Avengers: Infinity War (NO SPOILERS)

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This is an epic once in a life time movie and the first part of the magnum opus that will end in Avengers 4 (May 2019). This is Marvel’s version of Empire Strikes Back. If you cry at movies, bring a hanky. Lot’s of people in tears when leaving the movie, even after sitting through the credits for the VERY important one scene at the very end. For those that have not read the comic book arc this is based on, this will be harder for you because you have no idea what is to come. For those who have read it, and knew this reckoning was coming, you will leave in a dark place but ready for the battle ahead.

Make no mistake, this is Thanos’ story. And one that is ripped right from the comic book. Truth be told, he actually has a very good point when you really think about things. Unlike the misguided hunters who believe it is their duty to cull animal populations, but scoff when the same is said about humanity, Thanos does NOT stand on a foundation of hypocrisy and he believes all life must be culled by 50%. So if you hunt, look in the mirror at your own hypocrisy. I don’t believe Thanos is correct in his undertaking but be that as it may, he has a VERY good point about overpopulation. No species should be culled or hunted by another intelligent being may be my belief, it isn’t his. But I digress… It is up to the cast of characters of the Marvel Universe to try and stop Thanos.

There are battles on an epic scale. There is the most moving music to ever be featured on film. Yes, the Avengers music may even hover higher than that of Star Wars now. You have to see this movie because it is very true, no other movie ever made is this epic. And this is only part one.

As a side note, The Scarlett Witch has really become one of my favorite characters and she is definitely one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe.
GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!

 

New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 4/25/18

X-O Manowar #14 (Valiant)

This has to be one of the BEST covers of the year!!! I also love that the art inside is now back up to a gold standard. The last several issues, the art had been pretty sub par. I’m happy to say, every panel of this issue looks beautiful.

Aric returns to Earth, just in time for the Harbinger Wars 2 Event that starts next month. We don’t know where the battle lines are drawn but I’m willing to bet that LiveWire and Capshaw are on alternate sides here, both vying for X-O’s to join their side. We also get to see how the armor has grown in character too. I like that the armor can now speak, it makes for more character depth as the armor really is another aspect of the X-O character. You should definitely pick this one up!!!

Saga #51 (Image)

This starts out as more of an in between issue for our characters. We get to see daily events pass as they wait for the reporters to come through on the identity changes for Robot and his kid. Yet, don’t think it is all just normal life playing out. We lose a character in this book and I’m willing to bet there will be some major fallout in the next issue. Saga is still one of the BEST books out there and you can’t help but to be moved by these complex and interesting characters every month. Pick it up!!!

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 4/21/18

Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe

Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe episode 1 of 6 of the webisodes debuts today at 11AM EST on Comicbook.com. A new episode will be ready to view each day at 11AM until all parts have aired. Comicbook.com will have the viewing rights for a short time so please GO WATCH THESE EPISODES!!! Us Valiant Comics fans have been waiting a long time for this web series to finally hit. The anticipation is HUGE!!!

Agents of Shield… Ready for The End

The final episode of the season/series is titled The End and I’m ready for The End. The budget must be next to nothing this year because virtually every scene takes place in a dark hall. This was understandable for the first part of the season when they were in space but now back on Earth… It’s just getting boring and dragging on and on. It feels like the writers either lost what made this show fun to watch or the limited budget just doesn’t allow for anything good to actually happen. Therefore.. I’m ready for it to just end.

The Internet… Ruined by Troll Comments

Someone posted some cool pics of their trip to Israel online and I wish they would have been able to disable the comments. Sure enough… some troll posted that it was “Palestine.” I guess you could lump him in with the millions of other dumbfucks who never learned anything about history and don’t realize that there is no Palestine. Just because you make up a name doesn’t make it a place. But I digress. This is why I increasingly try to avoid comments and debate on the web now. Instead of just letting people enjoy this other persons trip and the pictures they took, he had to be an ultra douche and chime in with his stupid comment.

For the record… The Palestinian side… get’s all of their water, food, electricity, and aid subsidized by Israel. So if they hate Israel so much… I’m a-ok with cutting this all off and letting them fend for themselves. That’s what a real country would do.

