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Title: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 18, 2008, 07:38:13 PM
This is just a generic comic book thread.  It may be used to talk about comics.

I just had a friend who read Watchmen for the first time and I asked him if he liked the ending.  His response was "yeah..."

Me: "But..."

Big Spoiler
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Interesting, he felt the same way when

BIG SPOILER FOR SANDMAN
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The only time I cried reading a comic was during the final volume of Y - The Last Man.  I actually cried twice.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mrbasehart on November 18, 2008, 09:09:52 PM
So how do you feel about Shia LeBeouf playing Yorick in the movie then?   :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 19, 2008, 04:20:39 AM
I'm fairly indifferent.  I don't have an opinion on him on way or the other so I'll just wait and see.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on November 25, 2008, 01:52:17 PM
I annoyingly seemed to miss hearing about one of the titles I follow being relaunched, 'Supreme Power 2' got underway a few months ago, will have to keep an eye open to see if it lasts very long.

I read BPRD Killing Ground a few days ago, enjoyed that, though I couldn't help thinking they have essentially ignored the Frog Plague for a few issues now.

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: KingOfShippers on November 25, 2008, 03:44:12 PM
I've started reading Vertigo's Fables recently, and in my opinion it's nothing sort of fantastic and Frau Totenkinder is awesome.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 25, 2008, 04:00:31 PM
Right now I'm reading and enjoying Brian K Vaughan's Ex Machina.  This would make a great TV series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: ManUnderMask on November 25, 2008, 04:02:36 PM
I've started reading Vertigo's Fables recently, and in my opinion it's nothing sort of fantastic and Frau Totenkinder is awesome.

I tried to read Fables, but I didn't really like it.

Right now I'm rereading the Ultraverse (Malibu's hero universe that Marvel bought and killed). Currently I'm on Prime.

I own every issue for that universe.

Just for those who don't know, Malibu was the company that originally published Men in Black.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: KingOfShippers on November 26, 2008, 05:09:27 PM
I've started reading Vertigo's Fables recently, and in my opinion it's nothing sort of fantastic and Frau Totenkinder is awesome.

I tried to read Fables, but I didn't really like it.


how much did you read of it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: ManUnderMask on November 27, 2008, 12:09:47 AM
how much did you read of it.

The first issue (that sex scene was friggin hilarious!) and then the last few issues of the storyline about Haven. Since there may be more than one, it's the one where the king turns the wooden soldiers into a forest at the end, and Boy Blue brings Red to Haven so she can be with the king.

I just didn't like it. Maybe if I hadn't skipped so many issues in between maybe I would've liked it more. I guess I should not have read Grimm's Fairy Tales first. Great comic by the way, Grimm's Fairy Tales.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: KingOfShippers on November 27, 2008, 08:57:34 AM
yeah i did the same thing as you, though i got mine from the library, I ended up getting Legends in Exile  (Vol 1) and then had to jump all the way to the one with the Arabian Fables along with Wolves (Fun Read by the way) and then had to jump again to The Good Prince (the one with Haven) which followed with the newest one War & Pieces and latter picked up Homeland (Featuring Boy Blue's one-man raid against the Adversary) and seeing as how the Library (or Books-a-Million) doesn't have any of the others it looks like i'll be buying those off of Amazon. but I suggest you pick up Homelands, if your still interested.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: ManUnderMask on November 27, 2008, 10:56:32 AM
Honestly, I'm not really all that interested in Fables anymore. I'm more a superhero guy anyway.

I'm really digging the new Man With No Name comic from Dynamite.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Jazzman99 on December 02, 2008, 06:30:41 AM
Monthly comics (or, given schedules these days, let's just say single issues) long ago became too costly and time-consuming for me to keep up with.  I have several longboxes full of stuff I'm trying to decide what to do with from the 80s and 90s; I'm leaning towards getting the stuff I like bound and selling the rest.

I buy a fair number of trades and HCs when I hear something is good.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 02, 2008, 09:23:10 AM
I just finished reading watchmen and i think they need to make sequel,there is no way that plan would keep the US and Russia from going at it forever.

I mean is everyone in the world stupid?  At some point someone is going to figure out that it wasn't aliens and then what are they going to do,kill everyone who figures it out?

Other then the end it was a good read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 02, 2008, 09:29:50 AM
I'm surprised you missed the reason the series ended.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

By the by, I highly recommend Brian Azzarello's mini-series El Diablo, which is sort of a gory fable set in the old west with a really good ending.

Anyone else here a HUGE 100 Bullets fan?  Anyone have any theories on how it will all go down?

Keep in mind, I haven't read any issues past the ones printed in volume 12.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 02, 2008, 04:57:40 PM
Still it was a pretty dumb plan for the smartest man in the world.

He wants to stop millions from dieing so he Killed Millions of people,great plan.

As I said before i give it six months before people figure out that it wasn't aliens.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 02, 2008, 05:37:38 PM
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 02, 2008, 08:00:51 PM
Oh I don't know maybe the fact that we will never see any alien?!

Also if Russia was willing to nuke the world to win they aren't going to let a little thing like aliens that noone ever sees stop them forever.

I'm sorry but it was an insane plan.

I'm pretty sure also at some point people in the states would start saying 'What if it was the Russians and they were just trying to make it look like aliens so we wouldn't nuke them back?"

I'm sorry i just can't see the plan working in the long run.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on December 02, 2008, 09:02:25 PM
The insanity of the plan is kinda the point (one of them anyway).  The ludicrousness of that certain comic book trope is one of the things Alan Moore wanted to highlight.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 03, 2008, 05:48:21 AM
Oh Ok I guess.

What i was mainly trying to say is that I have heard people say that there is no way to do a sequel to Watchmen but I think there are lots of places you can go with the story.

Really good read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 01, 2009, 08:43:17 PM
Just necroing with coming big news:

the art for the final issue of planetary is done.  Now it's just got to be coloured and such (which hopefully won't take another 2 years).

Not an April Fools gag, although Warren Ellis felt dumb for putting the news on his blog and then forgeting some people might draw some conclusions on the long awaited final issue.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 26, 2009, 09:01:05 PM
Sweet, a friend recently gave me a bunch of his old trades for free, including Give Me Liberty, some Peter Bagge stuff, Lethargic lad and misc.  I also picked up Adventures of the Rifle Briagade.

Also, is anyone else reading "Seaguy: the Slaves of Mickey Eye"?  Because I'm loving it!

(http://i.newsarama.com/preview_images/dcnew/may09/8/seagsm_cv2.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: TheBatman on July 06, 2009, 11:13:08 AM
I love comic books, I'm not an encyclopedia when it comes to them but it's like that old saying "I may not know art but I know what I like"

My favorite series are:

The Preacher - Well, anything by Garth Ennis but this has to be his finest work. Brilliant characters, awesome dialogue and a really, really, really good story

The Boys - Another hit by Mr. Ennis, this has to be the only comic book that actually has me laughing out loud most of the time

Well, only those two, been meaning to pick up Y: The Last Man, the dude at my local comic book store said if I liked Preacher I'd dig this so I'm gonna give this a whirl

Series I'm reading at the moment

Batman
Batwoman In Detective Comics
Batman & Robin
Batman: Streets of Gotham
Red Robin
The Punisher: Max Series

And I've placed pre-orders for the Black Night arcs for Green Lantern, Batman and Superman

As you can probably guess I'm a huge Bats fan boy
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tyrant on July 07, 2009, 12:59:38 PM

Well, only those two, been meaning to pick up Y: The Last Man, the dude at my local comic book store said if I liked Preacher I'd dig this so I'm gonna give this a whirl

I need to check out Y:The Last Man too. Ever since it won a Scream Award over my beloved Walking Dead (so dammit, it had better be good).

I'm a huge Batman fan too, actually. But since I came into it fairly late in my life (relatively speaking) and have been lazy about reading any of the comics, the only series I'm enjoying currently is the All Star run along with All Star Superman.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: TheBatman on July 07, 2009, 01:33:51 PM
Thought about it some more and here are a few others I really dig


Batman: Long Halloween - One of the main inspirations for Dark Knight and a must read for any bat fan who hasn't picked it up yet

The Punisher MAX Series - Punisher. The way he was always meant to be. Unrelenting and violent. Again with the majority of the run penned by Ennis

Superman: Red Son - Not a big supes fan but I loved this.

Also, here's some mini reviews of this month's Bat related DC titles if anyone is interested:

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1 - Writing by Paul Dini and and art by Dustin Nguyen. I liked it, seems they've picked an interesting main villain for the first arc in Firefly. Definitely going to be following this.

Batman #687 - Dealing with the aftermath of Batman's death in the Final Crisis Arc Dick Grayson has to deal with the pressure of having to become The Batman. Judd Winick seems to have a good handle on the characters and I like the art by Ed Benes, I find it very reminiscent of Jim Lee which isn't a bad thing at all.

Batman & Robin #2 After what I thought was a pretty unspectacular first issue things have gotten interesting. Morrison writes good conflict between Damien and Dick as the dynamic duo and Frank Quietly's art is starting to grow on me.

Red Robin #1 - Decided to give this a whirl after all and I love it. I always felt Tim Drake was an underrated character and glad to see him finally being able to head his own book. Chris Yost really let's you feel for Tim's outrage at being replaced as Bats' sidekick and Ramon Bachs' art is pretty decent too.

Detective Comics #854 - With Batman being stretched over in different titles DC decided to make Batwoman the lead in this one. Greg Rucka seems to have come up with a pretty interesting villain in the form of Alice a chick who speaks in lines from Alice In Wonderland and dresses in the Gothic Lolita style. JH Williams III's art kicks all kinds of ass. Can't to see more of this
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sokudo Ningyou on July 07, 2009, 10:44:04 PM
I love comic books, I'm not an encyclopedia when it comes to them but it's like that old saying "I may not know art but I know what I like"

My favorite series are:

The Preacher - Well, anything by Garth Ennis but this has to be his finest work. Brilliant characters, awesome dialogue and a really, really, really good story

The Boys - Another hit by Mr. Ennis, this has to be the only comic book that actually has me laughing out loud most of the time

Well, only those two, been meaning to pick up Y: The Last Man, the dude at my local comic book store said if I liked Preacher I'd dig this so I'm gonna give this a whirl

Series I'm reading at the moment

Batman
Batwoman In Detective Comics
Batman & Robin
Batman: Streets of Gotham
Red Robin
The Punisher: Max Series

And I've placed pre-orders for the Black Night arcs for Green Lantern, Batman and Superman

As you can probably guess I'm a huge Bats fan boy

Preacher is supremely awesome, even if the constant reaction to Arseface got old.  (I mean really; he looks bad, but not THAT bad.)  And the inbred son of Christ...hilarious.

