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  1. The Introduce Yourself Thread

    Hello, wit. Also: Hello, Whit.
  2. Other comics we read recently

    Detective Comics #879 Yet another solid issue from Snyder & Francavilla (I still can't believe I've heard multiple Batman fans slag off his art, it is excellent). The Jim Gordon Jr. story picks up, no doubt rushing to its conclusion before the impending REBOOT OF EVERYTHING THAT WILL FOREVER CHANGE EVERYTHING UNTIL IT NO LONGER DOES. A- Mystery Men #3 Still fun with good writing and art. If you liked any of Marvel's Noir books or The Twelve or old-timey superhero fun and intrigue, check this LS out. B+ FF #6 An entire issue setting up the next issue in which we learn just how Black Bolt has come back to life, featuring less-than-good art. Total filler issue. C- Lil' Depressed Boy #5 Really fun series that hits all the expected notes-- this may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your tastes. The current mood of the character is so perfectly captured throughout the issue and I like where the story is heading. A-
  3. The Introduce Yourself Thread

  4. Your comics WTF moment of the day

    This one's for Kate:
  5. What is best in life?

  6. Globetrotter Johnny

    YES to the Sean Phillips love and YES to the Far East-- specifically Tokyo, Japan. There is so much potential for well, anything, but I'm thinking of a story that's fairly humorous (maybe even a send-up of manga) and which mines the rich occult mythologies the nation has in a ConJob way.
  7. X-Men: First Class

    One thing to consider in the whole Darwin debate is the fact that he may have actually survived-- he's become a being of pure energy before (in the comics) in order to survive, eventually growing a new physical form. And maybe that's why he sacrificed himself: because he knew he would ultimately survive it.
  8. Forthcoming Attractions

    JFC, that Spielberg movie looks like yet another saccharine offering of manipulative extremes.
  9. Big books of comics

    The last page of The Outfit says that "Parker will return in 2012."
  10. Yakko Smakko & Dot present...

    Iron Man 2 Instantly forgettable. Mickey Rourke is the best thing about the film, Scarlett Johansson the worst. Don Cheadle seemed miscast and unfit to wear Terrance Howard's medals. C- 13 Assassins The Takashi Miike remake of the 1963 semi-classic of the same name, it's a fairly straightforward samurai flick with the usual grotesque/sexual flourishes from Miike. Has a definite 7 Samurai feel to it and provides a really, really interesting look at tradition, honor, class, war, and the changing Japanese sociopolitical structure (it takes place at the end of the Edo period). Highly recommended. A- Next up: Miike's Gozu, Zebraman, Sukiyaki Western: Django, and Crows Zero.
  11. Cosmic Scottish Madness

    Notice he didn't say which month.
  12. Hellblazer Q&A

    Is there a general thread for news articles, press releases, interviews and the like? For the time being, I'll put this Mindless Ones article here: Talking bollocks – Garth Ennis’ John Constantine (part 1) http://mindlessones.com/2011/06/20/talking-bollocks-garth-ennis-john-constantine-part-1/
  13. The Dark Knight Rises

    Totally understandable, as it is my chief criticism of Nolan's Bat films and one of several issues I have with Inception.
  14. Other comics we read recently

    Lou, if you ever feel a little lost or like you're missing out on something with all of Mozza's metatextual writing, I heartily recommend the following sites for annotations and reviews (spoilers abound for the issues they cover; direct links to specific pages can be backtracked to the main site for more relevant articles): Symbolism in Morrison's Batman: http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=306316 4th Letter's take on Batman and The Club of Heroes: http://www.4thletter.net/2007/11/batman-is-bruce-wayne-many-troubles-in-your-brain/ Online scans of Pete Milligan's Dark Knight, Dark City which is relevant to RoBW: http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2202005.html The annotations page for Comics Alliance, which regularly feature Dave Uzumeri, arguably the best comics annotator consistently annotating: http://www.comicsalliance.com/category/annotations/ Funnybook Babylon, where Dave Uzumeri posted his annotations before moving over to CA: http://funnybookbabylon.com/category/reviews/annotations-reviews/ Rikdad's Comic Thoughts, plenty of reviews and interpretations: http://rikdad.blogspot.com/ RetroWarBird, a dude with a really unique perspective most of the time: http://retrowarbird.blogspot.com/ This guy started out well but then apparently gave up: http://morrisonbatman.blogspot.com/ Mindless Ones. Like CA, they have several strong writers on staff and often do annotations: http://mindlessones.com/ Barbelith Underground, should be familiar to any Grant Morrison fan: http://www.barbelith.com/forum/10 For the lazy, you could just stick with Dave Uzumeri's annotations (he does pretty much every Batman-related issue Morrison wrote) at Funnybook Babylon and later, Comics Alliance. Enjoy!
  15. Forthcoming Attractions

    Today I saw 2 previews in the theater that were fairly impressive: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (awesome efx) and the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (awesome trailer, though many will hate the Zep cover). The latter looks like it will be a really good film, up to par with the original, which is comforting since I enjoyed the trilogy and thought the first film was the best of the three.