WEDNESDAY TO-DO LIST: Comics This Week, UFC’s “Fight for the Troops”, more
TO DO LIST AFTER WORK:
* PICK-UPS @ AQUILONIA (Fulton St., Troy NY – your source in the Capital District for all things comics and CCG):
– ACTION COMICS #872
– BOOSTER GOLD #15
– FINAL CRISIS #5
– GREEN LANTERN CORPS #31
– NIGHTWING #151
– SECRET SIX #4
– CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #8
I haven’t had this many DC books in one week since…well, it’s been a long damn time. That doesn’t speak so much for the editorial direction (non-existent) of the company as a whole, just that the vast majority that I read is all coming out in the same week. Action Comics continues to "New Krypton" storyline, which thus far has been great. Geoff Johns is the best thing to happen to Superman since death. Part of me is tempted to not even bother with the new issue of Final Crisis, and if this issue doesn’t impress I’m probably going to drop it entirely. Yeah, I know, only two issues to go…it’s been that frustratingly bad from a writing standpoint. Grant Morrisson doesn’t just not know how to structure a story; he has an uncanny ability to make you go "wait, this doesn’t make any sense" when you’re reading A COMIC BOOK. That takes a special…something. Also, I can’t recommend Captain Britain & M.I. 13 enough – writing duties are handled by Paul Cornell, a series writer for the current incarnation of "Doctor Who" who’s great at weaving mystic and fantasy aspects into the super-hero genre.
* GROCERY SHOPPING
* UFC’S "FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS" (9:00pm EST; SpikeTV)
Main Event: Josh Koscheck Vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Other Televised bouts:
Mike Swick Vs. Jonathan Goulet
Steve Cantwell Vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Tim Credeur Vs. Nate Loughran
Matt Wiman Vs. Jim Miller
May Not be Televised:
Luigi Fioravanti Vs. Brodie Farber
Steve Bruno Vs. Johnny Rees
Ben Saunders Vs. Brandon Wolff
Corey Hill Vs. Dale Hartt
Eddie Sanchez Vs. Justin McCully
Only way that main gets exciting is if "Zenko" (Yoshida) just goes absolutely nuts and knocks out Koshceck quick – which he’s done before, but I don’t find very likely. Yoshida will have to press the action hard, often, and early. A guy like Koscheck, who as much as I hate him is in the upper echelon in terms of his grappling skills in the Octagon, requires excellent cardio to fight due to his ability to smother his opponents. Koscheck is a decent enough striker when he wants to be and also has a reach advantage. In other words, "smart" money might go on Koscheck, but I’m rooting for Yoshido. Because I hate Kos that much.
OTHER NOTES: Swick/Goulet could be a good fight. "Razor" Razak Al-Hassan is a hot prospect coming into the UFC with an undefeated 6-0 record, but he’s also largely untested. Matt Wiman and Tim Credeur are each coming off impressive victories (particularly Wiman’s upset of Thiago Tavares) that propelled them in their respective divisions, but these fights don’t do much for them. I’m not the biggest Luigi Fiorvanti fan, but the card for this isn’t nearly crowded enough to justify the decision to relegate him to the non-televised leg of the event. A bunch of Tough Enough losers from past seasons round out the rest of the card, it seems.
It’ll be good to just, you know, take the time out to relax and watch people pound the ever-loving crap out of each other for a few hours. Especially since tomorrow it’s back to the grind with the play. Which reminds me…
ONLY FOUR PERFORMANCES LEFT FOR…
HOUSE OF YES
Thursday, December 11th @ 8pm
Friday, December 12th @ 8pm
Saturday, December 13th @ 8pm
Sunday, December 14th @ 2pm
LOCATION: Albany Masonic Hall (67 Corning Place, Albany NY)
http://www.confettistage.com for more details!
REMINDER – only four more performances! ConfettiStage.com for more info.