Once more we return…to Fun-Size Friday! The rules remain the same: I get to talk about whatever topic I want — comics, music, whatever I had for lunch this week, etc. — as long as I keep each topic to a hundred words or less. This acts as both a handy writing exercise for me and a nice, lean, non-fat read for you. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get started!
THIS WEEK, THE X-MEN
TAKE A FIELD TRIP
House of X #3 features courtroom drama, infographs, and the return of a weird but welcome X-Men tradition: mutants…innn space! It’s not a perfect issue, but there’s plenty of cool stuff sprinkled here and there to make it worthwhile. Speaking of, we’re now halfway through Jonathan Hickman‘s first foray into the X-Men universe, and all things considered I’d say things are in good shape. I’m not ready to declare this the next Great Age of X-Men Comics, but between House of X and Powers of X there’s been enough to hold my interest, at least for the time being.
Ready Or Not is not the type of movie I’d typically go out of my way to see, but I’m glad that I did. In a season full of the standard summer blockbusters, Ready Or Not is a welcome change of pace; a “gorror” film interspersed with moments of campy, self-aware humor. The whole cast is uniformly solid; it’s clear they had a lot of fun making this, but for me Samara Weaving and Adam Brody are clear standouts. Provided you don’t mind the occasional moment of uber-violence, you’ll probably get a kick out of it too.
THE ONLY MOON KNIGHT
COMIC YOU NEED TO READ
Last weekend, Marvel Studios announced (among other things) that they’ve started work on a new Moon Knight TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As an insufferable comic book snob, I would be failing in my “duties” if I didn’t take this opportunity to shill out the source material, and I know just the one: Moon Knight — From The Dead, from writer Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey with some beautiful color work from Jordie Bellaire. If you know absolutely nothing about Moon Knight, this collection functions as the perfect introduction. Incidentally, it’s also really freaking good.
IS THIS THE NEXT BIG APP?
NO SERIOUSLY, NO OH YEAH!
Drivers, let me ask you this: have you ever taken your vehicle to an auto repair shop for a routine check, only to be told you’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars to fix a part you’ve never even heard of? What if there was an app out there, equipped with voice recognition technology, able to search an encyclopedic database and warn you if what they’re telling you is a load of BS? I don’t know, I just thought it might be useful for those of us whose automobile knowledge peaks at “it has four wheels and an engine”.
I’LL SAY IT: THIS ONE’S GOT POTENTIAL
Let’s face it, comic books are an expensive hobby. Now that most single issues cost four or five dollars each, it’s becoming harder to venture outside our respective comfort zones and risk our hard-earned cash on something truly unknown. This week I took a gamble on Clairvoyant #1 by writer Graham Christian and artist Kenjo Aoki, and I must say I was impressed. The story that Christian and Aoki is intriguing enough — I’m getting strong “Blade Runner in daytime” vibes so far — and the atmospheric artwork alone is a beauty to admire. I’d definitely keep an eye on this one, folks.
AND NOW…A JOHN CLEESE MOMENT
Rat Race, a slapstick ensemble comedy from 2001, may not be a particularly great movie, but there are some moments here and there that still get a laugh out of me, not the least of which is John Cleese as Donald Sinclair: eccentric business tycoon. He’s not in the film for all that long — I’d estimate eleven or twelve minutes, tops — but he leaves an impression nevertheless. That infectious laugh alone is enough to make me crack a smile every time I hear it, no matter what mood I’m in.
Anyway, this has been an (awkward) John Cleese Moment. Thank you.
IN CONCLUSION, PUPPETS.
That about wraps up the last week in stream of consciousness thinking for me. No big plans for the weekend at the moment, although I have to say that new Dark Crystal series looks very interesting. I’ve got an extended weekend coming up so I might just give it the ol’ binge watch treatment and see how things progress from there. Yes, I know, I’m a real wild man. Now, take care of yourself and go do something that makes you happy. I’ll see you next time!