The Pull List #4

22 May

The Pull List is Nico’s ongoing recommendations for what to pick up at the comic shop this week.  Check back each week for the best of brand new releases.

Dark Horse Comics

Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells A Rat by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Kevin Nolan

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Mike Mignola is perhaps best known for his epic (and still going) run on Hellboy, but he’s also down a lot more for Dark Horse, including a wonderfully bizarre pulp filled series starring Lobster Johnson. Don’t know who that is? That’s ok, because this month we are getting a one shot starring everybody’s favorite vigilante. The solicit says that somebody is killing bums in Skid Row, and you can guess that with Johnson on the case, somebody is going to get a lobster claw burned into their head (because fuck it, that’s why). But in all seriousness, it should be a great one shot and a nice introduction for people who may not know much about the world of Dark Horse’s BPRD.

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Our Unbiased Opinion: Disability and Ability in Science Fiction

21 May

In my classroom this past semester, we’d been talking about Nancy Farmer’s The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, and I was really nervous about being observed for the first time – as a student I never had to deal with evaluations & I’ve literally never been in a teaching situation before now. My students were probably the best they’ve ever been this week though with thoughtful discussion and full engagement with the text. I am so glad they picked this week to make me look good (but really it’s all their doing).

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The Pull List #3

15 May

DC Comics

Aquaman Vol. 1: “The Trench” TBP by Geoff Johns, art by Ivan Reis

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A few years ago, Geoff Johns completely remade the Green Lantern mythology bringing Hal Jordan back and fleshing out the emotional spectrum. Now, with the New 52, he’s doing the same thing for Aquaman. Yes, the guy who’s superpowers include “can-talk-to-fish”, who has frequently been the butt of comic book jokes for years, got the Geoff Johns makeover and now Aquaman is one of the best books DC is putting out each month. Collected in this TPB is the new introduction to Aquaman and his partner Mera as they struggle against a threat from deep below the sea. But more than that, it is simply a fantastic new take on an old DC character, one that is full of moments that show how in the right hands any character, even Aquaman, can be powerful and conflicted and utterly relatable, and without a doubt one of the most badass characters in the new DC Universe.

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Don’t Miss These Netflix, Week 18

7 May

Hey baby, how have you been? Oh is that so? Really? I told you, Becky is a huge bitch. Look I’m going to cheer you up right now. You ready for this? Good. Turn on Netflix and type these words into the search field, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’. Now hit play.

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That’s right; the glorious sorta kinda horror movie The Cabin in the Woods is on Netflix. If you didn’t catch this in theaters you are in for a treat. Sadly, I cannot go into more detail as I don’t want to spoil the goodness, but just trust me, there is much goodness.

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Visible Quotes #6: The Octagon

6 May

Visible Quotes is our attempt to share some of our favorite lines in film, in their original context.  They’re always better in the movie, especially when the other option is your friend endlessly saying them.

I will admit, without any shame, that I love Chuck Norris movies.  The action is great, the villains are always over the top, and Chuck’s characters are endlessly entertaining (maybe not always for the right reasons, but that’s beside the point).  But its definitely a fact that his earlier films were better than his later ones.  The 70s and 80s were Chuck’s heyday.  And there are some excellent examples out there.  Today, our quote comes from one of my absolute favorites: The Octagon.

In The Octagon, Chuck plays a retired martial arts champion who decides to go after a secret ninja clan after they do enough damage to his personal life that he can’t ignore them any longer.  For some reason, there is a ton of voice-over narration that allows us to hear Chuck’s inner thoughts through all of this action.  Which is awesome.  It also features Lee Van Cleef as a man who murders terrorists.  That is actually his profession.  He finds terrorists as they come into the United States and murders them.  He’s a fascinating character and I really wish there was a sequel to The Octagon that just focused on him.

Anyway, our quote comes from the scene where Chuck is trying to convince his disbelieving fried that ninjas are behind all of the recent crimes.  Its great not only because of the way he phrases his argument, but because his mustache is simply amazing.

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Oh man, he’s just such a role model.

– david

Films We’ve Watched: Iron Man 3

2 May

Following two successful Iron Man films and an almost universally applauded Avengers movie is no easy task, and there are few in Hollywood who could realistically handle the challenge. This project was riddled with potential landmines and missteps. After three major films, and a few minor appearances, the Iron Man character approaches overexposure, and might have easily slipped into tired, rehashed superhero drudgery.

However, the relentlessly witty combination of one of Hollywood’s most clever, one-liner laced writer/directors (Shane Black) and its fastest talking, most frenetically-paced actor makes for one of the sharpest scripts in years. The result is nothing less than a screen full of exploding awesome-bombs, and one of the most over-the-top action sequences ever to end a movie. We’re left with what is arguably the best solo Iron Man movie to date.

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The Pull List #2

1 May

DC Comics

The Movement #1 by Gail Simone, art by Freddie E. Williams II

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Gail Simone has been putting out great comics at DC for years, from his epic run on Suicide Squad to his recent revamp of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, and now DC has given him a new task– adapting the Occupy movement into a comic book. That’s the closest comparison I can make. Even the solicit that went out for The Movement #1 begins: Who defends the powerless against the GREEDY and the CORRUPT? Who protects the homeless and poverty-stricken from those who would PREY upon them in the DARK OF NIGHT? A subversive group of superheroes fighting back against society? Written by Gail Simone? Art by the wonderfully talented Freddie Williams? It’s hard to think of a reason not to pick this up.

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