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Nov 18

Charts – 17 November 2017

Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2017 by Paul in Music

Nice quiet week.  We start with…

1.  Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana”

Three weeks at number one, and there’s not much more to say about that.  If you’re into statistical quirks, you might be interested to note that it’s not number one on the pure sales chart, or on the pure streaming chart; but what it does have is a balance between both sources.   The streaming number one is “Rock Star”, and the sales number one is “Anywhere” by Rita Ora, which climbs 5-2 to become her biggest hit since “I Will Never Let You Down” reached number 1 in 2014.

7.  Eminem featuring Beyonce – “Walk On Water”


Nov 16

All-New Wolverine #22-24: “Hive”

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Paul in x-axis

The backlog needs hammered through, so let’s knock this one off quickly.

This is something of an extended coda to the previous storyline, in which a space virus infected Roosevelt Island and Laura saved the day because her healing powers conveniently let her absorb and kill the virus.  That still leaves the stray plot thread of why a girl plummeted to earth with a space virus asking for Laura in the first place.  Since the alien girl died of the virus, Laura can’t simply ask her.  And so Laura and Gabby head into space with the Guardians of the Galaxy to retrace her steps and find out what was going on.  In other words, it’s a three-issue team-up with the Guardians of the Galaxy.


Nov 14

Charts – 10 November 2017

Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Paul in Music

In which three tracks from the same rather dull album all make the top 40, and I am relieved that the rules don’t allow any more.

1.  Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana”

So low-budget vertical videos primarily intended for Spotify playlists are going to be a thing, then?  Okay, though YouTube isn’t best suited to handle them.  Can’t really complain, since I thought the main video was pretty bloated.  As a visual, I prefer this one.  Anyhow, Cabello gets her second week at number one.

“Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith (a former number one) rebounds from 7 to 3 on release of the parent album, and “Anywhere” by Rita Ora climbs 11-5.  “Man’s Not Hot” by Big Shaw jumps 20-11 in its seventh week on chart, as the official video seems to have reinvigorated it.  “Wolves” by Selena Gomez & Marshmello edges up a spot to number 15, and Khalid’s “Young Dumb & Broke” moves 19-17. (more…)

Nov 12

House to Astonish Episode 159

Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2017 by Al in Podcast

We’ve been away a long old time (having a second kid will do that to you) but we are back, with our ninth-anniversary podcast. We’re talking about DC’s Eddie Berganza problem, Marvel’s Brian Michael Bendis problem, Funko’s IPO problem, the debut of Ken Niimura’s Umami, Marvel’s most recent book announcements, a quick casting update on Netflix’s Umbrella Academy series, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel’s The Magic Order, and The Phoenix‘s US distribution deal. We’ve also got reviews of Coyotes and Daredevil, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is on its own like Tarzan boy.  All this plus Mark Millar’s fictional twin Mike, X-Men: Heliotrope, Ian Beale: Tramp Wizard and a bad Welsh male voice choir.

This episode also features the full audio from the SILENCE! To Astonish panel from Thought Bubble 2017, with Gary Lactus and the Beast Must Die from SILENCE! and special guests John Allison and Kieron Gillen. It’s very silly and we hope you enjoy it.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. We also have our award-winning* t-shirts for sale at our Redbubble store – just the thing for the chilly winter nights/warm winter nights (delete according to hemisphere).

Thank you to all of you for listening to the show, whether you’ve been with us since November 2008 or just jumped on with this episode. Here’s to another nine years and we’ll see you for the Homies awards before year-end.

(*not award-winning)

Nov 9

Charts – 3 November 2017

Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Paul in Music

Right, this is late again.  I’ll flag up that there’s a Jean Grey review one post down, by the way.  Meanwhile…

1.  Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – “Havana”

Blimey, a video which takes two and a half minutes to get to the start of the song?  For “Havana”?  Seriously?  Anyway, “Rockstar” is deposed after a four week run.  “Havana” has actually been the top selling track for about a month now, but it’s taken a while for streams to catch up.  It entered the top 40 at the end of August and it’s been in top ten for eight weeks already, which suggests it probably won’t have enough legs to manage a long a run at the top.  I can’t say “Havana” does a great deal for me; it’s serviceable stuff, but nothing that seems especially memorable.


