I have been reading so much lately and exploring so much nerdy TV and what not that I couldn’t nail it down to on thing… so I am going to talk about a bunch of things! This one will cover everything from TV to podcasts. In the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson… hold on to your butts.
The first thing I am going to talk about is a graphic novel I read recently from Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, entitled Ghostopolis. This book is written and drawn by Doug Tennapel. In this book a young man who is dying of a terminal disease, get trapped in the afterlife by ghost hunter Frank Gallows. The kid runs across his grandfather as Gallows tries to save him. Along the way we meet a host of funny characters while still telling a touching story about a young man coming to terms with a disease that is slowly killing him. The art and the writing is good, it’s not a book I would read another volume of so I am glad that it wrapped up in one volume. The art is the right darkness for a book about the afterlife, but is cartoony enough to be a kids book. This young adult read gets 3 out of 5.
I also want to talk about another book, slightly older, from Marvel. It’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Paul Pelletier, Brad Walker and Wes Craig. This book, which takes place around or shortly after Civil War, follows Star Lord as he puts together a team of galactic heroes to stop rifts in space and time from destroying the universe. The line up is a little different than most people know starring, Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Racoon, Groot, Mantis, Ambush Bug, Major Victory, Adam Warlock and Quasar. Their base is Knowhere and Cosmo the telepathic Russian dog is often around as head of security. The volume was written expertly and is a great place to hop in; it’s very accessible to all, even those who have no idea who any of the characters are. The art, though changing, is often colorful and full of aliens, their tech and their worlds, allowing the creativity of the artists to come through. I want to read the next volume so 4/5 it is.
I want to change it up and talk about a podcast I have been listening to intently now. That podcast is called HUNT the TRUTH and is done by Benjamin Giraud. This podcast takes place in the Halo universe and is about a reporter doing a fluff piece on Master Chief. He uncovers a conspiracy and soon tells the universe about it. This podcast is well paced, interesting, and has a high production value. I love serialized stories and often their downfall for me is a lack of production value. I don’t have high demands but if I know I can do a better job I would rather not listen to it. This podcast has awesome guest voices and amazing sound effects. I am not the biggest Halo fan but I was sucked in and have loved every minute, 5/5.
Finally I went to see Marvel’s latest movie, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. I have to say I was a little worried about how much Marvel released in the lead up to the movie, and also a few comments made by Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner had me a bit down, but those things quickly were forgotten as I was once again blown away! I loved every minute of this movie and, as a fan of the Avengers comics, felt that each character was brought to life expertly by his/her actor. I was worried initially about Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver not being mutants and Scarlet Witch being a telepath/telekinetic. I felt however that those changes were minor and didn’t change the attitudes of the characters at all. Each character felt like they were right off of the page. The quips and attitudes of everyone involved were just spot on. The cockiness of Quicksilver, Iron Man giving Captain America a hard time for objecting to his use of strong language, the smart ass nature of Hawkeye and the alpha male tendency of Thor were all awesome to see on the big screen. Also the newest Avenger, Vision, was awesome. I was so happy to see Joss Whedon bring a character I never thought possible to the screen. The new characters were expertly done, 5/5 Marvel… great job.
Also if you can think of any suggestions for podcasts please leave a comment below. I love Welcome to Night Vale, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Sayer, Kakos Industries etc. but listen to non fiction as well. Just please no Serial or This American Life… not a fan.