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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January 21, 2019 10:13 pm On Conan: Yeah, Howard’s “mythology” implies that his characters are in a very early version of our world, before civilization tamed everything. Howard had another character, Bran MacMorn, who was the stereotypical virtuous primitive living in a Britain conquered by the immoral Romans. He finds some kind of artifact that he uses to summon Kull the Conqueror from the past to help him fight the invaders, and I think Kull and Conan have connections, so it’s all of a piece. And yes, Conan is showing up in this year’s Avengers weekly event.
December 19, 2018 2:33 pm So glad that Teen Titans Go! made the list, as I was a little surprised it didn't get a Special Edition. This movie was such a celebration of comics and comic-dom, and not just DC. But it also perfectly retained that anarchic spirit of the show. And the meta-jokes! Like Slade having to deal with the comparisons to a certain other prominent movie "hero," and the voice actor for Superman was super smart. It's certainly for kids, but not "for kids." Also hoping Good Place makes the list again next year. That mid-season finale was one of the best episodes of television ever, and if the actress playing Janet doesn't get a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nod there is no justice.
October 12, 2018 7:39 pm On DC/Marvel cameos: does it weird anyone else out when characters on DC TV shows make Marvel references? Last season seemed to be particularly egregious.
September 4, 2018 4:36 pm I always thought about the Bronze Age being tied to the relaxation of the Comics Code in the 70's as well as a general trend towards less kiddie friendly fare and more adult oriented material. So the "head shop comix" movement with guys like Dennis Kitchen, Crumb, Bagge, etc., Adams/O'Neil "Hard Travelling Heroes," horror titles exploding at Marvel and Warren, characters of color coming to prominence, Stan's publishing Amazing Spider-Man without the Comics Code stamp. Kirby going to DC coincides with that, but other than the Demon his DC work could have been Silver Age. But I would agree that a lot of this "Age" demarcation centers around DC and Marvel. With the comics scene expanding beyond them, it's hard to encapsulate the post '86 era under any one umbrella.
June 25, 2018 12:07 pm Josh, were you thinking of Bulletproof Coffin for where you saw Shaky Kane before?
June 3, 2018 2:51 pm I would love to see some more Marvel-DC crossovers, and if they were still on there own it might happen. But now it’s a thing with Disney and WB and IP’s and lawyers and..,
May 28, 2018 5:19 pm I’m with Ron, I cringed a little at the concept of hyperfuel, since this was never a thing before. But it makes sense to have it in the Kessel Run, since originally it was implied that Kessel produced drugs (the spice mines of Kessel). Can’t have Han being a drug runner. I was also a little worried when they mentioned the Maw that we would see the hollowed-out Death Star and prototype laser (that’s where the Imperials hid it in the old EU, along with some other super weapons). If this does get a sequel, how much do you want to bet we see the Battle of Tanaab and whatever it was Lando did there?
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.