The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 141 – Oh Jeffrey

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This week we chat about the trailers for Birds of Prey, The Expanse Season 4 and Rick and Morty Season 4, and the Playstation 5 announcement.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – Maskerade (Discworld 18) by Terry Pratchett and The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza/The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix/The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake on Nintendo Switch

Ian – Rosewater by Tade Thompson and The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker/Fleabag (National Theatre live version)/Untitled Goose Game and Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 140 – Does Blood Bounce on Ice?

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This week we chat about Spaceforce, the El Camino and Bojack Horseman final season trailers, Spider-Man being back in the MCU (for now) and The Last of Us Part II footage and release date.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy Book 2) by Robin Hobb and We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson/Disenchantment Season 2 and the end of Orange is the New Black on Netflix/Untitled Goose Game on Nintendo Switch

Ian – The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and Boundless (The Legend of Drizzt Book 32) by R.A. Salvatore/Crawl/The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the SNES Nintendo Switch Online and Overcooked 2 on the Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 138 – Baked Potato Rocket Launch

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This week we chat about the new Joker trailer, Matrix 4, Bond 25 and El Camino, and a lot of stuff from D23 this year, including the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man news, the Ms Marvel, She Hulk and Moon Night Disney+ show announcements, the Obi-Wan show, and The Mandalorian and Rise of Skywalker trailers.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time 5) by Robert Jordan, All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells, and An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon/Archer 1999 and Orange is the New Black Season 7 on Netflix, This Way Up on More 4/Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on Nintendo Switch

Ian – The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal/Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on Netflix/Dynasty Warriors 9 and Skyrim on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 137 – Every 2 Weeks

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This week we chat about lots of things that happened at San Diego Comic Con 2019, including the trailers for The Witcher, His Dark Materials, Westworld III, Cats, Top Gun: Maverick, Picard, Watchmen and Snowpiercer, as well as all the announcements from Marvel Studios!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – How Long ’til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin and The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal/Russian Doll on Netflix, Fleabag and What We Do in the Shadows on BBC iPlayer/Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on Nintendo Switch and The Witcher III on PS4

Ian – The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat by Brooke Bolander, Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson and The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells/Nothing/Resident Evil 7 and Fallout 4 on PS4 and Stardew Valley 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.