SpartanNerd Thoughts…How did the “Junk Aggro” do, and “Arkham Manor”

Sorry no posts for awhile.  Like I said in my last post.  Life is happening!  Maybe not an excuse for not blogging for over two weeks. But still.  I been drained!

In my spare time, I have continued reading comics and nurturing my MTG skills.  I did OK at the big box tournament.  Not spectacular.  But OK.  I didn’t win or anything.  My “junk aggro” deck is really fun to play.  Way more fun than Mono Black Control was.  Some of my issues are deck design.  I can’t decide how much of what to put in there.  And I played a lot of goldfish, solitaire, challenge decks, etc.  One concern is that in order to have a consistant mana-base to support the three colors, The land hurts you!  I prefer to skip the Tri-Lands.  What good are they on the turn they come out?  Instead I am running “Mana Confluence.”  I am running three “Windswept Heath” so that is three more points of damage.  Two “Caves of Koilos” and one ” Llanowar Wastes.”  See what I mean?  Add to that “Herald of Torment” stinging you for one each turn, and “Thoughtsieze” hurting you too.  And you can drain yourself just to maintain a board presence.  Maybe I should re-think the Tri-Lands.  I have rethought “Thoughtsieze.”

I have been surprised by some cards as well.  “Abzan Charm” has ALWAYS WORKED.  As well as “Abzan Ascendancy.”  But how much of each to run?  I like hitting “Phalanx Leader” with the charm, boosting everyone else.  Then there is “Siege Rhino” and “Anafenza the Foremost.”  These guys are stars.

I haven’t really found a place for “Wingmate Roc” yet.  I like him, though.  I am finding that “Bile Blight” is really just about only useful as a one off removal spell most of the time, with the exception of the chumps that a few cards continually make.  I only own one copy of “Brimaz, King of Oreskos” as well, which isn’t really enough.  I don’t think he made a show even once last week.

Some of my problem was luck.  (A certain player played basically the exact same thing against me, only he had the right stuff at the right time to finish me quick.  Frustrating!)

I drew one match.  I was surprised that my deck could hold up.  It was the first full on control player I have played since the rotation.  I overran this guy on turn six in match one.  But match two he held me off.  But surprisingly, I was able to keep the pressure on him for like, thirty minutes or longer.  He was running three “Elspeth, Sun’s Champion.”  I downfalled one, overran another.  But couldn’t stop number three.  Match three went to turns and that was all she wrote.

As far as comics, there is something bothering me, and not bothering me at the same time.  Does that make sense?  The “Batman” title has moved onto stories that surpass “Batman Eternal.”  So the cat is out of the bag that Alfred is OK.  And Julia Pennyworth is still “Penny-Two.”  Oh yeah.  Arkham Asylum was destroyed and so the operation moved to…Wayne Manor!

(Dumb Idea.  Only belongs in the comics. Oh yeah!)

Issues dealing with “Arkham Manor” have begun coming out.  And it has its own title now as well.

But Shouldn’t DC have waited?  I would have preferred it to be so.  They make us wait for other important stuff.  Like for instance WHAT ABOUT DAMIAN?!  Some other things haven’t been revealed, (I don’t think.)  Like who is police commissioner.  Is Jim back?  I didn’t read “Arkham Manor #1.”  I have too much other stuff to read.  Maybe I’ll change my mind?

But what is left for Batman Eternal to reveal?  I’m thinking it’s “Hush” who is talking to Bruce in Issue #1. Maybe I’m wrong.  I suppose there is no resolution to the Nano-Virus problem.  (This keeps being brought up, but we don’t really see how bad of a problem it must be.)  Catwoman is becoming “Selena the Lion.”  Spoiler is dropping hints to Batman.  Ok, Stephanie Brown must just happen to be a natural, like Tim Drake.

What are my other thoughts?  In playing Final Fantasy VII again…(This game has been going for over a year and a half.  I rarely play,)…anyways I am at the part of the game where you breed the chocobos.  Whenever I complete this game I am going to hunt down FFX again, and maybe even FFX-2.

(But maybe I should nurture my Destiny game instead)

And then there’s the big Christmas looming ahead.  I shouldn’t be so selfish, and feel guilty as such.  But I really want the new Battle Ram with Man-At-Arms, Snake Armor two pack, Duel Deck anthology, and maybe a Fantasy Crate subscription.

TALL ORDER!

(And I need a new phone 😦   )

Probably all of this won’t happen. (HO HO HO!)

