A GOD DAMN BLOG: Comic Book Craziness!

Since my relationship with my longtime girlfriend ended, I've gone back to being crazy about comics, and for the life of me can't figure out why I ever stopped!    I really don't know what brought this out of me again. Maybe I subconsciously started reading comics again because they used to make me so happy, and I knew that it would be a perfect way to make me feel better? If that is the case, it sure as hell helped! I'm feeling GREAT. Scratch that, I'm feeling better than great! I know that it doesn't only have to do with my refound love for comics, but it has been a huge playing factor in my feeling better about myself (although I am still crushed, just like when I was a kid, that I don't have super powers)!
 
 If you caught my last blog, it was an elaboration on my Top 10 Favourite Comic Book Video Games, then you'd know I had some catching up to do in the comic book video game department. Since then, I've played both Marvel Ultimate Alliances, a little bit of Freedom Force, and am currently playing DC Universe Online, and I think I may have to redo my top 10 list! DC Universe Online has been great! I remember hearing about this years ago and thinking, "Wow! World of Warcraft with Batman, Green Lantern, and Flash? I am fucking pumped!" It had left my mind for quite some time until I found out it was finally being released (originally November, then it got delayed till January) and I was back being stoked for it! Now that I'm finally playing it, I'm really enjoying it. I made a character that is, what I would imagine, what Captain Qwark's and Deadpool's child would look like (with my hair). He ended up looking like me in a Green Lantern suit, toting dual pistols. If anyone wants to play, I'm "The Matman" and I'm on the "Redemption" server (PS3). 
    

      ...Father?
 
 Video games and the comics themselves haven't been the only thing that I've been going crazy on. I've been watching the animated series of some of my favourites and checking out some of the animated and live-action films as well. I've been watching the 1994 Spider-Man Animated Series, the 1992 Batman Animated Series and the 1992 X-Men Animated Seires a lot, mostly because they were my favourites as a kid, but I've also ventured off into some of the stuff I never got a chance, or never gave a chance, to watch. Like "Spider-Man: The New Animated Series", which I never really got a chance to watch more than just a few episodes. It was an alright TV show with some really great scenes, but that theme song is just awful. It gives Spider-Man a really serious tone to it and Spider-Man needs a more upbeat, raucous tune because well, Spider-Man is a smart ass, not a sitcom. Another problem it had, I find, is there's a lack of classic Spider-Man villains. I've watched a bit of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" which seems okay, although I'm not a huge fan of the art style. I won't let that stop me from watching it though, as I plan on watching every episode. 

      Might as well have been called, "Spider-Man: The Young and the Webless", am I right?  
 
I remember watching Batman: Mask of the Phantasm a million times when I was a kid, and I recently watched it again, and I've still got to say that it's my favourite animated comic book-based film ever. I've gone back and watched a lot of my favourites: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub Zero (notice something similar?), I've also watched the new Ultimate Avengers animated films, and watched Hulk VS Wolverine with my little brother when he came over to visit (I had already seen it and knew he'd love to hear Nolan North as his favourite, Deadpool). My little brother is 10 and already loves Nolan North's voice work! How awesome is that? This is actually taking me a long time to write because I'm switching in between "Super and Batman: Apocalypse" and so far, I'm very impressed! I'm very happy that Kevin Conroy is still the voice of Batman in so many different medias! 

      If you met him on the street, would you believe he's Batman?
As I'm nearing the end of this "god damn blog" I want to tell you all something has changed since I've come back to watching comic book TV shows and movies, playing comic book video games, and then last, but definitely the most, reading the comic books themselves. I've learned to love Superman. I don't know why I disliked Superman so much, I just did. I was bored out of my mind when watching his cartoons and movies, reading his comics, and utterly appalled when playing his games (except for The Death and Return of Superman <3). Now, I really appreciate Superman for all that he is. I don't know why, but I just do. I've done it a million times in my life, but I'm still astounded when something I used to dislike is now something that I like! One of the things I've been enjoying most about Superman is when he gets PISSED OFF. While watching the DC Universe Online opening cinematic I couldn't stop thinking of how bad ass Superman was! I am now proud to say that I can enjoy Superman in all of his red caped glory! 

