Saturday, January 22, 2005

2005: A Preview Prevue

So we're not even one entire month into 2005, and already it sucks. And here I thought things couldn't get any worse, but clearly reality hates me. Anyway... 2005 might break its promises, but to me, it looks like a good year for pop culture. There's a couple decent TV shows on the air, some interesting movies on the horizon, and a mountain of good comics that look worth reading. Let's leap into the fray and talk about what we know.

TV: Yeah, so, in the film arena, there's more episodes of Boston Legal coming. Yay! And Arrested Development. Yay! And Family Guy's coming back. Yay! And Seth McFarlane's other show, American Dad. I'll at least check that out. There's also Monk, which just came back yesterday. The new cast member, Traylor Howard (the girl from Two Guys and a Girl) is alright, but she's no Sharona, at least not yet. Yes, I'm still bitter about that.

Movies: Lots of good stuff. I'll go see Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Batman Begins, and Serenity (Joss Whedon's Firefly movie), at least. Tim Burton will have a nice year, with him and Johnny Depp teaming up for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as the Corpse Bride, a feature animated the same way Nightmare Before Christmas was. There's Sin City, which looks amazing but might not be amazing, but it's got help from Rodriguez, Tarantino, and Frank Miller himself. Um... there's also... well, a lot of stuff that's not jumping to memory right now. ...Fantastic Four! Yeah. But the trailer sucked. Um... never mind.

Now for the stuff I actually know a lot about. The comics. I'm seriously going to go broke this year, and that's just from buying Grant Morrison comics. There's Vimanarama!, there's the massive 30-something issues of Seven Soldiers, and there's All-Star Superman with Frank Quitely. And I'll be buying all of it.
Then we've got some nice JLA Classified with Giffen and DeMatteis returning, as well as the same team's take on Marvel's Defenders. Warren Ellis and JH Williams bring us Desolation Jones, which sounds good enough for me to check out. Frank Miller and Jim Lee will sell, probably, 300 thousand copies of All-Star Batman & Robin, but I probably won't be buying it.
Unfortunately, Human Target has been cancelled... but Gotham Central is still alive.
You'll notice everything mentioned here is DC, except for Defenders. I'm apparently falling away with Marvel, due to them pumping out a zillion crappy books, none of them with any imagination or good stories in them. Just a few years ago, Marvel was a smart and experimental company, and now it's watered-down fanwank crap.

Er... anyway, there's 2005 for you. I'm kinda tired of writing this now, as I only wrote this one just to update the damned site, and because I'm bored to death. You'll notice the get-to-the-point-iness of all of it, majorly lacking my trademark wit. Ugh.

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