Utopia Week 2 Recap/Review

Tuesday Recap

Rhonda was kicked out in favor of Kristen. I don’t know why. It is another dumb move in a long line of dumb moves.

Kristen and Bri talk about how all the girls want the dudes super bad. By using the word thirsty. All while Chris is doing some heavy work. For the first several minutes I was really confused as to why they were thirsty when they were sitting down not doing any work. Plus they have water bottles that they can fill, and probably were filled. Then I learned what it meant. Sex. They mean sex.

Amanda is the only one concerned about the money. She sets the group down to let them know where they are and Josh gets all up in arms saying they really need to start making some. Excuse me Josh, but aren’t you spending over a grand tomorrow for a stove/gas line/something? And Bella is getting a nearly $200 water filter. Like they don’t already have tap water.

Lefty the farmer brought them a rooster!  Only took them three weeks to get a rooster. He asks to look at the garden, and tells them that the tiny little Bella keyhole gardens are not going to cut it. He says to make it much much bigger, other wise they will not survive the winter. Dangit Bella. Stop trying to sabotage the garden! We’ve talked about this!

Preacher J’s last message was tearful. Everyone is sad he’s leaving. I’m sad he’s leaving. He was the glue that kept them smart. He gave what he could to the group, and his spot to Red. Preacher J’s wife came to pick him up, and that reunion is so stinking adorable.  And now Utopia will fall apart without his calm guidance. Pastor’s spot doesn’t even cool before Bella tries to sneak up and snatch it away from Red. Red tries to calmly tell her no, but she goes and puts all her stuff down anyway. Naturally Red doesn’t take too kindly to this and tosses her stuff out of his spot. Seriously Bella.

Bella decides that the chickens need to be free range, so she opens the door and just lets them out. Naturally the chickens go to the cow pens to pick through the muck. Hex stops them from eating too much and tells Bella that they need to go up. Bella says no, even though she is effectively ruining the next several batches of eggs. Bella! Stop trying to sabotage the chickens!

Utopiyoga is a go. So they invite everyone they know. Which is mostly a bunch of older guys. It’s $40 per person. Amanda has to give a prep talk about how they need to be nice to the people coming and try to act like humans. The fact that talk has to happen is so sad. Anyway, the bell rings to alert the Utopians that the yoga crew has arrived. It’s a crew of one. One lone yoga person. Lone yoga person Ben is pretty cute though. The utopians bail out and express their displeasure at only one person showing up. Hey, forty bucks is forty bucks.

Red needs a friend. He confides in Hex that he misses his wife, and really wants to see her. Can’t blame the poor man. He’s lost all of his Utopia friends. Poor Red. By far the saddest thing I’ve seen on this show so far.

Nikki and Amanda talk babies. Amanda is all about not having her baby on Utopia.Nikki reassures her that talking to the baby doesn’t make her crazy. Josh comes over to ruin it all. Somehow this turns into a Josh and Nikki sex pact. I’m not sure what just happened, but it happened. Maybe if we don’t think about it, it just will be as if it never happened.

New Utopian Taylor is hot. That’s basically all you need to know about him. Really. Oh, and that he brought steaks for everyone. Hex is all about Taylor. Gone are the days of our beloved snarky Hex. She’s been lost to the sextopia. We’ve got to get a new name for these two that is not Haylor, or Tex.

Friday


Red goes out hunting, and brings back a deer. Now they love him. Dude.  Red is the man.  Naturally Bella has a problem with this. Amanda is the poor soul who has to run interference first. Bella just has to make sure it’s dead, though Amanda reassures her that the deer is really dead, she’s gotta check it out. Luckily, it’s super dead.

Hex and Taylor are all over each other. We really don’t need another couple, but they are slightly better than SpicyVet. The best part of this whole relationship is when Taylor forgets Hex’s name and calls her Helen. She responds with a super appropriate “You idiot!”

The group has spent 60% of their money, and they are only three weeks in! What! Dedeker calls for a meeting, and there’s an open forum where everyone brings up what government they want. Surprisingly, Bri has a weirdly good idea. A dictatorship. They settle on every person gets three days to create their own form of government. They draw numbers to see whose rule goes first. Hex starts them off with three days of anarchy. This could only end well.

Hex and Taylor share a heart to heart about the new government and we find out that Taylor reads a newspaper once a year. He has no idea on what to do with his turn as dictator. I mean, dude says he doesn’t even know what democracy is. Luckily, Hex shoots him down for cuddling. You go girl. Don’t cuddle a dude who only reads one newspaper.

