Comics Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

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Disclaimer: This review is written by someone who hasn’t read every single X-Men story arc, but has read quite a bit and loved every bit of the X-Men television show from the 1990s.

If you haven’t seen the newest installation of the X-Men movie franchise, Days of Future Past, you need to. Pretty much immediately. The film is a true comic book movie and does a phenomenal job of highlighting all of the characters from the highly lauded story line from Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Now that doesn’t mean that you can’t nitpick certain elements from the movie and compare it to the original story or talk about how certain characters were not written like that because you most definitely can do that and that kind of critique can be fun … but, ladies and gents, comics and by proxy comic book movies are supposed to be fun. 

Luckily, your library has two different collected editions of the Days of Future Past story line to help you get reacquainted with or introduced to that classic tale. Why do we have two different editions you ask? Well: The first collected edition brings together X-Men #138-141Uncanny X-Men #142-143, and X-Men Annual #4. This one is a good primer for folks that:

1.) Have not seen X-men First Class or cannot remember much about First Class

2.) Just want a short overview on X-men comics during the 1960s when it was mainly monster of the week

3.) Have not seen X-men Days of Future Past yet

4.) Don’t care about the minutiae and want the book quicker (the waitlist is currently shorter)

The only disappointing thing that I came away with this particular collected edition was that it only contains one issue that is relevant to the Days of Future Past story line.

The second collected edition is a Marvel reprint that came out earlier this year. It collects X-Men #141, Uncanny X-Men #142, New Mutants Annual #6, X-Factor #5, X-Men Annual 14, Excalibur #52, Wolverine: Days of Future Past #1-3, and Hulk: Broken Worlds 2. Which is basically every single possible issue that could deal with the Days of Future Past story arc. This is a great complete edition for folks that:

1.) Want to analyze every part of the movie and compare it to the source material

2.) Need to go back after the movie is over and fact check

3.) Want to have a protracted debate and compare it to the 1990s television show

Either collected edition is a fantastic read and honestly you could read one or both of them to get the full effect. Regardless, the T.V. show’s theme song is totally stuck in my head.

20somethings: GeoCaching Hunt

The EBRPL20somethings invite adults ages 18-30ish are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. to geocache! What exactly is geocaching?

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Bring your smart phone and scour the grounds of the library and BREC park areas when you race against others to see who can find the hidden geocaches first. For more information, call (225) 231-3770.

EBRPL 20somethings Gaming Night

The EBRPL 20somethings group is hosting gaming nights on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Every second Tuesday will be a board game night, and every fourth Tuesday will be a video game night.

The next gaming night is tomorrow, March 25th, from 7:00-9:00 at the Main Library. We’ll be playing Minecraft on the Xbox 360. There will be a series of challenge maps for players to complete such as “Who Can Hit Bedrock First?”, “Find the Missing Bookshelf”, “Monster Hunt”, and “Build This House.”

Patrons 18 to 30ish welcome! Visit our EBRPL 20Somethings Facebook page for more info on this and future events.

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Book Review: Man Repeller

Man Repeller. Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. by Leandra Medine. Reviewed by Louise Hilton. man-repeller

Leandra Medine is a twenty-something fashion blogger best known for her cheekily named Man Repeller website, lauded as one of Time’s “25 Best Blogs of 2012” and Forbes’s “Top 30 Under 30” the same year for her trendsetting acumen. Her recent debut, Man Repeller. Seeking Love. Finding Overalls., chronicles her major life events, all best remembered by describing what she wore (and yes, that includes some definite sartorial misfires). In chapters such as “The Bermuda Shorts” and “The Lesson of the Harem Pants,” Medine takes us on a hilarious ride from New York to Paris and back.

Sure, her world – that of fashionistas in Manhattan – may be light-years away from the one in which you and I live but Medine comes across as a down-to-earth, lovable goofball. The fact that her writing is exceptional and that she has serious cred in the fashion world make her even more interesting. Overall, it’s a quick, humorous take on relationships and making your way in the world, and her ultimate message – be true to yourself, conventions be damned, and you just might find happiness along the way – is one we could all remind ourselves from time to time.

*An edited version of this review appeared in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) on 2/09/14.

20 Somethings: Doctor Who Trivia & Cosplay

Calling all Whovians! Are you ready for the 50th Anniversary episode? We sure are, that’s why we’re inviting you to come to the Jones Creek Regional Branch on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. to play Doctor Who trivia, and participate in our cosplay contest! For more information, call (225) 231-3750.

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If you can’t make it, be sure to check out our HUGE collection of Doctor Who DVDs and Blu-rays!

Join us for Shamble-Fest!

Hey 20somethings, join us for a zombie-comedy film festival during the month of October. We will be showing a variety of movies at various locations.

Monday, October 7th, 6:00 pm @ Jones Creek Region Library
A British man must recover his relationship while fighting off Zombie hordes.

Thursday, October 17th, 6:00 pm @ Baker Branch Library
Forget the magic words? Bring a Broomstick

Wednesday, October 23rd, 6:00 pm @ Bluebonnet Regional Library
He may be a zombie, but he knows he is in love.

Tuesday, October 29th 6:00 pm @ Carver Branch Library
A group travels across zombie-infested America to reach an amusement park.

Brought to you by the EBRPL 20somethings committee, for those 18 to 30. Due to movie ratings, must be 18+ to attend (Bring photo ID). Follow other 20something programs at  EBRPL 20Somethings on Facebook.
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