‘I always loved you and I always will’ – iZombie, 2019

Happy Monday, everyone! How are we all! As promised – I haven’t gone back into the depths! I am here!
This weeks review is about the end of an era (as with a lot of other shows this year). That’s right, this weeks review is about iZombie. Spoiler alert – this show was ended way too soon. I can’t promise this review will be spoiler free, seeing as I’m talking about the end of an era.

Liv and Major in the season finale – iZombie, The CW, 2019

As you probably already know, I do really like iZombie. My previous review was “This is right up my street.” Trust me when I say, I bloody love this show. It’s acting is amazing and story lines are compelling.

The cast saying goodbye to Major and Ravi’s kitchen! – iZombie, The CW, 2019

But let’s just jump into how I felt about the last season. Whilst I loved most of the season, the end happened way too quickly.
All the stories were just tied up way too quickly. The last two episodes were so quick and I actually think everything was tied up too nicely? Everyone lived happily ever after… after everything that had gone on? Really? It’s just not how I expected this season to end. I was kind of disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy everyone is happy, but everything was wrapped up too nicely in this small little parcel, with more telling me what’s happened than showing me how everything had changed. I liked the idea that everyone had meetings in VR, but show me a bit more of how things had changed in 10 years!

I think everyone needs to watch iZombie. It’s political, it’s funny. I love it. It’s a shame about the end but I understand why it ended that way.

Have you watched iZombie? What did you think of the season finale? Did you love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!

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The Day Clive Russell Called Me a ‘Diva’ – St. Albans Comic Con, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? I have had an eventful weekend! Saturday I got a tattoo and yesterday I was at St. Alban’s inaugural Comic Convention! It’s amazing to have a convention on our doorstep, and I was lucky enough to be allowed to take a load of pictures and give you my honest opinion on what I thought of it. Spoiler alert – I loved it! Before I move on, I just want to give a big thank you to Paul, of Creed Conventions, for allowing me in as press, letting me talk to everyone and anyone there, take loads of pictures and being an overall great guy!
Anyway, without further ado – here’s my thoughts (and pictures – feat. some amazing cosplayers!) on St. Alban’s Comic Con!

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St Albans Comic Con! – St Albans Comic Con, Creed Conventions, 2018

All the stall owners were willing to have a chat with me, and let me take photos of their stock for my page. They were so lovely to chat to. I spoke to many of them about cosplaying, their favourite Harry Potter characters and even just how they were. I got given a free sticker of Yuri from Doki Doki Literature Simulator from Kira Hopcroft because she “likes to throw stickers at people.” Everyone’s work was amazing, and I brought myself some badges, phone charms and even a Star Wars top from The Zombie Survival School. The man running, (who’s name I never got, woops!), even let me hold a couple of his replica swords! My friend Luke, who manages Chaos City Comics and I’ve spoken about before (he designed my logo), told him that he shouldn’t let me play with that! I don’t know if it’s because he doesn’t trust me or not! I’ll have to find that out myself later!
Everyone was so interested in finding out why I was taking photos and chatting to everyone. They all wanted to know about my blog. For instance, Hertfordshire Libraries was interested in finding out about my blog. They even said that they had seen my stuff around and were looking forward to seeing what I had written today. I’d love to keep in contact with them all – they had some great recommendations on their stall, including My Little Pony and Kick-Ass. They told me which library would be best for me to go to to get the Graphic Novels that I wanted, and it’s only down the road! You can bet that I’ll be there a lot!

I also met some lovely celebrities! During a chat with Amiee Richards, who played Marcella in Game of Thrones, I told her that it was sad that she died as she did. She smiled and shrugged at me before saying “It happens to everyone.”
In my slideshow you’ll see a picture of Clive Russell, who played Blackfish in Game of Thrones and Lord Lovat in Outlander, where he’s staring directly into the camera. Afterwards, I jokingly said to him “You look a little bored, are you alright?” He laughed and shook his head, protesting that he was just making sure he looked bored for the picture. He later called me a “Diva” when I was having my picture taken on the Star Throne. I am taking that as a massive compliment. I wished I had asked him which he liked filming more, Game of Thrones or Outlander, as I’m such a big fan of both. But he told me he hopes to be back next year, so fingers crossed I can remember to ask him then!
Hannah Spearitt, SClub and Primeval fame, and I had a lovely chat too. She was interested in finding out about my life, about why I was there as press taking photos. As I left I said it was nice to finally be able to talk to her and tell her that she’s been a big part of my life for many years. I was probably being an embarrassing fan girl at times, but she told me that it was lovely to be able to talk to and meet me. I hope to see her at another Comic Con soon, hopefully back at St. Albans.

