The Master

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    I am usually referred to as The Master—universally.
  • Birthday 02/22/1978

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  1. Random movie and tv thoughts

    After the trailer hit, everyone (including myself) flipped out when it was revealed that The Heathers / bullies were the gay, gender-nonconforming, and minority teenagers. Is it as bad as the trailer portrayed, or do they make it work without being overly offensive?
  2. Every comic you've read in 2018

    At some point, I hope Marvel teams up Wolverine (Laura), Spider-Man (Miles), Hulk (Amadeus), and Ghost Rider (Robbie) as a nod to this story.
  3. Every comic you've read in 2018

    Defenders #10: Nice ending for the book. Batman #41: This took all of three minutes to read, so boo to that. More concerning is the very racially charged image on the two-page spread. The cricket player is... wow. I have no words. It's fucking bad. And I think the man in the headscarf is playing with wires, which is suggestive. Fantastic Four #347-349: Man, this is not as much fun as I had remembered -- and I read this last year. Art Adams's pages are amazing, of course, but the four members of the new Fantastic Four (Spider-Man, grey Hulk, Wolverine, Ghost Rider) don't act as a team and it's not really entertaining watching them bicker with The Hulk. Spider-Man is a touch fun, I will admit, as he's able to negotiate with Mole Man, but that's all I took away from this. What If... Newer Fantastic Four: Nope. What If...? #78: Peter and the New FF sit around trying to figure out how to pay the bills (really), then they get their asses kicked until Doom saves them. Comics: 279
  4. Random wrestling thoughts

    Jeff Jarrett is heading to the WWE Hall of Fame!
  5. Every comic you've read in 2018

    See Episode 999 for the 25 books examined there in. Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12: See episode 1000. Doctor Strange #385: Kind of a tepid ending to an otherwise great opening storyline. It's not bad, it's that you can see all of the should-be shocking reveals from the start of the arc. Spirits of Vengeance #1: Looks great, but I'm not hooked. Maybe I'll come back. Comics: 272
  6. Random movie and tv thoughts

    As much as I love the original Stargate movie, the TV shows have always eluded me. Are any of them good?
  7. The Incredibles 2

    Absolutely. Best. Panel. Ever!
  8. Episode 999

    Please keep the topic non-spoilery, but please post your reactions.
  9. The Incredibles 2

    Another concern of mine: the dad's can't parent trope. Hopefully the movie is much, much more than this, but this trailer does worry me.
  10. The Incredibles 2

    It's Incredibles 2, so it'll get my money, but this trailer served to lower my expectations.
  11. The All-Purpose Flickchart thread

