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Return(ish) from Hiatus

Well, Rose and I got married, as you know, which took up a little of my blogging time. (Most of it was taken up with laziness, though.) We used wedding money to get new computer stuff: a cute iBook G4 for Rose, a Radeon x800 Pro for me. I’ve been spending the several days taking advantage of my new awesome video card to play Half-Life 2 and Doom 3, which has definitely taken up all my blogging time. My first blog post after my unannounced hiatus isn’t going to be such a great post, but I have some thoughts on Half-Life 2 which I’ll probably blog about at some point just in case there are some gamers reading Peiratikos who will actually care.

I feel sorry for Wally West. He’s one of an apparently dying breed of superhero who doesn’t think forced mystical brain surgery is a good way of “fixing” people’s psychological problems. It’s a tough decision, but I think my favorite part of Identity Crisis #7 is when Oliver Queen suggests Batman would have been OK with having his own memory wiped, and that Batman’s traumatic past makes him best-equipped to understand the heroic sacrifices people are willing to make for the ones they love. Not that Batman isn’t the poster child for not being able to deal with trauma, but I suspect Batman wouldn’t include lobotomizing your wife so she doesn’t have to be sad about her rape in a list of things “someone will do for the people they love.” My second-favorite part is that when Jean Loring went to “scare” Sue Dibny, she brought a flamethrower “just in case.” My third-favorite part is that murdering somebody gets you locked up and doped up in Arkham without a trial or anything (Jean seems shockingly unremorseful, but hardly insane), but forcibly lobotomizing dozens of people in a desperate and failed effort to maintain the illusion of a superheroic world of innocence gets you sympathy as a tragic hero. My fourth-favorite part is the random Arthur Miller quote: “An era can said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.” Thanks, Brad Meltzer, the world of superhero comics really needed another lame attempt to shatter the Silver Age’s ‘illusion of innocence.’ My fifth-favorite part is that, according to Oliver Queen, it takes the brutal murder of a superhero’s wife to remind the superheroes that their choice of career puts their loved ones at risk. My sixth-favorite part is “Atom’s Wife Tortured by Inmates.” What the fuck?


  1. Steve Pheley says:

    Funny, I would have thought Batman’s traumatic past made him best-equipped to understand that your pain is part of what makes you who you are, and that having bad stuff happen to you can lead you to do great things later on…

    Anyway, by all means, post the gaming stuff. I’m lousy at video games but usually very interested to see what intelligent people have to say about them.

    — 16 December 2004 at 3:46 pm (Permalink)

  2. Dave Intermittent says:

    As I’ve been wasting my blogging time playing college basketball on the Xbox, I’m in for the Half-Life thoughts as well….

    — 16 December 2004 at 6:27 pm (Permalink)

  3. Isaac says:

    For what it’s worth, I’ll third the vote for HL2 commentary.

    — 16 December 2004 at 8:16 pm (Permalink)

  4. Shane says:

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on Half Life 2 even thought I haven’t bought it yet.

    Oh, and all that defending of Identity Crisis I did way back at the start…yeah, I take it back, the ending sucked and didn’t legitimize the book like I thought it would at all.

    — 16 December 2004 at 8:33 pm (Permalink)

  5. Joe Rice says:

    My favorite part about Identity Crisis is that I love hating things and life in general.

    Oh, wait. Shit.

    — 17 December 2004 at 2:42 am (Permalink)

  6. Bryan Lee O'Malley says:

    I would love to hear thoughts on Half-Life 2, and would attempt to contribute. I may never get around to finishing it, but I found it thrilling and frustrating in equal amounts. (Frustrating in the sense of wasted opportunities, not in a gaming sense of “I keep dying”. I’m playing on Easy, anyway.)

    — 17 December 2004 at 3:15 am (Permalink)

  7. Steven Berg says:

    OK, looks like people want to hear about Half-Life 2. By the way, I just found a review of the game that mentions a lot of what I planned to write about, check it out.

    — 17 December 2004 at 3:49 am (Permalink)

  8. Jim Treacher says:

    I liked your 7 favorites too*, plus this one: What’s the name of the character in the story who tells us the plot makes “perfect sense”? That’s right: Mr. Miracle.

    *What is it with Meltzer and fire? First the Firehawk howler, and now the flamethrower thing. Contempt for women, a fondness for fires… nahhhhh.

    — 17 December 2004 at 8:28 pm (Permalink)