IMJ Open Thread

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  1. PhilBetaGAMMA says:

    Outta curiosity, has anyone had a problem w/ their laptop, where it appears that your screen is broken, even though it really isn’t? lf so, how did u rectify matters?

    • hackslash2020 says:

      How do you know its not broken if it appears to be?
      The screen can break with the glass intact, it will look like this

      • PhilBetaGAMMA says:

        That, l did not know, but after googling about the situation, l ran across a number of persons that had a similar dilemma, and none of them mentioned that “their” screen was actually broken, just that there was an appearance of breakage, and unlike the pic u showed me, mine, and their’s showed what l can only describe as an “rainbow”like series of threads that run beside, and underneath where the “breakage” appears 2 be.

  2. kurumais says:

    marvel’s new look i have no problem with cap’s new costume of course its not a huge departure from his traditional one. not sure why they are in love with the grey tough ala ultimates cap though.

    • PhilBetaGAMMA says:

      l just wonder how much did Marvel pay DC 2 have Cyclops wear Starro! 🙂

    • I wish Marvel just figures out that the reason people love the movies more than the comics right now is that they were a reboot and well executed. I wish fans would realize reboots are not a bad thing. We wouldn’t have things like Golden age, Silver age, and what ever Age comic heroes with out those reboots. Comics are unique in that they have characters that have had new tales written for them almost consistently for almost 80 years. There just comes a point where you must to clean the slate.

  3. J. says:

    Obligatory 4th of July comment.

    • Locusmortis says:

      was it just me or did Len Wein come off sounding like a complete hack during that interview?

      Also the presence of big brother, or in this case big sister (Pam) from DC corporate gave the interview a certain Stasi like feel.

      • Insideman says:

        I totally agree. IMO, Wein achieved Hack Status back in the mid-80s.

        The whole (I’m paraphrasing) “DC kept asking Alan to do something with these characters but he wouldn’t ever agree to anything– so it’s OK for us to do it…” defense has to be one of the smarmiest examples of “corporate-speak” I’ve heard in a while.

    • Rob F says:

      Well after reading this I think I have to ask a question about this whole project that I feel hasn’t be asked anywhere else. Do we as fans of comics believe that each writer completely owns the writes to the characters they create? For instance, say something happened to make Stan Lee say that Marvel couldn’t use any character he created again. Would you be upset? Or is there something different in comics say than literature that causes characters to enter the public sphere more fully?

      • ed2962 says:

        I think it’s more complicated than that. A lot of ppl say well, Moore made his name on Swamp Thing which was created by someone else, ( ironically Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson) so he shouldn’t complain when others work on his characters. I don’t think that’s Moore’s position. He’s more upset cuz he says DC told him one thing, but did another. On the other hand Dave Gibbons WAS able to reach a compromise with DC, so take that for whatever it’s worth. Alan said no. Dave said yes, so whatever…

        I’ll throw this out there, Alan created John Constantine ( with artist John Bissette) and I don’t think Alan’s made a big deal out the fact that DC has published Hellblazer for 20 yrs, He knew upfront that he was creating that character under work for hire conditions, but he feels his Watchmen contract was different. So I don’t think he’s all, “Oh my creations are so precious and only I should touch them.” I mean sure, he doesn’t think the prequels are needed artistically, but he’s mad for other reasons than just that.

        I throw this one out there too…I remember reading an interview with Len Wein ( in Wizard magazine of all places) where he says something to the effect of, “I wish I had the same contract with Marvel that I have with DC.” He goes on to explain that any character he creates that gets used in another medium, he gets compensated for. He gives the example that he got paid when they used Louis Fox in Batman Begins. He gets nothing from Marvel for creating Wolverine and co-creating most of the new X-Men in the 70’s.

        So, to answer your question more directly…if Stan Lee said, “Those guys are handling Spiderman wrong.They should stop publishing it.” I think Stan has a right to say whatever he wants as co-creator of that character. However, Stan’s never said that he got screwed by the comic book industry. Steve Ditko however might have a different take on the subject.

        • Ed pretty much nailed it. I can’t think of any comic writer or artist that doesn’t understand the idea for work for hire and what that means. But it was the fact that DC said, “Here are the conditions so that we will give you back your work and you can do with them as you like,” and then have done everything to make sure those conditions never happen.

  4. Insideman says:

    Worth repeating from the previous Open Thread:

    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.”

  5. stamps1723 says:

    Boing Boing had a graphic on what chemicals make the various colors of fireworks. It’s pretty cool. More useless knowledge for your brain everyone!

