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    • M. Fewko says:

      Ahhhh, future LA, where you can’t see the sun, its overpopulated, and giant plasma screens show Geishas advertising birth control pills.

      Still the best movie (even tho I’m a stickler and agree more of the book should of been in it). 😉 I’d love to see more Rachel in the sequel, more Hannibal Chew, more Jack Isodore, and at least SOME additional info about the fact that animals are now extinct in this future (since, in all fairness, thats the idea that prompted PDK to write the novel).

    • F&%…I wanted to post this track when I saw something Blade Runner or Akira..but then they took it of the youtube last week

      its called Shackleton – (For the) Love of Weeping

      • J. says:

        WordPress recently stopped allowing “iframe” links which really has turned out to be a fucking pain in the ass. A lot of sites we posted vids of use iframe. We are currently trying to find a way around it.

  1. M. Fewko says:

    Neat to see the Beatles reference in recent episodes of Lupin III and Kids on the Slope 😀

  2. Thought you guys would like to know that the Prometheus score has made it onto YouTube:

  3. PhilBetaGAMMA says:

    A l”il something different from the Wall Street Journal.

    • ed2962 says:

      Harsh, but some of the points were valid. On the other hand, ( based on nothing but the image I have in my head of their target audience) I’d be surprised if the Wall Street Journal wrote an article that said something like, “Most of the New 52 is mediorce, but Batman and Swamp Thing are good, ” you know what I’m saying?

    • Insideman says:

      That’s a great article, Phil. Thanks.

      I especially loved, “The people who produce superhero comics have given up on the mass audience, and it in turn has given up on them.”

      We’ve been saying that since we started… And me (privately) and Jose (publicly) long before that.

  4. Whoohoo I got my first pair of Nunchucks arriving in the mail today..I am so pumped right now

    (insert video where I hit myself on the nose)

  5. kurumais says:

    every time i see a chris hemsworth as the huntsman poster i can’t help but think of short ax in the kid with the golden arm

  6. Tiger Topher says:

    So I asked Tom Brevoort about that Astonishing X-Men #51 variant cover that I brought up in the last open thread…

    Q: Why was Spider-Man’s wedding omitted from the variant cover to Astonishing X-Men #51? I’d have expected to see it featured on a cover celebrating Marvel’s most memorable weddings.

    A: That marriage was erased and undone, so it made sense not to even go there.

    • J. says:

      Typical BS answer from TB. He does realize though that we can all still go out and buy back issues of Spidey where he is married, right? Even if it was undone, it did happen. But that’s ok. Northstar’s marriage (as well as all of those on that cover) will be undone later this when Marvel reboots everything. I’m really thinking that is why Marvel is having this wedding. Get the bump from sales and than erase in within a year.

    • ed2962 says:

      Yeah, I would have been shocked if he acknowledged that it was a big deal in Spidey history. Then he’d have to knowledge that the way they got rid of it was um, terrible.

    • Tiger Topher says:

      It seems that Bleeding Cool has noticed that the Spider-marriage is absent from the Astonishing X-Men cover too…

  7. ed2962 says:

    Today is Mel Blanc’s Birthday!

    It’s also National Mint Julep Day. I myself, like Mojitos.

  8. ed2962 says:

    I ordered some Asian films.
    I liked the 1st vol of Cowboy Bebop, so I got the next few vols plus the Coboy Bebop Movie ( I remember Mike F speaking highly of it)

    I got a horror movie called Black Rat.

    I Got Princess Blade.

    I’ll probably order Lady Snowbird next paycheck.

    Now…here’s a couple of things I ordered that I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on: Noir, I decided to try the first two vol. (The funniest comment I saw online was some dude saying he didn’t like it cuz it was about females abusing men.)

    Also, has anyone seen any of the Female Prisoner Scorpion flicks? I impression I got was that they’re basically 70’s style exploitation movies?

    • J. says:

      Are you talking about the Noir anime? If so, it was decent. I got a little bored with it in the beginning and don’t think I ever finished it. Black Rat is a movie I’ve been wanting to check out for a while. I thought Princess Blade was good. I was hoping for more/better action but I do like the actress than is in it.

      • ed2962 says:

        Yes, the Noir anime. I saw where someone drew a parallel between it and the movie So Close ( female assassins, they maybe related ). I saw it cheap, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
        An online friend recommended Claymore and Elfen Lied is something I see that comes up every so often. But after watching some of the clips on You Tube I’m not sure those are something for me. I’m a little indifferent to the fantasy genre, and tend to lean more toward either action/adventure/crime or sci-fi when it comes to anime. Or else the more “serious” stuff, Satoshi Kon, etc. I haven’t watched Girl Who Leaped Through Time yet, but it’s on my “serious” list.

