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Doktor Maxwell starts his blog: Geek Gods

Started an actual blog, something I've been telling myself I would do for a long time now. I write about weekly Geeky news, beyond comics, although that is always a prevalent topic, also featured all film reviews, music reviews and geekiness. I've only had the blog for about a week or so so there isn't that much content yet but it will be updated on a regular basis.
You can check it out here 


Look before you post

If I see another Batman Inc/Grant Morrison's Batman topic I think im going to lose my mind, there seriously have been like 10 of them, just because you want to know what other people think about it doesn't mean you need to go start a topic, chances are there already is one made, based on the size of the event. It makes the site look really disorganized and cluttered. I use the Batman Inc. topic as an example as that's the one that is most prevalent at the time. 
So in short, look to see if the topic is made before you make one, keeps the site looking organized and what-have-you. Is that really so much to ask?


RIP Wildstorm

 I shall be rereading Planetary this weekend

The changes happening behind the scenes this week are part of a greater campaign to reshape DC Comics and build a company for the future. Our responsibility as Co-Publishers is to find a balance between short term opportunities and long term vision; between our strengths in traditional print formats and the infinite potential beyond print; between our characters’ rich legacies in the past and the bright promise for the future they hold.

As we’ve said before, there’s much to celebrate about DC. The foundation for long-term success is already here.

The DC Universe features the modern adventures of the World’s Greatest Superheroes, as envisioned by an exciting mix of new and fan favorite comic book creators. Vertigo is committed to publishing cutting edge, creator owned comic books and graphic novels by a wide array of creative voices.

One of our first decisions of the Co-Publishers was to up the publication of MAD Magazine from a quarterly periodical to a bimonthly one. In the wake of that decision, the magazine has seen increased sell-through growth. And we’re thrilled that MAD’s brand of madcap humor now stretches across media, with a highly-rated television show on Cartoon Network. The Usual Gangs of Idiots are an important part of this company and pop culture.

As we move forward, we also have to acknowledge the need for change.

After taking the comics scene by storm nearly 20 years ago, the WildStorm Universe titles will end this December. In this soft marketplace, these characters need a break to regroup and redefine what made them once unique and cutting edge. While these will be the final issues published under the WildStorm imprint, it will not be the last we will see of many of these heroes. We, along with Geoff Johns, have a lot of exciting plans for these amazing characters, so stay tuned. Going forward, WildStorm’s licensed titles and kids comics will now be published under the DC banner.

After this week, we will cease to publish new material under the ZUDA banner. The material that was to have been published as part of ZUDA this year will now be published under the DC banner. The official closing of ZUDA ends one chapter of DC’s digital history, but we will continue to find new ways to innovate with digital, incorporating much of the experience and knowledge that ZUDA brought into DC.

We’ll be further expanding our digital initiative and making a lot more news in this space. As part of that transformation, the WildStorm editorial team will undergo a restructuring and be folded into the overall DC Comics Digital team, based in Burbank, which will be led by Jim Lee and John Rood. With nearly two million free downloads and hundreds of thousands of paid downloads, our digital foray is already reaching a new audience worldwide. We could not be more excited by the successful launch of our Digital Publishing products in June, which exceeded all sales forecasts and will be building on our early success with new applications for DC material on all major formats and hardware, partnering with Warner Bros Digital Distribution. It has extremely been rewarding to hear anecdotal stories of lapsed readers returning to the art form and of brick and mortar stores gaining new customers who sampled digital comics.

We remain, as ever, dedicated to working with the greatest creators this industry has to offer, while inspiring generations of creators and readers to embrace this medium that we all love.

Jim Lee and Dan DiDio
DC Comics Co-Publishers

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Return of the Yellow Ellipse

So I guess the classic Yellow ellipse chest emblem is returning in Batman Inc. Morrison's next chapter in his story of Epic Epicness.

