Rocket Raccoon #1, Marvel
Writer and Artist: Skottie Young
As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He's been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now--a raccoon on the run?! Rocket's high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man-and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL!
THE GOOD: Young is a high profile cartoonist, and that's key to this series. Not to say he isn't an artist, but his whimsical and wacky style marries perfectly with this insane script he's penning for everyone's favorite Guardian. This issue is like a big bowl of sugary cereal on a Saturday morning, with colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu bringing the most vivid colors we've since since Metcalfe's in Translucid.
THE BAD: Sorry... we're still pretty high off watching GotG twice this past weekend. Sooo... nothing?
FINAL RATING: 5 PEWS
Gravity Falls S02E01, Disney
THE GOOD: For those of us that were craving more of the "real story" going on behind the scenes in GF last season, we're given this and so much more as the secrets to the mysterious tomes and Grunkle Stan's hidden basement operations is revealed. The show really feels like it's finally going somewhere and is less random.
THE BAD: Unfortunately, some of the most memorable GF moments are due to the spontaneity of the show when it wasn't honing in on the darker secrets. This episode is great, but there's less memorable scenes or quotes to pull from this episode in particular.
FINAL RATING: 4 PEWS
KEEPIN' IT REEL
Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios
THE GOOD: Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most fun movies we've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. It's a movie with a lot of heart, a killer soundtrack, fantastic acting, and a plot that never got stale. Even at the final third of the movie, which many Marvel movies tend to either drag or miss the mark entirely, Guardians chugged along like a champ. Another great thing about this franchise is, unlike other Marvel franchises where you kinda need to know some backstory to fully enjoy the characters, Guardians takes a gamble on a team of nobodies. The gamble pays off as the movie walks off with a cool 92-95 million after opening weekend.
THE BAD: One could argue the villains are pushovers in this (except Thanos, of course... we didn't get to see him in action). But even then, who really cares except for the movie critics? We're casual geeks, just lookin' for a good time... and that's what we get!
FINAL RATING: 5 PEWS (oh... yeah!)