Fun-Size Friday | 11-1-19 | Harleen #2, Basketful of Heads #1, Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1

Fun-Size Friday: much like an actual fun-size bag of candy, it’s got juuust enough of what you like to leave you wanting more. Kind of like mini-muffins. Sorry, I’ve got food on the brain; Halloween and all. Anyway, house rules are still in effect: I briefly cover a few comics, some movies, probably something animated, and whatever else I want to talk about in about a hundred words each. Why a hundred words? I…don’t have a good answer to that. Hmmm, food for thought. Shoot, I’m still doing it! Look, why don’t we just dig in and son of a


HARLEEN

Book Two

— CREDITS —
Gabriela Downie (Letters) and Stjepan Šejić (Story and Art)

“HARLEY QUINN” created by Paul Dini & Bruce Timm

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Harleen #2 Cover by Stjepan Šejić [DC Comics]


THESE VISITS AREN’T FOR THE PATIENT’S SAKE, AFTER ALL.
THEY’RE FOR MINE.


Harley Quinn’s downfall continues with Harleen Book Two, and it’s as sad to witness as it is enjoyable to read. Stjepan Šejić’s take on the origin of Harley Quinn may be more decompressed then most comic book readers have been conditioned to, but the upside is a fascinating exploration into our lead character’s mindset, particularly how she sees the various bizarre characters of Gotham. While it’s not a perfect issue – one or two wonky looking panels; an oddly brazen moment from gangster Sal Maroni  – the strengths of Harleen Book Two greatly outweigh any nitpicks I might have.

OR


“ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE” IS EIICHIRO ODA’S LOVE LETTER TO THE FANS. BONUS: IT’S PRETTY FUN, TOO.

— IMAGE SOURCE —
PR Newswire


I liked One Piece: Stampede. It’s not my favorite of the One Piece films – shout out to Baron Omatsuri and The Secret Island – but as a celebration of twenty years of Eiichiro Oda’s pirate masterpiece, it’s got plenty to offer long-time fans. Admittedly the pacing could have been tightened up and the villain’s motivation is a bit anime standard – “Friendship makes you WEAK!!” and so on – but if you like awesome animated fight scenes, appearances from some old fan favorites, and at least one awesome Usopp moment (my man!), you’ll probably enjoy One Piece Stampede.


BASKETFUL OF HEADS

ISSUE FIVE

— CREDITS —
Deron Bennett
(Letterer), Dave Stewart (Colors), Leomacs (Illustrator), and Joe Hill (Writer)

“BASKETFUL OF HEADS” created by Joe Hill

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Basketful of Heads #1 Cover by Deron Bennett & Dave Stewart [DC Comics]


“WHAT’CHU GOT THERE IN THAT BASKET?”


Basketful of Heads #1 is a decent if slightly subdued introduction, setting up our cast of characters and generally promising much more interesting developments to come. In terms of horror, the vibe I’m picking up so far is let Junji Ito and more classic DC Horror, which writer Joe Hill espouses his love and inspiration for in the back-matter. I’m hesitant to fully endorse it, although the first issue has it’s strong points – Leomac‘s art coupled with Dave Stewart’s colors is a major win – but based on the series solicitations, the real fun’s still ahead of us.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.

OR


AFTER ALL THIS TIME, “GALAXY QUEST” STILL HOLDS UP, SURPRISING NOBODY.

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Forbes


It’s hard to believe that Galaxy Quest — the 1999 classic that affectionately parodies the world of Star Trek on and off camera — is now over twenty years old, but you can’t deny the facts. The whole cast is great here – including the late, great Alan Rickman — but it’s Sam Rockwell in particular who threatens to steal whatever scene he’s in with a perfectly delivered line and a crazed expression (“IS THERE AIR?! YOU DON’T KNOW!”). There’s a lot more I could single out, but we’d be here all day.

Short version? Galaxy Quest is great. Watch it.


GIANT DAYS: AS TIME GOES BY

ISSUE ONE

— CREDITS —
Shannon Watters (Senior Editor), Sophie Philips-Roberts (Editor), Grace Park (Designer), Jim Campbell (Letters), Whitney Cogar (Colors), Max Sarin (Art), and John Allison (Writer)

“GIANT DAYS” created by John Allison

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 Cover by Max Sarin & Whitney Cogar [Boom Studios]


“I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO. I JUST KNOW I WANT TO DO SOMETHING.”


With the release of Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1, one of my favorite comic book “comfort foods” has finally reached it’s end. There’s not much point hyping the series up at this point; you’ve either been on board from the start or you were fooled by that misleading “#1” on the cover. Regardless, this is a perfectly satisfying epilogue tale for readers who have followed these characters for fifty-plus issues. There’s still plenty of stories John Allison and the rest of the creative team could still tell, but for now? I’d say the kids are alright.

OR


IN CLOSING, FINISHING THINGS FEELS PRETTY GREAT

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Ask Ideas
[APROPOS OF NOTHING, this image is the first thing that pops up when I Googled “celebration funny”]

With my work hours picking up this past week, I really didn’t think I would have the time or the energy to post today. Still, here we are; It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you want it bad enough and you give up sleep (DISCLAIMER: I’m not advocating insomnia; please get some sleep). So how about this for a “call to action”: try finishing something this week. It doesn’t have to be huge or even that important: a crossword puzzle, a movie, a blog post, anything. It may be a small victory, but it’s a victory nonetheless.
Later!

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Z Squared

Aspiring Human Being & Professional Procrastinator

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