The media collection in May 2022 grew once again with lots of comics, book, movies, and other additions.
Yes, this is a rather old Retrogamer issue, one I had to order separately and which arrived 2 months later than the others I got in March 2022 (even if they were apparently sent at the same time). The same held true for the Pokemon Go bookazine (which, at the time of writing, is quite useless to me, because my phone doesn’t work with the app anymore).
There’s nothing quite like nostalgia, even if it looks rather frightening in LEGO form.
I have to confess that despite a few tries at Civilization, Sid Meier’s games have eluded me so far, but reading about his life should be interesting.
A modern game that I hope will be better than the overrated original.
It’s been ages since I went to a live rock show, but this CD made me miss those days a bit. It’s also quite fascinating how a hardcore band has survived for so long.
Now for something completely different: a mystery sci-fi book series for children. The reason I bought it was because of the TV show (see much further below). So far it’s okay (reading the sixth book), but nothing to get really excited about, as the writing style and ideas are a mixed bag.
Let’s see how the Goosebumps series of books holds up, as the TV show wasn’t always great, even if the movies were pretty fun.
This art book is actually a name day present for my wife, but I thought I’d include it just for completion’s sake, and it really features some brilliant cover artwork.
I’ve always wanted to catch up on some classic fantasy reading, and this massive 1000-pages book should do just fine.
Being a cat and Junji Ito fan, this was a no-brainer, as it’s funny, creepy, and very heart-warming at the end.
What can I say about the ongoing Gantz series except that there’s way too much “Ha Ha Ha” (not the laughing but breathing sounds) and not much of story or character development? Still, just as with a Michael Bay movie, it’s often violently disgusting popcorn entertainment.
Ah, so many childhood memories now relived in a huge tome full of newspaper comics.
I expected a bit more from Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez than this rather forgettable zombie comic, as the Amory Wars series was excellent and Kill Audio was pretty cool as well.
First I have to read the original Conan the Barbarian stories and then I’ll go through the comics, like this one.
Time for more violent action in comics and even if many people didn’t like the movie with Pamela Anderson, I enjoyed it.
The problem with comics is that trying to collect older issues becomes almost like work if they’re not available anymore, with a prime example being The Punisher: Even if Vol. 3 and 5 can still be bought, there’s still 6 and 7 which are very pricey at the moment.
Thankfully, the Marvel Knights Punisher series is or will be complete soon.
It’s difficult to keep up with all the comics releases, as the English and German newsletter/catalogues show.
The great thing about Free Comic Book Day is that one can try out various genres, and thanks to a comic shop in Hamburg, I received quite a few English ones from past years, too. Of course the shop (and two others) didn’t send these for free, so I had to spend some money on other books (as could be seen with the ones above).
After so much reading (at least I got through all free comics), a bit of watching movies followed, starting with an okay action flick featuring Woopie Goldberg. I expected a bit more from Tom Holland who did Fright Night and Chucky, though.
Learning about historical events and people can be fun, even though the ratings for this one aren’t particularly high.
A classic comedy movie I still have to watch. Too bad the mediabook version doesn’t have a removable age certificate sticker, as this one is really part of the cover, giving the impression it can be pulled off.
Who would have thought that one day there would be anime adaptations of the Mortal Kombat games that would finally present them in all their gory glory? Granted, these aren’t particularly good examples of storytelling and character development, but they’re still fun.
More horror movies, one of which being part of this year’s Halloween week. It’s not that weird Hanna-Barbera kid’s show splatter flick, though. The backwood slasher reboot also didn’t make it in time for writing the review (although it might be featured next year, as it was surprisingly good).
Arrow Video simply knows its sleazy, strange cult movies and I’m not quite sure what to expect from these.
Speaking of strange movies, this comedy flick is as weird as they come with over-the-top slapstick and tasteless or rather nighmarish scenes, being certainly not for everyone. But it’s oh so memorable and silly.
Last but not least, a few TV shows that couldn’t be any more different from each other.
As always, going through all the latest additions makes one wonder when one should find the time to read, watch, listen to, and play all of them… and even more importantly: Where can I find enough space to put them? A question that will be asked again next month, too…