full of of fascist bird fetishists to one where they hand you a jetpack, raygun, head scientist's hot daughter and title of Big Time Hero Man #1 just for showing up a few days a month and fighting off B-movie monsters, I guess that's just your own deal. There's hope for friend Scipio, though, as he introduces us to the concept of Freed Comic Book Day (where you "liberate" your collection of the stuff you know you're never going to read again, and possibly wonder why you even read it in the first place) and tries to get the Martian Manhunter a pop song of his very own. And there's always Superhero Radio. You're not beyond saving, Scipio! Step back into the light!

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I'm not entirely certain why, but I find this picture very funny.

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Vayo con Dios, Frank Gorshin! You were always my favorite villain on Batman, and a really funny guy in your own right.

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