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May 23

Charts – 19 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Paul in Music

It’s a quiet week.  Honestly, you might want to try the podcast, one post down.  But anyway…

1.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – “Despacito”

Two weeks.  Not much more to be said.

4.  Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

Up one place.  Did I mention last week that it’s overtaken “Treat You Better” to become his second-biggest hit?  Well, it has.

6.  Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”


May 21

House to Astonish Episode 155

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 by Al in Podcast

We’ve been away for a little while longer than usual, but that just means that there’s plenty for us to gab about. We kick off by discussing the sad death of Rich Buckler, then talk a little about the extra issue recently granted to Secret Empire (as well as the execution of the story so far); the upcoming “Doomsday Clock” story (as well as “The Button” and Watchmen more generally); the abrupt cancellation of Black Panther and the Crew and what it says about Marvel’s line overall; the announcements of Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa’s Mech Cadet Yu, Ted Naifeh’s Heroines and Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle; Scott Snyder’s last “proper Batman” story and Sony’s Venom movie. We’ve also got reviews of Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks and Generation X and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe shows three heads are not necessarily better than one (or none). All this plus Shogo Warriors, an evil interior decorator and a country that’s not doing an industry.

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May 19

X-Men: Blue #1-3

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 by Paul in x-axis

X-Men: Blue seems to be a bit less arc-bound than Gold, but this is where the artists hand over, so let’s run with it as a break point.

This is the successor title to All-New X-Men, focussed on the time-travelling original X-Men.  Or version thereof, at any rate.  And in keeping with the back to basics theme of this relaunch, we’re returning to the original five; Jean returns to the cast, and somebody else gets to pick up Idie and Evan.  But the hook is that this time Jean is in charge and she’s sold them on an alliance with Magneto.


May 16

Charts – 12 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Paul in Music

I’ll start catching up on reviews in the next couple of days.  But first…

1.  Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – “Despacito (Remix)”


May 9

Charts – 5 May 2017

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Paul in Music

Blimey, this is getting positively eventful.

1.  DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

So after a long, long stretch of tedium, we’ve had four changes of number one in a row.  Okay, one of those was Ed Sheeran going back to the top, but it counts!  And this time it’s DJ Khaled, who’s had hit albums in America going back a decade.  His only previous appearance in the UK singles chart was “For Free”, which made number 25 last year.  That one had Drake on it, which is probably not a coincidence..


May 7

X-Men: Gold #1-3 – “Back to the Basics”

Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2017 by Paul in x-axis

You can’t accuse “Back to the Basics” of false advertising.  After years of the X-Men hiding out in Limbo, or mutants  facing annihilation (twice), not to mention even more years of the X-Men being more of a community than a team, Marc Guggenheim is indeed writing a book with a format and cast that look like the 1980s.

The school still has a decent number of students, so in that sense there’s still a potentially large cast.  But the X-Men – the actual X-Men – are back to being a small, defined team, made up entirely of characters who are over thirty years old.


Apr 29

Charts – 28 April 2017

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 by Paul in Music

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is no longer number one… for the second time.  Maybe this time it’ll stick?

1.  Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson – “Symphony”

“Symphony” has been on the chart for six weeks now, moving 6-4-3-4-2-1.  It’s Clean Bandit’s third number one, after “Rather Be” and “Rockabye”.  “Rockabye”, of course, was the number one before “Shape of You”, and it spent nine weeks at the top.  So, aside from that single week of Harry Styles, it’s been nothing but Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit at number one since mid-November.  That’s coming up for six months.


Apr 23

Charts – 21 April 2017

Posted on Sunday, April 23, 2017 by Paul in Music

Two weeks after Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was finally deposed from number 1 after its thirteen week reign, how are things shaping up in the bold, post-Ed world?

1.  Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”


Okay then.

So that’s fourteen weeks, non-consecutive, which matches the total of “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  One more week to match “One Dance” and “Love is All Around”, each of which made 15 weeks without interruption.  Bryan Adams is 16, and beyond that lies the seemingly unattainable 18 weeks of Frankie Laine’s “I Believe” from 1953.  Who knows?


Apr 19

All-New Wolverine #13-18: “Enemy of the State II”

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Paul in x-axis

Despite the title, this really has very little to do with the original “Enemy of the State” storyline by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.  There’s the very loose general idea of Wolverine being used as a weapon… but in this six-issue storyline, that phase lasts for less than an issue.  After all, the schtick of Laura as a brainwashed human weapon has been done.  It’s her origin story.

Laura’s back story is not what you’d call subtle.  It is relentlessly grim.  You may have seen it recently being used in the Logan film, which is, shall we say, on the melancholy side as superhero movies go.


Apr 17

Charts – 14 April 2017

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017 by Paul in Music

So I will, I assure you, get to the last outstanding X-Axis review – which is the “Enemy of the State II” arc from All-New Wolverine – pretty soon.  But let’s do the topical post first.  It’s taken fourteen weeks, but Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” finally throws in the towel.  It goes down in the record books  as the fourth longest-running number one in chart history, behind the 15 weeks of Drake’s “One Dance” and Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around” and the 16 weeks of Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”.  There are still seven Sheeran songs on the chart this week, but they’re all going down, and “Dive” and “Supermarket Flowers” bid the top 40 farewell.

1.  Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”