The Master

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  1. They won't do it because they're keeping the Steiner legacy away from him, but I would love just a few seconds of him watching the new Chucky show backstage.
  2. DC revealed today that Jon Kent, Lois and Clark's son, is bi. And recently they did the same with Tim Drake. So that's awesome! That's the post.
  3. It boggles the mind that a franchise that produced nine movies in 13 years has not made a single one in the last 12. The remake is easily the best movie in the entire franchise, and should have spawned another line of sequels.
  4. My new sleep routine is 3a to 8a, maybe 9 on the weekends. Since I have anxiety around the act of sleeping, I basically have to push myself to the point of dropping from exhaustion. Or drink myself to sleep on the weekends.
  5. Sometimes I don't even realize how many I've read in a day. But I can definitely tell which days I had IT support calls and which ones I didn't.
  6. I just realized September was my most productive month by three issues. Huh. Didn't feel like I read that many.
  7. Avenging Spider-Man #6, The Punisher #10 (2011), Daredevil #11 (2011): The three-part The Omega Effect storyline is, honestly, remembered for one joke. It’s fine, but does nothing for any of the characters. Batman ’89 #2: Pure fun. Batman & Captain America: This had no right to be this good. John Byrne works magic to make Captain America feel like a DC character, especially a wartime DC character. And somehow this spun off into the Superman & Batman: Generations series. Batman: Face the Face (Detective Comics #817-820, Batman#651-654): Between the end of a crisis and the start of One Year Later, Batman left Gotham City under the protection of a cured and healed Harvey Dent. Why? *shrug emoji* When Batman returns, someone starts killing villains, and all eyes are on Harvey. Is he the killer, or is someone else pulling the strings? I get why Two-Face fans would dig this, but it is not for me. It attempting to do too much and only serves to accomplish some of it. Carnage #6-16: There’s a slight dip in the middle, but it’s needed to introduce new characters and set the stage for the big battle. It’s also good to see one creative team throughout the run. Catwoman #1-4 (1989): This tragic retelling of Selina’s origin ties directly into Batman: Year One, while wrapping up some loose ends from that book and laying seeds for other writers to water down the line. Chase #1-3: Sadly this did not hold my interests. I might come back though, if only because there are a total of 10 issues. Daredevil #66-76: Matt visits Karen in LA, guilt trips her, then runs back home to work a politically charged case. As always, Matt’s a dick. Roy Thomas has left the book, and I’m not that keen on the new direction under Gerry Conway. Also, Matt is a real piece of shit. Dark Ages #1: To save the planet, Dr. Strange makes a major mistake, casting the world into shadow. Seven years later, the story begins. DC Comics: Bombshells #10-18: I get why the stories bounce around so much, but I do wish they stuck with the characters for more than one issue at a time before jumping to elsewhere on the front then back again. Detective Comics #411 and Batman #232: The first appearances of Talia and Ra’s al Ghul. The Talia issue has its moments, but the Ra’s one is a stone-cold classic. And I will never back down from the idea that Ra’s initially calls Batman “Detective” from a place of sarcasm. By the end it is a title of honor, but those first few times, hmm, they seem suspect. Extreme Carnage, parts 1-4 (Alpha, Scream, Phage, and Lasher): It starts out with an interesting hook, then sort of loses focus by the middle. Can’t say I’ll read parts 5-8. Fantastic Four #29 (1961): Starts a little silly then ends on the moon. It’s an odd one, but a fun read. Hellblazer #5: It’s interesting seeing John so utterly helpless in the face of terror. Heroes Reborn The Avengers #1-12 (1996) Captain America #1-12 (1996) Fantastic Four #2-12 (1996) Iron Man #1-12 (1996) Fantastic Four starts out incredibly strong. Stronger than it has any right to be. But it loses its focus after the Namor issues, and drops the ball once Wildstorm absorbs the Liefeld series. Iron Man was okay to a point, but it had too much to do between the Iron Man characters, Hulk characters, introducing Rebel, and focusing on Doom in the later issues. Captain America is a steaming pile of crap, even after Liefeld departs. And the whole series winds up being one retcon after another. Avengers is forgettable at best and childish at worst. Injustice: Gods Among Us - Year One #13-18: So I can only do this series in small doses. Tom Taylor is taking his time building this world, which is good, but the issues at play are complex and each side his to grow naturally. But some characters are way out-of-character, even for an alternate reality. Kurt Busiek's Astro City #14-20 (1996): This is The Tarnished Angel storyline, and man is it sooooo damn good. Magneto #1-6: With his powers vastly decreased, Magneto wages a one-man war on any human who