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    September 10, 2017 8:22 pm I can't believe there was no mention of the gratuitous rebar death. I feel like someone slipped that in just for iFanboy.
    March 8, 2017 12:00 pm Curious if you guys read and had thoughts on Riverdale #0. I didn't think it was that good but it does have some interesting implications for the timeline of events in the show, like Polly apparently having her suicide attempt/breakdown at the same time or at least around the time of Jason's disappearance and death. It's seems really weird for Betty to not have seen or heard from her sister at all since she was apparently committed. As close as they were portrayed in this comic, you'd think she'd have gone to visit and talk to her at whatever hospital or facility she's in. I still like the show but it has the typical amount of frustration I get at logic and how the world works as I have with the other CW comic-based shows.
    March 8, 2017 11:55 am Yep. Thanks for taking one for the team. I was curious if DC would slip some rebirth plot points into this since Hawkman is a traditionally f'd up continuity mess, but I guess not. I really love Hawkman and wish they'd figure out a way to do something cool with him.
    February 8, 2017 10:13 am Well, I'd say it's still fairly escapist, in the same vein as any other soap with their own share of murder and ridculousness. What's really breathed some new life into these characters are these weird, alternative takes. The classic Archie is still there and they still pump out reprints like no one else. I was personally a huge fan of the "Life with Archie" series with all it's grown up angst that still had the same sense of goofiness as the original stuff. As I stated above, I don't know how sustainable this is but as long as they have good writers telling good stories, I'll keep reading and watching.
    February 4, 2017 6:14 pm FYI, Baltimore is known as Charm City which, if you've seen The Wire, is a bleak setting for a comedy.
    January 30, 2017 9:24 pm I actually think Didio and Giffen are a good team for Kirby stuff. Between this and OMAC, they seem to be good at channeling the totally bananas Kirby-esque creativity.
    January 30, 2017 9:20 pm FYI, The Kamandi Challenge is a callback to the DC Challenge from the early 80s. I remember reading that back in high school when I worked at a comic shop.
    January 30, 2017 5:14 pm FYI, Jughead's real name is Forsythe P. Jones III, so maybe Skeet Ulrich's F.P. Jones is father/uncle/cousin? A lot of my interest in this show is the "what the what?" realizations of this reinterpretation, which was a lot of the initial draw of Afterlife with Archie. I'm not sure if the novelty of that will wear off. Fortunately, Afterlife has turned out to also be a very well done comic that could stand on it's own. There's a certain amount of laziness and reliance on tropes in the writing on all the Berlanti shows (though that's true for most CW shows in general). This can be either adorable and fun, or boring. I am intrigued enough by all the "dark secrets" hinted at in the first episode to stick with it and see how they end up handling this. Buying Archie digests at the grocery store and from a spinner rack at the drug store and gas station as a kid was my first exposure to comics so, like Conor, I've got a real soft spot for these characters.
    January 16, 2015 11:30 am While I like Snyder's stuff, I am getting a little tired of these big, years long story arcs. I understand that "Endgame" is supposed to be the last of these. He said he wanted to more shorter arcs and one-offs, citing Dini's run on Detective as an inspiration. Batman is the only Bat-title I'm interested in because Snyder is writing it. His stories are so big, I'm at the point that I'd rather wait for trades or collections. It feels harder to keep the story straight and re-attain the suspense when reading month to month. I'm excited by Convergence and if there are any big status quo changes coming out of Multiversity but I may use the Convergence break to drop a lot of the DC titles that I've become 'meh' about.
    June 30, 2014 12:00 pm Correct. At this point, I'm sick of events and continuity in general. If we can just ditch some of the costumes and just have people start telling good stories in the individual comics without worrying about what's going on in other places, I'd be fine with that. I've kind of enjoyed how its been done in Swamp Thing. At the beginning of that series, we were clearly dealing with reconciling the New 52/White Lantern related new origin mashup but that has just completely been forgotten about and just doesn't come up anymore. It feels like its all a mashup of the best aspects of Swamp Thing stories of the past and just doesn't deal with the details. I like the mini-events that crossover between just a couple of titles because I think there's more editorial focus and its something the creators of the participating books come up with themselves rather than an editorial edict of participation that doesn't always work for what the issue's individual creators are doing. They have written themselves into a corner with Batman. I think a lot of what I've liked about Zero Year is that we're just not having to deal with it. I'd rather just have some retcons clear things up and not have to deal with a line-wide event that never seems to clean things ups as well as they'd like.