CCW Open Thread

Posted: March 24, 2010 in CCW Nation, CCW Open Thread

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  1. Bobcat1489 says:

    What do the colors GREEN and PURPLE mean in the world of comic books? i’ve noticed that most major villains have these two colors in common. Examples: the Joker, Green Goblin, Lex Luthor’s suit, Brainiac, Riddler, etc……. Where these just the artist’s favorite colors at the time they were created???

  2. cballsack says:

    A great four mini-series from the 90s that I’ve never seen in TPB is Robocop Vs. Terminator. Kinda surprising given that it was the creative team, Frank Miller and Walt Simonson, are heavyweights in the industry and the characters are fairly well known. I was just thinking that I need to dig it out of my collection.

    This was before Miller went senile.

    • I have a theory about Frank Miller. He has Syphilis but didn’t know about and so it went untreated. And now he is slowly going insane because of it. I have the same theory about Jeph Loeb and Brian Bendis.

      J.

      • cballsack says:

        I met Miller at a book signing once and I asked to take a picture with him. I’ll never forget how he needed a few seconds to compose himself and then twist his body around and do that stupid sneer he always does in every pic. Even my girlfriend was like, dude, get over yourself.

        Anyway, now I’m now thinking of great stories that never got collected in TPB. How about the Masters Of Evil storyline in Avengers with Roger Stern and John Buscema?

        • Edward2962 says:

          I don’t know if it’s still in print,but they did do that one some years back.It was called Under Siege.I kinda thought that’s where BMB got the name for the current event.As far as other TPB, I would love to see the 70’s Black Panther Jungle Action stuff written by Don Mcgregor.”Panther’s Rage” or “Panther vs The Klan”.By anyone’s standards they are incredibly over written,but I think very fascinating.

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        Have you ever seen any of those pictures of Miller hanging out with his new Hollywood pals like Jaime King or Rosario Dawson? He looks so creepy, it reminds me of that old bit from Sesame Street, “One Of These Things Is Not Like the Other”. Right after Stan Lee, Frank Miller is my #1 pick for a forced retirement. I don’t need another Spirit or All Star Batman & Robin.

      • Deemar says:

        That my friend is a sound theory and am willing to fund a extensive campaign to find the truth.

      • Edward2962 says:

        Frank’s one of my comic book heroes from back in the day,but I’ll admit that he’s been a little off lately.I’m surprised no one’s mentioned the interview he did w/NPR I think in 04 where he claimed Iraq declared war on the US.

  3. SMARTASS8 says:

    Is everyone who didn’t like Kick Ass:The Comic prepared for the inevitable success of Kick Ass:The Movie? It’s going to be Bay’s 2 Transformers movies and Abram’s Star Trek all over again for me; movies I couldn’t stand but the rest of the world loved.

    • I have always said that movie is going to make a ton of money. Mediocrity always plays well with he masses. Just look at the success Avatar.

      I have heard though that the Scott Pilgrim trailer is playing before Kick-Ass and this angers me greatly.

      J.

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        If the Kick Ass movie is anything like the comic, you’re being awfully kind using the term “mediocrity”.

        • He he. True dat.

          The reason I used the term “mediocrity” is because Matthew Vaughn is directing it so he may be able to do some good with the shit he was given to work with. Vaughn could make it watchable but I will never know because I will not go see it.

          J.

          • Pobra says:

            I think Kick-Ass is going to work better as a movie than a comic. Granted I still haven’t read the comic, but the trailer for the movie actually doesn’t look too bad. As long as they tone down the ultra-violence and change some of the more ridiculous aspects, it could be a half decent flick.
            And I still haven’t read any Scott Pilgrim either, but after hearing that Metric is going to be supplying the music for the film, I’ve been getting more and more psyched for it. Can’t wait for a trailer!

    • tomstewdevine says:

      Well star trek I liked, but I hope this movie takes off and makes like 200 million, because then maybe i could get my money back from my comics on ebay.

      • cballsack says:

        You liked Trek 90210?

        • Ullar says:

          I also liked Trek, and I’m a huge TNG fan.

        • tomstewdevine says:

          Nice pun, but I did think it was very enjoyable, I will love those characters no matter who is playing them.

          • cballsack says:

            It was a garbage movie made for the MTV generation. Abrams demonstrated absolutely no understanding of these characters. People on here rip Loeb constantly for his refusal to adhere to any continuity. Abrams shat all over Trek continuity.

            • Wasn’t the point of the new Trek to make a new timeline on purpose so it didn’t shit all over the original continuity? That’s kinda how I saw it.

              J.

              • SMARTASS8 says:

                I’m not a Star Trek guy at all. I’ve seen all of the movies and 2 episodes of STNG but that’s it. I still didn’t like the movie. It had some cringe inducing “comedy”, a lot of plot holes(the 2 “writers” have supposedly explained everything in interviews but how does that help people who only watch the movie), poor designs on the aliens(I’ll take the zippered costumes and prostetics of the 60’s show over the overly cgi’ed crap in this movie), one of the blandest & most poorly developed villains I’ve seen in a long time, and wayyy too many lens flares. The only parts I really liked were Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, and a half-naked & green Rachel Nichols. It was better than Transformers 2 at least.

              • cballsack says:

                What changed in the continuity was that Kirk’s father died. That should not change the alter Spock and Uhura MAKING OUT in the elevator. Are you freakin’ kidding me? Did Abrams not get the memo about Vulcans having a cap on their emotions? Not to mention the fact that Spock had a thing for Rand, anyway.

                Kirk seeing the Enterprise being built as a kid was as likely as Anakin building Threepio, and there was no indication in Wrath Of Khan that Spock invented the Kobayashi Maru.

                Pike was roughly the same age as Kirk, not an old man.

                And let’s not even get into the nonsense of Kirk being promoted from cadet to captain with zero experience, or being stranded on that ice planet (why didn’t Spock just throw him in the brig?) and after running from a monster that looked straight out of Attack Of The Clones, he just happens to run into old Spock. Or the fact that the main villain could not have been more dull and his motivation for going after Spock seemed rather idiotic.

                There were scenes in the movie I enjoyed, and I thought some of the actors, like the guys who played Chekov and Bones, were spot-on with their performances. But, overall, it was an empty cinematic experience, full of eye candy but with very little depth. And blowing up Vulcan was unforgivable. It was done strictly for shock value, so Abrams could put his stamp on Star Trek. That planet is a part of Trek lore. Now every f’ing sequel is gonna be about Spock whining how he’s an exile, the survivor of a lost world.

                • tomstewdevine says:

                  whoa easy buddy, at least we are getting new trek.

                • SMARTASS8 says:

                  Even though I’m not as into Star Trek as you are, I feel your pain. I read Abram’s proposal for a Superman movie(this was before Superman Returns). Krypton never explodes, Jor-El comes to Earth and fights evil with Superman, and Lex Luthor isn’t human. I loved the first few seasons of Alias and was entertained by MI:3 but I don’t want to see Abrams around any franchises I really care about.

                  • So I take it you don’t like the idea Ambrams rebooting the Leprechaun franchise? 🙂

                    J.

                    • SMARTASS8 says:

                      I’m Irish, but not so much that I care about that series. Although, I’ve seen every installment but the 6th one. If Abrams touches a horror franchise, it should probably be this one…

                  • cballsack says:

                    Wow, I just read the Abrams treatment for Superman on Ain’t It Cool. You weren’t kidding about how ridiculous it is. What an absolute piece of horsedung! Jimmy is gay, Luthor can fly, Superman knows kung fu… unreal!

                • Well, I was never a fan of the original Trek so none of that bothered me. I’m sure if I was a fan (I liked TNG and even more so, DS9) I may have been pissed too.

