Die grosse grenze (#13)

Valerian und Veronique Number 13

Zwei zeitlines. Valerian und Veronique hilfe ein andere agent von Galaxity to reisen zuruck. Irgendwie Russland und Tschernobyl sind in dieses geschicht.

Die serie hat kein benzin. Halb von die Geschichte ist nicht brauche.

Two timelines. Valerian and Veronique help a fellow Galaxity agent to journey home. Somehow Russia and Chernobyl are in the story.

The series is running out of gas. Half of the story could go away and nothing would be missed.

Die Blitze von Hypsis (#12)

Valerian und Veronique Number 12

Dreißig Seiten für bereiten und dann zwanzig Seiten von Mist.

Diese Geschichte ist der Tag nach # 11.
Noch in Nordschottland, Schloss Inverloch.
Sie essen frühstück mit Ralf, das Shingouz, und anderen.
Ausländer, von Weltraum, auch frühstücken.
Ein probleme.

Basil sagt:

“dass es damnächst zu einer atomaren katastrophe kommt, die unsere irdische zivilisation gänzlich vernichtet!”

Sie suchsen ein Schiff, “Scarlet Spear”, im Meer. Dreißig Seiten später, sie sind im Raumschiff. Dann alles ist scheiße.

We are talking total crap here. Thirty pages of setup followed by twenty pages of disappointment…

Die Geister von Inverloch (#11)

Valerian und Veronique Number 11

Veronique beginnt in Nordschottland. Sie reitet Pferd mit Lady Charlotte, ein alte Freunde. Valerian ist auf ein sechsundswanzig mond in irgendwo. Er jagt für ein glapum’tiane. Die Shinguz, bieten Colonel Tloc der glapum’tiane, ein groß fische.

Es gibt viele leute. Ich verstehr nur ein bisschen. Erde un Galaxity sind verletzt?

Da sind viele Leute. Ich verstehe nur ein wenig. Baldrian hat eine neue Mission. Erde und Galaxität sind verloren.

Valérian muss sein Mission erfolßreich beenden. Was ist das mission? Ich weist nicht…

Sometimes the German reading goes well and sometimes it is crap on a stick. This one was the crap on a stick option! Lots of characters running around. Shinguz, Valerain, Veronique, Mister Albert, and a really nice glapum’tiane named Ralf.

I have no freaking clue what the hell happened. There was just so much crap that added nothing to the plot.

The Next Dr. Who is a Woman

Okay. BBC loves to be PC. BBC decides on a female Doctor Who. It is not unexpected nor all that big of a deal. The biggest issue will be trading in her large sonic screwdriver for a smaller one, otherwise people will talk.

The real issue with a female Doctor Who is why? If they are doing this for so-called “diversity”, and what isn’t done in the name of “diversity” these days, shouldn’t they have gone further? What about a Muhammadan looking fellow who is continually killing Christians? Too edgy for the BBC? Well, I guess they could go with a Hermaphrodite who is half black and half oriental. Maybe have that Doctor participate in some protests and get in a fight with police. Maybe he/she/xi should bond with a bunch of SJWs and march for Sharia laws. Now that is “diversity”!

When you advocate political correctness and “diversity”, why stop? If the BBC really wants to sell that bill of goods, they need to really kick up their game and buy in all the way. Anything else is just a cop out.

Yes, television series often sell a political agenda. The BBC is rather heavy-handed in its propaganda, so it is pretty much business as usual. There is, however, a point where the agenda becomes too much and watching the series becomes a case of diminishing returns.

I won’t be watching. Now that we have so many media choices, there is a massive collection of things to see and a female Doctor Who just isn’t on my bucket list. I do so love the internet.

Valerian und Veronique die Insel der Kinder (#10)

Valerian und Veronique Number 10

Valeren vertrat die Erde zu Simlan. Bei Simlan besuchen sie die Hauptstaat.

Helden von vier Planeten müssen konkurrieren drei Tage lang.

Tag eins, kräften der materie trotzen.
Tag zwei, Monstern aus dem Tierreich trotzen.
Tag drei, den fallen des geistes trotzen.

