Donomark

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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Optic Nerve #1-6: By Adrian Tomine. A series which may be more familiar to the older members of this site, I'd never heard of it until this week. It's peak 90s Indie-Hipster comics, with all of the black and white rendered writer-artist existential malaise Gen-Xer misery you could ask for. Very much like Ghost World, but unlike that series this title is an anthology with several short stories making up the first few issues, and continuing long-form stories starting with issue #5. Also unlike Ghost World, while the protagonists are often pathetic wrecks of human beings, Tomine does a better job rendering them as understandable and sympathetic instead of detestable like Enid Coleslaw. And honestly, I love 90s hipster comics with all the sadness and minimalist that comes with it. It's a nostalgic vibe I get, because I remember these being around back when I first got into the game. I'd be interested to know what others thought if they've read this series, but for myself I'm really enjoying it and look forward to finishing the last six issues. Trade Paperbacks: 16 Single Issues: 171
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    Everything DC

    Cassandra Cain is getting her own movie gonna be in the BOP movie. I'm deluged with massively mixed feelings.
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    The Doctor Who thread

    The Tenth Doctor meets the Muppets. Not to suggest that Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi wouldn't do this, but Tennant's so consistently up for this kind of fun, it keeps him being my favorite Doctor.
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    Shazam

    I'm glad that this version of CM seems laid back and carefree, and doesn't share the douchebag qualities of the new 52 CM/Billy Batson.
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    Weird Dreams

    Unless it's been done before, maybe a topic about the bizarre dreams we have why not? For instance, last night I dreamt I met Elden Henson in the bathroom of this hotel-boat/ship hybrid, at which point it was revealed he was there to rob the place and the events that followed were a mix of the film Under Siege and an episode of Cowboy Bebop. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What are some of yours?
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    W00T! The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2018): Just read it. I actually enjoyed it. This, to me, feels more like the ACTUAL Parker luck. I.E. Peter's life is messed up because he's Spider-Man, not because he's innately a loser. We're (as readers) with Peter the whole time, and he's more appropriately melancholy than Slott's Peter was. It's not a gag comic, it feels like Spider-Man.And characters like Robbie and Aunt May aren't hating him as much. The Marvel heroes are annoyed at him, but we've seen worse. And he takes down Mysterio and saves the city in one punch.I'd give this a solid B. Peter being down on his luck is old news, but the execution is much more up my alley.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Superman #1 (2018): I liked this. Ivan Reis is at his best, and I'm loving how character-driven Bendis' writing is, making this a Clark book first and foremost. IDK if J'onn J'onzz would actually be suggesting what he suggested to him, but we'll see if that goes anywhere. Otherwise, this is a solid start to the new volume. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48: Solid comics. I love Guy constructing a monster truck to fight with. Detective Comics #984: Another good issue. I'm not crazy about Black Lightning learning Batman's identity a second time, only because I read him first learning it way back in Batman and the Outsiders from the 80s. I prefer him already knowing, BUT I know this is Rebirth and the timelines and all that jazz so it's not biggie. The artwork is solid. Trade Paperbacks: 16 Single Issues: 164
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    Help Influence Episode 56!

    Frida. Bandidas (sleazy tiger growl). Beatriz at Dinner (I didn't like this film much personally, but it's as recent as last year).
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Oldboy: FINALLY saw this last night. Oh God... It's one of those movies where the ending completely recontexualizes the whole film, but the acting and directing is so above peer that it totally pulls it off with aplomb.
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Soul Man (1986): In which C. Thomas Howell goes Blackface to get into Harvard. Alright look, the movie has a decent heart to it. The final scene between Howell and James Earl Jones is actually fairly good, or at least more insightful than I was expecting from the previous hour and twenty minutes. It was made with good intentions and I'm not leaving the film hating anyone who was in it (I could never hate JEJ anyway). But...for crying out fucking loud, the dude's in blackface. No amount of irritating 1980s "charm" is gonna make that easier to swallow. No one in the film really calls out that that's precisely what Howell is doing, and it seriously needed to have a scene of either Jones or Rae Dawn Chong wringing his neck. There's just not enough realization or basic intelligence to justify that being the hook in the movie. The main character's far too unlikable to buy his redemption, and the movie's far too pleased with itself for being a "black people are people too" message to have the intention sink in, should anyone need it. It's not exactly the incendiary premise, it's just that it was an incendiary premise done really badly. Bottom line, I suggest this film for a future C.Thomas Howell month for Hey! An Actor.
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    Steve Ditko RIP

