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Monday, March 15, 2010

The Comic Shoppe Returns! Tues at 7pm-Discussing Predators, Agent Smith as The Red Skull, Watchman 2 ? and Daryll B's Latest Op-ed!

We're back and in full effect! Join Max, Daryll and yours truly, tomorrow at 7pm eastern as we discuss the latest pop/pulp culture news. During Tuesday's Comic Shoppe broadcast, we will discuss the following topics: our impressions of the Robert Rodriguez' reboot/sequel, Predators; Watchman 2? (maybe or maybe not); Sarah Connor's Summer Glau gets a new superhero gig, courtesy of NBC; further analysis of DC and Marvel's Blackest Night and Siege major event story lines; Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving of the Matrix films) to play Captain America's Red Skull?...and lastly our favorite graphic novel reads from the last few weeks. And feel free to stop by with your comments/questions at-646-200-0104 or via email/IM-thecomicshoppe@yahoo.com. And remember make yours the Comic Shoppe!

The Comic Shoppe's Week in Review

And now, the latest words of pulp wisdom from the Shoppe's Daryll B:

I suppose I am in a position now to have to back up what I have said on the show about DC's Blackest Night and Marvel's Siege events and know that I will because I have 5 common arguments about both events. These arguments will let you all decide whether I have valid points or just have event fatigue:

1. It is not uncommon to have 2 or more writers having different "voices" for the same character and that is fine because we all don't think the same. However, when it is the SAME writer giving their character two different personas/voices in the same event? That is all sorts of wrong to me. Johns, with Hal Jordan and the Corps and Bendis, with Osborn along with most of the Avengers have been guilty of this on numerous occasions.

2. Both events for all of the groundwork being laid down for years seem to be rushed. Think about this, for both events and all the manipulations to get to where they are now, you would think the Big Bads in both would have a better handle or plan than what has been shown.

3. Don't get me wrong, I am a Fanboy by nature BUT I do not want plot sacrificed for "OOOOH Fanboy-gasm" moments. You folks have heard me rant on things like Ganthet needing a green lantern ring or Sentry dispatching Ares the God of War in 3 pages in the MIDST OF A WAR! Do these writers think the majority of their readers are dumb? ...ok ok *deep breathe*

4. Speaking of events not lining up, for example just look at the Siege timeline between New Avengers, Dark Avengers, Siege, Invincible Iron Man and Thor involving the Thor beatdown and Maria Hill. You would think editorial would line these events up better. I wouldn't laugh too much DC because the lining up of GLC and GL has been horrid also. Think about this: In one book you get an explanation on how to defeat the Black Lanterns. You would think that the Lantern in question would spread that news out RIGHT AWAY to his comrades? Try 2 issues later and it is a member of a different Corps who does it.

5. Inconsistent power levels and too many extraneous books for my tastes. How do the Hawks get taken out right away in 3 pages but Ma Kent, Batman and Robin last 3 issues with light injuries? How does Sentry all of a sudden have powers topping a God's? Did we need the oversaturation of books from both companies that lightly touched on the event?

Saying all of this, there are some gems in my hatred. Avengers: Initiative and Green Lantern Corps have been BETTER than the stupid events they tie into. The Suicide Squad/Secret Six crossover and the Dark Reign: Electra and Zodiac minis were great in their own rights. I am just frustrated that I could see potentially epic stories of greatness here from both companies that have been utterly wasted.

Quick Hits:

I love the interviews that Newsarama does in and around the fantasy industry. However DON'T give me an interview you did a year ago that I read about Chuck and try to pass it off like you just did it before THIS season: http://www.newsarama.com/tv/Chuck-Levi-Gomez-Interview-100305.html

I have to give Newsarama credit though, they had the news of Smallville's renewal up a good 8 hours before the rest of the comics 'net verse.

Here you go Dburt, the first official video for the London Souls. The song is called "The Sound" and I caught it on MTV2 late night over the weekend: http://www.mtv.com/videos/the-london-souls/485467/the-sound.jhtml#id=1632531

Got to give credit to Greg Burgas over at Comic Book Resources for his article on politics and superheroes. Definitely a good read for heavy thinking comic fans: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2010/03/01/the-political-leanings-of-superhero-comics-revealed/

Thank you Gail Simone for your work on Wonder Woman. Best of luck on Birds of Prey. And a hearty welcome back to comics to Devin Grayson who did a great story involving Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Wolverine in last week's Girl Comics #1.

Green Lantern movie in 3D...now that's awesome...wait got one thing else....Boondocks Season 3 scheduled to begin May 2nd according to Adult Swim

Thanks for reading Afronerd followers and until next time, Keep Fantasizing.

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