IMJ Open Thread

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  1. SickFreak22 says:

    For everyone of IMJ who has seen The Dark Knight Rises what did you think of it? I loved it with a couple of problems. You guys?

    • Rob F says:

      It was possibly the last good trilogy that I’ve seen in a long while. Nolan seems to really get idea of doing 3 superhero movies that are tied together. That being said, I don’t know where it leaves Batman for the future.

      • kurumais says:

        oh they will reboot the whole thing new director new actor the whole kit and caboodle

        • DC has stated somewhere that there plans for Batman is that they will have different directors come in and do their own take on the Batman mythos. Now this was before The Avengers was as successful as it was, so they bay make a course correction. But I doubt it, at least for the next 9 years while, hopefully, they focus on Superman.

          I just saw it Saturday and I thought it was great. As comic guy, some of the ties seemed a little silly, but as a writer, I thought it was an interesting way to use the characters to tell his own batman story. In a way, I would almost say the While Marvel is trying to stay truer to the comics, DC is treating them more like there old Elseworld line.

    • PhilBetaGAMMA says:

      @SickFreak22: Loved it: A few quibbles, but..:-)

    • Morlock50 says:

      I thought it was terrific.

    • ed2962 says:

      There were things you could nit-pick about it, but I thought it was good. I thought The Dark Knight was better though.

    • Insideman says:

      What’s all this about “Batman acting like a pussy” compared to the last film?

      I’ve read that in several places. That’s not my opinion. I haven’t seen it yet.

      • ed2962 says:

        Wow. I’ve seen places were ppl didn’t like the film, but I haven’t seen anyone call Bats “a pussy”. I can only guess they’re referring to …


        There’s an emotional scene between Bruce and Alfred where they discuss their relationship to each other and Bruce’s past relations to other characters.
        Or a scene where Bats gets beat up by a guy who’s famous in the comics for beating up Batman. I dunno…neither of those things made Bats look weak in my eyes.

        But like I said, I can only guess what these folks are talking about.

    • Blanchard says:

      I thought the movie was good. There were a lot of “leaps of faith” that were used to move the plot along but I’ve noticed that Nolan does that in a lot of his films (i.e. Gordon and Batman knowing that Dent killed all those men at the end of the Dark Knight).

    • comicbookdude89 says:

      I thought it was a great sequel to The Dark Knight. My main problems with TDKR are pretty much the same problems I had with TDK. Batman was the weakest of the main characters, Gotham looks too much like Chicago or any other major city, and Batman’s voice. I understand why it’s there, but it got under my skin a couple times. Bane wasn’t as terrifying as Joker was, but was definitely frightening at certain moments.

      I went into the movie hoping for another great Nolan film and I left the movie feeling that I had watched another great Nolan film. Wasn’t as good as Dark Knight, but still a very solid film.

      • Insideman says:

        I’m certain your review is the exact reason Nolan truly hesitated in making a 3rd Bat film, CBD. He knew how good Dark Knight was– and figured he wouldn’t be able to top it.

        Nolan is in the Actual Filmmaker’s Club… He judges a film’s success on its dramatic elements… As opposed to some idiot like Michael Bay screaming, “Bigger ‘Splosions! Bigger ‘Splosions!”

        Bay’s way is the easy way out… And why Hollywood has to keep rebooting/rehashing these things. If they would pay more attention to the drama, then they wouldn’t have to blow their SFX wads in 3 movies… And a new team could take over and continue the already established characters without having to start at square one. The films would be cheaper to produce and better.

        I had lunch with WB Exec about 2 weeks ago and he was still talking about what to do with The Joker. I just looked at him and and said, “Three words: Robert Downey Jr.” His mouth dropped.

        We’ll see. 🙂

        • comicbookdude89 says:

          I agree with what you said. I’ve noticed that with most superhero trilogies (Spider-Man and X-Men are textbook examples). They blow everything up so much that there isn’t much left to work with for a potential next film, so they reboot it. Although they didn’t fully reboot X-Men…

          I can understand the need and desire to make the third film more explosive and action-packed and crazy, but as you said, that’s the easy way out. However Nolan managed to make it crazy action-packed/explosive, but managed to still tell a great story. *KIND OF SPOILER* He also left the franchise in the air and basically invited a new cast/crew to continue the story.