                  J.

                  • cballsack says:

                    And that’s probably why I’m enjoying Loeb’s run on Hulk, for the same reason you liked the Star Trek movie. I hadn’t read Hulk in years, not since Peter David was writing it, except for a few issues of the Bruce Jones run which were really boring. I knew nothing about recent continuity. I just think Loeb’s stuff is lighthearted, smash-em-up fun. It’s a quick and easy read.

    • Fallows1985 says:

      well I’ve just seen the trailer on Tv and seeing kids shooting gave me a flash back of Robocop 2

  4. cballsack says:

    How do y’all feel about Chris Evans playing Captain America? I’d be fine with his selection if he hadn’t already played the Torch. It’s just too weird now. It would be like getting Tobey MaGuire to play Bruce Banner in the Avengers movie.

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      It’s not a bad choice, but it doesn’t get me cheering like the casting of Blake Lively as Carol Ferris did(I keed, I keed). I’m not going to get my hopes up for this movie since Hollywood has trouble remaining faithful to even a character as simple as The Punisher. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of changes made to Cap that might not make the movie any better.

    • Fox is rebooting the Fantastic Four now so I don’t think it will be too bad. I also don’t really care too much either way. I did like the Iron Man movie but who knows if I’ll give a shit about Cap. Marvel movies have a tendency to be mostly shit just like most of their comics.

      Now, if you told me that Bill Bellamy was going to play the Riddler? Then I would have a problem.

      J.

      • cballsack says:

        So is that the thing now? Let’s reboot every franchise? Is the success of Nolan’s Batman to blame for this?

        • Bobcat1489 says:

          YES!

        • Maybe. Fox is rebooting Daredevil too. I don’t think anyone can blame them for that though.

          Nolan is also rebooting Superman. Seems like reboots and remakes are all Hollywood has left to offer anymore.

          J.

          • cballsack says:

            I liked the Daredevil movie. Quite a bit, actually.

            I know that’s not a popular opinion, but whatever. Bite me. Farrell was hysterical as Bullseye, I liked DD’s costume, Affleck shockingly didn’t annoy me, and I thought the end battle was awesome. Just a full-on brawl between him and Kingpin, without any corny dialogue.

            And I’m totally willing to live on a planet where the last Superman movie never happened.

            • Ummmm…no. I will not “bite you”. But I will say that Affleck annoyed the hell out of me in that movie. Everyone else in the movie was fine. Farrell and Favreau were the best parts of it. I will admit to liking the director’s cut a hell of a lot more than the theatrical version.

              J.

              • cballsack says:

                And Michael Clarke Duncan was also perfectly cast as the Kingpin. Color aside, I can’t think of another actor who fit the build and was that imposing.

                I think DD was the only Affleck movie I enjoyed that wasn’t directed by Kevin Smith. And I do agree with you about the director’s cut being far superior.

                • I’ll also agree with you that Duncan was perfectly cast.

                  J.

                  • SMARTASS8 says:

                    I liked Daredevil a lot when I saw it at the theatres, but liked it less when I saw it again on DVD(I know most people like the Director’s Cut more than the theatrical version but the only difference I really remember is that Coolio was in it). It’s still entertaining but the bit where a blind lawyer is fighting a martial artist in front of a bunch of kids at a playground, the sound deprivation chamber, and the way Elektra went from grieving daughter to ninja in 10 minutes bothered me more on second viewing. I still found it less cringe inducing than Spider-Man 2. I know I’m in the minority, but I’ll never accept that Spider-Man 2 was a good movie(or that it was even better than the first one which I really liked). If I was a bigger geek(and not so lazy), I’d record my own MST3K style commentary for that movie just to point out all of its faults(at least in my opinion).

                    • cballsack says:

                      I thought Spider-Man 2 was very good. I just thought it could have been a wee bit better. I’ve felt that way about pretty much every Marvel movie. Some were fair (Fantastic Four), some were good (X-Men 2), and some were exceptional (Iron Man), but every single one of them could have used a little improvement.

                • Deemar says:

                  I always thought Tony Soprano would make a great KingPin

            • arp*10 says:

              The Daredevil movie was f*cking horrendous, excuse me langauge.

              • Heck,I'm Listening says:

                Haha, I really enjoyed DAREDEVIL. I’m a huge fan of the character too. My favorite Marvel character behind Thor.

                I thought Affleck was decent enough. Jennifer Garner was nice to look at, and Colin Farrell played a great Bullseye. Kingpin was spot on, that is my favorite take on the character. Hell, Faverau as Foggy was hilarous.

                I don’t see the problem with the movie. It was just a fun action flick.

                Honestly, I hate to say this, but I don’t think I’ll give a fuck about Captain America. I don’t think Marvel should let that be their lead character in Avengers. I think he’s lame and I don’t really see him bossing Downey’s Stark around. I’d love to see Downey make fun of Cap’s costume though!

              • generaldark says:

                the directors cut was good.

            • phil says:

              I to liked DD and thought Ben did not stink up the joint, although I would have preferred his bro from a differernt mo…. Matt Damon to have had the lead role.
              As for Duncan, I won’t say that he was miscast but I will say he was under-utilized. Kingpin is one of marvels’ top shelf villains and Duncans’ portrayal of Fisk was barely more than that of a henchman.

          • Fallows1985 says:

            Yeah it seems that way doesn’t it, I mean with Daredevil they could have done a sequel and just fixed the things that needed fixing.

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          Hollywood seems like it’s run by the jocks from teen comedies; arrogant, cruel to those not sitting at the “popular table”, and not one intelligent or creative idea amongst them. Anytime a TV show or movie is popular, Hollywood thinks the best way to capture lightning in a bottle more than once is to duplicate the initial hit a million times over.

          • I can not tell you how much it pains me that the love of my life, Judy Greer, will be starring in the Marmaduke movie.

            J.

            • SMARTASS8 says:

              Not only is it a Marmaduke movie, but it seems other than the dog still being a Great Dane, it has nothing to do with the bland comic strip. At least he didn’t talk in the comic strip. They get Owen Wilson while Garfield got Bill Murray.

              For a quirky but attractive in a non-classic beauty sort of way, I used to dig Judy Greer as well. These days, for me, it’s Jayma Mays.

              • The chick from Glee, right? Ya, she’s cool but Greer will always be my #1. Did you ever see Greer’s short lived tv show Miss Guided? It was really good. Only lasted 7 episodes though and ABC didn’t renew it. Assholes.

                J.

                • SMARTASS8 says:

                  I saw most of the episodes and thought it was pretty good(better than the other 2 sitcoms ABC had around the same time; the one with “Rollergirl” that was canceled after 1 episode and the other one with “Uncle Jesse”). It’s a shame that she seems to make most of her money always playing the best friend in chick flicks. Especially when she has no problem with nudity as evidenced in “What Planet Are You From?”. LOL!

                • generaldark says:

                  Ha she from detroit, score another one from us, ur welcome 🙂

                  • phil says:

                    Excellent notice, General. Ms. Greer had me when she said she was from the D, but as the interview continued I could see that she was just a ball of quirky cuteness.
                    Hey Jose, what gives? Judy will always be your no.#1? You just wait til I tell Aimee! There will be heck to pay I tell you. HECK!!!!!

                • Morlock50 says:

                  My God, this chick is adorable.

            • cballsack says:

              Sweet, there’s gonna be a Marmaduke movie? What comic strip is left? Did Beetle Bailey ever get a film? How about Family Circus?

        • Luiz de Mello says:

          It is all a plan of Doom. They screwed his portrayal and now he is threatening to destroy their families if they do not reboot it and make a good job this time, the other movies got on the boat as a cover up to not look as if it was just the FF.

