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#NewComicsDay Smurfs High Five is sponsored by All C’s Collectibles  by mentioning this will give you a discount at check out. Here are the #Top5 titles hitting shelves today along with his take on them. Along with these don’t miss out on the latest Savage Sword of Conan and Samurai Jack! Lots to get, lots to read and never leave a title behind!

middlewest-8Middlewest #8> Maggie’s band of nomads try to pick themselves up after a break in the storm. Meanwhile, Abel and the fox discover the forest they’ve been wandering in has been watching. (S) Skottie Young (A) Jorge Corona

Smurfs Take> Amazing story! Every issue has been a treat and have yet to be disappointed or found myself asking, “What the hell was that?”. The art is bold and fresh captivating the inner kid in me. This title has been an absolute wonder and I can’t get enough of it.




Hellboy BPRD one shotgHellboy and BPRD Best of Vargu> Mike Mignola and fan-favorite artist Duncan Fegredo reunite in this all-new one-shot! This first issue in a new era of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. sees Mignola and Fegredo send Hellboy to Romania for a pair of tales set in a small village with a centuries-old curse and a man-eating monster which culminate in a sinister puppet show and a demigod’s ill-fated dinner. (S) Mike Mignola (A/CA) Duncan Fegredo

Smurfs Take> At last, I was just thinking about this book. It feels like sooo long ago that we had a BPRD that had Hellboy in it. As much as I love the big guy on his own there is something magical when he get to work within the team dynamic.


batman 73Batman #73> “The Fall and the Fallen” part four! Batman has been defeated by Bane’s minions and chased out of Gotham. As a last-ditch effort to save his son from the lonely fate of being Batman, his father from another universe, Thomas Wayne, a.k.a. the Flashpoint Batman, is taking Bruce to the far ends of the Earth to try to give him the one thing that will cause him to give up crime-fighting for good. (S) Tom King (A/CA) Mikel Janin

Smurfs Take> Well I can honestly say I have been seriously hooked on this story line. Every issue I’m not sure what to expect and I have not been upset at the end. Love all of the different moving parts to this story and everything that has gone on. The best part, there is a lot left to tell.

guardians 6Guardians of the Galaxy #6> The Guardians of the Galaxy vs. the Dark Guardians vs. Hela and the Black Order! It’s all out chaos, and it’s about to get a whole lot worse…with the resurrection of Thanos! (S) Donny Cates (A) Geoff Shaw (CA) David Marquez








Aquaman 49Aquaman #49> The truth about how Aquaman lost his memory is finally revealed! But can Arthur handle the shocking truth? Whom will Queen Mera decide to marry? And how will Arthur escape the jaws of the terrifying Mother Shark? The tides of changes are upon us, and it all leads to next month’s landmark AQUAMAN #50! (S) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion (CA) Robson Rocha, Danny Miki

Smurfs Take> I know for a lot of people this title has been flying under the radar. This has been a solid story for some time. I know it’s not had a lot of time in my top 5 but has been seriously considered. Right now is a great moment to get in just before the big 50th issue next month, try it you might like it.

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#NewComicsDay Even with Smurf away at Fan Fest Ghostusters he was too excited about this week’s titles to skip posting his High Five picks. The #Top5 are sponsored by All C’s Collectibles and be sure to check out Superman, Immortal Hulk, and Amazing Spider-Man this week as well.

man who laughs 6Batman Who Laughs #6> True happiness begins in the heart. Our memories and emotions can play tricks on us, though, and divert one’s reality into something completely different. The Batman Who Laughs has based his entire worldview on this very concept, and it is in this moment that he must finally confront the one man who stands in his way, the one man who could complete or halt his plan…the last Bruce Wayne. It is here, on the home turf of Wayne Manor, that Bruce relives the happiest moment of his life-the moment he became the Batman Who Laughs. Will Batman be able to outthink the Dark Multiverse version of himself and stop his most sinister end? Or will the original Dark Knight succumb fully and let go of his morality? While good almost always wins, this issue is the start of something more…setting up a larger plan based in the ultimate betrayal of infection, loyalty and true happiness. This is not the end…it’s only the beginning. (S) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock

