‘I have allergies’ – Snotgirl Volume 1

Hope you enjoyed our guest blog last week! The Man on the Silver Mountain loved giving his review of the new Mummy movie, and I hope you’ll be hearing more from him in the future.

Onto this weeks review – Snotgirl! Lottie Person – a girl after my own heart; A blogger (like me), a girl with allergies (like me) and dyes her hair cool colours (like me… ish). Bryan Lee O’Malley, who you may know from film and graphic novel character Scott Pilgrim. I loved Scott Pilgrim, though I must admit I watched the film first (and own but haven’t read the books – I know… naughty me!), and couldn’t wait to see what characters O’Malley had created next.

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Lottie Person, aka Snotgirl. A world renowned fashion blogger – Snotgirl, Image Comics, 2017

Snotgirl is someone I felt like I could really relate to – I too am a snotty and itchy wreck when my allergies (pollen and dust mites). I too am chugging pills to get rid of my stuffy, itchy nose and watery eyes. I really felt her pain – Lottie wants for no more than for someone to recognise her as she wants to be, not who she really is. I think she’s a character that everyone can relate to. As you can see she wishes to be ‘effortlessly chic’, but deep down she’s just a persona – this isn’t the real Lottie. In real life she’s a snotty 20-something year old, who’s ex-boyfriend is dating her old intern .

 

 

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Lottie showing you how much effort goes into making her persona – Snotgirl, Image Comics, 2017

I do have a couple of issues with the story line, however. It seems to be (minor spoiler alert) that Lottie thinks she’s a murder, she’s killed the only friend that she feels like she can rely on. But at the end this new friend turns back up, and then disappears again. Lottie’s crazy behaviour seems to be a side effect from her new allergy medication; the bottle advises not to operate heavy machinery or ‘make important life decisions’. It seems like these drugs are giving her hallucinations. However, her descent to madness is too fast and sudden, it’s jarring.

 

But, other than that one small hiccup, I would suggest reading it. It’s funny and lighthearted, but there’s still a sense of danger.

Have you read Snotgirl? Are you like Lottie – a snotty person just trying to be amazing? Did you think it was too jarring at the end? Leave a comment down below! 

“Welcome to a New World of Gods and Monsters” – The Mummy (2017)

Hi, I’m the Man on the Silver Mountain. Your Librarian’s out this week so as I was down finding something in the library to keep me entertained whilst I wait for more people to visit me on the peak so as The Mummy has just come out in cinemas and as I’m more of a fan of the old Universal monster movies than the Librarian is she asked me if I’d tell you guys a little about it. So far it’s gotten some bad press as well which I don’t think it deserves.
To do this justice I feel like we have to go back to the beginning, not just of the movie itself but where this movie has come from. Right back to 1932 where Boris Karloff took on the role of our undead title character.

There is a few spoilers within this review (but most of them are just from the trailer). 

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Boris Karloff looking severe as Imhotep in The Mummy in 1932 – The Mummy, Universal Studios, 1932

That movie had adventurous archaeologist Sir. Joseph Whemple and his associate Dr. Muller find the mummified remains of the priest Imhotep (the same character found in the Brendan Fraser Mummy movie from 1999). Imhotep had been mummified alive as he had committed acts of sacrilege by attempting to resurrect his dead lover who happened to be a princess by using an artefact called the Scroll of Thoth. Thanks to one of Sir. Whemple’s assistants reading the Scroll aloud the Imhotep is revived and flees with the Scroll and disappears. Time passes until Imhotep, now passing as a modern Egyptian helps other archaeologists (one of which is Sir. Whemple’s son) to find the Princess’ tomb, around which time he also encounters Helen Grosvenor, a woman that seems to him to be the reincarnation of his long lost love. He decides to kill her, mummify her and resurrect her so that she can be his bride and the two can be together forever. During his attempt at this, Helen remembers her past life as the Princess and cries out to the goddess Isis for help, the goddess hearing her and incinerating the Scroll of Thoth – in turn destroying the source of Imhotep’s power and causing him to crumble into dust whilst Helen returns to the world with the assistance of Sir. Whemple and Dr. Muller.