 Don't piss off Superman. Lesson Learned.
The only thing I need now is a lady friend who thinks comic books are cool, but doesn't like them like I do (I don't need a lady friend knowing more about my favourite heroes than me! and also I would kind of like to do more than just comic related stuff, if you know what I mean! ...unless that "know what I mean" stuff is done with her in a Catwoman suit... hmm... intriguing) 

Thanks for reading, thanks for following, and have a sick day!
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Posted by MatPaget

Since my relationship with my longtime girlfriend ended, I've gone back to being crazy about comics, and for the life of me can't figure out why I ever stopped!    I really don't know what brought this out of me again. Maybe I subconsciously started reading comics again because they used to make me so happy, and I knew that it would be a perfect way to make me feel better? If that is the case, it sure as hell helped! I'm feeling GREAT. Scratch that, I'm feeling better than great! I know that it doesn't only have to do with my refound love for comics, but it has been a huge playing factor in my feeling better about myself (although I am still crushed, just like when I was a kid, that I don't have super powers)!
 
 If you caught my last blog, it was an elaboration on my Top 10 Favourite Comic Book Video Games, then you'd know I had some catching up to do in the comic book video game department. Since then, I've played both Marvel Ultimate Alliances, a little bit of Freedom Force, and am currently playing DC Universe Online, and I think I may have to redo my top 10 list! DC Universe Online has been great! I remember hearing about this years ago and thinking, "Wow! World of Warcraft with Batman, Green Lantern, and Flash? I am fucking pumped!" It had left my mind for quite some time until I found out it was finally being released (originally November, then it got delayed till January) and I was back being stoked for it! Now that I'm finally playing it, I'm really enjoying it. I made a character that is, what I would imagine, what Captain Qwark's and Deadpool's child would look like (with my hair). He ended up looking like me in a Green Lantern suit, toting dual pistols. If anyone wants to play, I'm "The Matman" and I'm on the "Redemption" server (PS3). 
    

      ...Father?
 
 Video games and the comics themselves haven't been the only thing that I've been going crazy on. I've been watching the animated series of some of my favourites and checking out some of the animated and live-action films as well. I've been watching the 1994 Spider-Man Animated Series, the 1992 Batman Animated Series and the 1992 X-Men Animated Seires a lot, mostly because they were my favourites as a kid, but I've also ventured off into some of the stuff I never got a chance, or never gave a chance, to watch. Like "Spider-Man: The New Animated Series", which I never really got a chance to watch more than just a few episodes. It was an alright TV show with some really great scenes, but that theme song is just awful. It gives Spider-Man a really serious tone to it and Spider-Man needs a more upbeat, raucous tune because well, Spider-Man is a smart ass, not a sitcom. Another problem it had, I find, is there's a lack of classic Spider-Man villains. I've watched a bit of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" which seems okay, although I'm not a huge fan of the art style. I won't let that stop me from watching it though, as I plan on watching every episode. 

      Might as well have been called, "Spider-Man: The Young and the Webless", am I right?  
 
I remember watching Batman: Mask of the Phantasm a million times when I was a kid, and I recently watched it again, and I've still got to say that it's my favourite animated comic book-based film ever. I've gone back and watched a lot of my favourites: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub Zero (notice something similar?), I've also watched the new Ultimate Avengers animated films, and watched Hulk VS Wolverine with my little brother when he came over to visit (I had already seen it and knew he'd love to hear Nolan North as his favourite, Deadpool). My little brother is 10 and already loves Nolan North's voice work! How awesome is that? This is actually taking me a long time to write because I'm switching in between "Super and Batman: Apocalypse" and so far, I'm very impressed! I'm very happy that Kevin Conroy is still the voice of Batman in so many different medias! 

      If you met him on the street, would you believe he's Batman?
As I'm nearing the end of this "god damn blog" I want to tell you all something has changed since I've come back to watching comic book TV shows and movies, playing comic book video games, and then last, but definitely the most, reading the comic books themselves. I've learned to love Superman. I don't know why I disliked Superman so much, I just did. I was bored out of my mind when watching his cartoons and movies, reading his comics, and utterly appalled when playing his games (except for The Death and Return of Superman <3). Now, I really appreciate Superman for all that he is. I don't know why, but I just do. I've done it a million times in my life, but I'm still astounded when something I used to dislike is now something that I like! One of the things I've been enjoying most about Superman is when he gets PISSED OFF. While watching the DC Universe Online opening cinematic I couldn't stop thinking of how bad ass Superman was! I am now proud to say that I can enjoy Superman in all of his red caped glory! 

