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  1. Jameson was able to keep his involvement in the creation of the Scorpion a secret for years, but he came clean when the Hobgoblin used it against him in a blackmail scheme. He did end up having to step down as the Bugle's editor-in-chief and eventually had to sell the paper altogether. (For a while. Because, you know, comics.)
  2. The Power of Shazam! Vol. 1: In the Beginning hardcover: Collects the 1994 The Power of Shazam! graphic novel and issues #1-12 of the ongoing 1995 series. This was incredibly fun. The graphic novel constituted the second post-Crisis origin story for Captain Marvel, and it was almost entirely done by Jerry Ordway. Ordway was basically put on this Earth to write and draw Captain Marvel stories, and he's able to modernize Cap just a bit while keeping everything that worked so well for the character in the 40s. This graphic novel is basically perfect. It was followed a year later by an ongoing series, written by Ordway and drawn by Peter Krause and Mike Manley (unusually for the Big Two, the artists were credited before the writer). These aren't as amazing as the original novel, but are still a hell of a lot of fun, picking up four years after the events of the novel and slowly bringing Cap's lore back into his story. Mary and Freddy come into the story about halfway through, and introduce the wrinkle that the power of Shazam is finite; that is, Cap is as strong as he's going to get, and when the other two turn into their own superpowered identites, Cap's power is halved or thirded as a result. So while Cap can stand toe to toe against Black Adam by himself, if Mary or Junior are Shazamed up, Billy is going to get murdered. It's a very quick read that stayed entertaining throughout. The Amazing Spider-Man by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane Omnibus: collects The Amazing Spider-Man #296-329. I spoke about this a little on Twitter, but this made me realize that I have historically been harder on Todd than he deserves. His issues really are demonstrably more exciting than the issues that precede his. The first year or so, when he still had to listen to his editor, is VERY good. Micheline was a longtime Marvel Bronze Age writer and he produces largely solid work. It's hilarious to see where he's had to cover for Todd's tendency to be way more violent than Marvel usually allowed in the 80s, and he has to explain that no, really, Spidey actually saved that guy off panel after we clearly saw him get smashed head first into a wall at terminal velocity. By the time "The AssassiNation Plot" happens it's starting to get ridiculous, but before that this is some solid-to-great Spidey comic work.
  3. Yeah, it was what it was. It truly did hang together as a story better then the Whedon version, but shit was FOUR HOURS LONG and entirely joyless.
  4. The season is... fine. Not awesome, not bad, just kind of okay. Chibnall is deliberately trying to do something different with the modern series - i.e., a series entirely comprised of one-and-dones like the classic series - but as a whole the episodes have not been stellar. The cast is great, and Whittaker is definitely a good Doctor. Also, a not-zero amount of the backlash has been from people gnashing their teeth about the Doctor having boobs.
  5. I believe the offending word in "Word Crimes" is "spastic", which is not really on the radar here in the US, but I understand is VERY not okay in the UK.
  6. Stepping in to say that I 100% agree with this. Not using it in a misogynistic way doesn't mean a LOT of people hear it that way when the word is used and "that's not how I meant it" doesn't mean it's not genuinely offensive to a lot of people. It's kind of like "I would NEVER call an actual 'r-word' the r-word." (Yes, I've had to rethink a lot of my childhood vocabulary.)
  7. I took a chance on it because the co-writer, Sarah Beattie, is fairly funny on Twitter, if (again) kind of one-note. Glad I did.
  8. Money Shot #1-5: I walked in expecting a ridiculous sex comic. I got a surprisingly intelligent story with some solid science fiction and three-dimensional characters in a thoroughly cheerful sex-positive comedy. This was much, much, much better than I anticipated and I'll be reading the next arc as soon as I can.
  9. I've seen the VHS box in video stores but never brought myself to actually rent it.
  10. As a longtime USA Up All Night aficionado, I have a great deal of affection for the oeuvre of one Linnea Quigley, myself. Nightmare Sisters, man.
  11. Yeah, the multiplayer is hemorrhaging players. It's not going to be full price for long.
  12. It's absolutely beautiful. I was tempted to get it monthly when it came out, but as pretty as it was I really didn't feel like I would be getting $4 worth of entertainment every month, and the story as a whole is not a $48 story. I found it being sold as a twelve-issue set at a convention for $25, and that was money very well spent.
  13. 1963 #1-6: A series of one-shots from 1993 (with titles like Tales of the Uncanny and The Tomorrow Syndicate) by Alan Moore, paying tribute to Marvel Silver Age comics. The art was mostly handled by Rick Veitch and Steve Bissette, with some inks from Dave Gibbons, Don Simpson, and others. This was interesting to read now, with yet another of Moore's "superhero comics are stupid and smelly and I hate them" interviews making the rounds; the industry has broken Moore's heart, but his love for the medium was very real at one point, and this is a pitch-perfect take on the very early days of the Lee-Kirby-Ditko Bullpen. It barely qualifies as satire; this is pure homage. It ends on a cliffhanger that never got resolved, due in part with (stop me if this sounds familiar) feuds with Bissette and publisher Jim Lee. Black Widow (2016) #1-12: The Chris Samnee/Mark Waid limited series. Unlike a lot of their other collaborations like Daredevil and Captain America, this is mostly Samnee's show. Waid provides dialogue as needed, but this story, a very 1960s spy story, is largely told through visuals (to the extent that Samnee is credited as a co-writer), with a focus on Natasha's balletic action style. It's gorgeous, but I read the whole thing in about 90 minutes.
