IMJ Open Thread

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  1. Mike McNulty a.k.a Stillanerd says:

    Okay, remember those “Who is Alpha?” teasers for Amazing Spider-Man from awhile back? Well, Marvel has decided to reveal who Alpha is: he’s going to be Spider-Man new teenage sidekick. Oh, and his real name is Andy Macguire. As in ANDREW Garfield and Tobey MAGUIRE. Really, Marvel? *sigh*

    • J. says:

      He has electric powers too, right?

      The total lack of creativity and imagination coupled with the complete misunderstanding of the core concept of Peter Parker/Spider-Man has truly ruined that title and character. Just because a writer tries to do something “new” doesn’t mean it’s “good”. I know Marvel likes to believe that isn’t true though.

      Also, Spidey (who is on like 3 different teams now) is going to add a side-kick to his list of responsibilities? Alpha will either turn evil or die within 6 months to further show how incompetent Spidey is under Quesada and Slott.

      • Mike McNulty a.k.a Stillanerd says:

        Not to mention that, thanks to Axel Alonso’s “Spider-Man is a grown-up” comment as their justification for why they are doing this, it pretty much made Tom Brevoort’s whole “Spider-Man is about youth” argument that he and the folks at Marvel have been making for the past five years to order to justify One More Day to be complete and utter BS. After all, Spider-Man being married or being a teacher made him “too old” for the readers to identify with him, remember?

    • Tiger Topher says:

      I don’t know which is worse, the name Andy Maguire or the fact that Amazing Spider-Man #692 (where Alpha makes his debut) is going to be $5.99.

    • God I’m glad I haven’t picked up a Marvel book since coming back to comics. I think I would be leaving again if I did.

  2. Locusmortis says:

    Electric powers? Ok, a few months from now it’ll be revealed that he’s Electro’s bastard son and he’ll do a Terra on Spider-man

    • J. says:

      In the preview it shows him getting him with electrical like bolts so I am just assuming he has electric powers. This IS Marvel were talking about. No creativity needed.

  3. Well, I just decided to quit buying DC comics. I’m just incredibly tired of the new 52. The books I was really looking forward to, i.e. Nightwing, JL Dark, and Stormwatch, were very…meh. That, and the fact that Animal Man and Swamp Thing still haven’t crossed paths…nearly a year later…DONE. I guess I shouldn’t say I’m done with all DC books. I still read Hellblazer religiously, but that’s because I find that book to be quality. Not really bummed about it. Instead, I’m going to stick with being a back-issue hunter. Old school Daredevil, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Wally West, Kyle Rayner, and Chuck Dixon Nightwing (one of the best runs ever) will satisfy my comic needs.

    • J. says:

      Well, back issues are currently some of the best comics in the industry. It’s sad but true. I think you made a good choice.

    • bello1234 says:

      I actually cleared a bunch of my books as well. I completely agree with you on Justice League Dark, Nightwing, and Stormwatch. All three were completely dissapointing.

      One book I will say that’s a true shame that people are overlooking is I, Vampire it is without a doubt the best book DC is publishing outside of Vertigo. Don’t let the Vampire aspect fool you it’s a great read if people get the chance you should check out the trade it’s only $8 at Amazon.

      I actually decided to drop the Flash after todays issue leaving me with only Batman, Batman Inc, I,Vampire, Swamp Thing, and Animal Man (only reading because of Swamp Thing).

      • J. says:

        I will admit to missing I, Vampire. I liked it but dropped it when it started that crossover with JL Dark because I had already dropped JL Dark and didn’t want to only get half a story for like 3 months.

    • stamps1723 says:

      Good move. I’m glad I started buying just trades and the occasional floppy.

      • Locusmortis says:

        Seems like quite a common move. There are so many reasons its happening too,

        1. Lack of value. It just seems like there is so little story for the price that you’re paying. I can get a 400 or 600 page manga for the same price as 3 or 4 Marvel/DC comics and get more enjoyment from it too.

        2. Lack of continuity in art teams. Ok, I don’t expect an artist to draw EVERY issue of a title, people need to take holidays, do other business etc but I think 10 out of 12 issues should be feasible for most artists. At the moment you get a good artist for 3 issues then a so-so artist for 3 issues.