Not sure why he thought Y: The Last Man would be recommended to you because of Preacher.  Not that Y isn't amazing, but it's...not the same.   Except having a guy and a girl (at first) on a mission.

I'm sad Captain Britain and MI:13 is being canceled, because Wisdom is being written great for a change, and it's just a fun series.  I mean: Dracula has a secret base.  On the moon.  Only someone who has read Dr. McNinja could have realized this.  Classic.

100 Bullets...confused the hell out of me at the end.   But still a great series.

Fables is definitely good, but being a Vertigo comic, it's not for anyone who strays from the superheroes.   And you really have to keep up; every time I fall back a few issues, I start reading it from the beginning to re-orient myself.

Hellblazer, though I don't keep up with it.

The Books Of Magic ended before its time.   I would have loved to see Tim continuing on as an adult, after Molly.

Sandman.

I really am a Marvel U fan, and X-Men in particular, but holy christ have they made a mess of things in the past few years after House Of M.  Really, did you idiots forget you got rid of the mutants?  Apparently so.  Either shit, or get off the pot.  Accept the status of mutants (and stop writing stories that clearly require the old status quo numbers), and find a solution, or ret-con that shit. 

(Also, though I am glad Kitty didn't go like a pussy, I can only imagine how a writer will bring her back.  I wait gleefully.)

Transmetropolitan.   Listen to the chair leg of truth, and follow the fuckhead.

Buffy Season 8:  Yeah, it's kind of weird in spots.     But funny.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 10, 2009, 06:01:29 AM
I picked up the first issue of Wednesday comics.  Expensive, and I'm not sure it's worth the price, but still really cool, especially Neil Gaiman and Mike Allred on Metamorpho and Paul Pope on Strange Adventures.  The other stuff is generally good, but way too brief.  (Especially Azzerello and Risso's Batman, which is a shame because I loves 100 Bullets).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 10, 2009, 08:03:58 AM
Buffy Season 8:  Yeah, it's kind of weird in spots.     But funny.

This way (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,10114.0.html) :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: TheBatman on July 10, 2009, 10:28:04 AM
I picked up the first issue of Wednesday comics.  Expensive, and I'm not sure it's worth the price, but still really cool, especially Neil Gaiman and Mike Allred on Metamorpho and Paul Pope on Strange Adventures.  The other stuff is generally good, but way too brief.  (Especially Azzerello and Risso's Batman, which is a shame because I loves 100 Bullets).

Yes, I got this as well along with the new issues of Batman, Red Robin and Green Lantern. Any long time DC fan should pick this up and give it a try. Pretty pricey considering it's printed on cheap paper but worth the read. Love how it's weekly.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: TheBatman on July 16, 2009, 11:30:06 AM
Anybody picked up Blackest Night? frickin' awesome, can't wait for the next issue!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on July 19, 2009, 03:25:33 PM
Same here. Kind of the DC version of Marvel Zombies, without the "alternate universe" cop-out.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on July 21, 2009, 05:22:14 AM
How about Invincible? Am I the only one on that bandwagon? I'm slowly starting the big collected trades and trying to catch up...

M@
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: TeamRAD on July 22, 2009, 04:15:01 PM


My favorite series are:

The Preacher - Well, anything by Garth Ennis but this has to be his finest work. Brilliant characters, awesome dialogue and a really, really, really good story

^ That's all-kinds of awesome.

My favorites:

Scott Pilgrim
Buffy Season 8
The Preacher
Kick-Ass
Runaways
Fables
Hellboy
The Sandman

...and will forever be in the corner of Spiderman.

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2009, 03:19:47 PM
Just doin' rounds hoping to collect a few new votes of the next list of crap.

There are many great choices for lists, and if you like Comics, vote for top 50 Comic books/strips here:

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,14954.0.html
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: TheBatman on August 06, 2009, 02:27:45 PM
(http://dberes.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/final_crisis_hc.jpg)

In-friggin'-credible.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 12, 2010, 08:07:57 PM
Let's see if we can breathe life back into this thread! Here's what I've been reading:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/John-Stanley-Library-Thirteen-Going.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Thirteen-Going-Eighteen-Stanley-Library/dp/1897299885/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273717796&sr=1-1)

I've been reading the John Stanley Library books which Drawn and Quarterly have been putting out, and though they have all been beautifully put together and fun reads, this one is the best so far! Stanley was aiming for an older audience with this one - it's funnier (laugh out loud funny, which is pretty rare for this kind of book) and the characters are interesting and more well rounded. (Well, the main characters are, most of the boys that come through are less so, but it's not about them). Highly recommended!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/King-Aroo-cover.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/King-Aroo-1-Jack-Kent/dp/1600105815/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273717753&sr=1-1)

A collection of comics from the fifties of a strip I have never heard of before. I've been really getting into the whole newspaper-strip-reprint thing that is happening at the moment and I have discovered a few gems that I wasn't into before, but King Aroo is my favourite so far! The art is so wonderful and cartoony, the jokes are silly, but funny but the writing is cleverer than it appears. To be honest, it kind of seems dad-jokey, but a particularly clever dad. I really enjoyed it and am on board for the rest of the series. Again, highly recommended!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/dungtwil3covsmall.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Dungeon-Twilight-3-New-Centurions/dp/1561635782/ref=pd_sim_b_10)

For those not in the know, Dungeon is a massively ambitious series out of France penned by two of France's greatest cartoonists, Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar (two of my biggest influences). The series is told in branches, Zenith being the "main" storyline, starting at issue 1, The Early Years being the prequels (starting at -99) and Twilight telling stories in the future (starting at 101). As well as this, there are two other branches telling stories of the minor characters (Monstres) and jokey stories bridging book one and two (Parade). It is a fantasy/adventure series, and it borders parody, but doesn't quite cross the line. The characters are fun, the art is amazing (they have drawn some of the books themselves, but they also enlist the best cartoonists in France - so truly incredible work!). So, what I am saying is, I really love this series.

The English reprints each contain two of the French books, this book (the most recently translated here) has both one of my least favourite and one of my favourite books from the series. The first is really more of a bridging story, and just isn't really a very fun read. There is one particularly heinous plot point which happens, is pointless and then is quickly forgotten about. Quite a let down over all. But then the second book is fantastic! Literally - the idea for the world they end up on is such a great and fun idea... I don't recommend starting with this book, but I do highly recommend the series!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/HellblazerScab.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/John-Constantine-Hellblazer-Graphic-Novels/dp/1401225012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273717763&sr=1-1)

I generally enjoy Hellblazer. Not enough to collect the books, but a friend of mine buys them and I am happy to read them when he passes them on to me. This book was pretty bad. Three short stories (which generally doesn't work as well with Hellblazer as a book length story IMO.) All three stories seem to clear up all too easily and quickly, you never feel like Constantine is all that threatened, and they kind of feel like they are covering ground that has been well covered in previous books. The short story at the end of the book has some of the worst art I've seen published by a mainstream company. Not recommended at all.

Any one reading any of that stuff, or any other comics lately?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on May 12, 2010, 10:21:39 PM
I always wait a few months to read issues. I like to read full story arcs straight through so I am generally about a year behind.

This comic was great:

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/Forum%20Posts/670344-punisher_1_001a_super.jpg)

Then they introduced a story line that has Castle getting killed and put back together (he was sliced by fake wolverine) and now they are going to call the comic "Frankencastle" I yanked it off my pull list.

However they must have known that people just wanted the crime/noir/mob killing Punisher so they launched this series:

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/Forum%20Posts/punishermax1_var.jpg)

The first story arc (Kingpin) was pretty decent and now is going into a Bullseye storyline.

I also just got this graphic novel:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JTEquCycL._SS500_.jpg)
Great stuff full of oddball characters and situations that P. Bagge is known for.

The new Robocop comic from Dynamite is not bad so far.

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/Forum%20Posts/robocop128129.jpg)

They are wisely ignoring all the inferior movie sequels and have it take place immediately after the first movie.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on May 13, 2010, 08:32:28 AM
I would like to report that, for the first time in a very long time, the current Tick series actually rocks pretty hard. I don't know who this Benito Cereno guy is, but as far as I'm concerned he can man the helm until that fabled day when Edlund decides to come back. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on May 13, 2010, 12:35:35 PM
If you're a Punisher fan, the current series of Ultimate Avengers incorporates the Ultimate universe's version.

(http://comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/marvelcomics/201004-advance/113_ULTIMATE_COMICS_AVENGERS_2_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 13, 2010, 02:48:45 PM
I would like to report that, for the first time in a very long time, the current Tick series actually rocks pretty hard. I don't know who this Benito Cereno guy is, but as far as I'm concerned he can man the helm until that fabled day when Edlund decides to come back. :^)

I know Les, the artist! I don't read singles, but I can't wait for the trade!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on May 15, 2010, 09:14:28 PM
If you're a Punisher fan, the current series of Ultimate Avengers incorporates the Ultimate universe's version.

Looks decent but I am on a budget and I have been avoiding all the Ultimate lines (although I did get Ultimate X and it is not bad so far). I am trying not to get back to my $60-$80 per week habit. I used to give a comic owner my discount at the record store I ran and he would give me my books for his cost and I would still spend more than $50 a week!!

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on May 16, 2010, 07:56:13 AM
Just finished up a two-day excursion at the Motor City ComiCon (you know, one of the ones they do outside of San Diego?  Yes, they still do have those... ;D), and picked up a bunch of local artist stuff.  Now, I do always try to get one or two things from the indy tables (not the least of which is knowing that, one day, I'll probably be at a table like that myself), but this year I went nuts and sampled a little bit of everything that I could.  Well, there was one comic I was going to buy, but there was nobody running the booth when I went there and I forgot to go back before I left.

