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RepairmanJack
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(03-01-2017, 06:52 PM)
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Originally Posted by Donniewahlberg

Now we're a bit into the run, how are folks feeling about King's run against Snyder's new 52 run?

For batman that is. Finished up reading Snyder's run last night, haven't started King's stuff. Would help me contextualise thoughts about the King stuff I'm reading.

I feel like it's too hard to tell still. They seem to be going for different things. Snyder's arcs felt very epic and huge but were pretty contained and usually had underwhelming endings. So far King really hasn't even concluded one actual story.
Donniewahlberg
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(03-01-2017, 07:00 PM)

Originally Posted by RepairmanJack

I feel like it's too hard to tell still. They seem to be going for different things. Snyder's arcs felt very epic and huge but were pretty contained and usually had underwhelming endings. So far King really hasn't even concluded one actual story.

Yea thats fair enough man. Even what you wrote there is helpful Hah, I was just following along that little exchange over the King book with interest but struggling to place it against something I have an opinion on. I'm holding out for te deluxe volumes of these books, but I might just grab the vol 1 paperbacks, so I can at least get a good idea about them. That's a good few out now.
ElNarez
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(03-01-2017, 07:03 PM)

Originally Posted by Donniewahlberg

Now we're a bit into the run, how are folks feeling about King's run against Snyder's new 52 run?

For batman that is. Finished up reading Snyder's run last night, haven't started King's stuff. Would help me contextualise thoughts about the King stuff I'm reading.

They're two different beasts, both in terms of scope and in terms of how the story is told. Snyder and Capullo went for the big stories, and the personal angle got kinda lost in the shuffle as a result. Like, it'll start personal, and it'll end personal, but the middle bit was about raising the stakes and making big cliffhangers from one issue to the next.

King, Finch and Janin are doing something different, where it's all personal, and maybe that's at the expense of going big. It's way more calculated, it's got a sense of purpose both in the story it's telling and in the themes it's exploring. The end result feels way more connected as a result, to the point where it's all really been one continuous story, from I Am Gotham to I Am Bane. I'm way into it, and King seems to have found his groove when it comes to delivering the big moments with imaginative storytelling while still doing the cool thematic stuff, but it's been divisive here and I absolutely get why.

It's the kind of comic that inspires me to write long posts where I explain what happened in a single issue, and I haven't done that since The Multiversity, so, I dig it A LOT.
RepairmanJack
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(03-01-2017, 07:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by Donniewahlberg

Yea thats fair enough man. Even what you wrote there is helpful Hah, I was just following along that little exchange over the King book with interest but struggling to place it against something I have an opinion on. I'm holding out for te deluxe volumes of these books, but I might just grab the vol 1 paperbacks, so I can at least get a good idea about them. That's a good few out now.

Opinions on King's Batman seem to be very mixed. I think it's hard to really have any consensus on it. Personally though, I think the farther we get away from that first arc I am Gotham, the more I like it and think back to it. It's just hard to really compare much to anything because it's a piece of a long form story.

Originally Posted by ElNarez

They're two different beasts, both in terms of scope and in terms of how the story is told. Snyder and Capullo went for the big stories, and the personal angle got kinda lost in the shuffle as a result. Like, it'll start personal, and it'll end personal, but the middle bit was about raising the stakes and making big cliffhangers from one issue to the next.

King, Finch and Janin are doing something different, where it's all personal, and maybe that's at the expense of going big. It's way more calculated, it's got a sense of purpose both in the story it's telling and in the themes it's exploring. The end result feels way more connected as a result, to the point where it's all really been one continuous story, from I Am Gotham to I Am Bane. I'm way into it, and King seems to have found his groove when it comes to delivering the big moments with imaginative storytelling while still doing the cool thematic stuff, but it's been divisive here and I absolutely get why.

It's the kind of comic that inspires me to write long posts where I explain what happened in a single issue, and I haven't done that since The Multiversity, so, I dig it A LOT.