      • phil says:

        Besides, everyone knows Bill would make a better Madhatter.

    • Bobcat1489 says:

      I don’t know i pictured matt damon as cap. even though he wasn’t in the running as far as i know. but scott porter would have been a good pic for me too. No offense to our international members but i’m glad we at least got an american to play cap though lol. which brings up a good point. what non american actor would have been a good pic for cap???

    • kurumais says:

      i dont understand this “you are only allowed to play one comic book character” thing lots of folks have
      1 lots and lots of comic book movies are being made so these actors are going to do the movies they can get
      2 to me its like saying john wayne jimmy stewart and clint eastwood should have only played one cowboy if clint east only played the man with no name we never would have gotten the outlaw josie wales or unforgiven

      or actor only allowed to play one cop or one soldier
      sorry makes no sense to me

      • tomstewdevine says:

        Agreed, if there good actors who can get into the role then I could care less. Or in the case of Ryan Reynolds, I would like to forget that he played Deadpool or Hannibal King, and think that the Green Lantern is his first comic book role.

      • phil says:

        I’m not exactly disagreeing with your point, Kuru, but I’m not sure about your analogy. Of the actors that you’ve mentioned…two of them essentially do play the same persons, just with different names. Hell the only real difference between Clint’s westerns and his cop movies is his type of transportation.

    • Morlock50 says:

      Will Smith doesn’t look that bad all the sudden, huh folks?

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        I used to be a huge Will Smith fan way before he became an actor. Unfortunately, I’ve grown so sick of him and his family these days. If that Karate Kid remake bombs(if there’s a God, it will), I hope that drives him, his annoying wife, and his talentless brat of a son into hiding never to be seen again. He used to be so likable but he’s gone so “Hollywood” these days; huge ego, hangs out with Scientologists, and thinks the general public cares what he thinks about politics(supposedly he knows he can be president if he ever decides to honor our great country by running *puke*).

        • kurumais says:

          i think the karate kid trailer looks good
          for some reason lots of ppl hate that movie already
          i still think it should be called the kung fu kid though
          i dont think the name variation is going to confuse anyone or stop ppl from going

          • Fallows1985 says:

            it’s one of those movie franchises that should be left alone, I mean they tried to carry it on with the Next Karate Kid and the only good thing about that was Miyagi… god I miss Pat Morita

            “It’s okay to lose to opponent must not lose to fear” QTF

          • Why didn’t they just call it The Kung Fu Kid!? That’s what he learns, not Karate. Fuck you Hollywood.

            J.

          • SmokeyClocks says:

            Jackie Chan in the trailer specifically says that he is going to teach him kung fu. The title doesn’t even fit the movie; it should be the kung fu kid but maybe I’m just being picky. Either way I’m not seeing it.

    • Deemar says:

      I’m cool with it after seeing him in Danny Boyles SUNSHINE I think he has the chops to pull it off.

      My only fear is when they get to the Avengers movie, Evans won’t have the gravitas to stand with Robert Downey and Sam Jackson. I mean that is a already a stacked cadre of talent then the possiblity of Edward Norton returning as Bruce Banner, how the hell is the guy from Teen Movie gonna be able to lead these guys on screen?

    • Fallows1985 says:

      well it’s a different role to Johnny, who knows he might pull it off, but I’m unsure mostly, I’m not sure he can give off the commanding presence that Cap has. Also if Tobey MaGuire got cast as the Hulk he’d be crying every time he transformed. 2bh, that would make me laugh Tobey MaGuire crying whilst saying “you don’t wanna make me angry”

  5. Bobcat1489 says:

    Man good night guys i have school tomorrow lol

      • Bobcat1489 says:

        Morning CCW im back. Hey J. does E. plan on wearing his hat again. E. do you?? I have an idea. My B-Day is coming up April 1st. and E. owes me a shout out. (not really he doesn’t owe me anything). How about if you guys did a special APRIL FOOLS DAY WEEKEND SPECIAL!! LOL just an idea. E. can wear his hat again, J. can do the intro, and they can switch seats. COME ON CCW NATION YOU KNOW YOU GUYS WANT THIS!!!!!!! Help me out here CCW fans and feel free to through around some funny ideas.

  6. itsmeMorph says:

    wow, i can’t believe its been a lil over a year since i picked up my first comic book, then a couple days later i stumbled upon the ccw tv channel and ive been watching ever since. It’s been an awesome year, can’t wait to see how further into comics i can get. i just wanred to say thanx E & J, you guys are alway fun and have great info about stuff i hardly know about.

    • cballsack says:

      I can’t remember my first comic. Had to be sometime in the mid to late 70’s. It was probably something with Batman or Superman on it. Or maybe Richie Rich.

      I look at the cover prices now and compare them to back then when they were 35 cents, and geez, do I feel old as dirt.

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        I’m 34 and have been getting comics since I could read, but I don’t remember my very first book. I can remember a lot of the eary stuff I read, but not that very first one. I really don’t know why that is since I do have a good memory and practically every comic professional seems to be able to mention his/her first book in any interview I read.

        • My first superhero comic was Web of Spider-Man #31 (The first part of Kraven’s Last Hunt). I wrote a post about it when we first started this blog. That story fucked me up.

          J.

          • cballsack says:

            One of the best Spidey stories ever. Heck, one of the best Marvel stories ever.

          • SMARTASS8 says:

            Jose, I know you said you were into manga before superhero comics, but I was curious as to how old you were when you started reading Marvel(I believe you said you didn’t get into DC until years later)? I’m only asking this since we’re the same age but I remember picking up Web Of Spider-Man #1 at a spinner rack at Jewel(grocery store for those of you who don’t live in IL).

            • Would you believe that I bought Web of Spider-Man #31 (which was my first comic) at Jewel too. That’s unbelievable!

              I got into Marvel later than most of you guys. I believe I was about 13 or 14 when I started buying Marvel. I didn’t get into DC until much later. Around when Identity Crisis Started. But Avi and my other friend Randy were both into DC so I did read some of the earlier stuff every now and again. The first DC comic I read was an issue of Justice League drawn by Adam Hughes.

              J.

              • SMARTASS8 says:

                Even though all of the comics I want are available at my local comic store( whichI first started going to since the first issue of Blue Devil I ever saw was #2 and I was dying for the first issue), I still miss the spinner racks that most gorcery stores, pharmacies, and some 7-11’s used to have. I remember this one 7-11 that even carried mature reader indies from companies like Comico. Even though kids these days have better looking video games and the internet, I’d never trade growing up in the 80’s.

      • kurumais says:

        a buddy of mine and i were talking about richie rich and how at the time EVERYBODY read those comics they were crazy wacky fun im glad companies are getting back into comics targeting kids again

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          The kids books I liked growing up were Archie Comics(along with Marvel’s Star Comics). Call me uncool, but I still pick up an issue here or there. You almost always know what you’re going to get with an Archie Comic and it’s nice to know that it hasn’t changed much from its heyday.

      • tomstewdevine says:

        Well, like a lot of us in our mid twenty’s, my first comic was a ghost rider/wolverine issue where if you flipped it over after you were done with wolverine, you could read a separate ghost rider story. I wish I could say it was something else, but when i was 8 years old there was nothing cooler. I still have the comic too, and read it whenever I need a good laugh.

      • Stamps says:

        My first comic book was Captain America – Sentinel of Liberty #7. I was 8 and had the chicken pox and got shipped to the middle of nowhere in eastern Kentucky so I wouldn’t get my newborn sister sick. It was the only reading material the drugstore in my grandmother’s town had…best $1.99 I ever spent. I’ve got a copy framed.

