DRAWING LINES! The Week in Review 11/06/13

“… and I smile staring into your eyes and they are like kaleidoscopes spinning in snow.”

nbcOh man full disclosure this weeks Drawing Lines is being written like 30 minutes before I need to post it due to me being up all night with sick kids. You guys don’t know just how close you came to not getting a DL this morning. I’ve gotten maybe 2 hours sleep total and I think I’m starting to hallucinate and stuff…. is this a keyboard in front of me? What are these words I’m typing saying? Am I suppose to cuss or something? Perhaps since I’m in an altered state I’ll try out writing this post without using one single swear word! I know, sounds like a impossible feat doesn’t it? And to be honest I don’t even think i can do it, I mean me not using the F word is like a fish not using the ocean – it just IS. it is part of nature and the order of things. But gosh darn it dudes I’m gonna try, I’m really gonna try. Read on fearless readers and cheer me on on this rough Sunday morning – I’m gonna need it to get through these Bullet Points without using colorful language!

  • Anyone see the Thor movie this weekend? Cosmo did and go check out his great review of the film here. seems like Marvel Studios can really do no wrong with their movies. I mean even the sub-par films are enjoyable enough to rake in over 100 million bucks from us fanboys. They have really tapped into a market that will support anything that comes down the line – as long as its got their favorite superheroes and stuff in it. (see, I used “stuff” instead of “sh__” I’m Doing it dudes! I can do it!). But I have fear about the DC side of things. they have only hit pay dirt with their batman franchise and to some extent the new Superman one headed by Zach Snyder. My faith in Snyder is shaky at best. At times that guy can turn out an amazingly awesome scene then a half beat later he’ll turn around and give us an incredibly stupid one with slow-mo to boot. Freakin bi-polar! I have hopes that Batman / Superman is a good film but I have my doubts – and I hate to to say it really stems from one word – Affleck.
  • Image comics is really giving us the goods lately. Why is it almost every debut issue from that company is better then most of the other crap that the big two put out? is that they care more about comics then Marvel of DC? Is that they support and nurture creators more then anyone else out there? Take chances on stories that don’t necessarily fit the normal structure? Whatever the reason Image comics has become the front runner for new talent to be seen and introduced to the world of comics and also for established writers and artists to try out radical and avant garde ideas that Marvel and DC just don’t see potential in or just cant publish due to the adult themes being presented. Bottom line dudes we need to support this company so that they never stop giving us these quality books that spur our imagination and fill our minds with dreams of fantastical worlds and characters that we would have never gotten without them taking a chance. Buy these books man. Buy and spread the love.
  • Speaking of love, damn it dudes (damn doesn’t count does it? ) I think I may be in love here. Another reason for the shortness and abruptness of Drawing Lines, I’ve been spending a lot of time with this girl and Jesus man I think I might be falling in love and it dominates everything I do and think about lately. I mean, here I am writing  a comic book post for a comic book site and I’m talking about it! Its nuts I tell you. Crazy! But crazy good. She is blanketing my world with snow and everything has gone white and I am blinded by it.
  • Is it just me or has there been a changing of the guard in teams of comic books writers lately? Out with the old and in with the new. Not long ago we were all about comic writers like Scott Snyder and Grant Morrison, Brian Michael Bendis, and others –  but lately new blood like Ales Kot, Charles Soule, Matt Kindt, and Jason Aaron have shown the old men how its done – at least in terms of keeping things fresh and exciting within the guidelines of Marvel and DC’s strict continuity rules. They have shown is possible to deliver a decent story within the walls of editorial bull-crap that have been erected around them –  and thank god for them because they are single handily keeping me interested in buying Marvel and DC books. Swamp Thing under Soules guidance had gone from dropsville to must have status within the course of a month or or two. That title is one of the best out there right now and I am blown away by it. I had predicted that after Snyder’s run had ended (which was with a whimper and not a bang, mind you) that Swamp Thing would be canceled – but to my delight it has gone on to grow in strength and surpass my expectations. Please please please DC don’t do something stupid like fire Soule or take him off the book like you have a habit of doing. Just let him continue to make your books awesome! Whats so wrong with awesome?
  • Hey my friends so check out these new NBC logos that were submitted to us. There just might be one in there that will take the place of our current logo and grace this site.
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Time for user spotlight. today its all about streethawkjm who continually posts up radical comments that never fail to impress with their insight and length (dude can write!) so thanks streethawkjm, you show us all how comments should be done!
Check out Streethawkjm’s on the state of Comics on Television

