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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.

How did I not realize how awesome this movie is? When it came out I thought the commercials looked cheezy. Just saw it and god damn if I'm not ready to join the Royal navy and hunt down some French privateers.

... Created in 2001.


The Lai brothers said they created the Radix series in 2001 at a time when Iron Man, who first appeared in comic books in 1963, was still “wearing simple spandex-like attire and minimal armor.”

Did I miss a period of Iron Man's history when he was wearing spandex-like attire?

General Chat / He Will Not Divide Us, round 3
« on: March 11, 2017, 07:58:16 AM »

Shia and co. hang a HWNDU on a flagpole with no visual cues as to where it is and livestream it.

Within 48 hours, 4chan posters deduce the location based on contrail patterns, astronomy, and sound triangulation. They remove the flag and run up a MAGA hat and Pepe shirt on the flagpole.

That's some Batman level shit.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Self/Less
« on: January 13, 2017, 09:34:31 PM »
Fuck Rogue One, or whatever number Star Trek is on, this is what a great action sci-fi movie should be. It's on HBO Go/Now currently.

Briefly: old, rich, dying man (Ben Kingsley) pays shady scientist to put him in a healthy young body (Ryan Reynolds) that's been cloned for him. Then he starts having hallucinations...

Very entertaining and unlike the franchise queens above that coast on nostalgia, is well worth the time to watch.

Debate / Mark Blyth, Brown University Economist is Fucking Cool
« on: November 21, 2016, 02:12:23 PM »
The era of neoliberalism is over. The era of neo-nationalism has just begun. - Mark Blyth

I've been listening to his online lectures about the global economy, Brexit and the US Presidential elections. He is what I'd imagine Hari Seldon would be like in real life. He's not very optimistic on the future of the Euro and free trade.

The rise of Trump and others like him ("Trumpets"):


US Presidential Elections:




Current TV Shows / Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters
« on: November 18, 2016, 10:54:57 PM »
I slept on Season 2 dropping. It's fantastic.

"It looks like Mommy Pea and Baby Pea have finally pushed Daddy Pea too far.  It's... the Black--Eyed Peas."

Current TV Shows / The Atlanta Thread
« on: October 29, 2016, 10:38:32 AM »
I'm digging this show. Are you digging this show?

General Chat / Pentagon fucks over veterans, surprising no one.
« on: October 26, 2016, 08:56:51 AM »


Long story short: Back during the war in Iraq, the Pentagon gave out signing bonuses to soldiers because they were facing manpower shortages. Years later they realized they gave out bonuses to soldiers who weren't eligible for them. Now, the Pentagon is demanding the money back.

The USA's support for its troops is usually lip service only so I'm really not surprised.

Marvel Zombies / Waid and Samnee's Black Widow
« on: October 19, 2016, 02:21:36 PM »
Anyone reading this?

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have been quietly putting out a cracking new Black Widow series. Nothing revolutionary, just a taut, well-written espionage book with gorgeous art that supports the story and doesn't compete with it.

If you liked Fraction's Hawkeye or Waid's Daredevil, you'll like this.

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