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  1. While I haven't read Stephen King's original series I have to say that this first issue of The Dark Tower: The Gunsliger Born" was excellent. They really put together the perfect team in Peter David, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove and Robin Furth. It's been a long time since I've picked up a comic that melded story and art so well. It had a great pace and I'm really excited for the rest of the series. Has anyone read the novels? King is generally very on and off for me.

  2. "This radiation exposure had a drastic effect on Jennifer: she could no longer transform back into her original form."

    Maybe the "not being able to transform back into her original form" plot line will happen within the first 5 minutes of the movie. That way the CG She-Hulk will be there for the rest of the movie. The CG She-Hulk will be a way better actor than Eva anyways.

  3. This isn't comic-related, but it brings up some of the issues we're discussing in light of the Superhuman Registration Act. Obviously, there are some interesting parallels between real world and fantasy world here...


    Once the doors were firmly closed, having seen the anxiety the female passenger had been caused, you did the public-spirited thing and flipped the yob a V-sign as he walked past the window. An appropriate end to the episode. Except the doors then drew open again.

    The man jumped back into the Tube carriage and set about you with his fists. I remember hearing the crump of his knuckles into the side of your head, as well as the whimper of the London Underground guard who was hopping around in dismay at the end of the carriage (this was more than a decade ago, before they were replaced with cameras). Of the 30 people sitting around you, none came to your aid. You were on your knees, and the man was still pummelling. I grabbed my mobile to call the police – the station was above ground – but the battery died as I got through.


    When I met the minister, Tony McNulty, he was rigidly against personal intervention. If he saw an old woman being verbally abused in the street, I asked, what would he do?

    "I think you should ring the police in the first instance," he said. "It may well be that simply shouting at them, blowing your horn or whatever, will deter them and they will go away."

    So let's say the thug starts hitting her and the police haven't come. What do you do now?

    "The same," the minister replied. "You must always get back to the police, try some distractive activities and whatever else."


    Tom Noble's family know all about the cost, because they have paid it. A dedicated father of three and former soldier who switched to building work in Sunderland, Tom believed citizens need to be gently but firmly proactive to help keep order in the streets around them. One day he found a young girl being shoved around by teenagers near his home. His friend Geoff Bird was there. Both men, nearing 50, would have looked fit and capable. Geoff told us: "Tom walked straight in, amongst all of them, and asked what was going on. And one lad said, 'What are you gonna do about it?' He was the tallest in the group. Tom was ex-Army and he wasn't fazed by anybody, so he squared up to the lad and said, 'Well, I'm here to sort it out.' And the lad turned and ran away."

    So far, a victory for any supporter of intervention. But as Tom turned back to Geoff, the youngster who had run off returned at speed. He threw a punch at the back of Tom's head. It hit his neck and Geoff saw the light in his best friend's eyes go out.

    "He was looking directly at me when the blow hit him in the neck, and he died before he hit the ground, and that's that." He is, not surprisingly, almost too tearful to talk. The punch had burst a major vessel. Two days later, Tom's partner, Pauline, watched as his life-support machine was switched off.

    It's a tough call. I'd like to think that I would step in on a situation like that and 4 years ago maybe I would have, but now I have to think of others like my wife. Plus, nothing is guaranteed anymore. There used to be a time when heroic deeds would be applauded. Now, anyone can be sued (except the rich and famous), even the defendant. In a way, I do blame the government because all they've managed to do is scare the sane people into not speaking out. The insane people don't give a shit about the consequences and by the time official help arrives it's often too late.

    As far as comics go... I look to them and sci-fi for that escape from reality. For me, I don't want my fictional characters to cross over to reality, cause then it just becomes a soap opera. Writers walk a fine line when dealing with that.

  4. I'm in advertising and while I'm on the side of Time Warner, I have to say that they also have a lot of resources. It wouldn't have been very difficult to notify authorities about the ad campaign. Look at Sony's PSP viral campaign. I haven't heard of anyone being arrested for damage to public property, because Sony took the right steps.