Nobody here's probably heard of any of them except for possibly "Mouse Guard."  I'd heard of it, but had never read it.  It is a Michigan original, but it has apparently been one of those few exceptions to the rule where it got really super-popular (well, for an indy comic) and from what I've seen of it so far it's very well done and well drawn.  And it was compiled into a really nice hardcover, too.

It's a shame not more people go to the indy tables...there's a lot of crap, but there's a lot of really cool stuff if you go looking for it.  And, well, yeah, the crap can be fun, too.

Oh, and on a related comic note: Adam West was signing autographs for $50 a pop.  Last time he had shown up, he'd been charging $25.  I refused to go to his table.  On the opposite end of the show, Sergio Aragons was signing autographs.  He signed an old Groo I had, and handed it back to me.  He wasn't charging ANYTHING for autographs.  I ended up buying something on the table, because I was not going to let such a generous man go without me giving something back.  He was a real class act, I'll say that.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on May 16, 2010, 09:25:38 AM
Nobody here's probably heard of any of them except for possibly "Mouse Guard."  I'd heard of it, but had never read it.  It is a Michigan original, but it has apparently been one of those few exceptions to the rule where it got really super-popular (well, for an indy comic) and from what I've seen of it so far it's very well done and well drawn.  And it was compiled into a really nice hardcover, too.

It's a shame not more people go to the indy tables...there's a lot of crap, but there's a lot of really cool stuff if you go looking for it.  And, well, yeah, the crap can be fun, too.


I'd be curious to know what you got at the indie tables; I love indie books and am self-publishing my own as it is. Also, one of my good friends is Lars Brown, creator of the excellent North World. So.... Yeah okay I'm name-dropping for indie cred basically I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE READING TELL ME QUICK.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 17, 2010, 11:15:27 AM
I'm reading a lot of straightforward super-hero stuff I picked up (Ultimate Hulk Vs. Wolverine, Flash, Deadpool).  I also have some Buffy comics (finally reading season 8) and a big collection of Crime Suspenstories I got for my birthday.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61tHvuF75-L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
I'll also be getting the next volume of Gantz this week.  I don't know if anyone here has read Gantz, but it is a crazy addictive series.  I don't want to give too much away about it, except it's strange, and it's better to go in not knowing what to expect.  It makes the experience more facsinating.  I'll just say that donj't let the kids anywhere near this one.

(http://files.myopera.com/matthewbowles/blog/gantz-sphere.jpg)

BTW, later this month, I'll be trying again to have my Comic Books List of Crap Voted for.  I think if we pull together and vote for it, it can win!

Oh, and on a related comic note: Adam West was signing autographs for $50 a pop.  Last time he had shown up, he'd been charging $25.  I refused to go to his table.  On the opposite end of the show, Sergio Aragons was signing autographs.  He signed an old Groo I had, and handed it back to me.  He wasn't charging ANYTHING for autographs.  I ended up buying something on the table, because I was not going to let such a generous man go without me giving something back.  He was a real class act, I'll say that.

I'm not going to give a guy like West crap for charging, but I will applaud Sergio for not charging.  He's a really cool creator and I think a lot of people forget that he can do more than just wacky goofy comics (like his recent work on the Spirit and Bat Lash, a character he co-created).

(http://www.popcultureshock.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/bat-lash-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on May 17, 2010, 06:48:33 PM
I'd be curious to know what you got at the indie tables; I love indie books and am self-publishing my own as it is. Also, one of my good friends is Lars Brown, creator of the excellent North World. So.... Yeah okay I'm name-dropping for indie cred basically I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE READING TELL ME QUICK.

I would like to, but I haven't gotten a chance to read them yet (between a Tigers game, finishing a library book, and other assorted chicanery I haven't been able to sit down with them).  I wanted to be able to give a "pick this up now" or "stay away" sort of review.

What I do find amusing, though, is how a lot of people at comic/sci-fi/nerd conventions sell DVDs of "movies" that are, essentially, no-budget enterprises.  While I salute anybody who enters the world of guerilla filmmaking's guts, I just wish one or two of them would invest money in something other than just the HD camera...maybe something like...a microphone?  I honestly think I am willing to forgive that terrifying video look as long as nobody sounds like they're trapped in a garbage bag.  And if it's a "webisode" compilation, since it was never intended for theatrical release.  But when "Birdemic" has you beat on technical merits, you need to reconsider your editing style.

Digression over.  Will return with comic reviews.  And maybe check out North World.  I went to the website and saw that it looks like it was actually drawn...on paper...with art.  That immediately puts it a step above most webcomics I've seen.   ;D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 17, 2010, 07:14:28 PM
Just finished up a two-day excursion at the Motor City ComiCon (you know, one of the ones they do outside of San Diego?  Yes, they still do have those... ;D), and picked up a bunch of local artist stuff.  Now, I do always try to get one or two things from the indy tables (not the least of which is knowing that, one day, I'll probably be at a table like that myself), but this year I went nuts and sampled a little bit of everything that I could.  Well, there was one comic I was going to buy, but there was nobody running the booth when I went there and I forgot to go back before I left.

Nobody here's probably heard of any of them except for possibly "Mouse Guard."  I'd heard of it, but had never read it.  It is a Michigan original, but it has apparently been one of those few exceptions to the rule where it got really super-popular (well, for an indy comic) and from what I've seen of it so far it's very well done and well drawn.  And it was compiled into a really nice hardcover, too.

It's a shame not more people go to the indy tables...there's a lot of crap, but there's a lot of really cool stuff if you go looking for it.  And, well, yeah, the crap can be fun, too.

Oh, and on a related comic note: Adam West was signing autographs for $50 a pop.  Last time he had shown up, he'd been charging $25.  I refused to go to his table.  On the opposite end of the show, Sergio Aragons was signing autographs.  He signed an old Groo I had, and handed it back to me.  He wasn't charging ANYTHING for autographs.  I ended up buying something on the table, because I was not going to let such a generous man go without me giving something back.  He was a real class act, I'll say that.

I had some casting calls that meant I couldn't get there this time which really annoyed me and readintg that about Aragons just ups that. I tend to wander over to the indy tables.

I also look at the celebs but rarely get an autograph. Possibly the most tragic thing I've seen was Alfonso Ribeiro making his own change from a crappy little cash box, poor Carlton.

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 17, 2010, 07:42:37 PM
Hey, at least you live somewhere near a place a con could happen.  The very rare times that does happen in my home town, I find a way to miss it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on May 18, 2010, 05:31:04 AM
Digression over.  Will return with comic reviews.  And maybe check out North World.  I went to the website and saw that it looks like it was actually drawn...on paper...with art.  That immediately puts it a step above most webcomics I've seen.   ;D

North World is indeed drawn on paper with brushes; at the Spokane Comicsmiths' Guild meeting last, he was showing us some new stuff he's developing for book 4 (1-3 are available from Oni Press).

Lars is a drawing machine; he is ALWAYS drawing. And I mean always. It's nuts.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on May 18, 2010, 10:00:58 AM
... Possibly the most tragic thing I've seen was Alfonso Ribeiro making his own change from a crappy little cash box, poor Carlton.

Was he wearing his Michael Jackson jacket from the Pepsi commercials? That would be an even sadder sight.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on May 19, 2010, 08:03:18 PM
I just recently finished "Mercury" by Hope Larson. A very interesting story, and the first I've read by this author. Her website lists an adaptation of "A Wrinkle In Time" on her "upcoming projects", which DEFINITELY has my attention.

Pretty good book that's kind of hard for me to provide a synopsis for, so I'll see if I can find the blurb:

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August 31, 5:15 PM, French Hill, Nova Scotia: A girl named Tara is running. She runs through her nice neighborhood and up a road to the burned ruins of what was once a beautiful house--her family's house.

August 31, 1859, French Hill, Nova Scotia: A girl named Josey is picking blackberries with her friend Connie. As the girls gossip, a handsome stranger knocks on the door of Josey's house. His name is Asa, and with his coming, Josey's life--and later in time, Tara's as well--is about to change forever.

Because there is treasure in the woods that belong to Josey's family. Gold--an untold fortune. Asa has a secret way of finding it, and his partnership with Josey's father could make them all rich. But there is darkness in the woods, and in Asa. And in the present day, Tara, Josey's descendent, is about to discover the truth about what really happened in the family's past.

Eisner award winner Hope Larson weaves together history, romance, and a touch of her trademark magical realism in this remarkable graphic novel of how the past haunts a teenage girl's present.

Yeah, that about nails it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on May 19, 2010, 08:13:31 PM

What I do find amusing, though, is how a lot of people at comic/sci-fi/nerd conventions sell DVDs of "movies" that are, essentially, no-budget enterprises. 

Meh. Better that than the tables selling DVDs of bootlegged anime and compilations of series that they've ripped from VHS tapes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on May 19, 2010, 09:15:32 PM
True.  Like I said, I salute anybody who goes out there and puts their neck on the line.  I just wish more of them would think about how the finished product looks.  I mean, Nostalgia Critic is filmed in front of a blank wall, with Doug just sitting there most of the time, and yet just because he has a microphone near his head and sound effects, it just comes off a lot more polished.  There's "filming in your house" and "looking like you filmed in your house."

It's funny, everybody thinks movies begin and end with the actors in front of the camera, but without the people behind it doing all the pre, mid and post-production work and clean-up, those actors would look pretty silly.

Still haven't gone through the indy stuff yet; got caught up in iRiff stuff today and fell behind on my stack.  But I will, just you wait!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on May 21, 2010, 09:13:25 AM
The library had this so this is what I am reading right now.

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/DoctorWhotheclassicsvolume1.jpg)

Not only are the stories pretty good but I had no idea Dave Gibbons ever did art work for Doctor Who!  It's pretty good art work too,the only trouble is he seems to have real trouble with Tom Baker's face.  Over all it is a good read so far and I can't wait to read the other three volumes my library has.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 21, 2010, 11:04:50 AM
Alan Moore did a couple short Dr. Who comics too, early in his career, though I have no idea if they've been reprinted.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on May 21, 2010, 11:30:10 AM
Alan Moore did a couple short Dr. Who comics too, early in his career, though I have no idea if they've been reprinted.

Wow.  I would love to see those.

The first story in this set The Ion Legion is average,but the art work does a lot for it.