I would completely agree with this. Of the whole run, there is really only 2-3 issues I've really had any kind of problems with. Other than that I've really been digging it.
LordOfLore
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(03-01-2017, 07:05 PM)
New DC All Access.
dustyherb
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(03-01-2017, 07:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by Zombine

Such bullshit...a line in the letters section makes it seem like the bullet may be the case though.

Ya there's definitely a chance it was a bullet. I'm definitely worried about Dwight, Laura, and Heath now tho. Stuck outside with all those saviors idk what they will do. Maybe Carl, Lydia and The Hilltop people will swoop in to help. Or people from inside Alexandria, like Negan. I just don't want Dwight dying yet.
Messi
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(03-01-2017, 07:33 PM)
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Anyone buy Rat Queens?
Donniewahlberg
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(03-01-2017, 07:33 PM)
Cheers for the thoughts guys! Appreciate the time taken. Big fan of King's other stuff I have read so far but do tend to see mixed things about Batman. I eventually kind of soured on Snyder's grandiosity in Batman despite enjoying the first year a whole load so that does will me with some confidence. Nice to see people get impassioned hah
tim1138
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(03-01-2017, 07:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by Donniewahlberg

Cheers for the thoughts guys! Appreciate the time taken. Big fan of King's other stuff I have read so far but do tend to see mixed things about Batman. I eventually kind of soured on Snyder's grandiosity in Batman despite enjoying the first year a whole load so that does will me with some confidence. Nice to see people get impassioned hah

I liked the one trade I've read of King's run more than anything Snyder did, but I don't think my opinion on Snyder is exactly a secret. :D
Bane
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(03-01-2017, 07:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by Donniewahlberg

Now we're a bit into the run, how are folks feeling about King's run against Snyder's new 52 run?

For batman that is. Finished up reading Snyder's run last night, haven't started King's stuff. Would help me contextualise thoughts about the King stuff I'm reading.

I'll echo the others in saying it's hard to compare them and that King's run is mixed. I really dug I am Gotham and his parts of the Monster Men crossover but found I am Suicide damn near a waste of time. I could have been done in two or three parts compare to the six it was. I am Bane has been a good step back in the right direction so far, with this weeks issue being fantastic.

My main issue with King (outside of Suicide) is his repetitive use of certain dialogue. He really hits you over the head with some things, and they're usually bad things. I'm also not too sure I like his characterization of Batman. He has nailed a lot of supporting characters but has done some things with Batman that just don't feel right to me.

On a separate note regarding Bane, I love that they've brought his costume back to basics in this story. It's a bummer it's getting thrown out for Bane: Conquest, it's the best he's looked since New 52.
Messi
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(03-01-2017, 07:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by tim1138

I liked the one trade I've read of King's run more than anything Snyder did, but I don't think my opinion on Snyder is exactly a secret. :D

I heard you were a huge fan. The biggest in fact.
GAMEPROFF
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(03-01-2017, 07:53 PM)
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His Voice for Batman is super awful. Way to much puns IMO. Not as bad as Brubakers Batman, but not good.
Dalek
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(03-01-2017, 07:58 PM)
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Lizard's story in Clone Omega....yikes.
Bane
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(03-01-2017, 08:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by Dalek

Lizard's story in Clone Omega....yikes.

Is that worth picking up? I was digging Conspiracy but the last issue soured me a bit.
TetraxShards
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(03-01-2017, 08:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by Messi

Anyone buy Rat Queens?

Yes.
Messi
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(03-01-2017, 08:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by TetraxShards

Yes.

How was it :/
GAMEPROFF
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(03-01-2017, 08:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by Dalek

Lizard's story in Clone Omega....yikes.

Have read the spoilers and when I think of all the appearent Cliffhangers, this must be a joke
TetraxShards
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(03-01-2017, 08:08 PM)
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Originally Posted by Messi

How was it :/

Haven't read it yet. Probably save it for bedtime.
tim1138
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(03-01-2017, 08:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by Messi

I heard you were a huge fan. The biggest in fact.

The hugest, I'm a bigly fan.
Sandfox
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(03-01-2017, 08:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by Bane

Is that worth picking up? I was digging Conspiracy but the last issue soured me a bit.

