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by Darrin Kelley
Sun May 04, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: Earth 2: World's End
Replies: 3
Views: 19042

Re: Earth 2: World's End

Batman Superman #9 was delayed by a month. The third part of a four part story. Which disrupted the flow of that storyline completely. I had the 4th issue of the storyline a full month before they finally put out the third part. Which was annoying to say the least. So no, they can't live up to a reg...
by Darrin Kelley
Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: Earth 2: World's End
Replies: 3
Views: 19042

Earth 2: World's End

When I saw the first article for this, a part of me died. They described it as a "gritty" series. And I've had enough "gritty" to last me a lifetime. http://www.superherohype.com/news/299183-dc-comics-announces-new-weekly-series-earth-2-worlds-end Needless to say, I won't be picking that up. And I'l...
by Darrin Kelley
Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: General M&M
Topic: The Magic Conundrum
Replies: 14
Views: 2512

The Magic Conundrum

The biggest issue I have with magic in superhero games is the following: It's so generic. It lacks individual flavor and character. It lacks the feeling of truly being special to an individual character. A spell is a spell is a spell. M&M is a game that plays heavily with archetypes. However, even i...
by Darrin Kelley
Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: Flash TV show releases full look at the costume
Replies: 14
Views: 5325

Re: Flash TV show releases full look at the costume

http://voicesfromkrypton.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/the-flash-tv.jpg You stand corrected :P I liked that Flash series when it originally aired. But it kept getting interrupted by stupid sports broadcasts. So actually seeing on the schedule was dicey at best. It just plainly wasn't allowed by th...
by Darrin Kelley
Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: General M&M
Topic: Emerald City
Replies: 1
Views: 840

Emerald City

I got a surprise by mail today. My copy of Emerald City arrived!

It's a very big book with a lot of stuff in it. I haven't even remotely finished reading it yet. But wow! What a book!
by Darrin Kelley
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: A common conceit of today's comics writers.
Replies: 40
Views: 11018

Re: A common conceit of today's comics writers.

Wertham simply pointed out the destructive practices and trends of the comic book industry of his era. Shined a light on the fact that the industry was self-destructing due to its own excesses. The fact was: Wertham was a catalyst that forced a stagnating industry to change itself. I'm sorry but yo...
by Darrin Kelley
Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: A common conceit of today's comics writers.
Replies: 40
Views: 11018

Re: A common conceit of today's comics writers.

Funny you should mention that, because Fawcett did just that in 1942, with something called the Fawcett Comic Magazines Code of Ethics.... Actually come to think on it, I'm pretty sure Horwitz Publishing had something similar. And where are they both now? Gone. Extinct. They were the exception. Not...
by Darrin Kelley
Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: A common conceit of today's comics writers.
Replies: 40
Views: 11018

Re: A common conceit of today's comics writers.

Imagine where this conversation would be without Fredrick Wertham and the Comics Code... Wertham simply pointed out the destructive practices and trends of the comic book industry of his era. Shined a light on the fact that the industry was self-destructing due to its own excesses. The fact was: We...
by Darrin Kelley
Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: A common conceit of today's comics writers.
Replies: 40
Views: 11018

Re: A common conceit of today's comics writers.

The problem I see is a lack of respect for the properties and material itself. The cynicism pushed by the constant effort to tear heroes down I believe comes from writers who really do not care for what they are writing. And it shows in the quality of the stories produced. They see it as an easy was...
by Darrin Kelley
Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: A common conceit of today's comics writers.
Replies: 40
Views: 11018

Re: A common conceit of today's comics writers.

I think the entire deconstruction trend has its roots in the mindset that I illustrated above. Because the resulting books ultimately paint the heroes as foolish for taking the stands they have chosen. That it instead does everything possible to outright glorify villainy. Batman, for example, gets p...
by Darrin Kelley
Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: A common conceit of today's comics writers.
Replies: 40
Views: 11018

Re: A common conceit of today's comics writers.

The_Watchman wrote:A discussion of the FATAL rpg according to google.
Inspiration comes from the strangest places. And honestly, it made a point to me that I felt justified a brand new conversation.
by Darrin Kelley
Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: A common conceit of today's comics writers.
Replies: 40
Views: 11018

A common conceit of today's comics writers.

It's a common enough idea that evil is somehow "edgy" or "realistic", and that evil people are "edgy" and "mature" and "practical" and that they "face reality" while those who strive to be good are "naive", "unrealistic", "impractical". When you have mainstream writers and editors operating from th...
by Darrin Kelley
Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: The decline of modern comics...
Replies: 62
Views: 16933

Re: The decline of modern comics...

It sounds interesting to me, and not like a gimmick, but like a story telling technique...especially if it will have long standing implications for the titles involved. The truth is, there are no new stories to tell. Everything has been done before. It's how each new writer or artist does their int...
by Darrin Kelley
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: The decline of modern comics...
Replies: 62
Views: 16933

Re: The decline of modern comics...

The way it was done in Slingers was for each character of the group, from what I understand. And that was still a gimmick to try to make the readership still buy each of the different number ones. And that is definitely not what I am doing. The first crossover story is about two different sets of he...
by Darrin Kelley
Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Sidekicks Lounge
Topic: The decline of modern comics...
Replies: 62
Views: 16933

Re: The decline of modern comics...

Hate to break it to you but its been done before: Slingers, issue One. People were not fans.... Plus there is the issue that you now need to make the story make sense from two separate narrative stand points. Not saying it can't work, just saying it would be work to get it to work... Possibly a sol...