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Ambush Bug here. The below hour-plus long conversation took place between myself and my fellow @$$holes Matt Adler, Optimous Douche, and our host Johnny Destructo of as we talked about AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692-693, GRIMM FAIRY TALES #77, DAMSELS #1, GUARDING THE GLOBE #1, ROAD TO OZ #1, plus our very first special guest interview with HARVEST writer AJ Lieberman, another rousing edition of @$$terpiece Theatre, and of course, more general jack@$$$ery!

Looks for more of the Holes rambling about comics on Poptards, follow us on Facebook here, and in future AICN COMICS columns!

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  • Sept. 11, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    That's Marc Forster, you clowns!

    by 3774

    And it suddenly got very warm in here. I could look at him all day....

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by Wcwlkr

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    2 questions: How does everyone feel about ALPHA.

    by Poptard_JD

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    A talented director and decent human being...

    by 3774

    ...but also gay, so not really fantasy material for me. Unlike everyone else, I loved Quantum of Solace. He's also done a lot of charity work. Just a really cool guy.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Dear A.J. Lieberman..

    by Homer Sexual

    Remember when you took over Harley Quinn? Well, I do. I remember how you ran that book into the ground. Oh well.

  • ...mostly made possible by all the .1 celebrating going on. A breakdown of the miscellany (takes deep breath): Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky was neat retro fun, even tho it was seriously dated in character portrayals. Amazing Annual 39 was...ok. Not very good, not very bad, just there. The Amazing Fantasy 15 reprint was fun (Uncle Ben always seemed to have his hands on Peter in every panel back in the was weird). Avenging #9 and 10 were TEH AWSUMZ. I liked the story of Sensational 33.1 and 33.2, but did not like the art. Typical dated 90's helium boob crap. Of everything I've got lately, the one I absolutely loved head and shoulders above the rest was Peter Parker 156.1, hands down. Loved the art. Loved the story, loved every other detail. If there's a Spidey book with this same creative team and I'm not aware of it, let me know and I'll start buying it. I saw a cover that intrigued me for a new Spidey book and picked it up, flipped through it, and was quickly put off by a total tool of the 'Alpha' character. Just profoundly off-putting and unlikable. I put the issue back, disappointed, and realized a comic sitting next to it that my mind subconsciously ignored before was the same issue, just with a cover featuring 'Alpha'. Sigh. If that profoundly unlikable ass-hat is the focus now, no more Spidey experimenting for me.

  • But I think your favorite could've worked. It would've been equally hilarious. I defy anyone who didn't love that movie!

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    My thoughts on Dan Slott's run & Alpha

    by Wcwlkr

    I've actually greatly enjoyed Slott's run even more so than JMS when he first got onto the book not his later half. I'm still pissed about Sins of the Father or Past whatever it was that sucked. But yeah I've really been feeling Slott on this book and I'm like it's about time the 616 Spidey has had a great writer. As for Alpha yeah right now I can't stand the kid, but I'm interested in the story and where it's going.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Sorry, pink...

    by Ambush Bug

    thought that was lieberman. Never trust the interweb.

  • ...that's where the Googling got cross-eyed.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Alpha . . .

    by oaser

    is the flattest of flat characters. He's completely one dimensional, and he's only there to be Spidey's foil. Completely predictable in EVERY way, and whereas they billed him as Spidey's sidekick, I don't see that shit happening. Especially because he's such an unlikeable character (like Jason Todd . . . wait a minute! I think I know what Slott's up to . . .)

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by oaser

    You guys HAVE to be reading/reviewing 'Hawkeye." Issue #2 was pure friggin perfection. Pacing was excellent, story telling was brilliant, and Aja's art was PHENOMENAL!! I love the shit out of that book right now. Well, not the shit, but you're with me. Right?

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I thought Forster was still caught up in the World War Z problems...

    by Greg Nielsen

    Lots of reshoots and stuff I honestly don't think he's that good of a director. Tends to be really heavy handed like in Finding Neverland or Monster's Ball. Also, he never seemed to quite pick up on how action scenes work in Quantum of Solace or Machine Gun Preacher. To each his own. At least his movies look good. He just feels to much like the foreign art house equivalent of Len Wisemen. I think I just discovered his appeal.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Guarding the Globe was pretty fun...

    by Greg Nielsen

    It almost made me want to go buy Invincible too. Good stuff. It looked really good too.

  • The WWZ disaster in motion right now is far beyond the responsibility of a single director. I'll be going into it with zero expectations. Not due to lack of confidence in the director, but due to skepticism over all the corporate committee involvement. As opposed to something like Man of Steel, where I have zero faith *because* of the director. To each their own.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I think I'm into both JMS' and Slott's run equally...they both have

    by Poptard_JD

    really strong points and some points that I'm not so into... although there isn't any Slott stuff that I hate as much as Sins Remembered.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    JD, why'd you guys pass on all the #0 books this past week?

    by oaser

    I'm surprised you didn't talk about any stuff coming out of DC -- good and bad. I was really curious to see what you guys thought of GL #0. Are you boycotting the #0's right now? AND -- I've stated this before -- I HATE Scott Lobdell's writing. He's now the Superman scribe. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE review his first Superman comic (I know he did the annual, but I'm thinking of the rest of the stuff he'll do after this month). I want to know if I'm missing something because I read the annual, and it sucked. But I swear to God I tried to like it. There were moments I really enjoyed, but the comic was a mess -- both in plot and visuals. I just feel like I'm missing something because I think his work sucks, but DC keeps giving him big title books. Maybe they're trying to sink themselves.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    @poptard... re: Harley Quinn

    by Homer Sexual

    I think the closest comparison to early Harley Quinn issues would be to say if Deadpool was a sexy girl? There were lots of guest stars, a lot of Ivy of course, but even Superman appeared. The whole thing was violent, but in a "cartoon" kind of way. It was hit or miss but Terry Dodson was the main artist, and there were some really good stories. Especially when Harley throws a slumber party.... good times. I don't know, but I'd guess sales were down so they took her in a different direction. A darker direction. Suddenly Harley was more serious, and the situations she found herself in were also more serious. Was it terrible? Not even. I kept buying through the last issue, but Harley wasn't quite as special, and the book got cancelled. Sort of like the end of Gotham City Sirens, I suppose, when Harley went way over the edge and wasn't very likable any more. What I wonder is, why several writers feel/felt the need to make Harley "darker" when (correct me if I'm wrong but I've bought it for over 40 issues) this never really comes up with Deadpool. He is always kinda nutty, but not ever really evil or bad. (again, correct me if Im wrong)

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    @Oaser: This upcoming show will be ONLY DC 0 issues!

    by Poptard_JD

    we were holding off to talk about the ones that stood out in this first two week's of books

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    I'm not sure @homer..

    by Poptard_JD

    I've never really read too much Harley OR Deadpool :/ I have nothing against Harley, but I haven't read a book about her since the Suicide Squad version of her origin a couple issues back, which I really enjoyed

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    The guy who ruined Harley and Hush and Prometheus?

    by Larry_Sanders

    No thank you