Something something something Fun-Size Friday! Time for me to go back and gauge my thoughts on pop culture nonsense from the last week, from comics to stupid tweets and everything in between. The rules are simple: I only have two hundred words to talk about each topic, as arbitrarily dictated by…myself. Anyway, let’s get right into it…
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT’S Due
Although we’re only three issues in at this point, the latest volume of DC Comics Suicide Squad is already making a lot of small but smart choices, one of which is the way they handle that most obligatory of comic book staples: the credits. For reference, credits usually include, but certainly aren’t limited to: the series title; the name of the publisher; the names of writers, artists, and editors, and so on and so forth. Most comics are pretty good about keeping the credits small and relatively out of the way; they’re there if you want to see them, but they rarely feel like organic additions to the story. Suicide Squad, on the other hand, favors a slightly different approach.
Instead of keeping the credits “off-side”, the Suicide Squad creative team — including letterer Wes Abbott, artists Adriano Lucas & Bruno Redondo, and writer Tom Taylor — make the credits an integral part of the story. The closest point of comparison I can find is it’s something like the James Bond opening credits crossed with Will Eisner’s The Spirit, which is…a really awesome combo. So yeah, Suicide Squad, give it a shot.
IT HURTS WHEN I DO THIS
So Doctor Who is about to wrap up it’s latest season with the release of “The Timeless Children” this Sunday, and by all accounts it’s looking like it’s gonna be a whopper. The trailer’s certainly setting it up like a big deal, and the past nine episodes have given us plenty of reason to believe we’re heading towards some serious game-changing revelations. Still, I dunno, there’s something missing for me. As the heading suggests, it’s not my intention to just arbitrarily hate on Doctor Who, but there’s definitely some kind of disconnect happening with me.
To be fair, this isn’t the first time I’ve fallen out of love with Doctor Who since it’s revival in 2005. The last time was back in 2012, when the show tried a series of standalone “movie-style” episodes and the introduction of “Impossible Girl” Clara*, which was…a decision they made. Didn’t work for me personally, but your mileage may vary. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m really hoping this is just another one of those valleys the show goes through before things pick back up, but two seasons of more-or-less the same thing has got me feeling kinda…meh.
Still, Graham’s cool.
*No offense to actress Jenna Coleman, who did the best with what she was given, but she had a rough start. In any case, both Coleman and “Clara” ended on a far better note than she started with. You know, once the show started treating her like a real character with flaws instead of a walking, quipping MacGuffin. Alright, “Clara” rant over.
KIPO & THE AGE OF WONDERBEASTS:
MORE LIKE WONDER BEATS, AMIRITE?
As a geeky older brother who loves brainwashing my family with the geeky stuff I love, there’s few things that bring me and my siblings together like good old-fashioned cartoons. Sure, most cartoons are made for younger audiences, but that just makes us appreciate the really good ones all the more. you know which ones I’m talking about: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Gravity Falls, pretty much anything from the DC Animated Universe, the list goes on and on and on. Now, it may be a bit premature to call it now, but Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts? I gotta say, it’s got promise.
If you can go into this one “spoiler-free”, as I did, I think you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised at some of the choices the show makes. It’s still steering towards a younger audience, but I think if you’re a big anime watcher or just a lover of fun world-building, Kipo will be right up your alley. Also, and I can’t stress this enough, the soundtrack here is un-ironically some of the best music you’ll find in any show today, animated or otherwise. If nothing else, series composer Daniel Rojas has put together a killer soundtrack.
IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY
If there’s one thing that’s become abundantly clear to me as both an adult and an amateur blogger, it’s that most of the time I have no idea what the heck I’m doing. Heck, Fun-Size Friday went through so many format and rule changes over the last couple months that just starting another draft became a task of herculean effort. Now I see that the problem was that I was so bogged down in the presentation — picking the right font, finding the right images, choosing the right heading color — that I lost sight of why I started doing this in the first place: to relax and write about whatever I want.
Of course I’m still human and I haven’t completely gotten over myself: I still wish my posts looked nicer and I could write a little faster, but honestly? Right now I just want to write about silly geek news and worry less about sweating the small stuff. That, and occasionally listen to some awesome music.
Take care, and I’ll see you later!