In Comics on November 17, 2009 at 3:14 AM
The appeal of Marvel comic books, from the sixties onward, has partially been that characters from different parts of the Marvel universe routinely interact, many living in the same town. Marvel tends to be slightly better at having a shared universe than competitor DC, and Marvel’s ambitious “Dark Reign” storyline takes this phenomenon about as far as it can go.
For the past year, Norman Osborn (formerly the Green Goblin, still evil) has presided as head of U.S. national security, backed by a group of villains disguised as heroes. (Osborn received the job through a series of circumstances too convoluted to summarize, and which required Marvel readers to suspend more disbelief than usual.) The effects of the new status quo have been felt in nearly all individual Marvel titles. Read the rest of this entry »
In Comics on November 13, 2009 at 4:46 AM
Well, I wasn’t exactly late to the rack with Asterios Polyp. I bought the graphic novel when it came out this past summer, encouraged by the superlative-filled reviews that came out along with it. Then, knowing I’d only be able to read it for the first time once, I kept it on my shelf for two months, waiting for what felt like the right time. Since I started the book, there have been other times when I’ve been reluctant to pick it up, and for different reasons. Asterios Polyp is economically told, elegantly drawn, and at times a real disappointment–a disappointment for being very good, rather than great, but a disappointment still. Read the rest of this entry »
In Generic Culture, Music on November 11, 2009 at 9:14 PM
Though an occasional “Stacey’s Mom” or “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” makes its way into the mainstream, today’s novelty song market is decidedly small. That’s arguably (well, probably) a good thing, but listening to the Ultimate 50’s Rockin’ Sci-Fi Disc makes me wonder, nonetheless, when and why rock and roll stopped being fun.
It’s a shortsighted question based on mostly personal observations, but think about it: how many contemporary pop-rock bands can you think of that sound like they’re having any fun on record? Cutting loose, goofing off, writing songs about aliens? I’m not about to knock anyone for taking rock music seriously–hell, we here at THE GUTTER take video games and comics pretty seriously–but where’s all the youthful exuberance gone? The joy of creation, even unremittingly goofy creation? Read the rest of this entry »
In Film and Television on November 7, 2009 at 1:07 AM
Two Battlestar Galactica nods on 30 Rock in as many weeks! See if you can spot yesterday’s:
Or try here if the embed doesn’t work.