IMJ Weekend Open Thread

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  1. kurumais says:

    the young justice cartoon continues to be very good yesterdays episode was another good one at first i thought it was going to be homage to the JLU episode kid’s stuff but it surprised me going in a new direction. i love the way the show does captain marvel and dr fate. i wish one dc’s team books was this good.
    btw dont you think superboy on this show is made to be pure catnip for fangirls?

  2. kurumais says:

    im not planning on getting the DC earth 2 stuff but i like the costumes especially wonder woman which i like much better then her normal one. ive seen a wonder woman meets xena look before on the web and in smallville i think it works perfectly. i also like the helena robin costume

    • ed2962 says:

      I’m on the fence about buying it. The premise seems to be 70’s DC gone grim and gritty, but their main universe is “darker” now so what’s the point? On the other hand the little that I’ve read about it makes me kinda assume that this story might be more thought out than the new 52 continuity.

    • 1ronavenger says:

      The only way I’d buy any of the Earth-Two stuff is if by some miracle Dr. Fate shows up. I’m a sucker for anything Dr. Fate (who is annoyingly absent from the New 52), which is the only reason I bought that mediocre Justice Society pre-52. Regardless, I’ll probably check out issue 1, but if the good doctor is nowhere to be seen? It won’t be a regular.

  3. kurumais says:

    after the second issue of images new completely rebooted prophet by brandon graham and simon roy im adding it to my pull list its very good weird sci fi

    • ed2962 says:

      I initially skipped Prophet, but after reading a recent interview with Graham, I think I may reconsider and get it. I did get Glory with art by Ross Campbell and enjoyed it very much.

  4. Morlock50 says:

    I decided to take all my DC books off my pull list and replace them with indie books. I really tried to give the new 52 a chance, but I find the stories insanely boring and decompressed for the most part. The latest issue of Invincible is still 50% better than the majority of these books. I may still collect Wonder Woman and Batwoman; haven’t decided yet. Anybody else disappointed with the relaunch like I am?

    • kurumais says:

      its a mixed bag ive been dropping books but still happy with wonder woman, ressurection man, swamp thing , animal man but none of them seemed to need a reboot to be good im pretty sure all these books could have easily fit into the old dc.
      yes it was fun amd exciting to have 52 new books all at once and to see what has changed and i tried a few books i wouldnt have, but over all the new dc is pretty meh.
      the new batgirl is no where near as good as the bryan miller batgirl. barbara gordon herself is pretty ordinary now i havent thought that since pre crisis. nightwing gets a C at best from me
      data seems to indicate dc didnt reach those new readers they talked so much about
      and there nothing simple about their new continuity. when they are adding a whole new earth. someone told me he 52 was a rushed attempt to bulk up dc 4th quarter so dan didio could impress his WB bosses and after 6 months i cant but help but agree.

      • Morlock50 says:

        I agree. This looks more and more like a marketing decision as opposed to an artistic one. This whole thing was hyped up as a way to save the comics industry. Now that the sales are slowly coming down to earth, we’ll soon be back where we started.

    • sai011 says:

      I didnt have high hopes going into the reboot. I never really like the idea of the semi-reboot in the first place. I disappointed in it also. I am fan of static shock and was hoping for the book to do well, now I find thats its getting canceld depress me. Batman is good for me right now, but thinking about droping it since its going to be $3.99. I like batwing, but the book is to slow and I wonder if he was killed or not in the batman inc levathian strikes issue. I rather have the batwing book be turn into a book about the different batmen around world. Each batmen would have a 2-3 issue story arc just about them and no Bruce. I like the premise of justice league dark just they need a better and confirmed roster. The book would be better if they go rid or mind warp and shade the changing man and add characters: enchantress, dr.fate, spectre, Phantom Stranger, Doctor Occult. I really enjoy/like batman inc, I didnt like the fact that DC is putting it into the the new 52 line eventhough its different conunity (Which I do miss dc last conunity better).
      In all I am not a fan of the New DC, I miss the last one more then ever. Dick still being batman and parnter with Damian. Reb Robin in his good costume. The whole batgirl line. Milstone characters. I wish the DC one million characters would come and fix the new 52 and set everthing right.

