Lu Reviews – July 2019

In this new series, Fanboy Lu takes a look back at the past month and shares his thoughts on what was good, what was bad, and all the meh in between! To help organize my thoughts, items will fall under one of the following three categories: 

Lu’s Dues – the good stuff! The things in pop that genuinely put a smile on my face and renewed my faith in humanity. If something’s good, you gotta give it its due, right?

Lu’s Boos – Oof. The doldrums of fandom. The bad stuff that makes you wanna rage quit. 

Lu’s Snooze – Creators make things to incite some kind of reaction. So what’s worse than a bad reaction? No reaction. 

With that out of the way – let’s take a look back at the month of July, 2019!

 

DUES: San Diego Comic-Con!!!

My body is ready…

San Diego Comic-Con is still the GOAT and mother of all Cons. I love attending ‘em, love being in ‘em. This year was no exception. Huge news from Disney and Marvel for Phase 4, got some great new trailers, and awesome collectibles out the wazoo! Being on the floor is an amazing feeling: those enormous booths, huge LED screens, gigantic posters and billboards all over Downtown San Diego. It really is an experience unlike anything else. I’m so happy and blessed to have family who got me back to SD this year. And if you wanna hear more what we thought of the news coming out of SDCC 2019 – check out our podcast about Comic-Con here!  http://2fanboys1casual.com/?p=1493

 

BOOS: Being IN San Diego Comic-Con

My body was not ready…

On the other side of things, great Stan Lee’s ghost, the actual Con is INSANE. I love that SDCC attracts every person from every corner of every fandom, but it was a literal swarm of humanity. It was great to come back after a few years hiatus, but I gotta be honest, I was so overwhelmed by the crowds. Many streets in Downtown were preemptively closed off, and the mass of humanity begins blocks away from the Convention Center itself. Ever street, corner and sidewalk were chock full of bodies. I may sound ungrateful, as many MANY fans and casuals would love the chance to walk the Con floor, but I am only human, susceptible to only so much pushing and shoving and violations of personal space. I love you, Comic-Con, maybe I’ll see you on a Thursday or Friday instead? Saturday was ka-razy. 

SNOOZE: Spider-Man: Far From Home

As the supposed ‘epilogue’ of the grand Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I was… underwhelmed. I understand that Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark was what started this universe, and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is the supposed future, but the gap this was trying to reach was a bridge too far. The movie itself was magnificently made; the fights, the CGI, Jake Gylenhaal’s Mysterio and all the comedy and fun bits in between. I still felt like the shadow of Tony Stark loomed large on this movie and the future of the MCU. I didn’t feel like there was any closure nor resolution for Peter’s grieving. Hopefully the upcoming slate either starts off clean or provides some closure, but knowing these movies are continually making billions of dollars, I somewhat doubt we’ll ever get a fitting finale. So for now, this movie was just there for me. 

DUES: The Boys on Amazon

What your phones see when they fall on the ground

Hyper violent and hyper gory, The Boys on Amazon Video is a cynical look at how superheroes might exist in today’s world of militarized governments, mega-church influence, importance of social media and how enormous corporations are ruling all. Your enjoyment will definitely vary, but I personally enjoyed a story that was not afraid to wear its influences on its sleeves, and to take For more, read my review of season 1, here: http://2fanboys1casual.com/?p=1497

BOOS: Horrible A$$ Internet 

10:00 AM – Disney announces newcomer Halle Bailey as Ariel in live action The Little Mermaid movie! 

10:01 AM –  #ArielisWhite #NOTMYARIEL

Do better, internet trolls. Do better. 

DUES: House of X & Powers of X

More like “Professor Swole”, amirite?

Kudos to the team of Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Marte Gracia, Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller for a kick ass relaunch of the X-Men universe. As an admittedly lapsed and casual fan of the X-Men, what I’ve read so far is exciting and fresh yet familiar. Highly recommended for any comic book fans out there. 

Professor X is super ripped, standing & walking and wearing Cerebro? Crazy! 

Mutants living on the sentient island of Krakoa? Awesome! 

The X-Men declaring themselves as gods over humanity? Conflict-alicious! 

 

 

SNOOZE: Lion King

With all the hoopla surrounding the “live action” (term used loosely, as they’re CGI animals) return of Lion King in theaters, I was not moved to see it. I’m not sure if I only have time in my cold, dead heart for one Disney live action remake (Aladdin for this year), but I did not feel the need to rush to theaters for this. And from what the box office and reviews are saying, it doesn’t look like I missed much. 

DUES: Stranger Things Season 3

I LOVE YOU 3,000 TOO!

The spooky nostalgia trip on Netflix powered on for another solid season! There was less of the creepy, Stephen King vibe from season 1, instead opting to go with the 80’s Cold War theme akin to Red Dawn and WarGames There were still some mild scares, but the crux of emotions comes from the maturation of the characters. Just like the actors themselves, the show has indeed grown up. There is something to be said about the sheer amount of cross-promotion and marketing. I found it odd that one of the show’s messages was how malls and corporations were ruining small businesses like Joyce’s, yet there was so much real life advertising and promotion with huge companies like Coke, Burger King and the like. 

 

That’s it for the month of July! Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments! See ya guys after August!

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