The Lake

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:26 am
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So each June I sometimes try to post a Bradbury comic or two in his memory. EC did numerous Bradbury adaptations and 'The Lake' is probably the strongest.

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The leaning kitty of mopishness

Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:20 pm
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Left cat at the vet's today, for his tooth-cleaning and some additional checkups that the vet recommended after I listed all cat's troubles with eating. Picked up cat after work and left half of my tax money there.

The plaque in itself isn't what keeps him from chewing and eating properly, and there is nothing wrong with his mouth and throat. But his liver has elevated values of stuff, which isn't good. Looked normal on ultrasound, and they didn't want to do a biopsy without trying the easy way first. So now he gets cortison and special liver-helpful food for a few days. Here's to hoping that will be enough to get him back into shape. The vet warned me that not all cats recover from liver troubles, so. Fingers crossed.

For now, I have a still not sober cat moping about the place. And listing. Poor puss.
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Batwoman #4

Jun. 21st, 2017 02:20 am
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The finale of "The Many Arms of Death".

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Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done "The night is so dark." Giving Batman more pain doesn’t reveal anything about his character because he’s taken as much pain as he can. But giving him love and joy, that combines with the tragedy of his past into something new... -- Tom King

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Steve Rogers: Captain America #17

Jun. 21st, 2017 12:03 am
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The besieged majority is the primary calling card of fascism. -- Nick Spencer

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Off-Topic Tuesday!

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:01 am
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

Britain has had another pretty awful week, a horrendous fire in London, causing any number of questions about the housing situation and cuts to the Fire and Emegenecy Services. Local's rally round in magnificent

Also in London, a white terrorist attempted to run down a group of worshippers at a Mosque as they left late night prayers. One dead, several injured, and notably, an Imam who protected the attacker from potential angry mob to ensure that the rule of law and justice would proceed. (Even The Daily Mail had, eventually and after it's usual shoddy attempt to victim blaming, to describe a white man as a terrorist, a move so outside their normal scope that a friend of a friend described it as "Like hearing a cat moo")

Also Brexit negotations started... with the UK team immediately capitulating on the order of discussion, a topic which they had promised they would fight all summer long.

In the US, the tentative loosening of diplomatic relations with Cuba initated by Obama, were summarily removed by Trump... citing human rights concerns... Which, given the human right records of certain countries he recently toured and praised to high heaven, seems to be a rather radical disconnect, even by Trumpian standards.

In more upbeat news a College at Oxford University has loaned a 19th century violin to a 14 year-old Syrian refugee and musician.

The opening titles for the new Ducktales series have been previewed, and though the new animation style will take some getting used to, it seems very promising, with some very definite nods to Carl Barks in the layouts.

And it's been announced that Animaniacs may be returning to the small screen

"Transformers: Rescue Bots" which ended after four seasons (and the longest run of any single title in the Transformers franchise" is getting a sequel "Rescue Bots Academy" which will follow the further adventures of the team, as set up in the series finale. Also announced is another Transformers series (presumably something to replace Robots in Disguise?) and new series using the name "Micronauts", though how it ties in to comics old, new, or whatever toy line Hasbro has been working on, is anyone's guess right now.

Peter Capaldi's final season as the Doctor starts it's two part finale this coming weekend, with the return, after fifty years, of the original design "Mondasian Cybermen" (Mondas being the long lost twin planet of Earth that appeared in William Hartnell's final story "The Tenth Planet", which also introduced the Cybermen). Also featured in the trailer is the return of John Simms as the Master which, since the story also includes Michelle Gomez as Missy, makes this the first multiple Master/Mistress story on TV.

Also in a cute note, just discovered that in "Dark Water", the Season 8 story which revealed Missy was the new incarnation of the Master, her line "I am a Mobile Intelligence Systems Interface, MISI for short" (As a fake out, since we viewers had no idea who or what Missy was at that time), was originally recorded as "I am a Random Access Neural Interface, or RANI for short" in case anyone outside the film crew overheard the recording (There was much speculation about that Missy might actually be a regenerated Rani, the amoral scientist Time Lord the 6th and 7th Doctors met) so the surprise could be kept.
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More far-out DC Silver Age craziness from Brothers Joe Simon and Al Bare.

'Cool it, brothers!') )

New Wonder Woman creative team

Jun. 19th, 2017 05:24 pm
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So, DC has announced the next creative team for Wonder Woman. In September, #31 will mark the onset of James Robinson (Scarlet Witch, Squadron Supreme), Carlos Pagulyan (Deathstroke), and Emanuela Lupacchino (Superwoman). The new team will tackle the Rebirth mystery of Wonder Woman's secret brother Jason. By the looks of the cover, Giganta and Grail appeared to be involved in some capacity.

This could make for an interesting run. Robinson has done generally mixed work at DC, in my opinion, but his Marvel work seems pretty good. The two artists are also great. Will look at this with openness.
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I posted this Concept Art of second tier Justice Wing hero Greyfalcon over at the Patreon (with explanation of her uniform because blah blah blah). 

On Twitter, I made mention that Greyfalcon isn’t “Black Canary,” but is enough of a pastiche that I wanted to do the ‘fishnets’ visual nod without compromising her defense. For example, if you look closely, not only are the ‘fishnets’ over an insulating (and bulletproof) fabric… they’re metal. In fact, they’re chain-link. Similarly, her bustier is full coverage and made essentially of ‘feathers’ of scale mail. 

