February 1st, 2013 § § permalink
Reprinted from the Between Panels blog on Times of India
2012 was a great year for comic book fans – not just for reading, but for viewing as well! We watched The Avengers finally get the Hulk right. We saw Bane and Batman battle it out in the final chapter of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The Amazing Spider-Man delivered more character (and less bounce) than a tennis ball. And the Man of Steel trailers simply left us wanting more!
The movies were great. But there’s simply no replacing the mind-blowing artwork and intricate plots that artists and writers weave into a comic book.
Here, in no particular order, are this year’s 10 comics you should definitely read. » Read the rest of this entry «
April 9th, 2012 § § permalink
It is a ‘hundred years from today’. People take ‘ferry’ rides from Earth to space stations above in order to work – much like we take the metro. Space exploration has taken large strides. We can travel at the speed of light. We have at least one city on the Moon. We have space stations orbiting planets and moons that are being studied. We also have hollowed-out moons which serve as space stations. Also, most people have forgotten what a ‘book’ looks like.
And if you’re working a blue collar job, then you can pretty much forget having a personality. For the duration of your contract, the corporation will put an implant in your mind that shuts down your reasoning power and essentially make you an order-obeying zombie.
But not everything has changed. Muggings still happen (even on space stations).
This is the setting for Warren Ellis’ Ocean. » Read the rest of this entry «
April 2nd, 2012 § § permalink
The success of Survivor encouraged studios to bring out reality shows that delve into every aspect of our lives – no matter how mundane or intimate. We’re delighted when Gordon Ramsey brings the competing chefs in Hell’s Kitchen to tears. And we watch Big Brother with all the pleasures of a peeping Tom. Basically, its voyeurism minus the guilt where one man’s Reality is another man’s Entertainment. So, where should we draw the line between Reality and Entertainment? Should we even bother drawing a line?
Those are just a couple of questions that come to mind when you read Cyclops, the latest from the Matz – who previously turned out The Killer series. » Read the rest of this entry «