Saturday, February 25, 2017

Let's Talk: Darth Maul 01

Hello, all!

It's a lovely day out, and what better to talk about on a lovely day than comics. I have to admit, I've been pretty behind on my comics lately, but one that I've really been looking forward to is the new Darth Maul comic series from Marvel.

The series, which just came out on February 1st, takes place before the events in The Phantom Menace and explores how Darth Maul came to be. Maul, who is studying under the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, is not allowed to engage any Jedi, so he instead spends his time taking out crime lords. While tracking down one such crime lord, he crosses paths with a Jedi padawan named Eldra Kaitis, and Maul decides to try his hand against her, despite Sidious' commands. The series is set to follow along with Maul as he's tempted more and more by the Dark side and even how he was almost swayed from it.

Storyline aside, the artwork and layout of the series so far is also really great. I believe the series is only set to be about 5 issues, so that means it'll no doubt be chock full of action and a deeper look into the Zabrak warrior. Marvel have been doing some bomb Star Wars comic series, so I knew that this one was going to be no different. And who doesn't love Darth Maul? Sith or not, he's badass, and I for one am so excited to see how this series unfolds.

Has anyone checked the series out? Lemme know!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Top 5: Famous Love Letter Quotes

Hello, all!

I bought a book a few years ago from the bargain section at Barnes & Noble that was entirely comprised of love letters written by famous people, called The World's Greatest Love Letters. I read it all in one sitting because I was completely sucked into it. I've always loved history, and I'm also pretty nosy, so this was right up my alley. It's a nice mix of old and new, ranging from letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots to Edgar Allan Poe to John Keats. It's also broken down into sections, everything from Playful Love to Long-Distance Love, to Bad Love and Unrequited Love. The book has something for everyone who is a sap at heart.

It also had me searching out other love letters from famous people, so here are just a few of my favorite excerpts to sweeten up your Valentine's cards:

1. John Keats to Fanny Brawne: "For myself, I know not how to express my devotion to so fair a form: I want a brighter word than bright, a fairer word than fair. I almost wish we were butterflies and lived but three summer days-- three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain."

2. Johnny Cash to June Carter-Cash: "The fire and excitement may be gone now that we don't go out there and sing them anymore, but the ring of fire still burns around you and I, keeping our love hotter than a pepper sprout."

3. Vladimir Nabokov to Vera: "I need you, my fairy tale. Because you are the only person I can talk with about the shade of a cloud, about the song of a thought-- and about how, when I went out to work today and looked a tall sunflower in the face, it smiled at me with all its seeds."

4. James Joyce to Nora Barnacle Joyce: "My darling, I suppose that compared with your splendid generous love for me my love for you looks very poor and thread-bare. But it is the best I can give you, my own dear sweetheart. Take it, my love, save me and shelter me."

5. Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo: "I love you because I love you. Because it would be impossible for me not to love you. I love you without question, without calculation, without reason good or bad, faithfully, with all my heart and soul, and every facility. Believe it, for it is true. If you cannot believe, I being at your side, I will make a drastic effort to force you to do so."