Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #83 Frag Count, Death Poll & Kill Screen On The “Chain Gang Improbable” Movie

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #83

Frag Count, Death Poll & Kill Screen On The “Chain Gang Improbable” Movie

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So “Kill Screen” is my “Deadshot” character. I figured I’d continue with the video game theme I started with “Frag Count” being my version of “The Punisher”… More importantly though…

Here’s the short review of “Suicide Squad”… It’s “passable”… It’s not terrible but’s its nowhere near good. Since the comparisons have to be made I don’t think it’s even as good as “Marvel’s” worst move “Thor: The Dark World”. Which I’d say is a “C+” movie at best.

Now the long review… If this movie came out 10 years ago it might have been considered “pretty good”. This would be in the days when comic book movies got bonus points for having “comic accurate costumes”, and small references as Easter eggs. If this movie came out before “Deadpool” it might have been a lot less disappointing as well. To be kind I’ll start with the good:

  • The soundtrack is pretty good
  • Will Smith actually did a decent job. I thought I was gonna feel like “that’s Will Smit in a costume” the whole movie
  • “Harley Quinn” didn’t end up as annoying as I thought she might
  • Though I didn’t like this version of “The Joker” I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would

That’s pretty much it.  It never got super boring or do inexcusable things like “Man Of Steel” or “Batman V Superman” did, but those movies at least had some cool fight scenes. Generally, all the fighting has the camera too close so you can’t really see anything and most of the fighting isn’t with “real people” (boo!). Also most of the “Squad” doesn’t really do anything, and “the problem” could have been solved with any well-trained group of soldiers with missiles. Also things are “oversold” a lot in this movie. We get teased repeatedly about “El Diablo” using his powers and when he does (which is way too early in the movie to be effective) you’re like “that’s it?!”. They pointless say “Harley Quinn” is crazier and more fearless than “The Joker” (*eyeroll*). “Deadshot’s” daughter writes him EVERYDAY (gtfoh!). “Amanda Waller” is SO mean and badass… But then she does something super nice for “Deadshot” and “Harley Quinn”.

That’s where I’ll stop for now, and I’ll continue tomorrow. Next time Q-boy is called in to bring these conversations back on track and keep things focused on relatable topics as he speaks with The Minstrel and (new “Katanna” inspired character) Nodachi. Hope you enjoy and see ya then!

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The History Of Comics With Q-boy #52 The Colorful Countess AKA The Secret Weapon (Censored)

The History Of Comics With Q-boy #52 The Colorful Countess AKA The Secret Weapon (Censored)

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Marlene Severie is based on Marie Severin whose was one of very few female comic books artists during the Silver Age of comics. She started out as a colorist and eventually moved on to doing penciling and inking.  She is probably best known for her work on Marvel’s comedy magazine “Crazy” and the comedy comic “Not Branch Echhh”.  She also helped to co-create the original Spider-Woman.

Panel 4 is based on two panels from two pages from Not Brand Echhh #3 (panel 3 on the first page and panel 5 on the second page) which you can check out here http://comicsworkbook.tumblr.com/image/135398438602

I hear some people have been talking about that 3rd Captain America movie that came out…. So yeah I ended up seeing it twice on Saturday.  Some have said it’s the best Marvel movie… Other say it’s the best comic book movie period…. Does it live up to the talk…. Is it truly the greatest of the great?

(spoilers ahead)

Well first to be very clear it is a very good movie.  BvS can’t even be mentioned in the same sentence. The big showdown is absolutely awesome and ranks up with the best fights ever…. But no it’s not the best comic book movie.  It’s not the best Marvel movie.  It’s not even the best Captain America movie.  Marvel’s weakness in it’s movies are usually the villains and this one has a very weak villain with a plan that make little sense and with a weak motivation.  The big problem with this movie is in trying to keep the villain and their plans mysterious is make them confusing. Here some other nitpicky stuff

