I picked up a bunch of mostly Irish stuff from a local place. One thing that struck me is that Irish comic book art seems to be very firmly stuck in a kind of 1980s/ 2000AD kind of place that, although not without it's charms and quite suitable to the tone of the local scene, doesn't really appeal to me.
The League of Volunteers is causing a bit of a stir over here, and people are hoping it heralds a new burst of momentum in the medium. It's about a superhero team formed by the very early independent Irish government during The Emergency/ World War II. So lots of upper class adventurers and supernatural Nazis.
Although the concept obviously owes a lot to the League of Gentlemen, in execution it borrows a lot more from Hellboy. Good, and fun to see my local landmarks crop up in panels like that, but still only really establishing itself and I'd like to see it do something ambitious with a fairly generic premise very quickly. It does a nice job of bringing historical elements into it and all, but thus far it's all just been scene setting stuff.
I also picked up another Irish comic I won't name, which was edited by the guy who runs the shop. It was very good, but about eight panels in, one character "Apolologised" to another, and later another one somehow magically to switch between a turtle neck and a vest three times in the space of a page. Hmm.
Lastly, I picked up Mystique: Quiet on a whim. I love the basic idea of Mystique, but I always really wish they did something more interesting with her character. I mean, if I were a Marvel writer, I'd take the opportunity to take a few panels to wonder about the fundamental nature of identity and evil and family or some shit, instead of just leading her through the basic made-do-somebody-else's-dirtywork template. You know. Just sayin'.
not that i'm defending liefield or anything, but why is he always the guy that people pick on? it's like there's a Family Feud game, the topic is "Shitty Comic Artists," and everyone is trying to get their team to go first.
There are plenty of other shitty comic book artists out there...David Finch is pretty awful. So was Norm Breyfogle....Carmine Infantino is also amazingly awful.
Originally Posted by weeklymix
you shut your whorish mouth when talking about the sea king.
I read the first two volumes of Sandman recently. The first was really good, but a bit uneven. You could tell Gaiman was finding his bearings a bit. The second volume was much smoother and just as enjoyable, if not more so. I can't wait to pick up the other volumes.
I literally just finished the first volume of Preacher, and it was totally fucking awesome. I need to get the other books in the series ASAP. What a great premise.
I also recently finished Scenes from an Impending Marriage by Adrian Tomine. I think the Onion AV Club mentioned that it was good, so I checked it out. It basically chronicles small little events in the planning of Tomine's wedding (and was initially given out as a gift to the people who came to the wedding.) Since I haven't been married/don't really want to be married for awhile, it probably didn't resonate with me like it would have otherwise, but it was pretty funny and also touching.
His run on Doom Patrol fucked my young teenage mind up (in a good way).
Likewise. I was reading Sandman and Shade: The Changing Man when I decided to pursue some of the other Vertigo titles. Doom Patrol really impressed me. I often think about the issue that had Flex Mentallo trying to turn the Pentagon into a circle.
I really liked the way this opened. It'll be nice to take a break in an alternate universe storyline for the summer. Barry's getting the shaft and I can't wait for the rest of this series to come out. They're also treating this like a pretty special event as the book is of a much heavier paper weight than past DC events. I won't spoil anything because I recommend picking this up even if you're not into DC. You don't need much back story as it seems nearly every character has been thrown into this alternate universe with a new storyline of their own. The only person who seemingly knows his true identity is Barry.
I picked up this mini-series from Marvel the other day:
This is a very cool 5-part miniseries from Rob Williams (Dark Wolverine, the upcoming RoboCop series, etc.) and it highlights one of my favorite newer characters in the Marvel realm. It's 2 parts released right now, with #3 of 5 coming a week from today. Son of Hulk, not going to spoil the storyline because I really recommend it.
Also found this hilarious version of Aquaman and had to buy it.
Let's keep this thread going, I know there's geeks like me waiting for new stuff every Wednesday. Keep us informed on your geeky ways.
I was in Vegas last weekend, but we saw a shop and stopped (yes, we are geeks). Picked up some stuff for my Son. Didn't see anything I was interested in, but glad that he is starting to get into comics.
Just got through the 2nd issue of this miniseries last night. I finish reading these wanting more and each of the first two issues has closed with a healthy cliffhanger. I'm hooked. Going to grab all issues of the 2008 Skaar: Son of Hulk run (12 issues).
Going to grab Deadman Vol. 1 collection this weekend if I can find it and burn some time reading it before I get lost in all the Flashpoint crap next month.