Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mav goes Spartan update: mud running and holiday streaking!

I know I haven't updated much, but honestly how many different ways can you say "I ran and did burpees". So for now I'll be updating only when I have something significant to add.

I found a local 5k trail/obstacle run that I'm gonna give a try.  It's small, but I think it's a good way to get my feet wet (literally) in the obstacle run world.  This way I'll know if I actually like obstacle running.

It's called Mud, Sweat and Cheers and is December 4. I'll update on how I did and what I thought afterwards.

I'm also considering doing the #RWRunStreak again this holiday. The streak is an initiative started by Runners World magazine that encourages you to run at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving until New Years Day.  If I do attempt it this year I need to make sure to do it properly and not just try to rush through the daily mile. I didn't warm up properly many times last year and it caused a lot of pain and small injuries.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Six Shooter: November 18

Nightwing #9
Superman Guest stars, check out my full review on Totalldriventv.com

Captain America: Sam Wilson #15
D-Man returns (I really thought he was dead) and he also returns to his roots as a Professional Wrestler as the title takes a slight detour from its recent politically charged storyline.  I like the nods to Marvels ealrlier years and many characters who have pro wrestling in their backstories.

The Comic Book History of Comics #1
A very dense illustrated look at the creation of the comic book medium and it's evolution.  This is a very interesting read and a must for fans of the history the comic book.  The book is essentially an illustrated documentary featuring tons of characters and creators.  I'd really like to see this collected once it's finished.

Harbinger Renegades #1 
Valiant capitalizes on the success of Faith by bringing back the team that introduced her.  This is a considerably darker book than Faith and depends heavily on previous continuity which I knew nothing of.  However I was still able to enjoy this book and with what I learned so far I am curious to learn more about this team.

Invincible #131
The book starts to raise the stakes again as the end of the series approaches.  No one is safe in the Invincible Universe as it is and that is so much more true now that the end is near.  Mark and Eve fight for the life of their daughter and themselves from a Viltrumite attack.  The suspense of the book was perfect as was the pace, and the book didn't get overly gratuitous which often drags the book down for me.

Trinity #3
Batman has to witness his parents murder... again and the trio of heroes continue to investigate the strange happenings that seems intent on making them face their pasts. Meanwhile Lois steps in to save her son.  Not as strong as the first two issues, but the book is doing a great job of establishing the newer versions of Batman, Supeman and Wonder Woman as a force.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Throwback Wrestling Thursday: Tag your it!

I have had a long, long love of the art of tag team wrestling.  Ever since I sat down one Saturday morning (as I always did) watching wrestling one early Saturday afternoons and saw the British Bulldogs for he first time I was completely hooked and have always wanted to be a part of a full time team.  

You see, the 80's were a tag team lovers dream, some of the greatest teams of all time had some of the greatest bouts and I watched them all... Repeatedly. Heck, I still do.  With the Road Warriors, Rock and Roll Express, Midnight Express, Hart Foundation and SO many others Tag Team wrestling was a thing of beauty and with so many different styles in the ring it made for awesome matches.  In today's era I'll admit I'm incredibly jealous of The New Day because I've never seen anyone have so much fun as a team.

I've been lucky to have been a part of a lot of different tag team pairings. But three partners come to mind whenever I think of tag team action:

Norm The Barfly: since he was my travel partner and we broke in together we were often paired together.  Eventually we started The Tv Generation faction and we had a lengthy tag run that included a few title runs.  But what a lot of people don't know is that for an entire summer we decided to call ourselves the Rolling Rock Express, complete with bandanas and Rock and Roll is King theme song.  Odd trivia note: in the early years we would often celebrated our matches by having a beer or two, I don't think I've actually ever had a Rolling Rock.

SuperCody:  We teamed on and off for years before coming up with the name "Superhero Express". We had a pretty successful run, complete with one of the strangest "only in wrestling" type scenarios where we would repeatedly win the tag team championships, without ever losing them (that's a blog for another day).  We had a lot of things planned that could've made this team a huge success before its untimely demise.  Some of this things I'm hoping to incorporate into my comic book show and related stuff.

Kid America: True story, in high school the mysterious man under the Kid America mask and I dreamed of being tag team champions.  However due to life being life, that never happened. Eventhough we've teamed on and off our entire careers we never had a real run, or even a title shot that I can remember. Granted I get hot on the head a lot, but I think I'd remember that.  The promotion for a Maverick/Kid America tag title match has the stuff of booking dreams written all over it, imagine the boyhood dream angle times two!

I've done a lot in my ring days, but I'll openly admit, one thing I would very much like to accomplish before I hang the boots up for good is to have a long established run as a tag team.  I have marketing and a few gimmick ideas in mind and I certainly think the Indy's need some more steady tag teams.  However I really don't have a partner lined up who matches what I want to do, so who knows. 

Happy Trails,

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Six Shooter: 11/4/16

1. Occupy Avengers:  (Marvel) Hawkeye and Red Wolf team up to help those who no one else will.  Check my full review on Totally Driven this week.

2. Champions #2: (Marvel) Team building turns into trouble with the arrival of Cyclops.  As the team gets to know each other, sparks fly... In more ways than one.  Another strong issue, and I love that young Cyclops is on this team, it'll be interesting to see him in a non-leadership roll. And that last page really surprised me.

3. Superman #10: (DC Comics) Jonathon Kent meets Damian Wayne and craziness ensues.  Damian is growing on me as an antagonist, his cockiness and attitude play off the other characters, and even Batman seems lighthearted compared to him.  This book is setting up what could be a really interesting team up book from the DC Rebirth era.

4. Catwoman: Election Special: (DC Comics) we get to see more of Catowoman's "Rebirth" origin, and Penguin channels Donald Trump in this unique One-Shot that connects Catowoma to Prez of all people.  

5. Frozen #2: (Joe's Books) More fun set in the world of Disney's Frozen movie.  Great art and fun stories will make this a hit with Frozen fans of any age.

6. Faith #5: (Valiant) three short stories make up this issue.  First, Faith who is still recovering from the events of recent issues leaps back into action to help a Hollywood Starlet who is possessed by a talking Cat.  Then She's charged with covering Hillary Clinton's appearance which of course leads to shenanigans and some words of encouragement from madam secretary. The third features sees Faith help a young Psiot and after all that's happened contemplate having other superheroes to tea, up with... Good thing her team The Renegades has a relaunch coming soon!