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  1. I don't think so. People have been jizzing all over themselves about Amazon over the last year. It's the right time to do it. I'll probably cancel Netflix streaming when Amazon Prime goes up. Funny, I'm sitting here thinking I'd cancel Prime and sign up for Netflix. I love the 2-day shipping but in reality it's not all that often that I need something in that time period. Prime streaming selections leave a lot to be desired compared to Netflix. For me, it's not always about the time period necessarily - it strikes a balance between getting it fast and not having to go to a local store for a single item or two. The yearly fee is worth it in shipping costs saved and time and energy saved... when I needed air filters, I got them from Amazon because I wanted them soon and I didn't want to go to Walmart or the grocery store just for that one thing. I had something like 60 orders with Amazon last year, including all my holiday shopping.
  2. Who, incidentally, will be shaking up their prices soon, too. Probably a tiered model, but the days of unlimited streaming for $7.99 are winding down.
  3. I gotta admit, I'd be okay with another $40 a year. Ten bucks a month for free two-day shipping? As much as I spend at Amazon, it's still worth it. I'd have to crunch the numbers, but I suspect it would still be a good deal at twice the price. And while $40 a year sounds steep - and it is, considering the current price - I have to wonder when the last time they raised rates was. People have a weird way of thinking that something should stay the same price forever.
  4. I have. My kids' doctor has one. Does my anecdotal evidence trump yours, or vice-versa? What are the actual sales numbers on the 5S? I'm not defending the device - I didn't upgrade to it myself. But "unmitigated disaster"? Because you haven't seen one? I don't think so.
  5. I like my iPhone (5) and I like my various Apple products. They work well together - Macbook Pro, Mac Mini (kids/wife computer), Apple Extreme router, Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. I like that everything is unified, and yes, "it just works". It really does. Having said that? If the next iPhone isn't revolutionary, I'll switch to an Android-based phone. And "revolutionary" means more than "bigger screen", because that's the most ludicrous assertion... the bigger the screen, the more desirable the phone? Come on. That's but one factor. The rest of the Apple line-up, I'm perfectly happy with.
  6. Depends on the writer. Thanos has been defeated by Squirrel Girl, after all. It's the writer that dictates the outcome of the fight, not the characters - or else Batman would lose to Superman every time instead of the other way around.
  7. Well thought out post and really do not want to argue - just discuss. Now maybe my 15 year window was wrong. Just curious what you would consider brilliant work by Marvel. At DC, they seem to have more iconic recent work than Marvel - Sandman, Dark Night Returns, All Star Superman, Superman Earth One and I think the current Batman will be iconic. I don't see that type of work at Marvel over the same period of time (which looks like it was over 15 years - which was my original erroneous statement). You might throw out Civil War - I thought it was a forced storyline and not that good. Heroes Reborn would register but even that ended poorly. On to the cinematic universe - said it before and I will say it again here - I think Ultron is a better Avengers 3 villain than two. Power levels put him in a class with Loki. I trust Whedon will right a good story - but I think a Masters of Evil would have been a better Avenger 2 story as it would have been a team vs team approach and the battles would have been funner at an individual level. Cap, Hawkeye, and Widow are going to have the same battle issues as part 1 - relegated to clean up duty cuz they can't go toe to toe with Ultron. Just discussin Sandman ended in 1996 and Dark Knight Returns was 1986, but the other three you mentioned were more recent. I agree, those are all seminal projects. The current run on Batman will definitely be remembered. From Marvel in the past many years, I'd say Avengers Disassembled, House of M, Civil War, Annihilation/War of Kings, World War Hulk, and Infinity. Throw in the X-Men arc that brought the original X-Men up from the past, I think. The 90's were not kind to Marvel. There's almost nothing I would say is really iconic during that period... but the 80's? Oh, man. Secret Wars, Mutant Massacre, Inferno, Fall of the Mutants? Just fantastic. Ultron would have been a great choice for Avengers 3, but they reeeeally wanted to do Thanos. Knowing that, Ultron had to be the Big Bad for Avengers 2. And I fully agree, I'm not expecting much from Hawkeye or Black Widow in Avengers 2 either. I suspect that's one of the reasons we're getting Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch - Hawkeye and Black Widow will likely be relegated to the background.
