Ooo, I am late to this party...
Ooo, I am late to this party...
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Just read Millar's Starlight #1 and it is very promising. An extremely human tale from the get go. The premise is a former Space Cadet, similar to Flash Gordon, (in fact I think the character is entirely modeled after Flash,) who gets recruited by aliens to come out of retirement. He has a heroic past that no one believes, and with his kids too busy for him and his wife deaceased, it could make for an awesome redemption story about self worth.
"Mr. Toad's Wild Aidz."
Anyone go to WonderCon over the weekend. I got a couple of prints and some zine comics.
"Mr. Toad's Wild Aidz."
Joining this thread (forgive me for not reading through all previous 18 pages) to share some comics love too! Some of my current faves:
Saga (THE BEST)
Sex Criminals (seriously, have any of you been reading this??? It's so fucking good! The letters page makes me die laughing after just about every sentence or screech OH MY GODDDD repeatedly. The comic is really really great too of course.)
Black Science/Deadly Class - Remender is on fire this year. He has yet another series starting soon too! Crazy. I finally read all of Fear Agent this year and that was a hell of a ride.
Hawkeye - Fraction/Aja are doing ridiculously great on this run. The second trade was jaw droppingly original and cool to read. Love everything about this one.
FBP - I was skeptical of this so I waited for the trade, and was very glad I checked it out finally. Awesome concept
Lazarus - I've enjoyed some of Rucka's work before, especially Batwoman and Whiteout, but this series is shaping up to be his masterpiece. Incredible world building and social/political commentary, very well executed.
For those that like Lemire or sci-fi in general, I highly recommend his series Trillium that just concluded (I'm sure the trade is forthcoming soon). Very inventive and meaningful storytelling, not to mention his fantastic art.
Picked up the first 2 issues of Millar's Starlight but haven't had time to read them yet; looks great though. The Moebius-style art is what sucked me in.
I recently finished reading Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing, and what a masterpiece that is. Beautiful, creepy, touching, trippy, cerebral... it's easy to see why this book changed the industry. On a similar note, my all time favorite comic is Promethea - HIGHLY recommend everyone read it in full, it is mind blowing in every way. JH Williams is a BEAST, my favorite artist in comics. Combined with Moore (my fave writer), this series is out of this world amazing.
So glad JH is on the new Sandman - the first 2 issues have been pretty great so far, largely because of him (I love Gaiman of course, but so far I think the new Sandman writing/story is a bit convoluted and bogged down in a way that isn't very accessible. I will continue reading though to see where it goes)
Lastly, anyone have any favorite music-related comics? My favorite so far is Gillen/McKelvie's Phonogram, especially the 2nd TP (The Singles Club).
LOW, the new Remender series coming out soon is titled LOW. July 30th, issue #1. I've been trying to avoid any spoilers on the story line, so I don't know to much about it, but the basic outline of the story: In the far future humanity had to build giant underwater cities to escape the extreme heat and radiation of the expanding/dying sun. Before everyone went below, a few satellites were launched in a last ditch effort to find another habitable planet. A few thousand years later one of the satellites crashes back on earth. Now its a race to the surface between the remaining underwater cities to find it first.Black Science/Deadly Class - Remender is on fire this year. He has yet another series starting soon too! Crazy.
Yeah I didn't keep reading after issue 1 of Sex Criminals. meh.
Anybody reading Sheltered? Kind of under the radar survival-story. I'm digging it.
Deadly Class is definitely my new favorite book coming out; the art is completely crazy... Love the Vegas storyline right now. Remender can't be stopped.
Getting ready for Comic Con and thought I would catch up here to see what I have been missing out on and/or what I should keep an eye out for.