In der Vergangenheit, Helden nicht zurück kommen….

Drei Tage später gewonnen Valeren. Jetzt ist er mit der “Großmutter” von filena, der neuen Gruppe von Kindern fertig.

Ein Problem. Er ist jetzt geschrumpft! Veronique und Valeren gehe zu Erde.

The comic was all that hard to read, but there were some issues trying to describe what I read. Producing the vocab necessary was TOUGH. I had to go with a few words from Google, rather than providing all of them on my own… This story, unlike the past couple, made sense and was something I could understand.

Valerian und Veronique Trügerische Welten (#9)

“Deceptive Worlds”

Wir sehen Valerian en Uniform aus der ostindischen Gesellschaft, mit einer Armee gruppe, die eine Schloss angreift. Wir lernen, dass es ein Programm ist, wenn ein Offizier sagt: “Aber … das ist nicht programmiert!”

Valerian sendet Veronique eine Botschaft mit Koordinaten.

Wie Schande! Als nächstes ein Club vor Gentlemen, London neben der gleichen Zeit. Ausbruch mit einem Fahrrad fahren

Wie Schande! Weiter, San Francisco, Chinatown 1895. Aber da ist ein Mann mit einem Motorrad!

Es gibt viele springt, viele Zeiten, viele Geschicte.

Mit Zeit ist Valerian gerettet. Alles gut, glück ende.

Valerian und Veronique Number 9

We finally establish that Valerian has been in a stasis chamber in a computer holodeck-like environment.

He jumps from scenario to scenario while his partner, Veronique, along with a specialist, Jadna, searches for him. Jadna is a pain and an idiot.

Eventually, Jadna contacts the brain behind the simulation. In the end, she stays with that entity and Valerian and Veronique end up vacationing on Earth.

Orphelins Tome 1 Petits soldats and misc French stuff

Understand that I am learning some French and I find comics to be a simple way to start reading a foreign language. What I will usually do is learn a basic vocabulary. Then start trying to find a few comics. Later, hopefully, start reading a few simple books. With Spanish, I skipped the comics and went straight to the books. It was painful, but it did work. With German, I am still hitting the comics, and it is helping. With French, this is my first foray.

On the technical side, I tend to read comics on the full sized computer screen or my Amazon Fire.

I was looking for free French books for my Kindle on Amazon yesterday. I found quite the treasure trove with some unexpected gems. I found some interesting comics.

I ran into Valérian et Laureline, la cité des eaux mouvantes – Edition Definitive. I have read the German version, Die Stadt der tosenden Wasser, “the city of the roaring water”. This will be an excellent opportunity to dip my toe into reading French with simple known material.

I also ran into Orphelins – Tome 1 – Petits soldats. It is a comic of 192 pages. I tackled it immediately! I spent the afternoon yesterday going through it page by page. I somehow managed to get through it and I believe get more than just a “jist” version of the story! The illustrations were well done and the plot was fun. I can now say that I have gotten through my first French comic! A hundred and ninety two pages was a bit more than I planned to start with, but I made it! Well worth reading, if you get the chance! I liked it so much, I left a very positive review on Amazon. I left the review in English because I didn’t think butchered French would help…

I found Thorgal – tome 01 – La magicienne trahie. It is a 48 page comic that looks approachable. We will see.

I also ran into a few volumes of Sande BD, “Le magazine du crowdfunding BD”. Those magazines are above my level right now, but they look VERY interesting. I took a peek at their website. They have some very interesting projects in the works. There is a youtube channel that has some wild stuff! It looks like some of the French folks are leveraging crowdfunding to a whole new level. Take a look at the channel.

I found a few books as well. Lune de sang – La meute de Riverside Creek, Les Immortels (novella), La Reine du Chaos, La Figeuse du temps, Chassé-Croisé Paris SXM, Le Réveil des Dragons, Le Sceau, La Prisonnier de la planète Mars, and Esclave, Guerrière, Reine. When I get some serious confidence, which is going to take a while, I will tackle one of these.

All in all, a VERY happy weekend!