Badly Recapped: Wonder Twins #4

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MARK RUSSELL – writer

STEPHEN BYRNE – artist

DAVE SHARPE – letterer

 

Synopsis in a Sentence: The Wonder Twins go on dates, with varying degrees of success.

 

The fishes out of water tale of the Wonder Twins continues (with a disturbing lack of Zan taking any form of water) as the Twins almost accidentally set up dates with two strangers at a school science fair. We also get more Polly Math, whose project theorizes the internet is a living consciousness that hasn’t woken up yet. At this point I’m having a little trouble staying awake myself. I hope this Math subplot either dies or plays a large part in the story down the road.

 

And speaking of story, what is the story of this book? I’m fine with just zany hijinks involving Zan and Jayna, but I don’t know if Mark Russell is. Halfway through this comedic and satirical comic we get the backstory of Polly Math finding her mother murdered à la Barry Allen, all because of her father’s past dealings with Lex Luthor. It just feels out of place with the rest of the story and series as a whole.Ap2N.gif

 

Zan and Jayna’s dates are the highlights of the book. Jayna’s date ends up being villain-in-training, “Red Flag”, a total bro whom she finally ditches at the end by transforming into a cheetah and running away. I’d have rather seen her take the form of kangaroo (which she mentioned to Superman she was getting better at earlier) and knock his block off, but at least we got SOME transforming from her, unlike Zan.

 

Speaking of which, Zan’s date went kind of better, simply ending with the girl getting back together with her ex. In a sweet, bordering on saccharine moment, Zan explains that he’s happy to have made a friend because in all likelihood they would’ve broken up in a few weeks anyhow, because teenagers. Zan’s naiveté continues to charm; I wish Russell did more with Jayna’s shyness he established in the first issue though.

 

Overall this issue had its fun moments, its good Russell (satire), its bad Russell (preachiness), and ongoing terrific art from Stephen Byrne. I’m not sure about the underlying arc of the Math family, and I’d like a little more Wonder Twins powers activating. Hopefully both are resolved in the final two issues.

 

6.5/10

 

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Badly Recapped: The Green Lantern #7

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GRANT MORRISON – writer

LIAM SHARP – artist and colorist

TOM ORZECHOWSKI – letters

 

Synopsis in a Sentence: Hal Jordan and his ring’s AI battle, then join forces, with the wizard in the ring to save all three.

 

Full disclosure: I tried reading this book once and threw it down in disgust after two pages. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for a rhyming wizard, weird elf lady, and lyric prose. I let it sit a day, then went back to it, and you know what? It’s a great one-shot Green Lantern tale.

 

In the first part of the book we follow “witch-girl” Pengowirr. Odd name, right? Turns out it’s an anagram for “Power ring”. Oh Grant Morrison, you clever bastard. Anyway, Penny is traveling the wasteland of the interior of Hal’s ring, which is dying. She’s avoiding the minions of the wizard who was banished to the ring by the Guardians, Myrwhydden. Being a new-ish reader of GL, I didn’t recognize the name. I also didn’t like his rhyming shtick at first. That’s my man Etrigan’s gimmick buddy!

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Eventually Penny notices a stranger following her, and it’s none other than Hal Jordan- shrunken and stuck in his own ring. How embarrassing! After traveling with Penny awhile, dodging minions and whatnot, Hal begins to realize where he’s at, who he’s with, and that he’s running out of time before his ring’s energy is fully used up. He convinces Myrwydden to stop wasting the ring’s power with building a fantasy world and henchmen and to send out a last-ditch distress call.

 

Of course, a couple of Lanterns find the ring in time and get it back to OA, where Hal is extracted and gives the classic GL rhyme (a nice touch to counter the wizard’s rhyming) in time to save his ring and its “inhabitants”.

 

Say what you will about Morrison, but he really came up with a great story here. The fantastical prose wasn’t my favorite thing, but it fit the tale. Liam Sharp’s intricate art was on point as usual, but what really shined were the page layouts and muted coloring of the dying interior of the ring.

 

9/10

 

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Drinks

We got some help with this week’s episode and even a drink name! Great Adequate job, Otter!

Spider-Man Noir, after the morose, Nic Cage-voiced black-and-white Spidey.

3/4oz white sambucca, 1/4oz black sambucca

Orange-Gin, because damn, there’s a lot of origin stories going on. Get it? #BlameOtter

Fill a small rocks glass with ice. Add 3/4oz gin, 1/2oz orange curaçao, dash orange bitters. Top with tonic and stir.

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Thanks again to friend and guest Otter for helping out! Check out our thoughts on the flick, drinks, and a draft of Spidey villains on podcast 147, here:

https://besottedgeek.podbean.com/e/147-spider-man-into-the-spider-verse/

3rd Annual Tully Awards

This week we recorded our 2018 movies awards show at last, and here are the results!

  • Supporting Actress – Danai Gurira, Black Panther
  • Supporting Actor – Woody Harrelson, Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Worst Picture – Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • Actress – Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
  • Actor – Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Torgo (Worst Performance) – TJ Miller, Ready Player One
  • Director – Russo Brothers, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Mads Mikkelsen (Multi-Role Performance) – Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War & Deadpool 2
  • Best Picture – Avengers: Infinity War

There you have it. Congrats to the winners, and we’ll see you next year. To hear the proceedings check out podcast 146, here:

https://besottedgeek.podbean.com/e/146-3rd-annual-tully-awards/

“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” Drinks

This week we found out (by accident) the best way to watch Star Trek III is right after II; let’s see how the drinks stack up to this underappreciated entry in the franchise.

Shot: Bird of Prey, after the Klingon warship our plucky crew face and end up commandeering.

2/3oz vodka, 1/3oz melon liqueur

Cocktail: Spock Corpse Reviver– part inside joke from our Wrath of Khan episode, part classic cocktail, all blue.

1oz each gin, blue curaçao, lillet blanc, lemon juice; 3 drops absinthe. Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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Don’t sleep on Search for Spock– it’s a great accompaniment to Khan and nicely sets up the next movie, if memory serves. And the drinks weren’t half bad either. Check out all our thoughts on both and much more on podcast 145, here:

https://besottedgeek.podbean.com/e/145-star-trek-iii-the-search-for-spock/

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” Drinks

We’re back to the Star Trek franchise with the second film, one which many consider the best of the series, and our accompanying drinks.

Shot: Romulan Ale, a gift to Kirk from Bones on his birthday, and it’s blue, so…

1/2oz each white rum and blue curaçao

Cocktail: Space Slug, after the mind control worms Khan uses.

In a blender combine 2oz dark rum, 3oz pineapple juice, 1oz coconut cream. Blend with 1 cup ice. Pour into Margarita glass and garnish with a gummy worm.

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A great movie and a decent couple of drinks- hopefully we haven’t peaked already. Check out our complete thoughts on both and a draft of movies adapted from tv, all on podcast 144, here:

https://besottedgeek.podbean.com/e/144-star-trek-ii-the-wrath-of-khan/