Pondering Guardians of Infinity and The Handling of The Collections

In surprise library finds, I saw Guardians of Infinity on the shelf and since I wanted to read it, I grabbed it. Then I saw another collection of Guardians of the Galaxy called, Tales of the Cosmos. I wondered what it was and noticed they were back-up stories from Guardians of Infinity. Now this was strange to me as I wondered why they weren’t collected together as one book. Since they were both there I decided to grab them both. Now this piece will be part review at points and a brain dump too. Consider this casual blog time. Enjoy my ramblings as it seems at times on That’s the Issue people enjoy it. Nothing fancy, nothing pretty, let’s get into it and see where it goes. Stay awhile and listen as I blog away on this bit of random.

Sometimes when you run your own site you remember that it is your site, you’re allowed random Guardians of Infinity ramblings.

Guardians of Infinity Marvel Comics Cover

Hilarious admission, I had no idea Guardians of Infinity even got a collection let alone two of them. I can see why it got collected as it is Guardians of the Galaxy related. Heck, Guardians of Infinity is Dan Abnett’s Guardians 3000 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters mixed in. The Tales of the Cosmos are off hours Guardians stories with a new Space Knights team introduced. Now the simple question, was this worth being collected in two trades? Now that’s a good question, yes indeed it is but let us dive into the books themselves first.

Or the Space Knights team might just be new to me as I am behind on some aspects of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The whole story of Guardians of Infinity is you have three different Guardians groups from different periods. Of course the story kicks off with the main Galaxy group of Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax finding this huge mysterious ship. As they enter the ship that’s when they run into the Guardians 3000 with Major Victory, Charlie 27, Martinex, and Nikki Gold. Then after the usual misunderstanding they realize they need to team up. After more shenanigans with time traveling villains and whatnot, we get the Guardians 1000. Why? It’s time travel and all that fun stuff, roll with it.

My goodness if I had to try to do a formal review of Guardians of Infinity it would boil down to, yeah that’s alright. That’s it.

Yeah that’s alright fits Guardians of Infinity and that’s not a dig either. You get some fun interactions with characters, a neat villain, interesting ideas, and that’s it. Dan Abnett wrote a solid story weaving together three different teams, that’s impressive. When you look at the art, Carlo Barberi’s work is solid to wonderful, nothing wrong about that. Walden Wong with Craig Yeung on #4 did good work inking Barberi’s art. Israel Silva’s colors are bright and beautiful and that lends itself to this story. Then Cory Petit from my Punisher bit does poppy, bold, and exciting lettering. All in all, kudos all around art wise.

I guess if I had to say anything with the main Guardians of Infinity series is this, it’s worth reading. If you are curious, it’s not bad and you’ll find some fun in it. It’s why I wish that Tales of the Cosmos would have been in here, this would have had more meat to it. Mostly because the back-up stories that are collected in Tales are a bit of a mixed bag. None of them are bad, I know some Goodreads reviews were rough on them but to me none of them were bad. I’ve read my share of bad comics in my day and this, nah these weren’t bad at all.

Guardians of Infinity Team Shot

This is where we talk about the back-up stories in this Guardians of Infinity adventure.

Guardians of Infinity Tales of the Cosmos Book

I won’t cover all of the back-up stories but I will focus on one particular stand out. One that got a lot of attention in Wrestling Internet circles is Ben Grimm and Rocket Raccoon’s story written by Jason Latour. Outside of the fact that Jim Cheung to draws the story but that it is a lot of fun. It doesn’t hurt that Latour does a homage to the Dusty Rhodes ‘Hard Times’ promo. Latour’s story is about when Ben Grimm wrestled in Unlimited Class Wrestling and finds an alien society that’s hooked on it. It’s a clever story and plays out in a way that you don’t expect. Definitely worth reading.

The rest of them that deserve some attention are a cool riff on Aliens, called ‘The Ripley’ by Jen & Sylvia Soska. There’s also a cute story that by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez called ‘Guardians of the Lower East Side’ that’s cool too. There’s some good stories to be had in Tales of the Cosmos. Yet I still wish they were collected in one book. I get why they went the route they did but it would be nice to have it collected together. Since they aren’t in one book, I feel like some cool stories will get lost in the shuffle and that’s a shame.

Guardians of Infinity Hard Times The Thing

Why I have a tough time saying go buy the Guardians of Infinity collections and why I steer you into grabbing it from your local library.

That’s why I write this, I wish Guardians of Infinity wouldn’t have been cut into two collections. Just put the whole thing in one giant book and be done with it. I get that Marvel wants to have more than one book on the shelf for anything Guardians of the Galaxy, I get it. As I said, I just want people to read some cool stories and not let them get lost to time. I would have enjoyed Marvel putting the back-up stories after the main one if they didn’t want to interrupt story flow. I get what Marvel wanted to do though and I don’t fault them for it. Just wish they didn’t feel they had to do it, but I’m not the head of a major publishing operation.