    • The only thing that I was really into when the New 52 announced was the Dark line. I love Swamp Thing. If I ever got the chance to write just one comic it would be a toss up between Swamp Thing and Ghost Rider. And since the 90’s I’ve been looking for a good occult/horror comic series that isn’t a bunch of mini-series with gaps between runs. I want something I could pick up every month. I think the Dark line is actually really good. Even the ones I’m not a huge fan of are still better than some of the issues of JL, Superman, and the various Bat titles. And that is mostly what I pick up.

  5. Locusmortis says:

    allegedly leaked/hacked pictures from Christina Hendricks phone, some slightly nsfw

  6. kurumais says:


    these questions where spurred on by my introduction to replywhores on youtube. i had never encountered them till last week but they are these girl who reply to popular videoes/channels and wear good push up bras and low cut shirt to attract views.
    i was watching the yogscast coverage og the guildwars 2 press beta and saw so many ppl raving about how much they hate these reply girls especially this one girl aptly enough named thereplygirl. i could understand what the big deal was so i clinked on her vid and saw a very odd girl with a nice rack sort of kind of reply to the yogcast vid. her video was pretty much vacuous but so are tons of youtube vids but the hate and vitriol aimed at her was intense. her like/dislike bar looked like a sith lightsaber all red wih a bit a green at the end. people were telling this girl to kill herself. then i started noticing other reply girls and then some boys. my question is why cant folks just ignore them? not click on their vids? are they stealing from the yogcast in someway or ruining their vid somehow?
    i know youtube vids can make you money philip defranco recently said on reddit he makes about 100 grand a year from his vids.( good for him) how exctly does youtube calculate how much they pay you? is it just number of hits? or do likes, favorites and subscribers come into the calculus?
    i see soooo many ppl on youtube practically begging for people to like and subscribe to their vids many times it makes me uncomfortable in how needy it can come across. is it that important to have subscribers and likes? isnt it better to have sheer hit numbers?


    • Locusmortis says:

      I’ve seen some of these replygirls (and it is usually girls) and some of them are thick as shit but inoffensive. I guess some are attention seekers and youtube is a good place to get attention. Beats me why people get their knickers in a twist about it though, it usually seems to be fairly immature people (and youtube is full of em) who bring the irrational hate.

    • J. says:

      If videos get above a certain amount of hits hosts are offered the chance to have advertisements attached to them and can make money. I am assuming that’s why people are doing this.

  7. 1ronavenger says:

    Hey, guys. This is going to seem, well, just plain random and odd. I know I’m relatively new here, but I feel comfortable on this site and besides, this is something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while, something I’ve just been bursting to say, and I have a feeling you guys would appreciate it at the very least. I know, I know, it’s really long, but…well, I had a lot to say. haha Anyway…

    I love comics.

    For anyone who frequently visits, that statement is a bit redundant for everyone here. Comics are my passion, my life. To me, there is no other preferred form of entertainment than pictures and word balloons on a page.


    They’ve been around since man was smart enough to carve drawings on a cave wall. Sequential story-telling. And they will be around until the big AllOver that ends time. They’re like a comfort, I suppose, to me at least, from the time I was eight until now, at nineteen. Every Wednesday, I drive down to Kapow! Comics in Sherwood, Arkansas (a FANTASTIC shop, by the way!) and grab my stack of comics. And I have a hefty stack every month, let me tell you. But I get what I get because I like what I like, I don’t make apologies for buying what I buy.

    You know, it’s ironic; the thing that got me into comics when I was young wasn’t spotting a Superman comic on the shelf. It was watching the old Batman: The Animated Series cartoon when I was a kid. This is where it all started! My life started here, with the episode called “Heart of Ice” with Mr. Freeze, where he went from second-rate villain to a tragic character just trying to save his wife. And I was hooked, to action, adventure, and the universal image of the superhero.