      • Fallows1985 says:

        My first comic was either the beano or Sonic, 2bh before this year I kind of just bought the trades of stories I wanted to read but then I watch CCW and started with the monthlys. first actual monthly was Batman, when Dick took over. My first comic was a Two-Face & Riddler trade when Batman Forever came out, loved Eye of the Beholder best Two Face origin ever.

      • Morlock50 says:

        My first book was the Invaders from the seventies… don’t remember the number, but it was the one where Union Jack II is introduced. Man, Frank Robbins could draw fight scenes like nobodys business. A lost art, I tell you.

        • phil says:

          Unfortunately he also drew the ugliest people ever. Everyone looked gaunt and malnourished. He also drew evryonne fighting as if they were practising for a ballet. That’s an artform that can stay lost, but hey…thats just me.

    • Thanks and you’re welcome Morph.

      J.

    • AvS says:

      My first was Crisis #8 off the rack at a 7-11. I would read it over and over again; I had no idea what was going on but I loved it. It took me a few years to finally get and read all of Crisis and put the pieces together. But I still have that first issue all tattered to hell.

  7. Smallmaniac says:

    Having read Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men, I was surprised to hear that Kitty Pryde is coming back today in Uncanny Xmen, which I don’t read. Should Fraction be bringing her back or should that have been left to Whedon? And is Fraction’s writing any good on Uncanny?

    • Rob F says:

      Ultimately it comes down to how it’s done. As I’ve said before, I think Fraction’s run on Uncanny has been meh at best (nothing compared to is Iron Man). Maybe he will make it work, maybe he won’t…we’ll just have to see.

      As to whole, shouldn’t Whedon have a say…I find his fascination with Kitty to be almost creepy. Everyone has favorite characters and all that but the way he talked about her bothered me.

    • MANACONDA! says:

      just saw this ridiculous item. is that iron patriot on the box? i think it is.

    • Morlock50 says:

      It doesn’t matter to me who brings her back, because she should have never left. Oh, and Fraction’s writing on X-men sucks. Stick with Iron Man.

      • Morlock50 says:

        One other point; the x-franchise is so fucked at this point that I’m not sure any writer would be able to write that book well. So I have to cut Fraction a little slack there.

  8. tomstewdevine says:

    Unlike most people I didn’t find Astonishing X-Men as ground breaking as everybody else. Though I like some of Whedon’s stuff like Firefly, I think his work in comics as been sub-par, I have read a couple of issues of Buffy and Angel and didn’t see what was so special. So what I am saying is Sprite is one of everybody’s favorite characters and I can’t wait to see what Fraction has up his sleeve. I just want a issue of Kitty and Cypher doing some crazy computer hacking, that would be sick.

  9. Dan Griffin says:

    IDW is launching a new Jurassic Park Five Issue Mini-series in June. It will be Written by Bob Schreck, with art from Nate van Dyke. Covers from Frank Miller, Tom Yeates while Art Adams, Paul Pope, Bernie Wrightson are doing Variant covers.

    They are also reprinting the Topps Jurassic Park comics in Trade Paperback collection.

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      For some reason a Jurassic Park comic has me more excited than other licenses from my youth like Ghostbusters or G.I. Joe. Even if their main book for a license stinks, I love how IDW goes out of their way to reprint most, if not all, of a franchise’s previous comic book appearances. It’s weird how DC and especially Marvel did so many movie adaptations and cartoon/toy based comic series in the 70’s & 80’s but rarely do so anymore. These days it’s all about Dark Horse, IDW, Dynamite, and Boom.

    • Venom829 says:

      That is just not my thing, I STRONGLY prefer the movies. When I saw Frank Millar was doing the cover, I laughed. Speeking of Jurassic Park, how ’bout that 4th movie they’ve been saying was coming out for the last 5 yrs?

  10. arp*10 says:

    Reposting from the previous open thread in hopes of a response.

    “As much as I didn’t want to like 505 since it’s a filler and all, I did. In additon to a decent enough story revealing for the first time that are leaders of the Hand spread out across the world each conrtlling a different continuent and should have had more focus on Matts mission to unit said hand leaders rather than focus on the impudence of Bakuto and the other members attempt to “reieve” him of his position, but substitute artist managed to provide some stunning artisty that didn’t have me miss de la Torre as much as I thought would. This fill in artist, though, Chechetto,is no where near de la Torre’s calaliber, tobe sure, but damn if his here wasn’t stunning at times. There’s cause for me to pick up the second issue but the knowing that this’ll in all likelihood be meaningless in the greater picture of things still irks me a bit.

    Apropos the release of the present arc, (a THREE ISSUE arc, as you’ve poiointed out), it’ll take FIVE MONTHS to see conclusion. It’s ridiculous. The final issue was actually just solicited in the Marvel June previews earlier this week. Sales on the title have been taking a steady but noticeable dip for a few months now. Having the title ship so infrequently certianly won’t help those sales. Marvel probably of the mind that Shadowland will garner interest in DD thus help sales on the book when it returns – assuming it goes on hiatus for Shadowland, of course. In May, though, in lieu of issue 507, there will be a one-shot titled “Cage Match” set to look back at the history between DD and Luke Cage, for as the solict says “Shadowland will tear them apart”, or something to that effect. I think I might pass.”

    – arp.

    • Deemar says:

      Uh..that is a lot too read

      let’s do a self edit my man

      😉

        • Oh, sorry, I didn’t know you were waiting for a reply. Your last comment pretty much summed up nicely what we were talking about so I felt I really could add anything to it. I think both of us are in complete agreement about the current Daredevil monthly.

          J.

          • arp*10 says:

            No worries at all. I only wanted to see if anyone would offer their opinion.

            • arp*10 says:

              Edited: No worries at all. I only wanted to see if anyone *else would offer their opinion.

              • ...dj...sweet says:

                I think the art was a huge step down. I’m not into the story. Who is Anthony Johnson, he is taking over this title with 508. I’m sick of ninjas in DD. I don’t want to read about Matt Murdock emperor of the Hand. I’m out.

                • arp*10 says:

                  Antony Johston is creator of a idie comic titled Wasteland. If I’m correst, it’s a well recieved post apocalyptic future kind of thing. There’s very little I can gree with you there, djsweet, but when it comes to the art there was indeed a dip but not nearly as bad as it could have been. At least they made a concious effort here to keep the tone consisted whereas The List one-shot it was an aberrantly garish disaster for a supposedly noir title.

                  Issue 508 will only see Joshstons stint as co-creator continue for another arc, not necessarily have him replace Diggle as head creator. And – hopefully – by then de le Torre will be back in full. If having a sub in for art duties is to give him lead time or rest from the previous arc, I think he has his fill of both. Time to get back to work!

          • Deemar says:

            What he said

  11. cballsack says:

    Anyone read Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters? If so, is it as good as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

  12. Mike F says:

    I just read Nemesis #1. And I know I’m entering the furnace by talking about Millar around CCW and I completely respect you guys. I hate Millar too. Wanted, Kick-ass I literally wanted my money back.

    Buttttttt Iiiiii Kinnddddaaaa Likeeeddd Nemessissss :\

    Yeah it was good until the plane scene. That was just unreal even for comic book logic. (it really felt like something from a manga tbh) but overall I LOVE the hero Black Morrow. Idk, he’s cool. I am routing for him so bad now. I wanted him to take down Nemesis. I guess I’m not so upset with this issue. I have faith that Millar might let the Hero win for once.

    that being said – what a fucking retard. his fucking afterword just sounded like nonsense to me. He’s just trying to be funny but he isn’t really.

    I agree with Jose that steve’s art looked rushed but I’m still kinda new to steve’s art actually. Only read a few other things. And I liked it.

