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TPCCafe 97 I Hit The Record Button—I Think

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Well it is on big sausage fest as Scott, Paul, Oz and I get way to serious at times talking about make believe world of pop culture. This show we talk about,

DC Universe on TV

Marvel Movies and bubble bursting

Justice League Trailer

Spider Man Home coming trailer

Marvel Comics

The Future of Comic Shops and Comics

YouTube Stars the Future Hollywood Movies?

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The Walking Dead – Finale Teaser

 

Well, tonight is the night.” All out War begins” .Rick and his merry band of zombie fighters have had just about all the shit they are willing to take off Negan and have decided to go to war over it. My biggest concern with the plan is why, oh why did they decide to do it on the same night as Wrestlemania!?!…..or at least bring the Undertaker to do the heavy lifting?!?

This season has taken a bit of grief in the press for being too violent. Others have said it has been too much of a soap opera. Working too much on inner personal relationships in the end of days instead of fighting zombies every episode. I think some people have been turned off by that fact that humans have begun to adjust to a world of zombies and as such we’re going to start meeting more people who aren’t trying to kill our little travelling troupe. This , of course, has made for more characters on the show which has irked some people. Ah well, can’t please everyone.

I’ve enjoyed this season so far. It’s been a well crafted story(for the most part. Looking at you garbage heap people) and has stayed true mostly to the nature of the comic. I’ve always liked that this show has been character driven, and did not strictly depend on gore for its drama factor. Somebody will probably die in this season finale and it will bother us because the show took the time to create and flesh out characters that we care about. That’s not a soap opera, that’s simply good story telling.

Few clips to hold you over until the finale.

 

 

Dark Horse- American Gods: Shadows – Review – Chapter #1

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grimm Series Finale

 

 

GRIMM — Pictured: “Grimm” Key Art — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

For those of you who watched last week……hoo boy, did not see THAT coming. This is a bittersweet finale for me for a show that never truly reached its full potential. It did a great job of building this amazing universe over the seasons, but never really did as much as they could have with it.

It wasn’t a perfect show by any means. The villain of the week format did get tiresome after a while, but they did develop an undercurrent of a main storyline each week so I was okay with it. One of the most important by products of this format is that the viewers got introduced to dozens of difference races in the Vessen world. Some of these episodes were  one offs, but many of them made appearances in the show as it continued and some of them because semi featured characters.

I think this is one those shows that could have a life on Netflix or another network, if they could provide a bit more room for the darker edge the show should have had from the beginning, but just seemed to show up in the last season.

If you have any interest in perhaps reading a few of their adventures, there are two series(One in 2013 and another in 2016) that DYNAMITE released that might be off interest to you.

Final Episode airs This Friday Mar.31rst.Trailer below

SAVAGE THINGS – DC Comics(Vertigo imprint) #1

 

This is a pretty dark book. Think a cross between Dexter and the Bourne franchise, and you get a good feel for the pulse of this series. Studies have shown that approximately 1% per cent of the population are born psychopaths. If you had a chance to channel them…would you? Put their talents to better use then the uses they’d find for their talents themselves….?

Writer Justin Jordan tells a pretty good first chapter of exactly what can happen when you lose control of something you never really understood in the first place. The most scary and realistic part of this story is that there is probably a good chance aspects of it has already happened here in the real world. The dialogue is really well written and the pace of the book is eerily calm for the situations that are presented panel to panel.

I’ve always liked books that teach me something also, along with telling a good story. I had no idea what a homicidal triad was until I read this first chapter. Now I question myself why I had such a fascination with lighting matches when I was younger. Thank god that’s only one prong. I have 4 dogs and love them like children so I’m safe on that count. You learn things in this book though:)

There are forty of you in here now. This door doesn’t open again until there are twenty“……..brutally effective writing. Add that with the art of Ibrahim Moustafa and those panels just run ice cold. A good artist can tell a lot with facial expressions. A great artist can tell a lot with SUPRESSED facial expressions.

I’m still not sure where this story is going. Is it a story of redemption? of unfinished business? or just a trip into the warped minds of a serial killer nation? I should state now that this book is definitely for mature readers. There are some pretty disturbing panels of art in here but there pretty much needed to be.

Chapter 2 is out April 5th.I’m going to be reading it.

Writer: Justin Jordan

Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa

Colored by Jordan Boyd

Lettered by Josh Reed

Anne- Episode 1 – CBC

 

I wasn’t sure I going to review this and then I thought “What the hell, it’s Friday, and this was a great episode”. For those of you who don’t know, I am originally from the Maritime on the east coast of Canada. Many of you may only know Pop culture and the Maritimes in one specific context……..The Trailer Park Boys. Now this is a fine , classy show, but there is one other icon of that particular geographical location that also has a rich history in TV and cinema. Her name is Anne……of Green Gables.

I’m not going to delve too much into the 107 year history of Anne of Green Gables which has included, first, world renowned and beloved books, and later much loved TV series and movies which made a star(In Canadian terms  anyway) of Megan Follows.

This review will focus on the new Show which premiered last Sunday night called “Anne”. To me, it’s a re-imagining of “Anne of Green Gables”. Showing a much more realistic look at life in those days and how life as a child in an orphanage was sometimes very dark. The actress who plays Anne(played brilliantly by young actress Amybeth McNulty) brings both a sense of innocence and intense personal pain to the character .I realized 20 minutes in she was going to be one of the main reasons this show was going to be a success.

The brother and sister who Anne is placed with (through an unfortunate series of errors that turned out to be a blessing in disguise) are played by actors Geraldine James(Marilla Cuthbert) and R.H Thomson(Matthew Cuthbert).These decorated actors of screen and stage(R.H Thomson received the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award for Lifetime artistic Achievement in 2015)played these characters wonderfully.

Matthew Cuthbert, the soft spoken , quiet, wise farmer within minutes endears you (My wife said the character reminded her of her dad, which is high praise in of itself)and brings a strong sense of warmth and country living to the show. Marilla Cuthbert is the stern head of the household who has no time for sentiment but I think sees a bit of Anne in herself and slowly begins to see the potential of the child if someone will simply care for her.

I suppose I am a bit biased on this show. The scenery and cinematography showcases Prince Edward Island beautifully even though due to cost logistics a bulk of the show was in fact shot in Ontario. HOWEVER, much of footage of the coastline and of Anne and Matthews horse buggy ride is in fact P.E.I. Some things you cannot replicate. If a continued success, I suspect this will be a boon for P.E.I tourism.

I’ll be watching the second episode to see where this story goes next. It airs Sundays on the CBC. Starts May 12th on NETFLIX.Trailer Below.

 

 

 

TPCCafe 96 The Villians Name Is Child Support

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So this show Scott and I just free style. We have thoughts about Iron Fist, Dave Chappelle, Grimm, The Flash, Walking Dead, Venom, Katie Cassidy, Hans Zimmer, Agents of Shield, X-Men and so much more.

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