Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I ain't dead yet motherfuckers.

So it turns out I’m not actually dying I simply have a really bad sinus infection. I feel like a bag of crap, but I dragged my sorry carcass out of bed into the office (in minus 40 degree Celsius windchill mind you) and am working up the courage to post today.

I was home on a sick day yesterday and watched Bubba Ho-Tep. This movie has the absolute best movie scene EVER put to film. Elvis calls President Jack Kennedy so they can team up and kill a rampaging soul sucking mummy. If you haven’t seen this movie you can no longer read my blog until you do watch it. Sorry, that’s the new rule. The fact that Bruce Campbell plays a geriatric Elvis should be enough, but no, he’s in a retirement home with a black JFK and they team up to fight an ancient Egyptian mummy cowboy that feeds off the souls of the residents.

I did get a chance to read some actual comics this weekend. I took a trip to Montreal with Allison and the soon to be in-laws. Although I was sick and pretty sure I was dying I read the first 3 Invincible trades on the train trip home. I liked them but I think I was expecting a bit more. They were really good and lived up to most of my expectations but I felt like they should have been a bit meatier. I’ll read them again when I’m less delusional and possibly hallucinating from the massive amounts of cold-medication. What I did like about them is that the reader is presented with a world and simply asked to accept it. The characters are all introduced as if you already know who they are. I appreciate that since it will either work terrifically or fail terribly. In this case it really worked because the world was introduced through Mark and his coming of age. Then his world was introduced and turned on its head fast enough that it just all seems like it should be that way. If that makes sense?

I’m glad I have them and I’m glad I read them. They are a good superhero fix. Powers on the other hand was a let down. I like it. I respect it. But the execution didn’t always work for me. I just felt like it should have been better. I can’t justify this feeling in any manner because I like the idea and the artwork but I just felt like it wasn’t as good as it should be. Although the second trade worked better as a whole than the first story arc. I felt it jumped around a lot less than the first trade did near the end.


plok said...

Yeah, Bubba Ho-Tep, it's great! But I have to say, my favourite part of this movie was the alternate audio track narrated by the "real" Elvis...even better than the movie itself, I think.

joncormier said...

I never listened to that, and I've returned the DVD to zip... Too bad, that would be the shit.