They said it couldn’t be done. They said I was mad. They were partially correct.
This is Fun-Size Friday, my weekly opportunity to focus my rambling stream of consciousness into a series of easily digestible hundred word pieces. It’s mostly focused on comic books I read during the past week, interspersed with whatever random pieces of pop culture I feel like unloading on you: the unsuspecting, hopefully receptive reader. Right, enough flattery, it’s time for both of us to buckle down and get to work. Now, what’s first on the docket?
WHAT A SURPRISE,
IT’S THE X-MEN!
How best to describe House of X #5? Well, it’s not a spoiler to call this a good looking issue; artist Pepe Larraz and colorist Marte Gracia have proven perfectly capable at portraying the even more uncanny world that Jonathan Hickman has established so far. Speaking of, say what you will about Hickman’s writing, you’ve got to admire his ambition, and after this issue in particular he’s given himself a lot to work with. There’s no telling how long it’ll stick — blame the cyclical nature of mainstream superhero comics — but for the moment I’m feeling pretty excited.
THIS RIGHT HERE? THIS
IS “PEAK” SCOOBY-DOO.
I’m not really all that big on Scooby-Doo. I’ve watched a couple episodes here, the odd direct-to-DVD movie there, but I don’t know that I’d call myself a proper fan. That said, if you haven’t yet watched Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated, you’re missing out on something special. It’s got clever humor, actual character development, and a larger overarching story. Yes, you read that right: this Scooby-Doo show has an actual plot! How’s that for spooky?
Incidentally, I recently discovered that James Gunn helped write the live-action Scooby-Doo movies, a fact that I find both bizarre and completely plausible.
SPEAKING OF SPOOKY…
Have you ever watched or read something that scared you, but not in the way you thought it would? Like, you’re expecting a certain kind of scare only to discover a deeper, very real kind of terror? Well, that was my experience reading The Man Who Came Down The Attic Stairs by Celine Loup: the story of an ordinary mother being pushed to her limits by forces both terrifying and frightening relatable. Suffice to say if you’re into proper unsettling horror, this comic’s definitely for you. However, you might want something a bit lighter to check out afterwards.
ADMIT IT, POKEMON NEVER
SOUNDED THIS COOL
I cannot tell you how much absurd glee I got out of watching the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime as a teenager. Truth be told I was a bit rubbish whenever I tried to play the actual card game, but I could always enjoy it vicariously through a bunch of giant-eyed anime teenagers, even when they kept flagrantly breaking the rules in Season One. Plus it had one of the legitimately coolest openings of any cartoon I was watching at that time. Say what you will about 4Kids, but that opening still rocks.
I also quite enjoy the Mew Mew Power opening.
THE ABRAMS BOYS TAKE
ON THE PARKER BOYS
Spider-Man #1, a new miniseries co-written by Henry and J.J. Abrams, premiered this week to a somewhat mixed reception. All cards on the table I found the story told in the first issue to be a competent if slightly subdued introduction — reflected in Sara Pichelli‘s art and Dave Stewart‘s muted color palette — but I’m hopeful future issues will improve on this foundation. Still, I can’t help but wonder how receptive I’d be if the Abram’s names weren’t attached to it. Of course I did buy the thing, so I suppose Marvel’s gamble paid off. Ah well.
TOM WELLING FLIES AGAIN
A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. On top of Kevin “Batman” Conroy joining the big “Crisis on Infinite Earths” television event this winter, it seems that Tom Welling will also be reprising his TV role as
The Red-Blue Blur Superman. I’m sorry, I know Smallville wasn’t perfect, but for better or worse the guy was my Superman for a good long while. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to watch him play the character again. Now seriously guys, get Michael Rosenbaum! Put a funny wig on him, I don’t care.
Oh who am I kidding, I care.
HEY, HERE’S A BIT
FROM EX MACHINA!
Last weekend I was perusing some old issues of Brian K. Vaughan‘s Ex Machina series — Short summation? 30% superheroes, 70% politics, 100% worth your time — when I came across a line that struck a chord with me:
“Anonymity”. It’s a tricky subject, especially today where everything you do and say online can be uploaded, scrutinized, and then used to destroy you within hours. If that doesn’t scare you, you’re made of stronger stuff than me. Honestly, some days total obscurity sounds downright sensible.
Then again, perhaps I could sacrifice just a small bit of anonymity…
IN CLOSING, SCREW IT,
HERE’S MY FIRST COSPLAY
This past weekend, I decided to try something a bit outside my wheelhouse: cosplay. Unfortunately I know next to nothing about costume design, so anything super complicated was scrapped immediately. There was, however, one character I felt I could just about pull off: Peter B. Parker, the older, downtrodden, slightly out-of-shape mentor character from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse:
Not bad for a guy on a budget, if I do say so myself. Anyway, to the five people at the local comic convention who recognized my outfit: Thanks, you have excellent taste in movies.
To everyone else, have a great week!