Fisher-Hallman Skatepark (Kitchener, ON)

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There’s a new skatepark in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and it is nice. Let’s explore it, shall we?

bowl

It has a large bowl that’s a little difficult to skate, but a lot of fun.

china-gap

There’s a china gap for those who like to get some air,

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a spine with a railing to grind,

quarter-pipe-and-lanuch-ramp

a quarter pipe with a rolling launch ramp,

quarter-pipe-transfer

a quarter-pipe transfer,

rail

plenty of places to grind,

stairs

a set of stairs to jump,

skateboard-bench

and some really cool skateboard-shaped benches to take a rest.

street-course

There is even a street course section in this plaza-styled course.

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This one is well worth the drive if you like to travel to different skate spots.

Want to see more?

Virtual Skatepark Tours – over two dozen tours just like this one for you to explore.;

Hip-Hop Anonymous – American Takeover Concert

DWG Entertainment presents Hip-Hop Anonymous: American Takeover Edition

Hip-Hop Anonymous is a monthly event that shines a spotlight on local talent. This time around, we have some American headliners including Brooklyn emcee Dan Dillinger, Bay area artist One Werd, and New York’s G Premacy.

Local legend Thesis Sahib will be performing his unique show that has him playing all sorts of homemade circuit bent instruments

London area acts Mad Hattr, Kiv, Labeled Minority, Traffimatics, and Lil Neeks will also be blessing the stage.

And we say goodbye to Sankdafied in his last London show. His job is taking him out west and we might not see him performing here for a while. So. come on out and wish his all the best in his move and new endeavor.

I will be holding it down on the 1s and 2s all night long as I am the resident DJ of HIp-Hop Anonymous now.

This is going to be a great show. I hope to see you there!

WHEN: July 21st, 2017
WHERE: Old East Bar and Grill – 765 Dundas Street, London, ON.
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437599362999712/
SHOW: 9:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $10 at the door

WIB Rap Radio – Continuing to Celebrate Canada 150

DJ Hullewud joins me in my quest to play 150 Canadian hip-hop songs to celebrate Canada 150. He spins for the first hour and then I close out the show with some classic homegrown joints.

This is Part 2 of Word is Bond’s Canada 150 Special. 

The Leathers – Too Bad
Exit Only – Xtraordinary
Rascalz – Funky Migraine
Dream Warriors – Day in to Day Out
Infinite – Wise Guys
Jorun Bombay – The God Complex
Monark – Bootlegga
Cipher – Dues
Saukrates – Hate Runs Deep
Truth by Design – Let My Tape Rock
Abstract Artform – James A. Richardson
Shades of Culture – Mindstate
Hip Club Groove – No Biz
First Words – Won’t Stop Rocking
Maestro Fresh Wes – Certs Wid Out Da Retsyn
Wordburglar – Cream of Wheat
More or Les and Fresh Kils – Pop N Chips
HDV – Pimp of the Microphone
Governor Bolts – I’m Back
Skratch Bastid – I Ain’t Lazy
Wrabeanz – Canadian Dreaming
Empire – Co-Sign
Nilla – Just For You
Jeff Spec – I Put a Spell On You
Cee & Po3 – What Do You Believe In
Sharky – Bombs in Your Backpack
Ngajuana – Falling Down
Da Grassroots – Spears of Ice
Choclair – Twenty One Years
Kardinal Offishall – On Wid Da Show
SepTo – C.R.E.A.M. 2014
Animal Nation – I Owe I Owe, So Off to Work I Go
Dan-e-o ft Kish and Maestro – Vapors
Fresh Kils – Harder Than a Brick

64 tracks down, 86 more to go.

Tune in next week as we continue out quest to play 150 Canadian hip-hop tracks to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial.

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If you liked this show make sure to check the previous installment

and stay tuned next week for Part 3.

Thanks for listening!

