Watched this last night. Here are my impressions. Spoilers may follow.
The images shown of Gotham, the city itself, are confusing. The architecture. There are lots of high rises, a river, some kind of East Asian Town, an elevated train, and fire escapes are a plenty, but it feels thrown together and incoherent. That goes double for the caste system within Gotham. The high rises make it look like a city on the move. This isn’t a Detroit or a 70s-80s New York. This isn’t a city going down, it’s moving up. The Gotham we know from every other iteration in comics, film, and TV, is a place where dreams die. This city doesn’t look like that.
Second point on the city’s look and feel: a lot feels borrowed from the recent Arkham Asylum games. Especially the GPD headquarters. 
This idea that all the characters need to be connected in some way, especially the children characters, is the worst. One of the things I hate most in superhero/sci-fi/fantasy fiction is how everyone is involved in everyone’s business. Everyone doesn’t have to be related or involved in the same moments that define them. Bruce and Gordan being connected? Makes sense. But involving Ivy, Penguin, Catwoman, the mob, Bruce, Gordan, Gordan’s girlfriend, Montoya, etc. all in the same crime? Gimmie a break.
I don’t like the murder of Wayne’s parents. I don’t like that there is a conspiracy. I don’t like that it’s unsolved because of that conspiracy. For me, the murder of Thomas and Martha work best when it is a random crime, a reflection of a city’s fall from greatness and not some careful laid out machinations of a villain.
The guy playing Bullock needs to… I don’t know. He needs to do something. That character feels like a mess and not in a good way.
Why does Jim Gordan have such a poetic way of speaking? Why is his vocabulary so big? 
Why is the Oswald called Penguin? Because of the suits? Explain.
Selina Kyle sure likes to look hard at things in the distance, doesn’t she? She seems to spend a lot of her free time just checking stuff out from high in the air.
I don’t like the guy playing Alfred. His accent is all wrong to me. Every iteration of Alfred we’ve ever seen has reflected someone who went to some sort of finishing school. This guy sounds like a thug. Maybe there is a reason. I wish I had a hint of the reason.
I spent a lot of the episode recalling Patton Oswalt’s rant about George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels.
Finally, kittykittybangbang made a good point, “What time is this supposed to be? Is this supposed to be now or a few decades ago?” We don’t know! And if it’s supposed to be timeless, they aren’t doing a good job.
Finally, finally, what the fuck is up with Gordan’s girlfriend? Nevermind the stupid, “Hey it’s a hot chick in a dress,” establishing shot of her character, why is her apartment so nice? She’s a art museum director? Why has she fucked so many cops? Where is this magic bar that museum curators and cops both hang out?

Watched this last night. Here are my impressions. Spoilers may follow.

  • The images shown of Gotham, the city itself, are confusing. The architecture. There are lots of high rises, a river, some kind of East Asian Town, an elevated train, and fire escapes are a plenty, but it feels thrown together and incoherent. That goes double for the caste system within Gotham. The high rises make it look like a city on the move. This isn’t a Detroit or a 70s-80s New York. This isn’t a city going down, it’s moving up. The Gotham we know from every other iteration in comics, film, and TV, is a place where dreams die. This city doesn’t look like that.
  • Second point on the city’s look and feel: a lot feels borrowed from the recent Arkham Asylum games. Especially the GPD headquarters. 
  • This idea that all the characters need to be connected in some way, especially the children characters, is the worst. One of the things I hate most in superhero/sci-fi/fantasy fiction is how everyone is involved in everyone’s business. Everyone doesn’t have to be related or involved in the same moments that define them. Bruce and Gordan being connected? Makes sense. But involving Ivy, Penguin, Catwoman, the mob, Bruce, Gordan, Gordan’s girlfriend, Montoya, etc. all in the same crime? Gimmie a break.
  • I don’t like the murder of Wayne’s parents. I don’t like that there is a conspiracy. I don’t like that it’s unsolved because of that conspiracy. For me, the murder of Thomas and Martha work best when it is a random crime, a reflection of a city’s fall from greatness and not some careful laid out machinations of a villain.
  • The guy playing Bullock needs to… I don’t know. He needs to do something. That character feels like a mess and not in a good way.
  • Why does Jim Gordan have such a poetic way of speaking? Why is his vocabulary so big? 
  • Why is the Oswald called Penguin? Because of the suits? Explain.
  • Selina Kyle sure likes to look hard at things in the distance, doesn’t she? She seems to spend a lot of her free time just checking stuff out from high in the air.
  • I don’t like the guy playing Alfred. His accent is all wrong to me. Every iteration of Alfred we’ve ever seen has reflected someone who went to some sort of finishing school. This guy sounds like a thug. Maybe there is a reason. I wish I had a hint of the reason.
  • I spent a lot of the episode recalling Patton Oswalt’s rant about George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels.
  • Finally, kittykittybangbang made a good point, “What time is this supposed to be? Is this supposed to be now or a few decades ago?” We don’t know! And if it’s supposed to be timeless, they aren’t doing a good job.
  • Finally, finally, what the fuck is up with Gordan’s girlfriend? Nevermind the stupid, “Hey it’s a hot chick in a dress,” establishing shot of her character, why is her apartment so nice? She’s a art museum director? Why has she fucked so many cops? Where is this magic bar that museum curators and cops both hang out?
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How Hawkeye #19 Portrays The World Of A Deaf Superhero To A Hearing Audience (Bleeding Cool)

