A Little Bit About Me

Hey there Comicviners. It's just occured to me that I've never explicitly stated what my interests are. So I thought I'd write a quick something about that. I'm first and foremost a DC Comics fan, particularly of Superman, Batman and Green Lantern and secondly a Marvel Comics fan. Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, all of that ilk. My favourite TV series would have to be Star Trek Voyager, my favourite films include the Lord of The Rings trilogy, the original Star Wars Trilogy, the Matrix (only the first two), Johnny English and the Monty Python films. Action, comedy and sci fi are amongst my preferred genres. My favourite cartoons are Superman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, the 1993 Spider-Man animated series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Jackie Chan Adventures, the 2003-2009 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and Dragon Ball Z. I'm quite liking Young Justice and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes at the moment.

On top of that lot, I'm a gamer as well. I own an Xbox 360 and whilst I don't have that many games, my favourites are:

1. Batman: Arkham City

2. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

3. Halo 3

As well as being a comic book reader, I'm a pretty avid book reader as well. The further interests I have include history, philosophy and ethics. I'm particularly fascinated with the impact the past has had in shaping today as well as researching reasons as to how the universe came into existence without an external deity to create it. As for future plans, I hope to do a history with philosophy degree at university. I'm pretty interested in mythology as well from Ancient Greek to Norse mythology. In terms of my music taste, rock, alternative, indy and grunge are my favourite genres. The Foo Fighters and Nirvana are my all time two favourite bands. But I do find classical and meditation music quite soothing. Oh and my favourite sports are tennis, soccer (as you Americans call it) and cricket.

So that's a little bit about me and my interests. I hope my ramblings haven't bored you too much so until the next time you catch me round the site, ciao!

24 Comments
24 Comments
Posted by VictorGrey

@Lvenger: Batman Arkham City and the AC Series are Badass!

Posted by Lvenger

@VictorGrey: They really are. Combat's better in Arkham Asylum I have to admit but free running across the roofs of Roma in ACB has its appeal too. Plus Roma is much bigger than Arkham City and you can get around it quickly via horse or tunnels so the scale of Brotherhood is much more prominent than in Arkham City. Although Arkham City does have plenty of buildings you can explore so it's more self contained I guess. As well as those 3 games, I also have Dragon Age 2, Dragon Ball Raging Blast, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and Fable 3. Not many but I choose quality over quantity when it comes to games. Plus I wait for the good games to go down in price then nab them.

Posted by VictorGrey

@Lvenger: Might have to try the Forgotten Sands soon, how is it?

Posted by Lvenger

@VictorGrey: Quite short as games go but still very sweet if you catch my drift. It's way better than the 2008 Prince of Persia game as it sticks to the original Sands of Time formula of focusing on platforming, puzzles and combat equally. The elemental powers are pretty cool to use though the fire one is a bit lame given the possible fire powers the Prince could have. The story isn't as engrossing as previous POP games but it's well voice acted. A definite fun playthrough IMHO.

Posted by VictorGrey

@Lvenger: They got a discount on it, so I might grab it, thanks.

Posted by Lvenger

@VictorGrey: I got my copy on discount too. And no problem.

Posted by RazzaTazz

DC comics are best, yes

Posted by Lvenger

@RazzaTazz: Glad you agree. They were the first comic book company before Marvel and are often overlooked. People call Stan Lee the godfather of superheroes but that's too big a generalisation to make IMO. He only created the foundation superheroes for Marvel Comics not the superhero genre in general.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Lvenger: He is definitely an innovator, but as is evident from Stan Lee Imagines ... there is really no connection with him to the modern age as his writing style has been overtaken by other innovators.  Taking innovation out of the equation makes for a lack of perspective.  For instance you could say that by modern standard's Euclid's knowledge of mathematics is poor, but history is still lucky to have him there.  To put that not in an analogy, Stan Lee was great for the industry, but so were many before and after him. 
Posted by Lvenger

@RazzaTazz: Nice example of Euclid. I suck at maths but that's a good way of putting it. Stan Lee did kickstart the comic industry via the creation of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Daredevil but it was already there from the 1930s. Arguably though you could say that Stan Lee's creations were the equivalent of Siegel and Shuster's introducing Superman in Action Comics #1 as if it weren't for Lee, comic book characters may not have evolved to reflect humanity with real life problems and personalities. I've had the honour of seeing him at the London comic convention in February as well as meeting him afterwards at the hotel he was staying at. He is incredibly passionate about comic books and the value they still have even after making millions with Marvel already.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Lvenger: The problem with golden age comics is that they were still relatively poor in quality by the time that Stan Lee came around.  Well ... not really poor in quality, but something more like that they had gotten stagnant.  Some people give Lee the credit for launching the silver age of comics, but really it started ten years earlier in the pages of Showcase at DC.  The problem with DC though was that unlike Marvel the new attitude towards comics was not portrayed completely and across the board.  By 1967 Wonder Woman was still very much in the golden age under the direction of Kanigher, but that was the year she went with the mod look and broke into the modern era as well.  Mostly the argument comes down to personal preference, and Marvel will generally take the brunt of the support and even a bit of revisionism because it is so popular among fans.  Still DC has been pretty innovative throughout its history and does deserve the acknowledgement for what it has done for the industry.  
Posted by Lvenger

