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General / Re: MARVEL / DC; Where to start?!
« on: 15 June, 2009, 11:05:23 PM »
All self-contained stuff that you can jump right into:
Batman and Robin
Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers
All Star Superman
All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder-Haha.  I shouldn't even joke.  You might believe me.
Across the Universe: the DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Batman: Year One
Anything with the words 'JLA' and 'Grant Morrison' on the cover
Anything with the words 'New X-Men' and 'Grant Morrison' on the cover
Marvel Adventures: Avengers
Wolverine: First Class
X-Men: First Class
Morrison/Miller Flash is getting a tpb, that's also worth a look
Ultimates Vol.1 and Vol.2

Film & TV / Re: Terminator Salvation New Trailer
« on: 14 June, 2009, 02:47:32 PM »
Went to see this the other night, and while not a classic, it's a perfectly enjoyable film viewed in isolation - it's the connection to the previous efforts that scuppers it, I think, as there isn't any time travel element to the plot, and on the slim chance there's someone who hasn't seen any of the previous films and thus doesn't know about the time-travel element in those, it's entirely possible they won't have a clue why Kyle Reese is so important, as it's never spelled out he's John Connor's dad thanks to predestination paradox shenanigans in the preceding trilogy.
It's a bit generic in setting and tone, and there aren't many standout character moments, though there's an impressive single-shot sequence near the start when John Connor escapes from a Skynet bunker, hops in a helicopter, chases another chopper, then crashes - though the technical achievement is somewhat lessened by the heavy CGI usage.

On a tangentially-related note, McG starred as himself in an episode of Supernatural, and while I was expecting to see some kind of media-savvy poseur, he's actually as old as my dad - only not as well-dressed.

Film & TV / Re: A Fistful Of Westerns
« on: 14 June, 2009, 02:33:09 PM »
Oddly never that into westerns as a kid, what with the sci-fi lovin' and all, there just wasn't enough lasers and robot fights in the average cowboy flick for my liking, though I was perfectly willing to settle for dinosaurs if robots were not available
And let's face it, it's not really that much of a hardship or compromise to have dinosaurs in anything at all.
My gateway flick into 'straight' westerns was the Kasdan brothers' Silverado, which in terms of western cliches was very much an 'and even the kitchen sink' affair, and just big, dumb fun from start to finish.  Young Guns 2 was also a favorite for a while, but the Searchers is hard to top.

Shameless whoring: I managed to finagle my way onto Accent UK's last couple of themed graphic novel anthologies and the latest is 'Western', with a good mix of one-off shorts about everything from zombie cowboys to Native American folk tales filling out a glossy-paged package.  They don't all have Future Shock-type twists, but it's an impressive-looking effort and well worth checking out.

General / Re: 2000AD May/June Art Compo VOTING THREAD
« on: 13 June, 2009, 09:38:22 PM »
1 CraveNoir
2 Gibson Quarter
3 MyGrimmBrother #02

HM: Iamthesystem #01

I didn't think the movie was that great, but it also wasn't that much of a step down from what preceded it.  I thought the action scenes were the most impressive parts of it - the ludicrousness of their scale and use of then-new wirework was quite good given I was going through my Hong Kong action movie stage and thought it was all a bit Savior of the Soul /Heroic Trio.

But as mentioned above: Chris O'Donnell.

Also: Adam West movie Batman FTW.

Ta for the recommendations, Jim.  Much appreciated.

Film & TV / Re: Doghouse
« on: 08 June, 2009, 02:48:08 PM »
As high as the level of praise may be that it garners the approval of someone who writes for Zoo, I was far more interested in the new version of the Dunwich Horror in the 'related videos' menu.  Then I saw it was by the guy who made 'Transmorphers' - a fact which the makers seem to draw attention to deliberately.

Any recommendations for a good lower-case comics lettering font, Jim?

Books & Comics / Re: Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
« on: 07 June, 2009, 06:08:44 PM »
Quote from: "dandontdare"
Yeah, the Daredevil/Ultron one was cool, but I wouldn't have been caught dead buying Power Pack in those days

I only read it because it was in the back of Thundercats and Return of the Jedi and with the weird aliens, European-style artwork, and taking ages to get to the bit where they actually got powers, it looked like some sort of sci-fi strip rather than a superhero book, and as can be seen by my presence here, I'm a bit into sci-fi comics.  Although the rationale for maybe abstaining if I'd known what it was about does confuse me now: I would have thought kid superheroes were silly, but a guy with radioactive blood or a metal skeleton was somehow the bomb?

