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Sep 21

Nightcrawler vol 1: “Homecoming”

Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014 by Paul in Uncategorized

The X-books have, for a while now, given the impression of being made - or at least commissioned – by people wrestling with the commercial challenge of how to have as many X-Men titles as humanly possible, while still trying to make them all at least somewhat creatively distinct.  Part of the answer to that problem has come in a wave of solo titles for characters who would not previously have been thought natural candidates - Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler.

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Sep 20

Night of Champions 2014

Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2014 by Paul in Wrestling

This is what you might call a post dictated by the blog format.  I’ve not been closely following the build-up to this show (as you might imagine, there have been other things to occupy my attention over the last couple of weeks), nor do I have the faintest intention of watching it (since Chikara’s King of Trios shows are this weekend, and as Night 1 is already on VOD, I know that my wrestling-viewing hours for the week ahead are pretty much accounted for).

But let’s run down the card anyway.  Night of Champions notionally has the gimmick of every title being defended, which isn’t much of a gimmick, really - plenty of WWE shows have all the titles being defended.  Still, it’s something to say.  Of more interest this year is the fact that the WWE’s “WWE Network” streaming service launched around six months ago, so that the first batch of subscribers will be coming up for renewal around now.  In theory, that makes this an unusually important show, because it has to persuade people to re-sign.

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Sep 16

Charts – 14 September 2014

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Paul in Music, Uncategorized

Quiet week.  (In the chart.  Not generally.)

And for no particular reason, let’s pause to ask ourselves how each of these tracks did on the Scottish chart.  How different are we, really?

26.  A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Originally released in March, when it made number 4.  Why is it back?  Why, because X Factor is back on the air, and “Say Something” is thoroughly suited for use in X Factor.  And so X Factor is duly hammering it.  It showed up in the midweeks for the previous chart, but vanished by Sunday; this time it shows a bit more staying power.

Scottish chart position: n/a.  Yes, Scotland is less likely to buy X Factor backing music.  We’re off to a good start, Scotland!

22.  Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”

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Sep 14

All-New Doop: “The Real Battle of the Atom”

Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 by Paul in Uncategorized, x-axis

It’s been over a week since All-New Doop finished up, so we’d better get it done before it slips out of memory.  Another sequel of sorts to Peter Milligan’s X-Force/X-Statix run, this picks up on Doop in his current status as a minor supporting character for the X-Men.

For those who might not remember, X-Statix was a series, way off on the fringes of the X-books franchise, about a bunch of mutants who had signed on to become “heroes” in a team that existed largely to promote its own celebrity status.  While they did fight the odd villain, they did so more because their public imagine demanded it than anything else.  And floating around in the background was Doop, their cameraman who spoke in gibberish.

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Sep 9

Charts – 7 September 2014

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Paul in Music

I know, I know – I’ve still got to do All-New Doop.  We’ll get to it.  I’m turning it over in my mind.

In the meantime!

38.  5 Seconds of Summer – “Amnesia”

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Sep 7

Deadpool vs X-Force – “Time To Die”

Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014 by Paul in x-axis

Over the last few years, Marvel have dialled back enormously on miniseries.  The solicitations used to be packed with more or less random minis that, given the creators, characters and level of publicity involved, never realistically had much chance to do more than pad out the collections of devoted completists.  This has largely stopped, which makes it a little jarring to come across a miniseries quite as cheerfully throwaway as Deadpool vs X-Force.

A four-issue miniseries by Duane Swieczynski and Pepe Larraz, this takes place shortly before Deadpool’s debut in New Mutants #98 (and thus before the heroes strictly became X-Force, but what the heck – the book happily acknowledges the point and hand waves it away).

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Sep 2

Savage Wolverine #21-22 – “The Great War”

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Paul in x-axis

This came out two weeks ago, and was rather overshadowed for our purposes by some of the other stuff that was out.  But let’s deal with it quickly before time moves too far on.

With the centenary of World War I extending for the next four years, perhaps we should expect a number of stories to take a crack at it.  Now nestled safely beyond the sensitivities of living memory, World War I has a well settled place in popular culture: it’s the war that symbolises the slaughterous futility of war.

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Sep 1

Charts – 31 August 2014

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014 by Paul in Music

Another quiet week for new releases, while the turnover of number 1 singles continues with another hitherto obscure act.  But first…

38.  Katy Perry – “This Is How We Do”

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Aug 31

Wolverine: Three Months To Die vol 2

Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 by Paul in x-axis

In December 2013, when Marvel were soliciting issue #1 of the current Wolverine run, by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman, they offered retailers a novel incentive to order high.  Any unsold copies of issue #1, they said, could be exchanged for an exclusive “Mortal Variant” of issue #12 in September 2014.  And, it was made clear, you would want copies of issue #12, because it was a “double-sized landmark issue” which Marvel expected to receive “national attention for its game-changing story”.

In April 2014, Marvel announced the four issue Death of Wolverine miniseries by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven, to ship weekly in September.  Entertainment Weekly, who were given the official announcement story, described Death of Wolverine as the “culminat[ion]” of “Three Months To Die”.

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Aug 27

Charts – 24 August 2014

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Paul in Music

This was looking like a busy chart in the midweeks, but it calmed down drastically by Sunday – once again, front loaded sales mean that three singles that looked on track to make the top 40 are gone by the time of the chart proper, including one that was showing as high as 20.  We’re left with…

34.  Saint Motel – “My Type”

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