One of my rules of Justice Wing: the more successful a hero or villain in Justice Wing becomes, the more functional I want their uniform to be, barring specific story-exceptions. Dynamo Girl was a newbie, and wore a leotard, essentially. Leather’s combat body suits are better armored than pro racing leather bodysuits, even if they don’t show it. Amelia Kaur wears what looks like fishnets, but they turn aside knives and ground her against a number of electrical attacks.

I write superhero stories. I want my characters to look like Western Superheroes. That doesn’t mean putting them in bathing suits. And if I do – there’s an underlying story reason.

Yes. Kuar’s arms are bare. She takes a lot of grief from her allies for it, too.

(Since someone asked me – Amelia Kuar’s from the North of England. She’s of Sikh descent. Which I think makes her the… third?… Justice Wing character of Indian descent? I’m not sure off the top of my head.)

Also? For Daz3D junkies? Amelia’s my first foray into Genesis 8 Female. I’ve spent no actual money on G8F yet – I built her physical shape in G3F and transferred the morphs, grabbed the textures from G3F and then shifted them to the right skin tone, and fit the uniform from older figures. Why did I bother?

Because I built that expression in like two minutes using the new Powerpose. God I like that thing

The Wild Storm #4

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:13 am
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I don't return to old grounds too much. I don't look back. I started asking myself if that had become dogmatic. Binary thinking. And then this popped up, and I thought, well, here's a way to test the hypothesis. -- Warren Ellis

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Foolkiller #1

Jun. 17th, 2017 07:22 pm
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"In a way, it’s kind of a “Dexter”-y plot set-up — you have an antihero who’s a vigilante, who enjoys getting into the minds of these people that, on face value, he would just shoot in the face. That’s the basic plot set-up. It’s really a fun set-up, and I get to do a lot with it. I think the main underlying sentiment that makes it a fun book to write is, besides Deadpool, a lot of these Punisher-type characters are very un-self-conscious and very serious. Greg is kind of affable at this point, because he gets this new lease on life. The whole premise is, he never really enjoyed it — he had a pretty horrible existence as the Foolkiller — so he’s offered a chance, in a way I won’t detail too much, to have this job as a shrink, and to have a sort of normal life. He wants that.

If anyone read my “X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever” miniseries, that was about being an outsider in the mutant community. For Greg, he’s kind of an outsider in the normal person community, because he was a friggin’ vigilante and he’s actually a lunatic. I think all of my work will probably have that theme. If you read any of my creator-owned stuff, there’s always some kind of fish out of water-ish scenario, because that’s my neurotic thing."

- Max Bemis

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Royals #3 - "Tomorrow's Never There"

Jun. 17th, 2017 11:45 pm
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I wanted to create a myth from the future, a quest to find answers and meaning in the face of extinction. In some ways, this is similar to my run on [Loki: Agent of Asgard], the thing that'll let me explore ideas of myth and metaphor, that'll allow me to play around on a grand tapestry. And the further out I get, the bigger I can go. I want to take this book to a place where Marvel-Earth -- the Marvel Galaxy -- isn't even a speck in the sky. -- Al Ewing

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It was two months after the same kind of thing'd been done in Doctor Strange.

It was The Mighty Thor #7, part two and the conclusion of " The Strongest Viking There Is ".

It was during Thor's second round with the titular dragon-blood-empowered pawn of Loki's.

The God of Mischief told the flashback to 896 A.D.

He told it characteristically. )

Man-Thing #3

Jun. 16th, 2017 11:33 pm
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"I just have always had a thing for swamp creatures... I just think it is horror character #1; it’s your basic nightmare, of this thing rises up from the muck, this hideous thing. It’s just always appealed to me. So when I saw Man-Thing was available to do, that they weren’t using it, I said, well, let me try it. Let me see what I can do differently with it." -- R. L. Stine

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There’s this weird double standard the alien races have for Earth, which seems to be caused by a clash of pop culture tropes and metaphors. So on the one hand, Earth is seen as a bit backward and unevolved, but on the other hand, they’re really dangerous and sooner or later someone should get around to blowing Earth up before these humans do something too crazy. -- Al Ewing

The Ultimates vs. Hydra's planetary shield )
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Among the most bizarre comic-book responses to sixties counterculture was the short-lived DC series Brother Power the Geek (created by Joe Simon), about a mannequin who miraculously comes to life and uses his super-strength to defend his hippie friends while avoiding capture by the Establishment. While this is most definitely not a pro-hippie comic (unlike Stan Lee, neither Simon nor his editors had much sympathy for the movement), it's so cracky I just had to share it.

'Sock it to them, babies / Before they tune out / Our geek-out!' )
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Roberto has no idea how tough things are about to get — he’s a master of long-term planning, but in Steve Rogers’ Hydra agent, he’s almost definitely met his match in that department, and the wheels the evil Cap has set in motion could end up crushing A.I.M. in their path. So when things get really bad for him — and for the world — a little hope and caring might just go a long way. Not to mention that helping other people, and letting other people help you, is just good policy for life in general if you can do it. -- Al Ewing

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Saucer Country #5 - "Run, Part Five"

Jun. 16th, 2017 06:04 pm
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Warning for rape

Media representation of these things as serious and real and scary may have gone away, but out there in popular culture they're still abducting people. The mythology has rolled on; in fact, it's gained a huge number of dimensions since the end of The X-Files. The Lizard Men have arrived and started infesting our royal families, things like that. The Grays have now become this inflatable cartoon figure. We've got this word: "probing." We have a funny word for anal rape! This is because we're terrified. We're scared that this might be true. And that fear has led us to take this bogeyman and make this court jester out of it. It's fascinating. -- Paul Cornell

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