Week of March 26th - Volume 1 #589
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YOU READY FOR THE Warmachine MKIII Steam Roller?
We're back at it! On Saturday, April 8th we'll be doing a 75 point, second list optional Steam Roller!
Registration starts at 10am. Dice Drop at 11am!
No timed turns on this one, but there will be round time limits. $5 buy in to pay for the Steam Roller kit and extra prize support.
Steam Roller coins go to the top 3 players and there will be a special prize for playing a fully painted army.
I can't help you if you get paired with Fred!
Magic the Gathering Amonket PreRelease & Booster Box Sale
A $20 PRE-RELEASE & $90 BOOSTER BOXES
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Pokemon Guardians Rising Prerelease!
Fee: $25 entry
POKEMON LEAGUE CUP CHALLENGE Saturday 4/22!
Registration begins at 10:15 am with first game at 11:30.
To help get you ready for regionals, this event will be a best 2 out of 3 event! Plan accordingly. Thank you
Be sure you have your deck list with you!
Pre-printed (not handwritten) deck lists earn an extra raffle ticket!
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- MASTERS $25
- SENIORS $25
- JUNIORS $20
Pokemon League Cup Challenge will be Single Elimination till cut, then double elimination for top rounds.
The first D&D Adventurers League season 6 epic premieres April 15th!
Don't miss out on this HIGHLY interactive multiple table adventure! Help Jetpack have the biggest event they've ever hosted!
This event is 100% free!
Spots are limited so RVSP as soon as possible! Grab a pregenerated character or bring one of your own! Character levels 1-10 are all welcome to play!
*****We will be running events ALL DAY starting at 10am! Make sure you get there early to get in on the action!
Khundrukar held many fine implements of war in its heyday, many of them now lost to time. Clues point to some of the long dead Master Smith Durgeddin’s handy work in the service of sinister forces that bid their time deep in the Underdark. Reclaim the riches of Khundrukar from the darkness if you dare!
We've got Trigger Devils in stock!
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Tales from the Yawning Portal is now available for Pre-order!
Dread tales told in the dead of night!
When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Forgotten Realms, and even from other worlds, spin tales and spread rumors of dark dungeons and lost treasures. Some of the yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by places and events in far-flung lands from across the D&D multiverse, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.
Within this tome are seven of the most compelling dungeons from the 40+ year history of Dungeons & Dragons. Some are classics that have hosted an untold number of adventurers, while others are some of the most popular adventures ever printed.
Jetpack is part of International Tabletop Day 2017!
We'll have tons of different events going on throughout the day for you to take part in! Keep your eyes peeled on this page and on Facebook for more info as it becomes available!
Live Free or Fight Every Monday!
Live Free and Fight Weekly!
Mondays at 4pm
Since we all meet up quite often, we thought it would be great to have a weekly meet up! If the interest grows, we may run a small brackets. We're focusing on Street Fighter V, but this will be a good place to learn to King of Fighters XIV, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, and Smash bros. Melee and 4 as well. Casual set ups galore!
Bring your set ups and your friends, we've got a lot of work to do to!
Jetpack's Upcoming Events
New Comics Coming out March 29th!
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Jon's Righteous Comic Reviews (or you name this column chum)
Iron Fist #1 (Marvel Comics)
Since he’s now starring in his own Netflix show (read my review here), it’s only fitting that Iron Fist gets a brand new series to go along with it. From Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins, Iron Fist may look a little different from the show people have been binging, but it serves as a good gateway into Danny Rand’s comic book world for those who want to check it out.
K’un-Lun is in ruins, and Danny Rand is aimless. With no mystical city to protect and his power waning, Rand spends his free time drinking, traveling the globe, and entering fighting competitions that offer him little challenge. But when he’s given a chance to enter a new competition from a mysterious fighter, he can’t pass it up. Will this give him the purpose he’s been looking for?
That’s the plot of this issue in a nutshell, and while there isn’t a lot that happens plot wise, it’s still an interesting place to take the character. Ed Brisson does a great job of getting us into Rand’s mindset, and crafts a pretty believable arc for the character, which is pretty impressive when you consider the fact that we don’t know exactly what has happened to K’un-Lun. A little more background information would’ve been nice, but for an opening issue, Brisson’s hook is solid enough.
Mike Perkins’ darker art style suits Iron Fist really well, and his gritty pencils add to the brutal fight scenes that make up a majority of the book. Perkins’ excels at the fight scenes in this issue, but at points his faces start to look a little rushed. Sometimes Danny Rand looks like actor Finn Jones, and others he looks like the classic version of the character. Despite this, Perkins is a great fit for the book, and I’m psyched to see what else he does on the book.
