The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 125 – Hand Wavy Nonsense

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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Big News

This week we chat about Disney+ and the Loki and Cassian series coming to the service, the Toy Story 4 teaser and the Once Upon a Deadpool and Detective Pikachu trailers, Aquaman presales, and the Birds of Prey film.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Watch by Keith Buckley/Daredevil Season 3, The Haunting of Hill House, Altered Carbon, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4
IanUFO Drawings from the National Archives by David Clarke/Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 117 – SDCC 2018 Trailer Fest

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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Big News

This week we chat about Disney firing James Gunn and Dan Harmon quitting Twitter, the potential Buffy reboot, the 2 new Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition settings, World of Warcraft’s new subscription model, the Joker movie and No Man’s Sky Next.

Screentime – SDCC 2018 Highlights

This week we go through our highlights of what was shown off at San Diego Comic Con 2018 last weekend. We talk about these trailers: ShazamGodzilla: King of the MonstersFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldDoctor Who Series 11The Steven Universe MovieThe Dragon Prince, Deadpool 2 Extended Cut, Alita: Battle AngelIron Fist Season 2TitansThe Walking Dead Season 9NightflyersAquamanGlassDeadly ClassStar Trek Discovery Season 2Young Justice: OutsidersDisenchanted, and the return of Clone Wars.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders/GLOW on Netflix/Mass Effect Andromeda on PS4
Ian – Provenance by Ann Leckie/Steven Universe on Netflix/Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch

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Comic Review – Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 (DC Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

Warning: minor spoilers.

Cover art by Nicola Scott

“To my surprise I have been declared Queen in Exile” Mera

And I’m back again to pick up a new comic review. I thought it time to return to the mainstream comics having picked up an indie last time (though there will be more of these to follow). This time Mera: Queen of Atlantis caught my eye. It’s a first issue and I’m looking to expand the DC comics I read. Mera is a character I am familiar with through other media – Justice League and Aquaman mainly and she is someone I felt I could get to know better. She’s framed as a warrior queen in a similar way to a fair few other comic book heroes, and I want to see what she can do with the spotlight on her and not in a supporting role. This comic is bought to us by:

  • Writer – Dan Abnett
  • Pencils – Lan Medina
  • Inks – Richard Friend
  • Colours – Veronica Gandini
  • Letters – Simon Bowland

The plot picks up with Mera stranded on the surface, the throne lost and much of her power drained in a coup in Atlantis. Aquaman may be dead and not only does she have to recover, take back the throne and keep the surface world countries out of Atlantis through political maneuvering, she also has to deal with assassins sent by the usurper Rath. It’s a lonely task as well, as with many civil disputes it’s not an issue outsiders such as the Justice League can simply weigh in on. There’s a lot of exposition getting into this comic. In rapid succession it brings the reader up to speed with the state of play in Atlantis, Mera’s situation and how it relates to the world at large. Additionally the issue sets up the likely role of who I presume will be her ally, Ocean Master.

As for the art, Medina, Friend and Gandini have worked together to create a vibrant world, rich in colour. There are numerous different settings which they jump between, using full colour spreads during the intense action, a faded palette during flashbacks and good use of white space to slow things down during conversations and exposition reveals.

Art by Medina, Friend, Gandini and Bowland

The real test, with so many different settings and scenes is how well the hands are drawn though? Pretty solidly overall. They look great during action scenes and add a great dynamic element to Mera when she’s swimming or in water. When they are visible during character conversations they look good, however I would have liked to have seen more of them due to the emphasis they can give on body language, emotion and communication.

Final Verdict

This is a solid first issue. There is a lot to get through though and it took me a couple of reads to take everything in. I think if you’re more familiar with Atlantean DC Lore you would pick this up easily but as someone who knows their way around it less it was a bit of a tough read in places.

Score: 8 Aquakinetics out of 10

Comic Review – Wonder Woman #36

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Every week he is going to attempt a mini review of one of them, with potential minor spoilers.