I felt so welcomed and happy to be there. I loved every second of it!

Pictures below!

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A thank you from me, for taking time out of your day to talk to me – (In no particular order)

Dave Gibbons, Lee Bradley, Micheal Pasquale, Kira Hopcroft, Chaos City Comics, Luke Ridge, Sam Rogers, James from Subworks, The Zombie Survival School, CatCreations, Paul Johnson, Sophie West, David Leach, Herts Libraries, Tasha Cosplay UK, Anita Mensah, Clive Russell, Hannah Spearitt, Amiee Richardson, Rock Pop Candy, Creed Conventions… and everyone else who put time, money and effort into making the convention a great success. I hope to see you all next year.

[All photos are my own]

MCM Autumn 2017 Comics

Just a quick update to say that life has been hectic but I’ve still been reading! Saturday I’m going to Hyper Japan, so perhaps I’ll find something fun there to show you guys!

Without further ado, here’s some comics I got given for free to show you guys!

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I am unsure if I’ll get a post by next Monday, as I’m away, but I promise to try! Tune in for Hyper Japan loot!

Sorry it’s a Tuesday upload again, guys! It’s been so hectic! I love to write for you and thank you for understanding! Did you read any of these free comics? Leave a comment down below!  

‘Children want to read Fairy Tales. Adults want to read Superheroes’ – Superheroes Decoded,

I hope you enjoyed last weeks review from Man on the Silver Mountain! He’ll be back many times in the future, so look out for more posts from him!
In other news, I spent my time researching and came across Superheroes Decoded. It talks about the story of America and the history in conjuction with the Superhero story. From the 1930s to the blockbuster films of today, it details how they evolved to become a modern mythology – Superman equating to Hercules. The documentary includes film clips, vintage comic artwork and interviews with creators, experts and fans – including new creators such as Patty Jenkins, the director of 2017’s Wonder Woman, as well as George RR Martin or Neil Degrasse Tyson the scientist. They also have Stan Lee on, which is amazing because he literally wrote half of the Supers we know today!

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Even the Supers couldn’t get enough! – Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017

This documentary is amazing. It goes into some of the immense detail of each superhero, linking them to the history of the time.
Our first superhero, Superman, became a run away hit for Action Comics (later DC). He’s first seen throwing a car over a cliff. He was the first superhero to have a television and radio show, his own merchandise – his popularity was through the roof. His origin story is a modern legend – everyone knows that Jor El sends his son to Earth to save his life.
Our next big superhero was Batman, a complete opposite from Superman. Not a symbol of hope but almost a symbol of darkness. “Bring me something like superman but not Superman” – Batman is a superhero with a dark side.
Our next big supers were during the 1940s, which were our favourite captain, Captain America. The attack on Pearl Harbour threw Cap into the forefront of World War II comics. He is created as a super soldier, but his super power existed way before the serum was injected into him. Wonder Woman was created in 1941, empowering women to fight against Nazis and enemy spies at home.
This episode was a real indepth look into how our supers were formed, and it was an amazing watch. I found out things I never thought I would have known!

 

Episode one talks about our love of Legends, the Superheroes that have stayed with us forever. Episode two however talks about those breaking the mould. Not every hero wears a cape! This story is about the outsiders that were made to redefine what it means to be a superhero – think Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy etc.

