Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3
This is a really good movie, but dear goodness, it was rough in spots. If someone would have told me ten years ago that Rocket Raccoon had a more hardcore origin than the Punisher, I would have had a hard time believing them.
Really great send off for this iteration of the team. The High Evolutionary was a great villain. Really intense and flawed in all the good ways.
Adam Warlock was the only demerit for it. Flawed in the bad ways. He was basically pointless aside from his role in the inciting incident. Warlock is supposed to be this cosmic David Bowie-type of character. He lacked gravitas.
That minor quibble aside, I liked it as much as Quantumania, which I enjoyed far more than others. This time, everyone else agrees with me.
I'm not always a contrarian.
War Master's Gate by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The meat grinder keeps grinding in the penultimate entry in the Shadows of the Apt series. The Beetles now control the sky, but the Wasps have so many resources and horrible secret weapons that they lay to bare.
And that's not even considering that Cheerwell's seeming side quest into a haunted forest is anything but. There's more than one War Master (not counting Trevor Ebon in my series), and more than one gate.
It's all about to go sideways for the protagonists and antagonists alike.
Really compelling stuff.