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

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 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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Comic Review – Generations: The Marvels #1 (Marvel Comics)

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

Warning: minor spoilers.

“Umm… protesting stuff? And unicorns.” Kamala Khan

Me again this week, next week I’ll be off on my honeymoon as I get married on the 22nd! This week I wanted to this new Generations run Marvel are currently doing. Ms. Marvel has always been a figure who I’ve liked the idea of but have never read up on as much as I’d have liked to, when I saw the Ms. Marvel and Ms. Marvel comic come up this week I figured it’d be a good place to start which appears to be the intention with the Generations – giving an easy pick up point for new readers to explore characters they want to get involved with, and if they’re a fan of the classic they get to know who is wearing those boots in 2017. This comic was bought to us by:

  • Writer – G. Willow Wilson
  • Artist – Paolo Villanelli
  • Colourist – Ian Herring
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Caramangna

In this issue Kamala Khan, the current incarnation of Ms. Marvel, has been thrust back in time, for reasons. There isn’t much of an explanation as to how she’s got there, but that’s comic books for you. From what I’ve seen this is a theme in all the Generations releases and may well be explained as a more overarching theme. She finds herself in what appears to be the 60s with second wave feminism in the process of taking off. Through a series of accidents she finds herself working for Carol Danvers at the Daily Bugle on a leading women’s magazine insert. Naturally there’s an alien takeover attempt (maybe not quite in the way you expect) and both Ms. Marvels team up to kick some ass. As you may expect there are feminist overtones to the issue, with Kamala making some key points which feel as relevant today as they would have back in the 60s.

Villanelli and Herring’s work has been done through a rather vintage lens. The colours appear faded and with the exception of Kamala much of the art looks like you were looking at it through an early colour TV set. Naturally this makes Kamala stand out and look even more out of place. As always with Kamala in the action Villanelli appears to have had some fun playing with size and proportions during the battles, however Kamala often feels like she’s taking a back seat to Carol’s lead.

60s or not though, can Villanelli draw hands? Reading the issue while paying particular attention to the hands you see a lot of the character’s personality and mood communicated through them. Danvers feels in control and confident while Kamala’s body language is often nervous as if she feels out of place (of course). There’s also plenty to look at during combat and I think Villanelli certainly can draw hands. 9/10 for hand drawing skills!

Final Verdict

I enjoyed this, it was a fun issue which has hooked me in to pick up more Ms. Marvel comics, its best not to think of some of the potential plot issues though. Well done Marvel, your promotion is working.

Score: 8.5 Ridiculously Cheap Outfits out of 10

Comic Review – All New, All Different Avengers #1 (Marvel)

Kit is taking over the weekly comic book review because Adam is in the unenviable position of attempting to finish off his PhD.

Warning: minor spoilers.

“Great, she thinks I’m a lunatic. Don’t be nervous, just say something funny. SAY SOMETHING FUNNY.” – Nova doing about as well as I did when I met my now fiancé.

First things first, I’m engaged. I asked the question last weekend in the most spectacularly nerdy way I could – buy building my now fiancé a game where I ask her in the end. Bearing in mind I know nothing about programming I feel this was quite a feat! She said yes, she’s stuck with me now, success!

Anyway, you’re more interested in getting into the comic book review, aren’t you? Well now I’ve got that personal note out of the way I’ll get on into it. I’ve had a hell of a busy week with work and feeling smug, but I have managed to fit in an issue of the All-New, All-Different Avengers! Written by Mark Waid with art by Adam Kubert and colours by Sonia Oback for the main story, and Mahmud Asrar and Dave McCaig in the back up story, with letters from VC’s Cory Petit.

It’s yet another Marvel new starter, I picked it as I’m sure it’ll be one of their big pushes over the coming months, bringing in a lot of familiar faces into the line-up. Sort of. We currently have Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Vision, Ms Marvel and Nova. And only two of these are the ‘original’ versions of themselves. Currently wearing the titles we actually have Sam Wilson (you’ll know him as Falcon in the films), Thor – but female (actual identity is a secret), Miles Morales (started off as Ultimate Spider-Man after Ultimate Peter Parker died), Tony Stark, Vision, Kamala Khan (took over as Ms Marvel) and Sam Alexander (not the original Nova, I don’t know much about him yet!). So there you have it, it’s an All-New, All-Different Avengers, literally (not counting Iron Man or Vision).

avengersI went into this comic quite hopeful, I’ve really enjoyed this Thor and Spidey’s stories so far and I always like seeing stories mix things up a bit. And this is the ultimate mix up!

The very first page shows Ms Marvel calling Nova a jerk, standing on a huge pile of rubble, no context given, yet. The story itself begins with Captain America and Iron Man meeting up and stumbling across a huge explosion/blast of energy that Spider-Man was near. It turns out Warbringer, one of Nova’s enemies has teleported to Earth and is there to well… bring war. He happens across a potential ally is his war-bringing plans, only to be set upon by the Avengers.

After a very quick bout the story cuts away to Ms Marvel and Nova. A beast has been let loose and is on the rampage and they team up to take it on. To then VERY awkwardly introduce themselves. Nova tries to hit on Ms Marvel, he’s about as smooth as I am, which is roughly on par with sand paper.

I think there was a bit much happening by coincidence in this issue, but the character interplays were great. I enjoyed the Ms Marvel – Nova exchange a lot and I feel team up stories are usually built on these moments and on that front it’s a good start.

Final Verdict

It’s a start. I was disappointed not to see much of Thor (who has been incredibly badass in her own story!) or Vision yet, but there are only so many pages and bringing all seven characters into one issue may have been a bit much. As I mentioned I feel there was maybe a bit much happening be coincidence in this issue, but with some good writing coincidence can be fine to start a story as long as it isn’t used to end a story. I’ll give issue two and three a try most likely, it’s a fine start.

Final Score – 7.5 Awkward Pick-Up Lines out of 10!