The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 123 – Boulder-Resistant Horse

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This week we chat about Chuck Wendig’s firing by Marvel, The Mandalorian, Iron Fist not returning for Season 3 on Netflix (and Luke Cage, but that announcement happened after we recorded), the Dracula adaptation for Netflix from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Rockstar’s 100 hour work weeks and the saga at Telltale, trailers for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Pet Semetary, and the live-action Aladdin film.

Screentime – Venom

This week we review Venom, the first Sony film starring a Spider-Man character without Spider-Man. We had some thoughts. There are some spoilers from 40:57-47:30 if you care!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray/Doctor Who Series 11 on BBC and Bojack Horseman Season 5 on Netflix/The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
IanThe Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book One) by Brandon Sanderson/The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 on Amazon and Making a Murderer Season 2 on Netflix/Super Mario Party

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 121 – Steal Cars and Cut a ***** Up

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This week we chat about the Captain Marvel, Doctor Who and Daredevil Season 3 trailers, Henry Cavill’s future as Superman, and Disney’s MCU plans for X-Men, their streaming service, and a female-led show on ABC.

Screentime – Iron Fist Season 2

This week we review the latest Marvel Netflix series, Iron Fist Season 2. We do go a bit into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet skip 52:52-1:05:38.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Provenance by Ann Leckie/Archer: Danger Island on Netflix/Spider-Man on PS4
RoseAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge/The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4/Nothing

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 96 – 20%

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This week Gary guest starred as Ian was due his watch at the wall. Adam didn’t have time to sort news out though!

Screentime – The Defenders

We review The Defenders, the latest Marvel Netflix series that sees Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up finally. We go into spoilers from 23:25-37:55!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Girls by Emma Cline and Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie/Veep on Sky/Uncharted: The Lost Legacy on PS4
Gary – Dark Imperium by Guy Haley/The Mist on Netflix/Apocalypse World RPG system

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Comic Review: The Defenders #4 (Marvel Comics)

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

This week will be a bit of a short review (its late!), but I picked up The Defenders #4 from Marvel Comics, written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by David Marquez, with colours from Justin Ponsor and letters from VC’s Cory Petit.

Cover by Marquez & Ponsor

This iteration of The Defenders stars Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Daredevil (hey, isn’t there a TV show coming soon with this exact team?), as they face off against a back-from-the-dead Diamondback, who is not only pushing a new deadly drug onto the streets, but also seems to have equally deadly superpowers of his own. He has already beaten Cage, and at the close of issue #3 it looked like he had put Iron First down permanently. But now that members of this newly formed Defenders team have started to work together a little more, Diamondback may have bitten off a little more than he can chew with these heroes.

It is interesting to see how much The Defenders has been informed by the Netflix shows, or at least what has been well regarded about them. Most of the characters are consistent between the comic and TV show versions (Diamondback not so much). However, Danny Rand is much more in line with the comic book version of the character, and the series is better for it. But there does seem to be a leaning on recognizable elements, and the next threat the team will face looks to be no different. However, with issue #4 wrapping up the initial conflict with Diamondback, this has been a very kinetic, simple and fun story.

Art by Marquez, Ponsor & Petit

However, as with Civil War II last year, the real headline for this book is David Marquez’s art. Everything in these 4 issues has been consistently great, with superb character work and even stronger action. The start of the issue is quick but subdued, with some very good shadow effects in the club and facial work from both the couple partaking in the Diamond drug, and the journalists at The Bugle. But the 3 pages with  Iron Fist unleashing his full power on Diamondback was gorgeous work from Marquez, and Ponsor’s use of dazzling yellow fire and red strikes made those pages sing.

The Defenders #4 is a fun cap to a very enjoyable opening arc. Bendis knows how to write team books and he knows how to write these characters. But David Marquez turns this into a truly strong book, and well worth picking up. Check it out digitally or in our local comic book shop now!

Score: 8 Emergency Transfers out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 85 – Angry Fist Boy

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Sound quality was a little off for the news section this week, sorry! This week we chat about the new trailers for Justice League, Spider-Man Homecoming, Valerian, IT and Destiny 2, and Sony’s weird announcements.

Screentime – Iron Fist

This week we talk about Iron Fist, the new Marvel Netflix show and the last hero before The Defenders team up series later this year. We go into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, skip from 41:56-56:19!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami/The Walking Dead on FOX/Super Mario Run on Android
IanDune by Frank Herbert, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, Tales from the Yawning Portal from Wizards of the Coast, and The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville/Keanu and Logan/Battlefield 1 and Dishonored 2 on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 84 – Geographical Accuracy

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This week Adam was joined by his partner Rose, as Ian is off in South Africa being hunted by Cape Buffalo. We chatted about the new American Gods trailer, Iron Fist’s poor early reviews, Legion’s season 2 renewal and the rumours of a Matrix reboot. Adam also got the episode title wrong a few times.

 

Screentime – Logan

This week we talk about Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film. Listen as Adam fails to make a point for a long time, before we get to your comments. We go into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, skip from 24:45-46:24!

 

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie/Various superhero shows/Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4
RoseThe Sellout by Paul Beatty and You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman/Legion on Sky/Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon on PS1, we weren’t sure which, about 18 years ago.

