The Monthly Read – March 6th


Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have Bill Nye wants to save the World, Marvel casting news, and sick of Sherlock? Try more Sherlock.

1. Bill Nye Saves the World trailer: He’s back with Rachel Bloom, Joel McHale | EW
“Bill Nye the Science Guy is back in a new Netflix series, and he’s not alone: The first Bill Nye Saves the World trailer previews a celebrity guest roster that includes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator-star Rachel Bloom,  Zach Braff, Joel McHale, Salt Lake City Stars basketball player Diamond Stone, Tim Gunn, Donald Faison, Wil Wheaton, and electro house DJ Steve Aoki.”

Premieres March 17th on Netflix.

2. Sick of Sherlock? Elementary has all the Holmes comforts you need | The Guardian
“Guys, let me reintroduce you to Elementary. If Sherlock is the party guest who bursts in late, superficially charms everyone in a slightly self-satisfied way and then never replies to your texts, Elementary, which reimagines Holmes in a modern-day New York, is the guy you actually want to be friends with. There’s no mucking about with Elementary. No convoluted backstories where Sherlock’s best friend’s wife’s former colleague once hid a USB stick. Head down, power through, let Holmes do his business and move on: that’s the Elementary way.”

Miller and Liu are an excellent Holmes and Watson. If you’ve been needing that push for new Sherlock Holmes content, just watch it.

3. The power of fandom in history’s shame: Why we need to demand better content | Hypable
“Our media, including its fictional content, exists to analyze and criticize society. X-Men was born out of the civil rights movement and LGBTQ+ fans have flocked to the franchise partly as they recognize the mutant concept as relatable to their struggle. In the turning points of history, stories take on a greater importance than ever before.”

Understanding the media your consume is a must.

4.‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’: Olivia Holt & Aubrey Joseph Land Title Roles In Series For Freeform | Deadline
“Marvel and Freeform have found their Cloak and Dagger for the new straight-to-series live-action drama based on the Marvel characters. Former Disney Channel star Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of) have landed the leads in the new coming-of-age Freeform drama series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, which has Joe Pokaski (Underground) serving as showrunner and Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) set to direct the first episode.”

A Marvel property set to debut on Freeform TV.

“The wait is over. Marvel has found their “Runaways.”  Marvel Television announced today the first group of young actors has been set for “Marvel’s Runaways,” the highly anticipated project with popular streaming service, Hulu.”

Also this behemoth on Hulu.

6. ‘Iron Fist’ Teases Major ‘Daredevil’ Connection in First Full Trailer | Comics Alliance
“At long last, Marvel’s Iron Fist is finally taking center stage before its March debut. See Danny Rand return home, face off with some familiar foes, and flash that glorious glowing fist in a full trailer for the final Defender series!”

Looks like the last piece of the Defenders puzzle will be going in punching.

7. In its entertaining premiere, Powerless stakes out a quirky corner of the DC universe | AVC
“Living in a world teeming with superheroes is something of a bummer in Powerless, the briskly fun new DC Comics TV series. The residents of the show’s Charm City are, in fact, so jaded by the constant super-smackdowns happening all around them that kids on an imperiled subway car can’t be bothered to look up from their phones. When gods slug it out on a daily basis, collateral damage is the norm, with a TV commercial advertising the people-protecting services of Wayne Security showing a steel drum band crushed by a falling chunk of building as nothing out of the ordinary. “

Have you watched Powerless by DC? Give it a try if just for the opening title sequence alone.

8. Body Broke: Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod get bloody in Netflix ad | Metro Toronto
“Well, if your Netflix and your new show is the bizarre zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet, the easy answer is you recruit Hal Johnson and Joanna McLeod, a pair imprinted on the brains of us all as the country’s gently encouraging faces of health and fitness.”

Body Break segments will never be the same.

“Even if we’ve evolved way past this in terms of technology, the zoetrope is a particularly cool physical gadget even today. At least one guy seems to agree with us–and clearly holds this view very near and dear to his heart–as he got what may be our favorite ever tattoo: he turned himself into a human zoetrope.”

For those tattoo enthusiasts.

10. Marvel Meets Orishas: A Brazilian Artist Is Turning African Gods Into Superheroes | Global Voices
“Instead of Iron Man, we’d have the warrior Oxaguiã. Taking the place of the blue-eyed, blonde-haired Norse god Thor would be the equally strong and black-skinned Xangô, the ruler of justice — who also happens to carry a hammer. Ant-Man, with his command of insects, gives way to Ossain, who in turn is the king of the forest, the sorcerer and knower of secrets of the plants. And who is Captain America compared with Ogum and his sword, always thirsty for battle?”

An in-depth look of Brazilian artist Hugo Canuto creating African Gods into classic comic styles.


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