BionicDave

BionicDave

Name: Dave

Bio: Writer - Lover - King of the Impossible

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After listening to Rob Liefeld on a Word Balloon podcast and loving his energy and enthusiasm – and loving his…

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This is one whackadoodle miniseries. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am thoroughly enjoying it – there are few…

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This title is easily one of the brightest to come out of the New 52. Chiang’s fantastic art combined with…

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BionicDave's Recent Comments
September 30, 2018 7:08 pm Conor makes a great point about not yet knowing what Doomsday Clock means, and how that makes it tough to render an opinion of it until it's done. A lot of these current comic book minis and events are like that, especially when they are honestly written for trade while first being released to us piecemeal, slowly, over 6-12 weeks per issue, when many of us have forgotten much of what's already happened in the title. Throw in story points like unreliable narrators, the effect of PTSD on characters, and the involvement of characters like Psycho Pirate or an antilife-equation-wielding Darkseid... and it's just really tough to accept that any beat in any of these comics will have enough lasting traction to warrant our emotional investment. When Barry Allen died in COIE, it was like a real person died. Seeing dead Wally and dead Roy in Heroes in Crisis, to me, was like seeing friends napping. I'm not saying that title isn't interesting for me; it is. I'm definitely in. But I dunno, it's just... I know I don't know what it means yet.
September 23, 2018 6:58 pm The Joker wants to know how much DayQuil Conor was on when he said Darkseid is the best villain in the DC Universe.
September 22, 2018 4:06 pm Have been thinking about this for over two years now, and have decided that, in my opinion, as far as the Batman/Batgirl sex is concerned, it really was just added to this feature to promote DC's first R-rated "for mature fanboys only" project. They needed to deliver provocative sex as well as violence, and the only substantial female character in this story is Batgirl, so - she's the one who bangs Batman. But I agree with Conor 100%, it's yucky and unnecessary. I don't care if a few previous DC projects say that Batman and Batgirl have been romantic; it's simply not in my own personal DC canon, I did not appreciate it here, and I hope to never see it again. As far as that Batgirl/Paris Francesco prologue goes... I also felt it was awkward and too long, but I get its intent. In pointing out to Batgirl that crimefighting is exponentially more dangerous when the villain takes a personal interest in you, Batman is setting up the movie's next segment about his own relationship with Joker. All that being said, I did like how the comic book Killing Joke was adapted here, and I do feel this movie was worth watching. The only reason I waited this long to watch it is because that Batman/Batgirl sex controversy convinced me it was too odious to step into.
September 4, 2018 5:25 pm Loved that end chat. Thank you, Jay S., for prompting it - and thank you, Josh and Conor, for discussing it. I've always looked on the post-Bronze Age as "The Dark Age" - when our comics in general turned darker and broodier and coldly real, and DC/Marvel and its readers really leaned into antiheroes over heroes (although yes, flickers of that were seen during the Bronze Age as well; e.g. DC's Hard Traveling Heroes). Anyway, I put "The Dark Age" as mid-1980s to 2000, followed by... ..."The New Age" (or "The Digital Age"), when the medium - helped along by the spread of broadband internet - seemed ready to embrace anything which caught on with readers, be it digital or published, dark content or light, superheroes or manga, adult or all-ages, self-published or corporate, etc. I believe we are, in 2018, in the midst of transitioning from "The New Age/ Digital Age" into unknown territory. Can't wait to post again in 2030 to try to classify all of this. (If broad social media no longer exists in 2030, I am sure there will be an iFanboy Hangout somewhere, even via subscription telepathy.)
August 14, 2018 3:26 pm At the end of Superman #2 (and yes I loved the callout to Superman 4) was I the only one thrown by Barry's red hair? He had a line right there about not being sure which Flash he is (i.e. maybe he'd become Wally?) and I'm wondering if this refers to whatever's going on in Flash's title?
July 23, 2018 4:10 am Do you guys ever hang out in Star TREK Corner?
July 18, 2018 4:41 pm Carter Hall is the male equivalent of Donna Troy. They're both good-hearted, physically attractive superheroes who have been in comics for a long time, but who are so incredibly effed up by continuity and reboots that there's really not much unique character there besides them being good-hearted fighters of bad guys. They do have anchors elsewhere in the DC Universe which keep them relevant enough for us to keep wanting to like them (Donna's past with the Titans, her vague connection to Wonder Woman; Carter's vague past with the JLeague, his eventual connection to Kendra/Shayera) but I wish DC would take more chances with these characters to give them deeper, more interesting traction in the DCU. Especially Hawkman. He's got the ability to reincarnate into different bodies and different lives, yet we keep seeing the same type of Carter Hall over and over and over again.
July 11, 2018 3:27 pm @Smasher, that's an interesting concept. Am not sure NBC (or whomever owns the rights to those TV series) would allow its IPs to be messed with. But on the other hand, we sort of saw a similar approach with the recent DC/Looney Tunes crossovers. Who'd've thought The Flintstones and Snagglepuss could be stretched and reinterpreted as biting social commentary? Or Elmer Fudd as a noir-ish rogue for The Batman? In the early 1980s, ABC produced a "Happy Days" cartoon where Fonzie, Richie and Ralph traveled through time with a chick from the future and her sentient dog, Mr. Cool. So who knows what tomorrow may hold for us?
July 1, 2018 11:51 pm Conor sounded great this week
June 11, 2018 9:10 pm Have noticed the same thing this year, as I've been tackling the Harry Potter books (in book 4 now). I'm enjoying free reading much more with paper books than with digital. I just think my eyes are sick of staring at computer/ phone/ tablet/ TV screens, so when I'm looking at simple print on paper, it's more relaxing. And I don't have to worry about how much battery power is left, or if I drop the damn thing..