Smurfs Take> This series has been crazy! Wild! Nuts! The way this story has gone has just me speechless. It’s an absolute page turner and work of art.

surfer black 1Silver Surfer Black #1> Spinning out of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, almost the entire galaxy’s defenders have been blown through a black hole, including the Silver Surfer! But the story doesn’t end there… In order to fight back the oblivion, Surfer will have to fight to save his own soul and not lose himself to the void. Follow the Sentinel of the Spaceways on a journey that will change him forever!
From superstars Donny Cates (VENOM, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Tradd Moore (ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, VENOM)! (W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Tradd Moore

Smurfs Take> The past few Surfer titles have left a lot to be desired, not going to lie. I don’t know if he is that hard of a character to write but it hasn’t been since the 90’s that I have really enjoyed his title. Now with this approach and just how the Guardians Annual ended shows real promise.

sonata-1Sonata #1> “THE FALL” In this all-new series from DAVID HINE (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN), BRIAN HABERLIN (WITCHBLADE), and GEIRROD VAN DYKE (SPAWN, MEDIEVAL SPAWN/WITCHBLADE), two cultures clash on a planet they each believe is their Promised Land. The Rans are a peace-loving people, but the Tayans are a race of warriors who seek to colonize and control. The mysterious Sleeping Giants also call this place home, though no one knows if they’re monsters or the gods of legend. And amidst all this, a young woman named Sonata is willing to break all the rules to find her place in this world—and she’s not about to let sleeping gods lie. (S) Brian Haberlin David Hine (A) Brian Haberlin Geirrod Van Dyke


event laviathan 1Event Leviathan #1> The groundbreaking and always-inventive team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev (Jinxworld’s SCARLET, Marvel’s Daredevil) reunite on a mystery thriller that stretches across the DC Universe and touches every character from Batman to Superman to the Question to Talia al Ghul. With startling ease, a newly dangerous and aggressive Leviathan wipes out all its competition and now turns its sights to molding the world into its vision of order. Can the new threat’s growth be stopped…and who’s guiding its new agents of chaos? (S) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev

Smurfs Take> This looks phenomenal and a story that is sure to captivate your adventurer side. Bendis has been on fire and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

flash 72Flash #72> “The Flash Year One” continues! Things are not looking pretty for the Flash, who just got his scarlet butt handed to him by the Turtle. If Barry Allen thought being a hero was going to be easy, he’d better think again after this beating–but will it be enough to detour his destiny?  (S) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter

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It’s the first #NewComicsDay of June and there are some great titles hitting the shelves. Smurf has a few quick takes on what he likes this week sponsored by All C’s Collectibles. Also be sure not to overlook Savage Avengers, Justice League, and Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History. It’s a full week for sure and here is Smurfs High Five.


The Black Cat is back and starring in her first ever ongoing series! Felicia Hardy has a taste for the finer things in life and a certain set of skills that can get her into any mansion, vault or museum to…procure said finer things. But due to her actions in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Felicia’s not only on the run from the police but also by the New York Theives Guild and their boss ODESSA DRAKE! High-octane heists, climactic chases and twist after twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat like a cat on a perch. IN THIS ISSUE: Find out a secret from Cat’s past in a bonus story that sets a foundation for the future! All this and an all-new MARVEL MEOW short story by Nao Fuji! (S) Jed MacKay (A) Travel Foreman, Michael Dowling, Nao Fuji (CA) J. Scott Campbell

Smurfs Take> I am completely on board for this title. When I first heard about it I thought it was more of a joke than anything. I know it might have some similarities to Catwoman but I have always had a fondness to Black Cat and thought her very under used. I thought back in the late 80’s and 90’s we would have seen this but it never happened. Wishes can come true and I cant wait to read it.  

