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@  MEDdMI : (29 May 2017 - 07:16 PM)

Is that why I found a Yamask in the cereal box?

@  Paladin : (29 May 2017 - 06:29 PM)

taste may vary from person to person.

@  Telly : (29 May 2017 - 06:03 PM)

soylent green toast crunch yummy yummy!

@  D Immortalis : (29 May 2017 - 05:47 PM)

since were pretty sure he ate the other bakers, i figure kids love it because it tastes like people...PEOPLE!

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 May 2017 - 04:07 PM)

But have you sighted why kids love the sweet taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunchâ„¢?

@  RichardT1977 : (29 May 2017 - 03:14 PM)

BTW: added a sighting to my recent TR Deluxe Wave 4 post (edited instead of double-posted).

@  Bass X0 : (28 May 2017 - 02:59 PM)

Back in my day, I called them "Mini-Spies".

@  Whirl Maximus : (28 May 2017 - 02:06 PM)

Think about the implications of it though, robots in disguise themselves infiltrated and paranoid by the recent shifts in the status quo.

@  unluckiness : (28 May 2017 - 07:47 AM)

I'm kinda glad. A couple tie-in stories aside, Secret Invasion was a mess.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2017 - 07:23 AM)

Almost makes you wonder if some of the aborted Micronauts relaunch concept didn't slip in...

@  Whirl Maximus : (28 May 2017 - 07:20 AM)

Titan Masters could quite easily have been Transformers: Secret invasion, the return of the Mini-cons/Stentarians but noooooo, it had to be whatever the pit it is.

@  Pennpenn : (28 May 2017 - 02:59 AM)

Fairly sure I used too much flour. Oh well.

@  Pennpenn : (28 May 2017 - 02:24 AM)

Scones in the oven.

@  Pennpenn : (28 May 2017 - 01:54 AM)

Considering whether it's worth the effort to make scones

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 07:36 PM)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gundam-Breaker-3-BREAK-EDITION-English-PS4-Game-GOTY-Physical-Version-/142395861602?hash=item2127746a62:g:kb0AAOSw8lpZKS31

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 07:36 PM)

TMM, free shipping

@  unluckiness : (27 May 2017 - 07:33 PM)

Even if it's just 4 bucks, people shouldn't be patronizing obvious scams.

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 May 2017 - 05:37 PM)

What's the shipping price?

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 05:18 PM)

Yeah, but it's cheaper than all the Hong Kong sellers running at $65+

@  2017 : (27 May 2017 - 05:07 PM)

It sounds like a scam.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 04:32 PM)

I know, RIGHT?!

@  wonko the sane? : (27 May 2017 - 04:23 PM)

Part of me is screaming "no", and part of me says "It's just four bucks, hit it and hope for the best".

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 04:09 PM)

Hmmm,...do I take the chance on a copy of Gundam Breaker 3 Break Edition for $4 from a China seller with zero feedback?

@  unluckiness : (27 May 2017 - 11:19 AM)

and collect cobwebs

@  Rycochet : (27 May 2017 - 11:06 AM)

Aside from getting stuck in bathtubs and getting eaten by family pets.

@  Bass X0 : (27 May 2017 - 10:10 AM)

Spider-Man toys don't do whatever a spider can either...

@  Pennpenn : (27 May 2017 - 04:38 AM)

Grax is only invisible when no one is looking at them. No idea what's wrong with your Xort.

@  Whirl Maximus : (27 May 2017 - 04:16 AM)

Titan Masters is filled with false advertising, Grax doesn't make any figure invisible and Xort doesn't do anything with gravity. Maybe they'll be in the Transformer toys of tomorrow which will be actual robots with AI.

@  Waspinator : (27 May 2017 - 02:19 AM)

So you can bite his shiny metal ass?

@  unluckiness : (27 May 2017 - 02:12 AM)

Any particular reason TLK Voyager Optimus has his ass painted silver?

@  Noideaforaname : (26 May 2017 - 09:58 PM)

Loki makes life interesting. "I HAVE A PLAN FOR GETTING BACK THOR'S HAMMER!! HE'LL NEED TO WEAR THIS WEDDING DRESS!"

@  Echowarrior : (26 May 2017 - 09:16 PM)

Thor was a great guy. Same as most of the Asgard. Loki was a jerk, though.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 May 2017 - 07:21 PM)

I think thor was just too smart to NOT call us stupid next to him.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 07:18 PM)

Six of one, half a dozen of the other?

