Mini-review: Houdini – The Handcuff King

An excellent glimpse into the fascinating life of Harry Houdini. Shame it wasn’t longer, since this well-paced retelling of one his spectacular stunts mostly feels like one lost chapter from a much greater story. Jason Lutes takes a small break from Berlin to return to the magical themes from Jar of Fools, where protagonist Ernie Weiss played the part of Harry Houdini, while  newcomer Nick Bertozzi does an excellent job with the artwork.

Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi

Harry Houdini: The Handcuff King
Hyperion Books 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars

Ny Eisner-pris til Jason

For andre år på rad vant den norske serieskaperen Jason den prestisjetunge Eisner-prisen for beste oversatte tegneserie i USA, med Jeg drepte Hitler. Her hjemme venter vi fortsatt på oversettelsen av The Last Musketeer.

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Mini-review: Lucky Louie Season 1

Funny stuff, like a raw, swearing and sex-fixated version of The King of Queens. But also with its share of weaknesses and half-baked characters, where Louie’s brother-in-law is the main offender with his Kramer-like antics.

So I wasn’t too surprised when it was canceled after only one season, but if you are looking for an okay sitcom and have watched all of Seinfeld already, I can recommend it for a quick laugh.

Louis C.K.

Lucky Louie – The Complete First Season

HBO/Warner Bros (DVD) 2007
3.0 out of 5 stars

Mini-review: The Dark Knight

One of the best, if not the best, superhero movies. Solid, dark and exciting, although with some minor flaws.

The villains are best, as usual in the Batman mythos. Heath Ledger is brilliant as The Joker, and the confrontation between Batman and his arch-nemesis lifted from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke is perfect. Aaron Eckhart does a career-making role as Harvey Dent, and Maggie Gyllenhaal outshines Katie Holmes without any problems whatsoever.

My major gripe with this movie is that Batman’s become too much of a cross between James Bond and a superhero. He has no super powers, remember, but here he simply has too many gadgets and high tech contraptions. So will somebody please re-edit the movie, so we can skip most of Morgan Freeman’s role as Batman’s Q?

Christopher Nolan
The Dark Knight
Warner Bros/Sandrew Metronome 2008
4.5 out of 5 stars

Mini-review: Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror

Snoop Dogg is the Cryptkeeper for three stories in the Tales from the Crypt mold. It’s both hood and horrid, and almost with no reedemable qualities. The last story is head and shoulders above the two first (which doesn’t say much), and you get a Snoop horrorcore video at the end. But essentially a total piece of garbage.

Stacy Title
Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror
Lionsgate/Sandrew Metronome (DVD) 2008
0.5 out of 5 stars

Rutinerte vitser

Med sideprosjektet Rutetid sjonglerer Frode Øverli den røffe humoren vi elsker i Pondus med langt flauere blødmer, klisjeer og plattheter.

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Mini-review: Fables #10

Fables just keep getting better and better, and in this long and satisfying story the unimpressive character Flycatcher really comes into bloom. Bill Willingham has turned this into the best fantasy series from Vertigo since Sandman. Brilliant stuff!

Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha & Aaron Alexovich
Fables Book 10: The Good Prince
Vertigo/DC Comics 2008
4.5 out of 5 stars

Mini-review: Judge Dredd – The Henry Flint Collection

Another decent collection of Judge Dredd short stories, drawn by the talented and energetic Henry Flint. Among the highlights are the return of psychopatic serial killer PJ Maybe, who wants to be mayor of Mega-City One.

John Wagner, Robbie Morrison & Henry Flint
Judge Dredd: The Henry Flint Collection
Rebellion/2000 AD 2008
3.5 out of 5 stars

Mini-review: The Last Musketeer

Mars Attacks! meets Alexandre Dumas. Funny swashbuckling story, told in Jason-O-Rama. No reason to wait for the Norwegian edition, which comes out this fall.

Jason
The Last Musketeer
Fantagraphics Books 2008
3.5 stars out of 5

Mini-review: Rollin’ With Dre

A fascinating glimpse into the life of Dr. Dre, written by the Doctor’s right-hand man in the 90’s. Not too well written though, and a bit sloppy when he gets down to analyzing and theorizing. By no means the definitive book about the guy, but Williams offers some funny and eye-opening behind-the-scenes insights about Dre, Snoop, The Game, 50 Cent, Eminem, etc.

Bruce Williams
Rollin’ with Dre: The Unauthorized Account: An Insider’s Tale of the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of West Coast Hip Hop
One World/Ballantine 2008
2.5 out of 5 stars