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#1 Posted by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm actually surprised by some of the early hate over this. It's like people are rooting for it to fail without even seeing it. It's actually the blood on Matt's knuckles that gets me the most excited. If Netflix can deliver the grit and remain respectful to the source material, I could see myself hanging with this.

Not to badmouth the existing offerings, but the CW shows feel like CW shows. And I was disappointed (if not surprised) with the mediocrity of Gotham.

#2 Posted by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

Bring him back. Tomasi writes Damian better than Morrison anyway.

#3 Edited by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't read #19 yet, but I feel like Fraction has really lost the story in an attempt to make every other issue some kind of novelty piece. The pacing has slowed down to a crawl from the early issues in the series.

Also, it's nice to see Aja again. If they're going to take forever finishing this story, they might as well keep him on it. Marvel's love affair with rotating artists is really getting old.

#4 Posted by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

The most exciting news to me was hearing that the Warcraft movie didn't appear like it will totally suck. Also, that Travis Fimmel from Vikings is going to be in it.

Frankly most of the superhero stuff seemed underwhelming to me this year for some reason.

#5 Posted by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

@bluexram: Welcome to the comic book fold! Have fun. And above all, don't rush it. There's a lot of great stuff out there and all it takes is some light digging to find something good. If you're looking for self-contained, easily accessible stuff - it's out there, but you might have to do some more digging.

Here is where I would start with some of the major superheroes:

Batman: Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween (A lot of folks would say Year One, because that's the origin story. I would say Long Halloween though because it's still a tale from Batman's early career and does a better job featuring his rogues gallery. You'll understand eventually that reading everything chronologically isn't really important. Superhero comics are like movies, they're constantly remaking themselves.)

Spider-Man: Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man run (Technically the Ultimate universe isn't "canon," but this run started because the mainstream Spider-Man books forgot what Spider-Man was all about. Sadly, this is something that happens to characters often when they've been around so long. This run of books are considered by many to be the quintessential Spider-Man though.)

X-Men: Grant Morrison's New X-Men run (Morrison is considered by many to be the finest writer in comics right now. He does have his haters though. I haven't read a ton of X-Men myself, but this is one of their most celebrated stories and I thought it was damn fine read. It's smart, wacky, fun. And reads pretty well as a complete story.)

The Avengers: Mark Millar's The Ultimates (Not much to say here - just read it. Maybe my favorite superhero team book ever, and very easy to get into. If you like your heroes to be flawed but badass at the same time, this is the book for you).

One last thing. There are a ton of great non-superhero books out there that are worth checking out. Keep an open mind and try to experiment a bit based on word-of-mouth or reviews. You'll be glad you did. :)

#6 Posted by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel has a tried and true formula that hasn't gotten old...yet. Also, Joss > Zack.

Oh yeah, I'm also one of those people who believe a compelling villain absolutely MAKES a comic book movie, the lone exception being Iron Man 1. I have more confidence in James Spader as Ultron, than Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor. I also suspect Ultron will be given more room to be awesome, whereas Luthor will be taking a backseat to the much-hyped Batman vs. Superman battle.

#7 Edited by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

If we're taking this scenario and applying it to real life, I would say his actions weren't justified. Yes, he was fighting for freedom, but he wasn't fighting for America. We have laws that govern firearms and those who use them. Why wouldn't we do the same thing with powers? Now you could argue that powers are part of the person and not something as detached as a gun, but the destructive nature of those powers call for similar tracking and regulation.

Does this mean we'd be exchanging very real freedoms for a perceived safety? Absolutely! And that's what makes the subject such a fascinating one. But if you think about it, we collectively relinquish those individual freedoms every day in favor of achieving a safe society.

#8 Edited by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

@captain_batman_ftw: That's cool, bro. I recognize that it's just an opinion. And I can't say I disagree about anything you said about Batman. But if you think Geoff Johns is writing him that way I would encourage you to read more Batman.

#9 Posted by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

As a late update to this, I actually dropped Justice League just prior to Trinity War starting. Budget got tight and I just couldn't justify paying full price for Geoff Johns, let alone a multi-issue event. Might come back and catch up for the sake of continuity, but it doesn't sound like his characterization of Batman and others has improved any in my absence.

By the way, The Manhattan Projects is a good read.

#10 Edited by Reignmaker (2366 posts) - - Show Bio

I vote Halloween.

I read the Long Halloween first (and I believe it came out first). Many of Loeb's subsequent Batman stories sort of followed the same mystery template where a confused Batman is rotating from villain to villain as he slowly unravels the truth. It was more magical for me the first time around so I put Halloween at the top. Hush also felt like more of a platform to showcase Jim Lee's art than tell an intricate story. You can also see the ending coming a mile away, whereas the last few pages of Halloween genuinely surprised me.