    I don't know if I've lived through a greater loss from the comic book industry. I mean, I was alive when Kirby died but certainly was too young to know who he was. But in terms of Marvel architecture and levels of artist greatness, this is a gigantic loss. Everyone should watch Jonathan Ross' "In Search of Steve Ditko" right now just to get a glimpse of the talent that just left this Earth.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Captain America #1 (2018): By Ta-Nehesi Coates and Lenil Yu I think the basic plot was so-so. It was Cap by the numbers and the exposition was a bit clunky. But I really enjoyed Coates' inner monologue for Cap, which felt true for both the character and the writer.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #21: I've been sort of out of caring about this title for a little bit, but I enjoyed this issue. Nightwing #46 (2016): Pretty god again. I really don't like the knee-jerk dynamic modern writers give Dick and Babs, where she's constantly bitchy to him and we're supposed to just accept this as playful banter. Do better writers. Man of Steel #6 (2018): Batman #50:
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Tag: S'alright.
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    Death Wish (2018)

    Thank you for listening
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    What are you watching and enjoying?

    I fell off about five episodes in season 2. I plan on picking back up, but there is a "throwing shit against the wall" aspect of the show that I might respect but ultimately don't care for, and I could give a fuck about the parents.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Man of Steel #5 (2018): Still good. Detective Comics #983: Pretty good. I've been looking forward to Bryan Edward Hill's run, and I like that he's not abandoning the Bat-Family. Bane: CONQUEST #12: Decent end to a pretty decent series. No one writes Bane like his creator, and, all these years later, no matter how much Chuck Dixon has turned, he's still one of the best Batman writers of all time. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #47: The whole thing with Darkstar Guy and Hal losing his memories felt like filler detour, but WOW was the artwork pretty. Batman - Prelude to the Wedding: Harley vs. Joker: Not awful, but I didn't see the point of this. The whole idea of the wedding making everybody fight is silly. Batgirl #24 (2018): That sure was a comic book. Ms. Marvel #31 (#50): What a fun series of stories. I love this character and this book. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Special: A fun collection of stories. I'm not terribly familiar with the Galaxy or Space Rangers, but I appreciate the continued dedication towards the legacy for the fans. Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #306: I'm not crazy about the super sci-fi arc with time travel and robots, but Chip Zdarsky writes a helluva Peter Parker. Every issue has great moments, and this is no exception. Trade Paperbacks: 16 Single Issues: 159
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    The Predator

    Way more onboard
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Quiz Show: Starring Ralph Fiennes, John Tuturro, with Christopher MacDonald. A film about the quiz show scandals from the 1950s, something I never heard of but helped keep my interest in the film. I like Ralph Fiennes in this, and the acting all around is solid, including Hank Azaria in a supporting role. It was good, but I didn't care that much about the stakes or the outcome because...it's a quiz show. IDK, who cares? But the movie was fun.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Batman: Gotham Adventures #54: A simple story of missing manuscripts of famous literature. A small-time robbery that should be beneath Batman's notice, or is it? This is a terrific done-in-one detective story with a solid twist ending that would've been great as an episode of the animated series. Recommended. Trade Paperbacks: 16 Single Issues: 150
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    Death Wish (2018)

    Death Wish 3 is fUUUUcking hilarious
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    I thought of that.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    The detail I liked, and credit to the colorist, was how in the flashback Peter's reds and blues on his suit were darker than they are in the modern day. IDK if I've before seen that referenced in a single issue.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Those recent issues of Batman were totally useless filler.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Man of Steel #4 (2018): Four issues in and I can positively say I like Bendis writing Superman. The plot's alright, but his voice for Clark feels fresh but natural. Batman #49 (2018): I appreciate what King is going for, but the whole villain casual conversation thing here feels less natural and more of a gimmick. This issue won't be remembered in 3-5 years time, even if the marriage sticks around that long. Batman - Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky #1: S'alright. Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #20: Decent. X-Men Gold #30: Yeah, this was a good issue. David Marquez is never not terrific, and this felt like classic X-Men storytelling without modern day contrivances. Batman: The Dark Prince: This was an exceedingly pointless story involving Batman and the Joker wrapped up in the child of a bar waitress, with implications that one of them is the father. It goes nowhere and only served as a favor given to Enrico Marini, who's artwork is admittedly nice to look at. But in the conversation for creator-given Batman stories, this might be the most throwaway I've ever read. The Amazing Spider-Man #801: Dan Slott's final issue, and honestly it's one of his better ones in the ten years he's been on the series. A simple done-in-one, akin to the Paul Jenkins' style of simple stories. Nothing major, but heartfelt and nice. Issues like these are what I preferred from Slott, moreso than his overarching, continuity-laden, multi-part storylines. I won't miss Slott, but I will appreciate how, every now and then, he had issues where he demonstrated his earning the job. Trade Paperbacks: 16 Single Issues: 149