The second City of the Damned is pretty brilliant.  it's a story that could not have been done on Tv at the time but feels like it should have been and the art work is really good.  I wouldn't mind seeing it turned into an episode or two of Doctor Who at some point.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 21, 2010, 11:34:06 AM
Well, here he is talking about it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8VsUjK83ME), briefly, you can see a very fleeting glimpse of one of the issues.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 21, 2010, 01:31:09 PM
Alan Moore talks about his favourite super-hero.

http://www.youtube.com/v/9tsXK5Z29jk&hl=en_US&fs=1&

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Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on May 21, 2010, 05:02:47 PM
Well, here he is talking about it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8VsUjK83ME), briefly, you can see a very fleeting glimpse of one of the issues.

Well that was interesting.  "Never any good after Hartnell left"  I have never heard anyone say that before.  Also which Doctor was that supposed to be.  it looked like a cross Between Hartnell,McGann,and Pertwee.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on May 21, 2010, 05:30:51 PM
Well that was interesting.  "Never any good after Hartnell left"  I have never heard anyone say that before.

I'm actually not surprised, since from what I gather, Alan Moore hates everything.  Granted, I like his work, and I understand the guy's point about creativity and the squelching of it and all that, but I think he's been a 75-year-old curmudgeon for 30 years now.  He's sort of like the guy you run into at a record shop that, whenever you go to buy anything, tells you your music sucks and that nothing is quite like the awesome band he listens to that no one has ever heard of, and might not actually exist, but he uses it as an excuse to point out how much of a pleb you are.  Example:

"What's that?"
"Oh, I'm just picking up this old Depeche Mode record.  I'm thinking of picking up a bunch of vinyl stuff."
"Depeche Mode?  Pfft.  They're nothing but a rip-off of Innuendo Circlehat."
"Inn...Innuendo Circlehat?"
"Yeah, '70s band, used to play the nightclub circuit in Queens, real grinder synth, years ahead of its time.  YOU would've never heard of them, though."
"I think you just made them up."
"Heh, made them up.  Next thing you'll be telling me is that Motley Crue was in no way influenced by Taint of Anaxerxes."

I mean, I can understand being upset by the movies of "V for Vendetta" and "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," but Zach Snyder practically kissed Alan's ass making "Watchmen," give or take an ending or two, and Moore refuses to watch it or lend his name to it because he believes things made in a certain media should stay that way.

You know, says the guy who drew comics of the TV show Doctor Who.   ;D

Like I said, I like the guy's work, but I think years of dealing with executives really embittered him in a way that's awfully tragic.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 21, 2010, 11:12:06 PM

I mean, I can understand being upset by the movies of "V for Vendetta" and "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," but Zach Snyder practically kissed Alan's ass making "Watchmen," give or take an ending or two, and Moore refuses to watch it or lend his name to it because he believes things made in a certain media should stay that way.


Though it probably didn't help that he took away a job from good friend Steve Moore (no relation) when he was struggling financially.  Quite by accident though, as Zach thought that he could stop the over merchandising by canceling the novelization of the movie.  Poor Zach.  Yeah, Alan Moore strikes me as a brilliant man, but not one who is particularly fun to talk to.  Listen to, but not talk to.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 22, 2010, 05:55:35 AM
I don't know he sort of sounds like one of my Uncles and if he's talking about Glycon that would be sort of a fun conversation.


...

Just me then?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on May 28, 2010, 02:42:14 AM
Alan Moore did a couple short Dr. Who comics too, early in his career, though I have no idea if they've been reprinted.
Wow.  I would love to see those.

For you, and anyone else interested, I just put these up in response to this post.  This is a link for all of the Alan Moore Dr. Who stories: http://www.sendspace.com/file/elga2q

First, unRAR the uploaded file.  There are '.cbz' files inside (each is a separate story).  Either you can read them with this great little program: http://download.cnet.com/CDisplay-Image-Display/3000-18488_4-10162238.html  or else you can change the extensions from '.cbz' to '.zip' and unZIP them and look at the contents in any program that views JPGs.  [CDisplay actually is designed for this type of thing, so might be preferable.]

The three files that start with numbers "01" "02" and "03" are parts of a three-part story, the others are stand-alones.  But each is only about four pages.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Doctor Who? on May 28, 2010, 02:25:01 PM
Alan Moore did a couple short Dr. Who comics too, early in his career, though I have no idea if they've been reprinted.
Wow.  I would love to see those.

For you, and anyone else interested, I just put these up in response to this post.  This is a link for all of the Alan Moore Dr. Who stories: http://www.sendspace.com/file/elga2q

First, unRAR the uploaded file.  There are '.cbz' files inside (each is a separate story).  Either you can read them with this great little program: http://download.cnet.com/CDisplay-Image-Display/3000-18488_4-10162238.html  or else you can change the extensions from '.cbz' to '.zip' and unZIP them and look at the contents in any program that views JPGs.  [CDisplay actually is designed for this type of thing, so might be preferable.]

The three files that start with numbers "01" "02" and "03" are parts of a three-part story, the others are stand-alones.  But each is only about four pages.

Enjoy!

COOL!  Thanks,I can't wait to read them.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on May 28, 2010, 05:00:31 PM
COOL!  Thanks,I can't wait to read them.

You're welcome.  Glad I could help out.  Odd, actually... I'd never seen this thread until early today, and it just happened to be just a couple days after you and Johnny Unusual had posted those comments.  ;D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 28, 2010, 05:09:29 PM
Very cool.  Definitely going to check them out.  I rarely read non-Japanese comics on the computer, but comics that are harder to find are always an exception (re: Marvelman).  Thanks Lucas.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 28, 2010, 05:22:32 PM
Thanks Lucas, good stuff, as far as DWM can be good.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on May 28, 2010, 07:51:04 PM
You're all welcome.  Glad I could help out.

Oh, and Johnny Unusual: I think Marvelman - the Moore issues - were some of the most revolutionary comics I've read; great stuff!  Luckily I bought all the issues as well as the hardcover collections when they came out, but I have 'electronic' copies so I can re-read them (so the now-pricey originals don't get worn).  I love how Moore writes, even altering a common phrase to make it special (and creepy, in the circumstances they were found):

     "All the cats were now out of the bag, the worms at last freed from their tin.
     "I knew in all the world that there existed no can large enough for us to ever cram them all back in."
                     - Alan Moore (Miracleman # 15, pp.19-20)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 29, 2010, 05:45:09 PM
The Gaiman issues were really good too, a really nice extension of where Moore left off.  I think it was really smart of him to draw attention away from the character of Marvelman himself and switch to the people in this world.  I love the idea of a cities of spies trying to unravel a conspiracy that doesn't exist (which itself is the conspiracy... OR ID I JUST BLOW YOUR MIND).

Right now, I'm reading Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Dan Clowes.  I'm not a bit Clowes fan (loved Ghost World but I generally don't like his straight forward humour stuff), but I am enjoying this so far.  Very David Lynch inspired looks like it will be an unpredictable read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 29, 2010, 11:46:51 PM
I just finished reading:

(https://shop.idwpublishing.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/t/e/terry2_large.jpg)

Even better than the first volume! I never thought I would enjoy this strip, but it's really fantastic. The racism is awful, of course, but if you can get past that, it's a lot of fun. The series is going out of print so I've been snatching up the last couple of books - can't wait to get into them.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on June 03, 2010, 03:33:37 PM
Last night I started reading the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics for the first time.  I've been curious for awhile, since I was a major turtle fan growing up.  Loved the old cartoon series, still love the first two movies (and even have a fondness for the 2007 TMNT movie, despite it's flaws).  I never followed the more recent cartoon, but what I saw of it I was actually impressed by.  I tried getting into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures back in the day (the comic that's more closely based on the cartoon's style) but as with so many other comics I got tired of waiting for the next issue and just fell out of it.  That's why I mainly only read collections today, I want to get through the story and put it down, not read a few pages and wait a month or more.

(http://www.geekologie.com/2007/04/tmnt-ebay.jpg)

Anyway, I've loved what I've been reading so far.  I'm about 7 issues in, and it took some time to adjust, but it's been a good ride.  Strange to see these four being so serious.  There's practically no wisecracking or anything like that, even from Michelangelo.  It's a lot darker and more violent than any other version of the story, the four fight and kill when necessary.  This is before they turned the Foot Clan into robots for the cartoon so they could be mowed down like Star Wars battledroids without offending the parents.  The Foot Clan is made up of real living and often bleeding humans.  There've been some real shocks here and there.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 03, 2010, 08:13:24 PM
I'm almost finished reading what is now one of my fav series in a long while, Young Liars.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_B3KdGxEn__U/SZNPtjxbBoI/AAAAAAAAF5o/KSg7d-qR3z4/s400/YoungLiars12.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3233/2314890182_4d9a283012_b.jpg)

It's created by David Lapham, who created the acclaimed Stray Bullets (never read, but after this I really want to) and is an ode to rock and roll.  In fact, the whole thing feels a lot likea rock opera, especailly starting with volume 2, although the narrative takes so many hairpin turns that it probably wouldn't work as one.  Generally I don't like rock operas, but I like the idea of rock operas.  An epic narrative told through songs.

Basically the story seems to be about Danny Noonan, a rock fan whose best friend is an already crazy girl who gets even crazier after a bullet in the brain leaves her without inhibitions.  But that's only the beginning.  The characters are well-written and sympathetic, but really horrible, in the sense that they are generally selfish, screwed up or dangerous.  Even the main character seems to be the worst of the cast (apart from the out and out villains) who does horrible things, but sort of knows it.  It's sort of like how in Spider-Man comics, Peter always has moments where he wants to do the wrong thing or take the easy way out or shirk responsibilities.  Parker doesn't but Danny Noonan makes those selfish choices and even though he often regrets them, you still feel equal parts contempt and sympathy for him.

But that's just the beginning.  Vol. 1 is strange and exciting but Vol. 2 things just get crazy and you realize no one, not even the story teller, can be trusted.  After all, they're all liars.  I'm 2 issues in the third and final volume and I'm interested to see where it ends.  As a bonus, each issue comes with two Danny Duoshade song recommendations.  My recommendation is play the songs while reading the book.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 03, 2010, 09:51:19 PM
I love David Lapham's work -Young Liars was coming along great but then got canceled. I haven't read the third book, but I hear the ending suffered for it.