This week saw the first issue of the new creative team on DC’s monthly Wonder Woman series, written by Meredith Finch and illustrated by her husband David Finch, inks from Richard Friend, colours by Sonia Oback and letters from Sal Cipriano. After an extremely popular 35-issue run from Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, deservedly popular I should say, a lot of people were dismayed to see that they were leaving the book and were apprehensive of what would come next.

Diana is spinning multiple very important plates right now. Queen of the Amazons, Justice League member and God of War, she’s doing well. She’s a pretty big deal. The trouble is, she feels that by having her attention divided between all of them means that it is impossible to give any role the full effort that it requires. So when some extreme environmental events lead to flash floods that cause entire villages to vanish without a trace, Wonder Woman and the Justice League head out to investigate. Diana flies off the handle, immediately attacking Swamp Thing who they find on the scene, assuming he is to blame as lush vegetation has grown quickly in place of a village and it’s populace. The situation is dissolved, with some help from Aquaman (unintentional comics pun), with both parties continuing their investigation. Diana finally heads back to Paradise Island, to check on the situation with her Amazon sisters and recently revealed brothers and to try and dissipate the tension, but the presumably supernatural water events have taken a terrible and personal toll at the island.

It is difficult to comment on this issue without comparing it to what came before, but I will try and keep the comparisons light. The story here is interesting, and doesn’t forget the events that led up to the issue, and I like the idea of Diana being torn between all of her responsibilities. The problem is she actually comes across quite weak, rather than the strong-willed Amazonian warrior we are all used to. This is an issue with the characterisation, and is a heavy juxtaposition against Azzarello’s Wonder Woman, and even the character that appears in Superman/Wonder Woman or Justice League. Hopefully this is more first issue teething problems, and Meredith Finch will get a better handle on the character as the series continues, but it isn’t there yet.

David Finch’s art varies quite a lot during the issue, with the few action pages looking great and the landscapes looking lush and full, but actual close ups and characters looking a little shaky. There is double page splash of several League members discussing the problem, and all their faces look a bit odd (with really tiny eyes). The main issue here really is how he is drawing Diana though. I know artists vary and bring their own interpretation to a character, it’s one of the most interesting parts in comics that I always enjoy. Wonder Woman here though looks like she is made out of glass, like a delicate teenager liable to shatter at any moment. This overly young appearance is most apparent in the face, where she seems to look like some sort of terrifying porcelain doll.

I’ve been very negative here, but overall I did actually enjoy this issue. It was more the story I enjoyed however, as I felt the characterisation and art wavered quite a bit. While it isn’t fair to compare it to Azzarrello and Chiang’s run on the series, it would be remiss not to do so as DC really should ensure that they follow up such a strong and beloved run with something that can rival it rather than disappoint. Their Diana was strong and stoic, uncompromising and looking like she could take on the gods, regularly demonstrating that she could do just that. This is early days for this run though, and I am keen to see where the story goes and how Diana steps up to meet the challenge. I still think it is worth checking out for yourself, so pick it up at your LCS or digital comics platform.

6 Not-Sinkholes out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 25 – Editing, Bro

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chat about the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, plot details for the new Terminator film, the awfulness of GamerGate and actual cannibal Shia LaBeouf, while Gary goes rogue on the Weekly Argument result and Adam tries to avoid relapsing back into Warhammer 40K.

Extended Avengers Age of Ultron trailer (with the bonus scene at the start)

Shia LaBeouf Live by Rob Cantor

The main talking points this week was all the comic book movies coming out up to 2020, with the Marvel Phase 3 films announced this week and the DC movie slate released since the last podcast. We talk about the films and our general level of excitement for them, and the different approaches of the companies for their cinematic universes.


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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 21 – For Some Reason

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chat about the reports of DC and WB’s “no jokes” policy for their movie universe, Netflix making some pricey purchases, and some movement on the Dreamworks Ghost in the Shell movie, while Gary tries to incite casual racism and for once Adam doesn’t try and start a feud with an actor who is much, much bigger than him.

The main talking point was Doctor Who, in particular the first two episodes of the new series which Gary watched! So we get his opinion on them, and what we both think of Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. Adam also blabs about what he likes about the show.

Gary in 60 Seconds, guest starring Adam this week, was the Iron Sky Director’s Cut. Did he make it in time?!

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