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Sofia Boutella raising hell as Princess Ahmanet in The Mummy 2017 – The Mummy, Perfect World Pictures, 2017

The new movie starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella has many of the same elements but have been reworked not just for a modern audience but also as the start of Universal Studio’s Dark Universe Cinematic Universe (DUCU). In this film we find Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his friend Chris Vail in the middle of Iraq and searching for trouble. Finding themselves in over their heads they uncover the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess, Ahmanet (Sophia Boutella), that had been removed from history and mummified alive due to her attempts to use an artefact called the Dagger of Set to draw Set, god of chaos into a physical body to be her immortal lover and ruler. As a result of removing Ahmanet’s sarcophagus from its tomb she wakes up and chooses the one who released her as a worthy host for Set to inhabit. Nick dies in a plane crash as Ahmanet sets herself free, sacrificing himself to save Jenny Halsey, the archaeologist that he found out about the tomb from. Nick wakes up in a mortuary without a scratch on him, revived by the curse Ahmanet has placed on his to keep him alive until she is able to use the dagger to draw Set into his body. Ahmanet hunts Nick down, plaguing his thoughts with waking nightmares and continuing to draw him towards her. Just as it looks like Ahmanet has got her way Prodigium turns up, a shadowy organisation directed by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), who capture Ahmanet and bring her back with them to their base where they look to permanently end her, and find a way to help Nick with his curse problem.
Now, as I was asked to avoid spoilers, I’ll round this up quickly; Ahmanet breaks loose, Mr. Edward Hyde shows up, bad stuff happens and Nick ends up having to come to terms with being cursed to fight back against Ahmanet… and save Jenny.

As you can see from the two plots we’ve got most of the common elements here; a Mummy character entombed alive for some form of sacrilege, the Mummy in the modern age searches for a vessel to either resurrect or possess via use of an artefact with a god’s name attached to it, and our heroes have to confront the new reality the Mummy shows them in order to fight back. The differences between the two mostly being in the gender of the Mummy and the nature of the rebirth they seek.

All-in-all, I felt that this was all handled pretty well turning what was quite a slow plot in the 1930s into a superhero-esque action-horror movie in 2017. The highlights for me were Russell Crowe’s performance as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the fact that this movie was a pretty good mirror to the older film that it had taken as inspiration.

My only negative remark is that there is a lot of exposition, sometimes rehashing the same piece of information two or three times for no reason which did slow things downs at times when it didn’t seem to need to.

Final thoughts – it’s a good start for the DUCU in my opinion; a good movie that was a lot of fun, paid homage to where it had come from and was looking to plant seeds for the rest of this new cinematic universe to grow from but not in a way that took over the whole film.

Catch the trailer here!

Thanks for reading guys and for more from me you can find me on YouTube at Man on the Silver Mountain

What did you think of the NEW Mummy? Should they stopped at the Brendan Fraiser runs, or are you like The Man on the Silver Mountain and loved the new one? Looking forward to the new Dark Universe? Leave a comment down below! 

 

‘Basic Bitch Psychological Warfare’ – Riverdale One-Shot and Single #1 and #2

Riverdale is one of my favourite shows. In a review I did in February, I love it. A lot. Whenever there was a week that Netflix didn’t upload it – let’s just say, I wasn’t happy waiting. Time to see if the comic lives up to the show.
I will attempt to make this review/comparison as spoiler free as possible.

A few weeks ago, I recieved a copy of the Riverdale One Shot and Singles 1 and 2 not so long ago to have a peruse through. All I can say is… I’m disappointed. They’re nothing like the show is. I would have thought that they would have at least made the characters look like the actors, but no; the art is slapdash and chunky. None of the characters look hella attractive, like the TV show, and none of them seem to act the same way.

The comics don’t feel like they have a place in the series. I can’t tell where they take place. They seem to be early on, but I can’t see where their gap is to thrive. Somewhere around Betty becoming a River Vixen, somewhere before Bughead, somewhere where they don’t fit. I think they should have been BEFORE the series, or elaborating more on the series. These stories are seemingly short one shots, which are meant to fit somewhere in the story line… but they don’t. I know I keep repeating it; but take my word for it. They don’t work. At all.
AND don’t get me started on Archie saying he loved Betty in the beginning of the One Shot, when in the series he has no feelings for her. He called her his ‘sweetheart’; look Sweetheart, make up your mind. You can’t feel two things at once. It’s like the writers never spoke to each other.

I will keep collecting the comics, because I love Riverdale. And I love the covers. I am a cover fanatic, and if the art inside was the same as the art outside… maybe I’ll have liked them more.

All in all – I am so upset about how they weren’t anything like the series… I have one thing to say to the writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Try again, and try harder.

I am one sad Librarian.

Take a look at the One Shot covers below!

