Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Recomms!

Yet another self-indulgent entry! When I know for a fact that the few readers that I have have better things to do than read comic books and arrange action figures in their eskaparates! Either way I am taking this opportunity when I am reading comic books again to try and make recommendations because who knows, The Avengers movie or something must have interested you into picking up a funny book! Or dahil mahal naman talaga, download one! My comic book recommendations therefore!

1. Chew- by John Layman and Rob Guillroy published by Image Comics. The book features Tony Chu, a cibopath, ie, he can get psychic impressions from whatever he eats, such as lucid images of the beef getting ground when he eats hamburger, chicken getting beheaded when he eats fried chicken, and such. Practical use: as a police detective he only needs to take a bite of a murder victim and get an idea as to what led to the death. Fun fun comicbook! Grade: A+.

2. Wonder Woman- I've been whining about the DC reboot for over a year now, and I've skipped on most of them, but now I'm trying to catch-up and it is with much conviction that I declare the Wonder Woman reboot by Brian Azarello and Cliff Chiang totally mediocre. Grade: F for forgettable drivel.

3. Batman: Night of the Owls- Again under the DC reboot mandate, with all the bat books crossing-over and shit to create some sort of "event". Gotham has apparently been run by a secret cult or such composed of weird people in owl masks for centuries. A lot of exposition on the history of Gotham. Exposition we don't care much about. The pattern of the cross-over reminds us of The Blackest Night, where the same thing happens in all the books involved except with different characters. Batman is apparently the only character that DC is able to sell, hence we have this Bat-family of books being released in a month: Batman, Batman and Robin, Detective Comics, Batman The Dark Knight, Batman Inc, Batgirl, Batwoman, Nightwing, Batwing, Birds of Prey. Batman can be in all of these books at the same fucking time, plus in Justice League and Justice League International pa. Grade: B for broken promises. Because we thought we would get respite from these EVENTS! We hate events!


So as you can probably gather, out of the three books I'm reading right now I'm only enjoying one of them, so this entry is probably not entirely a recommendation. More like, what else, a whine, a rant, a babble, a testament to the fact that I haven't had a leisurely, normal conversation with a breathing human being for the entire week. Anybody wanna drink in whorehow?

Young Adult

Independence Day at walang pasok. Pwede naman akong umuwi ng probinsya, pero kako, mahal ang pamasahe, kaya nanatili na lamang ako sa aking kwarto para gumawa ng kung anu-ano. Isa pa, dahil Independence Day, more excuse para mag bloggeth ulit ng tagalog.

Sabi ko makapag catch-up nga sa mga komiks na matagal ko na gusto basahin pero hindi ko nababasa. Kaya nagbasa ako ng Uncanny X-Men muli na ngayon ay nasa isyu 13 na simula nang ito ay mag-renumber. Tapos binabasa ko rin ngayon ang Avengers VS X-Men. Nakakairita na kasi ang DC Universe ngayon. Wala nang point. Kaya nagpapaka Marvel na muna ako kahit ako ay DC by heart.

Nanood din ako ng pelikula. Ang pinanood ko ay Young Adult na pinagbibidahan ni Charlize Theron at Patrick Wilson. Nirekomenda kasi ito ng paborito kong comicbook podcast na iFanboy.com, kaya pinanood ko na lang din kahit mukang boring. On the contrary, hindi ito boring! Ang pelikulang ito ay tungkol sa isang ghost writer ng young adult books ala Sweet Valley High na nag-sort-of BRP (brief reactive psychosis) nang inemail sya ng baby picture ng ex-boyfriend nya. Kaya bumalik sya sa kanyang small town at nagrenta ng isang kwarto sa motel para magsulat. Kunwari. Dahil kaya sya bumalik ay para akitin muli ang kanyang ex-boyfriend na si Patrick Wilson nga, na kasal na at may baby pa. Ang role ni Patrick Wilson sa mga pelikula nya ay yung guy na laging nilalandi. Sa movie na Little Children may asawa na sya ay nilalandi pa sya ng secret haliparot na si Kate Winslet. Sa Watchmen ay nilandi naman sya ni Silk Spectre kahit isa na syang retired, life-weary ex-superhero divorcee. Speaking of Watchmen, may bagong release ang DC Comics na Before Watchmen. May mga comic books na hinding hindi dapat ginagalaw, kagaya ng Watchmen. Nakakairita talaga ang DC Comics ngayon, dapat silang recite-an ng Anti-Life Equation.

And then. AND THEN! Na-realize ko kung bakit ito nirekomenda ng iFanboy podcast. Ito ay dahil ang pelikulang ito ay isang fanboy fantasy. May isang karakter kasi na single, maliit, mataba, mabaho, pilay, at walang ginagawa sa buhay kundi... mag-customize ng action figures! Kaya relate kaming lahat na ganito ang profile. Natuwa nga ako nang makita ko ang action figures sa table nya: isang Sinestro Corps member, Mongul, Nite Owl, at iba pa na cinucustomize nya. At, kaya ko masasabing isa itong fanboy fantasy ay dahil--spoiler alert-- sa kanya at hindi kay Patrick Wilson nakipag-sex si Charlize Theron. But not for lack of trying, dahil nilandi muna ni Charlize si Patrick to the highest degree at nang nag-fail ito ay tsaka lamang ito nakipag sex kay pudgy guy. Moral lesson: between a nice, tall, hunky guy who is married and an unattached pudgy guy with man boobs, wag nang mapili. Sabi nga ni Smoketh, di dapat masyadong mataas ang standard, in fact ang standard dapat ay: Basta humihinga. Even lower for Walking On Water, dahil para sa kanya: kahit naka-intubate.