3P Reviews, Lessons in Adaptation, The Umbrella Academy

Lessons in Adaptation: The Umbrella Academy

Season Two is on its way, and you know what that means! That's right, this entire essay will be obsolete in a few weeks. Time to make the most of it. I had a blast writing the episodic reviews of The Umbrella Academy when the first season of the show came out, and given that… Continue reading Lessons in Adaptation: The Umbrella Academy

3P Reviews, Superheroes

Splash – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Some things need no introduction.   3P Reviews Series: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse   Spoilers: Yes. I also talk a lot about the Sam Rami Spider-Man movies for some reason. Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: Arachnophoria This is the best superhero movie ever made. I try to avoid definitive hyperbole, but I’ve run through… Continue reading Splash – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

3P Reviews, Graphic Novels and Comics, Scott Pilgrim

Trick of the Light – Scott Pilgrim, Book Six

I should dislike this book. It’s almost all fight. It backtracks much of the development of the characters from the previous books. Its thesis statement is messy. Wallace is barely in it. And yet, rarely have I seen a series that concludes more powerfully, compressing all of its meaning and conflict and turmoil, literal and… Continue reading Trick of the Light – Scott Pilgrim, Book Six

Breakfast Recommendations

2019 Honestly Amazing Thing Awards – Breakfast Recommendations #3

I might as well jump on the retrospective bandwagon and start up an annual (fingers crossed) awards series. Now, my first instinct was to opt for the best releases of the year, but while I've done plenty of catching up on shows I've been watching (for the most part), I tend to be actively bad… Continue reading 2019 Honestly Amazing Thing Awards – Breakfast Recommendations #3

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Another Day – Scott Pilgrim, Book Five

What happens after the monster is defeated? What happens when the hero has to settle down and re-acclimate to an ordinary life? I’ve always loved stories that ask these questions, that treat the usual climax as a secondary focus, prioritizing the emotional journey the character faces even if they’ve stopped moving their legs. Scott Pilgrim… Continue reading Another Day – Scott Pilgrim, Book Five

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Figures in the Distance – Scott Pilgrim, Book Four

This is the book I've been rearing to write about. The Scott Pilgrim books are all enjoyable, but the latter half of the series raises the stakes to much more than relationship drama and magical battles. I love both of those, but now they have layers. Now the books charge ahead with all of the… Continue reading Figures in the Distance – Scott Pilgrim, Book Four

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Scott Pilgrim, Book Three

The culmination of tension in the past two books as to the identify and significance of Scott’s former squeeze precipitates here as we finally meet the mysterious Envy Adams. To further complicate matters, she’s here with Todd, Ramona’s third evil ex. Unlike the short fights in the previous two novels, this one extends through the… Continue reading The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Scott Pilgrim, Book Three

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Real Life Looks Worse – Watchmen (film)

As may be obvious by now, I’m using November to buff up my backlog and get a bit of practice in writing reviews on a tighter deadline. I’m definitely not doing this to cheat at NaNoWriMo. Anyway, this one is going to be basic because I’ve already talked about it — or about its source… Continue reading Real Life Looks Worse – Watchmen (film)

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Failures – Preacher, Season Four, Episode Nine

All right, all right, it’s high time I finished this series given the show's been over for almost a month now. I’ve been procrastinating for a few reasons, some better than others. Work and sleep schedules being off. The previous episode dampening my resolve to press forward. Popping down to Australia to talk to people… Continue reading Failures – Preacher, Season Four, Episode Nine

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Meals and Mimickry – Scott Pilgrim, Book Two

Relationships are hard, what with boyfriends and girlfriends and friend-friends, some of whom have secret evil exes that attack you at random with lethal weaponry and sick finishers. It's a common problem. We rejoin Scott and company as they struggle through the difficulties of Canadian adolescence, Scott with the dual quests of breaking up with… Continue reading Meals and Mimickry – Scott Pilgrim, Book Two