odds and ends

Not much going on here lately, to be frank. We’re beginning to gear up for the holidays in our house- for the first time, Ellen and I are hosting Thanksgiving here in Southern Ohio, rather than trekking to far-flung points across the country. We’re inviting some of our neighbors and Ellen’s childhood friend Kelly for dinner and LN and I are both anticipating a good time.

Content wise, last year at Thanksgiving, I went off the beaten track a little bit with an action sequence… and I have a different plan for this year. I’m not sure if it’s going to be any good- I’m worried that the comics I have planned are going to come off a little preachy and self-aggrandizing… but I’m happy about most of what I’m trying to say with them.

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Earlier this week I received a copy of The Complete Making of Indiana Jones from DonorsChoose request. All I can say after having flipped through the book several times is my students have to get in line behind me on this book. I’ve been reading it for the past two days and it is a thing of beauty for fans of the Indy Jones movies. Exhaustive barely even begins to cover how thorough author J.W. Rinzler has been, digging into the flicks.

Preference is rightly given to Raiders of the Lost Ark, with only a cursory glance taken at the last Indy movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… a flick that absolutely everyone hates on as the least of the series. It is the least of the series, but at the risk of sounding uncool, I enjoyed a lot of Crystal Skull and felt it suffered quite a bit from almost 20 years of pent-up expectation.

Anyway, great book, would make an awesome gift for a movie buff.

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I read two mainstream superhero comic books right now- DC Comics’ Batman and Robin and Marvel Comics’ Thor: The Mighty Avenger.

After almost two years, I was prepared to give up Batman and Robin. My main reason for keeping up with the book, writer Grant Morrison, is moving on to other comic projects. I’ve been looking for places to trim my pull list, and this gave me a great excuse.

 

I was not at all prepared for the cancellation of Thor: The Mighty Avenger, a book I picked up on a whim a few months ago and instantly fell in love with. An all-ages retelling of the Thor superhero story, Thor: The Mighty Avenger was seemingly created to introduce new readers to the character in preparation for this summer’s upcoming movie. The book did it’s job well in being set away from the continuity-laden Marvel Universe and all the baggage that entails. A reader could pick this up knowing nothing about Thor and grasp what’s going on with relative ease..

The creative team for Thor: The Mighty Avenger is one of my favorite in comics right now. Writer Roger Langridge is responsible for BOOM Studios’ adaptation of The Muppet Show that I’ve talked up here before, and artist Chris Samnee is, in a word, incredible. You can check out Samnee’s blog here and see for yourself. I’m going to add it to the blogroll because some of the stuff Samnee does with the use of shadow has to be seen to be believed.

Anyhow, Samnee points out over there that there are three issues of Thor: The Mighty Avenger left to be published and although it’s pretty difficult to reverse a publisher decision like cancellation, if you like good comics I highly recommend picking ’em up. It might be a case of “too little, too late” but the comics are so good you won’t regret your purchase.

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