would dare stand against mutantkind — including those turning humans into Sentinals. Again. Nightwing #84: Part one of a three-part tie-in for Fear State. Ton Taylor’s pacing is a little off from his norm, but there’s a lovely moment between Batman and Nightwing, an old Nightwing side character makes their return, and Barbara is back in action. The Pro: Before The Boys, Garth Ennis used The Pro to smear superheroes all over the place in a post 9/11 world. It doesn’t hold up so well ~20 years later, but some of the messaging still resonates and Amanda Conner is unmatched. Robin #6 (2021): The tournament has begun. That’s it. Ruins #1-2: It seemingly runs out of steam. Sad that, ‘cause it’s an interesting idea as a tarnished mirror held up to Marvels. Seven Secrets #7-12: This needs to lean into the secrets a little more, but the action is great and there are a lot of ideas being threaded throughout the book. But it might have crossed one too many bridges for me. It keeps breaking reality — or, the rules of reality — and I’m not sure I can keep up. Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #3-5: This What If…? tale does not end as one would expect, and the whole experience really could have been two issues. That said, it’s cool seeing Marvel bring back a line of What If…? comics. Spider-Woman #5-10 (2015): The opening story takes a dark, real-world turn. The the book has to end for Secret Wars. It picks back up in the 2016 series, but this is a great slice of what it will become. Spider-Woman #1-5 (2016): Roughly one year after the end of the 2015 series, Jessica is nine months pregnant and finds herself in a Die Hard-like situation… in a Men-in-Black-like maternity ward… in the middle of a blackhole… with no one to save her. And it is soooo much fun. Superman ’78 #2: They did the Superman II thing and I love that they said, “Fuck it! Let’s do it.” Superman & Batman: Generations #1-4: The final issue is a little too quick, but the miniseries overall is a love letter to the original versions of Superman, Batman, and their supporting characters. Byrne pulls a mega-swerve that’s setup from pretty much page one, and it is excellent to see it play out. Superman: Son of Kal-El #3: They’re beginning to position Jon as the Superman of Earth, with Clark possibly erased from history in the near future. The Terminator: Sector War #1-4: On the same night Sarah Conner was fighting for her life in LA, a police officer in New York was doing the same. The manga-inspired art is a nice treat, but it takes no more than 15 minutes to read this whole useless thing. What If…? #8-10: Issue number nine was my very first What If…?, so this little run has a special place in my heart. What If…?: Why Not: A collection of What If? stories from 2005, consisting of What If Karen Page Had Lived?, What If General Ross Had Become The Hulk?, What If Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers?, What If Magneto and Professor X Had Formed The X-Men Together?, What If Dr. Doom Had Become The Thing?, and What If Aunt May Had Been Killed Instead of Uncle Ben? They’re all solid stories, but the Spider-Man one is a bit weak for me. Witchblade #80-85: Ron Marz begins his tenure on the title, and it’s a fine entry point to Sara’s world. It’s not the best, but it opens doors for new readers just fine. Wonder Woman #1-6 (2011): The start of the Brian Azzarello run does an excellent job setting up new mysteries surrounding Wonder Woman and her family. X-Men: Fatal Attractions (X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, Uncanny X-Men #304, X-Men #25, , Wolverine #75, Excalibur #71): This is way better than I had hoped it would be. My memory held this in esteem because it’s the first X-Men crossover I ever read, but it is still good all these decades later. January: 157 February: 125 March: 185 April: 131 May: 177 June: 86 July: 97 August: 128 September: 188 TOTAL: 1274
  8. Absolutely agree it feels like a stage play. Might have to watch it again, 'cause I quite liked it. Though, I fully admit their conversations are pretentious and I would add cynical. With them both being Generation X icons, however, I was able to roll with it.
  9. Miro's had the TNT Title since May, and I keep thinking about who can beat him. Specifically, how that person will be absolutely made by beating him. With that in mind, I would love to see him enter a program with Jurassic Express. Specifically I'd have him absolutely merc Luchasaurus to the point of getting him off TV for a month or so, leaving it to Jungle Boy to defend himself and Marko Stunt -- and winning the title. Give him a short reign, then have him drop it to Malakai Black.
  10. It's a little fuzzy, because they were always on during Thanksgiving and I know I've seen portions of every movie, so some of them have mashed all into one. But I'm pretty sure I've never seen all of Thunderball, Moonraker, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Quantum of Solace, and Spectre.
  11. I've been meaning to do a full Bond watch-through, especially because there are some big ones (GoldenEye) I've still never seen.
