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The Future Soon

by Richard

As I’m writing this, I find I’m writing from the past and into the future.

Okay, that didn’t make as much sense as I’d hoped. Let’s try it again.

I was looking at the date that this will be posted and I had to look twice. 2011. That’s 11 years after the year 2000, which, when I was growing up, was the unimaginable future. When people would have jetpacks, flying cars and dinner would consist of just a few food pills and everyone would be wearing shiny, silver lamé jumpsuits.

Well, okay, that was my future anyway.

Yet, here it is 2011 and, with the exception of a some really cool gadgets, I’m not seeing all that much difference between the shiny future and the dreary, sepia-toned past.

What happened to the future, dudes?

As Jonathan Coulton said, “It’s gonna be the future soon.”

It’s odd that it seems like the future will always be tomorrow. Okay, yes, technically the future is always tomorrow, but I meant that a little differently than it read.

The bright, shiny future of our dreams always seems to be years away. We’ll reach some crazy new year and it will be the same as last year with a few exceptions. Okay, sure, I’m — technically — a cyborg, but I don’t hear any neat sound effects when I focus in on something far away or get to jump really long distances. No one came to my bedside in the hospital and said “We can rebuild him. Make him better. Stronger. Faster.”

Instead of complaining (well, instead of complaining more), I think this is the year I’m going to start looking for the future breaking through into the now. I’m going to be on the lookout for the new. The wild. The shiny.

Join me, won’t you? As we try to take ourselves back. . . to the future!

And now a musical interlude.


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Dude Review: The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules

by Richard

I’m going to keep reviewing these until at least one of you drops by the comments section to let me know that you actually bought a collection of the best comic book being published today. And, no, that’s not damning with faint praise. I love The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules. It pushes all my buttons. It’s got humor, mythology, humor, butt kicking and smart alekry up the wazzoo. In short, it’s incredible. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Oh, yeah. And this collection has the best sound effect ever committed to paper. Take a look.

Come on! How can you not love the purple nurple of the gods?

Let me explain. For reasons too complicated to go into right now, the Incredible Hercules has to pose as his rival, the Mighty Thor (hence the title) and, this being a superhero comic, the two get into a fight. Now, Thor isn’t used to fighting bare chested. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem. But, see, Hercules isn’t above fighting dirty to win and is willing to give out a purple nurple (notice the sound effect “nurp” is, in fact, purple).

Being a serialized comic book, this could be a bit confusing, if it weren’t for the fact that The Incredible Hercules has the most inventive and fun recap pages ever speeding people up to brought. Basically, Herc has to impersonate Thor to stop an invasion of Earth by some particularly dire elves. Things do not go as planned and Thor has to impersonate Herc to stop the whole thing. Once again, things do not go as planned.

Dude! That hurts just looking at it.

Thor, normally one of the most noble fair-fightingest of the Marvel universe takes well to playing the part of Hercules. Perhaps too well. And, of course, notice the sound effect which, if sounded out, will sound suspiciously like nut crack. Hmm. Wonder where they got the idea for that sound effect? (To get a better look at this and the next picture, make with the clicky to enlargen.) [What? That’s a word, right?]

In the series, Herc has been accompanied by a young genius named Amadeus Cho, the seventh-smartest person on the planet. And someone who has even worse impulse control than the notoriously scatterbrained Hercules. In alternating issues, this collection follows Cho as he tries to find out what really happened when his parents were killed.

He’s looking for the man who planted the bomb, not so much for revenge, but to find out if his sister is really alive and, if so, where she is. When Cho finally does find the mastermind behind his personal tragedy, he’s confronted by an aged, bitter and more than slightly insane version of himself and forced into a no-win, life-or-death situation. His solution to the dilemma is uniquely his own.

Because this is a comic book, I wanted to say a little bit about the art. Reilly Brown on the epic Thorcules arc is absolutely fantastic. I mean, you get the expressions you’ve been hoping for when someone describes the action. While Rodney Buchemi doesn’t quite reach those heights on the Amadeus Cho sections, it still does a nice job of telling the story.

In all, I’ll give this book five (5) dudes out of five. It’s, sorry again, incredible. Go out and buy it now. Read it and laugh.

Otherwise. . . Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be you.Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.

Or your underwear.

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