Yes, it has been a while.
Between the family move, a death in the family and a new job, my schedule has been all kind of out of whack. I haven't given you my weekly updates in a while, but I think it's high time we got back on track. So, without further ado, here are some pop culture things I've been partaking of late.
- Third Spidey's the charm? Absolutely. Tom Holland captures teen genius Peter Parker perfectly. We don't have to see Uncle Ben get gunned down...again. Iron Man isn't a co-star. Happy Hogan almost is. Aunt May is hot. And the Vulture is a legitimate threat. Seriously though, Michael Keaton is at his menacing best in this movie. He may be the best MCU villain to date. His story makes sense. He's the perfect villain for the Spidey re-re-launch. This is a solid super-hero movie and you should go see it...today!
- The first season of AMC's adaptation of the classic Vertigo series was a hot mess. There was a lot to introduce and some liberties were taken. That didn't bother me. What bothered me was the fact that Jesse Custer never left town. And then he did. And then things got cooking. Preacher
is supposed to be a meditation on America as written by an Irish guy. Now that Jesse, Tulip and Cass are on the road looking for God, well, things have gotten a LOT better. Plus, Saint of Killers. Oh, and they finally introduced Herr Starr. I can't wait to see how weird AMC lets them get.
JONAH HEX: SHADOWS WEST
- I've spent a lot of time with Jonah Hex recently. The character has always fascinated me. Seems I'm not the only one. Last year, I binged the highly regarded Gray/Palmiotti series. He's been showing up as a semi-regular on Legends of Tomorrow
. Still, there was one iteration of the scarred outlaw that evaded me...until we moved to Austin. Then, during a visit to Austin Books and Comics
, there it was. Joe R. Lansdale's Shadows West
. Lansdale is most famous for his East Texas hardcases, Hap and Leonard, but he's also written some funky macabre stuff, mostly famously, Bubba Ho-Tep
. So, him giving Hex an East Texas hoodoo spin seemed like something I'd want to read. I did. It was just as good as I hoped it would be. Find a copy and buckle up pilgrim. You'll be glad you did.