This is an ongoing series of blog posts where I am reading comic books from the far distant past, specifically early 1979, and in this post I am looking at issue 95 of 2000 AD. It came out 13 Jan 1979, and sold for the princely sum of ten pence. The cover of issue 95 is extremely lacking in detail, and what detail there is, in the costume of the character on the cover, makes him look like he is dressed to appear on an episode of Blake’s 7.
I saw Black Panther yesterday and it lived up to my high expectations, then handsomely exceeded them. All of the elements that are important to me in a superhero movie were done beautifully well, and there were some nice surprises, too. This is my review of it, and if you have seen the trailer this is pretty-much spoiler free. The lead performances were excellent, which was no surprise. I had already seen a couple of trailers, so I was not worried about the acting.
I’m reading The Champions today, a comic book about a team of teenage superheroes. It’s a popular book and has been well received by critics. When it was released, there was an article and interview in Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter, which hints at it being something special. The writer says the team are intended to be very socially conscious, very activist-minded, and very positive about being superheroes, which I much prefer to grimdark interpretations of superheroes, like the recent Superman movies.
This is an ongoing series of blog posts where I am reading comic books from the far distant past, specifically early 1979, and in this post I am looking at issue 94 of 2000 AD. The cover of this issue is, for me, a classic. It features an epic story arc of the Judge Dredd strip called The Day the Law Died. It’s drawn by a very talented artist called Mike McMahon.
Valentine’s Day is coming, and naturally all our thoughts turn to love. This is a blog focused mostly on sci-fi so my thoughts, as far as this post is concerned at least, have turned to the most romantic lovers of the worlds of sci-fi, comic books, and such like, specifically the ten most romantic. Often, with a list like this, it is the entries lower down the rankings that are more interesting than the ones nearer the top.
Star Trek: Discovery’s first season has come to an end, and therefore it is at last time for us to make our minds up about whether it is a worthy continuation of the Star Trek tradition. In order to do this, of course, we will have to delve into plot twists and examine all that happened, so be warned, here be spoilers. Star Trek: Discovery, as you undoubtedly know unless you have been living under a rock, is the first Star Trek series to grace our screens since Star Trek: Enterprise.
I’ve recently been reading comic books from the far distant past, specifically late 1978, and in this post I am looking at issue 93 of 2000 AD. To give you an idea of how long ago 1978 is, Jimmy Carter was president, and people were listening to Mull Of Kintyre by Wings. More importantly, episode two of the Doctor Who story, The Power of Kroll, was on TV on this very night, Saturday 30 December, 1978.
The trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped a few days ago, undoubtedly the first of many, and the sort of websites where sci-fi geeks like me hang out are still all abuzz. The Millenium Falcon makes an appearance in the trailer, of course, for what story about Han Solo could be told without mentioning his famous spaceship, or his copilot Chewbacca. The Millenium Falcon is an iconic spacecraft, and I rated it as the best screen spaceship design ever in my top ten of spaceships right here on this blog.
Obviously, your mileage may vary as to what you consider cerebral, but some sci-fi movies try to be a cut above the usual vehicle for special effects and action. It is these movies that we will be celebrating today in the latest of my series of top tens. 10: Strange Days Strange Days, written by James Cameron and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, stars Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, and Juliette Lewis.
Because the Black Panther movie is coming out very soon and because this is a sci-fi blog, I’m writing today about Afrofuturism. One big caveat I feel compelled to mention before writing another word on this subject is that I am a white male. I consider myself woke, but I would never claim to be any kind of expert on a subject like this. I’m not saying a white dude can’t, theoretically, become expert in this field, I’m just saying that I am most definitely not that guy.