Valerian and Laureline

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Though Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was listed third on my Movie Must-Sees list for 2017, it was easily the one I was most looking forward to. While I haven’t been a big fan of the films that I’ve seen by director and screenwriter Luc Besson (The Fifth Element and Lucy), I was interested in Valerian because I felt like I could get into it on the bottom floor – instead of playing catch-up like I usually do.

The film, which premiered last Friday (and has decidedly tanked), is based on a long-running French comic series, Valerian et Laureline, which was written and drawn by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, respectively. While the series never really took off in the United States, its influence can be seen in a number of other science fiction franchises, namely Star Wars. Read More

The Legend of Wonder Woman

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DC Comics

Several months ago, when my schedule allowed, I attended a “Heroines Book Club” at the comic book store that the Mysterious Mr. C and I frequent the most. While the writers of the chosen comic books didn’t have to be women, their subjects were and I figured – as a self-proclaimed GeekyNerdyGirl – that it would a good way to get my feet wet since I am, admittedly, new to the genre.

From the start, I knew I was a bit of a black sheep – I was the only one that didn’t have an existing pull list at the shop and wasn’t known by name, and I often hadn’t had time to read that month’s selection, but I still went because I enjoyed hearing everyone else’s thoughts and learning more about the wide world of comic books and graphic novels.  Read More

Batman: The Killing Joke (Graphic Novel)

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DC Comics

Warning: This post discusses some graphic material and there are spoilers, so proceed at your own risk!

When it comes to comic books/graphic novels starring Gotham’s caped crusader, two of the most iconic are Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke (1988). Miller’s treatment has already made it to the big screen (in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy), and Moore’s work will be joining his shortly, albeit in an animated format.  Read More

My First Comic Book

My humble Geeky Musings turned 2 last Friday and instead of celebrating with sweets, like I did last year, I decided to read my very first comic book! Though my mother collected graphic novels when she was younger, this was my first foray into anything besides the Archie comics I used to get at the grocery store.  Read More

Shaking Up the Universe

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Marvel

July 2014 was a busy month for Marvel Entertainment. The ridiculously lucrative company announced that the next Thor would be a woman, and that Sam Wilson would take over for Captain America – making him, as Steve Colbert noted, Captain African America. And this all came shortly after Marvel said they would be killing off Wolverine, 40 years after he first slashed his way into the comic books.

While all of the major media outlets – and the Twitterverse – have already reported on these changes, the Mysterious Mr. C and I keep talking about them, so I thought I would use this Monday post to share my musings on these particular announcements.  Read More