    IDK, maybe i’m just insane but it wasn’t the complete failure I expected. I just loved the hero thats all. Nemesis is still poorly written.

    • Mike F says:

      *Blake Morrow

    • Bobcat1489 says:

      Lol i’m getting the pitchforks and torches ready for the CCW MANIACS TO RUN WILD ON YOU BROTHER!!!! lol jk It’s your opinion man if you liked you liked.

      • Mike F says:

        Well the thing is, I’m eager to wanna buy 2 but I’m almost certain that Millar is gonna pull his casual route and make the villain go crazy and shit. The way he wrote the hero was surprisingly good. A good that won’t last…

        • Mike F says:

          I also noticed the train said “otomo” was this a nudge towards akira? if so my respect may go up for him… but not by much. since he’ll never be as good a writer as otomo.

        • Rob F says:

          You just have to remember, that’s Millar’s MO. He makes a so so issue where you think it isn’t half bad. And then 5 issues later he still has you hanging on for that payoff. And Millar let the hero win? I don’t think he can…

          • Venom829 says:

            …cause he doesn’t know how! That preview for Nemesis #1 made fall asleep two pages in, one good thing, the title for the next issue, that was pretty cool.

            • Pobra says:

              Believe it or not, the preview pages were the best part.

            • Mike F says:

              No! No! you don’t have to buy it but at least read it in the store! I mean the way he wrote Blake the hero-cop was actually surprisingly strangely well! that’s why I bought it, I read it my local comic store and I saw this one panel with the cop looking at a distant Washington DC and it was so heroic so cool that I said “alright i’ll give ya a chance millar” but yeah, if issue 2 doesn’t step up i’ll not bother. Still, there’s hope… dim, far-sighted hope

              • Mike F says:

                I should add tho I don’t think Nemesis redeems him for any of his previous bullshit. He’s still a fucking asshole and his afterword almost made me puke. But I just wanna be fair/honest that there’s touches of classic-millar from swamp thing and red son within it…

                • Ya, that afterword was quite ridiculous. I like how that comic couldn’t make it 4 pages without stealing something from The Dark Knight movie.

                  J.

                  • Mike F says:

                    I noticed several references yeah. I mean yeah its a what if batman was bad comic but really? did you have to make it so much batman and so little original?

                    BUT for some reason I love Blake Morrow. I sent Millar a message on his boards saying I’d never buy another product if he has Blake killed off so classless and wastefully. I really enjoyed his writing for Blake but I really know he’s gonna fuck it up and have the “villain” win! which to him is the new “cool.” fucking douche.

                    I’m still kinda new to McNiven’s art and to me it was still fairly well done. From what everyone told me he’s done much better tho – so I’m searching for more of his.

                  • Mike F says:

                    I noticed several references yeah. I mean yeah its a what if batman was bad comic but really? did you have to make it so much batman and so little original?

                    I sent Millar a message on his boards saying I’d never buy another product if he has Blake killed off so classless and wastefully. I really enjoyed his writing for Blake but I really know he’s gonna fuck it up and have the “villain” win! which to him is the new “cool.” fucking douche.

                    I’m still kinda new to McNiven’s art and to me it was still fairly well done. From what everyone told me he’s done much better tho – so I’m searching for more of his.

    • assfax says:

      I like how the cover has a big blurb saying “MAKES KICK ASS LOOK LIKE SHIT”. Well that isn’t so hard to do.

  13. Heck,I'm Listening says:

    I can’t wait to see Portman in Thor. My gods, I love her.

  14. Stamps says:

    During the Emerald City Con at the Marvel panel they asked the panel about the Peter Parker/Mary Jane marriage and Joey Q once again talked about how he thinks it’s just too boring for him,
    in response to a question about it he says:

    “a married Peter Parker –as cool as they may seem — from a writer’s standpoint… it handcuffs the character.”

    FUCKER!!! Thanks for destroying the spider man I grew up with and saying he’s boring. I appreciate it. Shows the depth your writers have when they can’t write a 32 page story once a month with a character with a healthy, functional, loving relationship. I forgot all your relationships involve violence and other ridiculous aspects. If it was so boring how the hell did it keep my attention at a young age if it was so boring!?!

    Here’s the article
    http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/03/13/emerald-city-comic-con-the-mondo-marvel-panel/

    • Smallmaniac says:

      Sorta gives the middle finger to all married characters and their creators doesn’t it?

    • cballsack says:

      Well, I grew up with an unmarried Peter Parker, so I always thought the marriage was a mistake… and I think the same about Lois and Clark as well. I had no problem with breaking up the marriage, but how it was done could not have been more moronic.

      • kurumais says:

        writers seem to have trouble with married characters across the board if you look at tv besides sitcoms shows tend to break couples up as soon as they get them together

      • Deemar says:

        I’m pretty comfortable with a married Superman, he’s always been the “Big Brother/Fatherly protector” add in his mid-west up bringing and apple pie appeal Supes outta all of the superheroes would get married.

        Hell he even has the cute dog all he needs is the white picket fence and two 1/2 kids

      • heckimlistening says:

        I like Lois and Clark married. I think it needs a good writer though. Lois doesn’t need to just be “Superman’s wife”. She can have much more of a story in the books.

      • Stamps says:

        It’s not because that they broke the marriage up that upsets me now, it’s that they broke it up because he’s so damn lazy and doesn’t want him and his writers to have to put any effort into a story that is already existing. It seems insulting to readers who invested time and money into it, it also shows just how much craftsmanship and pride he puts into his work and expects out of others under him.

      • tomstewdevine says:

        You feel the same about Lois and Clark, I don’t know man, I don’t really like Superman without Lois.

        • Venom829 says:

          Superman and Lois Lane not being together would completley kill the Lois & Clark saying. If a heroes married that’s cool with me. SPIDEY & M.J. AHEM AHEM MR.QUESADA!

        • cballsack says:

          I’m not saying Lois shouldn’t be there in Clark’s life, but married? That’s a whole other ballgame. Superman went, what… 50, 60 years without getting married, and then one editorial decision at DC has to change that. Now we’ll never be treated to another Lori Lemaris type of story, or the hint of romance between him and Wonder Woman that Byrne used to tease us with during his run.

          Creative teams shouldn’t mess with characters too much. Giving Reed and Sue Richards another kid is fine. They’re a family. It doesn’t change the dynamic of the book. But part of the fun of Superman was that Lois never knew Clark’s identity. It changed everything when she found out, and later, when they got married. And now when you have a storyline like the one that’s happening now where Superman is off somewhere else doing his thing, it’s completely awkward that he left Lois behind so easily.

          • Locusmortis says:

            If Lois couldn’t make out Clarks identity then she’s a retard and a shit reporter. Fine if you don’t want them married but Lois spending so much time with him not realising that Clark is Superman is ludicrous beyond belief.

            • Morlock50 says:

              Agreed. There’s a point where it becomes ridiculous, that’s she’s this ace reporter and can’t figure it out. That plot device just doesn’t cut it in modern comic storytelling.

              • SMARTASS8 says:

                I’m not married myself, but I have no problems with heroes being married. I epsecially don’t have a problem with Superman being married. Not only has Lois been written as his love interest for over 70 years, I don’t want DC to turn Clark into a manwhore like Marvel has done with Peter Parker. The only other possible loves for Clark are a mermaid and his childhood sweetheart. I’d actually prefer Gwen Stacy over MJ for Peter but she was dead before I was born.

              • cballsack says:

                Sure it does. It’s part of the charm of the character.

                Everyone and his mother should be able to figure out that Batman, with all of his expensive toys, is probably Bruce Wayne, especially when Robin shows up who just so happens to be the same height as Bruce’s ward.