Iron Fist serves as a great comic book entry point for people who have just finished the new Netflix show, and should also please long time fans of the character. While the plot is a little slow, the action scenes and premise are very strong, and the mystery of K’un-Lun’s destruction is cool enough to keep the book going. While it’s too early to tell if this run will reach the heights of the Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction Immortal Iron Fist, right now it’s a solid first issue for this era of the character.
X-O Manowar #1 (Valiant Comics)
X-O Manowar has been the star franchise for Valiant Comics, a company that made a huge splash with their much publicized relaunch a few years ago. But like everything in comics, eventually the spotlight fades, and you have to renumber to get people interested. I’ve heard great things about Valiant’s comics for a few years now, and with the major push behind the new Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello series, I figured I’d give the book a shot. Speaking as someone who’s never read anything starring the character, I’m glad I did.
This latest installment of X-O Manowar follows Aric, the barbarian who hosts the X-O armor, living a peaceful life on a distant alien planet. After years of war, death, and destruction, all Aric wants is to farm in peace. But when an alien species kidnap him and drop him into their war, he has to call upon the X-O armor again to help save the citizens of his new home.
Simply put, this comic is awesome. Matt Kindt takes a familiar story and tells it expertly. Despite only knowing the bare minimum about this character, I was able to immediately understand Aric’s plight and his reasons for giving up his battle armor. Not only that, but Kindt is able to present a pretty gripping battle scene as well. Everything about Kindt’s script is a wonderful example of a great comic book.
Speaking of that battle scene, Tomas Giorello does a fantastic job on art here. Valiant has long had a pretty solid stable of artists, but I was completely blown away by Giorello’s work. Like Kindt’s writing, Giorello is able to expertly go from the quiet early moments of the book to some truly outstanding battle scenes reminiscent of Hacksaw Ridge. There’s a stunning amount of brutality in this book, but under Giorello’s art, it’s never gratuitous. Instead it’s used to further cement Aric’s beliefs about war, which makes his final decision all the more heartbreaking.
I was completely blown away by this new start for X-O Manowar, and I’ll definitely be adding this series to my pull list. For all the marketing and gimmicks that Valiant put out for this book, it’s pretty great that the end result is as good as it is. If you’re looking for something new to try out, I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s fantastic.
THE WAUGH BAG REPORT
Volume 6, Issue 11!
“TV Review: Iron Fist”
Now that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage have had their time in the Netflix spotlight, it’s time for Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, to get his chance to grace the streaming service. While the early reviews for the latest Marvel Netflix series haven’t been great (to put it mildly), I was still pretty intrigued by the show. After all, how would Marvel Studios go about adapting Iron Fist, a character that has a more mystical background than any of the other members of the Defenders?
Well for starters, you play down any and all mysticism associated with the character.
One of the biggest flaws of Iron Fist, and there are quite a few, is that we don’t see much of the mystical world of K’un-Lun. When we first meet Danny Rand (played by Game of Thrones’ Finn Jones), he’s arrived back in New York City at the front steps of Rand Industries, the company started by his father. He looks aloof, and more than a little homeless, but still casually strides right into the front doors, asking for the heads of the company. Since he’s been missing and presumed dead for fifteen years, naturally things go a little awry, and after taking down some security guards, he makes his way to the head offices, where the rest of Danny Rand’s journey begins.
The decision to start Iron Fist here is a pretty interesting one, and I give credit for not starting with an origin story, but as the series progresses it becomes more and more frustrating that the show tells us about the legacy of the Iron Fist, the mystical city of K’un-Lun, and the fact that Danny Rand gets his power from punching a dragon instead of, well, showing us any of it. When it comes time for the audience to question any of Danny Rand’s sanity (which occurs in the second episode of all places), it feels off, mainly because we haven’t seen any of his training. Up until this point in the series, we’ve only seen his parents die in a plane crash, and Danny waking up in the mountains with some monks. If we knew anything about his training, it would give us something to go with, and put us on his side. We’d be able to root for Danny because we’ve seen the truth, and not just heard him tell his story.
Weird story choices like this make Iron Fist frustrating at times to watch. More often than not, it seems like both Marvel Studios and show runner Scott Buck couldn’t find a solid handle on how they wanted to present Danny Rand’s story, and instead of delaying the series (which would’ve thrown this whole Netflix and Marvel Defenders plan into chaos), they decided to just soldier ahead. But that lack of direction is apparent from the beginning of the show. Much has been made about the critical reaction to Iron Fist, and a lot of that is because the first six episodes were given to critics to review. Danny Rand’s story doesn’t really get going until the fourth episode, and the opening three episodes are easily the worst in the whole series. It almost makes you wonder if Netflix and Marvel might be better off giving a few random episodes or clips for review, if only for the fact that all of these shows have had some duds for episodes. Unlike the other Marvel Netflix shows, Iron Fist’s most problematic (and boring) episodes occur in the front half of the season, which is probably why the show hasn’t received as warm of a welcome as its predecessors.