    When I was in elementary school, I was searching the local book fair, just meandering about. I was all into superheroes but not the medium which they called home, not yet. So when I saw the book entitled Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) by Dav Pilkey, I was enthralled. There on the cover was a man in his underwear with a cape swinging heroically(ish) from a strand of toilet paper into a mass of zombie nerds. WOW.

    Interestingly enough, inside were little comic books, written by the main characters, George and Harold. This was a novel, mind you, but these little comic interludes were amazing. And it had illustrations on every page? Even better! And that’s where my career was decided. I was going to be a comic book writer. There I was, third grade, and I had already made up my mind about what I wanted to do with my life. Nothing was going to stop me.

    A few years later, after stapling multiple notebook pages together and creating hundreds of my own mini-comics, I was shopping at the local Knights grocery store with my mom, and they always had a comic book rack standing near the entrance (come to think of it, they still do!). As I was walking past, I saw something that caught my eye. It was this bombastic cover of Spider-Man (who I knew from the awesome cartoon) laying a haymaker on to a robot-looking guy in a green cloak (who I later discovered was Doctor Doom, one guy you do NOT want to mess with). I grabbed that thing faster than you could say SHAZAM (wrong universe, I know, I just wanted to say Shazam). Thinking back, I think that was my first comic book. Peter Parker, Spider-Man #15, by Howard Mackie and John Romita Jr. The story wasn’t exactly magnificent or breathtaking, but man…it was SPIDER-MAN. Being SPIDER-MAN (where’s THAT, nowadays?).

    In the years that followed, I would pick up random issues when I could when we went into Knights. It was always Spider-Man, always. I didn’t want anything but the web-head’s amazing, spectacular comics. This only fueled my desire to create them even more. But I wasn’t really INTO comics like I am now, you know? That took a certain armored hero to do that.

    Again, at Knights years later, I was perusing the comics rack when I spotted this striking cover. It threw me off because it looked SO REAL. Not like any of the other comic covers I had seen. Where they were exaggerated and loud, this was computer-generated and almost serene. It was The Invincible Iron Man #1, just a picture of Iron Man flying towards the reader. It was SO FREAKING COOL. I picked it up. And I noticed that this was, indeed, issue #1. And I decided, right then and there, that I would collect every Iron Man comic ever. And, I’m proud to say, that I haven’t missed a month of Iron Man since that day in 2005 (04? I forget).

    Iron Man immediately became MY hero. He was my absolute favorite, still is to this day. While there are greater heroes, more heroic characters, Tony Stark is still my absolute, number one hero. Maybe it’s because I relate to the guy so well, who knows? But anyway, this lead to me wanting other Iron Man comics, I had to have my fix, you know? So I would go to old comic shops and pick up old back issues from the sixties and seventies, reading anything Iron Man I could get my hands on. And in the process? I started to pick up a few more comics than just Iron Man. I’d pick up another Spider-Man. A Batman here and there. Maybe an X-Men if I was feeling adventurous.

    I’m convinced that that Iron Man #1 by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov launched my fervent collection of comics that has been a part of me since. But it was just one step in the process that led to now. Without Batman, without Spider-Man, without Captain Underpants, and without Iron Man? I wouldn’t be the guy I’d want to be right now. Without Iron Man, I wouldn’t have discovered Geoff John’s early Green Lantern. His Green Lantern and Fraction’s early Iron Man really…well, they really helped dealing with my best friend Jeff’s passing two years ago. Funny thing, I went back and looked at the issues of Green Lantern and Iron Man that were out around that time. Green Lantern #52 and Invincible Iron Man #24. Oddly enough, both stories were dealing with the concept of death and rebirth. Funny, huh?

    Makes you think, though, you know? Everything would be so different if I hadn’t seen that Iron Man comic, or that Captain Underpants book…huh.

