Saturday, June 23, 2018

Saturday Morning Update #77

Saturday Morning Update is a weekly series where I talk about my adventures in geek life from the previous week. Read on to find out a little bit more about what I did this past week, including what I watched, read, and played.
My nephew is coming to visit for most of July so we've been getting ready for that. And I got my own dedicated dresser so Katrina can have more space for her clothes. And... uhm... something geeky that you'd actually care about. Hmm...

We started watching The Toys That Made Us on Netflix. It's a great documentary series about the origin of famous toy brands including Star Wars, Transformers, Lego, He-Man, and more. You can jump around if you're only interested in specific episodes - but we're watching all of them and the Barbie episode is pretty good.

I dove into some Asian superheroes! Whoever says diversity is ruining comics is wrong. First I read the first volume of the Totally Awesome Hulk, Amadeus Cho. I first discovered him as a member of the Champions, I've now read a little bit of the original books that each of those members came from. It's crazy how amazingly written they all are but when they get together it's a mess. Amadeus is a super genius teenager and while he does have full control over his Hulk form it does cause his raging YA hormones to skyrocket. So he's basically hitting on anything - even badguys - with boobs. It's hilariously well written, check out Volume 1 here.

I also read the first two volumes of the New Super-Man, which stars Kong Kenan as the Super-Man of China. It's kinda more of a Chinese Justice League book since there is a Bat-Man of China and a Wonder-Woman too, but Kenan is the main focus. He is also a teenager and the complete opposite of Clark Kent. I love how his powers are locked away and he needs to learn to focus the different elements of his Qi to awaken them. The use of Chinese mythology and philosophies to interpret his Kryptonian powers is on point. You can get Volume 1 here.

As I mentioned earleir, my nephew is coming. He's the one I wrote about in this article about introducing Digimon to the next generation. to my knowledge he's still never played a Digimon game so I cracked open Digimon World to refamiliarize myself with it and make sure I had an impressive looking save file. Maaaaaan this game is so good. Now that I'm older (and have exploited the systems with an emulator) the weird gameplay mechanics are totally manageable and nothing feels impossible. And the world - oooooooh the world! The use of prerendered backgrounds helped create a beautifully artistic version of the Digital World unlike any seen in any other game. I love it so much and I wish it got a true sequel.

What have you been up to this week? What are you doing next week? Let me know in the comments below!