Kate and I went and saw Iron Man 2 this morning at Tysons. Despite it not getting extremely high marks from some reviewers, I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one. When it comes down to it, both Iron Man movies aren't really about good versus evil. It's about Tony Stark. Iron Man 2 showed us a rather different side of Mr. Stark compared to the first movie. Go check it out.
After last weeks Free Comic Book day, I decided that it's time I start becoming a bit more familiar with some titles that are out there. Yesterday I received my first order from Things From Another World
, although, it was just the first issue of a three part Fraggle Rock
collection that is being put out by Archaia
. Compared to other releases of Fraggle Rock stuff that I've seen, this one actually has some decent art work. My only complaint is that the Trash Heap looks a bit more like a green blob than a pile of trash.
I really do love Fraggle Rock and it's probably one of the few shows I watched as a child that stood the test of time. I was raised on just about everything Jim Henson and there was even a time when I wanted to work with puppets and such. I've always been fascinated by them and I often feel that you just can't replace them with CGI. I twitch when I try to think what movies like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth would have been like if they were done with 3D creatures instead of puppets.
Unlike a lot of people my age, I really didn't read a lot of comic books when I was younger. The only one I read with any sort of frequency was Richie Rich and I think that was mostly because I liked the robots. I kind of have a thing for robots. Now, I'm not physically interested in them because that would just be creepy and seven different shades of wrong. Even after watching a show like Chobits
, I do not have any dreams of having...well, you know. After all, I'm happily married.
While I knew about comic books like Spiderman and the X-men, I was more interested in their cartoon form when I was younger. Actually, when it comes to super hero type stuff, I still don't have much of an interest in those sort of comics. I totally enjoy animated shows and movies but the comic books don't draw me in. Getting these Fraggle Rock books are really just to satisfy my love for Henson stuff.
Now, I do read an fairly large assortment of manga. I'm into typical shonen stuff like Bleach, Death Note and Naruto but I also love stuff like Kare Kano and Love Hina. In the recent past, I considered American comics to be mostly super hero books and I didn't look further into the situation. Once I started working on BS/OD, I started becoming a bit more aware that there was more to American comic books than Superman, Batman and an assortment of titles for little kids. So, I decided to finally give some of them a chance.
What am I going to start reading? Well, I'm still looking into things but I have settled on a couple titles. One is a new series called Scarlet
by Brian Michael Bendis. Other than the premise given on TFAW's site, I don't know much else about the series but it sounds like something I would be interested in. The other series is called Devolution and it's going to be put out by Storm Lion
comics. I caught the preview of it in one of the free books I got on Free Comic Book Day. The art and the story look interesting and it's got mechs. I like robots and I like mechs. I like them a lot.