    So, here I am, years later, buying my comics every month. Now, lately, Iron Man hasn’t been very…well, it’s kinda stunk. And I know, I know, you shouldn’t buy crap comics, I’m trapped in the “fanboy collector” mindset here. But Iron Man is special. He’s MY hero, my ONE book that I don’t judge quite as harshly as the others. Biased? Yeah. Lame? Definitely. But that’s how it is. I’ll drop any book that strikes out three months in a row. But I just can’t bring myself to stop connecting with Tony. And regardless, a lame Iron Man book is a lot better than so much of the other crap put out by Marvel every month.

    Now, a scene from Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca’s Invincible Iron Man #511, where Tony fights the Living Laser sprang up in my mind a few days ago. This issue, #511, is only, like, part two in Fraction’s eight part story (still ongoing) where all of Iron Man’s old villains come out of the woodwork for the Mandarin (Tony’s archenemy) to kill him. The particular fight in this issue is with the Living Laser, Arthur Parks. That fight scenes by Larroca look pretty sweet, not going to lie. But not five pages later, that’s it. The fight’s over and Tony goes into cardiac arrest. Let me say that again.

    FIVE PAGES. SEVENTEEN PANELS. NINETY WORDS. All for three dollars and ninety-nine cents.

    Keep in mind, this one comic cost $3.99.

    Quite honestly, I don’t mind short fight scenes. What I DO mind is when it’s superseded by a dragged out story. Eight parts, guys. Eight issues. Eight months of the same story. You could easily make it four, maybe five at the most. Then you get to have an even grander fight with the Laser, something to talk about. This? This is a speed bump, something easily forgotten, if you take out that awesome first attack by the Laser.

    This was brought to the forefront of my mind last Wednesday, when I was at Kapow!. See, since I’m still trying to build up my Iron Man collection (which, I’m sad to say is only 29% (yes, I calculated) complete) I bought a few back issues.

    I was able to find The Invincible Iron Man #131, 132, and 133, by David Michelinie, Jerry Bingham, and Bob Layton. Here is story-telling done right, done well. Here we have Tony who just happens upon the Hulk eating some fruit he stole out of a truck because he was hungry. Naturally, misunderstandings are exchanged and we have a three, count ’em, THREE issue fight between Iron Man and the Hulk! Three parts, guys. Three issues. Three months of the same story. If this story were around today, this story would take place in one single issue. The fight itself would be MAYBE ten pages (out of twenty). But not back in 1980. No, Mr. Michelinie knew how to tell a full story under the backdrop of a fight. Not only do we get an amazing slug-fest, we get a tragic ending due to Bruce Banner’s inability to fight against the Hulk inside him (I know, we’ve seen that before), Tony’s realization that he’s not alone in the world like Banner (he’s just recovering from his alcoholism), and Tony trusting Scott Lang (an ex-con) enough to go inside his armor when it shuts down to save his life.


    Keep in mind, each comic was individually priced at forty cents.

    They just don’t make them like they used to.

    I want to do what Michelinie and Chris Claremont were able to do. Tell grand stories without boring the audience. I want fifty-one page epics that truly feel like you got the most out of your money. EVERY MONTH. Of course I want to tell grand plots that take maybe years to tell. But to do that at the expense of everything else? Just to drag it out? No, that isn’t me. Each chapter must be integral, must mean SOMETHING to the overarching story, not just filler so that I can put out more comics each month to make more money. Sadly, this is how most comics are, nowadays. They’ll make you pay four dollars for eight months just to get a story that isn’t even that interesting to read. What happened to paying forty cents for three months to get an even more satisfying story? I want that again. I’m going to bring that back again. The art of sequential storytelling isn’t lost. It’s still there, in Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, Jeff Parker, Robert Kirkman, Mark Waid. Hell, I try my best to make sure it’s in ME. I want fans to be proud they paid three dollars for a comic book (a daunting task on it’s own) by delivering material that demands it.

