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  1. "How to make legs work again"
  2. I did my own little tribute to MF DOOM by reading some classic Doom stories while listening to his music. Emperor Doom offers up an interesting premise -- what if Doom took over the world and actually made it a better place? Doom solves the world's problems in short order, leaving the heroes with the moral quandary of whether it's right to have a utopia with no free will. Doom, for his part, grows bored with no one to challenge his authority. A decent Avengers yarn, but it wraps up too neatly, especially for the graphic novel format. I could understand it if it was in the monthly books, but I expected more from a prestige format book. Next up were the Wally Wood Doom stories. These were like a whirlwind. I had no idea what was going on half the time. Things just randomly happened. But the wackiness fit with the samples that MF DOOM liked to use from the Fantastic Four cartoon, and the art was great, as you'd expect. Lastly, the Doom arc from Fantastic Four #196-200. MF DOOM actually used a panel from #199 for one of his album covers, which is cool. The main event here is the double-sized anniversary issue with an epic showdown between Doom and Richards. It's a tremendous heavyweight fight. Richards had his powers juiced earlier in the storyline, and Doom snaps during their fight and nearly chokes Richards to death. The ending was brutal. You could easily read this as a standalone issue and skip all of the build up. I thought it was terrific. The art wasn't very dynamic, but the story lived up to its billing and was befitting of the occasion.
  3. I watched the first two episodes of the new season. The best parts were Johnny and Daniel playing Tango & Cash and all of the scenes with Kreese. I don't want to blow through the season too quickly, so I won't watch anymore tonight. Highlight for me so far:
  4. She was tortured so badly that she was on the verge of death. It's implied that she was raped, but Grell denies this. He wrote a scene about it in the ongoing series where the subject is brought up during a therapy session. Due to the trauma, she loses her Canary Cry superpower. Later on, we discover that she cannot conceive due to the injuries she suffered.
  5. I don't remember the Dinah stuff being offensive. Certainly not like what Shooter did to Ms. Marvel.
  6. I liked it a lot. Granted, I am a fan of those 80s DC revamps in general as that was the point where I jumped on as a fan. The highlight is obviously Lowbow Hunters, but the ongoing title was good as well. I haven't read some of the other spinoff stuff. I remember there being quite a few parallels to Grell's work on Warlord and Jon Sable, as he tends to be the type of creator who is always writing the same kind of stories. Didn't they butcher the book one Grell left? I seem to recall they brought him back into the wider DC universe or something.
  7. I listened to Maxinquaye. Not bad, but I didn't release that most of the tracks are sung by Martina Topley-Bird. I thought Tricky would rap more.
  8. Hope the little one is doing well. I like the Tricky song the best out of this batch, though I'm not sure if Tricky or Portishead used the Isaac Hayes sample better. I was never one for clubbing or raves, so I never got into any of the UK dance acts. I think Trip-hop might appeal to me nowadays, so I'll probably give that a try while you're busy changing diapers and doing midnight feeds.
  9. I finally caught up with David Lapham's most recent work on Stray Bullets. Stray Bullets was one of the comics I bought when I was still collecting comics. I'm glad he's still producing it after all these years. His art and storytelling have improved immensely from the early issues. The most recent arc was bloated compared to the original series, especially given it was a prequel, and the obligatory Amy Racecar issues grated after a while, but when it was good, it was really, really good.
  10. I started working through Gene Colan's run on Batman. There aren't any classic stories, but I simply love Colan's artwork. I was enjoying the stories by Gerry Conway and Klaus Janson inking the pencils, but I just reached the point where they changed the writer and inker, and the artwork is nowhere near as good. I also finished Transmetropolitan. Warren Ellis can be smug at times, and the humour didn't always wash with me, but overall it was an excellent series. And scarily prescient of the Trump administration. I've also started reading the 90s reboot of Starman. And I am continuing to enjoy Ennis' run on Hellblazer. I've been slowly making my way through Mark Waid's run on The Flash. At first, I couldn't understand what the hype was about as I preferred William Messner-Loebs' run on the title with its quirky cast of supporting characters. However, that arc where Barry Allen returns. That was a great story. So I'm glad I stuck with it. I have also been revisiting the 5 years later era of Legion of Superheroes, which I know a lot of people hate, but I've always loved those types of resets. Giffen's art hasn't aged that well, however.
  11. I'm slowly trudging my way through 70s Marvel -- trying to finish Man Thing and Son of Satan. I recently began reading Omega the Unknown. I'm not a huge fan of Steve Gerber, to be perfectly honest (except for his Defenders run), but if you like his take on superhero comic books then Omega is perhaps the best encapsulation of it. I recently added Conan the Barbarian to the 70s slate. I love Savage Sword of Conan, but I had never checked out the main title. So far, it's enjoyable. Barry Smith tries a bit too hard to be Kirby at times, but I usually enjoy Roy Thomas comic books. Sticking with 70s Marvel, I watched an interview with Byrne today, so suddenly I want to check out his 70s work, which was before my time. I started reading Squadron Supreme today. I can understand the Watchmen comparisons, but man, how many word bubbles can a guy read before his eyes dry out? I also started reading Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's Wolverine. So 80s. Ninjas! Japan! Yakuza! Plus I've been reading J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck's Captain America, which has been a bit boring, but Zeck's art is nice. Captain America seems like a difficult character to write, to be fair, like Superman or Wonder Woman.
