Attack of the quizzes

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Psylocke might show you her sensitive Betsy Bradock side. If she does you're a lucky guy. Otherwise watch out, you're in for the night of your life.
Donna Troy
Donna Troy has had many different lives. That could translate into lots of experience.
Lyja is from out of town...way out of town. Lyja has definitely been around the block...and the galaxy. With her shape-shifting abilities, she can give you a night you'll never forget. Hope you like the color green.
Kitty Pryde
Tough, smart, and caring, Kitty is loyal through and through. She will let her hair down and show you how to party. Just don't do her wrong or she'll use her ninja-moves on you.

Pretty much the same as the first time I took it except Donna Troy is new. Said I match poorly with Destiny, Mystique, Wonder Woman, & Arana. I'm ok with that. 

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Mystery, Inc.
Time to celebrate. Break out the Scooby Snacks. You now get to be one of the "meddling kids" and help stop all those spooky dudes that like to play dress up. And just maybe they'll let you drive the Mystery Machine too.
Team Youngblood. You get to have the glory and beat up bad guys. The world loves the hero. This is your chance to shine. And if you're lucky, maybe Rob Liefeld will draw you.
S.T.A.R. Labs
Welcome to S.T.A.R. Labs! You'll get lots of chances to discover the mysteries of the super-powered. Hopefully no crazed criminal brought in will try to break out before you get your lunch break.
Daily Bugle
Welcome to the Daily Bugle. Lucky you. Your boss is Jolly J. Jonah Jameson. Get some dirt on Spider-Man and he'll make you employee of the month.

Could've sworn I said I wanted glory & power. How does working for Scooby Snacks with a pack of hippes get me those things? Bah! The team test is borked.

The other two I got 0% match for everything, I'm guessing those are busted too. 



There's so many to choose from. Could easily just name the entire Death Throws team, in part for their team's name being a terrible pun, in part because they're bad guys that commit their eveel deeds by way of juggling.

Who has the power to stop these dastardly desperadoes?
Who has the power to stop these dastardly desperadoes?

 Then there's the Gentleman Ghost... about as menacing as a sheet with a couple eye holes cutout.  

There's also the tragic Crazy Quilt:

But I guess these two have been re-imagined recently to make them more modern, less incredibly lame. Gentleman Ghost got a nicer suit & pair of pants, a horse that breathes fire. Crazy Quilt got a pair of boobs. As if a female Crazy Quilt is any better.

But the character I most look forward to getting a modern, gritty revision-

er Gamecock
er Gamecock

I'm not sure if he was just an ode to the University of South Carolina mascot or a bored Steve Englehart finding a way to get the word cock into a CCA approved comicbook in 1975. Either way he's my greatest lame/silly villain pick.


Preacher getting canned was a disappointment because I think its one of the best examples the comic book medium has as far as excellence goes & the only way to really tell that story is in a series format. But beyond that I think a really stylized HBO/Showtime series for just about any good Vertigo title could work- Sandman, Fables, Y the Last Man, so on and so forth. If the production value & creative talent are on par with a Heroes or just about any HBO mini-series or series, it can be done & done well. Even if it were animated at a high quality like the Spawn series or done with lots of green screens I think the sky is the limit as far as adapting anything worth the effort.

There's plenty of bad or mediocre adaptations of comics in recent years- Blade, Painkiller Jane, the live action Tick come to mind. The success of Heroes should be opening doors up for more comic to tv adaptations done at a higher level, I'm hoping they're done right with respect to the source material or not done at all.


"Not in the face!"

This man has destiny on his side

Without a doubt Arthur is the greatest sidekick in comic book history. Batman should be so lucky. He's comic relief, he's pudgy, he's utterly dependent on the hero to save the day, he's got his own apartment, he can do your taxes, and he has that intangible quality of being impossible to kill regardless of the absurd danger you put him in. Ultimately what does a hero want in a sidekick? Someone that makes the hero look godlike in comparison. Bonus points for having a couch to crash on.

Arthur > *


Image United

Image United
Image United

This is the stuff that fanboy's dreams are made of. Six issues written by Robert Kirkman, penciled by Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, and While Portacio all at once. Starring Spawn, Cyberforce, WitchbladeYoungblood, ShadowHawk(s) I &
II, Savage Dragon, and Portacio's newest creation - Fortress. Plus guest appearances galore by Spawn's villains, The Darkness, etc.  I can't explain it any better than Kirkman did here:

"Each artist is going to do the layouts for one issue," Kirkman explained. "Those guys will get the script for the issue and they'll be the one breaking it down into pages. Then once the story's laid out, they're going to be mailed all over the country, and everybody's going to be drawing their characters onto the pages. This is the future. It's going to be a lot of work, and I don't know -- maybe we'll have to give FedEx a credit in the book. But this just shows that anything can be done. "

I'm pretty sure nothing like this has been attempted before, from the couple pages I've seen (below), it looks pretty seamless. Its easily the biggest crossover/superhero event in a long, long time for Image. The thing that gets me even more excited is the possible reestablishment of the Image universe as one world (minus Jim Lee's creations and WetWorks obviously) where the characters interract with each other on a more regular basis than crossoverissues. Who knows maybe Chapel will get re-retconned into being the murderer of Al Simmons?
Youngblood & the Dragon
Youngblood & the Dragon

Liefeld's Layouts
Liefeld's Layouts

Who is the white light guy?
Who is the white light guy?

