Well, the blog’s not dead yet…
From July 20 - July 31.
COMIC - Teen Titans Spotlight #18 — Jellysubs!
DVD - Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog - Commentary! The Musical - Ginchy! I liked Fillion’s song best.
DVD - Ashes to Ashes S1 Episode 7 & 8 - Woah! Didn’t see that one coming.
DVD - The Newsroom S1 Episode 1 & 2 - Barely heard over the wails of a colicky 2-week old. Forgot all about the power of Sid Adelman’s column.
COMIC - Teen Titans Spolight #10 - Early Erik Larson art kinda crappy, but otherwise the John Ostrander script delving into both Aqualad and Mento’s minds was endearingly 80’s.
COMIC - Hawkworld #31 & 32 - Ostrander’s politicization of this comic, in an almost(!) fair and balanced manner is always surprising, even if much of the characterization and action is kind of cruddy.
MUSIC - Glissandro 70 - plinky, repetitious, and kinda funky.
MUSIC - Dears: No Cities Left - Went from my sell pile back into the collection. Forgot how sweeping they were
MUSIC - Hooverphonic: A New Sterephonic Sound Spectacular - Surprisingly still engaging, but to me so passe, I must pass
COMIC - Teen Titans Spotlight #16 & 17 - Thunder, Lightning and Magenta face off against a STAR Labs psychiatrist and each other. Decent, but left with a “who’s the mastermind” mystery.
COMIC - Teen Titans Spotlight #13 - JMS was writing comics this far back? And a pretty solid and surprising Cyborg vs. Two-Face…seriously, he actually makes it work.
COMIC - Deathklock vs. The Goon one-shot - I’ve not watched enough Metalocalypse, and I’ve been equally negligent in my reading The Goon, and this one-shot, while amusing, isn’t the best of both worlds… or if it is, it’s not going to speed up my catch-up process.
MOVIE - Doctor Strange (Animated DTV) - I’m so sick of origin stories
TV - Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Absolutely loving this show, light and captivating all-ages superheroic goodness.
TV - Doctor Who - Space double feature of Tennent Doctor extra-length episodes, one involving a dimensional warp, a double decker bus, and flying manta rays, the other sending the Doctor to the 1850’s and meeting a man who could possibly be his next incarnation. The latter was fab.
TV - Journey To The End Of The Universe - this Discovery channel documentary, taking actual photos mixed with CGI effects demonstrates the vastness of our solar system, galaxy and universe… it should humble you, make you feel small and insignificant, because you are. Beautiful, but pondering the enormity of the universe makes my brain hurt and my eyes well up.
COMIC - Hawkman #1 - 27 - a big diversion from Hawkworld, involving the idea of “avatars” and the making of Hawkman into a grim’n'gritty ’90’s character. Not as bad as it sounds, with some fairly good work from Bill Messner-Loebs and Steve Leiber, but still, avoids by and large the political bent of Ostrander’s Hawkworld.
COMIC - G.I. Joe #7 - this series is finally picking up, unfortunately regular artist Robert Atkins will return
COMIC - Phonogram: The Singles Club #4 - I laugh because I realize that I’m in the midst of a massive cd collection purge and very few albums featuring female vocalists remain. Heh. Huh?
COMIC - Captain Britain and the M.I.13 #15 - the end, but what a way to go out. This dracula arc = spledido!
MUSIC - Takako Minekawa: Fun 9 / Recubed ep - Fluffy blipped out Japanese laptop music, enjoyable but empty calories.
MUSIC - Various Artists: Random (02) - Remixes of Gary Numan tracks. I got a lot of mileage out of this and it still has some gas left in the tank but I really don’t want to burn it out.
DVD - X-Men 3: X-Men United - holy shit this is a bad movie. For about 20 minutes there’s the promise of something entertaining, then it goes off the bloody rails into mutant randomness without any regard for anything that came before it. Not as bad as Spider-Man 3 but worse than Wolverine: Origins.
DVD - G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor Arise - told in five parts, it’s at times utterly baffling, occasionally a little boring, and often sheer madcap hilarity.
DVD - Home Movies: Season 4 (disc 2) - it’s all too easy to forget just how funny this show is… the repartee is brilliant, and I don’t think I’ve seen the episode with Honkey Magoo before.
COMIC - Wednesday Comics #4 - The Streaky the Super-Cat panels were utterly hilarious, worth the price of admission alone. Newfound respect for Amanda Connor.
COMIC - L.E.G.I.O.N. #13, 29 - 69 - Artist Barry Kitson’s first major series, and he wound up co-plotting and even writing much of it, quite adeptly I should add. A few storylines were left dangling when he left to go draw Superman and the series just wasn’t the same after his departure.
COMIC - Detective Comics #855 - I’ve been a JH Williams III fan from the start, but this is just some absolutely insane artwork and still incredible graphic storytelling.
COMIC - The New Teen Titans Annual #2 - 5 - All written by Marv Wolfman, all beyond tedious reading. The Brother Blood origin in particular would be perfect for insomniacs.
MOVIE - G-Force - Harmless, unassuming, forgettable entertainment for kids.