@  wonko the sane? : (26 May 2017 - 07:17 PM)

I always interpreted that scene to mean that asgardians weren't capable of breaking down problems in the same way as humans.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 06:58 AM)

I mean, SG1 was a good show on balance. One of my favourite things was Thor admitting he found humans good to keep around because they so often came up with stupid ideas that nevertheless worked out.

@  Whirl Maximus : (26 May 2017 - 05:59 AM)

Those episodes were 1969 and 2010.

@  Whirl Maximus : (26 May 2017 - 05:59 AM)

Stargate sg1 was loosely based on the movie, it thrived on continuity it was impressive how old situations and solutions would come back in unexpected ways. Continuum had it's villain use the characters own solution in two previous episodes against them.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 05:39 AM)

And yeah, name is based on a part of my surname. Can't remember why I picked it. Lost to memories of the primordial early 2000s.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 05:37 AM)

Like how Abydos in the movie is in another galaxy on the far side of the universe, but Abydos in SG1 is the closest world to Earth (and that was the only reason the gate could still get there) and even getting to other galaxies was impossible with the normal gates.

@  Pennpenn : (26 May 2017 - 05:35 AM)

I was very tired when I said that, but what I meant was a lot of stuff that is in the original Stargate movie is contradicted a lot in Stargate SG1.

@  unluckiness : (26 May 2017 - 05:29 AM)

OBJECTION

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (26 May 2017 - 12:48 AM)

I remember a fanfic that had Swindle as Lawyer.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 May 2017 - 10:08 PM)

No, I am referring to before Beast Wars: Uprising. I swear Swindle was a lawyer in a story before "A Brush With Infamy".

@  Telly : (25 May 2017 - 09:47 PM)

i cant get the link to work for the life of me. just go to the wiki and type "a brush with infamy" in the search box and itll come up

@  Telly : (25 May 2017 - 09:40 PM)

grr. check the post above this one. stupid non working link and i cant delete shouts...

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 May 2017 - 09:25 PM)

I swear I've read the story but now I forget which one it is.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 May 2017 - 09:25 PM)

When has G1 Swindle been a lawyer before?

@  Rycochet : (25 May 2017 - 07:20 PM)

All I know about PennPenn is he's so good they named him twice.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (25 May 2017 - 07:02 PM)

Nope.. Pennpenn is actually a Prinny dood!


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#61 Fortress Ironhold

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:34 AM

Putting Storm and Black Panther together again is probably a bad start as far as some readers are concerned. And really, how many Black Panther books did Marvel think the market would carry?! 

 

Regardless, this is sad. Is Marvel right about diversity and social issues suddenly becoming sales killers? That's a pretty shitty position for us to be in.

I question whether the issue is "diversity & social issues" as it is "how it's being presented", especially in a situation like this where popular characters couldn't even save a book. 


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 06:31 AM

Are they popular characters though? When was the last time one of those characters carried a book long-term?

Storm obviously is beloved as a member of the X-Men, and I think she got a year or two out of her last solo series? Which isn't bad. Similarly Cage works well as an Avenger or whatever, but when did he last sustain a solo(-ish) ongoing for any prolonged period (with or without Danny)?

Presumably the current Black Panther book has been selling well, since they almost immediately launched two spinoff books, but it's not like T'Challa's been a sales juggernaut in recent years.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:09 AM

Are they popular characters though? When was the last time one of those characters carried a book long-term?

Storm obviously is beloved as a member of the X-Men, and I think she got a year or two out of her last solo series? Which isn't bad. Similarly Cage works well as an Avenger or whatever, but when did he last sustain a solo(-ish) ongoing for any prolonged period (with or without Danny)?

Presumably the current Black Panther book has been selling well, since they almost immediately launched two spinoff books, but it's not like T'Challa's been a sales juggernaut in recent years.

 

The last and only time Cage was able to sustain a series was 1986 when Powerman and Iron Fist ended.  T'challa hasn't been able to hold a book up since Hudlin's shitty run ended in 2008 and that book didn't see 50 issues.  

 

Black heroes don't sell well.  The bestselling Black comic book character of all time isn't even recognizable as a Black man.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:36 PM

Didn't the latest Power Man and Iron Fist run only get cancelled because of Defenders/the Iron Fist solo, so that Walker would move to a Cage solo book?