Josh declares that Sundays are Shorty Short Sundays. It’s uncomfortable for most, except Bella. She’s loving Sundays now and is willing to watch out for the guys in case they have any wardrobe malfunctions. I can’t even type this without feeling a little queasy.

SpicyVet has their first major fight! Chris made Bri breakfast, like any kind soul would do. Well, Bri drops it and “tells” Chris she did, and then just walked off to the barn. Chris went up to the barn and confronted her about it. I mean, if I had made someone breakfast, and then found it on the ground and the person was nowhere to be found, I’d be pissed too. Bri has to go gain sympathy so she goes to the most sympathetic people there, Rob and Dedeker. Seriously child, this is between you and Chris, not everyone. Bri tries to go off at Chris for “yelling at her in her own barn.” Chris puts her in her place letting her know that she can’t expect everyone to clean up after her messes, because she isn’t a princess. Welcome to the real world Bri! You’re not as cute and charming as you think.  Later, Bri is still trying to garner sympathy by saying she’s apologized and she’s just so sorry and hurt by him. Flash forward to two days, Bri and Chris try to make up. Bri says that she was just so stressed that she didn’t eat anything….well…except that pizza. Don’t worry, by the end of the show they are sucking face again.

Hex has to explain what anarchy really is to a very bored looking group. Basically, anarchy is living by the golden rule. Do unto others as you want to have done to you. Aaron and Kristen, go off on their own and order a bunch of special food- tequila, beer, pizza, and sour patch kids. I’m pretty sure that’s not how anarchy works guys. You wouldn’t like that done to you .

Yeah! Bootcamp! Well…not a real bootcamp. Only one person showed up. Aaron is somehow in charge of this. While Rob is off making plans on how they can sell water to future guests. Bella says that she doesn’t agree that they shouldn’t sell it, Hex decides to end the meeting by saying they should go swimming. Bella gets all irked and points how at every meeting she gives a good idea, she gets cut off. After a short yelling match, it’s over for the time. Later on, Hex finds Bella and apologizes for what happened, and like the true anarchist she is, takes personal responsibility for what she said and how she went about it. Good job  Hex!

Mike decides that he needs to take a closer look at the money. Bella comes up, and politely asks if she can order some organic food so she and Red could have something that they could eat. Mike flips out and says that no one will be ordering food anymore after the $500 spree they just went on. Bella makes the very valid point that not everyone could eat or drink all the junk Aaron and Kristen bought, and that only a few have access to the money. Mike complains that he’s living with a bunch of babies because they keep spending money. I think we all know who needs to have the money code taken away from them.

Aaron and Kristen are trying to through shade on Josh and say that he makes racial jokes all the time. They drag Amanda in on this, and she tries to suss out if he’s really being racist, or is trying to be funny. We all know that Josh’s funny, really isn’t funny. Josh comes up to Kristen later and confronts her about talking about him behind his back. Josh goes over and tries to clear it up with Aaron, and lets him know that he’s not intending it to be racist at all. However, Aaron was the one who agreed to be the one to pull the rickshaw topless. Josh says that he didn’t see it as a color thing, but as a we’re all having fun and that’s what you choose to do. Aaron keeps flipping out as Josh walks away saying he’s not going to argue with stupid. A while later, Josh pulls Aaron aside and apologizes to him saying he didn’t mean to hurt his feelings. Have mercy.

Bri calls the vet to check out a chicken who she believes is choking. So, she spends $125 on a $10 chicken according to Rob. Luckily while the vets are out, they also take a look at the cows, the rest of the chickens, and give Bri lots of advice on how to take care of the animals. Why are we letting her be in charge of the barn again?

Dedeker calls a money meeting and wants to only spend $200 a week, giving everyone their own $10 to buy snacks for the week with. Hex says that would only work if everyone would stop taking from the community food to make snacks. Everyone agrees (mostly) that they would try this for a week and see how it goes. I’m betting they survive on sour patch kids for a couple days.

The Utopians celebrate Chris’s birthday with a burlesque show! This time the girls are putting on the show for the guys, and not like last time when it was the boys who put it on. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to scrub the image of Mike in a corset out of my mind. The girls dress up as guys and show off their best moves. At the end, Bri delivers a letter to Chris from his mom. They break out the tequila, beer and such. Hex takes a few shots and is completely plastered. Girlfriend loses it and goes off on Chris, Bri and basically everyone. From high on a perch, Mike and Dedeker watches and comments on what’s going on. Hex is shoved off to bed, and the group goes back to normal. Hex apologizes to Taylor and Rob. It’s super heartfelt, and they take poor Hex to bed.

