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    • Rob F says:

      It’s an interesting show but I feel like after watching the two seasons I wanted so much more…maybe it’s a drawback of British tv programming. And it might just be me but the police procedural aspect of the show is far behind either a CSI or a Law and Order.

    • ComicBookDude says:

      Looks like a really good and intense show. I looked for it on Netflix and it looks like they have all the seasons so far for streaming! How long is each season?

      • J. says:

        The first series is 6 episodes and the second is only 4. There is a third series coming out sometime next year.

        It’s one of the best things I’ve watched this year. I think the show goes beyond being a police procedural show and is more of a character study. And, yes, Idres Elba is totally intense in it.

        • Insideman says:

          I think my girlfriend thinks I am in love with Alice.

        • comicbookdude89 says:

          Thanks for answering my question! That matches with what’s on Netflix. I was a bit confused why there were only 4 episodes in a season, but this helped defeat my confusion. I figured Idris Elba was good in it. He won a Golden Globe for playing Luther didn’t he? I loved him as Heimdall as well.

          Looks like I have something to do tonight!

  1. PhilBetaGAMMA says:

    Anybody checking out the youtube “wigs” series?

    • Insideman says:

      No. Never heard of it. What’s it about, Phil?

      • comicbookdude89 says:

        Gah! Beat me to it!

        I am also curious as to what it’s about. I’ve never heard about it.

      • PhilBetaGAMMA says:

        Essentially youtube’s put up a number of “mini” dramas, und.er the banner of a WIGS network. Largely their a number of female-centric dramas, that each ep rarely goes over seventeen minutes, and be as little as just under five minutes.

  2. comicbookdude89 says:

    I absolutely LOVE Wolverine and the X-Men! It is such a fun comic book. I never expected anything like this from Jason Aaron, let alone from Marvel or an X-Men comic. The characters are great together. The conflicts are funny and unusual. Plus, Wolverine and Kid Omega + space gambling? How could that not be fun? Plus the art is great too. Chris Bachalo has grown on me and his wacky art pairs nicely with the sometimes wacky story. Nick Bradshaw (who has finally stopped being a straight-up Art Adams clone) has a very nice cartoony style that’s a pleasure to look at.

    My only problem would be that it’s a 20 page comic that costs $4 and it double ships every now and then. To me it’s worth the extra cost and I hope that it continues to be amazing!

    Anyone else share my love for this series?

    • Tiger Topher says:

      I gave the first issue a shot and didn’t care for it all. I didn’t like the silly tone of the book and the art did nothing for me.

    • J. says:

      If Jason Aaron’s name is on a book chances are very good that I won’t be reading it.

      • ComicBookDude says:

        That’s too bad. You’re missing out on a fun comic.

        • J. says:

          I don’t see it that way. I see it as not supporting a dick creator. I also read a lot of comics that I consider fun. Don’t think I’m really missing out on anything.

          The only things I have ever enjoyed by Aaron were his initial run on Ghost Rider and Scalped. All his other work is mediocre at best.

          • M. Fewko says:

            His Hulk comic pissed me off. The fact that it was $4 for 19 pages of art that needed 4 or 5 artists to finish the thing turned my face red with rage. And the story was kinda interesting, too, which was really the thing that pissed me off the most. But, recent issues look cliche as hell, so I’m happy I dropped it early.

          • ComicBookDude says:

            Wolverine and the X-Men is the only thing by Jason Aaron that I’ve really enjoyed (haven’t read Scalped or his Ghost Rider run yet).

            His Ultimate Captain America mini-series was horrible. Even Ron Garney’s art couldn’t save his dreadful script.

            • comicbookdude89 says:

              Also, X-Men: Schism was bland. Issue#3 was decent (Daniel Acuna’s art had a lot to do with that), but the rest of the series was bland.

              Has Jason Aaron ever been a progressive jerk like Dan Slott or Stephen Wacker? I know he said a bunch of unwarranted crap about Alan Moore that was rude. I’m just curious. Cause if he has continued to be a jerk to people I will have a problem with that.

