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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 March, 2019, 04:28:22 pm »
New Gods is one of my absolute favourites. Pretty much all of Kirby's post-Lee 70s work is and New Gods stands up well in a field of quite exceptional quality. If you enjoyed this I can't recommend the rest of his Fourth World stuff enough, its quite majestic.

That said read all of this stuff, Demon, OMAC, Kamandi, The Losers. Then  follow him back to Marvel for Devil Dinosaur, 2001 (personal favourite), Black Panther, The Eternals (another favourite of mine) and even Captain America which I'm sure is better than I give it credit for.

The man is The KIng for a reason!

Yep, got the 4th world omnibus as 4 TPBs. Out of those I think Olsen, Forever people and Mister miracle really benefits from mixing in with each other, while New Gods -for me- really shines as a stand alone. But brilliant all of them. As are Demon and Omac. Waiting eagerly for Kamandi to come out as trade paper backs :)

New Gods is also a book I really hope DC puts out as an absolute at some point.

I've been sitting on Jack Kirby collections of New Gods and Mister Miracle. I really should get back to them. I picked them up in a ComiXology black friday sale last year after reading Tom King's Mister Miracle reminded me I've a giant Jack Kirby hole in my life I really should get around to filling in.

I finished reading Tom's Mister Miracle (for the 4th time or something) this morning. Brilliant book. Each time I finish it I come up with new ideas about the ending :)

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 18 March, 2019, 07:35:19 pm »
NEW GODS by Jack The King Kirby. Picked up the stand alone collection last week. Didn't take long for me to read it. Brilliant. A fantastic comic. Silver age gold. Lots of action and fun, as well as some really cool ideas. I really admire Orion. Guy's angry and not really a nice guy, but he still cares for those close to him, and sometimes even shows some empathy for his enemies. Darkseid is equally as interesting. Almost felt sorry for him when he's told about the Micro-Mark weapon, realising how fruitless his hunt for the anti life equation has been and how his lust for battle is being replaced by automated genocide. Not to mention when he wants the battle between Orion and Kabilak to be just. True gent, even if his the personification of a depression haha.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 March, 2019, 04:41:27 pm »
The blow out A bit like the conversation, but with a slasher villian. Wasn't sure first. The music isn't the best and the story didn't become as interesting as I'd hope (not until the ending at least. THAT ending!), but I was hooked through out the whole movie. Amazing visuals. Great movie. Hope to watch it again soon.

Are you referring to Blow Out by De Palma and starring Travolta and Lithgow?

If so, it's a great film and very similar to The Conversation but more like Blow Up, the film from the 60's which stars David Hemmings (which is also awesome)

If not, then I've never heard of it.

Yep, without the "the". The one by De Palma with Travolta and Allen. I haven't seen Blow up in years, but it also comes to mind. Even heard reviwers accidently calling Blow out "Blow up" several times while discussing it haha.

Regardless. To it's credit. I'm still thinking about the film (Blow out).

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 March, 2019, 08:20:52 am »
The blow out A bit like the conversation, but with a slasher villian. Wasn't sure first. The music isn't the best and the story didn't become as interesting as I'd hope (not until the ending at least. THAT ending!), but I was hooked through out the whole movie. Amazing visuals. Great movie. Hope to watch it again soon.

Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 15 March, 2019, 09:57:43 pm »
Brian Jonestown Massacre's latest. As always, great stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AamqNez-h1s&list=OLAK5uy_k8a_Oc_vfm-aTOjDkDYdgh6xCO_bj4TkE

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 March, 2019, 08:01:00 pm »
They shall not grow old Only thing I could fault it for is that the b/w introduction went on for a bit too long, the rest of it is brilliant. I've been thinking of wanting to see Charly's war on the big screen and I think this did the job. Young men (mostly boys) stuck up to their knees in mud made out of death and shit, and amazingly some of them manage (at least seem to) survive as humans, and not just survive. A horrifying and amazing film which I hope alot of people get to see.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 March, 2019, 07:55:20 pm »
Captain Marvel Thought it was alright. I especially enjoyed the scenes where Caroll visits Rambeau. Could'v done with more of that. Just a shame she'll probably have a role in ruining Thanos' success in Infinity war  :'(

And I also really liked the cat in the film.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 March, 2019, 10:10:02 pm »
PADDINGTON. Just as funny and charming as I found the second to be. Laughed and cheered through every second of this lovely film.

The Secret Rose is out there. I must admit I was dubious. Dream stories, with the obvious exception of The Sandman, often leave me cold. Having read it though I am happy to say that I was completely wrong. It is thoroughly charming and some of the characters are hilarious. Although the tone is lighter than some other Corto books there is still a lot to digest, but it is handled so beautifully that it never seems like a chore. Not a typical Corto by any means, but still a cracking read.

Read it tonight. Enjoyed it alot. I can somewhat agree to the thing you say about dream stories, as well that The secret rose was really good. Fitting as well having Corto enter such realm as it, after seeing two moons, meeting a double ganger and so on in the adventures before it.

I think the "court scene" more or less summed up why I like the character as much as I do. His dream also left me with a desire to dream as interesting as him  :lol:

Wow is that out alerady - does that just leave Early Years and then  bacl to Ballard?

Made for a nice surprise at my LCS. I think it's Early years, Ballad and MU. 

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 19 February, 2019, 05:19:10 pm »
The original solicitation was HC, which is probably why Amazon still has that listed.

I can't find it listed as TPB elsewhere either.

If it is. Hope there's a limited HC sold on 2000ADs webshop then.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 19 February, 2019, 01:26:13 pm »
Argh. Deadworld’s switched formats. I do hope there’s a limited hardback available on the store, to match the first volume.