                These are plot contrivances we all enjoy, until we turn into grumpy grownups and decide this doesn’t work anymore.

                • SMARTASS8 says:

                  This is why I hate that practically everything these days has to be over-explained, be an analogy to something in the real world, and be “realistic”. Can’t things just be fun or cool because they are? “No tights, no flight.” Seriously?

                  • Locusmortis says:

                    I have no problem with suspension of disbelief, Pet Avengers would hardly be one of my favourite titles if I was reliant on hyper-realism however, there is suspension of disbelief and then there is just plain ridiculous.

                    • SMARTASS8 says:

                      If a title featuring a guy who is turned into a frog that looks exactly like the one Thor was once turned into is OK with you, I want to know what is ridiculous? LOL!

                      (I’m not knocking you. I have no problems with insane books like that. It’s just that I can’t imagine a comic more out there than Pet Avengers.)

                  • Stamps says:

                    I think it depends on the title to what degree you suspend belief when reading it. “Chew” and “X-Men Noir” have separate standards of whats appropriate realism-wise to me.

                • Morlock50 says:

                  Guess I’m a grumpy grownup. I don’t think I’m asking for realism
                  in comic books (check out my posts on Dark Avengers #15). And I’m
                  a big fan of Silver Age JLA and Superman stories. But with
                  characters like Superman and Batman, there are going to be alot
                  of ideas added to the overall mythos, and some are going to be
                  better than others. Some people think Krypto sucks, but I’m fine
                  with the superdog. But Lois not being able to recognize Clark
                  Kent is not an idea that stands the test of time.

                  How many people think Wonder Woman should have the invisible
                  plane in the currrent series? With an invisible interior and
                  invisible controls, so you can still see her squating in mid-air?
                  What was charming in the 60’s is a dumb idea today.

                  • cballsack says:

                    Wonder Woman’s jet was a prop, and a silly one at that. Just like Spider-Man with his Spidey-mobile. And we can toss in Robin’s green panties and bare legs while we’re at it. You’re right in that some things just don’t fly today.

                    But the thing with Lois never knowing who Clark’s true identity was an integral part of the storyline. It was so ironic that one of the best reporters on the planet couldn’t figure it out. But that’s just one of those conventions you have to accept with comic books. Yes, in real life, everyone should be able to figure out who Clark Kent is, not just Lois. A pair of glasses and hiding the hair curl? Perry and Jimmy should get it too. Just like everyone should get that Batman could only be Bruce Wayne, with his identical height and build. Whom else could afford those “wonderful toys,” as Joker said in the Burton movie? Just like everyone should get that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, who just happens to be around to take every picture of Spidey in action.

                    These are conventions that we totally accept and are fine with as kids. And you want to keep those same conventions around for the next generation to enjoy.

                    • heckimlistening says:

                      With Superman it’s different. I don’t want him dating Wonder Woman or anything silly like that. He has always been a one woman guy. It’s always been Lois and Clark, and that’s an important part of the mythos. When written right, the Superman story is also a great love story. I don’t think tossing the marriage out would make writing Superman any easier. Lois Lane is Superman’s humanity. Why should Superman lie to the woman he loves? It never protected her, she got into just as much trouble when she didn’t know who he was.

                      That said, I don’t think the movies should ever go there. Classic Superman is what works best on screen, not the bastardization that Bryan Singer envisioned.

                    • cballsack says:

                      How you feel about the movies is how I feel about the comics. So there ya go.

                      Once you marry off Superman & Lois, at what point do they start having kids? The wedding issue took place… what… 12 years ago? At some point it’s gonna feel weird that they’ve been married as long as they have and there’s no children. So now we’re headed into Singer territory. I hated it on the screen and I’d hate it even more in the comics. They’re just further changing the character.

                    • heckimlistening says:

                      I don’t think Superman should be able to have kids with Lois. It’s illogical.

                      I do agree with you on the no kids thing, and it wouldn’t kill me if they weren’t married. I just don’t mind it is all. I think the Super books should focus a little more on Clark’s life as well as Superman’s adventures.

    • Fallows1985 says:

      2bh he’s said that they broke it up because they can’t tell any interesting stories with a married Spider-man, but this single Spider-man they’re writing now is sooo boring, there’s too much focus on the villains, I mean it would have been more interesting a lot more identifiable (which is what Spidey has always been) if they had just broke up and had Spider-man wondering how he’s going to fix his marriage and then come to the realisation that his marriage is over and then have him go through a transition of dating again.

      • Stamps says:

        Exactly. God forbid they make him have some depth like Fraction did with Tony Stark. how Fraction hasn’t been corrupted by everyone he’s around at Marvel astounds me.

        • Fallows1985 says:

          Well, Dan Slott has done this but with others stories its more focused on the villains than Spidey, if they focused on Spidey it would kind of strengthen the argument, not tha much but it was still give some validity.

          But all in all I stick wiv my idea as better because even when Spidey is with other people it feels wrong, whereas if he’d seperated from MJ and done that it would have felt that way but we would have been going through wot Peter was going through as well.

    • Rob F says:

      I think what it really shows is how whiney comic book creators are today. If the slightest thing about a character bothers them, they remove it as quickly as possible. When I’m writing I enjoy working with constraints because it shows that I can handle a challenge and not just write whatever I want. Joey Q. seems to have forgotten that the best writers can flourish with the ingredients given to them.

    • Edward2962 says:

      If married life is so boring why don’t they split up Reed and Sue?What they REALLY mean is “We want to rehash what was already done in the 60-70’s cuz thinking up original stories for a character that’s in 5+ comics each month is HARD! Now give us your money!”

      • cballsack says:

        The Fantastic Four are a family. That’s part of their identity. Spidey was never supposed to get the hot girl. Peter Parker is basically Charlie Brown with super powers. Charlie Brown never kicks the football. Peter always has the worst luck. When they married him, they totally f’d with his basic identity. I never liked the marriage, and that’s what partly why I ended up giving up Spider-Man.

        • Locusmortis says:

          You can’t have a character around for almost 50 years and have no character progression. If the character dosen’t grow then really, whats the fucking point of publishing it?, just to repeat the same tropes over and over?, Spidey fights villain, spidey gets ass kicked, spidey wins, peter parker gets a crush on a girl, petey gets rejected….and on and on and on…what is the point of that? Is it just comfort reading, is it just nostalgia after a lost childhood? that seems like a hollow empty shell of a character to me.

          • cballsack says:

            And yet Bruce Wayne is exactly the same. No complaints about him?

            • SMARTASS8 says:

              I’m a huge DC guy but Bruce is one of my least favorite JLA members. He may not get much in terms of character progression but he occasionally gets a personality transplant.

              • Locusmortis says:

                Indeed, most of the time Bruce has the personality of a potted plant.

                • SMARTASS8 says:

                  Even though I know that it’s temporary, this is why I like the idea of Dick acting as Batman for awhile. He’s got a personality and is likable. DC was supposedly going to make Bruce a little more likable after Infinite Crisis but after awhile it was clear that not all writers got the message.

  15. Venom829 says:

    This idea is for everyone on here who has Facebook or considering it. Who here thinks it would be awesome if E and J started a Facebook C.C.W. T.V. fan page?! 😛

  16. Pobra says:

    Just picked up the first 5 issues of Gotham Central for a dollar each… SOOO GOOOD!
    Going to have to pick up the trades.
    Haven’t read Nemesis yet, I’ll let you guys know what I think once I do.

  17. phil says:

    Has anyone anything positive to say about the Batman Doc Savage, Spirit series; 1st Wave?

    • Deemar says:

      I didn’t read it but I will say something nice.

