Quick Hits

I got hit with an awful intestinal or stomach bug over the weekend, and have had a rather unpleasant week as a result. I'll spare you the details, but it definitely cramped the amount of writing, proof-reading, and blog updating that I had wanted to focus on. So, today I just want to make a few bullet points on the geeky stuff I've been ingesting while ill. Warning: this is seriously TV and comic-book heavy, so if that's not your bag, do move on.

  • Spider-Gwen. What an awesome character, and I love the concept and design.
  • Powers finally got its television debut thanks to Sony and their Playstation console last week! This past Tuesday saw the release of Episode 4, which was pretty dynamite. I'm a fan of the comic, and am really enjoying the series. It's not a straight-up adaptation and, instead, takes its cue from the recent Marvel productions and AMC's The Walking Dead. This is definitely Powers, but it puts a slightly different spin on the concept while maintaining the tone and all those cool ideas from the comic. Walker and Pilgrim are well cast, although the portrayal of Deena Pilgrim is more of a hybrid with Enki Sunrise, and I'm waiting for Deena to become the more hilarious, foul-mouthed woman of the comics. At times it definitely feels low-budget, and certain scenes feel very much like it's just two actors on a set. Some of the effects resemble a well-produced YouTube fan video, but maybe if the series is successful enough Sony will give them more money to work with. They definitely aren't putting Marvel money into this, but overall I'm finding it to be a pretty solid adaptation. And Eddie Izzard as Wolfe, a super-powered cult-leader and psycho cannibal, is wonderfully creepy, coming in fresh off his brief run on Hannibal. You can watch Episode 1 at YouTube.
  • Bosch got picked up for season 2 by Amazon! So, that's awesome. And Sleepy Hollow was just renewed for season 3. And Hannibal season 3 is finally coming in June!
  • And have you seen these new trailers of Avengers: Age of Ultron? I love the sight of Cap throwing a motorcycle into a jeep of bad guys. Truly excellent!



  • I'm currently reading an ARC of Ania Ahlborn's Within These Walls and damn if it's not absolutely terrific. I should have a review up next week and am little more than half-way through at the moment. I'm really, really happy with this book so far, and it's got everything: haunted house, intrepid true crime writer, a cult leader with a history of gory murders, and family angst galore. Such an easy story to fall into and I'm looking forward to digging in much deeper during the weekend.

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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