            • tomstewdevine says:

              Jason Aaron may have made some outlandish comments towards a Mr. Moore. I thought that was pretty crazy, but he is no Dan Slott when it comes to the things he has said on the internet. That aside, he is probably one of the top 3 writers in comics right now. Just like anybody he has had mediocre books, but the majority of everything he has wrote has been very good. He makes a living writing for Marvel and that sucks, but the things he has done there have been very very good. I would recommend these books he did as some of the best comics to come out the last 10 years; The Other Side, Scalped, Ghost Rider, (select)Wolverine, PunisherMax, The Penguin One Shot, and Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine.

              I will be reading Jason Aaron Comics for a long time to come, and can’t wait to see what his next creator owned project is.

              • ComicBookDude says:

                Thanks for reminding me about PunisherMAX. How on earth could I have forgotten about that? Maybe because I’ve only read the first issue? It was great. I need to read Scalped, but I haven’t been able to find volume one anywhere since I decided I wanted to read it. Not even at my beloved Half-Price Books :(

                Yeah, I didn’t think Aaron was as bad as Slott or Wacker when it comes to stupid comments on the internet. Stephen Wacker makes me so mad whenever I see him being a dick to the fans. That alone is reason not to buy ASM (assuming he still “edits” that awful comic).

              • J. says:

                What kind of sad state must the comic industry be in if Aaron is currently one of it’s top 3 writers? Maybe the ass half of the top 30 but no way top 3. This is something we will just have to agree to disagree on.

              • hackslash2020 says:

                There is no way you can be in the top 3 by writing mainstream comics like Wolverine, Punisher or Astonishing Spider-Man..None of these series are classics let alone memorable..I will agree with you that most of his work is very enjoyable: He is very good in mixing gore with comedy..

                What I will hold against you ;-) is your high praise for Jonathan Hickman…Except his run on Fantastic Four, this fanny has stolen so much money out of our pockets …(secret warriors/shield) The fact that he never ever ever finishes a plotline is far more irritable then all the shit Fraction, Bendis and Slott has thrown at us combined…. I’d rather buy a Rob Liefeld book then a Jonathan Hickman book..A hickman book is not smart..its lazy!

                • Might be raging too much here because I might actually pay to see a creator-owned book by Aaron, As/& I have never read his Scalped and probably never will because it doesnt appeal to me, I do have 90% of his Marvel stuff..His best work was probably Punisher…Wolverine had his moments….In the top 100 list I probably put him behind Rick Remender…because he wrote Fear Agent..Problem with Remender is he has the tendency to completely change the style of a book…punisher became franken-castle…and UNCANNY X-Force had the most epic start for a series and then turned into this alternate universe/fantasy fairytale with freaking castles and unicorn which doesnt have to be a problem if it didnt went on from issue 7 till 18 or something.. :-/

                  • tomstewdevine says:

                    Hickman and Aaron are awesome, both better than Remender. I didn’t read (secret warriors/shield) and I don’t read any Ultimate stuff. I also haven’t read Fear Agent, yet. So for what I have read of all these creators I would say Hickman is has the coolest over all storys, while Aaron writes the best single comic. But this is just my opinion, and as my Grandpa used to say “Opinions are like ass-holes, everyone’s got one.”.

                  • M. Fewko says:

                    Hickman is WAYYYYYY better than Aaron. Not smart? Funny, since Hickman does more research into history with his comics than any of the other writers you mentioned. His FF stories taught me just as much about locations around the globe as it did stretch my imagination.

                    The simple fact is all these writers were corrupted by the formidable force of Joey Q, the editor who eats good writer’s souls. Warren Ellis seems to be unaffected thus far, but, he’s also very vocal about his contract w/ Marvel. Jeff Parker hasn’t fallen down the drain yet, either (his red hulk comics were great). One day though….Joey Q will have left Marvel and maybe…. just maybe…. these great writers will return to working.