    • Insideman says:

      Stamps, you’ll be amazed how much more that “useless” knowledge will help you in life– compared to all that shit they try to cram in your head from all those expensive college textbooks. 😉

    • J. says:

      I just watched this a couple of weeks ago. I really like it. Did you hear they are doing a remake? Or I guess I should say another adaptation of the book.

      • M. Fewko says:

        I didn’t, but I’m happy to hear it now! The novel has always stuck with me, and, I think with pop culture in general… This adaption was very good, too.

        Do you know if its an Americanized remake? Because, this is one story that needs to stick to the original source material, otherwise theaters will be full on empty.

        • J. says:

          I think Imagine Entertainment got the rights. So, ya, It’s American. I hope they get Channing Tatum to play Winston and Katy Perry to play Julia.

          • M. Fewko says:

            I’m sure the whole Big Brother thing will be replaced by some syndicate ripped-off from a 90’s Japanese novel, since thats the big Hollywood consensus.

            • Locusmortis says:

              Considering that SONY, Universal, Warner Brothers, EMI, with their cronies in the MPAA, RIAA etc want to become the next big brother conglomerates and spy on everyones net activity you can bet that a remake will not be critical of corporate greed and corruption.

              • M. Fewko says:

                It would appear that Orwell’s novel is more relevant now than ever. Although, I think we all saw it coming…

  6. megamanx4ever says:

    I saw this pretty entertaining Megaman stop motion short that I thought I would share.

  7. Allfather says:

    John Layman is the new writer of Detective Comics? Guess I’m adding that title to my pull list:

  8. NicktheStick says:

    While this guy my think that the Spidey film was decent he definitely believes that it was completely unnecessary.

  9. Insideman says:

    MTV Geek posits to Tom Brevoort (the Marvel Editor in charge of Marvel NOW!):
    We’ve certainly heard grumblings before about Avengers titles relaunching frequently in the past few years – though I think realistically it’s only happened twice in the past decade. But do you have any concerns about “relaunch fatigue?”

    The first words out of TB’s mouth? “Not really.”

    More of the same here:

    • Tiger Topher says:

      Why should Brevoort be concerned? He knows damn well that the zombies will be more than happy to pay $3.99 for comics with the number one plastered on them.

      • Insideman says:

        Nice to see that MarvelNOW! gave Dan Slott a chance to channel his inner late night TV huckster:

        • Tiger Topher says:

          It’s more like “Marvel Now We’re Not Even Trying!”

          Seriously though, is Slott even looking at the same cover as the rest of us? I have my doubts.

          • J. says:

            Money can sway one’s opinion.

            • Locusmortis says:

              “Change scares people” – No, fake changes that actually is the same shit with a different number bores people. “Lets renumber it, the suckers will this it’s new, haha!”

            • comicbookdude89 says:

              Exclusive contracts can do that too.

              Gotta admit. That cover was horrible and boring. The lettering for UNCANNY AVENGERS was obnoxiously huge. It looked like the lettering was choking the characters on the cover to the point where they couldn’t even breath. (Maybe that’s why they looked so angry?)

  10. kurumais says:

    i’ ike to nominate ron perlman for worthy of like for this reason

    plus i’m down for another hellboy movie

  11. kurumais says:

    i havent seen spider man yet but 2 ppl told me to wait till after the credits there is a scene

    • J. says:

      I heard it’s just five minutes of Marc Webb and Dan Slott sitting there giving the audience the middle finger.

    • If it’s the one with Dr. Conner, it just made me feel queasy about how they plan to plot out this franchise. If it is something else, that Dr, Conner scene made me want to leave that I didn’t want to stay for it.

  12. ed2962 says:

    I’d like to recommend an anime series called Michiko to Hatchin. It’s about a a sassy/sexy escaped convict and a little girl go on a journey to find the little girl’s missing father. It’s set in a fictional South American country. Although the action scenes are over the top and unrealistic ( but fun and exciting) the story has no fantasy or sci-fi elemnts. It’s basically a road trip/crime/adventure type series.

    This series might not be for everyone tho. One “problem” is the character of Michiko. She has a serious attitude problem and consistently makes poor/questionable choices. I’m not sure her character arc completely resolves the fact that in real life, she’d be a kinda unlikable person. I still had fun watching it regardless. Some of the creative folks behind Cowboy Bebop, Ergo Proxy, and Samurai Champloo ( I haven’t seen that one yet) are involved with this series.

