As of this writing, I’m enduring a third straight day of being effectively frozen inside my house. The Atlanta area has been largely paralyzed by 3-6 inches of snow frozen over with a half-inch of solid ice since Sunday night. So this is as good a time as any to get my blogging activity back in gear.

Typically, my intent during mid-week is to share a quote from a new comic book I read that week. But…I’m iced in and do NOT intend to make my usual Wednesday trip to the shop. (Sorry, Friendly Local Comic Store owner.)

Fortunately, there were a couple from last week that tickled me. First:

“Does it look like I NEED it?”black superhero The Falcon, responding to the last thug standing’s taunt that he “ain’t got no super-strength” in Captain America #613, written by Ed Brubaker.

The next quote comes courtesy of Peter David, who loves writing humorous quips in every issue of X-Factor (think dysfunctional private investigation business…with super powers).

“One more word and I throw you off the roof.” — superpowered and super-conceited heroine Monet St. Croix, replying to new team member Pip The Troll hitting on her while she sunbathes. I’m sure many an attractive lady has sometimes wished she could say that to an unwanted suitor — and mean it!

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There were some nice lines in my books this week, but nothing that really got my inner (?) geek rolling. But there was this little gem in the latest relaunch of my favorite super-hero team, The Legion of Super-Heroes:

“Why are governments always so stupid?”

“Because they are run by people, Sun Boy — and there are no more foolish creatures since the beginning of time.”Brainiac 5 in The Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (coverdate July 2010), written by Paul Levitz.

It might not have scripture or verse attached to it, but that’s eternal, absolute truth there. Governments are stupid because they’re run by people — who, by definition are imperfect at best and flat-out covered in wrong the rest of the time.

Sorry I missed last week. I feel as though I went too heavy too fast with editorial opinion writing and couldn’t follow it with anything of similar weight.

Anyhow, this will be a fairly regular feature of my blog just to keep things a little light, no matter what the subject matter is. So, without further ado:

Favorite comic quote from the week of March21-27:

“My hair’s immune to anything that’d make it less awesome.”Ink Pen, 3/25/10

And from this week:

“Arthur Curry of Earth…LIVE.” — the return of my favorite superhero in Blackest Night #8 (April 2010)

It’s time.

2010/03/18

I’ve been sitting on this blog for a while now.

I’ve been wondering what tack I should take, since I hear that the most successful blogs tend to have a razor-sharp focus on a particular subject. But I don’t want to be stuck on a single subject.

The other issue is that I didn’t want to jump directly into some heavy subject right away. Yes, I want to write about Truth. Contrary to what our morally relativistic culture would have you believe, absolute truth does exist. And it behooves us as thinking beings to strive to know that absolute truth to the best extent that our finite minds can grasp it.

Yes, I want to write about Justice. Plainly put, some things are just right and some things are just wrong. The element that steers matters toward the “right” side of the scale is Justice. That’s what I’m about.

Yes, I want to write about the Way. Not the “American way,” but the Way referred to in the New Testament. And I wish to do so in a thoroughly non-religious fashion.

Finally, I want this blog to also have a fun side, as evidenced by its title’s evocation of the introduction to the old “Superman” TV Show (see 0:35-0:45):

I like comic books and superheroes. Always will. So I’ll frequently write about them as well.

I hope you’ll stick with me as I feel my way through this new venture.

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Now. The reasons why I finally decided to quit waffling and just do this.

1) The graphic design programs I was working on just crashed. I needed something else to do for an hour or so while I burned off my frustration.

2) I keep hearing about new nonsense coming out of Washington D.C. surrounding this health care reform bill.

First: somehow, a nearly trillion-dollar new government program is supposed to reduce the federal deficit.

What?

The reason it can do this, apparently, is that the taxes and other revenue-building tactics begin years before any benefits start to pay out. Oh.

Second: I’m starting to notice that the health insurance industry is not very vocal in its opposition to this reform bill. That’s really got my alarm bells ringing. Some of my left-wing fellow Americans are noticing, as well.

Third: Meanwhile, my right-wing American neighbors across the nation are railing against something called a “deem-as-passed” procedure that could sort of pass a not-finalized, not-voted-on health reform bill. Is that even legal? ‘Cause it’s certainly not right.

I could go on, but I really don’t want to get any further into it.

3) I read some great comic books this week, including one starring my favorite superhero, Aquaman.

Back in grad school, I used to write a little comic book review column on Usenet forums called “This Ain’t A Library, Kid!” I’m wondering if I ought to start something like that again. For now, though, I think I’ll leave it at quoting my favorite line from a comic this week:

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…actually, it’s a tie.

“The sea covers 70% of the Earth’s surface…the land, only 30%. Why would I ever wish to settle for less?”Aquaman, replying to a devil’s offer to rule the surface world in The Brave and the Bold #32 (April 2010).

“Who can stop me? WHO?!”Gamora, “deadliest woman in the galaxy,” in combat against endless hordes in Guardians of the Galaxy #24 (April 2010).