        • ed2962 says:

          By the way, I realize that Girl Who… it’s a Kon film, but it’s something I think of as a serious anime.

          • ed2962 says:

            Argh! “isn’t a Kon film”. Fuggin’ computers!

            • J. says:

              Heh, ya, Kon didn’t do it but I highly recommend the film. I absolutely loved it.

            • M. Fewko says:

              I couldn’t agree more with Jose. The Girl who Leapt Thru Time is the best anime love story in history. I remember when it was first screened in the USA in 2008, while I was at New York Anime Festival. The screening room started small but burgeoned into a mass of weeping, mind-blown fans.

              I was one of them 🙂 Summer wars (the director’s sequel) is just as fine a piece, and is perfect for all ages!

    • M. Fewko says:

      The Cowboy Bebop film is very fun. Its Shiniciro Watanabe at his finest, in my opinion. Rumor has it that the character Vincent is based off Watanabe’s “dark side.”

      • ed2962 says:

        Ha! Ok, see I read on wikipedia that the bad guy was supposed to be Bob Dylan, but if that wrong I understand…it’s wikipedia, ya know? Watching the trailer I didn’t really see the similarity with Mr Zimmerman. Maybe they said that just cuz the original title was Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door?

        Are you familiar with a series called Michiko to Hatchin? I guess Watanabe was the music and sound director? It’s about a sassy escaped con and a little girl who go on the road in Brazil. When I was out of town, I watched the first episode online. Of course, now that I’m home my internet wants to act all hinky and I was only able to see half the 2nd episode. Fuggin’ computers….

        • M. Fewko says:

          MATRIX: I read somewhere that Vincent is the dark side of yourself; is there any truth to that?

          WATANABE-SAN: Sometimes it’s just stuff that comes to mind, other times my characters are based on my favorite musicians or favorite live action movie actors. It’s hard to say when a character is based on something internal or something external.

          I guess we can disclose this rumor!

  9. Adam727 says:

    Is animal man any good? I heard a lot of people saying it’s pretty good.

    • ed2962 says:

      It started out really strong, but for me personally it’s started to drag a little the last couple issues. I hate to say it, but I wonder if Lemire is trade/omnibus writing now. Either way, I’m still onboard.

    • J. says:

      I agree with Ed. It started out really great and then it just started to drag and drag. I dropped it after issue 7.

    • Adam727 says:

      I was just thinking about picking it up because of Swamp Thing

    • Having finally got to the Annual this morning, I would say if you haven’t started, start there. There really isn’t much point in getting the back issues if you read that (maybe #9 if you want to know what Animal Man is actually doing). As everyone has said, it was strong in the beginning, but this search for Swamp Thing is getting stupid and drawn out. I’m going to wait to see what happens in #10, but if Alec Holland isn’t in it and the cross over they have be talking about for half the comics doesn’t happen, I’m dropping it. It’s Night of Owls all over again.

    • M. Fewko says:

      I think its getting better. It had one ridiculous issue, the stand in where we see a TV star of a superhero’s life. Felt so cliche. Now Steve Pugh is on art and is likely to get even more epic.

      But I still hate the sad, pathetic, ridiculous, mind-numbing fact that $3 comics are reduced to 22 pages of art. Its just pathetic…

  10. kurumais says:

    tom cruise is remaking the magnificent 7. im fascinated with who they might cast. you want a big time cast so who do get? if they stick to the original story or close to it you need a young latino actor probably an unknown. but who are the other five? do they cast an actress to modernize it? does an african american make the 7? do they go for broad appeal or stick to the 60s template? do they get 4 or 5 biggest names they can get? its quite interesting to me

  11. So..two weeks ago this snuff movie appears all over the internet..and therefore I thought it had to be fake..but now it seems connected to this canadian pornstar that send bodyparts of this victim to some am kinda surprised they didnt investigate/mention this earlier or at least pull those sick videos off the internet…4 real right?

    • tomstewdevine says:

      They had that story on NPR tonight, pretty damn crazy.

      • kurumais says:

        i just saw on reddit last week they busted a russian snuff film ring the article mentioned arrests in russia, italy and england, chilled me to my bones

  12. kurumais says:

    i just watched this pretty good scifi web thingie called TETHER on youtube. it about a post plague earth and looks maybe some aliens are making the scene. its about 13 minutes and it kept my interest the whole time. it had some good tension going. its worth checking out i think

  13. kurumais says:

    very weird story about zhang ziyi and the chinese film industry came out not sure how much of the gossip is real

  14. megamanx4ever says:

    The Zone Of The Enders HD collection opening was just released. Looks really awesome and I cant wait to play ZOE2 again in HD. 🙂

    • M. Fewko says:

      Hopefully its ported correctly, rather than the SILENT HILL port.

