Monday, September 26, 2016

TV Round Up: Preacher

There are times when all I want to do is go out while other times I just want to stay in and nest. And the latter is just what I did yesterday, I spent a good portion of the day doing absolutely nothing except relaxing and watching a few TV shows and movies.

One of the shows I watched was Preacher, I can't believe I'm just now getting around to watching this. For anyone who has xfinity, it's still available On Demand until September 29th.


I know this show is based on a comic book series which I have not read and I heard complaints from fans that this show wasn't good. However, I was happily stunned (perhaps ignorance is bliss) by how good this show is. Although, it is weird but in a good way. Dominic Cooper (Reverend Jesse Custer), Ruth Negga (Tulip O'Hare) and Joe Gilgun (Cassidy) are so much fun to watch. All the characters on this show are completely flawed and extremely messed up.

I did say this show is weird right, the Preacher is filled with all this supernatural strangeness coupled with mystery as dysfunctional Reverend Custer returned to his small Texas hometown to not only save himself but his town. Then you have Tulip out there seeking vengeance while Cassidy is a strange mystery most of the time.


I have got to stop waiting until forever to watch shows I'm interested in seeing. Why do I do this to myself? I could have been watching the Preacher all summer. I don't binge watch show (not enough time) but I would consider the Preacher to be binge worthy. It's really one of those shows I can't stop watching. I only have a few episodes left to watch, I really can't wait to see how this crazy season ends.

Side Note: Congrats to Preacher on getting renewed for a second season.

Anyone who watched or is watching Preacher, what do you think of the show? Please no spoilers for those (such as myself) who have not seen all the episodes.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Art of the Day: Captain America (Sam Wilson)

Artwork: Captain America by Evan "Doc" Shaner

365 Days of Books of Interest: Day #264 (for Thursday): Every Dead Thing

Even though I'm more of a mystery fan I do like to read a thriller every now and then. The description for this does seem interesting with trying to stop a serial killer. I wonder if this book is as good as the description makes it out to because I would like to read it.



Book: Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker book #1) by John Connolly

Description:

Tortured and brilliant private detective Charlie Parker stars in this thriller by New York Times bestselling author John Connolly.

Former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker is on the verge of madness. Tortured by the unsolved slayings of his wife and young daughter, he is a man consumed by guilt, regret, and the desire for revenge. When his former partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker finds himself drawn into a world beyond his imagining: a world where thirty-year-old killings remain shrouded in fear and lies, a world where the ghosts of the dead torment the living, a world haunted by the murderer responsible for the deaths in his family—a serial killer who uses the human body to create works of art and takes faces as his prize. But the search awakens buried instincts in Parker: instincts for survival, for compassion, for love, and, ultimately, for killing.

Aided by a beautiful young psychologist and a pair of bickering career criminals, Parker becomes the bait in a trap set in the humid bayous of Louisiana, a trap that threatens the lives of everyone in its reach. Driven by visions of the dead and the voice of an old black psychic who met a terrible end, Parker must seek a final, brutal confrontation with a murderer who has moved beyond all notions of humanity, who has set out to create a hell on earth: the serial killer known only as the Traveling Man.

In the tradition of classic American detective fiction, Every Dead Thing is a tense, richly plotted thriller, filled with memorable characters and gripping action. It is also a profoundly moving novel, concerned with the nature of loyalty, love, and forgiveness. Lyrical and terrifying, it is an ambitious debut, triumphantly realized.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Art of the Day: Clark Kent (Smallville)


Artwork: Clark Kent by TomsGG

365 Days of Books of Interest: Day #263 (for Wednesday): Thunderbolts vol #1

My interest was piqued when I heard there is some big twist in this Thunderbolts series. And in comic books that could mean just about anything from killing off a character to bait and switch. I guess I will have to wait and see when I get a chance to read this.



Book: Thunderbolts volume #1: There is No High Road (issues #1-5) by Jim Zub with illustrations by Jon Malin

Publication: January 10, 2017

Description:

FROM THE PAGES OF STANDOFF!

They're a renegade team rampaging across the Marvel Universe under the direction of the Winter Soldier! But are the Thunderbolts heroes or villains-and do even they know for sure?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Art of the Day: Green Arrow


Artwork: Green Arrow by alessandelpho

Book Review: Malice in Ovenland vol #1


Book: Malice in Ovenland volume #1 (issues #1-4) written and illustrated by Micheline Hess

Source: Borrowed from Publisher/NetGalley for an honest review

Publication: Available now

Description:

Lily Brown is a bright, curious, energetic young girl from Queens, New York. When her mom forces her to stay home for the summer and do chores, Lily fumes. Little did she know that the greasy oven in the kitchen was going to give her more excitement and adventure than she could possibly handle.



