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Discussion in 'Literature' started by Master_Keralys, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. blackmyron Force Ghost

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    No clue. Apart from the Dark Halloween Trilogy and (peripherally) Planetary, I've only got a general pop culture awareness of DC.

    This is just my segue into suggesting reading Planetary, which is fantastic. It also has one of the best Batman stories ever written.
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  3. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    Oh, I have.
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  4. AdmiralWesJanson Force Ghost

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    My comic awareness for DC is pretty much limited to the DCAU. Marvel it is the Untimate universe and Marvel Movie canon.
  5. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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  6. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    Planetary is fantastic! End of - easily one of Ellis' best works, perhaps his best.
  7. blackmyron Force Ghost

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    I know that conventionally Transmetropolitian is considered his best, but Planetary will always be my personal favorite of his works.
  8. Jedi Ben Chosen One

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    Freakangels is well worth seeking out in trade or reading online free. One of the few cases of him following through on a project.
  9. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    The only Ellis work I've gotten around to reading as of yet is Extremis. I'm a bad person.
  10. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Same -- although it annoys me to have to re-buy books I have in print. I got the X-wing 9 book bundle a while back, and that thing has a HEFTY price tag. I figure I'll reread those many times over the years, but man is it frustrating.
  11. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    I rebought Harry Potter. I actually have three editions of those--American hardbacks, British paperbacks and hardbacks, and now the Kindle set. Otherwise I just picked up where I left off when I got my Kindle instead of rebuying.
  12. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Also facebook is down and I want to post a status about how I don't know how to handle it when facebook is down except I can't because facebook is down. :p
  13. AdmiralWesJanson Force Ghost

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    On the plus side, there are quite a few Star Wars books not really worth spending the money on again. And as far as dead tree editions go, I'd love Star Wars to go the Omnibus route and release books for some of the more popular trilogies/series. A Thrawn Trilogy omnibus with a bunch of the zahn short stories would be nice. A Hand of Thrawn Omnibus with added bonus of say the previously unreleased Re-enlistment of Baron Fel short story version. An Omnibus of the Tales of the Empire/New Republic and some of the missing stories from the old Adventure Journal/Gamer mag/Insider.
  14. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    Use your down time to show me where that Rebellion executable is, because I can't find it. :p
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  15. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    Hey Jello, it's working on my iPad. Someone just posted in my feed that it's working on mobile apps but not desktops.
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  17. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    Haven't you heard? I'm new to internet.

    Also, Man of Steel's Krypton = what Thor's Asgard should've looked like.
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  18. AdmiralWesJanson Force Ghost

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    I joked about that when I first saw it. Krypton = Asgard + Matrix + Pandora
  19. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    The opening Kypton scene was kind of sullied for me because in my opinion about 80% of it was completely unnecessary, especially because almost all the information conveyed in it is repeated by hologram Russell Crowe later. Speaking of hologram Crowe, I can practically see him demanding more screen time behind the scenes.

    Man of Steel is one of those movies that I really enjoy, and will likely see it again at some point (I can't tell you how much my inner child enjoyed that final fight scene; it was like watching a live action Dragon Ball Z fight, and Dragon Ball Z was the best thing ever as far as my childhood self was concerned) but also can't help but criticize it to tiny pieces. Then again, I always try to enjoy a movie for what it is while also thinking of what could have been done better (I've found the two can actually be done simultaneously, contrary to much of the internet's protests).
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  20. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    I would rather have seen an entire movie of just the Krypton part. For me, everything between Krypton and
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    "On a farm??"
    was expendable. Though I did like it a lot overall.
  21. instantdeath Force Ghost

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    The two big problems for me were that the pacing was all over the place, and the love story was the absolute definition of forced (plus them kissing on what's essentially the mass grave of thousands of people adds a distinct creepiness factor to it). Plus it would have been nice to see Superman save some individual people during the disaster porn segment, as a big theme of the character over the years is that he cares for humans on an individual level, that he doesn't view them as a statistic. I didn't mind the idea of Superman killing Zod, either, though I do believe that could have been handled better, and with the right build up, potentially have been a very powerful moment; have Superman try to lead Zod somewhere else to show, beyond a shadow of doubt, that Zod is more interested in slaughtering humans than he is in chasing down Superman. Better convey Superman's aversion to killing earlier in the film. Have Superman take hits during the fight that he could have otherwise avoided to save just a few people. Smaller touches like that would have really gone a long way.


    But yeah, I am definitely in the "liked it" camp.
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  22. Havac Former Moderator

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    Dude, the visual design of Asgard was the best part of Thor. It was like Art Deco PT Coruscant rebuilt as a LOTR set.
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  23. CooperTFN TFN EU Staff Emeritus

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    It wasn't bad, but what can I say--I'm more of an Asgardia man.

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  24. Gorefiend Chosen One

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    Shirtless Chris Hemsworth is still the best part. ;)
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  25. AdmiralWesJanson Force Ghost

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    Too bad they didn't include shirtless Natalie Portman for equality :p