  8. worse than genocide. Maybe not that Okay, if someone kills a room full of people and you say that person deserves to die, that's fine I just don't think "that guy didn't get out of my way, he deserves to die" is reasonable, even rhetorically. It's a great way to convince someone you're a d-bag, actually. IMO.
  9. The assertion that people that disagree with you or piss you off in some way deserve to die. It's over the top rhetoric that makes you sound a thousand times worse than whatever the guy driving in front of you, or the woman in line at the grocery store, or the guy who texts in a theater, did.
  10. Are you speculating on the spoiler or have you read that some where? I was not familiar with that character so I read about the character in my daughters Marvel Encyclopedia. That would be an interesting direction to take. It's been confirmed by the creators. sweet, that sounds like fun. I know there have been a number of versions of that character, I wonder if they are focusing on any specific one or will just create their own version of the character. It's new. There's never been one with the name of the character they're starting from. Gah. I need to learn how to work spoiler tags, I guess. The guy they're starting with? He's unique to the show. The guy they're ending up with? That's from the comics. And their method of creating that character is different from what's been in the comics, though there might be some similarities or overlapping details.
  11. I would be shocked if they killed off any of the big characters. First that would be a real slap at canon. Second I think Disney would find it a little disconcerting for their money truck to lose an asset. Agreed. I wouldn't put it past Whedon, but I don't think Disney would go for it... unless it was one of the minor members. No way they whack Iron Man, Cap, Thor or Hulk, but I could see them getting rid of Hawkeye or Black Widow. Though being the only woman, I'd say Black Widow is pretty safe.
  12. Or you're rowing for Harvard... Or you're Luther Campbell or Luther Vandross Or you're wearing a J. Crew turtleneck.
  13. That's like a total °180 from 30 years of comics that I knew. Marvel has been chasing DC in originality for about the last 15 years Though you wouldn't know it by the sales numbers, where Marvel has been crushing DC for every one of those 15 years. True. Even their "relaunch" with Marvel Now is a rooted in the DC's New 52 Except it's not. The New 52 wiped out the entire universe and reimagined every single character (with the exception of Batman and Green Lantern). Marvel's NOW efforts have not done that in the slightest. In fact, the only thing the two have in common is that Marvel started renumbering a bunch of series. That's it. That's the only thing they have in common. If you're maybe thinking that a bunch of costume changes is some sort of copycat move, Marvel has never stuck their characters in only one costume. They've had multiple variations for as long as the characters have been in existence. The characters' history at Marvel hasn't changed - and that was the entire point of the New 52. True in the details. Marvel saw the sales go up when DC introduced the new 52. So what does Marvel do - they introduce Marvel Now for no reason (like you noted) other than to allow them to change all their numbering systems back to #1 to boost sales. DC's move was unique - and spawned some good stories out of it - Marvel just went with a money grab. History of comics. Was it a money grab when DC "copied" Marvel in doing company-wide crossovers? Secret Wars came first, DC changed the format a bit and did Crisis on Infinite Earths. Rebooting/relaunching/renumbering is something that goes back to the beginning of the Silver age more than 50 years ago. The two companies have been going back and forth, bouncing off each other, the whole time. There's really no such thing as "Marvel copied DC", or vice-versa, in the modern age, because you can always go back further and find a time when the opposite was true. And the further back you go, the less it matters. Incidentally, Marvel NOW was not anything special, it was merely an extension of what they've been doing every year or two for the past couple of decades - though this time it's less of a company-wide crossover and more of a branding initiative. They actually did the same thing with The Heroic Age back in 2010, but nobody said DC was copying them when they did the New 52 a year later. You seem to be arguing in circles - you started with New 52<>Marvel Now and now you are on the Heroic age = New 