I got nothing else for today… Enjoy the Weekend… This has been the Streamline!!!

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 4/19/18

Stars Doing Bathroom Selfies

WHY? I don’t get it. I saw this one by Jennifer Lopez this morning, in a news article covering it (again… WHY? Why is the news covering stars doing bathroom selfies)??? Don’t get me wrong here either, I have a lot respect for Jennifer Lopez. She works her ass off (and it stays on just fine :)) so she deserves all the glory. However… I just don’t get why stars take these pictures and then post them out to the world? As a matter of fact… Why does anyone post bathroom selfies??? It doesn’t even have to be stars. People… You do know that virtually EVERY phone has a front facing camera lens on it… right??? Just stop with the tacky bathroom selfies already!!! And news media… this isn’t news!!!

Superman is like Coke Classic

With Action Comics #1000 Superman is whole again. By that, I mean that he has the classic and timeless suit with the red shorts and normal look, back again. Gone is the “armor-like” look and the all blue tights (thankfully). Look… you people that think the red shorts should disappear… You’re idiots. You’re like the people who once claimed that New Coke was better than Classic Coke. In other words you were just WRONG. Same thing here. Don’t like it? Oh well… go cry in a corner somewhere you wussies.

The Level of Tracking of YOUR Personal Info is Terrifying

The article found (HERE) is a long read but worth it. If you think you are not being tracked, or only being tracked by social networking, think again. Somewhere, there is a full dossier on YOU. This company Palantir, or one like it, probably compiled it. The TV show Person of Interest pretty much told everyone that this was coming.

It’s a slow thought day… So that’s your Streamline for the day!!!

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 4/18/18

We could get a Real Good Social Media Purge to Take Place

Elizabeth Olsen has now said that she thinks about deleting Instagram everyday and that she doesn’t know why she is still on it. When you read what she says about using it for promotion but then inevitably ends up posting something more private, I’m fairly certain we’ve all been there before. I completely agree with her on the reasons to ditch it. These “influencers” have more in common with advertising than real people and there’s no reason to be influenced by any of these people. When you get paid X amount of dollars to post something you have sold out. Most of these “influencers” are nothing but sellouts pushing crap so they can make money off of your views. Hopefully our very own Scarlet Witch dumps Instagram and maybe that will “influence” others in a different way, dumping it and other social media too.

Season 4 of Bosch (Amazon Prime) is more Excellence

Bosch is by far one of my favorite Prime series. I’m only 3 episodes into season 4 (season 5 has already been greenlit) and I’m enjoying this year’s mystery just as much as past seasons. The bicycle killer in the background, that showed up last year, is also an intriguing hook. He keeps viewers wondering as to if he will be dealt with this season or keep ramping up and be a force to deal with in the next season. I hope Amazon keeps this series going for a long time to come!!!

Hey Comixology… You REALLY NEED a Win10 App

I know the Win8 app was ditched a few years ago but times have changed. Android tablets are DEAD (not including Fire tablets in this). I’d love to use the Comixology app on my Surface as well as currently using it on my Fire 10 but no app. The browser works but the app is really a better solution. With 2 in 1 Win10 devices selling good now (better than Android tablets), you’d think this would be a no-brainer to get the app back out there.

Individuality is Better than Diversity

Diversity is just a bunch of followers congregating into groups that are intolerant of other groups. This whole call for diversity is actually leading to anti-diversity. It’s so lame. People… BE YOURSELF and don’t define yourself by any group. Being an individual is unique and wonderful, while being in a group is really just being an intolerant and closed off follower. Be tolerant of others and remember… anyone who demands acceptance is not entitled to it. More than likely, those who demand acceptance are the most intolerant of everyone else.

Online Bullying… Another BS Term

There is no such thing as online bullying. You can block people. You can ignore people. If you take offense at some no-name online that “offends” you then you deserve to be offended for being the weak and wussy person you are. Didn’t your parents ever tell you about “Sticks and Stones?” Here’s the TRUTH. If people don’t like or agree with another person’s opinion online, that person labels it “bullying.” You can often find these weak willed snivelling people championing free speech in one post and then offended that someone displayed free speech that they don’t like in another. It’s the worthless Millennial Gen-Y generation that can’t cope and instead bask in being victims at everything. Simply pathetic.