 

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Utopia Premiere Review

Utopia has officially aired on Fox! If you didn’t catch it tonight you’ve missed out on quite a bit, but don’t worry, you’ve got Tuesday and Friday to catch the rest of the premiers!  

Tonight we met the Utopians, or Pioneers as the network would like us to call them. So far there are 14 people who are in a five acre compound area with no electricity, a couple cows and chickens, a shelter, and a pretty good sized pond. They have to come together and create a new society. This as you can imagine is not going as well as expected. 
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Night one, there’s a drunken fight. Josh decides it’s a good idea to get all up in everyone’s face with his neither regions, and then fight with Dave. Dave naturally isn’t going to take any crap from anyone so he stands up for himself. The next morning there’s a “vote” and Josh gets to stay. That was the first real action we got on Utopia. For the rest of the two hours, days two and three, we got a bit of Bella breaking down, Red going crazy over being controlled, Hex going to the hospital, a fight over Red trying to cook a dead chicken (don’t worry, the meat was okay), and Aaron trying to control everyone’s food. It was a rough start, but it seems like everyone has it together now. Oh, and we also found out that one of the Utopians is pregnant and due within the next couple of months. This first week of premieres is going to be crazy as everyone tries to figure out their roles in the new society, and how to interact with each other. Right now there are just fourteen Utopians. However we know that there will be fifteen in total for the rest of the show, and that the current Utopians will get to pick their new member from two people that are coming in later this week. 
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Now, I’m a sucker for trashy reality tv. This is reality tv at it’s finest. Not only do we get truly unscripted tv, but we get access to what they are doing 24/7. If you’ve been watching with us on Twitter, then you know that Kylee, Therese, and I have gotten sucked in to the world of Utopia. After watching the live stream for several days now, we know the Uoptian’s personalities fairly well and watching this premier was like going back in time to catch things that were missed by sleep/work/real life. We even have a handy little chart for all of the nicknames, couples, and alliances formed on Utopia. It can be found here.  It was a good first showing all in all. There was drama, love, scrambling of people to start a society, and animals. If you’re into Survivor/Big Brother type shows, you’ll probably love Utopia too. It’s interactive with the site, and twitter. This show really does take what the viewers say and give it thought. Not only that, but if you sign up for a passport, you get to vote on who stays or goes. The power is in the Utopians hands, but a greater power is in yours. 

If you do start watching, you get the added bonus of being able to watch with your favorite blog’s staff on Tuesday, Sept 9 for the premier part two at 8/7c. Keep a look out for the hangout link on the Twitter and Facebook! Let us know what you think about Utopia with the hashtag #nerdswatchutopia! 

Rockstar Book Tour: Forest of Whispers!

 

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Title: FOREST OF WHISPERS

Author: Jennifer Murgia

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Pub. Date: September 9, 2014

Genre: Historical, Fantasy

Review Spoilers: Moderate
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Synopsis

This book centers around Rune, a mysterious girl who lives beyond the hedge with an old lady. The old lady is whispered to be a witch, a fortune teller and healer of all maladies. Rune has lived with her since she was a baby, never knowing much about her past but desires to know more. After accidentally misidentifying a mushroom, Rune suddenly finds herself in the middle of a witch hut. The old lady bids Rune to run far away, not to look back, and under no circumstances to return to the cottage or town. Instead of running, Rune hides, and returns later to witness the old lady’s sentencing. With all of her family gone, Rune is alone. Or is she? 

A mysterious voice comes to Rune in the forest. Her mother. She learns she is a witch, and her mother wants revenge. Rune battles against her, while also fighting to live through this witch hunt. With the help of a handsome, young man, Rune is able to uncover secrets about her past. She discovers who she is, what she is, and what her inheritance will be. With the help of the young man, Rune is able to complete her mission, find herself, and come to terms with her new self. 

My thoughts
If you are a fan of historical books, and a bit of magic, this will be right up your alley. Mind you, this is not your Harry Potter type of magic. It’s more of a Practical Magic type. More subtle, seamlessly written in, and not all up in your face. It does help that the main character doesn’t really want to be a witch. It gives it more of a realistic tone. I mean, if you lived way back when witches were feared, would you want to find out that you can do magical things? Yeah. Me either. 

The book is set in Germany, near Bavaria, and has a few German words in it. Don’t let these scare you off! There is a handy guide at the beginning of the book that tells you the right pronunciation, and gives the definition of these words. Most of them are simple enough that with just the context, you can figure them out. There is a bit of romance in here too. It’s an innocent type, and isn’t cheesy or overly done. It’s classy. Speaking of the writing, this book keeps you interested. Right away I was drawn in, and hooked. Never once did I feel like a chapter was there just for filler time. It’s smart, and has an ending you might not be able to guess. I sure didn’t see it coming, which is a big deal. Normally I can guess the ending by the middle of the book. Not this one.  