Still some hate going on for Agents of SHIELD, I see. Yeah, there’s room for improvement but I thought this week’s episode was pretty strong. Needed some character development and the latest episode was a nice step in the right direction.

This new announcement is rather good. Enjoyed Bendis’s Alias book, big fan of the old Power Man and Iron Fist series, and yes, Waid’s Daredevil is most definitely the way to go.

I like the idea of a limited run of 13 episodes. That way you can have a beginning. middle and end. There seems to be a lot of hate out there for the Birds of Prey TV show, but I quite liked that. And one of the good things about it was that they built toward a conclusion with their 13th episode. So even though they got cancelled it didn’t just fizzle out or leave you hanging as so many shows do these days.

I guess these new shows will follow a similar tone to Arrow, which is just fine. That show goes from strength to strength. Good story arcs, good characterisation, and also a sense of fun about itself.

Obviously Daredevil is the big name in this batch so here’s hoping it’s third time lucky. Yes, the Ben Affleck movie wasn’t that great (although the director’s cut version is a big improvement) and as much as I love Rex Smith as Street Hawk (obviously) that Hulk TV movie did Daredevil even less favours.

My favourite of the bunch is Iron Fist. So I’m hoping for Danny in his green and yellow PJ’s. Don’t mess it up with a TV re-design that looks nothing like the original (again, see Daredevil in Hulk TV movie).

Obviously the TV budget won’t be anything like the movies but you can still do a lot by building up your characters nicely. I’m loving The Tomorrow People right now, and for super powers on an even smaller budget there’s Misfits. Awesome show with some great characters and lots of dark humour. Building to it’s grand finale now though. Gonna miss that.

Best super powers show ever… Misfits of Science. God I fucking LOVE that show. Again, not an over abundance of powers but just the greatest bunch of characters and some fun, off beat situations.

Just not sure about the whole “Defenders” thing. I assume they’re saying that after the seperate series that Daredevil, Power Man, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones will team up as The Defenders. Nah, c’mon Marvel we all know who The Defenders are and it’s not those four. It’s gotta be Heroes for Hire. Yeah, yeah, Daredevil’s not technically a hero for hire but you can hire Matt Murdock as a lawyer.

Holy Moley that dude can write a comment! Nice work Streethawkjm!
Hey wanna know what the Highest Rated Comics were here at NBC? Yeah, so would I. Maybe I’ll just write some comic titles that I think were really good on some pieces of paper and then fold them up and place them in a hat. Here we go, I’ll shake the hat and mix them all up and pick one out. Ahh lets see, the first comic I pick out of the hat is…
Amazing X-Men #1
second comic I pick out of the hat is…
Swamp Thing #25
third comic I pick is…
Superman Unchained #4 – what the F? how did that get in the hat? someone sabotaged it!
shakes the hat again, okay lets try this again, third comic I pick is…
Trilllum #4
ah that’s better, the fourth book is…
Fatale #18
and last is..
East of West #7
not a bad bunch of comics there.
So I was planning on giving you the Division 2 First Round Matches in Nothing But Concussions but I’ve decided to just finish up the Division 1 Matches cause it’s shorter and I’m about to pass out.
During the months of November and December I’ll be hosting here in Drawing Lines an event in the vain of Battle RoyalThe Hunger Games, and Avengers Arena. I call it…

NOTHING BUT CONCUSSIONS!

