Always Dripping | Poem

Drip.
Drip.
Drip.

Always. 
Drip, drip, drip.

Kevin sits curled,
head covered.
The sounds echo.

Drip.
Drip.
Drip.

Winds howl.
Bats screech.
And always...
drip, drip, drip.

Stalagmites. Or stalactites? 
His mind tries to focus
on anything other than 
the dreary now.

Does anyone miss him?
Does anyone care?

They should.

It'd make the news.
"Field trip cave-in,"
Kevin's mind wanders.
Anything to escape the
drip,
drip,
drip.

Should have stayed with the group.
Couldn't.
The bullies push and shove.
The never-ending laughter.
Always the laughter.
Like water.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Should have stayed.
Would be safe.
The rescuers come for them.
Not him.

Drip, drip, drip.
The sound still mocks.

Kevin curls further in.
No one misses him.

Drip, drip--

Kevin unfolds.
That horrid sound...
Quiet.

A new sound.

Digging!

The rock breaks!
A figure appears!

Kevin knows that cape and howl.
Dogboy.

A friendly paw helps him stand.
Safe arms hold him well.
A single step, the boy is safe.
Parents greet with warm love.

The job is done,
all are found--
thanks to the Heroic Hound.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.

Copyright 2020 Joe Rover

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It was a dingy, stormy day; the kind of day that makes everything seem black and white. Johnny Blewz played his sax over the radio filling my office with jazz music.

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What’s a Sidekick?

Today’s joke is brought to you by the Haddy The Creator’s monthly prompt over on his Discord server. If you are interesting in joining his server, check out his latest videos.

This monthly prompt was to draw a “reliable sidekick.” So just what is a sidekick?

“As Timmy from The Fairly Odd Parents said: a sidekick is someone who is at your side that gives you the kick you need. I’m paraphrasing of course,” I said.

Brain sighed. “Is every bit of knowledge you possess from games, videos, and comics?”

“As Wilson from Home Improvement once said…’I don’t know.'”

Brain covered his eyes with his hands.

To sum it up, a sidekick is someone (or something) who is by your side. Someone who is there to support you–to aid you. They are your friend, your companion, and more. We are all someone’s sidekick. There is someone out there that we care for and support. Someone we want to see succeed; we want them to be happy. Being a sidekick doesn’t mean you are lesser than the “hero;” it means you care.

Once Haddy The Creator showcases my drawing (I hope) in his Monthly Prompt video, I can share the illustration–or at least the video link.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading!


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Let’s Read #5

Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña–Chapters 17-31. I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum.

This last section was hard to put down. The action picked up as did the suspense. At the end of each chapter, I wanted to read more.

In this section, Clark finally asks his parents about what’s in the old barn (like any fan of Superman didn’t know). But, we do get a nice look at Clark’s reaction; we get about two or three chapters dealing with how he feels about his origins. He does think about it for the rest of the novel, but it was during these few chapters that it is really spotlighted.

We also get to see Clark’s reaction to his suit and find out how Martha was able to make it.

But, the most important part is we finally find out who’s been taking the townspeople and what they want with them. We also learn why Wesco is so interested in the craters–green meteor rocks of course, but we learn why they care about them so much.

We find out if Bryan is a friend or foe and discover the real reason Lex was in Smallville.

Finally, we see Clark get his Superman name.

These last chapters were a whirlwind of action and emotion as everything finally fell into place. I enjoyed this new telling of Clark’s youth and origin. I felt like it didn’t drastically change things, just added or filled in some holes. I felt like this story could be standalone or have pieces that carry over into other stories.

Even though I could guess at most of what was going to happen–there wasn’t really a shocking plot twist–I still found the book enjoyable and reminded me why I like the Superman stories so much. I enjoyed the investigation bits. I enjoyed the action. I enjoyed the descriptions of Clark using his powers and how it felt to him–something that you don’t hear or see much of. I would recommend this book to any Superman fan or fan of any superhero. 4.8/5

What are your thoughts on the ending? What did you think would happen once Bryan learned about Clark’s powers? Was this a good Superman story or should it be forgotten?

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


 

Let’s Read #2

Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña–Chapters 5-7. I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum.

Not much to say about these chapters that wouldn’t be a lot of spoilers, but I did enjoy the Smallville TV show reference where a certain billionaire almost runs Clark over with his car.

I do enjoy how hints of the plot are sprinkled throughout. You don’t feel like you’re being hit over the head. You get little clues like how Lana, the girl who knows just about everything that happens in Smallville, doesn’t know about the missing persons. That tells you that whoever is behind it has some power/money.

Also when Clark meets up with Gloria, the one who told him about the missing people, she acts as if she doesn’t remember telling him. There isn’t a moment where he straight up asks her and she says, “What are you talking about?” but she does seem confused or she wants to change the subject. Did someone get to her? Threaten her? Pay her off? Does the villain have some kind of mind-erasing power or serum?

About the only problem I have with the book, at this point, is that it is kind of slow moving. It seems like it is taking a long time for Clark to get moving. He seems concerned about the missing persons but also doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it. At times it is almost like he goes, “Oh yeah! That’s right! There are people disappearing. I should look into that.”

