Mod Post: Off-Topic Tuesday

Sep. 26th, 2017 10:03 am
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

Well, in

Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Chancellor in Germany, though the far-Right party AfD did worrying well, with 12.6% of the vote. Though in a move worthy of UKIP or a Tory Party leadership contest, one of the co-leaders (and the apparently somewhat more moderate figure) walked out of the post-election press conference saying she would not sit with the party in the Bundestag. Uncertain times ahead.

In the US, the Apricot Hellbeast has managed another deflection of attention (From little things like six senior members of his staff being found to use private e-mail servers, something which the Republicans endlessly excoriated Clinton for), by making comments some wildly inappropriate comments (especially for a PoTUS) criticising those who choose to kneel for the National Anthem as a visible protest against racial inequality and police brutality.

In Arizona, their Supreme Court ruled that in the case of a lesbian married couple who divorced, both women had parental rights which should be respected. It's a little more complicated than that, but nice recognition.

And the US Marines got their first female infantry officer.

I'm ashamed to say I realised too late that last week was Bisexual Visibility week, and I didn't post a single damn thing about it. Sorry about that, Bi Community members! Anyone up for some postings to compensate?

Star Trek Discovery debuted, and I have to say I was very impressed by it. Yes, the tech doesn't line up with the fact it's pre-TOS, and another unexplained retcon of Klingon appearance is bound to throw some people off, but the cast were impressive (Seriously, Sonequa Martin and Michelle Yeoh were bloody awesome and Doug Jones worked well too!), but it made sense to do a soft reboot of the tech fifty years into the franchise and ANYTHING which tries to make the Klingons interesting again has my vote. It's a slow burn, but one worth checking out.

Theresa May gave a speech on Brexit (Or as one wag has dubbed it, "Operation Enduring Clusterfuck") last week in Florence, which managed to be non-committal on everything, even being non-committal, which is quite an achievement, sort of.

But, in an amazing exmaple of shooting oneself in the foot, the Labour Party decided not to discuss Brexit at all at their Annual Conference, which has raised a hell of a lot of eyebrows.

But to end things off on an upbeat note Puppies!

Daredevil is not Superman

Sep. 26th, 2017 12:18 am
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Ever wonder how your favorite blind lawyer changes into his civilian attire?

no context needed! )

Crisis on Infinite Earths #4

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:06 am
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"There were several problems at DC at the time. Sales were bad (they're bad now but the entire industry sales are bad) and Marvel readers wouldn't be caught dead reading DC comics. I felt, as did many, that although DC fans understood the multiple Earths perfectly and without trouble, it was a problem to attract new readers and possibly a sign of a DC problem for the Marvel zombies. By simplifying the DC universe I believed we could attract new readers, which we did. Crisis was one of the first DC Comics (Titans being the other) that Marvel readers would check out."

- Marv Wolfman


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Doomsday Clock #2 cover

Sep. 25th, 2017 02:30 pm
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“Some really good people are working on Before Watchmen and it saddens me to see that. I won’t be supporting it in any way. I just can’t. And in all honesty — I can’t help but feel a little bit less for every creator who works on these books. Have you no decency?” -- Erik Larsen

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Marvel has been teasing a character that has been absent for some time returning for Marvel's Legacy one-shot. Now Marvel is revealing who it is.

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Groo - Friends and Foes #4 (2015)

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:38 am
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Dark Horse: "The Year of Groo marches on, as Groo marches right into Arcadio the Hero. Arcadio’s in the protection business, teaching villagers how to protect themselves from dragons . . . but he should be teaching them to protect themselves from Groo! Feather-brained barbarian thrills from the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, with Stan Sakai and Tom Luth."


Do you know what happens when you take a baby dragon from his mother? )

Arcadio is my least favourite recurring character in Groo. He is a take on the legends and lore of medieval heroes, but I think that Groo makes him redundant somehow.

