Monday, September 2, 2019

Review Roundup, Edition 3

Web Series 
Or So The Story Goes—Knock Knock

When the crew from OSTSG got in touch with me to check out their new series, I knew I had to do it! The story centers on a home invasion horror, based on the classic tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” This is the company's hallmark—taking old-school children's stories and bringing them to life in a brand new, chilling way. The production value for this is great, from the cinematography to the music and the sound. You can tell that a talented crew is working behind the scenes. The cast is just as skilled, bringing a great story to life that had me hooked from the beginning.

The Low Cards—Pilgrims Wake
Following a year's worth of shows and practice, The Low Cards has released a new album with an epic opening track, memorable lyrics, and the kind of sound rock lovers should take notice of. “Pilgrims Wake” spans a wide range of styles, though most with a strong rock backbone. “Pal” is a more jaunty tune, while “Wolves” gives a slower, more folky sound. “Kingdom” is this writer's favorite, starting off strong and pulsing throughout.

Jason Fichera—For You
This new single has great production quality, with a strong emotional presence throughout. It tells the tale of what one would do for the one they value most, and I can tell Jason's been there before. This adds a lot of credibility to the song. The instrumentation is very catchy and I enjoyed listening to this a number of times for this review.

World War Z, by Max Brooks
I've read this one three times, and it's not to imagine why. The book, written by the author of the Zombie Survival Guide, takes place 10 years after the end of World War Z, a global zombie pandemic that came within a hair's breadth of extinguishing the human race.
The author is collecting data on how the plague started, the fight against it, and how many aspects of the human race across the globe have adapted to the new world, all as part of a postwar report. There's something new to catch each time, and Brooks really draws the reader in with each chapter, from a survivor of the legendary Battle Of Yonkers to one of the few to escape China's infestation.

The Authority
This particular part of the long-running Authority series centers on the group taking over the United States after seeing that the current political system is both badly corrupt and not getting anything done. Raise you hand if you agree!
The trade—which spans 12 issues—is brilliantly written, with brutal, no-nonsense dialogue that eschews some of the more common tropes of comics. The good guys aren't really all that good—none are vying for the title of Boy Scout, I can tell you that—but they are on our side, so it definitely puts things in a different perspective. You don't need to read the rest of the series to follow this one, which is another point in its favor.

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