      I personally didn’t have any problems, but I guess Konami has proven they’re not perfect, and are just as susceptible to problems that many other companies have…Maybe, in the end, gamers can learn to not be so harsh towards companies 😀

      … probably won’t thou and why should we? we’re paying for these games 😉

  15. So lately in the news it seems that people like to chew on people’s head’s and stuff like zombies, actually eating them..Whats going on here?..I heard one cop state(out of the air) it was probably blue magic bath salts.. which i never heard of but it seems it can be used as drugs and gives you half the high of cocaine but with a hangover thats ten times and people get addicted to that shit?

  16. So there is a lot of talk going on today about the Alan Scott gay reboot happening. I had a few quick thoughts and wondered what your thoughts about it were:

    • Nice article. And you are right, I am obliged to buy Earth-2 just because I complain that the reboot is too much of the same.

      Ofcourse Step 1 is that they write about it, Step 2 is how they write about it.
      Two of my latest experiences with gay characters in comics from the big 2:

      Has anyone read Teen Titans? I am not sure what his name is, but he is this Flamboyant mexican character and 1 of the first thing he says is “dont I have the cutest butt?” he is the 5th member of the Village People..(still not judging here)..on the other side..
      Whats his name? Striker? From Avengers Academy. Him being gay is not on the mostly gets mentioned when another team member thinks they can make snarky remarks about his sexual orientation.

      The first being oddball and stereotypical the second being kinda harsh?
      I would like to see some improvement. Batwoman is done in a much more graceful manner. I’d like to see that with Green Lantern as well.

      • I agree, while I haven’t read Teen Titans or Avengers Academy, Batwoman has been the the most realistically portrayed gay character I’ve read. She just is. I hope they do the same with Green Lantern, but we can only wait and see.

    • ed2962 says:

      Very interesting column! My take is, although DC said it was going to be a prominent male character, I always figured it was going to be a B-List or C-List person. So we get Alan Scott, and not even mainstream Alan Scott, but an alternative universe Alan Scott. Sure, DC fans think he’s important, but who in the general population knows who he is? It doesn’t bother me one way or the other, but… now that we know, how was this newsworthy?

      • kurumais says:

        my thought echo ed’s. when they said iconic i knew they were pulling a fast one. i knew they would never pull the trigger on tim drake. when you hear green lantern how far down the list of green lanterns do you have to go to get alan scott? alan scott was never even entertained to be the hollywood green lantern. when GL’s book was lagging way back when no one at thought”lets give alan scott a chance see if he can get the book back on track.” nope they brought in kyle.
        whats the over under on earth 2 getting cancelled? regardless of quality, the odds are against this line in the long run, even the medium run. chances are new alan will be in limbo in 3 to 5 years hardly to be heard from again.

    • kurumais says:

      from the superficial
      “Also, he’s flaming. Literally. Subtle, DC. Very subtle…

      A huge amount of online ink was spread today covering the supposedly groundbreaking news that DC Comics made Green Lantern gay which is surprising considering it’s not even Hal Jordon the well-known, mainstream version, but instead a rebooted version of the first Green Lantern, Alan Scott, who now exists on an alternate Earth that only hardcore geeks know about. Yet that hasn’t stopped DC from patting themselves on the back for “keeping with the times” despite the fact they basically just tucked their new gay hero as far away from sight as possible. Like in a closet, for example.”

  17. kurumais says:

    im watching in search of steve ditko i had no idea jonathan ross was such a fanboy its quite a love letter

    • ed2962 says:

      I think I might have seen a clip from this on You Tube a long while back. Is there a scene where Stan Lee says he’s the creator of Spiderman and the interviewer says, “Well, if Ditko wasn’t involved it might not have been popular,” and Stan says, “Well then, I would created something that wasn’t popular.” Then Stan acknowledges that Steve should get credit for his participation. I admit, I could be remembering it slightly wrong.

  18. Tiger Topher says:

    Anyone here planning on buying the Civil War prose novel that comes out June 6? No? You thought it sucked enough the first time you read it? Well, Marvel’s made some changes to the story that might make it more enjoyable for you.