The Ultimate Super-Hero Battle! 

There will be four divisions for the contestants:

  • Division 1: Heroes Without Powers (ie: Batman, Captain America)
  • Division 2: Heroes with Psychic Powers (ie: Jean Grey, Harbinger) 
  • Division 3: Heroes with Super Strength (ie: The Hulk, The Thing) 
  • Division 4: Heroes with Multiple Powers (ie: Superman, Spider-Man)

Today you you be voting for your favorite Division 1 Heroes. Read their Stats carefully, then cast your vote for which hero you think would win in a fight. Choose wisely and then see if your picks will make it to the Final Ultimate fight at the end. Alright let’s get to it!

DIVISION 1: ROUND TWO BATTLES!

BATMAN vs OZYMANDIAS

character_bio-batman_576Batman: stats

  • Genius-level intellect
  • Peak physical and mental conditioning
  • Master martial artist, acrobat, detective, escapologist, strategist, swordsman, tactician, and marksman
  • Use of high-tech equipment, weapons, armors, & gadgets
  • Master of stealth
  • Master of disguise
  • Highly proficient with technology
  • Access to vast wealth and criminal records
  • Trained computer hacker
  • Photographic memory
tumblr_m44xvyLYsM1r8818io1_250Ozymandias: Stats
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Master strategist
  • Amazing athlete and martial artist
  • Photographic memory
  • Possesses sophisticated weapons and equipment
  • Limited super speed and reaction time

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DAMIAN WAYNE vs MOON KNIGHT

2753066-screen_shot_2012_12_14_at_8.45.48_pmDamian Wayne: Stats
  • Excellent athlete and acrobat;
  • exceptional martial artist trained by the League of Assassins
  • access to high tech equipment
  • good detective skills
  • good business skills
  • gift for voice imitation.
2633677-moon_knight__6___page_4Moon Knight: Stats
  • Superb athlete
  • Master at martial arts and hand-to-hand combatant
  • Resistance to some psychic assaults
  • Skilled acrobat, gymnast, and detective
  • Expert aviator and marksman
  • Possesses both traditional and sophisticated weaponry

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ELEKTRA vs BLACK WIDOW

elektra-assassin-millerElektra: Stats
  • Peak human physical ability
  • Master of virtually all martial arts, particularly ninjutsu
  • Low-level mind control and telepathic communication
  • Expert with various types of weaponry, particularly her trademark twin sai
1280962-widow060606Black Widow: Stats
  • Slowed aging
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Abnormally superior athletic condition
  • Extensive military, hand-to-hand combat, martial arts, and espionage training
  • Hypnosis
  • Enhanced psychological defenses

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GREEN ARROW vs THE PUNISHER

GA_Cv17Green Arrow: Stats
  • Superb archer
  • Peak human physical condition
  • Highly-trained martial artist, athlete and swordsman
  • Possesses a Recurve Bow with a variety of trick arrows
punisherThe Punisher: Stats
  • Expert in military and guerrilla tactics, strategy, and demolitions
  • Highly trained in both armed and unarmed combat
  • Stealth and infiltration expert
  • Special Forces training
  • CQC expert
  • Peak human physical condition
  • Exceptionally high pain tolerance

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Yes! I fucking did it! Oh shit! Goddamn it to fuck son of a bitch! I was THIS CLOSE!

for Marisa

50 thoughts on “DRAWING LINES! The Week in Review 11/06/13”

  1. Hope that the kids are feeling better.

    Hmmm, I voted for Damian, but I wonder if we all should start voting for Moon Knight. Otherwise, I have the feeling the final battle’s going to be between Batman and son . . .

    1. Also, I love how after all the nuanced discussion last week of whether Captain America could beat Ozymandias, the latter is getting creamed by Batman in this round . . .

      1. Yeah that is kinda funny cause I feel that Captain America would put up a better fight, but still probably be getting creamed.