 

Have you read the Riverdale comics? What did you think? Angry that I was disappointed, or do you completely agree with me? Leave a comment below!

‘You are a man?’ – The Wonder Woman film

One day late this week. Perhaps I should set myself an alarm to get these out on time!

Wonder Woman is a female superhero (THE female superhero in my opinion) in the DCEU. She is my main girl, and I have a massive canvas of her in my house. She’s my favourite character from DC Bombshells (check out my review of that for ‘International Women’s Day 2017’). Just a brief spoiler – I LOVED THIS MOVIE. DC has definitely stepped up their game after Batman VS Superman – Dawn of Justice.

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This is one of my favourite movie photos. I love how it actually looks like a WW1 photo! – Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017

Wonder Woman is set in World War 1, and after growing up in a secluded paradise, she is thrown into the midst of battle. She assumes, pretty correctly, that the story of the God of War, Ares has come back for his final battle -and Diana herself is the only one that can stop him from killing everyone.

 

I love Diana’s innocence in this film. As it’s her origin story, she is literally new to the whole world. As she has never seen anything other than Themyscira, the gorgeous land in which the Amazons live, she assumes that the whole of the world is exactly like the world she comes from. How wrong is she? (Spoilers – VERY!)

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Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman / Diana Prince hiding in a bush! – Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017

The team Diana ends up with couldn’t be a more rag-tag bunch. Sameer, Charlie (who you might remember as Spud from Trainspotting and T2) and Chif are all specialists in their own field. Not only is this important, it’s also important to consider that they’re very ethnically diverse. Sameer points out to Diana that he’s struggled to become an actor because he isn’t white, Chief explains that he has nothing because of Steve Trevor’s race. Even though these added important points, I didn’t feel as if the idea of racial segregation was being shoved down my throat; ignoring that the Germans were obviously doing exactly that.

 

In the end, Diana can’t stop Ares alone. Without Steve Trevor – hers (and my) one true love – she wouldn’t have made it out alive. I honestly think they’re the cutest relationship, much better than Lois and Clark. I hope beyond all hopes that they bring back Steve Trevor’s son or grandson (from the Lynda Carter led TV series – this is extremely wishful thinking).

Catch the trailer below!

Have you seen Wonder Woman? What did you think? Was the acting up to scratch? Are you an avid comic reader and just loved (or hated) the movie! Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017)

Penny Dreadful Issue 1

First and foremost, I apologise for this post coming out two days after I had planned! The Library was closed on Monday, and naughty me hadn’t got the comics she wanted before the weekend! But I shan’t grovel – let’s just get on with it shall we?

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The ‘Cover Gallery’ for #1 of Penny Dreadful in single form. As you can see, Vanessa (Eva Green) is a vital part of the plot – Penny Dreadful, Titan Comics, 2016

Penny Dreadful was a show created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, a man who had previously written Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Skyfall. I loved this show when it was on the television, and religiously tuned in each and every week.

However, when it ended it fell completely flat. Like a pancake. Did anyone else see that awful ending? It’s the biggest shame they cancelled it. Especially because, at university, I studied the Victorian period – it’s my favourite time period. My favourite book is actually A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, so when I saw Dorian was a character in it, I was very excited. His character progression, as with the rest, was amazing right until the end.

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Mina (wearing white) and Vanessa. That whole angel in white, devil in black thing! – Penny Dreadful, Titan Comics, 2016

I was a little disappointed I’ll be honest. The comic book just seems like a complete copy from the show. Obviously the characters are going to look alike, but the I felt like they could have done much more with it than they did. The story line for this issue was all about Mina – a minor character, Malcolm’s daughter, from the story of Dracula. In the original story Dracula’s demise, he entraps Mina into his clutches. Much is the true here, but I just couldn’t care less about her story line. Perhaps this is because it was all rounded off in season 1, all those years ago, and so I’ve had closure?

I quite liked the art style, though it might seem to some as a tad dark. But I liked how much like the characters actually looked like their acting counterparts. The darkness fitted the overall mystic of the comic as well as it’s dark nature.

All in all, I suggest it more for people who have yet to see the series and want some preliminary research before the show. Or, I guess, those that just really miss seeing it on our screens.

Have you read Penny Dreadful? Have you seen it? What’s your opinion on either? Are you like me and love Victorian literature? Leave your comment down below! 

(Header Image: Penny Dreadful, Titan Comics, 2016)

Free Comic Book Day 2017!

