Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles Graphic Novel

Book Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles Graphic Novel
Adapted by: John Green

“”Footprints.”
“A man’s or a woman’s?”
Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered: “Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of s gigantic hound!””
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Final Verdict: An interesting take on the classic story, but ultimately failing to make a connection with the audience.

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Book Review: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act

Book Title: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act
Author: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie Mckelvie

“It’s not that I’m afraid my parents wouldn’t approve. I’m afraid they would. I want this to be all mine. Amaterasu’s only been around for a couple of weeks. How many of these girls have even seen her?”
Laura in The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie

Final Verdict: A beautiful comic with a plot you may not always follow, but is intriguing and leaving you wanting to know what happens next.

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Book Review: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Manga

Book Title: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Manga
Adapted by: Stacy King

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
Lizzie Bennett in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Final Verdict: A great way to first experience Austen’s works, or a new medium for long time fans.

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Book Review: October Faction Volume 1

Book Title: October Faction: Volume 1
Author: Steve Niles and Damien Worm

“But I bet you didn’t know this, the word ‘monster’ also has roots in the ‘monere’ which means to help or instruct. Do we like to be afraid? Do we like to confront our fears and externalize our internal struggle? Or is it that we love monsters because so often we are the very monsters we fear most?”
The October Faction: Volume 1
by Steve Niles and Damien Worm

Final Verdict: Great new comic that will appeal to fans of darker comics with dashes of humor and family that reminds you what really love is!

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Book review: The Crow: Pestilence

Book Title: The Crow: Pestilence
Author: Frank Bill
Artist: Drew Moss

Let my words be carried with you until my return. ‘Cause I will return, to right the wrongs you’ve forced upon on this day, a hundred times worse.
The Crow: Pestilence by Frank Bill and Drew Moss

Final Verdict: A new Crow story for old fans that can handle lots of violence and blood, but not for first time Crow readers. Plus, an ending that saves the mess of the first 60 pages.

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Random News: SDCC Movie News

Hello Lovely Readers,

Continuing on from my posts already thus week, I wanted to share more news from SDCC. As I am a big fan of movies and comics the news that I am sharing today was really interesting to me, and hopefully you guys agree!

First up is all the news trickling out about The Avengers Age of Ultron. Apparently there was a trailer show, but that has not be released out to the general public (although there are descriptions for those who are inclined). What they have released are mini-posters for each of the characters, and when combined it forms a large image. That is the picture above. It shows the team, and some new members, fighting robots and being overwhelmed. It looks epic, and it gives some nice glimpses of The Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver, as well as all the previous ones. You can click here to see more details.

Related to that is that there will be a Captain America and Iron Man animated movie coming out before The Avengers Age of Ultron. The movie will be 71 minutes and is called Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United. There is a great trailer for it that you can watch here. I love the interactions between these two heroes and I will be checking out the movie!

Another big reveal by posters is the look of Wonder Woman for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. You can see more info here. I really like the costume, it looks pretty good. However, until the trailers come out, I am still not that interested in the movie. I am still not sold on the Batman costume, and I still don’t like Superman.

Lastly, is there is news about the next Godzilla movie. They have revealed the foes that Godzilla will be fighting with in the next movie, and they are some big ones. You can read about it here, but the big three are Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. I am super excited for Mothra and Ghidorah, as I remember them from the old movies. Hopefully with the second movie the director will stay away from trying to add drama ans just stick to the monsters!

What do you guys think of these teasers that we have gotten?

Until next time,

 

Random News: Marvel is Marvelous

Hello Lovely Readers,

Very exciting comic news has happened over the past week thanks to Marvel. The most exciting, for me at least, is the release of the first official pictures from the next Avengers movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can click through to see the pictures here. Looks like most of the main characters have had slight changes to their costumes (most notably Captain America and Hawkeye). I have been trying to avoid plot spoilers/summaries, but the pictures look great. I just hope it can live up to how much I enjoyed the previous movie!

Second, and this was super surprising, marvel has announced that in the comics Thor will now be a woman. Instead of having a gender reassignment, the current male Thor will become unworthy and loose the ability to wield Mjolnir (his hammer), and instead one of the woman around him will be deemed worthy and when she picks it up will become the new Thor. I have mixed feelings about this, but mostly happy. I am excited that Marvel is making this happen, even if there is already presidents of others  wielding Mjolnir and gaining the powers (including several women such as Black Widow and Storm). It would be great to see a female superhero. However, I have some concerns on the writer and why we don’t get a new hero. So for now I am cautiously optimistic, and trying to decide how the male Thor becomes unworthy (I am hoping it happens in Original Sin which he is in, and I am reading because of Loki!). To read more on Thor you can click here.