Skateboard Competition Next Week (Brantford, ON)

Bell City Summer Jam ’17 (Skateboard Competition)

WHAT: Bell City Summer Jam ’17
WHERE: Brant Crossing Skatepark. Branford. ON.
WHEN: July 22nd, 2017
ENTRANCE FEE: $10
CONTACT: The Collective Skateshop.  62 Brant Ave. Brantford, ON.
PHONE: (519) 758-9656
EMAIL: Contact Page
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

Chase March on the Gripple Effect Mixshow

I am the guest DJ for the latest edition of The Gripple Effect Mixshow.

It’s an open-format show that highlights the art and skill of various deejays. Hosted by DJ Gripski, the show has absolutely no limits. A DJ is free to craft a mix of any length that covers any genre.

I wanted to have fun with this mix and play things I wouldn’t normally get the chance to play on my underground hip-hop show, Word is Bond Rap Radio. So there is some funk, some pop, some hip-hop, and a few instrumental tracks. I’m quite proud of how it turned out.

When I recorded this mixset, I played a song called Freedom and felt like I should mix it into another track by the same title. At the time, I didn’t realize that my guest stint for the show would be featured for episode 55. It made me think of the old commercials I used to hear for Freedom 55. I haven’t seen or heard a commercial from them in a while, and this is by no means a recommendation of their services. I just thought it was a nice plan on words and the theme of my mix.

Please visit DJ Gripski’s website and subscribe to his podcast. It celebrates the art of deejaying and features great mixsets every single month.

Download or stream DJ Chase March – Freedom 55 from the Gripple Effect Mixshow page.

Need a Scratch Hook? DJ Sale on Now!

Rap albums always sound better with some DJ skills showcased. Whether you have a chorus that has vocal samples scratched in or something just to highlight a lyric or two, having a real DJ on your song elevates it significantly.

Now is the perfect time to add some turntablism to your song as I am holding a two-week sale.

If you have a specific idea of what you would like to hear, like a particular lyric from your favourite MC, just let me know and I will make your vision come to life on the record. If you aren’t sure of what you would like, I can create something based on the beat and lyrics you already have.

Send me your track via email and I will get to work on it right away.

Here is a song I did with Traffimatics and Mad Hattr so you can see what I do.

Here is another song I worked on with Lyrical Mind called “No Holding Back.”

If you would like to have your album tracks mixed or create a mixtape, I can do that as well. A hip-hop album always sounds better with a DJ.

Let’s work!

Please email me – chase (at) chasemarch (dot) com

This Spider-Man Series is Miles Above Other Titles

Spider-Man: Volume 1 – Miles Morales 

Miles Morales is a great character and it’s nice to see that he now has an on-going series in the MCU (Marvel Comics Universe). It’s not simply a stand-alone title. This new Spider-Man is a member of the Avengers and has a pivotal role in the crossover event, Civil War II.

If you are new to Miles Morales, you might want to check out Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man for his introduction story arc and the second series that followed it. They were brilliant titles that lead into what happens in this arc.

Spider-Man: Volume 2 – Miles Morales 

Miles Morales struggles to be the good student that he used to be while being the superhero he has to be. His parents start to worry about him when they see his report card. They call in his grandmother to help set him straight and she goes as far as hiring a private investigator to figure out why his grades are slipping. She’s convinced that he is on drugs.

In one battle, Spider-Man’s costume gets ripped and a video blogger notices that the hero has brown skin. Miles can’t even figure out why that would be news. He just wants to be Spider-Man, not the black Spider-Man.

I’ve really enjoyed every Miles Morales Spider-Man story that I’ve ever read. I really wished that the new film coming out this week had used him instead of Peter Parker. That would have been brilliant.

My List of 2017 Reads – my annual reading log

Old Man Logan (Superheroes Can’t Retire)

Wolverine: Old Man Logan

Old Man Logan is a new on-going series that focuses on our favourite hero in an apocalyptic future where super-heroes are conspicuously absent and super-villains rule. I read the first volume of this series last year. At the time, I didn’t realize that this story got its start in the regular Wolverine title years earlier.

