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  2. Dread

    Every comic you've read in 2018

    The Shadow/Batman #4: the stark difference in quality between this and the earlier miniseries is really glaring. This, for example, is good. X-Men Gold #19: having some issues with the art (why go with discount store Tom Raney when Tom Raney would probably take the job?) but the story is still really good. Out of all the teams in the MU (maybe barring the FF) the X-Men have seen some shit. So they're like "Ok, let's split up so we can kill this giant alien god. Cool? Cool." Action Comics #995: jesus, this shouldn't be so terrible. It is. Archie #27: by far the least interesting issue of the entire series. I hope it's just a hiccup. Avengers #675: pretty solid. Black Betty #1: pretty cool. I'm interested. Cable #153: I mean, this kind of sucks. So, I guess I'm out. Daredevil #597: ok, I like. Detective Comics #972: this was really awesome. Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #4: this is really good. Judas #2: this is not very good. Sadly. Comics: 502 Trades: 12 Graphic Novels: 6 Omnibus: 7
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  4. Venneh

    What You've Read Recently

    43. The Possessions, Sara Flannery Murphy: Aggresively mediocre. This is this person’s first novel, and it kinda shows. (If I read one more green analogue like plant analogue I was gonna punch something.) It’s vaguely fantasy but not enough to actually commit to the concept, way too obsessed with babies in general, and there’s not really any particular standout among the plot or characters. It’s all pretty aggressively bland. There’s a reason I found this for free at the train stop. Quick read, at least.
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  6. James D.

    Coming Out

    Good luck on your road ahead and congratulations!
  7. Up to about a quarter of the goal after a few days. I'm very likely not going to reach it, but the amount donated so far will still be a tremendous help after I move, so thank you to everyone that's donated and shared.
  8. You Know Who

    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Yeah I don't see it getting a 25th anniversary re-release in 2020.
  9. Dread

    Random wrestling thoughts

    The "we want Nicholas" chant during Lesnar/Reigns clearly shows the kid is over.
  10. Donomark

    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Batman #45 (2016): S'alright. Some fun gags in this alternate universe, mainly the Green Lantern one, but Action Comics just came off a Booster Gold storyline so I'm kind of tapped out of the idea right now. Nightwing #43 (2016): More enjoyable than the last several runs have been. Dick works great with other character he has a rapport with, and while Roy Harper is still being bithced out by current writers (Fuck Scott Lobdell for turning him into a joke in the new 52), Dick and Damian is always fun. Superman #35 (2016): Beautiful comic, and a wonderful end to a terrific run from Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Incredible Hulk #715: Goood issue. Ms. Marvel #29 (2016): I loved this! It's a total Young Adult Romance story, but features some pretty significant turning points in Kamala's life, and they're depicted in ways which are both natural and supremely entertaining. Only niggle: Nico Leon comes off as a poor man's Adrian Alphona in a couple of scenes just because the facial expressions could've been more expressive. I miss Alphona on the book, but otherwise this was a blast. Action Comics #1000: I enjoyed this. I think the last couple of years bringing Superman back from the utter dregs of whatever the hell the Superbro era was with Rebirth has really helped salvage his image in the hearts of fans, and this feels like the culmination of that, celebrating everything that makes him fun. There's not too terribly much to the stories, and the supporting cast aren't really used too much besides a story here or there. But it's a feel good comic that serves as a near-100 victory lap and appreciation for what Superman has done for pop culture media. My favorite story was the Hypertime one with Vandal Savage. Paul Dini's story was great as well.
  11. Venneh

    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Season of the Snake: Insanely detailed art with good use of color, plot's pretty ehhh, standard "ooooh, sex and titties!" European comics stuff thrown in. I'll see where it goes. Descenders 29: More endgame stuff, Nguyen real fuckin' pretty. Rumble 5: I feel like there's flashback stuff here that might explain stuff I didn't know from the first time around? Rubin continues to be wonderful. Skybound 1: I know Garbett from Lucifer and Loki: Agent of Asgard, and he does real great art, especially gravity-less. Story's pretty standard. Previews: 2 Single Issues: 64 Trades/Tankobon/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 38 Omnibuses: 1
  12. slothian

    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    If released today, I think Spacey being in it would be the bugbear.
  13. slothian