    Also, I’d like to thank all of you guys. Without the early CCW vids and this website, I would be reading much worse stuff than I currently am. Thanks to you guys, I discovered indie comics. And that’s a whole ‘nuther doorway, my friends. So Ian, Jose, everyone? Thank you. My umbrella of comics and entertainment would be sorely lacking without you.

    And if any of you have similar stories about your first steps into this crazy, awesome world of comics, I’d love to hear them.

    (Confused? I know I jumped around A LOT, but I think it all worked out, don’t you? I hope I didn’t lose any of you.)

    On a side note, look at this magnificent splash page pin up! (if the link doesn’t work, I apologize, I’m still figuring all of this out haha)

    Bob Layton is THE perennial Iron Man artist.

    ‘Nuff said.

    • Morlock50 says:

      Very nice post there. I think the key to effective storytelling is to know what to leave out and what to put in. Knowing when to slow things down for effective character beats, but not slowing things down so much that the plot doesn’t move forward, and drags things out.

    • ed2962 says:

      That was nice and very heartfelt. Very cool essay, 1A!

    • ComicBookDude says:

      Awesome post!

      Ultimate Spider-Man#26. This wasn’t the first comic book I ever read, but it was the comic that changed my life. About 4 and a half years ago I was convinced that all modern comics were terrible. I was raised being surrounded by reading older comics (God bless Marvel Tales) and I had this huge bias against modern comic books. (that wasn’t valid because I had never actually READ a modern comic)

      My friend, who I’ve known since before he could talk, bought the Ultimate Spider-Man video game and we played it. In the game they had a section where you could view the covers for the first 75 isseus of USM. I was intrigued and decided to give USM a go. A few months later I bought USM#26 for a dollar. When I read it I was speechless to find out what a FOOL I was and how WRONG I was about modern comics. Lo and behold they were good (some of them anyway 🙂 )

      Something also snapped in my brain telling me that I could write comics. I could be a comic book writer. I’ve carried that desire and passion since then. I am 18 years old and am going to be starting college in 5-6 months with my dream of becoming a comic book writer. USM was my gateway comic. I have about 3000 comics and my passion for comics has never been stronger.

      Case in point, I just read Death of Spider-Man for the first time yesterday and I FUCKING HATED IT. (pardon my french). I am so furious that Marvel even THOUGHT to publish that ultimate garbage (that’s what I am now calling Death of Spider-Man… ultimate garbage). Mark Bagley, who is usually a good artist, phoned in that art for the story and it broke my heart. The story and dialogue was half-assed. The story wasn’t edited. There were so many plotholes that if you were playing a drinking game you’d be dead halfway through. I have also read the first 3 issues of Nick Spencer’s Ultimate X-Men. The first issue was great and the 2nd issue was like a rollar coaster ride (that ended with disappointment). Then the 3rd issue was slightly better, but still not as good as the 1st issue. I have never been so conflicted about liking or not liking a comic in a while.

      (I followed that up by reading Batman#713 and the first volume of DEMO and that filled my heart with happiness).

      I also loved Fraction’s early issues of IIM. Worlds Most Wanted is my FAVORITE Iron Man story and I have read it FOUR TIMES. To see his writing today absolutely breaks my heart because he is (was?) one of my favorite writers.

      As an aspiring writer myself I always HATE it whenever a writer whose work I admire phones in a script and does hack work. I have made it my life goal to try NEVER phone in ANY script that I write. I know how much it hurt me to read one of my favorite writer’s hack writing (Fear Itself was horrible for me… I’m pretty sure part of me died watching that train wreck…) and I never want any of my fans to feel how I felt.

      One of my rules of thumb for writing is: If it doesn’t fit, don’t fucking shove it in because, chances are, if it doesn’t fit it probably shouldn’t be there in the first place. I learned this courtesy of Dan Slott’s attempts to shove as many jokes and crap into his current issues of ASM.