I’m out of the Library this week, so thought I’d do a quick celebratory post this week, with my one sentence reviews of the few comics I got for Free Comic Book Day 2017.

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Comics mentioned – Rick and Morty, Oni Press, 2017; Riverdale, Archie Comics, 2017; Secret Empire, Marvel Entertainment, 2017; Wonder Woman, DC Comics, 2017; Lady Mechanika, Benitez Productions, 2017

Have you read any of the free comics? Looking forward to reading the actual comics? What did you get for Free Comic Book Day? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Free Comic Book Day Icon, http://www.freecomicbookday.com/)

‘I am Groot’ – Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Does it live up to Volume 1?

I’ll be the first to admit that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is amazing. I will also be the first to admit that I have seen but a mere handful of the films, (please don’t hate me just yet!) One of my favourite actors at the moment is Chris Pratt, and seeing as he’s the protagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy, I just had to see it! Though I have not read any of the Guardians of the Galaxy, I don’t feel like you need to to  enjoy the story from the film. Without futher ado…I am Groot.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios, 2017

If nothing else the music in this film is amazing. Within the first few minutes of the film starting, Groot was dancing along to Electric Light Orchestra’s Mister Blue Sky. If that’s not a masterpiece in itself then I don’t know what is. For anyone that’s come into the library, they’ll probably have heard this on quietly in the background many a time. It is one of my favourite songs. I am also a fan of George Harrison’s Sweet Lord and Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain. If you’re also into music of this time period, you’ll enjoy this movie purely for it’s musical value.

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I am Groot! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios, 2017

There’s one bit at the end of the film that seemed a bit OTT to me. Two characters, who’s identities shall remain secret, get into a big battle and begin to destroy everything around them. Though this is key to the plot, I felt like the out and out destruction seemed a bit much. The last super hero film I saw that had that much destruction in it was Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we know how well that film did! It’s redeeming feature at this point is that I actually cared about the people fighting; unlike in Batman VS Superman where I couldn’t care less who won.

This is slightly spoliery, but not really – but the MCU loves it’s after credit scenes. Obviously Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would have one. What I didn’t expect was it for to have five! Some of them are a bit Easter-egg-y (like the Groot one), whereas others set up new characters and plot points. I have no idea how the cinema’s staff feel about people sitting in the theatre until the last minute!

All in all I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Though there were times that characters sort of said how they felt rather than showed it, it still had the same quirkiness and love that the original had. It’s not a disappointing watch at all.

Check out the trailer below!

 

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1 or 2? Going to see it at the cinema? Who’s your favourite character? I am Groot? Leave a comment below!  

(Header Image: Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios, 2017)

‘We’re born believers. We’re just made that way’ – Outcast Volume 1

I thought I would get in some 18+ horror comics. Now, if I were to watch a movie that was an 18+ horror, I would be cowering behind the sofa. I am not good with horror. But reading it is fine, easier to tell my brain that the big scary monsters not actually going come and eat me. With this in mind, I decided to order in Outcast Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him, written by Robert Kirkman (who you may know from writing The Walking Dead).

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Outcast Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him –  Outcast, Image Comics, 2015

Now, dear readers, I have to admit before I write about Outcast that I didn’t like it. Not because it’s “scary”, because it isn’t – but nothing happens. Absolutely nothing. It’s such a slow burner, that I took none of it in. I had to turn back to the beginning to remember who someone’s name was because I got him confused with the main character. It was not an easy thing for me to finish. I actually can’t fathom how they made a TV series out if it – perhaps I need to sit down and watch that?

I have nothing against the art of Outcast. I like the gritty style, it fits with the idea of possession and the idea of eating people. However, I didn’t like the feeling of the constant jumping from one storyline to the next. As said earlier, I had to go back to the beginning of the book to check if I was in a flashback or not – I am pretty sure I got Kyle and Joshua confused more than once.

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Kyle and Joshua mid-fight. What are these demons? Why are they after Kyle? – Outcast, Image Comics, 2015

I never understood the story hook about Kyle’s mum, from Reverend Andersron. When talking about it, it was made to seem like Sarah Barnes, Kyle’s mother, and Reverend Anderson were in a relationship. I don’t assume that’s the case, as no other reading around Outcast I have done says that, but feel free to correct me. There were just too many story lines that made no sense to me.

I will attempt to read the other volumes of Outcast – Volume 2: A Vast and Unending Ruin and Volume 3: This Little Light – that I have sat at my foot, and try to understand some of the story! I really wanted to like it, and I just couldn’t get on with it.

