The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 126 – Gerald the Witcher Boy

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This week we chat about Bethesda’s Fallout 76 problems, Farcry New Dawn, Black Panther’s Golden Globe nominations, and the new Captain Marvel trailer.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Milkman by Anna Burns/rewatching 30 Rock/The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PS4
IanMoon’s Artifice (Empire of a Hundred Houses Book 1) by Tom Lloyd/The Office/Dark Souls Remastered on Nintendo Switch

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

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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 124 – Strongly Sad

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This week we chat about Diablo Immortal and Blizzcon, first impressions of Henry Cavill in Netflix’s The Witcher series, AMC’s Walking Dead and Breaking Bad film plans, and Disney’s Marvel streaming plans for The Winter Soldier and Falcon.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time Book 2) by Robert Jordan/Daredevil Season 3 and The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4
IanEdgedancer (A Stormlight Archive Novella) by Brandon Sanderson and Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami/Jack Ryan on Amazon/Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4

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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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Comic Review – Shuri #1 (Marvel Comics)

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

Warning: minor spoilers.

“Even then I learned best by observation. And I moved like a panther” Shuri

Cover by Spratt (Marvel Comics)

While I was at a friend’s over the weekend we re-watched Black Panther, because it’s fantastic of course. There’s a pretty strong consensus between us that Shuri is one of the best characters in the film as well. This meant that when I saw Marvel were releasing a Shuri comic series this week I had to check it out, especially with the wonderfully realistic front cover drawn by Sam Spratt which caught both my attention and a likeness to Shuri in the movies that makes the comic very recognisable for new readers who will know her from the movie. I’ve really enjoyed Marvel’s Black Panther runs previously, so looked forward to seeing Wakanda and the stories it holds from somebody else’s perspective.

This coming was bought to us by:

  • Writer – Nnedi Okorafor
  • Artist – Leonardo Romero
  • Colour Artist – Jordie Bellaire
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Sabino
  • Cover Artist – Sam Spratt

The story begins with a brief overview of Shuri’s history in the Marvel Universe. Explaining some of her previous adventures and the powers she’s obtained. With T’Challa currently busy elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, Shuri has time on her hands to focus on her inventions and some of the significant issues in Wakanda. We get to see her relationship with her ancestor’s and the dichotomy between her modern attitude towards those issues and those of her family and ancestors. We’re also treated to a flashback which defines her relationship with her brother and how the movers and shakers within Wakanda view her. To avoid any particular spoilers, the set up presented at the end of this issue could easily have been shunted in right at the beginning, which would have been a shame as we’d have been deprived of the chance to get to know this incarnation of Shuri that Okorafor is able to bring out.

Art by Romero, Bellaire & Sabino (Marvel Comics)

Bellaire’s light pallet provides a sense of reality to the issue. The less bold tones providing some gravity as opposed to intense wackiness seen in some comic books. The flash back is presented in very contrasting red and white giving an other worldly sense to the spectacle. Finally, the shift to warmer tones in the setting sun during the final scene gives the sense of change that the issue delivers to the state of affairs in Wakanda as well as Shuri and her story. Romero’s art compliments Spratt’s eye-catching cover art well, keeping the characters recognisable to those who only know the films to date. I’m very familiar with Sabino’s work now which as usual is well worked into the issue in both spoken and online chat format.

Final Verdict

My only issue with the set off for the series is I’m worried Shuri will simply fill in shoes that are not her own as opposed to really fitting into hers. We’ll see however. Okorafor clearly has a talent for Shuri, who is definitely in a safe pair of hands.

 

Comic Book Review – Captain America #4 (Marvel Comics)

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

This week I’m reviewing Captain America #4 (or #708 with Legacy numbering), written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, with pencils by Leinil Francis Yu, inks by Gerry Alanguilan, colours by Sunny Cho and letters from VC’s Joe Caramagna, with cover art by Alex Ross.

Cover art by Alex Ross

Steve Rogers is still trying to make up for what was done in his name, and with his face, when Hydra took over the United States. He’s lost the trust of his government and the American people, and is now rushing to the aid of Sharon Carter, Agent 13, who has been working with the government and has been captured during her latest mission. Cap goes in alone, tearing his way through a base full of goons before coming up against an opponent who’s battle abilities rival his own. Meanwhile Sharon is questioned and tortured by members of the mysterious Power Elite, the next group who are looking to take over the US!

Coates’ run so far on Captain America has been thrilling, and in this issue he shows off a deep and clear understanding of the character, as Cap narrates over his fights. See Cap is an idealist, and truly believes in America and the ideals it should stand for. It’s why he is the Captain of it. But his issue increasingly lies with people who call themselves patriots but act like nothing but, people who “swear by the flag one day, and set it on fire the next”. Even without a familiarity with Coates’ non-fiction writings (with which you should get acquainted), it’s difficult not to see the commentary here on the current climate in the United States. The plot here is good, and it’s ties some of the best Cap stories in the past 20 years is a big plus, but it’s the characterisation of Steve Rogers this commentary that makes the book shine. More is being done and said with the aftermath of Secret Empire here and with a more deft hand than in the event itself.

Art by Yu, Alanguilan, Cho and Caramagna

Yu’s Cap is fierce with a real sense of power. For such an action-heavy issue, nothing drags and it feels kinetic and brutal. At the same time, the interrogation scenes with Sharon are dark and ominous, allowing the threat level in both scenes to come through very strongly. The colours are slightly washed out and dulled, which suits the tone and the base environs of the issue.

Coates and Yu’s Captain America is my favourite book on the stands right now, and goes to the top of my reading pile whenever it comes out. The art is strong and the plot and character musings are incredibly timely. Don’t sleep on this. Pick it up at your LCS, and the first 3 issues if you haven’t already read them!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 122 – Fantastic Beats by Dr Dre 2: The Crimes of Johnny Depp

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This week we chat about the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and X-Men Dark Phoenix trailers, the writer of The Witcher series demanding CD Projekt Red pay him more money, Fortnite having an “accident”, the Joker photos, Amazon’s Wheel of Time series and Russian trolls attacking The Last Jedi.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett/Bojack Horseman Season 5 on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4
IanDark Pines by Will Dean/Mad Men and Bojack Horseman Season 5 on Netflix/Shadow of the Tomb Raider on PS4

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You can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.Fancy supporting our site? Head on over to our Paypal donation page! It’s completely optional, set your own price! Even £1 helps us with hosting costs and we’d really appreciate it! Cheers!