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Re: SHUA
« Reply #30 on: December 18, 2011, 04:45:12 AM »
"He likes to do that..." (with Steve Buscemi)
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Re: SHUA
« Reply #31 on: December 19, 2011, 12:53:43 PM »
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Re: SHUA
« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2011, 11:16:32 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8wN_cA-fQg 

Speaking of Aquaman... 

He was one of my favorite superheroes as a kid.  That was back during the Silver Age.  His personality was of the same boy scout cloth that most of DCs heroes were made of.  I despised the later attempts to make him a grim sovereign, closer to the Sub-Mariner than his earlier, lighter incarnations. 

If I were writing Aquaman, I would have his personality and values reflect his surface upbringing with his father.  He would be, by nature, optomistic, positive, and have democratic sensibilities.  I would then elevate the importance of Atlantis and its people to the series.  I would make them darker to contrast with Aquaman in order to provide ongoing dramatic tension... 

Imagine a good man from a 20th-century free country suddenly becoming the king of a politically-correctless nation that is a cultural carry-over from thousands of years ago.  How fast could the good man reform such a society, and against what resistance?  That sort of culture-clash would provide the foundation for my version of Aquaman.   

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #33 on: December 24, 2011, 12:49:45 AM »
You should pick up the new Aquaman, then.

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2012, 10:28:22 AM »
You should pick up the new Aquaman, then.
 

Most of the comicbook shops in my area have closed (why not a comicbook shop bailout, Mr. Obama?), so I only get to one about once a month.  That was yesterday, and I picked up a second-run copy of issue #1.  I noticed it was written by Geoff Johns, the writer of Green Lantern (whose current Sinestro storyline is one of my all-time favorites), so my interest grew some more. 

I liked it!  It's been a loooooong time since I could stomach the character, but this version is very nice!  I expect that I'll be following his further adventures, for awhile anyway, as long as my bankroll holds out. 

http://alldaycomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/aquaman-dont-talk-to-fish.png

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #35 on: January 06, 2012, 09:14:34 PM »
Lately I've been buying:

Secret Avengers - starring Steve Rogers and the Black Widow
Batman - I like the "new 52" Batman
Captain America & Bucky - Ed Brubaker series...
Doctor Solar and anything recently written by Jim Shooter
"Into the Drachensgrab Mountains!"

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #36 on: January 21, 2012, 08:35:08 PM »
My recent comicbook shoppe purchases, in descending order from most to least favorites: 

Green Lantern:  GLs mag has improved a lot, now that it's not supporting the weight of big events like "Blackest Night" and "Brightest Day" -- and it wasn't bad when doing that.  The first five issues have split time between Hal Jordan and Sinestro with some very nice characterization moments between and during some cool action sequences.  Having a villain, or a flawed hero, confront their past mistakes can make for terrific drama (as in Dicken's A Christmas Carol).  Writer Geoff Johns uses a light touch on the soul-searching of these two protagonists, leaving more unsaid than said, very effectively.  One minor quibble, the cover of #5 implied much more fightin' than is actually in the ish, but the story is still quite satisfying.
http://cdn1.sciencefiction.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/greenlantern05_cover.jpg 

Aquaman:  My thanks to Vix for turning me on to this title!  The first 4-issue story-arc juxtaposed a back-to-basics golden boy version of Aquaman into a darkly horror theme, reminiscent of b-movies like "Humanoids from the Deep" (1980).  Possibly the first Aquaman comics I've really enjoyed in 30 years!
http://www.lillecomics.com/292-340-thickbox/aquaman-n3-dc-relaunch-new-52.jpg 

The Shade:  Like GL's Sinestro, having DC former villain The Shade confront his shady past is ripe for interesting drama.  I was a bit disappointed in #3, but issue 4 returned to a nicely high level.
http://static3.aintitcool.com/assets2011/shade4.jpg  

Mud Man:  Paul Grist's Image title is a great getaway from the conventions and sensibilities of today's mainstream superhero comics.
http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/gallery/wp-http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nHXujiAysr0/TvQavYT1jAI/AAAAAAAABQg/327H0me9CMU/s1600/c1.jpg

The Spider:  Moonstone's version of my favorite pulp-era crimefighter seems to understand about an essential ingredient -- things have to go apocalyptic.  The <beep> has to hit the fan by the shovelfull.  Plenty of blood, deaths, and destruction as a city screams.  The Spider can't stop the nightmare from starting, or even continuing unabated for an agonizing period of time, he can only ultimately, after great suffering and horrors, save the day.  The two-tone art is nicely atmospheric, too.  The backup story's pulp hero, Operator 5, is very poorly handled, however.  Not a bad comic, altogether, but one I may not buy regularly.
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/photosizer/upload/spider15.jpg 

Legion of Monsters:  Juan (is this a real name?) Doe's art attracted me to #3 of this 4-issue Marvel mini-series.  The writing, however, is less engaging.  I may not bother with another issue.  Maybe if I had started with the first issue... 
http://cdn.ifanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Legion-of-Monsters_3-674x1024.jpg 

Villains for Hire:  Not very good, but the premise and mystery angle have gotten me to follow along for the first half of this 4-issue Marvel mini-series.  Major gripe: they use a too-big version of Tiger Shark (he's not a great white, okay, so create another character if want a superhuman version of Jaws).  At least he's normal-sized for this great cover:
http://cdn.ifanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Villains-For-Hire_2-674x1024.jpg  

