The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 130 – Space Jesus Send Me Drop Pods

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This week we chat about the latest Nintendo Direct, including The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake and Super Mario Maker 2 on Nintendo Switch, the huge layoffs at Activision Blizzard, the cancellations of The Punisher and Jessica Jones (after Season 3) on Netflix, and the latest Aladdin and Frozen 2 trailers.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Final Empire (Mistborn Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson and Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock/Sex Education and The Umbrella Academy on Netflix and The Expanse Season 3 on Amazon Prime/Resident Evil 2 Remake, Dead Cells and Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition on PS4
IanDawn of Night (Erevis Cale Book 2) by Paul Kemp, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, and Rat Queens Volume 4 by Kurtis Wiebe and Owen Gieni/The Dragon Prince Season 2 on Netflix/Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on the Nintendo Switch

Check out any of those through those Amazon links and we get a kick back! Or you can go through here.

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Comic Book Review – The Punisher #1 (Marvel Comics)

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

Marvel relaunched The Punisher with a new #1 this week with the ‘World War Frank’ arc, with previous series writer Matt Rosenberg continuing on writing duties, art from Szymon Kudranski, colours by Antonio Fabela and lettering from VC’s Cory Petit.

Cover by Greg Smallwood (Marvel Comics)

Shady dealings have been going on between Hydra and Roxxon, and their respective leaders Baron Zemo and Dario Agger. Partnering with The Mandarin, they have been convincing or strong-arming UN members to recognise Bagalia as a sovereign nation. Presumably as a cover for further shady dealings. But a wrench in their plans has turned up in the form of Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher. See Frank is after bigger game than his usual gangland targets on the streets of New York, and he is set to go to war with Hydra and a whole nation.

Here Castle is as driven as ever, choosing his words carefully and only ever as a terrifying bogeyman to create maximum intimidation for his targets. While he is going after people who usually go up against Captain America or the Avengers, it’s a nice change of pace for The Punisher, And it is good to see his tactics and planning come into play to deal with that scale. Something that really bothered me in Secret Empire was the characterisation of Castle, doing things and making decisions that seemed wildly out of character and fairly stupid, so this is a welcome return to form. While the set up page indicates that this series and Rosenberg’s work on the character before takes its motivation out of the ashes of that event, it seems that is all that it is. The story here seems to be grand in scope and very entertaining, with a strong cast that I’m looking forward to seeing in action.

Art by Kudranski, Fabela and Petit (Marvel Comics)

The art from Kudranski is kinetic and dark, evoking The Punisher MAX series. There are a few moments where faces are a little inconsistent., and there are some signs or text in the art that looks like they was added as an afterthought later. But largely the issue is strong, with the explosive action given vibrant life by the colours from Fabela. The highlight however has to be the multi panelled sequence outside the lift in the Roxxon base, which was superb.

The Punisher #1 is a good start to a story with a lot of potential for fun, huge explosive action. Check it out at your local comic book shop or digitally now!

Score: 7  out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 103 – The Taxmans

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

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This week we chat about the Avengers Infinity War trailer and the ongoing talks of Disney buying 20th Century Fox, a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek film, the Black Mirror Series 4 trailer and Detective Pikachu. Adam also sort of reviews Justice League in ‘Now Playing’ and does go into spoilers, so if you care skip from 17:00-24:00.

Screentime – The Punisher

We review the The Punisher series on Netflix, and we go light on spoilers.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett/Justice League/Destiny 2 The Curse of Osiris DLC on PS4
Ian Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders/The Punisher on Netflix/Skyrim on Nintendo Switch and Star Wars Battlefront II 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!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 102 – Dark Vader

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This week we chat about the announced Star Wars trilogy helmed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, the loot box controversy in Star Wars Battlefront II, the Deadpool 2 teaser, the Rampage trailer, the Lord of the Rings TV show announcement, and the waves of abuse coming to light in the entertainment industry. We also try out some new sign offs.

Screentime – Stranger Things Season 2

We review the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things! We go light on spoilers.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Playback by Raymond Chandler/The Punisher on Netflix/Destiny 2 on PS4
Ian The Book of Dust 1: La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman/Nothing apparently/Skyrim on Nintendo Switch and Star Wars Battlefront II 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!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 99 – Jacket-Only System

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This week we chat the Pacific Rim Uprising trailer, the new Justice League trailer and Rick and Morty fans being trash.

Screentime – Blade Runner 2049

We review Blade Runner 2049, the latest in the Blade series of films. What? Oh no. The sequel to Blade Runner. We don’t go heavy into spoilers, but if you are worried you’ll find out who is or is not a replicant (or a vampire), skip

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View by Various/The Expanse on Netflix/Destiny 2 on PS4
Ian The Once and Future King by T.H.White/The Good Place on Netflix/Destiny 2 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!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 98 – Dumb in a Smart Way

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This week we chat about The PunisherTomb RaiderStar Wars Battlefront 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 trailers.

