Gotham Central (series) – Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker ♦♦♦♦ [four out of five]

Gotham Central – a police procedural with a great huge cast and a background of superheroes, giving us, as human readers, a place in the big world of Superman and Batman.  It stumbled to find its direction at first but would have a good solid 30 issues of amazing crime / noir with a great twist of the fantastic.

Sometimes my sentences stumble for direction at first, before a good solid ellipses…

The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion ♦♦♦ [three out of five]

Well, you watched the film.  Let’s say that you enjoyed it.  Then you’re probably looking forward to watching it again, to reap the rewards of repeated, detail-soaked viewings.  To your rescue, then, in the limbo before a blu ray, is the Cabin in the Woods Visual Companion, an over-sized collection of production photos, interviews, and the screenplay.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Well, I read it cover to cover, including the screenplay.  It slaked my thirst.  Will it remain on my shelf once I have a physical copy of the movie?  Probably not.

DVD extras in book form

Countdown Special: The Atom – Gerry Conway ♦♦♦ [three out of five]

If you’re not used to the self-narrative-thought-bubble style of 60s and 70s comics, you won’t enjoy these wacky sci-fi tales, but they are a surprisingly timely find and show off Conway’s ability to straddle the dialogue line between cheeky and serious.

When I pare these things down to one sentence summaries, I sort of feel forget why I wrote the long review BUT DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM CLICKING HERE