Next up: Groo's sister, Queen Grooella!
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The narrative behind these things changes all the time. And what fascinates me especially is how people who espouse different versions of the legends can appear on the same bill together at UFO conventions and not argue. These are sometimes mutually exclusive theories! As a body of fiction, this is fascinating. The fact that that fiction actually contains some people's real experience is doubly fascinating. This is all the stuff we'll be exploring. -- Paul Cornell

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To start Monday morning off with some sort-of comic news, they've finally announced who will be voicing the Ray in the forthcoming "Crisis on Earth X" crossover event for the various DC TV series.

This is a little bigger than some news, since the Ray will be the first gay male hero that the DCTVU (There must be an easier name for it than that) has featured;

The Ray will debut in the crossover (which will also include Arrow, Supergirl, Flash and the Legends of Tomorrow team), before getting a four episode animated series "Freedom Fighters: The Ray", and will be played by openly gay British actor Russell Tovey, best known perhaps, aside from an appearance in Doctor Who as Midshipman Alonzo Fraim in "Voyage of the Damned" (And later making a brief cameo as a potential new boyfriend for Captain Jack in "The End of Time") as George, a werewolf in the supernatural comedy-drama "Being Human" (The UK version that is).

Some promotional art was put together by Phil Jimenez, in the style of the old multiple Earth crossover covers to publicise the event, which also hints that it will take place around the wedding (or not) of Barry Allen and Iris West.



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Now, understandably, there has been some eyebrows raised at the decision, in the current political climate in the US, to make the Arrowverse/Supergirl crossover be based around Earth-X; the DC Earth where the Nazi's won World War II, and where we will see several Nazi versions of established heroes, so we'll have to see how THAT is handled (Secret Empire is a low bar to clear, but here's hoping)

As a geeky aside; Earth-X debuted in 1973, when WW was less than 30 years finished, as a separate home for a number of Quality Comics characters DC had acquired, like Uncle Sam, the Human Bomb, Doll Man, the Ray and Phantom Lady. They were folded into the WWII heroes following Crisis on Infinite Earths, though more modern takes on them have surfaced a time or two in the last couple of decades.


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I always wanted to give the franchise as much depth and weight as possible. One of the easiest ways to do that is to politicise it. -- James Roberts

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Long before Cheryl and Jason Blossom were the victim and victimizer within a taboo relationship in Afterlife with Archie, or respectively mentally disturbed and dead in the Riverdale TV series, they were more lighthearted elitist troublemakers in the old Archie Comics continuity. That doesn't mean what they got up to wasn't envelope-pushing in its own way for the relatively family-friendly venue. Especially in this, their first appearance.

'Maybe it's time to shake them up around here!' )

Groo: Friends and Foes #3 (2015)

Sep. 24th, 2017 07:36 am
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Dark Horse: "As the Year of Groo bumbles on, the world’s stupidest barbarian and his dog wander into those two sinister witches, Arba and Dakarba . . . who have a scheme to conjure up a giant duplicate of Groo! That means more Groo for your buck!"



Arba is the one in blue, Dakarba is the other one )

Next: Arcadio the hero.

Josie and friends in "The Hold Up"

Sep. 23rd, 2017 04:01 pm
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Josie is best known today as leader of the Pussycats. However, for her first six years of existence, she wasn't a rock star but a sort of Everygirl counterpart to Archie (although they wouldn't appear in the same universe until some time in the Pussycats era). And before Alexander Cabot III became her band's manager, he was Josie's friend and sometimes-boyfriend. However, just as Melody was always a "dumb blonde" (prior to the 2016 reboot attempt, anyway), Alex was always a haughty and often flaky rich guy, as we see in this classic story.

'Glad to, my good man! You've made a very good choice of victims!' )
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"I think I’m known for writing a certain kind of X-book, after DEATH OF WOLVERINE, DEATH OF X and IVX. ASTONISHING X-MEN is no exception. If people want consequences, they’ll get ‘em." - Charles Soule

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Curse Words #1

Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:35 pm
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'“Curse Words” in particular was born from the idea that I wanted to do something with no restrictions on either the writing or art side, to best take advantage of Ryan’s unique storytelling abilities. Magic fit the bill in a big way, and from my initial pitch to Ryan (“So, I have this idea about a wizard who’s kind of a dick…”) the book came to be.' - Charles Soule

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The Roto readied their next strike.

