Badly Recapped: Gideon Falls #18

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JEFF LEMIRE – writer

ANDREA SORRENTINO – artist

DAVE STEWART – colors

STEVE WANDS – lettering & design

RAUL ALLEN – variant cover

 

Synopsis in a Sentence: The Bishop sends Fred and Angie on a mission from God while Norton/Danny and his father escape the hospital to go on a mission of their own.

 

The issue kicks off in the bloody hospital room with Clara questioning her dad about the dead guy he presumably killed. She gets called away to view some camera footage that shows the true culprit was a nurse. Meanwhile dad and Danny bond over the knowledge that the Smiling Man is real, and they’ve both seen him. While Clara goes to search for the nurse, these two sneak out to seek out the Ploughmen, a name we haven’t heard in quite awhile.

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Meanwhile, the Bishop is giving Father Fred, Dr Xu, and the readers some much needed exposition about just what the hell is going on. Apparently the OG Norton Sinclair from 1900 built a machine in the black barn that not only caused a dimensional rift, creating multiple Gideon Falls (Falls’? Fallses? Whatever.) over different times, it also unleashed a hungering evil.

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Nice job Norton.

This was another solid issue of a consistently great horror comic. Jeff Lemire knows when to throw the readers an informational bone, and Andrea Sorrentino’s moody art is as complimentary as ever. There are some gruesome horror moments to be had, but the full page spreads (4 in this issue), while cool, really eat up the page count. There’s a Wizard of Oz moment from the Bishop that made me roll my eyes, but overall I enjoyed Gideon Falls #18.

8.9/10

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“The Evil Dead” Drinks

It’s our 4th annual Halloween Spooktacular, and this year we’re mainly covering 1981’s “The Evil Dead”! It’s one of our fave horror flicks to begin with, so you know we took special care when coming up with the tie-in drinks….

Shot: ‘Shot’gun Shell, the thing that turns a bludgeoning weapon into a boomstick.

1/2oz Galliano, 1/2oz Islay single malt scotch

Cocktail: Young F-ash-ioned, because his name is Ash, and he’s not old, and #BlamePeacock.

Muddle 1/4oz maple syrup and dash lemon bitters in an Old Fashioned glass. Fill with ice. Add 3oz Tennessee whiskey and stir. Garnish with lemon slice and maraschino cherry.

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Another Halloween ep in the books. Check out our review of the movie, our thoughts on the drinks, and much more on the two-part special, here: https://www.patreon.com/besottedgeek

Halloween Spooktacular 2019 Movies

It’s that time of the year again, when the fronts of stores are packed with oversized bags of cheap candy, while in the back they’re sneaking in Christmas decorations. Yep, the season of the witch is upon us, and here’s the list of movies we’ll be discussing on our special, only at patreon.com/besottedgeek. List to be updated as we add more, so check back often!

  1. Apostle
  2. Cloverfield
  3. Terrifier
  4. House
  5. The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  6. As Above, So Below
  7. Mercy Black
  8. The Satanic Rites of Dracula
  9. Await Further Instructions
  10. The House That Dripped Blood
  11. Triangle
  12. Creepshow 2
  13. The Perfection
  14. Wendigo
  15. The Open House
  16. Creep (2004)
  17. Creep (2014)
  18. Terror in the Wax Museum
  19. In the Tall Grass
  20. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  21. Insidious
  22. Trilogy of Terror
  23. Don’t Knock Twice
  24. Scream
  25. The Conjuring
  26. From Dusk Till Dawn
  27. Would You Rather
  28. Cursed
  29. Creep 2
  30. 1st Summoning
  31. Before I Wake
  32. Bone Tomahawk
  33. Malicious
  34. Tremors
  35. Constantine
  36. The Vault
  37. 6 Souls
  38. Holidays
  39. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
  40. The Babysitter
  41. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

“Captain Marvel” Drinks

We’re back, baby! Better and boozier than ever! Allegedly.

