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Before I get too far, I’d like to point out that “Being Human” — the BBC horror/dramedy I wrote about a couple of days ago — is going to be aired sometime this year on BBC America. Probably won’t mean much to me, ’cause I can’t afford cable, but for those of you who can get BBC America, you’ll be able to see this show. (Of course, it seems likely that we’ll be able to get some episodes through iTunes, too.)

And in news of “When Nerds Go Bad,” here’s an article about a guy who robbed a convenience store with a Klingon sword.

Okay, let’s get a few reviews out of the way, oy?

The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #3

The Seance has been captured by cartoon-headed super-assassins Hazel and Cha-Cha but he manages to psychically communicate with Spaceboy, who finally gets his fat butt off the couch. Unfortunately, Seance still gets killed anyway. Then he meets God, who’s a cowboy. He’s a fairly dim cowboy, actually. And though he doesn’t much like Seance, he knows the Devil won’t like him either, so he returns him to life. Meanwhile, Number Five tells Rumor about the time he spent in the future as an elderly, cybernetically- and genetically-enhanced time-assassin.

Verdict: Thumbs up. I’m still amazed that this series has been so good and so fun. Seriously, first time I heard of it, I figured it’d just be a little vanity project for the singer from My Chemical Romance. Lo and behold, Gerard Way is actually one heck of a writer!

Justice Society of America #23

Who’s leaving, who’s coming back? Well, Hawkman’s gotten kicked out. Good. Weird shirtless, crabby, winged, mace weirdo. Amazing-Man and Citizen Steel are out. Boo! They were both cool. Magog’s out, Lightning is in, Wildcat Junior is in, Cyclone is in, Damage is in, and Atom-Smasher wants back in. The main part of the story focuses on Black Adam and Isis, and it’s creepy. Isis has been held prisoner by Felix Faust, and he’s used a spell to make her unable to move. Nothing specific or concrete is shown, but it’s very heavily implied that Faust has been raping her. Like, for months. Black Adam tracks them down, frees Isis, and knocks Faust around a little, then it’s (again) implied that Isis, um, tears his manly bits off. And she wants revenge on the whole world, so she and Black Adam break into the Rock of Eternity, beat the stuffing out of Billy Batson in his grey-haired wizard Captain Marvel phase, and take away his powers.

Verdict: I’m gonna thumbs-down this one. There’s way too much rape and junk-ripping in more adult-oriented comics without dragging it into the Justice Society’s book. Could the same result (Isis wanting revenge on the world and attacking Captain Marvel) have been accomplished without pointlessly and gratuitously subjecting more characters to rape and torture? Oh, you betcha.

Wonder Woman #28

An injured Wonder Woman mobilizes her Gorilla City allies, Nemesis, Wonder Girl, and Donna Troy in the fight against Genocide. Much hitting occurs. Much, much hitting. Mixed with some angst. But mostly hitting.

Verdict: Thumbs down. Bored now.

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Being Human


This weekend, I was really, really wishing I lived in the U.K. I learned about a show that airs on the BBC that I really, really wish I could watch — but you can’t even watch episodes on the BBC’s website if you live on this side of the Atlantic.

“Being Human” is a horror/drama/comedy about three housemates — Mitchell is a vampire, George is a werewolf, and Annie is a ghost. Mitchell’s a bit of a playa, but he’s on the outs with the rest of the local vampire population because he’s trying to quit drinking blood. George is a completely awkward geek who had to quit his job and flee his family when he found out he turned into a monster every full moon. Annie is extremely insecure and nervous about even leaving the house she died in because she worries she’ll fade away. And while it does have comedic elements, there’s a good bloody splash of horror, too, and it really seems like a very dark show, especially considering the local vampires’ plans for the human population and George’s painful, bone-cracking transformations.

In other words, this show was made for me.

There was a pilot episode on the BBC last February that got so much positive response from viewers that they decided to give it a full season, although they also replaced most of the cast members. You can see the pilot episode on YouTube, along with a few trailers and the highly recommended and very spooky “prequels” for the three main characters.

Anyway, it sucks that I won’t be able to see any more of this show ’til the BBC releases it on DVD in the US. But when they do, bam, I’m snagging this one, job or no job.

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