          I’m getting tired of origin stories. Especially for Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman. I’m sure by now most people are familiar enough with the gist of who these guys are and how they became superheroes so that we don’t need the whole story of their origin. They should do it like in Ed Norton’s Incredible Hulk, show snippets of his origin and enough of them so that we understand how everything happened and so the story can move along quickly.

  2. kurumais says:

    i think im going to like cap’s new marvel now look. ive only seen the one picture by the one artist but i really like it.

  3. kurumais says:

    what the heck happened to youtube ? all of a sudden im getting random recommendations from random users that i don’t know and don’t want to know . its overwhelming the channels i actually subscribe to. its very intrusive.

  4. ed2962 says:

    It’s kinda ironic, glancing at the Things We Like section. I decided to try a free trial of Netflix. First thing I tried to watch yesterday was Breaking Bad. It kept freezing on me. Fuggin’ Cricket Broadband…

    • Insideman says:

      Ed, get on them. As much of a pun as this may sound, this is one of the most addictive shows I have ever watched. I watched all the Netflix episodes in 10 days. It was cool because they added last season about 7 days ago.

      You can also try a direct ethernet connection if you have wifi… Or moving your wifi enabled machine higher in the air for a clearer line to your modem. (I use one of my PS3s.) One night during prime time, I was having trouble with the streaming getting blurry… Going in and out… So I moved the PS3 up about 3 feet in the air and it worked great until the other people in my condo building went to sleep… Then I moved the PS3 back into the lower part of the cabinet.

      If you do have wifi– you might also want to check what “channel” you are receiving your wifi signal from on your modem. Almost every manufacturer has a default setting… And when the machines are put in your home or apartment– everybody is feeding off the same wifi channel.

      Changing the wifi modem channel can often be done on the internet– with help from the service provider… Or quickly by a tech. Since almost everybody in my building has the same ATT UVerse service (it’s the best in LA), changing my modem to a different channel boosted my wifi signal almost 70%… Because only one other machine in the building on the new channel.

      But you gotta watch Breaking Bad. 😀

      • Locusmortis says:

        Changing wifi channels is one of the things that i used to have to do all the time when I worked in tech support. Most routers use the 2.4Ghz frequency (although newer 802.11n routers can use 5Ghz) and have 13 channels which are variations on that frequency, generally routers are set by default to channel 1. Channels 1, 6 and 11 are the most effective channels, there is a degree of overlap on the channels between. Its not just routers that use the 2.4 Ghz band, a lot of other stuff does like cordless phones, mobile phones, walkie-talkies, even microwave ovens, hell one time I dealt with a guy living across the street from a Ministry of Defence building that was having awful trouble with his wifi, I had to tell him there was nothing I could do and go complain to the MOD.

        You can normally access your routers homepage by opening a web browser and and putting the routers default gateway address (which is normally something like or into the address bar then hit enter. Then go to the routers wireless settings page and change the channel. You can usually google precise instructions for your type of router.

        • Insideman says:

          That’s exactly what I do to change channels here, Locusmortis.

          Seems Channel 11 is the default channel of choice for ATT UVerse in Los Angeles. Switching to Channel 6 made everything run perfectly.

          We had to go retro and switch one of my Mom’s cordless phones (on a separate phone line to the main line) back to 900Mhz– just so she could get a clear signal on that line. As you said, everything being on 2.4Ghz was just too much in her house… And going back to the lower, lesser used frequency worked perfect.

      • ed2962 says:

        Cool. Thank you for the advice, Ian and Locus!

  5. M. Fewko says:

    MANHATTAN PROJECTS continues to be an economical comic loaded with bold ideas and lovely artwork. I decided to trade wait SECRET and go with MP as my monthly Hickman title, and I’m so satisfied with the decision. Hopefully, Hickman can rub some of that talent into his future AVENGERS comic, but, MARVEL has proven they’ll go out of their way to make their writers fail…here is to hopin’ 😀

  6. kurumais says:

