I’ve been constantly hearing and reading about Chvrches for the past couple of months but I haven’t really tried listening to them as I’m not really a fan of the whole synthpop thing. I’m currently into southern gothic thanks to all the wonderful mixes on 8tracks, but all it takes is one lovely cover of an Arctic Monkeys song to reel me in.
Chvrches just did a cover of Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys and — like a lot of the most interesting things on the Internet tend to do — found its way into my Twitter timeline. I gave it a listen because it was either that or I explore the WWE tag on Tumblr, and man, was I glad that I skipped The Shield slashfic and the long essays about AJ Lee’s title reign.
I like how they beat up other people but I definitely don’t want to see them “beating up” each other.
Summer is rearing its ugly little punk head here in the Philippines and I hate it. Good thing there’s comics, am I right? Let’s review some comics, you little punks.
Ms. Marvel #1
First of all, can I just say that this book is gorgeous? From the cover by Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor to the interior art by Adrian Alphona with colors by Ian Herring, Ms. Marvel #1 is a visual delight. I cringe whenever I use that expression but whatever, this book deserves it. But it’s not just pretty, though. It has substance too.
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical based on a novel that runs parallel to film The Wizard of Oz (1939) which is based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Obviously, most people who are familiar with the concept of books and movies know about the magical land of Oz. That’s why even for people who lack culture like me, Wicked is something to be experienced and enjoyed. It is something familiar yet something excitingly new.
I saw Wicked over the weekend and it was amazing. If you’re on the fence about seeing it, let me try to help you make up your mind. Here are 5 reasons to see Wicked in Manila.
1. The Story Behind THE Story
I love the concept of looking at an established story from a different angle. It is fairly common in comics with main event books and their ancillary titles, so I’m pretty comfortable with this Oz story that focuses on the witches. It’s just so much fun when you recognize the various references to The Wizard of Oz. Also, I just might check out the book soon because based on what I saw in the musical, I’m expecting it to be seriously clever and entertaining.
I got a bunch of new titles this week including James Robinson and Steve Pugh’s All-New Invaders #1, but this is one of those rare times when I choose to focus on comics I picked up that are not from my precious Marvel 616 Universe. Let’s review some comics, folks.
Narrated by Christopher Lee who has possibly the most evil voice ever, maybe the arch nemesis of Morgan Freeman’s holy voice, Necessary Evil: Super-villains of DC Comics showcases the dastardly villains of the DC Universe. While I’m no longer reading any of the main DCU books, this film gives me a new appreciation for DC baddies.
The documentary, composed of talking heads and clips from various media like comics, movies, and video games, explores different aspects of DC’s dark side from the psychology of villains to the different classifications of villains. It’s such a treat to actually hear creators talk about the reasoning for creating villains and why those characters do what they do.