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Comic Reviews and Spoilers / Silver Bullet reviews BP #23
« on: January 20, 2007, 03:29:00 pm »
Black Panther #23

Posted: Friday, January 19
By: Caryn A. Tate
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Writer: Reginald Hudlin
Artists: Koi Turnbull (p), J.D. Smith (colors), Don Ho, Sal Regla, & Jeff De Los Santos (inks)

Publisher: Marvel Comics


My favorite thing about this installment of Black Panther is that Mr. Hudlin has figured out a way to have current and relevant social commentary without hitting the reader over the head with it.

In issue #23, Black Panther and Storm begin to immerse themselves in the United States’ “Civil War.” After visiting several different key players in the war, T’Challa seems to have made his decision about which side he feels an allegiance to. His closest advisors back in Wakanda also have words with him about involving himself in this spat in the States, and the Black Panther is forced to make even more tough decisions and to think about what ideals are the most important to him.

I love the way Mr. Hudlin writes this character. He’s a strong, noble man of principle. He doesn’t back down from a fight that he believes in, but he doesn’t senselessly go seeking a fight in an effort to prove something, either. He’s smart, capable, fair, and balanced. What a great way to convey that this character is truly a hero.

The bad guys in this issue are not always clear-cut, and they’re not always the customary “super villains” that most of us are accustomed to seeing in superhero comics. Rather, the bad guys here are, often, corporate suits or the folks who have been manipulated by them. Personally, I applaud the fact that Mr. Hudlin and company aren’t afraid to address the corruption that lies behind so many of the everyday frustrations in American society. No matter what your political leanings may be, this chapter of Black Panther is pertinent and interesting, and it’s a perfect example of how superhero comics can, and should, work. They don’t need to always be just adventure stories. While simple adventure stories are great, superheroes can also make wonderful, significant statements about people and society.

Another testament to Mr. Hudlin’s great work is the fact that I haven’t read a single other comic that is involved in Marvel’s Civil War. When I first learned that Black Panther was going to have some involvement in this huge event, I was disappointed, and I thought it might lead to my not reading those issues of the book. But to my surprise, I’m still reading the title despite its involvement, and I admire the fact that the creators have made it easy to continue to read the title without being lost because of the event’s influence.

The only reason I can’t give this issue a higher rating is the art. I was enjoying Manuel Garcia’s pencils quite a bit, and while I see talent in Mr. Turnbull’s pencils, they are just not to my taste, at least not on this book. The detail in each panel seems lost, and I miss the intensity that Mr. Garcia used to impart on this book.

With this issue, Black Panther continues its run of excellence, and I look forward to picking up this book next time. It’s a rare treat to read such insightful writing combined with great characterization.

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4 bullets by the way.

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Other Comics / McDuffie's Fantastic Four Thread.
« on: January 19, 2007, 10:51:51 am »
Hey guys because the master should have his own place here I wanted to create a thread where we can discuss the McDuffie run on the Fantastic Four. Of course you can find reviews and all out spoilers in the review section and you can post on different subjects relating to the Fantastic Four or McDuffie in the comics section but I wanted to have a central place where any who look can find FF talk.
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First off this was a great first issue. Although it does not give a hint to the direction his series is ultimately going to go it does remind us of two things. One is McDuffie's great writing ability and two given the right story and writer the Fantastic Four can be cool. Reed is the ultimate. I knew all along that it had to be some reasoning reason for reed to behave like he has. Everyone wanted to portray him as being out of character but if any one Reed would see a purpose. People will say that Reed's decision making is far fetched but remember with numerology there are people who live their whole lives around the science of numbers. Who can argue with numbers. 1 +1 always = 2. It takes a smart man to write the fantastic Four and it looks like marvel made a great choice. All of you go pick this book up right now. :)
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edited for the english teacher. :)

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Feel The Funk / R.A.K.I.M.
« on: January 16, 2007, 10:21:46 am »
I know we have discussed the G.O.D. mc before, but I say he needs his own thread. I dusted off a copy of the 18th letter, Paid N Full and I was blown away. Then I found an album that I did not know he made back in 99 called the Master. WOW. The R, is was and will always be the best rapper of all time. That was blasphemy to say that BIG, Pac or Jay Z can touch this dude. What separates Rakim from Charlie Parker. Maybe you can make a connection with him and Coltrain but the improvisation, the rhyme pattern and even the push to make the rhyme so deep on so many levels is amazing.

