In which I continue my list of what kind of bad movies are the best to riff on.
or, “I Heart the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl”
I finally finally picked up the first tradeback of “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” (called “Squirrel Power,” naturally) which has the first four issues and a bonus reprint of the first appearance of Squirrel Girl (in “Marvel Super Heroes #8”). It’s everything I hoped it would be and I’m going to get subsequent tradebacks.
or, “What SHIELD really stands for.”
or, “Why the hell is Ghost Rider in Agents of SHIELD?”
Having at long last concluded season 2 (and sadly it seems the final season) of the excellent Marvel’s Agent Carter, I maintain my conviction I would rather have seen this show continue than Agents of SHIELD (although I will give AoS one point of credit over the movies: there are tangible stakes to the characters). Yes, it is a prequel series, and there are a lot of inherent issues with prequel series. However, really the only two known quantities of “Agent Carter” are that Howard Stark lives long enough to settle down, get married, and produce Tony Stark, and that Agent Carter herself founds SHIELD and lives a very long, very kickass life. A guessed quantity is that Agent Carter’s brother Michael is not actually dead, and that’s because otherwise it would be really difficult for Sharon Carter to be Peggy’s great-niece. But overall, I think the show was a storytelling success.
A long time ago, I wrote a general description of my criteria for a good story, but framed it in a negative light (that is, stories that don’t meet these criteria are failures). Of course, it is much more fun (and generally entertaining) to criticize the heck out of some piece of media. But I feel I should elaborate further on what makes for a really good story. The main elements are the same in any story, but how those elements are handled is the difference between success and failure.
I play video games. Sometimes I play a lot of video games. So I starting
thinking how the video game must look from the inside to the characters.
Inspired by that, and some of the worst writing from the Punisher comics,
I present “Alekto’s War Journal.”
Sorry for missing last week. I was whisked out to the remnants of the Wild West and was too caught up to actually post.
Like my previous inevitable comparison, I’m sure this is overdone and unnecessary, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to share my thoughts. Unlike the Spider-man entry, in which a studio was battling with itself, this entry is about two studios battling against each other. And rather like when DC Comics and Marvel Comics used to have crossover events, the fans are the ones who are choosing the winner. So here we go, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (BvS) vs Captain America: Civil War (CA3), and why I regard one as a good movie and one as a storytelling failure.