American Psycho, the book turned movie is now becoming a musical. SAY WHAT!?! At least in theory if the AP musical Kickstarter raises $150,000 to put the play on in London. Featuring music and lyrics by Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik and director Rupert Goold who has done too much to mention (including Macbeth and Richard II for BBC). Rewards include a Patrick Bateman business card flash drive loaded with songs from the musical, art prints, amazing t-shirts with fab one-liners like, “that’s a very fine Chardonnay you’re not drinking” and signed/limited edition copies of the novel. Not to mention, amazing 80′s styled tunes. Is donating something you are? Or is it something you do?
Warm Bodies Gets Another New Trailer, Still Looks Adorable (via I Watch Stuff)
On the surface, Warm Bodies (a remake of the book by the same name) looks like Twilight with zombies because it happens to have an attractive British actor playing the pale faced love interest who falls in love with a human and has a propensity for staring creepily at her. It doesn’t help that Stephenie Meyer has the promotional quote on the book cover. Thankfully, that’s where the differences end. Warm Bodies looks funny and full of heart, plus it’s being directed by 50/50‘s Jonathan Levine so it’s definitely no Twilight.
Scientists Create an Invisibility Cloak: Nerds Imagine Best Marauders Cosplay Ever (via The Mary Sue)
While we would love to discuss the scientific and militaristic ramifications of an invisibility cloak, all we can think about is OH MY GOD, ONE THIRD OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS IS NOW REAL! At least in box form, because it’s more an invisibility box than a cloak. But, it does cloak things in the verb sense of the word so it’s still technically an invisibility cloak. Get it? Get it!?! In scientific terms, it splits light into waves which travel around the cloaked object and blah blah blah blah technology.
In this post, from IDW Publishing: Locke & Key: Omega #1 and from Image Comics: Hack/Slash #20, Saga #7, and The Walking Dead #104. That’s it, just two publishers. Deal with it bitches!
Locke & Key: Omega #1 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre: Fiction, horror, action, humor
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
It’s the last and final arc in the Locke & Key series and I am so close to crying tears of sadness over this fact that I might not even get through this review. Oh God, only six issues left and then it’s over forever. ::sobs uncontrollably:: When we last left the series, Dodge had possessed the body of Bode (not to be confused with the Face of Bo) and was on a quest to let demons into the world with the Black Key. And he’s doing a pretty good job of it. Meanwhile, at school, Scot Kavanaugh is filming seniors and asking them what they would tell their younger selves if they could go back in time.
The theme of this issue is all about regrets, specifically Tyler Locke’s guilt at wishing his own father would stay out of his life before he died, Kinsey for judging others faults rather than accepting her own, and Scot letting bygones be bygones and getting some ink to remind him of the importance of friends. It’s a wonderful beginning to the end, with problems being solved in the most heartfelt ways possible and Dodge mucking it all up and being deliciously evil. Why can’t this series go on forever? BONUS: Keep your eyes peeled for the appearance of author Joe Hill sometime in the narrative. If you know what he looks like, you won’t miss him.
In this post, from Aspen Comics: Idolized #3, Image Comics: Hack/Slash #19, and from Vertigo: Fables #122. Before Watchmen is on hiatus until November 14th, so you will have to wait to hear my ridiculous thoughts on Silk Spectre (the Watchmen crack-fic) until then.
Idolized #3 by David Schwartz, illustrated by Pasquale Qualano, David Curiel, cover by Micah Gunnell
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, satire
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The reality superhero show continues and it looks like Joules will be disqualified from the competition because of her previous antics (i.e. underage drinking, fighting). Of course, business executives being business executives decide to parley this into a ratings boost because let’s be honest, this is more about entertainment than about finding a viable superhero. Just like real reality TV! Oxymoron? This issue is particularly enjoyable because it covers the best part of any reality television show: MAKEOVERS! The group gets new costumes, new identities, and a new look. It’s “America’s Next Top Model” but with superheroes and definitely no smizing.
There is one very large problem with this comic however and that’s Joule, who is not the most likeable narrator. You feel bad because of her tragic back story, but it’s tiring to hear her complain about it all the time. “Blah blah blah, I’m sad that my family is dead.” We get it, you’re lonely and depressed, it sucks to be you, but try to have a life outside of your circumstances, YOU HAVE SUPERPOWERS! This is the occasional problem with teenage girl protagonists. Although having to try and stop the events of September 11th in a simulation for the entertainment of the masses is a tad much for anyone.
In this post, from DC Comics: Before Watchmen: Rorschach #2, Image Comics: Hack/Slash #18, Vertigo: Fairest #8 and from Macmillan: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel. It’s a nice hodgepodge this week. Also check out the digital only comic: Memorial: Imaginary Fiends #1, a 10 page short from IDW Publishing which due to length is not reviewed here but comes highly recommended nonetheless. End run on sentence.
