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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Review


Oh, I ain't afraid of the latest Ghostbusters movie.

All that vitriol over the new, female-led Ghostbusters movie has done nothing but made me even more curious, more wanting to watch it. Having seen it first-hand in all its glory, did the movie deserve all that hate?

Surprise, surprise. Absolutely not.

Know that I'm a Ghostbusters fan from waaayyy back. Love the original movies, wanted to be like Egon from the cartoons, and felt so boss as a kid with my own Proton Pack and everything. So of course I paid a ticket to see the new Ghostbusters movie. If anything, I am at least guaranteed of a few laughs with the likes of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones sharing the screen. And you know what? I had a lot of fun!

Let none say this movie ain't funny. I had laughs a-plenty throughout the movie, though I do admit some felt flat or went on too long. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy may be the comedy veterans and played the straight women well, but they just couldn't hold a candle to the comedic timing of Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, who pretty much outshone them all. 


Seriously, my girlfriend and I were both crushing on McKinnon's character Jillian Holtzmann, whose equal parts genius and crazy stole the show for us and was the source of many of the film's best moments. She was confident in her weirdness and in  her ability to make stuff that busts ghosts, and it rubbed me the right way. I would pay to watch Holtzmann dispatch ghosts in slo-mo Zack Snyder style, with smirk and aplomb, over and over again.

And really, it's the new dynamic of a femGhostbusters team that made this movie for me. They're smart. They're different. They're women. And in a world that doesn't give all of that much weight, Erin Gilbert and co. owned it. I didn't even mind that there wasn't much ghostbusting going on in this movie (if that's what you're in for, I hope the climax of the film at least sates your thirst). Their glee after barely escaping with their lives capturing their first ghost is quite infectious, and I can't help but root for them when it was time to face the Big Bad in the end.

Don't worry, Ghostbusters fans. We still have the original films and the cartoons, and nothing can take those away from us. It's not perfect, but the ladies-led version is peppered with enough funny and awesome to become a fine and welcome addition to a 30-year-old franchise. If fun is all you need for the next two hours, Ghostbusters is worth the price of a ticket.

Friday, July 22, 2016

My Week in Comics: July 22, 2016

It took a while, but I'm back in the comics-reading fold again with a mix of great and not-so-great comic books this week! What did I think about this week's releases? Read on to find out!

Justice League #1 opens up with a global catastrophic event...just like it did during their recent Rebirth one-shot. DC's big seven are reduced to boring one liners while they save people and posture menacingly at an unseen and mysterious menace, a mystery they're not giving me enough reason to care about. I've never read Bryan Hitch's writing before, but I admit it's a passable adventure, if not downright cliché. Even Tony Daniel's art, while gorgeous and wonderfully rendered, cannot save a story we've heard as recently as a couple of weeks ago. A shame, as I had high hopes for a book about DC's flagship superteam. This gets a 2 out of 5.


Oh my, Black Hammer #1 is downright atmospheric. Forced to live mundane lives after a mysterious event forced them out of their home city seemingly for good, Jeff Lemire's stranded pulp heroes (with names like Abraham Slam and Col. Weird) are anything but heroic. It makes for good drama, and Lemire knows how to write characters with huge chips on their shoulders and deeper motivations than they're letting on. Who wouldn't be pissed if you had to live like a normal person after a lifetime of superheroics? There's an unsettling undercurrent throughout the issue, which is making me itch for them to stop being mundane so that I can know what happens next, and in that aspect Black Hammer #1 worked. This gets a 4 out of 5.


I find that the beauty of Betty and Veronica #1 is in the way it's written like an actual old-school Archie comic, complete with zingy one-liners and slapstick humor. But instead of talking like the archaic stereotype of old Archie strips, writer and artist Adam Hughes writes Betty, Veronica, and the gang like the teens of today, a bit more world-weary and hip. Relateable and all that.

I admit, my main draw here is Adam Hughes' art, and I'm glad to say it blows my mind how gorgeous this book (and the ladies drawn therein) is. Care to see what Betty Cooper looks like if she was a 40's pinup? Hughes and Archie is a match made in soda pop heaven. His writing though is something to get used to, as you have to go through literally pages of banter, segues, and non sequiturs before reaching anything resembling a plot. Stay for the art, if nothing else. This gets a 4 out of 5.


Finally, Jim Zub serves up some more Street Fighter goodness in Street Fighter Legends: Cammy #1. Having had the pleasure of reading his previous work, I got a copy reserved preview unseen, and I was not disappointed! In this issue, we find Cammy leading a British special ops group called Delta Blue, consisting of former Shadaloo soldiers  (Cammy included) turned good guys. But M. Bison's evil isn't easily scrubbed clean, and Cammy finds herself coming face-to-face with the demons of her past!

Jim Zub writes a kick-ass book, with equal doses of high-octane action and cute moments (Cammy in a cute dress? I'll take 20!). It helps that Omar Dogan's manga-style art is my cup of tea, making for one of the best-looking books on the stands this week. Bottom line, Legends: Cammy #1 is simply no-frills, action-packed fun straight out of the arcade screen. I give this a 5 out of 5.


Great new comics this week! What did you get? And do you agree that Adam Hughes should just draw Archie Comics forever? Let me know in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Figma Elsa is Coming


Frozen fans, have I got news for you! Good Smile Company just unveiled the latest addition to their Figma ranks, and it's the queen of Arendelle herself, Elsa


Figma Elsa looks cute, and the detail on her sheer ice cape looks stunning. She comes with snow effects and an Olaf to hug, as well as extra face plates, including a singing face so you could recreate that earworm of a song I dare not mention it here lest I be chased by angry villagers with pitchforks. Can't we all just let it go?

Whoops. I guess we can't.

Figma Elsa is slated for a December 2016 release, just in time for winter! Now that's cool! You can check out more pics over at the Good Smile Company site.
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