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New at the Shop: Wings of Glory

Recently the players at the shop have been introduces to Wings of Glory. A game that lets you relive the aerial combat of World War I and World War II by using miniatures and their assigned cards to represent the airplanes and their maneuvers. This is a two player plus game where players will take to the skies to engage their opponents in aerial combat by dueling in dog fights, or by trying to accomplish specific missions.

Here at Great Stories we started meeting every other Thursday for a campaign night with the World War 1 version of the game. This version of the game has fun, fast pace game play which you are able to start playing within minutes of cracking open the box. The easy to understand game mechanics and all of the different airplane miniatures with different flight capabilities keep the play fresh and exciting while still keeping the flow of the combat simple and fun.

To get into the game, it is very affordable and the product is easily accessible. The best way to try it is to purchase a Duel Pack. The Duel Pack comes with the basic rule book, all of the counters, damage ruler and 2 airplanes and their damage/maneuver decks. This way you and a friend can either jump right into an aerial duel, or try one of the scenarios/missions that you can find within the rule book.

 

At the beginning of the turn each player chooses 3 maneuver cards. All maneuvers of each play are done simultaneously. To do this, take a maneuver card from the deck assigned to your plane and first, line up the center of the card and the center of your base. Then “maneuver” the entire plane and base to line up over the arrow on the card. Your plane can fire once per turn when in range. You will know when you are within firing with the measuring tool. (Pictured below)

 

The most stressful part while playing the game could be while taking damage you not only count the hit points you are taking but also the special damage that can comes with drawing from the damage deck. On this example of a damage card, you are counting the 3 damage and the symbol here indicates that your pilot has been hit. This comes with special conditions that must be met.

 

I have found this game while being incredibly entertaining, it can be pretty educational too. If you love airplanes or just war and history in general, you will find joy in this game. For me, it’s the history behind everything. With each miniature that you purchase and collect you will receive historical information about that plane and a veteran pilot you served in that era. Then if you ask someone like Ben from the shop, who introduced us to the game. “I just love airplanes, and I want to share that passion.” And that my friends is why I come to Great Stories. You not only meet great people and play great games; you also find a community who just share their passion for gaming, comics, movies and more. We have started something great here at the shop. We already have 8 to 10 people on a regular basis to come and play “Wings” and anyone is welcome to join. Come down to the shop and ask about “Wings” night. If you are into games with miniatures; I recommend this to you. You can also ask about all of the other great events going on around the shop. This is a place that is always changing, always adapting. Don’t miss out on all of the fun.

Until then my fellow gamers,

 

See you across the table

 

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part Three: A Dive Into the Absurd

His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.

A Dive Into the Absurd

By Tom Vanner

Let’s face it the rational that was potentially there to keep the series going has gone out the window. The second half of the series has brought “Friday the 13th”, the horror movie into horror Sci-Fi.  Things start getting weird here, but that’s O.K, it’s a movie. Don’t hurt yourself trying to make sense of it. That’s my job. I’ll do the best I can but realistically today’s lesson is just about the movies.

“Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives” has the return of…, that’s right you guessed it, Tommy Jarvis. Thought I was going to say Jason huh? The title should have been a give-away. A younger looking Tommy Jarvis from the previous movie finds himself in such disbelief that Jason, the guy he himself buried a machete into the side of his head, is dead. Even after his next encounter with Jason was an imposter in which again Tommy himself killed. He just can’t believe Jason’s dead. Only way to find out for sure obviously is to dig up the corpse and poke the body with a stick.  He does just that, the only appropriate time to do something like this though is obviously at night, with a chance of thunder storms. Rain cools you down from physical labor, Lightening provides lighting and the thunder is for dramatic effect. Anyway at Jason’s Grave Tommy finds what most people would expect in someone’s grave, the person, dead, in a casket. Tommy can’t handle the feelings he has after seeing Jason again for the first time since he was a child and using as much rational as possible stabs Jason with a 5 ft long rod iron fence post. Que in the Lightning and as the title suggests, JASON LIVES! (Dr Frankenstein laughing in the back ground).

Now, electricity to the heart does save lives. Usually an actual rhythm is needed in order for that to work. Ventricular Tachycardia or Ventricle Fibrillation, but we are not nit pickers. The movie said it brought Jason back well, then by golly it brought the bastid back. I would also like to apologize to anyone who watches medical dramas on T.V if there is a flat-line across the monitor, there is no shocking. Another spoiler alert, the paddles aren’t a thing anymore. Just insult to injury, Santa and the Easter bunny are also fake. Oddly enough the tooth fairy, she’s real.

Back to the carnage, Jason gets up, puts on his mask (you’ll note the red dashes have returned) goes and starts killing again. Several people die in various ways and the final showdown is a head to head battle with the reigning champion in this corner Tommy Jarvis and the contender in this corner Jason Voorhees, in a winner takes all fight to the Death.  Tommy somehow gets a huge rock into a boat and secures chains to it, then he waits for Jason in the middle of the lake.  Jason goes on in after him and Tommy lights the water on fire (he had gasoline…calm down). Jason jumps out of the water attempting to pull Jarvis in but is met with a chain then Tommy locks it around Jason’s neck and the huge rock gets thrown overboard pulling Jason down under water with it. Jason gets in hit in the face with the Boats propeller and that is the demise of Jason.