    my thoughts on kid eternity ok overall i liked it but it wasnt great. i feel like it definitely had a pushing daisies riff going without being a rip off. i would bet money lemire watched that show. thats a good thing i liked pushing daisies. lemir dialogue is written well and flows naturally, cully hammer is a pro you never have to wonder whats going on in his panels, his expressions always match the script. the script does a nice job introducing you to the kid and whats so wacky about him. its a quick, simple and intriguing intro.
    a couple of problems i had one lemir’s sense of time didnt really fit what you see in the comic. one instinance could be chocked up to the supernatural, but the kid acted like he was doing something very routine, at least for him, but he is shocked it too so long. it didnt come across mysterious so much as jarring considering action on the panels and convesation, it didnt seem like a lot of ground was being covered but apparently there was. the second instance i think is just bad pacing on lemire’s part. the central plot is simple guy gets shot the kid uses his wacky death powers to solve the case. so we see the investigation unfolding and its not very complicated, not a lot of twists or turns and no red herrings it looked like maybe a couple of hours had past but we are informed the kid was almost out of time when he stated he had 24 hours. it felt clumsy and it didnt jive with the book and action i was reading.
    i said the central plot was simple but thats not a knock the murder case isnt the thing here its the characters and the kid’s wacky death powers.
    another problem i had was and, minor spoiler here, the kid is a coroner in this book. but i never bought him as an md with a specialty forensic pathology. he just seemed like a guy with wacky death powers. in fact he never performers the autopsy he is supposed he goes straight to the pushing daisies routine.
    another problem i had was he says he has had the wacky pushing daisies abilties for about a year but this seems like his first case. whats he been doing? or is he just a bad detective he never solved the others?
    i felt the weakness in script could have easily been fixed and i’m wondering where the editor and assistant editor were on this book .
    lemire does introduce a nice weird mytho and a twist in form of mr keeper, a mysteriousness figure that knows more about whats going on then the kid and doesnt seem too happy with him. but not in an arch enemy kind of way more in go away kid you bother me sort of way.
    overall it was a solid book and the kid could be a nice addition to the dcu without ever having to cross paths with the super heroes. i give it a B-.

    • Insideman says:

      Thanks for following up, Kuru! (I asked Kurumais to let us know if he liked Kid Eternity on the last Open Thread.)

      This actually sounds very interesting. I liked Pushing Daisies too. Looking forward to the Trade now. (Big Cully Hamner fan here too.) Thanks again for all the detail!

  7. megamanx4ever says:

    Has anyone been reading any of the Before Watchmen mini series? If so what are you thoughts on them if you have read the comics? I have read the 5 series that are out right now and I really like all of them. Silk Spectre, Comedian, and Minutemen I really like and my favorite might be the Ozymandias series.

    • ed2962 says:

      I read the first Minute men cuz I like Darwyn Cooke so much. I thought it was ok. The Silk Spectre I enjoyed a lot. However, the villian in the 2nd issue was entertaining but not what I expect in a series like this. The Comedian was VERY disappointing to me. The only other one I’m interested in is Dr Manhattan cuz it’s been a long time since we’ve seen interior Adam Hughes art.

  8. ed2962 says:

    Writing this from work so i have to make it quick, but yeah…Empowered! I understand the controversal nature of the material, but I must say I came real close to buying this a few times, I usually backed out due to budget reasons. I was wondering what were other people’s reasons for liking this series ( or not).

    • J. says:

      The comic is fun, the art is amazing and the writing is funny as hell. I can understand how the book can seem a little naughty on the surface but it really is so much more than that. I really think that Emp is one of the best female superhero characters in the industry.

      • ^^Right here.

        I will also add that the “naughty factor” may look naughty if you just look through the artwork, but if you read the story with it, it you really don’t notice it that way. Think of all the full frontal nudity jokes on Monty Python.

    • ComicBookDude says:

      I’ve also backed out of buying Empowered a couple times due to it seeming too naughty for my tastes. Maybe I’ll try it one day. Once I find volume one again.

      I did buy the two one-shots of Empowered that Dark Horse released a few years ago. I liked them. They were fun. Plus Adam Warren’s art is great and adds to the level of fun.

  9. kurumais says:

    what non super hero comics did you like as a kid? reading that bazooka joe comic the other day started me thinking about the kiddie comics i used to like as a kid. i have 5 sisters so there were always archies and millie the models around. i like jughead big ethel and moose. harvey had some fun books, richie rich, my buddy reminded me about little dot and her gal pal, little audrey and little lotta. hot stuff casper and wendy the good witch. i wasnt a true blue fan but if i got hold of them i liked them

    • J. says:

      I started reading manga soon after I got into comics so that was my non-superhero outlet. That and the GI Joe comic and MAD magazine. Man, I loved MAD magazine when I was younger.

      • Locusmortis says:

        Battle, Warlord, 2000AD, The Victor, Scream, Buster, The Dandy, The Beano, Whizzer and Chips, Tiger, Roy of the Rovers, The Eagle, Commando, War Picture Library, Battle Picture Library, Starblazer, Arsebandit, Bumblefex and Grabnuts.

