The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 114 – E3 2018 Spectacular

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

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This week we chat about Star Wars trolls, the His Dark Materials casting for the upcoming BBC adaptation, and Chloe Dykstra’s abuse story that has been connected to Chris Hardwick.

Screentime – E3 2018

This week we talk for a long long time about this year’s E3, the big yearly video games expo in California. We go through our general thought on the expo, and each of the big presentations and what we liked (or didn’t like!). Here are the links to the presentations and the specific games we spend time talking about!

EA: Anthem (gameplay), Sea of SolitudeUnravel Two

Square Enix: Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter WorldBabylon’s FallShadow of the Tomb Raider

Ubisoft: Beyond Good and Evil 2Skull & Bones (gameplay), TransferenceMario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure,  Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (gameplay), Starlink: Battle for Atlas

BethesdaWolfenstein: YoungbloodDoom EternalSkyrim Very Special EditionFallout 76The Elder Scrolls VIStarfield

Nintendo: Fire Emblem Three HousesSuper Smash Bros Ultimate

Xbox: Halo InfiniteMetro ExodusWe Happy FewDevil May Cry 5Jump ForceGears 5Cyberpunk 2077SekiroTunic

Playstation: The Last of Us Part IIGhost of TsushimaResident Evil 2 remakeSpider-ManDeath Stranding

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge/Atlanta on FOX/Destiny 2 Expansion II Warmind on PS4
Kii206 Bones by Kathy Reichs/Queer Eye on Netflix/The Darkside Detective on Steam

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Comic Book Review – Thor #1 (Marvel Comics)

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

This week I read Thor #1 from Marvel Comics, the latest relaunch for the God of Thunder under Jason Aaron. Mike del Mundo provided art for part one, ‘God of Thunder Reborn’, with colour assists from Marco D’Alfonso, and Christian Ward drew part two ‘The Grace of Thor’, with letters on both by VC’s Joe Sabino.

The Mighty Thor is dead. Long live Thor. In ‘God of Thunder Reborn’, after the defeat of Mangog and the destruction of both the hammer Mjolnir and Asgardia, Jane Foster has reluctantly stepped down as Thor to finally focus on the treatment she needs for her cancer. The Odinson has taken up his old mantle again, with a fancy new golden arm and a lot of hammers, and with Jane’s direction he is tracking down displaced Asgardian artefacts before they fall into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, the bifrost is under repair, and until it is fixed there is no way of accessing other realms – a big problem, as Malekith the Accursed wages his War of Realms and Thor is powerless to stop it.

In the second story, ‘The Grace of Thor’, a one eyed old Thor and his grand daughters are watching over a rebooted Midgard. After all life ended on the planet long ago, now over 200 years have passed since they seeded life there once again in the forms of ‘Jane’ and ‘Steve’. As Jane dies, Thor sombrely reveals the state of the afterlife, before flying to the edge of the universe, which is rapidly ending. And there he meets the final incarnation of the Phoenix.

I hope Jason Aaron keeps writing Thor comics for a good long time yet, regardless of who Thor actually is. The arc of Jane Foster as Thor was wonderful, and enjoyed a satisfying wrap up too while not ending her story within this world. The Odinson slipping back into being Thor seems effortless, but to maintain his God of Thunder status he seems to be effectively supported by his own version of MI6, with Jane filling the role of M, and Odin and Screwbeard outfitting him with gadgets and magics in place of Q. It means that the usual brawns over brains approach needs to be taken with an element of improvisation rarely seen from this Thor. Aaron’s script is excellent, unsurprising as these are characters he has been in charge of for years now, but the new status quo of Thor and his supporting cast is still fitting in to the ongoing narrative of the plot he has been driving for a while now.

Mike del Mundo’s art is otherworldly, and yet feels very at place here. I feel that he is even better placed on Thor than his recent run on Avengers. There are some stellar action scenes in ‘God of Thunder Reborn’, but the quiet moments in the Brooklyn resettlement of Asgardian refugees works very well too, bolstered by the warm colours that often accompany del Mundo’s pages. For ‘The Grace of Thor’, Christian Ward’s skills are perfectly suited to the grand space sequences on display, from fighting a space shark to speeding to the universe’s end, and these pages are awash with cleaner colours than the first part that suits the story just as well. Rather than feeling jarring having two stories in one issue, the two artists sync right up with their respective tales, enabling them to complement each other.

To say Thor #1 is a great start would be disingenuous and a disservice to all that came before it from Aaron and the other great artists who have shaped his run on Thor. More this is a great continuation that may serve as a jumping on point for anyone who has slept on the series up until now (but if you have you should absolutely go back and read it all in trades). I’ll miss the Goddess of Thunder, but I suspect that we haven’t seen the last of her. Regardless, get this at your local comic book shop or online!

Score: 9 Asgardian Artefacts out of 10

Total Reroll NSCU: Episode 11 – Sewer Showdown

Welcome to the episode 11 of Total Reroll NSCU, our new Dungeons and Dragons podcast series. We are new members of the Neverwinter Special Crimes Unit, brought in to investigate strange goings on in the city of Neverwinter and to uphold the law!

We are on our third case, looking into the Blue Lake Street Race, which we suspect may be a cover for the disappearance of carts throughout the city of Neverwinter, leaving the city desperately low on food in the face of a harsh winter! We’ve had the culprits, the Nightriders, surrounded, but they’re escaping!