Luke Skywalker 1Star Wars Luke Skywalker #1> THE FIRST TEMPTATION OF LUKE SKYWALKER! After learning the true identity of his father, LUKE continues his training and prepares for the inevitable showdown, determined never to follow the path of VADER. But when a rebel general’s mistakes lead to disaster and Luke must seize command, the DARK SIDE tempts him as never before. Featuring the eerie influence of THE EMPEROR! (S) Greg Pak (A) Chris Sprouse, Stefano Landini, Scott Koblish (CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson

Smurfs Take> Since Marvel took over control of the Star Wars title from Dark Horse it has left me wondering a lot about the core characters. What has changed? Are there different paths that have been taken? The Dark Empire was a great read back in the 90’s and had road mapped a lot of this out. Does it change? Is there more to add and with the next movie quickly approaching does this fit into it? It’s exciting to ponder but now we may have some of those answers.

batman 72Batman #72> “The Fall and the Fallen” part three! Is this the end of Gotham City? Bane’s army of villains is taking over the city, and Batman’s back is against the wall. With all the things Bane has done to him over the last year-from breaking up his wedding to trying to assassinate Nightwing, and then invading Batman’s mind to expose his most terrible fears-could this be the worst hate the Caped Crusader has ever encountered?  (S) Tom King (A) Mikel Janin (CA) David Finch

Smurfs Take> Read this book! What is going on has been a master at work and a long set up and I have a feeling the payoff is going to be even better.


war of realms 5War of the Realms #5> MIDGARD’S LAST STAND
Malekith’s army gets a whole new crop of recruits – the dead! As Midgard transforms under the rule of Malekith and his allies, the dead rise up to form a new Niffleheim! The Black Panther calls in every hero on his roster to fight for Earth, from Spider-Man and the Spiders of Hel to Ghost Rider and Balder the Brave. But if there’s any hope for the Ten Realms, it’ll come from the skies… (S) Jason Aaron (A) Russell Dauterman (CA) Arthur Adam

Smurfs Take> What I really enjoy about this story is the absolute destruction of the Earth that has gone on. The heroes out matched, out gunned, and out manned. Don’t get me wrong, this has been a great read thus far and has left the reader asking a lot of questions. Something I enjoy even more.   

GL 8Green Lantern #8> Green Lantern teams up with Green Arrow to stop a cosmic drug cartel that’s using Earth as its main distribution base! It’s a  brilliant homage to the team-ups of old, as Morrison and Sharp do the 2019 version in a story we can only call “Space Junkies!” (S) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Liam Sharp

Smurfs Take> I know I have been rather quiet about this title. Every so often slipping it into the mix, but I don’t want this viewed as me not enjoying this book. To be perfectly honest I love this title and have been since the start. What Morrison has done is nothing short of spectacular! It’s dark, it’s deep, and it’s so wickedly cosmic I want it to be my own private story.  Now a get blast from the past by adding the Green Arrow…this only gets better.   

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#NewComicsDay for the last Wednesday of May and there are some great options from Smurfs High Five. Also not to be ignored this week is a new Spider-Man Noir complete Collection TP, Thor, Hulk, and the perfect Joker statue by Murphy to go with the Batman from a few months ago. So many choices and All C’s Collectibles is here to help you with them.   

heroes in crisis 9Heroes in Crisis #9> The most-talked-about miniseries of the year reaches its stunning finale! The mystery behind the murders at Sanctuary is solved, but the mind behind it is one the heroes never expected. With their deepest secrets exposed, the Trinity has to consider how to carry on. Should the tragedy cause them to redouble their efforts to help their hurting comrades, or will they need to close up shop? The answers will be found in the ashes of this final showdown, and the fates of Booster Gold, Harley Quinn and the rest hang in the balance. (S) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann

Smurfs Take> This has been an amazing story! In a way I’m sad to see it end, and for sure I will be getting the ultimate collected edition when it comes out. Before all of that and no spoilers here but issue eight was a big holy crap moment for sure. The best story of the year absolutely and I can’t wait to see how they close this out.

doomsday 10Doomsday Clock #10> This stunning issue of the critically acclaimed hit maxiseries reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe. (S) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank

Smurfs Take> DC can really do some amazing work when they decide to. Yes I know it’s a little slow on the delivery but this book has been worth the wait. Now comes the answers and blowing things up for sure as we close in on the last few issues as Dr. Manhattan gets a little more focus.




