I heard about an interesting story recently, a tale called Wormwood that is connected to the strange goings on around MKUltra. I wanted to see it, but first I had to decide whether I wanted to watch Wormwood as a movie or as a six-part Netflix series. With a lot of time to kill, and not many other competing new shows, I decided to go with the longer format. I’m glad I did because this sort of story is the kind of thing I find fascinating, and the more detail I get, the better.
I was recently given part three of the sci-fi series, Poseidon’s Children, by Alastair Reynolds, and I have just finished it, so now it’s time to post about it. I read the first book, On the Steel Breeze, last year, and it has taken me a while to get round to reading the final installment. I wrote a post about On the Steel Breeze, where I said that the book was about ideas.
Here comes another blog post in my ongoing series where I read old back issues of a comic book called 2000 AD. I have reached issue 112 on my journey, and the cover is an absolute classic, a work of genius. It is so good that I start to wonder if there is a Comic Book Hall of Fame to put it in. I quickly Google Comic Book Hall of Fame and apparently, people are working on a Comic Book Hall of Fame, but it does not yet exist.
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.