Friday, 9 September 2011
Stormwatch #1 review
It took me a long time to decide if I was going to buy any of the DCnU comics. You don't have to be a genius to know they are pulling this stunt just to drive up readership and I hate to reward that sort of behavior. I want my readership to reflect the quality of a comic not the PR that surrounds it. However I also think if the new titles are well written then they should be supported, even if I don't like how they came about. So down to business.
I have to say I was very impressed with stormwatch #1. It brought me back to the early feel of the the authority before mark millar took over and made it so that someone got raped every storyline. The way stormwatch has been reshape to fit into the universe worked quite well with stormwatch being an ancient secret organisation that has taken it upon itself to monitor and police the superhumans of the world. This neatly merges aspects of the original stormwatch with the authority and planetary into once nice package.
For a first issue this worked quite well and had all the elements necisary Unlike the justice league #1 which frankly went no where and failed to introduce most of the roster or the themes of the book. The cast was all given equal time and there roles and powers explained, albeit with the clunky exposition of people announcing who they are and their powers to people they already know that seems to be in all first issues.
I also enjoy the re introduction of the characters I am familiar with however I don't like the change in the arrangement of the relationship between Jenny quantum and Apollo and midnighter. Having her as both thier daughter and the team leader was an interesting dynamic which I wished was explored more before she was killed off. As for midnighter and Apollo's relationship I get the impression we will see that evolve over time. What I did like was the fact that they have limited Jenny quantum's abilities without de powering her by having her god like potential limited by her inexperience and lack of understanding.
All in all I liked this and will be picking up this series again to see where it goes. There was a good balanced of action as well as story with good pacing that left me wanting more. The introduction of some characters was clunky but acceptable. All in all a good read.
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Due to the unfortunate fact that I am having to spend 2 weeks laying on a golden sandy beach without a care in the world and a fruity, umbrella laden drink in my hand I cannot do much video editing. I can't do much video recording either come to think about it. So this weeks review is coming live from the miniature qwerty keyboard of my HTC desire z. I will be brief and to the point for this episode.
After his writing for victory of the daleks last season (or should that be last season and a half?) I was left rather unimpressed with Mark Gratis. The writing seemed rushed and shoddy and the episode seemed to have no love behind it, being only there to show off the new dalek designs. This episode however showed more love for the subject. Mark Gratis is a great horror fan (and I urge anyone to check out his series history of horror) and it shines through. The hammer horror mansion setting in the dollhouse in particular stood out to me, along with the more subtle currents of peadophobia (that means fear of children fyi) and parental abandonment.
Did I enjoy this episode though? Not as much as I could of, it was competent and drove a creepy atmosphere but I was expecting more. This is prartialy from left over feeling of disapointment from lets kill hitler. But the monsters was creapy and the idea of alien cuckoo children even creepyer though I don't think it was meant to be. I also can't say I like scary episodes of Dr who, personal I prefer the swashbuckaling space adventures. I felt like I needed a great episode this week and what I got was a nominal one. So 3 Tardis out of five.