        3. Theres just too much stuff being produced. I’m glad I’m not an X-Fan anymore because if I was I’d have to be getting about 12 titles a month and that dosen’t include AvX, Annuals or double-shipping. Batman is nearly as bad and so is the Avengers. It used to be possible to get a good sampling of (for example) the Marvel universe by getting a couple of X-titles, a couple of Avengers titles, a Spider-man title or two, Wolverine, Thor, Cap, Daredevil and one or two others. Now almost every main hero has 2 or 3 titles and the big team-books have many many titles. Marvel (and DC, they do the exact same thing) want to squeeze more money out of you but you don’t have more, so you need to quit books to afford the extra books from your favourites. So you’re buying more of the same, like eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or peanut butter and jam sandwiches if you live on this side of the atlantic) every day for breakfast lunch and tea and that gets fucking boring so you end up quitting everything. The emphasis on short term-gain by the companies kills the spirit of the long term fan.

        4. Sausage-making. This is the term used to describe writing by committee, you get a bunch of random stuff, force it into the machine and out comes the sausage, or in this case a comic. From the description given by George Perez, much of the stuff from the nuDC is rewritten by editorial or higher management and writers/artists have to make changes to suit what higher management wants. At Marvel, AVX is quite clearly sausage-making, all pretence at being an artform is thrown out the window. I’d bet every script page is forensically analysed by editorial and management and edicts come down from on high….”theres not enough Wolverine on page 18 and Namor’s pants need to be shorter and tighter”. Of course the whole event is written by a committee and the writers tag-team so one month you’re reading something by Hercules Hernandez and next month you’ll be reading something by Dino Bravo.

        I fucking love comics as both entertainment and as an artform but some of the shit that goes on is so frustrating.

      • Insideman says:

        This is one of the main reasons Jose and I thought a comic book only IMJ would be short-sighted.

        Everything can’t suck all at once, can it?

        • Locusmortis says:

          Theres a lot of things that don’t suck, its a matter of wading through the crap to find the gold though.

    • Allfather says:

      Although I have dropped the majority of The New 52, I tried Justice League Dark (after dropping it after issue #2) last month because Lemire took over and I quite enjoyed it. I picked up #10 today so I’m hoping it continues to be good. The only DC books I still get are Animal Man, Batman, Batman, Inc., and Swamp Thing. I’m also giving Earth 2 a try but it’s on a short leash.

  4. kurumais says:

    i thought this belonged here

  5. comicbookdude89 says:

    God, season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is depressing… and I haven’t even gotten to ‘The Body’ yet…

    • comicbookdude89 says:

      Just watched ‘The Body’… that felt like being run over by a train for 45 minutes…

      Really great episode. Some of the best television I’ve ever seen really. I’ve never had a TV show cause me to cry so much. Great acting and great directing and writing from Joss Whedon. If anyone ever laughs at Buffy the Vampire Slayer and talk crap about it, I am going to ask them to watch ‘The Body’ ASAP. Such a great episode to an overall great show. Thank you guys for suggesting (that’s a nice way of putting it 🙂 ) that I watch Buffy.

  6. comicbookdude89 says:

    Speaking of Buffy, I read the first issue of Angel and Faith on Sunday and LOVED IT. After reading the finale of Season 8 I had my doubts about whether anyone would be able to handle the aftermath of S8, but Christos Gage proved me wrong. Plus, Angel and Faith teaming up is perfect. They both are characters that are striving to achieve redemption for past wrongs. Plus when you have a top-notch artist like Rebekah Isaacs onboard you can’t help but love it!

    I need to start picking up the rest of Season 9. Plus I heard that Jeff Parker is going to be writing a Willow mini-series later this year? Hell yes! I’ll totally pick that up.

    • Allfather says:

      Agreed – I have read all of Buffy and Angel & Faith in Season 9, and although I like them both, Angel & Faith is truly excellent (speaking of which, I need to read the current issue like now).

  7. Wow..Balotelli just blasted the ball into the net…look at all those sad german faces..hehe

  8. Insideman says:

    This is the line from Alison Brie that should make every Community fan crawl into a corner and cry:

    “We’re going multi-camera and we’re going laugh track. Other than that, I have no idea what’s coming.”