Note: I’m not saying it was stupid to have two different collections but as I said, I’m not the head of a major publishing operation.

Both collections of Guardians of Infinity are worth reading for sure. None of them are a bad read either way and I can easily say you won’t be bored. I do seriously steer you towards grabbing them from your local library first. If you dig them then I say buy them and enjoy the experience. If you enjoyed this oddball rambling, review, blog experience feel free and fire me a line. Thanks for reading and joining me on this adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

Wrestling Chat: TNA in 2016 is Stranger Than Ever

Copyright: Impact Wrestling/TNA

Copyright: Impact Wrestling/TNA

If you had told me that in 2016 the last best hope for TNA is Billy Corgan, I’d be cracking up. If you follow any wrestling news at all, TNA is in trouble, big trouble. Of course, financial issues and TNA is a day ending with y. These issues are on a new scale. For one Corgan is suing Impact Ventures, the parent company of TNA, for reasons sealed and therefore unknown to us. Even more so, it is also being sued by a production company and they owe Tennessee taxes, a lot of them. Now Dixie Carter still owns it as she’s finagled money in ways that we can only imagine to keep it afloat. Yet Corgan was going to have more ownership of the beleaguered company and Dixie seems to have made that complicated. Why I’m writing this is more, can TNA dig itself out of this hole?

Straight up this is me pondering a lot of TNA madness, have fun.

Let’s put this in perspective, Billy Corgan is the only person who seems to care about TNA as a product. Dixie is hanging on to whatever power she can muster to the detriment of the company. Yet Corgan is having to deal with a mess that Dixie was keeping quiet, from what I can tell anyway. I don’t want to see TNA die, far from it, I want to see it thrive to be another place for wrestlers to work. It’s a scary thing when WWE doesn’t have competition so the more competition out there for the WWE, the better. TNA got good press for the first time in ages with Broken Matt Hardy and the rest of the Hardy Clan. Now alas that has been put to the wayside as these financial issues and such have started up.

Here’s the ultimate thing on TNA though, will it survive everything that is happening? I won’t link anything as so far it is all in the land of rumors but WWE was in the running to buy TNA’s Video Library. It’s all rumors as now the current TNA financial state is putting everything in flux. It has been in tough spots before and managed to crawl out of them but this is the toughest one yet. The one person seriously interested in making this profitable is held up in lawsuit hell and that’s only the start of the issues. If you had told me that TNA would go this nuts in 2016, I’d never believe it. From a successful angle with The Hardys to the brink of destruction once more.

TNA in 2016: Weird even for TNA

There are TNA sale rumors all over the place outside of the video library, which is really all WWE would want honestly. You have people like Jeremy Borash trying to throw people off the scent of these rumors but something is going to happen with this company and soon. Since Borash works there it makes sense that he would be front and center trying to tell people all is well. Hard to say all is well when you’re in debt to the tune $3.4 million. You don’t come back from $3.4 million in debt easily, even if you’re a company that’s survived what this one has.

All I can say at this point is I hope for the best for TNA this time around. Impact Wrestling is a solid show and has improved a lot in the past few months. By the end of this year or even some point in the next, we will likely know the fate of TNA Impact Wrestling. I wish them luck as this my friends is going to be tough even for the company that will not die.

 

The Bloggity Session 4/25/16: The WWE Raw Edition

Welcome back to The Bloggity Session! Tonight I am watching WWE Raw live for the first time in awhile. The reason why I am watching WWE Raw tonight is simple, Gotham isn’t on and Supergirl has finished up its season. There is nothing else on so live WWE Raw it is. It hasn’t been a bad show overall yet me and the WWE have been on quirky terms viewing wise. There is cool stuff happening yet I can’t bring myself to get hyped. Mostly because of the fact that I know with WWE that whenever I get hyped, something goofy happens. There is a gag here that for as positive as I am about comics and the future it holds, my views on pro wrestling go all over the place. I love Lucha Underground, plan on making a habit of checking out ROH again, and WWE is improving but there is still a long way to go. The crowd tonight is awful too, add in all the “What!?” and “CM Punk” chants and more, you get a pretty brutal night. Good matches but a bad crowd does a number on everything. I say this though, WWE did a great job with the tribute to Chyna, well done WWE. A WWE Raw of ups and downs. It does give me ideas though, I may have to think about doing more with pro wrestling at some point, we shall see.