52. While I agree with you over the long haul it probably evens out but over the last 10-15 the creativity has been mostly at DC. You can discount as IMO if you want but I have read industry analysis on it a few years back, If it seems that way, it's because you're not understanding me. I don't know if that's my fault or yours, but I never said The Heroic Age and The New 52 were the same thing. I said Marvel NOW and The Heroic Age were the same thing. They are both branding initiatives that included a small slate of new #1's and some relaunches. They are nothing like the New 52 because they didn't push the reset button on the characters themselves the way New 52 did. The creativity has been mostly at DC over the past 15 years? Let's recap a little of what's happened in the last 15 years - that puts us back to 1999, yes? Nothing happened in 1999. Nothing happened in 2000. 2001 gave us Our Worlds at War, a minor event similar to 1988's Invasion event. 2002 was a small Joker event, Last Laugh. 2004, Identity Crisis, a genuinely good series. 2005, Infinite Crisis, another Crisis event. Total lack of creativity. 2006, 52, the big news there was that it was a weekly series. Ooooh. Yeah, that's never been done before, except it absolutely has - and DC themselves did it with Action Comics Weekly in the late 80's. Let's see, what else. 2007, Countdown to Final Crisis, another weekly series just like 52, nothing particularly creative there. Then Final Crisis in 2008, yet another Crisis event - the second in three years! It took DC twenty years to do another Crisis after Infinite Earths, but the lack of creativity was so massive at DC in the 00's that they went back to that well twice in three years. They wrapped up the old universe with Blackest Night in 2009 - Marvel had already done a couple of Marvel Zombies series at that point, so zombified heroes weren't exactly new - then another weekly series in 2010 just like Countdown and 52. Then we got the New 52! A massive reboot of all the classic characters! Surely that's never been done before! Except that totally had been done before when DC themselves rebooted all their Golden Age characters in the early 60's to catch up with Marvel, who was ushering in the Silver Age. The only difference was back then, they didn't do a Flashpoint-style event to make the transition, they just introduced all the rebooted characters organically. Whew. Now, obviously that's just the events, but if you want to talk about individual story arcs or series or characters, that's beyond the scope of this thread, which I acknowledge that I've completely derailed already (but I'd like to turn that around after this). I've been collecting comics and keeping up with the industry for 30 years. I'm not perfect, I don't have all the answers or every scrap of information in my head. But I know the trends. I'm not always right, but I've got the broad strokes down. DC Comics over the last 15 years was getting killed so badly that they felt they needed to wipe out their entire universe and start over. What you see as creativity? It wasn't. It was a response to decades of getting crushed by Marvel at every turn. It was a business decision. Lastly, I'm a huge DC fan. I know it doesn't sound like it, but my first comic was Crisis on Infinite Earths #10, and I was a staunch DC fanboy for years. I only started reading Marvel in the early 90's, and even then, I thought it was inferior to my beloved DC. I've since gotten older and more objective, but my heart still lies with DC. I just hate what the current executive team has wrought. Jim Lee continues to be the worst thing that ever happened to the industry and Dan DiDio needs to be booted out of the industry. And maybe they should stop hiring people, like Bob Harras, who were in charge at Marvel in the 90's and who ran the company into the ground. DC needs a turnaround because even after alienating all their die hard fans with the New 52, they're still losing to Marvel. And I hate that. Let's go back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe discussion. This has been fun, but waaaaay off-topic