  12. Welcome back. I've been binge listening to nothing but 1994 Memphis Rap and Black Metal since you left. I lived through the whole Brit-pop era but wasn't British, so didn't take sides. Oasis was huge in New Zealand, but I was still heavily into grunge at the time, especially after seeing Pearl Jam live. From that point on, I started growing my hair out and wearing a corduroy jacket. The Oasis song is okay but sounds like Beatles wankery. The book ignored so much great country that I think we can safely ignore Garth Brooks. I have a soft spot for Ash. I saw them open for Garbage in '96. They were a great pop act. I especially like Girl from Mars. That Smashing Pumpkins song holds up remarkably well. I suspect it's because of the way Corgan sings it. I imagine the Smashing Pumpkins' songs that don't hold up well are the songs where Corgan whines. That was a massive album, though. I remember buying it the day it came out. Common People is one of the best singles of the 90s. I also love Disco 2000. Hell, they could both make my 10 ten for the decade. Disco 2000 has the catchier chorus, but Common People is probably the better song overall. I'm not sure if Pulp ever lived up to their promise of being a Smiths or a Cure for their generation (or New Order, Pet Boys, etc.), but they nailed it with those two songs. And you can tell from listening to their earlier stuff that they were really building to those triumphant moments. The narrative was building and the music caught up.
  13. Recently, I've been reading Jim Starlin's Captain Marvel & Warlock runs. They're good, but I wouldn't really rate them alongside my favorite stuff from the 70s. I can understand the appeal if you like cosmic superhero stories. I liked Starlin's work on Strange Tales best. What really impressed me was the Death of Captain Marvel graphic novel. That was a beautiful piece of work and deeply moving. Definitely up there with Dark Phoenix Saga, Miller's Daredevil, and the other great works of the era.
  14. 1994 was arguably hip hop's greatest year. I've always preferred East Coast Hip Hop to West Coast, but '94 was the year where most people believe there was a East Coast renaissance. It was also the year where Southern hip hop rose to prominence. Check out some of these tracks: And that's just the tip of the iceberg:
  15. I was talking about the Russian band. It was something I came across when looking up the best albums of '93. They only released the one record.
  16. 1994 1994 was the year that alternative music became mainstream. It was an important year for me because it was the year I started buying records the day they came out. I don't think you can ever recapture the feeling of being a teenager listening to a brand new record. I'm not sure how much of 1994 alt rock holds up anymore. I'm not fond of revisiting pop culture from the 90s -- music, movies, TV, comic books -- I feel like I lived through it the first time so what's the point in revisiting it? I don't really feel like picking my youth apart. I mean people talk shit about Nirvana Unplugged, but I listened to that record every day for at least six months after I bought it. Sometimes you had to be there. Glancing through the list, there are a few things that stick out to me. I like Scott Weiland's voice. I feel like he got a bad rap. TLC were easily the best thing to happen in R&B since New Jack Swing or maybe even Prince. Sabotage had a great video clip and it's a good song, but I don't think it's a great representation of what the Beastie Boys were capable of after Paul's Boutique. Hole may not be a great band, but they had some catchy songs. I found myself randomly singing "I wanna be the girl with the most cake" at various points during the past week. Strangely, I was never into Nas or Nine Inch Nails. A lot of these songs remind me of working at my part time job in '94 where they played Jeff Buckley and Portishead endlessly, or watching afternoon music TV where a bunch of these song were on endless rotation. I can also remember endless Grant Lee Buffalo videos too, for what it's worth. I love Pavement. I don't know about that next Nirvana crap, but I always loved this video: There were a few songs that could have easily made the list -- Weezer's Buddy Holly, Green Day's Basket Case, something by Offspring maybe -- but this is an absolute banger: Here are a few others:
  17. Y'know what's hard? The Cannibal Corpse Hammer Smashed Face EP.
  18. Another potential knock on the run is that he gave up penciling it. It's always disappointing when a writer-artist resorts to doing layouts. Klaus Janson was the next best thing, however, and I was surprised that you skipped those issues.
  19. I've been listening to quite a bit of '93 metal over the past few days. Aspid, Death and Demilich also had great albums that year.
  20. You should check out Daredevil: Love and War, Elektra: Assassin, and Elektra Lives Again at some point. It's also worth checking out What If Elektra Had Lived?
  21. Wu-Tang Clan was the right pick for '93 if you were picking one hip hop track. This is a classic too: ATCQ had a huge follow up to Low End Theory. I remember Tribe really popular with guys who didn't listen to a lot of hip hop: Snoop could have easily made the list. WOOP! WOOP! Some more:
  22. @LiamAccording to other sites, song 787 should be Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen. Laid should be 788. 1993 I liked most of their picks for '93, especially Stereolab, Mazzy Star, PJ Harvey, The Breeders, and Wu-Tang Clan. Laid is one of James' better songs, and I don't mind Loser. Beck fell off my radar a long time ago, but I remember everyone fawning over him at the time. I was surprised they didn't include any Bjork. I know she appears soon, but similar to Tori Amos, I feel she made the biggest impact with her debut. Also on heavy rotation in '93 but not in the book -- Today by The Smashing Pumpkins and Sober by Tool. Personally, I would have gone for some Yo La Tengo. Tindersticks: And this amazing lost Irish shoegaze group: Some other stuff I dig: I was really into Porno for Pyros in '93. I remember seeing them play a small live gig before a festival and being in awe of Perry Farrell.
  23. I finally finished 100 Bullets. The story isn't that great but the art is fabulous.
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