… for all the great comments and questions tonight. I’m stepping away from the computer for now, so I’ll sum up some of the points and questions I didn’t get to yet.
First, I may have to turn off anonymous comments. For the most part people are having fun with this, but some people are being a bit disrespectful, which isn’t fun at all. Turning off anonymous isn’t my first choice, but if I do at least people will have to stand behind their comments.
Most people are agreeing that Captain America has powers.
X vs Y seems to be a fertile ground for discussion. I’ll revisit this another time.
Saga by Brian K Vaughn is excellent, and recommended
I’m sure that Manga is wonderful, but I’m an old dog, and that is a new trick, and there is a saying about that.
I’m not familiar with “Crossed”, so I can’t recommend anything similar. Readers?
I’m looking forward to the Marvel Movies Phase II, as long as they don’t screw up rocket Raccoon in “Guardians Of The Galaxy”, I’ll be happy. I wish they were willing to do a “Black Panther” movie, and I think the reason they gave for not doing it is grade “A” corporate bull-plop.
That’s it for me, for now. I’ll answer some more of your questions privately later. If I didn’t get to it, it’s still in my inbox for a later discussion.
Returning you back to your regularly scheduled comic book covers.
Black Panther. Like Batman, I think T’Challa is physically perfect, but if he can’t beat you physically, he has you beat mentally, probably three weeks before the first punch is thrown. I don’t think that Danny is that much of a planner.
Steve Rodgers becomes Captain America when he is injected with the super serium, granting him super strength and speed etc
Super strength and speed?
Again, my understanding, and a quick scan of the marvel handbook, says that the super soldier serum turned Steve Rogers into a “peak human”. He’s as good as the best human athletes who have trained all their lives to perfect their bodies, but he couldn’t lift a car over his head or outrun a cheetah.
Hawkeye (when he was Goliath) was given his powers by Hank Pym's (Ant Man) Goliath Serum granting him super strength, agility, and an added sense of accuracy to his already natural marksmanship, that at the time was beyond the level of a Gold Medal Olympian. After being unceremoniously resurrected during Marvel's "House Of M" event, he was re-born with the equivalent powers of Captain America. Hope that helped some.
I have a DC bias, so I’m pretty sure I’d have a hard time believing that Hawkeye could beat Green Arrow, but I do have an open mind. I can be convinced.
Interesting question though…
I wasn’t aware that Captain America had powers.
“Peak human” isn’t the same as “more than human”. I always assumed that meant that Captain America was just about the best a human can be, but *not* better.
Based on what we know of the para-physics of the Marvel universe, I believe the physical energy that powers The Blob would fail before the magical energy that powers The Juggernaut. I think eventually Blob would have to rest, eat, whereas Juggernaut could keep going forever, empowered by magic. Or, put another way, Juggernaut has an external power source that is inexhaustible, but Blob’s energy comes from a closed system, and will eventually fail.
I have a really odd question... My friend and I have been debating for literally days if Batman is a real "superhero". He says no because Batman has no superpowers and all his powers are manmade. What's your opinion?
I say yes, Batman is a super-hero. He uses his skills, training, and tools to the best of his ability, in the pursuit of helping people who don’t have his advantages.
I think that’s a pretty good definition of a super-hero.
I kind of got into collecting comics after I saw Captain America a year ago... I'm looking for help on how to actually understand what's going in any comics I have because it's hard for me to keep up with all of them ._.
Any specific questions? If I don’t have an answer, maybe somebody in the group might.
Barton would beat Queen hands down. Barton is a super-human with accuracy unparalleled by anyone else in either the Marvel of DC universes. Queen is just a poor man's Robin Hood with a few good tricks.
What's your opinion on Thunderbolts? Because of its general theme (moral ambiguity, peanut gallery, etc.), it's always been a favorite of mine.
I think the original reveal in Thunderbolts #1 was fantastic. Total surprise. I think overall, as with any series, it’s had it’s ups and downs. I didn’t care for the “Fight Club” makeover. I think the Warren Ellis/Norman Osborn era was really good, and I have liked the recent lost in time story line. I’m looking forward to seeing what the new Dark Avengers makeover is going to be like.
Thank's for the reply. Too bad I live in Brazil, where most super hero comics come in little packs, for example, Action Comics, Superman and Supergirl come in one issue called 'Superman' which retails for about 3 dollars (it's a good price, but we have 10 months of delay compared to the US), so if I buy Action Comics I'm practically obligated to read Superman, but I'll give it a try. I've read the New 52 Supergirl in the past issue and quite liked it.
I wonder, do you have the same access to digital releases that we do in North America? I’m not sure what digital distribution is like internationally, or even if it is offered.
newbie here again. i might sound really stupid, but do they sell comic books at book stores in book form, like with mutiple issues in one book? or would I be better off actually getting the individual issues at a comic book store?
Most comics today are collected in trade paperback (TPB) form. Almost all big box bookstores have a graphic novel section, if you don’t have a local comic book store.
It doesn’t really make much of a difference if you buy individual issues or TPB collections. I like the feel of a comic book in my hands, and I like looking through bins to score that one missing issue I’ve been looking for. There is something to be said for reading comics in a collected form, getting the whole story, portability, maybe a bit cheaper than individual issues.
Whichever you choose, It does make a difference where you shop for them.
If you do have a local comic book store, shop there. Small businesses need you to keep them viable. Plus, you can talk to the people who work there, and get suggestions for things you might like, help getting back issues or special items. The local store is the superior experience, and the right thing to do.
To the earlier anon, I collect Batman and Batwoman every month, and they're two of my favorites. I agree with picking up recent issues -- and one thing to consider is HCs and TPBs that collect several issues into one volume. Easier and less costly than hunting down each individual back issue. Highly recommend both books -- and I'm enjoying the new Green Lantern, too.
Hey, I'm not a huge fan of Superman, but was wondering if he is in a good phase, storywise and if it's worth reading the recent issues. Thanks :)
I’d say Action Comics is quite good, well worth picking up, but you have to go in knowing that Grant Morrison is playing the long game. If you are familiar with his work on Batman, you know what I’m talking about.
Superman is still trying to find it’s footing, as are so many of the New 52 titles. I can’t quite recommend it just yet. if you are interested in Superman, right now Action Comics is the way to go.