The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 146 – Edgy Teen

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Big News

This week we talked about the recent Pokémon Direct where the Sword and Shield Expansions (Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra) and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX were announced, as well as chatting about the new trailers for Black Widow, Morbius, Bloodshot and Birds of Prey.

Screentime

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries Book #3) by Martha Wells, and Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami/Titans Season 2 on Netflix and Into the Spider-Verse/Death Stranding on PS4 and Pokémon Sword on Nintendo Switch

Ian – Palestine +100 by Comma Press (Various Authors), The New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty/1917/The Outer Worlds on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 144 – Someone Gets Beefed

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This week in a very delayed episode we chat about the trailers for Black Widow and No Time to Die.

Screentime – Knives Out

In our first Screentime for a while, we review Knives Out, the new whodunnit from Rian Johnson. We don’t go heavy into spoilers, but chat about the ensemble cast and how much we enjoyed the film!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson/Taskmaster on UKTV/Pokémon Sword on Nintendo Switch

Ian – The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons and Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir/The Mandalorian on Disney+/Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on PS4 and Pokémon Sword on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 132 – Gotta Go Fast

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We’ve been off for a while, but this week we chat about the trailers for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, the new Clone Wars series and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, the success of Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame, and the new versions of the Nintendo Switch that are coming.

Screentime – Avengers Endgame

This week we review Avengers Endgame, the latest Marvel film and the end of the ‘Infinity Saga’ and culmination of the previous 21 films. We go into pretty heavily into spoilers from 47:05-69:30 so skip that if you haven’t seen it yet! 

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing (a few things as we haven’t had an episode in a while!)
Adam A Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers, The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time Book 4) by Robert Jordan, and Fires by Raymond Carver/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Netflix, Game of Thrones Season 6 on NOW TV, and Us/Super Smash Bros Ultimate on Nintendo Switch, The Surge on PS4
IanThe Charmed Life of Alex Moore by Molly Flatt and The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty /Fleabag Series 2 on BBC Three/The Elder Scrolls: Blades on iOS, Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 131 – No Bad News is Good News

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This week we chat about James Gunn being rehired by Disney for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, The Suicide Squad, the completion of Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the end of Arrow with Season 8, Google Stadia, Pokemon Sword and Shield, casting for the Black Widow film and the Stranger Things Season 3 trailer.

Screentime – Captain Marvel

This week we are joined by Rose to review Captain Marvel, the latest Marvel film and the 21st film in the MCU but the first to be fully headlined by a woman. We go into spoilers from 59.02-1:22:17!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, Soul Music by Terry Pratchett and The Yellow King by Robert W. Chambers/Mad Men on Netflix/Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on Nintendo Switch
IanBlack Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James/Fleabag Series 2 on BBC Three/Civilisation VI on iPad

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Comic Review – Black Widow #1 (Marvel Comics)

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

After a bit of a break, we are back with our weekly comic reviews! Warning: minor spoilers.

“Finally I can let my monster loose, the killer I was meant to be.” Black Widow

Cover art by Crain (Marvel)

Sorry for the long break between my reviews, I’m back now for 2019 and glad to be here! Conveniently my first day back coincided with the release of a new Black Widow series from Marvel. Black Widow is someone I first really got to know through the MCU, and while I’ve seen some of her adventures in the comic series, these have often been vicariously via cameos in other books. Additionally, the 2016 Waid and Samnee run was recommended to me countless times and is a series I regret not picking up before. This latest run is bought to us by:

  • Writers – Jen and Sylvia Soska
  • Artist – Flaviano
  • Colour Artist – Veronica Gandini
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Caramagna
  • Cover artist – Clayton Crain

The series begins with a team up between Captain America and Black Widow, providing an interesting dynamic considering the climax of things between them during the events of the recent Secret Empire. This is referenced heavily, explaining Black Widow’s current non-Avenger status in the world as well as what she has come through in recent comic book history. Reading this felt like a throw back to the Secret Empire run with the intention to draw a line under it for Black Widow to move on from. Additionally, her dialogue with Cap establishes her key motivation and attitude that will be sure to form the running theme throughout this series, specifically it frame this Black Widow as one who is more than happy to get some blood on her hands to put criminals and villains to a permanent end.

Art by Flaviano, Gandini and Caramagna (Marvel)

After the resolution of things between her and Cap she’s off to lead on her own solo mission that is yet to be defined, with her objective only becoming clear during the final pages of the issue, which will presumably become the initial main conflict. Jen and Sylvia Soska have framed this series as a violent and bloody one with Black Widow no longer held back from the Avengers or the morality of other characters.