I think it is great that the main villain might not be a Luthor. I just hope that Bryan doesn’t pull a Lex and turn out to be the bad guy. They’ve always done it where Lex and Clark were friends and then Lex turns evil; I hope they don’t do the same with Bryan, so far he seems like a good friend to Clark.

So, what do you think? Who’s behind the missing persons? What do you think is happening to the missing people? Why is Bryan’s brother so interested in the Kent Farm? Tell me your theories in the comments.

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.


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The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Movies/Film

Film Theory: How Game of Thrones SHOULD End! (Game of Thrones Season 8) by The Film Theorists

Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network)

Bumblebee

Blog Posts

“The Truth About Gyms” by The Travellothoner

“Raindrops” by sandyjwhite (Out of My Write Mind)

“Let’s Stop Passing as Non-disabled” by Jenna B. Neece (writer)

Books/Stories

“Endurance” from How To Get Away With Murder (In Under 250 Words) by Hafferby

Jazz, Monster Collector in: Crash Down (Season one, Episode One) by RyFT Brand

Brian’s Last Ride by Marianne Curtis

Podcasts/News

Kid Friendly Joke of the Day – Episode 260 – Falcon by Kid Friendly Joke Of The Day

678 – Moolah, Clams, and Scratch. God, Godsend, and Godfather by Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Episode 5: Mario – Yo’ster’s Story by Hidden Pixels Podcast

Comics

Green Lantern #30 (New 52) by DC Comics

Back in Time | Superman #10 Review by Fortress of Solitude

Shazam! (2018-) #1 by DC Comics

Everything Else

Game Theory: How to WIN the Mr Beast $100,000 Challenge! by The Game Theorists

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 – Part 4 – The Tinkerer Boss Fight! by Blitzwinger

Dreams – Dream Surfing – Cats + Dogs (Early Access) by stampylonghead

Say My Name | SHAZAM! Review

Reviews are my opinion. Spoiler alert.

Holy Moly! The SHAZAM! movie is finally out, and it was awesome.

I do have to agree with other reviews that the beginning was kind of slow and awkward. If you know the origins of Shazam, the opening can be a little long; but if you don’t, you might see it as more interesting. But once Billy get’s on the subway train…heh, heh, the fun begins.

They did a really good job balancing the movie. It wasn’t too dark/serious and not too comical/silly. You had some serious, emotional moments–and some intense moments–layered with some humor.

The Shazam costume looked a lot like it does it in the comics. It almost looked like it was taken right off the page. I mean, there were some differences but not enough to really matter. I liked how they went with the bright red instead of trying to make it a dark red or muted red.

The acting was well done. The actors seemed to get along; they seemed to know their character and how they would react. Nothing seemed forced or unnatural. Zachary Levi did an excellent job of pretending to be a 14-year-old in an adult’s body. Sometimes when they have those “age shift” movies, the actor acts too silly and comes off as acting younger than the age they are supposed to be. For instance, they are supposed to be a 14-year-old but the adult actor acts more like a 6-year-old.

Rating GuideI did have a problem with how when Billy was Billy he was serious and kind of mopey; but when he was Shazam, he was a little more immature and kid-like. It seemed like an awkward unexplained shift. I can kind of give it a pass because he is hanging out with Freddy. When you’re hanging out with friends, especially when you’ve been on your own like Billy had been, you let loose. Plus, as Shazam, he was a powerful adult thus probably feeling more like he could let down his defenses.

All the Easter Eggs also made the movie enjoyable, like the nod to the movie Big at the toy store or the Mr. Mind reveal. Also John Glover, who played Lex Luthor’s father on Smallville, plays Sivana’s father. In the Shazam! movie, Sivana’s father is a wealthy jerk…just like Lex’s father. Sivana is a bald genius. Lex is also a bald genius.

Finally, I liked that Freddy and Billy never came up with a superhero name. They go through hundreds of names but never settle on one. It was a nice nod to the comics where Billy’s hero name is a little unclear. Is it Captain Marvel? Is it Shazam? Is it just Billy?

I had a hard time finding things wrong with it. I’d really like to see it again and use more critical thinking. I don’t think it was a perfect movie, but it was pretty close. If DC can continue this balance of serious and humor–don’t have the movies be kiddy-goofy but also don’t make them apocalyptic-gloomy either, I think their movie future will be bright. 4.98/5

Other SHAZAM! related videos–contains spoilers.

Shazam! End Credits Scene Explained (SPOILERS!) by IGN

Shazam!’s Big DC Superhero Cameo Revealed by IGN


Sparks of Rebellion is available for preorder. It releases April 19, 2019.

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The following are my opinion and do not reflect the opinion of any organization or person.

Comics

Amazing Spider-Man #15 (Caped-Joel review video)

Venom #11 (Caped-Joel review video)

Miles Morales Spider-Man #3 (Caped-Joel review video)

YouTube Videos

JAZZA INVADES ART WEBSITES to UNITE THEM against T-SERIES by Draw with Jazza

Jason Inman on Kickstarter marketing by Dreamer Comics Highlights

Movies & Shows

Fire Force Teaser Trailer (Soul Eater Creator)-English Sub by IGN

Project Blue Book History Channel

Books

Wolf, the explorer #0.5 (Karabas in Old Turkey) by Leen Lefebre