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  1. Dan added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Yeah, Wonder Woman was visually modeled after Byrne, right down to the metal bracelets she wore. In these early issues, the fact that they can deflect bullets is a really neat side benefit, but it's spelled out that they're expressly there as BDSM paraphernalia. The insights into the Holliday Marston/Byrne household are plentiful.
    And Etta was really fun. She's basically the only person on the planet not especially cowed by Wonder Woman, and keeps calling her "kid" and "doll". And she leads the Holliday Girls, a local sorority whose job it is to burst through a door and beat the fuck out of bad guys any time Diana calls. Also they're a marching band.
  2. Dread added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Ha! Beat me to it.
    Marston is a fascinating person. Wonder Woman is almost certainly based off of a combination of his wife and Olive Byrne, the young woman who lived with them in a poly-amorous, BDSM relationship. And he also invented the lie detector test. So, he was totally fascinated with BDSM and truth. And fur hats apparently. Or did I read too much into that?
  3. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Now I kinda want a fur hat. Also, I need to read this for Etta and her chair.
  4. Dread added a post in a topic The leisurely comic discussion thread   

    I mean, The Angel kind of also twists his hands into weird positions, but that's only to fire guns as part of his regular gang-smashing routine.
  5. Dan added a post in a topic The leisurely comic discussion thread   

    He does wear blue tights and a red cape and has a pencil mustache! However, instead of channeling the mystical energies of otherdimensional nigh-omnipotent godlike beings, the Angel kills the fuck out of gangsters.
  6. Dan added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Archives Vol. 1: collects the Wonder Woman stories from All-Star Comics #8, Sensation Comics #1-24, and Comic Cavalcade #1-5, with Wonder Woman #1-7.
    FREDERIC WERTHAM: "Superman is a fascist!"
    FANDOM: "That's preposterous!"
    WERTHAM: "Batman is a pederast!"
    FANDOM: "You're reading way too much into things!"
    WERTHAM: "Wonder Woman is the ultimate wish-fulfillment for lesbian BDSM!"
    FANDOM: "That... oh. Um..."
    It is nuts that this existed when it did. Created in 1941 by William Marston (and almost certainly his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston) with art by Harry G. Peter, Wonder Woman has a very specific reason for being: to showcase a strong central female character who resolves problems with love and understanding more than through direct physical violence. And by and large, that's on full display here. There are about two years' worth of appearances here, and as World War II was in full swing the whole time, Diana is almost exclusively up against Nazi spies, Japanese soldiers, the German-American Bund, and occasionally the Italian army. There is precisely one supervillian in this entire book, the Cheetah, and she doesn't put in an appearance until roughly 80% of the way through it. Otherwise, it's all war stories, all the time.
    The interesting approach tends to be in how bad guys are dealt with. Men are generally dispatched in the typical way, in that they're brought to justice by Diana, or tackled by Steve Trevor (who's kind of useless), or hit in the face with a chair by Etta Candy over and over again until they agree to stop spying on people. (Etta Candy, to my utter shock, turned out to be fairly awesome. For all intents and purposes, she's Diana's sidekick, and the leader of the Holliday Girls sorority at the local college, of whom we will speak more in a bit.) Women, on the other hand, are usually given the opportunity to reform. This opportunity comes in the form of being allowed to discover the happiness that comes with submitting yourself to a mistress. Invariably, chaining a woman up, blindfolding her, leashing her, having her crawl on all fours and receiving a spanking from the Holliday Girls will awaken something inside her that makes her realize she doesn't need to deliver secret plans to the German army to feel fulfilled. And I'm not making that up; that literally is the plot of the third story in this book.
    Now, to be clear: I am not, by any means, down on this. People find the thing that fulfills them, and if they find other people compatible with that, then that's awesome. However, this is that guy who will not shut the fuck up about his thing. This is the book or movie or whatever where the main character discovers that she gets turned on by wearing fur hats, and then it's just scene after scene after scene of people discovering that fur hats get them off as well, and about fifteen scenes later everyone on the planet is wearing a fur hat in a big sweaty pile. And for Marston, that's bondage. Every story - literally every story - features it, and it runs the gamut from your typical adventure "Quick, tie her to this chair so she can't get away" type of thing to "It's time for the annual Paradise Island hunt, where half the women on the island are dressed in animal costumes and hunted by the other half, and when they get captured they're hogtied, 'skinned', 'cooked', and 'eaten'". Marston was trying to normalize non-traditional family dynamics, and frankly I applaud that, but there's a lot here were he was uncomfortably obviously typing the script with one hand.
    Harry Peter's art is really interesting. Even in the Golden Age, it was incredibly old-fashioned (he'd been a newspaper cartoonist since the turn of the century, and his style is very reminiscent of illustrations of children's books from the late Victorian/early Edwardian era). It's like nothing else that was on the racks, and even if you can't put your hand on your heart and call it especially great (his anatomy is really wonky), it's definitely eye-catching. And unusually, with one or two exceptions, he drew every story in this collection.
    This is really interesting stuff, and much of it is incredibly fun. For many, many reasons, this is worth a look, and yes, one of those reasons is to see a story where the villainess has a dog, who is not so much a dog as a beautiful woman in a dog costume, leashed to her throne, asleep on the floor, who only ever says "woof", and be reminded that this was a story sold to eight-year-olds in 1942, and that's actually kind of awesome.
  7. dc20willsave added a post in a topic The leisurely comic discussion thread   

