Crapule 2

Crapule2-covCrapule est un chat, un vrai. Le genre qui porte bien son nom. Une catastrophe sur pattes, mais tellement mignon qu’on lui pardonne tout. Il a d’ailleurs un succès fou, au point que Jean-Luc Deglin lui a consacré un nouveau tome pour ses péripéties félines : câlins griffus, accidents de litière, bêtises en pagaille… Mais comment Crapule réagira-t-il face au nouveau compagnon de sa maîtresse ?

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Crapule c’est une bande dessinée toute simple qui offre des histoires en 4 cases et en bichromie (noir et bleu), ce qui n’est pas sans rappeler les yonkoma japonais ou les comic strips américains à la différence que les premiers sont présentés verticalement et que les seconds sont généralement horizontaux, alors que Crapule lui est dans un format carré (2 / 2). 

Crapule2-p003Ce second volume nous présente la suite de la relation parfois difficile entre le juste nommé Crapule et sa maîtresse. Si la présence d’un chaton aidait à adoucir sa solitude, celle-ci recherche maintenant un compagnon humain ce qui fait qu’elle “semble moins pressée de remplir sa gamelle et de changer sa litière” et cela mènera à “de précieux moment d’incompréhension et de jalousie” ! (Voir couverture arrière)

Tout ceux qui ont (ou ont déjà eut) un chat trouveront ces situations plutôt familières et hilarantes. Toutefois c’est pas mal la même chose que le premier volume (que j’ai déjà commenté) et la pléthore de récits anecdotiques sur les chats en bande dessinée en font un sujet surexploité au point que c’est difficile d’y trouver de l’originalité. Crapule s’avère donc un peu répétitif mais cela reste fascinant et amusant tout à la fois. C’est cent-vingt-quatre charmantes petites histoires qui offrent une lecture rapide et agréable. À lire, surtout pour les amateurs de chats.

Crapule 2, par Jean-Luc Deglin. Marcinelle: Dupuis, novembre 2018. 128 pages (en bichromie), 20.8 x 16.7 cm, 14,50 €  / $25.95 Can (ePub / PDF $19.99 Can). ISBN 979-1-0347-3357-6. Pour lectorat jeune (6+). Extraits disponible sur le site de l’éditeur. stars-3-0

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Game of Thrones

The epic fantasy TV series Game of Thrones has ended after eight seasons.

Somehow I feel very sad because it is finished and I don’t know what will come next — if anything. However, I am NOT disappointed. To me the end seems to be a fitting one. In some aspects, I am not even surprised. People were expecting that an epic series would have an epic ending, but life is rarely like that. It is the perfect “all evil was defeated and they lived unhappily ever after” type of ending. What else were they expecting? Evidently, the millennials who are not used to not have their way will demand a new ending. What a silly thought! That’s almost funny if it wasn’t so stupid…

Now, without giving away any spoilers, we can only ask that — if all surviving heroes appear to be going on new adventures — what will come next? The very end of the series clearly calls for something more and we know that many sequels / prequels could be in the works. I can hardly wait to see what it will be.

In the meantime, HBO will not leave us hanging dry as they have been announcing several new series of interest. I am particularly curious about the Watchmen TV series (in Fall), the third season of Westworld (announced for 2020) and a TV series adaptation of His Dark Materials (based on Philip Pullman’s young adult novel series and due to premiere in late 2019). The visuals I’ve seen for the first one seem a little disappointing, so I am quite apprehensive about it, but the latter looks incredibly promising. We’ll see…

Game of Thrones has given us a good run and we should be grateful for it. Our collective popular culture shall be much richer for it. And, beside the possible pre/sequels, there is still those two final books (A Song of Ice and Fire #6: The Winds of Winter and #7: A Dream of Spring) that will certainly add a lot to the story as told by the TV series. We just have to be a little more patient…

Amusingly, the controversial last episode of the eight season, “The Iron Throne”, had the highest ever audience (nearly 14 millions of viewers in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen, more than the final of The Sopranos) but the lowest critical response (a rating of 4.4 on IMDb down from an overall ratings of 9.4 and a critical / audience rating of 67% / 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, down from an overall average of 90% / 82% !!).

The final season of the series was plagued by controversies. First, many fans were very disappointed with the ending, some (nearly two millions!) even starting a petition demanding a rewrite of the entire last season! On top of that, not only a Starbucks coffee cup could be spotted in episode 8.4 (#71) sitting on the table in front of Daenerys, but also plastic water bottles could be seen at the feet of both Samwell Tarly and Ser Davos Seaworth during the “council of the Seven Kingdoms” in episode 8.6 (#73)! 

Television will never be the same…

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The Predator

Predator-dvdIs this a comedy or an action flick? A little of both, I guess… It has great action scenes, although not always believable. In a nutshell, it tells the story of a group of misfit soldiers fighting against an alien monster in pursuit of another alien monster. They get help from an unsuspected genius and one of the bad guys is not what it seems. The story is not really original but it is entertaining enough. In fact, the whole movie is just setting up the ground for the next one (or two — but no release date has been announced yet). It might push the Predator franchise into superheroes territory ! Powersuit, yeah! I can’t wait to see that! 

The movie did relatively well at the box office (returning nearly twice its investment) but disappointed the fans of the franchise and the critics (getting only a 5.4 on IMDb and a 32% / 35% on Rotten Tomatoes ). It’s an average sci-fi action movie which remains nevertheless fun to watch. stars-2-5

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