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Comments for the week ending September 13, 2020

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DC Fandome has released their panel for Young Justice Season 4. Not a whole lot of new information (we still don't have a release date) but Greg and several cast members got together to perform an audioplay meant to bridge the gap between season 3 and 4.

Won't spoil anything, just check it out for yourself:

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So the first couple of chapters are a partial recap of events and reintroduction to the characters, at the same time Greg does a good job of establishing the new, important characters for the story. Isaac Naborías, Renee Jackson, Jean-Marc Thibideaux and later Cash. I rather like how chapter 4 was broken up into different periods to paint the school life for our pre-teens (I'll bring up the required reading in another post.)

So I mentioned that one of my criticisms from the last book was that Miranda didn't really do much after her introduction, well that's certainly different here. Besides the revelation of just how wealthy she is, her outsider perspective kinda disrupts the status quo that Rain and Charlie have accustomed themselves to (besides the recent supernatural disruption). One little thing I liked was that Miranda was learning French rather than coasting on her bilingual nature like Rain was. I often forget that unlike the U.S. countries encourage multilingualism in their youth, heck considering her time in Spain she might've learned Catalan too.

Even as early as the last book it was well established that Rain was...outspoken about her position in life and now things have changed. Now that she's the Searcher how things like school and work feel beneath her, it kinda reminds me of Korra from Avatar in that regards. And it sets up a nice parallel between her and Miranda, Miranda wants to hide her wealth and prestige away, Rain is practically bursting on how much she wants to tell everyone how special she is.

Finally, I'd like to bring up the little red herring brought up in the beginning with the victim, and the presence of the bat. I feel like Greg was counting on the classic vampire image to fake out the audience when in fact less than one percent of bats are hemovores.

So it's time for another game of count the references: This one I missed the first couple of times but in chapter 1 Opie mentions Macocael Mountain. So in Taino myth Macocael was the early guardian of the Taino and watched over the cave from where they fist lived. He was stated to have no eyelids and remained ever watchful. Now the cave part is pretty obvious, but it's interesting that a character acting as the omniscient narrator was mentioned alongside a being with great vision.

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MATTHEW - Thanks for the alert. I've read the first two chapters already, so that makes three more to go for this week. (I was amused to note that Chapter Two's title was "Chapter Two".)
Todd Jensen

Ugh. Website crashed in the middle of my chapter reviews.
I'll get back to it later but just know for now I'm covering 5 chapters a week instead of 3.

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“Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings, conquer all mysteries by rule and line, empty the haunted air, and gnomèd mine - Unweave a rainbow, as it erewhile made the tender-person'd Lamia melt into a shade” - John Keats, Lamia


Demona May - [realdemona at yahoo dot com]
Real Living Insane Gargoyle....


I'm still reading through Shakespeare's plays, with "Richard III" and, yesterday, "Titus Andronicus".

"Titus Andronicus" is the first Shakespeare play in this read-through that Greg Weisman's commented on; I recall his giving a review of a movie adaptation of it at "Ask Greg" some years ago, including the remark that "Tamora Queen of the Goths" (one of the villains) sounds like a great name for a "Gargoyles" character. (I know that Greg Bishansky's followed that in his fanfiction.) I should look it up and reread it, having read the play.

I've seen speculations that Shakespeare actually intended "Titus Andronicus" as a parody of the "blood-and-gore" kind of tragedy, then popular on the Elizabethan stage, and at least one detail fits it; when Titus serves Tamora the meat pies he'd made out of her sons, he does so dressed as a chef (it's mentioned in the stage directions, and the other characters comment on it). (Though presumably without the familiar chef's hat that we'd automatically think of when thinking of "chef attire"; that seems to have been invented in the nineteenth century.)

Todd Jensen