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Our intro and outro music is ‘Winter’s Howl’ by Ed Curry.

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Dungeon Master’s Guide

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Tales from the Yawning Portal

Comic Review – Justice League #1 (DC Comics)

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

Warning: minor spoilers.

“It would escape us, Ganthet. Besides it is not up to us… it never has been.” Stranger

DC are rebooting the Justice League in time to save the univ/multi/dark/insert-prefix-verse. It’s been a while since I dabbled in the Justice League and this seemed like a very good place to hop on board, especially with the likes of Scott Snyder at the helm with the writing. The front cover promises a new era for the League, and with everything that has been happening in the DC Universe it will be interesting to see what this ‘new era’ will bring. This comic is bought to us by:

  • Writer – Scott Snyder
  • Pencils – Jim Cheung
  • Mark Morales – Inks
  • Tomeu Morey – Colours
  • Tom Napolitano – Letters

The DC Universe has been a busy place for large scale cross-overs. The Dark Knights Metal series in particular bought the ‘dark-multiverse’ into play. Additionally for those who have been following along there have been some very significant moments in the DC Universe which have been leading to this story. There is a hole in the source wall, the edge of the universe which traps any who try to pass it, and something has come through. It has rushed through space and time to the present day where the Justice League must respond to it, whilst the likes of Lex Luthor and Vandal Savage have other ideas.

You can probably tell by my opening sentence that the stakes have never been higher. Honestly, I couldn’t help but find this point miss the mark a little. While its meant to ramp tension and show how monumental this event is it’s no different than a comic once upon a time saying the universe was at stake. We’ll need to learn more about the threat our heroes face in subsequent issues before I pass judgement on the threat the League face.

The art is very detailed and adds a serious, gritty tone to the proceedings. This suits the atmosphere in the comic, of oncoming doom and potential disaster. Cheung and Morales’ work on the lines provide the detail necessary, both in action scenes and in expressions during conversations. Luthor in particular comes off as particularly intimidating when he steals the show. Morey’s colour palette also ties into the mood of the comic and the lettering from Napolitano weaves seamlessly throughout the story without distracting from the artwork.

There are one or two issues that this comic urgently needs to address though. One action by the League in particular is going to have pretty catastrophic events, unless its addressed incredibly quickly.

Final Verdict

This has my interest, the story has some potential flaws and plot holes, although they can be addressed in later issues. Additionally while this is heralded as a ‘new era’ those without a familiarity with a lot of recent DC events won’t find much meaning in some of the key plot points. Otherwise I am most curious to see what happens with the sometimes super villain, sometimes anti-hero Lex Luthor as well as the Justice League lead of the story – the Martian Manhunter who had a particularly engaging arc this issue.

Final Score – 8 Batman Impressions out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 113 – Book Car

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

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This week we chat about the Fallout 76 teaserPokémon Quest, and Pokémon Lets Go Pikachu and Lets Go Eevee, the makers of Player Unknown Battlegrounds suing Fortnite, Boba Fett: A Star Wars Story and The Expanse continuing on Amazon.

Screentime – Solo: A Star Wars Story

This week we talk about the new stand-alone Star Wars film focused on the origins of Han Solo, its perceived trouble at the box office and what we thought about it! We chat for a while before going into spoilers a little, but if you’re worried about them then skip 53:41-64:38!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam – The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami/Westworld Season 2 on Sky/God of War on PS4
Ian – The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time Book 2) by Robert Jordan/Lost in Space and Doomsday Preppers on Netflix/The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nintendo Switch

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

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!

Total Reroll NSCU: Episode 10 – Nightriders

Welcome to the episode 10 of Total Reroll NSCU, our new Dungeons and Dragons podcast series. We are new members of the Neverwinter Special Crimes Unit, brought in to investigate strange goings on in the city of Neverwinter and to uphold the law!

We are on our third case, looking into the Blue Lake Street Race, which we suspect may be a cover for the disappearance of carts throughout the city of Neverwinter, leaving the city desperately low on food in the face of a harsh winter! We’ve got the culprits, the Nightriders, surrounded. Its time to move in on their base of operations!

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We hope you enjoy the episode. We are moving to fortnightly releases, with new episodes out every other week on alternate Fridays to The Weekly Rapture pop culture podcast. If you enjoy the episode, please let us know on Twitter or Facebook, give us a 5* rating on itunes, or share with anyone you think may enjoy it!


Our intro and outro music is ‘Winter’s Howl’ by Ed Curry.

Enjoy!

Fancy supporting the site? You can pick up all of the 5th edition D&D books from Wizards of the Coast using our Amazon links below, and we’ll get a cut with no extra cost to you!

Dungeon Master’s Guide

Player’s Handbook

Monster Manual

Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

Starter Set

Tales from the Yawning Portal

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 112 – Snippy Snippy

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

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This week we chat about the Monster Hunter film announcements and some of the US TV cancellations.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett and Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker/Parks and Recreation again/Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch
Ian – The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time Book 1) by Robert Jordan/Dungeons and Dragons 2: Wrath of the Dragon God and a load of Bigfoot documentaries/God of War on PS4 and Fortnite

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

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!