Superman Captain America – The Paragon Effect

Ink details his thoughts on why what he calls “The Paragon Effect” is stronger in Captain America than it is with Superman.

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Twitter Tirades & Tidings (3T 1)

Occasionally I’ll go out of my way in little rants on that Tweeter thing.  Or I share some cool information that I think is either worth knowing or is just neat.  Figure I’ll post those up here as well, for anyone not following my Twitter.  But also so I have them archived and more easily accessible than having to scroll down my Twitter page to find them.  So, without further ado, I give you Twitter Tirades & Tidings #1.

Top 5 Most Emotional Moments In New Who (So Far)

Hello everyone. I’m still having computer issues, and as such I am also doing this on my dad’s laptop (which I seem to have hijacked since the issues started). Anyway, to pass the time I’ve been watching episodes of the revived version of Doctor Who that I hadn’t seen (or at least hadn’t seen all the way through yet). After watching the episode with a moment that will steal the #1 spot no question, I decided to make this list. So here we go. Here are, in my opinion, the top 5 most emotional moments in New Who history…so far anyway.

Before that though actually, I have one honourable mention.

Honourable Mention: The Unfilmed “P.S.” Epilogue (The Angels Take Manhattan, Series 7)

Since this moment was unfilmed I decided to keep it off the list, but I couldn’t go without mentioning it. In this scene, Brian Williams, father of the character Rory, finds out through a letter from Rory that he’ll never see Rory & Amy again, with the letter itself being delivered by Brian’s own grandson, who happened to be older than him due to the “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey” events of The Angels Take Manhattan.

This moment is very well done, and actually brought me close to crying without even being a filmed scene. It really is a shame that this wasn’t filmed, as I feel, like many other fans, that the character of Brian Williams should’ve had a proper send off, despite not showing up much. Not much else to say on this one I’m afraid, but if you haven’t given it a watch (and are a New Who fan) please, give it a watch. You won’t regret it. With that said, onto the proper list.

Number 5 – “I was gonna be with you…forever.” (Journey’s End, Series 4)

Due to a “two-way biological metacrisis” creating a half-human Doctor and giving Donna Noble the knowledge of a Time Lord, the heroes are able to defeat the Daleks for the umpteenth time. When all of that is over and done with, The Doctor sends Rose and the half-human Doctor to the parallel universe, and notices that Donna seems to be having some sort of issue that makes her get stuck on one word or generally start listing off random things, with the cause being the fact a human is incapable of having a Time Lord consciousness without it killing them. As a result, The Doctor essentially makes Donna forget she ever met him as a way to save her, telling Donna’s mother and grandfather that if she ever remembers her mind will burn and she’ll die (a fact they later write off).

Say what you will about Donna Noble, but I actually really like the character, and she may be my favourite female Tenth Doctor companion. Granted that may simply be because she was the only one who didn’t fawn over the Doctor like a lovesick schoolgirl, but still, I actually found Donna’s farewell to be the most emotional because they were just such great friends, and the friendship had to end with Donna completely forgetting about The Doctor, and interacts with him in a brief scene afterwards like nothing ever happened, which is very powerful and heartbreaking stuff. Also this shows that The Doctor or his companion don’t need to be in love for a farewell to be emotional, since being such great friends means they’d have a strong emotional attachment anyway

Now I’m not saying The Doctor should NEVER be in love with someone, but Rose/The Doctor and Martha’s one sided affection for The Doctor never had me interested. I actually kind of like Rose’s stuff before she becomes a lovesick idiot. Therefore it was a nice change of pace to see The Doctor having a best friend, so seeing that being forced to come to an end, and Donna having to forget ever meeting The Doctor is why Donna’s exit as a companion take my number five spot.

Number 4 – “This is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.” (The Angels Take Manhattan, Series 7)

At the end of The Angels Take Manhattan, all seems well until Rory gets “touched by an Angel” and sent back to 1930s NYC again, with a tombstone that previously had his name on it now having the year he died on it. Realising the only way she’ll ever see Rory again is to let herself be touched as well, Amy says a final farewell to River Song & The Doctor and also gets transported back to 1930s NYC, leaving The Doctor in an emotional mess of a state. Later when River says she’ll get Amy to write an Afterword in the book she has to write, The Doctor rushes back to the picnic spot where he, Rory & Amy had been sitting and finds the last page of the book, which he’d previously ripped out, and reads it. In the Afterword Amy reassures The Doctor that both she and Rory are fine, and encourages The Doctor to visit Amy as a young girl and tell her about the adventures she’ll have when she’s older

Seems fellow gingers are my favourite New Who companions. Who knew? Also, the only ginger companions of New Who (thus far) are both female friends of the Doctor rather than love interests…interesting. Anyway, Amy’s departure hit me pretty hard, despite not having previously seen most of her run until now. No lie, I saw all of Series 7 before I’d seen any of Series 6 or most of Series 5, so the fact Amy’s epilogue ALMOST made me cry is a reflection of how well the dialogue was both written and acted. Oddly that’s about all I have to say, so let’s move on.

