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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:35 pm 
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A first look at Abbott, Saladin Ahmed's new comic book set in 1970s Detroit

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........"It's my tribute to a familiar sort of figure in TV and comics and movies of the paranormal investigator," Ahmed says. "It's this character who finds some occult secrets behind the everyday life that others don't get a glimpse of." (Think of shows like The X-Files, Twin Peaks, or, going back to the 1970s, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, which Ahmed says was a particular influence on Abbott.)

"It's just this type that people are interested in, this dogged investigator," Ahmed says. "For me, I wanted to tell a story with that sort of protagonist — but maybe not the type that always seems to be at the center of those stories."

In Abbott's case, that means "a main character who is woman, who is black, who is bisexual," Ahmed says. "She's all of those things in an era where there's a lot of hostility, particularly in the workplace, toward people who are not straight white guys."

Given the ingredients, it might be easy to assume Abbott is a campy blaxploitation sendup. It is not. Ahmed sets the story in 1972, against a grim backdrop of post-1967 racial paranoia. It begins with Abbott investigating a gruesome crime scene involving a decapitated police horse, initially believed to be perpetrated by Black Panther "negro agitators."......


scroll through a preview of the first few pages of Abbott No. 1 @ link

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:46 am 
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"It's just this type that people are interested in, this dogged investigator," Ahmed says. "For me, I wanted to tell a story with that sort of protagonist — but maybe not the type that always seems to be at the center of those stories."

In Abbott's case, that means "a main character who is woman, who is black, who is bisexual," Ahmed says. "She's all of those things in an era where there's a lot of hostility, particularly in the workplace, toward people who are not straight white guys."


Oh. So it's set in 2018?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:58 am 
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BTW, Tuesday's BL revealed everything in the Advocate article. She is an out lesbian, both parents know about her girlfriend, they're both OK with it. And, she's having trouble sleeping, so she goes to a pharmacy late at night and sees a robbery. She grabs the robber and throws him halfway across the store.

You go, girl.

BL is still struggling over whether to get back in action. He does because "Lala" (the gang leader) kills a woman who was one of his former students. Looks like "Lala" was working for his old nemesis, "Tobias the Whale" - kind of the "Kingpin" of crime in the area. Tobias is let into the police holding cell area by a policeman at the end, and then kills "Lala" before he can snitch.

Well, we can already start to see why BL might be having problems with the police. Corruption.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:21 am 
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but it really irritates me that Star Trek: Discovery, the new series, is basically locked behind an Internet CBS All Access paywall, and not available through regular cable.


americans don't get discovery on cable tv? (we get it on space channel)

omg it's like the best star trek imo and i liked them all except ds9.

you are missing out. a 20 something spock is it in. a handsome captain pike is in it. they pay respect to the original star trek all the time.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:19 pm 
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Space.Ca ... yeah, I guess not. :D

It's too bad, because it looks like they also have Doom Patrol, which down here in the lower 48 seems to require a subscription to DC Universe.

It's interesting ... it's set back in the Prime Universe I believe a few years before the original series, which is why a young Captain Pike and young Spock are in it. I've seen episodes ... but I still haven't subscribed to CBS All Access. At a convention down here (what? no it was not a Trek con) I saw one of the actors from the series talk about the show.

Back to black superheroes ... Black Lightning's two daughters have both suited up and are heroes themselves, Thunder and Lightning ... the latter just toward the end of this season. Plus it looks like Thunder's girlfriend, Grace Chung, is some kind of meta, as well, possibly a shapeshifter. One of many things on a cliffhanger.

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Has the superhero genre reached or gone over it’s peak? There are very few superhero movies I go to because they’re becoming too generic and cliche. I know these movies are for entertainment and escapism and you have to suspend you sense of reality but really, how many times is the same city going to be destroyed by an evil maniac who, after every defeat, is somehow able to reconstitute their criminal empire getting new minnons to do his/her bidding, and threatening the city again.

We’ve seen this over-saturated genre happen with the Zombie genre when there were many movies and TV programs deplicting the few remaining normal humans battling zombies for their survival. Today, instead of something new, novel, and entertaining we’re give the same-ole, same-old rehash. Time to fire up a new genre for the viewing public.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:12 pm 
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Well, for one thing, Black Lightning deals with issues of racism and social justice.

Benjamin Crump and Nina Turner have appeared in episodes as themselves.

It turns out there are "metas" in Freeland, the town where BL lives, because the ASA, a government agency, had been giving a drug called "Greenlight" to the kids...

BL is also a principal at the high school in town but recently got demoted, to just faculty, because he fought against "zero tolerance" policies at the school that he felt were targeting the minority kids.

As I think I mentioned upthread, "Thunder" (his daughter) is an out lesbian, who had been a relationship with Grace Choi, well until her powers started manifesting ...

She is very much an activist in the community, so much so her more cynical sister Jennifer/"Lightning" is always calling her "OK Harriet Tubman".

Dunno. Righties obviously don't like the show because it brings in social commentary like this ... but I do.

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Space.Ca ... yeah, I guess not. :D

It's too bad, because it looks like they also have Doom Patrol, which down here in the lower 48 seems to require a subscription to DC Universe.

It's interesting ... it's set back in the Prime Universe I believe a few years before the original series, which is why a young Captain Pike and young Spock are in it. I've seen episodes ... but I still haven't subscribed to CBS All Access. At a convention down here (what? no it was not a Trek con) I saw one of the actors from the series talk about the show.

Back to black superheroes ... Black Lightning's two daughters have both suited up and are heroes themselves, Thunder and Lightning ... the latter just toward the end of this season. Plus it looks like Thunder's girlfriend, Grace Chung, is some kind of meta, as well, possibly a shapeshifter. One of many things on a cliffhanger.


well there is maybe a black superhero time traveller in discovery but i don't wanna give anything away cause it's that good. you're welcome.

i watched doom patrol. didn't like it.

cyborg is my fav

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:12 pm 
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i should have said cyborg could be my fav, if they play it right.

so anybody see season 1 ?

(but season 2 is better imo)

(write a letter or email and tell cbs to air it)

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