Stranger things six 1Stranger Things Six #1> A teenage girl with precognitive abilities, has struggled through a lifetime of exploitation only to end up the pawn of a government agency that wants to harness her powers for its own ends. You’ve seen the show Stranger Things, but this is your first glimpse of the strangeness that happened before the series began! (S) Jody Houser (A) Edgar Salazar, Keith Champagne (CA) Aleksi Briclot

Smurfs Take> I know I usually stay away from these style of comics, when they are based off a movie, show, of video game. I think it’s a combination of a few things all hitting at the right time that is pulling me in for this one. The show is fantastic for sure and excited to see it return on the Fourth of July. I know there is no way we would get this story in the show, maybe a hint of her past but I really want to know more about Six. To top it off Dark Horse does this style of storytelling unlike any other publisher out there.

thanos 2Thanos #2> NATURE VS. NURTURE!
Did Thanos make Gamora who she is, or was she always the deadliest assassin in the galaxy? Plus, see the origins of Thanos’ Black Order! (S) Tini Howard (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Jeff Dekal

Smurfs Take> It’s Thanos! There is no way I am leaving this issue on the shelf and neither should you and add a little Gamora to it for a perfect blend of story.





black-science-40Black Science #40> “NO AUTHORITY BUT YOURSELF,” Part Two (of Four) The last surviving members of the Anarchist League of Scientists are reunited, and every decision they make splinters out a trillion possible universes. Is this a new beginning? Or the end of everything? (S) Rick Remender (A) Moreno Dinisio, Matteo Scalera

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#NewComicsDay with all of the crazy weather going on could use a little bit of normal for sure. Smurf has his top 5 calling in addition to that Jabba gets his own book, Asgardians of the Galaxy, and Detective Comics are all offering up some tantalizing stories. Our High Five is sponsored by All C’s Collectibles giving you 10% off your purchase for mentioning this.  

middlewest-7Middlewest #7> Just as the chance for a new life was starting to come together, Abel spirals out of control again and his adoptive family gets caught in the storm. (S) Skottie Young (A) Jorge Corona

Smurfs Take> If you don’t know about this book I need to work harder. This is one of the best titles both story and visually on the rack today. A treat for the senses that leaves you excited and always ready for the next issue. This the first trade paperback is out collecting the first six issues if you were waiting to read them all at once or missed out on the first couple of books.  

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Avengers 19Avengers #19> WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN!
Avengers Mountain is under siege as the last stronghold of Earth’s heroes is the subject of an all-out assault by the forces of Malekith! (S) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness

Smurfs Take> One of the best run of Avengers of all time! I said it, wont take it back and now add the War of realms to it. It’s been outright destruction, chaos, and mayhem and I absolutely love it.   





flash 71Flash #71> “The Flash Year One” continues! Barry Allen struggles to control his powers as he experiments with his newfound abilities. When one of his tests lands him in a mess, he’ll come face to face with his first villains! (S) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter

Smurfs Take> My take on this one is simple. Fantastic and hits on all points.






