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September 15, 2020 10:24 pm Too much action. That is often the problem with these animated films. It's like there's some unspoken quota of how much of an individual film has to be superheroes punching things even at the cost of story or characterization. Obviously, that's not the case with stuff like All Star Superman or Red Son but more often than not it seems to be the case. But then, sometimes it feels that way with the comics too. Which is a pity because there was so much to like in the first half of the film. The animation may be so-so but I really liked the character designs after that awful bulky manga thing they had going for all those years. Great character stuff too.
September 14, 2020 9:07 pm Heh, I actually had the same thought, Conor! I also thought it didn't count. But why not, of course? It's totally a superhero story. The only reason to disqualify it from consideration is that the characters are not DCU superheroes. Mind you, the question is probably more interesting if we exclude Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. I don't know if New Frontier is such a given, though, even if it is a truly wonderful piece of work and was definitely in the running for my top 3.
September 14, 2020 1:00 pm Or, ooh, the arc of Waid's fantastic Four where they meet "God".
September 14, 2020 1:00 pm DC is tough. So many great single volumes, even just in their superhero line. I would probably go for All Star Superman, Superman: Secret Identity and Watchmen but I could easily go for another thirty or so options, including those you guys listed. I'm much less well versed in Marvel and their lack of self-contained comics, comparatively, doesn't help. Still, I would probably go for Nextwave, The Vision and... yeah, probably Marvels or the first volume of Ultimate Spider-man.
August 23, 2020 8:34 pm Man, I just loved Perry Mason, despite the fact that I often don't love these prestige HBO dramas and couldn't even get through the first season of Boardwalk Empire. I was a but wary of the show for the first episode or two - I'm no prude but I thought the violence was a bit much - but I was completely hooked by the third episode. Loved the characters, the mystery, the count room drama (I've always had a soft spot for that) and the just slightly hyper-real, noir-like feel of the show. And, yeah, I really liked that it was a whole lot less cynical than it first appeared to be. But that cast, man, that cast! I could go on for days just about John Lithgow, who has had a hell of a late-period renaissance but I don't think he has ever been this good.
August 5, 2020 4:07 pm Yeah, I'm completely confused. Maybe it's the Mandela effect or sleepiness or lockdown fever but Maxwell Lord was always called "Max" in JLI, wasn't he? Or did Conor mean, only when using his full name? I haven't read the issue so maybe I'm misunderstanding. Also, did Conor just say Max is Wonder Woman's Joker? I mean, aside for the fact that I still hate the retcon they did to the character in the Countdown special, I barely even think of him as a Wonder Woman villain, let alone her arch nemesis.
June 15, 2020 12:43 pm I'm still busy catching up on the show so I hope you see this late comment but a couple of recommendations for great "literary" graphic novels, I highly recommend The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, which seems to have been overlooked even by fans of Understanding Comics but I thought it was terrific. Another good one I read recently is Horizontal Collaboration by Navie and Carole Maurel, which I think you guys will especially enjoy as its a World War II story about the way French women who had relationships with German soldiers would be ostracized by their communities. Beautiful artwork too.
February 15, 2020 3:54 pm A little late to the party here but, guys, Second Coming only ended its first arc with issue 6. They're taking a few months off as coming back with "season 2" later this year. All Ahoy books seem to work that way with series being made of a bunch of minis.