      2. I feel that Bats would win easy; like I said before he’s taken on the big guns in the DCU (including Supes). Ozy couldn’t put up a fight with Doc Manhattan, just avoid him and try to outthink him.

        1. I realise that we’re supposed to read the stats and make an informed decision but I’ve gotta say that I’ve been voting with my heart. I see Batman winning with no trouble, but I’m team Moon Knight all the way. Hell, I suffered 12 issues of hideous Alex Maleev artwork because of my Moon Knight man crush.

          1. Moon Knight has enhanced strength/stamina/reflexes fellas. As much as I like Damian, he would get snapped like a twig. The multiple personalities thing is a relatively new thing if i remember correctly b.t.w.

  2. Good luck with your lady troubles Erik; I got similar issues so I sympathize.

    One thing I gotta say about the new blood is I don’t think Jason Aaron counts, he’s been working at Marvel for years on stuff like Ghost Rider, Wolverine… He’s been a star already; those other guys are just now getting some attention.

    1. On the match-ups: the one that really stumped me was Elektra vs BW. Similar skills, but BW has guns and seems to get her ass kicked less.

      Moon Knight vs Damian: MK has all the same instincts and close training, so he knows how to counter someone like Damian and win.

      GA vs Punisher: once again the pesky guns delimma. Punisher should win because GA is dead with a decent shot to the head. But GA can take on a group of armed thugs and live so I give him the edge over Punisher.

    2. Also, not to nitpick, but Morrison, Bendis & Snyder all belong to different waves of writers. But, still, I agree with your overall point. Marvel and (especially) DC seem to be allowing a new generation of writers in to tinker with some of their big characters. Let’s hope editorial leaves them (mostly) in peace.

      Also, I’d include Venditti on that list of names to watch as well . . .

      1. Shoot, forgot about Veditti. Yeah I think Snyder, Lemire and others aren’t the “new blood” anymore; they’re the guys who will be the next Johns, Bendis, or hopefully Morrison. Soule, Kot, Venditti, are the next generation and theyre off to a promising start all around.

    3. Not Lady troubles bro – its all good! its love man and things are working out great!

      and yeah, I thought about after I put Aaron in that group that he really didn’t count but hey, fuck it, he still rules!

  3. Wow! Thanks Erik. I appreciate the kind words (even though I’m sure “he can write” is code for “doesn’t he go on?”). Didn’t expect to see my “name in lights” today. Really appreciated.

    I haven’t been reading Swamp Thing but I did like Soule’s Superman/Wonder Woman a whole lot more than I expected too. When I read they were going for a more romantic angle to tempt female readers I did worry. I like good characterisation in my books but nothing too girlie. But issue #1 was pretty decent. Hopefully issue #2 isn’t going to be all Doomsday slugfest though.

    A lot of old writers seem to be losing it for me lately. Loved Warren Ellis on Stormwatch, Authority, Planetary, but lately…ugh! His Secret Avengers was dire, the Avengers: Endless Wartime GN was hardly any better. Alan Moore lost it for me around the time of those ABC books and although I’m looking forward to Grant Morrison’s Multiversity (if it ever comes out) he hasn’t done anything lately that I’ve really enjoyed or can come close to his Doom Patrol and Animal Man runs.

    After Patrick’s article on Jim Starlin recently I’ve gone back and read all his DC Hardcore Station/cosmic stuff and that’s been pretty good. That wasn’t that long ago and he still keeps me interested. Hopefully we can expect some good stuff out of his mystery Marvel mini-series next Summer.

    I hope that Giffen and DeMatteis can still be counted on for a good read. Looking forward to seeing DeMatteis on JL Dark and interested to see how they do with JL 3000. Maybe the old guard can still pull a few tricks out of the bag.

    And I am still hoping for a new Booster Gold series written and drawn by Jurgens.