This trade paperback collects Wolverine: Volume 3, Issues 66-72 plus a giant sized conclusion. And it makes sense to read this one first.

The title sums up where the character actually is in life. He is an old man with a family and has no interest in being a hero anymore. In fact, he hasn’t even popped his claws in years. So when his old Avenger friend shows up, asking for help, he is very reluctant.

Nevertheless, he accompanies Hawkeye on a cross country trip that is sure to be dangerous. He continually tells Hawkeye that he is not a hero anymore and that we won’t fight. Of course, Hawkeye thought this was just lip service and if the situation called for it, the beast would emerge. He had no idea how steadfast Logan could be.

This was a really good read and I think it was even better than the Death of Wolverine series.

My List of 2017 Reads – my annual reading log

Highlights from Last July

Chasing Content (3)It’s time to go exploring!

Let’s dig through the archives and blow the dust off some posts you might have missed.

Here are a few highlights from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last July,

or just these favs . . .

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer when it comes to skateboarding tricks. His flatland style is breathtaking and this new video shows that he is still the master of old school tricks and routines.

DJs Run It and Run With It

This book about DJs who use laptops and other electronic equipment specifically in the EDM (electronic dance music) genre. It does have some things to say about hip-hop music and culture and is a good read for anyone who loves the art of deejaying.

Guest-hosting The Come Up Show

I had the chance to guest-host and DJ for The Come Up Show last year. As a late-night radio disc jockey, it was nice to spin some great hip-hop in the day time over the airwaves. If you missed it, you can click through and listen to the podcast.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Please click on the above links to read some of the best of Silent Cacophony from last year at this time. Don’t let great content get buried in the archive. Thanks!

150 Canadian Hip-Hop Tracks Celebrating Canada 150!

I wanted to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with a special edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio. My goal was to play 150 Canadian hip-hop tracks to help celebrate Canada 150!

Last week, we started the quest and managed to play 30 tracks. Needless to say, this might take a a few more episodes to complete. But we will do it. There are so many great Canadian rap tracks. I look forward to highlighting some of the great ones in my collection.

If you have any requests, please leave a comment below, get at me on Facebook or Twitter, or call in to the station when we are live.

We started this show off with a Mobb Deep song to pay tribute to Prodigy. We lost him way too soon. I did a tribute mixset for him on the weekend when I was the guest DJ for Break North Radio.

It only felt right to have a guest DJ kick off this special. DJ Mark the Mechanic blessed the show with some Canadian hip-hop classics and even spun a few that I had completely forgotten about.

Then, up-and-coming Vaughan emcee, Trist4n, strolled through to talk about his new single and forthcoming album.

Finally, I closed off the night by jumping on the 1s and 2s to bring some more Canadian hip-hop jams.

This show features these tunes . . .

Maestro Fresh Wes – Let Your Backbone Slide
Ground Control – Another Dope Jam
Main Source – Faking the Funk
MCJ and Cool G – No Sex With My Sister
Buck 65 – Wicked & Weird
K-os – Man I Used to Be
Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal, Choclair, and Thrust – Northern Touch
Choclair – Let’s Ride
Michie Mee and LA Luv – Elements of Style
Ghetto Concept – EZ on the Motion
Shad – Rose Garden
Swollen Members – Night Vision
Trist4n – Middle Class Kid
Labeled Minorities – Kingdom Come
Dream Warriors – My Definition
Dan-e-o – Dear Hip-Hop
Rascalz – Dreaded Fist
Saukrates – Money or Love
Maestro Fresh Wes – Drop the Needle
Kish – I Rhyme the World in 80 Days
Organized Rhyme – Check the O.R.
Kardinal Offishall – Bacardi Slang
Baba Brinkman – Keep it Positive
Fraction – Find Our Way
Word Burglar – So It Flows
Moore & Exit Only – Slackers
Classified ft Royce the 5’9″– Unexplained Hunger
Fresh Kils – Harder Than a Brick
Kool Krys – Let Me Play
Hip Club Groove – Trip to Reality

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Stay Tuned for the next installment on Monday. 30 down. 120 more to go. We’re working our way up to 150 Canadian hip-hop tracks with no repeats.