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1950’s comic history, here we come! – Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017

For instance, the X-Men are one of our rebels. The foundation of the Xmen; “We’re different but the same as everybody else.” The Sentinels were supposed to be bigots – the X-Men theme of fighting prejudice was an allegory about society, about how blacks fought back against whites. There are two factions in the X-Men; Charles Xavier who believes that they can all get on and Magneto who believes that X-Men are better than humans. This story is the story of the relationship between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X – King wanted an integrated society whereas Malcolm X wanted to keep fighting against society. Storm became the first female and black leader of a team, made to subvert the idea that only white men could be leaders. Jean Grey, no longer the token female, was changed into the super powered woman she was today – the woman we know as Phoenix. She has to be one of my favourite characters, her struggle for power, a woman that eats stars, versus her strive to do good.  The heroes and antiheroes of the X-Men really helped bring everyone together!
This brings us to The Falcon – Stan Lee wrote this to change the stereotypical idea about blacks and whites. He was significant, he was there to show that blacks and whites can and should work together. According to the documentary, he was made just after the Civil Rights act, the bringing together of people.
And what about Luke Cage? The man with the most amazing fashion sense and the best catch phrase “Sweet Christmas!” Cage’s origin is a man treated unfairly, going to jail for something he never did.

If there’s one thing I recommend you do, it’s watch Superheroes Decoded because if I explained EVERY SINGLE THING I wouldn’t have enough time to write everything! Catch it online or repeated on the History channel!

Catch the scene about the sexualisation of women in the ’90s below!

 

Did you see Superheroes Decoded? What was your thoughts – love the history or don’t really care? What was your favourite fact? Leave a comment below!

[Header Image: Superheroes Decoded, History, 2017]

‘You’re not just a thief. You’re more than that’ – Batman; The Telltale Series

Now, I’m unsure if I’ve said before, but I love video games (probably just as much as I love comics). Want to know what I love MORE than comics or video games? Video games that are comics. Which is why I love Telltale – The way they tell their stories are almost like graphic novels. They come out episodically, like a comic does (though I like to wait till I can binge the whole game at once) and the choices you pick are reminiscent of a choose your own adventure novel.

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It’s not a Batman series without him trying it on with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) at least once – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series came out in 2016, episodes releasing every couple months between August and December. I tend to wait till the whole series is out before buying it, and it just so happened that the ‘Steam Summer Sale’ so I thought, “What the heck!” and decided to splurge the few pounds on the game. I had wanted it for ages, so was glad that it was included in the sale.

 

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Bruce donning the Batman Cowl – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman is a young man in this game, he’s only seemingly been Batman for a year. From what I worked out he’s barely even 30, and it shows. He’s idealistic and tends to make rash decisions (or at least that’s how I played him). He’s quick to fall in and out of love with people and ideas, and he still needs Alfred to pretty much hold his hand through everything; he needs Alfred to be the Dad he never had.
This game gives new and fresh insight into the story of Bruce Wayne, and the demise of Thomas and Martha when Bruce was a child. It gives the “reader” (should that be player?) a true understanding of why Bruce does all of this. Throughout the beginning of the story, Bruce is helping out Harvey Dent become the new Mayor to replace Mayor Hamilton Hill, the current and corrupt Mayor of Gotham. Harvey and Bruce are, as Selina calls them, “BFFs” and watching Harvey’s decent into madness (to become Two-Face) has an obvious effect on Bruce. I also really enjoyed the way that Selina and Bruce had a small, and semi-unrequited, romance blossom between them – admittedly I did screw that up at one point, and she became slightly more standoffish with me that I had wanted.

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Friend or Foe? Batman and Catwoman waiting to strike – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

However, of course it has to all go wrong for Bruce. Suddenly, and with no warning, Bruce’s family name is besmirched. Your job, as Bruce, is to find out what’s going on. Mayror Hill is a man that has connections to both the corrupt Carmine Falcone and… the Waynes? It’s the player’s job to find out why these connections exist, and what that means for Bruce’s family. An old family friend, Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, who grew up with Bruce, comes to bite him in the behind. It’s up to the player to determine who is friend and who is foe. Luckily, the Telltale games evolve around the player’s choices, so everyone will end up with a slightly different story.

 

SPOILER HEAVY PICTURES
See below for my choices throughout the game, and what kind of Batman I turned out to be.

