I know, I know, it’s late- give me a break, though, I’ve been sick and petsitting. It’s a pretty slim week, anyhow.
Deadpool #37- Marvel
Oh, look, more SIXIS tie in nonsense. (I still refuse to call it AXIS. That logo sucks.) This is one marvel event that is leaving me feeling grossly underwhelmed- “ooh, look, good guys are bad and bad guys are good! What a twist!” Even the other parts of this issue were a bit meh- the stale bullet in the turkey gag especially. It was nice to see the whole cast having Thanksgiving together, though, and it was fun seeing Batroc and the Trapster riding the subway. Everyone has off days, I guess, and I’m mostly blaming SIXIS.
Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem, translated by Ken Liu, and published by Tor, is the first Chinese science fiction novel translated into English. It is wildly popular in China, and with good reason.
The Three Body Problem bears strong resemblance to American Golden Age science fiction, especially Arthur C. Clarke, but it is a refinement of it in a completely different direction than those taken by English speaking authors. It isn’t just because it’s the product of a wholly different culture and history (though that helps), it’s that it possesses a profound sense of cynicism and pessimism regarding the universe that is wholly alien to the mentality of Golden Age science fiction, and yet somehow makes the book refreshing and new, and massively magnifies the importance of hope and optimism.
I know, I know, it’s been forever since I’ve posted one of these. But hey, I can finally afford my comics again! Yay employment!
(Lady) Thor #2
I was genuinely skeptical about this series. I was a reader of Thor: God of Thunder for its entire 25 issue run, and I loved the hell out of it. Some of the best art of any superhero comic, a truly epic aesthetic, time travel, and Gorr the Godslayer, Voldemort’s bigger badder brother. So when they announced that Thor was becoming unworthy and being replaced, I pretty much dismissed it as another gimmick, like any superhero death or depowering. But I’m swiftly changing my mind. The God of Thunder storyline is picking up where it left off, but in a very new way. We still don’t know who Lady Thor is (though I feel that it should be obvious to readers of God of Thunder), but she brings a whole new style to the hammer. She’s less single knockout blow, more hurricane of fists, lightning, and hammerblows. Regardless, Jason Aaron and Co are keeping there momentum going at full throttle from Thor: God of Thunder, with the added bonus of being a great starting point for new readers.
This is one of the weirder fantasy worlds I’ve dreamed up. I vaguely thought about running a D&D campaign set in it, but… it’ll probably be awhile until I get to play D&D, thanks to my schedule. I really enjoy worldbuilding, but it’s not the writing skill I need to work on most. (That would be actually sitting down to write.)
Real quick before we get started, a couple announcements: The Three Body Problem just came out. I don’t have my copy yet, but I’ll be posting a review this weekend, probably. It’s the first Chinese science fiction novel ever translated into English. Super excited.
I’m up to 11 houseplants in my room, 5 in the rest of the apartment, and 8 in my cubicle (not counting my baby spider plants).
Anyhow, presenting Rhuban: (Welsh for ribbon.)
Rhuban is a world Escher would have felt at home in. It isn’t a planet- it’s a sphere composed of a single, loosely woven Möbius band. There are no stars in its sky, no moons, no suns, no planets- Rhuban is utterly alone in its universe. Around it lies only the void. The only light and heat in Rhuban come from the Ninescore and Nine- Colossal cities that float above the ground, following the path of Rhuban. Each city is topped with one of the Kaesint: Mile wide structures that resemble twisting, unstable versions of Rhuban itself. They emit a fierce, burning heat and light, but do not themselves seem to burn. They instead appear to be windows, rifts in the fabric of the universe itself. No one know where Rhuban came from. Even the wisest inhabitants are at a loss as to who created the Ninescore and Nine, the Kaesint, and Rhuban itself.