Monday, October 21, 2013

Stuff that won't fit in the scanner today:

Even though I left my cell phone there, and had to go back for it, I had a good trip to the library the other day. First, gave the trade for Marvel's Annihilators a try. The main story is by Marvel's former cosmic writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (with art by Tan Eng Huat; and features the "Alpha-plus" team of the Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill, Gladiator, Quasar, and Ronan the Accuser. Actually, Ronan is described as merely Alpha-powered by the new character Ikon, a Spaceknight from Galador, who describes the team as overpowered and lacking depth, which is a fair point. Quasar considers taking that as an out to quit, since he's feeling a little gun-shy since coming back from the dead and missing out on saving the universe the last couple times.

The plot involves Galador, and the Dire Wraiths, without ever mentioning by name that guy that used to have his own series where all the backstory happened. It's not a bad book, since I like the characters, but the Spaceknights are like the Inhumans or Nova's Xandarians: used differently by every writer, and used for cannon fodder nine times out of ten. I think the Spaceknights and Galador were recently destroyed in Infinity #1, which makes me want to run out and buy it. (No.) (And wow, 32 covers for 4 issues?)

Next, I read Alan Moore's Neonomicon, with art by Jacen Burrows. Everyone knows Alan Moore's body of work, and Burrows has been a go-to guy for Avatar for some time now. This was Moore's take on the Lovecraftian mythos, and abetted by Burrow's art, it's really just kind of gross. I was kind of surprised to even find this at a library, since there had been some that had pulled it: a character in the book points out H.P. Lovecraft's stories were all sexless, as was apparently H.P. himself; so Moore adds a lot of really pervy sex. This one's not for everyone, then; but it is good and disturbing, if not a major work from Moore.

I also checked out the colossal Avengers vs. X-Men trade, which I'm pretty sure I'm really not going to enjoy reading at all, but it's a big book and I may as well try it. That and Stephen King's Joyland are in my pile to read this week, so we'll see if I plow through those.

The other day at a local pawnshop, I found the Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers DVD, right after mentioning I haven't seen it. I also found the complete Birds of Prey DVD: I'm pretty sure I watched at least the first few episodes when it was on, but I'm not even positive the series was aired in its entirety. It may well make me long for Smallville, for all I know.

I may not get to either of those for a while, since as usual, I'm watching a ton of scary movies before Halloween. Most of them are utter crap, yeah. I did like Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, though.


Dale Bagwell said...

Ahh Tucker and Dale...good movie actually, and no just because one of main characters just so happens to share my name. But it helps;)

That Alan Moore Necronomicon trade does sound interesting. Plus Jacen Burrows really does drawing gross really really good. Bad World anyone?

googum said...

I like Burrows, but this one was just sort of...skeevy. Not in a fun way, either!

Dale Bagwell said...

Oh! Now I'm really intrigued!