Sunday, March 28, 2010

Books, Books, Books
  1. Devil Dinosaur Omnibus by Jack Kirby. Not Kirby's best work, but still plenty of fun.
  2. The Incredible Hercules: Love & War by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Clayton Henry, & Salva Espin. I had been enjoying this series before, but it really takes off in this volume. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. The Incredible Hercules: Dark Reign by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, et al. This series has some nice art, but it is often inconsistent, changing artists every couple of issues. (Library.)
  4. Madame Xanadu, vol. 2: Exodus Noir by Matt Wagner & Michael William Kaluta. Good story, and some absolutely amazing art.
  5. Dark Reign: The Hood by Jeff Parker & Kyle Hotz. Well-done story of a small-time crook who has become a major player in the Marvel Universe thanks to his discovery of a magical artifact. (Library.)
  6. Dark Reign: Young Avengers by Paul Cornell & Mark Brooks. Not so much about the Young Avengers as it is about a group that wants to be them (but are much closer to being Young Masters of Evil). (Library.)
  7. Showcase Presents Wonder Woman, vol. 1 by Robert Kanigher & Ross Andru. Man, the Silver Age insanity on display here is unbelievable. In one story, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor just happen to be driving past a place where they are testing a 3-story firecracker, complete with gantry (like it was a rocket).
  8. Emma, vol. 10 by Kaoru Mori. The final volume. (Library.)
  9. Star Wars Legacy, vol. 7: Storms by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, & Omar Francia. I'm a little behind on this series, but still enjoying it.

Three movies this week
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks. There is a new MST3K set out.
  • Alice in Wonderland. Visually stunning, but then it's a Tim Burton movie, so that goes without saying. Not much else positive to say about it. There are several places where the story just doesn't work. There are no surprises. Several character developments are unearned. I will say that Burton does something with the Caterpillar that I've never seen done before, which is amazing because it is something that is actually very obvious.
  • MST3K: The Crawling Eye. The very first nationally-broadcast episode of MST3K. They got better at this.

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