Stray Bullets isn't the easiest series to track down, but some of his other work is easy to find like Murder Me Dead, Silverfish and Marvel's Terror Inc (This first book is fantastic, the second is awful).

I am excited about his forthcoming Sparta USA.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 04, 2010, 10:30:05 AM
Mmm... I finished it today and I think I like it overall, but it twists and turns a little too much.  I think it is very good overall, but there's too much going on in the last volume.  That said, that might have been partially intentional.  That said, I liked the way it ended, but it might have ended better if things leading up to it happened at a more digestable pace.  It's sort of like Mulholland Drive.  I think that it's unhappy unclear ending isn't as much the problem is that there was supposed to be more leading up to the frustrating enigma.  Next up for me:

(http://buffycomics.hellmouthcentral.com/covers/btvstimelifetpb.jpg)

Then
(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/5/54426/1122179-deadpool_volume_3_x_marks_the_spot_hc_super.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 09, 2010, 06:16:43 AM
Finally started on this book I got in April for my birthday:

(http://www.kingscomics.com.au/catalog/images/prodimg/img12819.jpg)

This stuff is still some of the best comics of all time.  There are some books that stand the test of time and some that don't.  Though it doesn't use some of today's splashier techniques EC books are friggin' amazing with a lot of fun art (I can definitely see Darwyn Cooke's style being influenced by the great Johnny Craig, who may be my favourite artist of all time.

(http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/10/18/johnny_craig_cover_crime_suspenstor.jpg)

(http://img164.imageshack.us/i/ecjctc0uv4us.jpg/)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FpV5b3zDAUg/SzHy2oVsFyI/AAAAAAAABn0/tNudhwP3HpI/s400/and+all+through+the+house+1.jpg)

Has anyone else been picking up the EC collections?  I only have this and Vault of Horror Vol. 1 but these are fantastic collections.  They even include some old adds and letters pages (which is great in the GhouLunatics' books since it has goading letters from each of the books hosts.  Marvel gets a lot of credit for building up appreciation for creators and building up a sense of community through their letters pages, but it's clear that EC was well ahead of the game here.

BTW, if you haven't voted yet, might I suggest you vote for Top 50 comics in list of crap?  Today is the last day to vote.  Shameless, I know, but it doesn't hurt to try.
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,18333.0.html
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on June 09, 2010, 07:38:40 AM
(http://coto2.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/r-crumb-genesis-illustrated-387x500.jpg)
Just as weird as reading the chapters and verse themselves, but that weirdness is made all the more obvious thanks to Crumb sticking to the text as a source for the drawings.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 09, 2010, 09:14:33 AM
I've never been a Crumb fan (not denying his talent, just a matter of personal taste, though his unique style looks similar to some of my favourite authors) but I do want to read that.  From my understanding, it's a pretty straight retelling, which sounds interesting because I never really read the Bible.

I also recommend this:

(http://www.stuartngbooks.com/baker_king_david_cvr.jpg)

Which is mostly a straight retelling with some Looney Toons-style humour mixed in (not so much the splat and squish stuff but the comic timing and dialogue), though the ending is very powerful.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on June 09, 2010, 10:16:23 AM
I've never been a Crumb fan (not denying his talent, just a matter of personal taste, though his unique style looks similar to some of my favourite authors) but I do want to read that.  From my understanding, it's a pretty straight retelling, which sounds interesting because I never really read the Bible.

I also recommend this:

(http://www.stuartngbooks.com/baker_king_david_cvr.jpg)

Which is mostly a straight retelling with some Looney Toons-style humour mixed in (not so much the splat and squish stuff but the comic timing and dialogue), though the ending is very powerful.
It is, and he's mostly used the KJV except where he needs slightly punchier dialog which he's taken from Rober Alter's The Five Books of Moses (http://www.amazon.com/Five-Books-Moses-Translation-Commentary/dp/0393019551)..

I particularly liked the response (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/6358134/Biblical-sex-row-over-explicit-illustrated-Book-of-Genesis.html) at its release (appropriate word there):

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A spokesman for the Church of England said: "I haven't seen the book but I think trying to sell something by emphasising the sexual nature of some of the scenes doesn't seem to be a good way to pass on the message of the bible."

Er, like two daughters getting their father blotto so he'll give them children? Yeah, not sure what the non-sexual nature of that is really.

I'll try to track down that King David one. :)

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on June 10, 2010, 01:32:12 AM
Has anyone else been picking up the EC collections?  I only have this and Vault of Horror Vol. 1 but these are fantastic collections.  They even include some old adds and letters pages (which is great in the GhouLunatics' books since it has goading letters from each of the books hosts.  Marvel gets a lot of credit for building up appreciation for creators and building up a sense of community through their letters pages, but it's clear that EC was well ahead of the game here.

I picked up most of the hardcover (B&W) EC collection/box sets when they first came out.  Still have most of the ones I bought.  There was some amazing stuff in that line, particularly for the length of the stories.  These days Marvel and DC suck at huge multi-book 'epics' and tell less of a story (and less internally consistent or believable stories) than EC did in 4-6 pages.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 10, 2010, 06:34:58 AM
Has anyone else been picking up the EC collections?  I only have this and Vault of Horror Vol. 1 but these are fantastic collections.  They even include some old adds and letters pages (which is great in the GhouLunatics' books since it has goading letters from each of the books hosts.  Marvel gets a lot of credit for building up appreciation for creators and building up a sense of community through their letters pages, but it's clear that EC was well ahead of the game here.

I picked up most of the hardcover (B&W) EC collection/box sets when they first came out.  Still have most of the ones I bought.  There was some amazing stuff in that line, particularly for the length of the stories.  These days Marvel and DC suck at huge multi-book 'epics' and tell less of a story (and less internally consistent or believable stories) than EC did in 4-6 pages.

Agreed.  The current Gemstone collections actually have new vibrant colours that still manage to \keep the feel of the original colour without looking quite so ugly.  I like some books in black and white OK (I actually prefer reading the early marvel books that way.) but I was surprised how much colour added to those EC books.

My comics I got this week?

(http://prettythings.pullbot.com/artworks/483993/invincible_vol12_cov_medium.jpg)

(http://blog.jasondunbar.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Gantz10.jpg)

I think this is the first week I picked up Gantz and the other book is gorier!  Though this was a relatively quiet volume of Gatnz, focused on introducing new characters.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: goflyblind on June 10, 2010, 07:43:11 AM
my two tick collections arrived this week.  ;D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 10, 2010, 07:44:24 AM
Is one of them the Comlete Ben Edlund?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: goflyblind on June 10, 2010, 07:49:40 AM
why yes. the other being the complete tick and arthur.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on June 10, 2010, 09:01:29 AM
Tick and Arthur is OK, but for non-Edlund series, the best are Karma Tornado (With the first 4 episodes written by a young Jackson Publick, Venture Brothers Fans!) and Big Blue Destiny. Better than those, are the 3 Spinoffs, Man Eating Cow, Chainsaw Vigilante, and Paul the Samurai. The New series is kicking it pretty hard too.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on June 17, 2010, 11:16:54 AM
Grabbed this little strip book today:

(http://microcosmpublishing.com/catimages/hg_lg.jpg)

It is pretty funny.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 18, 2010, 07:30:17 AM
Picked up this
(http://rgr-static1.tangentlabs.co.uk/images/bau/97807851/9780785132424/0/0/plain/spider-man-brand-new-day-volume-3-tpb-brand-new-day-volume-3-tpb.jpg)

and this
(http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080217104451/buffy/images/thumb/9/93/Tales_of_the_Vampires.jpg/284px-Tales_of_the_Vampires.jpg)

but I think I'll let them wait until I finally getting around to finishing this, which I got for Christmas

(http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/imagecomics/200806/scud_tp.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: goflyblind on June 18, 2010, 04:56:51 PM
hrm. i am judging scud by its cover. are its contents good, too?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 18, 2010, 05:16:47 PM
Basically, in terms of what to expect it's kind of a mix of Deadpool and the Tick.  It's about a future were robot assassins can be bought in vending machines.  Our hero, a lethal but largely amiable SCUD assassin almost takes out his target, a bizarre (like really really bizarre) monster named Jeff, only to see in the meal a label on his back that states he will self-terminate after completing his objective.  Not wanting to die, Scud cripples his target and puts him on life support, taking jobs to pay for Jeff's hospitable bills.  Along the way, he makes friends in the mafia and Drywall, a living kleptomaniac tesseract covered in zippers who talks like Woodstock from Peanuts..

Personally, there are things I'm not into:  it can be almost too chaotic at times (in an already chaotic series) and Jeff can be a bit annoying (he talks in famous quotes and catchphrases), but overall it's a satisfying, fun series with a likable protagonist.

The series was created by Rob Schrab, who's written lots of small stuff for comedy and TV and recently directed the third season for the Sarah Silverman Program.

And check it out, Scud and Drywall are costumes from the 2008 Homestar Halloween cartoon:

http://www.homestarrunner.com/ween08.html

That made me smile almost as much as when Strong Mad was the Maxx
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 18, 2010, 05:28:25 PM
Scud is great, but yeah, I agree it can be too chaotic at times.

Schrabb didn't just direct on the third season of the Sarah Silverman Program, he was co-creator and directed a lot of the whole series (and often appears in it). He also co-created the infamous Heatvision and Jack and the film Monster House.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on June 22, 2010, 12:48:42 AM
I read the Scott Pilgrim books tonight. Just terrific.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2010, 05:56:06 AM
Nuh-Uh, you didn't read alla dem, on counta da last one didn't come out yet.  So there.  It comes out next month, so I'm looking forward to that.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2010, 12:44:15 PM
Finally finished Scud.  That was a really good read, though it was a bit confusing at times.  When you think about it, the plans of all of Scud's enemies seem sort of odd and needlessly convoluted, but I suppose that's a part of the charm.  I know that there are books where you don't really need an epilogue when the end hits (100 Bullets, for example) and while I like the ending, I'm kind of curious about
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
.
Rob really needs to get around to doing more series.  Also, I hope that all of the other Scud-verse series like "Tales from the Vending Machine" and "La Costa Nostroid" get the reprint treatment.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on June 22, 2010, 05:28:11 PM
Well, what with chronic, serial mental exhaustion, I've finally gotten around to starting Jim Starlin's "Mystery In Space" from back in '06-'07.  I must say that it seems to be some of his better work from the last - uh - three+ decades.  Nothing particularly special (like his original Warlock/Magus run), but better than what I've seen of what else he has produced in recent years, as he went back to the psychological/metaphysical components of events fairly smoothly in this series (as opposed to his sometimes just cramming them in, or leaving them out).

