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  • Re: Episode 1642 Talkback - Comic Talk

    A question to any of you who've seen THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, as I don't believe (?) Chris or Shane brought up this particular element during the podcast:


    Did it bug you as much as it did me that WB seems intent on continuing this sick idea of any kind of romance between Batman and Batgirl?! I was able to accept the hints of it in "Batman Beyond" because maybe in the future when they're both older and yucky looking they'd have a romp, but... I refuse to watch the DCAnimated "The Killing Joke" because of what I hear it adds to the story, and I certainly found this (budding) romance yucky in a fucking Lego movie! Yuck!
    Not in this case as much. Since it was totally apparent that Barbara was an adult being promoted to Commissioner. In the case of the Killing Joke, I didn't like it.
  • Re: Episode 1561 Talkback - DC's Convergence Event, Part 1

    Now I read all the way through Earth 2 and Earth 2 World's End to get to Convergence. It helped in that I could follow some characters who were not part of the main Earth 2 title. However, this only applied to the main Convergence mini series. All the 2 part minis ( of which I have read all the number ones and two or three of the second issues ) Really did not rely on any build up at all. Even the issues I did not like I still liked seeing these characters again. I still think Convergence as an event felt rushed, not as well planned or told as I was hoping.

    I said it in the show and I will state it here. For me, this was one last time visiting all the DC characters I grew up reading in new stories. Now was I hoping for something to come out of this which would feature some of the characters from days gone by. I sure was. Since that isn't happening the direction these characters are going in doesn't interest me. I am looking forward to tackling some titles I have never taken the time to read. Like All-Star Squadron, Infinity Inc, Five Years later Legion, even Batman and the Outsiders. If you like what is happening in DC and Marvel then more power to you and I will be happy when someone says to me, "hey, check out Batman or Superman now. Check how awesome Marvel is again. Remember how excited we were for DC stuff in the 80's or Marvel's Avengers when Busiek and Perez took over in the late 90's."

    Comics are still great. I will still be getting some but story and price have a great impact on how I purchase my books.

    Now there are some saying how much we, I more than most lately, discuss the cost of the comics. Cost of an average comic bugs me. It is my opinion nothing more. Here are some quick calculations if my math is right from nine years ago (when I started ordering via Mail Order) until now...

    2006: The average cost of a book is $2.50, example JSA #83.
    2015: The average cost of a book is $3.99, example Justice League #40.

    This is a 59% increase on 9 years. Now I know there are some I get which are $2.99 and some which are $4.99. I went with the bulk of what I see just off the top of my head.

    Now, I do order most stuff via DCBS. Their discounts are great and the bundles are spectacular. This is not a commercial, just expressing fact. I can buy more from ordering via mail. The point is made above that you can still get affordable comics. This is true to to a certain extent. I would never have been able to get as much and read as much as I have had it not been for mail order.

    However, another quick calculation on the discount prices...

    2006: $1.79
    2015: $2.39

    This is 33% increase. Still great and still less of an increase than the actual cover price.

    Here is where the cranky old man in me comes out. The get off my lawn you crazy kids guy. At $2.39 I am almost to the $2.50 price point which started me looking at ordering comics via mail order in the first place.

    This is the nature of business. To make money. Prices go up year after year on everything, not just comics. We all know this. It just bothers me, my opinion, that I am close to the threshold of $2.50 which prompted me to seek a cheaper way to buy comics in the first place.
  • Re: Episode 1469 - Comic Talk

    Ok so the counting of the Marvel and DC movies, here is what I did and was sort of thinking.

    I was thinking about all the Marvel movies which came out since X-men in what I thought was 1999. However, I counted Blade not thinking it came out In 1998.

    Now with DC, I think I counted movies from Superman in 1978 to present.

    I did no formal calculating or looking up. What I was thinking and amazed at was how many Marvel movies there have been with so many different Marvel characters / properties in the last 15 - 16 years and pretty successful for the most part.

    While DC has had way less movies and most of them only feature Batman and Superman and that is over a much longer period of time.

    Just meaning I wish DC could hit that sweet spot and produce a variety of characters and movies. As much as I love Batman and Superman movies and thought another Green Lantern could have potential I want a DC Universe to go along with a Marvel Universe.

    I did not count any animated movies of any kind.
  • Re: Ask Shane or Brian a question...

    So I know this is very old thread but I am off work today and finally getting some time to look around the forums.

    The Mattel DCU line, I really stopped collecting it last year 2012 with the start up of the Collector Club. The last figs I purchased was Wave 19. I did get a Red Robin after that. Which was the last figure I purchased. I haven't ordered anything from Mattel for quite a while. No LSH set, way too pricey and that is what I thought of the Collector Club. I also never got the entire Crime Syndicate set, Green lantern multi packs, two packs. I just was not a completest about these. That being said, I look around at ebay for a couple things every now and then.

    I want to get Rocket Red, a Fire and eventually an Ice is she comes out. This was a great line. Especially when they started at 9.99 at Target. I stopped getting DC Direct because they had gotten too expensive. A 9.99 Marvel Legends type alternative was perfect. One the DCU line reached 15.99 and at that time more in some stores I started to back off.

    It didn't hurt that Lego started coming out with DC and Marvel and LOTR stuff and my boys love Legos so priorities shifted.

    Now, all that being said. I just could not pass on the Batman Classic TV Series line which is just coming out. More on that later maybe. ;)
  • Re: Episode 1225 Talkback: Avengers Movie Review

    Ok, first off I loved The Avengers movie! I gave it a 20 out of 5 at one point I think. It is the best example of what you can do with a comic book movie. Building it up single character movie at a time until you get to the team movie. BOOM! Awesomeness!

    DC does a great job with the animated stuff and while Batman and Superman movies are good.... Marvel does an outstanding job with their movies. Head and shoulders above DC. No doubt about it.

    Now, my opinion, yes that is right folks, opinion.... was I would have liked the alien invading force to be something I knew from Marvel cosmic. My opinion. You don't like it, that is your opinion. What I don't understand is the argument I see saying well, if it would have been the Kree or Skrull you would have needed to spend time to explain them. Why? If if was something more familiar I sure did not want or need back story for them. All I would have liked would have the name mentioned by Loki or something. Like, " Kree army come forth and plunder the Earth." No one needed it for whatever the invading force was in the movie, why think you need it if you made the somethng more familiar. I truly couldn't understand Jamie or Adam's opinion that if it was Kree or Skrull we would need back story. That is their opinion. No harm no foul.

    Regardless, I loved the movie!