Funnybook Babylon

July 26, 2008

Harshest Countdown Criticism Ever Caught on Podcast

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , — David Uzumeri @ 3:45 pm

There’s apparently a hell of a quote that the panel reports for Final Crisis Management missed, that you can find if you look at the recordings on dccomics.com. In the interest of public education, I’ve transcribed it for you all:

Um, I love what you do with your storylines, I found out this year that I was HIV+ and so working with Speedy means a lot to me. As hard as that news was, it was harder to get through Final Crisis – er – the Countdown to Final Crisis, so I’m hoping that – I know this will be better. And if I had one wish, besides a cure, it would be that the women of the DC Universe get their heels back.

Didio’s response was a bewildered “o-kay.”

June 19, 2008

She Used To Love Y.O.U.

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — David Brothers @ 8:30 am

NRAMA: And so you were left with a handful of continuity issues as result – – why didn’t the Guardians call a 1011 when all the other New Gods died? Why didn’t Superman recount his experiences in Death of the New Gods when he was talking about the New Gods to the JLA? How did the villains capture J’onn? Obviously, if you dealt in all the minutia of every storyline since Identity Crisis or earlier, you’d go nuts – so what was your personal line in the sand that you used in writing Final Crisis in regards to what “mattered” and what didn’t?

GM: What mattered to me was what had already been written, drawn or plotted in Final Crisis. The Guardians didn’t call 1011 when Lightray and the other gods died in Countdown because, again, Final Crisis was already underway before Countdown came out.

Why didn’t Superman recount his experiences from DOTNG ? Because those experiences hadn’t been thought up or written when I completed Final Crisis #1. If there was only me involved, Orion would have been the first dead New God we saw in a DC comic, starting off the chain of events that we see in Final Crisis. As it is, the best I can do is suggest that the somewhat contradictory depictions of Orion and Darkseid’s last-last-last battle that we witnessed in Countdown and DOTNG recently were apocryphal attempts to describe an indescribable cosmic event.

To reiterate, hopefully for the last time, when we started work on Final Crisis, J.G. and I had no idea what was going to happen in Countdown or Death Of The New Gods because neither of those books existed at that point. The Countdown writers were later asked to ‘seed’ material from Final Crisis and in some cases, probably due to the pressure of filling the pages of a weekly book, that seeding amounted to entire plotlines veering off in directions I had never envisaged, anticipated or planned for in Final Crisis.

The way I see it readers can choose to spend the rest of the year fixating on the plot quirks of a series which has ended, or they can breathe a sight of relief, settle back and enjoy the shiny new DC universe status quo we’re setting up in the pages of Final Crisis and its satellite books. I’m sure both of these paths to enlightenment will find adherents of different temperaments.

Grant Morrison, 2008

Oh, Grant. This sounds like trouble in paradise. Let’s see what wrong, okay? We’ll talk you through this.

I met her last week, this insane tart
We been swimmin’ in each other with the same heart
I mean, I think we might be sections of the same part
And we don’t separate at all until the day’s dark

–El-P, “Oxycontin Pt 2”

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November 15, 2007

FBBP #36 – The Lateness of the New Gods Mixtape

Funnybook Babylon – The Lateness of the New Gods Mixtape Review

1) Fourth World’s Finest pt. 2 (WW1 Germany mix) – ft. the ghost of Jack Kirby

**** – Following up on their last new godz track, FBB discusses the merits of Apokolips powerhouse Virman Vundabar and new leader/former psychoanalyst Takion. Great track but too much time is spent on figuring out who the fuck Takion is.

2) New Godz Killa (Jim Starlin diss track)

**** 1/2 – If you thought Jamaal was brutal on the Zuda mixtape, it was nothing compared to hearing them spit hot fire on the lack of Jim Starlin’s skills. Everything from his characterization, to his plotting, to his ability to draw is torn apart. There has not been this much beef since the Pedro vs. Brian Wood feud.

3) One More Delay (Shoulda put Bagley on it Remix )

*** – It’s kind of ironic that this track pops up here since it’s been pushed back off podcast after podcast. The boys go into detail over how they feel lateness effects the business and who really is at fault with Spider-man missing it’s ship date.

Overall it is a strong podcast, but the production has been off since Joe went solo and the group switched from Swishahouse over to Slip and Slide. It will tide you over until the next Downcounting single comes out. The free low def version is up to download on the website. There are plans to release a high bit rate version with a pdf with liner notes and hand written lyrics later this month for 5 bucks.

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