And so concludes our summer as we look back on the August that was and think “Why don’t I live in a more temperate climate?”
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
In a time when Warner Bros. has chosen a humourless, desaturated world to set their characters in, I’m glad this film exists. Between this and Captain America, I’ve come away from two Marvel movies this summer that thoroughly satisfied as a film and did so in (moderately) different ways.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Ha just kidding. I read enough reviews to glean two things: that there was way too much April O’Neil and not nearly enough turtles (maybe that counts as two sides of the same coin?) Maybe they thought we couldn’t handle the crazy world of the turtles but then I turn your attention to the only film I actually did see this month. Oh well. There’s always…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Season 2)
This really is a great series and if you haven’t gotten into it, but love the turtles and their world, then I definitely think it’s worth checking out. I mean they’re setting up Bebop & Rocksteady! And Baxter Fly! So good.
Sherlock (Season 3)
This season seemed to get a bunch of grief and I don’t really understand why. It’s about as fanfic-ish and light on good female characters as season 2. If anything, I think this season has the strongest episode 2 of all three trilogies thus far so I’d say it’s a strong contender!
Doctor Who (Seasons 7 & 8)
I’m immediately on board with the twelfth Doctor.
An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)
TV movies count as TV as opposed to a movie, right? Well whatever. So this was a fun look at the making of Doctor Who, no matter how accurate it is (and I’ll admit I don’t know how true-to-life it actually is). Seeing Brian Cox’s Canadian accent was worth the price of admission.
Dirty Power by Fartbarf (2014)
I really can’t categorize this record and that’s probably what I like most about it. IF you have a suggestion for something to check out based on this trio, please send it my way.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
I picked up this book based off of Stuff to Blow Your Mind's summer reading list (2013) and I didn't realize it would combine two of my favourite genres: sci-fi and noir! Maybe it's less noir and more crime thriller? I dunno. Anyway, there's a character that I've decided looks like Garnet from Stephen Universe and it’s making it quite the enjoyable read.
Hellboy Library Edition (Volume 5) by Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo, Dave Stewart, and Clem Robins
With only one volume left, I’m really trying to savour this. What’s impressed me about the final is that it feels like it’s the appropriate scale, and calls back to the entire series. No surprise here but it’s fantastic.
No Man’s Land by Blexbolex
I’m not nearly smart enough for this book but I loved every minute of it. Each image is a masterwork of its own right and yet the sum is still greater than its parts. The whole presentation was wonderfully unique and I’m looking to find more like this that push medium.
Slayground by Darwyn Cooke
I really love this series. It’s set in a time, and inspired by books, that were a little less balanced when it came to female roles, but beyond that I really have little to complain about. The artwork is beautiful (I think meeting Darwyn Cooke would be one of the few instances where I’d get starstruck) and the no-nonsense/aggressive Parker is so removed from my own MO that it’s fun to read.
Batman Haunted Knight by Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, Gregory Wright, and Todd Klein
I don’t know what it was but the first two of three stories didn’t do it for me. The last MORE than made up for it, but maybe I just need to give them another shot. Thoughts?
Anyway, that’s a wrap on August. See you in September!