H2S Music Watch: Jeff Buckley

Ok, for those of you who don’t know who Jeff Buckley is, listen good. In my opinion he was one of the most definitive artists of the 90’s. Brilliant songwriter and musician whose album, “Grace” is considered one of the best albums of the 90’s and beyond. Unfortunately, his life was cut short when on the evening of May 29, 1997, he died from accidental drowning. While in most music circles, he is considered one of the greatest, he isn’t really known to most of the general public.

He is one of the greatest artists of our generation (in my opinion). His music is powerful, poignant, and very deep. Don’t take my word, PLEASE LISTEN.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXe1jpHPnUs

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H2S Comic Watch: The Joker Blogs

For those of you who are fans of The Dark Knight Series and of course, The Joker, have you ever wondered what happened after the events of TDK? Well, this is the unofficial version. This series was immediately made after the movie The Dark Knight came out in 08’.

Created by Scott McClure (who plays The Joker and Hush), this series focuses on therapy sessions with Patient #4479 (Heath Ledger’s birthday) and Dr. Harleen Quinzel. Joker somehow get’s a hold of all the recorded sessions and starts posting them on the internet. He seems to have taken an interest in the young doctor, as she tries to truly understand what makes The Joker tick. Little by little, he is worming his way into her head, until she is conflicted. And what transpires over the course of this series, is truly great!

This series is very, very good. Especially since it is only a fan-made project. McClure’s acting is impeccable. He take Ledger’s Joker, and makes him his own. You will honestly be impressed with his performance. With each episode spiraling more and more out of control until we have an epic shocker. This just shows you what you can do if you are really passionate about something. This series inspired a SLEW of copy cats on youtube. Yet, none of them can hold a candle to McClure’s story and portrayal of The Joker.

Please enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDBAA1376EB30F66C

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H2S Comic Watch: Transmetropolitan

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Transmetropolitan (DC/Vertigo) was created in 1997 by critically acclaimed writer, Warren Ellis (Hellblazer, The Authority, Red) and illustrated by Darick W. Robertson (The Boys). In my opinion, this is one of the greatest comic series ever! Trust me when I say this, everything about this series is epic!

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In the 23rd century, The City is plagued with drugs, corruption, sex, greed, evil politicians, materialism, and corporate greed. The masses are puppets to consumerism and vanity, while those in power exploit them for all they are worth. Enter our hero, the gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem (gonzo is a form of subjective journalism that is told from the first person perspective. It was created and made popular by the great journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, who Spider is based off of).

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He has returned to the harsh city, after a 5 year exile to gice the people the pure unadulterated truth! His weapon against the lying pigs, religious zealots, and filth-mongering politicians. We follow Spider and his Filthy Assistants (Channon Yarrow and Yelena Rossini) as they comb the city in search of The Truth.

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Spider Jerusalem is Warren Ellis’ ode to Hunter S. Thompson. When I read the series, I can’t help but hear Hunter’s voice in my head. Spider is a drug-addicted, alcoholic, with an unstable personality who loves guns, and an penchant for masturbation. He is Hunter S. Thompson… of the future. His obsession with “The Truth” is just as strong as Batman’s obsession with justice. He will stop at nothing and doesn’t care who he pisses off, offends, or runs over to get it. The Truth is all that matters.

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The writing in this series is simply amazing. It’s like Warren Ellis was possessed by Hunter S. Thompson himself when he wrote this series. When Spider goes on these epic rants and editorials about consumerism, ignorance, and complacency, you can’t help but be moved by what he says. This series is truly an inspiration to me, that’s for sure.

I highly recommend this series.

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