The main criticism I would raise against this issue is how although Flaviano and Gandini’s art is very good, it feels a little out of place considering the tone of the story. Were this art in say a Squirrel Girl, Spider-Man or other more light-hearted run it would be right at home. The art is colourful, and the action scenes feel reminiscent of the super hero cartoons that I fell in love with as a kid. The scenery and backgrounds are vibrant and bring the nightlife and settings to life, although I would have expected more muted tones. Caramagna’s lettering is worked into the issue well, providing robust and functional dialogue throughout without much of a call for anything fancy to be done.

 

Final Verdict

Black Widow is presented as a hard drinking killer willing to do what other’s won’t. This feels like a return to the traditional portrayal of Black Widow, who I certainly want to get to know more. I have criticised the art style, however that is less to do with the quality, more to do with the contrast against the story. This is purely based on the one issue however, and the story may develop to where its pairing with the art may become more apparent.

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 78 – One Wolf

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This week we chatted about the Spider-Man Homecoming and for some reason, Transformers: The Last Knight trailers, The Last of Us Part II and Gotham City Sirens.

2016 Review

This week we go through our top 3 video games, films, books and TV shows from 2016, with a few lists from others too!

Adam

Video Games

3. Alienation

2. Gone Home

1. Uncharted 4

TV Shows

3. Daredevil

2. Stranger Things

1. Westworld

Comics

3. Wonder Woman – DC, by Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp and

2. Superman – DC, by Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi

1. Black Widow – Marvel, by Chris Samnee and Mark Waid

Films

3. Deadpool

2. Doctor Strange

1. Captain America: Civil War

 

Ian

Video Games

3. Pokémon GO

2. Star Wars Battlefront

1. Doom

TV Shows

3. Luke Cage

2. Planet Earth II

1. Stranger Things

Books

2. The Devil You Know by Erin M. Evans

1. Hero by R.A. Salvatore

Films

3.  Captain America: Civil War

2. Midnight Special

1. 10 Cloverfield Lane

 

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam – Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray/Mad Men on Sky/Bioshock Infinite (Bioshock Collection) on PS4
Ian – The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi/X-Files/Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Comic Review – Black Widow #7 (Marvel Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Then he reviews one every other week.

This week I’m revisiting one of the best books being published right now: Black Widow from Marvel Comics. I reviewed the first issue of the current run back in March, and as Marvel are doing a new ‘Marvel NOW!’ launch, I thought I’d review issue #7 as the start of the ‘No More Secrets’ story arc. Black Widow is being co-written by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, with art by Samnee, colours by Matt Wilson and letters from Joe Caramagna.

black-widow-7

Cover art by Samnee & Wilson

Widow has defeated the Weeping Lion, the man threatening to expose her past and a host of S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets to the world. Discovering that he possesses telepathic abilities, Natasha recruits him in her mission to stop her old Red Room Headmistress and her daughter Recluse, who have resumed recruiting young girls and training them as assassins in the new ‘Dark Room’. Together, Widow and Lion sneak into the Greenland Sea Base, while the rest of the issue flashes back to Natasha’s first kill mission.

Wait and Samnee continue to display how well they understand the character of Natasha Romanoff and what makes a truly great spy-craft story with this issue. This book has been one of the strongest offerings from Marvel in recent memory (and is mercifully untouched by Civil War II thus far), and the latest issue doesn’t break that streak. Razor-sharp dialogue permeates the book, and despite her recent set backs Black Widow remains stoic and formidable (and even a bit of a dick at the end, almost like she wants to create a new enemy for herself). Interestingly, while the art and writing are both of a top-notch quality throughout, they are given distinct parts of this issue to shine. The showdown at the end of the book between Widow and Weeping Lion, and the Headmistress and Recluse is driven by dialogue rather than action, allowing the characters and the plot room to stretch out, even if it is amidst some stunning visuals.

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Art by Samnee & Wilson, letters from Caramagna

However, it is in the flashback to Natasha’s first kill mission where the art gets to truly impress, and is really the most impressive part of this issue. The young Black Widow engages in some utterly brutal violence (it is a kill mission after all) to a degree that is all the more stunning coming from a child. Samnee’s art seems to step up a gear with every issue, and this sequence was possibly the best yet. The detached horror and fury from the young assassin’s face is chilling, and the montage of the implications of her kill showcases some excellent character work and panel design. Matt Wilson’s colours work superbly along with Samnee’s art, with the flashback scenes washed with a warm sepia tone and the present day steeped in the shadows and dark palette of the final confrontation in a spy movie, interspersed with the violent flash of colour of the discharge of firearms.

Black Widow is one of the best books on the stands right now. It’s definitely my favourite Marvel book (just beating out Mighty Thor), and when I look back on this year I’d be hard-pressed to think of another comic that I have enjoyed more. With gorgeous art, razor-sharp dialogue and a slick spy story, this is a must-buy. Check it out at your local comic book shop or online doo-dad now!

Score: 9.5 Exploding Heads out of 10