Number 3 – “EVERYBODY LIVES!” (The Doctor Dances, Series 1)

It was honestly kind of hard to find a way to describe the moment in question, so here’s a video featuring the moment

The first time I gave The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances a proper watch; I did legitimately tear up somewhat at this moment. Not all that much, but there were some actual tears at least. What makes this moment work so well is the Ninth Doctor seems to have accepted beforehand that “everything has its time, and everything dies”, which goes along with PTSD nature of the this incarnation. So to see him hope against hope that this time it could be different, and it actually works out for him, after ALL the crap he’s been through, is just amazingly touching. Generally the way Christopher Eccleston plays this like a kid at Christmas is great to watch and what makes everything work. Here’s a guy who’s the last of his race and has seen so much death and destruction over his long life FINALLY getting a day where everything works out fine and no one dies.

This may actually be my favourite moment of the Ninth Doctor’s series aside from being the series’ most emotional moment, purely because of how legitimately happy Eccleston plays the whole thing and that Ninth’s mood isn’t brought down at all in the closing moments of the episode. All that and Rose not being all that annoying (yet) make this an easy choice for the number three spot. However, this was originally going to be in the number two spot. But then I saw an episode that I had a more emotional reaction to compared to this moment, which leads us to…

Number 2 – “Whatever you are, whatever you do, you’re my son, and I will never, ever send you away” (Night Terrors, Series 6)

Near the end of the episode Night Terrors, The Doctor, Rory and a man named Alex are surrounded by a bunch of human-sized, freaky-as-hell Dolls (one of which being Amy, whom was turned into one) until Alex’s “son” George shows up and the Dolls start to go after him instead. Realising George is still afraid that Alex and his wife would send George away, The Doctor convinces Alex to actually tell George this. After doing so, the alternate reality they were in ceases to exist and everyone who’d been trapped there (or turned into a doll) reappears where they were in the real world before they ended up in this mess.

Trust me; you’re better off seeing the episode than having me explain what happened, it was hard trying to do so and none of it really makes sense unless you’ve seen the episode. But in any case, the line that got this the second spot did get the tears flowing a bit for me, and remains only one of 3 Doctor Who episodes to date to actually do so (aka the top 3 of this list). There still weren’t rivers of tears or anything, but the tears flowed a little more freely than when I watched The Doctor Dances. These days family oriented stuff like this really can get to me a lot easier than it used to, especially when it’s well acted. Seriously, here are two characters that haven’t existed in Doctor Who before and never show up again, but there I was, lightly crying over an emotional moment between the father and son. That’s what you call good writing and acting.

However this moment, nor any moments prior to it, can even come close to what was always going to be the number one moment in my eyes.

Number 1 – The entire final act of “Vincent And The Doctor” (Series 5)

After the stuff involving the “monster-that-didn’t-really-amount-to-anything” is over with, and Vincent Van Gogh has a moment with The Doctor & Amy, The Doctor decides to show Vincent just how respected his work has become, bringing him to tears when an art curator played by Bill Nighy lauds Vincent Van Gogh as the greatest artist to ever live. Having seemed to restore his will to live, Amy & The Doctor return him to his time period and go back to the present, only to find that history didn’t change and Vincent still committed suicide. This hits Amy hard as she thinks they changed nothing, with The Doctor comforting Amy and telling her they did make a difference, and some minor changes, such as Vincent dedicating his sunflower painting to Amy.

As anyone who follows me on Twitter, Tumblr, or is a friend with me on Facebook may already know, this episode broke me. For the first time when watching an episode of Doctor Who, I openly wept. The “Feels Floodgates” were opened all the way. There I was, sitting in my room, silently sobbing and crying my eyes out for a good 2-3 minutes. I even continued to cry well after the episode was over, only coming around when I saw some funny images people had posted on Facebook and/or Tumblr. What makes this more impressing is that I’m not an “art aficionado” so I never knew much or cared about Vincent Van Gogh. The fact this show was able to make me cry about a famous artist I don’t care about is amazing in its own right.