VERY nice to see he and Milgrom back together for the art for the backup 'The Weird' stories.  Given what Starlin's done, I'd honestly rather he spent his time with producing the art for his stories, rather than spending time with more writing that others illustrate.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 24, 2010, 10:03:16 AM
After being to busy to buy things yesterday, I got to the comic shop today.  I got this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61Kz66sh13L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

And picked this up used for $8

(http://www.dccomics.com/media/product/4/8/4894_400x600.jpg)

If it's Grant Morrison, I'm going to buy it eventually.  Also, Kid Eternity is one of those cool concepts I wish someone would make into a series (his power is to summon anyone from the past, present or future to help him.  I think he could also summon fictional characters too.)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on June 30, 2010, 08:19:50 PM
Ok, it's been over a month since I said I would talk about some of the ones I picked up at ComiCon, so here's the ones I was able to read thus far:

DRAFTED, by E.W. Lynch: Space Marines fight in a seemingly endless series of pointless battles against an army of powerful, but not particularly scary-looking robots.  While the story seems like "Aliens Meets Terminator" in a lot of ways, what I like most about it is the art...it's a very stylish, yet cartoony, black and white that gives it a gritty look.  Lots of cross-hatching for shadows and other details.  A lot of work went into the two issues I picked up.  What doesn't quite work, and gets annoying, is that the entire comic is done calendar-style...as in, it's in regulation comic fold and size, but you open it from the bottom and read it top to bottom.  While it is different, it's incredibly awkward, but I just like the artwork so much I can't entirely hate it.  Maybe if comics were like this from the beginning, it'd be a different story, but since 99.9999999% of comics are left to right (don't get me started on anime, seriously), it takes way too long to get used to.

THE SERIAL SQUAD, by Paul E. Schultz: Galaxy Quest meets Watchmen.  Seriously.  A group of 1940s actors, each starring in an adventure serial, are recruited by government types to take on the roles for real, issuing them real versions of all their various gadgets, like Galaxy Quest.  Like Watchmen, all of them are in some way based on actual old serial superheroes (some blatantly, but all in good fun).  Whether you'd like it or not is entirely up to how much your mileage for this sort of thing goes.  If you love seeing a Phantom knock-off beating up Nazis, then you'd probably like it.  What IS cool, though, is that the three currently produced issues have pin-up art in the back by Jay Fife, another artist who was at the con that we've talked to several times.  He's pretty much made a career out of pin-ups, and he's damn good at them.

There was one that I was going to pick up, but the booth was empty when I went by it and I never got a chance to go back and buy it.  It was called "The Cardinal," and having just looked it up on the old world wide netweb, it's more focused on morality (as the writer apparently includes a non-denominational Christian message), so if that's your bag, go ahead.  Didn't see it, can't review it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on July 01, 2010, 09:28:35 AM
Wandered in to New England Comics yesterday at lunch time just for the heck of it to see if there were any new collection books I wanted to pick up.

You know when you see in movies/cartoons when a stranger walks in and the record scratches and the place goes silent and stares? It was kinda like that.  The store was fairly full and it was all regulars, most of which were flirting with the 19 year old red head girl working the register.

The guy who worked there pretty much was following me around the whole time keeping an eye on me.

Last time I go in there on a Wednesday.  Yikes.  :speechless:
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 01, 2010, 09:29:55 AM
Picked up this yesterday and read it this morning

(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/40/506679-asm_568_cover_super.jpg)

Very good fun read.  Slott is definitely my favourite Spidey writer right now.

Also picked up this for cheap in the used bin:

(http://onceuponageek.com/images/runners.jpg)

Could be interesting.  It almost looks like a generic 80's sci-fi indie comic  following on the heels of Ninja Turtles, but the creator worked on a Tick series, so that is promising.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyJack on July 02, 2010, 02:01:23 AM
I don't pop into this thread too often, but I wanted to share my new discovery. I picked up the Atlas monthly a while back on a lark, and enjoyed them so much I went back and bought the Agents of Atlas mini series TPB.  Outstanding book, filled with obscure 50s characters who team up to take on the Yellow (golden) Claw. Jeff Parker really did his homework and created something fun, smart, and added surprising new layers to characters like Claw (which made him more than the stereotypical yellow peril baddie). I love the Uranian (Marvel Boy) - he has this old school flying saucer and wears a bubble over his head, - very 50s B-movie vibe with him . All that,  plus Venus spends half the book topless (well as topless as you can go without getting the adult label)  ;)

(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/77/465100-agents_of_atlas_leonard_kirk12_super.jpg)


Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 02, 2010, 02:10:56 AM
I don't pop into this thread too often, but I wanted to share my new discovery. I picked up the Atlas monthly a while back on a lark, and enjoyed them so much I went back and bought the Agents of Atlas mini series TPB.  Outstanding book, filled with obscure 50s characters who team up to take on the Yellow (golden) Claw. Jeff Parker really did his homework and created something fun, smart, and added surprising new layers to characters like Claw (which made him more than the stereotypical yellow peril baddie). I love the Uranian (Marvel Boy) - he has this old school flying saucer and wears a bubble over his head, - very 50s B-movie vibe with him . All that,  plus Venus spends half the book topless (well as topless as you can go without getting the adult label)  ;)

(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/77/465100-agents_of_atlas_leonard_kirk12_super.jpg)




I just finished reading that too! I also endorse it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 02, 2010, 06:18:31 AM
Yeah, it's a fun read.  I especially liked how strange Marvel Boy and his ship can get (extracting his disgestive tract to eat, how surprised and shocked Gorilla Man is by the ships bathroom).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 08, 2010, 06:42:27 AM
My books for this week.
Gantz Vol. 11
This one is always a treat, and they are releasing a book a month now, at least for summer.
(http://zenmangas.fr/wp-content/uploads/wpsc/product_images/gantz_11-2.jpg)

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 1
I haven't started yet, but I love the art, and it looks to be going in a more fun direction than the book has been in a while.
(http://www.spidermancrawlspace.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/ultimate_comics_spiderman_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 08, 2010, 06:33:47 PM
I've been drawing Marvel Villains as played by cats:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/VA.gif)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on July 08, 2010, 08:33:31 PM
I've been drawing Marvel Villains as played by cats:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/VA.gif)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)


...AWESOME.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 09, 2010, 12:03:10 AM
I've been drawing Marvel Villains as played by cats:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/VA.gif)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)


...AWESOME.

Seconded - I especially love Dormeowmu!!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 09, 2010, 06:11:28 AM
I was thinking of calling him Dormammew.

That's really awesome.  I like how Jigsaw was appearently just scratched than cut to ribbons.

NOW, TO KILL PETER PORKER, the Spectacular Spider-Ham

(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/Spider-Ham%201.jpg)

Edit: Oh, and as always, top 50 comics is up for vote when it comes to voting for list of crap.  It would be keen if you voted for it.

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,18596.0.html

Plus there are two votes, so if you can get another choice!

Edit #2: I just finished both Spider-Man and Gantz.  Both really good reads.  I like that Bendis is more or less keeping his style the same but making it a bit lighter and cartoonier thanks to the new cast and the new artist.  If they were to make a new Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, it should be like this.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on July 09, 2010, 12:34:09 PM
I was thinking of calling him Dormammew.

That's really awesome.  I like how Jigsaw was appearently just scratched than cut to ribbons.

NOW, TO KILL PETER PORKER, the Spectacular Spider-Ham

(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/Spider-Ham%201.jpg)

A long time ago, my brother made a "Spider-Ham" comic for a class project.  I know we've still got it lying around somewhere, but it's been a long time since I've seen it, and if I recall it was damn good artwork, maybe even as good as what was in the comics (and he was still in Elementary school at the time).  I do remember the Punfisher and Black Catfish were in it...probably because they were the characters in the Marvel Tales issues we owned.

What makes me sad, though, is there's a few of the cats I can't place.  I thought I knew all the Marvel characters, but I'm looking at the one with the cloak and two guns and thinking, "I didn't know Cloak walked around with firearms...or is that Cloak?"  Either I'm behind on my Marvel characters or I'm just thinking too hard...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 09, 2010, 02:23:06 PM
Thanks every one!

What makes me sad, though, is there's a few of the cats I can't place.  I thought I knew all the Marvel characters, but I'm looking at the one with the cloak and two guns and thinking, "I didn't know Cloak walked around with firearms...or is that Cloak?"  Either I'm behind on my Marvel characters or I'm just thinking too hard...

Are you reading current Marvel at all? That guy is all over current Marvel...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on July 09, 2010, 02:33:24 PM
Started reading this again just for kicks.
(http://www.extensiveenterprisesonline.com/OnlineStore/images/comics/marvel/impossible_man_summer_vacation_s-90-91/1.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on July 09, 2010, 06:14:42 PM
Are you reading current Marvel at all? That guy is all over current Marvel...

Maybe I AM falling behind.  I thought everything was still about red Hulk (or Rulk, as the guy at the comic store named him) and Marvel Zombies.  What have I been doing?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 09, 2010, 06:40:23 PM
Are you reading current Marvel at all? That guy is all over current Marvel...

Maybe I AM falling behind.  I thought everything was still about red Hulk (or Rulk, as the guy at the comic store named him) and Marvel Zombies.  What have I been doing?

He's playing heavily in the New Avengers and the Dark Reign stuff.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 10, 2010, 01:33:36 AM
Are you reading current Marvel at all? That guy is all over current Marvel...

Maybe I AM falling behind.  I thought everything was still about red Hulk (or Rulk, as the guy at the comic store named him) and Marvel Zombies.  What have I been doing?

He's playing heavily in the New Avengers and the Dark Reign stuff.

I think he is - imaginatively enough, since he wears a hood - called 'The Hood'.  [EJG3, is your cat version, by any chance, called 'The Hoodie'?]
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 10, 2010, 08:32:13 PM
Update: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour drops next week!  The final chapter will be mine!