Me and my homeboys followed Rakim religiously as a kid. I am so going to enjoy getting reacquainted with his work for the next few weeks. I heard he dropped a mix tape back in 04 or 05 any one heard it? Im going to look for it and I will let you know if I'm successful.

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So many topics in this discussion, very few are comic related.

http://hudlinentertainment.com/smf/index.php?topic=1228.0

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This has always tripped me out when I saw this complaint over reg's depiction of wakanda and the black panther. If only the people saying would know how ignorant it exposes them to be. Since the end of apartheid africa has undergone many a changes some positive and some negative. African American culture namely hip hop culture has taken the world by storm like nothing else. The other day on starz on demand I watched the movie Tsotsi that in african means thug and was floored. What a powerful movie. If any of you haven't seen it I recommend it. After watching the movie I say that reg has his hands full when it comes to dealing with issues of the continent of africa and in it he has a lot of westernize topics to explore. A link to the movie page.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468565/

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Black Panther / Can a non wakandan convert or practice Panther worship?
« on: January 09, 2007, 12:11:49 pm »
Just wanted to bring the discussion back to comics go figure. But hey, much like other world religions can a non-wakandan practice the official religion that worships the panther god? We saw kasper cole being made an acolyte(sp) of the white wolf, but in the context of what it means to be wakandan and to worship the panther god what in the hell does that mean? Kasper was a black jew, with an asian girlfriend? So being allowed to partake of the sacred herb and go through the rituals of the panther rite of passage then im going to assume yes. I bet the non wakandan practitioners would be looked at with awe much like followers of the dali lama.

Discuss.

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General Discussion / BlueZulu Presents the Drunk Thread.
« on: January 06, 2007, 07:09:03 pm »
Don't know how this will go over with yall as the threa title shows just got back from watching the playoff games with my boy and I decided to bring it back home before I reached my limit. I was thinking about my virtual family (yall) but decided against posting in the regular threads because of my current condition and thought you know, I have seen maybe a dozen post from forum goers who have just returned from happy hour, or drinks or even when I had the bubble guts at Sam after a night on the town and decided to make a thread where forum goers can come and post druken rants and not have forum goers judge them afterwards. Sort of like the virtual bar where you can pull up a bar stool and let er rip. Now this idea sounds real cool and im not sure how it will play over the next day, but when the situation permits pull up a virtual stool and let go of your daily troubles over a glass of your favorite bevareage. I was hoping our resident bar keep wise son could do the honors and be the stand in psychologist.

I will get if kicked off with the standerd druken you know I looooveee you guuuuyssss speach. I really do, I was having some computer problems earlier in the week and thought we had another hack attack. I was so relieved that it was me and not yall I almost peed myself with relief. Sorry for the rant, but Im feeling good and trying to get to a 1k post so forgive me. Last sip of my drink to yall. ;)

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Other Comics / Hey yall we got three now!!!
« on: December 30, 2006, 06:03:21 pm »
Guess what peeps. Scamming the net I found out that Marvel has brought in kevin grevioux to write the new warriors series. So check it that gives us three brothers at marvel now. I lifted this long interview from his site and boy is this brother a regular jack of all trades. Damn not only is this dude a scientist but a stunt man and a writer. Talking about having it all. Talking about 6 degrees of seperation he was a stunt man in the great white hype a movie directed by reg. Great news from marvel and when is dc going to get the message. I wonder if he reads the black panther?

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Kevin Grevioux - From "Underworld" to the Comic World
Published: May 16, 2006

Imagine that you had the kind of brain that could break down complex molecular equations. In addition, you were talented enough (and had the looks) to become a working actor in Hollywood. And on top of that, you were the screenwriter of a film that was so successful, it warranted a sequel. Blessed with all of these gifts - and with so many options in front of you - what would you choose to do next?
Well, if you're Kevin Grevioux, you create your own comic line from scratch. (If this man was dating a supermodel, he would be living my dream life.)