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Here's a Picture I found online from the LA Times. What you guy's think about the return of this classic symbol?
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Morrison Batman Reading order

Grant Morrison's Batman run is what got me back into comics when I heard about Batman RIP, I was like waaaaa, and rushed out to pick up the issues as they were being released in the summer of 08, after almost 2 years, were still seeing things that tied into that grand story arc. As was discussed in the latest trading views, for Morrison it is essential that you read the collected works rather than the monthly, as it doesn't really make as much sense as when you read the collected versions (IE Final Crisis, Invisibles, Batman RIP, etc) 
So to fully understand what's going on in Batman these days start here 
O Look a handy dandy sheet courtesy of /co/

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Batman: Gothic -  Batman faces the Devil
Batman: The Black Casebook - Silly Silver Age Stories that influenced RIP but still fun nevertheless 
Son of the Demon - Damian Origin
The Killing Joke - The Killing Joke
The Cult - Supernatural Stuff, featues Jason as Robin, brainwashing, immortality, cults etc
Arkham Asylum - Morrison's response to 80s Batman stories, good introductory to symbolism
Dark Knight/Dark City -  devil worshipers of Gotham past
Batman and Son - Morrisons start on Batman run, introduction of Damian, Batman 666, Clown Laughs at Midnight
Batman: The Black Glove - Batmen of Nations, Dr Hurt, Michael Lane and other Batman Impostors, Mangrove Pierce? 
Batman RIP - It hits the fan in what may possibly the most insane Bruce Wayne Batman storyline so far
Final Crisis - Dont need that much indepth reading just know the basics of what happened to Bruce
Batman & Robin - Dick and Damian as the Dynamic Duo, set ups for Bruce's Return, Damian's Clone, Return of Joker, introduction of Professor Pig, Red Hood, The Reveal
Batman 700-702 - what happened in between RIP and Final Crisis,
Return of Bruce Wayne -Bruce traveling through time and affecting some of the Future
Yes thats alot of reading by your brain will thank you when its all over with ( May hate you half way through) and you'll get an amazing storyline of epic proportions 
Happy Reading
 --Please Note that I/The Chart left out the Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul as it isnt solely Morrison's work, and although it brought Ra's back, doesnt really deal with the main storyline, rather affecting the extended Bat Family moreso, Red Robin, Azrael etc--
 there is a very very good reason to go through Final Crisis, message me if you want to know why as this isnt the post to be discussing theories

Garth Ennis and his content

Everyone knows Garth Ennis has some pretty well, lets say, graphic, stuff in his comics, but as with all works of art, literature in this case, it all serves a point. Never really thought about Crossed like this until the movie topic came up, (go check it out if you haven't), but the extremes of what he writes about shows you really just how much his characters have to go through. And for that I congratulate him for having the 'Nads to do so.
Garth Ennis works to read if you haven't. (Top 3)
The Boys
Punisher Max

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Jason has a point...

In Battle for the Cowl II Jason narrates how "Batman" is again the symbol of fear that he should always have been. he has a point there, in Batman's career he has functioned at his best when he was instilling fear in criminals. After his disappearances of the 90s, Knightfall, No Man's Land, etc.  he became more of a well known public figure from disappearing and reappearing after great intervals to save the city and the fear that he inflicts from being an urban legend dropped therebye criminals are not as afraid of him as they originally were, intimidated yes, but feared? I'd say not.

 I believe Jason is right in Batman should become the object of Terror that he used to be, his return after this long absence and more violent methods is just what Gotham needs to maintain order in these hard times.


Why is Bane here?

So IGN posted some collages of all the different characters in Battle for the Cowl and where they appear in the corresponding comics. Upon browsing the different images i came across this final one. And I cam to wonder

Why is Bane's Picture in the bottom right corner?

As we know, he's off doing Secret Six things, so why would he be involved in this whole ordeal? Then again the Six just got to Gotham after the whole "Get-out-of-Hell-Free" Card Fiasco. So maybe he'll play a role while he's here.

On a different hand, there was the time where it suspected Bruce and Bane were possibly brothers, but Leslie Thompkins' blood tests said otherwise. When she found out the results she said "Bruce, I'm so sorry" to herself. This sparks my interest after what happened to Spoiler, but that whole mess happen later (2 years in our time). And then again King Snake is supposedly Bane's real father.

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Watchmen Motion Comic Realizations

I didn't really know what to expect when I started the Watchmen Motion Comic, at first I thought it was just a way for WB to make some money off of people that don't like to read, it still may be that haven't finished it yet. But it came to my surprise of how well it's made, the animation of the comic is very nice and fluid, the narrator may do all of the voices but his take in Rorschach is....haunting. The monologue at the end of Chapter II made me feel sorry for The Comedian, I've read the story several times and I never felt bad for him, I didn't hate him just never felt as sad for him for what he realized,  the journal entry captures the message Moore was trying to present in that segment, almost had me crying for Blake.

Can't wait to watch the rest.

- Dr. Maxwell

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It Depends

As Watchmen has taught us (which is where the whole do they need capes came from) No they dont, but they do help, look at Batman, "No one touches my cape" he wouldn't be as Batlike without it

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