      Good luck with your dream to be a comic book writer! WRITE EVERYDAY! (you’ve probably heard that a million times)…

    • ComicBookDude says:

      I also LOVED Captain Underpants as a little kid! (I’d say child, but I’m still a child at heart 🙂 ) Those comics in the story were the BEST!

      Also, since you can relate to Tony Stark, does that mean you can make awesome suits of armor? If so can you hook me up with one? 🙂 I also agree 100% about you’re thoughts on good sequential story telling. Everything that happens in a story HAS to be important and necessary and has to move the story along (something that is severely lacking in any Bendis comic these days). You should come to Minnesota and plunder all seven of the Half-Price Books here of their Iron Man comics… you could probably boost the percentage of you Iron Man collection up a percent or two. Seriously, you can find issues of Iron Man for .75 cents or a dollar each there. IT’S AWESOME!

      • 1ronavenger says:

        Thanks, guys! Your responses made my day! 😀

        And CBD…I know that feel, bro. In regards to Ultimate Spider-Man, that is. I only read it in trades, so I didn’t get the months and months of decompression that Mr. Bendis is famous for (and he can do decompression like NOBODY else). This almost became MY Spider-Man. ALMOST because nothing could take the 90’s cartoon Spidey’s place haha

        The early USM was a great example of decompression but decompression for the sake of character and necessity and story, and I loved it. It was the only thing written by the man that I could actually read. And then Ultimatum happened. And then it got less awesome. But I was still willing to give it a shot.

        And then Ultimate Garbage happened (yes, I decree that Ultimate Garbage is a thing now). I just read the thing when I got it for my birthday this past Christmas and I remember unwrapping the trade and the cover was just…it was a heartfelt cover to the trade, I’ll admit. But then I actually read the thing and I just…that’s not the way you have Peter Parker go. I would have applauded Bendis if he could have made that story actually MEAN something besides a chance to make more money. Much like I applauded the guys at Rocksteady for what they did in Arkham Asylum (I won’t say in case I end up ruining some poor guy’s game) for having the balls and the skills to pull it off, I would have done the same for Bendis. But he just…wow. And I was SORELY disappointed in Bagley. I love his work, and this travesty? Sigh.

        But back to you, I’m glad I’m not the only one here with a crazy dream to write these four-color heroes of yesteryear. RESPECT. Double respect for anyone who reads Captain Underpants. Triple for Minnesota denizens, because the Vikings amazing. I may make a road trip to peruse the .75 cent Iron Man comics, not gonna lie.

        But I have to ask…World’s Most Wanted is your favorite Iron Man story? Don’t get me wrong, it was fanfreakingtastic, I loved every minute of it, but…have you read Extremis, by Warren Ellis? Or Demon in a Bottle? Armor Wars? Those are just the top three I can think of at the moment that you need to check out if you haven’t. I’d go Extremis for my favorite story, Demon for just pure Marvel drama done well (and defining for Tony) and Armor Wars for just plain fun.

        Oh, and in regards to why I relate to Stark? No, no armor over here (just that awesome light-up helmet that came out when the movie did!) haha
        Though I think Nick Fury described it best in Iron Man 2. I can occasionally have…what was it?

        “Compulsive behavior, self-destructive tendencies, and textbook narcissism .”

        Yeah. That’s it. Not something I’m exactly proud of, but…I’m working on it. hahaha

        Anyway, again, guys, thanks for your awesome replys! Meant a lot to me!

        • ComicBookDude says:

          My top 5 Iron Man stories are:

          1. Worlds Most Wanted
          2. Demon In A Bottle
          3. Armor Wars
          4. Extremis
          5. Stark: Disassembled

          Worlds Most Wanted was the first Iron Man story that I read and I’ve read it four times and each time it felt as if I was reading it for the first time. Your Top 3 IM stories are all awesome, but Worlds Most Wanted has a very special place in my heart.