"that’s the greatest achievement of this comic, it creates the world of guesswork, or detecting, of putting pieces together and coming up with the result, often correct but with a few missing pieces and a few things wrong, with the worry that you have missed something along the way. And that is often the experience of the deaf person dealing with a hearing world. No matter how experienced or talented, there’s always something…"

Another reason why Hawkeye is the best book on the stands every week it comes out.

It’s also the most gimmicky. This is the 3rd, maybe 4th, experimental issue in a story that was already being told out of order as an experiment. 
Doing a wordless issue has been done before. Marvel made a major gimmick out of it years ago with it’s Nuff Said series of books. 
As a fan of this book and of the characters it depicted, I feel let down that it hasn’t come out on time nor has it really moved the story forward. Kudos to Marvel for letting the creative team experiment, but it’s time to reign it in and tell the story.
That said, this issue was better than that animated dog one a few months back.

oneshotgallery:

How Hawkeye #19 Portrays The World Of A Deaf Superhero To A Hearing Audience (Bleeding Cool)

"that’s the greatest achievement of this comic, it creates the world of guesswork, or detecting, of putting pieces together and coming up with the result, often correct but with a few missing pieces and a few things wrong, with the worry that you have missed something along the way. And that is often the experience of the deaf person dealing with a hearing world. No matter how experienced or talented, there’s always something…"

Another reason why Hawkeye is the best book on the stands every week it comes out.

It’s also the most gimmicky. This is the 3rd, maybe 4th, experimental issue in a story that was already being told out of order as an experiment. 

Doing a wordless issue has been done before. Marvel made a major gimmick out of it years ago with it’s Nuff Said series of books. 

As a fan of this book and of the characters it depicted, I feel let down that it hasn’t come out on time nor has it really moved the story forward. Kudos to Marvel for letting the creative team experiment, but it’s time to reign it in and tell the story.

That said, this issue was better than that animated dog one a few months back.

kittykittybangbang:

We went to an advanced screening of Guardians of the Galaxy last night. The bad: some scenes felt too long and there were a few tired jokes. The good: everything else - the cast was great, the effects were fantastic, a fun soundtrack, and some truly laugh out loud moments. I don’t know that I’ll watch it as many times as I’ve watched The Avengers, but I do recommend it.

I’ll also add that on occasion, the 3D was distracting. BUT! If you loved this:

and this:

or this:

There are precious few things about this movie you won’t like.

kittykittybangbang:

We went to an advanced screening of Guardians of the Galaxy last night. The bad: some scenes felt too long and there were a few tired jokes. The good: everything else - the cast was great, the effects were fantastic, a fun soundtrack, and some truly laugh out loud moments. I don’t know that I’ll watch it as many times as I’ve watched The Avengers, but I do recommend it.

I’ll also add that on occasion, the 3D was distracting. BUT! If you loved this:

and this:

or this:

There are precious few things about this movie you won’t like.