Hey, Batman! You want, I’ll do you a freebie!

Positive Things To Say About Comics Month concludes. This was a good week to go out on, since there are several books that I really enjoyed this week.

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You’re a dead wizard, Harry!

The covers to the final Harry Potter novel have been released.

I find the cover to the British version very, very interesting.

Unlike the American version, where I am unsure as to what the fuck is going on.

And of course, both of the covers leave far more questions then answers. Like, seriously are Harry and Voldemort fighting in the Roman Coliseum? And those cloaked figures behind them? Huh?

Needless to say this has reignited my burning desire to have this book NOW.

Come on, Lou

New Question of the Moment:

Which is the more pressing issue, deserving prime-time national coverage by one of CNN’s top news anchors? This story or this one?

We already know Mr. Dobbs’ answer, what’s yours?

More Lego!

I really enjoyed Lego: Star Wars so this is great news to hear.

On Rome…

The final episode of Rome aired last night. It was, as much of the great series’ second season, a bit of a disappointment. Needless to say it was a well-acted, well written, well directed hour and fifteen minutes or so of television. But it lacked the emotional and dramatic power that was so powerful in the first season.

The first season did an excellent job of showing how the ‘great’ events and personalities of history effect the ‘common man’ (personified by Vorenus and Pullo) and how the the common man affects great people and events. The tragedy of Vorenus’ involvements with Caesar is beautifully dramatized. The series powerfully invoked the theme of how a person’s ambition can destroy the lives of those around them, and even their own.

The first season reached an excellent balance of characterization and historical accuracy. The writers had both their characters, history, and plot firmly in hand.

This season though, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The overall plot seemed to be just beyond the full reach of the writers. There were too many characters to fully examine and too much time to cover. Thus the deep, nuanced characterization of the first season gave way to more broad stroke characterization.

It also seemed that the writers suffered from the ‘Sopranos Syndrome‘ where a previously tightly plotted series degrades into an extremely loosely plotted show. It seemed that the writers had only a few things they really wanted say and take their sweet time getting there. Many episodes of this season of Rome felt mostly useless, almost empty. I seemed to have missed the point the writers were trying to make and many new characters and plot lines were introduced but failed to satifiyingly or completely interweave with the overall plot (the battle between Antony and Octavian over the future of Rome). Many of the characters’ actions this season, left me asking “Why?” The writers failed to show the psychology behind some of their characterization choices.

This is not to say that the second season of Rome was bad. The acting was wonderful. The writing (compared to just about any other drama currently on TV) was outstanding. The camera work and set design was just unbelievable, the creators continued to really invoke the look and feel of Ancient Rome.

Yet, compared to what came before, this season was a big disappointment.

Hey, is she supposed to be… uh… leaking like that?

Positive Things To Say About Comics Month continues. I continue to be saddened by the smallness of my pull of good comics versus the large splattering of new comics on the new release rack.

On to it, then. And remember, positive!

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Coopting Question of the Moment

So I just came across this plot synopsis for Ms. Marvel:

Ms. Marvel joins the Avengers shortly before her solo series folded, but several months later is sidelined due to a surprise pregnancy. As shown in Avengers #200, her pregnancy progresses at an abnormal speed, and she gives birth to a son within weeks. Her son, Marcus, quickly grows to adulthood and reveals that he is from Limbo, a dimension outside of time and that he has fallen in love with Danvers. The story reveals that Marcus kidnapped Danvers during a previous mission and used mind-control devices to force her to fall in love with him. He seduced and impregnated her, transferred his essence into her womb, becoming his own son. After he makes this revelation to Danvers and the Avengers, she agrees to be his partner, and leaves the team to be with him.

My question of the Moment: What the balls?