    • ed2962 says:

      I read the first couple and thought it was decent. I liked the fact that it was light-hearted and didn’t seem like it was bogged down in all the drama that made some of the other X-titles unreadable for me. I didn’t continue with it cuz I wanted to try other types of comics.

  3. Blanchard says:

    The comic in the “Things we Hate” section. Is that a real comic?

    If it is, who published that piece of shit so I don’t accidentally buy one of their comics?

  4. kurumais says:

    dc editorial has decided to replace stephanie brown with barbara gordon in smallville
    i am angry and disappointed

    • comicbookdude89 says:

      DC must hate me. And Stephanie Brown. And their fans. Especially their Stephanie Brown fans.

      As much as I love Stephanie Brown I will not read Smallville nor will I watch the show, which I’ve heard is overall not good. Therefore, I will not waste my time. Actually, isn’t Bryan Q. Miller writing the Smallville comics? If that’s the case then I guess it makes some sense. Still… I was hoping Stephanie would show up in some of the Batman comics like Batman or Batman, Inc., etc.

      • The first three seasons are a bit meh, but once season 4 starts and they start making Smallville its own universe and bring in elements and characters of the Superman comics, it gets better with every season. But I’ll admit, I’m a Superman guy too. And it couldn’t have bee too bad to last 10 seasons. If you like the show the comic is just as good. It feel like these are lost episodes and all the characters act and fell like they did in the show.

    • ComicBookDude says:

      Wow, I totally read your comment wrong. I thought she was going to be IN Smallville, replacing Barbara Gordon.

      I still hold to my statement that DC hates Stephanie Brown and her fans :)

      • kurumais says:

        steph was originally going to be nightwing, batman’s partner, in a 3 issue story arc in the smallville comic by bryan q miller . rumor has it dc editorial has mandated she be replaced by barbara gordon so hair color and dialogue had to be changed. i also read miller was pulled from the superman panel at sdcc. this is all very odd considering smallvile does very well digitally.

        • ComicBookDude says:

          I hate that DC does all of these weird little things that make no sense. Haven’t they had a history of pulling people from panels? Didn’t that happen to Amy Reeder last year?

          • kurumais says:

            well ive been thinking its just trying to push/promote barbara more. from what ive seen smallville has about 10 million downloads since it started thats huge audience most of whom im assuming dont read dcnu comics. well here is a chance to maybe get some of them to try out batgirl and birds of prey, starring barbara gordon. i dont thinks its a bad move but it should have been done right from the start! when millar came up with idea somebody should have called him and said “hey bryan we would rather you to use barbara and here is why…” not have the issue scripted and drawn before they change gears.

  5. Matthew Guy says:

    Walking Dead #100 was badass not as epic as 48 or around 84 but dang close.

  6. kurumais says:

    this week we see the debut of the new carol davers captain marvel in avenging spider man
    does anyone else think its odd ? she is still ms marvel in every other book and we have no how or why she is captain now.

  7. Did anyone hear about the New Sandman mini-series Comics Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III are going to be putting out?

    • kurumais says:

      i heard about it ill believe it when i see it. good combo for that kind of project btw

    • Tiger Topher says:

      I wonder what this means for the Batwoman book.

      • kurumais says:

        me too T williams doesnt seem like a guy to do 2 books. maybe no more batwoman art duties for him . he did what 3 issues? then amy reeder now whats his name who is much better then i would have thought.

    • Blanchard says:

      So DC doesn’t want to create new comics? They just want to continue milking 25 year old properties?

      I kind of feel bad that this was my initial reaction to the news. I actually like both creators and think that any book they do together would be amazing. Just wish they were working on something new.

      • J. says:

        I agree with you completely on the milking issue but I also couldn’t care less about another Sandman story. The series is completely overrated. I am also pretty bummed that this will take up a lot of Williams’ time and possibly keep him away from Batwoman.

        • Matthew Guy says:

          I didn’t read Sandman the first time & not going to this time either. The end of me buying Batwoman is coming near w/ this news short of bringing on another A+ top artist to take JHIII’s place.

