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April 2017 News

2017-03-312023-02-09 finished certainty: log importance: 0 bibliography

This is the April 2017 edition of the newsletter⁠; previous, March 2017 (archives). This is a collation of links and summary of major changes, overlapping with my Changelog⁠; brought to you by my donors on Patreon⁠.






  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja (the long-running series comes to an end; having read it since ~2008, it’s surprising to reread the whole series and realize that in between all the humorous action drama like banditos riding raptors or surfing a robotic Dracula back from the Moon, was lurking a fairly complex & well-thought-out time-travel SF story with very long callbacks and a bittersweet ending, with writing that improves as much as the art does over its 2006–2017 run. In some respects, it’s a little dated—looking back, I recognize it as something of an artifact of the ’00s Western Internet culture in being part of a ninja fad along with Real Ultimate Power⁠, Ninja Burger⁠, Megatokyo etc—but I’m still impressed at how Hastings makes it all come together, suggesting either he planned it out much further back than I ever expected or is a master of retcons. It is not the greatest time-travel story ever, or greatest martial arts story, but I will always enjoy reading action with a brain. It is no surprise to me that I would enjoy Hasting’s later Unbelievable Gwenpool.)