And if you are looking for something to do tonight, go see Mark the Mechanic holding it down on the 1s and 2s for a special Canada Day Hip-Hop Show.

 

DJing Twice This Weekend

Sesquifest – Canada Day in London, ON

London is already celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday with 5 days of special events and concerts. I am proud to be blessing the stage with KIV on Saturday. We will be performing some great rap songs live. Kiv is on the mic, and I’m on the turntables. Don’t miss it. We’re on at 5:00 p.m. at the Covent Garden Market Square stage.

Bring your ice skates. That’s right, ice skates. There will be a rink for you to skate on, and tons of free great activities to see. It’s fun for the whole family too. I hope to see you there.

WHAT: Street Party for Canada Day
WHERE: King and Talbot Street, London, On.
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/850334221781061/
SHOW: 5:00 p.m (my performance)
TICKETS: Free

The Last Grin – Grinning Gator Closing Extravaganza

The Grinning Gator hosts the most incredible music line up imaginable as a FAREWELL TRIBUTE PARTY for all our amazing customers and incredible musical artists and performers that we have been so privileged to welcome at the Grinning Gator, as we close our doors for the last time on Sunday July 2nd.

The Gator has been a Live Music Venue in downtown London for the last several years, and we want to thank in advance all the musical artists and performers that have graced out stage and are returning to join us for our last farewell.

We also hope that YOU, our customers old and new, will also come in to let us thank you in person for your patronage over the years, and experience one of the most incredible music line-ups you may have ever heard in a bar venue.

We have a wonderful mixed genre music palooza with everything from rock, alternative, pop, hip hop/R&B, and even comedy performances over a 12 hour period jammed packed with 27 different performers, bands, and artists. We know having a day of incredible entertainment as we do will make THE LAST GRIN a day of grins for everyone in enjoyment of these incredible music performances.

Once again we want to THANK all of our customers, and all of the musicians and performers that have made the Grinning Gator a venue where you could always enjoy great food, good drinks, and amazing entertainment. Special thanks as well to all the wonderful and gracious performers and artists that will be a part of the LAST GRIN this Sunday, this day is about you, live music, and all the people that have supported us customers, musicians, and entertainers alike!

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

1:30arewell Address by Grinning Gator Owner Jim Ferreira
2 PM Ken The Zen Trio – 2:30 PM Peter Reed & Friend’s Comedy – 3 PM Howzat – 3:30 PM Aaron Frost – 4 PM Saveria Rosaria 4:30 PM Danny VanStrien – 5 PM Lyrica Ling – 5:30 PM Cyphier – 6 PM Shane Sawyer – 6:30 PM Bloodless Child

The hip-hop portion of the event starts at 7:00 and I will be on the 1s and 2s for it.

7 PM TempoMental – 7:15 PM Sunshyne – 7:30 PM Kleneslate – 7:45 PM Young Loaft – 8 PM Wade Cheeseman – 8:15 PM Chase March

8:30 PM Last Ch4nc3 – 9 PM Cross The Streams 9:30 PM Joel Hagen S.E.D. No. 1

and then I’ll be back on the turntable for

10 PM Taddy So Baddy – 10:15 PM Del Reze

and the night closes off with

10: 30 PM Wilsons Island – 11 PM Moore Ave Underground – 11:30 PM Nostalgic BrightLights – 12 AM The Universe – 12:30 AM Kavara – 1 PM to 2 AM Mirage

