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    Mak's Rants

    A discussion I had with a coworker about comics and manga left me feeling a little empty inside. I wanted to make a huge ol' thread about it, but I think it would be a waste of a thread since I get this feeling pretty often to be honest.

    So instead I made a thread about my rants, feelings, and observation on comic books and the industry behind it. To be honest I will throw in manga here and there, but this will be primarily about American comic books.

    Anybody else who wants to jump in should feel free to do so.

    First rant coming up soon.


    The Rants:
    Bane of my Existence: Brian Michael Bendis

    Environments and/or Universes

    ESU's: The Status Quo and Big Events

    Superman and Magic

    The Character of a Hero: Not a Rant, but the Formation of Mak

    Oh God...Batman: His Discrepancies and how his Fans Made Him That Way

    The Other Bane of my Existence: Rob Liefeld

    The Retcon Saga

    Variant Covers

    The Female Thor

    Jeph Loeb, Shit and Gold


    DC Done Fucked It Up


    DC and their Contradiction Problem

    Comics and Idiot Political Types/RIP Darwyn Cooke

    DC Rebirth: The Cautioning

    Out of Left Field: A Retcon Story/A Micro Addition

    So You Want To Start A War?
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    Let it all out.

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    I approve.

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    Looking forward to reading this. I don't know much about comics, but I'm interested in hearing your views on the current state of the manga and anime industries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myst View Post
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    Looking forward to reading this. I don't know much about comics, but I'm interested in hear your views on the current state of the manga and anime industries.
    Same. My knowledge of American comics comes from movies and Wikipedia surfing. I am excited to have your wealth of knowledge just spilled all over here.

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    Come on dude, we're all waiting to see you rage >_>

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    Gotta meet dat post quota somehow

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    lol I actually don't think the CB section has a quota to meet. But I do enjoy posting crap here.

    And you guys seem to think I'm just going to get all mad and go off on stuff like character wanking and such. Is this what you guys think of me? I want to talk about other stuff, too. Maybe I should have called it "MAK Talks."

    But since you guys just want to see what I hate. ( ) I'm going full bore with this one then.

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    Everybody has a short list of writers they enjoy. Names which upon when seeing them, they will snatch up their works because they know they will be pleased with the product. This jagoff is on the opposite list. He's on the list of creators I avoid like guys who dress up in white hoods and burn crosses. This man is one of -the- worst writers out there. Allow me to regrettably introduce you to....
    Brian Michael Bendis

    This sack of crap lives to make my life miserable as a comic book fan. Quick, name five stories he did that I thought were at least sort ofgood:
    Secret War (not the cosmic one)
    Uhhh... Powers.
    Mmm... Daredevil?
    FUCK I'M OUT

    The truth is, this crapshack writes HUNDREDS of comic books for Marvel. Notable are Avengers Disassembled, Ultimate Spider-Man, Alias, Ultimate Fantastic Four, New AND Mighty Avengers, Siege, Age of Ultron, Spider-Woman, House of M, Moon Knight (in 2011, ruining a perfectly good comic), and on and on. What do all of them have in common? They all suck balls. People act as if this guy is some sort of mystical writing guru, and every last bit of his drivel twists characters in ways they would never be, build up to plot lines which fall absolutely flat on their face, and actively bastardizes other people's work by flat out negating anything they wrote before and actively admitting he never read their work in the first place because it was "unneeded" for his perverted vision.

    Now before I go too far: Bendis does well with noir and gritty street crime characters. Daredevil flourished under him and Powers became a semi big comic book for Icon and was a pretty decent read. What that doesn't mean is it translates well to more mainstream superhero comics.

    Let's completely ignore Avenger's Disassembled and go right to New Avengers, the first Avengers team after AD. The Avengers are a force which takes on threats no individual hero can (normally) take on alone. Loki? Too much. Thanos? Too much. Korvac? Too much. This is what the Avengers do. So what does Bendis do? He makes sure the most powerful member of his initial team is fucking Iron Man. Iron "I bench press 80 tons unless I'm going to ruin my armor and I shoot lasers which barely make Thor flinch" Man. Next strongest member? Luke Cage. Luke "I'm half as fucking strong as Iron Man with 1/18th of his intellect and usefulness" Cage. Team them up with Captain America, Jessica Drew (Bendis' favorite) Spider-Woman, Wolverine and Spider-Man. These fuckers couldn't fight off a minor Kree invasion. So what's their first mission? Well, to find a new teammate that validates this team isn't less effective than the Great Lakes Avengers by going to a prison breakout which is singlehandedly stopped by a then-obscure character, the Sentry. As in the most powerful character in Marvel barring the likes of the Living Tribunal. So that's great. Threats to Avengers should be absolutely no problem for the Sentry, and threats to the Sentry should ensure reality obliteration for the rest of the Avengers. Nice fucking balance you bald cocksucker. Oh shit, I forgot they also got a new member to help: Ronin, a fucking ninja who can't hear shit. Also, I wanted to add that Bendis goes ahead and fucks up all of Paul Jenkin's work on the Sentry's personality and permanently assures that the Sentry has no usable future as a functional hero. That's fine, because another Bendis gem House of M conveniently takes place of reality and sweeps under the rug all the bullshit Bendis put into place for now.

