The previous issue found our Thor-like skeletal-horseface hero making a solemn vow to end the terror and suffering, not to mention the cataclysmic planet-eating, of his purpleness-of-hunger, Galactus, once and for all. His heroically nobel deed aided an entire population off their homeworld and to new terrain, sparing them their bitter fate. But Stardust and the Silver Surfer, Galactus’ heralds, aren’t about to stand idly by and let this feather-helmeted freakshow interfere with their business, which leads to this issue’s showdown between the power cosmic of the Surfer versus Bill’s Stormbreaker hammer, while Stardust tracks the refugees to their new homeland and decrees them to once again be Galactus’ next victims. Writer Kieron Gillen’s first issue was entertaining, but this issue brings a host of devilish twists into play as Beta Ray Bill finds himself taking on a task that he has no hope in achieving, a somewhat twisted take on David and Goliath. Penciler Kano, with Alvaro Lopez on ink and Javier Rodriguez on colors, delivers a good looking book, high on intense, hard-hitting action while nicely establishing alien worlds, technologies and species. The book does cost $3.99, featuring two 22-page stories each issue, with the back-up reprinting Beta Ray Bill’s first appearances from Thor 337 - 339 by Walt Simonson. A good deal if you’ve not already read them a half dozen times.
The mobile and vibrating lounge chair Joany gave us for LL both play 8-bit versions of classical and kids music, and while LL kind of responds to them, she enjoys even more real classical music. Aden has kicking around some Baby Mozart and Baby Bach DVDs which she likes, but I’ve been putting on the Galaxy Classique Populare channel on the Rogers cable box and she just loves it. As well, I’ve been playing some Sousa marches for her which she seems to intently listen to.
She also likes it when I sing to her though, which just shows she doesn’t quite have a discerning musical ear just yet. I tend to sing in falsetto (ala Barry Gibb) or in hums or quiet doo-wop chants I make up as I go.
The in-laws proposed a barbecue for this evening, which meant steaks (absolutely fantastic tenderloin steaks from my father-in-law’s local butcher), salad, baked potato and garlic bread. I bought two baguettes, given that there were six of us and often there’s not enough garlic bread when we all get together. I made some garlic butter by first smashing the garlic with a knife and finely chopping away, then stirring the garlic into a stick of room temperature butter.
Baguette one was cut in segments (without detaching) and the garlic butter smeared into each segment. I wrapped this in foil and put it on the barbecue (already baking the potatoes) for 15 minutes. The bottom was crunchy while the rest of it was buttery and soft.
Baguette two I bisected horizontally, smearing the garlic butter along each half and placing into the oven (350deg) for 10 minutes face up. Removing from the oven, I switched it up to broil and sprinkle each half with parmesan cheese and broil for 2-3 minutes until brown. Cut carefully. This one crunchy and crumbly.