WHEN: July 2nd, 2017
WHERE: Grinning Gator – 391 Richmond St. London, ON.
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/457562564577881/
SHOW: 1:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Free

Skateboard Competitions This July

London Skateboard Co-op – Canada day @ Kiwanis

WHAT: Canada Day Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kiwanis Skatepark. 1475 Brydges Street (at Wavell) London, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 1st, 2017
CONTACT: London Skateboard Co-op
PHONE: (519) 518-9995
EMAIL: londonskateboardcoop@gmail.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

Kenora Skateboard Competition 

WHAT: Kenora Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kenora, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 9th, 2017
CONTACT: Board Anyone
PHONE: (807) 468-3211
SOCIAL MEDIA: http://www.boardanyone.com/

WHAT: 25th Annual Beasley Sk8 Jam
WHERE: Beasley Park. 96 Mary Street. Hamilton, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 8th and 9th, 2017
SATURDAY: 13 y/o & under, Women’s division, 14-18 division, Best Trick on The Escalator, Highest Ollie out of the Bowl
SUNDAY: 30+ Masters division, 19+ division ($300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd) – sponsored by The Local Skateshop, Best Trick Jersey barrier – sponsored by Lowcard, Best Trick Box, Best Trick Quarter, $300 Game of Skate – Sponsored by Che Burrito & Lounge
ENTRANCE FEE: $5 per day, $10 to enter the $300 Skate Contest
CONTACT: The Hamilton Skateboard Assembly
SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/events/1040015862800256/

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

It’s Time to Break the Gender-Barrier in Professional Sport

American Ninja Warrior is a grueling obstacle course competition. The athletes only get one shot at conquering the very complex course. Even the best trained and experienced athletes fail.

Women regularly compete in the games and there are no separate or easier courses designed for them. They run the same track with the same rules and expectations as the men.

Last month, Jessie Graff became the first woman to complete Stage 2.  Watch the video of her impressive record-breaking run below.

Jessie Graff proves that women can not only hold their own in professional sport but they can compete with the men and win.

I would like to see this run set a precedent for women in professional sport. There is absolutely no reason that women aren’t competing against the men in all sports. Women could be in the MLB (baseball), the NHL (hockey), the NBA (basketball), the NFL (football), and the MLS (soccer) leagues.

Break the Gender-Barrier

Let’s break the gender-barrier and allow women to compete against, and with, the men in professional sport. This needs to happen. It’s long-over due and we shouldn’t settle for anything less.

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Go Skateboarding Day (5 Easy Tricks for Newbies)

Go Skateboard DayToday is Go Skateboarding Day.

It’s a day to celebrate the sport and the art of skateboarding. It’s a day to encourage people to get out there are try it. To that end, I found this interesting video that highlights the 5 Easiest Skateboard Tricks. 

I have to admit that I stick to the tried-and-true tricks I learned close to 30 years ago when I first started skating. I don’t often push the limit and try new and daring stunts. That’s because I am old and falling hurts a lot more than it used to. That being said, I can do some of the tricks in the video you are about to watch. I can even do a few old school tricks no one seems to do anymore.

The tricks in this video are easy, even for a skateboarding novice. And they even cover the main five tricks you should learn in sequence when just starting out.

I hope this helps. And I hope to see you out at the skatepark today after work or school.

Let’s celebrate Go Skateboarding Day!

Word is Bond Rap Radio – 5th Anniversary Special

Word is Bond Rap Radio celebrated its 5th Anniversary with special in-studio guests, live performances, a freestyle cypher, hip-hop trivia, and prizes.

Labeled Minority, Tempomental, Sankdafied, The Mighty Speak EZ, and DJ Hullewud were all in the house to celebrate live on the radio. I spun tracks featuring 5 MCs on them and even gave away packs of 5 Gum to celebrate.

Thank you for five years! It’s been a blast!

Here’s to the next 5!