  • The movie tries to be a Captain America movie but it really should’ve been named “Captain America & Iron Man : Civil War”, “Avengers: Civil War”, or “Marvel’s Civil War”
  • Cap’s position is dumb.  I just can’t get behind it. They make Tony and the government go too far, but it just seems like there was a way to easily comprimise
  • Wanda literally just killed a bunch of people and Tony is like “she should lay low for a bit” and Cap’s reaction is like “you MONSTER!”
  • Aunt May being young and hot just feels wrong.  I think it’s important that Aunt May is kinda old and frail and Peter always has to worry about taking care of her.
  • Spider-man in general could have been fit in more neatly. You just change the “college” speech/grant scene to a “gifted student” scene and have Tony see something that gets him to figure out Peter is Spider-man
  • They just kinda wasted Crossbones
  • The kiss with Agent 13 didn’t feel earned
  • Kinda weak to introduce all these “other Winter Soliders” and then do nothing with them

The unsung hero of the movie is Falcon. He really kicks ass in the movie.  I was really cool seeing a more “typical” Avenger’s mission. No one feels like the they were over powered and underpowered in the fights. One small exception is toward the end when Iron Man and Cap are fight it seems like Iron Man’s armor suddenly get damaged way easier than normal. I’m not sure where I rank this movie about I think the top 5 comic books movies are…

  1. The Dark Knight (honestly may be unbeatable with Heath Ledger’s “Joker”)
  2. The Avengers (also may be unbeatable because you can never recapture the magic)
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (just plain a great film. Avengers only beats it because it has all the other heroes)
  4. Guardians Of The Galaxy (another just plain great film. Cap 2 only beats it out because it’s darker and he end credits scenes are better.  It’s that close)
  5. Deadpool (pretty much every second is violence, something funny, or both. Honestly this might rank higher if I re-watch all these)

Next time with see the comic Marlene created with features a big fight with Kill-man.  Also Tuesday-Thursday new Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations. Hope you enjoy and see ya then!

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The History Of Comics With Q-boy #52 The Colorful Countess AKA The Secret Weapon

The History Of Comics With Q-boy #52 The Colorful Countess AKA The Secret Weapon

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Marlene Severie is based on Marie Severin whose was one of very few female comic books artists during the Silver Age of comics. She started out as a colorist and eventually moved on to doing penciling and inking.  She is probably best known for her work on Marvel’s comedy magazine “Crazy” and the comedy comic “Not Branch Echhh”.  She also helped to co-create the original Spider-Woman.

Panel 4 is based on two panels from two pages from Not Brand Echhh #3 (panel 3 on the first page and panel 5 on the second page) which you can check out here http://comicsworkbook.tumblr.com/image/135398438602

I hear some people have been talking about that 3rd Captain America movie that came out…. So yeah I ended up seeing it twice on Saturday.  Some have said it’s the best Marvel movie… Other say it’s the best comic book movie period…. Does it live up to the talk…. Is it truly the greatest of the great?

(spoilers ahead)

Well first to be very clear it is a very good movie.  BvS can’t even be mentioned in the same sentence. The big showdown is absolutely awesome and ranks up with the best fights ever…. But no it’s not the best comic book movie.  It’s not the best Marvel movie.  It’s not even the best Captain America movie.  Marvel’s weakness in it’s movies are usually the villains and this one has a very weak villain with a plan that make little sense and with a weak motivation.  The big problem with this movie is in trying to keep the villain and their plans mysterious is make them confusing. Here some other nitpicky stuff

  • The movie tries to be a Captain America movie but it really should’ve been named “Captain America & Iron Man : Civil War”, “Avengers: Civil War”, or “Marvel’s Civil War”
  • Cap’s position is dumb.  I just can’t get behind it. They make Tony and the government go too far, but it just seems like there was a way to easily comprimise
  • Wanda literally just killed a bunch of people and Tony is like “she should lay low for a bit” and Cap’s reaction is like “you MONSTER!”
  • Aunt May being young and hot just feels wrong.  I think it’s important that Aunt May is kinda old and frail and Peter always has to worry about taking care of her.
  • Spider-man in general could have been fit in more neatly. You just change the “college” speech/grant scene to a “gifted student” scene and have Tony see something that gets him to figure out Peter is Spider-man
  • They just kinda wasted Crossbones
  • The kiss with Agent 13 didn’t feel earned
  • Kinda weak to introduce all these “other Winter Soliders” and then do nothing with them