          Matthew

  8. kurumais says:

    a buddy of mine were talking about comic related media and news sites. we were curious which are the top comic podcasts and vlogs? how many hits/subscribers do they get? my point was there were so many comic related podcast and youtube shows with such a small potential audience they split the views/listners into such small slices.
    thanks

    • Matthew Guy says:

      I listen to comic Geek Speak it comes out 3 to 4 times a week usually. My other favorites are Eleven O’Clock Comics Podcast, Word Balloon (I may skip sections of the podcast depending on who is interviewed), Sidebar, Dollar Bin podcast & a video podcast called Pete’s Basement. I like getting different reviews of various titles being reviewed by other fans, industry news is important artist X is jumping to Superman or writer y is going to Marvel to do a Red She Hulk book, plus reviews of old stuff be it mid 70s, 80s, 90s, early 2000s plus some indie talk never hurts. All in all in the last 7 years I am more aware of the industry & what titles to try be it a top seller like Justice League, Superman, Daredevil & both FF books while still enjoying Fatale, Saga, Criminal, BPRD, etc..

      Live & learn my fellow comic friends.
      Matthew

  9. kurumais says:

    so far out of SDCC the only things i like or will probably buy is jeff parker and carlos pagulayan red she hulk they did agents of atlas together. and trade wait on the new sandman.

  10. kurumais says:

    does mark waid work for everybody that publishes comics?

  11. kurumais says:

    if anyone sees any captain america news out sdcc please call my attention to it
    thanks

  12. Anyone catch this Y: The Last Man fan film?

  13. kurumais says:

    dianna rigg is going to be in dr who and joining the cast of game of thrones that is awesome
    for those not familiar

  14. kurumais says:

    i feel the same way about stephanie brown as i do about firefly its too big for the network or publisher to understand. that the creators, characters/cast and fans make no sense to tptb

  15. kurumais says:

    is it possible to hear that song call me maybe without wanting to hurt yourself usually pop songs dont effect me but this one uggggg

  16. kurumais says:

    looks like godzilla knocked them dead at sdcc. i am so hungry for some new kaiju i cant tell you

  17. kurumais says:

    i like it

  18. Locusmortis says:

    Bendis’s pitch for his X-Men book according to Axel Alonso “No one tells a better ground-level story that introduces readers to a world through a young person’s eyes — and that’s apparent from the first two scripts Brian’s already written — yep, already written! [Laughs] This is young Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman and Angel traveling into the future and seeing what happened to Xavier’s dream. And some of them will find out they didn’t even make it this far! [Laughs] Imagine you’re 17-year-old Jean Gray and you crash-land in the present. It’d be, like, “Why is everyone looking at me so strange…?””

    I’d rather go through (another) root canal surgery than read something as trite as that.

    • Insideman says:

      Having had two myself, I’d opt for a third. :)

    • J. says:

      The thing that really gets me about this is that Bendis has already rewritten the continuity of the Avengers going all the way back to the original #1 and now he is going to do the exact same thing with the X-Men. Why aren’t more people angry about this shit?

      • While I love them more than anything in comics, I gave up on all things X-Men years ago. Unless the actually do a reboot, I’ve given up caring about what they do to it. I only came back to DC because of the reboot and I’m cutting more and more out.

        I do want to pose this question to you all, especially since everyone here knows more about comics than me. I grew up reading comics by people who only had people that wrote and read superhero comics. Image came around when I was 10 and other indie publishers started to gain more notice, we are now 20 years in the future, where to be in the industry, you need to have broad range and knowledge, much like any good writer does. But I wonder, especially those creators that get known for non-superhero comics, that broad knowledge has become a flaw because there are few that will specialize in superhero comics, like a horror or Sci-fi writer does?