Jurassic 5 – Golden
Rascalz ft Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust, and Choclair – Northern Touch
LL Cool J ft Method Man, Redman, Canibus, and DMX – 4, 3, 2, 1
Run-DMC ft Pete Rock and CL Smooth – Down with the King
Labeled Minority – Freestyle
Labeled Minority – Pigment
Kayne West ft Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver– Monster
Tempomental – Another One
Heltah Skeltah ft OGC – Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka
A Tribe Called Quest ft Leaders of the New School – Scenario
Bone Thugs and Harmony – Crossroads
Sankdafied – On My Own
Craig Mack ft Notorious B.I.G., L.L. Cool J, Busta Rhymes, and Rampage – Flavor in Ya Ear (Remix)
Swamp Thing ft Wordburglar, Def3, Birdapres, Relic, Ambition – Meat Lump
Funky 4 + 1 – The Joint
Speak EZ – Just Another Night
Word is Bond – 5th Anniversary Cypher
Mission 5 – Nameless
LL Cool J ft Prodigy, Keith Murray, Foxy Brown, and Fat Joe – I Shot Ya
Mad Hattr ft Cee, Notion, and Exit Only – Eya

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Why You Should Tell Your Story

The Story You Need to Tell by Sandra Marinella, MA, MEd

“Our words create us. Our stories create us. And our writing can re-create us.”

Wise words from Sandra Marinella, a writer who has taught several people how to use personal writing to come to terms with, overcome, and learn from past traumas. And now through the power of this book, she can teach all of us. Every chapter ends with a few writing prompts and exercises that can help us to use personal writing to heal.

She reveals the five stages of writing . . .

  1. Experience your pain and grief
  2. Break your silence and find your voice.
  3. Accept and piece together a difficult or broken story.
  4. Find meaning and make sense of this event or story.
  5. Rewrite your story and find ways to reconnect with your well-being.

and hopes that the “book will give you the following gifts – the power to find your voice, the ability to transform your story when needed, and the well-being that comes from renewed meaning, resilience, and creative living.”

Marinella explains the deep power of story and how the act of reading can help us live our day to day lives. She mentions Keith Oatley’s brilliant metaphor comparing stories to flight simulators. Just as pilots can use flight simulators to train for all sorts of scenarios , we can use stories to help us get through life experiences. We learn from a character’s response to a situation and can then use that knowledge to help us get through a similar time.

Creating our own self-stories is a powerful experience. The writing process allows us to make sense of what has happened to us and to move forward. Marinella puts it this way, “Our brains allow us not only to create our personal story of self, but to edit, interpret, and find meaning in what we are creating.”

So, pick up a pen or open up your word processor and start writing about your life. You have a story you need to tell.

My List of 2017 Reads – updated regularly with every new title I read this year

Skateboard Competitions This Month in Ontario

Summer is here and skateboard season is kicking off with some great competitions and events. Here are a few that are happening this month in Southern, Ontario, Canada. One of them is TODAY!

So, get out there and show us what you’ve got. Compete, have fun, take home some prizes, and have fun!

WHAT: Zumiez Best Foot Forward Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Iceland Skatepark. 705 Matheson BLVD E, Mississauga, ON.
WHEN: June 14th, 2017
TIMES: Check-In/Registration 3:00 – 4:30, Contest 4:30 – 7:00. Best Trick & Awards 7:00 – 7:30
FORMAT: Jam format, Best Trick.
WEBSITE: http://www.zumiezbestfootforward.com/dates/2017/toronto

WHAT: Go Skateboard Day – Peterborough
WHERE: 560 McDonnel St, Peterborough, ON.
WHEN: June 21st, 2017
FORMAT: Timed Run, Best Trick.
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/flavourfashion/

WHAT: Switch Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Audley Recreation Centre. 1955 Audley Rd, Ajax, ON. L1Z 0L2
WHEN: June 24th, 2017
FORMAT: Jam format, Best Trick.
CONTACT: Switch Skate & Snow, 161 Harwood Ave North Ajax, Ontario, L1Z OA1
PHONE: 905-426-3321
EMAIL: info@switchnow.ca
WEBSITE: www.switchnow.ca
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Darth Vader Ends It

Darth Vader – The Shu-Torun War

These comic stories take place after the events depicted in Episode IV: A New Hope, but before any of the sequel films. It’s really nice to see Darth Vader trying to figure out who he is and how he fits into the Galactic Empire. He needs to redeem himself in the eyes of the Emperor after the destruction of the Death Star.

