Name: matt rynich
phillosmaster's Recent Comments
January 16, 2017 9:21 am I had to check and make sure I didn't accidently download episode 267 or something.
January 9, 2017 10:36 am I am really happy that they used Rich Rider to convey this divide in the comic book audience. I feel like Rich is a good example of a character that older crowds would care about passionately and newer readers could care less about. Also post Annihilation Rich already was walking down this path of having an aged perspective on the events of the Marvel universe. This was highlighted the most in the post Annihilation story during Civil War where Rich just doesn't understand why any of the Civil War stuff is important when he's seen much worse in his travels. Annihilation was like Rich's great war and after he came back it seemed like he had a hard time related to the other earth superheroes. Not to cheapen the experience of real veterans, but I always felt that there was a parallel there between Rich's fictional experience and the experience of our real world soldiers. I hope they keep using the character in this way. As sort of an outside perspective of their own universe offering a counter point to the characters so wrapped up in the current "event" story lines. As a sort of voice of an older comic book reader based, who may value things that are not emphasized in the current landscape. This feels like a very rich vein to mine.
January 3, 2017 12:59 pm It sounds like the guys are being really harsh on this film, but at the end when they did their ratings and summed up their thoughts I felt they were actually pretty fair. There is a concern with the tone of the film. This is definitely darker than the saga entries and that does create some brand confusion where before you can safely take a 6 year old to any of the Star Wars films. Now you have to pause and consider carefully whether the movie appropriate. Also the choppiness of the first half of the film is definitely "a thing" though I do feel that the second half managed to redeem the experience. A "B" is a fair grade IMO. I will say that they need to attempt things like this if their hope to turn Star Wars into a prolific and long lived movie franchise can be realized. If every movie in the franchise is exactly like the original saga entries then it will wear thin pretty quickly. They need to be able to experiment with the setting and tell different types of stories to keep things interesting. This was Fury or Saving Private Ryan in the Star Wars universe, and I think it did manage to pull it off reasonably well. I like that this movie added weight to a lot of things we just hear in exposition in the first film. For example the actual menace that the Death Star creates. I went back and watched the first film and I think it does enhance the experience rather than take away from it for me. So I think that's a good bench mark for success.
October 28, 2016 2:10 pm I did enjoy all the villains in the show. I agree Diamond back did feel a step below everyone else. I didn't think the story they told with him was terrible, but it just wasn't as strong as the crime narrative we already had with the Mariah and Cottonmouth. Mariah was one of the strongest parts of the series. Also Shades should have been ridiculous. On paper he doesn't work, but somehow I loved that character. I was cheering for him when he escaped the assassination attempt toward the end. Also I sympathized with him when after all the build up he gives Diamondback we find out Diamondback has no plan and is just reacting to everything around him in an insane bid to get his revenge against Luke. His reaction to Diamondback pretty much mirrored my own. Since I felt Shades and Mariah were so strong I'm pretty jazzed to see if they actually do a Luke Cage Season two with them as the main antagonists. After Cottonmouth is killed and Luke is shot by the Judas bullet I agree the show definitely lulled until we got toward the end. I feel like the show was it's strongest in the beginning with Cottonmouth in the villain seat. The Scarfe and Misty stuff was all good, and I agree the Pops stuff was all great.
July 11, 2016 1:02 pm I'm still reading The Walking Dead in issues. I also don't watch the TV show. Mostly because I have young kids and it's hard to find the time to watch a horror show. I think it's easy to burn yourself out on it if you do both so that's another reason I just stuck with the issues. I think The Walking Dead is the most consistent book I've ever read. The only thing that would compare is probably B.P.R.D and that's not nearly as consistent. B.P.R.D just has some really slow arcs and probably works much better in trades. The Walking Dead surprisingly works well reading in both ways. Loving all the Negan stuff in this new arc by the way.
June 21, 2016 3:05 pm Do people really want Image to have a shared universe? I know shared universes are all the rage now in cinema, but I'm honestly exhausted by shared universes in comics. I'd almost rather each run of a DC book just be it's own island onto itself. To be honest I'm getting to that point with Marvel as well. Just tell me a good Thor or She-Hulk story. The big events and cross overs just feel like they get in the way of a good story's execution more often than not. I wonder what percentage of the comic buying audience feels like I do... I'd imagine I'm in the minority.
June 10, 2016 10:11 am Thanks I'll have to check some of those out. None of those titles would have been on my Radar.
June 9, 2016 11:46 am I think Cagnazzo just summed up my feelings on Marvel in general lately. What are the books that people are reading and getting excited about right now from Marvel because they seem to be in my blind spot. The only thing that I see that's been consistently good for a while is Ms. Marvel. The nice thing is since I'm cooling on Marvel so much that opens the door for Rebirth. If it's not a total disaster I can afford to switch over to some of those titles.
June 6, 2016 4:57 pm I'd like to hear the end of that water supply argument. I'm fairly certain that Josh is talking about well water, while Conor is saying even though his water comes from a system of pipes from his city water supply it also is delivered from under the ground. Unless of course Conor is saying he does have well water in which case I would advise him against ingesting said water. LA and the surrounding area was filled with industrial complexes, oil fields and cow pastures from what I remember. That might color the flavor slightly,
June 2, 2016 6:04 pm Nothing about that sounds like something I'd want to read and it sounds incredibly damaging to the brand.... it is sad when the best I can hope for in this scenario is shameless gimmick.