I have just seen Solo: A Star Wars Story, and there was a story choice made in that movie that really left a bad taste in my mouth. There is no avoiding spoilers, so here goes: The character that is at the center of this plot point is, Val, played by Thandie Newton. As The Mary Sue puts it: There was one element of the movie that nearly ruined all that fluffy fun, and it was the treatment of the character Val.
I am reading comic books of yesteryear at the moment, specifically back issues of 2000 AD. This one is from May 1979 and is issue 111 of the comic book. It is a very good issue, a classic even. First the cover, which is drawn by Ron Smith, has the comic book’s most popular character filling the frame, posed like an American superhero. I’m not a huge fan of Ron Smith, usually, but this art is just right for a comic book cover.
Superman is a sci-fi character. He’s from another planet, after all, and Batman, from a certain point of view, is a sci-fi character, too. Batman is a super genius with the money and resources to develop incredible technology. He has traveled through time, to other planets, and spends a good deal of his time aboard a space station. But somehow this isn’t enough in my mind to make either of them real sci-fi superheroes.
Suicide Squad is everywhere these days, which is unsurprising because it is a cool concept. But… I have a problem with the Squad, as it currently stands. The movie version of Suicide Squad is led by Deadshot, who isn’t bad, but isn’t who was originally intended as leader. He is a second-rate replacement for the original leader, one of the most complex and interesting antiheroes created by DC. It could be worse, of course, because while Deadshot is a second rate replacement, the current leader in the comic books is even worse.
For this post, I’m reading 2000 AD, but not a current issue of the venerable British, sci-fi comic book, I’m reading an ancient back issue from April 1979. Usually 2000 ADs of this era were produced on newsprint, but this one is different. This issue was printed on smoother, more colorful paper. As Paul Rainey, the original Prog Slogger says: The ink would often come off on your fingers when you read it.
The Expanse is in danger because Syfy has not renewed the show for a fourth season. Syfy’s decision not to renew the show is based on the fact that it only has the first-run rights for the US. This is a problem thanks to the rapidly changing nature of television-viewing in recent years. A lot of viewers watch the show in other ways, and Syfy doesn’t get a cut of that action.
I’m gratified to see that the posts I’ve been doing about reading an old comic book from my youth have been becoming more popular, if Google Analytics is to be believed. The comic book in question, which was originally published way back in 1979 is called 2000 AD. It is a weekly British science-fiction comic book that serializes stories in each issue. 2000 AD is a fixture of British sci-fi culture, producing artists and writers such as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland, and Mike McMahon.