Fandom Heresies: Metroid Dread And The Future Of Samus Aran

Greetings my fellow random response generators! It is I, falconlord5, here with yet another Fandom Heresies post. Today, we will be talking about Metroid Dread and what it means for the franchise continuing forward.

First things first. I have acquired a new laptop (and phone, but that’s a different issue). Which means, yes! I can get back to writing consistently. Everything is still delayed by about a month though, as I get back up to speed. I might, might mind, be able to update some stuff this month, but it is gonna be an irregular update schedule for January. I will, as ever, endeavour to keep you guys updated.

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Fandom Heresies: The Killing Joke; Or How Alan Moore Doesn’t Understand Batman, Part One

Hello my fellow random response generators! This week, as long promised, we’re going to dive into The Killing Joke, Alan Moore’s most famous work for DC and unarguably his worst. No, seriously: even Moore himself hates The Killing Joke, and with good reason: it’s a deeply misogynistic tale, complete with the use of rape imagery to titillate the reader (yes, I know Moore has said the Joker didn’t rape Barbara. The imagery is still there), thoroughly abelist and generally just a nasty, pathetic little story. While a lot of the problems we would see from Moore in later years (seriously, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is just one long thematic sequel to this steaming pile of crap) are here, it’s not hard to see why he’d reject this story in particular. The Killing Joke is nothing more than an exercise in Alan Moore’s worst tendencies and darkest fantasies.

Today, we’re going to set up a little background for Alan Moore’s most infamous work. But first, if you enjoy my writing you can support me on Patreon or buy me a hot chocolate.

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Weekly Randomness

Greetings, my fellow random response generators! Welcome to this month’s first post!

This is just going to give you a brief idea of what the plan for this month is. There will be a new post every Sunday. Yes, every Sunday. It won’t be preview chapters from No Blood For Business or Brockhold; while those are coming this month, they won’t be a part of the Sunday posts. While you are waiting for new chapters, you can check out previous short stories and preview chapters here:

This month in Fandom Heresies we will look at The Killing Joke, its relationship with Barbara Gordon, Crisis On Infinite Earths and Redwall.

I hope to see you all this month!

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Fandom Heresies: Thoughts On The New The Batman Trailer

Hello all you happy people! Yes, it is I, falconlord5, here to discuss more fandom shenanigans! But first, some housekeeping. If you enjoy my inane ramblings, you can support met on Patreon or buy me a hot chocolate.

On that note, I will also start posting preview chapters of my upcoming novels No Blood for Business and Brockhold next month.

Today, we are going to discuss the newest The Batman trailer, starring (shudder) Robert Pattinson as Batman and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman.

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Fandom Heresies: Some Thoughts On No Time To Die

Hello everybody and welcome to another round of Fandom Heresies! I am Josh Stoodley, known on the internet as Falconlord5, and this series collects my thoughts on various fandom shenanigans. We will discuss everything from comic books to Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings. Today we will discuss the newest James Bond movie, No Time To Die.

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Fandom Heresies: The Dick/Babs Romance Is Bad For Barbara Gordon, Part 3

Greetings, my fellow random response generators! Falconlord here with another round of Fandom Heresies, where I discuss my more controversial opinions on various fandoms. Other related series will include Fandom Orthodoxies, where I discuss ideas that the fandom at large and I share, and Fandom Funnies, which is random miscellanea I find amusing. Like, for example, discussing what Dungeons and Dragons classes the main cast Tales of Symphonia would be.

This sub-series discusses the Dick/Babs romance, and how it contributed to a steady devaluation of her character. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.

Today, we will discuss how the Dick/Babs romance came to be and how it coincided with a steady downgrading of Barbara’s accomplishments.

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New Fandom Heresy Post Coming Wednesday

It’s been a busy weekend for me, so I haven’t gotten any writing done. I’ll see you Wednesday!

EDIT: Well, not anymore. I took a bad fall yesterday and scraped my hands and knees. I’m okay, but I’ll be out of commission for a couple of days at least due to the pain.

So, the next Fandom Heresy post will be out Sunday instead.

Fandom Funnies: Tales of Symphonia Characters As D&D Classes

Hi folks and welcome to another round of Fandom Funnies. Today, we’re going to be looking at how to build Tales of Symphonia characters in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition.