  13. M. Fewko says:

    {Discussion TIme; All join please}

    What happened to the popularity of humanoids in anime and movies? We all remember the granddaddy of android films, BLADE RUNNER, but it seemed so many animes kept the cyberpunk tradition alive for awhile. GHOST IN THE SHELL brought forth realistic cyborgs dressed as humans (even though, the Major never really dressed period 😉 ). ARMITAGE III showed a public haunted by the fact that the most popular country star was in fact a perfectly disguised robot (and seemed to have a fancy for showing extreme violence in public, on the news, etc).

    ARMITAGE III is almost a hybrid of BLADE RUNNER and the ANIMATRIX. Since, riots break out from workers who suddenly feel the robots have taken all their jobs (even though before, they had no clue). In the ANIMATRIX, there’s a short story called THE SECOND RENAISSANCE by the Wachowski bros in which riots tear the social fabric of society apart all because of, once again, robots.

    I’m wondering, where did all these stories about robots and their conflicting appearance in society go? Certainly, there’s been a lack of them. And I don’t mean like DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION (Which was a decent game) but concerned only cyborgs, and were really garnished upon their augmentations. The Cyberpunk genre really only comes in waves since I believe at its heart, its a very depressing genre. Its core elements concern a lone hacker, who is holding a grudge against society, the government, the big multinationals, etc. BUT, with the release of the Japanese android “geminoid f” wouldn’t these stories be more relevant than ever? The stories of not cyborgs but of perfectly disguised robots?

    • ed2962 says:

      Very very interesting topic! I think it’s because we’re either living in or have bypassed the the near futures depicted in some of those works. For instance, I remember a generation ago, it was a very real concern that automations would take the place of human workers in american factories. What ended happening tho is more american workers have lost jobs cuz the companies have moved the factories overseas where they don’t have to pay ppl as much or provide benefits, etc.

      There used to be lots of stories where robots or computers gained sentience and rebelled ( anything from “2001” to “Demon Seed” ) but it seems some people these days can’t wait for “smart houses” to become common.

      There’s been more than a couple of times where a snarky computer hacker ended up getting caught and then became a security consultant. Although, I’ll admit the Anonymous guys are still out there (they’re almost the real real world Laughing Man!). And stuff concerning encroaching big govt and corporations effecting society are in the news like almost everyday recently.

      I also think that after decades of movies, TV, and comics, ppl aren’t shocked by Geminiod F. I think they going, of course.

      I admit that I’m behind the curve when it comes to contemporary science fiction, but I would guess the current writers are watching current trends (maybe disappearing national borders, internet privacy, etc, or stuff I’m not hip to) for the next big thing.

      But hey, help me out on this one…I saw Armitage, but the one I have is a used copy of a edited OVA, I think(?), so there may be some story bits I missed. Can the male “Thirds” reproduce as well? If a male and a female got together, could they make a baby or are only the females only capable of carrying life if mated with a human?

      Anyway, just my two cents. Cool topic!

    • Insideman says:

      I’m guessing Spielberg’s A.I., Robin Williams’ Bicentennial Man and Will Smith’s I, Robot are about all I need. 😉

      In all seriousness, they have announced I, Robot 2.

      Will Smith is about to hit his Schwarzenegger Slide…

  14. Tiger Topher says:

    Tom Brevoort’s thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man:

    “I thought it was okay. Not as good as Avengers. And I thought it had a fair bit of stupid in it. But the cast was really good, and Spidey moved more like he’s supposed to.”

    • So I just came back from it and I will say my thoughts are kinda the same. It has to be pretty bad for me to trash a movie, and they did things that I wished were in the Raimi trilogy (Pete is super-intelligent and almost has to think his way through problems–almost; that he had to develop the webbing himself–though really Oscorp did most of it already). But there were things that they changed about the mythos, especially the lack of the “With great power comes great responsibility” line from Uncle Ben, that it was hard for me to loose myself in it for just entertainment value. I’ll probably write a longer post about it this week on my blog, but that is my off the cuff response. 2/5 bat signals

      • comicbookdude89 says:

        I kinda agree with the responsibility part of the movie. While they did touch on it a little, I wish that Uncle Ben said that ‘great power comes great responsibility’ line when Peter listens to his Uncle’s voicemail.

        I liked that they showed just how selfless a character Peter/Spider-Man really is. That bridge scene was probably my favorite part of the movie.

    • stamps1723 says:

      I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Brevoort. It was ok. Just ok.

    • J. says:

      We all know the only reason he criticized the film is because it isn’t under the Marvel Movie umbrella. If it was, and it was the exact same movie, he would be telling people it was the best thing ever. The man becomes more of an unbearable shill with each passing day.