The funny thing is, I’d been joking with a friend that I was expecting “feels” from this episode anyway, but when it was over I was shocked at just how hard it’d hit me. I felt like I needed a hug after all that crying. To make matters worse I, by chance, happened to get a nose bleed when I was starting to calm down again…so that was weird. Anyway, this easily got the top spot simply due to that final act. A live-action TV show has NEVER made me cry like that before, if ever. So it was a very easy pick. If you haven’t seen this episode, I beg you, please give it a watch. Yes, most of the episode is pretty forgettable, but it more than makes up for it in the last few minutes. In case you react the same way I did though, I suggest having a box of tissues or a hanky at the ready.

Well, that’s it. I actually had four out of five moments picked out before I’d even finished watching the episodes I hadn’t previously seen, but even finally finishing Series 6 didn’t change much, aside from the addition of the moment from Night Terrors to this list to round it out. What making this list has taught me is that no matter what people say about New Who, and no matter what low points and head scratching/silly stuff the show does, it can still have a heavy emotional impact when it wants to, as can any form of fiction. In the future I may do more things like this about New Who, but for now I’ll leave it at this. I’m glad I got to finish this when I did, as I won’t have access to a computer/laptop for possibly a week, so it’s good to know I was able to post something here this week to make up for  that. I’ll see you all next time with another article of some kind when I have computer access again.

CoTD 10 – Reboots and Retcons

Jimmy and Chris talk about the often-villified practice  of rebooting and retconning characters withing the comic book world, both on and off the page!

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CotD 9 – Sidekicks and Partners

Jimmy and Chris talk about legendary and not-so-legendary partnerships between comic book characters, and the dreaded term of “sidekick” (and, no, not the Subaru).

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The Isometric Perspective #21 – TV Shows Based on Video Games

Skeletroy, Grant, and JimmyTR talk about some of the shows that scarred them as children, and Jimmy does impressions of all the Captain N characters.

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Philosophy at Odd Hours: Discuss – Are Hawkeye and Black Widow screwing?

Philosophy at Odd Hours

(Where SamanthaMaybe and AlanahSees talk about all the things)

Originally posted: OCTOBER 14, 2012

Alanah: i have a question for you a very deep, robing question
and i want you to answer honestly

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The Science of Maskology

The second Samantha Maybe special in which attentions turn to the philosophy of the mask. Why do characters wear masks, what inspires them to do so, what are there primary uses? These questions and more are addressed in this month’s episode.

V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Batman, Superman, & Martian Manhunter belong to DC

Kill Bill belongs to Miramax films, A Band Apart, and Super Cool ManChu

Donnie Darko belongs to Pandora Cinema, Flower Films Production, Adam Fields Productions, & Gaylord Films

Deadpool, X-Men, Captain America, the Avengers, Iron Man, & Thor belong to Marvel

Doctor Who belongs to the BBC

Supernatural belongs to the CW

Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Mutant Enemy, Kuzui Enterprises, Sandollar Television, & 20th Century Fox Television

Music used in this episode includes:

One Minute to Win it – Wreck it Ralph
Requiem – Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score
Just Follow My Lead (The Waltz) – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Juggernaut – Skyworld
Edward Blake: The Comedian – Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score
Uneternal Sleep – Silent Hill 3 Soundtrack
The Son of Flynn – Tron Soundtrack
Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC
Nero Sighted – Star Trek Soundtrack
Liquid Spear Waltz – Donnie Darko Soundtrack
Zero – Doctor Who: Series 5
Hells Bells – AC/DC
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme Song – Nerf Herder
Boss Theme – Mega Man 2
Threshold(8bit) – Scott Pilgrim VS. the World Soundtrack
Jumping Ship – Wreck it Ralph
Performance Issues – The Avengers
X-Men – Powerglove
Batman – Powerglove
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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Marvel & DC Beware

Before I begin to venture into fan rage, I feel I should note the following:

“Dark & Gritty”, “Edgy”, “Did What No One Else Dared To Do”, “Modern”, “Realistic”…these are the traits that present-day media and entertainment seem hard-pressed to sell us and the traits that the general public are quite obviously obsessed with.  From that I feel I should warn you that if you are close-minded and one of those people, I suggest you leave this article…ASAP.  I am a Traditionalist and a Surrealist.  As for “Dark & Gritty”, “Edgy”, and “Doing What No One Else Dares To Do”, I don’t give a crap as long as what I am reading/watching is good.  With that said, you’ve been warned.