  14. "Suffering" is way overstating it. The good stuff is genuinely fun. I just wish it were a lot more consistent. Also, it would REALLY like you to pay for shit like costumes, fighting combos, etc. When it dips below $20 I would totally recommend it as the game you play between big, 60+ hour epics.
  15. Avengers: This game is intensely frustrating. The actual gameplay is repetitive button-mashing in bases that are all 100% identical to each other that blur together that can get old fast. However, it's wrapped up in a really good story with KILLER voice acting. Kamala Khan steals the entire game. The characters all have vastly different fighting styles so you can change things up, and no lie, it's genuinely fun the have the Hulk just smash the shit out of everything. There's probably 40+ hours of gameplay if you go through all the side missions and what have you, but the actual campaign is MAYBE 15 hours long. This is reasonably entertaining in chunks, but it's not a $60 experience.
  16. Mockingbird (2016) #1-8: This was an absolute blast. Chelsea Cain's Bobbi is sarcastic, hypercompetent, and game for pretty much whatever gets thrown at her. These eight issues are very, very fun and go by in no time. Kate Niemczyk's art is always clean and great to look at. I do have one major issue with the story, however (CW, sexual assault): Which is a damn shame, because on the whole this was a ridiculously entertaining series.
  17. While you and I have very different takes on Joey Lauren Adams' skill as an actor, Mike, I am pretty much right there with you on Chasing Amy. This is a movie about mature adult relationships written by someone who has very, very clearly never been in one, and tackling LGBTQ issues by someone who, by his own admission, had just befriended his first out gay person (Guin Turner's Go Fish was on the festival circuit at the same time as Clerks). The fundamental, core conceit of this movie is that men are incapable of handling the idea that women had any kind of a sex life before they met. Like, this is just a given and treated as obvious gospel truth. No. No.
  18. From a story standpoint, Flash could probably hang around for a bit longer, but it should probably wind down sooner rather than later. Barry is arguably the central Arrowverse character now, but that could be reworked. Legends feels like it's running out of gas as well. But with Superman and Lois and Stargirl coming on board, this train still has a little while to go.
  19. For all of my ongoing frustration with Smith, I can't ever totally get down on Clerks. I saw it in its theatrical release over a dozen times and it's no exaggeration to say it changed the way I interact with film forever. I was 20 and this was the first movie I had ever seen that depicted people my age taking and acting the way I and everyone I knew did. That plus the whole myth around the kid who made a movie all by himself for no money was inspirational. You can't put your hand on your heart and say it's a perfect film. Hell, it's really not a very good movie. But it was important enough that I will never be able to write Smith off completely.
  20. Femforce #1-10: Somehow these just fell in my lap. This is a small press book (Americomics) from the mid-80s that combines a handful of good girl characters from the Golden Age, either straight up (Ms. Victory) or as thinly-veiled substitutes (Harvey's Black Cat becomes She-Cat), teaming up to do whatever the hell. This. Was. AWFUL. The story is dull and nonsensical, and the artwork (which should be the main draw as the whole point of the book is hey, look at the ladies) is pretty bad. There are some reprints that aren't bad (some Matt Baker stuff from the 50s is pretty decent), but on the whole this was a waste of time and I can't believe this book lasted more than three decades. Jimmy Olsen (2019) #1-9: This, on the other hand, is genius. Set up like an old Silver Age anthology title with a bunch of short stories across multiple timelines per issue that manage to thread across multiple issues while simultaneously braiding together into a cohesive whole, featuring a Jimmy that is somehow modern while at the same time being the Silver Age buffoon who is metaphysically incapable of staying out of catastrophic, spectacular trouble. And due to the way it's set up, it actually works better as an issue-to-issue experience. Matt Fraction, man.
  21. The Best of Comix Book: In 1975, Denis Kitchen and Stan Lee got together to come up with Comix Book, a countercultural magazine that would be published by Marvel Comics that offered pro rates to high-visibility underground comix creators. However, Stan got nervous, so the magazine would tone down the subversive elements significantly, all but eliminating any reference to sex, drugs, nudity, or profane language. If you are wondering what the fucking point to Comix Book was, you are in line with the vast majority of the intended audience, and it only lasted five issues before folding. However, it did provide a showcase for early creators such as Trina Robbins, Mike Ploog, Harvey Pekar, and Basil Wolverton, as well as the very first three-page version of Art Speigleman's Maus. An interesting curiosity, but there's always the sense that this was, by its very nature, doomed to fail.
  22. Midsommar: Indescribably beautiful. Deeply unsettling. 24 Hour Party People: Surprisingly funny biopic of the Factory Records/Madchester scene with Steve Coogan.