Honestly, I really liked this book. Since finishing it, I haven’t been able to pick up any thing else. Do hope to get a sequel to the story! I’d love to see where Rune goes from here and how she grows into her own person. 

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Enter the Rockstar Forest of Whispers giveaway!
One winner will receive a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a witchy swag item. Enter by clicking HERE! Good luck! 

Want to follow the tour? Check out these blogs for more reviews, interviews, and guest posts! 

Week One:

9/1/2014- A Dream Within A Dream– Interview

9/1/2014- Her Book Thoughts!– Review

9/2/2014- Pieces of Whimsy– Guest Post

9/2/2014- Nerdophiles– Review

9/3/2014- Addicted Readers– Interview

9/3/2014- Realm of the Sapphired Dragon– Review

9/4/2014- Literary Meanderings – Guest Post

9/4/2014- Heather Hearts Books– Review

9/5/2014- YaReads Interview

9/5/2014- Word to Dreams– Review

 

Week Two:

9/8/2014- Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance– Guest Post

9/8/2014- Everything Marie– Review

9/9/2014- Pen and Muse– Interview

9/9/2014- Arkham Reviews– Review

9/10/2014- Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf– Guest Post

9/10/2014- Amaterasu Reads– Review

9/11/2014- Fire and Ice– Guest Post

9/11/2014- As the page turns– Review

9/12/2014- Mom With A Kindle– Interview

9/12/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book– Review

Description:

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to–one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder–a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

 

 

unnamed (2)About the Author:

Jennifer Murgia writes Young Adult paranormal and contemporary fiction.

Her latest novel, FOREST OF WHISPERS, will release September 9, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press.

She is the author of ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS (Lands Atlantic Publishing)

and BETWEEN THESE LINES (Playlist Fiction).

In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with fellow YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton PA.

To contact Jennifer try:  
Website |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | PinterestGoodreads

 

 

 

 

Utopia preview

Utopia (yo͞oˈtōpēə/) noun
               an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516)                    by Sir Thomas More.
 
Fox is bringing us a new reality show. The concept is much like Survivor, The Colony, and every other reality show. A group of people are sent off, secluded from present day society to form a new society and survive in the wild. However, unlike the rest, this group is striving to make the perfect society, a true utopia. Now I know we’re all sure we’ve seen every version of reality shows known to man, but this one is different. This show, aptly named Utopia, has 15 people from all walks of life who are building a society from ground zero. Well, almost ground zero. There is a barn, with animals, some basic items, shelter, etc. No electricity, running water, phones, or internet. They decide everything about this new society, what jobs they will have, the government, if they will have religion, etc. The only thing they don’t get to pick is if they will stay. Every single person in Utopia can be replaced, and that is solely determined by the watchers. The people are on live stream 24/7 (I’m watching them right now), and through the power of social media, we the watchers determine what happens to them. While that is pretty unique, the craziest part is there is no prize. These people are entering into a social experiment where they gain nothing but the experience. 

Now in order to vote for new people, or banishment of the current people, you have to sign up for a passport on utopiatv.com. There’s two passport choices, the free one, or the premium. The free passport lets you watch live streams (only two of the five), votes, some video clips, and all the news. The premium passport, which is $4.99/month, gives you all the live streams, video clips, votes, and other content not currently specified on the FAQs page. I currently have the free passport, and am pretty happy with it so far. It gives me what I want, and doesn’t force me into things I don’t need. 

Another fun part of Utopia is that you can still audition for this show. They are constantly looking for new people to send to Utopia, to replace those who have been banished, or to just generally throw a cog in the wheels of the current set up. If you’re into that sort of thing, you need a video, current picture to fill out the application form, meet the requirements, and then wait. If any of you guys choose to do this, let us know so we can root for our fellow nerd! 

All in all, I’m pretty excited to watch this new reality show. Granted, I’m already a reality show junkie, but this one gives me higher hopes than most. I think the best part of Utopia, and the true genius behind it, is that these people are not doing it for the money. They are purely doing it for the experience (and possible fame). They are coming together to build a new society and hopefully prove that if we ever do end up in a post apocalyptic world, we can and will prevail. 

Utopia airs Sunday, September 7th . Follow Utopia on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

All the AHS teasers in one place.