Let’s start with DC.  Why?  Because that section is bound to be shorter.  DC went and rebooted their entire mainstream universe…not that they have more than one universe anymore.  New 52 sells like hotcakes and many of the titles under it are well written, blah blah blah.  Am I angry at this reboot?  Frankly, yes but, at the same time, I’m more angry at the execution than the decision.  Rebooting everything so that superheroes are just turning up, wiping clean DECADES of RICH continuity…yes…yes I am quite miffed.

Okay…now Marvel.  Or should I say Marvel NOW.  Oh yes, I’m going there.  But before we talk about Marvel NOW let’s talk about Marvel’s Ultimate Universe.  I, for one, can honestly say that I don’t like the Ultimate Universe.  In fact, I absolutely LOATHE it.  Why?  It’s not because it tries to be more modern or more realistic…it’s because the writing in it has just come across as STUPID or LAZY more times than I can count.  Here I will provide two prime examples.  the first Example, the one I am LEAST angry at, is Ultimatum.  My god…this was terrible.  It’s almost as if the entire purpose of the event was to kill off a crap ton of characters.  Oh yeah.  IT WAS.  But not only that.  After it was released, guess what?  THEY COMPLETELY IGNORE IT.  All that’s ever brought up about it again (On the surface, anyway) is the city being flooded.  None of the deaths served any purpose other than killing the characters to make room for replacement later.  Most of the deaths didn’t even have a story purpose.  This, my friends, is STUPID writing.  Now let’s jump to LAZY writing.  Enter Ultimate Spider-Man.  Yeah.  I’m going there too.  Miles Morales.  The “New” Spider-Man of the Ultimate Uni- screw it, he’s a generic carbon copy of the first one.  There’s very little about him that’s innovative and he’s only getting a free pass because he’s black.  I will remind the black demographic of comic readers that anyone who says “There aren’t enough black characters in comics” is just being an idiot.  You want to see the mass majority of the heroes be black.  A bit of knowledge for you.  The majority of the North American Population happens to NOT be Black.  Further more: Luke Cage, Black Panther, Storm, Falcon, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Vixen, Firestorm, Cyborg, Bumblebee, Black Goliath, Static Shock, Black Lightning, Patriot, this is a list of Black Characters and comics and it only goes on from there.  So, in other words, zip it about “There aren’t any black characters in comics!”

So let’s head back to Marvel NOW.  Specifically the “Superior Spider-Man”.  Yep.  They most definitely had the balls.  Not only are they replacing Pete, but they also have the AUDACITY to call the new one “Superior”.  I CALL BULL CRAP.  When this one endures for 50+ years, THEN you get to make that claim.  Until then, he doesn’t even DESERVE an adjective.

So many of you may be saying “But Inkritic, it’s really time to move on.  Marvel wants to do something new.  Maybe you should just give it a chance.”  The only thing keeping me from flat out calling you an idiot is my belief that everyone is entitled to their opinion.  So just as you THINK it is time to move on, I THINK that “Moving On” is probably the dumbest thing in the world.  But there’s another reason beyond my love for the classic characters that I think this obsession with doing “New” things is idiotic.  THEY AREN’T DOING ANYTHING NEW.  Miles Morales, for all the phenomenal writing in the world, is the EXACT same character as Peter Parker.  He’s shy, intelligent, unsuccessfully witty, and has Peter’s Guilt Complex.  He’s more of a clone than Scarlet Spider was!

I’ll give you a little tip on replacing a character.  When you replace a character, you do it by replacing them with someone DIFFERENT who has had an actual HISTORY with said character.  Example?  How about that brief time that Dick Grayson took over as Batman?  Sure, the writing of the situation wasn’t the best.  Sure, he started acting like Bruce…BUT THAT MADE SENSE.  Miles Morales did not know Peter Parker in the least.  He DECIDED it was his fault that Peter died because “He could have done something”.  Allow me to remind you all that Captain America could have done something too.  Peter jumped in the path of the bullet that Cap could have saved him from.  They BOTH could have survived the incident.  But lazy writing triumphed and now all of the blame for Pete’s death in the world of the fans continues to fall on Cap instead of, I don’t know, THE LAZY WRITER.  I have friends who SPECIFICALLY say that they hate Cap JUST because in the stupid ultimate Universe, he failed to save Peter from a bullet that they could have BOTH been saved from.  Why is that stupid?  You can’t blame the CHARACTER for Lazy writing.  You blame the character when the writing makes sense and the INTENT is for them to catch the blame.