To quickly summarize his past, Grevioux graduated from Howard University with a degree in Microbiology. He then quit his graduate studies in genetic engineering to pursue a career in film. Since taking this leap, he has been seen in such films as "The Mask," "Steel," the recent "Planet of the Apes" remake, and the 2003 vampire vs. werewolf film, "Underworld," which he also wrote.

Currently, Grevioux has formed two comic book imprints which will be published through Alias Enterprises - Astounding Studios and DarkStorm Studios. The first book from these efforts - "The Hammer Kid" #0 one-shot - has already been released, and more are on the way soon. As busy as Grevioux seems, he was kind enough to take a few minutes to chat with CBR News about Hollywood, comics, and how he accomplished all of these various achievements.

You may want to take notes…

The multi-hyphenate began by elaborating on his background. "Growing up I was a huge science fan. Through a set of Britannica encyclopedias my parents had, I started reading on different scientific subjects like astronomy, biology, geology and paleontology. Since I was only about five at the time, I couldn't really read, but I could look at the pictures. And it was really dinosaurs and pictures of the planets that got me hooked big-time. To the mind of a five-year-old kid, these were real-life monsters, and I was fascinated by that. So once I started school, science fast became my best subject, and naturally I chose that as a profession when I went off to college.

"It was my love for real-life science that led to my fascination with science fiction. Movies and television, of course, were my first exposure to science fiction with shows like 'Lost in Space,' 'Ultraman' and 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.' And films like 'King Kong,' 'Frankenstein' and 'Godzilla.'

"The writing came about a little differently. It wasn't anything I took seriously until I actually graduated college. I was in grad school at the time as well as working as an entry-level scientist at the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C. when I made the switch.

"Being a microbiologist was fun, but I had a huge reality check when I found out that there were PhD's in my lab that were only making about $28,000 a year. Now, I didn't go into scientific research for the money. It's the challenge of the discipline and the journey of discovery that I wanted to be involved in, but you could barely survive on $28,000 in D.C. And at the time, I didn't even have my Masters yet, so I was making significantly less than that. So my thought was, if this is all what I can look forward to in science, then I might as well try my hand at writing.

"So, I wrote a few screenplays, and of course they weren't fit to line the bottom of a bird cage. But I realized if I was going to make this succeed I needed to move out to Los Angeles where the heart of the film industry is and really learn the craft…and I'm still learning.

"As for comic books, I would say I came to the party rather late in terms of being a fan. From what I saw with other kids as I was growing up, they started reading comics around eight or so. I didn't start until I was about twelve. Now, that's not to say I didn't have any comic books before then. I had a few, but they weren't something I collected at all. Between the ages of seven and twelve I was more into model building than anything else.

"But at twelve, a neighbor, who I'm still friends with today, introduced me to comics and once I started, I couldn't let go. That, of course, led to me creating my own characters and writing my own stories as a kid. It was cool.

"Now, the acting thing came purely by accident. I had only been in LA for about a month or so at the time. I was friends with the casting director on the Michael Jackson music video 'Remember the Time.' He got me a role as one of the palace guards in the video. And that was my very first exposure to Hollywood. Suffice it to say, I was smitten by the opportunity and the possibilities of being an actor. Working with John Singleton, Eddie Murphy and Iman was a real blast. I didn't even want to be an actor when I came out here, but I guess God had other plans."

Regarding his career as a screenwriter, Grevioux indicated that his inexperience in this arena may have hurt him a bit when he was first starting out. He explained, "Success in Hollywood, like all businesses I guess, depends on how well you're able to navigate the industry. This navigation is facilitated by who you know.

"Before 'Underworld,' I didn't know anyone. And if no one knows you, no one trusts you. And Len, the director, was an unknown at the time as well. However, because we were friends, and because he was with a big agency, I was able to get the right people to see my original script and hear my pitch.

