Anyone who has read more than a handful of the posts on this blog – a select group of people to be sure – can’t have failed to notice a couple of things. One is that I am obsessed with sci-fi, but another, less obvious fact, is that I consider myself woke. I’m an old white guy, benefiting from a lot of privilege – thank you very much Western civilization, I’ll take it – but also I’m an unapologetic SJW and snowflake.
As always, when I’m doing my 3D modeling – this time for a spaceship for the cover of my new book, Blood Star – I like to have some TV on in the background. This time, while searching through the menu of options available in the golden age of TV, I happened across a show based on a comic book I was sort of… kind of… interested in, back in the day.
I just got back from the movies, where I watched Ant-Man and the Wasp, which I enjoyed immensely. In March 1979, I read one of my first superhero comic books. It was produced by Marvel UK, who packaged together a bunch of stories into one comic book. The main story in this comic book was The Hulk, riding a wave of popularity on the back of the smash-hit TV show of the same name, but there were other stories inside the comic book, too.
I know we all feel utter contempt for the constant resetting of comic book numbering back to number one, and we pity the weak-minded fools who are swayed by this to pick up a comic book that they haven’t read in a while. The only people we reserve more disdain for are the publishes who pander to this ingrained flaw in human nature by constantly resetting their comic books back to issue one.
I just saw Avengers: Infinity War and, just like everyone else on the Internet, I have some thoughts about it. Sometimes when I’m writing about a book or a movie I try to avoid spoilers, but not this time. This time I’m going to just jump right in and spoil away, so if you have not seen this film, go do that, it is a very enjoyable night at the movies and you won’t regret it.
I’m listening to podcasts again today, this time to The Canon, a podcast about movies. The Canon, with Amy Nicholson, asks what films should be included in the list of all-time greats. Amy Nicholson (a film critic with MTV News) and a guest debate and discuss whether a film should be Canon-ized. Listeners then cast their vote in the Earwolf forums, and decide if they agree, or not, and this fixes the legacy of each movie forevermore.
I have started watching the second season of Legion, and it is not as instantly arresting as season one, but I am enjoying it. The dialogue starts our making no sense at all, for example, with just vague hints of a maze and of the characters feeling like they are trapped. Then the dialogue goes all the way to the other extreme, Loudermilk comes right out and explains that it is possible David’s mind is locked in the astral plain.
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