Month: July 2013

Grant Morrison, The Batman, And I

Batman Incorporated #1 New 52 by Chris Burnham
From Wikipedia:
The Ouroboros or Uroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.

The Ouroboros often symbolize self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished.

This Wednesday sees the release of the final chapter of Grant Morrison’s seven year run with the character with Batman Incorporated #13. It’s been a long journey, and I don’t think I’m overstating it at all in saying that it’s one of the most exciting, complex, and overall best comic book runs of all time. I’m definitely a Grant Morrison guy, but even subtracting my love for the writer and the character of Batman, I still believe it would hold up as such. But this isn’t a review of the story, this is a story of me and reflection over the time period of when I came in to this wonderful world of weekly comics until now. (more…)

Advertisements

Batman ’66 is Awesome

Batman '66 by Jonathan CaseNo, not the show. Although the show is pretty freaking rad, too, and I do love it (side note: What the H!? I thought there would be some Batman ’66 on DVD news at San Diego Comic-Con). No, I mean the comic book that has been releasing digitally through Comixology over the past month and recently saw a print release in local comic book stores. Yeah, that comic is completely rad.

I’m a huge fan of the 1960s Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, respectively. It’s a fantastic show for a multitude of reasons spanning from its ability to appear as a straight up superhero program for children, while also being a showcase of the weird and bizarre for adults that think that sort of thing is hilarious. I have a warm place in my heart for this show due to my obsession with it when I was a kid and it aired on The Family Channel (now known as ABC Family) and the movie was shown almost weekly on AMC. I loved it when I was a kid, and it’s how I grew up on Batman. So, seeing the comic book resurrect that kind of storytelling at the hands of Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case is music to my eyes. Quite simply put, it’s fun. (more…)

New Comic Book Day

I had a little piece in this week’s The GoD List over at Geeks of Doom, so if you want to check out some of the comics I’m looking forward to this week, look no further than here. Obviously, there’s some Batman in there, as well as some Red Sonja and Thanos Rising, but if you want to know why I’m looking forward to it, make sure to check out the article. Also, make sure to spend some time on the site as they will be having lots of coverage of the week’s San Diego Comic Con, and many other bits and pieces. It’s a great site, and if you’re not already reading it daily, you should probably fix that.

Summer Watch List: 3 Shows To Marathon

TV Watch ListHey everybody, I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here, but considering my record three posts from last year, I’m doing pretty okay in that department. There a lot of things I want to discuss in the coming days, weeks, and months, but one thing that has been on my mind for the past month or so is television. I’m not one to really keep up with television on a weekly basis with the exception of professional wrestling, so services like Netflix and Hulu+ really come in handy when I want to give in and watch some televised programs. One thing that goes along with these services is the marathoning phenomenon.

Marathoning has pretty much been a thing since TV on DVD became a thing, and some of the shows that really seemed to fit well for that lifestyle for me were shows like HeroesCSI, and Smallville. I watched all of those shows on DVD until I caught up with the series as it was airing, and the only one I stuck through the whole way was Smallville considering I developed a closeness with a community of watchers/lovers/obsessers and I befriended one of the writers, who is currently writing the Smallville Season 11 comic, if you are so inclined to check that out, which you absolutely should. It’s currently the only Superman related comic that I care about. But I digress. Marathoning television shows works so incredibly well for a lot of shows, and it’s a great way to kill some time in the evening before you start going to bed, and it’s even a great way to get yourself relaxed while you are actually in the bed and ready to fall asleep. Certain shows can be absolutely addictive, and today I’m going to discuss some of the shows that I love and that I am currently or have previously marathoned in the past few years. All of these shows are on Netlfix, so if you’ve got that service or can use someone else’s account, you’re good to go. So, in the immortal words of P!nk, let’s get this party started. (more…)