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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."

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.

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