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    July 3, 2018 10:51 am That original Peter David run of X-Factor was my favorite marvel book at the time. Around the Image boom I was burning out on the x-titles but I kept reading X-Factor while Peter was still attached. Then when he came back to those characters for the X-Factor Investigations stories that book was one of the few titles I was still collecting at the time. I love Peter's take on Jamie Madrox. He really elevated the guy form C-list X-personality to one of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe. I wasn't gonna pick it up because I'm so ignorant currently to what's going on in the x-title that I figured I would be lost. Though you guys are recommending it and it seems you are in the same boat.
    June 11, 2018 11:06 am I think what Josh is touching on at the end with his discussion about the Vertigo books being too on the nose in their pitches is also something I've been thinking about a lot. It is about the nature of art as really a platform for communication. People don't like to be lectured to and when you stand on a soap box and shout your point of view at people you'll only appeal to people who share your opinion. Everyone else is just going to get annoyed. I think art has the ability to change a persons mind, but the recipient still has to get there themselves somehow. Art needs to show them something formative. Not an easy task, but if the artist can manage to replicate the event that formed that opinion or emotion in their audience's mind then they are successful. In my mind that's what elevates a thing above craft and into an art. Of course I have no formally training as an artist so I'm just talkin' from a place of no experience on the artist's end.
    June 11, 2018 10:46 am I got to the part where Josh mentioned he was going back to paper and he does better with paper. I had the same exact thought this morning. I was reading a physical paperback this morning and I noticed how much easier it was for me to get lost in the subject matter. I can't exactly put my finger on why, but something about the act of reading digitally is distracting for me and it gets in the way. I'm thinking that fact is starting to overshadow the conveniences digital reading offers. I'm gonna have to think about this for a while. It's an open ended thing.
    June 4, 2018 9:53 am I came into the movie with extremely low expectations, and I came out of the movie thinking I had a fun time. I want more heist stories about scoundrels and outlaws in the Star Wars universe. This movie would have been 1000 times better if it was about some other character and not about Solo. If we need to make movies anchored by characters from the original trilogy then maybe make a movie about someone we know less about. Maybe a 4 LOM and Zuckuss movie or a film about Wedge Antilles and the other Rogue Squadron pilots. They need to stop filling in all the holes and start covering new ground. Every time they hit one of the Han Solo bullet list items it was a bummer moment. They were all definitely the low points of the movie. They were exactly what I was dreading when the movie was announced. Solo is better when his past is more mysterious. Still this was far from the worst Star Wars. It's in the middle somewhere.
    March 16, 2018 10:26 am I know it's kinda Old Jean's thing to keep coming back from the dead, but honestly I think it is always more interesting when she isn't around. Maybe this time I'll be proven wrong. Also great to hear Paul back on the pick of the week podcast.
    February 18, 2018 10:14 am It was an objectively good movie. Not just a good comic book movie. As much as I'd really like to see Michael B Jordan be a persistent character in the MCU, the Marvel movies all have one huge weakness. Poor villains. It's the harder job right now in the genre and I feel like you should cast the strongest actor you've got in that role. I think we got that with Kingpin, Loki, The Purple Man, and even the Vulture. In all those cases I felt like I enjoyed the villain as much or more than the hero. It's a shame they couldn't figure out a way to keep Killmonger around for future movies, but honestly I think Killmonger's arc in the movie was perfect, and it probably would have cheapened his whole message if they had pulled their punch at the end. That said if they really want to mirror comic book storytelling the villains should be as persistent as the heroes. If I had any criticism of the movie it's that it killed all it's villains off before the end. That means next Black Panther movie we need to start over again with a new villain rather than build off the character development form the previous movie. I don't know if reacting to my criticism would have made a stronger or weaker movie though because I feel like when each villain died it made sense in the context of the story rather than just cheap closure. Though I think they could have kept Klaw around to be a minor reoccurring villain without too much tinkering with the script.
    February 9, 2018 11:50 am I love these Animation Brain Trust podcasts. In particular it's nice to hear from Paul. As a regular subscriber of both iFanboy all through the "Paul Years" and Oh Comics! I do miss hearing Paul on a regular comic book podcast.
    February 6, 2018 11:59 am No, but I have used Harry's razors because of their sponsorship of the show and I really like their product. It's funny if you listen to a lot of podcasts you start to see these endorsements come in waves then recede to be replaced by the next wave of endorsements. As an outsider looking in it seems like the pool of podcast advertisers is smaller than it should be considering how ubiquitous it seems podcasting has become. It's totally fills the space talk radio would for me when I was younger. I can't remember the last time I turned my radio on in the car. It's a real shame that the economy of podcasting keeps it from being a full time job. I know very few podcasters that actually use it as their primary source of income. That said at the same time it's nice that an entity like iFanboy is allowed to be divorced from the problems plaguing modern media outlets. Specifically things like listicles, hyperbolically provocative headlines and dubious overlap between your advertisers and the subjects of your reviews.
    December 20, 2017 12:51 pm I also didn't mind Del Toro. To me he seemed to fit fine with the more mercenary type character we've seen especially in the outer rim worlds. I even liked the Casino section. The rail against military industry was a bit heavy handed, but it was nice to show us the other side. We often see the oppressed to give the rebels sympathy, but this was a window into privilege. You'd think by the movies that all Imperial or First Order supporters are military uniform wearing goose steppers. I liked that we saw things like law enforcement, laborers and aristocrats. They didn't have storm troopers holding a gun to their heads making sure they stayed in line. They were just living in the system. Though I'm still confused by the politics in these movies. Was there still a republic? Is the First Order running everything now? How are they so popular that no one comes to the rebel's aid even after the rebels managed to take out Starkiller base. Sort of baffling. I think my real issues with the movie begin and end with the space chase/mutiny subplot. While I did like the light speed ram scene, Holdo's sacrifice falls flat since we barely know her and when she does show up she's just dumping on a character we do know and like. That should have definitely been someone we already knew either from the original trilogy or from The Force Awakens. Probably should have maintained a consistent creative team for all three of these movies so they felt more connected IMO. Also they needed more motivation for Holdo to withhold info from Poe. Maybe even just the suspicion that there was a traitor on board would have helped greatly make those scenes make more sense. As is it just seems like Holdo is being petty because she disagreed with Poe's military action in the beginning of the movie.
    December 20, 2017 9:46 am Every time I listen to one of the iFanboy Star Wars movie podcasts it becomes very clear to me that these guys care way more about this stuff than I do and I wonder why. I think The Phantom Menace forced me to take Star Wars off that pedestal I had place it on during my childhood. Ever since then I've just sort of took a "show me something interesting" approach. It's all EU now for me basically. I approach it in the same way as when I use to read the novels. It's fun, but if it sucks it doesn't take away from my enjoyment of those original movies. I think their ratings are fair. It's is probably a 3 star movie. Not great, but not terrible. They definitely made some baffling decisions and the whole slow car chase in space was at the epicenter of the issues with the film. I wonder if it worked better before he edited down the movie. As passionate as they sound they definitely gave a much more rational review and rating than all the dudes on Rotten Tomatoes trying to tank the movie's score by rating it a 1/2 star.