Geek Lit: The Metaphysical Detective (Riga Hayworth Book 1)

41mC3TGMfFL._SX307_BO1,204,203,200_The magical P.I. for hire is not a new thing, but done right it can be a fun thing.  Heck, many urban fantasy protagonists start off in this general direction, and I generally enjoy the genre.

So, how did Kirsten Weiss’s Riga Hayworth stack up in Hayworth’s first adventure, The Metaphysical Detective?  Review and some SPOILERS after the cut.

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Going Through The DCAU Part Twelve

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Once more, Jimmy and Tom return to work their way through the DCAU.

This week, we’re covering the Batman the Animated Series episodes “Heart of Steel Parts 1 and 2,” “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?” and “Joker’s Wild”.

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Happy Birthday, Bugs Bunny!

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75 years ago today, a cartoon short named “A Wild Hare” debuted.  It featured a grey rabbit that uttered a famous greeting in form of, “What’s up, Doc?”

Yup.  It’s Bugs Bunny’s birthday.  That link will take you to a Time article showing the first time he used that line along with some other history of the character.

Bugs is one of my favorite fictional characters.  One of his frequent directors, Chuck Jones, explained that Bugs was what many people wished they were.  By contrast, Daffy Duck is the person we fear we secretly are.

For one of Bugs’ best reoccurring bits, see behind the cut.

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What Would Happen If The Looney Toons Had A Fight–To The DEATH!

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Not that long ago, Watson posted what would happen if the Justice League had a fight to the death.

Then I did my own half-assed one that mostly accomplished making Bianca Horkan mad at me.

But really, that’s some penny ante stuff.  What if a much more dangerous group got the same treatment?

No, not the Avengers.

What happens if the Looney Toons have a fight to the death?

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Afternoon Funnies- Looney Tunes Edition

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Also known as “Watson Didn’t Want to Write an Article today and Just Dumped a Bunch of Pictures Off His Phone”.  Click on for a mild chuckle. Continue reading Afternoon Funnies- Looney Tunes Edition

Slightly Misplaced Comics Hero Case File #22: Tasmanian Devil

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In American comics, for obvious reasons, most superheroes are Americans.  If other countries even have superheroes, they tend to be few enough that you can count them on the fingers of one hand, and many are blatant weird stereotypes to boot.  Big crossovers will show teams of superheroes going all over the world, but local heroes often seem to be missing.

As a result, every so often, DC or Marvel will attempt to create more international heroes.  Some of these efforts are more successful than others. While the original X-Men line-up was entirely American, the “All-New, All-Different” team was composed of mutants from Africa, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Soviet Russia. The two Americans there were a leftover from the original team and a Native American.  Half of those characters would stick around.  Marvel has also introduced a couple international superteams, most notably Alpha Flight and Excalibur, with special mention made to the Soviet Winter Guard.

One of DC’s attempts to follow suit was the Global Guardians.  They were a team of international heroes, most a stereotype of their native country, and among their number was the Tasmanian Devil.

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