MC Frontalot - Question Bedtime
MC Frontalot, nerdcore rapper extraordinaire, is back with his sixth studio album Question Bedtime. This album simultaneously maintains a long-standing tradition of quality rapping by Frontalot while charting into all new territory. That’s right, Frontalot has recorded a family friendly album. Before you get the pitchforks and torches out, remember other great bands have reached out to incorporate children into their audience including They Might Be Giants and Barenaked Ladies. To assume this is the nerdcore equivalent of “Wheels on the Bus” and other monotonously repetitive singalong songs would be a mistake. Frontalot brings his signature style to an album the whole family can enjoy.
Robin Rises #1
When any DC Comics issue crawls past the $2.99 threshold, which was proudly touted as one of the signature promises of the “New 52,” I ask myself a simple question: just what is my extra buck or two going toward? Sure, some of you might be in a financial or apathetic state that allows you to snatch up every one-shot, annual, or oversized issue that comes your way. That’s freakin’ fantastic. For the rest of us, we shouldn’t hesitate to inquire why we’re being asked to shell out even more money. (Spoilers ahead)
Top Spinners - Spin-Offs in a Post-Avengers Landscape
So Guardians of the Galaxy is in the can and on cinema screens across the nation. Across the world, even. Starring a grand total of zero members of “The Avengers” and with only a small connection to the rest of the movies already made, Marvel Studios have gone out of their way to prove that, despite many of their film licenses being held by other production houses, they don’t need them. They’ve got this covered. Their back catalogue of characters and titles is so vast, and untapped, that they’re good to go in any direction they want.
B-Movie Breakdown: The Butterfly Room
Hello, dear readers, this week I bring you a movie that starts out as a slow, confusing trail of plot, but changes into something beautiful, gory, and twisted. The Butterfly Room, is a shocking tale of a woman that just wants to be a mother a little too much. With creepiness abound and an interesting story, this movie is sure to fill you with the creepies and the crawlies.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #2 - ‘Revolutions of Terror’
Last month, Titan Books launched two new Doctor Who comic book series: one based on David Tennant’s 10th Doctor, and the other based on Matt Smith’s 11th incarnation. Overall, I enjoyed both of the debut issues, although the Tenth Doctor #1 felt a little like a “teaser” than a full story. Luckily, writer Nick Abadzis and artist Elena Casagrande deliver a much more satisfying second issue that manages to capture the spirit and personality of Tennant’s Doctor in an exciting story.
Moon Knight #1-6
Moon Knight was pretty much a mystery to me until I read issue one of this new series back in March. Originally introduced to this character almost exclusively through cameos and Marvel Team-Ups, I was more than a little intrigued at the idea of a stand alone series. Having had multiple attempts at solo runs in the past, I know there were some that were a little hesitant to hop on board with this series. But the combined efforts of Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire, were more than enough to convince me to give this series a try. And I regret nothing.
The Multiversity #1 - ‘House of Heroes’
Although the term ‘event comic’ usually denotes a publisher’s annual crossover series (you know, the one that will change everything!), the release of Multiversity actually feels like event. Writer Grant Morrison first teased the miniseries back in 2009, shortly after he finished the big Final Crisis crossover, and ever since then, I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. The idea of Morrison, arguably the most popular and successful writer in comics today, teaming up with a murderer’s row of artists, including Ivan Reis, Frank Quitely, Chris Sprouse, and Cameron Stewart, for a series of one-shots that explore the furthest reaches of the DC Comics multiverse is certainly an exciting one. Luckily, the first issue delivers on that promise by expanding on themes, ideas, and characters from Morrison’s career with DC. It’s a big, post-modern love letter to comic books and the power of imagination.
Vreckless Vrestlers #2
And so we come to the second issue of Vreckless Vrestlers from Lukasz Kowalczuk (handily translated by Aneta Kaczmarek). This is numbered issue 2 but is actually the third installment, since we began with a Zero Issue. Vreckless Vrestlers is a three coloured comic – black, white and green – giving us all the excitement and creativity we used to have with our action figures as kids. The crazy characters, the insane settings, and the surprise endings are all hallmarks of a wild, perhaps childlike imagination. Our story finds us watching an inter-dimensional wrestling tournament where there is only one rule: No rules!