December 23, 2019 1:16 pm While I'm largely with Conor on this (which is a bit of a change as our tastes tend to differ a lot) I must say, I liked it a lot more the second time around - which is uncommon for a post-OT Star Wars film. My appreciation for them tends to go down by at least a little bit on the second or third viewing. Hell, I loved episodes I and II the first time around and it was only on later viewings that I accepted how weak they are. ! But for this one, between worrying that they would let the side down and really noticing the flaws on the first go around, I was able to just sit back and enjoy all the tons that it gets right. Tons of manipulative fan service? You betcha. And yet so much of the best stuff to do with RoS was all about Rey and Kylo Ren. Whatever else you might say about the sequels, they were worth it for those two characters and actors alone. Here's the big point of departure, though: I absolutely love The Last Jedi. I think it is, pretty easily, the best non-OT Star Wars movie to date and I just love how audacious Rian Johnson was with it and how he gave it a thematic complexity that's not all that common for the series. The problem is - and this is where I'm once again back to all of your lines of thinking - that Rian Johnson and JJ Abrams have such radically different views on storytelling and on Star Wars that it became impossible to make a cohesive trilogy between the two of them. I'm a fan of both directors but they should each have been given their own trilogy to see all the way through. Instead, this final installment ultimately felt rushed precisely because JJ landed up trying to effectively cram the final two films in his trilogy into one movie, while also trying up or "correcting" (as he sees it) loose ends left by the Last Jedi. That it works as well as it does is actually pretty impressive. I do think this trilogy was badly planned but less in the sense that they didn't have all the major plot points worked out (Lucas himself clearly made stuff up as he went along) but that Lucasfilm couldn't decide on a single vision for the trilogy so they hired two radically different directors for the first two films and then when the third director fell out, had to rely on Abrams to close out the series, despite the series moving in a way that he undoubtedly would not have gone in himself. I absolutely agree that, in broad strokes, this is how the final installment should have played out (I think even Johnson would have given us an uplifting finale - that is what he was building to) but between the negative reaction by some to TLJ and Abrams being so different a filmmaker to Rian Johnson, the film spent so much time "playing nice" that the apparent death of Chewie, Hux's turn and even Rey's "death" (yeah, they do overuse this trick) are dealt with at such a sprint that they barely get a chance to register before they're completely undone. Overall, despite bringing out the absolute worst in fans (I must admit, I laughed a bit with each new Force trick Rey was able to perform just because of how much it must have royally pissed off all those horrible "incel" people), I liked the sequel trilogy quite a bit. Is it my ideal followup to Return of the Jedi? Nope. Especially because I was such a fan of the Expanded Universe novels and comics when I was younger. It is a gigantic leap up from the prequels, though, and I do think it had waaaay more good things about it than bad (especially its note-perfect cast). I do hope that the powers that be spend a bit more time next time coming up with an actual vision. Rankings... 1. Empire. 2. Star Wars 3. Return of the Jedi (possibly my fave but even a hint of objectivity shows it to be the weakest of the OT) 4. The Last Jedi 5. The Force Awakens 6. The Rise of Skywalker (5 and 6 are super close) 7. Revenge of the Sith 8. Rogue One 9. Solo .. .... ....... ............ 999. Attack of the Clones 1000. The Phantom Menace
July 28, 2019 10:50 pm Great episode, guys, as usual. I'm actually fairly ambivalent about Planetary and much of Warren Ellis' work. While Transmet remains one of my all-time favourite series and I have a particular soft spot for Nextwave, just about everything else he's done doesn't ever hit me in the way that I think it's supposed to. He's clearly a very talented writer and I wouldn't say I don't enjoy stuff like Planetary and The Authority but there's a cynicism and smugness to most of even his best work that always keeps me from fully investing in his comics. It's funny, therefore, that you guys mention that there is a heart and optimism to his comics. Not because I don't agree with you at all but because I sort of do but that doesn't change my general feeling about his work. I can definitely see spots of humanity in stuff like the Authority or Planetary but they just never seem to break through that layer of cool, snarky indifference. Transmet is a major exception to this as that humanity comes through very loud and clear almost right from the off but especially once he started doing once-off issues of Spider covering ordinary and often quite broken people, which really highlighted Spider Jerusalem's underlying broken idealism. I really wish this wasn't the case because everything else about Planetary is pretty damn exceptional - though, yeah, Cassaday is definitely better in the first half of the series than the latter parts - but the lack of emotional connection stops it from going down as one of my absolute faves.