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
July 16, 2017 2:37 pm I skipped ahead to the X-Men: Blue talk, and Ron, I don't know what to tell you. All this stuff with the mutants and New Tian must be going on in an anthology or other tie-in book, because it's not in the main Secret Empire book. I had such a bad case of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Syndrome - characters I didn't know, Beast with Emma and Shaw, XORN!!! Stuff was coming out of left, right, and center fields and made NO sense whatsoever. I have to think Legends/Generations is going to erase all this at this point.
June 27, 2017 9:55 am You mentioned an Uatu in "Peter Parker" this week. Was this a young African-American boy? If so, he's been around since the Brand New Day period; he was a child prodigy who worked at Horizon with Peter. His mom named him Uatu after the Watcher. Because that's a thing people do in the 616, I guess, name their kids after cosmic beings. Maybe "The Living Tribunal" just didn't fit on the birth certificate?
June 19, 2017 9:10 am (Enter Gung-Ho through Conor's iFanboy office desk drawer) "Don't worry, Conor, everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is that you admitted it and apologized. Now you know. And knowing is half the battle!"
June 18, 2017 5:34 pm So Conor, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being Electro and 10 being The Button, where does Dark Days fall? How about Secret Empire? Also, the way you described Secret Empire 4, would that premise not have made an awesome old-school Annuals crossover?
June 16, 2017 11:53 pm The other Bible book Mark Russel wrote was "God is Disappointed in You." I bought a copy of this for a friend of mine who is a high school religion teacher, and so far he's really enjoying it. He thought the summary of the Torah was spot on. The owner of the comic shop where I bought it also really dug it. Thanks for the Talksplode with Russel, Josh. I would never have known about this if it had not been for you. I'm looking to get some Flinstones soon, too.
June 9, 2017 4:36 pm If you want DC history, "Men of Tomorrow" is a great book. While there is some Marvel, the main focus is on DC, especially the very early history of the company. They also put out a big 75th anniversary book back in the 90's that goes more into the comics, but also hits the other media too. It's where I first learned that the death of Superman was all about syncing up the comics wedding with the one on "The Adventures of Lois and Clark." They needed to buy time as the show was only a season or two in, so they killed him off for a little while. Oh, and second the Pasko interviews. They are REALLY good.
June 4, 2017 2:51 pm The film was great, and it's a testament to what can happen when you let multiple directors add their vision to specific characters (a la Marvel). But this owed a lot to other movies. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's as if we're getting to the point where there are enough of these films that, like say Westerns or mob movies, there are certain tropes or scenes that are just part of the language of these films, and directors and writers can't help but allude, consciously or unconsciously, to these other films. Some were already mentioned (the four guys are her Howling Commandos, the alley scene straight out of Superman I, the Asgard aesthetic of Themyscira), there were many more. Examples: Themyscira fight scene - boatload of LotR (with 300 slow-mo for added effect, because Snyder), especially Antiope. Still absolutely bad-ass on Robin Wright's part. Taking of Veld - Gulmira scene from Iron Man Trevor's little German impression on the bridge - Last Crusade The sacred objects and the final confrontation with Ares - I got a little Harry Potter vibe off of this, with Ares in the role of Voldemort and the Godkiller (last horcrux) not a thing but a person.
May 9, 2017 8:45 am Here's a question: how do you reconcile the problematic material of a writer when assessing the GOAT? For example, Eisner is a near unassailable choice - "Contract With God" alone seals the deal - but how do you factor in his racist caricatures in "The Spirit"? I've heard similar commentary on considering anyone prior to baseball's integration as the GOAT. Is it enough to say that it's a product of its time and needs to be assessed with that in mind? If that's so, then does it stand the test of time?
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.