CCW Weekend Open Thread

Posted: May 22, 2010 in CCW Nation, CCW Open Thread

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      Jose, what did you think of the Silent Hill movie? I’ve never played 2 seconds of any of the games, so I don’t know how unfaithful it was.

      • I was one of the 5 people who liked it. It was pretty faithful to the first game BUT there were certain things that they used from the other games that didn’t fit at all(One of those things being the use of Pyramid Head).

        The music that was used in the film was the same music used in the games which is a very important part of the experience. Word is that they are staring production on the second Silent Hill movie soon.

        I wrote a post about this a while ago and here is the link:


        • Mike F says:

          It was better than the Res Evil adaption…

            • generaldark says:

              i enjoy the resident evil movies, mind you i dont play the games only the 5 one and i thought story wise it sucked.

              • Mike F says:

                5 was probably the worst of the whole game franchise.

                I was so unhappy with it I demanded they refund me.

                1, 2, 3, (even 4) are sooo much better story wise. Altogether really, they just rule.

                • Luiz de Mello says:

                  Since 4 I think they should have started a new derivative franchise, like Resident Evil: Las Plagas, like they did with Megaman-> Megaman X-> Megaman Zero -> Megaman Whatever. Sharing the same universe doesn’t make the games ‘kin’, so to speak, and RE 4 and 5 are too different gameplay/genre and story genre wise to be honestly considered as part of the same line as its predecessors. It was one of my major problems with 4 because that was a cheap move to keep the numbering. I did enjoy it and 5 after a time though, but as pure action games, not as successors or as an interactive story.

                  • Mike F says:

                    5 felt like too much of a jump for them. It just didn’t work. If I played 1, 2, or 3 and then immediately play 5, I’d be so disappointed.

                    Capcom: We Abandon our franchises.

              • Stamps says:

                I liked the movies too. I’m pretty excited for this next one.

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          I liked Silent Hill quite a bit as well! I remember talking with someone at the time that loved the games but hated the movie. Since I’ve never played the games, I wasn’t sure if that helped in my enjoyment. I’m familiar with most of the Resident Evil games but have only played the first 2(although I never completed them). I enjoyed those movies as well since I wasn’t going into them with a lot of “game playing baggage”. Although those were more entertaining in a guilty pleasure sort of way.

  1. Mike F says:


    *cue the epic opening music*

    Seriously tho, this is another reason why I became interested in anime/comics/art in general.

  2. Mike F says:

    nightmare fuel?

  3. phil says:

    I finally made it on to the single digits

  4. Mike F says:


    • Ya, I have heard about this before. Coincidence, pure and simple. Just my opinion though. Rumor was they didn’t use the theme in MGS4 because of this though.


      • Mike F says:

        No, I agree completely. It won’t be long before music becomes so fulfilled and used, that movies will have to keep taking older scores and stuff. I mean how many notes can you write before you’ve heard it before?

        Also, Kojima is an Icon. Just sayin… ^_^

          • Mike F says:

            LOL Jose, I was just watching these videos like an hour ago, No joke!

            I just happen to be in Metal Gear mood and thought about how much i love Kojima’s work. He really changed my life with his games.

            • I never get sick of watching these videos.



              • Mike F says:

                I may sound stupid saying how important his games are in my life, but in all honesty, without Kojima’s work, My life would of been so empty. I am so grateful he took up game designing. So grateful…

                Kojima, You are my hero.

                • I completely agree with you.

                  Back in 1989 my parents got divorced. I was old enough to decide who I wanted to live with but I was still having a very rough time adjusting. My father (who I was living with) I guess sensed what a tough time I was having, took me to the store to buy me a new NES game to try to cheer me up. The game I picked out that day was Metal Gear. Ever since then those games have meant a lot to me on a very personal level. I know that people who don’t “get” video games won’t understand this but I am a better person for playing and understanding on an artistic (and personal) level what Kojima was saying with those games.


                  • Mike F says:

                    I do have a similar story. My father who separated with my mom took me to the store once, and I saw this brand new Snake action figure. My Older Brother had been playing the Metal Gear Game, would often talk to me about how much he loved the story and from the side lines I loved watching him play it but never stepped up to the plate myself. After seeing the action figure up close, I saw what a character he was. Made me so eager to play that game that weekend…

                    Until my last breath, I will defend my views on Kojima and the fact that he is a better writer/director/artists than many others.

    • Still the BEST video game theme ever. Sorry Super Mario Bros.


  5. cballsack says:

    How cool was that Google home page?

  6. generaldark says:

    hey deemar i been thinking and is the representer you have for avie going to be a comb???

  7. SMARTASS8 says:

    I read “Heroic Age” Avengers #1 yesterday. Even though CBR gave it glowing reviews, it seemed like the same old shit with a different artist(the reviews are so bad at CBR that not only do I rarely check them out, I almost don’t want to frequent a site where idiots like that work). I’m wondering if Wonder Man is going to be the newest Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Sentry, Hood, etc? Just the latest character that Bendis is going to fuck up beyond belief(although since I didn’t read his Mighty Avengers, he may have already done that). This is supposed to be the “Heroic Age” but Simon seems like he’s on the verge of going after the Avengers. I’m so sick of every “hero” in the Marvel Universe being one sip of water away from turning on their friends/teammates.

    • Luiz de Mello says:

      You know, when I read that I felt pretty much the same way. Actually, there was too many ‘kewl pose’, ‘kewler than j00’ or ‘we are so awesome’ gratuitous moments that judging by the writing style, which I call a ‘pose feast’, I thought I was reading something by Loeb.
      Characterization was a big issue for for me. Especially Thor and Steve. Thor was, again, a dumb violent irrational brick. Yeah, he is the first guy to attack before a introduction speech and intention declaration, probably with a lineage proclamation too. Right. Steve felt a bit… too mangaish, if you know what I mean. I can see him been friendly to IM, but not behaving like he did.

      Oh yeah, and Bendis could not forget to sign his work, there had to be an uber plot device plucked out of someone’s butt only and exclusively for the sake of uber plot devicing to advance the ‘story’ in the desired way. Rational people talking to someone on his knees who up to that point had not done anything hostile (this day at least) is not a way to make the characters listen and agree to cooperate after a meaningful and rich dialogue, you need a plot device to make that, right?