So, first, a caveat: I am not a fan of D&D. If it weren’t for Baldur’s Gate 3, I’d happily go about my days ignoring Dungeons and Dragons and only playing Tales of games. However, I am pretty big Tales of fan, especially Tales of Symphonia. With that out of the way, let’s get down to business!

  1. Lloyd Irving: Lloyd’s the easiest. He’s just a dual-wielding Human Fighter. Hell, in 5e, Fighters even get multiple attacks like Lloyd! While a D&D Fighter can’t really pull off something like Sword Rain, they still get the most attacks out of any D&D class. So they get closer to Lloyd’s spam attack style better than anyone else. Plus, Lloyd has no magic and neither do most Fighter subclasses.
  2. Genis Sage: Genis is likewise easy. He’s an Elf Sorcerer. Why Sorcerer and not Wizard, you ask? Well, as of 5e, the Wizard class is more of a utility caster whereas the Sorcerer has been moved to Black Mage status. And Genis is just about the purest expression of a Black Mage in the Tales of series. The other Black Mage class in D&D 5e is the Warlock, but Genis doesn’t get his powers from a pact, so that’s right out.
  3. Colette Brunel: Colette is an odd one, due to her unusual weapons and Angel powers, but if you look past that, Colette is easy to class. She’s just a dual-wielding Rogue, albeit a clumsy one. Don’t believe me? Colette’s primary uses to your team are damage dealing and stealing. What are a Rogue’s primary uses to a D&D team? Oh yeah, stealing and damage dealing! You could also count her as dual-classing as a Divine Soul Warlock due to her Angel powers and they fact that they come from Cruxis pretending to be Angels.
  4. Kratos/Zelos: This is where this gets difficult. Kratos and Zelos are the resident Magic Knights of the party, which ordinarily means I’d place them as Eldritch Knights and have done. However, both guys get healing magic which Eldritch Knights really don’t. The next most obvious suggestion, Paladin, doesn’t get the elemental damaging spells that Kratos/Zelos get. Still, I think Paladin is closest class to what Kratos/Zelos are in-game, so that’s what I’m going with.
  5. Raine Sage: Raine is another tricky one. In D&D, the classic healing class is the Cleric. However, while Raine is the healing companion of the game, D&D Clerics are good at physical combat and Raine is, um, not. So I’m going to make her a Divine Soul Sorcerer.
  6. Sheena Fujibayashi: Sheena’s the most complicated of the lot. On the one hand, she is a ninja from a clan of ninjas in-game. So Rogue, right? Well, no; Sheena has no Rogue abilities. Her primary method of attack is various buffs, debuffs and elemental attacks with her cards, plus summons she gets through pacts. There is not an exact fit in D&D, but I think Warlock is best.
  7. Presea Combattir: While the greataxe is the stereotypical Barbarian weapon in D&D, Presea resembles a Fighter more. She doesn’t have as many multi-attacks as Lloyd, but she lacks the lightning bruiser tendencies of Barbarians and is more of a Mighty Glacier in heavy armour. So, Fighter it is.
  8. Regal Bryant: Monk. Seriously, there’s no other class in D&D who uses ki and bare fists (or legs, in Regal’s case), so yeah. It has to be Monk.

That’s it guys, just something fun to keep us all occupied while I work on the next Fandom Heresy. I’ll see you next week!


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Fandom Heresies: The Dick/Babs Romance Is Bad For Barbara Gordon, Part 2

Greetings, folks! It is I, Falconlord5 with another round of Fandom Heresies! Today we’re going to talk about how and why Barbara Gordon was created, her relationship to Catwoman, and how she was routinely positioned as a love interest and equal to Batman rather than his sidekick. Part one of this series is here and part three is here

But first, I have a simple question: would it kill Kevin Feige and his crew over at Marvel actually read the comics their less-than-stellar movies are based on? Watching Black Widow this weekend was like watching Smallville in its last days. Random, incoherent cameos and shout-outs to various Marvel properties that are supposed to give comic readers a jolt of recognition despite not resembling their comic book namesakes. It’s just, ah, aggravating especially when you consider that the original comic book characters were engaging and interesting in their own right and didn’t need all this kerfuffle.

Bah. But I digress. We’re here to talk about Barbara Gordon, and how she came from the last good live-action adaptation. Join me under the cut!

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