Until of course, Part VII “The New Blood” is my personal favorite and has one of the better story lines. A very young Tina who happens to live off Crystal Lake and who happens to have telekinetic abilities,  starts the movie while in fear and angry at her father. Tina screams at him from a canoe and the dock he was standing on collapses, killing him. Later in Life Tina has become a late teenager early 20’s grown woman. She, her mother, and psychiatrist return to her childhood home, to make an attempt to harness and control her telekinesis. Naturally there are group of teens planning a weekend of booze, drugs and sex for a birthday celebration next door.  Tina, one night while getting pushed a little too hard by her doctor, freaks out and goes out by the Lake to let out her frustrations. I’ll give you one guess who her powers accidentally awakens… none other then Jason.  Jason emerges from the water and off he goes dismembering drunken horny teens.  The end battle comes, well at the end, Jason vs. Tina, and the guy trying to get with her from next door. The guy and Jason are going at it on the dock, when Tina uses her telekinetic powers to resurrect her father from the bottom of the Lake, he breaks through the dock in a moment my son would describe as “WHOA”, and Tina’s dad drags Jason back to the bottom of the Lake.

This movie is pretty special. Jason played by Kane Hodder for the first time and the only actor to ever repeat the character of Jason with 4 appearances, has a new life about him. Kane adds an attitude to the character that gives Jason a more intimidating and predatorial presence about him. Jason also has a violence about him now that is unmatched, thanks largely in part too, Kane. This is evident with one of the series best kills, the sleeping bag kill. What is special about this kill is a sleeping bag is not a weapon; it’s a warm comfort zone that brings coziness into the wild. A “safe space”, if you will. In Jason’s eyes it’s a convenient way to turn an early 20’s female into a baseball bat. The other fun part of “The New Blood“is it’s the first time Jason really has any competition. Never before this movie had Jason taken such a beating. He gets electrocuted, hung, shot with a nail gun, a roof collapses on him, and burned, which Jason loses his mask prior to the burn, because Tina is a jerk.  The burn scene is a history making event in cinema. It was the first burn scene to show actual ignition, and it was at the time the longest Burn scene to appear in a movie, clocking in at approximately 45 seconds.

The Part 7 zombie Jason is in this guy’s opinion the absolute best looking Jason. With an obvious decay effect, the skeletal structures of Jason are protruding through his flesh and clothes. Remember when Jason took a boat propeller to the face in part 6? Yeah they covered that with a chunk missing from the lower left hand corner. Because of this Mask damage Kane had to actually do 3 in half hours of make-up every day of shooting to have full facial prosthetics throughout the entire movie.

Onward and Up-ward to “Jason takes Manhattan”.  I guess they figured 8 movies in the same camp would just be a little ridiculous. This time around Teens on a boat trip, O.K class do we know what the teens will be doing?… That’s right getting drunk and having sex. So this High school class trip managed to get from Manhattan to Crystal Lake. Hold up, Manhattan is off the coast of a body of salt water (aka the freaking ocean), Crystal Lake is a body of fresh water, and a lake. How     does a boat get from…..whatever it’s a movie.   The boat is dragging anchor (apparently it makes a better drag then anchor) it catches a power cable, because we all know best place to keep electrical lines is the bottom of a Lake, and Jason happens to pinned on the Power lines via the dock. Unlike the shark in Jaws 2, Jason is brought to life by high-tension power lines and not killed by them.  Electrical intervention saves the day again!! See that Jason trumps Jaws.   So Jason all pissed off, electrocuted and masks less, finds his way onto the boat via the conveniently dragging anchor. He locates a new mask (Yay!!! Hits you right in the feels), and goes on killing all in attendance on the boat until we arrive in NYC. Once in NYC Jason takes a tour of Time, square, kills a bunch of people, he kicks a boom box, kills more people and we get to the end sequence where the movie has to come to an end.   So the two survivors and Jason are in the sewer, thankfully the Ninja Turtles were out of town so Jason couldn’t kill them,  but the surviving couple find a way to flood the sewer and drown Jason, because you know, that has worked so many times before. This weird thing happens where Jason like reverts back to being a child, like he morphs into the child version of himself. Some people think the child morphing event is like a “dream” where Jason has finally met his end and has reverted back to the age in which he died. If you’ve been following the blog the last few days you should be able to pick out the approximate age of Jason’s death. What is that age class?   Very good about 33 year’s old, see that I knew you were paying attention.  Fun Fact, when Jason is puking in the sewer, that is Kane Hodder actually really throwing up. A cool party trick he can do at will.

What is nice About Part 9 “Jason goes to Hell”, they stopped trying to bring him back and just said, “Screw it no more explanation, he’s just here”. This Movie gets weird, very weird.  First Jason “dies” at the beginning, via hundreds of bullets, because nobody has ever tried shooting him before.  However now Jason has a new ability, to possess? Yeah, ok let’s go with it…Jason can hop from body to body so he can continue killing people. Unfortunately Kane Hodder only plays Jason for maybe 20 min tops in this movie. He does however get to be killed by Jason. So in addition to being able to possess people, there is all of a sudden a whole list of rules. Why not? Let’s complicate crap now. Only a Voorhees can kill a Voorhees , Jason must be killed with the knife in this manor before this time, don’t feed him after midnight, and if you say his name3 times while looking into a mirror a butterfly gets his wings. This is probably my least favorite of all the movies, but it’s there, we can’t deny it so we move fourth. In order for the “rules” to even be applicable because like all movies this one has to come to an end at some point, Jason now has a sister who was killed, but no worries Jessica, Jason’s niece is around. Yep who would have thought?  Jessica at the end ultimately ends up killing Jason with the dagger, Jason is dragged to Hell.    And all that remains is his mask.  Which gets pulled down into Hell by whom? Freddy Krueger.  (Played by Kane Hodder).

