Slim of the Day : THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN : FALL OF MAN

We have the technology.

We can rebuild him.

We can make the world’s first Bionic Man.

 

Four decades ago kids everywhere thrilled to that opening of one of their favorite TV shows, The Six Million Dollar Man starring Lee Majors as the titular hero… Steve Austin.

Well New jersey Publisher  Dynamite Entertainment since 2014 has been bringing us various slim revivals of everyone’s favorite slow motion super powered hero.

[Slim- A stapled publication, consisting of words and pictures telling a narrative in periodical format, typically monthly doses, told in scant pages in a highly portable format, with eye catching covers and interiors. Also known by the more widely used misnomer of comic books.]

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And 2016 mini-series THE FALL OF MAN written by Van Jensen with art by Ron Salas and Letters by Taylor Esposito and colors by Mike Atiyeh and Caitlin McCarthy, is the companies fourth time at bat with this property and is their most successful. As it takes place in the 80s, in a cold world, where the wall has not yet fallen. but the year is never implicitly stated; instead the time is set in inventive and satirical story beats and sight gags.

From 80s star references to a bit of lampooning of the high tech marvels of the day (Such as portable phones in the early 80s, truly monstrously sized things by today’s standards, but back then they were marvels. Same with the room sized computers that had less processing power than even your low-end laptop today); while all the while telling a crackerjack action story of betrayal, globe trotting espionage, and bionic feats of derring-do.

It’s just a fun series.

And while Ron Salas figure drawing at first strikes as merely serviceable, his use of layouts and panel composition and inventive storytelling is exceptional, as are his covers for this series. I’ve read all issues of the series to date, and they have all been exceptional and come highly recommended. 

If late to the party have no fear, as all issues are available at the link below.

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Without further ado, get your issues of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN : FALL OF MAN here:

 

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Amazon Prime : WATCHLIST Winners, Losers and Undecided!

LOSERS:

PHOMETRICA REDACTED – Initially intriguing short film, nice droning score, that degenerates into nothing. Waste of time.

WINNERS:

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SHOCK-Starring Dario Argento’s favorite leading lady, Daria Nicolodi, this one sports an annoying, shrill, first 60 minutes, Largely because the voice actor for the kid is very shrill and annoying. Watching to see if it picks up. The best thing going for this film is the actress who is always a compelling view, doing frightened with an over the top, demented, hysterical, 70s porno star intensity. Filled with equally demented direction, both hokey and inspired, including the first and only use of a slinky as a horror device, and what they do with her hair in one scene. A fun house ride of horror cliches and effects, elevated by the luminous beauty and gonzo performance of Daria Nicolodi makes the 2nd half of this film actually quite entertaining. Grade: B-.

UNDECIDED:

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TO.DET.HER– This 2011 film only got on my radar because it was titled on Amazon Prime as SPRING BREAK MURDERS and I thought it was the original 80s film that I’ve never seen. It has competing reviews on IMDB, and a quirky vibe that makes me think it has more to it than a lifetime movie of the week.

SPECTRAUMA– Bland acting and a tedious and rambling first 10 minutes.But its disjointed nature begins to congeal into something interesting. Jury is still out.

THE CULT – Filmed with an Actioncam it lends this a weird fish-eyed, hall of mirrors look.

Amazon Prime Best Short films of the Week!

THE TERRIBLE OLD MAN 2014 20minutes

FEAR INC 2016 3 minutes

THE FROLIC 2007 21 Minutes

THE DOLL 12 Minutes\

HARBINGER 8 Minutes – The best of the best. A personal favorite this take on the largely overworked Lovecraft mythos, in this film, is brilliant!

THE DWELLER 2016 5 Minutes

HELL CAT 2016 9 Minutes

HOAX 2016 12 Minutes

RAKE 2015 14 Minutes – Impressive horror flick by Tony Delgadillo

Holiday Gift Guide: The Essential Bernie Wrightson & Gustave Dore


In an America governed by those who would bury art and bury reason and bury beauty, I think the gift of Art, this holiday season, is more priceless than ever.

Here for your gift giving consideration are some of my favorite art books.

 

 

 

Doré’s Illustrations for Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso”: A Selection of 208 Illustrations (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)

Creepy Presents Bernie Wrightson

Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein

The three Books have a common theme… linework. In DORE’S ILLUSTRATIONS FOR ARIOSTO’S ORLANDO FURIOSO it showcases the line work of Gustave Dore, the undisputed 19th century master of the medium.

In Dark Horse Book’s Illustrated FRANKENSTEIN, the 20th century master of line work, Bernie Wrightson provides jaw dropping quintessential illustrations to Mary Shelley’s seminal work of Horror and Science Fiction. And finally CREEPY PRESENTS BERNIE WRIGHTSON is likewise an indispensable overview of the master of pen and ink.

The three together are a welcome addition to any art lovers library!

SUPERGIRL and ROSEWOOD Jump the Shark in their respective Season 2s!?!

SUPERGIRL and ROSEWOOD are both shows that I thought had pretty good first seasons, but both pretty majorly hit the rewind button, to their detriment I feel, in their 2nd seasons.

ROSEWOOD spent the whole first season with the protagonists making the same mistakes, doing this whole ‘will they/ wont they’ nonsense, that I always find incredibly annoying. But, all of the leads are very compelling and it seemed to be building to both of them finally realizing, ‘woah we’re adults and should make a go of this’.

Enter the 2nd season and we are squarely back in ‘lets play the field territory’, like all of season 1 didn’t happen. It just  mars what is otherwise a smart series. I find the 2nd season for this reason, an insult to the viewers time and intelligence and unwatchable.

SUPERGIRLLikewise invested the audience in a relationship in season 1, that they ditched and backpedaled on in I felt a really insulting matter in Season 2.  I just thought it was handled in a really amateurish and There are too many great shows to waste time on shows that don’t respect their audience

So yeah both shows are on the outs with me. If in the future the reviews say they have turned it around, I’ll give them a chance then. But for now, no.

However, like I said there is no shortage of shows old and new that are worth your time.

TEEN WOLF, a show that I had no use for in the 1st season, I picked it up again at the end of Season 2, and am now halfway through season 3, and I have to say, it is pretty damn great.  It manages to transcend a stupid title, and being just a movie tie-in, and manages to be more then just a teen show (those i can’t stand) to with compelling adult actors, and inventive, exciting, monster-mash-up scripts, be solidly entertaining.

FILLING THAT NICHE LEFT BY SHOWS SUCH AS XFILES and buffy, it scratches that universal monsters itch. great direction, good performances, entertaining writing, exciting cliffhangers. it is fun tv, especially the third season (phenomenal camera work), which also tosses in a compelling murder mystery throughout.

catch all five seasons of teen wolf courtesy of amazon prime.

So yeah if tired of SUPERGIRL and ROSEWOOD than give the surprisingly watchable TEEN WOLF series a look.