 Don't piss off Superman. Lesson Learned.
The only thing I need now is a lady friend who thinks comic books are cool, but doesn't like them like I do (I don't need a lady friend knowing more about my favourite heroes than me! and also I would kind of like to do more than just comic related stuff, if you know what I mean! ...unless that "know what I mean" stuff is done with her in a Catwoman suit... hmm... intriguing) 

Thanks for reading, thanks for following, and have a sick day!
Posted by MatPaget

If anyone has any comics, movies, TV series, games, or anything else they think I should check out. Let me know!  
I'm really interested in checking out some other stuff too! Not just the Marvel heroes and DC heroes comics

Posted by jakob187

Oh, sir.  I could rattle off a list of necessary comics to read.  The list would be quite tremendous.  Here's a couple of starters: 

  • Preacher
  • Transmetropolitan
  • Y: The Last Man
  • Daytripper
  • Black Summer
  • No Hero
  • Supergod
  • Criminal (any of the yarns that Brubaker has done)
  • American Vampire
 
Those are some of the best comics of the last decade or two when it comes to mature reading.  Beyond that, it really comes down to the types of things you enjoy.  I'm personally not big on any type of galactic stuff, which is odd since I love sci-fi.  However, I tried giving Green Lantern and a lot of its books a chance, and I just couldn't get into it.  I've found that I'm more of a crime/noir type of guy, street level stories. 
 
As for movies, games, TV, and all that, I could also rattle off a gajillion things.  Unfortunately, I want to try and keep this as short as possible.  Mission accomplished, eh?
Posted by MatPaget
@jakob187: Thanks man! That's an awesome list! 
Have you checked out Spider-Man Noir? 
It's a really cool read and if you're into that kind of thing then I'm sure you'd like it. 
It's not lazily done at all!
Posted by jakob187
@MatPaget: Out of all the Noir stuff, the only one that I really enjoyed was not even labeled "Noir", but it was instead Deadpool Pulp.  Luke Cage Noir was the nearest thing past that, with Punisher following behind.
Posted by DocHaus

Check out Fallen Angel (under DC first then re-vamped under IDW) if you can find it. Noir-ish tale with a touch of super powers here and there and a strong female lead. 
 
Also Transmetropolitan and Preacher seconded x100.

Posted by MatPaget
@jakob187:  
Yeah! I really want to check out Deadpool Pulp 
 
@DocHaus: I'll definitely check out Fallen Angel!
Posted by MatPaget
@jakob187:  I've been looking EVERYWHERE for Deadpool Pulp!
I want to read it so bad =(
Edited by TheFreeMan

My comic recommendations:
 
Pride of Baghdad (Graphic Novel. okay, you know that movie Homeward Bound? It's a lot like that, but with lions and soul crushing) 
Invincible (it's like Spider-Man, but he's got Superman's powers instead. it's tons of fun) 
The Sandman (I'm not too far in, but this is some really really good stuff. Check it out if you're in the mood for some very plot-focused comic-reading) 
Scott Pilgrim (all GNs, of course. It's a polarizing series but I for one, loved each and every one of them and continue to re-read them. If you haven't, flip through one of them or check them out from your library or something. I think they're really funny and poignant, personally.) 
Immortal Iron Fist (one of, if not the best Marvel comic I've read in a loooonnng time. The whole run is only twenty something issues and I think they're all collected in TPBs. really, really good stuff. fun characters, good art, exciting plots, great action, the works) 
Destroyer (a quick, standalone mini-series published by Marvel, written by Robert Kirkman. It's about an aging superhero who's basically the Captain America of his world, and his last days in the business. Ridiculously, ridiculously gory stuff, so if you're squeamish about arms being ripped off, heads exploding/regularly being punched off, wrists being slashed, chests bursting, intestines flying around and all manners of mutilation then you probably really don't want to read this) 
 
And about that "New Spider-Man" show. I have the whole series on DVD (only three discs, 13 episodes) and it's a damn weird show. It's a lot more serious than most Spider-Man media, which is....interesting and the animation is actually pretty solid but they throw in a bunch of lame villains that nobody cares about (random psychic mutants, people with jetpacks) instead of using mainstays, so it can get kind of boring. Weird series that ended on a pretty downbeat note too.

Posted by MatPaget
@TheFreeMan: I'll definitely check those out! 
 
And yeah, it was a weird show. Mary Jane from that show reminded me a lot of Candy Kong (from the Donkey Kong Country Animated show)