Sunday, September 02, 2012

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Asylum of the Daleks" - I worked really hard to not hear any spoilers about this season ahead of time, so Eric and I sat down and watched the prequel "Pond Life" together right before we watched this. It's harder than you might think to avoid spoilers, but I think I did a good job. Possibly a better job than I ought to have, since I didn't know until after the show was over who was playing Oswin or why it might be significant. Anyway, I enjoyed it. Not the best ever dalek story, but certainly a strong one. The whole idea behind a dalek asylum is completely ridiculous, as the Doctor points out, but hey, it worked for the story. I still think bow ties suck and ought to be banished.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jul 4th
  • Dorothy of Oz Prequel #3 - Not permitted to eat the candy? That's kind of Oz, I guess.
  • Castle Waiting #17 - I almost can't resist going to read the old issues... but I think there's one more issue before this book finishes up, so I'll wait.
  • Justice League International #11 - Occupy folks are sort of the bad guys, or rather the pawns being manipulated. I don't know how I feel about that.
  • Earth Two #3 - Not the origin I remember, but not a bad start. We'll have to see about that villain on the final splash page.
  • Worlds' Finest #3 - I didn't think I'd like this book, but the mystery of what came with them combined with the fun of them setting up in a new world just makes it work.
  • Smallville Season 11 #3 - Poor Hank Henshaw.
  • Muppets #1 - It tries. It really tries. And it's better than no Muppets. But I'm just not hearing the music.
  • Jul 11th
  • Resurrection Man #11 - Aw... I kind of liked the shadow powers.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series #4 - Nice little tale of the tattooed man.
  • Saucer Country #5 - An NDA isn't worth the paper it's written on if one party doesn't really agree to it. I'm not sure the governor got anything positive out of that attempt.
  • Hoax Hunters #1 - I love the idea of a group debunking myths and monsters that are actually really busy covering up for such things. This is starting out promising.
  • Spongebob Comics #10 - As long as Mermaid Man shows up, I'm happy with this comic. Though I prefer classic Mermaid Man, the old folks version is funny as well.
  • Jul 18th
  • Doctor Who Classics Series IV #6 - Seems to me that the robots are just poised to pop out of the water and destroy civilization again. I hope they hold onto that sheet music.
  • Concrete: Three Uneasy Pieces - Three short stories, good stuff. The second one didn't really seem to end, but that doesn't seem so strange with Concrete for some reason. I'd like to see more. These originally appeared in Dark Horse Presents.
  • Justice League #11 - Ah, finally getting some answers, or at least some more intriguing bits. Don't like seeing heroes fight, but it was good the others quickly realized what was happening and got it shut down.
  • Green Lantern Corps #11 - One big civil war. Bleah.
  • Batman Beyond Unlimited #6 - I want to like this more, but not enough Aquagirl for me in the Justice League part, and the whole storyline is moving a bit slow for all three tales.
  • Young Justice #18 - I thought Batman came down a little hard on poor Captain Marvel. He just wanted to hang out with the kids! At least Aqualad is talking to someone about his feelings. Oh, and I'm not fond of monkeys either.
  • Fables #119 - Wow, this book is really brutal.
  • Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation #3 - The flashback was nicely done. And I preferred the art in the flashback as well. Fun book.

My library books this week were A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. I had read the first three books some time ago, thought they were pretty good, then set the series aside because I didn't know when it would end. So recently I got my hands of copies of all five books and did a re-read from the start, skimming bits I remembered in the first three books. It's a solid series with a lot to recommend it, but there are caveats. If you don't like novels with a dozen different viewpoint characters and a cast of thousands, this might not be the series for you. If you really get invested in characters... well, certain parts of certain books will hit you really hard. I'll read the rest when it comes out, but I probably won't watch the TV series.


Bully said...

I still think bow ties suck and ought to be banished.

But look how cute I am in one!

Jonathan L. Miller said...

I'm sure you've already seen my review, but just in case, here it is. (Spoilers, obviously)

Short form: I liked it. A lot. :-)