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  1. Read Fables #151. I shouldn't be saying this since I only finished binge reading the original series a few weeks ago, but it feels like the series never ended. Willingham, Buckingham & Leialoha did an excellent job of picking up where they left off. 

  2. 2 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

    Fun(?) fact: Giannis joins Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to put up 20 points and 20 rebounds in back to back playoff loses.

    Giannis ran out of gas in this series. The Bucks couldn't overcome to loss of Khris Middleton. I suspect they would have been bounced by Miami in the ECF. They ought to be in contention every year that Giannis is healthy, though. 

  3. So often Game 7s end up being a blowout for the home team. The Bucks should have pressed for the second seed instead of resting their starters. You have to give the Celtics a ton of credit though to come back from that Game 5 capitulation. 

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    10 hours ago, SirFozzie said:

    So, the Celtics-Bucks game 7 will be on sunday at 3:30 PM. I half-expect the old CBS NBA opening and "You are looking LIVE at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts". Just like Dominique and Larry, Giannis and Jayson Tatum are going to go for it. Hell of a series so far.

     

    edit: I can make that comparison because I saw Dominique and Larry in Game 7. My parents had dragged me to a Air National Guard/AirForce airshow, which I wanted NOTHING to do with, thankfully, one of the buildings had a TV with half the air show watching Game 7.

    Let's see if we get a tackle like this one.

     

  5. I don't think anyone mentioned Klaus Schulze, electric music pioneer and former member of the krautrock band, Tangerine Dream. He died on April 26th. 

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  6. I finished Fables today, a series I first began reading back in December. It had its ups and downs as you’d expect any series to do that lasts 150 issues, but it consistently entertained me day in, day out for a solid five months. I read that Willingham originally envisioned the series running for one issue longer than Cerebus. I don’t know if Willingham had that many stories left to tell, but now I hear that the book is returning for another 12 issue arc, so we’ll see how that goes.

    A lot of people comment on how the book should’ve ended after the first 75 issues, and would have been better as a standard 60-75 issue Vertigo series. I never really felt that way reading it. In fact, I didn’t find the reveal of the Adversary’s identity, or the final battle against his Empire, to be hugely momentous. I actually felt that the conclusion to a lot of the arcs were anticlimactic. It got to the point where I started wondering if it was intentional on Willingham’s part or a weakness of his as a writer. What held the book together for me was the rich cast of characters and the uniform look that Buckingham and Leialoha gave the series. Willingham was lucky to have the same artists on the book for the majority of its run.

    Many people had strong opinions about this series. It almost rivaled the type of feedback you see from a television show. As I read the complaints, I began to develop a type of mentality of “Ok, let’s see what the writer chooses to do with these characters” instead of worrying about what I wanted to see happen. I didn’t agree with every decision Willingham made, but I wasn’t incensed by any of them, and I remained invested in the characters. Nobody’s forced to like the direction an artist goes in, but I sometimes think we lose track of an artist’s right to take things in a new direction.

    That said, I’m not sure where Fables would rank in my echelon of great comic book runs. Probably in my top 25 If it had been a bit more emotionally satisfying instead of intellectually stimulating it may have ranked higher. There were a few moments that were genuinely emotional, and well built, but the highs weren’t quite as high as other runs I’m fond of. Still, a remarkable achievement for any creative team to last that long, and now they want to come back for more?

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  7. 12 hours ago, Technico Support said:

    Oooooof Ozark's ending sucked. 

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    Kill off the closest person the show had to a moral center, the person who had every right to get out alive and the only person worth rooting for, and then have the Byrds pull it all together as an evil cohesive unit at the end.  Imagine ending Breaking Bad with the Nazis killing Jesse while Walt, Skyler, Walt Jr., and Baby Holly all team up to keep cooking meth.

    I wonder if this was Netflix messing with creative to reserve the right to follow up with a movie or another season sometime down the road like Showtime did with Dexter.

    I thought the ending was all right, however...

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    I thought they should have done a better job handling Jonah's crossing over to the family's side. I'm not sure Wendy checking herself into the mental hospital was the best they could have come up with. I also thought the coda at the end took away from the 'sacrifice' the Byrdes had made of choosing the family over Ruth, or at least coping with what they'd done. After all, Wendy had said the consequences of Ruth's death may be unbearable (after earlier telling Ruth that nothing is unbearable.) Ruth's days were numbered as soon as she took revenge on Javi, so that was no surprise. The car crash plot point didn't serve much purpose. It was kind of a cynical ending considering the conversation they had with Mel, but I get the message was pretty clear. The Byrdes getting away with it was always going to be an option as an ending. They kind of did that in a way where it wasn't a happy ending.  