  12. Is it selectively partially colored or uncolored in an unfinished sort of way?
  13. Adventure Comics #316 (1938): A fun but predictable LoSH tale. The Avengers #1-4, 262: Felt like some classic Avengers, and #262 was highly recommended on Twitter. I also give it a thumbs up. Batman '89 #1: A continuation of the movie universe. Very good. Batman: White Knight #1-2: What if The Joker got healthy and solved Batman? It's fine, but didn't inspire me to keep with it. Daredevil #63-65 (1964): It's always a pleasure to come back to these lived-in characters. Daredevil: Yellow #1-6: A quick but heavy look at Daredevil's earliest days. Defenders #1 (2021): Not sure where it's going, but I'll give it some time. Fantastic Four #1 (1961), Fantastic Four #1 (1996), Fantastic Four #1 (1998), and Ultimate Fantastic Four #1: For the 60th anniversary of The Fantastic Four, I read these four very different takes on the FF. Each one has its own merits, and I was quite shocked to see how close 1996 #1 was to 1961 #1. Fantastic Four #23-28: Issue 27 is easily the best issue to date, while #24 is objectively terrible. Fantastic Four: First Family #1-6: This slides right into early continuity without much disruption, and adds to the strife the team was feeling at the time. Gambit #1-4 (1993): Lee Weeks, so that's a plus. But it overly dramatic and some elements are lifted from the original Wolverine miniseries. Hellblazer #1-4: Some truly macabre stuff here, mixed with odd and somewhat out of place humor. Hitman #47-60: The series comes to a definitive, emotional close. Over, very mixed bag of a book, but the good is so good. Iron Man #218 (1968): Tony fights the KGB over a century-old bio weapon. Marvel's Super-Heroes #12-13 and Marvel's Space-Born Superhero! Captain Marvel #1-5: This book is trying so hard to find its footing, and I had to bail after five issues. It's such a shame, because I've always wanted to get into Mar-Vell but there's very little here to latch onto. Nightwing #83 (2016): This book just keeps getting better and better. Punisher: War Zone #1-6 (2009): A lackluster sequel to Welcome Back Frank. Quantum Leap #1-2: The show does not fit a comic book format very well. Robin #5 (2021): This brought me to messy, ugly, slobbering happy tears. Secret Origins #44 (1986) and Detective Comics #604-607 (1937): The Mud Pack is a wildly underappreciated story. Seven Secrets #1-6: An interesting concept, but the cliffhanger went in a direction I didn't see coming and wasn't really established. Spectacular Spider-Man #178-188 (1976): JM DeMatteis does not want you to be happy. Or the characters. My god this is bleak, but in the best way possible. Such an amazing run so far. Starlight #1-6: What if Buck Rogers or Flash Gordorn returned to Earth, lived a good long life, and was asked to come back for one more fight in his twilight years? Surprisingly touching and straightforward for Mark Millar. Suicide Squad #1-8 (1987): Solid. Gonna be coming back to it soon, I hope. Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1: The Joker has Amanda Waller's kill switch. Oh no. Superior Iron Man #1-4: Tony's a cunt now. I'm out. Superman '78 #1: Same as Batman '89 #1. Superman Annual #11: For the 1000th comic I've read this year, I treated myself to For the Man Who Has Everything. It's so damn good. "Burn." Superman: Red and Blue #2: I'm finding this anthology series isn't quite for me. Superman: Son of Kal-El #2: Jon struggled to find his identity, especially after Clark outed himself. Clark is way out of character in an otherwise good book. Tales of Suspense #39 (1959): It's crazy to see how closely the Iron Man movie follows this issue. What If? #3-9 (1977): Mixed bag but some good stuff in here. World's Finest Comics #134 (1941): It's WFC. January: 157 February: 125 March: 185 April: 131 May: 177 June: 86 July: 97 August: 128 TOTAL: 1086
  14. I've watched his entrance at least a dozen times now and the whole thing three times, and it never stops giving me chills. Tony Khan just wholesale tore Chicago away from WWE. Oh they'll still run show and they'll sell out, but 1) WWE will never have a crowd that hot in Chicago (and they have had white-hot crowds here), and 2) now that Punk's in AEW, the prospect of him showing back up in WWE is dead and buried. There are few moments in media where you can feel something shift. Last night was one of them. AEW already had its core audience, but the addition of Punk will surely bring in lapsed fans and people who were AEW-curious. Hopefully Vince & Co. see this and wake up. They don't have to treat AEW as competition, but they better realize a true player is on the stage and use this as an opportunity to get off their stagnant backsides.