 

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Have you played Batman: The Telltale Series? What did you think? Have you played any other Telltale games, or other graphic novel point and clicks? What were your thoughts? Want me to play the new Guardians of the Galaxy one, and give you all my thoughts (please say yes!)? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016)

‘You are a man?’ – The Wonder Woman film

One day late this week. Perhaps I should set myself an alarm to get these out on time!

Wonder Woman is a female superhero (THE female superhero in my opinion) in the DCEU. She is my main girl, and I have a massive canvas of her in my house. She’s my favourite character from DC Bombshells (check out my review of that for ‘International Women’s Day 2017’). Just a brief spoiler – I LOVED THIS MOVIE. DC has definitely stepped up their game after Batman VS Superman – Dawn of Justice.

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This is one of my favourite movie photos. I love how it actually looks like a WW1 photo! – Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017

Wonder Woman is set in World War 1, and after growing up in a secluded paradise, she is thrown into the midst of battle. She assumes, pretty correctly, that the story of the God of War, Ares has come back for his final battle -and Diana herself is the only one that can stop him from killing everyone.

 

I love Diana’s innocence in this film. As it’s her origin story, she is literally new to the whole world. As she has never seen anything other than Themyscira, the gorgeous land in which the Amazons live, she assumes that the whole of the world is exactly like the world she comes from. How wrong is she? (Spoilers – VERY!)

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Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman / Diana Prince hiding in a bush! – Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017

The team Diana ends up with couldn’t be a more rag-tag bunch. Sameer, Charlie (who you might remember as Spud from Trainspotting and T2) and Chif are all specialists in their own field. Not only is this important, it’s also important to consider that they’re very ethnically diverse. Sameer points out to Diana that he’s struggled to become an actor because he isn’t white, Chief explains that he has nothing because of Steve Trevor’s race. Even though these added important points, I didn’t feel as if the idea of racial segregation was being shoved down my throat; ignoring that the Germans were obviously doing exactly that.

 

In the end, Diana can’t stop Ares alone. Without Steve Trevor – hers (and my) one true love – she wouldn’t have made it out alive. I honestly think they’re the cutest relationship, much better than Lois and Clark. I hope beyond all hopes that they bring back Steve Trevor’s son or grandson (from the Lynda Carter led TV series – this is extremely wishful thinking).

Catch the trailer below!

Have you seen Wonder Woman? What did you think? Was the acting up to scratch? Are you an avid comic reader and just loved (or hated) the movie! Leave a comment below! 

(Header Image: Wonder Woman, DC Films, 2017)

Free Comic Book Day 2017!

I’m out of the Library this week, so thought I’d do a quick celebratory post this week, with my one sentence reviews of the few comics I got for Free Comic Book Day 2017.

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Comics mentioned – Rick and Morty, Oni Press, 2017; Riverdale, Archie Comics, 2017; Secret Empire, Marvel Entertainment, 2017; Wonder Woman, DC Comics, 2017; Lady Mechanika, Benitez Productions, 2017

Have you read any of the free comics? Looking forward to reading the actual comics? What did you get for Free Comic Book Day? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Free Comic Book Day Icon, http://www.freecomicbookday.com/)

‘Don’t you wanna rev your Harley?’ – Batman: Mad Love

Today, we’re going back to the 90’s. Does anyone remember the origin story of Harley Quinn; that she first joined the DC universe in Batman: The Animated Series, in September 1992? I can see a few hands. How about Margo Robbie as Harley Quinn? Anyone remember that? Ah yes, many more hands.

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This is probably my favourite scene ever. Vroom Vroom! – Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, DC, 2009

Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, writer and artist, from the 1990’s television show, decided to detail their collaborative stories of Harley Quinn in Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, released in 2009. Obviously this is many years after the original animated series, but our (or at least my) love for Harley has not changed since her iteration – she is still the crazy lady that we all know and adore.