    It definitely wasn't an ending that kicked the show into the stratosphere of all-time great TV shows, I'll say that much. 

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  8. Ruth has always been into hip hop. They've used Biggie, Wu Tang-Clu and Tribe Called Quest before for Ruth's scenes. I loved that surprise Killer Mike cameo, especially after they used his song "Untitled" so well. Great episode. Hand me on the edge of my seat right until the end. 

  9. 18 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

    Fun fact: he's also lost more game 7's than any other coach in NBA history.

    And that's only scratching the surface:

    "Doc Rivers has now lost nine Game 7s, the most in NBA history. He has lost five Game 7s at home, the most in NBA history. He has lost each of his last four Game 7s, the equal-worst streak in NBA history. He has 29 losses in potential close-out games, the most in NBA history. His .341 win percentage in close-out games, among coaches with 20+ games, is the worst in NBA history."

     

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  10. Stan Sakai's run at Mirage was nowhere near as good as his stuff at Fantagraphics. I prefer Usagi in black and white much like I prefer samurai films in black and white to color. The stories didn't seem to resonate as much, either. They were easy reads, but didn't have the same energy. I believe things pick up again with his Dark Horse work.

    The Aardvark-Vanaheim/Renegade Press Flaming Carrot Comics were a lot of fun. I really enjoy Bob Burden's sense of humour. His ideas didn't always stick, but he was the master of absurd situations and quirky one-liners. I'm interested to see how well Flaming Carrot transitions into the 90s.

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  11. I really enjoyed Camelot 3000. Ordinarily, I would hate this sort of premise -- King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are resurrected and fight space aliens in the future -- but Bolland's art was brilliant. I understand there were all sorts of delays with the book because of how slowly he worked, but it left me wishing that he'd done more interior work during his career. Probably more of a triumph in collected form than it was off the shelves. Nonetheless, DC's 80s experiments were a fertile time in mainstream American comics.

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  12. Are there any Hellboy fans here? I re-read the original mini-series, and the DHP serial that followed. I don't want to judge it too harshly since Byrne scripted the first series, and the serial was Mignola's first crack at doing the writing, but is there a point where Hellboy comes into its own?

  13. On 3/17/2022 at 8:45 PM, paintedbynumbers said:

    I am reading the same!  Are you reading the comics or the omnibus books?  If you are reading the Omnibus books  "Captain America Lives" goes on sale every couple of days on Amazon.   

    Have you read Brubaker's Daredevil??

     

    Also, 

     

    I just was in Orlando and checked out Marvel island.  Very underwhelmed with the Marvel store and the Comic shop.  No DD tee shirts, Very limited merch.  Was expecting to drop a couple hundred on shirts and only spent $15 on a Punisher bottle opener. 

    I have been reading individual issues. I'll probably read Brubaker's Daredevil after I'm done with Bendis. 

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  14. I've mostly been reading Brubaker's Captain America and Bendis' Daredevil.

    Brubaker's Captain America is one of the most cinematic comic books I've ever read. It reads like a film. It has the most beautifully choreographed fight scenes of any superhero book I've read, and no matter who the artist is, the book has the same look. Even the coloring adds a lightning effect similar to the visual tone of a film or television series. It has an incredibly realistic feel to it, right down to the detail in Captain America's costume. I don't know how many years ago it was released, but to me, this is a cutting edge comic and what modern comics should aspire to surpass. Another notable thing about it is how drawn out the storylines are. It feels like Brubaker is playing the long game, which writers aren't always allowed to do when they're given the keys to a Marvel character. 

    Bendis' Daredevil isn't as good, but it's piqued my interest enough that I actively want to read it. Daredevil is one of my favorite characters, but I haven't read any of the modern runs on the title. The hook for me in Bendis' run so far is the idea that all this tragedy follows Matt every time he puts on the Daredevil costume, and the notion that he should retire as Daredevil and never wear the costume again, which of course plays into the idea of how much of Matt's identity is made up of the Daredevil persona, and vice versa. The art is kind of unusual for a Marvel comic, but I keep reminding myself that I grew up on Frank Miller/Sienkiewicz comics. Some of Maleev's art is really beautiful, and some of it is awkward and poor storytelling. Bendis' over-writing isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Sometimes he'll throw in a reference to a song or something that makes me cringe a bit, but that's about it. 

    I am slowly discovering that there is value in comics post-2000.

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  15. Jamal Crawford had as many 50 point games in the NBA as Bob McAdoo, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Tracy McGrady, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis,  Kyrie Irving, George Mikan, Tiny Archibald, and Karl Malone. Good enough for 22nd all-time. He also scored 50 points for four different franchises. He's actually 57st all-time in scoring with just under 20k points. But he was never an All-Star. 

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