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Name: Benjamin Penfold-Marwick

Bio: I am a high school English and media teacher by day. By night (and most mornings on the bus) I am an avid comic book reader who spends practically every waking minute that I'm not working, reading or reading about comic books.


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January 25, 2012 2:29 am You are crazy! Pym is a complex character with lots of regret and he is one of the reasons I always choose Marvel over DC (if I have to choose one over the other). He may be bad news for the Avengers themselves, but for readers he is an excellent addition to the team.
November 11, 2011 6:15 pm The only thing putting me off digital was the fact it cost the same. I think this is a genius move by Marvel. I would love if they introduced a digital subscription to titles, which also included a hard copy of the trade when it came out. I would be all over that.
October 27, 2011 12:27 pm Your Batgirl complaint, which I completely understand, reminds me of a funny story. A friend of mine was at a convention dressed as Princess Leia and a guy in a Storm Trooper costume walked past. She said to him, "Aren't you a little short for a storm trooper?", a quote which she assumed someone who had gone to the trouble of wearing a Trooper costume would know very well. The guy in the Storm Trooper costume gets annoyed and huffs, "I'm 6 foot 4!".
October 22, 2011 10:59 pm Ugh. I love this series and it would have been great to see these characters grow and change, but at least we"ll have a strong 8 issue run from start to finish.
October 10, 2011 11:25 am Soooo Marcus Johnson Bullseye right? 'a target on his head'? He is the reincarnation of Bullseye? Secret clone of Bullseye? It's good to see Daisy's name on there too. After 'Secret Warriors' ended I wasn't sure where she would show up next, and here she is, possibly related to Bullseye or something. Sweet.
September 30, 2011 7:27 pm These potential new comic book readers that you speak of don't exist. When we started reading comics it was because we had a friend or a family member who introduced them to us, or we saw them by chance and gave them a go. That hasn't all of a sudden changed. We got into comic books by reading comic books that were aimed at comic book readers, and it is possible and likely that others will to. Sure, 'Superman' may have been a mess, but 'Action Comics' #1 was fantastic, as were many of the other #1s that came out. As far as there being no 'all ages books', I know when I was a kid if I even smelled a hint of 'all ages' I was outta there. I wanted to read what the grown ups were reading. That was one of the things that attracted me to comic books at such a young age, the fact that they were a little bit naughty. So yeah, I'm not trolling or whatever, but I disagree with your point.
September 26, 2011 9:52 pm Hey Ron. "A lot" is two words, not one. I teach high school English, and it's a huge pet peeve of mine. "Alot' is not a word. As far as the comics go, I'm really nervous about Loeb being involved in the Marvel universe main again. He has Cable AND the Avengers?? Anything could happen, and not necessarily good stuff. That being said, I'll buy and read all of it like a sucker.
September 23, 2011 6:20 pm Optimus Prime died in the animated movie. It's not like it wasn't going to happen in the comic book series anyway.
September 20, 2011 1:06 am I like what you're saying, but I also think that it's a little different in the case of the Star Wars films because Lucas is literally fiddling with the original films. The new 'Action Comics' issue 1 wasn't the original comic with some shitty sound effect changes and CGI added; it was an entirely new comic. As much as I did not love the prequel Star Wars films, I don't mind them half as much as the awfulness that was added and added and added to the original trilogy. Lucas should just give us the original trilogy on blu-ray. Maybe he will in a few months, after we've all bought his "updated" one.
September 7, 2011 6:08 am I've dropped 'Vengeance' after the first two issues. I like it, but not enough to keep reading it. It's too mish mashy and I feel like it's written for the trade and the covers.