Monday, November 21, 2005

Good News X2

(1) An area film preservation society will be screening Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr (1924) tomorrow night. I look forward very much to seeing this movie in a theater on a large screen. As an added bonus, Cops (1922) and One Week (1920) will also be shown.
(2) I've recently learned that Marvel Comics will be publishing a new X-Statix miniseries, beginning in January. Peter Milligan and Mike Allred created an enjoyable and quirky group of characters and stories with X-Force (issues 116-129; 2002) and X-Statix (1-26; 2002-4). The writing was quite inspired, pillorying the genre's most tired conventions, while at the same time remaining aware of, and true to, the traditions of the original X-Men books. (For example, the X-Force series concludes with a story-arc that nimbly parodies and pays homage to the the influential "Deathstar Rising" story from X-Men #99.) I eagerly await X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl.

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