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 on: April 28, 2017, 03:02:43 PM 
Started by Jeff - Last post by Perry

Really hard to get my brain switched back into Civil War II after spending so much time in the Valiant universe.

Only because it sucks.
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Maybe it's because I'm reading all of the Tie-Ins but I haven't reached that opinion.   I have issues with elements of it but I'm not hating this...yet.

Hey, I hope you don't get to that opinion. I would be shocked, but yeah, it could happen. I hope you enjoy it.
However, if you come away not understanding why Marvel gave Captain Marvel her own title after this, for fans that love the character, you wouldn't be alone.

Flash #21 - Yay
Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #1 - Meh
X-Men Gold #2 - Boooo ... F'n Guggenhiem is just not a writer I enjoy. I'm done. May flip through to the end next issue, but no reason to keep reading this horrible "look! We are super-heroes now" forced bull shit when Blue does it so much better.
X-Men Blue #2 - I am liking this. But maybe when I read Blue after Gold I am being false in my opinions? I mean if you smell dog crap and then you smell plain air, the plain air smells fantastic in comparison!

All-Star Batman #9 - Meh, just a book. It ties into the past few issues and reunites Jock and Snyder, but I was not very happy reading it. It just seemed like a story with too many bullshit twists that just seem off. Hoping the next arc brings the fun back in the series.
Weapon X #2 - As fun as issue #1 was, in an early 90's "SHARP METAL OBJECTS ARE COOL" kind of way  Grin this issue brings some more of the same, making me remember why I was starting to avoid comics around that time. Now true, the art is not as totally ridiculous as some of the early 90's art, even with Land as one of the artists, but the story is still the same as issue one in almost every way. The story moved slightly forward, ever so slightly, but I think I would have preferred issue 1 and 2 combined into a double-sized issue and I would have liked it more. Still okay, but not at the "Remender X-Force" level that this is trying to be, yet. Still better than X-Men Gold.

 on: April 28, 2017, 02:27:59 PM 
Started by Perry - Last post by Perry
Issue #1 -

You will either really enjoy this or find you don't care.

That is not entirely true, you may end up, like me, both enjoying it and not caring. You may have the understanding of what PAD is doing, or trying to do and find you like it, but at the same time feeling like you wasted time reading this title as it doesn't mean anything.

If you enjoy classic, don't think about it too much, silver-age type comics, you should enjoy this. The art is decent enough, some of Bagley's best in awhile actually (mouth slot on the costume aside), and the writing does have that old school feel to it so again, there is something there, but for me, just not enough "Meat" to go with it. It almost reads like a Marvel Adventures Spider-Man I guess is what I mean. And that is fine, unless that is not what you want and then ...

6 outta 10 - apparitions agree

 on: April 28, 2017, 10:25:31 AM 
Started by Tokyo Vigilante #1 - Last post by Perry
I went to record it a few weeks ago and my DVR would not show me the title so I could set the recording for the series. All it had was a OnDemand episode that wouldn't play.
Forgot all about going back and trying again later.
I have to go back and get it!!!
Thanks for reminding me

 on: April 28, 2017, 10:23:18 AM 
Started by Jeff - Last post by Perry
Yep, but you will sadly not be buying Power Man and Iron Fist for $3.99 any longer. The series is dead at issue #15.  Sad
However, Marvel is more than happy to sell you Power Man AND Iron Fist for $6.98 for both titles.

 on: April 28, 2017, 08:40:05 AM 
Started by Tokyo Vigilante #1 - Last post by Tokyo Vigilante #1
Anyone else watching this on IFC?

 on: April 28, 2017, 08:38:09 AM 
Started by Jeff - Last post by Tokyo Vigilante #1
Right? Even if the page count was only 16 pages or something.

I know I am (somewhat) shocked that Marvel didn't try a lower price for the first two or three issues of ANY of the countless new titles they had over the past year to drum up at least SOME interest in comics that we (and they) know are not going to go past 7 or 12 issues.

One of the few things to come out of Marvel's stupid over-shipping crap recently was some of the LCS' around here were able to lower the price on the titles Marvel shipped twice as many of giving old readers a break while pulling in a couple ew readers just because of the price.

I have no interest at all in reading about Mosiac, but if Marvel would've introduced his title at $2 an issue for the first three, maybe I would have given it a fair try, but at $4? Screw you, Marvel.