    God, I hope that last bit was a joke…

  9. Blanchard says:

    I’m really surprised they’re making this movie. But please have Rocket Raccoon in it….

  10. Locusmortis says:

    Not only does spider-man get a new sidekick he gets a new hideout…..this guys ass!

  11. kurumais says:

    godzilla going to comic con
    btw this latino review seems to get a lot of breaking news in hollywood. the name keeps popping up

  12. Locusmortis says:

    Isn’t it odd that Joss Whedon, a man, wrote one of the greatest female characters in entertainment history in Buffy yet Stephanie Meyer, a woman, perpetuates the “female as victim” trope in Twilight. Not a new or original thought of course but just musing on the following picture

  13. bello1234 says:

    Tony Daniel’s being removed off Detective Comics. Who does everyone think should step in to fill his shoes? I think it should be Joshua Hale Fialkov as writer and Sean Murphy as Artist

    • stamps1723 says:

      YAY!!!!!! Sean Murphy would be nice. I like his art a lot.

      • Locusmortis says:

        Sean Murphy is writing/drawing Punk Rock Jesus for Vertigo which I previewed in my latest Previews column so its unlikely to be him.

        Whats the betting that Liefeld gets another title? 😉

    • comicbookdude89 says:

      I doubt it would be Sean Murphy. I’m pretty sure he said he wouldn’t be working on any already-created character comics due to some legal issues he ran into earlier this year. However, if he took over that would be a dream come true…

    • kurumais says:

      is daniel being pulled from the book or he is leaving of his own accord?

  14. M. Fewko says:

    I really encourage everyone to watch the Zatoichi films off Hulu. They’re some of the finest moments of cinematic craftsmanship. Criterion really does give a shit about preserving good films !


    • kurumais says:

      i love those flicks the actor always struck me as somebody’s middle age dad except blind deadly with lots of cool.

  15. kurumais says:

    o yay rumor has it marvel is bring back jean grey oh i know the marvel you will be filled with so many new and innovative stories once that happens

    • J. says:

      Heh, I was thinking about writing a post about it but I think I’m beating a dead horse by now. 😉

      • comicbookdude89 says:

        Everything we complain about for Marvel is beating a dead horse. They keep doing the same stupid things 😉

      • Insideman says:

        Speaking of Dead Horses, W.D. brings up beating a Dead Horse in his latest Screen Burn column. I wanted to mention he wrote it two months ago… And I just now got to post it this week.

        • All good things age with grace and wisdom. Plus, I don’t think we actually beat enough dead horses for the number times we use that phrase and I think SVU would be the perfect vehicle to fix that.

    • ed2962 says:

      It’s hard for me to have emotions about this one either positive or negative. The fictional characters in the actual comics have made jokes about Jean Grey not staying dead. I’m just surprised that it lasted this long.

      • Fuck…Cyclops is going to get so freaking emo now! Just call it what you want it to be,Marvel: Twilight with Mutant.

        • kurumais says:

          the xmen have been a bad soap opera for a long time

        • ed2962 says:

          It\’s interesting seeing on some forums the level of cynicism even among ppl who are buying the titles. A few ppl are excited but most seem to be either, \” Of course she\’s being resurrected, ho hum,\” or \”It\’s another fake out.\”

          • kurumais says:

            ok i dont know if you seen it yet but bendis’s xmen will have the original 5 x men travel thru time to present day marvel and be completely shocked and appalled by the current xmen and its actions, it sound like the 5 originals will be around for quite a while

            • I don’t even have the words to respond.

            • ed2962 says:

              I think that’s actually not a bad idea for an arc. If it were BMB from just under 10 yrs, I’d be looking forward to it. However, it’s modern BMB and he’ll probably take 8 issues worth of plot and stretch it out to last 2 and half years and any sense of drama or moral conflict will be just sucked right out of the story. And I won’t be surprised at all if there’s hints that back in the innocent days Jean, Warren, and Scott were secretly doing each other and Prof X was lusting after Jean. And I’m not joking, I believe BMB will somehow make at least one of these relationships seem skeevy.