Finally we have Jason X, which obviously by the way the 9th movie ended is defiantly “Jason in Space.”  ….. It was late 90’s every movie went to space in that era, including the Leprechaun.  Again Jason is fine, Hell isn’t that bad when you’re the most bad ass mother ever. Jason no longer possesses people which is fine but he does regenerate. This is discussed by Dr’s, oh yea maybe I should let you know hey Jason has become a lab rat. With little to no explanation how they capture Jason, a research team has determined, That Jason is indestructible. Well no kidding.  Jason and this girl end up becoming cryogenically frozen, after wait for it… Jason goes all Friday the 13th on everyone in this military lab and kills a whole bunch of people.   Jason and Rowan (the frozen girl) end up falling into a cryogenic tube (similar to Fry, for the Futurama fans out there.) get frozen and are not found again until the year 2455. A class trip is going to the baron waste land known as earth in search of ancient humans.  So the class finds Jason and Rowan then decide lets go ahead and take these two home. They do their research and find out who Rowan and her male companion are and of course decide, why not, lets defrost them.  This decision quickly becomes one you might call regretful. These future science people have amazing technology which is used to fully revive Rowan (Jason as you probably would guess doesn’t need that nonsense.) Once he warms up enough and remembers who he is, Jason kills a bunch of them with relative ease. A cyborg female receives an artillery upgrade and she goes ahead and all but eliminates Jason. Jason is seemingly dead with part of his head blown off along with a variety of other parts. Remember that cool technology I was telling you about?  Yeah, guess where Jason landed.  Now Jason gets a huge upgrade and the indestructible force that is Jason becomes more indestructible.  Ultimately they are unable to kill Jason but Brodski (a main character) sacrifices himself to drive Jason back to Earth without space ships,  in hopes of Jason burning up upon re-entry. I’ll give you three guesses which body of water Jason lands in.

Jason X had in my opinion the 2nd worse looking Jason. The mask seemed like it was too small and Jason regenerating skin and flesh just isn’t my cup of tea.  Uber Jason was pretty bad ass not gonna lie. They had found a way to literally turn Jason into a tank, and he was pretty menacing. The metal skull mask by far surpassed the potentially child sized mask he had prior in the movie.

So that is Friday the 13th the series.  We still have a couple of more days until the most ceremonious of Fridays. Come on back tomorrow and see what else I can ramble on about.

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part Two: The Rationale of a Madman

His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.

The Rationale of a Madman

By Tom Vanner

Why, hello my pretties. We had last left off in June 1979 the reopening of “Camp Crystal Lake.” In Today’s tale we go through the first 5 movies and how I have over the course of my life developed a rational that this could actually happen. It’s not likely and maybe has only 1% chance of actually working but I like those odds. Time to put on your pay the eff attention hats and let’s go.

Camp Crystal Lake has been green lighted to reopen after 22 years. The new counselors begin working on getting ready to reopen. One night counselor’s start getting picked off one by one and are just slaughtered. Thankfully for Alice, the only survivor, a sweet older women named Pamela happens to stop by camp and offer some comfort and consul. The women reveals a tale of when she was younger working as a cook, her son had drowned in the lake and his body was never recovered, and tonight was his birthday. Pamela then went mental and tried to kill Alice. However Alice was the Main character, so not only did she live but, she beheaded Mrs. Voorhees. Pamela had died in the same place her son had.

Fun facts the Late Betsy Palmer had Played Pamela Voorhees in the original “Friday the 13th”. She was asked after making the film on her thoughts of the movie. She would go on to say “I think its shit”.  She had little to no expectations for the movie and never in her wildest dreams would have imagined the success it had.  She had first read the script and though it was terrible, however she needed a new car and they were going to pay her $10,000, so she took the job.  Jason was never written as being disabled he was suppose to be a regular boy, last second however they decided to try to add more sympathy to Jason by making him disabled. Jason was also originally named Josh, Jason was another writing change.

“Friday the 13th” became such a hit, they did a 2nd movie an official Part II. You may be wondering, “But hey how are they going to do that? Pamela has no head and Jason died at 11 back in 1957, you just wrote that, a few times actually.”

