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 Posted:   Jan 23, 2016 - 3:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm currently reading some of the Gerry Conway run on Justice League of America (circa 1982-83) and in the search for supplementary material, found this revealing interview with Gerry Conway. I think every comic creator gets treated like dirt:

http://jlasatellite.blogspot.com/2008/07/jla-satellite-interview-with-gerry.html

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2016 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Finally started reading the new trade paperback of BATMAN: CATACLYSM (not to be confused with the recent film) which pretty much ends my prime Batman interest. By 1998 I was not interested in having to follow every Batbook to find out the storyline but having said storyline in one nicely-published package--not to mention eighteen years of distance-- I find myself really enjoying this story. It would be the last or nearly last run for longtime Bat scribes Doug "Hero of Jim Phelps" Moench and the superb Chuck Dixon so unless you younger folks out there have any more recent Batman comics to recommend, I might be at the end of my Batman rope.

Big pictures of Cataclysm to follow....

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2016 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Finally started reading the new trade paperback of BATMAN: CATACLYSM (not to be confused with the recent film) which pretty much ends my prime Batman interest. By 1998 I was not interested in having to follow every Batbook to find out the storyline but having said storyline in one nicely-published package--not to mention eighteen years of distance-- I find myself really enjoying this story. It would be the last or nearly last run for longtime Bat scribes Doug "Hero of Jim Phelps" Moench and the superb Chuck Dixon so unless you younger folks out there have any more recent Batman comics to recommend, I might be at the end of my Batman rope.

Big pictures of Cataclysm to follow....


I haven't read Batman: Cataclysm before. I was still taking a break from the Bat titles at the time. I will have to check out the trade at some point. I didn't get back into the Batbooks until No Man's Land, which I enjoyed quite a bit once I got past its ridiculous premise.

Speaking of Batman, did you see there is another volume of Norm Breyfogle's Batman work coming out? A nice companion to the current volume. http://www.amazon.com/Legends-Dark-Knight-Breyfogle-Batman/dp/1401267637?ie=UTF8&colid=2Y0F0IA211VGI&coliid=IWUES5KFH1HHX&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl

DC also has an upcoming Batman book featuring the work of Alan Brennert that I am very curious to check out. http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Batman-Alan-Brennert/dp/1401263496?ie=UTF8&colid=2Y0F0IA211VGI&coliid=IP4VR5O41E4X0&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2016 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'll most likely go after the Road to No Man's Land volumes and decide from there. Yes, part of why I've avoided the No Man's Land arc is because of the improbable concept though with the kind of "leaders" the world is capable of producing, maybe it's NOT so improbable at all.

Plus, it's what, five friggin' volumes?!?

BtW, I never did see the Batman vs. Superman movie (yet on a Marvel-related note, I've seen Civil War twice!).

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2016 - 5:55 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

BtW, I never did see the Batman vs. Superman movie

May I ask why? It only has the best Bat-action ever. All that shakin'-the-cam crap in CW? Nope. The Batman scene in BvS is something to behold.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2016 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

BtW, I never did see the Batman vs. Superman movie

May I ask why? It only has the best Bat-action ever. All that shakin'-the-cam crap in CW? Nope. The Batman scene in BvS is something to behold.


Just bad timing! I was out of the country at the end of March so for the first two weeks BvS was in theatres, I was not able to see it, unless I wanted to see it dubbed in German. wink I still hope to catch it at a dollar theatre or something but I do want to see it. My not seing it has nothing to do with the numerous fanboy bitches on the other side of this board hating the Zimmer score--Jesus, they're so damned musically conservative at this forum. mad

As for the Marvel vs. DC fanboy battles, I don't feel the need to choose sides, as I've never fallen for that divisive nonsense. smile

I enjoy heroes from both comic (and cinematic) universes. Remember, I was the one person who was thoroughly entertained by both Age of Ultron and Man of Steel. wink

Speaking of Marvel (on a DC thread no less!) I have to grab a copy of Avengers: Under Siege! It dupes a lot of material I already have in The Once and Future Kang, but what the hey!

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2016 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

I also enjoy both Marvel and DC. I did like Civil War, but I think it's a bit overrated. They really had to simplify the theme in order to fit the film. I don't mind some cam shakin' to give something that edgy/gritty feel (I've long defended it), but some of the shakin' in this movie was right up there with that one Jason Bourne movie (Supremacy, I think). Just not cool!

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2016 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

BTW, I have almost every issue of the Grant-Breyfogle run and really like their stories even if the whole "War on Drugs" stuff that often spills over into the stories isn't always what I'm in the mood to read. Too bad the "War on Drugs" doesn't widen to include the pharmaceutical companies that are constantly pushing their poison on everyone; Batman--or perhaps Bruce Wayne-- would have his hands full taking those villains down. wink

Enjoying the heck out of Cataclysm and Second Chances; I feel that the Max Allan Collins era is unjustly maligned, as we've discussed previously in this thread most fine. smile

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2016 - 12:35 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

I'll most likely go after the Road to No Man's Land volumes and decide from there. Yes, part of why I've avoided the No Man's Land arc is because of the improbable concept though with the kind of "leaders" the world is capable of producing, maybe it's NOT so improbable at all.

Plus, it's what, five friggin' volumes?!?

BtW, I never did see the Batman vs. Superman movie (yet on a Marvel-related note, I've seen Civil War twice!).


Yeah, No Man's Land is a pretty long story. IIRC the storyline was told over a full year in pretty much all the Bat books, so that is a lot of comics! Although there are several overarching storylines that unfold, for the most part, the stories were a series of vignettes, so you could read just a few issues and feel satisfied. My recommendation is to give the first volume a try. If that doesn't win you over, I doubt the remaining volumes will.

All this talk of Batman books inspired me to pull this book out, which I hadn't read since the 1980s:



Mike Barr's story is entertaining, and Jerry Bingham's art is quite good, but it is very Neal Adams inspired. If an artist is going to take inspiration, he might as well take inspiration from one of the best. Plus, the story featured Ra's Al Ghul, which Adams had a hand in creating. Anyway, entertaining story, and Mark Hamill's introduction (which was written before he was cast as the Joker for Batman: TAS) is a lot of fun.

I agree with you about Civil War being a great film. I have also seen it twice, and hope to see it at least once more before it leaves the theater. I have also seen Batman vs. Superman, which I thought was mostly mediocre. Nowhere near as bad as the rotten tomatoes score suggests, but hardly a classic.

 
 Posted:   May 25, 2016 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've not read Son of the Demon though I must have run across it numerous times over the years in many a comic shop. I am a Mike W. Barr fan, specifically his run on volume one of DC's Star Trek. He worked wonders revisiting the "Mirror, Mirror" episode and updating it to the Star Trek III era. Jerry Bingham iirc did some fine work when inked by Bob Layton in a few Iron Man stories whenever John Romita Jr was either off that book or otherwise unavailable.

As for No Man's Land I will most likely get the first volume of "Road to..." if nothing else since I have a few of the Detective Comics floppies included in that volume.

 
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