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  1. Jrgold says:

    I was reading issue six of Justice League today and I noticed something there seemed to be a load of generic banter. It just reminded me of a Bendis Avenger book. Is Johns slipping, doing this on purpose or just phoning it in? The whole arc felt like a DC coloring book.

    • J. says:

      In my opinion Johns has been phoning it in for a couple of years now. That Justice League comic is fucking awful.

    • PhilBetaGAMMA says:

      @Jrgold: lronically, the series that got me liking Johns, is also the same series that got me, not liking him. in both cases, it was Blackest Night. W/ the end of GN, & everything that followed it, everything w/ Johns, at best, has been, suspect. 2 me, him, & Bendis r running neck ‘n neck, 2 see which one can drag a story out, longest.

      Looking back, l did like some of his old Teen Titans stuff, though.

    • ed2962 says:

      I haven’t read #6 yet but I’ve read the other issues of JL. Overall, I think the comic has some redeeming qualities but John was definitely phoning it in. I’m not the first person to bring this up, but it really reads like an old issue of Marvel Team Up from 25 years ago. There’s so many old tropes it’s almost a meta-comic without trying to be one.

    • M. Fewko says:

      He does that busier job, I wouldn’t doubt one bit he calls in scripts. He probably doesn’t have time, but doesn’t want to lose his rockstar status…

    • ComicBookDude says:

      Everything that Johns has written past Blackest Night has been lackluster or terrible. Actually, I’ve read a little bit of Flashpoint and what I’ve read I’ve enjoyed for the most part. Green Lantern became unberable and his Justice League run has been way too decompressed and the story is no longer worth it for me, even though Jim Lee and a group of incredibly talented artists are drawing that comic. At least Justice League isn’t as bad as Avengers or New Avengers… (but it’s almost as bad).

      It’s a shame… Geoff Johns is one of my inspirations. I hope that he will stop writing as many comics as he does so he can focus on making one or two really good. He really needs to move on with Green Lantern…

    • Morlock50 says:

      Just compare this six issue arc with the Conway/Perez New Gods story in JLA 183-185 or the Leigon’s Great Darksied Saga. No contest. Those were real epic stories –Johns simpley wrote a extended action sequence. Which might have been entertaining if Johns didn’t write all the characters like they were twelve years old. Or if Jim Lee could actually draw action scenes instead of pretty pictures.

      Serioulsy, imagine if Ryan Ottley was on this book. It’d be a big difference.

    • I, too, haven’t gotten to read it yet. All comics are on hold till I get through everything Mass Effect finished. But I agree that it the series was a little Dragon Ball Z, similar to the Ginyu/Freeza saga.

      I might be the only one out there, but I even thought Blackest Night was kinda phoned in too. It was no better in my mind that the original Marvel Zombies. I thought His GL run through the Sinestro Corp wars was good, but afterwards it started to just be another comic to me.

  2. ed2962 says:

    Davey Jones passed away yesterday. Yeah, I know the Monkees were corny.They were bubble gum pop. They were created for a TV show. But I had fond memories of watching the show when I was younger and there were some fine songwriters associated with the music for that show from Boyce/Hart to Neil Diamond to Carol King.

    RIP Dave

    • M. Fewko says:

      I loved their music. I don’t get why people think its corny just cause its not “hip” to today’s standards of music… IN MY opinion, today’s music has less heart and soul, and more corn and cheese than the average American snack food isle 😀

      but yeah, RIP Davy!

    • J. says:

      I still love that show and their music. ‘Head’ is one of the most underrated films ever, though I have a feeling that it isn’t the case around these parts.

      • kurumais says:

        nice one m
        i dont kow anyone who doesnt like the monkees bubble gum manifactured pop or not
        they had good songs solid song writers and good voices
        rip davey

        • TheMSpot says:

          The ripple of effect of The Monkees on pop culture is substantial and their success is felt to this day. From groups like New Kids On The Block, N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, to any of the groups/acts created by Disney owe whatever success they have to The Monkees.

    • Insideman says:

      Jose emailed me about it right when it happened. We were in the middle of moving the site (which turned into a prolonged test) and I didn’t get a chance to react.

      I met Davey a couple of times. He was always fun and really nice. I know Mickey better and I also know he and Michael are devastated. Fame’s a quirky, crazy thing… And the fact they all came out that craze alive was phenomenal. Sad. Very sad.