      • kurumais says:

        yeah i was going to start a thing about mad i loved spy vs spy still like it a lot and anything by don martin. my family and i loved snappy answers to stupid questions

        • Insideman says:

          Don Martin… Yet another great creator that got royally screwed.

          • kurumais says:

            he was a photo bomber as well from wiki ” was regarded as a quiet man who enjoyed relaxing on the beach near his home in Miami, where he liked slipping into the backgrounds of photographs tourists would take of each other, so when their films were developed they would wonder who the strange man was. Fellow Mad contributor Sergio Aragonés had the same impish habit.”

            that sucks about him getting screwed

            • Locusmortis says:

              Mad magazine is something I never got into but should have. Any collections worth getting?

              • kurumais says:

                no clue L i havent really read it in years ive given some mad stuff as gifts i looked up stuff by don martin on amazon its all expensive and i guess out of print

              • Insideman says:

                Some of the stuff in the most recent Mad’s from the last 2 years have some priceless– very adult– satire in them. Laugh out loud stuff.

                It was the only comic-related mag I subscribed to. Then, when it went quarterly– they erroneously canceled my subscription… And I still had 11 issues left. I tried to get it fixed 3 times until I just said, “Fuck it.” And haven’t picked up a Mad mag since.

                But to answer your question LM, any of their movie collections– especially ones that include satirical bits drawn by Jack Davis… Are usually great. I always loved the mini cartoons Sergio Aragones drew that were reduced to ridiculously small size to fit in and fill the mag’s gutters on various pages.

    • ed2962 says:

      Cracked magazine was real big when I was a kid. Archie was kinda around a bit too. None of my friends actively bought it, but going to ppl’s houses when I was little it was just kinda there. DC war comics were around too but I’ll admit I didn’t learn to appreciate them until I got much much older.

    • ed2962 says:

      Oh! I forgot, I was also into the paperback reprints of the Peanuts newspaper strip! Go Snoopy and Woodstock!

      • Insideman says:

        Ed, we’re 2 peas in a pod. I mentioned the same thing in a Pull List column before. When I wasn’t reading comics, I was reading paperback reprints of Peanuts, Wizard of ID, Andy Capp… Whatever I could get my hands on.

        I am so happy to have these comics being reproduced in better formats now. I buy the Peanuts 2 book slipcase every year.

        I will confess that I am starting to believe more and more that Charles Schulz was an egotistical prick for not letting his family continue to benefit monetarily from the production of new strips. I know they still make plenty of money off endorsement deals, etc… But there have been 2 generations now who solely believe Snoopy is nothing but a shill for MetLife.

        I just read Boom’s Charlie Brown new comic book collection (Highly Recommended!) the other night and there were two artists in it that drew Charlie and the gang just as well as Schulz ever did. I kid you not.

    • Tiger Topher says:

      When I wasn’t reading superhero comics, this was my drug of choice:

    • comicbookdude89 says:

      Sadly it wasn’t till I was 13 or 14 when I started reading non-super hero comics. I always loved them (I still do). I have Comic Culture Warrior and IMJ to thank for me expanding my horizon of what kind of comics were/are out there! I have enjoyed every minute of it!

      Granted, I still do love me some superhero comics. I personally think it’s healthy to read stuff that’s entertainment just for entertainment’s sake.

    • kurumais says:

      found some don martin cartoons on youtube

    • There weren’t many when I was a kid, or at least no that the comic shop I went to really put on display. I picked up a few issues of the Marvel Transformers line and tried out the Valiant comics during their original release. Once I got be a teenager, I checked out the Chaos! comics and Kiss had the Psycho Circus comics (which was not too bad given that it was a Kiss comic), but I was the only one that I knew that got comics so I mostly played to what I knew till I moved down here to NJ and the comic shop here helped me broaden my comic tastes.

  10. kurumais says:

    i picked up ultimates 13 just to see the re intro of cap. i was pleasently surprised . he wasn’t the complete ugly american d bag i last saw. i find his new tank like costume odd but interesting. its seems very much a departure of standard super hero outfits. i have to give it a thumbs up for creativity and boldness.

  11. kurumais says:

    do you think cap’s new design has anything to do with the movies? most folks didnt like cap’s avengers movie look especially the helmet. looking at opena’s sketches he looks like he is wearing batman like movie armor.

    i like it alot i like the beehive look to the chest not crazy about cassady’s version

  12. ed2962 says:

    Today is National Scotch Day! Cheers!

