Now Reading: Continuity Comics (1984-1994)

Continuity Comics was a strange, but fascinating (at the time) looking publishing line back in the day, founded by Neal Adams, best known for being an ahead-of-his-time comic artist in the late 70s/early 80s, and later for turning out to be a complete maniac that thinks that the Earth is hollow and constantly expanding like a big balloon. I remember reading an issue of Armor when I was a kid and thinking it was cool because it had some pretty nice art and was oddly graphically violent for its time. Oddly enough, it was years before I ever saw another issue of the series on sale anywhere so I couldn’t have really gotten into Continuity at the time, even if I tried. This was in part due to the low number of issues printed which brought a lack of availability. Also, as it turns out, they had some truly awful release schedules. The first volume of Armor ran for only 13 issues, but was apparently spread out over SEVEN YEARS. How in the world did they keep this company going for 10 years? It makes even less sense when you try to actually read the stuff.

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Now Reading: Superior Spider-Man

Most conveniently collected in Superior Spider-Man volumes 1-3

Superior Spider-Man was a controversial and divisive period of Spider-Man history, or at least that’s what they say, you sure can’t tell from looking at how high the books sales were. This was the story of how Peter Parker DIED FOREVERZ when his mind was swapped with a dying Dr. Octopus. Doc Ock was blasted with all of Parker’s memories at the last minute, giving him a crash course on heroic altruism that convinced him to continue to play the part of a superhero, but in the most arrogant and assholish way possible. The result is a bunch of delightfully unpredictable mayhem where we see the Superior Spider-Man brutalizing supervillains, blackmailing public officials, and also dating a midget scientist.

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Now Reading: Crossed – Wish You Were Here

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Most conveniently collected in Crossed – Wish You Were Here Volumes 1-4 (though you can download the digital versions for free at crossedcomic.com too)

How do you explain something like Crossed to people that aren’t already in that tiny niche of comic book fans who can stomach “extreme horror”? Basically it’s about survival in a world of fast-moving, murderous rape-“zombies” and chances are pretty high that most people that would hypothetically be reading this, should absolutely avoid even trying it unless they want to give themselves nightmares. Seriously, this stuff makes The Walking Dead look like Sesame Street.

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Now Playing: Axiom Verge (2015)

Axiom Verge is yet another of those Metroidvania games that I like so much. This one is especially patterned after the early Metroid games, which you can tell pretty easily just by looking at it. The design is almost plagiaristically similar to Metroid and Super Metroid in the early levels.

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