Name: Mike Haseloff

Bio: Regularly musing, reviewing, and talking all things comics at Secret Wars on Infinite Earths, while also working slowly on several projects as Nite Lite Theatre, including the already released first issue of The Kirby Martin Inquest currently on sale.An all round life long comics enthusiast with a great passion for the medium!

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    For the past nine months the unthinkable has been in occurance — evil has been winning!While many of DC’s greatest heroes have found themselves turning villain in…

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    June 17, 2010 8:33 am

    As a very faithful adaptation of the comic of limited animation, I was a pretty skeptical about what I was going to get out of it. What I found was something that only enhanced my perspective on what's a fantastic comic! Djimon Hounsou is an obvious choice for a live-action movie, but adds great gravitas to a character whose voice was probably never quite as authentic as it should've been in my own head. Treatment given to tone and atmosphere adds great weight to it, too.

    Well worth a look!

    June 7, 2010 1:36 pm

    It's good this thing has five covers, just in case the X-fans were starting to get well adjusted. Phew!

    Just seems like more rdundant X-Men wheel spinning with a twist of Twilight fever. That good old X-Men spark just doesn't look like it's going to show up again THIS decade. Yawn seconded!

    June 4, 2010 3:58 am A 180 on the depiction of vampires in the Marvel Universe.

    Yeah, way to be cutting edge Marvel. Groan.
    May 29, 2010 7:52 am Based on the movie? Groan...
    May 26, 2010 10:56 am ... This is no less Kravinov-centric than other Gauntlet arcs. Three-issues of Mysterio comes to mind as a particularly easy comparison. Sandman, too. Most of them, to be honest.
    May 25, 2010 8:13 pm @WadeWilson You're absolutely right! That's conventional thinking and I don't think it's necessarily wrong if you're processing TIME TRAVELLING BATMAN as a singular concept contradictory to the best Batman as a man fighting at his peak on the streets. However, there are a lot of little concessions made around Batman, even in his little corner of urban Gotham, which make this a completely reasonable continuation of those adventures, only made moreso by the surrounding [Morrison written] stories that have led to this point. Anyone keeping the last few years' stories in mind will surely benefit from throughlines, even if it's not mandatory reading.

    There are a lot of dimensions to be appreciated! Almost the entire gamut of what comic books do!
    May 12, 2010 7:52 pm In terms of sweeping generalizations, I think there's a sizeable portion of discontent Morrison readers that would get a lot more out of their issues if they were less preoccupied with the reputation of the man (and how supposedly oh-so nutty he is), and focused more on the contents of their comic book. In terms of a review, I was disappointed that none of the remarks (or hyperbole) elaborated on the book itself. Informative text ("information") would've been nice and what I was browsing for, not to be confused with outright spoilers. This was a one-line user comment written for the trade.

    I don't have any great problem with being critical of this particular writer. If anything, it's almost par for the course that the first few floppy issues of a Grant Morrison superhero book are going to lack complete context by their very nature. In this case, we're probably at least aware of some of the looming details because it's adding retroactive context to stuff that's been running throughout the entire Batman/Batman and Robin run. Which is a fun, characteristic layer of Morrison's style that feels very indulgent of the serialized nature of comics, in particular the fluid big ideas of superheroes. It also makes it seem completely unreasonable to say there's no (see; bad) story -- which you apparently agree with (see; hyperbole), which is nice enough.

    When it comes to blunt confusion, the smarter than thous might have a point. That seemed to be the case with Final Crisis, where most complaints boiled down to a short attention span (something Josh noted on the last podcast as a factor in review) and loaded expectations of context. I can't help but notice the iFanboy podcast reviews of B&R have lacked some of the more interesting details/context, some through oversight, some through a lack of indulgence (ie; Oberon Sexton's identity).

    Obviously every reader is going to be subject to tastes. That's as fair as reviewing a comic book issue within that singular context. It's worth remembering in the MORRISON CRUSADES that this is a serialized medium that's made on-going plots and contexts it's bread and butter for seventy-odd years, however, and that reading it with that knowledge is a good way to enjoy the product you're investing time and/or money in. It's also worth remembering that it's as easy to be fixated on the irrelevance of a name in the negative, as it is the positive.

    At the end of the day, we all presumably enjoy comics discussion regardless of agreement, and do it with our own frames of reference. I wouldn't expect every reader to respond ecstatically to a Morrison book. I wouldn't expect every user to respond to another's hyperbole that way, either.
    May 12, 2010 12:08 pm

    This is an outrage!!!

    May 12, 2010 11:57 am @vadamowens Cognitive brain function does wonders!