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Comic Critics #157!

Here is the latest installment of the Comic Critics strip, courtesy of Sean Whitmore (writer) and Brandon Hanvey (artist)! You can check out the first hundred and fifty-six strips at the archive here and you can read more about Sean and Brandon at the Comic Critics blog.


Let us know what you think, either here or at the ComicCritics blog!


Hey, at least when I fret about stuff in comics, I’m not killing my liver!

Oh, my life’s a waste… :(

I should start drinking, then. That’s the message I got from this episode. Right?

You should always start drinking.

What does it mean that I actually missed every single one of these breaking comics news stories because I was watching old episodes of the 1990s Batman cartoon?

That you should start drinking.

Yeah, none of that made any sense to me, except the drunk stuff.

The worst part, Omar, is that I think all the stories were from LAST weekend. So you’re really out of the loop.

New Aquaman series is self evident.

Peter David dressed up as Green Hornet at…Wondercon, I think?

Evangelion is some anime thing, I guess. That one, the specifics, anyway, are beyond me.

But yeah, apparently drinking good. Will remember.

I multitask, by getting drunk _and_ reading comic books as well.

Joe is like a twisted Jiminy Cricket.

Or like Homer Simpson’s conscience, maybe. “Mmm, beer”

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

@ T.P.: I don’t think you’d need to worry about your liver, but I do think you’d need to worry ALOT about wrist tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome from all the typing you do on these blogs. ;-)

At least you said it’d be due to typing, Tom :)

As Steve McCroskey said, looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.


April 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Evangelion is some anime thing, I guess. That one, the specifics, anyway, are beyond me.

If you only watch one Anime, it should be Neon Genesis Evangelion.

If only to see them blow their budget before the end, and have to resort to cycling through stills of old footage to tell the climax.

I’m a manga and anime freak, but two series that always seemed incomprehensible to me were Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell. Mainly because neither is one I’ve ever caught from the beginning but always mid episode, and they always seemed confusing as hell, like a 90s X-Men comic.

It’s been awhile, but when I watched Akira, I was totally lost. I had read one issue of the Marvel/Epic version, so that actually DIDN’T help. Plus, I watched it on SciFi, so the commercial breaks probably didn’t help either.

I’ve always heard that NGE is THE anime to see. Someday.

If they cycle through old footage at the end, isn’t that like how almost every MST3K movie (it seems) resorts to flashbacks to earlier in the movie at the climax? The Deadly Bees, um, other ones…I can’t remember them all now. D’oh.

Don’t want to be the guy who kills the joke by explaining it, but… Marissa is in denial because she thinks the guys she does hang out with are any less wastes of space than the guys in class.

Neon Genesis is a great anime … until you get to the end. My brother-in-law once asked me if I understood the ending – I didn’t get it either. What’s worse is that they keep rebooting it and trying to get the ending right, making it even more convoluted and obscure.

Wait wait wait… wouldn’t the Geoff Johns Aquaman series only HAVE the one hand?

can not believe josh is hoping geof makes aqua man cool. plus love how ticked off Marrissa is over her class mates deciding drinking is the key to being cool. peter dressing as green hornet was him seeing what its like to be able to walk around a con with out getting mobbed by comic fans.

I was thinking the same thing as buttler about Aquaman, but I think he has 2 hands again. Probably.

But it was a good line, Buttler.

Evangelion falls in to the same trap as many amines/mangas. They reach for some deeper meaning but always end up with some weird pseudo-philosophical bullcrap that nobody really gets.

If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t PAD aquaman , the only time he was ever good? (Prepares for onslaught)

P. Boz described Evangelion perfectly. Give me Cowboy Bebop any day!

@Travis Pelkie: so he has 2 hands again? But he lost one about 3 weeks ago. Damn this fast moving world! :-)

@Michael Howey: I’m with you. PAD’s Aquaman was the only time where the character was interesting to me.

I multitask, by getting drunk _and_ reading comic books as well.

I used to do that, but I found I couldn’t remember what had happened so I needed to reread the comics while sober.

@ The Dude @Travis Pelkie: so he has 2 hands again? But he lost one about 3 weeks ago. Damn this fast moving world! :-)

How else is Johns supposed to cut it off in the new series if he doesn’t grow it back during Bloodiest… I mean Brightest Day?

@joshschr: Good point. But Johns always finds a way to top himself in the gore department. I’m a huge Garth Ennis fan and even I find it excessive!

Oh lord, I didn’t realize that Aquaman lost a hand.


Sorry if I caused any confusion.

My LCS was getting rid of a bunch of Brightest Day issues, and I’d heard about the (unrelated) big reveal in #23, so I grudgingly parted with the money to catch up on the series. Even seeing the cover with Aquaman nursing his stump, I couldn’t believe Johns went there. It’s going to become part of his character description, king of the seas, commands sea life, part time JLA-er, periodically loses his hand and son to Black Manta.

And the way it was written was just so comic book bad. It’s like he’s either the only character that does not wear proper hand protection during battle or his rogues gallery has an amputation fetish. And of course he’ll bleed out, but only if he realizes that he’s bleeding, but there is a handy “cauterizes stumps while you wait” character standing handily by. And if you’re not bleeding out, you must have enough blood to not pass out, so that worked out great. Minor spoiler warning belongs in there somewhere maybe.

I think Josh’s lament should have had “sales” in place of “respect”. I think it works better that way.

While I’m weighing in, I might as well say I know what the second panel was about I didn’t exactly get the joke, I’ll pass on the third panel, and it took me long enough to get the fourth panel that I’m pretty sure I was sitting next to Marissa… in denial.

Time to start drinking.


Neon Genesis Evangelion is to Anime as 2001: A Space Odyssey is to science fiction: everyone agrees that it’s ground-breaking and genre-defining and full of big ideas and all king of stuff like that there, but even the people who love it can’t quite explain what happened when it’s all over, and if you don’t love it, you’ll just be bewildered, bored, and possibly a little angry.

In other words: “I didn’t like or understand any of that.”

(It’s also one of those whose fans will insist that the bad parts are INTENTIONALLY bad because the creator was making some kind of point. Thing is, even if that’s true … bad is still bad.)

What I always say of Neon Genesis Evangelion is that people should watch the first 24 episodes and then assume everything went to plan. Up to that point, for me, it seemed like they were going somewhere, even if I wasn’t always sure where it was. It was an interesting attempt to deconstruct the mecha genre with psychology and religion thrown into the mix, but then the symbolism took over and it went straight into David Lynch territory. The last two episodes were story-free nonsense, and the follow-up movie was mainly designed to hurt you if you cared about any of the characters, and then story-free nonsense. I only saw one of the new movies, and I get the impression that it’s designed to be a bit more accessible, but at the same time falls prey to a lot of the cliches it attacks in the original series. Evangelion is definitely not for everyone, and I don’t blame anyone who doesn’t like it, as I myself have mixed feelings about it.

Also, drinking: I don’t get it. Just seems to make people loud, catatonic, horny, or some unpleasant combination of the three.

Is Neon Genesis original series in its entirety on Netflix? I see various Neon Genesis movies but can’t quite tell which is the first series.

And yes, before any smartasses answer I googled before I asked. I just found the results overwhelming to sort through.

Actually, they don’t appear to be. Maybe you get more search results if you’re a member, but all I see are the new Rebuild movies and the old movies that wrapped up the series.

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