Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Week in YES - 5/19

The Song To Listen To

"Cinnamon" by Josh Herbert

The YA Book To Read

"From a Distant Star" by Karen McQuestion

The Comic To Enjoy

"A-Force #1" by G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Molina

The Movie To See

Directed by Brad Bird
Starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson

The Trailer To Watch


More To Say Yes To

This announcement

A "New Mutants" film will be directed by Josh Boone of "The Fault In Our Stars" fame.

This costume

Crossbones in "Captain America: Civil War."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Week in YES - 5/12

The Song To Listen To

"Propaganda" by Kat Vinter

The YA Book To Read

"Velvet" by Temple West

The Comic To Enjoy

"Nimona" by Noelle Stevenson

The Movie To See

"Mad Max: Fury Road"
Directed by George Miller
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult

The Trailer To Watch


More To Say Yes To

These series pick-ups

"Supergirl" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" ordered to series.

This announcement

Emily Van Camp reprises role as Sharon Carter in "Captain America: Civil War."

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Week in YES - 5/5

The Song To Listen To

"I Can Change" by Brandon Flowers

The YA Book To Read

"The Heir" by Keira Cass
The fourth book in "The Selection" series.

The Comic To Enjoy

"Secret Wars #1" by Jonathan Hickman & Esad Ribic

The Movie To See

"Hot Pursuit"
Directed by Anne Fletcher
Starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara

The Trailer To Watch


More To Say Yes To

This announcement

Adam Wingard (You're Next) to direct Death Note.

This other announcement

A sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service has been greenlit.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Manga Monday: Maria

Maria the Virgin Witch (Volume 1)
Masayuki Ishikawa

Maria the Virgin Witch 1Maria the witch uses her magical powers to stop war from brewing in France between various rulers.  She calls on monsters, uses succubi to seduce soldiers, and whatever else she needs to stop the pointless bloodshed.  Unfortunately, the archangel Michael is not amused with her efforts and tries to put an end to her meddling, so that no outside forces interfere with humanity's progress.  And so Michael puts a curse on Maria.  Maria, who, while obsessed with erotic literature, is still a virgin, can not lose her virginity, or she will lose her magical powers with it.

It actually takes the whole first volume to set up the entire premise of the book, which is kind of nice.  I like that it doesn't feel rushed, and that the story slowly unfolds around Maria and her friends, building toward her confrontation with Michael.  Ishikawa is not just a great storyteller, but illustrator as well.  There is a masterful blend of realistic and cartoony art at work here that does the sort of story told here justice.  I like the owls that Maria has created, servants in her quest to rid France of war, and her steely determination to protect the innocent from death at the hands of soldiers and criminals alike.  I also really enjoyed the differing views between Maria and Michael.  There's obviously a bias toward Maria's way of thinking, as we are seeing this story through her eyes, but it's not so simple as Maria is good and Michael is bad.  It reminds me of Star Trek, and the Prime Directive, where they weren't allowed to interfere with developing cultures, or potentially doom them to destroy themselves by developing too soon.  According to Michael, men must war and make mistakes to learn from them, while Maria only sees blood and violence and wants it to end.  Both are right, but Maria is shortsighted, while Michael has a broader scope that looks beyond the current death surrounding Maria.

All in all, this was a fun book, with fun characters, and t will be interesting to see what sort of temptations come along to test Maria's will to keep her powers.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Week in YES - 4/28

The Song To Listen To

"New Rush" by Gin Wigmore

The YA Book To Read

"An Ember In the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir

The Comic To Enjoy

"Supermutant Magic Academy" by Jillian Tamaki

The Movie To See

"Avengers: Age of Ultron"
Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle and Cobie Smulders.

The Trailer To Watch

"The Visit"

More To Say Yes To

This publication news

Frank Miller returns for the third book in "The Dark Knight Returns" saga.