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:36 am
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Its target, Brynjar of the Paznina, was out hunting.

The Roto let fly.

Their projectile flew through the air.

Brynjar was returning, successful. )
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'Based on feedback they have apparently found that NEW VISIONS goes over big with people who are not "conventional comic readers". I interpret that to mean those people who have spent WAY too many years reading comics, and have built all kinds of rules for what they should be. The people who complain that they "don't like photos with word bubbles in them" but who have no problem with the photorealistic painted books.' - John Byrne

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Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:23 am
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"While writing Green Lantern I received a letter from a fan asking about a mixup in DC continuity. In my reply I said, “One day we (meaning the DC editorial we) will probably straighten up what is in the DC Universe ... and what is outside.” At this point in its history DC Comics had Earth-One, Earth-Two, Earth-Three, Earth-B, etc. There were super-heroes on each Earth and though old-time readers had no problem understanding DC continuity, it proved off-putting to new readers who suddenly discovered there was not one but three Supermans, Wonder Womans, Batmans, etc."

- Marv Wolfman


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CAPTAIN AMERICA #377 is part of the "Streets of Poison" story. Cap gets high on meth and has to give up the Super Soldier Serum to sober up. Yes, there's more to it than that.

Place "Breaking Bad Main Title Theme" by Dave Porter here

It looks like a junkie's needle )
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The most important thing about this fascinating and diverse mythology isn't whether or not it's 'real', it's what it says about modern culture. I've been researching this title since I was a child, nervously turning over the pages of 'real life UFO' books. -- Paul Cornell

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 As you may may have seen, a number of my EC posts over the last couple of years have been in black and white. I've been using pages from Fantagraphic's "EC Comics Library" which are in effect artist-based collections in black and white. You can view them on Comixology here.

Conversely, Dark Horse has been putting out their own series of EC reprints. These versions are digitally recolored and are published in chronological order. There are some here.

I will probably continue to use Fantagraphics' versions for the time being just because I already have them in my collection but I was wondering which versions you would prefer to see if I was able to pick from both.

Groo - Friends and Foes #2 (2015)

Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:44 am
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Dark Horse: "The Year of Groo continues! As Groo roams from town to town, wreaking his usual havoc, he runs into his beloved Granny Groo, who raised him from an inept young toddler to an even less-ept older idiot. Can she use Groo in a profitable scheme? Well, what do you think? From Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, with Stan Sakai and Tom Luth!"


8 pages below the cut )

Next issue, Arba and Dakarba, the witches.
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"There’s also a lot of Uncanny X-Men to Jason [Aaron]’s Wolverine & The X-men. Good guys and bad guys, each telling their own story, each readable by themselves, each feeding into one another." - Kieron Gillen on collaborating with the main Star Wars title

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Halfway into [writing] the latest Lost Light and — uh-oh! — it's all getting a little *political*. -- James Roberts

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NS: It's Marvel, Baby!

Sep. 21st, 2017 05:50 pm
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After all the hype and worries, MARVEL vs. Capcom is back with MARVEL vs. Capcom: Infinite! Has anyone here had a chance to play the game yet? If so, what do you think of said game so far?

Groo - Friends and Foes #1 (2015)

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:28 am
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"Each month of this yearlong series, Groo and his faithful pooch, Rufferto, encounter a different acquaintance--or enemy--with the usual dire consequences! In #1, Groo crosses paths with Captain Ahax, the seaman with the world record for most ships sunk by the all-time stupidest character in comics! Brought to you by the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier!"

The plot revolves around a little girl, Kayli, who is looking for her father - a member of the Groo cast (fortunately for her, it's not him). She stumbles upon Groo and they travel along while he wreaks havoc unintentionally.



Seaman *snickers* )

Introducing Randall Flagg

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:17 am
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Today is Stephen King's 70th birthday. To celebrate I figured I would post a few pages from Marvel's adaptation of The Stand showcasing Randall Flagg, who I think is one of King's greatest villains.

I'm a man of wealth and taste. )

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