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        Bendis also didn’t seem to get the message that a lot of what Iron Man did during Civil War was due to the influence of Extremis. He had Iron Man tell Cap(I like Bucky, but he’s not Captain America to me) that they never agree on anything these days. That doesn’t make sense to me.

        I didn’t read Bendis’ “creative writing” backup in the issue, but I read online that he already fucked up past continuity. If the editors aren’t going to do their jobs, why have a “writer” who often fucks up his own continuity write the “oral” history of the Avengers? That just seems ridiculous to me. The smartest thing Bendis ever did was when he turned down Ultimate X-Men since he felt he couldn’t write a team book well. I don’t know if JoeyQ just convinced him otherwise or if his ego grew 2 sizes too big. This guy can’t handle more than 2 personalities at the same time. No wonder he’s considered good at writing noir; the genre that is usually more style than character development.

    • generaldark says:

      the thing that temps me so much into bendis’s work is the artists he gets to work for him, i have been having so much urges to drop my morales and read his shit just because immonon and JRJR are on there. waste of talent at its best!

      • Luiz de Mello says:

        Well, that seems to be the strategy the the big companies do now. You hardly see writers with popular names like Bendis and Loeb without an also highly praised artist, and once they get their names big they hardly ever write solo books for characters like Doctor Voodoo or anyone who is not a top selling franchise, unless the company can label it as a ‘s dream project and all that marketing blah blah blah. I don’t condemn them for trying to maximize sales, mind you, but for having that as their sole gauge to say who writes what and who draws what.

        JRJR for me is an example, it is unquestionable imo that his art is very characteristic, what makes it not advisable to use him in some moments. Take WWH for example, it completely broke the visual identity established on Planet Hulk series. But it is a big event, with a big name writer, big name character, then it has to have the biggest name artist available at the time no matter what.

    • tomstewdevine says:

      I didn’t mind this issue(after I got passed the bullshit renumbering, the fact that It’s another Avengers reboot, and that Bendis is still writing it) I like this alt future that has to do with their kids, and Kang is always awesome. Once you step back though a take it for what it is, it’s good. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars

      • Pobra says:

        As long as Bendis has enough restraint to stop writing the Avengers as the cast of “Friends” and treat the characters with a bit of dignity, it could be a half decent book. After reading the FCBD Iron Man/Thor issue, I still wish fraction was writing the Avengers, Bendis has a tendency to write team books as super-hero sit-coms and I foresee his Avengers degrading to that over time. But for a first issue it was alright.

        • ullar says:

          I liked it too, it wasn’t my favorite comic of the week, but I did enjoy it. I have never seen Next Avengers but I do think that it will make for some great character moments. I;m not really getting the whole Wonder Man thing, but it seems that everyone thinks that was OOC. I don’t have a problem with Thor being “the big dumb tank” because that’s kind of how he is in Myth. Thor is the god of the common man, Odin is the god of the poets and nobles. I don’t want Thor to be a bumbling idiot but he is simple and noble at the same time and I think Bendis did a good job with that. He is good at writing gods. The art was great too, I LOVE JRJR to death, my first comic had his art and when I think of Spidey I think of JRJR. Also, Tony would totally write down the idea for a doomsday device. It’s so him. And I totally understand the Thor attacking Kang just as soon as he saw him, Kang is a major threat and should be treated as such. Overall, I’d give this issue 2.5 out of 5 for writing, but the art bums it up to a solid 3.

    • Venom829 says:

      I don’t feel like paying $5 for 6 issues of Back to the Future II when I can probably watch it for free (If I ever did)

  8. phillip says:

    lol I wonder weather CCw will review avengers one in the next segment of vids
    hopw they review zatna one also

  9. phil says:

    Is anybody getting Daredevil these days? After hearing DD might go rogue, my curiosity was piqued, not to mention the fact that he’s the leader of The Hand. I must say having picked up issues 503-506…I’m aboard. The last time I picked up multiple issues of DD, was when he was under the Marvel Knights banner.

    Any other suggested Diggle reads from those of you that follow his writing?

    • SmokeyClocks says:

      i’m really digging (i’m hilarious) his run on DD. I would suggest green arrow year one which is also a very enjoyable read.

      • phil says:

        Not a big GA fan, but I’ll give it a viewing. If the art is at least tolerable, I might pick it up today. Thanx S C.

        And I hear what you’re sayin’, Heck…, but every time that I think I can’t handle one more event, one more event comes along and says “c’mon, just one more time” πŸ™‚
        Besides shadowland sounds interesting. Even if I don’t buy the tie ins, The DD book i’m sure will sate my appetite ( I hope )

      • phil says:

        Well S.C., I thumbed thru a GA trade and while the story may have been good, I could not get past that semi-negative artwork of Jock. It was’nt like it was bad….it was just, ther. Thank you for the suggestion, though. It’s appreciated.

        Next comic book run I make, I’m gonna have to peep out the Thunderbolts. The Losers looks a little to much like 100 bollets, which I so did not like, but I’ll give it a looksee, nonetheless. Thank you as well, Jose. By the way, I forget wheter you suggested it or simply commented on it, but I finally picked up EricPowell’s Action Comics.

        • Insideman says:

          Phil, I see NO resemblance to “100 Bullets” from
          The Losers”.

          “The Losers” is a GREAT comic.

          The movie (I hear) not so much.

        • SmokeyClocks says:

          yeah i can see the art turning some people off, in some panels the art is rough around the edges. Though i think he makes up for it by having some really amazing ones as well. I know you didn’t like the art but i would still recommend borrowing it from a friend for the story if you ever get the chance.

    • I’m a big DD fan, but I dropped the book since they can’t just tell the story without blowing it into an “event”. I’m sick of events and their 5 dollar price tags.

    • I’m reading the Diddle DD and am liking it so far…well, when ever it decides to come out at least. As far as other Diggle books, I really enjoyed The Losers and his run on Thunderbolts.


