Another week has come and gone, which means it’s time again for Fun-Size Friday! Here at Fun-Size there’s only one rule: as long as I keep everything to a hundred words or less, I can talk about pretty much anything I feel like. It’s mostly a lot of writing about comics I read over the last week, but I tend to sprinkle in other pup culture “flotsam” along the way. I’m still work-shopping the format, but for now this is pretty much how things will run. Now that we’ve covered the introduction, let’s begin!
POWERS OF X #5
Tom Mullet (Design), Clayton Cowles (Letterer), Marte Gracia (Color Artist), R.B. Silva (Artist), & Jonathan Hickman (Writer)
“WE ARE NOT AHEAD OF OURSELVES, MS. FROST.
WE ARE WOEFULLY BEHIND.“
If you’re the sort of X-Men fan who enjoys reading conversations about mechanical engineering, provisional governments, trade negotiations, and the theoretical mechanics of black holes, Powers of X #5 will definitely scratch that itch. Once again I have to give props to writer Jonathan Hickman; he’s clearly put a lot of time into fleshing out this new status quo. Admittedly there is quite a lot of information to swallow here, although strong artwork from R.B. Silva with Marte Gracia‘s colors certainly helps the exposition go down much smoother. Just don’t ask me to explain the bit about black holes. Please.
MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL:
A Not Entirely Terrible Movie
I remember reading through reviews for MIB International when it premiered in theaters. The consensus then was that it’s a serviceable if unremarkable film and, while I mostly agree, I wouldn’t say it’s a complete waste of time. Unsurprisingly Tessa Thompson & Chris Hemsworth bounce off each other well as the movie’s leads; carrying the plot forward through the slower moments through their sheer charisma. There’s also a pair of energy-based antagonists that honestly have one of the cooler alien designs I’ve seen in any sci-fi movie. So yeah, MIB International: not appointment viewing, but a pleasant enough distraction.
THE WHITE TREES #2
Shanna Matuszak (Production Artist), Allison O’Toole (Proofreader), Aditya Bidikar (Letter Art), Matt Wilson (Color Art), Kris Anka (Line Art), & Chip Zdarsky (Script)
“I NEEDED TO FEEL AGAIN, TO LOVE,
IN ORDER TO KNOW WHAT TO FIGHT FOR.”
As I was reading through The White Trees #2, drooling over the gorgeous pages created by artist Kris Anka and color artist Matt Wilson, I remembered just how much comics rely on collaboration. For example, a comic with strong writing can be undone by muddled or amateur art. Likewise, a comic with breathtaking artwork can be ruined by overambitious writers who don’t know when to shut up, covering the page in word balloons. As a guy who dabbles in both fields, writer Chip Zdarsky understands this all too well, making The White Trees all the more impressive. Well done, team!
THE GOOD PLACE:
NBC’s Cleverest Comedy In Years Is Back Again And I Am Content
I can’t tell you how pleased I am that shows like The Good Place exist, a show that’s managed to tell one cohesive story over four seasons in a television landscape filled to burst with interchangeable “one-and-done” storytelling. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the latter, but when it comes at the expense of shows trying out other forms of storytelling it can be more than a bit frustrating at times. Where was I going with this? Oh, right, the fourth season of The Good Place premiered last night! If you haven’t watched the previous three though, maybe watch those first.
Gabriela Downie (Letters) & Stjepan Šejić (Story & Art)
“PLEASE, DOCTOR…CALL ME JAY.”
Among his other talents, Stjepan Šejić has a knack for telling stories featuring dynamic and highly expressive characters, whether it’s through his writing or his artwork. This makes him a no-brainer to write and draw Harleen, a comical tragedy retelling the origins of the infamous Harley Quinn. At this point there’s no jester outfit yet, just Doctor Harleen Francis Quinzel: a lonely, exhausted, deeply haunted psychiatrist looking for a little recognition. Even though we know how her story ends, I’m definitely enjoying Šejić’s more fleshed-out take on the character, and I’m more than confident Book Two will continue the trend.
IN CLOSING, Check Out These Sweet Looking Hand Puppets!
I won’t lie to you, these last few days have been pretty taxing for me, both mentally and emotionally. I need a break in the worst way, so once I’ve finished typing up this last bit it’s gonna be nothing but sleep and binging YouTube videos for me, starting with these crazy hand puppet videos by Barnaby Dixon. How I managed to miss these in all my years of random Internet browsing I’ll never know, but I’m glad I can check them out now and help spread the word. Anyway, have a great weekend and take care of yourself.