Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Big Picture: "Going Green - Part II" (UPDATED)

Let's try this again, now...

19 comments:

Rob said...

I thought the open door was an analogy... They took it from figutively to litteraly? Oh well, didn't see it coming.

Sofie Liv Pedersen said...

And this is why I don't read the ongoing comic books @_@

Seriously, what's wrong with single shot comic books? That acts like its own novel, you can just pick it up, it'll explain what it's about in the beginning, and then have a beginning middle and end! Done!

The only ongoing comic books I actually follow is Darkwing Duck, which is so far easy as there is only twelf issues plus an annual out, and I got all of them.

I also like the european style, where a writer, sits down, create his own universe, runs with the universe, control it, makes a beginning and stays until the end in a number of comic books that's easy to have a look at. "There's ten issues in this series and done, with a finale for all the characters!" Great, see, easy! Like books! or hell, movies.

Sigh.. I really hate ongoing comics, I like the heroes and concepts in them fair enough, but I hate what it turns into.

However, makes videos like this incredible entertaining and fascinating, I was a bit star struck for a moment there.

CraftyAndy said...

I was wondering when the emotion came into play. That makes it a lot better for me. I probably wouldn't even of liked it if it wasn't for that factor being in play now.

Aiddon said...

and this is why I prefer the movies to the comics (except one-shots like Kingdom Come and The Dark Knight Returns)

Paladin said...

Keeps crashing. Either traffic is super-heavy or there's something else wrong...

Varya said...

Yes, that "Death leaving the door open for superheroes" was cool. Very nicely played.
This also explains the Black Lantrern Spoony I've been wondering about. Thank you Bob

Nick "Sylocat" Barovic said...

For those who can't see the video, it's because LulzSec took down The Escapist.

Phantos said...

AAAAAND The Escapist was hacked by LulzSec. So now I can't watch this.

https://twitter.com/#!/LulzSec/status/80695749393920000

At least Anonymous sometimes, accidentally picks a target that deserves it.

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Adam said...

Hackers took down Minecraft? Minecraft!? I don't even play that game and that seems monumetnally dickish to me.

Anyways last week I asked about the whole "yellow as a weakness" thing, and now you tell me it wasn't Hal's fault but the giant yellow space bug of fear? I'm getting a serious sense of Dark Phoenix deja vu.

Aiddon said...

well, I hope those guys at Lulzsec are sodomized to death by flaming, spiked willies in the deepest recesses of Buddhist hell

Congrats, Bob, you work for a place that got hacked by douchebags

n34704 said...

KLONO'S tungsten TEETH and CURVING CARBALLOY CLAWS!!! Two full episodes and not a single sentence about where DC stole the idea of the Green Lantern Corps from?

But seriously, I always enjoy your comic book episodes. The over the top weirdness is just fascinati

David (The Pants) said...

Wonderful episodes Bob! Makes me want to read Green Lantern. That stuff is cool and your summary was great. I see the Green Lantern in a whole new....wait for it....light. (I didn't see the pun until I started writing it; forgive me).

Christian said...

So wait, where do John Stewart and Guy Gardner fit in all this?

Avistew said...

@Sofie
We have long(ish) ongoing series too, look at Thorgal or Spirou, if you had to describe everything that has happened so far it would take a long time and be confusing too.
The difference is that in Europe the authors are more in control as opposed to the publisher being in control. As a result writers tend to remain with a series for longer until they decide they're done with it (or the writer dies, and the cartoonist decides he can keep writing the stories on his own. Poor Goscinny, if he saw what Asterix has become lately).

This being said, because it's still released by albums, which tend to have self contained stories (or stories divided into 2 or 3 albums at most) even when you have 30 or 40 of them, you can usually pick on up and follow everything.

It's different from the American or Japanese always on-going stories divided into smaller chapters, but without clear bigger beginnings, middles and ends, meaning you're pretty much always in media res when you pick up the latest issue.
Different publication rhythm, too. 50 pages or so once a year, sometimes every other year, that just wouldn't cut it for American audiences, I don't think.

Avistew said...

I almost forgot... Also making it much easier for European readers is the fact that to my knowledge, there isn't an ongoing series where all the albums aren't available still, from beginning to end.
The fact that in the US older issues are harder to get by would make it much trickier, obviously.

Kyle said...

Comics are weird.

motyr said...

I saw a copy of "Green Lantern: Secret Origin" at my local Costco for 9 bucks, and I picked it up. It has an ugly-as-sin Ryan Reynolds cover, but I thought it'd be a good introduction to a legitimately interesting character. Now this video has me pumped to look farther into GL. Thanks Bob!

Chris Cesarano said...

@Sofie Liv Pederson

I just started grabbing Ultimate Spider-man, as it "only" has a ten year continuity I need to keep up on, and while it's encouraged me to try other Ultimate comics written by Bendis, by volume three it's already a bit frustrating. They reference a fight with The Lizard that never happened in the original three volumes, meaning I have to look up and see if there was some special side-story I need to grab just to understand all the continuity going on.

I think that's the double-edged sword of it. It's not so much that it's on-going, it's that the universes are all tied together. In some ways, that makes for some rich story-telling opportunities. In others, well, now I have to figure out what to buy, and then buy it.

You basically can't get into just one mainstream comic anymore without, at some point, getting into others just to understand what's going on.