      • ed2962 says:

        Agh! I thought I was the only one pissed about Avengers continuity! Dude! I hope it’s ok if I rant…Did you read any of that “Oral History of the Avengers” stuff they were running for a while? I had stopped buying the comic, but I’d still look at it in the store. I’m reading this stuff and I’m just like, “I read that comic he’s referring to, that’s NOT how the story went.” Ok fine, I get that not everyone has read all these comics from 20 yrs ago, HOWEVER, at the same time, Marvel was publishing Joe Casey’s Avengers Origin comic which was a retelling of the old story with a modern twist. It was updated, but it still mostly worked within established lore. AND they had just put out single issue reprints of the Stan and Jack Avengers stuff with new back up stories. These weren’t old back issues BMB was contradicting, they were new comics that were literally on the stands next to his stuff! Agh!

        And on a personal note, I didn’t like BMB having Patsy Walker refer to herself as a “bimbo”. I’m like, where did that come from?

    • ed2962 says:

      I know I brought up the idea that the premise reminded me of an unpublished Alan Moore story last time, but thinking about it later, it also seems similar to a Geoff Johns Teen Titans story were Tim and the gang meet their future adult selves where Tim was Batman w/a gun and the team had turned into an Authority-ish type group ( I’m sorry if I’m turning into “that guy” were everything reminds me of everything else)

      Reading about the New X-Men title more (what little info there is), Marvel seems to be stressing that it’s not a time travel book. I get the feeling they might drop the “out of time” aspect after a year or so and just focus on the teen hero aspect. At least I hope, cuz like you I don’t think they can get more than an arc or two out of that premise before it started to get redundant. I won’t lie, I’ll pick up the first few issues cuz I really like Stuart Immonen’s art.

      What’s really got me worried tho is BMB’s writing. Is he going to come in fresh with some strong writing cuz of this new assignment? Or is he going to fall into his less than inspired pattern where the first two issues are good, the third is ok, then around the fourth things start stalling?

  19. kurumais says:

    im trying watch gentlemen broncos i loved the trailer but im finding it very hard to get threw, the protaganist is such a door mat it just annoys me. and i pretty much hate everyone else except for jermaine clement ‘s character he is dirt bag but fun.
    did anyone like this flick?

  20. kurumais says:

    so The Viper will be in the wolverine movie. i had no idea those 2 even had a run in. i was hoping she would be in the cap movie thats pretty much the only time i have seen her when she fought cap as the viper or madam hydra.

    • ed2962 says:

      I read that part of the Wolverine movie will based on the first Wolverine mini-series. In the trades Marvel usually includes two X-Men issues that pick up immediately afterwards where the X-Men join Logan in Japan and Silver Samurai and Viper who were partnered at the time were the bad guys.

  21. After watching the trailer for the FRINGE final season, I kinda feel like the trend started last season that the first seasons don’t matter is being perpetuated and I’m struggling to care about the show. I used to love this show.

    • kurumais says:

      i havent seen it yet but as we’ve said around here before they pretty much wrapped up the series last season and this future seems tacked on. that being said ill watch and ill probably like it, ive got the warm fuzzies for all the characters and i put olivia dunham up there with buffy summers, emma peel, and xena as a top notch tv heroine.

      • I definitely agree with you on Olivia, especially after the first season where it took them a while to open her up a bit. And I’ll still watch it, but it’s not going to be with the same enthusiasm as I had going from season 3 to season 4.

        • kurumais says:

          i was just looking at pics of the sdcc fringe panel anna has a great smile she so serious in the show most of time its nice to see,

  22. Tiger Topher says:

    Do you guys get nauseous when you see Nick Fury Jr? If so, it might be because you’re racist. Apparently that’s how Marvel sees it. Seriously, just take a look at this gem from Tom Brevoort’s Formspring page:

    Fan: I feel like throwing up every time I see Fury Jr.
    Brevoort: You understand how racist that sounds, right?

    • kurumais says:

      i think that character is so silly in that it shoe horning a movie nick fury into 616. but i think he looks really cool in cap’s commander outfit.
      i posted before how this is probably about giving fans of tv and movie nick fury a familar face in the marvel u. how long will it take a new fan to discover original white nick fury and ultimate nick fury ? and i guess whether they stay or not is if it intrigues them to find out more or just seem confusing and excessive.
      i havent actually read anything with him in it yet so i cant tell you if i like him.