"You also have to understand that as a genre-guy, a lot of these wild sci-fi concepts can be tough sells to producers. Studio and production execs don't necessarily understand these concepts, and they don't think the public will either.

"I mentioned vampires vs. werewolves (the premise of 'Underworld') to some people during the time we were pitching, and they looked at me like I had a third eye on my forehead. I even had an argument with one producer who wanted the lycans to look like Sabretooth of the X-Men and have mutton-chops, if you can believe that. So my being a new writer exacerbated their apprehension about what is already considered to be dicey material.

"But, as you've no doubt seen with other movies, the production company brings in other writers to do several rewrites and retooling and the like. If I was more established and represented, that wouldn't have happened like it did. But, fortunately, the other writer knew what he was doing and we were able to collaborate and get a movie made.

"Getting a movie made is hard. Some have it easier than others, but it is extremely difficult. So, all things considered, the whole experience was a true blessing regardless."

Considering all that he has experienced, we asked Grevioux if he had any advice for writers who are trying to break into the biz - and boy, did he ever! Readers, class is now in session:

"I have lot to say about this. First off, learn your craft. That's the most important thing. If you don't know your craft, then you give people a reason to turn you away. Of course, what actually makes a good script, or a good idea vs. a bad one, can be highly subjective, but don't give people a reason to reject your work.

"Secondly, I would say learn when to listen to criticism and when not to listen. I say that because everybody has an opinion. Sometimes they're right and sometimes they're wrong. But be willing to listen to people who have been in the business longer than you and who know more. These guys are not necessarily out to get you, but you don't want to waste their time by being a hard-head.

"At the same time, you want to have confidence in your work and your ability to produce it the way you think it needs to be done. As far as movies, you may have some producers who think your idea or script is crap. You go to the next set of producers, and they think you're the second coming of George Lucas. That's the way it goes. I mean, in the beginning, I was told 'Underworld' wasn't going to work on so many different levels. They said, 'Vampires vs. Werewolves - are you crazy?!? That's stupid.' Well, five years later, look what happened. So, it can be an insane business.

"And with comics it's pretty much the same thing. I was told by this one editor that writing comic books was the hardest profession to break into in the comics industry. And getting in was so hard that I might as well not even try. And suffice it to say, I was discouraged. But, was I going to listen to all that negativity or hang in there?

"Fortunately, I met Paul Levitz (President of DC Comics) at Comic-Con International in San Diego one year, and he gave me the most encouraging forty-five minute talk about breaking in comics that I've ever heard. I learned a lot from that conversation. So, you have to know when to stick to your guns and when to listen to people who know more than you.

"Also with breaking in to the business, it's imperative that you learn to surround yourself with good and honest people. If you are constantly running into charlatans or people who want to talk about making movies or comics, but never do a thing, it can be highly unproductive. That goes with any profession really. I've been fortunate to meet some really good people in both the film and comic book industries.

"I would also say you have to be willing to sacrifice. I meet a lot of people who want to be filmmakers or artists, but they don't do what's necessary. They have to have a level of 'comfort' before they can step out and take a chance. It doesn't work that way. You have to 'fish or cut bait.' There's no such thing as a safety net. You can't have champagne dreams on grape juice effort. That's unacceptable if you're really trying to do something in the industry. I know it's not easy breaking in, but I truly believe it is made more difficult by unnecessary lack of commitment.

"And lastly, which in some ways is most important, you have to make sure you have fun pursuing your dream. Don't get frustrated. Anybody can make it in either comics or film. It's not brain surgery like some would have you believe, and that only the 'Chosen Ones' from some distant corner of the Shi'ar Empire can get in. It may not happen over night - and it probably shouldn't - but if anybody really wants to make films and/or comics their profession, then to coin a phrase: 'Just Do It.'

"A lot of us have spent so much time pursing this dream of movies and comics for so long it becomes, I dare say 'idolatrous,' and people become frustrated and bitter if it doesn't happen in a certain amount of time. Don't let the industry do that to you. Don't let the normal rigors or hardships endemic to any industry you love steal your joy away. That's crazy.