  15. kurumais says:

    i pretty surprised at how much im enjoying earth 2 and dial h

    • ed2962 says:

      I gotta admit I was apprehensive about Earth 2 when I heard that James Robinson was writing it so I didn’t pick it up. James has done good comic book in the past, but he did that JLA run with Bagley ( who I like) that I thought was kinda boring and didn’t he do Cry For Justice?
      On the other hand, I realize that things like editorial interference can turn good writers bad ( don’t get me started on the X-Men).

      So cuz I’m curious and try to stay open minded, what are a couple of things you like or think James has well on the title?

      • kurumais says:

        i am really liking the new fangled jay garrick i think the chosen of mercury works very well. im enjoying his discovery of his speed and how to use it.
        i do like the planet recovering from an assault from darkseid theme. this not just another dc earth with a twist. it has a feel to it a history, a bit of weight. i think the alan scott is gay was an over hyped gimmick like so many feared. but the new green lantern seems like it will be a bit different. it doesnt just feel like an elsewhere world thing it seems like robinson actually thought this out.
        the art team has been doing really good stuff
        the one thing that worries me is robinson is building up an unseen big bad that is supposedly badder then darkseid. thats a pretty tall order. can this big bad live up to the hype? also if and when this big bad is beaten then what? after you’ve beaten badder then darkseid you do what? fight the pycho pirate? the fiddler? i hope they book the book on hold if it shapes up as pic as robinson has promised and give the readers and characters some cool down.

        • ed2962 says:

          The way you describe it makes it sound intriguing. Jay not getting his powers from the Speed Force sounds interesting. More Darkseid stuff…I wonder if this is going dovetail into the Trinity War event somehow?

          • kurumais says:

            the darkseid stuff is over the trinity took care of that sacrificing themselves leaving the whole that the revamped jsa is filling. but there are touches like rats from apokolypse running around on earth now stuff like that.

    • comicbookdude89 says:

      I enjoyed the first two issues of Earth-2. I dropped it because there are better things out there that I want to buy. I thought James’ story was intriguing. Can’t explain why really… it just was interesting to me. Plus, Nicola Scott’s art is good and got better in issue#2.

  16. ComicBookDude says:

    Saw Amazing Spider-Man. Twice, actually. Once at the midnight release and then saw it with my dad a couple days later. I liked it. I thought it was better than the first and third movie of Raimi’s Spidey movies. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were great as their characters. My only big complaint is that the story left many things dangling and there were some things that should’ve been changed. Also, that after the credits scene was kinda pointless.

    Overall, it was an enjoyable movie for a bleed blue-and-red Spidey fan such as myself. Also, Martin Sheen did a good job as Uncle Ben. I was surprised by his performance. He played the father role that Ben had in Peter’s life pretty good.

  17. SmokeyClocks says:

    Just stumbled on this. what do you all think?

  18. comicbookdude89 says:

    Are any of you guys’ LCS having a Midnight release party for Walking Dead#100? Mine is and their is a 20% sale on everything in the store (excluding the new comics of the week). I’ll probably go if I can get a ride.

    • Insideman says:

      Too bad they probably won’t have many actual copies of Walking Dead #100 for sale. Or they might thousands… Since they all the covers (except, I think the $10 chromium one) seem to be sold out at Diamond… And that’s probably gone now.

      Jeez… I can’t believe I just posted about a TEN DOLLAR chromium cover.

      Maybe I should go over to my friends and raid his old Valiant collection… I could use a new set of rims and a new bumper… And he’s still got Chromium Bloodshot #1’s up the ass.

  19. kurumais says:

    is marvel going to go an re number 1 everything with marvel now? not the new books like uncanny avengers but cap , iron man and thor? anyone know how many number ones we are looking at?


    • ComicBookDude says:

      I’m not sure. I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel themselves didn’t even have a clue of what they were doing. From what I’ve read it seems like they are renumbering some titles, switching creative teams on some comics… At the end of the day i don’t care. It’s like this Marvel NOW thing is just a puzzle and we get one new piece every other day and are still not even close to knowing what the hell Marvel Now is. At least with the New 52 we knew the grand scheme of things right away.

      Although if they mess with Wolverine and the X-Men (the only Marvel comic I buy currently) I will be very unhappy. Hope my answer helped a bit. I’ve been reading about it on Bleeding Cool and right now it’s just vague confirmations and rumours. Once SDCC comes around we’ll (hopefully) know what’s going on.