Have you read Outcast? What about watched the television series? Which do you like better? Did you struggle as much as I did? Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Outcast, Image Comics, 2015)

‘You might be pregnant now.’ – Split, 2017

Today, I thought that I would review a movie – no comic book relation at all here. Last night I sat down and watched Split, we recently restocked the M. Night Shyamalan shelf (yes, he has enough movies under his belt to constitute his own section). Let’s just say – it’s weird. It’s amazing, but it’s weird. It’s also an 18+ so viewer discretion is advised.

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A selection of the primary personalities in Split – Split, M. Night Shyamalan, 2017

Split is the second film in the Unbreakable franchise. I will openly admit to never having seen Unbreakable, which is bad of me I know, but I didn’t feel like you had to have seen that movie to understand what was going on in this one. Though they have one, very shoehorned in, connection Split does seem to work by itself.

I really liked the acting within this movie. James McAvoy is a stunning actor, and his ability to jump from one personality to another is insane; especially when one personality is literally answering the other. As if McAvoy has 3 seconds to prepare himself for a complete change of character. I really hope he won, or will win, many awards for this acting – it was top notch.
Casey was also very well acted, especially as a kid from a troubled background. Unlike the other two teenage girls, who are stereotypical American teens, Casey juxtaposes them – she’s a quiet kid, who lives a troubled life. Slight spoiler – McAvoy’s Kevin calls her ‘broken’, equating them to be the same.

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Casey Cook in Split. She’s not like the rest of the girls – Split, M. Night Shyamalan, 2017

Obviously, as it’s an M. Night movie, it can’t be a straight forward movie. Of course there can’t just be 23 personalities, and the story around that. M. Night Shyamalan does not do ‘normal’, he does weird. About half way, to three quarters, the movie just got weird. The horde, a collection of 3 of the 23 personalities who are evilly aligned, begin to help create a 24th identity. I feel for poor Kevin; there’s just not enough room in his head for all of these people.

Yes this was quick, and slightly spoilery (sorry!) – I really suggest watching the movie. It’s a good stand alone, and from my sources it’s also a good homage to the original. I can’t speak more about it without spoiling everything about the story, so just go watch.

It’s on the shelf at the back. You can have it out on loan for up to a week.

Have you seen Split? What about Unbreakable? Are you looking forward to M. Night’s new superhero continuity? Or are you worried it’ll be a flop like Avatar: The Last Airbender? Leave a comment below!

(Header Image: Split, M. Night Shyamalan, 2017)

‘Don’t you wanna rev your Harley?’ – Batman: Mad Love

Today, we’re going back to the 90’s. Does anyone remember the origin story of Harley Quinn; that she first joined the DC universe in Batman: The Animated Series, in September 1992? I can see a few hands. How about Margo Robbie as Harley Quinn? Anyone remember that? Ah yes, many more hands.

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This is probably my favourite scene ever. Vroom Vroom! – Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, DC, 2009

Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, writer and artist, from the 1990’s television show, decided to detail their collaborative stories of Harley Quinn in Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, released in 2009. Obviously this is many years after the original animated series, but our (or at least my) love for Harley has not changed since her iteration – she is still the crazy lady that we all know and adore.

Mad Love is the story of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and how the Joker came into her life, pretty much wrecking her brain to a point of insanity. ‘Mad Love,’ as Paul Dini states, ‘is when you fall so passionately for a person (particularly the wrong person) that nothing else in the world matters.’  This is very true for Harley, who falls head over heels for the Joker – Batman’s No.1 enemy. Which is funny because Harley nearly kills Batman with the ‘Death of a Hundred Smiles’, dangling Batman upside down over a large tub of piranhas, that way the piranhas are smiling to the victim. If only she didn’t care so much about the Joker’s blessing, or that Batman would be dead by now. R.I.P Batsie.

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Dr Harleen Quinzeel comforting the Joker – Batman: The Animated Series, Season 3, Episode 21, 1999

Mad Love is evidence of Harley’s love for the Joker, which at times I really don’t think is reciprocated. There are other iterations of this love that are actually both ways – for instance in the Arkham games where their love is shown, and occasionally that’s through beatings (which Harley is very much into). She just loves him more than he’ll ever know.

 

Have you read Mad Love? What did you think? Did you ever watch the original TV show? Did you love it or hate it? What about other iterations of Harley? Leave a comment below! 

(Header image: Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, DC Comics, 2009)