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Postby Victorian Squid » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:21 pm

See, watch me go in an entirely unrelated direction with no warning, and no memory of what we were just talking about:

Guess what! Yesterday when I was scouting books I found a 1st hardcover of PKD's Flow My Tears, the Policeman said!

The only question is a) do I keep it for me? or b) turn it for the quick flip, or even c) hang on to it, the movie is in pre-pro right now.
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Postby Victorian Squid » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:23 pm

thefourthman wrote:fucking hairs growing in the weirdest ass places.

So, you know what was more exciting than Doom Patrol? Sunday in Church someone passed out and the paramedics got called, cutting the service short while somehow still being released later than usual.


Cool! When I was a kid someone tainted the communion wine and row after row of people projectile vomited, fled the room, or passed out.

Oh yeah, as regards DP, I had a bad feeling about it too but wanted to go into it open-minded. Unfortunately it lasted about 2 pages.

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Postby SuperginraiX » Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:43 am

I couldn't care less about Doom Patrol. I wish I could. They don't seem to be terrible characters and they've got great visuals. Still, everytime I've read their adventures, I find them to be incredibly boring. Maybe if I'd read some of Morrison's stuff... but I'm not going out of my way for it at this point.

So what we have here is a story featuring characters that don't intrigue me doing things that don't interest me. Doom Patrol membership has some sort of shelf life now where the peripheral members are red shirts and only Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy are guaranteed to survive. Since this seems to be the central theme? Zzzzzzzzzz.

And the info text that gives us all the important bits about the main characters? Unreadable. Well, nigh unreadable. Too much information in a terrible format. Nice and stylized and completely useless.

The art was actually good. I can give props where props are deserved. The characters look cool and the layouts are great. Panel flow is easy to follow and all that good stuff. I've always been impressed by Matthew Clark.

The highlight of the comic? The Metal Men back up. That thing was awesome. Maybe it reads better after going through the dreck of the main story. All I know is that, if I come back for issue two, it's because of Metal Men. The art was great. The story was fun. The writing was brilliant. This is the classic team of Giffen, Dematteis, and Maguire and it's as good as ever. I would pick up a comic about Metal Men if this was the team doing it.

As it is, I probably won't be coming back. Doom Patrol isn't worth buying just for nine good pages.

Doom Patrol, you get a 6. That's all thanks to Metal Men, by the way.
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Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:57 am

Maybe Giffen intends a sort of Reverse-Morrison with this group, initially portraying the Chief as a crass manipulator but later revealing his true loyalty to the group?
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Postby thefourthman » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:59 am

Running a mission in Buena Suerte, team member Nudge (who is so unimportant, Giffen doesn’t even bother to let the reader know what her name is until long after this event and more than half of the story presented here is over) gets obliterated. This traumatic experience means that a priest is sent by Dr. Niles Caulder, the founder of the team, to make sure everyone is okay.

Turns out everyone is not okay. Turns out the entire team is made up of unlikeable characters and apparently run by one too, as Caulder seems not to be worried about his team's feelings as much as whether or not they still feel bored enough to be heroes.

In the end it’s all set up. I understand what Giffen is doing. He is showing the reader how broken these characters are. He is giving us characterization and setting. There are great ideas here. Bumblebee living in a Barbie Dream House. Their base of operations being on Oolong. Most noticeable, a heck of an intriguing cliffhanger.

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:31 am

I MADE POWERSELLER!!! YAY!!!! Now that they're doing away with it! :(
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Postby Punchy » Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:34 pm

The ebay talk was much duller than Doom Patrol.

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Postby ****** » Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:44 pm

Punchy wrote:The ebay talk was much duller than Doom Patrol.


Well, I did finish Doom Patrol. I quit reading this thread about 100 posts back.

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Postby Mr_Batman » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:56 pm

Obviously, no review from me right now.

Is it just me, or does it look like Cap is in a Nazi-like pose?

I'm definitely getting this. It looks awesome

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Postby Punchy » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:59 pm

Mr_Batman wrote:Obviously, no review from me right now.

Is it just me, or does it look like Cap is in a Nazi-like pose?

I'm definitely getting this. It looks awesome


That's what you get when you let a Socialist Scotsman write the Avengers!

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Postby Victorian Squid » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:18 pm

Punchy wrote:The ebay talk was much duller than Doom Patrol.


Good God, I'm growing sick of your fucking whining.

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Postby Punchy » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:21 pm

House of J wrote:Good God, I'm growing sick of your fucking whining.


I'm whining? I'm the one who likes the book and wants to discuss it, not the one whining about ebay.

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:37 pm

Punchy wrote:I'm whining? I'm the one who likes the book and wants to discuss it, not the one whining about ebay.

too bad no one else liked it.

And yes, you do whine, need I only remind you about last weekend's merger of forums.
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Postby Punchy » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:38 pm

thefourthman wrote:too bad no one else liked it.

And yes, you do whine, need I only remind you about last weekend's merger of forums.


And it worked!

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