    Bill & Ted.
  12. Episode 998

    I so cannot wait to dive into this one.
  13. Every comic you've read in 2018

    The Punisher Meets Archie: This is big dumb fun. The Punisher, as always, is hunting a killer. Said killer hightails it to Riverdale. Said killer also happens to look like Archie. Paths cross, hilarity ensues. For all of the silliness in these 64-ish pages, there are two things of note taking place: Writer Batton Lash found a way to set the story in then-contemporary times (1994), while making an excuse to have Archie & Co. dress like it's 1955. The centerpiece is a throwback sock hop at the high school, thus explaining why and allowing for Archie to be in his sweater and bowtie. It's a neat trick to capture classic-era Archie Comics without setting it 40 years in the then-past. The other thing Lash does is give The Punisher some very deep characterization. As soon as Castle and Microchip arrive in Riverdale, Micro notices a sort of longing in Frank's eyes; a "what if" passes before Castle as he sees a family taking a safe, leisurely midnight stroll through a park. It's sad and eye-opening; we rarely if ever see The Punisher's human side, and this was rather touching. Adding to that, Frank goes undercover at the sock hop as the new gym teacher, and he instantly hits it off with Miss Grundy. Jokes can be made about how pervy she's being upon seeing the unshaven, buff, dark, handsome man who's just walked into her world, but, really, Frank seems to actually enjoy being around her. And, again, this ties into the "what if" aspect of the previous scene. It's not that big a stretch to assume The Castle Family might have settled in a suburb not unlike Riverdale, with Frank taking a job as a gym teacher or police officer has his life not gone down a dark path. Art wise, John Buscema handles The Punisher scenes while Stan Goldberg does everything Archie, and these two guys have the hardest job. Blending these two disparate styles, tones, and worlds seems impossible, yet they make it work through Red -- the deadly Archie lookalike. He has hints of both styles -- Archie's round features and silly hair, yet darker and more wild-eyed -- thus bridging the worlds. My only gripe is that four characters writer war journals throughout: Punisher and Microchip, of course, but also Archie and Veronica. With the exception of Veronica, all of their journals sound identical, and, worse, they're written like Rorschach. While The Punisher might use a Rorschach-like shorthand, Microchip employing the style makes no sense. And yeah, Archie is trying to be all grim and gritty, but unless he saw The Punisher's journal, how would he know to write his like Castle's? Anyway, that's a small thing. Due to the excuse of sock hop making the book look dated, it winds up being timeless. And it's so much fun. If you have 20 minutes, give it a go. Truth: Red, White & Black #1-7: Every word of this. Stone cold classic. Comics: 233
  14. And the episode 1000 topic is...

    There's still time to get segments in, but I must have everything by Sunday 18 February. If you're working on segments, please let me know.
  15. Every comic you've read in 2018

    Exit Stage Left: the Snagglepuss Chronicles #2: I think I might finish this one in the trade. Using Snagglepuss, Huckleberry Hound, and their friends adds nothing to this Cold War era story. If you're going to tell a tale of McCarthyism on a world with humans and sentient animals, do more than recap what really happened. Okay, it's great that there's no Ducksburg, Qauckville, and the like, but why are these characters here if not to use them in a new, fresh, creative way? It looks great, though. Rogue & Gambit #2: We really get into Rogue's head here. It turns out one of the reasons she's always fretting about her feelings for Gambit is because the first time they kissed she was under mind control, so she's not sure if her feelings are her own or a remnant of that. Considering she's always been toyed with and cannot get physically close to anybody, this was a great addition to her tormented psyche. Pere Perez is nailing these characters, too; the way Rogue holds herself clearly demonstrates a reluctance to open up, while Gambit always has the right amount of swagger. Adding to this are Frank D'Armata's lush, perfectly chosen colors. The double-page spread that starts the book is genius; I've never seen a dialogue scene like that, and I love it. Swamp Thing Winter Special: Okay, this was visually beautiful, but what was this story about? X-Men Red #1: Take my money! While I'm not quite sure what Jean asked of the UN, the issue as a whole was excellent. Mahmud Asrar has been on my radar since 2011, when I first saw his art on Supergirl #1, and he's grown so much since then. Brilliant stuff. Invincible #1: With the series coming to a close next week, I thought I'd try to dive back in from the start. This is such an oddly paced issue; the way it ends, especially, is such an anticlimax. Nightwing #1-4 (1995): After playing Batman for a little while ("Prodigal"), Dick is no longer sure about his future. He's not even sure who Dick Grayson is. So he sets off to investigate his parents' murder; he suspects there's more to it than meets the eye. This gets him mixed up in an international scuffle, ethnic cleansing, a secret coup d'état, and no new revelations about his parents. He also finds himself helping a woman with a troubled family, but this is the dictionary definition of filler. Over all, Dick is written with an odd mixture of pulp noir and kid-sidekick dialogue; I see what Dennis O'Neil was going for, but it really doesn't work. This is early days for Greg Land, so there are lots of stiff poses and bad decisions, but you can see the potential. He's able to animate Nightwing's movements with grace, and few artists can accomplish this. The Flash #123: More thoughts in episode 1000, but this was a lot of fun. Justice League of America #21-22: Same as above. I also read the Mallah / Brain story in Young Monsters in Love, but I won't count that in my total. Comics: 225