You got me, my friend. Jason did drown at the age of 11, or did he?  His body was never found, (I also said this couple of times tighten those straps on your pay the eff attention hats).  So here is how it could work.  Jason went into the water; thrashing around people began to notice. People did witness Jason struggling in the water. In the commotion the few people who noticed took their eyes off him and he was gone. Who’s to say he somehow didn’t save himself and get out of the water on his own?  Scared and embarrassed and having literally zero trust in anyone he hid out in the woods, scavenging for food and ended up building his own shelter.  He never reunited with his mother but would take notice whenever she was in the area. June 13th 1979 on his 33rd birthday, he witnesses Alice decapitate his beloved mother. He would be timid no more. Now Jason is out and about taking revenge not for himself but for his mother. He picks up where she left off killing anyone who dares to enter “Camp Crystal Lake”. In this movie Jason has his first mask, the potato sack. He does end up getting revenge on Alice for killing his mother with an ice pick through the head.   A new group of counselors are in the area for a training

including one Ginny who is actually a psychologist. Ginny and this guy Paul end up being the only two survivors. Ginny using her psychologist skills at the end of the movie puts on Pamela’s sweater on and tries to act like Jason’s mother. She ends up putting a machete into his left shoulder as the “death blow”. Which doesn’t even hold up in the movie, he later jumps through a window pulling Ginny outside. She most likely dies. I know what you’re going to say,

“DUDE, he was macheted with a machete!!!”

Dude, a shoulder wound is not a death sentence. Sure you could bleed out eventually and the impending infection will most likely take a toll but come on really? No one has died from a shoulder shot.

Part 3 came to us thankfully, it was 1982 Jason has a large cut that he must attend to, and he does so.

What’s special about Part 3 for just about every Jason fan is the introduction of the Hockey Mask. After getting some new threads (from a hillbillies clothes line) Jason goes ahead now displaced from his camp is trying to gain his bearings and basically go home. However there are People that need his attention and expertise on the way. After his first kill of Part 3 Jason finds his new mask, a Detroit Red Wings goalie mask.

So again group of early 20’s late teens are planning on drinking somewhere In the area of Crystal Lake. Jason kills a whole bunch of them using a variety of methods and at one point is hung from the top of the barn.

You: “Dude there is no way u can rationalize surviving a hanging. Come on Tom you did pretty good with last 2 movies, but come on”.

Me: Of course I can, this is my blog. So when you hang somebody (not that I have.) they die from one of 2 ways to die from hanging. 1. Asphyxiation or suffocation. 2. Internal decapitation or a snap neck.  So to achieve a snapped neck you would have to have a heavy enough snap in the rope. See where those two go hand in hand, I knew you were following.  So go back and watch the movie, I’ll Waite for you. Done? Excellent, did you see it, that rope couldn’t have snapped any softer if you were trying to hang a Care bear. So that would leave asphyxiation. That takes time, much more time than it took for Jason to recollect himself and demonstrate the upper body strength needed to free himself.

“Ok Tom you explained that pretty well, still unlikely but ok. So what about the FREAKING AXE, TO THE HEAD!! How can you explain that one?”

Well hold on hold on I’m getting to the axe in the head. By the way I know that these scenarios are unlikely, that’s why it has only happened in a movie. Moving on so a few minutes later, yes Jason receives his first true death blow, done. Jason is dead can’t be explained. He’s dead it’s over Series has seen its completion.  Or has it? Wipe that smile off your face and follow me for a second.  Jason has a sever disfigurement, but wait a second where is that again?….. Oh right in his head. What happens to organs in the area of deformities? In a lot of cases is they grow in a space that is most normal for them. Let’s take a peek at Jason’s head here. The left side where the axe penetrates is shorter than the right and the right side has a bulging effect to it. Mmmmmm I wonder why it’s bulging…. Oh right his brain needed a place to develop. In other words in the very unlikely of unlikely events, which is still possible by the smallest of percents the axe does not penetrate the brain and BAM! Jason gets away with another one. All thanks to that huge birth defect. I mean honestly if the girl swinging the axe was a lefty, game over.

So that brings us to the start of the Tommy Jarvis series. Part 4 The Final Chapter. After regaining consciousness and Jason laughing to himself with how bad people are at killing him. Jason goes home. But on one side of  his lake of course we have vacationers. Jason having a splitting head ache at this point (pun intended) isn’t in the mood for anyone’s crap so he’s going to end the vacation early. After eliminating the majority of the people in the area. Jason is left with 3 survivors.

Corey Feldman, I mean Tommy Jarvis is approx 10-12 years old at the end of the movie he poses himself as Jason when, he was a boy, and is able to distract Jason long enough to be able to bury a machete into Jason’s head, more than half way through. Game over, see ya later folks no way in hell we can come back with another one. It was a true death shot delivered. Jason Voorhees has officially been killed.

Naturally Part 5 comes into play. Started off with a Tommy Jarvis in his 20’s living in a group home, not far from….. You guessed it Crystal Lake. So there was one guy we can just call him oh I don’t know D-bag Vic and he’s chopping wood. There was Joey Burns who wasn’t all right in the head.  Kind of an adorable klutz that you try not to get mad at. Any way Joey asked D-bag Vic if he could help him with chopping wood. Since D-bag Vic has a bit of an anger problem and is well… a D-bag, he gets all pissy. After being a D-bag to Joey, Joey still offers him a chocolate bar. (Seriously after D-bag Vic treats him like a D-bag? I know right?) So Vic does the D-bag thing and chops it in half. Joey Tells D-bag how much he sucks and then D-Bag axes Joey in the back.  Of course we have a murder, a single murder, and people alive to call 911. So they do that. Paramedics arrive on scene and Roy Burns discovers this poor murder kid is actually his son who he hadn’t seen since birth. Roy decides to exact his revenge on the entire group home the most perfect way he can think of, impersonating a serial killer that is already dead and buried, Jason Voorhees. In this movie you’ll notice a distinct difference in the Mask; it actually has blue dashes over the cheeks  instead of the red and no dash over the forehead.  So he goes on killing the people at this group and at the end, Tommy Jarvis Kills “Jason” again this time by impalement.  It’s Roy not Jason, easy kill, Tommy Jarvis loses a little bit of credit and now the series is over.