WWE Raw Logo

I may have to think seriously about doing more coverage of pro wrestling here on the blog. There is a lot to say on it and it would be a good way for me to get a weekly thing here. It would be fun to talk more on pro wrestling, WWE and so forth. Heck any excuse to talk more on Lucha Underground and encouragement to check out more wrestling isn’t a bad idea. I’ll think about that as I still have other projects I plan on diving into soon here. My back issues arrived today so that project will be starting soon. Looking forward to diving more into the Nth Man and Power Company for sure. Of course my list of comics to dive into is large either way but I am looking forward to the journey to come. This my friends is going to be a fun ride for sure. So much wonderful reading lies ahead for me, I can’t wait to begin.

Now I shall end this Bloggity Report here for now, thanks for reading as always and I am proud that I have been able to keep this up daily so far. I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Take care and hope you all are doing well out there. Take care and bye for now!

A Tale of Two Endings: The Walking Dead and Wrestlemania 32

Roman Reigns and Negan Walking Dead WWE

The Walking Dead aired its season finale last night and Wrestlemania 32 was on as well, social media was buzzing along. Both shows had anticipated and dreaded endings, depending on which side of the fence you fell on. The Walking Dead had the rise of Negan while Wrestlemania 32 had Roman Reigns vs. Triple H and the Rise of the Roman Empire. For The Walking Dead, we knew that someone was going to die, and on Wrestlemania 32 we knew that Roman Reigns was going to be champion. On The Walking Dead people were wondering who the death was going to be and on Wrestlemania 32 people wondered how Roman Reigns was going to win the belt. Chatter was intense on both sides of things both on The Walking Dead and all around the WWE Universe with Wrestlemania 32. You can say social media was on fire Sunday night. The way both things went down and we knew were about to happen, didn’t happen in quite the way anyone could have imagined. The rage and confusion went on throughout the night, with happiness and calm hidden throughout the chatter. What makes these two endings so polarizing for the fans? That is what we are here to talk about today. A Tale of Two Endings, two endings of events that we knew how it was going to go down, yet the results were not what we expected. The conversation starts now.

(Forewarning, there will be spoilers. Mild ones to be sure but if you haven’t seen The Walking Dead or Wrestlemania 32 yet, turn back now.)

For everyone still here after my spoiler tag, yes there has to be spoilers because these are endings and endings are always spoilers. The Walking Dead is mainly the one I’m warning about as I know people who wait to watch those shows and if they see something they don’t want to see, I would feel bad. That is why we are starting with The Walking Dead as I figure this is going to get a lot of people curious about this article. The big villain of The Walking Dead is revealed, Negan is here. Jeffrey Dean Morgan makes for a great looking Negan and brings him to life with absolute perfection. You see him with Lucille, his barbed wire baseball bat, and already your heart is beating out of your chest. As the survivors were pushed to their knees, I couldn’t turn away from the screen a second. Negan gives his speech as declares that someone has to die, the jaws of the entire audience dropped. Lucille is at the ready as he does the creepiest game of eeny meeny miny moe ever, deciding who was going to fall. As Lucille falls, the blood flies into the camera and all we see is Negan bashing away as the show ends with blood covering the screen.  That was how The Walking Dead ended the season, angering and exciting everyone in the process. Then on the other side, welcome to Wrestlemania 32 where things take another turn.

Negan Jeffrey Dean Morgan Walking Dead

Now, Wrestlemania 32 is a different yet strangely similar story to The Walking Dead. It was a foregone conclusion, everyone knew WWE was going to crown Roman Reigns as champion. There was no changing this course, Roman Reigns was going to be champ. You couldn’t help but wonder though how he was going to become the champ, how was this going to end?  Was Roman Reigns going to turn heel, was he going to win by some sort of controversial decision, and people were talking about it right up to the end. Roman had mixed reactions over the past few months, booing mixed in with the cheers and it was getting ugly. Triple H as the heel (bad guy) champion was getting more cheers than Roman. A lot of people were wondering if there was going to be some kind of audible called, yet that was not to be. Roman Reigns won clean over Triple H and is now your WWE World Heavyweight Champion. A decisive victory for Roman Reigns. Setting off the WWE Universe in a hailstorm of happiness and rage. Now the comparison can begin, why do these two endings compare to one another? All shall be revealed.

Roman Reigns WWE Champion

Negan bashing someones head in was a foregone conclusion in The Walking Dead as much as Roman Reigns winning the championship was at Wrestlemania. It was the way the endings were done that set people off as much as it made them happy. These endings were primed for strong reactions. Now with The Walking Dead, you’re waiting until later this year for any kind of resolution to that brutal cliffhanger. From the cut away of doom that set blood pressures rising to the divisive ending of a wrestling match. For the WWE with Roman Reigns, you have Monday Night Raw to see where this could end up going from here. In the months to come though, both of these endings are going to have people talking. They’re amazing conversation pieces no matter how the chat goes, positive or negative. With The Walking Dead, that season premiere is going to break records as people are going to come back and watch. Now with Monday Night Raw, people are going to tune in just to see what happens next. In turn we will get a hint of what will be in store in the months to come following Wrestlemania 32 and the results of that event.