The unsung hero of the movie is Falcon. He really kicks ass in the movie.  I was really cool seeing a more “typical” Avenger’s mission. No one feels like the they were over powered and underpowered in the fights. One small exception is toward the end when Iron Man and Cap are fight it seems like Iron Man’s armor suddenly get damaged way easier than normal. I’m not sure where I rank this movie about I think the top 5 comic books movies are…

  1. The Dark Knight (honestly may be unbeatable with Heath Ledger’s “Joker”)
  2. The Avengers (also may be unbeatable because you can never recapture the magic)
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (just plain a great film. Avengers only beats it because it has all the other heroes)
  4. Guardians Of The Galaxy (another just plain great film. Cap 2 only beats it out because it’s darker and he end credits scenes are better.  It’s that close)
  5. Deadpool (pretty much every second is violence, something funny, or both. Honestly this might rank higher if I re-watch all these)

Next time with see the comic Marlene created with features a big fight with Kill-man.  Also Tuesday-Thursday new Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations. Hope you enjoy and see ya then!

Twitter, IG, Flipagram: @rjoynesjr

rjoynesjr@gmail.com

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #41 Succubus, Red Witch, & Drizzle On The Possibility Of The Revenge Squad & The Fresh-Men Being In The Same Movie (Censored)

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #41

Succubus, Red Witch, & Drizzle On The Possibility Of

The Revenge Squad & The Fresh-Men Being In The Same Movie (Censored)

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Supposedly Marvel has been talking with Fox possibly about an “Avengers VS X-men” movie.  If Fox and Marvel make a deal DC REALLY has no hope being escaping being number 2. Could we actually get a good Fantastic Four movie? Deadpool in the MCU?  Avengers with Wolverine and Spider-man?

That’s the saddest part is. Marvel has literally been winning with both hands tied behind it’s back. And winning by a lot. I know I’ve gone on a lot about “Batman V Superman” but people aren’t grasping how big a failure it is.  DC pretty much gave you all of it’s best in one movie.  Again it put the 3 most recognizable names in the world in one movie.  You take the Batman and Superman logo anywhere in the world and people know what they mean. Marvel has no equivalent. The closest you could get is maybe Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Deadpool (after the movie) and you’d still probably have to add the Avengers and it still not the same.

I think the key is Marvel is still hungry.  You hear the Russo brother (the directors of “Winter Soldier” and “Civil War”) talk in an interview and you know these guy aren’t taking anything for granted. They write as if they know Spiderman is going to be in the movie so that Marvel has to fight to get him.  They don’t settle for less.

That’s it for this week. Next week starts with a new “History Of Comics With Q-boy” and Tuesday-Thurday we’ll have some new “Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations”. See ya then, and hope you enjoy!

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Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #41 Succubus, Red Witch, & Drizzle On The Possibility Of The Revenge Squad & The Fresh-Men Being In The Same Movie

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #41

Succubus, Red Witch, & Drizzle On The Possibility Of

The Revenge Squad & The Fresh-Men Being In The Same Movie

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Supposedly Marvel has been talking with Fox possibly about an “Avengers VS X-men” movie.  If Fox and Marvel make a deal DC REALLY has no hope being escaping being number 2. Could we actually get a good Fantastic Four movie? Deadpool in the MCU?  Avengers with Wolverine and Spider-man?

That’s the saddest part is. Marvel has literally been winning with both hands tied behind it’s back. And winning by a lot. I know I’ve gone on a lot about “Batman V Superman” but people aren’t grasping how big a failure it is.  DC pretty much gave you all of it’s best in one movie.  Again it put the 3 most recognizable names in the world in one movie.  You take the Batman and Superman logo anywhere in the world and people know what they mean. Marvel has no equivalent. The closest you could get is maybe Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Deadpool (after the movie) and you’d still probably have to add the Avengers and it still not the same.

I think the key is Marvel is still hungry.  You hear the Russo brother (the directors of “Winter Soldier” and “Civil War”) talk in an interview and you know these guy aren’t taking anything for granted. They write as if they know Spiderman is going to be in the movie so that Marvel has to fight to get him.  They don’t settle for less.

That’s it for this week. Next week starts with a new “History Of Comics With Q-boy” and Tuesday-Thurday we’ll have some new “Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations”. See ya then, and hope you enjoy!