(http://www.daemonsbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/scott_pilgrim_finest_hour-550x818.jpg)

I wonder what Bryan is going to do once he finishes the series?

Also, I've been rereading some From Hell.  Man, that is an incredible book, especially the second chapter where we learn all about William Gull.

"No. I just made a little sound."  Creepy.

(http://www.freemasonry.bcy.ca/fiction/from_hell01.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on July 11, 2010, 08:33:46 AM
I've been drawing Marvel Villains as played by cats:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/VA.gif)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Awesome.  Your Skurge Kitty needs a couple of M16s though.

Started reading this again just for kicks.
(http://www.extensiveenterprisesonline.com/OnlineStore/images/comics/marvel/impossible_man_summer_vacation_s-90-91/1.jpg)

I love this book. 
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 11, 2010, 05:48:38 PM
I think he is - imaginatively enough, since he wears a hood - called 'The Hood'.  [EJG3, is your cat version, by any chance, called 'The Hoodie'?]

You got it! (I have not come up with pun names for the characters though...)

Awesome.  Your Skurge Kitty needs a couple of M16s though.

I am afraid this is a case of mistaken identity - I have not drawn Scourge yet...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on July 13, 2010, 03:52:38 PM
I think he is - imaginatively enough, since he wears a hood - called 'The Hood'.  [EJG3, is your cat version, by any chance, called 'The Hoodie'?]

You got it! (I have not come up with pun names for the characters though...)

Awesome.  Your Skurge Kitty needs a couple of M16s though.

I am afraid this is a case of mistaken identity - I have not drawn Scourge yet...
Whahuh?  Isn't this who you were going for?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 13, 2010, 04:19:58 PM
I think he is - imaginatively enough, since he wears a hood - called 'The Hood'.  [EJG3, is your cat version, by any chance, called 'The Hoodie'?]

You got it! (I have not come up with pun names for the characters though...)

Awesome.  Your Skurge Kitty needs a couple of M16s though.

I am afraid this is a case of mistaken identity - I have not drawn Scourge yet...
Whahuh?  Isn't this who you were going for?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Huh! Turns out it is, only I know him as The Executioner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executioner_%28comics%29).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 13, 2010, 04:20:51 PM
Scott Pilgrim shot location to comic book comparisons.  (http://io9.com/5586023/a-side+by+side-comparison-of-scott-pilgrim-and-the-real-world/gallery/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2010, 05:26:56 PM
Neat.  I had a friend go movie to Toronto after Christmas and I insisted he (a big fan who actually released a podcast about him marking his life when he read each book) go on a Scott Pilgrimage.  I love wordplay.  Anyway, some of the places he found by complete accident, including Honest Ed's.

Right now, I'm rereading the series to prepare for the book tomorrow.

By the way, if you want to check out my friends podcast, check here:

http://www.keithcourage.com/xo/shownotes.html
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 15, 2010, 10:16:14 AM
Oops, I guess Scott Pilgrim got to the stores today but don't get released until Tuesday.  Waiting is the hardest part.

In the meantimes I got this:

Yakitate!! Japan Vol. 23
(http://www.mangaheart.com/images/yakitatejapan23)

Frankly, the series (which is sort of like Iron Chef with bread) peaked in Vol. 14 and has lost a lot of it's appeal, although a lot of the recipes are still kind of neat.

I also got Spider-Man: Crime and Punisher

(http://static.letsbuyit.com/filer/images/uk/products/original/150/51/spider-man-crime-and-punisher-premiere-hc-amazing-spider-man-15051115.jpeg)

A bit of a letdown after the coolness that was New Ways to Die, but the stories are still good and there are some interesting artists (particularly Paolo Rivera who kind of gives the book a Paul Pope vibe) in here.  I find much of Chris Bachalo's stuff to busy and overdesigned to follow, but his Spider-Man stuff is relatively simple and he does a great job on the Hammerhead story, particularly the origin story part of it.  Plus there's a really good ending to a Flash Thompson story that I might have seen coming if it was just some other random character.  Now I kind of want him to come back to New York soon, at least for a little while.

In strange news, Scott Thompson is doing a comic book about Kids in the Hall character Danny Husk from AT & Love.  Interesting, but weird.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2010, 06:55:26 AM
Woo!  I got Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour!  Now I'm going to do some work, get lunch, then come back to work and read the whole thing cover-to-cover!  Plus I got Buffy Season 8 Vol. 5, so that's good too.  Plus 3D glasses, since I lost the ones I got for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: the Black Dossier.

Edit: Just finished it.  Book good.

Edit 2: Here are the trailer for the Gantz movie.  I wonder if they are going to tone down the gore?  (Probably not the sex)

http://www.youtube.com/v/teC7PFvluCQ

And there's another shorter trailer here:
http://kotaku.com/5591300/gantz-the-movie-the-trailer
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 23, 2010, 11:25:55 PM
Comic Con... specifically comics.  What looks good to you.

I like this

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2010/07/sdcc-10-first-look-at-loeg-vol-iii-century-2-1969/

I missed the last one, but I'm just waiting for the trade.  Still, I can't wait to see how Moore handles this one.  Sounds like it ties into Rosemary's Baby.

Morrison has yet another new Batman book on the way.  Morrison could write "The Grant Morrison Drinks His Own Urine" Book and I'd still read it.  This one is a Batman team book:

Batman Inc.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=27400

I loved Peter David's Young Justice (some derided it as to goofy, but they can go to hell), and though it looks like it is only taking the name, this still looks interesting.  I still miss short attention span Bart Allen.
http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2010/07/23/cci-first-look-at-animated-young-justice/
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 27, 2010, 07:22:01 PM
Still waiting for my copy of Scott Pilgrim book 6 to make it's way to my house. Should arrive any day now.

Meanwhile I have been rereading the Bendis run of Daredevil and am just launching into the Brubaker run for the first time. I loved the Bendis stuff, but I think I am loving the Brubaker stuff even more!

Also I drew some more Marvel Villain Cats:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y86/tedprior/VL.gif)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2010, 09:02:05 AM
See, for me, I think Psycho Cat's third emotion on his box should be shedding.

Also, I have to admit, I don't recognize the third one down.  Is that Nightmare?

Anyhoo, here are some comics I picked up for my vacation (including some super-cheap discount ones

New Avengers Vol. 12
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51I%2BLcFxRNL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Still fun as almost always but I have very little to say of it.

Buffy Vol. 5
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51s23uOu7nL._SCLZZZZZZZ_AA250_Predators-and-Prey-Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-Season-Eight-Vol-5.jpg)

Not the best volume, but lots of good stuff, including a very funny Harmony-centric issue.

Now here are some of the cheap books I got:
Welcome to Tranquility Vol. 1

(http://semantink.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/8380_400x600.jpg)

Wow, this was good.  I think there are almost too many books that's basically "a new twist on super-heroes" kind of book (and hey, I'm not against it.  Top Ten was one of my all time favourites) but Gail Simone really knows how to make it work.  I don't care if it's cliche (an inside look at the super-hero community, heroes as celebrities, hero-murder mystery) in many ways, she knocks this one out of the park, with the series getting better with each issue.  Interestingly there is a volume 2, but I almost feel the end of volume one was satisfying enough.

Adventures of Rabbi Harvey
(http://www.sefersafari.com/1580233104.jpg)

I picked this up without looking.  I was surprised to find there are Jewish comics in the same way there are Christian comics.  It's interesting though and surprising secular feeling.  Really, what it is focusing on is the value of wisdom and honesty.  It is also interesting to see some reinterpretations of old Jewish folk tales, so that's pretty cool.  Overall, it's interesting, but not great.  Also for some reason everyone is drawn like they haven't slept in weeks.

Crush
(http://images.darkhorse.com/covers/300/13/13297.jpg)

This was bad.  And boring.  Not worth your time.

Union Jack
(http://www.zianet.com/comic-booksuperstore/marvel/unionjack.jpg)
Man, John Cassaday has gotten much, much better.  This was a pretty tepid mini-series that didn't really make me interested in the character and didn't seem to add much to the mythology.

Judgment Day
(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/6/61304/1163908-49196_20060707005855_large_thumb.jpg)

Not Alan Moore's best, but still surprisingly good, with a lot of cool ideas and builds more cool mythology and backstory than the Liefeld universe could possibly deserve.  Reminds me that I want a 1963 trade, even if it is unfinished.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on August 27, 2010, 04:56:59 PM
Just got this:

(http://www.fearnet.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2010628/TDWP_Zombie_Comic.jpg)

It came with The Devil Wears Prada - Zombie EP. (Only seen it with the comic at Hot Topic. All other places seem to just have the CD, no comic.)  It's part of Day By Day Armageddon - Beyond Exile novel by J.L. Bourne.  It's kinda cool since the special ops team in the comic is comprised of the guys in the band.  Artwork is by Kevin Mellon.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 28, 2010, 08:41:26 PM
Got the Complete Essex County used recently.  I have read one of the books and the story was good but what I really love is Jeff Lemire's art.  Looking forward to reading Sweet Tooth.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 07, 2010, 08:03:44 PM
Got the Complete Essex County used recently.  I have read one of the books and the story was good but what I really love is Jeff Lemire's art.  Looking forward to reading Sweet Tooth.

Yeah, I liked the art better than the writing too, unfortunately. But I did like the first book of Sweet Tooth a lot more. Definitely check it out!

I am reading Jeph Loeb's awful Hulk comics. Awful.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 08, 2010, 07:28:37 PM
Shame to hear that.  I loved Planet Hulk and it's a shame that the follow up is generally panned.  I do like the idea of a Hulk family, but without reading it, it seems like they did too much too fast, (yet, ironically enough, with pacing that's too slow.  Does that make sense?).

Speaking of awful, I got the first two (and only two) volumes of Dogwitch.  I got it used so at least I didn't waste much money, but I thought this had some relation to the Nocturnals, which I have yet to read but heard good things about.  Dogwitch comes off as a very poor man's cross between Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (a series I already have a love/hate relationship with) and Elvira but isn't as much fun as either.  My recommendation?  Stay away.

Oh, again I must remind people to please vote for top 50 comics from the link on my signature, though there are certainly other neat options.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on September 10, 2010, 08:01:25 AM
Got the Complete Essex County used recently.  I have read one of the books and the story was good but what I really love is Jeff Lemire's art.  Looking forward to reading Sweet Tooth.

