Monday, February 21, 2011

Three Day Weekend Means a Monday Post

Still reading that novel, so it's another light week.
  1. Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 24 by Hiroum Arakawa. Penultimate volume. It looks like the ending is going to wind up more satisfying than the anime version's. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Star Trek: Romulans: Pawns of War by John Byrne. Events during the original series, from the Romulans' point of view. (Library.)
  3. Showcase Presents: Aquaman, vol. 3 by Bob Haney & Nick Cardy.

    These comics don't make a hell of a lot of sense, but they are fun.
  4. Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons by Bob Haney & Dick Dillin. There is almost nothing more amusing than middle aged comics writers trying to capture teen "lingo" from the 60s and 70s.
I said there wasn't much. A few movies this week:
  • Doctor Who: Silver NemesisThe 25th anniversary story, featuring Cybermen. I'm not quite as enamored of the hints at the Doctor's mysterious (and sinister?) past as I was when I first saw the stories from this period, but I still enjoy them.
  • Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-ChiangNow, this story still stands up. The fourth Doctor and Leela in Victorian London. And it doesn't feel padded, as so many of the 6-part stories from this era did.
  • Oscar(tm) nominated animated shorts Fun stuff, especially The Lost Thing, which Teena says feels just like the book.

Since it's another short week, here's another podcast I enjoy: In honor of my finishing Showcase Presents Aquaman, vol. 3, the choice this week is Tom vs. Aquaman, which is available at that site or through iTunes.

Tom reads old comics and recaps them for you, bringing out all the absurdities and unintentional subtext. He has previously covered the Justice League and the Flash. He's been doing this for a while now, and he just keeps getting better. I especially like how Tom gives a rich inner life to Topo, Aquaman's octopus sidekick.

Each episode is short, running about 10-15 minutes, and he usually posts two or three episodes a week.

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