    • vegedge says:

      i got 500 and went from there. very awesome comic. i went back and got the last few of the brubaker run to get caught up. i miss the artist from then but the new guy is alright.

      shadowland looks cool but i dont think i will be getting any tie ins. i only care about DD, and the main story. plus ghost rider and luke cage are a bunch of dicks.

  10. comicbookdude says:

    I started watching The Guild last night and I frickin’ love it! For those of you guys who watch The Guild who is your favorite character(s)? My personal favs are Vork and Codex (how can you NOT love a smokin’ hot redhead?) Now I wanna go get the comic book now πŸ™‚

  11. I just had an older gentleman come into the shop. He said he hadn’t been in a comic shop for over 20 years. He then asked me what Jack Kirby’s newest comic was. I broke the news to him that Kirby died a while ago. He was pretty bummed out by that.


    • cballsack says:

      Seriously? That’s kinda funny and kinda sad at the same time.

      Kirby had retired back in the 70s, right? You’d think he would be aware of that, even if it has been 20 years since he stepped into a comic book store.

      Poor old guy.

    • Stamps says:

      aw, that story is kind of adorable. A little sad but adorable none the less.

    • Insideman says:

      Poor guy. Good thing you’re NOT one of those LOSER, GREEDY COMIC GUYS.

      One of those assholes would have sold him The Newsboy Legion HC as a “new” collection.

      • He stayed around for about five mintues or so after I told him about Kirby’s death and talked about how much he loved Kirby’s comics. I brought up how much I liked Kirby’s work in the 70’s on Kamandi, The Demon and OMAC. He seemed a bit surprised that I knew about that stuff but talked about how much he enjoyed those particular comics as well.


  12. TheGateJester says:

    Man I haven’t been here in a while. Man its good to be back. I thought i would post this little montage.

  13. I just noticed that newer issues of Boom Studios comics have 3 staples on the spine instead of the standard 2. I wonder why.


  14. Insideman says:

    Am I the only one that is rejoicing now that Boom! has decided to print at least some of their trades in a “REGULAR SIZE” format?

    I’ve stopped buying the digest sized ones… Since they are priced similarly to the regular sized trades.

  15. SMARTASS8 says:

    I found this interesting…

    I grew up loving both Marvel & DC. I would go back & forth on which universe I preferred(most of the time throughout the 80’s & especially the 90’s, I liked Marvel more than DC), but I still bought from both of them. I don’t know if this “Marvel guy” or “DC guy” exclusivity has always been going on(I know JoeyQ’s excuse for being a dick is always that he wants the competition between both companies & their readers to be as extreme as it was in Stan Lee’s day), but it wasn’t until JoeyQ took a dump on the Marvel Universe I once loved that I officially became a “DC guy”. Maybe things will change one day but my current love for DC’s characters and loathing of what Marvel’s characters have become couldn’t be any stronger.

    • Edward2962 says:

      I think it’s been going on literally as long as any of us have been alive.Growing up, I usually had more marvel than DC but I would buy from both depending on the art or storyline.Some people just like identifying themselves as part of a certain community.If this were pop music think of the hardcore headbanger who can never admit to his friends that the Lady Gaga song is catchy.Or the the hip-hop head who won’t consider listening to a country song.

      As far as the Publishers are concerned,I think competition is great,But I hate to say I feel sometimes the way Joe Q does it is immature.Stan and the Marvel editors dropped the “Brand Eech” stuff and started saying The Distinguished Competition in then early 70’s.I speculate cuz of all the freelancers that went between both companies.What were they going to say? Neal Adams sucks on Batman but he’s great on the Avengers? Kirby’s good then terrible on New Gods,then good again when he’s back on Cap America and doing all the covers??

      I think most informed fans realize though that comics are good or bad cuz of the creators,not which corporation owns the trademarks.

    • When I first got into comics I was a Marvel Zombie. I didn’t buy DC at all and kinda made fun of my friends who did mostly because I didn’t know any better. Then I grew the fuck up. The fact the grown men still have these “allegiances” to one company or the other is quite scary and really fucking sad at the same time.


      • cballsack says:

        Yes, you are quite mature now.

      • Luiz de Mello says:

        Scaring indeed, that seems to be part of ‘human nature’ even (at least it is frightening common). From religion to sports or anything, you always find zealots who keep their ‘allegiances’ regardless of how fucked up that party has proved to be, some even extremely violent. If stupidity was a lethal disease, world would be much less crowded.

        • Edward2962 says:

          My ex-supervisor’s boyfriend had a free chance to see the rock band the Police a few years ago.The Police were playing at Wrigley Field.Wrigley is where the Chicago Cubs play.Because he’s still mad at the Cubs from the 80’s,he turned down the tickets.He refused to go to the stadium to see a ROCK BAND FROM ENGLAND,because he holds a grudge against a BASEBALL TEAM from 20 YEARS AGO.

  16. SMARTASS8 says:

    I know some of you have mentioned Thundercats before…

    …This guy’s life has been awful. He was just saved due to donations from living in his car, and now it looks like he’s been a victim of a horrific murder. Even though, in theory, I’m against the death penalty, things like this make me wish the killers were drawn & quartered.

    • cballsack says:

      I thought this was about Steve Perry, the science fiction author.

      • I thought this was about Journey front man Steve Perry.

        All kidding aside though, ya, I read about this and it’s pretty fucking tragic. I’ve been following this guys story for the last month or so about how he was sick and the HERO Initiative helped him out…and now this.

        THIS is why I don’t need to see superheroes getting there arms ripped off and the like. Too much of that shit in real life.

        Imagine you were somebody who read about Perry and were disturbed by the story so to “get away” from reality for a bit you pick up an issue of Cry for Justice only to see the EXACT same thing happen in there.


        • cballsack says:

          Agreed. Let’s hear it for escapist fiction.

          • Locusmortis says:

            This is horrible.

            The hero initiative did great things for Steve Perry but it should never have gone this far. There are too many stories of artists falling through the cracks after they’ve been discarded by the comics industry and then falling foul of ill-health. If Steve Perry hadn’t had to spend every penny he ever had on healthcare then he probably wouldn’t have been living in that place….