    “Fans returning to the Civil War saga will find that all-new material has been added to the experience, including a new take on Spider-Man’s role, with the story set in the post-‘One More Day’ reality and showing these events as they unfolded without Peter Parker and Mary Jane being married for the first time.”

    Sounds awesome, right? With these changes, they can bring you stuff like…

    Tigra reached out her arms and half-hugged, half-hoisted Spider- Man up out of the building. Her furry body was warm and muscular; her bikini costume barely covered her at all. She held Spidey close, just a little too long.

    “Welcome to the Avengers.” Tigra smiled, ran flirty eyes down Spider- Man’s thin frame. “‘Bout time we got some hot guys in this group.”

    That’s not me trying to be funny or even some fan fiction written by a 14-year-old. That’s an actual excerpt from the book. If you go to you can preview the prologue and the first two chapters.

    • ed2962 says:

      There’s about half a dozen things I could say about this, but I’ll just settle for being continuity nerd. I have those issues of New Avengers. Tigra was not on the team. Nor was she officially on Mighty Avengers that started post Civil War. How is she welcoming anyone to anything? Not to be “that guy”, but… MAN! Does Marvel need someone like Mark Gruenwald these days.

    • Why won’t Marvel ever get this right. Tigra is a man with a blue unitard and a bolawhip!

    • Mike McNulty a.k.a. stillanerd says:

      Not to mention there’s also this bit of literary eloquence from the same book:
      Sue grimaced, turned toward the FF’s plane. “I’ll follow him, make
      sure he’s okay. You can catch a ride home?”

      “Sure,” Reed replied. Their eyes met for a moment in profound,
      silent understanding.

      Spider-Man found himself wondering: Could I ever be that close to a woman?

  19. Mike McNulty a.k.a. stillanerd says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Colin Smith’s latest entry from his blog “Too Busy Thinking About My Comics”–an article which is not only thought-provoking as it is well-written, but quite possibly one of the most scathing indictments of the current “Big Time” era Spider-Man–as well as other Marvel superheroes–I have ever seen: Well worth the read.

    • kurumais says:

      i agree with him. one of the scary things to me as an american is we found out we were using torture in the war on terror and we didnt go absolutely bat shit. i jut kept thinking about that as read the op/ed and thought where are we headed? but on the other hand we do think its cool when batman or daredevil throw some one off a roof. or when the dark knight drops eric roberts off a building breaking his legs. i have to be honest i thought that was a very cool twist on the trope when i saw it.
      how many of our heroes or characters do we think are cool torture? dirty harry for sure. james bond? im drawing a blank now but in movies and comics we have probably seen it a lot.

      • Locusmortis says:

        There is a certain school of people out there who believe that its ok for “us” to torture because “its necessary” but its evil and repulsive when “the enemy” does it.

        Also, while Dirty Harry may do the “Do ya feel lucky punk?” bit, thats when someone else is actively considering killing him, I can’t recall offhand him torturing anyone. I don’t recall James Bond torturing anyone although I do recall some instances of him being tortured (by Goldfinger and by the North Koreans)

        • kurumais says:

          in the first movie remember he shoots whats his name in the leg on the football field then steps right on top of the wound. remember his partner comes in and he says something like ” hey fatso why dont you go get some air.” and the guy leaves while harry just puts his full weight on this guy’s leg and bullet wound. forget it i found the scene

  20. M. Fewko says:


  21. kurumais says:

    if you were ever any kind of flash fan this week’s young justice is right up your alley
    wonderful episode

  22. M. Fewko says:

    So much more interesting than anything else at Marvel…

  23. kurumais says:

    i finally figured out why enjoy young justice so much… it reminds me of pre dan didio DCU i loved 90’s and early 2000’s dc when it had layers and legacies before dan didio took his silver age iron to the dcu.

  24. M. Fewko says:

    So… Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern is gay…. On a parallel earth? Earth-2???

    Way to go, DC, you shameful bastards. You exploited the fuck out of this, and I gave you the benefit of the doubt and you can’t even introduce your new gay hero in the current DCU.

    What’s next, hire Orson Scott Card to exploit Alan’s death in next summer’s mega crossover? I mean, I know I should sound happy, since I love the idea of diversity in comics, but earth-2? Thats ridiculous. Marvel’s having Northstar’s wedding in Earth-616 (the main universe). So, that’s at least some progress. Rather than making it seem like this huge “event” of a character being gay as they’re reintroduced and not even give him enough credit to patrol space with all the other main GL heroes. It just feels like the whole “playing it safe” act, rather than “dirtying” the main universe, they have him as an experiment to see how it goes in Earth-2. So pathetic. Why not stand up for LGBT people everywhere and say that gay heroes exist and can flourish in your main universe, DC?

