Here’s our staff highlights for this week (and last week, apologies!) — all the titles, creators, programs, conferences, and library shenanigans that made our week, comics-wise!
Google's April Fools
I absolutely loved the Google Maps April Fools joke this year. Traveling the world chasing Pokémon? I wish they were always on the map! -Marcela
This incredibly weird dancing Spidey-baby Evian commercial, just because it's so ridiculously random. Does Spidey turn into a baby in May? -Anna
The Klingon Rosetta Stone
I also enjoyed the Google Maps Pokémon joke. I also loved Think Geek's "Rosetta Stone Klingon" prank. Good stuff! -Jessikah
Mushishi: The Next Chapter
Crunchyroll made my week by announcing that they'll be streaming the Mushi-Shi sequel series, Mushi-shi: The Next Chapter (Mushi-shi Zoku-Shô). Weekly dose of blood-pressure-lowering goodness, here I come! -Jenny
Gravity + Superhero
This alternate scene from the movie "Gravity" is one of the best uses of a superhero I have seen. -Thomas
Captain America 2
Captain America: Winter Soldier was amazing. I'm excited for how Marvel is building its Cinematic Universe, and tying in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I also love the posters they gave out at the Thursday night IMAX showing. Gorgeous! -Marcela
I'm going to piggy-back on with Marcela. I really enjoyed Captain America. And a large part of that was because of Black Widow. I really appreciate that I can see myself -- a woman who loves action movies -- finally represented in at least one movie. (Plus the TV show Person of Interest. We need more action heroines.) -Snow
I'll third the love for Captain America: Winter Soldier. What a fun, smart adaptation! Plus, we saw previews for X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy. Should be a great summer for comics movies! -Renata
I would like to fourth Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I went into it knowing some of the positive reviews, but I wasn't prepared for how awesome that movie was. I didn't see it just as a comic book movie, but rather as a whip-smart action thriller that touched on some deeper issues such as the relationship between politics and the surveillance state, and what happens when we give up our freedom in the name of security.
Three or four years ago, I had Chris Evans pegged as just another bro-actor...now, I love watching him as Cap...he knows exactly what to bring to that role, and I respect him for that. Scarlet Johannsen was simply superb...I really loved that scene between her and Cap in the pickup truck. Anthony Mackie as the Falcon was a great choice, too.
Go see this movie. I'm gonna try to see it again, and I haven't done that since the Avengers. -Garrett
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
That crazy ending to MARVEL Agents of Shield. Don't want to spoil it...but I called it. -Latasha
More manga & anime
My pitch for funds to get more manga titles and add a anime DVD/blu-ray collection got approved! Not only that, but chatting with a customer about the incoming anime collection absolutely made my day because she was so excited that it was coming. -Allen
My happy was overhearing two young gradeschoolers (boys, Gr. 2-3-ish) discussing Owly, by Andy Runton. One of them starting singing a little Owly song about being friends with Wormy. Aww. -Saeyong
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion
I'm happy to see that Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion, is being released stateside! I have my box of tissues ready for repeat viewing. And I am not usually prone to crying over television! -Jessikah
I finally read Unmasked, the last volume of Astonishing X-Men by Marjorie Liu and loved it. She always does such interesting things with those characters. I'm sad that this run had to end--but if it did, I'm glad it went out with a volume where Gambit gets out of the shower and discovers Mystique has left him a trio of kittens. (Is this what they call fanservice?? I'll take it.) -Renata
Children of the Sea
I finished reading the five-book manga "Children of the Sea," which a teen patron gave her highest praise and more or less forced me to read. Think of an ocean-themed "Cosmos" with multiple humbling revelations about humanity's role on this planet, told through a mystery about two supernatural children and lifelike nature illustrations courtesy of Daisuke Igarashi's boundless talents. More people should be forced/allowed to read this series. -Thomas
Andrea Sorrentino's Green Arrow
Andrea Sorrentino's art on Green Arrow just keeps getting better and better. Seeing it all put together in the Kill Machine collection just confirmed how great his art truly is. -Mark
You Should Be Writing
My happy is this picture that my coworker sent to me and my boss as motivation to get some writing done. Now if only I could get the Avenger boys to come and actually lean over my shoulder while I was working on my overdue reviews. -Snow
Fantastic Ladies Comics Club
On Sunday I joined the Fantastic Ladies Comics Club, a graphic novel book group at a local comics shop (Fantastic Comics in Berkeley, CA). I had the best time! We all read and discussed Captain America: Winter Soldier, the story arc written by Ed Brubaker. (Naturally, I had issues with Bucky being alive, but I won't get into that here.)
Two thirds of the group was made up by students from Cal, the rest were women closer to my age, which made for a VERY interesting discussion (including a tangent during which those of us more experienced readers explained to the youngsters what the Comics Code was all about). I haven't had this much fun talking books since my last term on Great Graphic Novels for Teens (good times, good times).
Next month we'll be discussing the first volume of Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. I can't wait! -Eva