KK’s Keen Comics, November 20th, 2013 Releases

Uncanny X-Men #14

Before I get to the comics, an administrative note: I'm moving next week, and going to skip posting my normal column. Relatedly, if anyone has opinions about comic shops in Chicago, I'm very happy to hear them! This week I've got an odd but interesting new release, to mix in with a couple of classics. Let's talk comics! Uncanny X-Men #14 This is a spotlight issue on one of the new characters, Benjamin. And it's one of the best issues Bendis has penned in his run so far. Benjamin's power … [Read more...]

In-Console-able: Review of Aoi Sekai no Chuushin De (aka the Console War anime)

aoi sekai chuushin de

Loyal readers may remember that, about a year ago, I wrote an article about my top 5 pick for weirdest anime concepts ever. Number two on the list was Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de, a medieval fantasy anime based around, of all things, the classic console wars between Nintendo and Sega during the ‘90s. All the characters were loose parodies or personifications of the various franchises both companies were known for, made into magical heroes locked in a deadly faction struggle. Well, with the Xbox … [Read more...]

Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Crossover Goodness

Lego Marvel Super Heroes preview - video

For someone who did not play much with Legos growing up (I'm an Earthling, I swear) I am surprisingly fond of the Lego games.  There's not much Lego nostalgia in it for me; they're just... cute.  And satisfying; they somehow manage to scratch that "break all the things" itch without being particularly violent.  Also, since most of the console games I enjoy tend to be primarily one-player affairs, I like that Lego, to me, is much better in co-op mode.  And, of course, I enjoy the movies that are … [Read more...]

KK’s Keen Comics, November 13th, 2013 Releases

Astro City #6

In general, I don't engage in a lot of the controversy in the comics world in this column. It's mostly about books that I'm not going to recommend anyway, and this is a positive place, to be excited about great things! But this week, it hits head on, about a topic I'm passionate about, and I feel like it's relevant to being an informed consumer to be aware. By this, I mean Brian Wood, and sexual harassment. I'm a really big fan of Mr. Wood's work. One of his comics was one of my favorite … [Read more...]

Who Anniversary: Get Ready


The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is drawing ever closer, and I for one am getting more and more excited (trust me, it's possible).  Many of my friends are preparing by brushing up on past episodes - specifically, rewatching the most recent season.  I don't think that's a bad idea at all (after all, Moffat's plots do get rather timey-wimey) but recall that the 50th Anniversary celebrates the entire history of Who, not just the last few seasons!  Here are a few other options to get into the Who … [Read more...]

KK’s Keen Comics, November 6th, 2013 Releases

Iron Man #18

This is the smallest week of the year for me, in terms of number of comics I've received. It happens. Still, there's some good comics, that might normally be just under my radar. Maybe one of these is what someone is looking for! Iron Man #18 I was a huge fan of Gillen's run on Uncanny X-men, which is why I've stuck with him after a rather bland run on Iron Man. That is, rather bland until now. This issue, at long last, is firing on all cylinders. In the previous arc, we met Tony Stark's … [Read more...]

First Episodes, First Impressions: Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club


Fanservice… it’s not just for male otaku any more. In my earlier article on straight female fanservice moments in geek culture, I mentioned that I held off on including anime and manga as it had a much better track record in showing off “hawt menz” than Western media. But even with a long and storied history of willowy bishonen who sparkle and make smoldering bedroom eyes at the heroine/the camera/each other, never has anime fanservice for the straight gals and gay guys been this… um… … [Read more...]

NFL: Needs More Robots


So we're in the thick of the pro football season.  Maybe not normally a topic we associate with geekery, but geeks come in all flavors, and let me tell you, my Facebook feed is full of football updates (and to quote The IT Crowd, my friends list is pretty much limited to self-proclaimed "standard nerds").  Even I've gotten into it this year, which is honestly bizarre for me: I didn't attend a big football college, and despite having been in the marching band in high school and thus attending … [Read more...]

KK’s Keen Comics, October 30th, 2013 Releases

Saga #15

As ghosts and ghoulies give way to endless complaints about how early Christmas starts for retail stores, we have a week with a lot of great comics. There's a lot of good choices, and I've chosen what's a great choice for best currently published book, the return of a reasonable choice for greatest comic of all time, and something much lighter but tons of fun! Saga #15 There's a few comics that show up on everyone's shortlist for best comic being published in 2013. In my mind, Hawkeye comes a … [Read more...]

KK’s Keen Comics, October 23rd, 2013 Releases

Rat Queens #2

This week for you, I've chosen three great comics. We've got a comic that I featured the debut issue of, that's even better in the second. We've got the excellent payoff from an arc that's seemed like it was meandering and then pulled it together. And we've got the debut of a new character that breathes life into a book that was right on the edge between good and great. Rat Queens #2 I am falling hard for this book. It's set in a Dungeons-and-Dragons-esque world (it could easily be the … [Read more...]