  13. kurumais says:

    the actors that want to play superheroes post on fan sites

    you ever read post where someone asks an actor or actress if they would want to be in a super hero movie playing a super hero? what kind of question is that? would you like a job in your chosen profession that that will pay you , probably a 7 figure salary? with the possibility of becoming a movie franchise or joining an already incredibly successful franchise, that will most likely put you into a brand new tax bracket ? who is going to say no to that?

    • ed2962 says:

      A few years back when the rumors were going around, Kate Beckingsale came out and said she wasn’t that interested in playing the role of Wonder Woman. On the other hand, at that time she’d filmed a couple of the Underworld movies, so in a way, she was already starring in her own super hero-ish franchise.

  14. Tiger Topher says:

    Has anyone here read a book called Men of Tomorrow? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it if you have. A guy at my local comic shop gave it his highest possible recommendation and urged me to give it a look. Here’s the book in question for those of you who are unfamiliar with it:

  15. comicbookdude89 says:

    That Hit-Girl cover on the Things We Hate section is absolutely hideous. Come on, John Romita Jr…. you can do better than that!

    • Morlock50 says:

      I’m not so sure he can anymore. You’ve seen his AvX work lately?

      • Insideman says:

        This all started with the rushed shit he turned in on the Avengers a couple of years ago.

        It’s starting to look like a style shift (like Keith Giffen and Frank Miller both went through a couple of times) and I don’t like it.

        • Morlock50 says:

          God, that Avengers book looked like ass. Not that the writer gave him anything interesting to draw, though.

      • comicbookdude89 says:

        I actually liked his work on AvX…. What was wrong with it? Maybe I wasn’t looking closely enough? I will admit to not liking his Avengers art, since most of it looked rushed.

        Then again when you get a mediocre script I suppose that can take a toll on the artist. I will say that the first few issues of AvX were ok. It was just mindless fun. Although I didn’t care for the fighting (or lack of fighting, pick you poison) in the main series. Some of the battles gave me the impression of “it’s not a big deal”. I was sitting there thinking, “Iron Man vs. Magneto? That’s a big deal in my book!” As soon as The Phoenix Force showed up (also the same issue that Fraction started writing the scripts for AvX) the story kinda fell to pieces for me.

        • Morlock50 says:

          Well, I think compared to JRJr in his early 80’s prime, I found the art in AvX to be very ordinary and bland. They would have been better served having Alan Davis on those issues, or let Copiel draw the whole damn thing. Just look at that fight between Cap and Wolverine in issue #3—fucking awful in composition and storytelling IMO.

          • Locusmortis says:

            The last good work JR jr turned in was the Eternals mini with Neil Gaiman, since then its all been downhill. Still, doing Bendis and Millar scripts probably takes a toll

          • Insideman says:

            Jose and I spent about ten minutes making fun of very poorly drawn JR Jr Avengers Hulk (or Red Hulk– I think it was Red Hulk… It was that memorable) 2 page splash on one of our podcasts.

  16. kurumais says:

    marvel is cancelling the thanos mini series they were hyping not that long ago. im glad we dont need his origin he is a huge threat to life in the marvel u thats all that needs to be said

  17. kurumais says:

    i think its pathetic that things have to be cancelled or changed because of aurora shootings. a guy who visits sick kids in the hospital dressed as batman canceled an appearance in case it upset the kids and their parents. really? are we that weak willed and pathetic that one mad man can’t change the way we look at one of the biggest pop icon/figures of the last half a century?
    and wb animation are going to change the look of the guns in beware the batman to make them less realistic. so what kids will tell themselves that its a gun but not real gun with rel bullets now as opposed to all the other guns in other shows they watch? they are going to what want to use them more and shoot people if they look more realistic ?
    i think its just ridiculous and a bit cowardly and more then a little arrogant to think your comic or movie or cartoon is going to make or prevent the making of a mass murderer.

    • ComicBookDude says:

      Agreed. To play the devil’s advocate about the guy dressing up as Batman, I’m sure it’s just the hospital playing it safe. I’m sure that the guy was going to try to comfort them but the hospital was probably just being safe.

      What they should have done is run it through with the parents/kids to make sure if it was ok or not instead of just saying, “no you can’t do this.”