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So they killed Wolverine (supposedly, at least) this past month or whatever and I had to download them and check it out. Lord knows Wolvie has probably gotten an unfair amount of attention over the years in a lot of people's eyes, but frankly aside from some of the ridiculous shit they did with his backstory he's always been consistently more charismatic than most other superheroes. I was kinda looking forward to the idea of a good Death of Wolverine mini-series because I still remember the single most powerful experience I've ever had reading comics being when Magneto took his adamantium out of him and there was a seriously heart-jerking book that followed as Dr. Xavier and Jean Grey traveled through his surreal subconscious trying to keep him from slipping off into the light because his body had been so grievously damaged it couldn't heal itself.
This was not that. This was... just sad. Not sad in the good way that things can be sad, sad in the sense that I literally couldn't have imagined a more anticlimactic, rushed, impersonal way to kill off a comic character, especially one who was this crucial to the development of what superheroes could be.
All the praise heaped on Saga is definitely worth it. I finished the hardcover book (issues 1-18) in 2 days, need to buy the 4th TPB for issues 19-24. Local comic store had a huge display and when I asked the clerk to describe it he said "Star Wars + Romeo & Juliet + Game of Thrones". Not a bad description.
A request for those in the know:
I read a lot of comics in the early/mid-1980s (roughly '83-'88) and again briefly in the mid-90s. My go-to titles were all the X-Men-related ones (Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants, X-Force, X-Factor, Alpha Flight, etc.), The Avengers, and Spider-Man (Amazing... and Peter Parker, the Spectacular... I've been getting back into it in the last couple months – bought the Marvel Unlimited app – but the sheer number of offshoot titles in the last twenty years is pretty intimidating.
Other than Wikipedia, is there any resource that summarizes these changes so I know what's what? For instance, what's the difference between The Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men, X-Men Unlimited, X-Men Legacy and just plain ol' X-Men? Or the difference between Avengers and Dark Avengers? I've been having a hard time coming up with a plan of attack when I'm not sure of the chronology. Not necessarily looking for someone to explain it for me (although that's cool, too) as much as I'm looking for a reference guide to help me puzzle it all out.
Also, a friend pointed me toward Brian Posehn's run on Deadpool and Matt Fraction's work with Hawkeye – both of which I've enjoyed – so I'm open to recommendations for things to check out that I've missed out on in the last ... oh, 20 years.
"All-New X-Men" is the original 60's group of X-Men that were brought into the present to... do something?? Ok, it's been awhile, and that storyline should have ended six months ago, but it still goes on, but it's pretty enjoyable.
"X-Men" is a title where all the X-Ladies like Storm, Phoenix, Psylocke, etc. team up.
The only Avengers title I read is Uncanny Avengers, which ties in heavily to Uncanny X-Force, Rick Remender's previous "Uncanny" title. Both are awesome. READ THEM.
Mark Waid's run on Daredevil is QUALITY. The title before his arrival and after was complete night and day. Read off it as soon as you can get to it.
Also, reading and loving Ed Brubaker's Captain America run is practically mandiatory (starting with the "Winter Soldier" storyline).
Amazing Spider-Man (and the all too short run of Superior Spider-Man) under Dan Slott has been some of the most enjoyable Spidey stories in a long time.
Other must read current Marvel titles: Ms. Marvel, Silver Surfer, and the sadly soon-to-be-ended She-Hulk.
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Is anyone else following The Multiversity? I must admit, this might be the most enjoyable event of the last 20 years for me personally. I just picked up the guidebook on wed and as great as that was, I still feel like I need more Pax Americana. Ive never read a comic from beginning to end then immediately reread it from end to beginning. The whole thing is fucking genius, but then again it is Grant Morrison. Pax is the best issue so far, but The Just and Adventures in Thunderworld are close seconds. The Just didn't have any exciting action or fight scenes but that was the whole point. A post super world where all the heroes and villains died off and all that is left is a perfect society. Sounds great but all the kids of the old justice league are bored and worthless. Life is so pointless and mundane because they have these really awesome powers but no reason to use them, no one to fight or save. sad. Thunderworld was everything a great comic should be. Bright, bold characters on every panel accompanied by a ticking clock, hurry before time runs out storyline while touching up on some classic superhero comic book themes made this a very memorable one. I think the overall premise of the multiversity story here is horror comics gentrification of the timeless superhero genre.