It's basically the conclusion people wanted in the previous issue in addition to setup for the stories spinning out of it.

Originally Posted by GAMEPROFF

Have read the spoilers and when I think of all the appearent Cliffhangers, this must be a joke

I knew it was going to happen for weeks and it makes sense considering all the issues he has related to his family.
whatsinaname
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(03-01-2017, 08:30 PM)
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New Humble Bundle - IDW

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/c...-comics-bundle

The lowest tier (> $1) includes Van Lente's Comic Book History of Comics which is a must read!
GAMEPROFF
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(03-01-2017, 08:32 PM)
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Anyone reading Weird Detective?
RepairmanJack
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(03-01-2017, 08:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by GAMEPROFF

Anyone reading Weird Detective?

Did it come back? I read the mini from a couple months back.
GAMEPROFF
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(03-01-2017, 08:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by RepairmanJack

Did it come back? I read the mini from a couple months back.

No idea, I just discovered that Dark Horse published a Trade last week, and I am interested since its Lovecraft. How was it?
jurgen
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(03-01-2017, 08:37 PM)
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Champions #6... Oof this book is just bad. I'm pretty pinko-commie liberal but this feels like the most insane of progressive Twitter teamed up with Steve Buscemi to write a book.

Between a 54 year-old white male writer trying to use "lit" in a proper context and an all-white rich board of executives as the actual villains, this book is so on the nose that it almost seems like a bad parody. I wanted to like this book so much because of the line-up but man, it's a trash fire.

Batman #18 I really like where King is going. Bane feels like a threat for the first time in years.

Justice League #16 I was buying this out of habit, but I read this and #14 and #15 today. Hitch is good all of a sudden? I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

Flinstones #9 I never want this ride to stop. It's easily one of the best series being published currently.

Clone Conspiracy Omega I liked the start of this event, but it of course turned into Slott having everyone take stupid pills as "NOTHING IS EVER THE SAME AGAIN." The next arc could be good but I'm ready for Slott to move on. Bring on Loveness.
RepairmanJack
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(03-01-2017, 08:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by GAMEPROFF

No idea, I just discovered that Dark Horse published a Trade last week, and I am interested since its Lovecraft. How was it?

I thought it started out pretty strong, but some of the small details I liked kind of fell by the wayside when the main story got started. Overall it was OK. I'd be really interested if it came back as an ongoing.

Also the lovecraftian aspect I feel becomes too in focus which kind of lost some of the Lovecraft effect on me.
echoshifting
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(03-01-2017, 08:38 PM)
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I didn't think Shade #6 was quite as good as the last five issues. From the very beginning of the series, Megan has been built into a bogeyman by the flashbacks, second-hand accounts of her behavior, and the way in which others have acted around Shade. Portraying her as an absolute monster has been effective, as most of us have had bullying in our orbit at some point in our lives, making the state of the story's world when Shade took possession of Megan's body relatable and engaging.

In this issue, though, Megan is a tangible threat to Shade, a development many predicted. But she doesn't work out too well in this way. Castellucci leans into what has been established about her, which is probably the right choice, but I think she wrote herself into a corner. She's such an extreme personality that she comes off as way over the top, cartoonish, even.

THAT LAST PAGE THO. WOW.

The Flintstones #9, on the other hand, is perfect. Just a perfect comic from cover to cover.
tim1138
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(03-01-2017, 08:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by echoshifting

I didn't think Shade #6 was quite as good as the last five issues. From the very beginning of the series, Megan has been built into a bogeyman by the flashbacks, second-hand accounts of her behavior, and the way in which others have acted around Shade. Portraying her as an absolute monster has been effective, as most of us have had bullying in our orbit at some point in our lives, making the state of the story's world when Shade took possession of Megan's body relatable and engaging.

In this issue, though, Megan is a tangible threat to Shade, a development many predicted. But she doesn't work out too well in this way. Castellucci leans into what has been established about her, which is probably the right choice, but I think he wrote himself into a corner. She's such an extreme personality that she comes off as way over the top, cartoonish, even.