      • Insideman says:

        “I’ve been reading about it on Bleeding Cool and right now it’s just vague confirmations and rumours.”

        That’s because that’s all Bleeding Cool is… Oh and misinformation… And posts published to goad you into giving them more hits. 😉

        • comicbookdude89 says:

          Not a fan of the vague posts that are only a paragraph long either on Bleeding Cool. However, I think it’s better than CBR, Newsarama, and Comicvine.

          What sucks is that I used to like CBR and I really respected them. Now it’s hard to take their reviews seriously. Especially when they give it 5/5 stars when there is an AD for the series as their background.

    • ed2962 says:

      I’m not 100% sure either. The impression I got was that some stuff would get new #1’s but other stuff would be left alone and most of the continuity would stay the same. What’s amusing is that several months ago someone here posted a link to an interview with Todd McFarlane talking about the new 52. I’m paraphrasing, but Todd said something like, “DC shouldn’t have shot their wad all at once. They should release some #1’s one month, then some more the next month, and more the next month. That way they could keep the hype and excitement going for like 6 months.” Hmm….

      • kurumais says:

        marvels october solicts have quite a few final issues hulk, thor, cap, and iron man among them. with cap im not sure if they are going back to just one monthly book from his current 2 or relaunching the book yet again after just 19 issues.

        • kurumais says:

          here are the cancelled
          Captain America
          The Mighty Thor
          Incredible Hulk
          Invincible Iron Man
          Fantastic Four
          Uncanny X-Men
          New Mutants
          X-Men Legacy

          • J. says:

            So…quite a few of those books were recently relaunched and will get another #1 in November? Classic.

            • ComicBookDude says:

              That’s also how you know that Marvel didn’t plan this in advance and that this is just them flying by the seat of their pants. Nothing new for Marvel.

  20. dimaman15 says:

    Michael Fassbender signed on to play the lead in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed movie. Not sure how I feel about this.

  21. kurumais says:

    tnt’s new detective show perception isnt very good

  22. ed2962 says:

    It’s national Pina Colada Day!

  23. kurumais says:

    i was just looking at previews of batman and robin and tomasi has damian beating jason todd up
    i think its one of the biggest hack moves to build up one character at the expense of another. not that im a jason todd fan but he went toe to toe with batman and nightwing, how is damian beating him?

    • comicbookdude89 says:

      Was Damian trained by the League of Assassins in the DCnU? I haven’t read Batman and Robin, so I don’t really know the history of Damian in the new universe, but I’m going to assume it’s the same. Plus, Jason (probably) has it coming to him. The guy’s a bad guy and deserves to be beat up by the heroes.

      Although, I’ll agree with your statement about building up one character at the expense of another as a bad move. It can show disrespect for whatever character is being beat down.

  24. kurumais says:

    has anyone read batman earth one? a review if you will please.

  25. kurumais says:

    is kick starter the future of comics?
    more and more kick starter projects are announced almost daily. penny arcade wants to raise anywhere between 250 thousand and a million dollars to run there stuff add free for a year . jamal ingle just announced a all ages project.
    have you contributed to any kick start ups? have you given money for comic projects? would you?
    im not sure how i feel about it. on one hand if they want to ask ppl to give them money voluntarily where the harm? but they want ppl to fund the project then when its done to sell it to the public,,, something seems off about that to me. also im not sure how efficient an economic model this is for delivering high quality comic book products. i guess its just so new im not sure i understand how it works or gained any confidence in it.

    • tomstewdevine says:

      I think it can be cool, I backed Sullivan’s Sluggers, and Retrovirus. Retrovirus will be signed by Jimmy Palmiotti and I get a poster. Sullivan Sluggers I get a omnibus sized, Slipcased, book marker ribboned, Original Graphic Novel that is only sold on Kickstarter and it’s by the artist of OrcStain, one of my personal favs. Plus digital copies of each. I think I scored on each one. Retrovirus will be sold in stores through Image, but Sullivan’s sluggers won’t. So far it’s been fun for me.

    • J. says:

      Slott shouldn’t be complaining about someone else’s bad story structure. Glass houses and all that. I do agree with him about the fights. The editing in those scenes drives me absolutely crazy and it continues to bother the fuck out of me every time I watch the movie.

    • Tiger Topher says:

      Dan Slott, the writer responsible for some of the dumbest issues of Amazing Spider-Man ever, is criticizing the story structure? That’s like Rob Liefeld criticizing someone’s drawing.

    • Blanchard says:

      That’s kind of funny considering Spider-man was letting Silver Sable torture Sandman in a recent issue Amazing Spider-man.

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