Monday, January 30, 2017

Avenger Assembly Required: A Look at Lego Marvel's Avengers

Old habits die hard ... especially those concerning Lego video games that are based on my favorite franchises.

I picked up a copy of Lego Marvel's Avengers a few weeks ago for a number of reasons. I really enjoyed the previous entry, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and I've seen how much these games creatively utilize the extensive history and character roster of both DC and Marvel, so I naturally had to add this one to my collection. The good news is that Lego Marvel's Avengers has a wealth of content for Marvel fans to enjoy, but the bad news is that its connection to the current slate of Marvel's live action movies weigh down the game's main campaign. Read on for my full review.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Undead Updates: Zombie Miracle Diets and Zombie Holiday Fun

It's been a few weeks of multiple, consecutive technical difficulties, but I'm finally back to blogging here at Titans, Terrors and Toys. While I've been away, a new TV show that's set to premiere on Netflix on February 3 has caught my depraved attention: Santa Clarita Diet. The series will star Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, who play a married couple that is faced with a significant change to their lifestyle choice when one of them (Barrymore) becomes a zombie. (Fun trivia fact: Barrymore and Olyphant are alumni from the Scream slasher film franchise.)

From all indications that I've seen, Santa Clarita Diet promises to be a dark horror-comedy show, something along the lines of iZombie. The show was created by Victor Fresco, the same guy who created Better Off Ted, so I have very high hopes for this. A teaser website for the show launched a few weeks ago, and it is structured like an ad for a new miracle weight loss plan; thus, I cannot wait for the many morbid satirical jabs at zombies, serial murder, cannibalism and modern suburban life that Santa Clarita Diet looks eager to provide.

Speaking of zombies ... someone got me for Christmas a book titled It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols. This book was written by Michael P. Spradlin and illustrated by Jeff Weigel, with an introduction penned by Christopher Moore. According to Moore, Spradlin inspired him to write his zombie-themed Christmas novel, The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. That makes sense, since the new lyrics written by Spradlin for familiar holiday tunes show just how much he understands the undead and their dietary preferences. In between the lyric sheets for cannibal carols such as "A Jolly Zombie Christmas", "Deck the Halls with Parts of Wally" and "We Three Spleens" are zombie illustrations provided by Weigel, illustrations that would fit perfectly inside a vintage Christmas issue of Tales from the Crypt.

Spradlin and Weigel later collaborated on Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime: A Book of Zombie Love Songs and Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill: A Book of Zombie Nursery Rhymes, so I'll have to add those to my collection too.