Come back tomorrow where we talk about the rest of the series.

Reader, “Wait didn’t you just say it was over?”

R.I.P Richard Brooker, November 20, 1954- April 8, 2013 Jason Voorhees- Friday the 13TH Part III

R.I.P Betsy Palmer, November 1, 1926-May29, 2015   Pamela Voorhees- Friday the 13th

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – October 11, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Dark Nights Metal #3

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo

What it is: Superman is pulled into the mystery of the Dark Multiverse while the Justice League follows the trail to a weapon that could keep the forces of the Dark Multiverse at bay!

Why we love it: I had thought that Snyder had lost some of his bat-mojo after a lackluster ending to his New 52 run and a pedestrian All-Star Batman series. Guess he was just channeling it all into Metal because this series has been balls-to-the-wall awesome. Even the tie-ins have been fun reads. Damn event books, I wish I knew how to quit you.

The Mainstream One: Weapon X #9

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Marc Borstel

What it is: ‘THE SEARCH FOR WEAPON H’ CONTINUES! Old Man Logan and the gang are still one step behind Weapon X in finding this new Hulk/Wolverine-like creature. The only person who can point them in the right direction? Reverend Stryker! Rated T+

Why we like it: Looks like Weapon H is officially here to stay. During a panel at New York Comic Con, Marvel editor Nick Lowe seemed to confirm that the company’s latest mashup sensation is getting his own solo series in the near future. Until then, fans of the Hulk/Wolvie hybrid will have to check out Weapon X to get their Weapon H fix.

The Indie One: Mech Cadet Yu #3

Publisher: Boom!
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa

What it is: The cadets are undergoing their most intense training yet, when Park’s mech starts to malfunction with dangerous consequences.

Why we like it: Part Gundam, part Iron Giant, Mech Cadet Yu takes the bombast of the mecha genre and gives it a heart. Yes, Mech Cadet Yu is about giant, fighting robots but it’s mostly about the people piloting them and writer Greg Pak has created some great characters to root for. Miyazawa’s artwork is fantastic as well, a beautiful East meets West style that shows its manga roots while feeling fresh and modern.

 

The #1 One: Ragman #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Ray Fawkes
Art: Inaki Miranda

What it is: After a failed mission to raid a tomb in the Israeli Desert, war veteran Rory Harper is plagued by the death of his partners. As Rory battles his guilt back in Gotham City, he discovers that what was in that tomb has followed him home, and it’s about to change his life. But as Rory begins his journey, an evil is invading Gotham City, and it wants what he’s discovered. A hero is born in this visionary reimagining of the Ragman mythos by writer Ray Fawkes and artist Inaki Miranda! RATED T

Why we like it: Ragman was the creation of Joe Kubert and Robert Kanhigher in the late 70’s. The character never gained too much popularity despite having a cool moniker and costume design. Part of it was due to a convoluted origin story and bizarre powers which were constantly being reimagined. Still, the concept of a Ragman is undeniably interesting and I’m hoping that DC can finally utilize him successfully as a super-natural, mystic warrior in the vein of Moon Knight.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: X-Men Blue #13

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Jorge Molina
Cover Art: Art Adams

What it is: MOJO WORLDWIDE Part 2 The X-Men may have bitten off more than they can chew when the Mojoverse continues its bizarre invasion of MANHATTAN! JEAN GREY and her team fight side by side with KITTY PRYDE and her team but can MOJO be defeated when he’s got the X-Men’s greatest hits weaponized against them? Or will an unlikely alley come to the rescue? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Mark Bagley! Rated T+

Why we like it: This Art Adams cover featuring the Dark Phoenix is a must buy for me.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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Interview with Nicole Majik (Angels & Demons Preview)

Presenting an interview with Nicole Majik, our featured guest for the upcoming Angels & Demons: Experiences in the Paranormal event taking place this Friday, October 13th at 7 PM at Solomon’s Temple Lodge in Uxbridge, MA.

How old were you when you realized you had an ability to make contact with the spirit world and can you tell us about this first experience?

It was June, 1980. I was 5 years old. I knew that my grandfather passed away during the nighttime. When my sister mentioned it to me I nonchalantly said, “I know” and kept about my business. She said that I couldn’t know because I was sleeping. I said that my aunt’s dog came to me in my sleep and showed me that he was dead now. (My aunt was the one who received the news first and I was very close to her throughout my life. Her dog I considered my own dog and we used to telepathically communicate all the time) I saw my grandfather and he had pulled a quarter from behind each of my ears like he always did to me and smiled and went away. My sister accused me of lying and told on me like I was insincere. I didn’t care because I just knew and she didn’t understand.

Have you ever been intimidated or fearful of situations involving this extra-sensory ability?

Yes and no. It sometimes is a double-edged sword. There is much responsibility that comes with it many times and with that a type of empowerment that you have the gift, so use it. I have seen many things that have been “scary” or “intimidating”, but at the same time, the gift allows you to utilize it to overcome that sense of fear and walk with power in those situations. Sometimes you just have to be strong and trust in it.

