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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 08:06:22 PM »
Ah man, the Ender series is my favorite book series. Speaker For the Dead is where the real Sci-Fi concepts and crazy shit begins. Also, Ender's Shadow is another book that takes place within the same time period but through the eyes of one of the other Battle School students, and I actually like that one better than Ender's Game. But seriously, even if you don't like Ender's Game, read Speaker For the Dead and the sequels after that, they're much more adult oriented and have heavier themes.

Speaker was a great read.  The concepts of the mothers, fathertrees and third-lifes were awesome.  Also, the characters were great.

Ender's Shadow was a damn fine read.  Bean is such an awesome character.  I refer to him as Ender-2.

Actually, the entire Shadow series is really good.  Shadow of the Giant was AWESOME.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 07:55:35 PM »
Well keep in mind the novel was originally a short story that the author later expanded. In the end the plot is pretty simple to understand though, and I'm certain you'll see the end coming a mile away just like I did when I first read it, but it is indeed a good intro to Sci-Fi.

I actually didn't see the end coming.  Like, at all.  I was completely surprised.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 07:39:46 PM »
Ender's Game was supposed to be the second book in the series, but ended up being the first.  "Speaker for the Dead" was supposed to be the main book, but things changed so it ended up being second.

Keep reading and all will be revealed.  It's an awesome book, dude.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 06:37:50 PM »
Just finished reading "Ender's Game" for the second time.  Loved the book and loved the characters.

Currently reading: Catcher in the Rye

As mentioned before: Preacher and Sandman.  Haven't read Walking Dead, but have been meaning to.

As for others, I would strongly recommend:

Garth Ennis' run on Punisher MAX.  It spans 10 volumes and even has a few spinoff series, one shots and backstories that compliment the series itself.  Just to elaborate, though, Ennis has written a shit-ton of Punisher stories.  Like, a lot.  He wrote a lot for the Marvel Knights Punisher(which spans like 35 issues in total, I think) and then a lot of one-shots(Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe).  All of them are great, but the Punisher MAX series really stands out because Ennis doesn't have to censor himself as much as he would with non-adult imprints.

The Boys, also by Garth Ennis, has been a great read.  I haven't been reading it much lately, though, because it's been rather slow-paced and extremely exposition-heavy.  In the beginning, it had a lot of action and some great quips, but, as the story has progressed over the past few years, the action and violence(for the most part) has taken a backseat and the characters are pressing the story forward more and more.

A nice little miniseries to check out is Sliver Surfer: Requiem, by J. Michael Straczynski.  It's quite possibly my favorite thing to read.  Ever.  It's extremely heavy-handed and very heart-warming.  If you've ever read any of "The End" comics and hated them, then just forget about them because this one will really pull your tears.  The synopsis is that the Silver Surfer is dying and he's remembering his life and trying to do as much as possible for everyone he loves before he dies.  It's a very VERY good farewell.  But, keep in mind, it isn't cannon and is simply an "End" story that has no value on the current situation in the Marvel universe.

Also, I would highly recommend "Midnight Nation", also by J. Michael Straczynski.  It's about a man who is caught between life and death because the "Reapers" stole a certain part of his soul.  He begins his year-long quest to walk across country to confront the demon who sent his reapers after him in the first place.  It's a great story that spans about 12 issues, I believe.  Well worth the read!

Swamp Thing was mentioned earlier in the thread, I think?  Yeah, it was.  I have the first three volumes of Alan Moore's run and, I gotta say, I didn't expect the Swamp Thing to be so interesting.  It's hard to find a good writer for the series.  The character, seriously, has had about four or five series to himself(one spanning 10 issues and another spanning close to 175).  The character is hard to lock down and even more difficult to get good stories out of due to his speech pattern and, well, boringness?  How he made it past the planning stages is beyond me.  But, Alan Moore did a great job with the character because he reinvented him: Instead of an actual monster, he's an actual elemental, which is a giant step away from the original origin.  I thought it was really interesting how Moore pulled it off, but he did it.  Mark Millar upped the antie with a 25-part storyline where Swamp Thing basically becomes the god of all elements.  The series was cancelled after that, though.

Infinity Guantlet is a badass story and I would HIGHLY recommend reading it.  It's about Thanos acquiring the Infinity Guantlet and becoming God of the universe.  Half the people in the universe get killed and, man, it's just an all-out war between Thanos, Marvel characters and even eternals.  Great read.  FANTASTIC read.

Watchmen has been mentioned already, so no need to elaborate on that.

