What would the summer be like without a trip to the local cinema?
Celebrated the twentieth anniversary of seeing BATMAN FOREVER at the movie theater by going to JURASSIC WORLD (Hey, I can’t help it if there wasn’t a new BATMAN movie out yet). Excellent film! I rate it 5 plastic dinosaurs (which, given the current rate of exchange, equals out to 5 stars). Nice logical progression from the foundation of the first film; appreciated the science fiction (not just mindless action); and enjoyed all the minute details invested in bringing this immersive theme park to life. Got to catch part 2 and 3 on TV for the first time too, which added to the enjoyment. Really great bunch of films. Thank you Steven Spielberg (again).
What would the summer be like without a trip to the local comic shop?
As a long time SABRINA: THE TEENAGE WITCH fan, I was very excited about the prospect of a whole new comic book series hitting the newsstands. Major disappointment! The horror! (and not the good kind). While the art was very good in the first few issues that I took the time to peruse, detractingly the whole spirit of the work came off as oppressively gross, tasteless, and extremely mean spirited, especially given the sweet, positive, and sorely missed source material of comics legend Dan DeCarlo. It was my hope that ARCHIE was going to produce something classy and cool, like the Kim Novak/Jimmy Stewart classic BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE (which seems to be the basis for the original DeCarlo character). That would have been a more mature treatment, while also retaining something of the original purpose and heart of the character. I am not adverse to the genre of horror, Vincent Price and Peter Lorre remain two of my favorite actors since childhood; but, as stated before, the new SABRINA seemed endlessly mean spirited, and never suspenseful.
There is a silver lining to all of this…I never have to buy it again (which I won’t). Thankfully, I also tried out a few issues of BATMAN ’66 which I was pleasantly surprised with and greatly enjoyed. From the Mike Allred covers (his MADMAN comics remain one of my all time favorite comic book works) to the fun stories and art, I think I’m going to be a regular reader. And with all the confusing continuity issues going on at DC right now, BATMAN ’66 seemed like the only legitimate Batman story I’ve read for a long time. Maybe it’s because I grew up on reruns of the old Adam West show in the early ’90s and it had more of a lasting impact than I had supposed. I certainly find that West/Ward universe infinitely more preferable and accessible than the current crop of “canonical” books.
Well, that’s all for now, and remember: Freedom is Ink on the Page.
Have a Happy 4th of July!