How has this experience influenced your life and your approach to relationships and life in general?

The experience with seeing spirits and auras and being able to communicate with people, past and present on a very different plane has shaped me into the person I am today. It has allowed me to see things from very different points of view at the same time; it’s shown me how and when to speak or bite my tongue; it has shown me the truth behind people’s words and to just take in what they say even when I know they are lying to me. So relationships over my lifetime have been quite interesting. People aren’t always what they try to project themselves to be, and there is something very frustrating and sad about that to me when I witness the human conflict unfolding right in front of me. On another note, that has also allowed me to develop a special sense of compassion and understanding for this human condition and has grown into a sense of non-judgment for people in general. I guess it has allowed me to mature in certain areas that seem much more abstract and untouchable in the psyche and heart.

Do you feel that you would be a different person if not for this experience?

Very simplified, we become a product of all of our beliefs and experiences, and since seeing spirits and other things in the metaphysical realm has been a large part of my life, I probably would have become someone different than I am today. What that person would be like, I have no idea. There are infinite possibilities and I am living one of them now.

What can people expect from your Angels and Demons event?

People can expect a laid back, down to Earth discussion of my own personal experiences in the paranormal. Some of these stories have been mentioned briefly and not in the full detail that will be told on Friday the 13th. Some of these stories have only been told to only a few people very close to me. I will give the first public fully detailed version about my own Near Death Experience and riding upon angel wings and how that experience sparked the fire to drastically change my life forever with a force that seemed almost uncontrollable. The stories that I have chosen are close to my heart and have deep meaning for how such paranormal experiences can change a person and shape them into who they become. I hope that I can take the audience into another world and through my words have them gain some insight and imagine themselves experiencing to some degree what I have.

What are your interests and passions? What are your professional goals and pursuits, with Majik LLC?

My interests and passions are simple: helping people to embrace who they truly are, and empowering them to awaken their true potential. I do this work through various avenues and in everything I do, from my “day job” to Majik, LLC and all of my personal endeavors.

And where can we find out more about what you do, and what may be coming up?

All of my services, workshops, events, and more can be found on my website: www.MajikLLC.com
Follow me on Facebook and Twitter: @MajikLLC
Instagram: Nicole_Majik

Tickets are available now for this very special and fun event.  You can buy them in advance for $15 at Great Stories Comics & Gaming in Uxbridge, or click the EventBrite link here to buy online!

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part One: His Name Was Jason

 

His Name Was Jason, The official Great Stories Friday the 13TH Blog.
A quick history of the Story and the Author

By: Tom Vanner

We all know the story of the little boy who had drowned at Camp Crystal Lake in 1957 at the age of 11 years old. This 5 day blog will take you through the story of Jason and give a quick review of each movie along with some opinions and my point of view of the series, leading up to this year’s Friday, October 13th.

The Vanner family

First a little about myself, I know just what you wanted to read…DEAL WITH IT! I’m an EMT (Cardiac) and Fire Fighter , and father of a 2 year old boy. I have an obsession with Halloween, a love of October and an infatuation with “The Friday the 13th” main character, Jason Voorhees. I’m a Metallica fanatic, a Huge Boston Bruins fan and when I get the chance I like stopping a few pucks here and there. I also enjoy long walks on the beach, spending time in the woods, sometimes from a ground stand. Sorry to say ladies, this dude is taken. I am the type of person who doesn’t watch much on the “educational” level on T.V anymore since most of my shows were discontinued. Yep, still mad about it History channel. I am also the type of person that sits and watches the entire animated recreation of the “Titanic” sinking.

I saw my first horror flick when I was about 2 in a half. I couldn’t sleep one night, so my mom brought me into her bedroom and put on a movie that looked innocent enough, a movie about a boy and his “good guy doll”. Well, she fell asleep and later woke up to the doll killing everyone. I was watching intently so she left it on (which explains a lot). After that “Friday the 13th” was a short time away for me to be introduced to it. I was approximately the age of 3 or 4 (I can proudly say my son beat me at the age of 1 1/2 half). Ever since I first saw the Jason movies I fell in love with the character. I loved everything about him, he was brutal, wore a hockey mask, was unstoppable, and was an all round creative killer. Sure the machete probably accounts for most kills, but he was rather resourceful with his kills. Even though “Friday the 13th” is not my favorite movie (“Forrest Gump” or “Nightmare before Christmas” receive that honor). Hell it’s not even my Favorite series (“Back to The Future” holds that title). However, Jason Voorhees is by far my favorite character of all time. I could not even tell you how many times I have been him for Halloween. I even went ahead and made my own costume of him to portray him for a local Haunted attraction in Cumberland, “13th World” (open Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October, bring the kids) I have an unhealthy obsession with him and for that I feel some of you, maybe just one of you, probably the guy hiding in the back there (yeah I see you) can appreciate what I have to say. So here we go, welcome to the dark, scary and unconventional chasm I call my mind.

Pamela Voorhees: A dedicated mother?

It was June 13 1946, Elias and Pamela Voorhees welcomed into the world a bouncing baby boy they were to name Jason. If only it were that happy of a start. It’s unknown when exactly he split but, it is widely believed Elias had taken off on his young family before Jason was even born leaving him alone with his Mother. Pamela’s special boy was born disabled with sever head deformities and some cognitive impairment that would stunt his overall development mentally.