"As an aside, I would also tell people who are trying to break into the film business through the sci-fi, fantasy or horror genres - at least as writers or directors - give yourself the best shot by producing something visual to pass along with your script or treatment.

"You have to remember that this is a visual medium. As such, it would behoove you to create a series of pitch boards and/or storyboards or a comic book to show people. Producers love that stuff. Even if it's one issue. Send them out along with your screenplay or treatment and people take notice. Kate Beckinsale saw Len's drawings that went along with the script and that got her hyped about what she was about to read.

"Now, a lot of people may castigate me for saying that, as if I'm cheapening the integrity of the comic book craft by exploitation. But understand that Hollywood-types hate to read scripts. From readers to development execs to producers, that's just a fact. So the more you do to help them understand your script, treatment, or concept, the better. It really helps bridge the gap between what's in your head and what you want to visually convey in the script. That's not to say you can sacrifice telling a good story, but visuals do help."

As someone who has written for both film and comics, Grevioux noted several differences between these mediums. In comparing and contrasting the two, he said, "Both require a type of 'economical' knowledge and style of writing. You only have but so many pages in which to tell a cohesive and exciting story. But, in movies, I would say there is even more of a strict adherence to structure. With comics, and not to say that it's easier per se, but the structure isn't the same.

"You can drag things out more in comics. Explaining what's in a character's head is something you can't do necessarily do in a film, because there is so much you are not in control of. Like the way an actor hits his line, or what a producer may read into what you write that you didn't intend.

"Now, I say this with some trepidation, because I've never written for a corporate entity like Marvel or DC, but I think if you're doing an independent book you can pretty much do what you want in terms of structure. Mostly because no one is going to tell you 'no.' But beyond the basic three-act structure, I think independent books may be a bit more relaxed."

As mentioned earlier in this article, Grevioux's comics will all be coming out through Alias. And considering what he went through in order to sell his script for "Underworld," this publishing deal occurred quite easily by comparison.

"I met Mike Miller over the internet back in the days when AOL had the coolest comic message boards on the planet. We struck up a kind of friendship, as much as you can on the web, and we finally met face to face a few months before I went to Hungary to shoot 'Underworld.' I met him along with the Dabel Brothers when they were still Roaring Studios. So when Mike got ready to start his company, he introduced me to Brett Burner, and the rest fell into place pretty quickly. It was good timing."

As Alias is still a fairly new company, there have been reports of "bumps" occurring with regards to the publication and distribution of several of its books. When asked if he had experienced any difficulties, Grevioux responded, "Not really. No more so than what would be normal between a new writer like myself and a new publisher. Things have been pretty smooth for me being with Alias."

Of the two imprints he is putting out, Astounding Studios' focus is titles for all ages and includes the comics "Valkyries," "Guardian Heroes" and "The Hammer Kid." The writer's DarkStorm Studios imprint is a more mature line (along the lines of a PG-13 rating) that will include the books "Alius Rex," "The Pale Horsemen" and "Universe City."

Reading the descriptions for these books on the two imprints' websites, you will find comics about Nordic gods, cops, spies, and aliens. For those readers who like their characters dressed in colorful spandex though, Grevioux has a fun take on superheroes for you as well.

"I have an all-ages book called 'Guardian Heroes.' It's about heroes who are recruited by angels to help them protect children who are fated to be the next generation of superheroes. I also have a superhero-group called 'Vindicators' which will debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego later this year.

"My DarkStorm imprint doesn't have any superheroes right now, but I do have quite a few superhero books on the horizon. One of them is a character named after the imprint actually, called 'Darkstorm.' That will be a miniseries drawn by a phenomenal artist named Ray Anthony Height. That book will also debut at Comi-Con this year."

Looking at the different titles of his Astounding imprint, one notices that all the books deal with the gods. This would seem to indicate that an eventual crossover is inevitable. Grevioux, however, made it clear that this is not the case (at least, not for now).

"No. They're all in different universes. I love crossovers, but I don't think I'll be doing any just yet. It's hard enough just to keep the continuity straight in one book let alone in several in a shared universe."

