FINALLY FRIDAY is a weekly review article meant to give you some suggestions on what to geek out about over the next week… or so.
Old Man Hawkeye (Marvel Comics)
My comics reading is rarely up to date. When I found out about Old Man Hawkeye, the first thing I thought was, “Oh, this is just a rip-off of Old Man Logan.” I’ve never read Old Man Logan, but with the titles being so similar, it’s hard not to think that’s what was going on.
In this series, Clint Barton is one of the few heroes left alive after Red Skull takes over the US and breaks it into new territories governed my other baddies. Clint is on a revenge mission and I have know idea where the series is going, given that I’m only 3 issues in. The whole feel of the book is wild west. Hawkeye is a B-level comic character – let’s be honest – but writer Ethan Sacks takes that and makes good use of it. Marco Checchetto’s artwork is absolutely on point and cinematic. (Yes, I’d love to see a Logan-inspired movie version of this. Sue me.)
Avengers: Infinity War (Disney/Marvel Studios)
I watched this twice in theaters, but I still think there are secrets and stories that need to be unlocked or revisited. Since getting the digital copy of Infinity War I’ve been burning through the featurettes and other bonus content. My favorite by far has been the Director’s Roundtable featuring some of the most notable directors of MCU films since Iron Man. Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk), Kenneth Branagh (Thor), Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger), Shane Black (Iron Man 3), Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), and Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming) weren’t part of the discussion. While I would have loved to see everyone in the same room, the ones that were there had incredible respect for each other.
I still have yet to watch the film with the Russo’s commentary track, but I’m looking forward to it. By the way, it’s still a good movie!
No Thank You, Evil (Monte Cook Games)
As I mentioned last week, I’ve been learning more about tabletop role playing games. This week I decided to open up a game that I backed on Kickstarter a couple of years ago called No Thank You, Evil. This is a kid-friendly RPG that I can play with both of my girls – the oldest is 9 and the youngest is 4 – and it keeps their interest.
The overall concept of the game is that each player creates a character, much like Dungeons & Dragons, other than these are children that can be ninjas, astronauts, princes, superheroes, or anything else they can think of. They also get a companion – a horse, robot dog, and many others are available – that will travel with them through the Land of Storia, which they travel to through secret portals in their own world. After that, adventure ensues.
We started a story/campaign from scratch that I created off the top of my head and they had a blast. If you have kids and want to get them into tabletop RPGs while keeping it age-appropriate, this is definitely a great way to start.