This week in popular culture: “Narcos,” “The Omega Men” and the greatest funk ever made

omega_men_THE-END_570ecb0cd8b8a8.29432386 “Omega Men: The Complete Series” by Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda (DC Comics). A riff on late ’80s comics, complete with the pace, feel and nine-panel grid of “Watchmen,” this terrific series was immediately overshadowed by King’s Marvel book, “The Vision,” which might actually be the best comic being published right this second. Nevertheless, this is compelling space opera. (Aug. 30)

“Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero” (Chicago Review Press). Former American-Statesman pop critic Ed Ward takes on the wild and often depressing story of one of the greatest American rock guitarists, the man who helped Dylan usher in Zimmy’s electric period. (Sept. 2)

“Narcos” (Netflix). Round two of the acclaimed Netflix drama chronicling the story of 1980s drug kingpins such as Pablo Escobar and the efforts to stop them. (Sept. 2)

 R-2914214-1307036558.jpegThe Meters, “A Message from the Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977” (Real Gone Music). Forty songs by one of the best (or perhaps absolutely the best) funk band in human history — every A and B-side of every single that the Meters produced for three labels. Some of the greatest American music ever made in any genre. (Sept. 2)

King Crimson “Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind” (DGM). A three-CD-and-one-Blu-ray collection featuring songs they performed on their 2015 tours, which, according to many witnesses, was one of the finest of their long careers. (Sept. 2)


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