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The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:35:51 PM »
Turns out that DC have had the X-Files license for a year or so.

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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010, 05:32:37 PM »
Can the Mandarin really be Iron Man's arch-nemesis?

Well-reasoned arguments on both sides, and this article produced my quote of the day: "...at least in terms of Iron Man's position as a frequent catspaw of and ideological stalking horse for American imperial ambition, the Mandarin is 100% in the right - if Tony Stark is going to climb into his one-man weapon of mass destruction suit and carry out thermonuclear gunboat diplomacy writ large, he deserves to get his ass kicked."

JMS Talks Wonder Woman's New Look and New Direction

Love the new costume, and I hope editorial realizes how much easier it makes any film adaptation. I really like the reasoning behind it, especially the feminine angle, which is something that's honestly been lacking in almost the whole of the character's existence.

I'm struck a bit, however, by the stark similarities between this new timeline and... that of a certain boy wonder in the same continuity. Perhaps that's intentional and JMS plans to utilize the parallel to great effect, but if he does I hope he gets to it relatively early in the run.

And this produced my second favorite quote of the day: "There's a rule of writing: if everything is funny, nothing is funny; if everything is sad, nothing is sad. You want that contrast. Here, if everything is mythic, nothing is mythic. It's all about contrast."

I had this argument  all the time in my early days in the industry, mostly with editorial but sometimes with fans as well. It's one I don't have much anymore. Hopefully that means the creative medium, and those who make and appreciate it, are growing up a bit.
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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 06:28:11 PM »
I have serious issues with the bolero jacket -- it looks dumb and has no practical application, because if as he says the intent is for her to be able to cover up the cherry red bustier, it really needs to be able to cover all of it, not leave her midrift exposed. As it is, all it does is cover the bare back left by her top.

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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010, 06:58:47 PM »
I really want to like Wonder Woman's new getup, but the jacket ... It's about 15 years too late. I'd love to see her get more use out of the Hoplite-looking armor-and-skirt she occasionally dons when it's time to really put the hurt on someone.

For a terrific look at the Mandarin, pick up Invincible Iron Man Annual #1, out today. Matt Fraction continues to really get Tony/IM and his circumstances, and if this one-shot is any indication, he's going to do good things with our favorite descended-from-Genghis-Khan technology-as-magic warlord.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 11:51:23 PM »
I have serious issues with

For some reason it does not surprise me. ;)
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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2010, 07:23:46 AM »
I have serious issues with the bolero jacket -- it looks dumb and has no practical application, because if as he says the intent is for her to be able to cover up the cherry red bustier, it really needs to be able to cover all of it, not leave her midrift exposed. As it is, all it does is cover the bare back left by her top.

Really? It's far more practical than 98 percent of the female costumes out there. The rest tends to make the ladies look like prostitutes (not that there's anything wrong with that on a pure aesthetics level, but on a practical level... yeah.)
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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2010, 01:52:27 PM »
The bar is so low in many cases that even an impractical improvement still rates as an actual improvement.

Even a few tweeks improves the redesign no end

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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2010, 02:47:02 AM »
The bar is so low in many cases that even an impractical improvement still rates as an actual improvement.

Even a few tweeks improves the redesign no end
I prefer the larger/longer gauntlets, but those short jackets are retarded.  Armored boots would be groovy.
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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2010, 07:37:31 AM »
The bar is so low in many cases that even an impractical improvement still rates as an actual improvement.

Even a few tweeks improves the redesign no end
I prefer the larger/longer gauntlets, but those short jackets are retarded.  Armored boots would be groovy.

Armored boots have that certain something, like not only are you going to get into trouble, but you're going to put your feet somewhere they really shouldn't be -into a toxic flood, through windows, up a titan's rectum, whatever. They're just....awesome. =]
Plus, hey, ankle support and possibly kneepads. Nothing wrong with either.
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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2010, 12:06:12 PM »
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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2010, 11:41:54 AM »

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Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2010, 06:39:15 AM »


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I'm assuming the original link was not a public service announcement? ;)
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2010, 06:49:44 AM »