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Current TV Shows / Agents of SHIELD Season 6 trailer
« on: January 30, 2019, 10:46:07 PM »
The best show on TV has a trailer for the new season and it looks amazing:


Current TV Shows / The Dragon Prince
« on: November 19, 2018, 05:13:19 PM »
This came out on Netflix recently. Anyone see it?

It's by one of the creators of Avatar, and seems to fit the same age bracket and mix of drama and humor as Netflix's Voltron. Which is great.

It's set in a fantasy, WoW-type world. Humans vs. elves and dragons. The story, voice acting and dialogue is all really enjoyable. A standard fantasy setting but it's got that Lore Building (TM) that Herochat loves.

The animation is... different. It looks like a combination of CGI and cell-shaded pictures. The character designs are outstanding. If you pause it, it looks fantastic. But the movements can be a bit jerky. It doesn't bother me at all, but it has been a source of criticism.

ICT / Morgan le Fey Vs. Dracula
« on: October 31, 2018, 10:08:19 PM »
Marvel comics edition. To the true death.

No prep, standard gear and power levels for each. Fight takes place at Stonehenge in moder day times. The fight starts off one on one, i.e Dracula can’t show up with a legion of vampire spawn, but once the fight starts, each fighter can summon minions if it is within their power to do so.

Current TV Shows / Jack Ryan
« on: September 07, 2018, 07:14:23 PM »
Anyone watching it? I'm almost finished with the season.

In the words of Astro, it's vanilla. Everything is competent. They writing is OK, the acting is OK, it isn't bad, but... It's dull and generic.

Current TV Shows / Barry (HBO)
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:42:30 PM »
Anybody watching this? Bill Hader plays a Marine turned hitman turned acting student. I thinks it’s really funny and a great dark comedy.

General Chat / Nazi pugs are NOT welcome in Scotland!
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:28:16 PM »
A while back in Scotland, a guy taught his girlfriend's pug to raise his paw in a mock Nazi/Roman salute to the command of "gas the Jews", as a joke and in order to piss her off.

The video was put up on YouTube. He wound up getting arrested for violating Scotland's hate speech laws. After a lengthy (non-jury) trial process that was marked by numerous deferments, he was found guilty today. He's theoretically facing several months in prison, and/or house arrest with an ankle bracelet monitor.

The pug remains at large.


DC Drones / The Silencer - think John Wick with superpowers
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:34:11 PM »
This is a new series from DC. Written by Dan Abnett, drawn by John Rominta, Jr.... though they're both credited as "storytellers". Whatev.

The Silencer is a superpowered assassin who used to work for Talia al Ghul. She quit to start a new life, but gets dragged back into the criminal life.

The tone of the book is very John Wick-ish, with criminal codes, neutral ground areas, third-party clean-up crews and weapons suppliers... Just with superpowers. Think John Wick meets Millar's Wanted.

It's a decent read so far.

ICT / Batman four-way team fight
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:30:03 AM »
Let’s settle this once and for all. Fight takes place in Nolan-universe Gotham.

Bale Batman and Bale Batman


Bale Batman and Bale Batman


Bale Batman and Bale Batman


Bale Batman and Bale Batman

Which team takes it?

ICT / Batman Vs. Batman
« on: February 21, 2018, 07:20:12 AM »
Bale Batman


Bale Batman

Can Bale Batman finally pull out a win?

General Comic Discussion / Kill Or Be Killed (Brubaker/Phillips)
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:02:42 PM »
This creative team has been very solid over the years. Sleeper... Incognito... Criminal...

They still got it, Jerry!

I'm a couple of issues in but I'm really digging it. Briefly, a schlub tries to kill himself but miraculously survives. He is then visited by Death, who tells him he has to start killing evil people to make up for surviving. Or maybe it's just his imagination.

Debate / Anti-government protests in Iran
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:12:46 AM »
Anti-government protests in Iran


This looks like it could get big.

DC Drones / Justice League (Priest/Woods)
« on: December 26, 2017, 10:59:20 PM »
This run is two issues in and I'm really digging it.

I can't remember ever reading a comic with Woods on it but I'm sure I have at some point. His style seems very familiar. He reminds me of Christophe Quet, a French comic book artist who penciled "Travis." I like the art on this series a lot. It's classic comic book art. All of the characters look different, nobody looks generic. The fight scenes are fun and have a ton of energy. He doesn't try to make everything photorealistic. I'm a fan.

The story is good so far as well. Two issues in, two self-contained stories with an overarching story. Batman is acting as the QB of the League but he's exhausted and burning the candle at both ends. This in part leads to a less than stellar outcome of a mission, which becomes a problem for the League.

Priest throws in some social commentary in the second issue but it's an undercurrent. It doesn't dominate the story, it's done organically, and it's specific to the growth of one of the characters. It's the way social commentary should be done. (ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION, SJW MARVEL?)

It's definitely worth picking up.

ICT / Spider-Man vs. Deathstroke with Ikon suit
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:40:13 PM »
Seeing as how they both just fought Akuma.

This is classic Spider-Man vs. Deathstroke with his Ikon suit from the current Priest run, as well as his energy-absorbing sword, his usual guns, etc.

As for the scenario... Let's say Deathstroke is taking a job in New York City. He isn't specifically prepped for Spider-Man, but he knows he may run into him, among other superheroes. Spider-Man runs across Deathstroke during a routine patrol.

ICT / Robert De Niro Vs. Daniel Day Lewis (nod to safado and riv)
« on: December 19, 2017, 10:00:56 AM »
These are the actual, IRL actors, not their characters. They gave each other in a boxing match in MSG, standard boxing rules.

The catch:

De Niro is from 1980, just after he finished Raging Bull.

Lewis is from 1997, just after he finished The Boxer.

Current TV Shows / Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words (attn: Liam)
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:59:20 PM »
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."

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