  14. That's like a total °180 from 30 years of comics that I knew. Marvel has been chasing DC in originality for about the last 15 years Though you wouldn't know it by the sales numbers, where Marvel has been crushing DC for every one of those 15 years. True. Even their "relaunch" with Marvel Now is a rooted in the DC's New 52 Except it's not. The New 52 wiped out the entire universe and reimagined every single character (with the exception of Batman and Green Lantern). Marvel's NOW efforts have not done that in the slightest. In fact, the only thing the two have in common is that Marvel started renumbering a bunch of series. That's it. That's the only thing they have in common. If you're maybe thinking that a bunch of costume changes is some sort of copycat move, Marvel has never stuck their characters in only one costume. They've had multiple variations for as long as the characters have been in existence. The characters' history at Marvel hasn't changed - and that was the entire point of the New 52. True in the details. Marvel saw the sales go up when DC introduced the new 52. So what does Marvel do - they introduce Marvel Now for no reason (like you noted) other than to allow them to change all their numbering systems back to #1 to boost sales. DC's move was unique - and spawned some good stories out of it - Marvel just went with a money grab. History of comics. Was it a money grab when DC "copied" Marvel in doing company-wide crossovers? Secret Wars came first, DC changed the format a bit and did Crisis on Infinite Earths. Rebooting/relaunching/renumbering is something that goes back to the beginning of the Silver age more than 50 years ago. The two companies have been going back and forth, bouncing off each other, the whole time. There's really no such thing as "Marvel copied DC", or vice-versa, in the modern age, because you can always go back further and find a time when the opposite was true. And the further back you go, the less it matters. Incidentally, Marvel NOW was not anything special, it was merely an extension of what they've been doing every year or two for the past couple of decades - though this time it's less of a company-wide crossover and more of a branding initiative. They actually did the same thing with The Heroic Age back in 2010, but nobody said DC was copying them when they did the New 52 a year later.
  15. I can beat that. I bought a used iPod (fifth generation, IIRC) at Circuit City years ago. Owned it for about a year and a half, when these black lines started appearing on the screen. I didn't do anything about it for about 6 months, but it got worse. I then brought the device to an Apple Store to see if it could be repaired. At that point, I'd owned it about two years and it was used - it was over two years old, is what I'm saying. And they replaced it. For free. Since then, I have brought in split earbuds (twice - I'm rough on those), my iPhone with the slightly wonky home button, my MacBook Pro's power cord, and my current iPhone's power cord. Every single one replaced for free, no questions asked, no hassle - in and out of the Apple store in 10-15 minutes.
  16. That's like a total °180 from 30 years of comics that I knew. Marvel has been chasing DC in originality for about the last 15 years Though you wouldn't know it by the sales numbers, where Marvel has been crushing DC for every one of those 15 years. True. Even their "relaunch" with Marvel Now is a rooted in the DC's New 52 Except it's not. The New 52 wiped out the entire universe and reimagined every single character (with the exception of Batman and Green Lantern). Marvel's NOW efforts have not done that in the slightest. In fact, the only thing the two have in common is that Marvel started renumbering a bunch of series. That's it. That's the only thing they have in common. If you're maybe thinking that a bunch of costume changes is some sort of copycat move, Marvel has never stuck their characters in only one costume. They've had multiple variations for as long as the characters have been in existence. The characters' history at Marvel hasn't changed - and that was the entire point of the New 52.
  17. That's like a total °180 from 30 years of comics that I knew. Marvel has been chasing DC in originality for about the last 15 years Though you wouldn't know it by the sales numbers, where Marvel has been crushing DC for every one of those 15 years.
  18. I love the slow burn of Superior Spider-Man. It's starting to come to a head and will be ending in a few months, but it's been a great read. I'm less impressed with the direction Avengers has taken over the past year or two - the cinematic Avengers is much better, to my mind. I like the smaller team, the smaller scope (though that'll be changing when they do the Thanos story of course).
  19. I wonder if the scheduling also isn't being tweaked to better coincide with the Captain America movie in April. There's 8 or 9 more episodes in the season, if they crammed them all in starting in early January they'd run out before the movie is released.
