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    March 20, 2019 3:54 pm I was wondering if anyone at iFanboy was still reading the BPRD stuff (and looks like the answer is no). I still am, but I think the pacing of the Hell Of Earth story was way too slow, and it was problematic that for much of it the main Hellboy personalities were absent. It was basically a long story of the BPRD losing a war of attrition and it went on for close to a decade. I think it started in 2010 and we only just started The Devil You Know last year. What a strange choice considering it did start to feel aimless and hopeless(a sentiment echoed by characters inside the arc). I stuck through it, but I have to imagine most people fell off. To compare it to another long running horror comic series, I think Kirkman did a better in the Walking Dead by changing the nature of the threats each arc. The Governor is different from the Saviors. Who are different from the Whisperers. Who are different from the Commonwealth etc. In BPRD up until this point it felt like one big battle against more or less the same unknowable alien threat. At least now with The Devil You Know they corrected a lot of that and gave us a new threat to consider. So its gotten much better in recent history.
    March 18, 2019 2:52 pm I know I'm shouting into history at this point since I saw the movie two weeks late to be a part of the conversation here, but I don't think you need to add anything to earn the Skrull reversal. Talos says look my hands aren't clean in this thing. We are at war. The Skrulls are terrorists. I think they make no bones about that. Also they were clearly okay with hurting people who weren't Skrulls to get to their objective as was shown in the movie. They only take this different tact with Carol when it's clear they will get wiped out by her otherwise considering she was whittling down her team. I think we are presented a version of the story where the Skrulls end up being more sympathetic, but who knows what other Skrull extremists are doing elsewhere. Talos just wanted to get his family back, which in this narrative is a noble goal so Carol helps them, but what has he done prior to abducting Carol. Talos paints a more human picture of the Skrull just like Mar Vell gives us an example of a heroic Kree. I thought that was handled really well actually. I think we are meant to come away thinking neither side is completely virtuous. Carol sided with the Skrulls rather than the Kree because the Kree have done her tons of personal damage. The Skrulls really haven't. Talos' object at the time was virtuous (even if the way he went about it in the beginning was suspect), and it was inline with Mar Vell's wishes clearly. Carol considered Mar Vell someone worth looking up to. So I think it's all pretty relatable once you break it down.
    March 17, 2019 8:33 pm I thought it was really good. My only complaint was it got a bit CGI heavy, which was noticeable. I enjoyed Larson in this movie. I think she makes an excellent Captain Marvel. Can't wait to see what they do with her going forward. Also Project Pegaus is now canon in the MCU, which makes me very happy. That leaves the door open for a lot of stuff.
    February 28, 2019 9:52 pm I really liked issue 2 of Donny's Guardian's run. Feels like it will be fun. I like that they brought in Wraith. That character is so lame, but he works here as a foil for Ghost Rider. Also Nova rocketing in space as the stinger at the end got me hyped. I saw that it says 2 of 6. I'm hoping Donny stays on for more than that, but that's probably not a realistic hope.
    February 25, 2019 11:29 am Good bet Josh. I do sometimes still listen to the podcast on my old iPod Shuffle at work since it easily clips onto my lanyard and it has no camera or recording software in it, which is significant. I 100% agree that John Adams is the best founding father. I had a portrait of John Adams that I bought at a yard sale hanging unironically in my living room up until the point that my now wife moved in with me. She insisted we take it down. The compromise was we moved it from the living room to the bathroom, which is a strange place to put a tribute of the man I am aware, but it's no less heart felt.
    February 18, 2019 10:30 am When I think of Conan I think of the time before Ancient Babylon and Assyria. Maybe we shouldn't take it too seriously considering if that was the correct timeline for the stories then iron would be the height of weapon technology. Yet then in the Schwarzenegger movies steel is shown as a major plot element, and who doesn't like those films? Of course, steel working is treated as a very rare and precious skill in those movies. So it's easier to forgive that by saying maybe when Conan's tribe was murdered off that was a lost bit of technology that needed to be rediscovered. My thinking places it in a much more contemporary time than many other authors like Roy Thomas for instance who seems to peg the Hyborian Age at around 10,000 BC, which might as well be disconnected altogether from our modern historical records. Really all we know is that all this stuff happens after the fall of Atlantis (a purely fictional thing), but before the rise known civilizations. So maybe Roy Thomas is correct in his impression. All that said, yeah the pirates bugged me too. I also think it is weird that they would think the market could support two Conan books. I'm almost more interested in reading an account of those sorts of conversations than I am actually reading these books. That said I like Conan so I'll give both of these titles a fair shake.
    February 5, 2019 10:58 am The Green Lantern in my opinion, but I haven't read American Carnage.
    February 1, 2019 10:51 am I think I'm about the same age as you guys, and when I think about comics this is the era I associate with a normal comic reading experience. Soap Opera plot points, thought balloons editor's notes... all of it. Say what you will about Marvel editorial at the time, but their heavy handed control over the books allowed for that interconnected feeling world. It was crazy just how consistent they managed to keep all the books. I really do miss those editor's notes. It's sounds crazy, but that was one of my favorite things about reading those old comics. Reading an editor's notes and then tracking down some back issue to hear more about a plot point was tons of fun. I was 8-10 at the time of these books and I certainly noticed the writer and when the artist changed. The inker, letterer, colorist, editor etc all were basically invisible to me. I'm not sure if I even knew what those jobs entailed at the time. I still sometimes undervalue what the editor does for a book. That all said the big difference between then and now is now I more frequently will make a purchase based on the creative team. That was certainly not true back then. Back then I followed titles and characters regardless of the creative team. For example, if John Byrne left X-Men to go do a different book I didn't follow him to that book. I kept reading the X-Men even if I didn't care for the new creative team. Nowadays I would never do that.
    January 31, 2019 10:56 am Just finished reading The Wild Storm 19. Reminds me of Planetary in the sense that I didn't understand what Planetary was really about until around the middle of the series. It took The Wild Storm 19 issues to get there. Seems like a very Ellis move to make us wait this long for the Jenny/Doctor info dump. Looking back now much of this was hinted at and seeded throughout the series, and some of this could be extrapolated from prior Wildstorm knowledge, but for a new casual reader we only just got to the point where the audience is truly up to speed. Though now I wonder just how much will be resolved in this series. Is it just going to set the stage for a new continuity that will be explored in other books? I'm curious where this is going.
    January 28, 2019 11:02 am I had the same thought as Josh on GotG. I wonder if the book is allowed to be more experimental now that the movie franchise has been a bit derailed unfortunately. I for one am happy to see where they take it. I was the least happy when the book was trying to be a carbon copy of the movies in characterization. As someone who has been a long time fan of the cosmic side of Marvel it's been frustrating to see that stuff diminished, but it seems like recently they've opened a flood gate for this stuff. I think we saw the seed of this in the Duggan run where he was playing with characterizations more and brought back a good number of the old cosmic characters. I'm gonna stick around for the Cates run. I like these characters, and I wanna see what he does with the property. On paper he should be a good fit for GotG. I 100% agree that talking Groot is a terrible idea. He's talked briefly in the past, but he works so much better as a cypher linguistically. Also taking Rocket out of the picture is brave. He's been a constant since they made the modern line up, and important to the tone of the book. Even more than Star Lord in my opinion. Star Lord was the leader and Rocket was the heart of the team. That said I definitely wanted them to shake this book up so bring it on. Let's see how this works out. I'm willing to bet he won't be gone for long.