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  1. American Gods

    I read the book years ago in college (and read Anansi Boys more recently, a year two back), but haven't check out the show yet. It's on my eventual "to watch" list.
  2. Earth X

    I stopped following the DCTV shows ages ago, though my wife still watches Flash regularly. I tuned in for the crossover, though I missed the first half of Supergirl and Flash both nights since I was putting our son in bed. I thought it was all handled very well, it was a pretty faithful translation of a comic event series. Like you, though, I had no idea who half of the Legends characters were supposed to be (or who half of the Arrow side characters were either, to be honest, other than Mr. Terrific and his awesome comics-accurate costume).
  3. Marvel's One World Order

    Ewing's Avengers series didn't get cancelled, it just got folded into the 4-times weekly AVENGERS series through the crossover, right? I thought all of the titles were coming out the other side with relaunches in time for the new movie.
  4. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    I don't think it would even flag up as references if you're not familiar with the past material. It's not like you have to know all the Spartan/Hadrian 7/Jack Marlowe backstory to understand The Wild Storm's version of John Colt, same with Jenny Sparks and the Doctor. It's all there for the old school WS fans to say "hey yeah, I remember that!", but I can't imagine an unfamiliar reader noticing at all.
  5. Fuckbiscuitshitangels (Warren Ellis)

    As much as I'm enjoying The Wild Storm, the Michael Cray spin-off is totally leaving me cold. This isn't a reinvention or reboot of the Cray/Deathblow concept, it's a totally new character with a bunch of DC analogues tacked on to try and make it relevant. The third issue came out today, and I can't see how Bryan Hill thinks the "Barry Allen" in this comic is in any way an inversion or legitimate take on the Flash other than the super speed angle. Having this version of Michael Cray as a small part of the Wild Storm ensemble was fine, but it's failing badly for me as a spin-off series.
  6. Starman

    I've mentioned here in different threads that I'm a big fan of James Robinson. While not everything he writes is good (or even readable, looking at you "Cry For Justice"), he's a writer that I always make time for even if I'm not a fan of the characters he's writing, like with his current Wonder Woman run. His work on Grendel, Scarlet Witch, Batman, the JSA...all solid to really great work. Starman, though, holds a place in my heart that's unmatched by any other comic series, it's easily my favorite completed comic work. I used to make it a point every 2 or so years to go back and re-read Starman from start to finish, a task that was made a whole lot easier when DC released the six Omnibus volumes. While I was always drawn in by the way Robinson tied everything in the series together during the epic "Grand Guignol", and I certainly recognized the dramatic beats he was hitting as the series wrapped up, it's only been in recent years that I've truly felt and understood the emotional impact of that last year plus of the series. My last read-through of the series was back in 2013, and as I was making my way through the volumes my father was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. A prognosis of 6 months turned into death after 6 weeks, and my dad passed away while I was smack-dab in the middle of "Grand Guignol". I wasn't able to finish reading the series, I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't read it, but it hit me so hard emotionally and the wound of my dad's death was so raw that it colored my opinion on the series. It wasn't just an expertly and intricately plotted superhero series, it was now one of the saddest and most bittersweet conclusions I'd ever read. It was only a few months ago that I decided to read the series through again, for the first time in 4 years. Now, though, the way I'm relating to Starman has changed once again. Instead of looking at it as a son dealing with the death of my father, I'm now a father myself. Starman was ultimately about the relationship between father and son, and while the end of "Grand Guignol" (and the final issue) is still bittersweet and brings up tons of depressing memories it also reminds me that it wasn't long after losing my father that I gained my son. In that way, Jack Knight became my avatar, and the series itself is a testament to how comics as a medium can touch someone deep in their soul. And god damn could Tony Harris draw the hell out of that comic.
  7. Other comics we read recently

    Is that the issue where Richards and Doom are skipping through time, and there's a counter letting you know which panels to read sequentially? I did dig the hell out of that issue, simply for Simonson's fantastic storytelling gimmick. Simonson probably came the closest to making me care about the FF, now that I think about it, because I liked his "Acts of Vengeance" 3-part tie-in arc as well. And that "New FF" story with Wolverine, Spider-Man, Hulk, and Ghost Rider was flat-out brilliant.
  8. Other comics we read recently

    The Fantastic Four is just one of those concepts that has never managed to interest me, no matter how many times I've attempted to get into it. I was a kid when Byrne was doing the FF, and though I read it off and on it wasn't something like Claremont's X-Men or Stern's Avengers that I was always excited to read; I tried Simonson's run, and outside of the "New FF" arc with Art Adams it couldn't hold my interest either. I have the same feelings about the FF that I do about Superman and Wonder Woman: I get why people like them, sure, but they're just not for me.
  9. Comics Shipping the Week of Dec 11th

    Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps # 34 Mister Miracle # 5 Wild Storm: Michael Cray # 3 This issue has me on the fence for GLC, the book hasn't been impressing me much lately so I'm considering dropping it from my read list. It started out so strongly, too.
  10. Other comics we read recently

    Fair point about "hard sci-fi", I stand corrected. I was just using it as a blanket term for science fiction in general, but there definitely IS a difference as you pointed out, and I agree that Barbarella definitely fits into the "soft" category. I think my feelings regarding Carey's science fiction work is that I simply haven't read anything by him from that genre. Stuff like Lucifer, Hellblazer, and the Unwritten are my main points of exposure to his writing. I guess the closest he's come to sci-fi for me would be his X-Men work, but even that was twinged more in dark drama and horror than anything else. I knew he had a run on Ultimate Fantastic Four, but as I'm as likely to read a FF book as I am to light myself on fire for the fun of it, I've not read it.
  11. John Constantine, Legend Of Tomorrow ?

    I don't know if anyone bothered watching it, I sure didn't since LoT isn't a regular watch for me, but Constantine showed up at the end of last week's mid-season finale as the lead-in to his appearances when the show comes back in February. I'll probably go back and watch it on the CW app sometime over the holiday, just to catch up. I watched LoT as part of the Earth X crossover event, and I had no idea who half of the heroes are on that show anymore. I bailed on the show halfway through season 1, guess they dumped Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter since then and added Star Spangled Colossus, Vixen, and some other lady I couldn't place?
  12. Best comics of 2017

    There's Nothing There was probably the most memorable series for me this year, though I liked it quite a bit I wouldn't put it up as any kind of "BEST COMIC OF THE YEAR" list. I just didn't read a whole lot this year. The previously mentioned Wild Storm and Mister Miracle have both been amazing, though the former is starting to show some cracks for me. I'd like to give an honorable mention to Max Bemis' Moon Knight, which is only two issues in but fuck were they good reads.
  13. Other comics we read recently

    I have no vested interest in Barbarella, the movie is such a distant memory for me that Jane Fonda in a catsuit having orgasms is about the sum total of my take-away from it. I read the first issue for Carey's writing, and eh, it was certainly well-written but not really my cup of tea. I don't know how well Carey tackles hard Sci-Fi, even with the satire bent, maybe I'm just too used to him as a fantasy/horror writer.
  14. The Hellblazer #18 (2017)

    Sean was by FAR my favorite Hellblazer artist, with probably Manco as runner up. Remember when Constantine actually had good, quality artists drawing his title on a regular basis? If only we had that now.
  15. DC Comics

    That was a one-shot that came out during Robinson's JLA run. Starman and Congorilla had been absent from the ongoing series for a few issues, so that one-shot showed what they were up to while the rest of the League was fighting (I believe) the Crime Syndicate. But yeah, good story, marred only slightly by some really dodgy Brett Booth artwork.