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Name: Brian Compton



A surprise so big we had to tell you about it months ago! A surprise so big only 5% of…

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The story in this issue is fine; it begins to deal with Magik’s pains from last issue and it takes…

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This issue is pure nerdgasm in a good way, and what a beautiful nerdgasm it is. I used to run…

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May 2, 2021 7:19 pm There is another major difference between the origin story in Last Crusade and the one in Solo: Last Crusade was the first telling, while Solo was a retcon from the Expanded Universe. The Solo origin trilogy novels were some of the best books of the Expanded Universe and told a much better story than Solo did. It also retconned the idea that Solo was a real last name (in the Zahn trilogy, Han had a cousin with the last name Sal-Solo which established that this was an established family). Last Crusade was still a little on the nose, but there was more of an establishment of the mythic totem items that identify Indy (the whip, the hat), and it also establishes his ethos and his relationship with his father (dad can't be bothered to listen to his son breathlessly bursting into the house because he's too absorbed in his Grail diary).
February 7, 2021 11:28 pm 70’s is definitely Hard Traveling Heroes or Death of Gwen. Both broke the hold of the Comics Code and made the Bronze Age possible. 90’s, I would say X-Force #1 or X-Men #1. They set the look and feel of what we think of as 90’s comics. Spawn, Youngblood, etc., exist because these two books happened.
January 1, 2021 11:13 am I don't really mind the Linda Carter inclusion - DC doesn't have a Stan Lee to cameo in all the movies, but they have a bigger bench of non-comics media celebrities from previous outings to use (see the "Crisis" crossover in the Arrowverse, along with other castings in "Flash" and "Supergirl"). Besides, if you had to put up with Howard Cossell's creepy commentating on your practicing stunt jumps on a trampoline, then you'd know the world owes you a "girl power" moment.
December 22, 2020 2:38 pm Conor, if you like Chernow’s writing, I strongly recommend his recent book on Grant. He does a great job balancing the war years with his presidency, his narrative goes a long way in rehabilitating our image of Grant’s presidency (he was a lot better than most historians give him credit for), and it really shows the roots of post-Civil War racism and what might have been had Republicans fought harder for Reconstruction. Also, did “Good Place” end late last year or early this year? I’m surprised it didn’t make the list unless it was not over this year, the finale was so strong.
November 30, 2020 2:41 pm Of all the “takes place during Christmas” movies that should be considered Christmas movies, “Die Hard” is on top. The plot is driven by Christmas - John’s out there for the holidays, the action takes place at an office Christmas party, and Argyle plays “Christmas in Hollis” because John wants Christmas music. Oh, and the “Ho, Ho, Ho” and Santa hat on the first dead guy! Definitely a Christmas movie.
November 23, 2020 10:38 am Tom went on 11 O’Clock Comics while they were discussing #1, and he said he considers his book and the TV show to be in the same continuity. He even had discussions with Lindeloff about this (Redford was president, Keane, Jr. was in both).
November 11, 2020 2:08 pm The Thor/Blake discussion was interesting, because I thought Jason Aaron established that the person becomes Thor. That was the conceit with Jane Foster, that by becoming Thor it expelled all the chemo drugs from her system, making it so that she could never get better. If she were just trading places, why would the drugs get ejected from her?
October 1, 2020 12:58 pm A lot of people did not like Bendis’ “talking heads” style of storytelling, but no one can deny he strongly influenced 2000’s Marvel. Similarly, many people don’t like Stan, either because of writing style or how he hogged the limelight, but his influence on Marvel is undeniable. So it is with Hickman; not liking his style doesn’t change his influence. I will admit that he does tell the same kinds of stories - you can see elements of his Image minis in X-men, and his character designs are repetitive (if you look at all his books, indie and Marvel, there are characters you would swear are somehow related because they are chalk white or obsidian black) - but a company doesn’t keep handing someone the keys to the kingdom if that person’s work doesn’t consistently blow the Powers That Be away and gets eyes on books.
September 29, 2020 6:34 pm Josh will hate this answer, but the definitive Marvel writer of the 2010's is Hickman. Wrote the three great teams (FF, Avengers, X-Men), all three critically acclaimed, had major impact on the non-comics side (Daisy Johnson in Agents of SHIELD, created the Black Order), wrote one of the biggest events of the decade (Secret Wars) which essentially rebooted the Marvel U (not quite like a Crisis at DC but was universe-spanning). No one else had anywhere close to that impact over the last 10 years.
September 25, 2020 12:07 pm Conor - you may be remembering the Johnny Knoxville movie loosely based on this story called "Action Point." I think a lot of articles came out around the same time talking about this place. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6495770/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1