  23. kurumais says:

    is scott lobell a good writer? forgive me if i insult your nostalgia but i considered anyone working on x books in the 90s a hack. and what little i saw of gen 13 didnt dissuade me of my horrible prejudice. but im open to the possibility he might be a good writer and not just jim lee’s buddy.

  24. So, has anyone ever watched ALPHAS? is it any good or just mediocre like most of the shows on there they don’t import from other countries or tv stations? So far the only show of theirs I can watch is their version of Being Human.

    And before I get the rage about that, I want to say that I didn’t like the original UK version because It felt like they started the show in the middle of a season and I never cared about the characters. And while I can enjoy it, it’s not my top show to watch, when it’s on netflix I’ll probably go through the second season.

    Also, why the hell is Squidbillies still getting new shows? It’s crap like that that made me stop watching Adult Swim.

    • kurumais says:

      alphas is just ok its kind of an xmen in the real world thing. i started watching season 1 but dropped it because they ripped off a fringe villain i saw just about a month before. remeber when liv was living as alt liv and she was up against the guy who could toss a dime here and start a chain reaction that causes a huge car accident there? well alphas did they exact same thing. azita ghanizida is really cute though and they do have some new twist on the mutant power thing. i would say it about on the level of those syndicated sci fi fantasy shows from the 90s early 2000s.
      i hated squidbillies too

  25. Blanchard says:

    I realized tonight that I had two reactions to every announcement Marvel and DC made at SDCC: indifference and anger.

    I wonder what that means?

    • kurumais says:

      i think part of the problem is its a constant news cycle with comics there are tons of cons now so SDCC isnt a place for once a year news . its not like when tv networks announce what pilots they are working on all around the same time. also they just go from one event to the next and they promo the same exact way as J pointed out not that long ago. i think their PR staves have about 4 things they cycle through “This will change eveything you know” ” nothing will ever be the same ” yeah yeah yeah been hearing that forever .

  26. kurumais says:

    i think im probably a hypocrite. i loved crisis on infinite earths. i loved the dcu that came out of that . i loved that wally west could go to jay garrick for advice. after crisis started reading more and more dc till the 90s when i became a total dc head. i thought the writing from dc in the 90s was heads and tales above the competition. but now i hate the new 52. im sure plenty of silver age bronze age dc fans hated crisis and i thought they were silly at the time. now im probably the one being a silly grumpy ole fan. but the new 52 is a mess compared to how well infinite crisis was handled and how they worked out their new timelines and history. it wasnt perfect but much better. im dropping characters ive been with for years but gravitating towards new books with new characters like frankenstein. books and characters i dont have a long history with.

  27. kurumais says:

    the british peple get super powers show Misfits is going to finally be on american tv on the logo channel. but the thing is i dont remember any gay or lesbian characters on the show. lots of gay jokes but no actual gays. anyway i think its a must see or a must check out for comic fans.

  28. I just felt like saying that I’m incredibly bummed that Rucka’s Punisher series is coming to an end. I’m also bummed to see that he has to face The Avengers in a mini-series after his ongoing is cancelled. Thanks Marvel. I really wanted to read a F**KING AVENGERS STORY. Dammit Marvel. Leave the street guys alone in their own world that I can enjoy.

    • kurumais says:

      check out thomas jane dirty laundry fan film on youtube its quite good

      i agree street guys need to be away from the super dupers

  29. Just found out that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to play Lobo.

    I personally think they should have gone for Undertaker!

  30. SickFreak22 says:

    Love this quote about The Dark Knight Rises and I think you guys might too: this last instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter

  31. kurumais says:

    if you want to read a nice creepy short story google, the disappearance of ashley kansas.

  32. kurumais says:

    these guys did such a great job on this cap vs bats fan film i had to share

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