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Preview: Sherlock Series 1 Boxed Set

SHERLOCK SERIES 1 BOXED SET

Writer: Stephen Moffat, Mark Gatiss
Artist: Jay
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, $38.99, £29.99
On sale: December 4, 2018
ISBN: 9781785868788

Adapting the first series of the smash-hit TV series into the manga format, collected together in this fantastic Slipcase Edition!

This Slipcase Edition collects together the first series of the Sherlock TV show in manga format, including The Study In Pink, The Blind Banker and The Great Game, printed for the first time in the US.

Movie Review: Christopher Robin

christopher robin poster“Oh Pooh. You’re not a bear of very little brain. You’re a bear of humongous heart.”

Ewan McGregor as a middle-aged, overworked Christopher Robin says this to his former childhood toy, but he may as well have been describing this movie.  Heavy on sentiment and nonsense, light on plot or fresh character takes this isn’t a bad movie. It’s quite literally the cinematic equivalent of hugging your childhood stuffed animal or security blanket, remembering when times were simpler and having a twinge of midlife crisis.

The original Disney The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh begins with a narrator telling us “This could be the room of any small boy. But it just so happens to belong to a boy named Christopher Robin.” This movie — a live action sequel to the previous Pooh catalog — could be about the lost childhood of any middle aged man, but it just so happens to belong to a man named Christopher Robin. In post-war England, he finds himself under the thumb of a lazy and unscrupulous boss (Mark Gatiss) who forces him to work long hours and weekends — forgoing a planned holiday with his wife (the always lovely Hayley Atwell) and precocious daughter. This is familiar Disney material– father loses his way, and needs some magical element to help him reclaim his childhood wonder and imagination.

Meanwhile, deep in the Hundred Acre Wood of Christopher Robin’s childhood imagination, Pooh awakens after a long rest and can’t find his friends. Instead, he travels to London to fetch Christopher Robin from the tedium of planning an important meeting and off they go to find ‘Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, and Rabbit. And of course, wackiness ensues, and they have t fight nasty heffalumps and woozles and learn to have childlike wonder again.

A lot of praise needs to go to Ewan McGregor for his work here, as the entire film rests on his shoulders. In much of the movie, it’s just him acting against an imaginary stuffed animal. He’s really charming and delightful, and the supporting cast are almost equally as god. The voice cast here playing the stuffed animals are also great. Legendary voice artist Jim Cummings basically is Pooh and Tigger, having inhabited these roles for decades now.  There’s also some brilliant casting of Brad Garrett as Eeyore and Peter Capaldi as Rabbit, but they are sadly underused as most of the film concentrates only on Christopher Robin and Pooh.

As stated previously, this is a script of very little brain, and very much predictability. But it’s pure, uncut Disney nostalgia straight from the source. For those who grew up with Pooh and are bringing their children or grandchildren to see this, you will enjoy this in direct relation to how much nostalgia you have for this particular property or classic Disney in general. It will generally feel like this movie was almost made more for adults than children– the message almost certainly is. And for true Disney superfans, stay through the credits to see and hear Richard Sherman (who co-write the original Pooh songs and half of the classic Disney songbook) perform a new song he wrote specifically for this film. He’ still got it.

Someone needed to remind these folks they were making a children’s movie, as the moral center seems more focused on shaming workaholic middle aged people. And the tone of the film for its first act is extremely dour. It finally picks up in predictable fashion and ends strong with a lot of heart. But with Paddington 2 having hit earlier this year, it’s unfortunate that Disney’s return to this familiar territory didn’t land better as it can’t stack up to the more charming sequel. There are also several Disney movies with this same basic idea, and this compares even less favorably against those.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Preview: Sherlock: The Great Game #6

SHERLOCK: THE GREAT GAME #6

Writer/co-creator: Mark Gatiss
Co-creator: Steven Moffat
Art: Jay.
Cover A Simon Myers
Cover B Will Brooks
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 46pp – $4.99 – On sale: January 3, 2018

FINAL ISSUE!