If you like Spiderman, I would recommend J. Michael Straczynski's run on the series.  Well, not the ENTIRE run, but up to a point: Books of Ezekiel.  Anything after that is just plain shit(Sins Past, Skin Deep, New Avengers, Civil War, Back in Black).  Also, please do NOT read One More Day.  That story is complete shit and is the ultimate cop-out way to revert a character.  So, stop at Book of Ezekiel.  Seriously.  Brand New day has been shit from beginning to right now.

I would also recommend the current Thor series.  It's not classic "Thou art" Thor, but, instead, is more Shakespearean and much more dramatic than its previous installment.  It's been pretty heavily delayed, so it's only had about thirteen issues released since 2007.  But, honestly, it's a damn fine read and I would highly recommend it above anything else.

Check out the latest Captain America series.  Ed Brubaker has done an AWESOME job with the series and it's even received media attention with the death of Captain America.  It's about 50 issues in, so, if you start now, you'd really enjoy it for a good while.

Planet Hulk was awesome.  It was written by Greg Pak.  It's about the Hulk, having been exiled from Earth, stranded on a new planet where his powers are drained and he becomes a slave to an empire.  It's a really good read and lasts about 12 issues and is actually the prelude to World War Hulk--which, in itself, is also an awesome read.

Moving on to less mainstream titles, I would recommend the following:

DMZ, Promethea, Top 10, Leage of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Tom Strong, Hitman, Dicks, The Pro, Chronicles of Wormwood, 303, Crimson, Incognito, Criminal, Cable and Deadpool(hilarious), Desolation Jones, Jonah Hex, Planetary, Midnighter, The Authority, No Hero, Black Summer, Crossed and Transmetropolitan.

I've got a pretty wide frame of reference with comics, so if you need any information about a random series then just let me know.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: MICHAEL BAY'S transformers 2
« on: April 23, 2009, 05:35:40 PM »
I'm excited for this movie, but I just hope they handle the characters a bit better.

In the first movie, Prime was raped beyond belief.  He's made out to be some self-righteous asshole and doesn't display any leadership qualities whatsoever.  I WILL SACRIFICE MYSELF COME ON IM HERE SAM PUT THE CUBE IN ME!  It was like he was wishing to die.  That's not the Prime I fell in love with, so it doesn't bother me.

Ratchet, Ironhide, Bumblebee(why they even attempted to call him this is beyond me) and Jazz were all handled horribly.  Jazz wasn't one to question orders or to even ask for orders.  Jazz would go out and get the fucking job done.  I was surprised when Prime wouldn't let them go after Bumblebee when he was taken.  They could have easily rescued him without harming the humans.  They did shit like that ALL the time in the cartoon AND comics.

If it weren't for the action and the fact that I love the transforming sound, then I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much...or at all.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 302
« on: April 22, 2009, 05:15:47 PM »
I imagine that when this volume is collected it will probably be one of the best volumes released so far.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 302
« on: April 21, 2009, 01:53:25 PM »
I don't understand how some people can have such an angry demeanor towards a series they proclaim to love :judo:

Speculation Nation / Berserk's conclusion
« on: April 20, 2009, 07:25:32 PM »
Ok, I did a search for threads like this and came across a few that were either stagnant or riddled with chaotic conversation, so I took the liberty to create a new one for a fresh start.

Anyway, given the recent progression of Berserk's story, I think it would be cool to get an update on everyone's theories for the conclusion of the series itself.

Here's mine:

After the defeat of Ganishka, I imagine there will be a massive time jump to where Guts and crew are--finally--making it to Elfhelm.  All the while, Griffith is establishing Falconia and bringing Midland into a new "golden age" or "age of prosperity". 

As far as the details go with Guts and Co, I really can't pinpoint any specifics on the characters themselves.  I imagine when(if) Casca returns to her old self, she'll leave for a while and then eventually come back because she knows she can trust Guts.  The problem with that, though, is that Guts is such a tragic character so it's sort of hard to see her coming back at all(imho).  As for everyone else, I would guess that, well, they progress to what they're supposed to be.  Hopefully Roderick joins the crew.  I like him. 

Now, for my prediction of the end:  Griffith now has his kingdom and his followers; the people of Falconia are now living in sort of a "false" reality because, behind the glamour and beauty of Griffith still lies Femto.  Guts and Co return to Falconia at their maximum strength(skill, whatever, etc) and the unavoidable war ensues.  Given that Guts is the one who really cares about everyone, I imagine that, with the death of Griffith, reality would set in and the world would go back to what it was before Griffith created his kingdom.  It wouldn't be false, but the true reality that everyone is doomed to see before them anyways.  I can see that happening to Guts because of his tragic nature(does the right thing, but at such a cost).  So, really, the dude can end up being hated by everyone but, really, in the end he did the right thing.

