Since our change in programming, Tracy and I have been debating what to do in the event of a fifth Friday in the month. In the end we decided to review various geek products and services. It gives us a chance to enhance our geeky lives, and lets you find out if things are worthwhile, without having to drop that oh-so-precious cash only to be disappointed. This month we’ll be talking about Loot Crate.
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Kicking off the official launch of Saturday Reviews is Rocket Raccoon #1. Rocket is not the most likely of Marvel characters to get his own series but with the movie Guardians of the Galaxy coming out in just under a month, this is the perfect time for it. Skottie Young is on both art and writing duties, and I can think of no one better to helm this book. Young brings a great sense of humor that is needed in a book whose premise is as ridiculous as this. The book starts off with Rocket rescuing a princess and then abruptly cuts to Rocket taking a different woman on a date to a wrestling match between Groot and what appears to be Horrible Gelatinous Blob from Futurama. Things take a pretty quick turn for the worse for Rocket and chaos ensues.
Since it’s hard to take a book like Rocket Raccoon seriously, Young doesn’t. That not to say that he doesn’t put his best effort into the book, because he obviously does, but instead it means that Young feels free to be as off the wall and goofy as he can be. From Rocket’s over the top attempts to show his date a good time to the conversation with Star-Lord, he and the other Guardians are attempt (in comical fashion) to run away from something large, angry and pink this comic is just the right level of funny and absurd.
Young’s art is spot on in this issue. I’m also very impressed with how he is able to make both Rocket and Groot so expressive. I’m certainly no artist, but I would imagine that making a raccoon and a giant tree emotive is no easy task. The colors in this book are also great, making use of very bold and bright colors. The color pallet fits Young’s pencil style extremely well and adds to the sense of fun and adventure.
Rocket Raccoon benefits from not taking itself too seriously and by being a book that is just fun to read. I can’t wait for more. 4.5/5 Death Stars
***** SPOILER ALERT *****
This review will be discussing plot points which may be considered spoilers. Consider yourselves warned.
In which, the staff of Therefore I Geek discuss why summer blockbuster movies exist, some especially memorable summer movies they have seen, and the most exciting movies of this summer. Also, there are lots of spoilers and things, so watch out for those.
This week ushered in a new chapter for The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon has taken the helm of the long running late night comedy television show, but far more important for geeks was that the show also debuted the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. This has quickly become one of my favorite comics and I can’t wait for this movie. I’m not super thrilled that John C. Reilly has been cast as Nova, but I’m willing to go along with it for now. If you haven’t checked the trailer out yet, then take a look below.
There appears to be a healthy mix of action and humor, which has worked well for Marvel so far.
Keeping with the Guardians theme, Rocket Raccoon is one of the best characters on the team. He is a sarcastic, badass raccoon looking alien. What more could you want in a comic book hero? Sadly, however, his creator, Bill Mantlo is in need of our help. Back in 1992 Mantlo suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a hit-and-run driver and currently resides in a long term care facility in Queens. Mantlo’s story is terribly sad and he is in need of financial help to improve his quality of life, if only just a little.
In the past, older comic creators have gotten the short end of a lot of things. Hopefully we can help prevent that from happening to current and future generations of comic writers and artists.
Do you have any old Star Wars action figures at home? While they could be worth a lot of money, I bet they’re not worth $13,000. Well that’s how much one Star Wars figure went for in a recent auction. The little known FX-7 medical droid figure started off at just under $100, but ended up going for just short of $13,000. A bidding war erupted over the figure due to the incredibly high quality of the “mint in box” figure.
I’m really tempted to go digging through all my old crap suddenly. Is that weird?
And finally, today is actress Sophie Turner’s 18th birthday. Turner is best known for her role as everybody’s least favorite Stark, Sansa, on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
It’s a damn good thing she’s cute, otherwise I’d be rooting for horrible things to happen to Sansa. Ok, maybe I still do.