        • Luiz de Mello says:

          To be honest, I am not against violence on superhero comics, not for that reason. But for that reason, I am entirely against the lack of proper forewarning of violence and gore levels in books. Games, which are much newer, have their proper rating and clear messages in plain English (or whatever language) right in their boxes and in game before you see anything. The player knows what he is getting, even if he knows it only on the ‘last second’ when he was about to play it. Why can’t CBs have that level of forewarning? I’ve never seen anything as clear as that.

          Companies should be obliged to have the first page displaying clear warnings, and the ratiging clearly printed in the front cover. That page is isolated after the cover and is the first thing everyone sees when reading the book, so the reader may just chose to close the book before passing that point and without getting exposed to any content. This warning should be in every issue that contains an story that involes gore or extreme violence in any point of it, be it an arc, a limited series or any form of one-issue-story.

  17. SMARTASS8 says:

    They’ve been promoting Rockstar Games’ “Red Dead Redemption” all week on XM Radio’s The Virus channel. Have any of you gamers played it or are you not even interested in it?

    • It looks ok. It’s made by the douchebags who do Grand Theft Auto and I hate those fucking games with a passion so I really have no interest in Red Dead.


      • Mike F says:

        I totally see what you mean. I always remind myself that the retards who brought that piece of shit “kingdom Hearts” into this planet also made a few other decent games…

        Or how Marvel has a few good writers like Hickman, and yet so many bad writers.

        • Don’t even get me started on Kingdom Hearts.

          Did you end up picking up Gantz Vol 10 this week? It was really good.


          • Mike F says:

            It was? Nice, the last few chapters have been really different. I’m getting it in the weeks to come, that’s for sure. I’m still waiting on that Kei Figurine tho.

            And yeah, Kingdom Hearts made me realize even Video game masters of Japan can fuck up royally.

            • Well, Vol. 10 is REALLY different. There were only a couple chapters about Kurono. The rest of the book was about a couple of new characters. It was a nice change of pace.


              • Mike F says:

                That’s good. GANTZ is amazing and all, but at times it feels like it has no direction. Its just a fun break from intense complex plots. But, 10 is definitely on my life of manga’s for the month. 20th CENTURY BOYS tho is more of a priority in my life. I’m more embedded with it.

                I checked out BioMega btw. Not bad. A quick read (especially for a $13 book) but still some spectacular artwork and a fun story even tho its a very familiar theme…

              • Mike F says:


    • Mike F says:

      Red Dead looks really good. Westerns are always fun, and this one looks really faithful to the genre.

  18. SMARTASS8 says:

    Did anyone read Dark Horse’s Magus Robot Fighter/Doctor Solar FCBD flipbook? I had friends that loved it, but I never got into Valiant during the 90’s. I thought I might try this latest attempt by Jim Shooter but I can’t tell if it’s going to be any good.

  19. vegedge says:

    i bought the tpb of guy davis’ the marquis today.

    what a amazing comic. about a guy in victorian france who hunts down devils hiding in society. wears and plague doctor mask and has victorian machine guns.

    amazing art. great great stuff. like solomon kane minus the puritan shit.

  20. kurumais says:

    karl pilkington on super heroes and super powers

    just brilliant

  21. kurumais says:

    a buddy of mine called me up and couldn’t stop raving about heavy rain on ps3
    he said top 5 games all time

    • cballsack says:

      Anyone see that Shrek got his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame? Not that it really means anything, but it does cheapen the whole affair, if we’re gonna start handing out stars to animated characters to tie in with their movie releases. How come Batman doesn’t get a star? Or the Hobbits? Or James Bond?

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        I love movies and TV(although I don’t watch as much TV as I once did), but I’m so sick of rich narcissists patting each other on the backs for their playing make believe for a living. I used to always watch the Oscars but I stopped due to realizing the more I found out about these stars, the more I disliked them. Giving accolades to a cartoon character who’s been around for less than 10 years is even worse. Btw, isn’t a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame the thing that people raise money for in order to praise their favorite celebrities?

      • phil says:

        Shrek gets a star and legends like Fritz the Cat are left to languish in obcurity? The shame, the shame

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          Considering Crumb killed off his own creation due to his hatred of Ralph Bakshi’s movie and the fact that the movie isn’t as shocking as it once was, I doubt Fritz will ever break out of obscurity.

      • AvS says:

        I have only a limited amount of shit available for distribution.

  22. TheMSpot says:

    Just got done watching The Spirit.

    It makes me want to throw out my Ronin, Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Year One. (hell even my Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot books)

    That hard-boiled dialogue was so terrible and so over the top that I can’t believe that this film saw the light of day.

  23. Aw yeah man! After being out of action for months due to a broken ankle Roxxi returned to TNA Wrestling this week.

    I am well aware that less than %1 of you actually care about this news but oh well.


    • TheMSpot says:

      That was one sweet finisher.

      I prefer TNA over WWE because WWE is such a mess these days.

      • That IS A SWEET finisher. I met her last year and she was one of the nicest people I have ever met (for only really meeting and talking to her for about 5 minutes). She was pretty damn cool.

        I like the Woman’s and X Divisions in TNA a lot. Their main event’s (and the people that TNA push) still have a long way to go.

        As bad as WWE is right now Chris Jericho is still the most entertaining person in pro wrestling to watch.


    • SMARTASS8 says:

      I said this in another thread, but even though I haven’t watched it on a regular basis since Doink The Clown was around, I wouldn’t mind getting into wrestling again. I’ve come to loathe VinnieMac over the years(as a person, a father, a husband, and most of all as the owner of WWF/WWE), so it would have to be TNA. With them hiring a shitty shock jock like Bubba The Love Sponge(although I heard he was recently fired) and everyone saying how awful it is, I never bothered. Maybe I’ll give it a shot over the summer.

      I did hear on the radio that, in a recent interview, Triple H said that WWE is going to start being more “family friendly”. As raunchy as it’s been for years, this has got to be the first time in decades that a kid could watch WWE without their mom being appalled.

      • I fucking hate Bubba. And ya, TNA fired his ass last month. That was very good news indeed.

        WWE has actually been “more family friendly” for a while now. All of their show are rated PG on tv where they used to be rated PG14. It has gotten a lot cleaner.