      Doc Savage nice do

      🙂

    • tomstewdevine says:

      I liked First Wave, alright it was nothing special but maybe could get better as it goes. Now I think it’s odd that The Marvel Project is almost done and it basically doing the same thing with the Marvel U(odd how that always works that way). So I say if you like Azzarello pick it up, it may not be 100 Bullets but it could be the start of something more.

    • I liked the first issue a lot more than the Bats/Doc Savage one-shot that came out a few months ago.

      J.

      • tomstewdevine says:

        Yes much better, I thought that one-shot was garbage, but when I saw First Wave in color compared to all the previews that were black and white, it had a different feel then what i was expecting.

  18. Venom829 says:

    I just finished reading the first TPB of Ultimate Spider-Man from 10 yrs ago. Man, where did that Bendis go? If he wrote Avengers books like he did this, I probably be buyin’ them. Good reading expierence I must say.

    • cballsack says:

      I love Powers. I adore Powers. I think that’s far and away Bendis’s best work. Goldfish was pretty good. His work on Ultimate Spider-Man is alright, but what annoys me no end is his need to reveal Spidey’s identity in seemingly every issue. The dude clearly hates secret identities.

      His Avengers stuff annoys me no end. How I long for the days of Roger Stern.

  19. Pobra says:

    Just read Nemesis… gotta say, I’m starting to agree with Jose. McNiven’s art was supremely lacking. What the hell happened, it wasn’t even as good as OML, the preview pages were the best looking pages in the book. It did remind me a lot of Leinel Yu, but not as good. I don’t know if it was the coloring, but his style looked a lot different. And the story did nothing for me. Boo Nemesis.

    • Yesssss…let the hatred flow through you… 😛

      J.

      • Pobra says:

        And once again Jose is right and I have wasted 4 dollars on a Mark Millar comic. The hatred is flowing…

        • Pobra says:

          Sorry, 3 dollars! Let that be its one saving grace 😛

          • phil says:

            By Great Achilles heel, I hope McNiv has’nt gone all experimentally. Gorilla Grodd knows I preferred Sienkiewicz when he was aping Adams. I swear if Mc’s taken a “hey ma, look no hands approach I’m gonna get some hair growth product just so I can pull my hair out!

            • Locusmortis says:

              McNiven has always been a run of the mill artist but some people are impressed by the detail he throws in (when he can be bothered) but he certainly is no Geoff Darrow thats for sure.

              Its no surprise that Millar likes Mcniven, because they are quite similar, style over substance all the way.

              • phil says:

                Well, Geof is pretty much in a category by himself. I will say this tho, some folks run of the mill is other folks right on target.

                Some ppl like cats others dogs :-0

              • SMARTASS8 says:

                I’m happy I’m not alone in thinking McNiven is just a “run of the mill” artist. All of his characters appear so stiff and they keep looking up at weird angles like they’re posing for a MySpace picture. All the acclaim he got for Civil War was lost on me(although I thought the book was poorly written as well and some people feel it’s award worthy).

              • Deemar says:

                Gotta disagree McNiven is top notch, don’t let him alining himself with Millar cloud your opinion of the guy.

                I’d take him over a Khoi Pham or Mike McKone anyday

                • SMARTASS8 says:

                  No it’s not Millar. I just don’t like McNiven’s art. I hate the writing of Bendis & Loeb but I still love the art of Coipel and McGuinness.

                  • phil says:

                    I feel what you’re saying, Smart. I despise JRjr., nonetheless I loved WorldWarHulk.

                    • cballsack says:

                      How can anyone hate JRjr? Damn, that’s sacrilege. Dude’s probably my favorite comic book artist working today.

                    • SMARTASS8 says:

                      Even though I usually like JRJr’s work(although his dad is a million times better imo), I can understand someone not liking his work. It’s overly stylized and doesn’t work on every type of book.

        • Morlock50 says:

          Btw, one star for Nemesis #1 on CBR reviews. Word seems to be spreading that this is a piece of shit.

          • Wow. I gotta go check that out. Thanks.

            J.

          • tomstewdevine says:

            hahaha, man very rarely will cbr hand out a 1 star, that is great, I read the review though and it’s not that great of a review. But if MM reads that and it pisses him off for a couple days, its ok with me.

            the only lower rated comic was the WWE book, fyi.

          • Stamps says:

            NO FUCKING WAY! damn you’re right I just went and looked. haha

          • phil says:

            @cballsack: JRjr has always been a guy that to me….his philosophy was it does’nt have to be good, it has to be tuesday. Just take a look at his covers for DoomWar!
            Say what you will about Rob (yeah, that Rob) but for all his faults he could at least display dynamism

    • tomstewdevine says:

      I did buy this today, but I left it at work accidentally since I get my comics on my lunch break, so i will read it tomorrow and pass judgment then.

    • Stamps says:

      The art was just pretty boring to me, which made the already pathetic story even MORE boring, I don’t know I may get the next issue just to see if it picks up at all.

    • Venom829 says:

      I don’t believe they inked McNiven’s pencils. That was the problem I had with the art, and it will probably stay like that 😦

  20. Mike F says:

    lol god damn I’m starting to think my taste in comics has faded 😦

    I mean I like Hiroya Oku, I like Rucka, I like Grant Morrison. But IDK I just saw parts of Nemesis I felt were decent. Its the first MM comic I liked since he wrote the Flash (in ’98)

    unrelated – I thought I heard Rucka was bringing back Whiteout, and it still hasn’t returned… anyone else hear of this rumor?

  21. SMARTASS8 says:

    So how do we feel about the casting of Angela “I should have been Storm” Bassett as Amanda Waller in the Green Lantern movie? It seems that even though they’re casting older women for the role(Pam Grier plays her on Smallville), Warner Bros is still too nervous to cast an obese woman. They keep going with Milfs instead of someone who looks like Monique or Nell Carter(RIP). I’m also surprised she’s going to be in the movie since she has more to do with Suicide Squad than GL. I’d say maybe WB is going to attempt to have her start the JLA Initiative at the end of this movie ala Nick Fury in Iron Man, but Christopher Nolan has already said he doesn’t want Batman or Superman crossing over with other DCU movies.

    • tomstewdevine says:

      Pam Grier just aint what she used to be, shes a bigger lady now. I still watch smallville and thought that was a good casting move, now Angela bassett is not, I cant see her being as powerful Waller needs to be.

    • cballsack says:

      You forgot to mention Oprah.

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        I hate Oprah so much that not only am I counting the days until she leaves my city, I get physically ill when I think of the way everyone acts like she’s the female Jesus. She’s a lucky broad who stole Phil Donahue’s shtick, hired the right business manager, realized how dumb & easily led daytime TV viewers & celebrities are, and puts the “O” in narcissism.

        • Morlock50 says:

          I’m not a fan, but she’s at least done some good charity work, wouldn’t you say?

          • tomstewdevine says:

            yes she has, but I think even with that she is still like the richest women in the world, so I bet she could afford to give more.

          • SMARTASS8 says:

            Yet she doesn’t do charity work without letting everyone know about it. If she was a truly good person, she wouldn’t have to hold a press conference or film a special episode just to brag about how she was put on this earth to do good(which she has actually said). She would donate money and not tell anyone. Ask the pissed off Chicagoans who were late for or couldn’t even get to work since she & the corrupt Mayor Daley closed down a city street just so she could hold a concert for the season premiere of her damn show how they feel about the queen of charity.

    • Bobcat1489 says:

      That’s the the bad thing about Chris Nolan. So What the fuck then there is no point of Nolan being part of this. Yeah he makes great fucking movies but come on, later on they are all gonna be rebooted to be a part of the JLA. Warner Bros. is looking for new and bigger projects after harry potter and leading up to the JLA is their answer. Nolan’s just answer. Cock Blocking

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        Even though Batman Begins is one of my favorite superhero movies and Michael Caine as Alfred & Gary Oldman as James Gordon were perfect casting, I will have no problem if Batman is rebooted and/or put into someone else’s hands. Just as long as it isn’t Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher again.