      My Dad had a speedboat when I was a kid. My Dad loved that boat. It was his pride and joy. We used it for fishing on occasion so my he could claim to my Mom it wasn’t a speedboat– but a FISHING boat… But how many FISHING boats back then had CASSETTE TAPE players?

      Anyway, we were speeding along the lake one day and I had The Monkees playing full blast. My Dad asked me to turn the music down and apparently I didn’t turn it down enough for him. All of a sudden, he popped the EJECT button, grabbed the tape and FLUNG it into the lake.

      I didn’t listen to The Monkees for almost 10 years at home in fear I might be on the receiving end of such treatment again. I did enjoy the music on the radio on several retro stations.

      Yet, in his own way– Dad did admit it was an ass move– as he inexplicably one day handed me a random gift, that– when opened– turned out to be a CD Box Set of all The Monkees music. We tend to think our parents don’t notice when they are being complete assholes– but unless they total sociopaths, they do.

      Davey loved this story. He then insisted on calling my Dad and thank him for buying all of The Monkees music twice.

      On a side note, I read this on the internet today. I have NO IDEA how low the competency of entertainment “journalism” will sink to these days. Who hired this idiot to write for the AP?! Note the adjective he uses to describe Davey– as the writer simultaneously confirms the autopsy report that singer died of a massive heart attack:


      WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – An autopsy confirms that Davy Jones, star of 1960s band The Monkees, died of a heart attack.

      The medical examiner’s office in Martin County, Fla., says authorities completed their examination Thursday morning, a day after Jones was rushed to the hospital. Toxicology tests could take another six or eight weeks, but there’s no sign anything else is to blame for the 66-year-old heartthrob’s death.

      What a jackass this writer is.

  3. M. Fewko says:

    ASSASSIN’S CREED III is rumored to take place in colonial America. Which I think will be interesting. In terms of historical accuracy, ACI & ACII were fantastic. The writers definitely gave us a history lesson in the process of ridding the world of the corrupt.

    (PS, I still hate Topless Robot for bashing BubbleGum Crisis repeatedly, but I’ll let it pass this one time)

  4. Only 5 more days till Mass Effect 3 comes out! I am curious for the fans of the Mass Effect series here who are your faveorite characters? For me it would be Garrus, Liara, Tali, Wrex, Jack, Mordin, and many more.

    • Kyle says:

      favourite characters have got to be Shepard, Garrus and Jack. I am really looking forward to March 6 not only because of mass effect 3 but also the release of Game of Thrones on bluray and dvd. For anyone who hasn’t seen the show or read the books, I HIGHLY recommend that you experience both.

    • J. says:

      I really like Garrus, Jack, Kasumi and Samara. Oh, and Mordin too.

  5. kurumais says:

    im thinking J will see this movie first weekend

  6. Allfather says:

    80’s fun with comic legends Eisner, Kurtzman, Kirby, Ditko, Neal Adams, Wrightson, Moebius, Frank Miller, Sim and Spiegelman:

  7. Locusmortis says:

    I can’t recall if this was posted before but its another example of a small group of idiots in the gaming community being sexist and mysognistic and giving everyone a bad name

    “Rea: When I go to SoCal regionals and I see a Phoenix [from Marvel vs. Capcom 3] on main stage getting blown up and there’s some dude in the audience just yelling “Bitch! Bitch!” every time she gets hit and then she killed and goes “Yeah, rape that bitch!” Yeah, that’s totally acceptable! Really? Really? You’re going to tell me that’s acceptable?

    Bakhtanians: Look, man. What is unacceptable about that? There’s nothing unacceptable about that. These are people, we’re in America, man, this isn’t North Korea. We can say what we want. People get emotional.”

    The guy in the centre of the controversy Aris Bakhtanians made (in my opinion) a slightly weasely
    apology later

  8. Morlock50 says:

    So, I stopped by my lcs, and flipped through The latest Batgirl issue to see if it’s gotten any better. Nope, still sucks. This isn’t the Gail Simone I remember. I bought a couple of issues of the Stephane Brown series instead to compare and contrast.

