BionicDave

BionicDave

Name: Dave

Bio: Writer - Lover - King of the Impossible

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After listening to Rob Liefeld on a Word Balloon podcast and loving his energy and enthusiasm – and loving his…

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This is one whackadoodle miniseries. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am thoroughly enjoying it – there are few…

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This title is easily one of the brightest to come out of the New 52. Chiang’s fantastic art combined with…

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BionicDave's Recent Comments
September 4, 2018 5:25 pm Loved that end chat. Thank you, Jay S., for prompting it - and thank you, Josh and Conor, for discussing it. I've always looked on the post-Bronze Age as "The Dark Age" - when our comics in general turned darker and broodier and coldly real, and DC/Marvel and its readers really leaned into antiheroes over heroes (although yes, flickers of that were seen during the Bronze Age as well; e.g. DC's Hard Traveling Heroes). Anyway, I put "The Dark Age" as mid-1980s to 2000, followed by... ..."The New Age" (or "The Digital Age"), when the medium - helped along by the spread of broadband internet - seemed ready to embrace anything which caught on with readers, be it digital or published, dark content or light, superheroes or manga, adult or all-ages, self-published or corporate, etc. I believe we are, in 2018, in the midst of transitioning from "The New Age/ Digital Age" into unknown territory. Can't wait to post again in 2030 to try to classify all of this. (If broad social media no longer exists in 2030, I am sure there will be an iFanboy Hangout somewhere, even via subscription telepathy.)
August 14, 2018 3:26 pm At the end of Superman #2 (and yes I loved the callout to Superman 4) was I the only one thrown by Barry's red hair? He had a line right there about not being sure which Flash he is (i.e. maybe he'd become Wally?) and I'm wondering if this refers to whatever's going on in Flash's title?
July 23, 2018 4:10 am Do you guys ever hang out in Star TREK Corner?
July 18, 2018 4:41 pm Carter Hall is the male equivalent of Donna Troy. They're both good-hearted, physically attractive superheroes who have been in comics for a long time, but who are so incredibly effed up by continuity and reboots that there's really not much unique character there besides them being good-hearted fighters of bad guys. They do have anchors elsewhere in the DC Universe which keep them relevant enough for us to keep wanting to like them (Donna's past with the Titans, her vague connection to Wonder Woman; Carter's vague past with the JLeague, his eventual connection to Kendra/Shayera) but I wish DC would take more chances with these characters to give them deeper, more interesting traction in the DCU. Especially Hawkman. He's got the ability to reincarnate into different bodies and different lives, yet we keep seeing the same type of Carter Hall over and over and over again.
July 11, 2018 3:27 pm @Smasher, that's an interesting concept. Am not sure NBC (or whomever owns the rights to those TV series) would allow its IPs to be messed with. But on the other hand, we sort of saw a similar approach with the recent DC/Looney Tunes crossovers. Who'd've thought The Flintstones and Snagglepuss could be stretched and reinterpreted as biting social commentary? Or Elmer Fudd as a noir-ish rogue for The Batman? In the early 1980s, ABC produced a "Happy Days" cartoon where Fonzie, Richie and Ralph traveled through time with a chick from the future and her sentient dog, Mr. Cool. So who knows what tomorrow may hold for us?
July 1, 2018 11:51 pm Conor sounded great this week
June 11, 2018 9:10 pm Have noticed the same thing this year, as I've been tackling the Harry Potter books (in book 4 now). I'm enjoying free reading much more with paper books than with digital. I just think my eyes are sick of staring at computer/ phone/ tablet/ TV screens, so when I'm looking at simple print on paper, it's more relaxing. And I don't have to worry about how much battery power is left, or if I drop the damn thing..
June 9, 2018 3:34 pm I had so much fun with this movie. And I can't believe it, because even though I pulled a Haupt and liked "Assault On Arkham," I do still have a real sour taste in my mouth from the "Suicide Squad" live action film. But this is the concept at its best. Hooray for writer Burnett, if this is indeed his swan song. And hooray for the director(s), because everything else about this worked like gangbusters for me. But especially the craziness of it - from the awesome "Get Out Of Hell Free" card macguffin, to the story's bravery for killing off big characters, to this nutty beefcake stripper Dr. Fate... (I'd seriously love a whole movie about him and/or a DC Comic title!) I mean, Jewelee and Count Vertigo as secret lovers?? - who are immediately executed?? LOL This movie had me at hello
May 31, 2018 2:14 pm Didn't see the movie, but I enjoyed your podcast talking about it! Lol After The Last Jedi debacle, I decided I wasn't going to let these charlatans (i.e. Disney Lucasfilm) sour Episodes 4-6 for me anymore than they have. I already have enough trouble watching them without being frequently distracted by Prequel considerations; the last thing I want to do while watching my beloved "The Empire Strikes Back" is to redefine every Han or Lando scene by whatever their current owners now say about the characters and their actions. Their current owners are irresponsible storytellers, as far as I'm concerned.
May 15, 2018 2:49 pm I had the same positive reaction you guys did. Didn't know what to expect and was soon captivated, loved how this movie kept shifting back and forth from batshit crazy to straight drama, and loved the gorgeous aesthetics and fun tone. Parts even felt Tarantino-ish, I daresay, in their loving, passionate homages to classic forms of storytelling (in this case, anime). Big thumbs up from me. As per your in-episode query, "Batman: Ninja" did indeed get a theatrical screening at this past WonderCon, and the crowd went nuts for it. I'd been wondering if that may have inflated my opinion of this movie because I've been reading so many lukewarm and disappointed reviews of it, but hearing you three praise it has now helped settle it for me. I think a lot of fans may have been expecting something like 'Batman meets The Hand' (especially lots of fans who've been watching Netflix's Daredevil) so when they got a less than serious take on ninjacana (is that a word?), it bummed them out. Oh well.