Pamela did all she could to properly raise her special boy and show him all the love she could. In 1957, Pamela was the cook at a local camp,” Camp Crystal Lake” where her son would also spend the summer.

Camp was a staple of every worthy childhood during summer!
Breaking into song by the fire.

The hope was for Jason to meet new friends and have an opportunity to be a regular kid. That fateful summer would soon become tragic as one night Jason, who had been out-casted early by the other children, had gone to the lake unattended and unsupervised by any of the camp counselors. He had drowned that night and his body was never recovered.

Unsupervised tragedy

Poor Pamela had lost her whole world that night as the people who were suppose to be watching and taking care of the kids were busy having sex, drinking, and doing drugs.

Caught doing things they should not do, while on duty.

The Camp was closed down and Pamela had never even gotten any closure on the loss of her son.

Camp Crystal Lake would later be nicknamed Camp Blood from the rumors of the deaths of anyone who entered the property. One June Day in 1979 the Camp was given the green light to be reopened….what comes next will be continued tomorrow.  🙂

Cursed camp?
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Blade Runner 2049 – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  Oct 6, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  2 hours 43 minutes
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  YES
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  9.1 out of 10

A Non-Spoiler Review

Blade Runner 2049:  “A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.”  This is the sequel to the 1982 film, Blade Runner.  At the time the original came out, it was not well received but has since come to be a cult classic.  There have been a few revisions to the original (The Directors Cut and The Final Cut), neither change the true narrative of the film.  We now have Blade Runners still working on “retiring” replicants in a world that hasn’t changed much.  Although you don’t need to have seen the original film to enjoy 2049, I highly encourage it because it will offer the viewer a better experience.

What works:  A very strong story that stands on its own without the backstory of the original movie.  Outstanding visual effects.  You are brought right back into the world of Blade Runner and you are never really pulled out of it throughout the film.  The soundtrack feels just like the original.  The IMAX experience is very fitting for the visual and sound effects and I’m certain that the huge scope of this world is enhanced with seeing it in IMAX.  With the advancement of special effects, the world if a far more believable place.  The movie isn’t fixated on the special effects, it really stands by the characters allowing the story to unfold and the effects take a backseat throughout most of the film.  The acting was excellent.  I cannot recall seeing Harrison Ford play a role this well in a very long time.  Ryan Gosling also is excellent although I this role isn’t such a stretch for him emotionally, but you’ll love him none the less.  For this guy, the beautiful women in the film were captivating.  Robin Wright (she just doesn’t age), Ana de Armas (those eyes pull you in) and Sylvia Hoeks (simply beautiful) all are excellent actors and provide outstanding performances.    Each have strong female characters to play and do so very convincingly.  Dave Bautista stretches his acting legs a bit and I believe that this is his best role yet.  Jarod Leto plays such a good villain and truly owns his character, although villain may not be the correct term to describe him.

What doesn’t work:  I worry that those who are not fans of the original or have not seen the original will feel the movie moves too slowly.  There are moments of action, but it is the story that builds up to the final act.  I wanted more screen time for Dave Bautista and Jarod Leto, it could be that some of their footage hit the cutting room floor due to the length of the film, but I enjoyed them so much I wanted more screen time.

Those who review the film have a hard time doing it without giving anything away.  The reason is that the plot may give away too much.  I too want the viewer to go into the theater and enjoy it so I’m only going to say that fans will get answers to questions they have pondered and debated.  Everyone who likes a quality scifi story will get just that.  This if the first time I’ve seen a special IMAX opening intro (you know, that IMAX surround sound promotion we see at the beginning of each movie) that was specific to Blade Runner 2049.  That really had me primed for the movie to begin.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Blade Runner 2049 a 9.1.  It is worth seeing in IMAX and in any theater.  Be sure to grab a popcorn combo and use the restroom before the movie starts.  You won’t want to leave your seat at any point of the film.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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Trailer Snark (October 6, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Blade Runner 2049 (Columbia Pictures) – Sci-Fi/Thriller
Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling
Plot: A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.
Running Time: 163 minutes

Wayne: This is going to be the #1 film this week. Looks amazing.
Rob F: Just seeing the trailer makes me want to go re-watch the original and be ready for this weekend.
Chris:  Honestly, I barely remember watching the original as a young kid.  I feel a bit sheepish in saying that my enthusiasm to see the sequel is not exactly high. 

My Little Pony: The Movie (Lionsgate) – Animation/Adventure
Rated PG for mild action
Tag Line: Discover a different breed of hero.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Kristen Chenoweth
Plot: A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.
Running Time: 99 minutes

Chris: Are they marketing this to the kids, or to the adult kids?  Very curious as to the demographic this one brings in due to the sizeable sub-culture this IP has created.  Not curious enough to grab myself a seat though.
Wayne: Going to pass on this one.
Rob F: Some people with certain screen savers may want to see this. When we saw the trailer for this film at Ninjago, my daughter said “That looks really bad”. Then again, so was Ninjago.

The Mountain Between Us (20th Century Fox) – Adventure/Drama
Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language
Tag Line: What if your life depended on a stranger?
Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet
Plot: Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Rob F: Looks like a cool survival story with two talented actors. I’d rent it for sure.
Chris: These types of films are right up my alley.  And the Gunslinger walked through the mountains….oh wait, wrong movie. Solid leads though, and a nice trailer have my attention.
Wayne: Looks inspiring, but I don’t think this is a movie people have been asking for. Going to pass.