    Yes, Affleck. What can you say? I thought he was excellent as George Reeves in Hollywoodland, but is this the sort of older character we’re going to get as Batman? I dunno what to think about this Superman/Batman movie. Now there’s all the Wonder Woman and Nightwing rumours.

    To be honest I’d much rather a second solo outing for Henry Cavill before a big team up cross-over movie. I really liked Man of Steel and that was a good focus on Superman and Krypton. Now I’d like a good Metropolis/Clark/Lois movie before moving on to a JLA set up.

    Talking of which it’s Man of Steel DVD/Blu-Ray day on Tuesday. About bloody time. As usual it’s which version to buy time. The Target exclusive is tempting but looks like Walmart are gonna win me over with the Steelbook exclusive.

    Thanks again for the kind words Erik. Hope you’re day has gotten a bit better and you’re no longer surrounded by projectile vomiting children. Good luck with the love life (from the sounds of things you’ve got it bad so expecting to see your user name changing into one of those mash up hybrid names any day now), and hope your snow blindness clears up soon.

      1. Cheers, Patrick. But it’s all down to you, Erik and the rest of the NBC staff for giving us a great, fun site to come comment on.

        “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail, nor vomiting children, nor being head over heels in love, nor the threat of seeing Snooki every time you walk out the door,
        shall keep the NBC staff from their appointed postings.”

        Keep up the excellent work!

    1. I’m not dreading Affleck, I just wish they had picked someone else. Who knows, I might be pleasantly surprised . . .

      So, Man of Steel comes out on DVD Tuesday? Hmmm, give it another couple weeks to hit netflix and maybe I’ll finally see it. Those Nightwing rumors raised my eyebrows as well. I like the idea itself, of skipping ahead to an older Batman and an older Grayson, but not for this film. It already sounds like they’re stuffing too much into it. DC just can’t trust Superman to sell on his own any more.

      Plus, if we’re going to have four heroes in this Batman/Superman film (assuming Wonder Woman is in the mix), I shudder to think how many villains they’ll be tossing at us as well. This movie may end up making Days of Future Past look like a small cast 🙂

      1. From Wiki. Moon Knight’s strength, endurance, and reflexes are enhanced depending upon the phases of the moon.[57] The fuller the moon, the more strength Moon Knight derives from it, though even during a new moon, he can lift several hundred pounds. He has some degree of superhuman strength during the peak of a lunar cycle. It’s not known how much of this strength is mystical and how much is simply the result of self-hypnosis due to his psychological instability. Due to his multiple personalities, he is also resistant to some psychic attacks and sometimes receives prophetic visions. During the 2008 run of the Moon Knight series, Spector states that he no longer has any superpowers.

        I wasn’t aware of this change although I did read most of that Bendis run which I wasn’t too happy with (maybe because they removed the mythical connection from the character and just made him crazy instead). Regardless he has no powers anymore. Sucks.

        1. Yeah, that Bendis run wasm’t great. Moon Knight used to have a whole style and tone to him that’s been lost ever since the end of the original Moench/Sienkiewicz series. They’ve just thrown everything in the bin and done this whole “he’s crazy” angle (I guess in an effort to try and distance him from comparisons with Batman), which doesn’t sit well with me either. Like Johns on Aquaman it just needs someone to show a bit of TLC and take a back to basics approach and get Moon Knight back on track.

          1. Ya I was a big Moon Knight fan and I guess he was kind of like a Batman clone with mild superpowers (because of all of his disguises/identities). The Khonshu moon god took him to a unique place in my mind though and it’s unfortunate the direction the series went in with Mr. Bendis. Frankly I wouldn’t have minded revamping the character if the final product turned out interesting but I agree that it was not great.

  4. Great piece, great logo ideas and GREAT SCOTT it took a while before I finally clicked Batman to win!
    Swamp Thing was amazing! Absolutely fantastic writing, and the pages from East of West and Trillium were beautiful!

    I haven’t seen the new Thor film yet. Probably go this week at some point.

