Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Flying Cobras Update!

"A retreat horn sounded. Quarrel-Karn didn’t need to be told twice. He and the other Argentum soldiers joined the rest of the group at the edge of the blaze, sprinting after Oberys. 

They almost made it out in one piece."

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Flying Cobras

Shakairra has the awkward "I became an international hero after ditching the country" talk with her mother.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flying Cobras Update!

Political intrigue, betrayal, a bloody coup, impending doom by foreign invaders, and Shakairra forgot to call her mother.
She is so done with this shit.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

"Snow Witch" Short Story

The lovely magazine Bewildering Stories has published my short story "Snow Witch," a remix of the tradition Snow White fairy tale!

From their website:
Snow Witch” is a kind of retold fairy tale. It follows the traditional plot of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” fairly closely but, in this version, Snow White has magical powers and is something of a superheroine. Readers will find that Snow Witch learns a valuable lesson while enlisting allies in her attempt to foil Queen Recelia’s nefarious plans.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Flying Cobras!

On today's itinerary:
-fight an ancient ice-breathing dragon with a holier-than-thou attitude
-drink magic booze for the good of the people
-find out that Khashanna the paladin isn't exactly human

New chapters in my series The Flying Cobras here!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday Movie! Suicide Squad

On the DZA Review Scale, I give it a Top 5 Comic Book Movie of the Year Award (doesn't beat Deadpool or Captain America: Civil War, but it's still a lot of fun).

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Here's what I liked about it: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Amanda Waller, and the Joker. Mostly because the actors who played them (Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, and Jared Leto respectively) were spectacular.

Some people have complained about how the Joker wasn't as good as he was hyped up to be, and that he should've been the main villain instead of the Enchantress (who was 100% a 2-dimensional comic book villain/belly dancer), but I call bullshit on that first part. The Joker was insane, ruthless, and downright creepy. He was awesome...and yeah, probably should've been the main villain.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about Joker and Quinn's relationship. On the one hand, they clearly love each other and that flashback scene where Joker essentially makes her his Frankenstein bride in the chemical vat is cinematicly gorgeous. On the other hand, he manipulated her into loving him and drove her insane with shock therapy. So...gray line, I guess?

(And no, I'm not going to bitch about Quinn's costume because it fits her character. It's sexy, cute, and over-the-top, and she's not the type to go into battle fully protected with Kevlar, a helmet, and a dozen other safety precautions. However, I will say that DC is showing a worrisome trend of dressing all but one of its "bad girls" in revealing clothing and then the "good girls" in modest clothing, which does not send a good message.)

Quinn herself is probably my favorite character. There's one scene where she's in an elevator by herself and gets attacked by two of the bad guy's minions. She creams both of them. She never needs rescuing, her story is more than just the romantic subplot, and she's just downright fun.

Smith was amazing as Deadshot. His backstory's a bit of a trope (ruthless mercenary who has a heart of gold when it comes to his daughter), but the smartassery and character development make up for it.

Deadshot is actually the one who begins to turn the ragtag group of anti-heroes into friends, when he spares Quinn's life. He had every reason to shoot her (Amanda Waller was giving him a pretty sweet deal), but he "missed" because Quinn had never done anything to hurt him, they'd gotten along very well, they respected and admired each other, and Waller's a bitch. It's because of this that the team actually starts to genuinely care for each other.

Sanctioned by the US Government and the fires of Hell.

Speaking of Waller, she is ruthless and respected and I love it. She kills half a dozen of her own workers because she didn't want any witnesses to her little extralegal activities. She has no problems toying with people's emotions and manipulating them. When she says "do this or I'll kill you" she will absolutely kill you. The only thing separating her and the anti-hero team she puts together is the fact that she's sanctioned by the US government. She has "good intentions."

Here's my biggest problem with the movie: it was too much. There were so many cool, interesting characters that we didn't have time to really delve into any of them, so we didn't really care if they got hurt. If the team had been cut in half, or if the Joker had been the sole villain instead of having to share the spotlight with Enchantress and her brother, it would've been much better. The way it was, it felt rushed.


Thanks for reading! :)

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Flying Cobras

New Chapters!

A massive army is on its way to destroy Shakairra's homeland. The only solution? Magic booze.
Oh, and Quarrel-Karn fights an ice hound.