THAT LAST PAGE THO. WOW.

The Flintstones #9, on the other hand, is perfect. Just a perfect comic from cover to cover.

Just a heads up, Cecil Castellucci is a woman.

And yeah, that last page was amazing.
echoshifting
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(03-01-2017, 08:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by tim1138

Just a heads up, Cecil Castellucci is a woman.

Whoops, thank you! Corrected
LordOfLore
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(03-01-2017, 08:42 PM)

Originally Posted by jurgen

Champions #6... Oof this book is just bad. I'm pretty pinko-commie liberal but this feels like the most insane of progressive Twitter teamed up with Steve Buscemi to write a book.

Between a 54 year-old white male writer trying to use "lit" in a proper context and an all-white rich board of executives as the actual villains, this book is so on the nose that it almost seems like a bad parody. I wanted to like this book so much because of the line-up but man, it's a trash fire.

Was this the issue with the homeless people and the champions serving as such a good example the entire world starts improving? Heard about some a few days ago. Didn't sound good at all.
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(03-01-2017, 08:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by LordOfLore

Was this the issue with the homeless people and the champions serving as such a good example the entire world starts improving? Heard about some a few days ago. Didn't sound good at all.

Yeah, it's worse in execution.

Beaches cleaned up, homeless people fed and sheltered, voter registration, female defense courses... all only because #Champions inspired people and became "viral" and "lit" and have people wearing shirts with their logo on them.
Lashley
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(03-01-2017, 09:04 PM)
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fucking phone doesnt spoil shit :(

ffs
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(03-01-2017, 09:07 PM)
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This month I may read a comic.
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(03-01-2017, 09:09 PM)
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posted? Medusa has also been cast



also somehow I completely missed the fact that Inhumans will be a 8 episode mini series, not a full blown 22 or even 13 episode season. Interesting.
Lashley
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(03-01-2017, 09:10 PM)
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hubba hubba
GAMEPROFF
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(03-01-2017, 09:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by RepairmanJack

I thought it started out pretty strong, but some of the small details I liked kind of fell by the wayside when the main story got started. Overall it was OK. I'd be really interested if it came back as an ongoing.

Thanks, going to buy it then.

Also the lovecraftian aspect I feel becomes too in focus which kind of lost some of the Lovecraft effect on me.

I would agree if it would be a book, I dont like it either there, but when I read or see a more graphic medium, I tend to get very greedy for shown stuff. It only works there for stuff where I dont expect Lovecraft coming out of the closet in the end, but if I know that I know that I watch a Lovecraft Movie or Comic where the great old ones are involved, I need my fix.
Donniewahlberg
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(03-01-2017, 09:27 PM)

Originally Posted by tim1138

I liked the one trade I've read of King's run more than anything Snyder did, but I don't think my opinion on Snyder is exactly a secret. :D


Hahah no, I expected no less from you man. I can see you preferring Zack Snyder for batman writer over Scott
Messi
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(03-01-2017, 09:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by Rhaknar

posted? Medusa has also been cast



also somehow I completely missed the fact that Inhumans will be a 8 episode mini series, not a full blown 22 or even 13 episode season. Interesting.

Not Olivia/10
rac
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(03-01-2017, 09:30 PM)

Originally Posted by whatsinaname

New Humble Bundle - IDW

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/c...-comics-bundle

The lowest tier (> $1) includes Van Lente's Comic Book History of Comics which is a must read!

no tmnt...........
dan2026
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(03-01-2017, 09:44 PM)
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I hope the reveal of the villainous? mystery Clark doesn't turn out to be super disappointing.
Lashley
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(03-01-2017, 09:48 PM)
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The Walking Dead

I think it's a twist. Probably nicked of a stray bullet.
Malyse
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(03-01-2017, 09:50 PM)
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I am shocked how much I dislike America #1.
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Originally Posted by dan2026

I hope the reveal of the villainous? mystery Clark doesn't turn out to be super disappointing.

