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The Five Spot: Entertainment to Put in Your Brain this Week

The Five Spot: Entertainment to Put in Your Brain this Week: © Corbis

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Things are seldom what they seem. This week, it turns out that Led Zeppelin had a few more songs stashed away after all, Tricky Dick Nixon was secretly defending America against demonic attack, all those Angry Birds games weren’t the real sequels, and the kids of Camp Firewood were a good decade and a half older than we even knew.


PRESENCE / IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR / CODA
The final three discs in Led Zeppelin’s reissue series clean out Jimmy Page’s outtakes vault. Presence and Out Door each feature a bonus disc of rough mixes, but the real treat here is the three-disc version of the leftovers collection Coda, including recordings Zep made with the Bombay Orchestra in 1972 and a few previously unheard songs. (July 31)


WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP
It might not have been obvious that the 2001 cult film about a 1981 summer camp needed a prequel in the form of an eight-episode Netflix series, or that reuniting the original cast (Paul Rudd! Janeane Garofalo! Bradley Cooper! Amy Poehler!), now in their 40s, to play 16-year-olds was a good idea. But the job of the artist is to see non-obvious things. (July 31)


Courtesy Vertigo/DC Comics

Courtesy Vertigo/DC Comics

FABLES: FAREWELL
Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham’s comic book about struggles between characters from folklore as they integrate themselves into the real world has been running since 2002. The series’ 150th and final issue is also its final collected volume — a 150-page blowout, including codas to several dozen plotlines drawn by a Murderers’ Row of guest artists. (July 28)


ANGRY BIRDS 2
Wait, you ask, haven’t there been a bunch of Angry Birds games? Yes, and this one is actually the fifteenth in the series: not bad for a game about suicide bombers. Rovio, apparently, would really like to turn their franchise into a perennial, or at least keep it alive long enough to see the release of the Angry Birds animated film next May. Get your thumbs ready now. (July 30)


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CROOKED, BY AUSTIN GROSSMAN
This alternate-history-or-is-it novel imagines the secrets Richard Nixon never told us: that the scandals of his Presidency were really covering up his heroic struggle against Lovecraftian horrors and Soviet necromancy. Grossman, the author of the delightful superhero novel Soon I Will Be Invincible, casts Henry Kissinger as a “thousand-year-old necromancer.” (July 28)


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