One other item you may notice when visiting the websites of both imprints is that there aren't any ongoing books listed at the moment. The writer explained, "Well, because of my busy schedule, I'm not doing any ongoing series. 'Valkyries,' 'Vindicators,' 'Alivs Rex' and 'Darkstorm' are miniseries. But, the market being as poor and unstable as it is, Alias came up with a great idea for a series called 'Alias Premiere.'

"This allows me to do a series of 'zero' issue one-shots, experiment with different concepts, and gauge audience response without going to series immediately. If they do well enough, or the audience response is positive, we'll go to miniseries. 'The Hammer Kid' and 'Guardian Heroes' are examples of this format."

While Grevioux is staking his own territory in the comics industry at the moment, he did admit to an affinity for the superheroes of Marvel and DC. As a matter of fact, he has even called himself a "Marvel zombie" in past interviews. Taking this into consideration, CBR News asked if he has taken any pitches to the "House of Ideas" yet.

"No, I haven't," he replied. "Of course, I would like to at some point, but right now I'm busy concentrating on my own stuff."

And since he indicated an interest, we decided to place Grevioux "on the spot" and ask him which Marvel-ous character that he would like to write, if given the opportunity.

"That's a difficult one. I mean, there are so many I've been crazy about since I was a kid. I'd like to take a crack at the Fantastic Four one day, as well as the Hulk. And I have a lot of ideas for Thor, Luke Cage and Namor. Those would be the ones I would want to tackle the most."

As for how soon he could "tackle" any new endeavor, it sounds like it could be a little while. Of his upcoming projects and plans, Grevioux said, "I did a movie for the Sci-Fi channel called 'Slayer' which should be out sometime this year. Other than that, I've been in rewrites on a few scripts I've written. We're close to a few things right now, but I can't speak about them just yet."

In conclusion, I think it's safe to say that while the world of genetic engineering may be poorer for the loss of Kevin Grevioux, the entertainment world is all the richer.


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Black Panther / Guess the Poster or Poser
« on: December 27, 2006, 04:06:43 pm »
Over on Silver Bullet comics, you know the site that if you do a google search for you get the hits for the female masterbatory toy and home of the "damn I thought this was a comic fan site site" we get treated with their year end review of moments for the past year. Every thing was going along fairly well with the usual articles from the torcherd soles of "comic fans/ journalist" when I came across this gem. My mouth dropped open when I read this one entry from a guy who !) either came up  with his article by reading the forums at newsarama or cbr or he is in fact a poster who not only dabbles in e-journalisim like our girl jen or he plagerised the postings of folks he shares oppinions with. I post this for us to consider the ethics.

The internet was going nuts over hudlin posting as an alias but what are the ethics for an e-journalist, help us out jen, who post as a fan on a message board and then use their position to "report" or give commentary or reviews on comics. My point is it is easy as hell to enter into a flame war or start eflamatory topics and then turn back around as a journalist and report it as news. See jenn is here as a fan and her stuff at b.e.t.com or at her fan sites have little to do with what she does here. This guys views sound so similar to what you read at cbr or newsarama it is hard to believe that he has not participated in or "lifted" his commentary right from the forums. I could be wrong and I very may well be but still yall can read "his views" and respond to what he said. I find it funny as hell that he takes a character that was pretty much in creative limbo untill she was thrust into the spotlight through reg/qusadas wedding plans. Say what you will about the quality of this book and if the wedding was rushed or not  but minus the x-men movie this is the most pub that storm the individual has ever gotten. The e-article ::)
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Bruce Logan: 2006 was the year of changes, and by that I don’t mean those taking place in the comic-universes. The changes I speak of for an avid comic buff like yours truly are of a more personal nature. Starting the year my pull list had a near even split between the big two publishers (with Marvel leading at a little over half of the 50+ titles in my box), with the others (Image, Dark Horse, Indies) making up for paltry 5-7 titles. However, as of the end of December 2006, my Marvel reading is down to three (soon to be two) titles, the number of DC titles that I read has both increased and decreased throughout the year and now it’s the same number that I began the year at. All the Marvel drops have led to my trying out (and staying with) quite a few Indie publishers (including IDW, SLG, and most of all, the new upstart, Virgin). Going by that trend, instead of doing a “Top 5” column, I am doing an about turn and recognizing the “Worst 5” events, changes, whatchmacallits of 2006.