Rating: 5 stars

Review:

This was a fun little adventure. Malice in Ovenland is a fresh take on Alice in Wonderland with Lily Brown dreading the start of her summer vacation. Because instead of going somewhere fun for the summer like her friends she was going to be at home doing chores and studying. As she was attempting to do her last chore on the list, cleaning the oven, something strange happened. First her earring somehow dropped into the oven but when she went into the oven to try to find it she wound up falling into a very strange land.

Down below the surface is a land full of creatures that live and thrive in a greasy environment. Lily soon found out that the grease has nearly stopped running as well as the greasy food has become very scarce. Being in Ovenland was scary enough but to make matters worse, the Queen of the Frites accused Lily of being the one who has stopped the grease. She was soon imprisoned in the haunted dungeon, to escape her ordeal she got some surprising help from a ghost, Chef Gristle.

Escaping the prison took her even further into the creepy tunnels where she stumbled upon a wonderfully delicious secret Chef Gristle had been working on. Lily's escape didn't go unnoticed, the Queen sent her Royal guards or Royal Rangers as they're called, after her. Lily got some additional help from a downtrodden little Frite named Crumb and a bug named Max.

This delightful story is filled with action and adventure and plenty of humor that's sure to appeal to younger readers. I like Lily, she's adorable, smart, quirky and very resourceful. I noticed that there is a healthy food vibe incorporated into the story and not so surprisingly it's actually a very important aspect to it. I love the illustrations, they are bright and colorful and have a cartoony look to them.

Although, I believe this is geared towards children I think it's a fun read for all ages.

Comic Book News #11: New Spider-Man series, Green Hornet miniseries and more


It's been a busy week for Comic Book News, here are few more books you might want to add to your pull list:


- Get ready for the adventures of Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson and their eight years old daughter Annie in the new ongoing title Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows. It will be written by Gerry Conway with illustrations by Ryan Stegman and will be published in November.

The series is going to pick up right where the miniseries of the same name ended. According to Conway, "this is not going to be a dark series the emphasis will be on fun, family comedy and drama, action and suspense".

There were a lot of fans (including myself) that were disappointed when Marvel ended Peter and Mary Jane's marriage. For some strange reason in the comic book industry some executives believe that characters being married ruin the stories. I think it's the opposite, fans want to see these characters grow and experience different things. I'm looking forward to reading this.





- Dynamite Comics will be publishing a four issue Green Hornet miniseries titled The Green Hornet: Reign of The Demon. The first issue will be available on December 7th and written by David Liss with illustrations by Kewber Baal. Here is a description of the miniseries:

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery for most people, it could be the deadliest for The Green Hornet and Kato. With their vigilantism tearing apart organized crime, Chicago is visited by two more masked individuals: one claiming to be a friend and the other…their most formidable foe yet!

I like the Green Hornet and Kato, they're so underappreciated.






- Dark Horse Comics has a new four issue supernatural miniseries Spell on Wheels to look out for. It will be written by Kate Leth with illustrations by Megan Levens and color by Marissa Louise. The first issue will be available on October 19th.

According to Leth “These are the last three naturally-born witches – meaning they inherited their power from other magic users – in the Western world, as far as they know. They’ve been brought together to find others who might have the potential to join them.

Aside from Zenoscope's Charmed, Marvel's Scarlet Witch and Dynamite's Dresden Files there are not a lot of series that focus on witches. At least as far as I know, I could be wrong and there are numerous books out there. Anyway, Spell on Wheels looks interesting, might have to think about adding it to my list.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Art of the Day: Ms. Marvel


Artwork: variant cover art for Ms. Marvel issue #5 by Emanuela Lupacchino

PR: Love Is Love Official Press Release

Yesterday I posted only a snippet of Comic Book News about the Love Is Love book that DC Comics and IDW Publishing are co-publishing. Here is the official press release that has been issued, it contains more detail about the book.

The next time I go to the comic book store, I'm going to see if I can order this book if it's not already going to be on the shelves in December. I hope there will be a lot of interest in this book and not only with comic book fans.


Comic Industry Unites With Love Is Love Benefit Book In Support of Orlando Tragedy


Artwork from Love Is Love by Elsa Charretier


IDW Publishing, with the support of DC Entertainment, will honor the victims of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub tragedy by publishing LOVE IS LOVE, an anthology graphic novel curated by writer Marc Andreyko (BATWOMAN, WONDER WOMAN ’77). In the wake of this devastating event, Andreyko assembled a group of fellow comic book creators to contribute to the benefit project. Andreyko received an overwhelming response across the comic book community and beyond, with over 200 writers and artists lending their talents to LOVE IS LOVE, a collection of over 100 short graphic stories. All material has been donated by the writers, artists, and editors, with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families via EQUALITY FLORIDA.