I am taking a couple days off in order to celebrate that whole silly birthday thing with some friends and go home to see family, etc etc blah blah blah. If something pressing or super interesting comes up that I feel the need to comment on, I shall, but in lieu of any exciting news or reviews, here's what I'll be thinking about:
-When the sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin will show up at my library already. Finished the novel last evening, and it got even better by the end. Jemisin is clearly massively intelligent, combining some pretty large conceptual material with an escalating tension and gripping plot. Her style, despite the dense layers and subtexts, is still exceedingly natural and easy to read. I recommend it, and am looking forward to the next one.
-Why comic book publishers and writers dislike having their superheroes married. I just don't get it. First they end Peter Parker and Mary Jane's lovely marriage, garnering a vicious backlash and much ridicule, and now it's been (all-but?) confirmed that when the DC Relaunch takes effect, Clark Kent and Lois Lane will no longer be betrothed. I mean come on, these are the best relationships in comics history. Is this Jane Austin? Can they honestly not find any dramatic or exciting stories that involve marriage? It seems the problem lies not in familiar character relationships, but short sighted creators.
-Why in God's name Stephen Moffat will not be making a full Doctor Who series in 2012. First he tortures us with this absurd 4 month hiatus in the middle of a two-parter, as well as throwing in some frankly crappy filler episodes, but now he sits on one of the most lucrative, and expanding products that his nation has? Even if they decide to do a few specials it won't remedy this. It just smacks of the end of Russell T. Davies' tenure, and those specials were legitimately abysmal. If they can't nail a fifty-minute show consistently (as proven by Curse of the Black Spot and the Rebel Flesh episodes) then their chances of making an excellent hour-and-a-half-long mini movie are shaky at best. You have great actors, at least some great writers (you, Stephen, and Gaiman now) and some great ideas; do us all a favor and focus on your chosen craft, and give us what you know we want. I mean honestly. Cor' blimey.
-What this whole X-Men: Regenesis thing will look like. Marvel announced post-Schism plans, surprising everyone by confirming that the X-Men will indeed then be all schism-ed. Also that whole "ending the Uncanny title" drama? Psych! It's just starting over at #1. And chances are good that next year, after the huge, gamechanging X-event of 2012, that this year's huge, gamechanging X-event will set up, Uncanny will return to its original numbering. Much as I love the X-Men, and big crossover events, this is frankly getting exhausting. Anyway, it's been confirmed that the split in the team will lead to two books; Uncanny and, a title stolen from a lame animated TV show, Wolverine and the XMen. My question is this: is the teaser below how the cast is going to shake out? Would they tell us something like that already? And if so, and I can believe them splitting up Cyke and Emma at this point, at least temporarily, I'm fairly interested to read how they go about tearing that relationship asunder. (For a nice little spoof, check out today's page at the always funny Gutters.)
-Is Bucky really dead? Also is Red Hulk really dead? Oh, wait, no, I'm not actually not going to spend a lot of time thinking about this. A) because I don't really care about these characters, who were both only recently introduced to me and 2) because no, they're almost definitely not.
-Should I watch Falling Skies on Sunday? Noah Wyle doesn't exactly activate my bile duct, but Moon Bloodgood? I've never been able to get over that name.
All right folks--feel free to answer my seemingly rhetorical questions or leave comments. Hope you all have a super fantastic wonderful lovely weekend!