Name: Brian Compton


Age of Ultron_10_Full

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

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Uncanny X-Men_5

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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Uncanny Avengers_6

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

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BC1's Recent Comments
April 3, 2017 2:57 pm Really surprised X-Men Prime was on the short list for PotW. It read to me like a Free Comic Book Day intro book - a little snipit here and there about each upcoming book but nothing really giving any sense of direction or what's actually happening right now. Also, and I have to go back and look, but Kitty's "Let's be heroes" speech feels completely lifted from Whedon's Astonishing series. Cyclops said something to this effect early on about how the X-Men need to be public heroes again after being shunted off into their own corner during the Morrison era. Why do they always need to restate this? Apparently, it didn't take the last time.
March 1, 2017 5:47 pm That's what Moira's tinkering was trying to fix - there was an abnormality in his genes where he was using more power than his physiology could handle. She compared it to a power cable carrying more juice than it was built for. The strain it put on his body, she believed, was the cause of his behavior. Fixing the glitch, she hoped, would get him back to being the man Xavier befriended in Israel. So, yeah, your theory would make sense.
March 1, 2017 12:00 pm Well, they'd have to be around for there to be a ret-con... Also, Ben said at the beginning of the most recent GotG run that being in space was all he ever dreamed of, which would be pretty consistent with a post-WWII/Korea test pilot figure, though the same could also be said for an 80's kid who watched "Space Camp" one too many times.
March 1, 2017 7:43 am Yeah, I was a little surprised that Ron didn't remember it. It was a major plot point in the only arc of Claremont/Lee X-Men. Magneto found out that Moira futzed with his DNA while he was a baby; she was hoping it would make him better and she could do something similar to Proteus. BTW, he was de-aged in Defenders #16 and re-aged in Uncanny #104 by a Shi'ar (looks like Eric the Red?)
January 29, 2017 11:24 pm Just watched it with my wife. We both enjoyed it, but there were a few things that got me: 1) There seem to be certain tropes to Aguirre-Saccasa's TV writing. You mentioned how Moose is just like the closeted football player on "Glee" (though he seems to have skipped the gay-bashing phase), but couldn't you also say that Archie has become a Finn retread too? The football player who wants to do music? Also, he was a writer on HIMYM, and the Jughead narrative voiceover reminds me a lot of Ted's telling of the story, albeit not from 15 years in the future. A little too much "we've seen all this before." 2) God, Veronica, enough with the literary/pop culture references every other sentence. Is this Riverdale or Star's Hollow? 3) Why did Kevin have to be the stereotypical gay? Gay best friend, gay siren to Moose, gay island of culture, etc. We know Berlanti can do gay characters without falling back on played-out cliche (more Mr. Terrific and CCPD captain, less "Just Jack!") Having said that, I still think it's a fun show and I'm looking forward to seeing more. Betty's mom is kind of intriguing; while again, there's some stereotypical overprotective controlling mom stuff there, I'm also wondering if there's another layer with her, Marisol Lodge, and Fred Andrews (plus whoever Archie's mom is). Maybe they were the Archie/Betty/Veronica of their day.
January 10, 2017 2:58 pm If you want the young DC feel from ages past, really should check out Champions if you aren't already. Both art and characterization, I get the feel similar to the 90's Young Justice book with Tim, Bart and the rest. But it's also a different spin on the idea of superheroism. Issue 3 was a great example of that. Go read this book!
December 21, 2016 5:29 pm There was an easy solution to the Tarkin problem - cast Peter Capaldi (current Doctor on Dr. Who). He's a little taller than Cushing, but otherwise looks and sounds like him. Plus you'd have the meta-meme that Tarkin was really the Doctor the whole time and he set up the Death Star's destruction (requires some serious nerd-core to get that one).
December 21, 2016 1:19 pm Surprised there was no mention of the Beatles documentary on Hulu, "Eight Days a Week." Great archival footage, and you really understand why they became recluses later in the 60's. Great show as usual!
November 29, 2016 9:13 am 1) They'll all be back, most likely in time for the Avengers movie in 2018. 2) Converse theory: Marvel looked at the numbers and, despite the mass popularity of their brand in other media, the comics numbers weren't moving. So, why be so worried about the comic image lining up with the movie image? Despite having recognizable characters in the books, it didn't seem like moviegoers were migrating to print. Why bother, then? 3) As I've said before, Marvel always does best when it's hungry and desperate. It isn't hungry and desperate anymore, and for the foreseeable future it won't be. Uncle Walt's coffers don't even notice the minuscule revenue that the print division adds, the movies and TV shows are financially and (mostly) critically successful, so there's no motivation to go for broke, except for the lower tier books that no one's looking at. DC has the inverse scenario. TV is going well, but the movies are failing. The comics are the only saving grace, and they were noticeably falling, so again, go for broke and don't care about the fallout. So far, it's working.
November 1, 2016 12:09 pm The best of Marvel always came out of desperation/Hail Marys/"do what you want, nobody's looking anyway" kinds of situations. FF. Spider-Man. Neal Adams on X-Men in the 60's. Steranko's SHIELD. Miller's Daredevil. Marvel Knights. X-Statics. The same is true today - the smaller books that no one is reading are the best ones (King's "Vision" is a great example). If only Marvel could act/feel like that line-wide, they'd be set.