    I really expected better of DC.

  25. kurumais says:

    there needs to be more episodes in the game of thrones each season

  26. Tiger Topher says:

    The results are in…

    I don’t know if I want to live in a world where there are comic readers who think that Dan Slott, Zeb Wells, Joe Kelly, Mark Waid and Fred Van Lente should be considered among the Top 25 writers to ever work on Spider-Man.

  27. NicktheStick says:

    I actually get to go pick up comics today (first time in like 4 weeks). Likely dropping a bunch of stuff. However, I was wondering if anyone has been reading the Fury Max series? Any thoughts? Thanks.

    • tomstewdevine says:

      I have, it’s great. This picture sets the tone for the whole book:

    • ed2962 says:

      I bought the first two issues this weekend. I liked it. The art is good and I felt the story was intriguing so far. Just a pretty much straight forward war/espionage story, as of yet no infinity formula or super stuff. I’ll probably get the next issue. I wish they would promote stuff like this more.

  28. NicktheStick says:

    Decent article talking about heroes fighting heroes is a bit tiresome.

    • Locusmortis says:

      he’s right in that it does feel like fan-service, I remember when Hulk Hogan fought The Ultimate Warrior in the WWF and that was just like the biggest thing EVER!….in wrestling terms anyway

    • ed2962 says:

      Pretty interesting. It kinda reminded me of this post from DC Women that was initially a post about JL #4 coming out soon, then in the comments turned into this thing about superheroes fighting each other and how juvenile it seems.

      I think a couple of the earlier posters had it right when they stated it started out as kinda a Marvel thing and eventually turned into kinda of a superhero trope. I think it’s interesting that later commentors tried to justify it saying that it’s based on male competitiveness that females just don’t understand. Eventually, ppl started writing in saying that none of the men in their lives acted the way the heroes in this comic behaved.

        • NicktheStick says:

          Reading those comments were actually quite interesting. And most were quite well written. I should probably view that site more often. I think my favorite comment was talking about when someone commented on Superman’s first appearance. Instead of him saying “who’s next?” (or something along those lines), a more Clark Kent thing to do would be to say “I’m here to help.” This is quite true.

          Well if only we could just get back to having more villains and heroes fighting each other instead of everyone being a vigilante and fighting each other.

  29. M. Fewko says:

    ATLUS announces at E3 the “Testament of Sherlock Holmes.”

    Looks good! ATLUS never fails~

  30. Locusmortis says:

    RIP Eduard Khil aka Trololo Guy

  31. SickFreak22 says:

    Hey Jose have you seen avengers by any chance or you sticking to your dislike of marvel and ignoring it all together?

    • J. says:

      Nope. Haven’t seen it yet. I’ll just wait to borrow the blu ray from one of my brothers. I’m really in no hurry to give Marvel any of my money.

  32. dimaman15 says:

    ubisofts new game “watch dogs” looks amazing. From the demo they did it looks fresh, innovative and interesting. If you didn’t see the E3 demo you owe it to yourself to watch it.

    • It looks interesting, perfect if you love Person of Interest. But I’m going to wait to see more gameplay. last game I picked up that looked “fresh, innovative, and interesting” was Alan Wake and that was a travesty of a game.

    • J. says:

      I’ll be writing a post about that. Best game of E3…so far. I think Sony may have at least one game at their presser tonight that will beat it if the rumors are true.

      • dimaman15 says:

        If you’re talking about “The Last of Us” that WAS the game I was most excited and anxious to hear about at the expo, but now I’m not so sure. Naughty Dog has got to show something spectacular to get my mind off of “Watch Dogs.”

      • dimaman15 says:

        Or is it Quantic Dream’s supposed new game?

        • J. says:

          Ya, this is what I’m talking about. It’s called “Beyond” and the rumor is that QD is supposed to show it at a Sony event this week. It could show up at the press conference.

          I am really looking forward to Last of Us as well. As soon as they post that new footage I’ll put it in a post on the site.

  33. Locusmortis says:

    This site is probably old news to some of you but I just came across it today through an article on sexual harassment in online gaming on the bbc

    Its no surprise that some online gamers are retards but this kind of thing just emphasises just how stupid they can get

  34. M. Fewko says:

    Anyone read ELECTRIC ANT published by Marvel?

    • I’ve gotten so many emails today about this. It’s a sad day for readers, but it’s equally a sad day for writers because Bradbury was one of those writers that it didn’t matter what he wrote, his work could teach any writer how to be superb.

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