          You could tell that Bendis didn’t try at all when writing that trash. Peter’s death was so stupid, boring, and just didn’t mean anything. My reaction was, “Who cares?” It was obvious to me that Death of Spider-Man was sold as a gimmick and not for the art of comic books. Also that boring Avengers vs. New Ultimates “tie-in” that accompanied it? I swear that it was made so that no one could bitch about the Avengers or Ultimates not being able to save Peter’s life. I love (it might as well be LOVED at this point) Peter Parker and Spider-Man. He’s my fav superhero (despite Marvel’s numerous attempts to destroy that) and when he gets killed off and I don’t feel ANYTHING… and as you said, what a travesty.

          I need to read some more of Demo… 🙂

    • Insideman says:

      I love your post, 1ronavenger… So passionate about comics!

      It’s so nice to have a website where people can come on and speak their minds in 4 words or 400… And no one is making fun of either.

      Great, great post. I wish you’d approached us into making it a column too! 😀

      • 1ronavenger says:

        You have my word, next time I have a long-winded speech (I’ve already got inklings of another) I would like to post, I’ll ask about the column 😉

        I didn’t even THINK about that haha this was me just getting my toes wet, you know?

        Again, thanks for the feedback!!

  8. kurumais says:

    dc is going to re introducing captain marvel in justice league 7 they renamed him shazam i like catain marvel better but i understand why i use to call him shazam when i was kid lots of ppl do
    im not crazy about geoff john justice league and not a fan of jim lee’s 90s image style art so i hope he they defy my expectations and get the good captain off the ground again

  9. kurumais says:

    did anyone else see nbc’s awake last week? it was very good

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  11. M. Fewko says:

    A time when American TV showed love and dancing, and British pop stars were (rightfully) covering on every magazine… (sigh) *misses_days_of_ol’*

  12. Tiger Topher says:

    Next time someone from Marvel tells you about how the company needs to defend their intellectual property rights, ask them why it’s ok for their artists infringe on other people’s copyrights.

    • Oh man! This better be fixed by the weekend. I’m not playing until it is. I’m going to go through all of ME2 for a save file that works just because of a face.

    • J. says:

      We all knew something like this was going to happen, right? I’m glad my copy won’t be showing up for another few days. Hopefully this will be sorted out by then. If it’s not I guess I get to write another Fuck You post about BioWare.

      • I think PS3 people are fine, it’s just us Xbox people that had the original Mass Effect and created a Shep and didn’t alter him/her at the start of ME2. Since PS3 only had ME2, those saves are fine.

      • If they don’t fix this fucking problem soon I want to help contribute to the article Jose.

      • Holy Crap! I just put in ME3, even though I’m not going to play until I finish the book, just to see if I had I problem. When I started it up it said there was an update to download. I think, “Good on you, Bioware!” Everything is fine and then we get to the face part.

        IT’S NOT MY FACE. I can either choose to accept the imported “not my face” face, customize it, or go with the default fetus face BroShep. Jose, I wanna help with this post too.

        • J. says:

          Yikes. Do you know if it a least ports over your story making decisions and stats?

          What I may try to do is start a new game for ME2, port over my character and then write down the code used for all of the facial features. Maybe I can recreate my Femshep that way?

          It took BioWare over a month to patch the corrupted saves problem for the PS3 last year. Who knows if and when we will get a patch for this. It’s ridiculous.

          • You an I thought alike, Jose. I just did all of this.

            1.) All story choices are there. You get a rundown of most of your ME2 choices and few of the ME1 choices.

            2.) You can’t get the code ME1 character. I had my iPad set up and recorded the the whole prologue to get to the facial part. You can either, accept the face, or accept or customize the FetusShep. If you accept your ME1 face, it doesn’t pop up with a code, just goes right to your class selection. Now, it may be different for PS3 ME2 characters, you might have to check that out. but for use Xbox ME1 guys, i think we’re screwed. And if this was going to happen, Bioware really should have made it that you had to make a new face in ME2.

            • J. says:

              Now that you mention it, that is how the character port over worked on the PS3 as well. Damn.