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #2 by Brian Azzarello, illustrated by Lee Bermajo, cover by Lee Bermajo
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, prequel
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
While not uplifting (at all, expect blood and sadness and heartache) this Rorschach prequel does shed some light on the life outside of the mask for the most enigmatic member of the Watchmen. Or soon to be Watchmen. Writer Brian Azzarello is able to give Rorschach one of the more distinct and accurate voices in the Before Watchmen series, particularly through his journal. The only other voice this accurate is Dr. Manhattan and it’s definitely easier to suspend your disbelief when reading the comics that focus on these two fan favorites. Hell, it’s almost like you’re reading Alan Moore. Almost.
To parallel Rorschach’s distaste with the world, the artwork is gritty and realistic. There’s blood, dirt, sickness and death, with the world being depicted as a rotten place that is anything but uplifting. You can literally see the world through the lens of Rorschach’s vision when illustrated by Lee Bermajo. Not that the subject material isn’t gritty in its own right, after all, he is spending his time rescuing prostitutes and trying to take down gang leaders named Rawhead. So if depression is your game, this is the comic for you. If not, there’s always Silk Spectre.
In this post, from Aspen Comics: Dead Man’s Run #3, DC Comics: Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #3, Image Comics: Walking Dead #102, and from Vertigo: Fables #121. I’m sensing a numbers theme here.
Dead Man’s Run #3 by Greg Pak, illustrated by Tony Parker, cover by Tony Parker
Genre: Fiction, Hell, action, serial-killers
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
When last we left our Hell-bound heroes the plan to escape the literal prison of Hell was going well. The incarcerated Captain Romero had successfully arranged for the death of prison cartographer Sam Tinker in an attempt to escape, the dangerously attractive warden was being mysteriously vague, and a prison break was well underway. This issue keeps up the action and violence (not to mention buckets of blood and nefarious figures). It’s like the best episode of “Prison Break”, but set in the underworld. So it features more demons and angel blood, AKA gold. I still wouldn’t cut Castiel open, even if his insides are made of precious minerals.
Sam and company are occupied on the 4th level of Hell- the glutton level- where they join up with serial-killer Helen and Musa the engineer who has some impressive and magical lock-picking skills. Murderers and thieves are awfully helpful when escaping Hell, but can you trust them not to stab you in the back? I have a feeling this will be a more prominent theme as the series progresses. Particularly because Sam is desperately trying to save his innocent sister who was dragged down with him. It would also be interesting to see why they named the entrance to Hell the Andrew Jackson Maximum Security Federal Corrections Facility. Do you think he’s cool with that?
Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris by David King
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary: Paris, 1944, rue Le Sueur. A thick, strange smelling smoke emanating from the house next door prompted neighbors to call the police. When no one answered, police broke in and discovered a truly chilling scene: dismembered body parts being burned, what appeared to be a torture chamber, and a pit filled with a mixture of body parts from countless people. The owner of the building was soon identified as Dr. Marcel Petiot, a wealthy physician who quickly disappeared upon the discovery of this gruesome crime. What follows is a hunt for this killer and the motives he could have for killing. Was he a member of the Resistance movement? Or perhaps working for the Gestapo? Police Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu must unravel the mystery and identities of the many victims, and find Petiot before he disappears in the upheaval of War World II.
Since I ended 2011 with a paranormal note, I decided to start the year off with a cheery, light-hearted romp through true crime. Nothing says “happy new year!” like 350 pages of horrifying and heartbreaking murders that leave you with literal chills and a strong desire to clutch your loved ones close.
Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Genre: Fiction, horror, serial-killer, murder, schizophrenia is way cool
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary: Dexter is not your typical blood spatter analyst. For instance, blood makes him nauseous and he murders people for fun. He has a ditzy wife, two psychopathic step-children, a murderous brother who tried to murder his adopted sister, and now: a copycat killer. Not to mention the second voice in his head dubbed the Dark Passenger, a demonic force that leads his darker dalliances.
With the “Dexter” season six finale just two days away, it seemed appropriate to review the newest and also sixth book in the series. How convenient! I couldn’t have planned it better myself, except I did.
For those of you who only watch the Showtime series, with the exception of the first book Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the storyline in the books are completely independent from those in the series. Characters who are dead on the television show are alive in the books, and a few that are alive on the show are dead in the books. Somehow, it works. Any other series and I probably would have complained by now. ::coughthewalkingdeadcough::
Since I last wrote a post with a list of upcoming books that excite me, a bunch more have been announced (probably solely to mock me for jumping the gun and making an upcoming book list).
This time around, the books are even more exciting. Every single pre-order of John Green’s new book will be signed, all pre-orders of Maureen Johnson’s book purchased from Books of Wonder will come signed with hand made gifts, and even Terry Pratchett is selling signed copies of his book.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that books as a media are on an upward trajectory, despite the recent closing of Borders and the rise in eBook sales. But that might just be me making assumptions based on my own experiences rather than a trend in the world at large. We’re all egotistical like that I suppose.
Regardless, there are a shit ton (yes, that’s an actual count of measurement now) of books coming out! In September there are seven books I want to read and in October there are a whopping nine (four of which come out on October 11th), and again in December there are four. It’s madness. Pure unadulterated madness!!!