Comics are truly great. But they can be a little intimidating, there’s no denying. Issue numbers in the hundreds and beyond. Comic book stores with wall-to-wall selection staring down at you. What’s an average Joe or Jane to do? “Like This/Read That!” is your semi-recurring comic book breakdown here at Being Geek Chic, sending out fresh reading recommendations that are simple, sensible, and positively super.
The fall TV season is just about to get underway, and with it comes a deluge of new shows vying for your attention. Some may be great, others may disappear into obscurity no sooner than they arrive. But in celebration of this yearly ritual and the new kids on the programming block, here are some comic book recommendations that may appeal to your TV watching habits.
The mini-wave of new TV shows that blend fairytale fantasy with modern day reality hasn’t swept me up personally, but I can’t judge you if that’s your thing. The Fables series of comic books were basically doing this same dance many years ago and I quite enjoyed it, so fans of that formula can’t go wrong here. These are familiar stories and characters presented with a clever new twist. Another reason now is a good time to check this series out: it will also have a video game to its name soon, brought to you in episodic form by the folks at Telltale Games (And suffice it to say this formula worked out pretty well last time around).
Which brings me to perhaps the most obvious comic book recommendation I can make. If you can’t get enough of AMC’s Walking Dead TV show, you owe it to yourself to read the comic series that first inspired the phenomenon. The tension, gore and zombie action are equally edge-of-your-seat and eye-catching in comic form, but it’s the tales of human survival and relationships in a post-apocalyptic setting that really define the series. Ask a diehard fan (of which there are many), and they’ll tell you these comics offer drama and emotional weight that consistently surpass what you’ll see on the TV show each week.
Law and Order. CSI. NCIS. Dexter. The list goes on and on. If you love police procedurals, TV is certainly your medium of choice. But there are many great stories in this genre to be found in the world of comics too. Why not start with something in that mold with a twist totally befitting the comic book aesthetic? This series will do the trick, following two homicide detectives who investigate crimes involving superheroes. You could call it CSI: Gotham City or Law and Order: Capes and Cowls Unit. As it happens, FX has actually been attempting to develop this into a TV series for a good while, and with any luck it will hopefully see the light someday.
The pitch for this series is a very simple one: our protagonist is the last man on earth. Aside from him and his pet monkey, also of the male persuasion, only the world’s female population remains. The hook pulls you in right off the bat and the story builds up the mystery in a number of interesting ways. But more than anything, its main draw is the way it explores what a world without men and our established gender split might look like.
Here’s a story that follows the daily adventures of a group of young, funny people who live in New York City. Sounds familiar, right? It could describe any number of popular TV sitcoms, from Seinfeld to Friends and How I Met Your Mother. But it also describes this acclaimed graphic novel, which is slice of life comedy at its best. I just started reading this one myself, and at over 600 pages, reading through it isn’t unlike sitting down to power through a season or two of a great TV show.
So there you have it, TV buffs and comic book kids. Now, I hope you’ll excuse me as I return to my couch and continue waiting eagerly for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD to hit the air.
Guest post by Adam Giorgi, who also happens to be my brother. He’s a writer, gamer, reader and Potter head. He also makes cool comics from time to time. Check out his blog: Geek-Attack. Follow him on twitter: @adamgiorgi
Having a bad day? I’ve been stressed to an unhealthy level the last few weeks and there’s one place I turn time and time again. Not to my night stand for sleeping pills. Or to the buffet for caloric satisfaction. Or the shopping mall for retail therapy. Honestly, I just watch The IT Crowd. It’s my sure fire cure for a terrible, terrible day. I mean, Maurice Moss. Is there anything better?
Maybe this is really just a Richard Ayoade appreciation post. I don’t know. Either way.
P.S. If you really want a chuckle, check out this website some internet genius created for Reynholm Industries. God, I love nerds.
So the last episode of the first season of Orphan Black airs in a little less than an hour here and I can honestly say it’s been the biggest entertainment surprise of 2013 so far. Indeed, BBC America knew what they were doing when they came up with Supernatural Saturday. I can’t even believe I am writing this right now, but by the fourth week of their regularly scheduled sci-fi spree, I started looking forward to seeing Sarah, Felix and the clone crew a bit more than the Doctor. I know. I know. But it’s true.
Here’s five very good reasons why:
1. Tatiana Moslany: I know I am not the only person making this prediction, but Moslany is on the verge of being absolutely huge. She manages to bring out the most subtle emotions in each of the clones she plays and the way she uses her eyes as a central identifier between characters is so delicate and genius that I want to scream “Emmy! Emmy! Emmy!” every time I see that right eyebrow arch for Sarah or those lids blink rapidly for Alison. She truly makes the show what it is.
When we were first introduced to this Sherlock Holmes and Watson months ago, we knew two distinct things about the show: the first and most obvious being that Watson was a woman. The second was that Sherlock was a recovering opiate addict. These two choices could have meant nothing to the series in the long run, but it was clearer than ever this week that these changes are the very things that make Elementary worth watching.
Jonny Lee Miller was exceptional in his own way and that’s no easy task with so many prominent variations of the famous detective available for comparison. I appreciated the way he strove for balance between the pain and struggle of addiction with the electricity of possessing such a fire-cracking mind. Liu brought a sense of presence to the show, which allowed Holmes to be more vulnerable, more raw. In the end, I’m just so darned pleased this adaption gave us a male/female friendship that didn’t devolve into petty flirtations and focused instead on the power of helping someone who can’t always help themselves.
Spoilers from here on out.
I would like to make a new Who rule. Neil Gaiman must write an episode for every season of Doctor Who from now until his fingers can no longer form a proper fist around a pencil.
The fact is he’s a genius. But this week, he really proved it.
From this point on, it’s all spoilers.
He revived the Cybermen, both for the sake of the story and the sake of the series.
He gave Matt Smith the most incredible scenario to play out - bringing out all of Smith’s best qualities as an actor and truly giving him the kind of opportunity to play in a way he often doesn’t get to when he has to serve as the “explainer” like most episodes.
He let someone else save the day. And that someone is totally awesome in real-life and on screen. So let’s talk about how that happened.
This is spoilery right from the get go. You’ve been warned.
Moriarty may have finally revealed himself last week, but he’s still just a disembodied voice on a cell phone. So no Moriarty face yet, but we did finally see one very important face: Irene Adler’s.
There’s quite a few things in this week’s episode that are classic Doyle references. When describing Adler to Watson, Holmes refers to her as “THE woman” and even goes so far as to lift a line straight out of Scandal in Bohemia. He says, “she predominates the whole of her gender,” at one point. The original text used “sex” in place of “gender,” but this is CBS.