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Well, the sentiment has been certainly brewing for a while. I’m less and less interested in doing a weekly review of the CW’s superhero shows. It’s not a given, but I feel less motivated to do it. Also, I’ve been reviewing the stats. Superhero weekly barely gets a view. People are more inclined to find my Fantasia movie reviews or the cosplay galleries for the Montreal ComicCon or the Otakuthon.
Yes, the new Black Lightning is certainly a refreshing but sour take on the superhero mythos. I say that, because although things seem more serious and at stake in the not-so-fictional city of Freeland, it really drives home the point on how little the conscious but average citizen can do against both the criminal forces and misguided law enforcement at the same time. It can feel too depressing at times.
On the other hand, the week-to-week same flavored shows of The Flash and Arrow lack enough substance to maintain interest. Supergirl has slighty more to offer but sometimes feels like it panders too much to a certain political view. Don’t misunderstand, it often matches a lot of my political views but that doesn’t make the plots better. The show needs more shades of grey. I think Legends of Tomorrow gets closer to doing that, despite the convoluted plots and the recycled villains from other shows.
I’ve also returned to comics in a very roundabout way. After being out of the loop for a long time, I got back into Transformers toys from a collector’s perspective last year. I don’t how how long this trend will last, but I’ve been quite enthralled with masterpiece versions, including some third party offerings.
I’m also reading the current Lost Light, Optimus Prime and Till All Are One comic book series in digital form. I don’t necessarily want to write a weekly comic review (or perhaps I’ll change my mind) but I think I do want to try some essays on my favorite characters. Perhaps it’s just nostalgia, but any motivation is welcome.
On a short note, a couple of people discovered my Hogwarts detective fanfic, The Filch Factor and read it the whole way through. That was surprising! Makes me feel like writing again. If you want to read something of mine more recent, try the scary Dance With A Spider original story on Reddit. If you liked it, check out my tidbits on the story.
That will do for now.
I kinda sweared off Transformers for a long time after Michael Bay started his movie run. Sometime last year (2017), I really got back into them full force. Nowadays, I can’ recommend the Lost Light series enough, but you can’t just jump into it. That would be a disservice because you’d just be skipping the best part of the series which started a long time before in a comic book called More Than Meets the Eye.
I strongly recommend the digital 10 volumes if you really want to get into it. The whole series feels like an irreverent TV show parody where we travel the galaxy with a faction from the Transformers, some whom you know and some that have usually been relegated to the background. There’s a lot of hilarity, a lot of ludicrous plots, some ominous foreshadowing, progressive storylines and really engaging storytelling.
I don’t really think it’s worth it for me to spoil anything, but let’s make something clear – things are no longer black and white. The war between the Autobots and the Decepticons is over and now we have a load ton of consequences to face. Or we can take the Lost Light and travel halfway across the galaxy looking for the Knights of Cybertron.
Seriously recommended for the grown-up Transformer fan who wants to read a decent storyline. And in case you want to know any highlights to watch out for, here’s a shining recommendation…
Don’t open the coffin. Don’t let them take Skids. Don’t go to Delphi. And do not – I repeat do not – look in the basement. And for the sake of the Cybertronian race itself, please don’t…
Huh? Ok, guess that was the wrong message. Don’t worry about it, it will all be fine.
That will do for now.
Remember when comics used to be fun? Well, I thought they couldn’t be. I am not a fan of lazy written material like the dad jokes on Archie (sorry, I can’t stand it). I want witticism. I want snark. I want poignant commentary and realistic settings.
Enter Giant Days, now on their 8th number. John Allison sharpened his craft on webcomics such as Bobbins and Scary Go Round. What he gives us now is the universe of the university years at its best and worst. Drama and comedy become almost the same thing as Susan, Esther, and Daisy navigate life at its utmost weirdest. It gets positively crazy and I think I am not describing it well or weird enough to do it justice. It’s not really about parties or hooking up. It’s about surviving your own crazy mind as you’re trying to discover/create yourself.
It’s my guilty pleasure because at any age beyond teenage you’re going to acknowledge growing up is about making a mess and moving on as best you can. If you can laugh about it, you’ll enjoy this one.
Speaking about messes, here’s a fine one. If you’re looking for a starting point for Black Science, there ain’t one. The first issue is as close as you get to starting to get comfortable feeling completely lost, but if you otherwise prefer #17 also does a good job of summing up where Grant is up to.
Right now former member of the League of Anarchistic Scientists Grant McKay is alone, having lost track of his team of Dimensionauts. Kadir is dead. Rebecca has managed to fix the Pillar but she has her own agenda and the team has made one final jump away from their leader. Grant has lost his children, wife and has been betrayed by his former lover. To top it off, something seems to be eating his memories. With only his incessantly questioning mount for company, he’s trying to put the pieces together to go open a gateway and make another jump himself.
As memories of the past seem to come back and haunt him, Grant receives a visit from someone he knows – a family member we’ve never seen before. A good start for a fresh new arc starts here.
Slowly but steadily, the world on Lantern City is getting bigger in issue #7. After Sander befriended Killian and moved into the Grey Towers with Terna and Jom, life has become safer. Or the illusion of safety, in any case. I preferred when Sander still had to keep an identity as a Captain of the Guard.It’s getting some used to seeing him as a personal guard to the emperor.
Killian has found Sander’s real wife. Karla is alive and well, but she’s now a disciple of Pont. Sander all but gives up a little too quick here, but he’s resolved to get his son, Rennie, away from Karla. As things get more complex, Sander learns what Killian keeps in his secret lab… and we hear this crazy story about this entire world called Earth.
I missed the idea of having to dress up in the guard armour to be honest, but the story still has more than enough twists and jumps to keep you engaged. I also hope that the story has Sander, Terna and Jom moving away from Grey Towers to assume a different identity. But then again, the story has been pretty good about giving us the unexpected.
That will do for now.