        • SMARTASS8 says:

          I remember when I briefly tried to give wrestling a shot again at the insistence of a friend who never stopped loving it. It was back when WCW was still owned by Turner. WCW seemed better in terms of actual wrestling. WWF, on the other hand, always made me feel like I was watching the talky parts of a porno with as sleazy as it was.

    • phil says:

      I am so glad to be part of that infantessimal percentage πŸ™‚

  24. Hey folks, Elliott here. Just giving you a heads up that a NEW episode of CCW*TV is being uploaded as I type this and should be available for viewing soon. We talk about Siege #4 and New Avengers Finale. And I know how you guys love our Bendis reviews! πŸ˜‰

    C ya on the flip side!


    • About god damn mother fucking time. You guys see the shit I have to put up with? πŸ˜›


    • TheMSpot says:

      Great review guys but I have to ask what the hell was that music in the background?

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          Do you always have music playing on in the background at the store or do you just play it for the reviews?

          • I always have music playing in the store. You would not believe how uncomfortable the silence gets it there. Plus listening to music I like makes the day go by faster. It’s been like this at every comic shop I have worked at.

            Also, it does add to the ambiance. I talked about this a little on one of our older videos. I tend to play a lot of indie stuff or music from the UK that people have never heard and I always have people asking me what I’m playing because they like it. Finding out about new music and new comics (that I suggest) I guess kinda makes people glad they shop there…at least when I’m working that is . πŸ™‚


            • cballsack says:

              Midtown Comics, the huge comic shop in Times Square, always has cool music playing. It’s one of the little things I like about going there.

            • SMARTASS8 says:

              A friend of mine was the manager at a comic store until recently(he quit). Unlike you, instead of playing indy rock, he played pretty much anything from the 1980’s. Everything from He-Man cartoons to The A-Team to Golden Girls to Indiana Jones. Most of the time, they were played as a tie in to a new comic release or some pop culture news recently leaked.

            • AvS says:

              Good music at a comic shop is always a plus for me. I believe it works both ways too. When I used to go to the record store, when there was just a thing as record stores, I liked it when they’d read comics out loud to me. They’d do that slow sweep from left to right and right back to left to show me the pictures. Then it was on to finger painting and later on we would nap. After napping I would stick pins through the skin on my fingers to freak out little Kara Kowolski. The record store was a strange and magical place where imagination was the rule of the day, imagination and LSD.

  25. SMARTASS8 says:

    So Jose, where are you holding your Lost viewing party tomorrow?

    • He he…no. I have only watched one episode of that show. That was enough for me.


      • cballsack says:

        That’s one more than I ever watched.

      • AvS says:

        Wise man. I got sucked in thanks to an ex-girlfriend and now they got me worrying about the fate of a light hole. The things we do for light holes.

      • SMARTASS8 says:

        LOL! I was kidding! I know you have said a few times in your videos that you thought the show was shit.

        I stopped watching a couple episodes into the 3rd season. I actually thought it got better after the first season(I didn’t find it as compelling as most people did) but it got to the point where you practically had to read books by “fictional authors” mentioned in the show, peruse phony websites to gain further clues & insight into the show, and re-watch each episode(often with “Pop Up Videos” style trivia appearing on the screen) just to figure out what the fuck was going on. That’s not entertainment, that’s homework. When I graduated college, I made a vow I’d never do homework again.

        • AvS says:

          Homework sucks! You sound like you could totaly go for some McDonald’s!

          • SMARTASS8 says:

            Since I’m single and not a good cook, I eat too much fastfood as it is. I’m more of a Wendy’s guy anyway. Although I do find it a shame that they aren’t using the McDonaldland characters anymore. First Joe Camel(always loved him even though I’ve never been a smoker) and now Grimace. Fucking parent groups! As much of a little girl as it makes me, this is one of my favorite commercials of all time…

  26. SMARTASS8 says:

    There must be a God! MacGruber is bombing at the box office. I would rather pay money to see Marmaduke than MacGruber. The way they had those commercials during the superbowl and how often they play commericals for the movie, I thought I was the only one who thought it was an unfunny one-note joke driven into the ground.

  27. SMARTASS8 says:

    So this is what Neal Adams has done in his spare time!

    How long before the LGBT goes after Taco Bell? We already lost the Taco Bell Chihuahua due to special interest groups.

  28. ullar says:

    Anybody read Atlas? I thought it was pretty awesome. I loved 3D Man in A:TI and an psyched that he’s in Atlas. I also found myself getting almost everything in this issue even though the only other Atlas books I’ve ever read are Vs. Avengers and The Uraniun. I’m in for the long haul, even though I’m a irked that Captain Britain isn’t getting another shot. Honestly, who doesn’t think MI:13 would be perfect in this new Heroic Age.

    • Deemar says:

      MI:13 was one of the best comics from Marvel in years, it deserves a second shot.

      Atlas is definately a quality book, I still fear though it won’t last long. No Wolverine or Spider-man too prop the title up.

      It’s the only reason Bendis’ Avengers is successful (Top characters and artist with a big marketing push.)

  29. I find it kinda humorous that 7 people today have clicked on the “Horse Shit” tag on our Siege #4 review.


  30. SMARTASS8 says:

    I don’t know if I should be proud or embarassed that I contributed to the thread with that phrase?

    • I have been tagging most of my Bendis reviews with “Horse Shit” since I started this blog. I do like the term.


      • Insideman says:

        You should try to use “Cat Shit” sometime Jose.

        Cat Shit often smells worse than Horse Shit.

        >very sad I know this<

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          Cat piss is even worse(although I’ve smelled some incense that smells just like it). I had 2 cats that both lived to be 18. I miss them a lot. I don’t miss cleaning their litter box.

          • Insideman says:

            I have a 19 year old sitting at my feet. She’s a sweetheart but she can produce some odorous stuff.

  31. AvS says:

    Anyone not listening to the Tom vs. The Flash podcast should start. Not only is Tom Katers a funny guy but the events leading up to the Trial of the Flash are soon approaching and then the end. It’s exciting, look excited.

  32. Talked to Elliott earlier. I guess we are not taping new videos today. Want to know why? “Because I just put up the first of the new series last night and I don’t want to get backlogged with a bunch of videos,” whined Elliott.

