Monday, April 1, 2019

Mad Max, All Tree, Into the Badlands, Gideon Falls, Us, 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane

Things that brought me delight in March, 2019:

Mad Max, Road Warrior, Beyond Thunderdome, Fury Road
Rapid fire: Mad Max: can someone explain the scene where Max's wife plays a saxophone? Road Warrior: the original John Wick. Thunderdome: the first 45 minutes are golden, the rest quickly becomes post-apoc Goonies. Fury Road: the as yet unmatched culmination.

Hexvessel, All Tree
I've found the album that will usher in the spring.

Into the Badlands, seasons one and two
Anne told me that Into the Badlands reminded her of Cinderheim, so I had to check it out. I can definitely see the similarities: post-apocalyptic fantasy, seven warlords each ruling a permanent encampment, assassin girls, opium fields, it's all in there. It's light fair, and you're going to have to just go with the premise (why aren't there any guns again?) but it's a hella fun show.

Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart,
Gideon Falls Volume 1: The Black Barn
Highly recommended if you like horror comics. Somehow Gideon Falls manages to mix urban and rural horrors with a growing dash of psychedelic terror in the mix as well. Andrea Sorrentino's art is perfect--careful or you might find yourself with a new favorite.

I don't want to say too much about this one for fear of spoiling its twists and turns, but suffice to say that I'm game for whatever horror movie Jordan Peele cares to place before us.

Philippe Druillet, The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane
Cosmic psychedelia for the space-faring age. Don't be surprised if it takes you more time to read this than the short page count and relatively few words per page would indicate; Druillet favors big pages over panels, and they're so full of gorgeous baroque detail that it's going to take an eternity to drink them all in properly.

Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This
Although lifted to success by the story "Cat Person," it isn't the strongest piece in Roupenian's You Know You Want This. Roupenian might just be the best-kept secret in modern horror; like Poe's purloined letter, she hides in plain sight. I continue to be unsettled by several of the stories in this collection, especially by the modern body horror wish-fulfillment of "Sardines," 

Clive Barker, Coldheart Canyon
I don't want to say too much about this one so as not to spoil a future episode of Bad Books for Bad People, but I liked this a lot more reading it in 2019 than I did in 2001. That said, it's still over a hundred pages too long.

Kentaro Miura, Berserk vol. 29 and vol. 30
Farnese's choice, so to speak.

Steve Niles and Damien Worm, 
The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams
"I detest teenagers," says the demon.

Harrow, A Fire in the Mountains
The tribal is haunted. (Bandcamp link)

Pat Walsh, The Crowfield Curse and The Crowfield Demon
Bad Books for Bad People finally delved into the world of Young Adult fiction, which you can listen to here.

Abyssic, High the Memory
Malignant majesty. Orchestral arrangements, ominous choirs, and the slow crush of sublime death/doom. And that album cover! (Bandcamp link)

Grief, Come to Grief
The sludge metal train that got rolling back in February did not stop in March.