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 73 – Power Man & Glowy Hand

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This week we chatted about the Iron Fist trailer and the announcement of who is playing the villain in The Defenders, and the trailers for Power RangersBlack Mirror Season 3 and John Wick 2. We thought almost all of those looked awesome. We also chat about Logan, and a few of the games that came out over the last few weeks.

Screentime – Luke Cage

We checked out the latest offering from Marvel and Netflix, with special guest Rose Christopher joining us to chat about Power Man’s first series. We chat about what we thought worked and what didn’t. We do go full spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet skip from 30:00-50:18.

Now Playing 

Adam – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman/Westworld on Sky Atlantic/Bioshock 2 on PS4
Ian – Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer/Luke Cage on Netflix/The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on PC

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 68 – The New Canon

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, and welcome to our first episode with our new co-host Ian Green. Ian is the DM on our D&D podcast, and after 67 episodes of dealing with Skype problems he is stepping in to join Adam in an all-London podcast, so expect sirens. We’ll be keeping some stuff the same, changing or rebranding others, and maybe introducing some new features over the next couple of episodes. We hope you enjoy it!


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This week we were largely talking about all of the footage released from this year’s San Diego Comic Con, so we chat about (in varying levels of detail): Wonder WomanJustice LeagueKong: Skull IslandFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemLego BatmanDoctor StrangeLuke CageIron FistThe DefendersThe Great Wall and Blair Witch. Aside from all that SDCC nonsense, we also talk about the problems with Pokémon Go’s updates, No Man’s Sky and the huge number of copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that have been sold.

Screentime – Our tentative title for film and TV reviews and discussion
For the first instalment of Screentime (please, if you can think of a better title let us know!) we are reviewing and discussing Star Trek: Beyond, the 3rd instalment of the rebooted Star Trek movie universe. We go fairly spoiler heavy, so if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want parts of the plot spoiled for you then skip from 43:34-67:10. We go into what we thought of the film, and what worked and didn’t work (or who didn’t work) for us.

Now Playing – Our catchup for what media we have been consuming, the title of which we came up with after recording. We’ll be chatting about what we are reading, watching and playing right now!

Adam Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse/Stranger Things on Netflix/Uncharted 4 on PS4
Ian Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf by R.A. Salvatore/He isn’t watching anything right now/Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360

Comic Review – Power Man and Iron Fist #2 (Marvel Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. He missed reviewing them while he tries to write up his PhD thesis, so every other week he’ll be reviewing one, with potential minor spoilers.

I had wanted to review the first issue of Power Man and Iron Fist when it came out a few weeks ago, but I was incredibly ill that week and any available typing ability had to be dedicated to work whenever I could. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to review issue #2 (and the fact that I picked it up probably indicates I rather enjoyed the first one). Power Man and Iron Fist was written by David Walker, with art by Sanford Greene, colours by Lee Loughridge and letters from VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics.

PMIF2Years after they last teamed up, Heroes for Hire Luke Cage and Danny Rand, A.K.A. Power Man and Iron Fist, have joined forces to help their old office assistant Jennie. This led to them taking the Supersoul Stone from crime boss Lonnie ‘Tombstone’ Lincoln, and now he’s mad. He’s sending word out that he wants it back, and wants to know who sent Cage and Rand after it in the first place. Now it’s up to the Heroes for Hire to figure out what is going on, and what Jennie has to do with it.

Prior to this series I had never read any Heroes for Hire stuff, but with even with a bare-bones understanding of the characters and their world, Walker makes it incredibly easy to dive into Power Man and Iron Fist and enjoy the story. The dialogue between Luke and Danny is light hearted, snappy and fun, with the contrast between the former experiencing reticence at teaming up again and the latter’s enthusiastic naivety really selling the characters’ history. I thought that the pair would remain in the dark for a little longer, so I found the pace of the plot very refreshing as they are essentially back on the job so quickly (much to Luke, and Jessica Jones’s chagrin).

PMIFGreene’s art is initially what drove me to this series from previews and the covers that I saw before release, and it doesn’t disappoint on any level. There is something totally unique about it, jumping between excellent and hilarious facial expressions (largely Luke looking incredulous) and kinetic, gorgeous fight scenes as Danny and Luke tear apart anyone looking for the stone. Loughridge’s washed out colours finish off the tone very well, giving the book a retro vibe that works very well with the classic street level crime story taking place.

Power Man and Iron Fist has very quickly become one of my favourite comics not just from Marvel, but on the stands in general. Walker, Sanford, Loughridge and Cowles have produced a fresh and unique book that’s unlike anything else I’m reading, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Check it out at your LCS or digitally now!

Score: 9 Fiddle Faddles out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 57 – The Weekly Rapture: Ultimate Edition

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

This week we chat about both Daredevil trailers, the Fox movie slate, Pacific Rim 2, the Iron Fist casting and the R-rated home entertainment release of Batman Vs Superman, while Gary thinks he’s subtly painting in the background and Adam dies in Harrison Ford’s arms.

Adam was attempting Gary in 60 Seconds this week, taking on Cowboys vs. Aliens. We didn’t have a main talking point because Gary hasn’t seen Deadpool yet. Go see Deadpool.

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