MCP 5Marvel Comics Presents #5> Welcome to the 1980s, Marvel style! First, Wolverine’s Vigil goes into its fifth decade but doesn’t go the way he planned. Then, join Nightcrawler mid-Cross-Time Caper at the fall of the Berlin Wall! Finally, a pivotal Venom tale by fan-favorite creators Leah Williams and Guillermo Sanna! (S) Charles Soule, Chris Claremont, More (A) Paulo Siqueira, Luke Ross, More (CA) Arthur Adams

Smurfs Take> This title I think is just hitting at the right time for me. The writing and characters they have focused on have been perfect. It’s a step up and even better then how it was back in the early 90’s without a doubt. But the quick little short story approach is a hit and worth a read.

ghosttree 2Ghost Tree #2> Brandt discovers more about his family’s past as he reels from a surprise return of someone that played a pivotal part in his life. Meanwhile, a malevolent creature begins to stalk the departed denizens of the Ghost Tree…
From writer Bobby Curnow (Ward’s Valley, TMNT) and artist Simon Gane (They’re Not Like Us, Godzilla). Character-based drama with heart! (S) Bobby Curnow (A/CA) Simon Gane

Smurfs Take> Great first issue, pulling you into a world that feels normal and familiar but with a hint of the supernatural. The characters are interesting and without going too far into it….soooo cool. What I expected? Sure, but way more.

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#NewComicsDay is here and so are Smurfs High Five picks for what’s hitting the shelves today. Be sure to give the new Lando title a look, Hulk, and Justice League as well. All C’s Collectibles have these and so much more including a 10% discount if you mention this.  

war of realms 4War of Realms #4> Pray to All-Mother Freyja! For in her hands lies the key to ending Malekith’s war. The Black Bifrost – the only method of travel for Malekith’s vast armies – must fall. Even with the Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade and Hulk (Jen Walters) at Freyja’s side, how many Dark Elves can one goddess kill? While Freyja’s team heads for the swamps of Svartalfheim, Captain America’s rescue mission in Jotunheim faces the wrath of giants, Captain Marvel leads a global assault team against Malekith’s allies and the Black Panther defends Avengers Mountain against a siege of mythic proportion. None of them know that Malekith has a secret weapon. And its bite will prove most…VENOMOUS. (S) Jason Aaron (A) Russell Dauterman (CA) Arthur Adams, Matthew Wilson

Smurfs Take> One of the stories I loved the most in trade paperback form was The Asgardian Wars. It was a bunch of different stories that stretched over the different X-titles. This story is such a wonderful expansion on that very idea.   

batman 71Batman #71> “The Fall and the Fallen” continues! Will it be father and son working together, or tearing each other apart? When it comes to the Waynes, expect a little of both. In the quest to get Bruce Wayne to hang up the cape and cowl, Thomas Wayne is going to have to use a little tough love. Only, not all the muscle behind it will be his own. (S) Tom King (A/CA) Mikel Janin

Smurfs Take> This fight is one that I have been long awaiting. I knew way back in Flashpoint at some time the two Wayne’s would have to cross paths. This is going to be some glorious carnage.



spiderman 21Amazing Spider-Man #21> THE CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION OF “HUNTED” IS HERE! Spidey faces an impossible situation that will push him as far as he’s ever been pushed. Who lives and who dies when the hunters become the prey? (S) Nick Spencer (A) Gerardo Sandoval (CA) Humberto Ramos

Smurfs Take> Much to my surprise this did not suck. It was a great story, well laid out, and had forgot how much I love Kraven.  





superman 11Superman #11> Named one of the best books of the year by Paste Magazine, Comics Beat and others, the Unity Saga continues! The drama of the House of El tears the galaxy in half as Superman and his son are forced to confront his father about the secrets of Krypton in front of the gathered heads of the galaxy. Superman makes a bold choice that will forever change his relationship to the Earth, the Justice League and his family! Witness one of the most important chapters in Superman history! (S) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis

Smurfs Take> This title has been amazing and a story that feels fresh and so unlike anything we have seen for a very long time in a Superman book. Bendis and Prado have made me a Superman fan.

guardians 5Guardians of the Galaxy #5> HELA HATH NO FURY!
At the mercy of the Goddess of Death! Hela’s dreams of resurrecting Thanos are finally within reach…But what will the Guardians have to sacrifice in order to prevent that? (S) Donny Cates (A) Geoff Shaw (CA) David Marquez