(That was a damn good comic, by the way, just saying.)

 

Incidentally, I read an article recently that mentioned that sales on Black Panther dropped massively when World of Wakanda and The Crew came out, and likewise for Doctor Strange when Sorcerers Supreme came out. Apparently spinoffs are more likely to hurt "brand potential" than help it.

 

Oh, and one more thing - using "The Crew" seemed kind of tone-deaf to me, since when Priest originally wrote The Crew he didn't intend for it to be "the black Avengers", and putting a bunch of characters with little more connection than "they're all black" together under that name just seems like a bad idea.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:27 PM


Spinoffs now a days make people say "Collecting this 'family' of books is now too expensive" and so they drop them all even the original single book they had liked.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:34 PM

The decompression of the Aughts is what really killed it. Having to wait a whole year for the resolution of a story that would have taken an issue or two previously.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:14 PM

Oh, there's a 'real' Steve Rogers out there? Who could've possibly foreseen that? (Spencer's still a jackass, but c'mon,)

 

On the topic of Marvel sales, I conducted a little non-scientific research while briefly glancing at the 'recent' issues area at my comic store. Harley's Little Black Book was the only major DC release with more than three copies of the most recent issue, and not that many even had three. Marvel had thick stacks of such books as Secret Empire, Guardians of the Galaxy, Royals, Scarlet Spider, Nick Fury, and... there were more but I should've written this post a bit sooner than 7 hours after being there. DC also had slightly more empty slots where the most recent issue was totally sold out.



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:15 PM

OK, so having read Secret Empire 2, the Two Steves reveal was weird. The sequence where WWII Steve was revealed was drawn my a different art team.

I wonder why the split, though? Was it always in the plans? Did Kobik bring back THIS Steve before she was shattered? Is this even OUR Steve? One of the theories I've seen was that this "good" Steve is Ultimate Cap surviving Secret Wars.

The different art style also begs the question: was this a last minute addition due to the backlash?

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:59 PM

 

Putting Storm and Black Panther together again is probably a bad start as far as some readers are concerned. And really, how many Black Panther books did Marvel think the market would carry?! 

 

Regardless, this is sad. Is Marvel right about diversity and social issues suddenly becoming sales killers? That's a pretty shitty position for us to be in.

I question whether the issue is "diversity & social issues" as it is "how it's being presented", especially in a situation like this where popular characters couldn't even save a book. 

 

I'm actually offended they just threw all these black people together when they don't really gel. But I heard Coates wasn't allowed to use the original crew.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:06 PM

After talking with some other comic enthusiasts, I'm wondering what things would be like if Marvel & co. went "Silver Age" for a while. 

 

Simple, back-to-basics stories. Issues build off of each other, but someone just dropping in won't be too lost. Key headline characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Black Panther are written with an eye to an "all ages" target demographic, while characters like Deadpool and Wolverine get hand-picked teams who can handle more "mature" titles without giving into grimdark or 90s!extreme. Politics and social issues are handled carefully and in measured doses, meaning that they only appear where appropriate instead of hammering the reader over the head issue after issue; for example, a single, well-written issue devoted to Luke Cage confronting racism instead of a slapdash series. 

 

I think this might be a way for Marvel to go, especially since these are the kinds of stories we're getting in a lot of the television series and even some of the movies right now. 


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:08 PM

After talking with some other comic enthusiasts, I'm wondering what things would be like if Marvel & co. went "Silver Age" for a while. 

 

Simple, back-to-basics stories. Issues build off of each other, but someone just dropping in won't be too lost. Key headline characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Black Panther are written with an eye to an "all ages" target demographic, while characters like Deadpool and Wolverine get hand-picked teams who can handle more "mature" titles without giving into grimdark or 90s!extreme. Politics and social issues are handled carefully and in measured doses, meaning that they only appear where appropriate instead of hammering the reader over the head issue after issue; for example, a single, well-written issue devoted to Luke Cage confronting racism instead of a slapdash series. 

 

I think this might be a way for Marvel to go, especially since these are the kinds of stories we're getting in a lot of the television series and even some of the movies right now. 

 

I don't know how well it would sell, but it would certainly get ME interested in buying comics again. Even better since the page counts are lower than back when I read, use the old two-parter format for most stories so there is a cliffhanger every other month. 


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