However, once the show gets going, it starts to find a groove. The high point is the sixth episode, which finally shows you what Iron Fist could be as a show. Directed by The RZA (yes, you read that right), it finds Danny Rand entering a competition with The Hand for the fate of a kidnapped girl. It’s very Enter The Dragon on a TV budget, but it works really well, and features some of the best fight scenes in the show. It’s the moment that the show finds itself, and while other episodes come close, it’s easily the standout of the thirteen episodes, and if you were only going to watch one, it’s the one I’d recommend.
Oh yeah, Iron Fist is also thirteen episodes, and just like Luke Cage, Daredevil, and even Jessica Jones there is no reason for it to be this long. There really must’ve been some weird clause in the Netflix contract that all of these season had to have the same number of episodes, because there are some very familiar beats that hit here. Once again, our hero loses his abilities. Once again, a villain character is (seemingly) killed. And once again, Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) is shoehorned in as the connective tissue, although here she has the most screen time and even gets to throw a few punches (yet never offers to call Matt Murdock or any of the other Defenders she knows for back up). Thankfully Defenders will only be eight episodes long, but I worry based on the track record established that a large chunk of those episodes will be used to set up the four leads meeting.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding the casting of Finn Jones as Danny Rand, and while Jones probably won’t definitively silence any of his naysayers, he does a pretty good job with what is given him. Many of the problems that come from Rand aren’t due to Jones, but the writing, which has Danny Rand acting like a supreme bad ass one moment and then like a complete naïve kid the next. There’s also weird aspects of his character that are glossed over (when did he learn to drive exactly?). It would’ve been nice to take some time away from the series’ “villains” the Meachums to focus on Danny getting used to things that have changed in the fifteen years that he’s been gone. It’d work as a fun Marvel Netflix version of Captain America adjusting to modern life, and endear Danny to the audience even more.
Speaking of the Meachums, Ward and Harold Meachum (played by Tom Pelphrey and David Wenham, respectively), technically serve as our villains here, though Ward doesn’t follow the path you’d expect. You’ll get to spend a lot of time with the Meachums (some might say too much), but for the most part, they’re fairly interesting, with Harold, who faked his death for years, being the most intriguing of the group. There’s a subplot with Ward and his sister Joy (Jessica Stroup) that gets a little too soap opera-y for my tastes, but the characters do start to grow on you after awhile. They don’t reach the heights of Kingpin or Kilgrave, but they’re pretty solid threats that serve as a good way for Danny to confront his past and his idea of family.
Iron Fist also heavily features the Hand (who I mentioned earlier), and while I didn’t like their use in Daredevil’s second season, I actually really enjoyed this extended look into their forces here. The wide varieties of fighters they use, from the Bride of Nine Spiders to Zhou Cheng, are really cool, and hint at a larger world that will hopefully be explored in Defenders. The Hand here is less of a ninja clan and more like a rival crime gang, but this focus on them works really well when you see how much of New York City’s underworld they control. Madam Gao even returns in an extended role, and is easily one of the standouts in the series.
A lot of early reviews mentioned that the fight scenes were pretty lackluster. While they are pretty poorly staged early on, as the series continues (and Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing gets into the action); they really start to pick up. But even these improvements can’t help Iron Fist deliver a truly satisfying finale, which is another villain that the Netflix shows still haven’t been able to defeat. There is a lot of plot crammed into the last two hours of the show, and a lot of Harold Meachum’s plan crumbles when you really step back and think about it.
In the end, Iron Fist is just in the “pretty good” category of Marvel Studios’ output. It doesn’t have a complete tonal shift like Daredevil season two, and there’s nothing as bad as Diamondback in Luke Cage. But it’s hard to figure out exactly what it’s trying to say. Daredevil dealt with themes of guilt and vengeance, Jessica Jones was about surviving trauma, and Luke Cage was about race and identity. After finishing Iron Fist, I’m still struggling to figure out what the underlying theme was, several hours after spending an entire weekend watching it. Is it about identity? Danny Rand does call himself “The Iron Fist” a lot. Is it about accepting a higher calling? Well that can’t be it, because Rand leaves K’un-Lun when he is supposed to be guarding it. It’s this lack of guidance from show runner Scott Buck that hurts the show. Here’s hoping Danny finds his way when he joins The Defenders.