1. Storming into Obscurity: Storm. For a comic fan, even one in passing, the name alone is enough for him/her to not only recognize but even get a respectable enough mental picture of the character in question: her powers, her costumes and her physical features (including special quirks, i.e. the white hair and blue eyes, most of all her hair). However, while almost anyone will be able to place Ororo Monroe, Storm of the X-Men (even more so, thanks to Halle Barry’s rendition of her in the three X-Men movies), not many will term her as that “black chick” from the X-Men. One of the many minority characters on the X-teams, Storm is not only one of the most recognizable comic characters, she is also by far the most famous African-American character. (Note that she is American and not African, having been born in New York, USA, well, that is until the next wave of Joe-Hudlin-retcons). All this recognition, all this fame, and never has the race or the color of the skin of his character ever been a deterrent or a point to play…, until now. In the last year, ever since their House of M (and the X-Men’s “Wild Kingdom” story), Marvel has done everything in its PR-machine’s power to, not only play up (at every available or even deliberately forced opportunity) Storm’s racial heritage, they have done it in a way that has alienated her from the very base of her recognition and rise (the X-family and their millions of readers) and continue to do so with each passing month. Why all this? Why take Storm away from a place where she led her own team(s), and on more than one occasion, the whole X-Family and dump her in a setup that despite repeated decades spanning efforts has remained (and will remain) a niche corner of the MU? Try to imagine DC pulling a similar stunt and by means of retcons (almost all of them forced and incredibly tacky) setting up and going through the nuptials of Diana (Wonder Woman) and (gawd bless his brains) Ted Kord (Blue Beetle II). Now, just as idiotic this idea sounds, this proposed union between an A-level female character and a (at best) C-level male character is not all that different from what has been done with Storm. What is even more “cow pie in the face” for Marvel is that any hopes that they had from this “Farce of the Century,” any jump and sustained increase in the sales of the title Storm is in now, none of them came to fruition. Not one bit. One special issue, which was doubly loaded by slapping a Civil War tie-in on it, and not only did the sales return to previous issue’s levels, they also resumed the downward slide that that title has had ever since its first issue. So, what does that mean for Ororo Monroe, now an Ex-X-Woman? It means, that despite her mutation, this is one quicksand that even her winds won’t be able to pull her out of.
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Hard Choices / Hard Choices: Hang nail or Paper Cut
« on: December 17, 2006, 05:06:27 pm »
Ok both are small and virtually harmless but both are right behine stubbing your big toe in the dark on the corner of the bed, but which one hurts the worse? And yea I actually have both right now with two damn band-aids on my finger. >:(

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Black Panther / Sinjection (Fan of the Month)
« on: December 11, 2006, 10:12:40 am »
Hey gang, I have to give a shout out to our boy sinjection. My boy straight have me rollin on how "uncomfortable" he makes the posters over at CBR. When I read his post he comes off like a member of the Nation, with his dead on logic and ability to be on point and focused at the same time. He exposes them left and right and after they go to far out there they want to end the conversation. He had one chick who referred to herself as mulatto (do biracial folks even call themselves that anymore?) and wanted to de-race storm into a cat species human hybrid erasing and editing her post. Hey bro. I appreciate what you do for the Panther and If we ever meet Dranks on me. Seriously yall have to read his thread but when you do picture in your head Farrakhan is talking, it will have you rollin. :D :D :D

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Latest Flicks / HD-DVD and BlueRay
« on: December 10, 2006, 08:34:21 am »
I got my christmas present early a new hd-dvd player and all I have to say is wow. The picture is really amazing. It looks so good it makes my 8 years worth of dvd unwatchable. I watched king kong in hd and then tried to watch suprman returns on my formally stunning dvb-318 upconverting dvd player and it looked like hot gahbage. Any one else looking to get into the latest in home theater or are you all going to sit out and wait. What format do you all prefer or think is going to win out, hd-dvd or blue ray? Any thoughts?

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