      The WB animation thing makes no sense to me. Isn’t there a PG-13 rating on the back? That, in my mind, is a good enough warning. Plus, I’ve watched hundreds of movies with guns in them and read thousands of comics with guns and various other weapons and I have yet to want to feel the urge to shoot somebody. Heck, I have LEGO figures that come with guns and have bought realistic looking LEGO guns and I still know that shooting people randomly is evil and not a good thing.

    • Morlock50 says:

      My LCS sent an email this week stating that DC has requested to retilers they hold off sell ing issues of Batman Incorporated #3 till mid-August. Apparently there is a scene in the book that is too close to the Aurora shooting. Anybody else hear about this?

      • kurumais says:

        yeah but the scene looked more like columbine then aurora im pretty sure it takes place in a school. how many copies of batman inc do they sell a month? you think the ppl that buy batman are suddenly going to be overcome by the violence depicted in any issue particularly this one? do they think some touched by angel fan is suddenly going to pick up batman inc out f the blue and be completely blindsided by it? if you are going to be upset or traumatized by comic book violence even after a horrific event like this i think its time to give up comics not delay them and extra month before you read them.

        • Morlock50 says:

          DC and Hollywood are just trying to cover their asses with this move. I’m sorry, but it’s not about sensitivity to anybody; they just don’t want to be criticized by the public for being in poor taste. The sensitive, humane thing would be to have a national discussion about gun control so this shit is less likely to happen again. But it’s a lot easier to look at media violence than America’s love affair with guns.

          • kurumais says:

            some nut in florida came home and shot a door to door salesman for being on his property. he said he would kill anyone on his property, his neighbors described him as neighborhood kook. if you find that story its really chilling and crazy

      • Tiger Topher says:

        DC delaying Batman Incorporated #3 worked out real well for me. My LCS decided to sell the book on Wednesday and after I saw that people were paying stupid prices for it on eBay, I walked into my shop, paid $4 for the variant and sold it for $40 + shipping.

        • Insideman says:

          What was that PT Barnum once said?

          Good for you, Tiger… Sounds like you’ve been getting your books for “free” lately.

          • Tiger Topher says:

            Yeah, eBay has been very good to me these last few weeks. And speaking of which, I just picked up some more books that I’ll be able to flip for a nice profit a little earlier this evening.

  18. Insideman says:

    @TigerTopher I went ahead and picked up the Daredevil Artists Edition.

    Thanks for the prompt.

  19. kurumais says:

    i really enjoy winter soldier you can tell this is the marvel book brubaker is most invested in even more so then cap. and the art has been top notch every issue

    • Insideman says:

      I thought Brubaker lost the pulse of the Cap comic when, I’m guessing, the higher-ups at Marvel made him “kill” Cap. I still don’t understand how they brought him back… If anybody can clear it up for me I would be very excited.

      I’d rather read your description than re-read that horseshit again. 😀

      • Locusmortis says:

        He was really lost in time…something, something….HE’S BACK!

        Thats how I remember Cap Reborn anyway, I gave the comics away to charity so you can’t make me read it again hah!

      • comicbookdude89 says:

        All I remember from Capt. America: Reborn is a bunch of unneeded splash pages. Wait a minute, wasn’t that all of what Capt. America: Reborn was? At least a good 90% of it was, that’s for sure. I couldn’t believe Brubaker wrote that crap. Easily the worst thing he’s ever written.

      • M. Fewko says:

        I remember Sharon trying to find whose gun she used to kill Steve on the court steps, in the process Osborne appears trying to use HAMMER as a scapegoat for something, and then Sharon learns that Steve could be saved. I really can’t remember though, it was a while back and I only read them once. I love Brubaker, but he didn’t bring his A-game with the reborn stuff. The one-shot WHO WILL WIELD THE SHIELD (which ended up coming out before the final Reborn issue) was the best thing in the entire process, in my opinion.

        I personally thought his Captain issues were solid comics from the start of his run till just before Reborn. He really understood the character but after that, his own continuity got so skewed, that I had to drop it.

        • kurumais says:

          ok the skull had dr doom build a special time bullet that sharon shot him with that sent his spirit bouncing throughout his whole time line. but we saw him get autopsied we saw his desiccated husk of a corpse to prove he was dead. everyone said he was dead wolverine said he was dead. ok cap’s body is dead! now his conciousness is bouncing around time helpless . why does this help the skull no clue. now the skull retrieves cap’s spirit or consciousness and puts it back in cap’s dead body. how that brings it back to life and back to peak human super soldier shape no clue. but red skull somehow piggy backs into cap’s body. why does he need cap’s conciousness in order to put his mind into cap’s body no clue. cap reborn was a train wreck and draaaaaaaaaaaaggggged out. plus brubaker used the cliche of red skull “i control cap’s body the only way to defeat me is kill us both.” so bucky hasnt had to kill anyone to defeat them but red cap he cant defeat any other way to but to kill his buddy? yeah makes tons of sense.