Last news came right on the heels of the Thor announcement, and that is that in the comics we will be getting a black Captain America. The announcement that Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Solider) was released on the Colbert Report which you can read about here. I am excited to hear this, as Sam Wilson is an awesome character. There have been several times in the comics where other characters have taken up the mantle of Captain America from Steve Rogers, most notably Bucky Barnes. I think it shows some real catching up with the times that Marvel will now have a female and a black lead in some of their most popular series, I just wonder how long it will take DC to catch up (even if I do love DC for Batman and Batwoman!).

So are you guys excited about all this comic based news? I know I am, but also still a bit worried that it will fall short of my expectations!

Until next time,

Book Review: Dark Shadows: Year One

Book Title: Dark Shadows: Year One
Author: Guiu Vilanova and Marc Andreyko

“I can’t believe that it has come to this. Although I had longed for this day to declare my undying love in front of God, in front ofmy family and friends, bonding out souls for all eternity. I just never expected this day to be with…you.”
Barnabas in Dark Shadows: Year One by Guiu Vilanova and Marc Andreyko

Final Verdict: Interesting to read, but probably not enough to draw you in if you weren’t already interested in Dark Shadows.

For the full review, click the name of the book.

Random News: Heros and Monsters

Hello Lovely Readers,

Today I bring you a mix of TV and movie news that I hope you will enjoy. First up is about a new Superhero TV show. The first trailers/sneak peaks at The Flash have just been released. You can watch the sneak peak below or click here for more information. It looks rather promising, and seems to be set in the same world as The Arrow, who also appears in the sneak peek. However, right now I do not have any plans to watch. I am just too busy and The Flash was never one of my favorites, in fact I just remember him being slightly annoying in the cartoons.

The second find for today is 16 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Maleficent. This is a great list of random facts about Maleficent from both the old animated Sleeping Beauty and the new Maleficent movie. There were some interesting facts about her origin and the meaning behind a lot of her attributes. As someone with a soft spot for villains, I really enjoyed this list.
Lastly is a great comparison between the 1998 version and the newest version of Godzilla. This link contains spoilers, so don’t click through unless you are ok with that. It is interesting because Frances and I are both big Godzilla fans, but come from very different backgrounds in the fandom, and this article sort of gets to some of those differences. The article argues, rather well, the advantages of the 1998 version, and I have to say I agree with most of them. However, I think it overlooked the links to the really classic Godzilla movies, which the newest movie had more of. At the very least Frances and I will talk about this in our review of the new movie (which should be coming to you soonish).

So are you guys excited for The Flash or Maleficent? I know I am excited for Maleficent and will hopefully seeing that soon.

Until next time,

 

Random News: Browncoat Friday

Hello Lovely Readers,

Ever since I watched the movie Serenity and made a friend because of it, who then introduced me to the wonders that were Firefly, I have been a Browncoat! Surprisingly, no matter where I went, I would eventually find the other Browncoats, and usually I was already friends with them. So it has become a bit like returning home for me to watch the series or the movie, as it reminds me of all my friends. For those that have no clue what a Browncoat is, a Browncoat is a fan of series Firefly (and/or the movie based on the series, Serenity). So since I was craving something shiny today, I thought I would share some fun finds for the other Browncoats out there!

First find is 21 Times You Found Serenity. This is mostly a list of how awesome Captain Malcolm Reynolds is, which is fun! For those who aren’t Browncoats yet, Serenity is the name of a battle that Captain Mal and his firstmate, Zoe fought in, and lost. The ship and the movie are named after this battle. But even more, it is a line in the theme song of the tv series, and you can listen to it at the bottom of this post.

The second find is 27 Signs You’re A Browncoat, and it is great. There is a much wider range of characters and events. It was very nice reminder for me of the whole series! It is so hard to pick a favorite one, but I do love Shepard Book, who is the one aiming for the kneecaps! ^_^

Lastly is a quiz to figure out Which Firefly Character You Are. I was excited to get Captain Mal, Mr. Captain-Tight-Pants himself. He is not the typical hero, but he is someone you can relate to, and his crew love him (in their own ways).

Since I was feeling nostalgic, and I love this song (it was the first one I taught myself when I tried to learn guitar). Here is the theme song, “The Ballad of Serenity,” from the series, Firefly. Also below is a video that I watched while working on this post, and I just couldn’t leave it out. So watch for some of the best quotes from the series and movie (my housemate who has never seen the show was laughing out loud as he heard some of these!)

So how many of you are Browncoats? Will any of you who haven’t seen the series watch it? I think I know what I am relaxing with this weekend, and in the words of Captain Mal, “I aim to misbehave!”

Until next time,