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Thu, Jul. 26th, 2007, 11:33 pm
danaewinters: Buffy Season 8

Ok, I admit it...I almost never go for comic books that started out as TV shows (as they so often dissapoint me), but after reading issues 1 through 4 of Joss Whedon's continuation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I must say I guessed wrong on that one. It was great! Definitely adding that to my subscription list now.

I liked that they stayed true to the characters portrayed in season 7, and maintained the same level of wittiness and well-paced dialogue in print that they did on screen.

Anyone else have thoughts on this series?

Mon, May. 21st, 2007, 11:26 pm
arcturusrann: Heroes season comes to a close...

So, who saw the season finale of Heroes and what were your thoughts?

Personally, I was very pleased, partly because I went out on a limb and said that Nathan wasn't planning on going along with his mother and would stop the explosion.  Of course, it is always possible that he didn't change his mind until Claire was talking to him, but still, I was basically right.

In any event, I look eagerly forward to seeing next season.

Wed, Apr. 25th, 2007, 12:20 pm
arcturusrann: A comics Bulletin Board system....

Well, given that it's relatively related to the subject at hand, I'm going to go ahead and make a plug for our local comic book stores webforums.

It's Comicopolis in Santa Cruz, California and we don't have that many people on, so we're trying to lure more.  Although some amount of it is involved with local issues, there is plenty of discussion about comics (of course), games, music, movies, books, and so on.  It does take a bit of time to be able to post, as we had to disable automatic activation to deal with spammers.  I try to check several times a day, however, so it shouldn't take that long.

If you feel like it, take a look and see what you think.  We'd love to have you!

x-posted in santa_cruz

Wed, Mar. 7th, 2007, 12:19 pm
arcturusrann: Captain America, 1941-2007 RIP

For those who haven't heard, the issue of Captain America that is released today shows his death by a sniper.

Captain America dies

I can't help but agree with Joe Simon and feel this is more of Quesada's work.  Instead of dealing with the underlying issue of the SRA and its violation of basic freedoms, they decided to remove him from things, as he would be the best spokesperson for the cause.  At a time when he might be the most needed since World War II, Quesada decided to retire him.

Wed, Mar. 7th, 2007, 09:11 am
captain_slinky: In 30 Seconds

To recap:

Marvel's Civil War in 30 seconds
DC's Infinite Crisis in 30 seconds

There! I just saved you $15 - $25 since you wojn't have to buy the TPB when it comes out now! You can go and spend it on quality BOOM! Comics like Jeremiah Harm, Planetary Brigade and/or Hero2! No need to thank me :)

Tue, Mar. 6th, 2007, 08:29 am
arcturusrann: Parallax cop-out...

So, who in here followed the whole Hal Jordan/Parallax storyline?  I ask because recently when I visited one of my dearest friends (who I moved away from), we got into a bit of an argument about the resolution DC gave to the issue.

For those who aren't aware of the situation, when Hal Jordan was ordered away from Earth, his hometown of Coast City was completely obliterated, leaving nothing but a crater, by the madman Hank Henshaw as the Cyborg-Superman.  Hal, destraught at losing close to everything he had ever cared about used his ring to momentarily "recreate" Coast City (litte more than a projection) and was then chastised about it by the Guardians who had kept him from being where he could have defended the city in the first place.

He snapped, took the energy of the projection, went after other GLs and took their rings, and finally destroyed the central power battery taking its power as well, killing most of the Guardians and becoming Parallax.  As Parallax, Hal tried to "fix" what had gone wrong in our universe, a task that could only be accomplished by "resetting" the universe, destroying it and recreating it, exactly as it was, except without the problems that had happened (these events occur in Zero Hour).  And ultimately he was defeated, subsequently sacrificing himself to save the Earth in Final Night.

Anyhow (I'm amazed I could recap that in two paragraphs), DC decided to revise the storyline when they brought Jordan back, saying that "Parallax" was actually the name of a mind-controlling alien who had been imprisoned by the Guardians within the central power battery and was the source of the yellow impurity.  Since he could induce fear, they needed GLs without fear and that once Coast City was destroyed, he was able to enter Jordan's psyche and manipulate events as they occurred.

In other words, they completely absolved Hal of any culpability of his crime, which seemed to me to be a huge freakin' cop-out.  They had written a well-made story that involved a hero being kept from defending his home and loved ones by an arrogant, unfeeling group (the Guardians) who had further smacked him down, instead of showing some sympathy, and between their behavior and his circumstances, he snapped and went insane.  But DC has decided that no, they can't have their heroes actually show humanity, and decided to invent some alien to take the blame instead.

My friend's argument was that there was no way that the strongest will in the universe would break, even under these circumstances.  My issue is that it first undercuts the basic humanity of the character if you state that he is immune to breaking under circumstances that are more extraordinary than any that a normal human has ever known.  Those circumstances are that not a single atom was left of his hometown and knowing that he had the capacity to stop its destruction had he not been ordered away by those whom he had long disagreed with and who showed him no compassion when he needed it.  That's the kind of thing that would make pretty much anyone deeply embittered and angry, and in the midst of such complete sorrow and tension, that level of bitterness could all too easily become hate, especially when the Guardians could be seen as culpable in Coast City's destruction.

Anyhow, what do you think?  Do you like the current "official" storyline of the DC universe here, or do you prefer the original explanation?

Mon, Mar. 5th, 2007, 07:54 am
arcturusrann: (no subject)

How do people hear feel about DC's 52?

Have you read it, do you think it's worthwhile and do you care for the weekly format?

Personally, I've been fairly fond of both it, and the idea behind it (less of a simple crisis and more of covering an event-filled year in the aftermath of a big complex event).  I've also deeply liked the writing and some of the elements within, such as a "villain" (Black Adam) running a country to provide peace and prosperity for all.

I also like that the most important characters moving the circumstances seem to be some of the "lesser" characters, those that people don't automatically think of when they think of either superheroes or DC comics, such as the Elongated Man, Booster Gold, the Question and Renee Montoya (the new Question?), Batwoman, Steel, etc.

Anyhow, how do you all feel?

Sat, Mar. 3rd, 2007, 10:24 pm
arcturusrann: Angry with Marvel about Civil War...

For those of you who haven't yet read Civil War, and still intend to do so, I'm placing this behind a cut.

Sat, Mar. 3rd, 2007, 07:15 pm
arcturusrann: A comics community is born!

Well, hello all who might be reading this.  I started this community after I found that there didn't seem to be any general community for discussion of comics.  I'm not an expert, but it seemed that it made more sense to simply begin one than try to locate somebody and ask them to do something I was unwilling to do myself.

So here I am.  I have my own opinions on comic books, but despite how vocal I might be about those opinions, I have no desire to impose them upon any of you.

Anyhow, welcome and we look forward to you joining the fray!

EDIT (3/5/07): I have now found that there are other communities that I somehow completely missed, but as per some others advice, I'll keep this one up and running along with those and see what comes of it.