    • kurumais says:

      dont bother trying to compare them its unfair
      gail simone on batgirl seemed like match made in heaven but honestly i think she writes male characters better than female characters her batgirl is a very so so tights and cape book

      • Morlock50 says:

        Well, I just read issue 2 and 3 of Vol 4 last night, and I see what you mean. Those comics are 1000 times better than anything I’ve read in the nuBabs Batgirl series. Now I’m pissed at myself for not supporting Miller’s book when it came out originally 😦

        Boy, do I miss Oracle. What an awesome character she was.

    • kurumais says:

      reading batgirl and nightwing feels like watching a cbs tv show

      rearding batgirl issue 6 i felt simone ripped off a scene from bryan q millers batman a road home batgirl the one where stephanie earns the nickname princess of slaps

      i don’t know maybe im too hard on these books

  9. J. says:

    Evil Dead

    Cover to Punisher #11

  10. kurumais says:


    remember the opening scene in the dark knight where joker and his gang rob the bank? how cool and smart that scene and caper were? can you think of any scenes like that from either marvel or dc where a villain actually pulls a clever crime?


    • NicktheStick says:

      it isn’t really a crime per se, but it is one of my favorite things that has been done to get Batman off the radar. Ra’s Al Ghul in the JLA: Tower of Babel pulls a pretty good stunt. Read the trade if you haven’t. SPOILER (even though it is an older series I just read it a little while ago so it still might be new to some people.) Ra’s steals Batman’s parents bodies from their graves, which makes sense on why it would make Batman not focus on anything else that is going on in the world. Then Ra’s steals all of Batman’s files on how to take down the Justice League, that is pretty cool sequence of events. While obviously the JL ends up being triumphant it is still a pretty damn good story… at least I think so.

    • M. Fewko says:

      Too young to understand? Maybe that’s the IDEAL age to teach them about equality? Prolonging issues makes them learn them in fractured short periods later in life, and thus the message is not clear, just more confusing…

  11. Morlock50 says:

    How about saying “Sometimes a man falls in love with another man like daddy fell in love with mommy”. That’s not so difficult, right?

  12. bello1234 says:

    Have a bit of a situation with the local comic shop that I go to and was hoping I could get some advice from the IMJ nation. I recently moved from Northern VA to Southern Va to move in with my Fiancee. I am going back to a shop that I previously bought comics for 2 years before moving up to Northern VA. The shop is a short drive from my fiancees place, but I have been having some problems both with getting books on time and their ebay selling methods to the point of cancelling my pull list (will add ebay problem later sorry this is so long).

    I notified them a few days before that I would be returning to the shop. I initially mentioned it to them a few weeks before, but I thought for budgetary reasons I couldn’t get comics. After crunching numbers I was able to conclude I could afford X number of books so I renotified them that I could start again. I even set up comixology with them twice. My first week going there was the release of Severed issue 7. As anyone who has been reading that book knows it’s amazing and most could not wait to read the finale. They did not have a copy for me, which I completely understood. I didn’t give them enough notice therefore they sold out. They ordered me a copy from Diamond.

    Two weeks went by after that still not in and no indication of when it would come. In that time I also requested Peter Panzerfaust, which they also had no stock of. I went to another store in the area and sure enough they had both books so I went on ahead and bought them. At this point it was 3 weeks after Severed had come out and 2 weeks since Peter Panzerfaust had come out.

    The following Wednesday they had both books for me. I notified them that I found both books at another store and apologized for the inconvenience. Luckily they were cool with it and just simply put them on the shelves.

    Last week the latest issue of Chew came out….I still do not have a copy with no word on when it will come. I understand that Diamond isn’t the fastest company, but at other shops I have gone to they have had books that were not shippped on time or ran out to me the week the week. To not only be so slow to get them to me and to not be apologetic or assuring that I will get it; basically not care is pretty frustrating.

    I know there are comic book shop vendors on the site and Jose has experience working at many shops so I wanted to see what other people thought I should do. I love comics and I love going to the local shop every week and most shops I go to are really great with regular customers. I just don’t know if this is something thats a common problem with Diamond or the shop I’m at. Thanks guys keep up the great posts and I’m digging the addition of A Comic Book Look

    • bello1234 says:

      by recent moved home I mean end of January I notified them initially half way through January I would be returning and would start getting books in February. Week after that I told them I had to cancel. The monday before the first wednesday of February I notified them that I would be getting my books. Sorry for the confusion.

    • J. says:

      Bad retailers like to blame Diamond for everything. Diamond does suck but it gets a bad rap sometimes when it doesn’t deserve it.

