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    January 30, 2017 5:14 pm FYI, Jughead's real name is Forsythe P. Jones III, so maybe Skeet Ulrich's F.P. Jones is father/uncle/cousin? A lot of my interest in this show is the "what the what?" realizations of this reinterpretation, which was a lot of the initial draw of Afterlife with Archie. I'm not sure if the novelty of that will wear off. Fortunately, Afterlife has turned out to also be a very well done comic that could stand on it's own. There's a certain amount of laziness and reliance on tropes in the writing on all the Berlanti shows (though that's true for most CW shows in general). This can be either adorable and fun, or boring. I am intrigued enough by all the "dark secrets" hinted at in the first episode to stick with it and see how they end up handling this. Buying Archie digests at the grocery store and from a spinner rack at the drug store and gas station as a kid was my first exposure to comics so, like Conor, I've got a real soft spot for these characters.
    January 16, 2015 11:30 am While I like Snyder's stuff, I am getting a little tired of these big, years long story arcs. I understand that "Endgame" is supposed to be the last of these. He said he wanted to more shorter arcs and one-offs, citing Dini's run on Detective as an inspiration. Batman is the only Bat-title I'm interested in because Snyder is writing it. His stories are so big, I'm at the point that I'd rather wait for trades or collections. It feels harder to keep the story straight and re-attain the suspense when reading month to month. I'm excited by Convergence and if there are any big status quo changes coming out of Multiversity but I may use the Convergence break to drop a lot of the DC titles that I've become 'meh' about.
    June 30, 2014 12:00 pm Correct. At this point, I'm sick of events and continuity in general. If we can just ditch some of the costumes and just have people start telling good stories in the individual comics without worrying about what's going on in other places, I'd be fine with that. I've kind of enjoyed how its been done in Swamp Thing. At the beginning of that series, we were clearly dealing with reconciling the New 52/White Lantern related new origin mashup but that has just completely been forgotten about and just doesn't come up anymore. It feels like its all a mashup of the best aspects of Swamp Thing stories of the past and just doesn't deal with the details. I like the mini-events that crossover between just a couple of titles because I think there's more editorial focus and its something the creators of the participating books come up with themselves rather than an editorial edict of participation that doesn't always work for what the issue's individual creators are doing. They have written themselves into a corner with Batman. I think a lot of what I've liked about Zero Year is that we're just not having to deal with it. I'd rather just have some retcons clear things up and not have to deal with a line-wide event that never seems to clean things ups as well as they'd like.
    August 19, 2013 2:22 pm I do exactly the same thing. My LCS offers 20% discount for subscribers, which is how I've been getting my comics for 20 years. The is count is roughly the same as the month-later price drop on digital. I've been buying all my IDW, Dynamite, and Image books digitally, a month late, for nearly two years now. I was buying all my DC minis, some ongoing, and Vertigo titles the same way til DC changed the drop to two months. Now I'm back to print with all of those, but I download scans or, as it is more often, digital rips from Comixology as thy come out. I visit the shop once a month, hand over my money, then drop all the floppies in a long ox when I get home since I've already read them. Most of the Marvel titles I read include digital copies so those are the only ones I really open.
    August 17, 2013 10:30 am First Katana, now Metamorpho. Are they working toward an Outsiders?
    August 8, 2013 4:52 pm There's only three issues. You can start with number 1.
    August 6, 2013 11:06 pm Still waiting on that Janus Directive movie they announced four or five years ago.
    July 30, 2013 12:54 am In the continuity that didn't suck and had nuance and development, Guy was a comic nerd as a kid, played college football, became a social worker, and taught kids with special needs before he got head trauma and became a jerk. His brother was the cop. Also, Ryan Reynolds is terrible at everything always. ID actually like to see John Stewart as GL in a JL movie for he same reason he was GL in the JLU-verse.
    July 16, 2013 12:45 pm Except that it wasn't a good Darkseid story. It wasn't much of a story at all. It was so slowly moving though, they probably won't have to cut anything to make a 70 minute movie out of it.
    April 19, 2013 2:08 pm That really bugs me. I get a 20% discount from my LCS by having a subscription. I'd much rather buy my titles digitally then buy a nice hardcover or trade for stuff that I really like. If I'm going to have a physical artifact, I'd rather it be a really nice one. Most everyone but Marvel discounts after a month which makes me way more likely to take chances on titles after I've read some reviews when I can pick up a couple of issues at a discount. I really want someone to introduce a subscription or "season pass" option that gives me some kind of break for regular purchasing. Marvel Unlimited seems to be moving in an interesting direction, though. Until then, buying floppies is cheaper for anything new. The vast majority of comics I own and being produced aren't going to be ones I'm going to ever read again (though if they're easily accessible via my iPad, I'd be a lot more likely to than if I have to rummage through the dozens of long boxes in my basement).