The Florida Project (A24) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material.
Tag Line: Welcome to a magical kingdom.
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince
Plot: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Wayne: Looks depressing, however I’m going to catch this on Netflix. Looks like a good story.
Rob F: Gorgeous cinematography and what looks to be a meaningful story. Looks solid. Not a big screen film for me, but I’d watch it for sure.
Chris: Something about this trailer really captivated me, and stirred my emotions.  Bravo!

Walking Out (IFC Films) – Adventure/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for bloody injury images, some thematic elements and brief strong language
Tag Line: Survival runs in the blood.
Starring: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman
Plot: An urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: This is the best time of year for film.  Serious movies with real substance.  While totally unlike the last trailer, this one digs down into the bonds of family and relationship.  On top of that, my own Montana experience while incredible was also humbling.  So much wilderness and feeling so small and insignificant.  Makes for an awesome setting!
Wayne: Hmmm. I feel like we’ve seen this story, just not like this. I’ll check it out at some point.  
Rob F: Wow, another one that looks really good! Would absolutely watch this, and maybe even on the big screen.

Tickets Purchased: Two for Blade Runner 2049 (Rob and Wayne) and One for The Florida Project (Chris)

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – October 4, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Batman #32 (Coipel variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann

What it is: ‘THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES’ finale! This is the finale everyone will be talking about for years to come! In BATMAN #24, we gave you the question; in BATMAN #32, you get the answer. As the Riddler and The Joker desperately fight for supremacy in Gotham City, Batman reveals how far he had to go to end the war. Now, knowing Batman’s greatest sin, Catwoman must make her decision: Will she marry Batman?

Why we love it: 8 issues in the making, everyone’s waiting on edge for Selina’s answer to Bruce’s proposal. I just can’t see her saying yes.  Even if she does I don’t expect their marriage will last. These are comics that we are talking about here after all. I’m really more interested in seeing how the War of Jokes and Riddles plays out. This story arc has been fantastic and is without a doubt the pinnacle of Tom King’s run on Batman thus far.

  The Mainstream One: Batman White Knight #1 

Publisher: DC
Words and Art: Sean Murphy

What it is: In a world where Batman has gone too far, The Joker must save Gotham City. He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the ‘Clown Prince of Crime’ but ‘white knight’? Never. Until now… Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as ‘Jack,’ sets about trying to right his wrongs. First he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman! Superstar writer and artist Sean Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS, THE WAKE) presents a seven-issue miniseries of a twisted Gotham City with a massive cast of heroes and villains that, at its heart, is a tragic story of a hero and a villain: Batman and The Joker. But which is the hero-and which the villain?

Why we like it: Yes, you read that correct, the Joker must save Gotham from the Batman. Sean Murphy is one of my favorite comic creators. He’s a unique story teller and as an artist he’s like a man among boys. I haven’t seen much from Sean G since Tokyo Ghost concluded and I expect that he’s been pouring his heart into this twisted tale.

The Indie One: Extremity #7

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Daniel Warren Johnson

What it is: NEW STORY ARC Thea and Rollo enter the Ancient Dark, where they are hunted by things that dare not live in the light above.

Why we like it: One of my favorite Image titles returns with a new arc. If you missed out on this one, the first 6 issues have been collected in trade paper back. I really can’t recommend this sci-fi, war drama enough. It’s got amazing art, multi-dimensional characters and stories that run you through the emotional gamut. Basically everything that makes for a great comic, Extremity delivers in spades.

  The #1 One: Slots #1

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Dan Panosian 

What it is: NEW SERIES You can say this about the life of Stanley Dance: he did it his way. Unfortunately, his way never took getting old into account. Now, the former boxer is on his last legs, looking for redemption…but he’ll settle for going down swinging. Roll the dice with superstar artist DAN PANOSIAN as he creates a bold and breathtaking vision of Las Vegas, where everything old can become new, and superstition influences how the chips fall.

Why we like it: Dan Panosian is undeniably an incredibly talented artist. It will be interesting to see how he fares as a writer. After leaving comics for years to work in video games and advertising, Panosian returns to Image with a hard-boiled, crime story that he calls “a labor of love.”

  The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 (Hughes variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: Marc Andreyko, Paul Dini
Art: Laura Braga
Cover Art: Adam Hughes

What it is: Free college tuition for all Riverdale residents?! That’s the plan-after the town drains the wetlands that lie between it and Gotham City and then builds a new campus. The only snag? A certain botany-obsessed super-villain. When Poison Ivy enlists her bestie, Harley, to kidnap both Veronica Lodge, daughter of Riverdale’s most important citizen, and her friend Betty, she’s counting on some assistance-and the mayhem that ensues will probably work as well! DC Comics and Archie are proud to present the adventure of a lifetime for all these best pals. Their hijinks are brought to you by the real-life team-up of Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN) and Marc Andreyko (WONDER WOMAN ’77), with art by Laura Braga (DC BOMBSHELLS)!

Why we like it: It’s no secret that I love me some Adam Hughes covers. It’s a regular price variant so you should be able to snag this beauty in the wild pretty easily on Wednesday. The fact that Paul Dini is co-writing this series is just icing on the cheesecake.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!