And of course they blamed us, the consumer, not wanting diversity in our comics as why stuff like that failed
 Roll Eyes

Yeah, ever since prices hit $2.99 I've been wondering why more creators don't just make comics with less pages. This was happening with Image books like Casanova and Ellis and Templesmith's Fell back 10 or so years ago. Even some Ellis stuff from Avatar Press was doing this.

Lately I've been rereading some Gruenwald's Captain America stuff. Most of those comics were only 17 pages of main story with 5 pages of back-up story. When collected for the first "Streets of Poison" trade, they left out the back-up stories. There was so much content you didn't even realize you were reading only 17-page "chapters."

But retailers get less of a percentage off such books so the order numbers are going to be low. Digitally it's still an option. However, how many creative teams are willing to take a pay cut to do less pages? Will this make them raise their rates per page, thus forcing companies to raise prices again. (That last line might be a long shot, but I'm just going off the top of my head here.)

Or, maybe make more one-shot graphic novels at a reasonable price 2-3 times a year for certain characters. If you give characters like Darkhawk, Blue Devil, or other c-listers another shot, you know that book won't last long. However, if a big enough creative team is allowed to tell a story arc worth of story for a one-shot, maybe it would fair better.

$3.99 is just too much. I still buy Power Man and Iron Fist at that price, but that's the only Big Two book I buy anymore. I might pick up an indie book here and there, but it's tough as their prices go up too. I got a Simpsons book a couple of months ago for $3.99. Way too much for a book I get here and there on a whim, even if there is technically more story pages in them.

As far as blaming "diversity" it's a cop out folks better than me have already pointed out. And, not to get off topic, that might be handled better if you stick with the main book to slowly introduce new characters instead of using spin-offs or events to crowbar in those characters.

Take Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, for example. He was a supporting character for like 4 years or so before taking over as Iron Man. Fans got to know and like him organically. Would that still happen if he was just introduced one issue and became Iron Man in the next?
I know some folks hate US Agent, but at least his story was given a slow burn to get to know him before taking over as Cap. And it's not like Steve Rogers totally disappeared while it happened, you still got to see what he was going through that entire time.

I'm babbling... so yeah, $3.99 is way too much.  Grin

 on: April 28, 2017, 05:09:07 AM 
Started by Jeff - Last post by Jeff
Just realized I need to add the two issues of Spidey 2099 before the CW tie in.

Generation Zero #1
Rai #16
Valiant Universe Handbook: 2016 Edition #1
4001 A.D. #4
Bloodshot Reborn #16
X-O Manowar #49
Bloodshot Reborn #17
Generation Zero    2
X-O Manowar #50
Bloodshot Reborn #18
Bloodshot U.S.A. #1
Generation Zero #3
Flash 21 - The Button part 2
ADD: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior 13
ADD: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior 14
ADD: Ninjak 21
ADD: Ninjak 22

Marvel Unlimited
ADD: Spider-Man 2099 11
ADD: Spider-Man 2099 12

Civil War II
Free Comic Book Day 2016 - Civil War II
New Avengers 14
Uncanny Inhumans 12
Squadron Supreme 10

Invincible Iron Man 12
Deadpool 16
Civil War II: Kingpin 2
Civil War II: The Accused 1
Spider-Man 2099 13
All New, All-Different Avengers 13
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 8
A-Force 8

 on: April 28, 2017, 04:11:19 AM 
Started by Jeff - Last post by Jeff

Really hard to get my brain switched back into Civil War II after spending so much time in the Valiant universe.

Only because it sucks.
 Cheesy Cheesy

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Maybe it's because I'm reading all of the Tie-Ins but I haven't reached that opinion.   I have issues with elements of it but I'm not hating this...yet.

 on: April 28, 2017, 03:12:55 AM 
Started by Jeff - Last post by Perry

Really hard to get my brain switched back into Civil War II after spending so much time in the Valiant universe.

Only because it sucks.
 Cheesy Cheesy

If that mini were a person you were dating, a Ms. Secret Wars, she would be telling you "It's not you, it's me" while still wanting to stay together.

I knocked out one book early in the morning, Flash #21, and thought to myself "Yea, buddy, you're getting an early start. You are going to read some comics today!"

The entire day I read -

Flash #21

I had such a good start, too

 on: April 28, 2017, 03:07:42 AM 
Started by Perry - Last post by Perry
Yep, that twist got me. My jaw just slowly dropped as they began to show the scenes that made it obvious. And that was a really cool way to do it, I must say. They didn't just show us, the led our hand to allow us to find out slowly, by the structure of the scenes, right before they "really" told us. It was a cool move and certainly something I didn't see coming.

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