              By the way, the manner in which you describe the premise reminds me of a story that Alan Moore was supposed to do some time ago. Back in the 90’s, Moore and artist Rick Veitch did a hand-full of one shots under the umbrella of “1963”. They were parodies of early silver age Marvel Comics right down to having fake editorials and letters pages and house ads. They were supposed to cap it off with and Annual where the 60’s heroes go to the then modern Image universe and get shocked by the change in superhero ethics. I don’t think they ever came out with the Annual ( if I’m wrong, someone please correct me).

              Now I’m not saying BMB swiped the idea or anything, I just thought the similarity was interesting.

              • Locusmortis says:

                That might have been the annual that Jim Lee was meant to draw but took so long the whole thing collapsed

  16. kurumais says:

    tv we like
    luthor scares me when i first saw that i thought he was like 6’4 or 6’5 he seemed like he could snap and tear someone apart in any scene not a special effect put actually rip another human in half with his bare hands, idres was spectactular in that

    • J. says:

      He really was. Some of the most intense acting I have seen in a long time. It got picked up for a third series but probably won’t air till sometime next year.

    • tomstewdevine says:

      I’m still going through the series right now, but it is outstanding. Idres is an amazing actor, he caught my eye as Stringer Bell in The Wire, and he has continued to grow since then. They do a great job in this show keeping the tension and emotions high.

  17. M. Fewko says:

    Jose, what did you think of the Moore Swamp Thing trades Ian sent you? I was just rereading vol 5 and remembered him saying he sent them to you.

    Also, Lollipop Chainsaw. Any reviews coming from IMJ?

    • J. says:

      I’ve actually only read the first 2 volumes but have really liked them so far. Thanks for reminding me to get back to that.

      I was thinking about doing something for Lollipop Chainsaw though it may not be a review exactly but I guess it would have elements of a review. I started thinking about it last Friday and just have to write it down which is always the hard part for me.

      I kinda like the fact that IMJ is slowly becoming a place for non-review reviews.

      • M. Fewko says:

        I’ve been hurting with game/anime/comic funds so I’m trying to only buy games I know I’ll play multiple times. I enjoyed Shadows of the Damned and am finding myself replaying it a lot (a good sign in this age of buy and sell gaming!)

        I’ll def give Lollipop Chainsaw a chance, but I’m more excited for Persona 4 Arena! 🙂 We’ll be playing some matches I’m sure!

    • kurumais says:

      yatzee croshaw has a lollipop chainsaw review up over on the escapist
      should be fun

    • Insideman says:

      On another note, my gorgeous, smoking hot girlfriend just gave me a copy of the Amazing Spiderman video game! Now I get to live the suckitude for 30 to 40 hours!

      Still, I do get to play as Stan Lee (as it was a pre-order)… And that was really the whole purpose of wanting the game.

      I was going to write something very funny (but also really nasty) here and I just stopped myself. I really am growing up. 😉

  18. If you all haven’t checked it out. I highly recommend Longmire on A&E (Sundays 10pm EST) It is a really good show and not your usual police procedural mystery.

  19. Tiger Topher says:

    I was reading about Hero Worship #1 over at Bleeding Cool a little earlier and I couldn’t help but notice that there was something very familiar about one of the images that accompanied the article. Take a look at the images linked to below and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

  20. Tiger Topher says:

    Has anyone here seen the new Spider-Man movie yet? It seems to be getting pretty mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers alike. I don’t plan on going to see the film myself, but I’d be interested in hearing what the IMJ readers thought of it.

    • Insideman says:

      Tiger, I’m going to see it very soon… So I can’t answer you personally… But I can tell you I talked to 10 different people (and 4 different contributors) who went to see Amazing Spiderman since last night and they all used the word “sucks” in their conversations with me. 😀

      EDIT: Just got word that Amazing Spiderman is doing $20+ MILLION in the US (that includes the $7.5 million from Midnight Shows)… On a Tuesday before a Holiday. Guess, Disney gonna have to pay to put Spidey in that Avengers movie after all. (You didn’t hear that from me.)

    • tomstewdevine says:

      We will have a full review next week for A Comic Book Look, but it’s just generally terrible.