    Ya, we shot those new vids on Monday and he just happened to finally post the first one last night just so he would have an excuse (E thinks I am as dumb as most of the people he knows). I think it has something to do with the new segment I was going to introduce in the new vids called “What kind of fucked up, stupid shit did Dynamite Entertainment do THIS week?”


    • Deemar says:


      Job safety man job safety.

      I’d be worried too

    • Insideman says:

      That’s a bummer! Get on the stick, Elliott! πŸ™‚

      “Trade Guys” like me enjoy these reviews and the NEW videos. Let’s me know what I am getting into when I blow $200 every week.

    • Insideman says:

      I’m sure your Dynamite segment would have started with them buying the rights to ALL CHAOS CHARACTERS (except Lady Death).

      That announcement made a point of emphasizing Dynamite had the right to REPRINT all the OLD Chaos material too.

      Does that mean ALL the creators that got screwed by the Chaos bankruptcy will now get their ORIGINAL PAYCHECKS (that were never honored) paid in full + a REPRINT RATE if Dynamite starts collecting the old Chaos stuff?

      What are the chances of that happening?

      Is there a NEGATIVE NUMBER that goes LOW ENOUGH to calculate these odds?

  33. Insideman says:

    I’m a complete newbie to Manga, guys. VERY new.

    I’m also a completest. I don’t like to read half a story or 2/3rds a story. So I like to read all volumes– so this “tic” obviously limits my current buying choices out of the chute.

    Anyway, a couple of friends got together and decided I need to be “Manga educated”… and suddenly I now have collections of 20th Century Boys, Pluto, Monster, Bleach, Peacemaker, Peacemaker: Kurogane & Shaman Warrior. I haven’t read any yet(not lack of desire– just not enough time) but I will… So I wanted to ask some experts what to buy and avoid.

    Just on concept alone– I have been gravitating toward newer titles like Ikigami, Astral Project, Black Lagoon, Biomega, MPD-Psycho, Dogs & Zone 00… but am I missing something?

    Jose, you’ve mentioned Gantz several times… Seems like a worthy read.

    If I am going to commit to this genre I want to read the best of the best… and hopefully leave most of the shit behind.

    Eagle-eyed “Bleeding Cool” blog readers may have seen me pose similar questions there… but I received ZERO replies. (One of the reasons I’m going to restrict my time there from now on– posters just seem to be more interested to see who can “one-up” each other on that site… Rather than have a REAL CONVERSATION about a given topic.)

    Any comments would be extremely appreciated!

    • Do you want an opinion on what is this best of what you currently have or would you like an opinion on what some of the best is out there? Also, what kind a stories do you prefer? How about genre?

      I am actually getting ready to leave work now. I will get back to your question later on tonight. That I do promise. If you can answer the questions above it will help me get a better idea of what you would possibly enjoy.


      • Insideman says:

        Jose, I’ll be happy to take opinions on what I have (can’t wait to hear what crap current ferments on my shelves) AND also what GREAT STUFF I’m missing out on.

        This is going to sound a little general or nuts (or both) but I just like a WELL WRITTEN story. I don’t care if it is set in the past, present or future… Whether it’s a detective, horror, science fiction, etc., story. Hell, I’m even a sucker for a good relationship book– if it is well written and moves along.

        I don’t like stories that loses sight of their core reason for being or meander for long periods of time with no purpose. I am not an anti-action snob either… I like a great action story as much as the next guy– but like you, would prefer NOT to see ULTIMATE PUNISHER shooting at people for EIGHT FULL PAGES of a comic.

        Also like you and Elliott, I DETEST violence toward women (and animals) in any form. Sexy’s absolutely fine (for women, not animals :-))… But I’m not hip on abusing women or paying to watch fictional women be abused.

        Gruesome activity can be easily overdone (one of the reasons I stayed away from Manga originally… Didn’t like some of the images I saw and it was easy to paint the entire genre with that brush)– but I can “man up” as quick as the next guy if gruesome is called for in the plot.

        Gee, I don’t know if I helped. My previous exposure was Akira, Appleseed, some Gunsmith Cats… and more recently The Witchblade color Manga… Which I actually thought was fun.

        But, as stated above, GOOD STORY– whether mystery, science-fiction, humor, horror, western… Whatever… is what hooks me.

        Oh, and the ability for the artist to draw past a 6th grade level is a must.

        Me likes purty pictures a much as the next guy.

        Thanks for your help!

        • Ok. As for the stuff you currently have:

          20th Century Boys and Monster: Some of the best manga I have ever read.

          Bleach: I have the first 12 volumes and think it’s ok. I am a big fan of the art and not so much the story.

          Pluto: I have not read but really want to. I hear it’s excellent.

          Peacemaker and Shaman Warrior: Never read them. They didn’t really appeal to me.

          As for the other titles you mentioned:

          Black Lagoon: Another case if me loving the art but I didn’t care for the story. Only read the first 3 volumes.

          MPD-Psycho: If you don’t like violence towards women and anything too gruesome you probably will not like this. I bought the first volume and while I was very interested in the main characters and story, the violence really put me off. I normally don’t have a problem with violence in manga but this book was kinda disturbing at points (which I think it was supposed to be).

          Ikigami and Dogs: Haven’t read but do want to.

          Astral Project and Zone 00: Don’t really have an opinion on.

          Now for manga that I like (besides 20th Century Boys and Monster):

          Akira and Domu: These are classics to me. I am still astounded by the amount of detail Katsuhiro Otomo put into his comics.

          Silent Mobius: Classic 80’s cyberpunk stuff. Deals with a female police force who hunt demons and ghosts.

          Battle Royale: Ya, it’s one of the most violent comics I have ever read but I really got into the story and characters.

          Gantz: Again, pretty violent but I dig the art a lot (though it gets a bit chesse cakey at times). It’s alomst a straight up sci-fi story with some bits of mystery and later, some paranormal stuff. Tons of action for the most part. It is one of those comics I love to buy and just turn my brain off while reading.

          Blade of the Immortal: A story about a samurai who can not die until he kills a thousand men. Everything about the comic is great.

