Fun-Size Friday | 10-4-19 | House of X, Dead Eyes, & Strange Skies Over East Berlin

Come one, come all! Come in and test your attention span with Fun-Size Friday! Here the name of the game is speed and brevity; I can talk about literally anything and everything that pops into my head, but only for a hundred words a piece. Comic books are our bread and butter but far from our only attraction here. There’s movies, TV, and all manner of random YouTube clips to throw at you, too! Where else can you find this sort of groundbreaking content?

What’s that, you say? “Literally anywhere else on the Internet”?

Well, you’ve gotta start somewhere, right?


HOUSE OF X

ISSUE #6 — “I AM NOT ASHAMED”

CREATED BY
Clayton Cowles (Letterer), Marte Gracia & David Curiel (Color Artists), Pepe Larraz (Artist), and Jonathan Hickman (Writer)

IMAGE SOURCE: PREVIEWS WORLD

“HERE IS A NEW TRUTH:
WHILE YOU SLEPT, THE WORLD CHANGED.”


House of X #6 came out this week and, oh man, it’s got me anxious. It’s a pretty bittersweet read: with a new government set up and all mutants united in celebration, things have never looked so good for mutantkind, which leads me to think sh*t is about to hit the fan in a truly staggering way next week. I won’t bother with a rating this time around; if you’ve followed this creative team this far, as I have, you’re here until the end. I must say though, for all I could nitpick, it really has been a fascinating ride.


JOKER:

THE REALLY SHORT REVIEW

IMAGE SOURCE: FANDANGO

Let’s get this out of the way: Joker is not a comic book movie. Sure, Batman’s parents are here but, respectfully, the comparisons largely begin and end with their names. Instead, what you get is a gritty 80’s style narrative centered around a disturbed individual pushed to his breaking point by the world around him – brought to life by a frighteningly convincing performance from actor Joaquin Phoenix. Suffice to say I enjoyed Joker and found it to be a visceral, thought-provoking experience. I invite you to watch and experience it for yourself.


DEAD EYES

ISSUE #1

CREATED BY
Will Dennis (Letterer), Mike Spicer (Colorist), John McCrea (Artist), and Gerry Duggan (Writer)

IMAGE SOURCE: PREVIEWS WORLD

“I FEEL 20 YEARS YOUNGER IN THE MASK.
I’M GONNA NEED IT.”


Dead Eyes #1 — the first of a new ongoing crime series featuring a weathered hoodlum dragged back into his old ways – wasn’t initially on my radar until I stumbled across it Wednesday, but I’m glad I did. The artistic pairing of John McCrea and Mike Spicer does solid work setting the tone, and with writer Gerry Duggan, they do an impressive job establishing this strange but familiar world in less than 40 pages. I myself am no expert in the crime genre, but this introductory issue is entertaining enough that I feel very comfortable giving it a recommendation.


PARKS & RECREATION:
A REBUTTAL TO MYSELF

Image Source: NBCUniversal Television

Last week I spent some time hyping NBC’s The Good Place. Specifically, that NBC would produce a show with an ongoing serialized narrative as opposed to episodic “one and dones”. In the interest of fairness, I thought I’d share an NBC comedy that used the “one and done” format really well: Parks & Recreation. I wasn’t initially on board, but once the show reached it’s the second season things really started to click. The cast and the writing are so strong, I can pick any random episode and still be just as entertained. Take that, me from last week!


STRANGE SKIES OVER EAST BERLIN

ISSUE #1

CREATED BY
Steve Wants (Letterer), Patricio Delpeche (Color Artist), Lisandro Estherren (Illustrator), and Jeff Loveness (Writer)

IMAGE SOURCE: PREVIEWS WORLD

“WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS.
AND IT LANDED ON THEIR SIDE.”


Next up is the winner for “Best Cover of the Week” by Kevin Cagle and his cover of Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1. As for the book’s contents, it’s my pleasure to inform you that this is a very well done first issue; a story that competently mixes the tone of a classic Cold War spy drama with elements of an Alien style sci-fi thriller. The art by illustrator Lisandro Estherren & color artist Patricio Delpeche in particular has blown my mind; I’ll be very eager to check out their past and future projects. All in all, I’m impressed.


MOVIE RATINGS ARE EFFING WEIRD

IMAGE SOURCE: SHUTTERSTOCK

Did you know that The Martian — aka the movie with astronaut Matt Damon — has two audible F-bombs in it? I know, I know, “alert the masses, there’s curse words in movies now!” Not my point. The point is that The Martian is rated PG-13 and, up until this week, I thought you could only get away with one “f*ck”. Any more and you get slapped with an R rating. Turns out, through some truly bizarre loophole, you can say… that…more than once and stay PG-13. Wait, am I the kind of guy who finds that interesting now? Huh.

IN CLOSING, IT’S COMIC-CON WEEKEND!

IMAGE SOURCE: FUNKO POP NEWS

Just when I think I might finally have a handle on writing the Fun-Size posts, I always find a way to make it more difficult. This last week, I spent a lot of time playing around with the format instead of writing, and even now I’m not 100% satisfied. I need something to get my mind off fonts and HTML coding, so I’m grateful New York Comic Con is happening this weekend to distract and entertain me for a couple days. I hope you’re also taking time this weekend to do something you enjoy, because you know what? You’re awesome.

Later!

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Aspiring Human Being & Professional Procrastinator

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