Furthermore, if, like Walter said in another thread, the apostles DO divide into factions, I doubt the humans would be safe from either side.  Those who would be loyal to Griffith would most likely kill humans if it meant killing another apostle at the same time.  I see it as a double-edged sword: loyalty without the restrictions.  At that point, though, after Griffith having attained his kingdom, I doubt the understanding between apostles and humans wouldn't matter.  Maybe they even have underground meetings where the apostles feast on humans behind candle light?  Who knows.

Speculation Nation / Re: What will Falconia be like?
« on: April 20, 2009, 07:09:20 PM »
It's really hard to say.  Given that the story is 60-70% done, finding the space to have a schism between apostles would be sort of difficult given the broader distance we have right now between Guts and Griffith.  If anything, there will be a time jump so the story of Guts and company at sea doesn't stagnate.

As for what Falconia would look like, I imagine it would be sort of a new "Golden Age" of man and monster uniting under one banner.  The city would be white and pure like the hawk of the light is intended to be.  Or it could be gold, maybe.

Skull Knight has better acting skills, IMO

I was thinking Trinity looked more like Angelina Jolie's character from Hackers.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 302
« on: April 20, 2009, 01:39:38 PM »
I'm more interested in how Griffith's story is going than I am Guts right now.  I love seeing the apostles and humans coming together and fighting for a just cause(be it Griffith's personal gain).

Hopefully this episode will progess the story a bit more than usual, given the gigantic break since the last episode.

I imagine that could be said about a LOT of things.

This is a pretty far-fetched idea.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello!
« on: April 17, 2009, 05:27:15 PM »
Welcome to oblivion.

Creation Station / My portfolio (before my scanner fried)
« on: April 10, 2009, 02:58:39 PM »
These are just a few pieces of work that I've done over the past year or so.  I don't really do colors(color blind), so it's all black and white(pencil, inking pen, etc).

This took me about 3 hours to complete.  Nothing spectacular, but was fun to do.

Took about 9 hours for this one.  Some of the stuff could be better, but going into so much detail you start to run out of ideas that relate to the main theme of the piece.  Still one of my faves, though.

Time spent on this one was about 15 hours.  It's sort of like looking at your hand while you're on an acid trip, but not really on acid.  By far my favorite thing I've done.

4 hours.  Spaceship or a knife?  You decide.

19 hours.  19.  The bases for this is that even religion has its ugly side?  I guess.  2 days of being snowed-in will do this to you.

That's all for now until I can get my scanner or digicam up and running again.  Hope everyone enjoys!

I swear there's just no telling with that beast.  I can see a scenario where it doesn't come out until the end of the series when Guts and Griffith have their "supposed" final battle.

This is purely speculation(and a bit off-topic), but I can imagine Casca not wanting to be with Guts after--if--she recovers so she joins Griffith and then somewhere down the line Griffith and Guts come to a head and, boom, Griffith kills Casca for whatever reason he has and thus the ensuing battle between the beast and hawk becomes the things legends are made of. 

Who knows, though.

I don't think any of them will die.  Guts has evolved VASTLY as a character in terms of personality AND strength.  I doubt he would let another eclipse-like scenario happen to his new-found friends.

Also, and this is just my opinion, I feel like if Guts went off the deep end and the beast of darkness overtook him and he killed his friends then it would be a MAJOR step backwards for the character.  Guts has come a long way and, honestly, I just don't see it happening that way.  They might die at the hands of apostles or Griffith himself, but not Guts. 

Story-wise, it just doesn't seem logical.  Shock-value-wise, sure, I guess.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Recommendations for Manga
« on: March 04, 2009, 08:45:49 PM »
One Piece.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Conan O'Brien's final show
« on: March 04, 2009, 05:52:27 PM »
Renewing heroes for a third season was the final straw for me.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Guin Saga animated
« on: March 04, 2009, 05:51:23 PM »
Back to the Guin Saga:

I just ordered the first four volumes and can't wait to read them!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Guin Saga animated
« on: March 03, 2009, 04:58:17 PM »
I don't think Miura would live long enough to make it to 100 volumes :schnoz:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: March 03, 2009, 04:55:26 PM »
haha Yeah I expected it to be much lower than that; quite possibly in the negatives.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: March 03, 2009, 04:53:17 PM »
I read Watchmen when I heard that the movie was being made. I didn't like it. I'm didn't like what I would call "filler". I'm sure there is a meaning to the pirate comic and all the boring banter of that news stand seller guy but I could care less for all of it. There was more but its been a few months since I read it.

I will tell you this: a lot of people did NOT enjoy the book the first time.  Upon reading it more than once, you'll find that the story and characters are THAT much better.

That man will forever be a legend.

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