LIFE LESSON:

Sticks and Stones may break my bones, BUT WORDS will NEVER Hurt ME.

The Green Moon Hoax

Facebook mainly, and then some other social networks have been trending this “Green Moon” nonsense for April 20th… It’s complete nonsense. There is no such thing as a Green Moon but hey… social media and the mindless automatons that share this crap. No wonder the political class manipulate the people like they do. The people are morons.

That’s the Stream for Today…

New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 4/18/18

Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe (#4 or 4) (Valiant)

The final issue that is the companion to the coming web series (to be released in just a few days) is here, and what an action packed conclusion it is!!! If the web series follows this is 4 issue mini series and looks good, then I will be more than happy to see the Valiant world on screen, even if it is the small, small, screen. I have to say, I love the art in this mini series and I actually like Ninjak’s costume better here than in his main series. It really comes off as being very tech ninja, which is what Ninjak is all about. So check this series out and get ready for the web series coming in just a few days!!!

Superman SALE on Comixology

There wasn’t any other new releases in my subscriptions this week so I’d like to point out that Comixology has a massive Superman sale going on in honor of his 80 years. While I already have the physical copies of the Death, Reign, and Return of Superman, I couldn’t resist picking these up again along with some other stuff, like the excellent Birthright and All-Star Superman. So if you like Superman or just want to revisit stuff you had before, now’s an excellent time to stock up on the digital side.

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 4/17/18

Lost in Space (Netflix)

Binge it… Watch it… Check it out!!! Good stuff!!! I can’t wait until Season 2 hits!!!… which probably won’t be until 2019.

Fake News Has Been Around FOREVER

I was reading through some Spider-man comics and in Ultimate Spider-man, they complained about fake news in the 2000 – 2010 era, and then the original early issues of The Amazing Spider-man (60’s) illustrate how fake news is when pertaining to the paper. Moral of the story… Don’t trust the news period. Dig deeper and look behind the sensational reporting for the real story.

Speaking of News…

This whole Cohen/Hannity thing reeks of political strategy. The judge, a known liberal appointed by a liberal with a history of being liberal saw that she was sitting on a goldmine when she saw Hannity’s name. She knew that just by having the name made public, the late night talk show hosts and media would do the rest to associate Hannity with Trump and the other guy who paid off a woman, who were also this lawyer’s clients. And no surprise… last night’s late show liberal mouthpieces did just that. Earlier yesterday, before Hannity even said that he discussed real estate with Cohen, I speculated that it could even be real estate or really anything. However, the general public is what I consider the dumb masses. They only look at the surface of an issue and the political class know this. The general public is easy to manipulate. Once the media and talk shows get their news from the political class, it starts spreading the word, then the dumb masses will start doing the same. So regardless of if it was real estate or whatever… the left has already tied Hannity to the issue within the dumb masse’s minds.

The real kicker… The right keeps protecting the dumb masses that always go against them. It’s not smart to be pro-life and pro-population when the end result is more people against you. That the right refuses to see this… makes them just as dumb.

Speaking of the Right…

I’m getting sick of their anti-environment and anti-animal spiel. The left is bonkers but the right is just as bonkers. Just because the left champions keeping a clean environment and protecting animals, the right has to go to their corner and act like assholes to have an opposite opinion. Both sides do this shit, they can’t agree on anything because then that makes their team look like it is wavering. So sick of it…

The Social Media Purge

A bar called J.D. Wetherspoons has ditched all social media because they believe people are spending too much time on it. All correspondence with them can be had via their website (press releases and news) or in person and on site. THIS is the way things need to go. Here’s the thing… most social media is now bots tweeting, posting, and clogging up the streams. Who cares??? While I may still check social media on the web, I deleted all of it from my phone. I don’t want, nor need, to be in contact with those on Facebook, Twitter, or even G+ every hour, or every minute, of every day. No notification from any of those social media sites is ever imperative that it needs response NOW. Personally… I’d love to see more people take the first step and ditch social media on their phones.

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 4/13/18

Is it 2020 yet?

