The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 117 – SDCC 2018 Trailer Fest

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Big News

This week we chat about Disney firing James Gunn and Dan Harmon quitting Twitter, the potential Buffy reboot, the 2 new Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition settings, World of Warcraft’s new subscription model, the Joker movie and No Man’s Sky Next.

Screentime – SDCC 2018 Highlights

This week we go through our highlights of what was shown off at San Diego Comic Con 2018 last weekend. We talk about these trailers: ShazamGodzilla: King of the MonstersFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldDoctor Who Series 11The Steven Universe MovieThe Dragon Prince, Deadpool 2 Extended Cut, Alita: Battle AngelIron Fist Season 2TitansThe Walking Dead Season 9NightflyersAquamanGlassDeadly ClassStar Trek Discovery Season 2Young Justice: OutsidersDisenchanted, and the return of Clone Wars.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders/GLOW on Netflix/Mass Effect Andromeda on PS4
Ian – Provenance by Ann Leckie/Steven Universe on Netflix/Octopath Traveler on Nintendo Switch

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Comic Review – Titans #1 (DC Comics)

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

Warning: minor spoilers, or major if you haven’t read DC Rebirth #1 or Titans: Rebirth #1!

“Then let’s get it all back, Donna. All the good stuff we lost. Make ourselves whole again.” Arsenal

Titans

Cover art by Booth, Rapmund & Dalhouse

I was fairly spoilt for choice today for new comics to review. I had Batgirl, Nightwing and Titans on the cards. Out of the three stories so far the Titans story is the one I’m most excited about, with the return of Wally West. Titans #1 (written by Dan Abnett, pencils by Brett Booth, inks by Norm Rapmund, colours by Andrew Dalhouse and letters from Carlos M. Mangual) picks up where the DC Rebirth issue left off. We begin with a quick flashback to the Rebirth issue, summing up how Wally escaped the speed force and returned to the Titans. The focus of the issue is reintroducing the team dynamic and showing how Wally will fit into it all.

As with all super team comics, Titans has to walk the fine line of giving enough members of the team involvement so none of them feel pointless in being there. Wally takes the lead, I was a little disappointed he didn’t get his own series after being so integral to Rebirth, however he is taking centre stage in the events of the early Titans comics. We’re reintroduced to Omen after the quick recap, who’s exploring Wally’s memories and trying to find out as much as possible about the entity that changed history and their memories. She’s having a tough time getting past Wally’s memories of Linda, his wife from pre-New 52 who had no memory of him when he reached out to her.

Other members of the team move the plot on in the background, while working in exposition here and there. There’s a nice touch of humour between the ever sarcastic Arsenal and Tempest. We get a set up at the end of the issue with the first main villain the Titans will have to deal with. They didn’t take up much of the issue, but I’m sure their role will increase going forward now the team is back in business.

Titans interiors

Art by Booth, Rapmund & Dalhouse

As for the art, I’m really enjoying Wally’s new costume. They aren’t giving him a new pseudo-Flash title. He’s still a Flash, though different from Barry Allen and the suit shows it, with a mix of the red of the Flash and a similar structure to his old Kid Flash outfit. He chose the design just as his identity is being established in the DC Universe. Otherwise Booth, Rapmund and Dalhouse have to work a lot into to every panel with so many characters, they do a lot of good work with the limited space they’re given. Each character’s personality is portrayed in their mannerisms, the way they sit, fold their arms and carry themselves and although the action is limited it feels dynamic and the heroes feel very powerful and in control. I have only one nit-pick with the art in the whole comic. There’s a page where we see Omen and Wally doing their mind meld and the team is there. Donna seems to be staring upwards, for no apparent reason, looking a little spaced out.

 

 

But the most important question:

Can Booth draw hands? As you’d expect with an artist for one of the major comic book players of course they can. With so many characters and so much going on they have to draw a lot of them as well, often very small and in awkward places. As I said before the art captures each character’s personality, and gesture plays a huge part in this. In the small background images and conversations, although the hands aren’t so detailed they do feel natural and look to be right where they should be. With so many there are some minor instances when maybe they look a little off if you go out of you way to look at them though. Even so, I think here we have a solid 8.5 for hand drawing skills!