    Random wrestling thoughts

    I think you're both doing Nicholas a supreme disservice - his element of surprise clearly threw the Bar off of their game.
  14. teenalphabro

    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Extremely true.
  15. teenalphabro

    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Thor: Ragnarok: This movie was great. Also, I don't know if I want to make out with Valkyrie or be Valkyrie. Films Watched: 31
  16. You Know Who

    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    I also saw Se7en for the first time recently in light of Pandy bringing it up on LAS. All I’ll add is that it would cause such a shitstorm if released today for the fridging of Gwyneth Paltrow’s character.
  17. I buy a new game once a year. It's the one thing where I'm not at the razors edge of culture.
  18. slothian

    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    For me, the cinematography does a lot of the heavy lifting, making it easier for Freeman and Pitt (and Spacey) to do their thing.
  19. Donomark

    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Se7en: Starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt (I know the billing is reversed, but seriously, this is Freeman's movie). Solid writing and directing with the familiar trope of the weary, older, retiring cop and the brash, young, hungry detective. It might be down to the actors, but as obvious as that set-up was, you don't care about it. Freeman in this movie is terrific, with how totally patient and controlled he is at every turn. The infamous ending which I actually wasn't spoiled on really drove home the theme of nihilism (which I don't usually go for, it's what keeps me from fully getting behind Logan, but I do love Evangelion) and was one of those endings that makes the thematic foreshadowing ripple in your mind. Kevin Spacey gives a great performance as usual, but as you might imagine, watching him is hard to do, especially when he's playing a creepy person.
  20. Preston

    Random wrestling thoughts

    Especially given that Sheamus is a former World champ and that Cesaro oughta be.
  21. teenalphabro

    Coming Out

    I just wanna say that all of you are fucking great.
  22. Dread

    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Christine: review forthcoming Features: 50 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 1 Rewatches:
  23. jim

    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Captain Swing And The Pirates Of Cindery Island: Even in Ellis' bibliography, I'd ask is this someone doing a dead on impersonation of him, but hey. Renato Guedes draws a lot of detail and throws in some cheesecake, because obviously what a steampunk story about the hopes of the future needs is ass and cleavage shots. /sarcasm font The Season Of The Snake #1: From Titan Comics' European imprint/tax writeoff comes a reissue. It's a massively detailed THING which is "about" a city, terrorism, kind of, and a use of color to indicate violence or heightened emotion. It feels similar to the Incal in spots, though that could just be because the artist straight up re drew the "falling into the city" page from the Incal. I enjoyed it and look forward to more. Escapo (colored reissue): This is the first time I came to Escapo and I enjoyed it. I built up the comic in my head and while my experience reading it didn't match up with my imagined conversation around this book, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol v1: So this is where Newman Xeno comes from! But really it's a brick of surrealist comics and the main penciller Richard Case does a pretty fantastic job given what's thrown at him. He's the secret MVP here. Afar: Afrofuturism kind of? Leia Del Duca writes it and while I wish she drew at least part of it as well, the art's competent enough that whatever the female artist does next she's gonna knock it out of the park. Bloodshot USA: Reliably above average superhero work from Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite. RIP Valiant. Secret Weapons v1: My second favorite of the epic level 6 style cape stories in the vein of Hawkeye. Oh, what might've been. RIP Valiant again. Jade Street Protection Services: Unremarkable "what if we made magical girls BADASS?" idea. Executed okay, though the change when the penciller inks themselves and someone else inks them is noticable. Early work, let's see where the authors go. Injection v2: The team riffs on Chew and William GIbson's Blue Ant trilogy. Right State: Another one of Vertigo's "fuck, we should try to get into the thriller book market" OGNs that's a bit too on the nose, but still sadly prophetic seven odd years later. Bitch Planet v2: Look, it's still great. Steady as she goes.
  24. D.W.

    Coming Out

    Proud of you
  25. Dread

    Coming Out

    Right on, Beverly!
  26. There's nothing more prestigious than a BAFTA after all. Lovely stuff as ever, gentlemen - the bit where Kellen loses his mind re: Viscera in a wind tunnel is just beautiful!
  27. You Know Who

    Coming Out

    Good luck Beverly
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