Escape Watchmen's Long Shadow With This Week's Comics
Mar 18, 2009 15:41
In a week when it seems that Watchmen hangover is still lingering for some, relief comes from the most unexpected of places in this week's comics.
It's not just Rich Johnston's fun parody Watchmensch that owes a lot to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic this week; Marvel's two Squadron Supreme collections (J. Michael Straczynski's The Pre-War Years and, to a lesser extent, Howard Chaykin's Power To The People) are very Watchmen-ish in their own ways... and Moore has a "new" book, Alan Moore's Light Of Thy Countenance (actually a comics adaptation of a prose story by other creators), himself. For those who want to escape the shadow of the 1980s, though, there's light at the end of the tunnel.
For one thing, you could escape to the 1960s; the latest collection of Jeff Parker's enjoyable X-Men: First Class series, The Wonder Years is released, and just narrowly loses out on the book of the week position to Letters From Lost Countries, the first collection of Vertigo series Air, which also has a specially-priced $1 issue released to entice new readers to pick up its particular brand of magical-realism; personally, I think it's worth the gamble, even if Letters From Lost Countries has the occasional stumble in getting to its destination.
Otherwise, there're the usual slew of crossmediatie-ins launching (Star Trek: Crew, which looks back at the pre-Kirk days of the original series, and GI Joe: Cobra, which tells the inside story of America's favorite terrorist force), including my favorite: Sherlock Holmes/Kolchak. There's almost no way that it can live up to that title, but you know that it's going to be fun trying.
Ah, summertime. The kids are finally out of school and in their summer camp making crafts for the day. Your work here is done, and now it's a moment to relax and have some precious me time. Make yourself some ice tea, put the snacks close at hand, and get ready to enjoy one of life's great guilty pleasures: a full-on, unapologetic chick flick. Read more
There are few more dramatic places to find yourself than round a poker table when a high stakes game is reaching its conclusion. Every turn of a card could mean a shifting in fortunes and you can cut the tension with a knife. But for the eventual winner there’s an unbeatable feeling of euphoria, not just for the money being won but for the fact that opponents have been vanquished. Read more
It’s hard to find a person who didn’t like 2012’s Dredd, a film that stands alongside RoboCop as the ultra-violent, dystopic film fans needed at the time, but a sequel to the movie hasn’t been forthcoming; in fact, over the past few years, the likelihood of a second outing for Olivia Thirlby and Karl Urban’s chin has hovered around zero. Read more