    But fuck House of M, I'm not done talking about how he fucking ruins the Avengers.

    HoM is over, Civil War has wrought the heroes in two sides and the fallout means there are now TWO teams of Avengers: The New Avengers who are anti-registration and Mighty Avengers who are government sponsored. Both written by Bendis, a man who has already proven he couldn't handle a team if he had specific instructions how to do so. So first up, who's on Mighty Avengers? A slightly better lineup. Iron Man is there, the Black Wido, Wonder Man, Wasp, Ares (because every team needs a ninja ), Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman again, and the Sentry (because once more, instability makes for good representation). Their first enemy? Ultron. That's not bad choice, I personally love Ultron. He hates humans and wants to eradi...what the fuck is that? Ultron somehow took over Iron Man and decided to take the naked form of the Wasp, allowing Cho to do what he does best? Why is Ultron a human? Why is Ultron both a human and talking about eradicating humans? Why is Ultron trying to reason with the Sentry who is WAILING on him for killing the Sentry's wife? Why do they keep giving books to Bendis?

    Well, at least New Avengers can't be that bad. Luke Cage, Spider-Man (back in the black "I hit my wife with this look" suit), Hawkeye (but in the Ronin guise and using swords), and Iron Fist. At least they're focusing this team to helping out the people and street level problems. I take that back, I forgot one more member: Doctor Strange, the fucking Sorcerer Supreme and possibly one of the few people who could ever contend with the Sentry...maybe...I'm not sure. So once again we get a team who would run into problems Strange could wiggle his nose out of the universe, or problems which Strange struggles with and the rest of the team would shit their pants while being cosmic dimensional raped because they would be hilariously out of their league. "By the elusive Ikkon! Dormammu has come forward! Quick, Avengers, to the battlefront!" and Strange would turn around to see what amounts to piles of ash on the ground. But don't worry. Bendis goes ahead and evens the playing field for Strange and makes sure he completely ignores any mystical defenses Strange has and lets him get stabbed in the back by a ninja while the Avengers are invading a ninja hangout. I guess Strange assumes his title is all he needs to protect him from the Hand ninjas who are trained to kill efficiently and on sight. "No need to prepare, gais. Don't they know I literally fought off a mostrosity we couldn't possibly comprehend who can eat reality itself? Ninjas are no pro-ACK!!" That's not all the fuckery he gets to with Strange either.

    Doctor Strange loses the title of the Sorcerer Supreme after World War Hulk. Why? Well because he used black magic, that's why. "Wait. I'm pretty sure Strange has used it before several times, and was even purified of it once because of it's corruptive effects. Wasn't there also a purely black magic using Sorcerer Supreme?" For your efforts you get Bendis' beyond fucking annoying laugh and blinding skull shine because fuck you. He doesn't care. HIS system of Sorcerer Suprememing operates completely different. Also that selection process? FUCK YOU TOO. The Eye of Agamotto, a tool literally given to the Sorcerer Supreme now apparently has always chosen the Sorcerer Supreme, and not the Vishanit or any mandated contest or being the most powerful sorcerer. You know, the way it has been for the past fifty fucking years. Fuck that, the eye chooses. So let's get this straight: No more black magic, and the eye chooses a new SS. So does he choose the second most powerful sorcerer? Nope. Anybody who has ever come close to dealing with the scale the SS operates on? Bendis farts in your general direction for asking that. No. It picks a fucking Voodoo practitioner. Because while some ambiguously described black magic is bad, outright stated black magic is good. Brother Voodoo digivolves to Doctor Voodoo (putting his fucking psychology degree on a pedestal now for some reason), and immediately goes and closes Dormammu off "forever" and effortlessly. Because while Voodoo was nowhere near Strange's level, the Vishanti are apparently lovers of the black cock (much like Bendis apparently with his Luke Cage love) and gave him way more power for that one task.

