July 15th, 2007


Anita Blake: Now With Pictures

Anita Blake has made it to comic book form, which I read last night. It's an adaptation of the first book, Guilty Pleasures. And it's not great.

The script's okay. They've paired it down a lot from the novel, but it retains the flavour quite well, and the first few books were actually quite enjoyable. They've perhaps paired it down a bit too much, since some of the sequences are hard to follow, but that might also be the artwork, and even with the chopping that's been done, Volume 1 of the comic book doesn't contain all of Guilty Pleasures, the novel - it just stops part-way through. And not particularly at the end of an arc, either. It just stops.  Bad.

The artwork's the biggest problem, though. Brett Booth isn't up to the job. It's very reminiscent of Silvestri in things like The Darkness, in that there's pretty much The Male Character and The Female Character. By that I mean, all the women have identical faces, and so do all the men. you distinguish between them by hair colour, hair style, and clothing. There are a few places where proportion is completely blown (typical human proportions mean the hips-to-feet and hips-to-crown distances are about the same, but sometimes, Booth makes the legs more than twice the length. Why, yes, these are female characters I'm talking about. How did you guess?). Plus, there are Comic Posture panels, where no-one's going to stand like that.

Not only that, but Booth's artwork doesn't work sufficiently well to tell the story; he (or she) can't convey emotion well enough, and given that the prose that used to do this is now replaced with art, that's a problem.

I can't see these surviving too long. They might survive better as the collaboration improves, but sooner or later they're going to slam straight into Hamilton's switch from procedural into furry porn, and I can't see those selling well in America.


We finished season one this week. I quite enjoyed it, despite the formulaic approach. House was never quite so Cox as when being instructed to give a speech, although the outcome was different.

Best episode, I thought, was the penultimate one, Three Stories. I thought this early on, while I was enjoying the playful narrative style, and I thought so even more when it turned into something else, with more depth.

Will get season two at some point.

Die Hard 4.0

I think communicator's right: this was better than 3, but not as good as 1 or 2. And I think communicator's also right about the reason - the lack of a constricting environment (Die Hard 3 was going to be on an ocean liner until Under Siege beat them to it).

Justin Long does okay in a Keanu "Ted" Reeves sort of floppy-haired way, although I was cringing through all the computer stuff - particularly the command centres and server rooms.

Not nearly funny enough, though. Alan Rickman was much better (of course), and Tommy Lee Jones is the reason why Under Siege worked so well.