oxfordtweed: Shaun Riley super imposed over a blood spatter background, biting down on a phone (Nom - Shaun)
I was doing this fairly regularly before we moved and I stopped going to the comic shop on Wednesdays. I found a new shop just up at the next light, and they seem to have a pretty decent selection, so I figure I'll start up again.

First on the list, issues 1 and 2 of Whispers. My criteria for comics is good art and an interesting story. In that order. I can handle a predictable plot if the artwork looks good, but I can't sit through even the best stories if the artwork looks like clown vomit. This one's a Luna comic, so it's got the marks under art (aside from the occasional derp faces, which Joshua Luna seems to be unable to draw in three dimensions). The premise so far seems pretty interesting. It's about this guy called Sam, who has OCD and has learned how to astral-project. And he can also hear peoples' thoughts and see demons. There's also his recent-ex, Lily, whose dad seems to have been paralysed by a drunk driver. She thinks Sam's mental, which he probably is. The story's not had much of a chance to pick up yet, so more later.

I've not decided if this is a pull box comic or not. We'll see how it goes. I predict that Sam will be dating the girl he met in issue 2 by December, and probably around the same time, Lily will realise the mistake she made in breaking up with Sam. Ugh, I hope not. Please be surprising, Joshua Luna.


I also picked up volume 3 of the Killer. Not to be confused with the Hong Kong bullet opera of the same title, this one's a French translation about a hired gun. It's very Leon, in a way. I'm actually still on volume 2, but it was on the shelf so I grabbed it. It follows the unnamed narrator and anti-hero as he tries to work out if he's been sold out, set up, or just plain going mad. It's an older one, and may or may not have been abandoned. I can't actually tell. The end of volume 3 has a TBC note, but I can't find any information on a fourth volume. The copyright dates also don't match up between the book itself and what I can find on the internet.

Anyway, if I do happen to find a volume 4 out there, you can bet I'll be grabbing it up. It's got a good grit to it without being needlessly graphic, which is surprising considering the subject matter. The art is also quirky, which I like. Good line economy makes the character design pop out from a lot of the other stuff that's out there right now.


Last on the list is Mouse Guard: Legnds of the Guard. I heard about this once, a while ago. Probably on Attack of the Show. I'll be honest, I picked it up solely on the art. Cute, fluffy little mice with swords and armour? Yes, please. I've not actually read this one either, seeing as how I only bought these a few hours ago and spent my morning reading the Luna ones instead. But like the Killer, it looks like more of a slow read anyway.
oxfordtweed: Drawn image of Shaun Riley holding a cricket bat, with zombie hands reaching at him from the edges of the image (Comic - Shaun)
I think the comic shop up at the corner might become a weekly thing for me. Homeboy behind the counter, whose name I don't actually know, is pretty nice and the shop (while a bit pretentious) has a fairly decent selection. Very little in the way of imports, though. Which is a shame. Ah well.
oxfordtweed: The TARDIS in the foreground on a helipad, over-looking the city of London (Dr Who - TARDIS)
I was sent to the mall today to fetch a backpack and some motorcycle goggles. This is not important, but merely the vehicle through which I realised several things today.

The first is that Hot Topic has got into Doctor Who. FINALLY. This made me oddly happy, because it now means I can get dorky t-shirts in person and don't have to worry about shipping charges. The one I got today has given me an idea for a blanket I may eventually want to make. We'll see.



The big thing that I realised is why you can't find any Iron Man gear out there. I tried six different shops all either specialising in nerdy things or which slightly cater to them, and the only place I found something even tangentially related to Iron Man was again Hot Topic. And what I found was a t-shirt that was sort of all-inclusive of Iron Man. And then, looking at all of the various shirts and hats and belt buckles and everything else that places like Hot Topic and Journeys sell, it hit me. Iron Man does not have a logo or an emblem that is definitively Iron Man. Cap and Superman have their shields, Batman has the bat, the Flash has the lightning bolt, Green Lantern has the ring. Spiderman, well, he's got the spider and the incidental association of a white/silver web on a red background. All your organisations have emblems: Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Justice League. Even Thor can be recognised by an outline of Mjolnir. I could go on, but I'm getting bored.

Anyway, what does Iron Man have? Well, he's got the arc reactor, which is paradoxically overly-detailed and still looks like nothing. Or, you've got his face. Which I don't really fancy face t-shirts. They bug me. You can also occasionally find shirts with Robert Downey Jr, but see the aversion to t-shirts with faces on.

The official reason you can't find this stuff is that he hasn't been in cinemas for a while. But when was the Flash in cinema? It's been a while for the Green Lantern as well, and let's face it. Superman and Batman can be out of cinema for a decade, and you'll still find their stuff. Iron Man's not marketable because he doesn't have a simple logo, and it drives me mental. I want an Iron Man t-shirt, damnit. D:



Mildly unrelated, but still amazingly nerdy, I finished reading Jekyll and Hyde today. I think it was with Cat the other day that I was talking about this, and the adaptation decay of this story was brought up. Which, the more I've been thinking about it, the more that's been bugging me. Near as I can tell, Hyde just spent most of his time out getting off with rentboys. Yes, he did do two pretty horrible things, but the first one he almost immediately compensated the family, and when he murdered the MP (after Jekyll had kept him locked inside for however many months, only to ensure that when he did go free, it was like a wild animal from a cage), Hyde's ever action turned to self-preservation. And yet, he's always painted as this serial slasher rapist god knows what.

Which really wasn't what the story was about at all. At the core of it, it's about how man needs the duality of character to survive. A person needs balance, or else who knows what might happen? I guess somewhere in the human psyche is the need to latch onto the truly awful in any situation and ignore the rest of it.

I did quite enjoy the series Moffat did, I must say. All the meta and the surprise!Gatiss cameo made the show quite brilliant, even if it did succumb to the same adaptation decay as all the rest.

D:

Dec. 7th, 2011 04:34 pm
oxfordtweed: (D: - Rusty)
X-Box, what the fuck is this update? I can't find anything! This is horrible, and why the fuck is Netflix under apps now? It's ALWAYS been under video, you fuckers.

At least you gave me back my 'Recently Watched' list. If I had to go manually searching for my show one more time, I was gonna have to choke a bitch. D:

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