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Saturday January 21, 2012 6:52 pm

Weekend Reading: John Carter, Captain Underpants & Stieg Larsson

Taylor KitschGreetings, Weekenders! Still up in arms about DC’s new logo? The wrongness of SOPA/PIPA? Forget it. Let’s just enjoy the internets while they’re still free:

The John Carter Files poses some questions about the upcoming John Carter movie.

Two new Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey are coming in 2012.

Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is getting the graphic novel treatment via DC Comics (and their Vertigo imprint). Denise Mina - no slouch as a mystery novelist - is writing with Leonardo Manco, art is by Andrea Mutti, but just check out the kick-ass cover by Lee Bermejo. Omnimystery has all the deets.

The author James Reasoner reviews Criminal, Vol. 6: “As much as I enjoy Ed Brubaker's writing in Captain America and other superhero comics, I think his best work is to be found in his on-going series of noir graphic novels, Criminal.”

Early Word, the blog for librarians, writes about the number of book tie-ins for the Tintin movie. Oddly enough, none of them are the original Herge books.

Award-winning sf author John Scalzi - himself a big Robert E. Heinlein fan - notes how much he likes the movie version of Starship Troopers and how you can too, in 5 easy steps. Love this: “Paul Verhoeven is a director who can give you everything you want in a movie, as long as you want too much of it.”

At Newsarama, Graham McMillan makes the case for a Marvel revival of Micronauts. “But it’s not just happy memories – or the chance of some sweet reprint royalties – that could and should make this appealing to Marvel; the Micronauts are reportedly being primed for a movie produced by JJ Abrams and written by the people behind Zombieland, which sounds as close to a recipe for ideal franchise revival as possible.” Hell to the yes!

Paul O’Connor at Longbox Graveyard looks at runs of several comics, Incredible Hulk #331-345, Jungle Action #6-18, Daredevil #20-49, The New Teen Titans #1-25, and Avengers #1-35 (the original one). Titans still holds up after all these years; The Avengers? Not so much.

Ricky Sprague at Project Child Murdering Robot makes the case for “imagination, lack of” for destroying the sales of the modern comic book.

Mort Kuntsler’s stuff looks a lot like lost Indiana Jones adventures.

Writer John Rozum lists 4 movies he thinks are “perfect.”

Animation guru Eddie Fitzgerald, whose blog Uncle Eddie’s Theory Corner should be bookmarked right away, had a nice chat with George Clayton Johnson, co-writer of Logan’s Run and scriptwriter on a number of classic Twilight Zone episodes.

At Bookgasm, JT Lindroos reviews Craig Yoe’s newest IDW book: Bob Powell’s Terror, and comes away impressed: “Storywise, peculiarly for this early work, Powell seems to have an interest in and knowledge of near-death experiences.”

And finally, a little piece of Douglas Adams - his letter to a Walt Disney executive who kept avoiding his phone calls. A thing of beauty.

[Artwork: Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, © Disney]

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