Quote from: "dandontdare"
The Hulk vs Grey Gargoyle was good too. The FF ones were interesting - in contrast to Civil War, Reed & co argue before congress against a Superhero Registration Act, whilst being attacked by an endless stream of mind-controlled Z-list villains.

A recurring plot during the 1980s was the Mutant Registration Act in all the Marvel books, and it usually turned up in the non-mutant books as superheroes worrying Mutant Registration would turn into superhero registration if they weren't careful, so the characters had already nailed their flag to the mast as regards the issue as far back as 1987, yet their opinions didn't line up with Civil War, which strikes me as sloppy writing.  Of late, I've revised my opinion on comics continuity from 'I don't care about it as along as it's a good story' to 'it's not an either/or thing'.  Besides, if they were writing soap operas or movies they'd be expected to get the details right, and comics should be no different.
In our own tooth, I recall continuity was an issue with Morrison's Inferno.

Books & Comics / Re: Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
« on: 06 June, 2009, 10:40:56 PM »
Acts of vengeance had some solid periphery entries that took the daftness ball and ran with it, like the issues of Daredevil and Power Pack where Doctor Doom sends a self-harming sex-crazed Ultron to kill Daredevil, and a sex-crazed knife-wielding schizophrenic to seduce a 12 year-old boy.  Ahhh, Doom, you mad fucker.

Depressingly, my local library also has Maximum Carnage in stock, alongside at least 3 phonebook-sized Spawn collections.

Books & Comics / Re: Batman & Robin
« on: 06 June, 2009, 12:36:13 PM »
North American comics are pretty much dead and buried as an industry in and of themselves, with high production costs, an insular and increasingly-hostile fandom, limited distribution - at this point they're an expensive hobby along the lines of Warhammer and I don't think the big companies really have any interest in clawing back the ground lost and going mainstream to a broader (younger) audience again because at its heart, the world of American comic-books desperately wants the validation of popular culture that comes with newspaper headlines and being sold in bookstores more than it wants a renewable fanbase and to be seen as accessible.
I think Joe Q - less than a year into the job as Marvel EiC - was actually on-record as saying he had no interest in making Marvel comics for younger readers - though this was before the accountants forced an expansion of the Marvel Adventures line and it's not entirely unlikely that he's of a different opinion now.

Books & Comics / Re: Batman & Robin
« on: 05 June, 2009, 01:22:05 PM »
Comics are a small part of the merchandising machine of Warner Bros.  Pretty much no-one cares about the comics or what DC do with them and while DC desperately want the same kind of mainstream exposure that came with Marvel's Spidey unmasking or the death of Captain America, Batman's death was barely reported outside comic circles - and for such a high-profile pop cultural icon, that doesn't sound right.  They need to shift comics and that means geting comics readers buying, not the fleeting and almost-mythical 'casual' buyers drawn in by the film.
The movies are the movies and the comics are the comics - there's not that much of an overlap in the audience, and a high-selling Batman title shifts, what? 100,000 copies?  Chickenfeed compared to the money and media exposure created by the movie, and about five to ten times more people watch the cartoons than will buy or read the comic in a month when Batman does sell 100,000 copies.  Though to be fair, the cartoon does feature Batman as an ape fighting dinosaurs.
Plus, All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder is the title most casual buyers will be steered towards, and it's pretty much the standard Batman setup no matter what we might think about the execution of the material.  Passing interest is catered for.

Batman and Robin is pretty great, though: Wayne Tower cutaway, Wayne Tower's bat-ears, Toad's Wild Ride, fun banter, flying Batmobile, double-team villain-punching, Mr Pyg, and even the 'coming soon!' panels were fun.  
Definately worth checking out, even if the setup feels transient at all times.

Film & TV / Re: GAMER whos playing you.
« on: 03 June, 2009, 12:03:01 PM »
'Stone Cold' Steve 'the Bionic Wife-Beater' Austin was in Condemned with Vinnie Jones, which was oddly half-decent for what it was - a Battle Royale/Running Man riff with wrasslers.  The straight-faced speech about the morality of violence as entertainment in an action movie made by a wrestling company is hilarious for chutzpah alone.

General / Re: The Zippy Couriers/Moonrunners Thread
« on: 02 June, 2009, 01:13:33 PM »
I'd like to see more Moonrunners art, but I don't think I'm alone there.  Irreplaceable.

Luke Kirby should really be in print for the sake of McKenzie's career and visibility - I honestly can't believe that a professional writer is making an effort to suppress publication of a Harry Potter analogue that predates the character while the franchise is at its height.  If nothing else Warner might pay him money to piss off - or offer him some Vertigo work.

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