      He is the deal with reorders. Shops can choose to receive reorders a least 2 different ways:

      1. They can put in an order for reorders and choose to have that order shipped directly to their store. All shops I have worked at did this at least once a week. Reorders shipped directly to the store take at least 2 business days to arrive but no more than 3.

      2. The second way is for retailers to reorder a product and choose to have it delivered with their next major shipment of comics on Tuesdays. Now this may be confusing but… The problem with this is that stores need to reorder an item no later than Tuesday for it to appear in next weeks shipment. If a customer comes in on a Wednesday and would like a book, that reorder will already be too late to be received next week. It would arrive in the stores shipment then the week after next. So two weeks.

      If a book is in stock when your LCS reorders for you it should ONLY take 2 weeks to get it. If it takes longer the book was NOT in stock when they reordered it OR your LCS fucked up and didn’t reorder when they said they would. Sounds like this LCS has their head up their ass and doesn’t really care.

      If you have anymore questions let me know.

  13. bello1234 says:

    Second part of my problem is selling items on ebay. The same shop offers to sell old books for people on ebay for a small fee and you 90% of how much it goes for on ebay in store credit. I needed to make room at my fiancees place so I decided to go through my books. I have two boxes full of books that I was looking to get rid of so I decided to give it a try.

    I contacted the owner of the shop last monday that I was interested in selling items on ebay. Heard nothing back from him so I followed up on Wednesdayand included a list of books I was planning on selling. He got back to me the next morning and said they wouldn’t go for much, but he would be more than happy to sell them. Responded back to him to set everything and see what time would be best to drop my books off.

    A few days go by no word from him. Four days later (Monday) I send him a follow up to see when I can drop them off. I had no books coming in this week so I wanted to make sure when I went to the shop it would be worth going. Wednesday comes still no word. I email him to follow up and to tell him that I am starting to get frustrated with the lack of responses to my three emails and was planning on dropping my books off wednesday.

    Got to the shop on Wednesday explaned to an employee that the owner agreed to sell this stuff for me. He had no clue about it. He calls the owner explains the situation and the owner tells him to take the books and to get my contact info.

    Basically I have no info on when these books are being sold if at all. The owner will not return my emails and with the current problems with my pull list I am honestly at a breaking point. I was hoping IMJ nation could help me with what I should do next. As I stated in my last post I love comics and I love going to the shop every week, but my patience is wearing thin. Thanks Guys for any help you can provide.

    • kurumais says:

      i got a bad feeling about this shop if they do sell your stuff how much of a pain do you think it will be to get your credit? how big is this store? what about the other store that you found severed and peter at? you dont like going to them?

      • bello1234 says:

        That’s been my problem with it I just had so much stuff I wanted to get rid of that I figured I’d let someone else do it lol. I’m going to get my stuff back next Wednesday. The other shop is 30 min out from me. It’s a great shop, but I don’t want to have to drive that far out of the way once a week.

        Am more than likely going to start ordering my books online not sure what the best online site to go is any ideas?

        • J. says:

          Here’s an excellent site if you want to start ordering online:

          • Locusmortis says:

            Yep, they’re good.

            Bello, the owner of that store sounds like a flake and by the shoddy way the store is run it’ll probably be out of business sooner rather than later. If this store can’t get its shit together than you need to give another place a chance.

        • Insideman says:

          I concur with everyone else, Bello. There’s something wrong with that store. I can’t stand people who don’t return legitimate telephone calls and emails, etc.

          The guy’s got your books. You should definitely get them back. You be better off giving them away then letting that guy sell them for you.

  14. Just want to say I like seeing Demon Knights in the Comic Book We Like box. I wasn’t sure what to think of it when I got the first issue of it, but I have to say I think it is really finding it’s groove and is the first fantastical comic, not based on a book character, I’ve enjoyed.

  15. Insideman says:

    If anybody knows of a way I can dust by Women of the DC Universe Busts without BREAKING some fragile part of at least one of them every fucking time I dust them… I’m all ears… 🙂

  16. ed2962 says:

    So earlier I went to pick up a couple of movies I ordered. Armitage hadn’t arrived but I did get Yakuza Hunters:Final Death Ride Battle.
    I’m still trying to process how “good” it actually is, but I was entertained enough to want to eventually check out Machine Girl. I guess the same special effect guys worked on both films.

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