Wondering what to do with your upcoming free time? Well we have some suggestions for what you should be watching, playing, listening to, etc.!
Lauren’s Comic Book Pick: DCeased – DCeased is a six part title about what happens when DC’s mightiest heroes get blindsided by the oddly popular technology-turned-us-into-literal-rage-zombies story arc. Technically I suppose they’re anti-life virus carrying transmuters of death… but as the Green Arrow says: “If it groans like a zombie and shuffles like a zombie…” And these zombies came to bite. As much as I joke about the unoriginal story, DCeased is full of unexpected images and moments of defeat as the heroes are overwhelmed by an unstoppable force in sequences that may not have made it to the shelves had this not been a shorter standalone story, and I’ll admit that on more than one occasion DCeased gave me a serious case of what I like to call the “my dog is concerned by the noises I’m making sniffles” thanks to this no restraint necessary level of freedom. So be sure to pick this collection up when the hardcover is released on the 26th, or, if you have a few more bucks to spare, consider buying yourself some of the numerous variant covers. There are a bunch of fun covers inspired by horror film posters like It and The Conjuring, some depicting various heroes and villains zombied out, and on and on. But my personal favorites are the six beautifully connected Midtown Comics exclusive covers from Inhyuk Lee shown above.
Ben’s Movie Pick: Jojo Rabbit – I waited almost a month to see Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit in theaters, and I feel silly for taking so long to get to it. It’s stacked with equally bizarre and strong performances across the board, filled with tons of powerful imagery, has laughs and charm for days, and shows its audience the absolute pointlessness – and sometimes even the silliness – of hate in a fashion that is truly unique. It also has my “favorite” shot in any movie this year.
Ben’s Video Game Pick: Pokémon Shield – After 20 years, Gamefreak and Nintendo finally put a pair of mainline games in the Pokémon series on a home console, and while it wasn’t worth the two decades of waiting, Pokémon Shield (the version I’m currently playing) is one of the franchise’s better entries in years. It streamlines the classic pocket monster formula and improves upon what drew fans in all those years ago. Shield removes many of the less favorable bits that longtime Pokémon trainers have endured before, like requiring certain Pokémon or attacks to move through specific parts of the world, and makes the battles even more impressive and fun with multiplayer raids and the new Dynamax ability. Dynamaxing certainly looks and feels gimmicky, but I have a hard time really caring about that when a regular gym battle can transform into a turn-based kaiju fight.
Ben’s TV Pick: The End of the F***ing World – The End of the F***ing World is a bleak, yet occasionally humorous British dramedy that follows a pair of young people with some serious baggage that decide to run away together. It’s got great writing, pacing, and its co-leads, Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther, do a wonderful job bringing the trauma and tragedy of their characters just below the surface in each line or action they make. I can’t guarantee that you’ll enjoy it, but you’ll know if it’s your cup of tea by the end of the first twenty-minute episode.
So what do you think about these picks? What content did we miss over the past two weeks while we were spending time with these? Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know about everything (both current and simply new to you) you’ve been consuming lately!
While you’re here, be sure to check out our podcast episode flashing back to 2009’s Micmacs.