Watched Stranger Things S4 Part 2

Watched Stranger Things Season 4 from

(This is all negative critique but the episodes were fine entertainment. I liked the “most metal concert of all time” and appreciated how they set up the location of El’s final battle.)

🤔 I don’t think acknowledging that something is on the nose excuses it from being on the nose. It also has a feeling of breaking the fourth wall without actually doing so by commenting on the meta of the story. But I guess they needed to pound it into our heads to set up the climax? I wanted a more completion of a character arc from the active protagonist of the climax, without prompting.

Also some really heavy-handed visual metaphor going on for the final scene. (Where’s the line between heavy-handed and effective? Maybe it needed the drama.)

A lot of the dialogue was really predictable because they lean so heavily into the tropes. When does homage descend into generic derivative? The episodes to some extent felt cobbled together of obligatory scenes and moments, trope-fated. Even who lived and died. Maybe I’m being a snob here and this is just effective storytelling 🤷‍♀️ This isn’t a show that needs nuance, it is what it is, a celebration of the 80s and horror.

But I feel like the earlier seasons had more surprises? Perhaps this is inherent to resolving a long-arc story, since you have to stop adding new stuff and work with the pieces you already have, and as viewers get to know the characters there are fewer surprises.

Comics Fantasy

Read Wayward Kindred

Read Wayward Kindred

They say that blood is thicker than water, but you may wish it weren’t, if your mom has to drink animal blood to survive. Home is where the heart is, even if your sister lives in another city–and is a shape-changing monster. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so how can you know who you’re supposed to be if your parents are a human and a vampire?

Edited by Allison O’Toole (Wayward Sisters), Ashanti Fortson (Heartwood) and Kat Vendetti (Rolled & Told), Wayward Kindred looks at the different ways we can relate to our families, for better or for worse. Inside you’ll find stories of grief and loss, understanding and reconciliation, and telecom contracts, all featuring monsters ranging from the gruesome to the adorable.

A good collection of indie comics! I liked almost all of them. Diverse art styles and stories covering a wide range of “monsters” from authors of all gender identities.


Read City Monster

Read City Monster by Reza Farazmand

From New York Times bestselling author and artist Reza Farazmand, his first graphic novel about a young monster who moves to a big city …

Hipster monsters exploring their purpose in life and enjoying the coffee and culture of the city while helping their ghost friend explore its past. Fun premise and loved the humor. The art is in the same simple style as Poorly Drawn Lines, and fits the story well. Short but didn’t feel rushed, seemed like the right length for the story.