@RazzaTazz: Yes you're right golden age comic books were a bit two dimensional when Stan Lee came around and that DC technically started the Silver Age by reinventing the Flash and Green Lantern amongst other Golden Age superheroes. And whilst some characters like Superman and Batman kept their Golden Age atttitudes, other titles published by DC were meant to reflect Marvel's attitude to comic books and pull in some of that readership. And DC does deserve respect for reinventing the industry. Watchmen and the Dark Knight Returns are two of the most prominent examples and Crisis on Infinite Earths was the first major crossover event published by DC that set the mark for other crossovers to follow. Way too many from Marvel nowadays IMO. Or did Secret War come before COIE?

Posted by Gambit1024
@Lvenger said:

@RazzaTazz: Glad you agree. They were the first comic book company before Marvel and are often overlooked. People call Stan Lee the godfather of superheroes but that's too big a generalisation to make IMO. He only created the foundation superheroes for Marvel Comics not the superhero genre in general.

Agreed. While Stan is somewhat responsible for the way comics are written today (giving them jobs, personalities, problems, etc.), it's not like he created Superman, wrote the first gritty graphic novel, or the idea of the Anti-Hero. 
Posted by Lvenger

@Gambit1024: Definitely. He set the ball rolling for anti heroes like the Punisher to emerge but didn't actually create them himself. In fact, I don't think Stan ever created a morally ambiguous character. His creations were either superheroes or supervillains quite black and white not reflective of the shades of grey characters seen in comic books today.

Posted by Gambit1024
@Lvenger: Well "shades of grey" in what way? True, he didn't go into the fact that some heroes gotta do bad to do something good, but he did create (what I think is) the first flawed superhero in Ben Grimm, the Thing. 
Posted by Lvenger

@Gambit1024: The Thing was flawed, that's true but so was Spider-Man. I meant as in a character who might do something good in one issue then something evil in another. Like save a kid's life in one issue then ruthlessly murder a mob boss in another. None of Stan's characters were like that. They still thought in black and white terms despite their jobs, personalities, problems and romantic issues.

Posted by Gambit1024
@Lvenger: Understood. Who did do it then? 
Posted by RazzaTazz
@Lvenger: I think Secret Wars predated COIE by one year, but yes DC definitely set the standard for how to do that.  To be fair what the silver age accomplished most was to take out the occult from comics (to a degree) and put in science fiction.  Marvel was best at that as it could create the characters right off in that environment, whereas DC had to modify its characters along those lines.  In a sense it was easier for the Flash and GL because they were kind of forgotten at that point, whereas turning the quite established Wonder Woman into a science based character would have been quite difficult as fans would have revolted, as they did under the mod girl versions.  So Marvel benefited from the clean slate.
Posted by Lvenger

@Gambit1024: I think that the earliest anti hero might be the Shadow. At least I think so. He appeared in the 1930s I believe. That's the earliest anti hero I could find.

@RazzaTazz: Ah so Secret War did predate COIE. And Marvel was a fresh face in the comic book industry so it's quite easy to create new characters with attiudes that reflect everyday life and people whereas with DC it's more difficult to change classic characters like Wonder Woman fundamentally. I'd almost forgotten about the time when Wonder Woman was stripped of her powers and learnt martial arts in a 70s style storyline and feeling to it. Revisiting past history can be quite enlightening.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Lvenger: Well having read every Wonder Woman issue ever published I can say that the mod girl was a breath of fresh air as opposed to the golden age.  I think even Batman got a spell of sci fi in that era as well though, battling more aliens than hardened Gotham criminals
Posted by Lvenger

@RazzaTazz: Every Wonder Woman issue ever published? That's quite a feat. Do you own all those issues or have you borrowed some? And what do you make of the latest interpretation of Diana being the expert on Wonder Woman?

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Lvenger: Some borrowed, some owned, though others are really deserve the credit as I sort of live off of other collectors in my family.  As the leader in reviews on the site, it is a bit of a misrepresentation as almost half of those are Wonder Woman issues.   
 
I do love the newest version of Diana, but if they had decided to go with pants it would have made her all the better.  
Posted by SuperTide

Nice to meet you.

Posted by Lvenger

@SuperTide: Feeling's mutual good sir.