The Master

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    I am usually referred to as The Master—universally.
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  1. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Detective Comics #854-860: There is so much good in here (I'm speaking only of the Batwoman portions, as I read this as Elegy the TPB), but it's muddied by all of the stuff with the cult, the monster-people, and the prophecy. And so much continuity! I thought this was supposed to be a major introduction to Batwoman, but it's nothing of the sort. You will literally have no idea what's going on if you're not already familiar with her adventures. Don't get me wrong, everything about Kate's past, especially when she came out to her CO and father, was amazing. Brilliant storytelling. (I could read an ongoing series, by Rucka, of Kate Kane's life between getting the boot from the military and meeting Batman for the first time as Batwoman.) But I found myself actively getting angry at the book for not explaining the monster-people, which come out of nowhere. Worse: Alice. Her way of speaking bored me.
    Despite all my griping, I did enjoy the book. In fact, I thought I would try to seek out what came before, hoping it would fill in the gaps. So I read...
    Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #1-5: ... because I was under the impression this was a Question / Batwoman story, not a Question story in which Batwoman appears for one-ish issue. If you read 52, maybe this will make sense. It is an Aftermath book, after all, but to me it was boring and didn't answer the questions about Kate. Looks like I'll have to dig into 52 to get that, but I'm in no rush.
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  2. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    The Deep #3: Quick but fun issue. The art looks a little looser in places.
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  3. The Master added a post in a topic Why is that in continuity?   

    At the time, I bought into the Marvel / Wizard hype that The Sentry really was a lost creation of Kirby / Lee, and I liked the character for a while. But then Marvel had no idea what to do with him, and he faded away. In fact, I forgot about him until your post. And I read a comic with him, literally, one month ago! It's like his comic book origin has come true: the character time forgot.
  4. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Star Trek: Deviations: A "What If?" story where the Romulans destroyed the Federation and invaded Earth at some point during Kirk's era, enslaving humankind and erasing our history. So much of our past has been forgotten, we believe the Romulans made first contact, not the now-dead Vulcans. Somehow, Riker (as Snake Plissken) learns of a man named Picard who's being held captive, and frees him because he knows of a secret base in the stars. He does so with the help of familiar faces, but there's no explanation of how they all came to be on Earth or how this base is supposed to save them, and we only care about the characters because we know versions of them from TNG. It's a jumble, I'm sorry. Skip it.
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  5. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Robin #116-120: Thoughts here.
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  6. The Master added a post in a topic Why is that in continuity?   

    So, I had to read that to see if it was as bat-shit crazy as you described. And it's even worse. Tim spends two pages being pissed at Batman for the weeks of mind games, for making him question his friends, for pushing his nerves to the edge. Two pages. Never mind the silly concept, there are issues upon issues of story in there. Of Tim coping with being Tim, of not getting to hang out with Alfred and Dick, of reconnecting with his family and Stephanie, of not knowing what to do with himself, of realizing he can't quit, of accepting he's Robin, of bringing himself back into the fold even if he's still upset with Bruce. But no, it's all spaffed on two pages.
    That was nuts.
  7. The Master added a topic in Banter   

    Why is that in continuity?
    In an upcoming episode of The Show, I admit to Dan that I've never read The Dark Phoenix Saga. Part of the reason for this is because I hate the idea of the X-Men being in space. They're supposed to be fighting oppression and intolerance on Earth. No part of that screams, "Let's send them into space," in an editorial pitch meeting. Next to Daredevil and Spider-Man, they should be the most grounded characters in the Marvel Universe. Rocketing them off to save the Shi'ar Empire and infusing their bodies with The Phoenix Force actively puts me off of the books, and I wish it had never been done. For me, it adds nothing and takes a lot away.
    That said, what are some in-canon things you do no like and lament being there in the first place? We're not talking just comics here. Movies, books, TV shows, radio plays, you name it. If you have an in-continuity bugbear in any medium, name it.
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  8. The Master added a post in a topic Episode 01: ECW Barely Legal   

    Yup. Only found out about two-ish weeks ago when I received an e-mail entitled "Surprise!"
    To be fair, Cure is given a lot of credit.
  9. The Master added a post in a topic JLA movie news   

    What was that?
  10. The Master added a post in a topic JLA movie news   

    Not bad for a first trailer.
     
  11. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Nah, don't stop.
  12. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Yeah, between A Death in the Family and Tim becoming Robin, there's a solid reason for him to be so cold and driven. After that, it's writers not realizing why that characterization came about, and not wanting to change it.
  13. The Master added a post in a topic Deadpool 2   

    Josh Brolin. I know he's Thanos, but still.
  14. The Master added a post in a topic Every comic you've read in 2017   

    Starlin did #430, while Owsley / Priest wrote #431-432.
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    Batman #430: Reading these out of order, the reason for the tension between Batman and Gordon in #432 becomes clear: he's yet to tell Jim that Robin is dead. So here, when Gordon asks if Robin is with Batman tonight, your heart breaks for Batman. Besides that, the small addition to Batman's origin is interesting, and it makes it seems like this was meant to be a soft jumping on point for new readers. (One imagines there were a lot of new eyes on Batman post-A Death in the Family, so it makes sense.) While not the most memorable issue of Batman, there are good moments in here: Gordon hinting he knows who Batman is, Batman being slightly off his game, and the seven pages containing the origin and contemporary stories spring to mind. 
    Batman #431: Batman throwing a frying pan at a ninja has to be my new favorite Batman moment. This one is jumbled. Skip it.
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