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This is a show on Netflix and it's a gem. Liam, I think it will be right up your alley, and the same goes for anyone who's a fan of Ennis's Punisher MAX. It's basically a bunch of retired SAS soldiers describing missions they've gone on. It's a ton of fun, and amusing to see how they all look like a bunch of regular old dudes.

Example: an SAS soldier is describing how he and his partner were undercover in Iraq, making their way back to base in an unmarked car. The car dies, so they decide to hijack a taxi.

"My favored approach of hijacking taxis is to try first with US dollars... And if that doesn't, then show them the caliber of my weapon, which often persuades them that I can be the taxi driver.

The taxi driver was obviously afraid. He probably wasn't aware of exactly who we were, but I tried to show him my soft, approachable side to warm his fears... But I don't think it worked."

[interviewer: Your soft approachable side while holding a gun?]

"The gun doesn't help, as does the rocket launchers and machine guns that were getting loaded in his boot. But I thought that a smile and a wink might help in that situation."

DC Drones / Batman with a European flair / Enrico Marini
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:47:17 PM »
For all bande dessinée lovers, Batman: The Dark Prince Charming by Enrico Marini. This is a two-part story written and drawn by Enrico Marini, who's a big name and talent in European comics. He's a FANTASTIC artist but I didn't know he also wrote.

The story is serviceable. The Joker kidnaps a little girl who has a relationship with Batman. But Marini does a good job with it, and the dialogue is fun.

But the art... the art is awesome. Not just how it looks visually but how it progresses the story. No wasted panels. I've really enjoyed his work in the past and this is some of his best stuff.

I forgot how much I missed bande dessinée .


ICT / Kang the Conqueror vs The High Evolutionary
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:43:54 PM »

Kang the Conqueror


The High Evolutionary

Two of my favorite villains, who are real archetypes of their class.

Both get ALL of their standard resources - their tech, their armies, their equipment, etc. And they both get a month to prep. But they can't call on major characters who are only occasional allies for help. They know the other is out to get them.

They are at their standard power levels, so no temporary power-ups they may have had in random storylines, i.e. unusual high end showings or temporary possession of cosmic cubes or anything. But if they can build a cosmic cube in a month, that's fair game.

Current TV Shows / The Deuce
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:40:04 AM »
Anyone watching this? It’s on HBO, by the creators of the Wire, and it’s got a few cast members from that show. It’s set in sleazy 70s NYC. It’s about the local porn industry, prostitution, and low-level Mafia types. James Franco and Lawrence Gilliard do a great job playing twin brothers and a cop, respectively.

General Chat / The Boy Scouts Are now accepting girls
« on: October 11, 2017, 03:51:37 PM »
Another sign of the apocalypse, or a step in the right direction?

I suspect the only reason they’re doing it is because they need the money and membership is down.

Food and Fitness / Supplements for muscle and joint soreness
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:36:31 PM »
I know about drinking lots of water and stretching, and I do that... but I'm getting old.

Any supplements you guys take for post-workout DOMS?

Magnesium? Tumeric? Ginger? Cinnamon?

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Holy shit is Jason Bourne (2016) boring.
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:14:05 PM »
I've got in on in the background while working out. Fuuuuuuuuuck is it a snoozer.

Is every movie in this fucking series the same? Is every scene and script the same, just filmed with different actors? It's an abomination.

General Chat / Culture wars at Google
« on: August 05, 2017, 07:43:30 PM »

This internal memo questioning the push for equal representation of women at Google has rustled some jimmies.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Dunkirk
« on: July 23, 2017, 06:28:08 PM »
Anyone see it? Really good.

This is how I like music to be used in a film. It enhances the mood established by the actors and director, but it doesn't do the heavy lifting.

General Chat / CNN defies geologists, manages to sink to new low
« on: July 05, 2017, 12:02:36 PM »
CNN threatened to dox the person who made the gif of Trump body slamming CNN.

Says CNN's Andrew Kaczynski via tweets:

"He is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again."

"CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change."

So now CNN is the arbiter of what is and isn't hate crime, and will hang doxxing over the heads of anyone who disagrees like the Sword of Damocles.

Predictably to anyone who isn't a moron, they have been getting digitally raped on social media.

Marvel Zombies / Is SHIELD being overdone?
« on: June 12, 2017, 08:24:21 PM »
As the title asks, is SHIELD being used too often in current Marvel?

I remember way back when I was a kid, SHIELD was a true spy organization. Outside of a miniseries dedicated to them (the Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD one comes to mind), it felt like they were rarely seen or heard from. That meant that when they did show up, it was noteworthy. When SHIELD was hunting down Alex in the Amazing Spider-Man #130, it felt like A Big Deal. When the Helicarrier (not a helicarrier, THE Helicarrier) showed up, it was A Big Deal. They would appear in some monthlies more than others, but they were usually depicted as being a covert group.

Nowadays, says Grandpa MTL76, SHIELD is fucking everywhere. They show up every single month, in multiple titles. It seems like the Avengers are on their payroll, and they have every major superhero on their speed dial. They know every hero's secret identity. If a superhero fucks up, or needs someone to pick up a defeated bad guy, all they have to do is whistle and one of dozens of SHIELD helicarriers descends from the heavens in seconds. I can't remember a major battle in which SHIELD didn't show up at the end to lead the bad guys off to the Vault, or the Raft, or the Armoire.

It's fucking annoying and I don't like it.

General Chat / Evergreen State University
« on: May 29, 2017, 07:37:43 AM »
The students at Evergreen State University are mad, and they're not going to take it anymore!

Every year the university has a Day of Absence, where black and latino students take the day off to remind the white students how much they're needed, and white students and faculty are forced into re-education camps volunteer for anti-racism classes.

This year, it was decided by the diversity gurus that the white students and faculty should leave the campus. When one professor dared to question the new regime, his anti-revolutionary attitudes could not be allowed to stand.

Looks like fun.


ICT / Kingpin (Netflix) vs. Frenchman (Sherlock Holmes) *nod to AP*
« on: May 18, 2017, 04:40:15 PM »


Fight takes place in an empty room. No weapons and to the death. Hell in a cell!

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Leftovers
« on: April 17, 2017, 09:23:34 PM »
The most unappreciated show on TV or cable is back for its third and last season.

DC Drones / "His name was Forager!!" Allred New Gods series
« on: April 14, 2017, 05:43:30 PM »

Michael Allred and family are putting out a story about Forager, one of the odder New Gods. It's coming out under the Young Animals imprint, which is the new Vertigo I guess?

I usually like Allred's stuff, and have thought Forager pretty cool ever since his heroic death in Cosmic Odyssey, which led to Batman putting Orion in his place.

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