Sunday, June 05, 2011

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: "Dragon's Secret" - An exchange student, a bunch of rings, and some spooky ghosts. Another fun one, particularly to see Velma getting jealous while trying to not be. And Fred's continued development with Daphne was good.

  • Primeval: "Season 5 Episode 2" - Oh, THIS episode deserved to be in high definition if any episode ever did. The team goes on a submarine to close an anomaly in dangerous waters. And there are some really good scary underwater monsters in it. And the cramped and terrifying confines of a submarine with a horror onboard stalking the crew. Overall, lots of fun.

  • Doctor Who: "A Good Man Goes to War" - Ah, the secret behind River Song is revealed. And, thanks to my extreme efforts to avoid spoilers, I was completely surprised by a lot of things in this episode, much to my delight. This is not nearly as much of a cliff-hanger as some episodes have ended on, but it's still going to be a long wait until the second half of the season airs.

This week's movie was Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid (Vienna and Florence, 1908). Still from the DVD set we borrowed from a friend (thanks Ian!). In the first half, Indy falls head over heels in love with Princess Sophie, and goes to great lengths to say goodbye to her. A side visit with Freud, Jung, and Adler don't help him deal with his lovesickness, but do add to his determination. Another jump in age for Indy sends him to Italy, as usual the timeline is messed up. The second half is much more intense, as Indy's mother has love trouble.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Green Lantern/Flashpoint Special Edition - Changing GL's origin yet again? Or something else? I'm getting tired of all the variations, and wish they'd just stick to new stories. Flashpoint, now... definitely involves lots of Aquaman, so I'm really curious about it.
  • Young Justice/Batman BB Super Sampler - Two fun stories in one little book. With Aqualad front and center, this is the best FCBD book for me this year. And it helps that it's just a pretty good couple of stories, too.
  • Mouse Guard/Dark Crystal Flip Book - The title lies, there are actually four pieces in this book. Well, three and a promo for a big project of great interest to Jim Hensen fans. The Mouse Guard side was excellent, a done-in-one bedtime story. The Dark Crystal side was dark and disturbing. There was also a four page Dapper Men prelude. One of the best this year, I think.
  • Baltimore/Criminal Macabre Flip Book - I read the Criminal Macabre part first and wasn't impressed. Oh, it was ok, but not my cuppa. Baltimore was freaky and atmospheric and a little tiny bit predictable.
  • The Intrepid Escapegoat and The Stuff of Legend - The Stuff of Legend was an intriguing concept with no actual comic to back it up. The Intrepid Escapegoat was funny, goofy, and even a bit clever.
  • The Tick: Free Comic Book Day 2011 - Eh, it's the Tick. I'm not a big fan, but I'm sure people who like The Tick will enjoy this.
  • Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2011 - Amusing first story, mildly amusing Krusty single page gags, funny second story (I understand the frustration of trying to open some DVD cases), and a disturbingly Sergio final tale.
  • Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse - A nice completely story featuring Mickey and Pluto. I really liked this a lot, and suddenly wish I had money to buy all these older strips.
  • Top Shelf Kids Club 2011 - A fun little sampler with some fun, if very strange, stories. I like how the back cover lists all the collections so people know what to look for if they liked a story.
  • May 11th
  • Birds of Prey #12 - Yikes. New mission, new villain, and the Question shows up. This could be a good storyline.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold #7 - The first three pages nearly made my year. That first page, with baby Aquaman, is an all-time classic. Nice to see Aqualad, too. Oh, and the main story, a flashback to Batman's early years, was also good.
  • Northlanders #40 - A very good little done-in-one that says a lot about this book. Worth picking up and reading if you are curious (although it's a bit less gory than usual).
  • Doctor Who Classics Series 4 #4 - Two solid little stories, one with a scavenger helping the Doctor despite himself, and one with the seventh Doctor meeting old dead companions and previous incarnations of himself. Slightly spooky, but not hard to figure out.