A bit of back history on this one first. This comic adaptation is based on the 2001 novel by writer Neil Gaiman. This novel was sourced for a TV series adaptation that will begin to air on STARZ(8 episodes) on Apr.30th.Full disclosure. I have not yet read the novel , so my initial exposure to the story has been through this first chapter. Keep that in mind if I say something you think sounds stupid.
I really enjoyed the first chapter of the story so far. I had heard that time on the inside tends to go slower, if you have someone waiting for you on the outside. Convicted man Shadow Moon has just that. The first narrative of this story is of a man trying to keep his P and Q’s to himself as he waits to get out to the one person in the world he knows still loves him.His wife.
The other part of the narrative comes in the form of Mr. Wednesday. Mr. Wednesday has an offer for Shadow…….a job…..and identity after years of not having one. Shadow, left shattered by a tragedy he still has not come to grips with, is not sure where to go from here. He is wise enough to know what a dangerous man looks like, but what does he have to lose?
The third narrative I THINK I understood. We get a first look at what I believe are the gods among us…..and the beginning of a much larger conflict. I will admit this part of the book had me scratching my head of EXACTLY what happened during one of the last scene of the book. I’ll give a bit of a hint…..Think “Praying Mantis”. It’s no secret Neil Gaiman can tell a story so I expect this entire adaptation to be well done. The first issue certainly did not disappoint.
Scott Hamptons art was well crafted and flowed well from panel to panel . Skillfully telling the story that Neil Gaiman had set forth 16 years earlier. His Colors(lots of Dark blues, blacks and browns) gave it just the right amount of eclipsed back drop that a story with these dark undertones deserved. Special note to Cover Artist Glenn Fabry who provided one of the coolest looking covers of any book I’ve read so far this year. Just Killer……
I’m still on the fence whether I’m adding this to my file or not. I’m debating simply reading the book. Still, it is pretty cool having an artistic adaptation of this classic .If I see another cover like that looking me in the face next month I’m probably going to be sold on this adaptation of the book. Check the first issue out. It’s pretty good.
Writer : Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell
Artist and Colorist: Scott Hampton
lettered: Rick Parker
I know this is going to be a good movie. Everything I have seen so far tells me this is going to be a good movie. It’s got a funny Spider-man…….it’s got Michael Keaton……..it’s got Iron Man AND Robert Downey JR.It’s got a pretty decent looking version of a villain not yet seen before(I don’t count the shot of the wings in that OTHER movie.).I think i’m just Spider Manned out.It’s that simple.
Having said that, let’s take a look at this new trailer with as unfiltered an eye as we can muster……….. Okay, I’m back. I think that Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr are either going to make or break this movie. The new kid (Tom Holland , who I have to admit looks the part better then any of the other folks who played Spider-man before him)seems to have some decent acting chops, but I think his interpersonal relationship with Tony Stark and his Antagonist/Protagonist back and forth with the Vulture(Michael Keaton) will make or break this movie. I mean, let’s be honest, we’ve all seen Spider-man swing through the city a thousand times on film by now. This film has to have more in the way of interpersonal relationships for it to be a hit.
Michael Keaton was a great choice to cast as the Vulture. Fitting also since we was Spider-mans first real “Supervillan” way back in Amazing Spider-man #2 .I know, I know , I left out the Chameleon, but I meant someone who went “toe to toe” with Spider-man. Wouldn’t it be a mark- out moment if Vulture examined his wings and said in a Dark voice” Steel wings…..different, but not alien to me”.
This movie will make a tonne of money. It just will. I just hope some of it’s merit is based on quality and not just on history. Movie drops July.7th. 2nd Trailer below.
Well Folks. It’s that time of the year again. The winds of shit are on us once again. I suppose I should go back a bit. The Trailer Park Boys have always had a special place in my heart.I grew up about 30 minutes from the Trailer park they shot the first 2 seasons in. I’ve known scammers, thieves , fuck ups and park people and believe me when I tell you……..half the people in that show are based on real life folks.
Looks like the boys are going back to basics in this new Season and I’m pretty sure I just saw Ricky get shot in the nuts by a 3 year old……oh and Bull semen appears to play a large part in the new season. I say that with a straight face. and little fan fare because that’s a perfectly normal day in Sunnyvale Trailer Park.
New season drops this Friday folks. Get yourself an empty piss jug a few grams of weed, and strap in for 13 episodes of “What the fuck did I just watch?!?”……You’ll thank me later. Trailer for the boys below.