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Name: Jim Burton



The Plutonian has turned to the dark side.  Why, and now what the hell do we do?  Mark Waid should…

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February 14, 2020 6:51 pm When Grant Morrison began writing Batman, he said in an interview that he wanted a return to the "hairy-chested sex god Batman." Almost 15 years later, that phrase remains lodged in my brain. Apparently, Neal Adams's Batman is Morrison's platonic ideal of the character. Great episode, guys. I really want to check out (parts of) the book.
June 28, 2018 1:53 pm Thanks for pointing this out, guys. I can attest that Mark Ramsey's Inside Psycho was an excellent series, with the same rich audio production we heard on this Jaws teaser. Can't wait to listen.
August 2, 2017 4:14 pm Re: Secret Empire #7: While I find Sorrentino's art very pretty to look at, he doesn't tell a story particularly well. I had no idea what was happening in several sequences. Artistic consistency is important, yes, but so is comprehensibility. Also, how did you manage to discuss the issue without bringing up the senseless killing -- by Captain America, ffs -- of one of Marvel's two or three most recognizable female heroes? Finally, as much as I enjoy Ron's alternative pronunciation of "corps," the real tragedy this week was the missed opportunity to hear him repeatedly say "SPAWN."
May 16, 2017 10:27 am Thanks to Ron for a useful super power, and as a bonus, my Mystery Men-caliber codename: The Leveler. "God gave me a gift. I level well. I level very well.": Also, I'm listening.
November 20, 2016 7:26 pm During the Guess-the-Dead-Joe game ("Grunt? Stalker? Dialtone?"), I was dying, just waiting for someone, anyone to say ---- "Shane?" And with the riff on Thanos being Space Billy Batts, I thought you were primed. Next time, maybe.
September 24, 2015 9:08 pm Conor, thanks for restoring the episode, which was excellent. The hallmark of a good Elseworlds story is its ability to surprise, which Gods and Monsters has in spades. Even the best DC animated movies -- I'm thinking Batman Year One, All-Star Superman, New Frontier -- are merely interpretations of excellent source material, and thus unlikely to reward most viewers with the unexpected moment. DC's animated fare lately has the dual disadvantages of familiarity and inferior source material. Unfortunately, I think Warner's continuing commitment to the New 52 character brands means this is mostly what we'll be getting going forward. The chances of a Batgirl Year One, Judas Contract, or Great Darkness Saga movie at this point are nil, which feels like a lost opportunity to expand audience awareness beyond the Big Three DC characters -- and a lost opportunity to tell better stories.
September 22, 2015 1:41 pm I was dubious about this one until I heard your review (now absent from your iTunes feed, for some reason). A Justice League that kills is not a concept I'm comfortable with. I finally saw the movie today, and I really loved it! Not a line of cringeworthy dialogue, not one ounce of fat - just character building, solid plotting, action and more action. Not sure a sequel is necessary, though; this self-contained story seems perfect to me.
April 14, 2009 4:26 pm

Cap, Incognito, X-Men Legacy, Action, and cake please.

And Conor, seems to me that a lot of the iFanbase got the Izzard "Dress to Kill" reference.  Further proof that good taste abounds here.

April 8, 2009 9:23 am

From comic-con.org's Eisner section (emphasis added):

This year's judges made a few changes to the ballot, resulting in a reduction in the number of categories from 29 to 26. They eliminated the Single Issue category, combined the Writer/Artist and Writer/Artist–Humor categories, and dropped the Special Recognition category. They also changed Best Publication for Teens to Best Publication for Teens/Tweens.

And re: All-Star Superman as a "continuing series:" for nominating purposes, 50% of a limited series must be published in 2008 to qualify, whereas only two issues of a "continuing series" had to come out last year to qualify.  Slotting ASS as a continuing series is the only way it gets any kind of series nomination.

In other news:  Wow, that artists category is spectacular.  A lot of my favorite current artists are on that list.  Also, I apparently need to read more manga.  And Alan's War.