    Batman /Superman: Feels too soon. I’m up for it and I’m sure it’ll be great, we all love a bit of Brucey Dub (W), but there is a bitter taste to the fact that a Superman sequel is being shadowed by Batman…I mean…will rest in the shadow of the Bat (that sounds cooler). Let Cavil establish a new cinematic universe full of demi-gods and super-aliens through the villains he faces, a team up this early is a clear sign that DC are playing catch up with the Marvel films.

  5. Anyone else getting the feeling that the final round will be between Frank & Bruce (my money, as always, will be on the latter).

    1. You just might be right Cos. If the tallies hold up as they look right now The Simi-Final Fights will look like this….

      BATMAN VS MOON KNIGHT

      BLACK WIDOW VS THE PUNISHER

      But both Damian and Elektra are putting up a close fight. So who knows what next Sunday’s bouts will look like.

  6. It’s rough being up all night with sick kiddies. Just 1 sick child is exhausting and discouraging on every conceivable level. 2 or more is mind blowingly so. You have my sympathies, sir. I hope they’re feeling better by now (I’m a little late to this party).

    Marvel really is on a roll with their movies. I was worried about the quality of the new Thor movie, what with it being a sequel. Cosmo’s smooth musings went a long way in putting my fears to rest, as did many of the iRefugees comments.
    I liked Man of Steel and am hopeful that Batman/Superman will get DC’s ducks in a row for a kick ass Justice League and Wonder Woman and (fingers crossed) eventually Aquaman. Affleck wasn’t MY first choice, but he’s really beefed up on his acting and directing chops, so I’m going to keep it positive and reserve judgement. To be honest, I’m kinda relieved to be done with Bale’s bat-voice. Luckily, it didn’t start bothering me until the 3rd one.

    Image Comics (or Hipster’s Paradise) is fantastic these days. I don’t think we need to worry or fret over them going anywhere. It’s becoming a juggernaut. We should start saying “the Big 3”. 😉

    As far as logos, I like the squared off ones more than the round ones. The ones with the stacks of books are my favorite.

    It’s not fair to pit Batman in a battle royal. We all know he’s gonna win. Deep down, he’s everyone’s favorite.

    And finally, congrats on the new relationship. New relationships seem so magical and surreal in the beginning. Soak it in and live it up.
    Thanks for taking the time to do your thing on this site. I am entertained. 😀

    1. Thank you my friend. I will say that I did like Argo a great deal and think Affleck is a kick-ass director. But acting wise he is no Christian Bale. We will see how he fairs – and I will be first in line opening day, that much is certain!

      I know Batman is a powerhouse but I just couldn’t in good conscience not include him. If it’s any consolation he’ll still have to go up against the winners of the rest of the divisions in the final 4 Hero Brawl at the very end of Nothing But Concussions, and I don’t see him coming out on top on that one.

      and thanks, being a musician I’m a fucking romantic at heart and I can’t help but be swept up in the feelings. Things are going great!

      1. The only film directed by Affleck I’ve seen is Argo, which I liked (though I wouldn’t have given it Best Picture). Naturally his acting isn’t up to the Bale standard. but, I’m not expecting him to be terrible. Probably something between Keaton and Bale in quality. I’m trying to keep an open mind. As I said above my biggest fear at this point is that there is simply going to be too much going on in this film.

        1. Anything is possible in regards to Afflecks performance. I would have liked to see Jim Caviezel in the role as I’ve seen Affleck act horribly in quite a few movies. Mallrats anyone? I guess that was a life time ago though. I really liked his directing and didn’t mind his acting in “the town”; eventually I’ll see Argo.

        2. both “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone” are great films directed by Ben Affleck. The latter being his first and has an excellent performance by Ben’s brother Casey.

    2. Glad that my review helped sooth your fears Sitara. “Cosmo’s smooth musings” is one of the nicest things I’ve heard so far this week. Thanks.

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