If its Monday, it's time once again to take a look at what I'm been digging in the world of pop culture since we last met. Let's get to it...
- I've written about this Dark Horse comic on other sites, but I don't think I've ever touched on it here. Written by Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer
is a brilliant homage to comics. Each of the main characters is an easily recognized genre archetype. What is not so easily recognizable is the way Lemire twists these heroes to fit into his own narrative. The book is a wonder of storytelling. What is even better is that Lemire and the rest of creative team have expanded their stories to include other less explored avenues. There is Sherlock Frankenstein
, a mini-series about a supervillain; Doctor Star,
equal parts Green Lantern and Starman; and The Quantum Age
, a take on the Legion of Superheroes. Recently, another series Black Hammer '45
was announced. It will take on the Blackhawks and Challengers of the Unknown. Black Hammer
is a must read. Get caught up now.
- HBO's suspense procedural returned over the weekend. Every good word that was spoken about season one was quickly erased by the disaster that was season two. Thankfully, after Sunday's season three premiere it looks like True Detective
has found its footing once again. With a murder mystery being told across three time periods and the impressive work of Mahershala Ali, the dread I felt in season one is back in full force. I look forward to seeing how the story plays out.
- I'm closing in on the end of my Netflix binge and, man, how I enjoy this series. Owing its existence to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Penny Dreadful
casts many of your favorite Victorian era public domain characters into a gloomy pastiche. The series only ran three seasons on Showtime, so once I'm done I'm done, but its been a fun genre ride. Dig it!