This casting news

The entire cast for "American Horror Story: Hotel" revealed, including returning favorites like Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Finn Wittrock, as well as some pleasant surprises, such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Alexander Skarsgard and Donald Sutherland.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Previews Highlights: June 2015

I've scoured Previews Catalogue for the best of what the upcoming month has in store for comic shops.  Here's what's happening in June...

Five Hidden Gems

1. Cursed Pirate Girl Annual #1 - Jeremy Bastian's fantastic fantasy is back in a new annual, and full of the mind-blowing art with intricate detail that makes this book so special.

2. Dr. Fate #1 - Anything drawn by Sonny Liew deserves notice, so this new DC series is definitely of note.

3. Blubber #1 - This one-shot from Gilbert Hernandez features six stories that are mostly wordless.

4. 8House: Arclight #1 - Brandon Graham writes this new fantasy series featuring eye-popping art from Marian Churchland.

5. 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 - How perfect is this?  Angela, created by Neil Gaiman, in a world, Marvel 1602, created by Neil Gaiman.  And the two fit together like a glove.

Four Collected Editions

1. Gunnerkrigg Court (Volume 5): Refine HC - A new volume of Thomas Siddell's excellent fantasy title arrives, featuring more adventures for Antimony Carver.

2. Ant-Man/Giant-Man Epic Collection: The Man In the Ant Hill TP - #1 in the Ant-Man/Giant-Man Epic Collection sereies, and just in time for the movie!  Also debuting this month is the Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Old Republic, bringing Star Wars to the Epic line, and Iron Fist Eric Collection: The Fury of Iron Fist.

3. Werewolf by Night Omnibus HC - Collecting the original 43 issues of the 1972 series, and a bunch of other appearances. 

4. Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus (Volume 1) HC - The first two years of George Perez's 1980's run.

Three Can't Miss Books

1. Archie #1 - Mark Waid and Fiona Staples give the icon a modern makeover, and Riverdale will never be the same.

2. Justice League of America #1 - Bryan Hitch brings DC's biggest icons together under one cover in the latest relaunch of the flagship title.

3. Marvel Zombies #1 - Elsa Bloodstone versus Marvel's zombie hordes?  Uh, hell yes.  And if you love monsters, don't miss Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1, where Shiklah commands Marvel's monsters in Monster Metropolis below Manhattan.  Her commandos include Werewolf by Night, Frankenstein's Monster, the Living Mummy, Man-Thing and Marcus the Centaur.

Two Under the Radar

1. Runaways #1 - Brian K. Vaughan may not be back to the fantastic title he created, but after a too-long hiatus, the Runaways are back, in the capable hands of Noelle Stevenson (of Lumberjanes fame) and Sanford Greene.  And you can see another great team book in X-Men '92 #1, where you can relive your childhood.

2. Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 - The two love birds together in their own comic...except that this is the awesome version of Kitty Pryde from Age of Apocalypse.  Also, check out Kate Pryde in Years of Future Past #1.  Just keep the Kitty Pryde titles coming, Marvel!!

One Random Item of the Month

1. Gentle Giant: Zombie Kingpin Mini-Bust - Well, he was a great character in the Daredevil Netflix series...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Week in YES - 4/21

The Song To Listen To

"Begin Again" by Purity Ring

The YA Book To Read

"The Remedy" by Suzanne Young
The third book in the "Program Series"

The Comic To Enjoy

"Uncle Scrooge #1" by Jonathan Gray, Rodolfo Cimino, Romano Scarpa and Giorgio Cavazzano

The Movie To See

"The Age of Adaline"
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger
Starring Blake Lively, Harrison Ford and Michiel Huisman

The Trailer To Watch

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Teaser Trailer #2

More To Say Yes To

This announcement

"Marvel's Daredevil" is renewed for a second season for 2016 release.

This news

Adrianna Palicki (Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter) cast as leads for planned spin-off of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

This announcement

Lucas Till reprises role of Havok in "X-Men: Apocalypse."