Stuff We Like This Week: July 24 Edition

Stuff We Like This Week: July 24 Edition

Jul 26

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In an effort to combat our occasional…okay, okay, near-constant negativity, we give you a regular feature full of nothing but love — Stuff We Like This Week. Appearing every Friday, SWLTW will recap the things that have set our little nerdly hearts aflame within the past seven days.

Matt: Couple things:

1) The Wire, Season Three. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit.

2) SDCC. I’m not even there, and I’m tired. In a good way, I think.

3) The Ultimates 2: I’d like to pretend I’m the kind of enlightened fanboy who squees over Asterios Polyp and Darwyn Cooke’s new Hunter graphic novel. I am excited for those, and I will read them. But this week, I got my hands on the out-of-print Ultimates 2 oversized hardcover and it just about kicked my ass. I probably wrote those same words about the first Ultimates hardcover, which I got for Father’s Day a few weeks back. So what? It’s still true. That eight-page blowout splash is perhaps the finest moment in mainstream superhero comics this decade, maybe the past 25 years, possibly ever. Yep, I just said that. Or typed it. Whatever. It’s Friday. I wanna go home now.

Chris: Couple more things:

1) Enhancile. The discussion in the office continues, as we try and remember which old sci-fi writers may have used this term in the past, but unarguably the largest proponent of the word working today is Warren Ellis – a fact I realized when I went on an Ellis TPB jag. From Iron Man: Extremis to Global Frequency, he uses the word a lot. And why not? It’s a brilliant word. Post-human sucks. Bionic is now quaint. But enhancile…

Sadly, until the first generation of humans to get an iPhone implanted in their heads comes along, the word will remain outside common dictionary acceptance.

2) True Blood. I’m not a giant True Blood fan. I’m enjoying it, but more the vampire society stuff than the huggin’ and the kissin’ and now – due to some HBO edict intended to compete with Twighlight’s dreamy charm – humpin’. Though, that said, there is nothing on TV that cannot be improved by the occasional pair of breasts. They may have overplayed it too quickly though – I find I just want to see more monsters fight.

3) Torchwood. I watched it on the UK schedule, not the US one, but now that it’s wrapping up here, I guess I can talk about it more. FRICKIN’ AMAZING! Harkening back to their strongest story from the previous two seasons, where Jack has to make the hard decision to let a human child be taken to be raised by Fairy creatures, the third series is dark. Which is BBC-speak for “It’s not Doctor Who.”

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