        • Insideman says:

          Thanks one an all for your rundowns. I was right, you all are LOTS more entertaining than what I actually remember reading. 😀

          I can see now why I was so confused over Cap’s return… And why I got so lazy and decided not to re-read the Reborn issues. I don’t mind reading a comic two or three times because I enjoy it… But I do mind having to re-read something to make sense of it. That means the writer didn’t do his job… Or the Editor fucked it up.

          I would’ve gotten on here sooner and thanked you all but I suffered a really bad shoulder injury on Friday and the pain and stiffness is just now letting up– a little bit. Compounding matters, it hurts the worst when I am typing. 😦

    • M. Fewko says:

      On a related note, the director of The Matrix, Larry Wachowski has official confirmed her sex-change, and now goes by Lana Wachowski.

      Good for her for being who she truly wants to!

      AND for all of you curious about the above image in this particular open thread, Erica from the game Catherine, had a sex-change as well.

      • J. says:

        I was under the impression that Erica was pre-op because of the part where Toby talks about having sex with her and how it felt a bit odd. But he chalked it up to himself being a virgin.

        • M. Fewko says:

          Mmm, possibly. I remember one particular ending I had in the game where they implied Erica was a man and became a woman, and that Toby didn’t know until after they had sex. You may be right though. I, like Vincent, played the game mostly drunk ><

          • J. says:

            Ya. There was an ending where you find out she is transgender. They do elude to it through the whole game though. About how she disappeared while in high school and didn’t come back till years later. Everyone in the game knew except for Toby.

            I only remember this because I have been playing through the game again for the last couple of weeks. Have only one ending left to get.

            • M. Fewko says:

              Isn’t the re-playability with Catherine insane? I can’t think of any other game that makes me want to play it again. Even Heavy Rain’s insane storyline felt like a one time thing, since it was so personal, but Catherine just gets more and more fun. I hope they release some DLC 🙂


              • J. says:

                Ok. Looks like you were right. This is from Wiki and answers why Erica was having the nightmares too. Interesting.

                “Erica is the Stray Sheep’s 32-year-old bar waitress and Vincent’s childhood friend. She has a bright personality and is up to date on town gossip.[26] Toby has a crush on her and loses his virginity to her. It is revealed during the Lovers’ true ending that she is a post-op transsexual, something that was alluded to throughout the game, and was previously known as Eric. Due to preventing Toby from being in a relationship that could result in children, she begins to have nightmares.”

                I do not remember them ever mentioning the post-op part. I think I need to disagree with that just from what I have learned playing the game.

                I do agree with you on replayability. I have yet to beat any of the Babel stages. They are fucking hard. And I still have to play through the second set of Rapunzel levels.

                • M. Fewko says:

                  OH, geez, I must of forgotten she was having nightmares too. When I first played it, I was so caught up with the story. Every time I finished a stage, I’d explore every inch of the Stray Sheep bar since, frankly, I was a bit intimidated by the stages, hahah. I really loved the story, too. But, my second time playing, I found I was more interested with the stages, and the complex arrangement of the puzzles.

                  I know this sounds lame, but I learned lots of wisdom from that game. I think its presented in a great way, being captivating, hip, funny, relevant, mature, and dark at times. Vincent was stuck in a horrible rut, and I wanted nothing more than to try and save him from it. Each character from Erica, to Midnight Venus stayed with me long after I finished the game.

                  Atlus made something really special.

                  • J. says:

                    It was a mature game in every sense.

                    Erica didn’t start having nightmares until late in the game. They start after she sleeps with Toby.

                  • M. Fewko says:

                    I’d sleep better at night if more people bought these kinds of thoughtful, mature games and less of the violent games that America keeps producing…. the world needs it, man.

  20. kurumais says:

    i turned off the olympics last night too many damn commercials and interviews and color fluff stuff. nbc is the worst. just show the event!!!!! bob poppa and teddy atlas on cnbc’s boxing coverage are both top notch though.

    • Morlock50 says:

      Did you watch the opening ceremony? I thought GB did a good job with it.