      • Insideman says:

        May we feature that in an IMJ Four Word Movie Review?

      • J. says:

        “…it’s just generally terrible.” Tom Devine (A Comic Book Look)

        That is an awesome pull quote. I really want to see that on the fucking blu ray. 🙂

        • NicktheStick says:

          Bwahaha. That would be awesome to see on te bluray cover. I might even fork out money if that was on it.

        • Insideman says:

          We do our best to please everyone. Check out this faux Blu Ray Cover in a separate post on the site. 😀

          Meanwhile, Deadline’s Nikki Finke just reported this:

          “My sources say Sony Pictures’ superhero reboot The Amazing Spider-Man opened in the neighborhood of $35M (though some rival studios put the number in the neighborhood of $32M tonight). It easily sets a new record for a Tuesday opening – helped by its 3D premium pricing – and is ahead of the original 2D Transformers ($27.8M) that debuted on Tuesday July 3rd, 2007…

          …But I’m told Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man received an ‘A-’ Cinemascore from audiences (an ‘A’ from under age 18 moviegoers) which should spur good word of mouth.”

    • M. Fewko says:

      I saw it earlier today, andddddddddd I enjoyed it 🙂

      Peter made mistakes, but, as with the early Marvel comics, evolved from them, which is what I wanted to see (and is one of the reasons I wasn’t bothered by that clip of him being an unfair jerk to that car-jacker, part of me knew, or well, hoped, that he would learn later on not to abuse his powers).

      But, it wasn’t perfect. And that’s expected. I had problems with it, but all in all, it was a unique version of the Spidy mythos that could of been way worse.

      • Insideman says:

        Okay, make that “I talked to 10 different people (and 5 different contributors) who went to see Amazing Spiderman since last night and every one but one used the word “sucks” in their conversations with me.” 🙂

    • I’m checking out sometime soon with my dad. Will update when I do.

  21. NicktheStick says:

    I hope this link works but…. I don’t even know what to say to this… Marvel Now! again the house of recycled and stolen ideas…?

    • NicktheStick says:

      It also doesn’t help when Bendis HAS to tweet this to defend Marvel

      ” I don’t care what you THINK marvel now is I’m telling you … it is not a reboot. It is a super fresh new era for some of your fave comics”

      • J. says:

        That dump I took about a half hour ago was super fresh too. What’s his point? “Super fresh” does not automatically mean that something is “good”.

        • tomstewdevine says:

          And if you’re changing the characters costumes, attitudes, and sometimes identities, well that seems like a reboot to me. Just one more recycled idea, the first time it was called the Ultimate line.

      • Insideman says:

        What is awesome about this (Marvel Now… Not the Bendis Video… I’m afraid to click on THAT)… This new mess has given me a great idea for an indie comic. I really great idea.

  22. megamanx4ever says:

    Quick question for IMJ nation if you have played the Final Fantasy series which are some of your favorite games form the main series? For me I would have to say my fave 3 are: Final Fantasy 6,7, and 9.. Especially 6. Probably one of THE best games I have ever played with probably THE BEST soundtrack for any game I played.

    • megamanx4ever says:

    • J. says:

      If I could only pick 3 it would be 6, 7 and 12.

      • megamanx4ever says:

        Well you can pick as many as you want Jose. 😀 I was just saying if I had to pick three 6,7, and 9 would by my favorites.

        • J. says:

          Well, those are pretty much my favorites. I guess you can add FFX to that list too. 🙂

          • megamanx4ever says:

            Man I need to get back into FFX. Friggin loved the soundtrack and story to that game.

            • J. says:

              There’s a rumor going around that Square is going to release an HD version for the PS3.

              • megamanx4ever says:

                That would be awesome. I was not a big fan of FF 13 or 13-2 so I am hoping FF 15 will be good. Nothing against 13 I just was not a fan of the level design,(it really did feel like I was going down a hallway for hours) the fact that the ONLY character you can really control is Lightning, and I only really liked two of the characters Lightning and Sazh. But again thats just my thoughts on 13 when I played it a long time ago. My favorite FF protagonist is still Terra Branford( or Tina if you prefer Japanese naming) from FF6 and I think it would be awesome to see an HD remake of that game as well in the future.

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