Shot: Kree, the good guys in the movie. Wait, no, they’re the bad guys. Right? I’m so confused….

1/4oz Kirschwasser, 1/4oz light rum, 1/2oz elderflower liqueur

Cocktail: Marvel, or Mar-Vell. TomAYto, toMAHto.

Shake 1oz lime juice, 1oz blue curaçao, 2oz tequila, 1/4oz coconut cream over ice. Strain into an ice-filled, salt-rimmed glass.

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You didn’t really expect us to return and not use blue curaçao, did you? Check out our thoughts on the drinks, movie and much more at patreon.com/besottedgeek.

Badly Recapped: Comics week of 8/21/19

CRIMINAL #7

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Ricky Lawless gets restless and reckless.

THOUGHTS

  • Just another stellar issue from Brubaker and Phillips
  • My one complaint- wish there was a character and/or recap page like in The Fade Out
  • I love these flawed characters and their interactions with one another
  • If you want to get into comics but aren’t a fan of superheroes, pick up anything this team is doing at the time and you won’t be disappointed

9.5/10

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DAREDEVIL #10

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Synopsis in a Sentence: “Daredevil” saves North from being murdered by his fellow officers.

THOUGHTS

  • Vast improvement on the art from the last few issues
  • The onemonepnoeia lettering wasn’t great. Yeah, I’m bitching about lettering.
  • Matt’s guilt over sleeping with a married woman may be moot, as it looks like Mindy may go back to her husband. Which is probably a good thing since Elektra shows up at the end.
  • Will North get off Daredevil’s ass now that Matt saved him and is going to take the heat from the failed murder attempt on him?
  • Matt’s client knows he’s Daredevil now. Who killed his brother. Methinks it could be an issue.
  • Will Spider-man show up for a brawl with DD like next month’s cover art suggests?

9.0/10

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POWERS OF X #3

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Synopsis in a Sentence: The Year 100 X-Men battle Nimrod to smuggle info to the past to prevent this timeline.

THOUGHTS

  • This is my favorite Powers issue, I think mostly because it focused on one timeline instead of jumping between four
  • Hickman found a way to do time travel (which I love anyway) without doing time travel- suck it haters!
  • The end was tragic but also such a cool moment. It made me rethink Wolverine and how hard being the best there is at what he does must be for him sometimes.
  • I’m really glad Marvel is putting this series out every week, and I’ll be sad to see it end

9.0/10

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Badly Recapped: Comics week of 8/14/19

GIDEON FALLS #16

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Norton/Danny meets his maybe sister Clara in the more rural version of Gideon Falls, and both visit their father in the hospital who becomes a secret host of the Smiling Man. Bonkers.

THOUGHTS

  • Nice glimpse into the past showing Clara and Danny as kids, and use of a childhood injury tying to a scar on Norton, so maybe he really is Danny?
  • If you’re not reading this, you have no idea what I’m talking about at all. But you should be reading it because it’s a great horror comic.
  • Great imagery throughout, per usual
  • I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but these issues always feel short. Maybe I just read it faster because I want to know what happens next.

9.5/10

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BLACK HAMMER/JUSTICE LEAGUE: HAMMER OF JUSTICE! #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: The Justice League mope around Black Hammer farm, the Black Hammer team deal with a Starro invasion in Metropolis, and John Stewart and Colonel Weird look for a way to put the teams back where they belong.

THOUGHTS

  • Not a fan of the art, especially the Black Hammer sheriff
  • I like that Bruce still goes on nightly patrols in the quiet town
  • I also like how Gail can’t really swear in the DC Universe
  • The stuff with John and Weird was terrific- the best parts of the two issues so far
  • Nice little cliffhanger that correlates with a major part of the original Black Hammer series

8.5/10

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POWERS OF X #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: The beginning of the Xavier/Magneto alliance still leads to the destruction of the world via a galaxy consuming intelligence. Or something.

