Fun-Size Friday | 9-13-19 | Star Trek, Hunchbacks, & Some Light British Comedy

Here we go again with another Fun-Size Friday! If you’re new to this program, basically it’s me talking about whatever random thought occurred to me the past week. While the primary focus will be on comics, inevitably my mind will drift off into something else and, lucky you, I’ve decided to shove those in too. Just to make sure I don’t get too far off track though, I only have a hundred words for each talking point, so even if it’s bad at least it’s short. Now that I’m all full of positive vibes, let’s hit the ground running with…


THIS WEEK ON X-MEN,
MISTER SINISTER GETS
SERIOUS CAPE ENVY.

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Image Source: Powers of X #4 [Marvel Comics]

What I loved about Powers of X #4: R.B. Silva‘s artwork remains as strong as ever. If nothing else, Jonathan Hickman‘s opening salvo on the X-Men has been a fantastic showcase for the artists attached, both here and in House of X. Now for the “Your Mileage May Vary” portion: Mister Sinister. Like Kieron Gillen before him, Hickman has chosen to portray Sinister as a flamboyantly, unabashedly mad scientist. I personally love it, but I understand if others found this more facetious depiction slightly off-putting. If nothing else, it’s a pleasant moment of levity in between all the drama.


CATCHING UP ON
SOME STAR TREK

It’s been a long time since I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I recently stumbled across some old episodes and found myself delightfully enthralled again. It’s held up pretty well, but you know what really holds up? The opening theme. Once I was done with the episodes, I spent about a half hour listening to Star Trek openings online. Next Generation is definitely the most well known but, surprisingly, I found myself gravitating more towards Star Trek: Voyager. Their opener feels like an actual trek through the stars, you know? No offense Deep Space Nine, you’re cool too.


IT’S LIKE JACK KIRBY
SAID, “COMICS WILL
BREAK YOUR HEART”.

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Image Source: Drawing Blood #3 [KES Comics]

For the past few weeks I’ve been quietly following an independent series called Drawing Blood: a story centered around a comic book creator who finds himself hitting rock bottom after years of wealth and popularity. Writer & co-creator David Avallone has a particularly strong knack for dialogue, and the book features work from three different artists: co-creator Kevin Eastman, Ben Bishop, & Troy Little. While multiple artists is usually a red flag, here the different styles enhance the feeling of a frazzled and distorted reality. If all of that sounds like something you’d be into, well, it probably is.


IS THIS THE MOST
HARDCORE DISNEY MOVIE
EVER?…YEAH.

Disney movies are no strangers to tackling heavy subject matter. Just look at how many parents they’ve casually murdered in their films over the years. Yikes. Then…there’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I don’t know why Disney decided to adapt a depressing French novel into an animated film for children, but boy am I glad they did. The whole thing is worth a watch of course, but the “Sanctuary!” scene in particular — mixing some breathtaking animation by James Baxter with that appropriately ominous orchestra — is forever associated in my mind with the word “epic”. Thanks, Disney, you brilliant lunatics!


KING THOR VERSUS
LOKI THE NECROGOD.
WINNER TAKE ALL!

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Image Source: King Thor #1 [Marvel Comics]

I’m really hesitant to talk about King Thor #1. Simply put, I’m feeling a little burnt out on giant universe-ending stories at the moment, and as awesome as a fight between two gods at the end of everything looks (especially in this issue) I’m having trouble getting invested. It’s certainly not for lack of trying on the creator’s part though: Jason Aaron‘s writing is appropriately bombastic and Esad Ribić‘s artwork is more than up to the task. I only wish I loved this issue a bit more, but that’s just me looking for stuff to nitpick.


WELL, SINCE YOU ASKED ME
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO…

I discovered John Finnemore‘s work — as I suspect many of my fellow American listeners did — through his radio sitcom Cabin Pressure, which had the good fortune to cast Benedict Cumberbatch just before his popularity skyrocketed. While Cumberbatch was the immediate draw, it was the clever, funny, and genuinely charming writing of Mr. Finnemore that kept me coming back again and again, and then scouring the Internet for more. Cabin Pressure is my favorite, but his other work on Double Acts and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme is also plenty entertaining, especially for those long boring commutes to and from work.


YOU SHOULD TRY OUT
THE LOIS LANE SERIES

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Image Source: Lois Lane #3 [DC Comics]

It occurs to me that I haven’t talked an awful lot about any books from DC Comics. If I may, the Lois Lane maxi-series from artist Mike Perkins and writer Greg Rucka has been quite enjoyable thus far. While the Jimmy Olsen title embraces the inherent absurdity of superhero comics, Lois Lane is a more grounded & gritty crime story featuring a no-nonsense journalist trying to unravel a sinister international conspiracy. It also features Renee Montoya aka The Question in a supporting role, another character who’s unapologetically awesome. This is the comic that Lois Lane deserves, and I couldn’t be happier.


IN CLOSING, LET’S ALL
GAWK AT SOME ARTWORK
FROM J.H. WILLIAMS III

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Image Source: Batwoman: The Elegy [DC Comics]
I don’t really have a reason to plug the artwork of J.H. Williams III, I just really love his artwork and want to put as many eyes on it as possible. It’s colorful, it’s striking, it’s creative, in short it’s exactly the kind of heavy metal imagery I need to kick off the weekend right. Now if you excuse me I’m gonna go chase this visual high with an encore viewing of John Wick Chapter 3. Here’s to you, weekend warriors, I’ll see you next time!

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Aspiring Human Being & Professional Procrastinator

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