Nov 8

Jean Grey vol 1: “Nightmare Fuel”

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by Paul in x-axis

Jean Grey has been around since 1963 and has never previously had a solo series.  Given Marvel’s enthusiasm for X-Men spin-offs, this can be a bad sign about the character’s suitability to carry a solo title.  And we’ll get to that.  But I like this book.  Issue to issue, it’s been good fun; it works in the format of largely self-contained stories all helping to advance a bigger picture.  And despite a barrage of different artists, it’s good to look at.

But at the same time there are some niggles and some odd choices – this is practically Jean Grey Team-Up, and sometimes that feels forced.


Oct 29

Charts – 27 October 2017

Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2017 by Paul in Music

A veritable barrage of new entries this week… between numbers 30 and 40.

1.  Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

First up, “Rockstar” gets its fourth week at number one.  As for the other two Post Malone singles, “I Fall Apart” is a non-mover at 19, and “Congratulations” falls back to 29.  “Silence” by Marshemello featuring Khalid climbs 9-3, and “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran moves 11-7 – re-entering the top 10, but still short of its number 4 peak when it was released in advance of the album.  “Finders Keepers” by Mabel featuring Kojo Funds moves 10-8.  And our highest new entry is…

15.  Taylor Swift – “Gorgeous”


Oct 26

Charts – 20 October 2017

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Paul in Music

Nearly forgot to cover this one.  Two new entries, the higher one at 33.  Fortunately we’ve got a few videos to round out the post…

1.  Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

Three weeks.  And both the other Post Malone tracks climb as well – “I Fall Apart” moves 22-19, and “Congratulations” edges up to 26.  It’s been hanging around the top 40 since mid July and that’s as high as it’s got.  Under current chart rules, you can’t have more than three hits at a time (as a lead artist, at any rate), so it’s entirely possible that some of his other tracks might be getting spillover as well.

“Lonely Together” by Avicii featuring Rita Ora edges up to 4, which makes it his biggest hit since 2013.

5.  CNCO & Little Mix – “Reggaetón Lento”


Oct 21

Cable vol 1: “Conquest”

Posted on Saturday, October 21, 2017 by Paul in x-axis

I have given quite some thought to this story, trying to work it out.

I mean, I follow it.  I follow it just fine.  It’s simple.  There’s a thingummy called the Time Sword which is desperately powerful, and it’s been split into five parts which are scattered through time.  A baddy called Conquest is trying to collect the pieces, so that he can re-create the Time Macguffin and use it to control reality.  Cable is chasing after him.  So we get a bunch of time jumps where Cable visits various eras, and each time Conquest has been there before him, and there are a bunch of local goons with futuristic technology for Cable to fight.  After a while Cable meets up with an Incan priest (who has a load of Eternal technology, unrelated to Conquest) and finds out where the other two pieces are.


Oct 15

Charts – 13 October 2017

Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Paul in Music

It’s a milestone!  “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran finally drops out of the top 40.  After forty weeks.


1.  Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – “Rockstar”

That’s two weeks.  There’s a noticeable spillover effect for Post Malone’s other work, as he now has the maximum three tracks in the top 40.  “I Fall Apart” climbs from 40 to 27 this week on the back of its viral exposure, and previous single “Congratulations” climbs to a new peak of 27 in its fifteenth week on the top 40.  The parent album “Stoney” reaches a new peak of 12; it’s been out since Christmas but didn’t reach the albums top 40 until last month.

“Havana” by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug climbs to number 2; it’s the sales chart number one, but that means less and less.

8.  J Balvin & Willy William – “Mi Gente”