Screentime – IT

We review the new IT movie, the rom com starring handsome go-getting Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Iliad by Homer/Star Trek Discovery on Netflix/Destiny 2 on PS4
Ian – The Fifth Season (Broken Earth 1) by N.K. Jemison/Conan the Barbarian on Netflix/Destiny 2 on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 62 – I’m So Done With It

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This week we chat about The Punisher, the casting of a young Han Solo, and the trailers for Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareBattlefield 1 and Dawn of War III, while Gary wrestles a cat and Adam rants about how sick he is of crappy covers being used in every god damn advert these days.

This week’s main talking point was Captain America: Civil War. We get into some SPOILERS so if you haven’t seen it, stop listening after 20:30! 

We go in-depth about what we liked about the film, and get in to some listener feedback from what you all thought of it too, before decided the true winner: Captain America or Iron Man?

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Comic Review – The Punisher #1 (Marvel Comics)

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

This week I picked up The Punisher #1 from Marvel Comics, the start of a new series written by Becky Cloonan and drawn by Steve Dillon, with colours from Frank Martin and letters from Cory Petit. The Punisher has long been one of my favourite Marvel characters (an issue of Garth Ennis’ MAX  series was one of the first single issues I ever bought), and with Cloonan writing and Dillon returning to the character for art duties, and after Castle’s turn on Daredevil Season 2, this was definitely one of my most anticipated books of 2016.

Punisher

Cover art by Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire

In the warehouse district of Brooklyn, gangsters Face and Olaf are preparing a shipment of EMC, a new drug that creates incredibly strong soldiers out of normal people. Their boss, Condor, wants the shipment ready to go tomorrow, so it’s all hands on deck. Nearby, the DEA are putting together evidence and finishing the paperwork that means they can finally take down the operation the next morning and close in on Condor. Unfortunately, that paperwork slowed them down just enough for Frank Castle to jump in line and bring his particular brand of justice down to Brooklyn.

I don’t want to go into more detail than that, you’ll have to read the book to find out the motivations and twists yourself. Which you should absolutely do. Cloonan kicks off excellently in this first issue, delivering a Frank Castle that is, as he should be, a force of nature. A boogeyman that turns up and just wrecks shop. And he does it in complete, deathly silence. Characters familiar with his work know better than to underestimate him, and the others scrabble around in a panic as they pointlessly try to take him down. The DEA are almost played for fun here, with all the work they’ve put into the case totally wasted. And the people that The Punisher has pissed off? It should be very interesting to see how they plan on taking Frank down.

Punisher page

Art by Steve Dillon & Frank Martin

Dillon’s return to drawing The Punisher is fantastic, and as an artist that has rendered some fairly gruesome violence over the years, the ‘Parental Advisory! Not For Kids!’ warning on the cover is well earned. Frank’s take down of the gang is kinetic and brutal, with some genuinely unsettling panels. But perhaps the most grisly is Face’s “trophy wall”. The colours from Martin complement Dillon’s heavy line work, with the explosive action retaining a brighter hue to contrast against the earlier shadowy and washed out scenes with The Punisher lurking before his attack.

Also that cover from Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire is insanely good.

This was a great return for The Punisher, with a tight and intriguing opening issue with great action. As forces rally themselves against Frank Castle that action is only going to intensify, and I can’t wait to see how far the book pushes or where Cloonan takes him. Pick this up at your local comic book shop or digitally.

Score: 8.5 Cinder Blocks out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 59 – This Is Where We Went Wrong

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

This week we chat Batman Vs Superman’s success despite being very poorly received critically (we’ll be talking about it ourselves next episode), Fear the Walking Dead and Microsoft’s machine learning AI chatbot Tay Tweets AKA the Skynet we apparently deserve, while Gary brings on his own ruination through cat litter tray placement and Adam reminds himself that he doesn’t like Man of Steel, even when he tries desperately to keep an open mind about BvS when he sees it next week

Our main talking point this week was Daredevil Season 2. We get into full spoilers about it, so if you haven’t finished it yet then stop listen after 20 minutes! We chat about what we liked and what we didn’t like, with some great comments from some listeners on what they thought too!

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 17 – Loads of Torsos

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse. This week we briefly chat about the new not-terrible TMNT trailer, the talk of a new Predator film and what a crap name Ivy Pepper is in the new Gotham show, while Adam undersells how difficult not having working legs is and Gary has to tell a joke off air because it is far too awful.

The main talking point this week was the Liebster Award, a way of discovering new blogs by nominating those with less than 200 followers and asking them questions. Ben from the Malibros Podcast nominated us and asked us the following:

  1. What movie was the biggest disappointment for you, not the worst, the one that let you down?
  2. If you had to, would you rather lose your legs or your hands?
  3. What property would you like to be seen made into a game, be it a board, video or wargame, that hasn’t been done yet?
  4. What’s your choice of condiment to have with your fries/chips if any?
  5. What is your favourite video game that most people won’t have played?
  6. Tell me your “guilty pleasure” movie, the film that you know is terrible but you still love?

We answer these in the podcast, more or less. We will be putting up an article soon with our full answers, and our nominations for our favourite blogs to carry this on!

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