Says hardcover on the amazon page. Fingers crossed.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 February, 2019, 12:32:00 pm »
In the stories women are constantly...

raped and sexually assaulted should probably also be noted. It becomes a bit like with gore, too much of it and it doesn't stand out much. It's still horrid and has a place in the stories, but I wish it was handled a bit differently. I think Jenny's trauma adds to her story, but many other characters could'v gotten a bit of that as well. Especially since alot of the violence characters inflicts gets that sort of attention.

Doesn't need to a character calling out how bad something is, just a bit of conflict. For example when Mina tells another character about Orlando. A person who lived for very long and killed alot of people and thus isn't that bothered by hurting/killing opponents.

On LOEG, really enjoyed Heart of Ice the other day. Especially the back matter; even with Moore that can become a chore (didn't read it all in Providence, for example...). Here, it was very arch and fun to read. Onto the other Nemo's soon.

When you mention it. The articles on probably are my favorite ones out of the bunch. She has a very strong character which makes it easier to relate to all the references spread across the text. A bit like in Star Wars: A new hope or The Dark Knight Returns.

Hope you like the rest of the two as well. Her trilogy is probably my overall favorite story in LOEG. Good balance between referencing things as well as maintaining an overall story. Lovecraft isn't needed reading to understand Heart of ice, but it adds to it. --in a way I would'v liked Century would'v.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 February, 2019, 10:53:13 am »
League of extraordinary gentlemen

League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 1
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 2
League of extraordinary gentlemen: Black dossier
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 3: 1910
Nemo: Heart of ice
Nemo: Roses of Berlin
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 3: 1969
Nemo: River of ghosts
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 3: 2009
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 4 Tempest #1-4

In short. I really like alot of the stories, but some not so much. Vol 1-2 and bits of Black dossier have stories grounded in the meetings between characters, which -for me- got lost with so much of it becoming background. Which perhaps was due to avoid getting sued, or delibrity in order to demonstrate Vol. 3 Century's theme of stories seemingly loosing their place in society. The latter much due to "politics" (in lack of better word.) invading narratives, for example Harry Potter becoming the antichrist due to the narrative carried by some yank christians (which is how I read it. Not that he has any particular against the character). I also think Vol. 4 Tempest adds to this with the focus on Bond (how the property tries to be influenced by vs how it could influence reality), and so on to use of nuclear weapons against the blazing worlds.

This time around, I read it in somewhat order (missed out on putting black dossier between Roses and 1969). I think it helped Century come together for me. More than before. The Nemo stories have more connection to what came before and Century towards an upcoming event hidden behind a veil of confusion. I think helped my reading alot. How grasp the story and find a meaning it. I wouldn't mind a LOEG book with Century and Nemo collected in the reading order I used. Perhaps also Tempest, since it's such a direct continuation of those stories.

And darn it if I wouldn't like there to be some appendix or such, or more in the later stories themselves, in order to assist me to put it all together. I get it if they had to tread lightly around some of it (insisting that the antichrist isn't Harold Potter from Lost Girls would probably not have helped) I still wish they worked themselves around it. I don't know.

Another thing which doesn't work for me is how the book takes the opportunity to apperantly criticizing stories for their treatment of female characters, when LOEG doesn't fare much better. In the stories women are constantly loosing their clothes, getting their tits and arse flashed, getting unwanted attention and comments, tricked into copulation. I don't have a problem with it (since it's a comic book I could choose to not to read), but it doesn't do it for me. Perhaps it's meant to be sensual, or comedy (I'm not ashamed to admit I like old "sexy" comedies like The Telephone book or the Zodiac films), but it's not my favorite part of the book. I'd much rather that some of the early sex stuff between Mira and Alan could'v stood out more in the overall story.

I think it starts out brilliantly, but doesn't stay that way for me. I wish they made the events of Roses of Berlin into the focus for volume 3. Mina's endless antichrist hunt could'v been an interesting side story to mirror Jenny's story about legacy and growing old. But it's still made for an interesting read, and I'm very interested to see how they choose to end it. Only two issues left. Hopefully finished in May :)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 February, 2019, 07:03:07 am »
I'm kind of on the fence about watching Battle Angel Alita.

The large eyed CGI of the main character irritates me a bit for some reason. I was under the understanding that she had the large eyed look in the original media due to the fact all the characters are drawn that way*, and I think it's even more exaggerated with females.

If that's the case, in translation to live action, shouldn't she just look like a young woman? At least until part of her flesh gets scraped away... So why not just have a young actress in the role on screen, rather than through motion capture? (Fair dues, that's a major job in itself, probably actually harder than being on-screen. I'm not knocking motion capture characters in any way.)

I guess her unique appearance is an intentional part of the story, a way of showing that she is visually unique,
and in danger of prejudism as a result, bit suspect that could have been done another way. I don't have anything against that in itself, but I wonder if it strays from the intentions of the original for an excuse for Cameron and co to push the envelope of what is possible with CGI. I actually like CGI, but I feel it should serve the story, not the other way around.

On the other hand, reviews here seem largely positive, which is swaying me. And....*

*having never read the manga or an the anime, I could be wrong here.

Wasn't sure either. Went in and saw it with two friends. Quite entertaining movie. The effects didn't bother me at all, in fact I thought she was brilliantly done. Only times she became an effect for me was when giving it some thought how good I thought the actress -underneath- was. I think the big eyes thing even served the story thanks to the flashbacks.

Only thing which bothered me now and then was how brutal it was. Movie starts "soft" on details (for example cutting away before someone gets a blowtorch in their face) but later on it's show all with cyborgs getting their limbs and faces cut off. Even if it's essentially just "metal", the ones on the recieving end of loosing half their face seems pretty bothered by it.

All and all. I quite recommend it. Really good action and Rosa Salazar is brilliant in the role as Alita.

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