THOUGHTS

  • There was A LOT to take in in this issue
  • I may be a big dummy
  • This was a let down after House of X #2
  • Is Hickman a genius or a madman?
  • I do enjoy the concept of the time jumps, but it’s difficult to see how they are affecting one another at this stage
  • The art in both series has been top-notch

8.0/10

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ANALOG #7

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Jack gets in bar fight in Miami while on a job; Sam and Oona blackmail some guy; I lose patience with this book.

THOUGHTS

  • I don’t know what this story is
  • Is there a story?
  • This was a Peacock pick, so why am I reading it?
  • It’s actually one of the better issues, but I don’t care about any of it
  • My score is going to seem ridiculously high, but like I said above, it’s not bad. I’m just not invested.
  • Either Sam is a little person, or Oona is a giant, or the art is just off.

8.0/10

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Badly Recapped: Comics week of 8/7/19

Trying something new here because I’m lazy. Just the briefest of thoughts on all the comic books I read each week. So here goes…

DOOM PATROL #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Cliff gets a new robot body and Larry hatches three positivity eggs from his chest and Lotion eats one and the gang prevent a couple planets from getting divorced. (Yeah, it’s a run-on sentence, but you try summing up this book briefly.)

THOUGTS

  • This book is so bizarre, but there are enough fun moments to keep me interested
  • I really need to pick up the previous run
  • I really need to read Way’s Umbrella Academy
  • I love the two-page spread of Danny Land
  • I also love Cliff’s level-up ability after performing acts of kindness

8.5/10

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THE GREEN LANTERN #10

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Multiversal Green Lanterns must team together to fix a rift… I think….

THOUGHTS

  • This book is so bizarre, but not in a fun Doom Patrol way
  • This issue makes me want to drop Green Lantern
  • What the fuck is going on in this book?
  • The art is still good I guess
  • The issues of this run that have been weird but accessible are being heavily outweighed by ones that slap the reader in the face for not knowing obscure DC history
  • I liked the Living Lantern lady (who after somewhat extensive searching I found out is the Tangent Lantern, and is either a different universe’s Lois Lane, Zatanna, or neither, I think.)
  • I don’t want to have to look up multiple characters, events, or places to enjoy a comic book- sorry

6.0/10

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INVISIBLE WOMAN #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Sue and Nat chase down leads to Tintreach’s whereabouts in the slums of Madripoor.

THOUGHTS

  • Still digging the art style, though a couple spots were wonky
  • The Raiders of the Lost Ark drinking game homage was pretty lame, especially the way Sue “won”
  • Otherwise I did like seeing Invisible Woman’s uses of her powers, notably turning parts of a building invisible to tail a baddie
  • Black Widow is so badass
  • Spoilers- Tintreach had a wife all along. That’s the cliffhanger.

7.0/10

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SPACE BANDITS #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: Our two anti-heroines bust out of prison by stealing others’ escape plan and set out to get their bloody revenge on those that wronged them.

THOUGHTS

  • Not as fun as the first issue
  • Felt a little generic- hopefully the revenge stuff picks things up
  • OK art, but the colors steal the show
  • Seems to be moving really fast, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing

7.0/10

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HOUSE OF X #2

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Synopsis in a Sentence: “The many lives of Moira X” shape the possible futures of mutantkind.

THOUGHTS

  • This is the Hickman-iest X book yet, and if you’re a fan of his that’s a good thing
  • As a Hickman fan, I’m a sucker for the Moira timelines pages
  • I can see how the two artless pages of exposition at the beginning would turn some people off
  • Resurrection would be a cool power, but it might get maddening
  • I’ve enjoyed the two House books far more than the one Powers book I’ve read

9.5/10

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DAREDEVIL #9

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Synopsis in a Sentence: After much soul searching, Matt finds reason again to dawn a mask and fight for the downtrodden.

THOUGHTS

  • Did you know Matt is Catholic?
  • I really miss the art from the first arc
  • Why is the nun way more attractive than Matt’s love interest?
  • Cool seeing Reed Richards- does he know Matt is Daredevil though?

8.0/10

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