Matt Smith is Your Singing and Dancing Patrick Bateman (via Kickstarter)
If you missed our previous post about it, the novel about serial-killer/music lover Patrick Bateman, Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho is being turned into a musical in London and the role of Patrick Bateman has been filled by none other than the 11th Doctor himself: Matt Smith. Hey, he does have a lot of free time on his hands now that a new Doctor has been announced to take over where he left off. What better way to fill that hole in his life than as a 80′s yuppies with a penchant for murder?
Book: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
TV Show: “Dexter“
Genre: Fiction, horror, murder, serial-killers, one of the worst series finales of all time or would a dream have been worse?
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars (tv show)
Summary: The once great serial-killer Dexter Morgan is now a shell of his former self, choosing to give up murdering those who don’t deserve to continue living by running off to Argentina to start his life over with the woman who tried to murder his sister and the son who is unable to work a treadmill properly. The only problem is the murderous psychopath the Brain Surgeon is on the loose and Hannah is wanted by the American government. Can they escape and live happily ever after or will “Dexter” get the laziest series finale on television? Spoilers: it’s the latter.
It’s not often that a series I have invested a significant portion of my life in (seven years to be precise) ends in such an unsatisfactory way that I have uneasy dreams. This however is precisely what happened last night after subjecting myself to the tragedy that was the season finale of “Dexter” in which apparently my brain thought it was more preferable that Dexter had a secret daughter who worked in a convenience store and absolutely no epilogue.
This conclusion was especially depressing because Season One, which followed the events in the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Season Two which deals with the ramifications of Dexter’s dirty little secret being discovered and Season Four which featured the Trinity Killer, starring the amazing John Lithgow were all impressive moments in television history. Unfortunately from Season Five on the series floundered, only to die a horrible death with the very last episode. This is what happens when you decide to rush an early finale.
WARNING: Spoilers obviously abound from here on out.
J.K. Rowling Will Be Penning a Harry Potter Spin-Off Film Based on Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (via
Jack’s Raging Bile Duct Zap2it)
Since Warner Bros. loves making money they have a brand new idea up their sleeve, a spin-off movie based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter companion series Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. On the plus side, they’re allowing/forcing their House Elf and HP creator J.K. Rowling to pen the screenplay so there’s a chance the companion films won’t be as terrible as the adaptations where Harry Potter and his mother couldn’t be bothered to have the same eye color. Did we mention that Warner Bros. wants to turn this into “films” plural and that an attraction will be added to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter once the film is done? No, because we didn’t have to.
In this post, from Marvel Comics: Dexter #2 and X-Men #4 and from Vertigo: Fables #132. It’s a very short list this week in terms of quantity, but I got my fill of quantity so I forgive the light offering.
Dexter #2 by Jeff Lindsay, illustrated by Dakbor Talajic, cover by Dakbor Talajic
Genre: Fiction, horror, serial-killer, spin-off
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
All things Dexter are coming to an end. The Showtime show has only four episodes left in its eighth and final season and author Jeff Lindsay is ending the novel at seven books with Dexter’s Final Cut (what, no alliteration?) out on September 17th. Which will pretty much leave the comic book as the last bit of the franchise remaining. Particularly weird considering it’s only on its second of six issues and was released just last month by Marvel. Hopefully it will have a definitive ending for the series as a whole. Because I need closure on all fronts dammit!
Issue two finds Dexter in the thick of detective work, with his Dark Passenger fixated on his high school bully turned Saint of Miami, Gonzalez. Since the comics are also by Jeff Lindsay they take more aspects of the book than the show, with Dexter’s Dark Passenger being pushed to the forefront. In the novels, this extra baggage is not merely the baser part of Dexter’s brain but almost a separate entity who whispers things to help out Dex’s slow-moving “lizard brain.” For example that the saintly Gonzalez is crooked. If only the artwork matched the story-telling, then I’d probably be a lot more in love with this series. But when panels are devoted to specific facial expressions but you don’t know what they are it makes it harder to love.
In this post, from Aspen Comics: Dead Man’s Run #6, Dark Horse Comics: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #2, Image Comics: The Walking Dead #112 and from Marvel Comics: Avenger’s Arena #12. There’s a high body count on this one folks.
Dead Man’s Run #6 by Greg Pak, illustrated by Tony Parker, cover by Tony Parker
Genre: Fiction, Hell, action, serial-killers
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is the concluding issue in Aspen’s “how did you get Greg Pak?” helmed series Dead Man’s Run which wonders what would happen if Hell was a physical prison run by demons with a system of levels that function in much the same way as Dante’s circles of Hell. Things in Hell aren’t going so well, probably because like most things in life, the rich have figured out a way to corrupt even the afterlife, paying large sums to live the high life and enjoy the souls of the innocents, even dragging them there to eat their beautiful glowing innards. And you thought greed and avarice would end in Hell and begging for forgiveness would take over. Silly you.
Perhaps my favorite part of the whole process in reading the story from start to finish (aside from seeing them tackle the different layers of Hell) was seeing the artwork of Tony Parker evolve all the way from issue one up through the sixth and final issue. He really grew from that very first issue and even had me applauding his take on the monsters of our childhood with their childlike terror and the eventual possession of serial-killer Clara as she morphed into the body of the Warden of Hell. Bravo to you sir!
In this post, from Marvel Comics: Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1 and Dexter #1 and from Vertigo: Fairest #17. That’s right, I’m back to reviewing comics with three measly comics to talk about, but two of them are brand-spanking new so give me a break people.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1 by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Salva Espin, cover by Michael Del Mundo
Genre: Fiction, action, humor, alternate universe
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO VOLUMES IN THE DEADPOOL KILLOGY!
Set after Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and Deadpool: Killustratred, this final arc in the Deadpool Killogy is set to be the bloodiest yet. Because when Deadpool fights Deadpool all bets are off. While I found Deadpool fighting the Marvel Universe after discovering that he and all other heroes and villains are fictional to be a little convoluted and not very good, I loved Killustrated, in which he tries to kill the original archetypes for the heroes in order to cease them from ever being. Complete with all your favorite characters from classic literature. Of course, this issue jokes that none of that’s important, but we all know better.
This opening issue takes place in the main Marvel Universe (aka Earth-616) and features the Deadpool we all know and love trying to be a better person while wondering why none of the other superheroes have arrived to save the day. Hint: crazy alt-universe Deadpool killed them all two volumes ago. Enter the Deadpool Corp. (Dogpool, Kidpool, Lady Deadpool, etc.) in their ship Bea Arthur to warn Deadpool that Deadpools across the universe are all being offed. A little slow to start, but it’s nice to see our Deadpool again, especially when he’s cracking jokes about hacking Wolverine’s “Biebers and Beer” tumblr. The question is, how long will he survive? And where did the Watcher get all that awesome Deadpool merchandise?
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Is Getting a Novelization Somehow Not Called Pride and Prejudice (via LeakyNews)
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern day web-series based on the events in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, and apparently it’s getting a novelization. Revealed during the Lizzie Bennet Diaries Extravaganza panel at this year’s LeakyCon in Portland, TLBD has a book on the way in the spring or summer of 2014 from Touchstone books. And according to writer Bernie Su, the book will be a companion to the now finished series and the hope is that they can create an “enhanced book.” Whatever that means. Just thanks for staying away from Anne Frank.
There Might Be an American Psycho Musical If You Put Your Money Where That Big Gaping Hole in Your Face Is (via Kickstarter)
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.