‘There are things within us that need to be unleashed’ – 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)

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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)