      • kurumais says:

        yes they did im not a big fan of opening ceremonies so it not my thing i did like rowan atkinson .
        im watching the the olympics right now nbc is doing much better tonight but it still looks like they want it to be another micheal phelps show. just show the sports and events and let them write their own story.

        • SmokeyClocks says:

          Was watching some events onlline and the ones I watched didn’t have commentary and were just the event. These were the prelims though so that could be the reason for this. It was a nice change of pace though because I could actually enjoy the competition.

        • Like SmokeyClocks said, watch the online versions, unless it is a simulcast of one of the NBC stations, it is just the event, plus you can choose what to watch over everything that goes on that day, not just what NBC feels is important to cover.

  21. M. Fewko says:

    Thanks to Hulu, I can finally watch Durarara!! in chronological order (and in original Japanese, take that Adult Swim!)

    Its a great anime. One of the better stories to come out in recent years during this embarrassing era of stagnant animes.

  22. ed2962 says:


    Wait…wait! It’s not that cheesecake, it’s THIS cheesecake!

    But the other cheesecake is fun too (smiley face!)

    • Locusmortis says:

      I love both types of cheesecake and now I want some! If money were no object I’d get some flown over from Junior’s in New York (yes, you can really do that!), it really is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted 😀

  23. kurumais says:

    studio ghibli goes live action
    btw twitch is a pretty good movie news site

  24. 21st century superman and the death of Clark Kent i’m back in the saddle baby! please give fedback, please

  25. tomstewdevine says:

    Samurai Champloo is now on NetFlix, Nice.

    • J. says:

      Really? Sweeet.

    • M. Fewko says:

      Its been on there for a while now. I remember watching it off there last summer, actually.

      • J. says:

        It was on there last year but then they took it off. Netflix recently added it back in the last month or so. They are doing that more and more now. Battle Royale was only on there for a month and is already gone.

        • M. Fewko says:

          Oh, really? I gave up Netflix for Hulu a while back. There are way more foreign films, more recent shows, a great selection of animes in original Japanese, etc. And they put the date up for when the rights to the movies and shows expire.

          • J. says:

            The one thing I really do like about Netflix is that they do have a really good selection of foreign films. I can’t compare that to Hulu’s selection because I don’t have Hulu but it’s still very satisfying. Besides those and tv shows, there really isn’t anything that good on Netflix.

            • M. Fewko says:

              Oh, definitely, I was watching a lot of their foreign films on Netflix. I guess the reason I went with Hulu was the anime. Though I love comics, novels, & movies, at the core of my heart is an anime nerd. Its always been my favorite medium.

              And seeing Hulu host: HIs and Her Circumstances, Bubblegum Crisis, Kids on the Slope, Lupin III – The woman called Mine Fujiko, Lain, Durarara!!, and so much more, that’s what really sold me. They had lots of Dragon Ball episodes for a while, which was a nice revisit 🙂

              I think both programs are fine in their own way, though.

              • J. says:

                Wow. Hulu’s anime line up does sound pretty nice.

              • tomstewdevine says:

                After I run out of shit to watch on netflix I will switch to Hulu, but i’m far from it right now.

                • Locusmortis says:

                  and because of all the stupid territorial rights issues the only way I can see 80% of this stuff is via non-legal means, netflix here is shit and hulu don’t operate here. So many “rights holders” don’t seem to understand that the old ways of doing business don’t matter any more since the advent of the internet and they are actively depriving themselves of money by imposing arbitrary territorial restrictions. phew, excuse the rant folks!

  26. kurumais says:

    jason aaron and esad ribic are going to be doing thor can ribic do a monthy book? i like his stuff a lot and i think he is a great fit but has he ever done a monthly?


  27. kurumais says:

    marvel now captain america team guess?
    who do you think the new creative team for cap will be? cullen bunn is co writing the main cap book with brubaker and solo writing cap’s team up book. he seems to be being groomed for the job. i pray its not fraction. i would like to see jeff parker on the book. i think what he did with jimy woo is in the same ballpark as steve, no clue about artist anymore they come and go so quick these days does it really matter?

    • Locusmortis says:

      The only active artist that could do 18 issues a year is Bagley and he would be terrible on captain america. They will no doubt have a rotating team of pencillers, David Aja would probably be great on Cap.

  28. M. Fewko says:

    I’m quite excited for ASSASSIN’S CREED III and BEYOND TWO SOULS. PERSONA: ARENA will be fun, and SLEEPING DOGS I’ll give a try, too.

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