What do these things have in common...
I enjoyed them all.
I'm intrigued by Rome. From it's character's politics, excellent casting, brilliant pacing, to it's wonderful intro credits. Does anyone out there know who designed them? Is it the same design firm that did Carnivale's credit sequence? It looks similar to me, but I can't find any information about them anywhere. Jeff Beal does an astounding job on the score for the show. It's a treat. I don't think I've enjoyed a show on HBO this much since I started watching Oz.
I recently purchased The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction for the X-box. I popped it in expecting, despite the great demo I played, to be let down. Well, I wasn't. I would go so far as to say that it's the best game based on a comic book character I've ever played. It's definatley the most fun I've had with a single player game on the X-box system. Every second of the game I was either laughing at the little in-jokes in the game, grimacing at the pain that the Hulk was inflicting on those poor soldiers (I was doing it? Nah, that wasn't me. That was the Hulk! Grrrr!!), or engrossed at the storyline. The storyline itself, though similar to the mini-series of the same name, works so much better in game form. There is more of a disconnect from the continuity of the comics and you don't get the nerd inside of you saying "That's not the origin of the Abomination!!! How does that fit with issue # so and so of the Incredible Hulk where the Abomin...". It's a great game with a ton of moves for the Hulk to learn and perform not to mention the unlockable cheats and extras. You actually have to play through the game to get some of them. No cheating and checking online for you! Go get this game.
While I was away for a while I was sent a preview copy of the first issue of Local, the new book from Oni Press, Brian Wood, and Ryan Kelly. The story, like most of Brian Wood's work reminds me of music when I'm reading it. I don't know how else to describe it, but it's almost fluid like a song is. At least that's the feeling I got from the book. Revealing any of the storyline or the plot device would ruin the story for you. I will tell you that I enjoyed the book enough to see where Brian and Ryan are going to go with this. Speaking of the creators, they have a blog focusing on the book here. If your interested in the book, and you should be though I didn't do it justice (I honestly don't know how to talk about it without spoiling it.), then head over to the site for more information.
I almost forgot about Infinite Crisis. You know the real last page reveal in the first issue? I think I like where this is heading. I've been on the roller coaster ride since the right after the first Crisis on Infinite Earths through good and bad, and I'm anxious to see where the DCU ends up. I'm already on the ride. There isn't any getting off now.