I think we can rule out everyone on that page, so it probably is Superboy Prime

Edit: big spoilers on that page for this week's Superman though
Messi
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(03-01-2017, 09:54 PM)
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Comics are great. Except when I don't understand them and they infuriate me. See Fatale.
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(03-01-2017, 09:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by Malyse

I am shocked how much I dislike America #1.

Why
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Unstoppable Wasp #3 was great as soon as Moon Girl left. I just can't stand the concept. Letters page has interviews with two female engineers, one of whom specializes in aerospace engineering. Those pages alone are worth the read in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by flaxknuckles

Why

From what I've heard about the book it panders heavily to the crowd that asked for the book so how you feel about that kind of stuff will determine how you feel about the book. I've seen people call it amazing while others call it terrible.

Originally Posted by Roman

Unstoppable Wasp #3 was great as soon as Moon Girl left. I just can't stand the concept. Letters page has interviews with two female engineers, one of which specializes in aerospace engineering. Those pages alone are worth the read in my opinion.

Moon Girl is decent fun, though I'm behind on her book like many others.
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Originally Posted by Messi

Comics are great. Except when I don't understand them and they infuriate me. See Fatale.

Read Criminal first. Fatale is basically Criminal with a paranormal twist.
TheFlow
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(03-01-2017, 10:05 PM)

Originally Posted by BKatastrophe

Infamous Iron Man #5
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE STOP ALL THE TOP TIER COMICS? I CAN'T HANDLE THEM ALL!

This is a pretty strong issue. On the surface, Doom's interaction with his mother is pretty intense, and I especially liked "I'm not convinced I'm not" in response to being Sorcerer Supreme. The big reason it's so important to Doom's character is because now we see him doubt himself. He has a desire to prove his power now, as he believes he failed saving his mother, and now he's ruined Dr. Perera's life, which he's determined to fix. A resolution that seemed particularly cold.

There's also a very interesting potential lore tie-in to another arc if this really is a Reed Richards, it's probably the Maker. If we all recall, the first arc of Ewing's New Avengers had him attempting to communicate with the afterlife. If he succeeded, then this may mean he pulled Doom's mother from the afterlife. If that's the case, then the why becomes extremely intriguing.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #12
This issue was exceptionally mindblowing. We get some interesting revelations here. The two biggest involve Elisa Sinclair. The first being that Steve was apparently ordered to kill her, and now we see that she's actually different from Sin. Originally we all assumed that she was just Sin written into Steve's memories in a believable way, but now the Madame Hydra reveal seems to indicate that she is, in fact, a separate person. A separate person who is commanding a separate Hydra faction, I might add. And further more, if Elisa is a separate person, then who the hell is she?

The second big point is Selvig's noted, where it's revealed that he knows that Steve's memories have been rewritten, as well as Zemo's. It really begs to question if Zemo's memories were also rewritten, or if he's playing along. Selvig even makes mention of this. It's here that we can see Steve's plans are at a high risk of being exposed.

Damn fine comics.

Black Panther #11
This was a pretty okay issue. I mean, there's action. We get to see the rebellion fall apart, though we'd already seen that. We see the big counter T'challa had for Tetu's group (some Talk no Justu up in here). But my big problem is that there's no sense of scope or scale. This book worked in its conflicts for the most part because they were small. Surgical. But this fight is supposed to be a massive siege, and it never feels like more than a game of Team Fortress or some shit. It just feels like a skirmish with a lot of talking an narration. It's not exciting and there's no energy to it. And then that ending...what an okay ending. I guess Shuri leads Wakanda with a full council. And Zenzi is still out there.

First issue that I really felt was average. Also nice almost one-for-one ripoff of the Zemo/Black Panther scene from Captain America: Civil War.

Hulk #3
This is pretty much a plot issue. We see that Jen is severely isolating herself at this point, but beyond that the focus is all on this Brewn plot, something I'm not really interested in. Creepy ass apartment building, though.

yea BP #11 felt average to me. After the next issue to conclude the first part of Coate's story I might start trade waiting it.

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