Pencils by Larson, Liefeld, McFarlane, and Silvestri
Pencils by Larson, Liefeld, McFarlane, and Silvestri



So... first of all I'm never letting someone else buy a ticket again. Friend of mine was supposed to buy tickets online for the Saturday evening show, somehow managed to get tickets for the Sunday show, which we didn't learn until we were sitting in our seats 10 minutes before the Saturday show was supposed to start. Anyways... after the ticket buyer was sacked, a crazy 12 hour beach party, and Hancock later, I finally got to see Dark Knight.

My opinion:
Dark Knight surpassed Batman Begins, best comic book movie ever. Best action movie I've seen in a long long long time, its easily at the highest echelon of action movies i've ever seen. I saw Hancock to kill time earlier in the day and there's just no comparison. Spectacular pace despite being 2.5 hours it doesn't lag at all, just huge amazing visuals, unpredictable plot, and Heath Ledger WAS the Joker. Disturbing, funny, repugnant, chaotic, he was the perfect foil for Batman. Totally stole the movie although Two-Face was intense when he showed up.

This movie raises the bar way the hell up for any future comic movie. Any action movie too. Oscar? Sure. At least for Ledger. That performance was on par with Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, DeNiro in Cape Fear, etc. Best movie I've seen this year by far. Chris Nolan deserves some form of recognition for what he's done here.

Dark Knight shows the difference that a quality director with respect for his audience, for the source material and pride in making the characters and actors look good rather than trying to show how clever they can be as a director. Its not about selling the soundtrack, slurpees, and action figures. Its just a damn good movie. My hope is that directors of talent take notice and feel eager to work on comic movies, producers get inspired to shoot comic movies for quality over making an easy buck off the name, and the comic companies themselves keep it going with the quality movies they're turning out.  They don't need a mindless "fun  summer popcorn" flick  (this phrase makes me want to impale myself) to put butts in seats.

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Uncanny X-Men 281

Still one of my favorite comics of all time
Still one of my favorite comics of all time

First comic I remember getting for myself was this one at a 7/11. I'm not sure if I used allowance money or lunch money or something but the art, action, cool looking characters sucked me in. I had absolutely no idea what was going on in this issue. The Reavers get slaughtered, the Hellions all die, Iceman apparently dies, Fitzroy shows up with a bunch of super sentinels & wupps the White Queen, Archangel is angsty and apparently has venetian blinds for wings, I had no idea what was going on with Jean Grey or Storm's powers. Colossus and Iceman I remembered from the original X-Men & Spider-Man cartoon series, were immediately my favorite characters. I probably read it a dozen times before I got another comic. I loved Portacio's art, he's still one of my favorite superhero artists.

I had a handful of books before this one that my cousin got for me- couple early issues of Darkhawk, Deathlok, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider. He turned me onto the idea of collecting comics like you do baseball cards, save them & make money off them when you're old... sounded right at the time...

Michael Bay's Rejected Dark Knight Script

"Apparently, Michael Bay wrote an unsolicited script for The Dark Knight that was ultimately rejected by Warner Bros. Though this is the first I’ve heard of it, I have the exclusive leaked images to back it up. Here are some choice excerpts. Cover page: Page 1-3: Page 28: Page 71-72: Page 112: A part of me would really, really like to see this made."

Another summer, another borked computer

So this computer I assembled is like 10 months old. Should be running fantastically, other than kaspersky a/v & firewall there is nothing running on it at any given moment other than whatever internet browser I'm using or Team Fortress 2.

I don't know how savvy the comicvine populace is but I figured might as well post this in case anyone out there can help.

-Motherboard: Abit IP35-E
-Video card: HIS Hightech Radeon x1950 Pro 512MB GDDR3 PCI-e
-PSU: OCZ Gamexstream 700W
-CPU: Intel Duo core 2 E6750 w/stock heatsink/fan & Arctic silver 5
-Memory: Patriot extreme performance 2x1 GB 6400 (4-4-4-12 2.2v)
-Pioneer DVD +/- R 18x
-Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard-drive
-Coolermaster CM690 case w/ 3 stock 120mm CM fans and 2 Thermaltake 120mm fans
-USB wireless port
-Monitor: Samsung 226bw
-XP Pro SP2

Problems- Random BSODs IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (the last STOP msg was 0x0000000A [0x000400A2, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0x80546AA8])
Vertical teal artifacts show up in internet browsers & some TF2 maps have artifacts problems too.

The case has been dusted twice in the last month, Catalyst drivers just got updated and that did nothing, haven't run memtest but I guess thats my next step. One thing I initially suspected was heat b/c it gets hot in the room the PC is in (a/c sucks here), though it crashed earlier today and all the temps looked fine - power supply was in the low 40sC, CPU was in the high 20s- low 30sC, system was somewhere in the mid to high 30s.

Maybe time to buy a UPS or a better CPU fan? Hardware-wise I'm baffled, stuff really shouldn't be failing already & I don't push it at all as far as overclocking or anything like that goes.

Things to do-
Run in safe mode & try to crash it- guess that means its a hardware issue if it does.
Run memtest.
Throw PC through window.

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