Secret Wars is about 4 months away. Marvel stopped with the red bar on the cover, so I am open to picking it up. I love the cover for issue #2. Thorses's
Rob, if you've not read Animal Man, I highly recommend both the Grant Morrisson run in the late 80s/early 90s and the recent Jeff Lemire series. Both were surprisingly great.
I also really enjoyed Kevin Smith's short run on Daredevil in the late 90s.
Morrison's new series 'Nameless' (Image) is being shipped out this week(feb 4). This is his first shot at a horror comic so I am excited to see where he takes this. Occult astronauts traveling through nightmares or some such nonsense.
Oooh, that sounds very interesting.
Also, if anyone uses Comixology, check out my friend's new comic, Rum Row. He's doing a 3-part miniseries with the title and this first one has done really well. I do the dialog editing.
Has anyone been able to get the Marvel hip hop cover variants? Probably the best idea ever.
Anybody reading comics in general? What are you reading?
My favorite books right now off the top of my head and on my desk:
Lazarus - Greg Rucka
Anything Ales Kot touches
The Fade Out - Ed Brubaker
Deadly Class - Rick Remender
Tokyo Ghost - Rick Remender and Sean Murphy
East of West - Jonathan Hickman
The Dying and the Dead - Jonathan Hickman
Manifest Destiny - Chris Dingess
Southern Bastards - Jason Aaron
Saga - Brian K Vaughan
We Stand On Guard - Brian K Vaughan
Paper Girls - Biran K Vaughan
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I finally got around to finishing Fatale, Wasteland, Infinity Gauntlet, and the Court of Owls Batman story. Fatale was a masterpiece imo. I can't think of a more satisfying series I have read in quite some time. Wasteland was good, but not great. I loved the lore that they had set up for themselves, but felt it ultimately fell a little short. Infinity Gauntlet was pretty solid given its age. I do feel like some of the cosmic psychedelia wasn't as nuanced as the writers thought it was, but maybe that was just the age showing. The Court of Owls story was a great detective Batman story. I did think it fell into some of the usual tropes though.
I tried reading the Magus Warlock series and got bored fast. I was mainly interested bc of the infinity gauntlet. I just wanted some more good cosmic tripped out story, but didn't much care it. If anyone has any suggestions I am definitely interested.
I'm really looking forward to diving into Providence. Has anyone read any of it yet?
Wow ods, your pull list is fucking huge. I have 6 right now and I thought it was excessive. One from Marvel that i just picked up last week, Contest of Champions. The two from DC are still action comics and a new one, Omega Men. Omega Men is written by Tom King who is a former couter-terrorism agent for the CIA. The 9 panel layout fight scenes are amazing and makes me wish it was longer than a 12 part mini series. From Image i pick up LOW, Black Science (Remender) and Nameless (Morrison) and all three are incredibly beautiful examples of what a comic should be.
So I just got Batman: The Killing Joke and it's actually going to be the first ever Comic Book I've ever owned. I mean I've read I've borrowed from friends but decided I want to actually start reading them and figured that was a good place as any to start. What are some other classic ones that are a good place to start at? Ideally I'm looking for shorter series at the moment because I'm not sure how much time I want to invest just yet.
Gotham Nights & Legends Of The Dark Night & Also Detective Comics The Mud Pack is a short series. Anything with Bane in it is fairly popular too.
If you're not reading Deadly Class you really should be. It's Remender at his very best. There's only been one issue of Tokyo Ghost I've read but I think it's insanely solid.
I didn't mention any DC/Marvel stuff that I'm reading but I'm still pulling Batman/'Tec from DC and Uncanny/All-New Xmen from Marvel.
I know nothing about comic books at all. I want to read the new Black Panther series, and #1 comes out on 4/6. I can't seem to find any way to purchase this online, do I need to go to an actual comic book shop to get this? There has to be an online outlet of some sort, right?
This ain't no middle of the mall shit.