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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sat May 29, 2010 2:57 am

guitarsmashley wrote:which one of you creepy fucks is Newton and why are you e-mailing me?


He emails everyone. he'll probably ask you for chaps email soon enough. not sure why the fuck he doesn't just join the damn board.
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S.F. Jude Terror

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Sat May 29, 2010 3:01 am

guitarsmashley wrote:which one of you creepy fucks is Newton and why are you e-mailing me?


He's emailed the Outhouse press email repeatedly about Bubba's top ten vs top ten. I think he's trying to reach Hawk.
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Zero

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Postby Zero » Sat May 29, 2010 3:07 am

Gotham City Sirens #12

I often wonder why DC have so many prosaic and bland artists and writers on their books. When I began reading comics Marvel always seemed to have someone interesting and different on every book while DC tended to be a sludge of middling similarity. This probably wasn't the case but it's an impression that stuck and one that came back today.

Peter Nguyen's art is DC house style dreck. It's got nothing fancy, no bells, no whistles and, aside from one panel of Catwoman winking that looks like it's from a better book, nothing that made me ever want to look at it again. Combined with a colour pallet that does its best to make any scraps of colour stand way too far out against the mood of the title and my eyes would thank DC not to put this chap on anything I'll be reading any time soon.

Tony Bedard isn't an awful writer though. He did some interesting things on Exiles and his work at Crossgen was good enough for him to escape that trainwreck. It's just that here he hasn't made anything stand out. Catwoman's sister seems like an interesting idea, but her madness isn't handled as anything special and she never really seems as on-edge as she could. The rest of the girls are so well known by now they don't really need any extra characterisation, but the flipside to that is when they act like generic cyphers for the plot it's very noticeable. Selina and Harley could've been anyone here and that's really a waste of this book's great cast.

Pretty poor show by DC slipping the readers a filler, when I'm sure most of their readers would prefer a skip month to forgettable missteps like this.

3
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sat May 29, 2010 7:13 am

amlah6 wrote:For the 1763rd time, American Flagg! is genius and everyone should read it.


Agreed!

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Postby ****** » Sat May 29, 2010 9:18 am

guitarsmashley wrote:which one of you creepy fucks is Newton and why are you e-mailing me?


:lol: :lol: :lol:

You don't get to bitch until he's e-mailed you at least 30 consecutive days.

What'd you say bad about DC to get his panties in a bunch now?
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sat May 29, 2010 9:28 am

Last email I got from Newton was two days ago cause I was saying that taking Superman out of his books and keeping the names the same was stupid. Which it is, doesn't matter how good they have been it was stupid. His reply was something along the lines of how many times have those books not featured him in the past forty years which seemed horribly irrelevant to me, but whatever.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sat May 29, 2010 9:29 am

I'd almost forgot about the fucker. I used to get several emails a day from him when I was a nuramamod (that sounds like a city full of terrorists.)
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Mr_Batman

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Postby Mr_Batman » Sat May 29, 2010 9:58 am

Newton? :?

Flynn the Pirate

Postby Flynn the Pirate » Sat May 29, 2010 11:25 am

Gotham City Sirens #12
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Art: Peter Nguyen and Jack Purcell

I've been a pretty big fan of this title for a while. It's fun. It's quirky. It's highlighting a trio of characters that are having largely non-Batman-related hijinks-adventures in and around Gotham City. What's not to love, right?

This issue, apparently.

I hated this. I really truly did. The story was hinged on whether or not you had read the Catwoman tie-in during Blackest Night. Since I didn't, I had almost no clue what was going on with Selina's sister, save for the little bit of exposition that Maggie herself provides. As with most cases of this, it really just hits the high points, which is to say it only gives a skeleton outline and the reader who didn't buy that issue is forced to either search Wikipedia for information or track down that issue.

Another extremely bothersome problem here. Last issue, Paul Dini started a story about Ivy starting a job at Star Labs. Yeah, that story's cliffhanger was picked up here, but it felt like it was picked up almost as an afterthought. Bedard just sort of throws it together in two or three pages, almost like commercial breaks from the story he wants to tell.

Which brings me to my biggest complaint about this issue. The story felt like such a radical departure from the direction the book has taken up to this point that I honestly just spent most of the last few pages saying to myself, "Really? I mean, seriously? This is lame." Again, maybe it's because I committed the unpardonable sin (no pun intended, given the story in this issue) of not reading the aforementioned Catwoman issue, but to go from dealing with bottom-tier Batman villains or former sidekicks to fighting against a demon-possessed former nun with a sword and wire-fu moves is kind of a major departure, I think.

At the end of the days, this was a stinker. Hopefully, Dini will be back next month to salvage this, but this was absolutely terrible.

2 out of 10 for it at least being readable.
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Sat May 29, 2010 12:31 pm

Am I the only one who actually reads everyone's reviews? Or is it just my review nobody reads. :P
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sat May 29, 2010 12:31 pm

starlord wrote:Am I the only one who actually reads everyone's reviews? Or is it just my review nobody reads. :P


I wait until the front page article.

And 2 Batman books in a row is lame-sauce! I hate Batman!

Flynn the Pirate

Postby Flynn the Pirate » Sat May 29, 2010 12:34 pm

starlord wrote:Am I the only one who actually reads everyone's reviews? Or is it just my review nobody reads. :P


I try to read all of the reviews. Not always successful, as some of the shorter ones end up getting breezed over whilst breezing over the responses and banter.
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sat May 29, 2010 12:46 pm

Gotham City Sirens #12

So Tony Bedard seems to be the go to guy for fill ins on a lot of different books. When Mckeever had to leave birds of prey he stepped in and when the blackest night one shots needed to be wrote, there he was. But that is also a problem as to really get a full understanding of the events of this issue...you had to read the catwoman blackest night issue.

Also for a plot that was being heavily built up, the Ivy situation seemed to be handled way too easily by the character who suddenly goes full on villain again which I found a bit odd.

Even Harley seemed to suffer from a case of stupidity this issue over all. The only person showing any intelligence was S3elina's nutjob sister. Ivy almost threatening a child was unlike her as well, it just seemed like this was put together in a hurry and it shows.

Score: 6

I wish to have Paul Dini back now.
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Sat May 29, 2010 12:47 pm

Flynn the Pirate wrote:I try to read all of the reviews. Not always successful, as some of the shorter ones end up getting breezed over whilst breezing over the responses and banter.


I just wondered because I threw my pick for next week right in the middle of my review to see who would notice it. :-D

Flynn the Pirate

Postby Flynn the Pirate » Sat May 29, 2010 12:57 pm

starlord wrote:I just wondered because I threw my pick for next week right in the middle of my review to see who would notice it. :-D


I did. And since I think I'm one of the only people who actually likes Judd Winnick (don't throw anything, please), I'm looking forward to it.

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