Oct. 16th, 2018

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We've now had two prequels for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In 2006 we had The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, a prequel to the 2003 remake, and in 2017 there was Leatherface which purported to be a prequel to the 1974 original. Both in my opinion dropped the ball. The Beginning reduced Leatherface's entire childhood to an opening credits vignette and made him a supporting character to R. Lee Ermey. The 2017 film's version reworked the character to the point that the connection was in name only.

Once again it was Abnett and Lanning who proved that they had a better handle on the character over the filmmakers and producers in charge of the franchise.

Scans under the cut... )
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

It's been a pretty breathtaking week from POTUS 45, he gave a 60 Minutes interview where, amongst other treats he;
  • Said he thought Dr. Ford was treated with great respect, including by himself, but when pressed on the insulting comments he'd made about her at a rally, that it didn't matter whether he had "because we won", and then, even worse said "Had I not made that speech, we would not have won."

International condemnation of the involvement of Saudi agents in the disappearance, and likely death, of Turkish journalist Jamal Khashoggi whilst visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul continues to grow. This could be a nasty diplomatic incident by anyone's standards.

Brexit continues to resemble a boa constrictor trying to strangle itself and getting more and more determined as it goes along. More than that you can look up for yourself because I'm already having to live with it and I can't take much more of this crap.

"Titans" launched (though not yet on Netflix in the UK), but I've managed to see it.

It has more of an "Arrow" feel to it than a "Supergirl" or a "The Flash", which seems a little jarring. I'm most put off so far by the overall darkness, both themtic and literal (Seriously, you couldn't shoot ANYTHING in sunshine?) and the unpleasant levels of gratuitous violence (Robin scraping a thugs face against the wall leaving a red trail and running a guys face across broken glass, and Kory laughing after she's just carbonised a couple of people).

That being said, the performances are pretty good, Brenton Thwaites is an engaing Detective Grayson, and Anna Diop is great fun (aside from aforementioned violent moments), Raven I'm warming to more than I expected (even if the "Carrie" vibes are a bit heavy-handed) and her coat having a hood with a little point to it like her old cloak was a nice subtle little thing. I also enjoyed the moments of someone noting that Dick has transferred in from Gotham and the other cops basically going "Shiiiiit!" in a combination of sympathy and awe, and making Dick's orphaning even MORE traumatic than before.

Doctor Who actually had a title sequence this week and it looks not bad, the new theme is a bit low key and I miss the sense of movement and journeying the last few openings have had, but it's a definite hark back to the early classic series titles and I can live with that.

Also, the new TARDIS interior has been seen the new TARDIS interior (the video is a Behind-the-Scenes thing about designing it). I rather like it, but I want to see more of it.

Fan reaction has been very, very positive, not just with stellar ratings, but winning over uncertain fans. I have some very hard core DW-fan friends who were... well, let's be charitable and say, "uninspired" by the idea of a female Doctor, but every single one of them has been won over by the Thirteenth Doctor almost immediately, which is heartening. I've also loved some of the podcasts reactions to it, the Verity Podcast spoke very movingly about how, in a week where the American President had mocked someone in public for coming forward about sexual assault and claiming how dangerous is was to be a young man these days, it was just so... significant to have this particular series launch.

Next week's episode is the first not written by Chris Chibnall, and given that it's a trip to the past to meet Rosa Parks, it's perhaps as well that it's been given to famed British YA author (and former Children's Laureate writer) and woman of colour, Malorie Blackman to write (Trust me, that is QUITE the coup for the show). I'm REALLY hoping we don't get a "Doctor inspires significant moment in human history" because that would feel very wrong, just have her be a fan... it might also happen AFTER Ms Parks involvement in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but we shall see.

Did anyone else watch Krypton? I found I rather enjoyed it as a piece of sci-fi, semi-space opera hokum, with some engaging performances (and not just because it's a largely British cast). It did a lot of things I wish Inhumans had managed.

And Duck Tales Season 2 launches this coming weekend! YAY!
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I initially became aware of this from the Absolute Write forums.

In Which I Am Fired From Marvel


"And then we announced SHADOW OF VADER juuuuust last weekend, and people were excited, and I thought everything was good. I was not made aware of any issues, and my online self has always been my online self, so.
Except, yeah, no. Today I got the call. I’m fired. Because of the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring. Seriously, that’s what Mark, the editor said. It was too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity on my part.
Basically, because I was not civil.
Which, of course, is their decision to make. I’m not their boss. (And, turns out, they’re not the boss of me, either. Har har.) (I joke because otherwise, I cry.)
My understanding over this call was that this was a Marvel decision, not an LFL decision, but I can’t really confirm that. The editor said he had made the call. He seemed genuinely upset at my tweets and profanity, so maybe that’s accurate. And again, that’s his right to do so. If they honestly feel that my presence will damage the book, I don’t want that. I want the book to shine, and artists like Juanan Ramirez and Greg Smallwood to do their amazing thing. Artists like that are gods in my mind, so I’m happy to not distract from their literal magic.
But it does set a troubling precedent. One we’ve seen already – James Gunn, Jessica White, and so on – of folks fired because they riled up the wasp’s nest of asterisk-gate. And it seems odd to be mad that I’m mad about politics when – well, look around. Climate change, kids in cages, sexual harassers at the topmost tiers of power, and so on. A call for civility as the PA GOP candidate threatens Tom Wolf with a golf cleat stomping. I dunno, man."
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His journey'd begun in 1939, after the breaking up of a Nazi rally.

He and Margo Lane drove away from their work, Moe Shrevnitz at the wheel.

She wondered if they'd hurt any of the women and children down there.

" I'd never have set the charges if I'd known. And you blasting away with your .45s.. you can't be sure.. "

He looked at her. )

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