Justice League:  Since writer Geoff Johns is responsible for the top two titles in my list, I thought picking up #4 of JL, which features both Aquaman and Green Lantern on the cover would be a "can't miss."  Boy, was I wrong.  The characterizations, and pointless Marvel-style bickering, are horrible.  GL, who Johns handles so well in his own title, undergoes an unbelievable metamorphosis into a juvenile jerk for this comic.  Why?!  I guess Johns felt he needed one for the "group dynamic" and so stretched GL beyond the breaking point to the fill the need.  What a crime.  Aquaman fares better -- in fact, he's like the only adult in the room (though why artist Jim Lee felt the need to have him sport some extra jewelry is beyond me).  Even the coming of Darkseid is not likely to get me to waste money on this travesty of a title again. 
http://nerdynothings.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/justiceleague4.jpg

   

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #37 on: February 03, 2012, 09:39:09 PM »
A '60s Flash Gordon (?) song, which sounds more like Adam West's Batman than Queen... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNwHqoYYQf0&feature=endscreen&NR=1

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2012, 10:01:27 PM »
It was a very rewarding day at the comicbook store, this past week. 

To my supreme delight, I discoved Marvel Comics' long-interrupted 12-issue mini-series, The Twelve, returned to the racks!  YAY!!!  Thus far, I've found this to be the best mini-series since The Watchmen.  Aside from splendid mystery and characterization elements, it plays up the culture-shock and displacement themes that definately should belong in any Captain America movie sequels.
http://marvel.com/news/story/17012/the_twelve_in_12  

Green Lantern by Johns & Choi continues to impress me.  Sinestro and Hal Jordan have shared equal time in the book for 6 issues, now, which has pleased me greatly.  In issue 6, Johns introduces a character called Starstorm, referencing a past history between he and Sinestro, in which they had been hero and arch-villain on a planet other than Earth.  It's a terrific concept.  Sinestro, like most comicbook supervillains, in the past would show up in his nemesis superhero's comicbook maybe once every couple of years.  GL, of course, had been busy every month in between, so what had Sinestro been doing during that time?  Just plotting?  To suggest that Sinestro might be just as busy fighting other, never-heard-of superheroes on other planets, perhaps with greater success, is a brilliant, if subversive, notion.
http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3610760.html 

I also picked up The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred from Image.  I had read issues 2-5 of the first Bulletproof Coffin mini-series and found the storytelling and art to be fresh, unique, and interesting.  This time the creators have amp-ed up the adult (nudie) content, a direction which I'm ambivalent about, but the storytelling is still unconventionally excellent. 
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-55I3HDlKyTo/TtUcGdmOyoI/AAAAAAAAACw/95LbyEyZ54U/s1600/BPCD_1_Cover.jpg 

Finally, I picked up yet another issue of Villains for Hire, not because it's good, but because it had another great Tiger Shark cover painting. 
http://cdn.ifanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Villains-For-Hire_3-674x1024.jpg

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #39 on: February 13, 2012, 09:00:30 AM »
Not sure if this has been mentioned here on the forums yet - I usually don't like MMORPGs all that much, but a friend of mine recently showed me DC Universe Online and it looks great. The combat and camera control is a bit akin to Third-Person-Shooters and I guess that suits me more but what's great about it is also the quality of the cutscenes and voiceovers and the story is (comic-book) funny, too. You can play a hero and work for Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman or a villain and work for The Joker, Lex Luthor and another villain I forgot. It's free-to-play and the restrictions don't seem that important.

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2012, 07:52:35 PM »
The is embarrassingly close to the made-up lyrics I used to sing, as a kid during the '60's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO9InefoY7s&NR=1&feature=endscreen

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2012, 08:47:22 PM »
I came up with an idea for a SHUA design which also fits into the Cold contest: Icefinger. Now if I can just come up with a story.  :)

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #42 on: March 02, 2012, 09:08:07 PM »
I came up with an idea for a SHUA design which also fits into the Cold contest: Icefinger. Now if I can just come up with a story.  :)
 

Perhaps some superhero animated shorts will help.  The first "Trigger Happy" is the best -- it's Pixarish in quality: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW5ltS5YuM4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiDRMU-j8Mk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJaUIFd3vgs 

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Re: SHUA
« Reply #44 on: March 08, 2012, 06:29:46 PM »
I am soooooo looking forward to finishing Yukionna.  After I'm done with that OAUA mod, I plan to pick up and dust off Rocco Taku's SHUA project and finish it. 

That SHUA project will be a stepping stone to an eventual SHUA version of Pool of Radiance (if I live so long). 

For the SHUA-PoR, I plan to set the story in modern day.  The city of Phlan will become a city that was founded for superheroes (a place offering mutual safety, less worry of collateral damage and dead innocents should bad guys come after them, and other such benefits in numbers), but which has come under hard times.  The PCs will be new superheroes helping to bring back the city's former glory, but slowly uncovering a dark conspiracy along the way. 

Individual quests from PoR will change some to lots, but the basic layout will remain similar. 

I'm hoping that Rocco Taku's SHUA project, once completed, will give me good ideas on how to progress in adversary superpowers to keep the game challenging as PCs progress from level 0 to sooperdooper.   


 

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