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rjoynesjr@gmail.com

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #35 Headmaster Fresh, Death Poll, & Headmistress On Dying And Coming Back / Being Immortal (Censored)

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #35

Headmaster Fresh, Death Poll, & Headmistress On Dying And Coming Back / Being Immortal (Censored)

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So did ya’ll catch the new “X-men: Apocalyspe” trailer yesterday? So far it’s looking pretty good.  We might finally have a truly great X-men.  Honestly I was pretty disappointed with “Days Of Future Past”.  It’s not a bad movie but it’s kind of an “ugly shot that barely makes it in the basket” when it so easily should have been a “slam dunk”. Say what want about “X-men 3” (which gets way too much hate imo) but at least there’s a “fastball special” and “Wolverine” slices up a Sentinel. Both of which somehow don’t happen in “Days Of Future Past”.

Oh yeah I hear Beyonce dropped a little thing called “Lemonade”.  Wow that was nuts! I dunno I didn’t get most of it and didn’t like most of the songs… Anyways that was one crazy hour of TV…

If I don’t change my plans because something happens in comics that I want to cover this week tomorrow we’ll see Special-Girl, Q-boy, and Quickie talking about famous people dieing and reincarnation.  Hope you enjoy and see ya then!

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Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #35 Headmaster Fresh, Death Poll, & Headmistress On Dying And Coming Back / Being Immortal

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #35

Headmaster Fresh, Death Poll, & Headmistress On Dying And Coming Back / Being Immortal

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So did ya’ll catch the new “X-men: Apocalyspe” trailer yesterday? So far it’s looking pretty good.  We might finally have a truly great X-men.  Honestly I was pretty disappointed with “Days Of Future Past”.  It’s not a bad movie but it’s kind of an “ugly shot that barely makes it in the basket” when it so easily should have been a “slam dunk”. Say what want about “X-men 3” (which gets way too much hate imo) but at least there’s a “fastball special” and “Wolverine” slices up a Sentinel. Both of which somehow don’t happen in “Days Of Future Past”.

Oh yeah I hear Beyonce dropped a little thing called “Lemonade”.  Wow that was nuts! I dunno I didn’t get most of it and didn’t like most of the songs… Anyways that was one crazy hour of TV…

If I don’t change my plans because something happens in comics that I want to cover this week tomorrow we’ll see Special-Girl, Q-boy, and Quickie talking about famous people dieing and reincarnation.  Hope you enjoy and see ya then!

Twitter, IG, Flipagram: @rjoynesjr

rjoynesjr@gmail.com

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #5 Special-Man On The Final Trailer For Special-Man V The Good Knight: Rise Of America’s Protectors / Death Poll On His Work To Hurt The Clerk That Twerked In A Church (Censored)

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #5

Special-Man On The Final Trailer For Special-Man V The Good Knight: Rise Of America’s Protectors

Death Poll On His Work To Hurt The Clerk That Twerked In A Church (Censored)

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Man does Batman kick some ass in that final trailer for Batman V Superman! If you haven’t seen it. it’s basically Batman wrecking house on a bunch of guys, blocking a punch from Superman, and macking on Wonder Woman. This looks like the best non-Nolan Batman movie with some other people in it yet!

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Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #5 Special-Man On The Final Trailer For Special-Man V The Good Knight: Rise Of America’s Protectors / Death Poll On His Work To Hurt The Clerk That Twerked In A Church

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #5

Special-Man On The Final Trailer For Special-Man V The Good Knight: Rise Of America’s Protectors

Death Poll On His Work To Hurt The Clerk That Twerked In A Church

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Man does Batman kick some ass in that final trailer for Batman V Superman! If you haven’t seen it. it’s basically Batman wrecking house on a bunch of guys, blocking a punch from Superman, and macking on Wonder Woman. This looks like the best non-Nolan Batman movie with some other people in it yet!

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Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #4 Death Poll On Being The Merc That Murks Jerks With A Smirk

Criminal And Crimefighter Conversations #4

Death Poll On Being The Merc That Murks Jerks With A Smirk

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Pretty sure we’ve all heard about the big Deadpool movie.  I actually haven’t seen it yet, but I’m hearing nothing but good things. Originally I didn’t have a Deadpool parody character for these comics, but all the talk about the movie inspired me to make one.  Death Poll here will be popping in on the tommorow and Thursday’s comic so see ya then!

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