Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Free Comic Book Day 2018 Invader Zim: Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy

With Free Comic Book Day 2018 Invader Zim: Floopsy Bloops Schmoopsy this is my first comic by Oni Press and my first based on a Nickelodeon animated series, this case the short lived classic Invader Zim. Playing out like any episode from the show, Zim creates a living blob to help him conquer the Earth but becomes distracted by Gir's obsession with binging a silly kids show he then gets hooked on. All the while, Zim's blob escapes and manages to take over the planet but because of his master's obsession, waits too long so decides to restore the planet, befriend the humans, and leaves Earth to help others. This comic, having been written by the same creator of the show, successfully captures the humor and colorful and crazy storytelling that the show was always doing each episode. Every page that I read from this comic I could see being done shot for shot if it was done as an episode of the show. Over all: 100%
Top list so far for 2nd set of comics:
1. Free Comic Book Day 2018 Invader Zim: Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy
2. The Adventures of Superman Vol. 1 #500
3. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #6
5. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4
6. Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 #1
7. Wonder Woman Free Comic Book Day 2017 Special Edition (2017-) issue #1
8. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #2
9. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1
10. Incredible Hulk (1999-2007) #92: Planet Hulk Part One
11. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3
12. Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #1
13. Tate's Not At Comic Con Local Indy Anthology #8

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

While star Emily Blunt, director Denis Villeneuve, and cinematographer Roger Deakins don't return for this sequel, writer Taylor Sheridan and stars Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro return for this methodical thriller. It deals with most of the characters returning from the first film having to deal with Mexican cartels transporting terrorists into the United States. Sicario: Day of the Soldado's main plot deals with del Toro and Brolin's characters as they try to pit the various cartels against each other so as to disrupt the terrorists coming in by killing members of some cartels disguised as opposing cartels and kidnapping the daughter of a cartel head and making it look like the other cartels were involved. Much like its predecessor, Day of the Soldado isn't afraid to show how brutal it can be right in the beginning which can turn certain people off. The story is well told and the acting from everyone involved is phenomenal, with particular interest towards del Toro, Brolin, and newcomer Isabela Moner as the daughter kidnapped by the other two. Due to having a different director and cinematographer, this followup lacks the methodical directing style and beautiful majestic look that the previous film had, though it still well directed and photographed. Unlike Sicario's signature border shootout, there aren't scenes similar to that in this one, but there are some memorable action scenes. While this entry lacks in a lot that made the first film so great, it at least makes up for it by still keeping certain things and having some new stuff. Over all: 95%
2018 top list so far:
1. Incredibles 2
2. Avengers: Infinity War
3. Solo: A Star Wars Story
4. A Quiet Place
5. Deadpool 2
6. Black Panther
7. Ready Player One
8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
9. Ocean's 8
10. Isle of Dogs
11. Game Night
12. Thoroughbreds
13. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The fifth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a slight improvement over the previous entry though there are still a few issues leftover here and there. After the volcano on Isla Nublar becomes active, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, introduced in the previous film and played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, are tasked in helping to find various dinosaurs so as to keep them from going extinct. That then leads to the two and some new characters to a conspiracy involving the selling of the dinosaurs to people wanting to use them as weapons and a brand new dinosaur created through the DNA of the Indominus rex and other dinosaurs. While the film keeps elements of the science fiction adventure tropes that the previous films had, this one has a lot more focus on horror, which is very effective. The effects, both CGI and practical, to depict the dinosaurs has improved from the previous entry and the design and actions of the Indoraptor is one of the most memorable. While the performances from everyone involved are all great, sometimes the villains can feel like over the top bad guys just to keep the story going. The ending has some good things, such as the dinosaurs escaping into the wild and humanity having to accept them, and some bad things, such as the reveal of a newly introduced character whose backstory needed more to go on. Seeing Jeff Goldblum return as Dr. Ian Malcolm was a lot of fun, even if his scenes were very short. I really hope that the ending of this film plays into what happens in the next one and shows how the world changes. Over all: 86%
2018 top list so far:
1. Incredibles 2
2. Avengers: Infinity War
3. Solo: A Star Wars Story
4. A Quiet Place
5. Deadpool 2
6. Black Panther
7. Ready Player One
8. Ocean's 8
9. Isle of Dogs
10. Game Night
11. Thoroughbreds
12. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Pop Culture Guy episode 48: A Quiet Place and Isle of Dogs reviews

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bao

Bao is the animated short that preceded Incredibles 2 and is also made by Pixar, directed by Domee Shi. Centering around an elderly Chinese mother who imagines that one of her dumplings comes to life and treats it like her actual child only for the ending to reveal that her real son has his own family and she was suffering from empty nest syndrome. While the story itself is told in such an odd and weird way, it at least has a lot of heart and meaning behind it. The animation and design for Bao is one of the most unique that Pixar has ever done in either feature length or short. Besides the story and animation, this short is so memorable and great because of the detail and respect to Chinese culture.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Adventures of Superman Vol. 1 #500

A much older comic I was given for the 2017 Free Comic Book Day as a bonus that came with the other comics I chose, The Adventures of Superman Vol. 1 #500 is a continuation set after Superman was killed in the battle that first pitted him against Doomsday in the '90s. Dealing with a gravelly ill Jonathan Kent who has visions of his past and of his supposed late superhero son while at the same time showing and introducing the various characters that were inspired by Superman's heroism to continue his legacy like Steel or a new clone Superboy. The story is full of really great drama as Superman and his adopted father fight for their souls while the ending hints at the Man of Steel's eventual resurrection. The artwork is vibrant and the writing is really good, with the reveal of each of the Superman inspired characters foreshadowing what's to come. This being my first solo Superman comic, or at least one dealing with his death and legacy, this one is good as it deals more with spirituality and drama than action. Over all: 100%
Top list so far for 2nd set of comics:
1. The Adventures of Superman Vol. 1 #500
2. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5
3. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #6
4. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4
5. Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 #1
6. Wonder Woman Free Comic Book Day 2017 Special Edition (2017-) issue #1
7. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #2
8. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1
9. Incredible Hulk (1999-2007) #92: Planet Hulk Part One
10. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3
11. Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #1
12. Tate's Not At Comic Con Local Indy Anthology #8