Oct. 3rd, 2017

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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

This may well get a little heavy as a posting, because it's been, not to put too fine a point on it, a bloody depressing start to the week on almost any level you care to name human tragedy, political incompetence, civil unrest; Las Vegas, Catalonia, the UK Conservative Party Conference, where does one begin?

America had it's 273rd mass shooting of the 2017 (where mass shooting is defined as being more than one person being injured or killed by the accidental or deliberate discharge of weapons). The death count currently stands at 59, the injured at over 500.

Those outside the US wonder again at why gun control is such an issue for America, and large parts of America can't understand why anyone would ever as such a question in the first place, when they have a 226 year old Constitutional Amendment (which predates the advent of assault rifles by about 150 years) to cling on to like grim death. Rinse and repeat.

A contentious (and technically illegal) referendum on independence for the Catalan region of Spain descended into violence from the police as they attempted to prevent the vote from being held. Strikes are now taking place with the population, regardless of their views on the independence vote, appalled at the heavy handed tactics of the Government.

Musician Tom Petty (of "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" and "The Travelling Wilburys") has died, aged 66.

UKIP has a new leader, about whom the best thing one can say is that he's not the rabidly Islamaphobic nutjob who came second. I'm not providing links for this one.

The Mayor of San Juan displayed class and courage whilst coping with the aftereffects of a Category 5 Hurrican hitting Puuerto Rico, in a mind-boggling tweet exchange with Trump, who referred to her as a "politically motivated ingrate". Words fail.

On to less significant events! Television!

Well, after hearing varying reports about the series, I dove in and tried episode 3 of The Orville and I have to say, in all fairness, that I was pleasantly surprised at how well they handled an interesting and challenging plot about gender identity and social conformity and traditions in an alien culture. This was an episode of Trek that Trek would never have been able to make (any of them I suspect) and Babylon 5 was too early for. There were no cheap laughs about the subject matter, and no easy answers at the end. (I can't say I noticed many jokes at all in this episode, but I'm not sure if that was deliberate on their part or not. If so, kudos)

Marvel's Inhumans also debuted on TV and it suffers from all the problems which the comic books Inhumans had when they were being treated as X-Men substitutes (unsympathetic lead characters, Inhuman society being based on privilege and the arbitrary genetic lottery which is Terrigenesis being the biggies), but with the added issues of TV budgets (Was Triton supposed to look like that bad a makeup job?) and a version of Attilan which looks like a very dull shopping mall.

Fox's latest X-Men derived series "Gifted" also debuted, but only last night, so haven't seen it yet. And comments from those who've seen it?

And one final, serious political matter which I don't think Scans_Daily can overlook;

The US Department of Justice has taken the stance, in court, that discrimination against gay employees is legal. This would be despicable behaviour at any time, but in 2017 is beyond appalling.

For the love of heaven someone post some good news, PLEASE!
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It’s the grandest of finales as Groo: Friends and Foes wraps up with its twelfth and final issue. By now, everyone should have figured out how and where Kayli, the little girl Groo has been helping to find her father, finds her father. That is, if they’re smarter than Groo, and we hope for their sakes they are. This issue, like all of ’em, comes from the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier."

Tearjerker below )

Aw, I'm a sucker for happy endings.

Kayli does show up in recent stories, but more as a sidekick to the Minstrel.


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