Sunday, April 11, 2021

Series Showdown: Blair Witch vs The Crow

I had high expectations from the Blair Witch tie ins, so I'm a bit depressed that a standard serial killer tale with the Crow half-assed shoehorned in wins this round. Luckily the Crow series has some variety, though that could go either way.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Heavies: Ron Palillo

 Not exactly a heavy, here's Ron Palillo, best know as Sgt. Squealy on the Laverne & Shirley cartoon, on the A-Team.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Fargo by John Benteen

by John Benteen (Ben Haas)
1969 Belmont

Set in the first decades of the twentieth century, Fargo is sometime marketed as an adventure series, sometimes as a late period western. This first installment is pure western, though more Sergio Leone than John Ford.

Fargo is hired to help transport silver from a mine in Mexico. The short volume was filled primarily with double-crosses and changing loyalties. One of Fargo's appeals is his code of honor tempered by harsh pragmatism. The kind that sets up a teen to be raped a little bit in order to keep her from being raped a lot.

Fargo is also known for his personalized weapons - the Batangas knife he got from the Phillipines and a sawed-off shotgun given to him by Teddy Roosevelt. The shotgun is basically an artillery piece, with a spread of several yards and capable of downing dozens at a time, which is not how sawed-off shotguns work.

Future installments may have more novel settings, but this was a pretty standard western, a bit darker, certainly tamer than the Piccadilly Cowboys.

Available in Kindle ebook from Amazon

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Heavies: Geoffrey Lewis

 Geoffrey Lewis was in the pilots for two Robert Urich vehicles, SWAT and Spenser for Hire.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Crow: The Lazarus Heart by Poppy Z. Brite

The Crow: The Lazarus Heart
by Poppy Z. Brite
1999 Gauntlet

Mapllethorpe-ish photographer Jared Poe is framed for the murder of his boyfriend and dies in prison. He comes back to life, and him, his boyfriend's transwoman sibling, and a corrupt closet-case cop chase a trans-hating serial killer. And by chase I mean fall into traps and get killed.

Fairly standard serial killer fare with the Crow elements shoehorned in. He's not a particularly good vengeful revenant, going after phobic cops and prosecutors for mouthing off while letting the serial killer continue his grim work.

In addition to the extensive Edgar Allan Poe quotes, Clive Barker's Weaveworld and Neil Gaiman's Sandman are name checked throughout. A straighter and cis-ier version of some of the plot elements were used in The Crow: Salvation.

Used from Amazon