  20. It really depends on the medium. DC hasn't dominated comics for as long as I've been alive - the last time they had a better year than Marvel was decades ago. They'll occasionally have a better month, like when they do a big gimmick, but by the end of the year, Marvel always wins. Now, television, that's completely different. DC dominated Marvel in animation until the just the past few years. DC has been crushing Marvel in live action television for about 15 years? I guess? SHIELD is really the first live action show they've had, so Marvel bowed to DC by default going all the way back to Birds of Prey and Smallville. In the movies, Marvel has decimated DC in both the number of films and the amount of money they've made when you consider the output of both companies' characters going back to the first Superman movie in 1978. The one area that DC really crushed Marvel was in merchandising and brand awareness. There isn't an American alive who doesn't know who Superman is. Or Batman or Wonder Woman. On the Marvel side, until recently, only Spider-Man had that same reach. Things are different now with the success of the Avengers family of movies and the X-Men/Wolverine movies, but for decades upon decades, DC's characters were front and center in the public's mind, much more so than any Marvel character. I thought the year DC started the "new 52" that they actually beat Marvel in comics.. which led them to basically do the same thing with "marvel NOW" and "all-new Marvel NOW".. basically admitting that issue numbers up over 200 were bad for new readership and that they always had to be developing new readers... so then Marvel took back over once they admitted that and did it. I agree that in brand awareness that Batman and Superman beat everything Marvel has other than Spider-man.. and he's still a distant 3rd... But I think that the 3-10 spots of brand awareness are almost fully Marvel... DC doesn't have that 3rd/4th person.. which is why of their comics there are like 7 Batman titles and several more superman titles. That was 2011. If they had done it earlier in the year they might have had a shot at unseating Marvel, but two things worked against them. First, they announced the end of their universe almost a year before the relaunch which resulted in a lot of readers just giving up on titles they knew would be ending anyway. Sales were depressed throughout 2011. And second, they rebooted in September, so they only had four months of the year to work with. Had they waited until January 2012 to reboot, I'd wager they would have beaten Marvel that year. As it was, they got their massive boost for a few months starting in September, then collectors started dropping out. Then the regular readers started dropping out. By mid-2012 (IIRC), sales were back where they were before the reboot.
  21. It really depends on the medium. DC hasn't dominated comics for as long as I've been alive - the last time they had a better year than Marvel was decades ago. They'll occasionally have a better month, like when they do a big gimmick, but by the end of the year, Marvel always wins. Now, television, that's completely different. DC dominated Marvel in animation until the just the past few years. DC has been crushing Marvel in live action television for about 15 years? I guess? SHIELD is really the first live action show they've had, so Marvel bowed to DC by default going all the way back to Birds of Prey and Smallville. In the movies, Marvel has decimated DC in both the number of films and the amount of money they've made when you consider the output of both companies' characters going back to the first Superman movie in 1978. The one area that DC really crushed Marvel was in merchandising and brand awareness. There isn't an American alive who doesn't know who Superman is. Or Batman or Wonder Woman. On the Marvel side, until recently, only Spider-Man had that same reach. Things are different now with the success of the Avengers family of movies and the X-Men/Wolverine movies, but for decades upon decades, DC's characters were front and center in the public's mind, much more so than any Marvel character.
  22. "You wouldn't believe what you people do when you think you're alone."
  23. Tonight's was good, but I think it's going to take an episode or two more to really get into the new status quo.
  24. TV is infinitely better than movies at this point. Much like a shart is infinitely better than your posts.Most movies suck too. Books and video games are betterHahahahahahahahahahahahaWhat a dweeb Video games have grosssed more than the movie industry for several years now. Its not just geeks playing its everyone. Its mainstream That's not hard when you charge $600 for a console and $60 a game.
  25. Its like 15-20 times closer. http://awoiaf.westeros.org/images/e/e7/Map_of_westeros.jpg Weird map. It lists city names over castles I guess? Lannisport is shown, but not Casterly Rock. I've never heard of places like White Harbor. A lot different than this map: http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season3/#!/map/ Casterly Rock is just north of Lannisport - IIRC, it's two close, but separate, places. White Harbor plays a role in A Dance With Dragons, which may or may not get time on the TV show.
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