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The original Doctor Psycho was a hypnotist, a mesmerist, very much akin to the 1940s idea of the creepy hypnotist—the eyes would go blank and you would do as he said. He was very obviously a villain in those stories, this dwarfish, really creepy-looking character that you could not mistake for anything other than a bad guy.

We thought, "What’s the contemporary, modern version of that?"

So, I was looking towards the pickup artist community, and that stuff from Neil Strauss's book, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. A good friend of mine actually studied under Neil Strauss to learn all his techniques, so she could detect them when they were used against her. She became the world’s foremost female pickup artist.

So, we really went deep. The Doctor Psycho sequence where he sits and talks to Diana is actually based on the script used by pickup artists. Even the movements he makes, all the gestures—he makes these casting-off gestures every time he talks about something that you won’t have to perceive as negative—it was really tightly worked out to follow. They use scripts.

-- Grant Morrison

40/120 pages )
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"That's the only moment of chance in all of Bruce's formation beyond his parents being killed. You know? Everything else is his deliberate training. It's the one thing that comes in and is circumstantial and prophetic, and like an omen. So it's the one thing you could dig at and say - the one thing you risk kind of just taking a sign from the universe. What if the universe is tricking you the whole time?" - Scott Snyder

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Another busy issue to start a Dick Grayson related series as we close off a few strands from "Grayson" and set things up for the new series...

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Back in the Batbosom of his family )
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'I always felt one of the fundamentals of Wonder Woman in at least the last two decades is that she always seems to be on trial, and I don't mean that in a story sense. Everyone's always saying, "Why does nobody buy Wonder Woman? Why isn't she any good?" It seems like she's always on trial, so I thought if I literalized that and made the story basically the Amazons bringing her back home after her first adventure away and putting her on trial, it'd be different from anything else you might see. The Amazons have their own ways of doing things. It's kind of asking Wonder Woman to justify herself, which I feel has almost been what the character's had to do for a long time.' -- Grant Morrison

I'm dividing this into three parts because there are so many pages. Here's part 3.

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'For the first 48 pages, there are no men — it’s just women talking to each other. And then halfway through the book, we’re building up to this big fight, and then I thought, “No, I’m not.” This book isn’t about fights, there’s not going to be any fights. So we threw out the rules of traditional boy’s adventure fiction. It’s the most exciting book I’ve done in years, it changed everything I’m thinking about the future.' -- Grant Morrison

I'm dividing this into three parts because there are so many pages. Here's part 2.

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'I sat down and I thought, “I don’t want to do this warrior woman thing.” I can understand why they’re doing it, I get all that, but that’s not what William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all! His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist. So I went back to those roots and just built it up again.' -- Grant Morrison

I'm dividing this up between three posts, since there are so many pages. Here's part 1.

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Batman 49 came out this week, setting up Bruce Wayne's return as Batman for the big next issue. And what a path it was to that point in this issue, so much that I kind of felt the need to post that return in the last three-ish pages because it was a thing of art.

The Return of the one true Batman )
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"You know, I've talked to other writers about this, and Etrigan is one of the big challenges for a writer, because he speaks mostly in rhyme and there are a lot of great writers who've done really great things with Etrigan and all his rhyming." -- Charles Soule

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This summer, I read Ultimate X-Men right the way through. The first thirty issues were a slog.

Millar's stuff is too Millary (Ooh, look at Nick Fury, isn't he fucking badass?) and there's not really a lot of distinction in the voices of different characters. Also, there didn't seem to be much in the Magneto/Xavier relationship that was especially new, so the book came off as a retread of 616 X-Men, which was as bit dull. Bendis covered a lot of that ground as well, and the Ultimate Wolverine/Ultimate Weapon X stuff didn't really seem to offer much new. Why did Ultimate X-Men have to focus on Wolverine as much as the existing X-Verse did?
Chuck Austen's run in between Millar and Bendis with his Ultimate Gambit story was surprisingly good. Not just good-for-Austen good, but actually good-good.
BKV's run was pretty cool, developing Ultimate Emma Frost's Ultimate Academy of Tomorrow and adding in new X-men like Ultimate Alison Blair. Robert Kirkman's run was good in places, though by the time that Larrocca was drawing the Apocalypse arc it had gone pearshaped in a bad way. Kirkman did too much in the way of "Not really dead." Both writers managed to keep the ensemble-nature of the book going, which was a very good touch.
Coilete was in for a final arc and then Ultimatum. It's not really his fault that Ultimatum was awful, and killed off Ultimate Alison Blair, Ultimate Nightcrawler, Ultimate Angel, Ultimate Juggernaut, Ultimate Emma Frost (her Academy of Tomorrow stuff had SO much potential), Ultimate Beast (again), Ultimate Polaris. It is his fault that the Banshee arc, which stemmed from a nice idea (Ultimate Colossus is metal and invulnerable, but that doesn't mean that he's strong enough to lift his own body weight) and mangled the characters.

However, this is about a happier story, with Ultimate Xavier's Academy (Head: Ultimate Scott Summers) taking on Ultimate Academy of Tomorrow (head: Ultimate Emma Frost) at softball )


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