Monday Musings: Whatever A Spider Can

I started a new “job” today as editor of Whatever A Spider Can. I’m only putting that in quotations because it’s paid based on page views instead of an actual income and it’s fun, so it hasn’t felt like much of a job on day one. However, I’m still quite excited about it because now I get to do a ton of writing about Spider-Man and everything in that universe. Here are a couple of the articles I’ve posted today to kick off the relaunch of the site.

Brian Michael Bendis finished his run on Spider-Man

Brian Michael Bendis started writing Spider-Man comics back in 2000 with his long run on Ultimate Spider-Man. The series ran until 2009 and is a fantastic read. He’s also known for being the co-creator of Miles Morales, who has become quite the fan favorite. His work in the Spider-Verse didn’t end there, though. He also wrote Spider-Woman in 2009, which was a seven issue mini-series.

If you haven’t read any of his Spider-Man work, you’re definitely missing out.

Spider-Man’s next live action appearance and what to expect

In the trailer, Peter has the hair on his arm stand up when he senses trouble. Spider-sense is one of Peter’s abilities that gives him an advantage most heroes don’t have. In the comics, it’s been portrayed a variety of ways. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter wasn’t totally confident in his abilities and how to handle himself. Avengers: Infinity Warshows that he’ll continue to learn more about his powers.

Even though Homecoming came out in 2017, I’m already looking forward to what role Spider-Man will play in Avengers: Infinity War. 

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.

Monday Musings: Recent Comic Book Reads

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Monday Musings returns and this week I’m going to tell you a little about the recent comics I’ve read. I made a reading order list because it felt like the only way I’d stop hemming and hawing over what to read next every time I finished something. These are just a select few out of what I’ve read recently.

Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison

This was unlike any other Batman comic I have ever read. Morrison takes thing to a whole other level with getting into Batman’s head in this. The art accurately portrays the tone the story is setting and while it might not be my favorite Batman story, it’s certainly one worth checking out.

Bizarro by Heath Corson

Heath Corson put together a fun Jimmy/Bizarro road trip in this trade. The art makes it a bit more fun, too, with Bizarro’s facial expressions and Jimmy’s somewhat ridiculous look. There’s very little of Superman in this, though, so it’s by no means a typical Bizarro story either.

Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen make a great team. I remember meeting Dustin at WonderCon earlier this year and he asked me if I had read this. I told him I hadn’t, but I had bought it. I’m so glad I finally got around to it because it’s a gem of a comic. If you’re looking for a good space read, look no further.

Kill or Be Killed Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker

This comic certainly won’t be for everyone. It’s pretty brutal. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to team up on some intriguing crime comics. If you aren’t one who wants to see a little bit of gore, though, you may want to pass on this one.

Holiday Gift Guide

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I put together a holiday gift guide for anyone who might need some help finding some nerdy gifts for family or friends. Some of these are personal recommendations, but some are also just things I’d have on my own wish list.

Books

Any of the books by Alan Sepinwall

I’ve only read Breaking Bad 101 so far, but I own his other two books. It’s just a matter of me getting around to watching Mad Men and maybe a couple other shows before reading them. He’s a writer I follow frequently now and he always has some great takes on TV.

Basketball (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano

Shea Serrano released this book a couple months ago and it’s a fun read. Arturo Torres returned to add some wonderful images. If you’re looking for something fun for a basketball fan, this should be on your list. However, it’s certainly not for kids.

Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman

As someone who has never been part of the NY music scene, I found this to be quite the interesting read. A lot of time and effort clearly went into piecing this book together with some great interviews.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Andy Weir has done it again. This book is a must-read for the sci-fi fan in your life. If you’ve ever wondered what life on the moon could potentially look like, now is your chance to read about what actually sounds like a plausible way that could happen. Not to mention there’s an entire great story on top of the wonderful world building.

Comics

Batman by Tom King

Tom King has taken Batman and run with the character in a compelling way. Only the first volume is linked here, but I highly recommend all of the trades so far.

Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi

Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent go on super adventures together. Need I say more?

Descender by Jeff Lemire

This comic isn’t from this year, but I just recently read it and it’s a great story. I only had the chance to read the first volumes, but I plan to read the others as soon as I can grab copies of them.

Music

Apple Music 

At this very moment, Apple Music is offering 3 months of the service for free. It’s my music streaming service of choice and I highly recommend checking it out. Even if this may be more of a gift to yourself than it would be for others, it still counts, right?

Chris Stapleton – From A Room 

Chris Stapleton released two albums this year and both are great listens. If you know a country music fan, consider grabbing them both volumes of From A Room. 

Paramore – After Laughter

After Laughter is certainly making my AOTY list. Paramore just sounds like they had a ton of fun with this album and it’s solid start to finish.

Tech

Anker SoundBuds Slim+

I just bought these for myself because my earbuds broke on me and I wasn’t a huge fan of the replacement ones I started using that were just around the house. These are my first pair of Bluetooth earbuds and I’m loving them so far. Yes, it’s another thing to charge, but I don’t mind that.

Blue Yeti Microphone

For anyone who may be looking to start a podcast, this is a decent starter microphone. It will run you around $90 give or take. I still have one as a backup mic after upgrading my set up.

Misc.

Baron Fig Notebooks

I have a Baron Fig Confidant that I love using. I also have some of their Vanguard pocket notebooks that are great for jotting down your daily to-do list.

Writer Emergency Pack

This is one of the items on the list that I don’t own. I’ve been seeing it around quite a bit lately and it looks like a great tool for any writer to have.

Star Wars Legos

With The Last Jedi coming up soon, of course there was going to be at least one Star Wars recommendation in here. I’ve been contemplating buying a few of the smaller sets, but I honestly have no idea where I’d even have room to display any of them.

I hope you find at least something on here useful when buying gifts!