I do not know anything about the Superior Spider-Man and will remain as far away from that title as I can after I review the origin story issues.  I promise you, though, that I won’t care if the comic is written well or not.  Marvel’s already dead to me.

Here’s where it gets better.  They aren’t replacing characters for story purposes like they should be.  They’re doing it because they’re too lazy to TRY and think of anything new for him.  Replacing a character, without it being for story purposes, is a LAZY enterprise.  It’s completely and totally pointless.  Why?  BECAUSE YOU CAN USE THE TIME AND RESOURCES TO JUST MAKE A NEW ORIGINAL CHARACTER.  Allow me to ask you this, Marvel.  Why do you think replacing Peter Parker is the way to dispel your hate of him?  Better question.  WHY do you hate Peter Parker?  The Clone Saga, Sins Past, One More Day…you’ve been determined to tear down Peter Parker for years.  Why?  The crowning achievement was #692, where you made a comic that was supposed to be about Spider-Man…AND MADE IT ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE.  Points for making a new character…NEGATIVE points for using someone else’s comic to do it!  ESPECIALLY as a means to end Peter Parker.  AND, just to remind us how determined you are to erase Peter Parker for good, you ACTUALLY had the balls to throw in THE JACKAL.  That’s…that’s something else.

It’s funny.  Marvel and DC keep talking about how they’re trying to do something “New” and yet they aren’t.  They’re still busy cranking out the same old routine they have been for decades.  They’re not doing anything new.  They’re doing something quite old.  Promoting Shock titles in order to make money.  Marvel HATES Peter Parker.  But they know that Spider-Man is a money maker.  So what’s next, Marvel?  Killing off your entire mainstream Universe and replacing THEM with carbon copies that mean nothing?

And now my rage can turn to the fans who actively just happen to support all of this.  If you support it because you are genuinely interested in this direction, then that’s all well and good.  BUT, if you’re just supporting it because you’re a Marvel fan or a DC fan and you support anything they do, you’re an idiot.  A good fan is like a good parent.  We’re not Yes-Men.  We love our fandom like it’s our child.  But we HAVE to get on their case when they start doing questionable/undesirable things.  Otherwise idiocy will, in fact, continue.  I love Marvel and I love DC.  But I’m not going to let the lazy writing and dumb choices go on and make them force me to live with them.

Thus we come to the end of this article and a fair proposition.  I honestly do not believe anyone from Marvel or DC will see this…or care about it if they do happen to see it.  But here’s a thought.  You made a Universe to a appeal to a newer audience, Marvel.  DC, that’s what you’re CURRENTLY doing and have been TRYING to do for decades. These Universes made money like no tomorrow.  So why don’t you just make ANOTHER Universe for us traditionalists.  Classic Characters told with classic stories, all written by people who care more about the content they’re feeding people than they do their next pay check.  Writers and Artists and so-on that will actually treat these characters and properties like their children and write them like they care.  In fact, in a play on of words from your past, you can even call it the Marvel Age Universe.  DC, you can call yours The Golden Age Universe or something.  Yes, I know there are old comics we can buy.  Who says you can’t just tell stories in a classic way and just bring in new stories?  Why does it have to be the same old stories told to fit new times?  Personally, that idea doesn’t appeal to me.  If you happen to disagree with me, that’s all well and good, but at least understand where I’m coming from here.  The Ultimate Universe fans don’t have to quit with their precious Ultimate Universe and the 616 (It’s becoming inappropriate to call it the Mainstream continuity considering the Ultimate U’s popularity) fans can keep their theirs.  But Marvel and DC, this is my idea.  Make individual universes for us traditionalists.  Same characters.  Same properties.  New stories.  Not working about money or “Modern Day Marketability”.

(A Disclaimer: I love The Amazing Spider-Man movie and The Avengers not because of their accuracy to the stories and their environments.  I love them because of their accuracy to the CHARACTERS.)

Now that I’m calm, I have a few Ghost Rider comics to re-read.  Ta.

When That Ruled The World 3 – Growing Up in a World of Comic Books (11/09/2012)

Jimmy TR, Chris NNTV, Thomas Fyrehart, Samantha Maybe, and SkeleTroy Blockbuster discuss their various memories and opinions about growing up in a culture deeply influenced by Comic Books.

Adver-tainment! Episode 4

Skeletroy ties up some loose ends from episode 3, reads some Marvel comics, and solves a mystery. Also featuring: “Zit Fighters from Outer Space”, and “The X-Men Adventure”.