Two endings, two highly polarizing endings, that have resolutions that hit upon every emotion in the social media universe. Two major events on Television that had anticipated endings for better or for worse. The conversation is still going as the resolutions of these endings are still unknown as to what impact they will ultimately have. Whatever the case may be though, these two endings are going to be great for AMC with The Walking Dead and the WWE for Wrestlemania. Love or hate, these two endings have created a lot of conversation. The social media adventure has only just begun for both companies, what will happen next? That remains to be seen yet I know we got a long road ahead of us and at least it will be an interesting one.

(Special Notes on more of my feelings on this: Roman Reigns is the Champion, I expected it and I’m cool with it but people who aren’t happy with him winning, be nice to the Roman Reigns fans who are happy, please and thank you. On The Walking Dead, that was brutal and I didn’t see the cliffhanger coming but I am not kidding, that season premiere will break a ton of records when it hits. Brutal cliffhanger but it is going to pay off huge for the show down the line.)

 

The GWL Adventures 2/23/16: The Life and Times of a Modern Pro Wrestling Fan

Lucha Underground

So WWF /E, WCW/NWA, USWA, GWF, WCCW, AWA and more, they all make up a big part of my childhood watching pro wrestling on TV. If it was pro wrestling on TV I would be watching it. Back in the late 80’s into early 90’s you could find it all on TV in some form or another. GWF, USWA, AWA, and WCCW was on ESPN, WCW/NWA was on TBS and local stations, and WWF was on USA and local stations as well. I used to gobble up pro wrestling anything like kibble because it was on a lot of stations at one point. Nowadays though the main player in pro wrestling is still the WWE on USA Network with WWE also having the WWE Network. The funny part of the WWE Network is along with old programming of the WWF and WWE it also has the old WCW/NWA, WCCW, AWA, programming of my childhood on there among other things. You note I don’t mention ECW and that’s because I didn’t discover that until my late teens, technically not childhood. Yet nowadays as a modern pro wrestling fan, I always do ponder what has kept me interested in the product after all these years. This is where I talk about that, in my own bit of the Life and Times of a Modern Pro Wrestling Fan.

With me I had my hardcore period of being a pro wrestling fan in the late 90’s. Now why the late 90’s? That was the rise of the Internet and all of the pro wrestling news sites. Now at the click of a button and a 56K modem you could access anything you’d ever want to know and beyond with the pro wrestling scene. I followed so many sites it was unreal from Lords of Pain and beyond, if it was a wrestling site I would be wanting to read it.  Anything to learn more and get more informed about what was going on in the world of wrestling. It was so excited to hear about all these rumors that were going on, sometimes they were false and sometimes they were true, but it was all so exciting either way. I learned about the ratings war of WCW Nitro vs. WWF Monday Night Raw and the hour by hour breakdowns of both shows, ah the days of the Monday Night Wars. Between the ongoing battle of WCW vs. WWF and the rise of ECW, the late 90’s were a great time to be a fan of pro wrestling. Then WWF won the Monday Night Wars and bought WCW, and ECW also being owned by the WWF as well. WWF was the grand powerhouse of wrestling and also the early 00’s were a period where I started to dial back my interest too. I think if I didn’t take the small breaks from pro wrestling I did, I probably wouldn’t be watching today as WWF had a lot of hit or miss years in the 00’s after they bought WCW and I only kept tabs on big events whenever they started up. It was around I think 2007 or so when I got back into things again and haven’t really left since.

I followed NWA/TNA as it developed when I could, especially when it hit Fox Sports and then Spike TV until the product got pretty painful by the end of that run. Yet I still found WWE to be the product I still consistently followed week to week. Then I found WWE to be a hit or miss adventure, TNA only loosely sparking my interest, and ROH started to get on TV recently and I’m still hit or miss on that too. Then a little show on the El Rey Network appeared called Lucha Underground and that’s when I became a reborn pro wrestling fan once more. I even approach WWE and so forth with more interest again thanks to the Lucha Underground express. Being a modern pro wrestling fan can be tough as nails but when you find a great alternative it makes everything else a little more interesting. WWE even has their own alternative with NXT on the WWE Network, it’s still WWE but operates a tiny bit differently than the main roster WWE shows. I’m even exploring new federations on youtube and more, which is a story for another day.

The life of a modern pro wrestling fan is one that doesn’t just revolve around one federation, it revolves around many. Yeah there are your WWE fans and even TNA exclusive fans, yet take a wander and check out new things. On my end, I plan on diving more into ROH more in the coming months to explore even more cool pro wrestling out there. Take care and thanks for reading!