American Horror Story Freakshow is starting soon. I can barely contain my excitement as creepy teaser after creepy teaser is released. So far we know that it is set in the 1950’s Florida, and features a two-headed lady, bearded lady, strong man, and what appears to be a lady with three legs. Wir sind alle Freaks is the tag line for this show. It translates from German to “We are all freaks,” and that brings us to more theories about the show than I can even fathom. 
The anticipation is crackling in the air among the AHS fandom! It’s exciting to speculate what all this season will entail, so to help you guess, here’s a list of all the teasers so far!

The official poster as found on https://www.facebook.com/americanhorrorstory

AHSAlso on the Facebook page is an adorable picture of Jessica Lange and Jyoti Amge, the World’s smallest lady 

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American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Oct. 8th on FX and features Paulson, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and Denis O’Hare.

Wonder Woman: Volume 2 Guts Review

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Author: Brian Azzarello
Artists: Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Bought and Owned
Genre(s): Action, Drama

Rating: ★★★★★
Review Spoilers: Medium 

Guts picks up right where Blood left off without missing a single beat. Everything you loved in the first volume is even better in the second. This book reveals the dirty little secrets of the Amazons, brings the Greek gods into a shadier light, and keeps with the over all gritty tone of the first. Wonder Woman is continuing on her path as protector of Zola and her unborn child, with the help of Hermes. This book follows not only their plight, but the double-crossing of all the gods against one another. Strife and Apollo create more havoc than one can imagine and it all leads up to Wonder Woman’s battle against her being married off. 
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Azzarello, Chiang and Akins are growing to be one of the best trio of artists to breathe new life into the story of Wonder Woman. Azzarello’s story is brought to life by Chiang and Akins’ gritty  drawings and coloring. The over all tone is once again dark, as we learn more about the dark secrets everyone is keeping. The Amazon’s secret brings light on to how they are able to keep an all female population, but keeps the story so dark that you start to realize their true savagery. Hades, again, is a character that is handled beautifully and gives a new side to the creepy Lord of the Underworld.

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Final Thoughts: 
I’m a fan of this series, if you couldn’t tell. It’s a beautifully written story. It is smart, sarcastically funny, and dirty. It gives us a new, rawer side of Diana that we haven’t had before. In this story, she’s more kick ass than ever before. It’s easy to empathize with her and Zola, as they are given real personalities with accurate reactions to situations. The emotions that are drawn on the page are so great that even without words, you’d understand what they were feeling. If you weren’t a Wonder Woman fan before, this reboot will make you a fan. Seriously. Go pick up Blood, and grab Guts while you’re there. You won’t regret it. 

Wonder Woman: Volume 1 Blood Review

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Author: Brian Azzarello
Artists: Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Bought and Owned
Genre(s): Action, Drama

Rating: ★★★★★
Review Spoilers: Medium 

Welcome to a new, grittier side of Wonder Woman. In this reboot Brian Azzarello brings us back to her Greek roots and shares a new, well new to me, story about her birth. If you love Greek mythology, you’ll be able to get hooked on it quick. If you’re not a big mythology fan, well then the story line, and brilliant drawings by Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins will bring you in. The colors are great, and there’s a nice dark edge to Chiang’s drawing and colors. But let’s move on to the story. (There are a few spoilers, beware.)

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In this reboot, Diana is charged with saving and protecting a woman named Zola and her unborn child. By watching over Zola, Diana learns more about her origins, and finds out that she wasn’t really made of clay. Naturally this causes a bit of issue on her part, and puts her life in trouble due to Hera’s jealous tendencies.  But with the team she forms with Hermes, they come up with a plan to thwart Hera, save Zola and the child, and restore order. Towards the end, we find out their plan to defeat Hera with the help of several other gods, but not before they battle centaurs, hippocampi, gods, and themselves . The first volume ends with Zola getting into even more trouble, and a cliff hanger. 

This story line isn’t for the faint of heart. It is fast paced, full of gods from ages past, and lost of drama. The way Azzarello, Chiang, and Akins imagine the gods is brilliant. I truly love their version of Hades and Poseidon. This book has several story lines within it, so if you’re not a big fan of hopping between lines, then this might not be your bag. Azzarello takes us from Wonder Woman’s view to Strife, Hera, or Apollo’s without missing a beat in the story. 

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Final Thoughts:
Really guys, I can’t tell you how nicely written this reboot is. The story is quick, entertaining, and wicked cool. It’s not your “typical comic book” and I would classify it more has horror, drama, or fantasy. Wonder Woman kicks ass in this reboot. I think we tend to forget that she’s an Amazon, just as strong, powerful, and awesome as the male superheros. This book reminds us of just how powerful she really is. Add on top of the the special character designs and cover sketches in the back, which are wonderful by the way, and you have a must read out of the new 52.