A Glimpse Into Things I Love Right Now in June 2017

In the spirit of bringing people up rather than down, since the world could do with a whole lot less of that, here’s some things that I’m in love with right now.

Wonder Woman — This is the female-led/directed superhero movie I’ve been waiting for since ever. I was incredibly disappointed when Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman script fell off the radar, but now I’m glad that Patty Jenkins was given a shot. Wonder Woman is badass, and the plot is engaging, smart, and funny. It’s one of the best superhero movies ever made in my opinion. My all-time favorite being The Dark Knight/the first Avengers movie, for whatever my opinion is worth to you.

The Wednesday Club — On Geek and Sundry’s Twitch every Wednesday at noon till two, where Taliesin Jaffe, Amy Dallen, and Matt Key talk about all things Comic Books. They’re attempting to make a show for those who’ve never picked up a comic book before to be able to dive into them easily. I can’t attest to how well they’re doing on that front, but they’ve reignited my love for comics all over again.

Which brings me to: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl — How does one beat ultimate villains like Thanos, Galactus, and Doom without punching them out of this century? Be awesome. Be nutty. Be Squirrel Girl. She has powers of squirrel and girl. And you should just go read about her.

Mockingbird a comic written by a person who shares my name, so she has to be awesome. Chelsea Cain’s comic is nominated for an Eisner Award and it’s simply wonderful. Mockingbird, aka Bobbi Morse (featured on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) is attempting to solve a puzzle box to find out why missions have been going wrong and how that might be connected to S.H.I.E.L.D.S. medical and recovery network. There’s lots of fantastic cameos and the humor is on-point. Plus, Bobbi’s shirt on the cover of her last issue makes a lot of people lose their shit, so there’s that.

Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan, which is soon going to be a tv show and you should totally go read about the teens with supervillain parents who runaway so they don’t become just like them.

Saga, also by Brian K. Vaughan (a sort of romeo and juliet tale about two species in a planetary war, only the couple doesn’t kill each other off, instead they have a baby and go into hiding to protect their family. There’s lots of death, love, adventure, lying cats, and people with tv’s on their heads.).

Marvel Unlimted/Comixology Unlimited for if you’re interested in reading comics without emptying your wallet for all the wonderful things. And if DC ever gets an unlimited, maybe I’ll be able to recommend more of their comics here as well.

 

 

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A Glimpse Of Things I Love Right Now

Dark Orbit, The Raven Cycle, ME3, Parks and Recreation, Doctor Who, & Badlands

Life has been rocky lately. So, to perk up, I’m going to focus on the things that I’m in love with right now. I tried my best to be fairly spoiler free this time.

I just finished Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman and it’s a phenomenal tale about how humans see the world and how, in our attempts to make sense of everything, our labeling things can actually box the nature of things into answers that they might not actually give. I adored the book’s complexity, science and philosophical ramblings, and it all remained coherent for me throughout, which can be tough for me sometimes because I’m easily distracted.

Right now, I’m obsessively playing the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. I still haven’t finished ME3, so I cannot attest to the quality of the ending, but so far, I’m absolutely in love with the story. And the multiplayer is awesome. I’ve named my Geth Jeff and I dominate all the brutes ^_^

I finished Maggie Stiefvater’s first three books of the The Raven Cycle a while ago, but I’m still in love with them and will be in love with it for the rest of time. The story has incredible characters whose relationships develop and grow and shift and change in beautiful ways. I have strong feelings for each of the characters and I’m invested in their turmoils and desires. For all those not a fan of Shiver, I say, READTHISANYWAYRIGHTNOW. I didn’t really enjoy the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but this one is up there with Harry Potter for me, so there’s that.

So, I tried to get into Parks and Recreation, the TV show starring Amy Poehler over a year ago,  and was very hesitant and immediately turned off. Then, I decided to give it a shot again. Hands down, it’s literally one of the best things I’ve ever watched on TV. I guess it takes a while for literal representations of horrible things as jokes to actually hit me. But I’m glad I tried again. Parks and Rec is poignant, hilarious, touching, thought-provoking, and, really, just watch it. It has been the one saving grace for my anxiety and ill induced insomnia for the past few months.

I just watched the new episode The Magician’s Apprentice of Doctor Who season 9 and I’m extremely hopeful that this season will be far better than season 8. I adore Clara. I love this new doctor. Missy = literally my favorite thing ever. And this season started a lot more real and, in my opinion, more interesting, than the last. I’ll admit I’m not the hugest fan of Moffat, but I’m still excited for the rest of this season.

Suggested by the fans of The Raven Cycle, I discovered the song “Drive” by Halsey off her new Badlands album. I can’t stop listening to it. Halsey has a beautiful hypnotic sound, and the entire album is sexy and dark and alluring and wonderful and I’m just so in love. Plus, Halsey has been putting her lyrics to Star Wars stills and it’s amazing.