  5. Kinda bummed there's no Shredder.

    "We want it to be fun, not too crazy, but believable."

    They are fucking Ninja Turtles!!!

    A lot of these remakes (transformers/turtles) come down to one thing, mass appeal and something is lost when the studio (often not the creator) think that way. I'd like to make a suggestion. Anyone can be creative and develop interesting ideas, but it's the people (the kids of the 80s in this case) who take that idea and make it into this spiritual thing that stands the test of time. Can we please stick with that fanbase?

    Example, Casablanca is a good movie. If a studio thinks a remake is needed, respect the people and fans who truly appreciate it... not me a late-20's sci-fi nerd or my wife a late-20's chick flick lover.

    just ranting

  6. I'll throw a bone to Wolverine here. When you're talking about the smartest Marvel characters, his name doesn't normally jump to mind; but the man can fluently speak like a dozen different languages and knows their cultures backwards and forwards. And he's a highly capable tactician. I grabbed this from the Wiki:

    Forge's description of Logan's mental and physical prowess:

    "...[it's the] equivalent of an Olympic-level gymnast performing a gold medal routine whilst simultaneously beating four chess computers in his head."

    He isn't Doom or Reed-level intelligent, but he's smarter than most give him credit for.

    I never really thought about that but it is a really good point. You talk about all the science-minds but Wolverine would be a sociology and anthropology genius.

    Back to WWHulk; The more I think about it the more I come to this decision: Hulk needs to win to keep credibility and to not make the story anti-climatic. I fear if he doesn't win he would go the way of Aquaman/Namor. DC/Marvel always tell us how powerful they could be but they never suceed. I've pretty much decided that for me to take them seriously again, they would have to make an attempt to take over the land-world and pretty much suceed.

    The Hulk is pissed at Reed and Tony. To satisfy my hopeful requirements, he would have to "take out" at least one of them. I'm not really sure how he could rock Reed without just putting him in the hospital for... then length of time that the alternate FF fills the FF books. For Tony, it could appear like Hulk takes out Ironman and Tony just goes into hiding and runs shield full-time and Hulk is none-the-wiser.

    I like that idea and the potential for some deep characterization would be great. I really just ask that they focus. From what I'm reading it looks like the story will spread into the main series and for now that's it. That's good, I like that, but lets keep it that way at least until the end of WWH. Build some momentum.

    WWH could be a good place to start the comic book club. Seems like a lot of people are into it. What ya all think?

  7. I just don't understand how the "Original Ghostbusters" cartoon had a talking ape and other shit that didn't jive with the movie. Like, where did the ape come from? By original did they mean completely different from the movie or the idea before the movie?

  8. Hate to say this but, it's probably never going to be done. They are having serious problems with licensing and when was the last time Zootfly actually released a game?

    I never expected it to actually happen. But we are fanboys, this is what we do. Let us dream, man!

    I live in a nerd-based hypothetical realm.

    haha true, true =)

  9. Here is the announcement from

    Flash Blasts Off Again

    SCI FI Channel has green-lighted production on Flash Gordon, a series based on the popular comic-strip franchise, the channel announced Jan. 12 at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

    Production on the 22 one-hour episodes begins in Canada early this year. The series, produced by Reunion Pictures, is slated to debut on SCI FI in July, with a broadcast syndication window to follow.

    The series will be produced under an agreement between King Features Syndicate, which owns the rights to Flash Gordon, and Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. (The Legend of Earthsea).

    The characters of Ming, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov will be brought back for a contemporary retelling of the comic-strip story created in 1934 by Alex Raymond. The strip is still distributed internationally by King Features Syndicate.

    That might be cool. I'd really like to see them take a character and throw them into the future. No more present day comic book programming. Kinda like Batman year 100. A series that lets our imagination work a little.