    The Angel: Gang-Smasher Supreme! I wonder if that's anything like being Sorcerer Supreme...
  8. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Trinity #1-6: With the post-Flashpoint Superman dead, Wonder Woman and Batman are reluctant to accept his replacement: post-Crisis Superman. That all changes, though, when the three of them are trapped together, learning their greatest secrets and fears in the process. Meanwhile, an enemy from the past plots his return.
    Overall, this was a great team-building book, in that it felt natural the way Wonder Woman and Batman learned to trust this new (to them) Superman as one of their own. Francis Manapul does a beautiful job narrating and scripting the three as they travel from Hamilton County to Smallville to Gotham to Themyscira to a nightmarish hellscape and back to Hamilton, all while facing themselves and their pasts. Whether you know them from post-Crisis or post-Flashpoint, the Trinity feel as they should; they are a well-oiled machine fighting for a common goal.
    Artistically, the Manapul issues (#1-2 and 5) are the strongest, but Emanuela Lupacchino (#4 and 6) does an admirable job matching the vibrance of Manapul. Clay Mann (#3) is the odd-man-out here, which is not to say his issue is poorly illustrated. Quite the contrary. His style is so drastically different from the rest, that he suffers by comparison. While it works for the darker, Batman-centric story, next to the lushness of Manapul and Lupacchino, it feels jarring. That said, Mann's double-page spreads better follow the innovative layouts and cinematic action of Manapul. So while his issue may not be as bright and colorful as the other five, from a storytelling standpoint it's on-par.
    This is a great start to this new ongoing, which I'll be grabbing in trades.
    Comics: 48
  9. Dan added a post in a topic The leisurely comic discussion thread   

    One of Goodman's pulps, I believe. 
  10. RSS added a topic in Dread Media   

    Episode 495
    This week, Dread Media revisits modern horror series that have faded away and are coming back, or have very recently come back. First up, in preparation for the new film in the series, Desmond and his 11 year old son, Cade, review 2002's Gore Verbinski remake, The Ring. Then, Rich the Monster Movie Kid revisits the Resident Evil series as a whole before reviewing the final entry: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Of course, there's music: "Seven Days" by Corrosion of Conformity, "Day Seven: Hope" by Ayreon, "Mein Teil" by Rammstein, and "Something New" by Medication. [ 1:05:32 || 41.4 MB ]
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  11. Donomark added a post in a topic Every Film You've Watched in 2017   

    The Last Dragon: Cheesy, amusing fun that gets AWESOME in the last act.
  12. Dread added a post in a topic Every Film You've Watched in 2017   

    The Fisherman: short for the festival
    Pool Party Massacre: feature for the festival
    Features: 26
    Shorts: 16
    Documentaries: 2
    Rewatches: 0
  13. The Master added a post in a topic The leisurely comic discussion thread   

    Holy crap! Where was that published?
  14. Dan added a post in a topic The leisurely comic discussion thread   

    House ad for the very first Marvel comic from 1939.

