The Black Monday Murders is not only intriguing, it’s downright riveting. It’s what going after Wall Street might look like if handled by Stanley Kubrick or Alan Moore. It’s rife with archaic symbols, occult-like gatherings, and bizarre, ritualistic murders. When dealing with Jonathan Hickman as the writer, something with an esoteric flare is to be expected. Even with his runs on Marvel’s Avengers, well-known commodities became parts of the Illuminati and Futurists, and as unwieldy as the Secret Wars crossover became for Marvel to handle, at its core was a delightful story about politics and the abuse of power and a dictator recreating a world in his own image (something that’s very timely right now.) Wall Street is also very relevant, and Hickman shows no love for them, but those are twists and turns have no desire to simply tell you about.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas throughout the country presented members of their “Victory Club” with the opportunity to see the premiere of SyFy’s hit series, The Expanse: Season 2 on the big screen at 8 p.m./CST on Monday, January 30, 2017, followed by a short Q&A with the cast and crew live streamed from New York. Attendance was free, but to reserve a spot I had to purchase a $5 food/drink voucher that was good for anything on my local Drafthouse’s menu during the showing. The first theater filled within a few hours of the first announcement, so a second one was opened in Austin, which allowed me to snag a spot for myself and a friend.
A few months ago, I called a bet on how long IDW Publishing’s ongoing Back to the Future series would allow its current storyline, “Who is Marty McFly,” to last. So far, we’re on Part 4…
If you were asked twenty years ago, “Who are some of your favorite comic book characters?” – what would your answer have been? If you’re asked that question now, how can the response not include Daisy, Esther, and Susan? This power trio from Giant Days are completely unique on their own and blend together to create a wonderful mix of stories continuing their run as part of BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios.
Issue #4 of Reborn is action-packed, filled with colorful weapon blasts, monsters in many forms, and the gruesome results when one meets the other, leaving a bloody mess. The key ingredient tying all of this together is Bonnie, the prophesied leader to end all evil from the Dark Lands. This evil place threatens everyone in Adystria, the place good people go to after death. For a quick recap, check out our review of the last chapter.
When I first saw the ads for Riverdale, I thought, "Oh look, Glee meets Archie. I'll 100% pass on that!" Mind you, I'm a huge Archie fan. I loved all of the comics and smaller digests you'd find in line at the grocery store. (A perfect place for a last chance for a "Please! Please! Please, mom!" before checking out.
Bless your heart.
Betvin Geant and Kay have put together an intriguing and singular kind of tale in Prince of Peace (formerly titled The Rise of the Antichrist). It's one that has far-reaching implications about faith, and what it means to all of the various people who engage with it. When a young man gains powers beyond the pale of mortals, his love of scripture from an early age becomes manifest in his actions. He concludes that, as he has abilities greater than those of men and the only person with similar abilities is the Son of God, he must obviously be sent by God to heal the world. Whether that supposition has any merit is never quite answered throughout, though we see obvious parallels to the testaments in other characters and events in the world. That's the part of this work that I've always enjoyed, that the cat was always in the box; though he met with an angel/devil, only he saw them, so perhaps it could be delusion guiding a disturbed youth, but there was an outside shot that was legitimate.
The finale of Season 2 brings emotion, action, and (some) resolution, effectively culminating the season. Episode 10 begins by creating a somber mood as the camera pans the causalities of the bombing, including a child, with sound muffled to replicate first-hand experience and shock. While the audience has likely flip-flopped loyalties and sympathies toward characters throughout this season, moments like these also create awkward sympathy for the Japanese, who have repeatedly practiced senseless acts of violence. The Nazis, the Japanese, and the Resistance are all prone toward destructive behavior, marking the inhumanity of all three groups as collective wholes. It is typically easier to relate to individual characters, but with many of them wavering in their allegiances and sentiments, there does not seem to be a constant hero figure on the show. Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) may be the most neutral character, as his actions ultimately are attempts to maintain peace rather than ignite more violence. Otherwise, the bulk of the show’s characters are plotters and killers one minute, and saviors and sympathizers the next. While this plays with audience sentiments, it also creates an edginess to the show and allows for the characters to remain unpredictable.
It’s hard to say what one would do if they were given the worst possible two choices: kill or be killed. Most might swear they’d take the moral high road, resolving never to touch a hair on another’s head. But, when it comes down to it, down to the nitty gritty of survival, would they break to live just one more month?
“Eventually, we started coming across ruins. Ancient, dilapidated structures once inhabited by Pre-Rising humanity. They were an inescapable part of any Wasteland Journey. Most Recon and Extermination rangers cut their teeth on these particular ruins, looking for mutant stragglers or bandits hoping to intercept Remnant convoys. These structures, which included everything from gas stations to schools, were a missed sight. Most were half-collapsed at best. Others were eerily perfect, as if their owners had just stepped out for the night. Driving past them was always a sobering experience, however. Everywhere were reminders of the days when humanity had been great and powerful.”