Final Verdict

The message at play here is how good it is to have Wally back and how natural the team now feels. There’s a little less meta I feel going on than the acknowledgement that the Spyral role didn’t fully suit Dick in Grayson or the apparent admission that DC have overly scrambled Wonder Woman’s back story a few too many times. But this works well in itself. DC need the fun stories, in my opinion they’ve been a little lacking, and Wally who’s classically known for his fun loving attitude and his friends in the Titans are perfect to help provide that. He’s still working things out since he’s back as he’s been through a hell of a lot, but he still comes across as a great guy. It’s a solid first issue.

Score: 8.3 Pizzas out of 10

Anime Review – Attack on Titan

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Nath sometimes reviews games. This is isn’t one of those times. This time he’s reviewing an anime.

Warning: Contains some spoilers.

I know this series is 2 years old, however I couldn’t escape the hype surrounding this anime and seeing as this is going to become a live action film, I thought I’d give the series a watch. I normally just mainly review video games, but I do love anime as well, haven’t watched any for a while, but I am a huge Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Bleach (actual story, not filler) and Outlaw Star fan. Please note their will be some spoiler alerts, but I will try my best to keep that to a minimum.

Attack on Titan is based on the manga  of the same name written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, which is hugely successful. It follows the story of 3 childhood friends, Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, living in a world in fear of Titans, large humanoid giants that eat people without any reason whatsoever. After their home town is invaded and Eren’s mother is eaten, they decide to join the military in order to fight and kill any Titan that stands in their way.

Safe to say, it was a very interesting premise from the start, but how would it unfold? We meet some other members of the Cadet Squad that Eren, Mikasa and Armin are in and get their backstory. However, after graduation there is a large scale Titan attack against the city and the new recruits are thrust into action immediately. One huge Titan appears out of nowhere and starts wreaking havoc against the wall used to protect the inner city of Trost. During the eventual struggle, and the (spoiler alert) quick death of Eren, I did pause and think what the hell is going to happen here.

It turns out (spoiler alert) that Eren has a very unique ability which allows him to turn into a large powerful Titan which allows him to easily take down lesser Titans with ease. Needless to say I was hooked on the storyline, but what about everything else? Well there are some very interesting and unique characters in this series and the interaction between them is excellent. Eren is headstrong and reckless but with a sense of purpose, Mikasa is sensible, level-headed and a skilled warrior, but occasionally lets her feelings get the better of her and Armin is intelligent and excellent at forming strategies, but lacks confident as a warrior. There are some brilliant characters too that you will meet throughout the series, one to look out for is Levi, he’s pretty badass.

The action in this series is very good too, lots high octane flying action as regular humans have to take down Titans using a series of grappling hooks, jet propulsion and disposable swords, with the only to take down a Titan is to slice through the nape of the neck. Needless to say it is not foolproof, Titans are quite quick as they have the ability to catch and crush flying cadets. It is also a bit gory, not as bad as other animes, but still pretty gruesome, people get eaten, crushed, stamped on, swiped and sometimes stabbed. You will see gore and dead bodies throughout the series, but still, lots of action and fantastic storyline.

One important factor I find as well with anime is the opening music. Outlaw Star, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Trigun have some epic opening music. In Attack on Titan, the music changes throughout the series, but the initial opening music is brilliant, very gothic and fast paced.

It is only 25 episodes long too, which means it is a week or two tops to watch all of it and it is available on Netflix. I will be checking out the manga as well as the 2nd season probably won’t start until 2016. There will also be a live action film being produced in Japan so hoping it will be spectacular. This is being released later this year.

I would give this anime a solid 9/10 cuts to the neck. Truly worth a watch and sure to be a complete classic, just wish it was a lot longer. Next on my watch list is Kill la Kill, as that has a lot of hype too.

Nath