  15. Venneh added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Josie and the Pussycats 4: Continues to make me cackle, and is well written and well drawn to boot. I'm in.
    Hawkeye 1: More about this on the podcast, but I'm really hoping that this starts to develop its own identity instead of leaning super heavily on the Faction/Wu/Aja arc. 
    Doctor Strange: The Oath: Martin is real fucking good, and the story is wonderful (except for a shoehorned in romance with Clea that mainly feels like it was there bc they had a romance back in the day). Had a few Lee/Ditko stories in back, but tbh the main lure was the process work. 
    Cinema Purgatorio 1-7: Mostly read the Alan Moore bits (him taking on various film genres and histories), and the Gillen story (Pokemon meets Mad Max meets general deconstruction). For the $1 we got it for an issue, definitely worth it.
    Single Issues: 82
    Trades/Graphic Novels: 19
    Omnibuses: 1
  16. Dan added a post in a topic Everything DC   

    No, she's still Vanessa Hudgens.
  17. Preston added a post in a topic Everything DC   

    LEGO Batman is the best movie DC has made since Richard Donner was directing Superman. And I will fight the man that dares disagree. Jaded thirty year old comic fan and his three year old both rolling with laughter. 
  18. teenalphabro added a post in a topic Every Film You've Watched in 2017   

    These Final Hours: Depressing as hell, but very well put together. 
    Films Watched: 26
    Sidenote: I can't believe I'm actually beating Des for movies watched so far.
  19. dc20willsave added a post in a topic Every Film You've Watched in 2017   

    Aladdin: It was on TV and it's a fun Disney movie, well animated, and well voiced. I'm surprised I haven't seen people boycotting it, considering "Allah" is used many times and everyone is unmistakably Muslim. Reagrdless, this is also a turning point for Disney because with Robin Williams, we had a change in how Disney cast their voicing. Prior to this, you would have the occasional big name star in the voice cast but most were voice actors. This would change massively going forward.
    Yes, Disney is one of my areas of geekdom. So sue me.
    Showgirls: I felt like getting it out of the way for this year now.  I've said my peace before.
    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: I don't know why I was expecting this to be any better than the original. I laughed a couple of time?
    Films: 35
    Best Film So Far: All About Eve
    Best Film So Far that isn't one of Will's five favorite of all time: Groundhog Day
    Worst Film So Far That Isn't Showgirls: Zoolander No. 2
  20. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth and Red Hood and the Outlaws #1-6: If you can get past the childlike / convoluted "I'm not surprised by your plan because your plan was part of my plan so I knew your plan before you even planned your plan" villainous plot, this was a lot of fun. The Red Hood / Bizarro scenes were especially touching, I want more of Bruce and Jason attempting to fix their relationship, and Artemis' reluctance to accept the team is enjoyable. Dexter Soy nails the character, making each look strong by utilizing their different power levels and skills, he keeps the action grounded despite having a Superman clone and an Amazonian warrior in the book, and his pacing flows nicely from scene to scene. Though I don't see this as a monthly read for everybody, I do think it's a good way to spend part of a lazy Sunday.
    Comics: 42
  21. teenalphabro added a post in a topic Episode 36: Mortal Kombat - Annihilation   

    So I got Donald Trump vibes from the opening of this episode while I did my initial relisten. 
  22. Stavros added a post in a topic What are you watching and enjoying?   

    I'm keeping Stephen Universe in my back pocket as something to binge at a future date.
    Right now I'm running back through the first three seasons of Alias. One of my favourite shows, balances pulpy action with the soap opera extremely well and you can't beat the guest stars. Roger Moore as a villain? Come on. Bradley Cooper as a series regular, I just always thought he could be a star way before his film career took off. Gina Torres as a recurring villain.
    It's just the best cliffhanger show too, it's like an old black and white serial in that way. There's just so many damn twists. And the best part, the only tv villain I'd rask up there with Gul Dukat in terms of complexity and longevity, Arvin Sloane. He is just both wonderfully dark and yet still warm when it suits him.
    Post season 4 it's on a slide so I don't know if I'll go that far. Season 5 is basically like the final season of Scrubs with all the cast changes.
  23. Dread added a post in a topic Every Film You've Watched in 2017   

    Curve/Born Again/Policy/Jason/Death Metal: shorts for the festival
    Features: 25
    Shorts: 15
    Documentaries: 2
    Rewatches: 0
  24. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    What little I've read of Rick Remender's run on The Punisher has never landed with me. But, I will give it another shot.
  25. Dread added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Yeah, Frankencastle is something I thought was a fucking ridiculous idea and never bothered until it came out as the complete collection trade half off on DCBS. It's fucking great. Top 5 Punisher stories for sure.