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3MJ

Postby 3MJ » Fri May 27, 2011 12:34 pm

Sorry for flaking out, I went on a kind of impromptu road trip with my mates for a few days.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri May 27, 2011 12:53 pm

Punchy wrote:
Brubaker is the writer who started Fear Itself.


True but that doesn't mean he wanted to be part of the full line, just the little pieces he could control the most like Cap and Bucky Cap.
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Windom URL

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Postby Windom URL » Fri May 27, 2011 3:53 pm

I thought Iron Man 2.0 was pretty good, I haven't read Secret Avengers yet..
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri May 27, 2011 3:59 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:
True but that doesn't mean he wanted to be part of the full line, just the little pieces he could control the most like Cap and Bucky Cap.


I don't think Bru is the kind of guy to pull a JMS hissy-fit about an event, especially since he was heavily involved in the planning stages of this one (IIRC originally the series was going to be written by both Fraction and Brubaker, with Fraction writing the present day scenes and Bru writing flashback sequences with Red Skull, but they later decided to do that one-shot instead).

I imagine he just wanted to leave Secret Avengers and focus on the Captain America relaunch.
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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri May 27, 2011 4:32 pm

Punchy wrote:
I don't think Bru is the kind of guy to pull a JMS hissy-fit about an event, especially since he was heavily involved in the planning stages of this one (IIRC originally the series was going to be written by both Fraction and Brubaker, with Fraction writing the present day scenes and Bru writing flashback sequences with Red Skull, but they later decided to do that one-shot instead).

I imagine he just wanted to leave Secret Avengers and focus on the Captain America relaunch.


I don't think he did either, I think it was more of a "I don't feel like writing this, just get someone else to do it."

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Postby ****** » Fri May 27, 2011 4:34 pm

Bru dropped SA because Cap was splitting into multiple books and he's got some non-comics stuff going and since (paraphrasing what he said on Word Balloon) it was the hardest book on his slate to write it made the most sense to pass it on to someone else.
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Postby Windom URL » Fri May 27, 2011 5:08 pm

John Snow wrote:Bru dropped SA because Cap was splitting into multiple books and he's got some non-comics stuff going and since (paraphrasing what he said on Word Balloon) it was the hardest book on his slate to write it made the most sense to pass it on to someone else.


Big talk from Bru on Cap:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page ... e&id=32527
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Eli Katz

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Postby Eli Katz » Fri May 27, 2011 9:15 pm

I tried to read the Iron Man book. But I have no interest in superhero stories right now. I just can't bring myself to read the words. The art in this book is amazing, however. I like the fight scenes at the beginning, even though it's devoid of backgrounds. Normally this technique makes the characters look as though they are floating in a colorless void. But somehow it works here and intensifies the action. I suspect it works so well because of the lush colors. They give the characters enough weight that they don't need background details to create a three-dimensional illusion. I also love the double-page spread at the end of this book. Gorgeous. The funny thing is that the interior art looks 100 times more dynamic than the cover art. Usually the opposite is the case.

There is a lot of Iron Fist in this issue and no signs of Iron Man, as far as I can tell. That seems odd to me.

STORY: Who knows? Who cares?
ART: 10
OVERALL: If you must buy this comic, buy it for the art. But save the three bucks and buy beer instead.
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Postby Punchy » Sat May 28, 2011 6:30 am

Eli Katz wrote:I tried to read the Iron Man book. But I have no interest in superhero stories right now. I just can't bring myself to read the words. The art in this book is amazing, however. I like the fight scenes at the beginning, even though it's devoid of backgrounds. Normally this technique makes the characters look as though they are floating in a colorless void. But somehow it works here and intensifies the action. I suspect it works so well because of the lush colors. They give the characters enough weight that they don't need background details to create a three-dimensional illusion. I also love the double-page spread at the end of this book. Gorgeous. The funny thing is that the interior art looks 100 times more dynamic than the cover art. Usually the opposite is the case.

There is a lot of Iron Fist in this issue and no signs of Iron Man, as far as I can tell. That seems odd to me.

STORY: Who knows? Who cares?
ART: 10
OVERALL: If you must buy this comic, buy it for the art. But save the three bucks and buy beer instead.


Come on man, at least read it.

3MJ

Postby 3MJ » Sat May 28, 2011 6:32 am

I am loving the Spencer backlash. I want to go down as the one who started it!
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Postby Punchy » Sat May 28, 2011 6:39 am

Always Right wrote:I am loving the Spencer backlash. I want to go down as the one who started it!


I think you mean 'Nicklash'.

You started it, I named it.

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Postby ****** » Sat May 28, 2011 12:00 pm

Immortal Weapons 2.0 #5

I don't care about War Machine. Not even a tiny little bit. The concept of Iron Man with more guns... meh. It's a good thing then that Rhodey was only in this for about 5 pages.

Rather than being a War Machine issue, what this comic really was is a return to Swierczynski-era Immortal Iron Fist stories and my only response to that can be a resounding Fuck Yeah! If it takes a second tier tie-in to a suckfest of a crossover for me to get my Immortal Weapons fix, I'll take it. Even though this issue was all setup, I had a lot of fun with it, especially the opening. Count me in for the rest of the arc.

There aren't a lot of artists I genuinely dislike, but Ariel Olivetti is at the top of that list. The over-rendering in his digital coloring completely puts me off. Add in the CG style backgrounds and it creates a distinctive and unappealing green screen effect. It's a shame that Olivetti so overuses the digital tools because his layouts and figure work are solid otherwise, it would be interesting to see the results if he were to simply pencil a book.

Story: 8
Art: 3
Overall: 7.5
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Eli Katz

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Postby Eli Katz » Sat May 28, 2011 12:06 pm

Punchy wrote:
Come on man, at least read it.

Can't be bothered. I don't know anything about Fear Itself.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sat May 28, 2011 12:07 pm

Eli Katz wrote:Can't be bothered. I don't know anything about Fear Itself.


So? Maybe if you read this issue you'd know more.

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Postby Royal Nonesuch » Sat May 28, 2011 1:08 pm

Always Right wrote:I am loving the Spencer backlash. I want to go down as the one who started it!

Punchy wrote:
I think you mean 'Nicklash'.

You started it, I named it.


You're both wrong I started the Nicklash when I wrote Royal Reviews: Morning Glories #1.

I probably sustained it with Royal Reviews: Iron Man 2.0 #1.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I did like Infinite Vacation, which I mentioned in Royal Reviews: Infinite Vacation #1.

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