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VIDEO: “Batman: Strange Days” – Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th Anniversary Short (Official)

April 10, 2014 / No Comments

From Youtube: “A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.”

I’m not as enamored with Batman The Animated Series as some of my friends seem to be, but I think this is pretty cool.

On ‘Nerds of Color’: Storm: An Excerpt from Diary of an AfroGeek

March 25, 2014 / No Comments

Shawn Taylor over at Nerds of Color has an excerpt from his upcoming book. The excerpt is mainly about Storm, but there are two really great non-Storm portions. The first is an evaluation of Batman and the other is a tangent. Great stuff and I will be keeping an eye out for the book when it comes out.

Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 180

Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 180

‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ Was Almost Rated R

March 19, 2014 / No Comments

According to the good folks over at ‘Screen Crush’, Kevin Feige from Marvel Studios said ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ was almost given an R rating. Their whole article can be found here.

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This makes a lot of sense to me. Comic book fans are used to seeing things like Blue Beetle getting his brains shot out through his face, Captain America hitting someone in their face with his shield, or Wolverine snikting people all over the place, non comic book fans aren’t necessarily immune to this type of violent imagery. I’m glad they made the cuts needed because they opened the film to a much larger audience.

Additions to the To Read pile, Part Two

March 3, 2014 / No Comments

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I hadn’t read Savage Dragon until I took a chance on the first Archives Volume. I really dug it, even in B&W, and immediately went out and grabbed the second Volume. It has been a long wait for Volume 3, but I am ready to dive into it.

I have only read/owned one issue of The Invisibles and it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but I keep hearing good things about it from a lot of sources who don’t usually like the same kind of comic books, so I decided to take a chance on it. Morrison rarely lets me down.

Additions to the To Read pile

March 3, 2014 / No Comments

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Here are a couple of recent additions to the To Read pile. I remember buying the first ten or so issues of the First Comics reprints, but stopped getting them after a while. I liked the series back then so I’m not sure why I stopped getting it, but it was probably cost.

I recently picked up Lone Wolf and Cub Volume One from Dark Horse Comics and thought these were the same things. Not even close because that was just the first First Comics issue in a smaller package. These Omnibus volumes are five issues in one. I will eventually have to get the first one, but there’s no hurry because I already have the stories.

Reasons to dislike Steve Rogers: All New X-Men 12

June 21, 2013 / 1 Comment

The setup: Havok, the “leader” of the Uncanny Avengers, is meeting the Young Scott Summers from the past. At this time in his life, Scott doesn’t know much about his brother Alex beyond the fact that he has been adopted by a nice family.

Steve Rogers and the Avengers had gotten their asses handed to them in Australia, so he drags the Uncanny Avenger team to hijack the X-Men plane so that Alex can talk to Scott.  Remember that these two are virtually strangers to one another, but when has not thinking things through ever stopped Steve Rogers.

When the two meet face to face and Scott realizes who he’s talking with, Rogers says this:

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What a fucking douchebag! Even Thor and Scarlet Witch had to tell him to chill the fuck out, it’s brother stuff. Think about that for a second, the brother of Loki and the sister of Quicksilver have to tell somebody to shut up and let siblings talk. And they have tried to beat the hell out of their brothers before.

Then, when young Jean Grey reads the mind of Scarlet Witch and finds out about the MILLIONS of mutants she killed, she goes all Jean Grey on her ass. The situation is defused, but what does Rogers say then…

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He is actively protecting the murderer of millions and just shrugs it off with “none of that matters right now”.

After making what he has to know are baseless accusations against the younger version of the guy who kicked his ass more than once and his friends, Rogers sends them on their way, then says this:

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Havok just responds with “Yeah” but without any further context or word balloons. Personally, I like to think Alex was saying “Yeah” but thinking “Yeah, you would say that but this is the same guy that kicked your sorry ass so I’m pretty sure he had better days than today.  Asshole.”

Spectacular Spider-Cast Episode 13

May 26, 2013 / 2 Comments

Host Derek Coward appropriates the podcast and spends his first episode letting new listeners know a little about him and his history with Spider-Man.

Spider-Man by Erik Larsen

Spider-Man by Erik Larsen

The Reason Why I Dropped Uncanny X-Men All Those Years Ago

March 7, 2013 / 1 Comment

For years I have mentioned that I was a huge Uncanny X-men fan/collector until they pissed me off with two issues that teased something that wouldn’t happen. I thought they both had “The Final Fate of An X-Man” on the title, but only one did.

Uncanny X-men 247 and 248

Uncanny X-men 247 and 248

Any way, I was pissed with issue 247 because it was so obviously written for her to come back one day and 248 felt such a bait and switch that I didn’t come back for issue 249. It felt like they were playing me for a fool (Not everyone just me in particular) and I was done. The never-ending subplots of Chris Claremont’s X-storytelling didn’t help either. Going forward I may have picked up an issue or two, but I didn’t get them regularly/add them to my pull list until Uncanny X-men 500, and that only lasted a couple of months before I got laid off and had to stop collecting altogether.

When I started collecting again, I stayed away from the X-Men because that whole corner of the Marvel universe just seems confusing and angry. It wasn’t until Marvel NOW! started up with All-New X-men and Uncanny X-Men that I have decided to bring them back to my list. Since modern day covers no longer tell you what to expect inside the books, I don’t think I will get turned away due to shenanigans like in the old days.

Have you ever been so turned off by the cover shenanigans of a comic series that it caused you to drop it? Let me know.

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