Blow your mind by learning about the scale of things very small and very large. Well, at least to the extent such things were understood in 1968.
On a friend’s suggestion, I have been reading some of the free stuff on the Marvel Unlimited app and the experience is decent. The app works better as a full-page reader but that’s how I try to read books on Comixology anyway.
My problem so far is with the content. I am reminded of why I prefer DC to Marvel when it comes to mainstream superhero comics. There are two reasons.
First, Marvel characters tend to be snarky and sarcastic. This is the Stan Lee approach to character and storytelling. It’s what made the books refreshing in the 70s and 80s. Back then, it was nice to get some snark from characters like Peter Parker because it was lacking in most other sources of entertainment at the time, even on TV shows. It is also part of why Marvel characters are more “relatable” than DC. These days you can find sarcasm pretty much everywhere (the internet is probably around 50% snark). If snark is your thing, you can get much better biting social commentary from many web comics than you can from a Marvel book. I don’t need a Thor who likes to try out stand-up bits; I’d prefer a Thor who is a more convincing part of a fantasy world. DC has for the most part stayed earnest in its storytelling. And its stories tend to be more transporting and immersive as a result.
Second, DC’s art tends to be better, particularly in the inking and coloring. Marvel employs many of the same great artists DC uses, but Marvel pages are frequently flat and dull. DC books can be stunning and if an artist like JH Williams III wants to go nuts, the inks and colors will support the work. Marvel books often look like they haven’t gone through the polishing phase before being sent out the door.
With meaningful hockey games still a month away, if you need a hockey fix you could do worse than to watch the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal Final game (again).
As a USA fan watching it live, it was tough to stomach the result. But watching it again is an awesome way to gear up for the 2014 games in Sochi (even though the 2014 USA jerseys look pretty dreadful).
Most of us who remember the game recall how Ryan Miller came up big, both in the final and throughout the tournament. What I didn’t know, though, was how many minutes Ryan Suter logged. He led all players with 31 minutes and 31 seconds of total ice time in the final. And he was +1! The soon-to-retire Brian Rafalski showed up more in the broadcast because he was able to pinch and make plays. But Suter was an absolute stud, as he was for the Wild last season.
If you can somehow track it down, Sports Illustrated ran a great article about the eight seconds leading up to Crosby’s game winning goal, in which Michael Farber interviews all of the key participants, including legendary referee Bill McCreary who had a better view than anyone besides Crosby.
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