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#NewComicsDay What’s better on a rainy day then curling up with your latest stack of comics? Here is Smurfs High Five to get you started in the right direction for a rather full week. Also don’t miss Symbiote Spiderman, Gears of War, and Savage Sword. Sponsored by All C’S Collectibles who is giving 10% off purchase if you mention this.   

batman laughs 5Batman Who Laughs #5> It’s a battle to the death as Batman goes head-to-head with the Grim Knight! The Caped Crusader is forced to not only fight off the most evil version of himself, but the growing desire to turn his back on his moral code and commit cold-blooded murder. Any other time, Batman would be able to stay on the straight and narrow, but as the Joker serum finally takes over his body, Bruce Wayne may just succumb to pure evil, and kill the Grim Knight. All of this is foreseen by the Batman Who Laughs, who has been planning for the corruption of Bruce Wayne, banking on him activating the “Last Laugh” protocol and turning Gotham City into an incubator for evil. All the Batman Who Laughs needs is one last “Happy Bruce” from another dimension to make his serum work…but only Batman knows where the last Bruce is going to show up. (S) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock

Smurfs Take> A series so good they added another book to it. The runaway hit that keeps on surprising you and there is more to come. With the Grimm Knight the reason behind the Summer of Evil coming from DC I am sure it is only going to more intense.

conan 6Conan The Barbarian #6> CONAN signs on for soldiers’ work – gold, wine and warfare! But the Barbarian’s skills will draw him directly into the CRIMSON WITCH’s scheme, as she drags KING CONAN to the altar of the death god Razazel! Plus: The next chapter in the all-new CONAN novella, “Black Starlight”! (S) Jason Aaron (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Esad Ribic

Smurfs Take> Perfect series, perfect art, and perfect character!





boba fett 1Star Wars Boba Fett #1> THE HUNTER’S HEART!
As the implacable bounty hunter who tracked down HAN SOLO, BOBA FETT earned his reputation as one of the greatest villains in the galaxy.
But what happens when Boba Fett picks up the trail of an actual villain?
Find out what kind of heart – if any – beats under that MANDALORIAN armor! (S) Greg Pak (A) Marc Laming (CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson

Smurfs Take> Can you ever have too much Boba Fett? Looking forward to the new Mandalorian series coming out and this just seems perfect to go along with it. Another character that we really know nothing about but has made an impact stretching over generations.

Flash 70Flash #70> “The Flash Year One” starts here! Barry Allen feels helpless in his life in Central City. As a forensic scientist, he’s always catching criminals after they’ve committed their crimes. All that changes one fateful night when Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals. When he wakes from a coma, he realizes he can run at incredible speeds. Can Barry master these powers and be the hero his city needs…or will the powers burn through him? (S) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter

Smurfs Take> When it comes to the Flash I have always been a Wally guy. Over the years since they brought him back and reworked a lot of the DC world Barry has started to grow on me. Might also be in part to the show as well but they have defiantly incorporated some of Wally into the character. The book has been solid with great stories and spectacular art. Do we need a retelling of Barry’s past? I don’t know but what they have been doing so far has worked really well so who am I to argue.   

Samurai Jack worlds 1Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1> “Samurai Jack 2.0”! Under the leadership of the benevolent Samurai Jack, society has prospered-everything is in line with his philosophies, his storied stoicism, and of course his hair. Of course, this is all news to Jack who doesn’t much care for this impostor using his name. But which one is the real Samurai Jack?
A bold new miniseries from Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe,Clue) and Adam Bryce Thomas (Sonic the Hedgehog)!
A new Samurai Jack adventure in every issue! (S) Paul Allor (A/CA) Adam Bryce Thomas

Smurfs Take> I don’t know what it is but I just love this character. Jack so complex and honor driven to do the right thing, even at the cost of his own benefit. He may be a guilty pleasure for me but I thoroughly enjoy his stories. Also hear Phil LaMarrs voice when I read it might also have something to do with it as well.