Mad Love is the story of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and how the Joker came into her life, pretty much wrecking her brain to a point of insanity. ‘Mad Love,’ as Paul Dini states, ‘is when you fall so passionately for a person (particularly the wrong person) that nothing else in the world matters.’  This is very true for Harley, who falls head over heels for the Joker – Batman’s No.1 enemy. Which is funny because Harley nearly kills Batman with the ‘Death of a Hundred Smiles’, dangling Batman upside down over a large tub of piranhas, that way the piranhas are smiling to the victim. If only she didn’t care so much about the Joker’s blessing, or that Batman would be dead by now. R.I.P Batsie.

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Dr Harleen Quinzeel comforting the Joker – Batman: The Animated Series, Season 3, Episode 21, 1999

Mad Love is evidence of Harley’s love for the Joker, which at times I really don’t think is reciprocated. There are other iterations of this love that are actually both ways – for instance in the Arkham games where their love is shown, and occasionally that’s through beatings (which Harley is very much into). She just loves him more than he’ll ever know.

 

Have you read Mad Love? What did you think? Did you ever watch the original TV show? Did you love it or hate it? What about other iterations of Harley? Leave a comment below! 

(Header image: Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories, DC Comics, 2009)

‘She can do it!’ – DC Bombshells for International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s day was the 8th of March this year, and I thought it would be a great time to review one of my favourite DC series – DC Bombshells. These sassy queens have been around for a very long time now, so there’s a lot of them on our shelves; not just in Bombshell form, might I add.

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DC’s Bombshells statues – From Top Left to Bottom Right;  Black Canary, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn (elf attire). Sculpted by Tim Miller

For anyone that doesn’t know – DC Bombshells is set in an alternative past, during WWII. It started as a series of statuettes (pictured left). These went down so well with the DC collectors and fans alike, that they decided to give these vixen’s their own stories.

Without further ado, I bring you DC Bombshells Issue 1 (there’s so much to grasp at from just one issue).  Bare in mind that I am completely up to date (bar a few issues) with the Bombshells franchise, so I will attempt to make this as spoiler free as possible.

Issue 1, titled Enlisted, introduces us to the Batwoman (Kate Kane), a baseball player who ‘shames her opponents on and off the diamond!’ She is a lesbian, living with Maggie Sawyer a local journalist, except this time her relationship is top secret (because it’s the 1940’s).
We are also introduced to Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor. And this does have me wondering – will the new Wonder Woman movie draw any references from the Bombshells universe? It is in the same time period, for them, at least.

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The Front Cover Girls. Top left to bottom right; Black Canary, Catwoman, Mera, Star Girl, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Hawk Girl, Super Girl, Katana, Zantana, Bat Girl. – DC Bombshells, DC, 2015

We are also introduced to Kortni Duginovna and Kara Starikov, better known to you and me as Star Girl and Supergirl. Whereas Batwoman and Wonder Woman are Americans, Star Girl and Supergirl are the opposition – they are Russians. Their story is rather sweet, Kortni’s mother had an affair with an Englishman (very frowned upon) and found herself a lovely Russian man who adopted the baby as his own. One night, a  meteor hit the earth, and they found Kara in it. The couple raised the girls as twins, and they became best friends. Everybody say ‘awwww…’
There’s also Germans in the form of the Joker’s daughter and Zantana; and even Brits in the form of Mera/Aquawoman, who works for the Navy.

Without some solid basis in WWII history, reading these comics might be an impossible read. Though they do look very pretty, so perhaps buy them for the gorgeous artwork?

Have you read Bombshells? Do you like it? What about other iterations of the DC universe? Which is your fave?

(Header image: DC Bombshells, DC, 2015-Present)

The Hots and Nots of Mainstream Comics, Spring 2017

Hello and welcome to the first ever Librarian’s podcast, readers! I ventured out the library to chat to Luke, the manager from Chaos City Comics, about his ‘Hots and Nots’ of early 2017 Marvel and DC comics.

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Marvel’s current comic selection

As an aside; I talk about the ‘dungeon’. Please don’t worry! There is no actual dungeon! It’s the basement of Chaos, which is where the back catalogue is. I used to play Dungeons and Dragons down there, ergo the name stuck.

Stay tuned for the full hour podcast in the coming few weeks, where we find out about Luke’s indie comic loves too!