In this story, Darth Vader goes to a planet to squash a revolt against the empire. And things get messy.

Darth Vader – End of Games

The cover art for the fourth volume of the on-going Darth Vader series is simply brilliant. I love how the Death Star morphs into his helmet. It shows that he, himself, is a powerful weapon and is still under construction.

I can’t get into the story of this one much without giving away any spoilers. I will say that the title has a ring of finality to it. Perhaps Vader is through playing games. Maybe he is coming into his own and figuring out his destiny as the apprentice of the Dark Side of The Force.

This series is very well done and much better than any of the recent films. I wish comic writers would work on the films. This is a story that would work well. Forget Rogue One, or the new trilogy. This is the story die-hard fans can get behind.

My List of 2017 Reads – my continually updated reading log

This movie is WONDERful!

It’s no secret that the most recent DC movies haven’t really captured the magic of the comic books and the source material, at least not to my expectations. Until now. This was everything that a Wonder Woman movie should be.

It starts out with the photograph we saw Bruce Wayne uncover in the last film (Batman vs Superman). It’s black and white and shows Wonder Woman in World War I. The photograph must have a story behind it since she looks like she hasn’t aged a day. She takes the photo of out the package and looks at the note enclosed. It says something along the lines of “I found the original. Maybe one day you’ll tell me the story behind it.”

It’s a great story, and one that wasn’t even in the comic book. Her debut was around the time of World War II. However, it made sense to set her movie debut a little further back to differentiate it from Captain America in the Marvel universe. It’s been a while since a film has been set in WWI, so this movie had a unique look.

I absolutely loved the look of the Themyscira, the secret island of Amazon women. It was exactly how I pictured it. The colours were bright and showed the magical aspect of a kingdom entirely populated by women. We get to see Diana grow up there with a protective mother who would rather not see her trained to be a warrior, even though she knows what awaits her in the future.

The tranquility of the island is upset when a plane somehow crosses over the shield that protects the island. It is in distress and crashes into the sea. Diana, quickly comes to the rescue and pulls the pilot to safety. It was the first man she has ever seen. Unfortunately, the battleships that were attacking him, also cross over and begin their attack.

The battle between the soldiers and the Amazon women is epic and heartbreaking. But ultimately, the women drive the men out of their kingdom. Through the rescued pilot Wonder Woman learns of the destruction caused by the Great War as is convinced that it is due to the God of War, Ares. She feels that it is her duty to defeat him and stop the war.

The colour contrast is amazing. When she travels to man’s world, it is no longer bright and wonderful. It is drab and depressing. She even comments to the pilot that it is hideous. He, somewhat agrees.

I absolutely loved this movie. Wonder Woman isn’t over-sexualized, the story is great, the effects are well-done, and the overarching theme is something that I haven’t seen in a comic book movie. It basically illustrates that no one is either good or bad. We all have choices to make and some days we aren’t at our best.

Gal Gadot is perfect in the role. She looks like Wonder Woman and acts in the ways we would expect her to. She is brave, strong, powerful, and determined. Setting the movie in the past also means that there are no other superheroes to help her out. She is on her own and shows resourcefulness every step of the way.

This is the best comic book movie I have seen in quite some time. It’s amazing to see a female character brought to life on the big screen in such a fabulous way. We need more female heroes like her in this universe. I eagerly look forward to a sequel and, of course, the Justice League team movie coming in the fall.

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