Are we even going to make it to 2020? I wake up today and His Royal Cult of Personality is sending 12 battleships toward Syria. As any long time reader knows, I was never a fan of Obama, but Trump is just damn reckless and unhinged. He has zero ability to lead and is a pathetic negotiator on the world front. And someone PLEASE!!! Take his Twitter access away!!!

Would you Pay to use Facebook without the Ads and Tracking?

That’s a headline I saw today and honestly… If they made their “Notes Feature” a full featured blogging experience that is accessible via mobile too, then I probably would pay for that and ditch my blogging site. Here’s the thing… Owning a domain and paying for my blog to be free, frees me from being under some corporate control. But the simple fact of the matter is that blogging here does not get the content here… out there. With no ads on my site, Google indexes it but refuses to share direct links to it. Not a lot of people use the WordPress Reader when compared to social media. Really, the only reason I don’t use FB as the blogging platform is because getting to “Notes” requires only using the web. If it was on mobile and if I knew that no ads would display with it, then I would probably just use that.

TOO MUCH CONTENT!!!!!!!!!

Lost in Space (Netflix) just hit today, Bosch S4 (Prime) hit yesterday, and I’m in the process of really enjoying a Suits (Prime) binge. I don’t have the time for all of this good stuff!!! I’ll probably pause Suits, start Lost in Space, hit some more Suits after that, and then binge on Bosch before getting back to Suits again. At least I think that is my plan… It could always change upon my whimsy.

It’s Friday the 13th

Insert obligatory Jason reference HERE

That’s all I have for today…

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 4/12/18

Current Reading: On Basilisk Station by David Weber (1st book in the Honor Harrington series)

So far, at just over 50% through, it’s pretty good. The characters are starting to show themselves. The first several chapters of the book are mostly set up to this universe and quickly go through the process of introducing Honor Harrington to her new command, seeing why the command was forced to Basilisk Station (punishment basically), and what felt like an ongoing info dump. Once we get to Basilisk Station, the characters start coming out and dialogue becomes more prevalent. I always like good dialogue in my books. Books that drone on and on with description telling me what was said between characters, instead of letting characters speak for themselves, usually get on my nerves. So I’m glad that it was only the beginning of this book that I had to deal with that. I have to say, the relationships between the crew really pull you in, later in the book so that’s a winner right there.

There has been talk for a long time about making the Honor Harrington series into either a TV series or a movie series but so far, outside of a comic book, nothing has become of it in other media, which is a shame. It’s a good book and I’d love to see someone like Alicia Vikander take the part of Honor Harrington. She could do the character the justice deserved. Maybe one day…

The Expanse Season 3 Started Last Night

Sadly the books go downhill with each new entry. The first book was excellent. The second book started to drag. The third was just… Well… I ended up reading the plotlines for the rest because it felt like the main plot interest of the story: the protomolecule, became an afterthought. In the books, even Holden’s crew, the main characters become side characters while people like Chrisjen and Bobbie, who are now TV series fan favorites, are not even in book 3. So I’m hoping that the TV show ditches the books for a template and goes off in their own direction. Season 3 is definitely the time to make that split because it is right at the point where book 3 would take over.

As far as last night’s episode… It was pretty good but I get the feeling that some money for this season has been held back. The CGI of Bobbie in her suit, on the outside of the ship, was very “stilted.” The movements looked very unreal. Compared to the CGI of the last 2 seasons, it’s really noticeable. On the plus side… I think the the sound is better now. You can hear the people speak clearer and louder whereas in the past two seasons the sound of “white/space noise” was always way too damn loud.

I actually like Bobbi and Chrisjen’s story better than Holden and his crew. Holden and his crew are dysfunctional now. They are bickering with Naomi over her giving the protomolecule to Fred Johnson (Leader of the OPA). You know they will all get back to being one happy family but you have this “been there, done that” crisis between members that generally follows a formula to being worked out. It’s kind of a drama cliche at this point. Oh well… we’ll see where it goes…

Quick Hits in the News

-Is it 2020 yet? Seriously? I’m so over our current Cult of Personality President. Keep in mind, I didn’t like our last Cult of Personality President that this current one replaced either. Will someone PLEASE take his Twitter away already???