After an intense struggle, the Golem escapes, sparing the lives of Sherlock and John. Back at the gallery, the bomber calls, using a child as a hostage, and pressures Sherlock into proving that the suspicious painting was fake. The gallery curator admits the forgery and reveals that her accomplice is a person named Moriarty. John heads to where Andrew West’s body was discovered. Sherlock surprises him by revealing that he has been secretly investigating the case as well.Together they confront West’s fiance’s brother, and he confesses to accidentally killing him and stealing the missile plans. Sherlock retrieves the plans – however, he has no intentions of returning them to Mycroft…

Preview: Sherlock: The Great Game #5

SHERLOCK: THE GREAT GAME #5

Writer: Mark Gatiss
Artist: Jay.
Cover A: Tomm Coker
Cover B: Photo
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 46pp – $4.99 – On sale: December 6, 2017

The latest issue of the brilliant manga adaptation of the fanatically followed TV show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).

Preview: Sherlock: The Great Game #4

SHERLOCK THE GREAT GAME #4

Writer/co-creator: Mark Gatiss
Co-creator: Steven Moffat
Art: Jay.
Cover A: Mark Buckingham
Cover B: Will Brooks
FC – 46pp – $4.99
On sale: November 8, 2017

Sherlock discovers the solution to Ian Monkford’s disappearance case. Upon announcing this, the second hostage is released. John suggests that the mysterious caller is deliberately designing a game for Sherlock. Inspector Lestrade consults with Sherlock and John on a new case involving the death of a reality TV star, even though he is unconvinced that it’s related to the bombings. Through deductive observation, Sherlock declares that she was in fact murdered, and con rms it’s related to the caller’s hostage game. After investigating the celebrity’s home, Sherlock reveals the murderer and the truth behind her death. Sherlock expects a call releasing the hostage, but something has changed…

Based on the TV series SHERLOCK, co-created by STEVEN MOFFAT & MARK GATISS, and adapting Episode Three:​ ​The Great Game.

Preview: Sherlock: The Great Game #3

Sherlock: The Great Game #3

Writer: Mark Gatiss
Artist: Jay.
FC – 46pp – $4.99

The latest issue of the brilliant manga adaptation of the fanatically followed TV show, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).

Preview: Sherlock: The Great Game #2

SHERLOCK: THE GREAT GAME #2

Co-creators: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss
Writer: Steve Thompson
Artist: Jay.
Cover A Jay.
Cover B Will Brooks Wraparound
Cover C: Steve Yeowell
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 47pp – $4.99 – On sale: Aug 9, 2017

Someone is causing trouble for Sherlock Holmes and John Watson – and innocent victims are caught in the middle…

A mysterious villain is setting a series of deadly puzzles for the crime-solving duo, and failure to solve each riddle is deadly… who is the villain and what is his link to Sherlock and John?

Preview: Sherlock: The Great Game #1

SHERLOCK: THE GREAT GAME #1

Co-creators: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss
Writer: Steve Thompson
Artist: Jay.
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 47pp – $4.99 – On sale: Aug 9, 2017

Someone is causing trouble for Sherlock Holmes and John Watson – and innocent victims are caught in the middle…

A mysterious villain is setting a series of deadly puzzles for the crime-solving duo, and failure to solve each riddle is deadly… who is the villain and what is his link to Sherlock and John?

Preview: Sherlock: The Blind Banker #6

SHERLOCK: THE BLIND BANKER #6

Writer: Stephen Thompson
Co-Creators: Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
Artist: Jay.
Cover A BY Doubleleaf
Cover B BY Will Brooks
Cover C BY Simon Myers
FC & BW – 40pp – $4.99 – On sale: June 7, 2017

FINAL ISSUE!

Manga adaptation of the hit TV show starring worldwide superstars Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).

Preview: Sherlock: The Blind Banker #5

Sherlock: The Blind Banker #5

Writer: Stephen Thompson
Co-Creators: Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
Artist: Jay.
Cover A: Arianna Florean
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Amoona Saohin
FC & BW – 40pp – $4.99 – On sale: May 10

PENULTIMATE ISSUE!

Manga adaptation of the hit TV show starring worldwide superstars Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).

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