              At least the choices your character made are there but still…

              Guess we just need to wait and see if the problem will be fixed.

      • M. Fewko says:

        And I think we all knew another “fuck you bioware” post was going to happen, right? 😉

        (of course, i’d be lying if I said I didn’t stand by you when a great franchise breaks down with bullshit tech issues)

        • I couldn’t help it, I played a little bit of it, tried to get as close to my face as possible. I’m going to wait till Jose gets it and sees what he thinks, but I’m going to probably write a post about it no matter what. Words need to be said about this game after only an hour or so of playtime.

  13. kurumais says:

    Who’s gay in hollywood?
    you ever notice the rumors about who is gay in hollywood are always about guys like george clooney and brad pitt never about guys like artie lange or paul giamatti

    • Insideman says:

      I know who is gay in Hollywood, kurumais.

      It a subject that always fascinates people that don’t live here. I always tell people EVERYBODY in Hollywood is gay. 🙂

      • kurumais says:

        i always remeber bill maher from when he was on politically incorrect. he said if you live on either coast then everyone in hollywood is gay and in middle america you cant convince them anyone is gay. i think thats about the best thing i ever heard of the subject

  14. kurumais says:

    bowen designs and hank pym
    bowen does a great job with hank pym whether it ant man, yellow jacket, giant man or goliath i think they all look great . and if i had the room and the money i would get the goliath and giantman statue collection

  15. Last week I bought 4000 Microsoft Points…thats like 50 dollars…and uploaded them to my account. Next day I wanted to buy Marvel Pinball but I had no points left so I called Xbox-support and it checked out those points were used for FIFA add-ons, a game I dont own..So now they start an investigation, which also means they shut down my account and I cant play for at least a month…

    • Damn man! I hope it gets done faster than that. I will say that the Marvel Tables are really fun to play once you are able.

    • J. says:

      Oh shit. That FIFA stuff has been going on FOR MONTHS and Microsoft has known about it for at least that long. I can’t believe they haven’t fixed that shit yet.

      That sucks you got caught up in it.

  16. Insideman says:

    Writers, Would Be Writers, Interested Persons…

    Here’s a NICE, SUCCINCT LOOK into how someone can come along and LEGALLY STEAL your intellectual property simply by changing a few things. The usual rule of thumb is at a least 51% change in Hollywood… But as you can see from this story… Depending on how hot the STUDIO is to defend their property, the percentage you need to change someone else’s idea and “make it your own” can be a LOT higher:

    I cannot tell you how much this BULLSHIT factors into my day job. I am constantly telling 24 year old Studio Suits “You CAN’T do that!” because they know NOTHING about movies– other than the remake shit that has been foisted on the public the last 10 years.

  17. I thought this was pretty cool. I once watched how a ship what done, but a TARDIS!

  18. kurumais says:

    this makes me smile

    • ComicBookDude says:

      W-wait…. what the hell? This isn’t Barbara Gordon!!!! She isn’t breaking people’s spines and enjoying all the pain she’s inflicting on criminals!


    • Blanchard says:

      I read Batgirl #1 last night. That 17 seconds was better than the entire comic.

  19. NicktheStick says:


    DC is really trying to be Marvel now. They just changed up their website. And guess what it looks like…? The same thing that Marvel did, make it look like CBR as much as they could. Now DC probably did need an updateon their website, but to make it so similar to others out ther lately?

    I guess I shouldn’t complain to much until I’ve toured the site, but come on… look like your competitor and the site that kisses your ass?

    • NicktheStick says:

      60 seconds on the site and I can tell you that I hate it! Not nearly as easy to navigate as their other one.

    • Tiger Topher says:

      I saw this earlier today and initially assumed that it was a joke of some sort. How does a product like this make it to store shelves without someone in the chain of production pointing out just how fucked it is? Shit like this just boggles my mind.

    • M. Fewko says:

      Someone should stand up against Disney! …oh wait…

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