After taking a week off, I have a lot to share. So much so that I’m going to have a little Table of Contents to make it easy to find what you want to read and skip what you want. Here’s a look at what’s on tap for this update:
Review of Hawkeye
Arkham Horror: The Card Game Update
Painting Progress – I think this week’s update gives you a good sense of what this mini looks like and you get to see some of my favorite parts of it. So hopefully it is worth the wait! Here’s a look at the front and back.
As you can see, there are some major Greco-Roman influences in this mini from the lightning bolts to the mask, and that is why I wanted to paint it. I really wanted the mask to have the look from Greek dramas as I think it will really make this guy look like a stone cold killer on the battle field. I’m really happy with how the mini is looking overall. It looks almost exactly like I envisioned in my head which is not something I can always say about these display projects. There is some bad news though. There’s only two and a half weeks until the competition and I still have a lot to paint. Arms, shoulder pads, the weapon, and something on the base still need to be done. That is a lot to do at the pace I’ve been painting. Its really going to be a race against time to try and finish this guy. What concerns me is that if I make mistakes (which I might just do), there is very little time to try and fix them. I can only hope that the short lead-in time for the Golden Demon will help lower the quality of other entries and give me a fighting chance. Time will tell and I need to paint a lot in the meantime to be able to to even enter this guy in the competition.
Hawkeye Review – There’s a lot that I can say about this one but I’ll try to be concise. I would say Hawkeye is kind of like Home Alone with a little less cartoon violence meets a Marvel show. Jeremy Renner is a great actor (if you haven’t seen The Town, which is a great crime/bank robbery movie, you owe it to yourself to give it a watch), but his character is the blandest Avenger in the movies. Thankfully, Renner finally gets to be a more fully-fledged actor in this show and show his ability. I would also say that having read the comics the show is based off of, the show improved upon it. The comics tried really hard to be funny but also tried extremely hard to be hip. They turned that down somewhat in the show which was a very good idea because I hated that about the comic unfortunately.
My biggest complaint about Hawkeye is that while there are plenty of enjoyable parts, I think it tried to be all things to everybody and nobody is going to be happy with it. What I mean is that the show tries to be funny and I think it appeals to a more casual fan of Marvel content as it is light-hearted and features a young superhero learning her trade with Kate Bishop. And yet, there are multiple cameos of Marvel characters that appear in movies and TV shows that only diehard Marvel fans will know or care about. Casual fans will find their appearances boring or not that meaningful but hardcore fans may find the show’s light-heartedness a turn-off and seeing at least one very serious and dangerous characters being bettered is not likely to make them happy either.
Echo, aka Maya, was an odd inclusion in the show for me anyway. I think of her as being an excellent foil to Daredevil because she is deaf and he is blind. Yes, it is perhaps a bit sentimental or hokey, but they make a great pair and so to see her serving as a villain with somewhat thin motivation was disappointing. I hope that they have bigger and better plans for her in the future. I imagine Kate Bishop will be around more in the future as well which is fine, I guess. All in all, I didn’t have high expectations for Hawkeye and I found it to be good but far from a favorite in the Marvel TV series.
My rankings of the Marvel TV shows are now as follows:
- Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Arkham Horror: The Card Game Update – I was able to finish my Return to the Night of the Zealot campaign and it didn’t go especially well. I did get to the final scenario which is certainly not bad but really across all three scenarios, I didn’t have all that great of luck and it felt like the decks I played could have performed better. I used Daisy Walker, Librarian extraordinaire, and Zoey Samaras because both are really good at what they’re designed to do. Unfortunately, I didn’t do quite as well at Midnight Masks as I would have liked (I just ran out of time as you always do in that one) and The Devourer Below is a punishing scenario. I tried to gather clues but I now see that there are two approaches to that scenario. You can actually do a gamey thing and just sit around and do nothing and actually have a better chance of winning the scenario or you can try to stop the evil creature from being summoned and have a much, much tougher road. I went for the tougher road and died before the monster got summoned. I’ll do a review of the Return to the Night of the Zealot set in the nearish future and despite dying horribly, I did have fun with it and appreciate the life it breathes into the original campaign. I didn’t have much desire to replay it before getting Return to the Night of the Zealot and now I imagine I’ll play it quite a few more times in the future so that was money well spent. I’d like to pick up some new cards if I can swing it but I was surprised to find the Nintendo Switch OLED in stock on Amazon so I got one and I also bought something else hobby related that will show up in a future update too. That’s more than enough for now though. I better go get some more painting done!