          Eagle: A story that takes place during the 2000 (I believe) U.S. presidential election about the first half Japanese/half American running for office. Pure fiction but there are characters based on real politicians like Bill and Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. I really dug this book. Can not say enough good things about it.

          And really quick just a few other manga I have enjoyed: Appleseed, Gunsmith Cats, Cannon God Exxaxion, Worst, Genshiken and Oldboy.

          Hope this all helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.


          • Insideman says:

            Very, very cool of you to do that for me, Jose.

            What’s even more cool… I’ve never, ever heard of Eagle Cannon God Exxaxion, Worst and Genshiken.


            Battle Royale sounds like a blast too!

            I’ll have to reconnect with Blade of the Immortal as well.

            Most definitely will look into all of these right away. Hopefully most volumes will be attainable. Your list alone is going to keep me busy for a while!

            And thanks again for all the recommendations– and the critiques of the series I have on hand already.(Sounds like my friends have DECENT taste in Manga at least– That’s a good thing!)

          • Mike F says:

            Ikigami is really intense. The emotions are full throttle in that comic.

    • kurumais says:

      there is a whole of manga posted on the darkside of the interwebs that you can check out which i do right before i go to a show or con to see what books im going look for
      im not going to say i have bought all the manga ive read but i do like to support the creators if i can

  34. SmokeyClocks says:

    Did anyone read Prince of Power? If so is it worth the money? It seems interesting but I dont know if i want to spend the money on it.

  35. Deemar says:

    Nope I plan on too

  36. kurumais says:

    finally caught up with the full batwoman/detective run
    boy she sure gets stabbed a lot
    not sure what happened with rucka and him moving on but looks like he just dropped the character and story in the middle of something
    all i can think of is what wellington mara use to say “when they say it not about the money IT’S about the money!” which is fine no reason he shouldnt get paid

  37. Deemar says:

    Lost finale

    I don’t get it.

    Bit of a let down

    • SMARTASS8 says:

      I haven’t watched it religiously since the 3rd season, but between the 2 hour summary episode that aired tonight and the occasional rerun that airs late at night on Chicago’s local ABC station, I was able to follow the finale. It made sense to me but, even though it was well acted and quite emotional at times, it made everything that happened before it seem pointless. The powers of Jacob and MIB/Smoke Monster, everything going on at the island, the flash sideways; none of it really mattered since they all eventually met up in heaven after they all died. It’d be like watching Empire Stikes Back and as soon as the one-armed Luke falls down that shaft, they flash to him meeting up Obi-Wan, Han, Lea, and Chewie in heaven. It wasn’t the worst ending, but I’m hapy I only put in about 1/3 of the time to watch it as those who watched all 6 seasons.

      • OMG! SPOILERS!!!

        Well, at least now I’ll never have to watch that shit show…not that I was planning on watching it ever. 8)


        • SMARTASS8 says:

          Sorry about that. I figured if someone saw that Deemar’s initial post was about the Lost finale and they cared about spoilers, they wouldn’t read any further.

          Jose, what made you stick with Fringe but not Lost? They were both Bad Robot productions and, imo, both started slow. I might have stuck with Fringe longer if not for that blonde on the show. She’s not very attractive(again imo), she isn’t a good actress, and her chemistry with Pacey was non-existent. Everytime you almost tempt me to give that show another chance, I remember the blonde chick and that the show was created by the 2 idiots responsible for the scripts behind Abram’s Star Trek & the 2 TF movies.

          • Mike F says:

            Your so polite for a guy named SMARTASS


            • SMARTASS8 says:

              That’s why my screen name isn’t JACKASS or ASSHOLE(although sometime it probably should be). 8)

              • Mike F says:

                Its interesting what you said earlier tho, I don’t feel like JJ had much to do with LOST. He didn’t write any episodes right?

                But Fringe he was more involved… Damon was the main man behind Lost or so it seemed with the special they aired before the finale.

          • Well, I really like Anna Torv (that blond on the show who is really a red head). I agree it did take her a while to get comfortable on the show but I think she is doing great now. Her chemistry with the other cast members has gotten much better now too. I really don’t see the problems you have with her. But could just be me.

            I just find the stories and characters on Fringe more interesting…actually WAY more interesting than I ever found Lost. Plus I really couldn’t fucking stand Hurley. Maybe in the same way you can’t stand Anna Torv.


            • Also, I believe that the Olivia Dunham character on Fringe is the strongest female on television today. Maybe the strongest since Buffy.


            • Deemar says:

              She’s a red head!?

              Even better

            • SMARTASS8 says:

              “I really don’t see the problems you have with her.”

              In terms of me not finding her attractive, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As for her acting/chemistry problems, you basically agreed with me. I’m assuming, since I gave up on the show during episode 3 of the first season, she wasn’t yet “comfortable” or that “her chemistry with the other cast members has gotten much better”.

              I gave up on Lost too but more out of my unwillingness to put in so much time in order to truly “enjoy” the show. I have to say though, I liked Hurley a lot. He went from being the morbidly obese guy with the awful hair to my favorite character just becasue of how likable he was.

          • Deemar says:

            Wha!? Anna Torv (Chick from Fringe) is smoking out, she’s one of those few women who look good with little or no make up.

            That’s gotta count for something.

            I watch Fringe more for John Noble (Walter) that guy is a amazing actor.

            Also is it me or does Fringe have hints of the Marvel & DC Universe in it? I mean the OBSERVERS are basically the WATCHERS.

      • Deemar says:

        I’m still trying to figure out wtf the flash sideways was.

        Hurley is the protector of the Island?

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          ***LOST SPOILERS***

          The flash sideways, imo, were the characters making their way through purgatory or heaven in order to meet up with each other after death.

          Hurley was the new Jacob until he either died or appointed someone new.

          I guess Eko, that lesbian from The Fast & The Furious, and Walt & his dad didn’t make it to heaven. Maybe God only accepts white people and Asians.

          • SmokeyClocks says:

            i like your explanation better than mine. its more succinct

          • Deemar says:

            Ya’know I did notice that, WTF

            Your explanation makes sense (As much sense Lost can make)

            They completely left Walt hanging and there was Rose along with Bernard so one sistah in Heaven.

