Starfox 3D, Michael Chabon and zombies, zombies, zombies this week, August 6, 2011
We told you last week that things were about to pick up, so hopefully you didn't blow all your hard earned cash on mimosas this weekend, because there is a ton of great content to highlight this week. We've got not one, but two different pieces of zombie media -- a game and a comic -- and then we also have a new children's book from Michael Chabon, a re-release of one of the greatest games of all time (Starfox) and plenty more.
Lifeblood is an account of the history and implications of the struggle with malaria in Africa. It's not just a glib humanitarian story, either; this is a tightly tuned tale of everything about malaria, including the most recent UN efforts to eradicate the disease and take care of the people. It might not sound like a rip-roaring adventure, but Alex Perry weaves it all together to create an interesting and informative book.
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, by Michael Chabon and Jake Parker
Michael Chabon might be best known for his novels, but he has been dabbling in children's lit and comics for a while. The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man is all about the adventures of a caped hero, with a secret. What does that mean, exactly? Well, you'll have to read to find out the truth. It promises to be an excellent story for readers young and old. The artwork of Jake Parker is alone enough the price of admission -- the Chabon-penned story is just the icing on the cake.
It didn't seem like very many people bothered to actually see X-Men: First Class in the theater, but now's your chance to make up for that mistake and see one of the best superhero movies of the last few years. It's not that we blame you -- there have been so many damn superhero movies lately they're getting hard to keep up with -- but First Class does a great job of showcasing the origins of everybody's favorite crew of mutants and just being a damn fine movie.
Everything Must Go
The last thing you'd probably imagine is Will Ferrell acting in a movie based on a Raymond Carver short story, but that's exactly what Everything Must Go is. The movie tells the story of a man who gets kicked out of his house by his wife and, instead of moving along, decides to just live on the yard where she threw his stuff. He ends up having a yard sale to keep things legit as his life falls apart. We get to sit and witness the whole thing.