Pick of the Week: Scream Queen #1

June 7, 2008

Boom Studios has had some hit or miss titles in the past and some good titles like the Savage Brothers. While certainly not as successful as say Darkhorse, they do have some quality properties like Warhammer and they often offer some fun reads and some good alternatives to Marvel’s current skrull invasion and to DC’s multitude of crisis and doom and gloom story arcs like Morrison’s current killing off of Batman.

While the artwork in this comic isn’t as polished as some of the other books published by the big two, this comic does have a fun story and a sense of whimsy which makes it a good light read and perfect end of the week fodder for the brain.

The solicitations for this one say that “Everyone wants to be loved, even the shambling, macabre mockery of a man who brings terror to the town of Rumson and leaves blood in his wake. But when he sets his sights on Molly, beauty queen of Rumson High, she’s going to be more than he can handle! THE DAILY SHOW and FRANK TV’s Brendan Hay brings a AMERICAN PIE-meets-FRIDAY THE 13th sensibility to his horror series debut!”

I would have to say that even though this story follows the conventions of well known teen horror movies, it also does a good job of lampooning some of them while at the same time making the protagonist a real person.

Too bad that its cliches are a bit too well trodden to have the full emotional impact it’s narrators are searching for. However, it’s still a good title reminiscent of what some of the more fun modern horror comics can do and one doesn’t have to wait long to see the carnage. It reminded me of a very good Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode with a similar theme.

Yet, the carnage is kept to a minimum within the confines of a good introductory tale so we have to wait for issue two to see in what direction artist Nate Watson and Hay take take this weird tale. At least we’re off to a fun start.


Historic Rivalry revived

June 1, 2008

A new chapter in one of sport’s most storied rivalries is about to be written. With last night’s win over the Detroit Pistons the Boston Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1987 where they will face the Lakers for the championship. Game one starts Thursday.

Shades of hard fouls against Kurt Rambis, shades of Magic and Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge. It’s time to party like it’s the late 80s all over again.

 

Lakers fans are talking a lot of smack about their team but I am afraid they are going to be silenced by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the rest of the Celts. By virtue of their NBA best regular season record, the Celts have home field advantage so the first two games are in the Garden. The Lakeshow will have to win on the road on the parquet floor where so many historic duels were waged before coming home to L.A. for three games, although only two games at home are guaranteed in the best of 4 matchup.

Let’s not forget that Boston has already beaten Kobe and his cohorts twice this season, even though most Lakers fans will have you believe that means little given the fact Paul Gasol and other key components were not present for the regular season match ups. No matter, I still have faith that the Celts will end L.A.’s unbeaten record at home in the playoffs. The Celtics are the most successful franchise in NBA history with 16 championships to L.A.’s 14, though the Lakers have had more success of late. It’s time to change that trend and to hang another banner above the parquet floor. Go Celtics!  

 

The Lakers and the Celtics have met a total of 10 times in the NBA finals, with Boston winning the first eight meetings, and Los Angeles the last two

Year

Champion

Opponent

Result

1958-59

Boston Celtics

Minneapolis Lakers

4-0

1961-62

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-3

1962-63

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-2

1964-65

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-1

1965-66

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-3

1967-68

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-2

1968-69

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-3

1983-84

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

4-3

1984-85

Los Angeles Lakers

Boston Celtics

4-2

1986-87

Los Angeles Lakers

Boston Celtics

4-2

2007-08

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0-0