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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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Dude Review: Star Trek

The future is a bright and shiny place and we’re all going to be glad we got to see it. I’m talking, of course, about the newest movie in Gene Roddenberry’s universe, Star Trek, the first of these movie without a subtitle. (The Wrath of Kahn, The Voyage Home, that sort of thing.)

Let me get this out of the way first. Yes, I am a geek. We know this. Which means I’m predisposed to like anything with spaceships, monsters or aliens (all of which Star Trek has in abundance). But let’s put that aside for a minute. Because Star Trek isn’t just a good movie for geeks, it’s a great movie for everyone.

This movie was fantastic. Sure there were plot holes and amazing coincidences that shouldn’t have happened and deus ex machinas all over the place to try and cover up the really, really wonky science. But none of that matters, really, because the characters, the actors and the plot were all racing so perfectly along that I only noticed that sort of thing long after the movie was over. And even then it didn’t matter because I was still surfing on the endorphin buzz from watching a kick-@$$ movie.

How was it great? Let me count the ways.

1. The actors. Chris Pine as James Tiberius Kirk was magnificent. He showcased the cocky bravado Kirk needs, while still showing us more than a little self-effacing humor. Zachary Quinto makes Spock into a living, breathing (sort of) human, full of equal measures of doubt and certainty, logic and emotion. Simon Pegg simply steals every scene he’s in as Scotty, while Zoe Saldana shows us an Uhura who’s competent and confident. John Cho easily moves past Harold to give us a Sulu we’ve been missing for a while.

2. The sets. If the bridge of the old Enterprise was a Windows machine, the new Enterprise is all Mac, shiny and sleek and looking very much like the future should look.

3. The plot. Here’s the thing. Being a series of TV shows and movies that are adored by geeks, Star Trek had been hamstrung by trying to match up with continuity of previous series, that is, it had to be respectful of what had gone before and not contradict it. There were a lot of concerns that this movie, which featured a Kirk and Spok and Bones just graduating from the academy would also be weighed down by the drag of continuity. How could we have something new when we already knew how that would turn out because of the previous movies? Quite easily, actually. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it involves time travel, paradoxes and alternate universes. Don’t be scared. It’s not hard to follow and it all makes sense. Well, in a science-fiction sort of way. If you follow my drift. Simply put, it’s brilliant. The screenwriters do a great job of letting us know that this is a brand-new future, one where anything can happen.

4. The actors. Again. In past movies, Kirk was William Shatner and Spock was Leonard Nemoy. Pine and Quinto, however, show us that these characters have moved beyond their origins and become icons. Kirk is Kirk, because that’s who he is, no matter who inhabits the character. And the universe is all the better for it.

We are all Trekkies now. If you pretend that you don’t know how to do the Vulcan hand sign (Peace. Live long and prosper.), you’re either a liar or hopelessly out of date.

This is the future we want. Go see it now.

I give it five dudes out of five, only because I can’t add more there.

— Richard

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The Shower From Heck

No adult should ever have to try and get clean in a shower that belongs almost exclusively to a teenage boy. Just. Really. Trust me on this one, it’s not right in the least.

I and my wife, known to some as She Who Must Take Two Showers A Day Or You Will Be Forced To Bear Her Wrath, are having some work done on our shower. Our beautiful, beautiful clean and open shower. While we’re kicked out of our shower, we’re having to use the shower normally used by our oldest little dude. It has not been going well.

Firstly, that shower is just plain small. I don’t know how the kid, who’s now taller than I am, has been showering in this thing for as long as he has. Probably something like a snail. After a while, the tight confines become comforting. I don’t know, but I’m just not used to standing in a shower in which I can touch all the walls at the same time without even fully extending my arms. No more joint showers for us for a while.

Second, while I keep that bathroom clean, I’m learning there are different values for clean. And not all of them are acceptable. Like, say, the little presents left in the toilet. Almost every other day, despite that we’re now making him do 15 pushups for each present. Not right. Not right. I was the towels every other week, but I don’t see how he makes it that long. He tosses his towl into a corner and lets it molder until he needs it again, the semi-dry mess.

Finally, there’s just plain walking into his room. I get the hives whenever I see the mess there and, considering how I grew up and still am, that’s saying something.

All in all, I really recommend that if you don’t have access to your own shower for a while, just go without. Really, you’ll probably smell pretty bad, but your psyche will thank you for it. I’m going to have nightmares for weeks.

— Richard

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