BC1

BC1

Name: Brian Compton

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A surprise so big we had to tell you about it months ago! A surprise so big only 5% of…

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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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This issue is pure nerdgasm in a good way, and what a beautiful nerdgasm it is. I used to run…

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April 8, 2018 9:01 pm Thanks for addressing the $.99 issue Josh. A couple things: A. At the Diamond Retailer Summit over the weekend, Marvel pointed the finger at Comixology and said this was all them. This seems contrary to everything we’ve been told about how this works - it was always assumed Marvel set the prices. Also, why only Marvel books? Cebulski said he was looking into why DC books weren’t being sold this way. Something seems really fishy here, so stay tuned. B. I did a very informal survey on the 11 O’Clock Comics FB page about buying habits, and at least in that community, most folks are buying collections from online retailers, not their LCS. So, how much is this hurting them? Possibly not much.
February 18, 2018 11:41 am 1) I loved that, without dwelling on it, there was a really strong "Prime Directive" vibe, that T'Challa and his ancestors knew that to just let this technology out into the world would be disastrous. Clau and Killmonger only prove the point when their first thought is to use vibranium for weapons rather than any of the other peaceful technology. I think the end solution, to build in essence Wakandan cultural and scientific consulates for the purpose of raising people up, was an intelligent one. The government still maintains control of the resource and technology while passing along the learned knowledge. Elevate, not decimate. But this could also be a great plot starter for BP2, the inevitable subversion of this idealistic policy. Or show how Wakanda is changing because of letting the world in. It will be interesting to see how Thanos' attack will tie in, as this was one of the issues that Coates' run has brought up. 2) There were only four references to the larger MCU, two of them essentially the same. The necessary call-backs to Civil War's killing of T'Chaka, Ross mentioning the vibranium used in the Sokovia incident, Shuri's reference to fixing "another broken white boy," and then the self-same white boy showing up in the end credit scene (which maybe will tie into Infinity War like the end scene in Ant-Man was just a pulled scene from Civil War). Other than that, no attempts to foreshadow anything or try to squeeze in lots of Easter eggs for fans - no Shuri looking at a Black Panther suit and saying "maybe next time," for example, or T'Chaka in the dream world telling his son of a danger coming from the stars. I liked that this was basically a self-contained movie.
February 15, 2018 2:52 pm For Mark, there are a lot of options for you in digital if you're worried about cost: 1) Amazon on a semi-regular basis discounts Marvel trades through Kindle, and these purchases are compatible with your Comixology account. Seriously, you can buy a trade of 5+ issues for less than the cost of one issue. So, doesn't help with your singles but you can catch up for waaaaaay cheap (I do this with Thor, Dr. Strange and Black Panther, will probably start doing this with X-Men Blue and Gold). 2) Comixology Unlimited is now offering 10%-15% discounts on purchases of Marvel, Image, IDW, Boom, Dynamite and others (sorry, no DC yet). So, $6 a month gets you access to their already extensive library PLUS discounts on new issues.
December 20, 2017 12:24 pm I didn't mind del Toro introducing the idea of a "grayness" in Star Wars. This is something that I think our society needs - after Vietnam, we needed to be reminded that there are still good guys and light in the world, but these days we've taken that so far that you must EITHER be A or B. If I'm A and you're A, then you are good, but you must be completely all in about the philosophy of A or you are not good enough. If I'm A and you're B, then you are evil, and there is no goodness in you. There is no middle anymore. DJ reminds us that there are a lot of unaligned people caught in the middle of all this just trying to survive. It makes the world more complicated, whereas the trade disputes of Ep 1 are just boring. Also, some people are speculating that the end with the kids is presaging Rian's new trilogy coming after Ep IX. But since he's not directing Ep IX, he squeezed it in here.
December 10, 2017 3:57 pm Sentry died during Siege (end of Dark Reign). The Fallen Sun review that Ron and Josh did (Conor was off that week for some reason) is still one of the highlights of iFanboy for me. You guys rarely go negative, so when you do it’s super impactful.
November 26, 2017 12:59 pm I think their argument was that war books of a purely historical nature are a dying breed, hence the references to Garth Ennis and REBELS. Sherrif of Babylon is not purely historical fiction. Also, Tom may be getting a sequel so that DC can keep him happy and give him something to do besides Bat-books.
November 22, 2017 10:56 pm A couple things: 1) The impression I got from the end of the movie is that this basically was a reboot. Something happens that lightens the overall tone. Everyone was cracking jokes, Wonder Woman is hanging out with the childrens, Superman and Flash have their race, this was more the super-happy-ending Justice League. Now, whether or not it was earned or made sense is another story, but that seemed to me to be the intention. 2) I'm sorry, but a lot of this reminded me of Avengers, and I wonder if that was on account of Whedon's influence. Specifically, the way they portrayed the Mother Boxes felt a lot like the Tesseract. And I know the Mother Box has been around for much longer, so maybe it was a perfectly accurate depiction. But it really did seem familiar. 3) The Slade at the end, was that Joe Mangianello? Or has that whole thing been thrown out the window? Overall, I did enjoy the film. Seeing the six heroes at the end standing together was tres sweeeet. But there's still a lot of work to do to make this a really good film.
September 4, 2017 11:05 pm Thanks for thinking my intro was funny, guys! Wish I had remembered the part about how the ground had jagged pieces of rebar sticking out everywhere. Your answer to my two What Ifs actually inspired two more questions: 1) If Image stays as it initially was, would the founders have let anyone else into their clubhouse, or would people like Robert Kirkman have tried to build a new clubhouse? I can't imagine someone like him seeing the benefits of an Image model and not giving it a shot. 2) WB buys Marvel. THAT'S the story I'd like to see. What would that conglomerate look like? Thanks again gentlemen!
July 16, 2017 2:37 pm I skipped ahead to the X-Men: Blue talk, and Ron, I don't know what to tell you. All this stuff with the mutants and New Tian must be going on in an anthology or other tie-in book, because it's not in the main Secret Empire book. I had such a bad case of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Syndrome - characters I didn't know, Beast with Emma and Shaw, XORN!!! Stuff was coming out of left, right, and center fields and made NO sense whatsoever. I have to think Legends/Generations is going to erase all this at this point.
June 27, 2017 9:55 am You mentioned an Uatu in "Peter Parker" this week. Was this a young African-American boy? If so, he's been around since the Brand New Day period; he was a child prodigy who worked at Horizon with Peter. His mom named him Uatu after the Watcher. Because that's a thing people do in the 616, I guess, name their kids after cosmic beings. Maybe "The Living Tribunal" just didn't fit on the birth certificate?