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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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..
June 9, 2018 3:34 pm I had so much fun with this movie. And I can't believe it, because even though I pulled a Haupt and liked "Assault On Arkham," I do still have a real sour taste in my mouth from the "Suicide Squad" live action film. But this is the concept at its best. Hooray for writer Burnett, if this is indeed his swan song. And hooray for the director(s), because everything else about this worked like gangbusters for me. But especially the craziness of it - from the awesome "Get Out Of Hell Free" card macguffin, to the story's bravery for killing off big characters, to this nutty beefcake stripper Dr. Fate... (I'd seriously love a whole movie about him and/or a DC Comic title!) I mean, Jewelee and Count Vertigo as secret lovers?? - who are immediately executed?? LOL This movie had me at hello
May 31, 2018 2:14 pm Didn't see the movie, but I enjoyed your podcast talking about it! Lol After The Last Jedi debacle, I decided I wasn't going to let these charlatans (i.e. Disney Lucasfilm) sour Episodes 4-6 for me anymore than they have. I already have enough trouble watching them without being frequently distracted by Prequel considerations; the last thing I want to do while watching my beloved "The Empire Strikes Back" is to redefine every Han or Lando scene by whatever their current owners now say about the characters and their actions. Their current owners are irresponsible storytellers, as far as I'm concerned.
May 15, 2018 2:49 pm I had the same positive reaction you guys did. Didn't know what to expect and was soon captivated, loved how this movie kept shifting back and forth from batshit crazy to straight drama, and loved the gorgeous aesthetics and fun tone. Parts even felt Tarantino-ish, I daresay, in their loving, passionate homages to classic forms of storytelling (in this case, anime). Big thumbs up from me. As per your in-episode query, "Batman: Ninja" did indeed get a theatrical screening at this past WonderCon, and the crowd went nuts for it. I'd been wondering if that may have inflated my opinion of this movie because I've been reading so many lukewarm and disappointed reviews of it, but hearing you three praise it has now helped settle it for me. I think a lot of fans may have been expecting something like 'Batman meets The Hand' (especially lots of fans who've been watching Netflix's Daredevil) so when they got a less than serious take on ninjacana (is that a word?), it bummed them out. Oh well.
May 8, 2018 2:14 pm I liked that Josh set up the episode by explaining how it was tough for him to make Conor laugh, and then ended the episode with the Faith No More joke that made Conor laugh. That's what I'm looking for in a comic book podcast - a real arc
May 5, 2018 9:16 pm Oops - I meant "most *event* films in any given year..."
May 5, 2018 9:06 pm "Every time someone fired off a wisecrack, my gut said 'the fuck are you laughing at? Now is not the time.' " This is a problem I have with most Disney Marvel films (and, as of December, Disney Star Wars films): they must primarily be kiddie-safe. So yeah, this often translates into way too much easy humor, to keep kids in the audience happy and engaged. It also guts a lot of the drama, unfortunately, because Disney doesn't ever want to make kids nervous while in the theater, so villains and threats are often declawed with jokes immediately (e.g. "Thor: Ragnarok"). I can imagine that if you're the parent of a young kid then you like all this; you like that the trustworthy Disney brand is sanitizing Marvel for your family viewing, making it something you can share with your child. But if you don't have young kids? Then this formula can be annoying... especially when most films in any given year are now produced by Disney. (That being said, I still greatly enjoyed Infinity War. I'd give it 4/5 stars! I'd give it 5/5 if you cut 60% of that forced humor.)