            I guess you have too marry a white person to get into Lost Heaven.

            • SMARTASS8 says:

              All I know is Rose is OK in my book since she married Mike Seaver’s high school principal.

              • SMARTASS8 says:

                Actually, Hurley is Hispanic as well. There goes my theory. Damn! I was all set to secure the rights for my new website “ThePeopleBehindLostAreRacistBastards.COM”.

              • Deemar says:


                I knew that guy look familiar

                Rose and Bernard definately one of the most gosh darn loveable couples on tv

                • Speaking of “lovable couples” did you catch the Castle season finale last week?


                  • Deemar says:

                    Nope completely off my radar.

                    Side note rumor has it Nathan Fillion = Hank Pym in Avengers

                    Joss Whedon!!!

                  • SMARTASS8 says:

                    I need to catch up on Castle. I saw every episode of the first season but after missing this season’s first episode, I never got caught up again. Did they do more with those 2 male cops at the precinct? I liked the first season, but those 2 guys never really seemed like more than stock characters sharing the same personality.

                  • They did do more with those two. Each of them got their “own” episodes this season which deals with their pasts. They did a good job of fleshing out those two characters a bit more.


        • SmokeyClocks says:

          yeah basically how i took it was that the flash sideways was all their souls waiting to realize they were dead in purgatory.

        • Smallmaniac says:

          It reminds me of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, a short story about a guy who escapes a hanging with a surprise ending.

          I think the whole flash sideways was really a flash forward, to where they’re all dead, to all their deaths but they couldn’t call it that because they already used that name.

      • SmokeyClocks says:

        true but my real issue with it was last season they started the approach of explaining everything from a science fiction point of view and imo was really interesting. But this season rather then continue with that they just changed their explanation of their own universe and just said it was all unexplainable magic and they all go to heaven.

        • SMARTASS8 says:

          I felt the same way with the last episode of The Golden Girls.

        • Deemar says:

          I guess they couldn’t wrap up the show with science so they dumbed it down

          • SMARTASS8 says:

            I guess Bendis isn’t the only one who watched Battlestar Galactica.

            • Deemar says:


              For once I’d like a tv show to end making sense.

              I think Fringe has a good chance of not pissing me off.

              • SMARTASS8 says:

                I’m not trying to jinx it for you guys just because I don’t watch it, but wasn’t Fringe one of those bubble shows(like V was for me) that almsot didn’t get renewed or am I remembering things wrong? It seems that with genre/sci-fi shows, one of 2 things happen; they either go on way too long or they get canceled before they can wrap up all of their intricate plotlines.

          • SmokeyClocks says:

            i think they were just too lazy to come up with reasoning the fell within the parameters they set. I don’t think i would be so upset about it if they didn’t say that all my questions would be answered. The last episode barely answered anything. They just constructed an ending that allowed them not to have to attempt to answer anything. SPOILER i guess i really just want a buddy cop spin off of hurley and ben running around the island explaining everything

            • Deemar says:

              I’d take the Sawyer/Miles Cop show!

              The guys who play Ben and Locke definately deserve their own shows.

              Hell Ben Linus could be a good Batman villain

    • Mike F says:

      I enjoyed it. I think LOST has some great actors on it.

      And yeah the special airing before the finale helped get me back in pace with the show…

    • TheGateJester says:

      Your telling me. I feel just like I did when I watched the finale of BSG. The ending makes no sense whatsoever. And if I am understanding the ending the right way I just wasted like at least 100 some hours of my life that I can’t get back. Thanks JJ Abrams

  38. Mike F says:

    Haha Jimmy Kimmel just now, parodied LOST finale with the Soprano’s finale πŸ™‚

  39. NoEmoDaredevil says:

    Did you guys happen to read “Return of Bruce Wayne?” Was that one of your next reviews?

    • That is one of our next reviews.


      • SMARTASS8 says:

        You and Elliott need to find away to parlay your videos into a money making hobby(I couldn’t think of something better to call it). If you guys start making money with them, then Elliott can start posting them more frequently. I of course expect a small percentage of the profits since it was my idea. :p

  40. haha everyone should get a small profit or at least a mention in the credits speaking of end of shows did anyone see the end of ashes to ashes/life on mars it was ok i don’t want to say a lot in case any one hasen’t seen the finale episode.

  41. mbell028 says:

    A sad note one of the local comics in my area is closing down. I’m sad to see it go and I’m glad that they are selling all their back-issues for $1 I got a lot of good books today and I’ll prob be going back soon. Atlantis games and Comics VA Beach you will be missed.

  42. SMARTASS8 says:

    I’m still pissed that NBC cancelled it one season shy of breaking Gunsmoke’s 20 season record for an hour long drama, but tonight’s Law & Order was a good series finale(much better than last weeks awful SVU season finale; God Sharon Stone sucks!).

  43. SMARTASS8 says:


    Another savage bullfighter got gored!!!

    Too bad he lived and the whole arena didn’t burn down killing the entire vile audience.

    • When I saw this early I nearly creamed my pants. Fuck that bullfighter. I wish this happened more often.


      • SMARTASS8 says:

        They act like they’re brave guys going one on one with an animal. People forget that the bulls are worn down and beaten by other idiots before the bullfight even begins. Also, if this guy was such a warrior, why’d he have help when the bull got him? I say the bull won and should get to go free(although he was proably already mortally wounded by all the spears).

        They had a guy interviewed on 60 Minutes awhile back who was a legacy bullfighter who was gored as well(it might have been the same guy as this for all I know). He unfortunately survived too.

      • IronMuskrat says:

        • IronMuskrat says:

          I think if you listen close you can hear the sound of a thousand fans shitting their pants at the same time.

  44. SMARTASS8 says:

    What a loser!!!

    I used to love Hulk Hogan but between his whorish ex-wife, his scumbag son(he turns his best friend into a brain damaged “monster” and wanted to make it look like his bad driving was the friend’s fault just so he could get out of jail), his creepy relationship with his “tranny” daughter, his friendship with Bubba The Love Sponge, and now this. I think I’m going to have to tear up my Hulkamaniacs card.

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