    So at least Bendis is done with the magi...fuck. Magic is now different and Agamotto wants his eye back? How will we ever get a new Sorcerer Supreme? WHO WILL CHOOSE IT FOR US? So Agamotto comes back and states magic is all fucked up all over and needs his literal eye back to fight. Ignore the fact Iron Fist got a sweet white costume from this guy who was masquerading as the Ancient One and kicks the fuck out of Voodoo because the Ancient One simply claimed Voodoo stole it from him. Normally Fist is all calm and contemplative, but I forgot he's fucking racist. Because the only thing that must be going through his head to not even ATTEMPT to get the other side is, "You're fucking right, you old white guy. The only way a black person could have ever attained such an enlightened and honorary position is if he STOLE it. Black people aren't smart or qualified enough." Eventually Voodoo and Strange explain it and then we get a new revelation: They can challenge Agamotto for his Eye in some sort of honorable combat. Well fuck. Good thing. I mean, it's his eye and he can ass rape Dormammu and his sister Umar at the same time and he should just be able to magic it out of Voodoo's hand, but he's bound by the laws of magic he just got done explaining no longer exist. (Wait...) So as Voodoo gets apprehensive, a loophole comes to light: Voodoo can pick his champion. This means I could've taken the amulet if I just made sure I brought Galactus to fight for me. Way to earn it. So of course everybody is thinking of combining their power to Voodoo or Strange, right? Wrong. Wolverine is better at fighting gods he has no clue as to how they function and barely have heard their names before. Far more qualified than the people who basically use these gods to brush their teeth. Makes sense, Wolverine will just go in there and stab a god who can just turn into gas or whatever the fuck he wants. Whatever.

    The point is: Bendis is the worst. He's not literally THE worst comic writer out there, he's just the worst who currently gets all sorts of acclaim and awards he really doesn't deserve. The guy has pictures of people high up, because this guy is just fucking awful.

    I'd say Bendis could blow me, but he'd find a way to fuck that up and make it non-enjoyable in the name of "creative identity."
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    tl;dr

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    You and Bendis can both kiss my ass.



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    I figured Sentry was like Marvel's version of Superman. A powerful fighter, but not anywhere close to playing second fiddle to the likes of the Living Tribunal.

    What kind of feats does he have?

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    That's really the problem with the Sentry. He's a living plot device.

    Need to fight off Galactus single handedly? He's done it. Need to spank Terrax and behead Attuma with zero effort? Sentry. Who can stand up to Black Bolt's yell with no problem? Sentry. Who can make an entire army of Inhumans wailing on you look like a gentle refreshing breeze? Sentry.

    Who can easily dissassemble, reassemble, and dissassemble Owen Reece the Molecule Man? Sentry.

    His powers were originally defined as energy projection, durability, and strength at the power of "A million exploding suns." But it turns out his power might actually be borderlining infinite and might be able to accomplish any effect he can think of. Well... if he can think.

    He can easily ressurect people on accident, cure mental illnesses, and survive complete molecular dissolution. He literally cannot die. If he is "killed" he will eventually reform. Forever. He's a pastiche of Superman in many ways for sure, but Kallark the Gladiator better fits the bill. The Sentry started out that way then got Bendis'd.

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    I forgot to add two things:

    His self counterpart the Void scales his power directly to the Sentry but is always short of him. Even so, he completely snapped every bone in the Hulk's body more than once and on a whim.

    The Sentry's telepathic powers are so extreme that he was able to suppress any knowledge or memory of him on a universal scale. This includes things with his name directly on it. His building, the Watchtower was sitting in New York and could not even been seen by people by eye or any sensor device. People just naturally avoided it. What makes it remarkable is how he was able to suppress every telepath at once, including omega level mutants like Jean Grey who wielded the near infinite power of the Phoenix Force.
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    I've heard that he's pretty inconsistent though.

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    Vastly inconsistent. He literally allows only so much power to be used at once. So he might only be able to lift several million tons sometimes, and then need help with a helicarrier another.

    It is explained as the more power he uses as the Sentry, the more likely a Void emergence occurs. When the Void is out he deals out as much damage as the Sentry prevented. The less power the Sentry uses, the less likely this is to happen. It's also been said the higher levels of power he accesses the more unstable his mind becomes.

    But it gets confusing around Siege, because since both are really the same person, Robert begins manifesting as both the Sentry and Void in the same body depending on his purpose.

    The Void is then put down by Thor with a single blow. Some said it was because Robert was restricting himself as much as possible and it allowed Thor to do it. But even a weakened Void can roflstomp the likes of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Avengers, and Namor the Sub-Mariner all at once.
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    The worst part is I can easily go on further about Bendis.

    Secret Invasion.



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    Great read. Keep ranting. It is fun to learn about comics, something I have no knowledge on.

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    Sentry as a character deteriorated so badly like damn son and he wasn't even that good to begin with. And the whole siege ending was pretty stupid.

    Interested to hear your opinion on Loeb .

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    Agreed. The Sentry worked absolutely best as the one off character in his mini. It peeled back the Marvel mythos just a bit to see the tragic hero behind the scenes. He should have stayed there.

    And I think I might try to do something "negative" then "positive" then "negative" again. So Loeb is not next.



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    Sounds genuinely frustrating; if it's any consolation, he looks like a shithead.

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