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
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.
August 29, 2016 4:21 pm Nick P. - best way to enjoy the back issues are the Unlimited programs. However, if you only want specific things, check out Comixology on a regular basis for sales. Sometimes they'll do Marvel or DC BOGO sales, deep discounts on runs and collections, all kinds of stuff. I've gotten a whole bunch of New Valiant Eternal Warrior, the entire Spider-Man Clone Saga, slews of early X-Men, and more for very cheap. Especially check on Mondays (Marvel $.99 sales) and whenever new movies or TV shows come out - they usually tie sales to these things.
August 25, 2016 7:50 pm Conor, totally agree with you on the length of the Barbara prologue. It's especially jarring when you throw in the flashbacks to Joker's origin. Now it's like you have three different important stories going on at once, and one of them really doesn't fit. If someone were to watch this before ever reading the book, those flashback scenes would seem really unnecessary and awkwardly tacked on, because the movie seems more like a Batgirl story than a Joker story. It would have been better had the prologue either: a) provided some reason for why the Joker did what he did in the context of building our connection to Batgirl; or b) done more to emphasize the randomness of Joker, so that when he does shoot her we feel like "That fits with his character, sure."
August 11, 2016 10:54 pm Closer to end of the month. Conor mentioned logistics getting in the way of the Trust gathering before then. I'm really interested in that conversation considering the "controversy" of Batgirl's role.
June 30, 2016 2:25 pm I can understand why you guys aren't vibing on the story in Wonder Woman, that we're rehashing the origin once again. But it's interesting still. For one, Rucka is trying to either integrate these two vastly different origins or show why one is the truth and one is false. He's not just moving on from what Azarello introduced in his run. Better to address it now than let it turn into a Hawkman-level mess. Also could make for some great drama. Secondly, the fact that she keeps saying "The story is changing" is a really fascinating choice - there are all kinds of textual and metatextual implications of phrasing the dilemma like this, from her role as a figure of living Greek myth to the fact that she's a 75-year old character who's had a lot about her story change. Lastly, other than maybe Hawkman, has any comic character confronted the fact that their story is constantly in flux? I almost expect her to shake her fist at the air and shout in the direction of the writer in some Grant Morrison-inspired rant about "Stop changing my story!" Would rather see a serious move like that than a more jokey John Byrne She-Hulk attempt.
May 10, 2016 12:28 pm OK, so pick 2 or 3 that are thematically similar. Not the Trinity or anyone else who is a Justice League biggie. Do you stick with the Knights concept of street level? That could include Green Arrow, Black Canary, maybe Huntress (separate from the Gotham crew). Or the mystic/horror route - Zatanna, the Demon, Dr. Fate, maybe Deadman. The big question is would DC give someone the level of creative control that Quesada and Palmiotti had over Marvel Knights? The Gerard Way imprint will be a great test balloon for this type of autonomy. Otherwise, if DC editorial starts mucking with it and forcing crossovers and plot direction changes and so on, we'll be right back to where we started.