        • heckimlistening says:

          I think a JLA film would be the biggest clusterfuck ever. Too many characters in costumes and too many backstories to try and manage. Just do solo franchises.

          • SMARTASS8 says:

            That’s why you make solo movies first and later a JLA movie. That’s what Marvel is doing.

            • heckimlistening says:

              But with Marvel, their characters were created to be in a shared universe so it works. DC’s weren’t. They were just the most popular characters in the house and eventually became a shared universe.

              Fact is, Superman and Batman do not go that well together. We may like seeing it since we love the characters, but in story terms, they just don’t. When you have a guy like Superman and a lady like Wonder Woman, all the other characters seem useless. Which is why they are de-powered and bastardized (Superman on JLU).

              I just can’t see a live action movie with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman together not being the silliest thing ever.

              • SMARTASS8 says:

                We’ll just have to agree to disagree. 8) While DC’s heroes may not have always been a part of one universe, they’ve been together longer than they’ve been apart. I also feel Marvel has enough of their own versions of DC characters that would make them having a shared universe seem just as silly if you wanted to look at it that way. Isn’t Thor, Moon Knight, Hercules, Nova, Quicksilver, and Namor together just as bad as the DCU characters you listed?

        • I would have loved to see a Ridley Scott Batman film. I’m talking Alien/Blade Runner Ridley Scott, not A Good Year Ridley Scott. David Fincher also comes to mind as someone who has the dark visual aesthetic and experience with effects to pull it off….any other directors come to mind?

  22. HugeLoads says:

    Anyone see the preview for Shield #1 by Johnathan Hickman on CBR? Thoughts?

  23. Fallows1985 says:

    is anyone gonna pick up X-men: Second coming next week? Who’s interested in it anyways?

    • Venom829 says:

      Not me, not cause I don’t have a comic store, but cause I know it’s the return of Jean Grey, and Marvel is going to try to rob fanboys who buy that somehow.

      • Fallows1985 says:

        yeah they’re kind of milking it with it being in all the X-men comics I mean how are people going to buy all of them and if you miss one how do you catch up…. this sounds like last rants

        • Morlock50 says:

          It’s fucked I tell you. Totally fucked.

        • tomstewdevine says:

          I read cable and uncanny x-men and x-factor, and now they want to have this be in a mini-series, come on. Cant they just maybe keep this god damn story line in one of the 999 x-men lines there are. I’m not going to buy it.(but I know a guy at work who is, so at least I will get to read it.)

  24. Venom829 says:

    265 COMMENTS!!! HOT DAMN!!! THIS ONE JUST BEAT THE LAST WEEKEND THREAD!!!

  25. Morlock50 says:

    C’mon people! Four more comments to an even 300!

  26. Pobra says:

    One more and we hit 300! Whoever posts the 300th comment had better make it epic!

  27. phil says:

    Repent now, all you “O” haters or Gayle will smite you a sworded reckoning…the likes you have never seen. While you’re all quaking in befudllement, I picked up 1st Wave, DoomWar#2 B&B#32, GL-B?N#52 InvincibleOmnibi3, and the premiere issue of Nemisis.

    • That’s a lot of good stuff Phil. Well, except for that last little bit. I think the Invincible Omnibus more than makes up for that though. 🙂

      J.

      • phil says:

        The thing is, I have the 3rd Omni, without having the 1st two because my store was sold our. Now if my energy is up tomorrow ( 1st I’ll call)) if my 2nd bookstore has it, I’ll pick up the 2nd Omni and the 1st one is being held for me as soon as they get it in!
        About Nemisis: My Spidey sense, radar sense and cosmis awareness told me Ishould not have purchased this, but now that I have, I wish that I had paid more attention to those senses. I would call Nemisis crap on toast, but I would’nt want to disparage the good name of crap by lowering it down to what that comic was.
        I swear, Millar must have had daydreamed one day and decided to give that daydream…voice Violence I can deal with, even when its excessive, but when there is no structure to it.Of all the things that have been green lit by Marvel just to throw some jabs at DC, this was the least humorous, the least imaginitive and the most inept thing that the editors at Marvel has said “its a winner”
        All that said…I have to add this; while I founf McNiv’s art to be his least inspired work since his short stint on Spiderman, Iwill say that its much better than the NewAvengers knife etchings of Lenil F

    • Locusmortis says:

      Is Dr Phil from Chicago too? Cause he’s a fucking cunt too…bah!

      • phil says:

        Now that’s just kah-razy talk. That like a lettin’ the porcupine loose in the baloon room. That’s like thinkin’ the white stuff on Amy Winehouse’s nose is from a powdered donut. That’s like someone askin’ his girlfriend why does she always wear such a wide necklace and she responds; don’t be silly,how else am I gonna cover up this Adams apple?
        I’m doing three nights in Vegas Y’all, c’mon down if you get a chance.

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        With that accent, I’d doubt Phil is out of Chicago. He is connected to Oprah in that he’s a spinoff of her show. She has more shows connected to her than All In The Family.

        If you want more Chicagoans to hate there’s the Racist Jes…urm…I mean the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Richard “I like to pretend I’m Vince Vaughn” Roeper.

  28. SMARTASS8 says:

    In the hopes that bringing this thread up to 400 posts can erase my Post #300 Oprah mini-rant, what are your Top 10 Superhero Movies? For me they are…

    1) The Shadow(yes I know everyone here is going to think I’m an idiot for saying that, but I loved the score, the villain, the fun blend of action & humor, and the 1940’s setting)
    2) Superman 2
    3) Superman 1
    4) Batman Begins
    5) The Crow(not really a superhero, but if the Punisher counts then so does this imo)
    6) The Rocketeer
    7) Iron Man
    8) Spider-Man 1
    9) The Dark Knight
    10) Swamp Thing(another dubious choice but if you can get past the awful costumes, I love the look of this movie)

    • phil says:

      In the name of Oxygen, O magazine and the Color Purple, I’ll accept that challenge. 😉
      1) Unbreakable
      2) Spidey2
      3) Batman begins
      4) The Incredibles
      5) Superman C. Reeves
      6) Batman 2
      7) X-men
      8) The Mystery Men
      9) Daredevil (yeah, I said it)
      10) Conan ( What? loin cloths were like spandex back in those days)

      Bare in mind that I have not seen DarkKnight, Ironman or the 2nd Hulk flick

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        Oo! I forgot about Unbreakable, the only M. Night movie I could conceive of watching again, and Incredibles. I’m not sure if they would go on my list, but it would be close.

        • heckimlistening says:

          The Dark Knight and Spiderman 2 are just great films in general. Iron Man takes the cake as best comic adapted superhero film though.

          Robert Downey Jr. was just a pitch perfect Tony Stark. The story was great. Pepper Potts was realized as a character and it was just wicked enjoyable from start to finish.

          1.) Iron Man (Best comic book film)
          2.) Spiderman 2
          3.) The Dark Knight
          4.) Batman Begins
          5.) Superman 2
          6.) Daredevil
          7.) Spiderman 1
          8.) Incredible Hulk (Ed Norton)
          9.) Superman: The Movie
          9.) Flash Gordon
          10.) The Rocketeer

  29. Deemar says:

    This is the tapeworm of CCW threads!

  30. arp*10 says:

    CBR interviews Antony Johnston on the present, future, and past of DD with pages from April’s DD 506! Check it out. 🙂

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=25429

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