 

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SpartanNerd Comics Review and Discussion…DC Weekly Title…Batman Eternal (So Far)

This review will discuss Batman Eternal #1-10

 

I was told that if I wanted to know what was going down in DC Comics, as a whole, then I’d better keep up with Batman Eternal and Futures End, two weekly titles from DC.  I don’t get a subscription for them in the mail..(You can’t, can you?)  So that means a trip to purchase them somewhere weekly, and a faithful reader of my blog knows where I get mine!

 

Stephanie Brown in the New 52

She’s Back! Wonder where the idea where the hoodie came from?

The teaser issue for Batman Eternal was Batman #28.  Stephanie Brown is back, as Spoiler no less.  That was enough for me!  Harper Row is a Hero at odds with Batman, and Catwoman has transformed back into a full-on villain.  YES!  I don’t like how cold she is, though.  There is a mystery person in the cave, who must be Carrie Kelly…if not her then I don’t know who? The teaser issue happens chronologically during the middle or last act of the story…so everything else we have gotten to read has been a build-up.

 

The first page is very disturbing.  And I think this is an image we might forget easily, but shouldn’t.  Bruce Wayne is tied to the Bat Signal, bleeding while the city burns around him.

Don't Forget It!

First Page of Batman Eternal. Don’t Forget it!

 

So far Professor Pyg has been a creepy enemy.  This is my first experience with the professor.  He’s about as nuts as they come. But Pyg has been a diversion.  My first thought was he is being played…Carmine Falcone is back, doing stuff behind the scenes manipulating Pyg.  And apparently in the New 52 continuity Falcone has been more than a scary mob boss in the past, at least according to Batman and Catwoman’s reaction to figuring it out.  “Not Him!”

There are some more villains introduced…The Penguin gets scared.  And within a few issues he is toppled as top mob leader.  Then there are the so called Minor villains…”Cluemaster” and some of his friends who I am not quite sure of…Stephanie Brown is Cluemaster’s daughter…and she overhears his plans…and begins to try and “spoil” them.  We know where this is going!  But there is another shadowy villain here that we don’t know or get to see just yet.  But Stephanie knows who it is.  The plans are to burn gotham…Let’s not forget the first page of the story!

 

Cluemaster and his super-villain buddies.

Who are these guys?

Three more plot threads…Alfred’s daughter…it seems she will be taking up Alfred’s time.  Bruce met her in Hong Kong trying to get the same mob boss as we was…someone who had beaten Falcone.  I didn’t even know he had a daughter!  Then there’s a “Nanobot Swarm,” or something.  It infects Cullen Row…Red Robin has the key to this one.    It turns out that at the end of Issue #5 Hugo Strange is involved in this story as well.

 

And the thing that I think I have the least grip on…Deacon Blackfire and Dr. Phosphorus.  Who are these guys?

Issue #10 is very pivotal, it seems. Pyg attacks Falcone. So I guess that means he isn’t working for Falcone after all! Batman convinced him that Falcone was playing him a few issues earlier. But it doesn’t seem so now. Issue #10 also suggests that Lt. Bard, of the Gotham Police is indeed routing for Batman.
So far everyone’s here except The Joker!  (I don’t expect to see him or the Riddler, both with recent stories.). Two Face committed Suicide recently.  Maybe we’ll see Mr. Freeze.

 

I don’t like how the “Bat Family” is arguing with itself so much.  Bruce and Barbara never have kind words for each other it seems.  DC hasn’t written a good Red Robin story since the New 52 started.  You’ve got Jason Todd always sulled up.  And now Dick Grayson is off the team because the world thinks he’s dead…Batman knows better, but won’t let the cat out of the bag to the “Bat Family.”  ARGGH!

What has me hooked about this book currently isn’t all of the sensationalism…instead it is the mystery element.  Who is the shadowy person giving orders to Cluemaster?  It is someone who can pull strings and remain hidden.  Someone who can be sure the Falcone gang ousts the Penguin and controls the police force…someone who can be certain that two sub trains crash head on, with the blame falling on Jim Gordon.  Who is this mastermind?  Someone ten steps ahead of everyone.  If the Joker wasn’t obviously NOT this villain, I would say it was him.  It isn’t going to be Edward Nygma…fairly certain of that.  I thought that maybe it was Catwoman.  Maybe she is behind it all.  But she is too much on the good guy side as of issue #10, and though she needs to fall a little to get where she is in the teaser issue, I don’t think she would be able to pull this off riding the fence currently.

The art has been 100% good until issue #10, where everyone seems to be scribbled.  I couldn’t recognize anyone, hardly.  I hope that doesn’t become the norm for this book.  i HATE bad comic art.