-FOSTA, the slippery slope law that makes advertising prostitution (a consensual contract) a federal crime because 0.03% of cases may be child trafficking was signed into law. This was a bipartisan bill with only Rand Paul (R) and one Democrat rightly voting ney to it. But the rest of morons didn’t want election opponents to use the advertising that they voted no to “helping the children.” I swear… facts take a backseat to a lack of backbone at every turn in DC. Here’s the crux… this is the slippery slope because if they can make this a federal crime, they can easily kill more free speech and make other things a crime as well. No one ever thinks about that slippery slope though. And I’m getting tired of the old, “lets save the children” excuse. All this did was make it harder to save those 0.03% of children because now the people pimping them out will go to the dark web to do it. Government NEVER thinks.

-FYI: Facebook is nothing more than a site where people get together online. I see no reason why they should stop anyone in any country from buying ads. I see no reason to change the way they use info because the users are voluntarily GIVING them this info. I see no reason for government to even be involved with this site that is nothing but a hub for people who know each other. Talk about media drama… *Having said that, we should get a full on opt-out option where if triggered, Facebook, Google, Twitter…. Whatever/whoever… can NOT track you around the web.

-66% of Twitter links that are shared, were shared by bots. What does this mean? It means Twitter has mostly bots Tweeting. It means, that if you Tweet on Twitter, not many “real people” are even watching. It means Twitter is a mess. I’ve deleted all of my Tweets and only use it for Customer Service with companies now. It’s not a good place for conversation, exchanging ideas, or anything fun. And news sites that make news of Tweets are pathetic. If a news story uses crowd sourced Tweets to create a narrative then that news source is bogus. Don’t trust them.

That’s your Streamline for the day!!!

New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 4/11/18

Ninja-K #6 (Valiant)

What an awesome issue and a great jumping on point for new readers. This issue sets Ninja-K vs Ninja-K-2 who was originally chosen to be Ninja-K but who was downgraded when Colin King came along (Why not just make Colin King Ninja-J then Mi6??? But I digress). The art is superb and there is some nice ninja action going on within these pages. It looks like this new coalition is going to be more than Ninja-K can handle so by the sound of it, we’ll be getting some guest stars next month to help Ninja-K out. I have to say, in this new series, this has been the best issue yet and it has me excited for the next one!!!

Bloodshot Salvation #8 (Valiant)

YES!!! Back to the Bloodshot we all know and love after that lazy “artless” last issue. As for the art here, it is beautiful and how Bloodshot art should be done. Much like Ninja-K it also has the realistic painted look which I’ve really come to love. In this issue, Bloodshot and Bloodhound fight through the Deadside to save his daughter. A deal is made that saves her but in the process, Bloodshot and Bloodhound are transported to 4002 AD to assassinate someone to fulfill the deal. This makes sense as the timeline becomes more clear and the reader understands those first issues where the fighting was taking place in 4002 AD. I really hope this is a second wind in the Bloodshot title and that it can sustain it into what appears to be an awesome direction.

Gideon Falls #2 (Image)

This is the second issue of a deep mystery and it’s hard to review. It’s hard to review because I don’t know what is going on yet. The crazy guy in the city that collects nails has his apartment broken into and when he goes to tell his therapist, she doesn’t believe him. Meanwhile, The new Father to Gideon Falls is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and the police think he is crazy because he says he followed Father Tom (the last preacher) out to the Black Barn, which is not there. Father Tom supposedly drowned 2 weeks before. Then Father Tom turns up dead in the woods and he’s holding a nail. It ends with the therapist seeing the Black Barn in the streets of the city. Gideon Falls is just getting started and the horror and “what the fuck” elements are all being layered and put into place. I love the atmosphere and the tension in the book. I really can’t wait to see where it goes!!!

Scooby Apocalypse #24 (DC)

24 issues and Daphne FINALLY says YES to Fred’s marriage proposal!!! And then there is a great disturbance in the fabric of reality as we prepare for something big from the 2 groups of “consumerist monsters” fighting for dominance of the mall. I know I’ve said this before but, The Walking Dead has nothing on Scooby Apocalypse. Great characters, complex motivations, and survival made entertaining vs TWD’s slog fest boredom. Now if only Shaggy gets some courage to tell the woman he likes that he actually likes her…