Yeah, I liked the art better than the writing too, unfortunately. But I did like the first book of Sweet Tooth a lot more. Definitely check it out!

I am reading Jeph Loeb's awful Hulk comics. Awful.

RULK NO LIKE THIS POST!  RULK SMASH!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 12, 2010, 08:24:33 AM
YAY!  Comic books will be the next list of crap.  Assuming people here supported me, I thank them!  Please check it out:

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,19217.0.html

And if you haven't participated before, please give it a shot.

Also, midway through Essex County.  Enjoying it quite a bit, but I think I'll like Sweet Tooth better when I give that a shot.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyJack on September 14, 2010, 04:44:30 AM
(http://images.darkhorse.com/covers/300/17/17223.jpg)

Light fun reading. It collects the Myspace comics and a new story.

Oh and I'll have to check out "Welcome to Tranquility" - It sounds interesting and I like Simone's work (though I find her narratives can be a bit jarring, she's doesn't always make smooth transitions from one scene to the next.... which hurt "The All New Atom" for me)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 22, 2010, 09:32:57 PM
Reading a bunch of classic newspaper strips with my wife. She's crazy about Little Orphan Annie, I'm reading Terry and the Pirates and L'il Abner. We're thinking of collaborating on a 1920s style newspaper strip.

Also, if you're interested, my most recent book is available in our Etsy store (along with a bunch of our other mini comics)

This one's in full colour, 36 pages and my proudest work so far.

(http://www.gloriousbounty.com/comics/GBc01cover.gif) (http://www.etsy.com/listing/55692339/glorious-bounty-book-1-the-sexy-virus)

You know, if you're interested.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on September 23, 2010, 06:24:08 AM
(http://images.darkhorse.com/covers/300/17/17223.jpg)

Light fun reading. It collects the Myspace comics and a new story.

I picked that up as well along with Ratchet & Clank #1.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 16, 2010, 10:59:37 AM
Anyone pick any horror themed comics for Halloween?

I read Life Sucks, which was OK
(http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/images/lifeSucks/lifeSucks420.jpg)

And picked up Blood + Water, though I am a little sheepish about it, since I'm not a big Judd Winick fan.  Still, I do like Brian Bolland Covers

(http://media.nj.com/njv_shenemans_sketchpad/photo/bloodjpg-63d0cae0aed6f68c.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 06, 2010, 08:04:56 PM
Picked up this for real cheap at my local comic store:

Omega the Unknown
(http://www.comicbookrelief.com/images/TRADES/OCT052039.JPG)
I actually read the reimagining a couple years ago, which had a Haruki Murakami/David Lynch feel to it and was quite impressive, but so far this is holding up pretty well for a comic of it's time.  It's actually ahead of it's time since this is before shows like Twin Peaks or Lost tried to draw viewers in with the mystery of what the series is about, which is what this book is doing.  I really could see Marvel bringing this one back, but from what I understand, the story sort of wraps up in some Defenders issues, also collected in this book.. Basically it's about a boy who is homeschooled who's parents die.  He soon discovers they are robots and they are telling him to beware the voices.  Meanwhile on a distant planet, a man in a cape battles to escape to Earth, and saves the boys life.  But who is the mystery man and why do both shoot energy from marks on their hands.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 13, 2011, 04:30:16 PM
(http://i.newsarama.com/preview_images/dcnew/aug09/2/batman_and_robin_cv3.jpg)

Anyone else been reading Batman & Robin?  I know I'm behind the curve (the curse of reading things in trade paperback), but I got Vol. 1 and it's one of the funnest comics I've read in a long time.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on April 13, 2011, 05:45:30 PM
I'd love to follow GI Joe's Cobra Civil War, but I really can't stand (or rather my wallet can't stand) when they split story lines out among several comic lines.  I think Civil War is split into the Cobra, GI Joe, & Snake Eyes lines.  Guess I'll wait and hope it comes out in a collection at some point.   :-\
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on April 20, 2011, 06:54:48 PM
Thrift store near my house got a HUGE shipment of comics from some collector. (I assume)  Didn't have time to really get anything when I was there this morning since I had my 4 yr old with me & he was bouncing off the walls.

Stopped back in later after running errands & dropped $17 & got these:

Spoilered for hugeness.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

They had TONS of others, but I got there 10 minutes before the store was closing.  Lots of Daredevil, Dr. Strange, X-Factor, New Avengers, Spider Woman, The Thing, Swamp Thing, etc. etc. etc.  Plus if I spent more my wife would kill me.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on April 20, 2011, 09:06:29 PM
Thrift store near my house got a HUGE shipment of comics from some collector. (I assume)  Didn't have time to really get anything when I was there this morning since I had my 4 yr old with me & he was bouncing off the walls.

Stopped back in later after running errands & dropped $17 & got these:

Spoilered for hugeness.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

They had TONS of others, but I got there 10 minutes before the store was closing.  Lots of Daredevil, Dr. Strange, X-Factor, New Avengers, Spider Woman, The Thing, Swamp Thing, etc. etc. etc.  Plus if I spent more my wife would kill me.

NICE freakin' haul, man, especially those Cloak & Dagger and Spidey comics. Lucky stiff.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on April 21, 2011, 05:06:44 AM
STERANKO!!!!!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on April 21, 2011, 01:04:19 PM
Speaking of which, he just got added to the guest list for this year's Dragon*Con.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on April 21, 2011, 06:00:37 PM
Speaking of which, he just got added to the guest list for this year's Dragon*Con.

STERAN-CON!!!!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on April 25, 2011, 01:08:12 PM
Read through a couple of the pile I picked up and came across these pictures:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on April 25, 2011, 04:34:55 PM
STERANKO!!!!!

Oh my god, I met him in Boston last year and he is honest to God dressed like a tiny magician.  For reals.

BRIGHT white hair, impeccable gray suit, big-ass gold-rim sunglasses on in doors, and polished shoes.

Ok, maybe more like a casino owner, but the guy is stylin
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on April 26, 2011, 01:54:07 PM
STERANKO!!!!!

Oh my god, I met him in Boston last year and he is honest to God dressed like a tiny magician.  For reals.

BRIGHT white hair, impeccable gray suit, big-ass gold-rim sunglasses on in doors, and polished shoes.

Ok, maybe more like a casino owner, but the guy is stylin

It's like he popped out of one of his covers.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 29, 2011, 11:11:42 AM
Got some nice big fat comics for my birthday:

(http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0709/19/madman1c.jpg)

(http://www.cosmix.ca/Covers/marthawashingtontp.jpg)

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1297714391l/6592019.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on May 02, 2011, 07:26:45 AM
Is that Martha Washington the hardcover? I've been SO JONESING for that.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 03, 2011, 04:10:13 PM
Actually, it's a giant softcover.

BTW, I started a game where we cast a movie and we are almost done deciding the actors for the Tick movie (plus director and music), if anyone wants to play that (according to the rules I set up, you can only give one name per turn).

http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,20868.msg626682.html#msg626682
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on May 05, 2011, 08:40:24 PM
Some things I got this week:

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/BatBoyWeeklyWorldNewsHC.jpg)(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/MalignantMan01_CVB_1.jpg)(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/4653006-planet-of-the-apes-1.jpg)(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/godzilla-kingdom-of-monsters-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on May 07, 2011, 07:38:12 AM
Made a mad dash over to Newbury Comics before I had to go do an inventory shift.  I was 3rd in line & missed out on copies of the Adam West & The Tick comics.

But this made my day:
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k633/k1posterchild/2b6b2d1f.jpg)

They were first in line and it was Superman's 2nd birthday today. (Dad was using FCBD as an excuse to get them out of the house while mom made the cake.)

Also had the guy who was 2nd in line give me his copy of The Tick as I was heading out the door.

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on May 07, 2011, 10:43:27 AM
Highlights of my week:

(http://www.peterbagge.com/images/c-hateAnnual-09.jpg)

Peter Bagge is the shiznit. As always, he handles the pitfalls of adult life with the same aplomb he covered teen angst back with in the '80s (suffice it to say, the Drag Me To Hell homage on the cover is completely apropos).


(http://www.mycomicnetwork.com/v2/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Walking-Dead-84-Thumb.jpg)

Damn you, Robert Kirkman. I had tears welling up by the time I got to the end of this issue. Why? Because Kirkman has shown, yet again, that he has a FAR better understanding of human nature than George Romero's Traveling Bitter-Old-Hippie Nihilism Show (aka, the last four Dead movies).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on May 08, 2011, 05:01:57 PM
Highlights of my week:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Peter Bagge is the shiznit. As always, he handles the pitfalls of adult life with the same aplomb he covered teen angst back with in the '80s (suffice it to say, the Drag Me To Hell homage on the cover is completely apropos).


Yeah I am huge P.Bagge fan too. Have you seen this:

(http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/other-lives.jpg)

It is pretty good.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on May 08, 2011, 06:59:48 PM
Made a mad dash over to Newbury Comics before I had to go do an inventory shift.  I was 3rd in line & missed out on copies of the Adam West & The Tick comics.

The Adam West was just a preview of the first issue that is going to come out in July. I have one if you want though.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on May 08, 2011, 09:01:03 PM
Made a mad dash over to Newbury Comics before I had to go do an inventory shift.  I was 3rd in line & missed out on copies of the Adam West & The Tick comics.

The Adam West was just a preview of the first issue that is going to come out in July. I have one if you want though.

Ah. No big deal.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 09, 2011, 07:48:38 AM
Got some free comics for free comics day.  The Thor/Cap one was fun, but it was a bit disappointing that DC didn't bring out any original material.  Also got some back issues they ere trying to get rid of (they were trying to get rid of pretty much all their Animal Man issues, including the ones by Morrison.

I picked up this one:
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/animal-man/41-1.jpg)

But not a lot happened in it.  Still, I like Steve Dillon art.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 28, 2011, 05:26:45 PM
In the middle of

(http://dyn4.media.titanbooks.com/products/5341/jonah-hex-tall-tales.jpg)

which is a damn good read.  Man, this is one of the most consistently entertaining series around.  Plus almost any issue is a great jumping on point, which very few series are these days.  You can generally just pick up an issue anywhere and get a good read.  I like the fact that it has a protagonist who is essentially a complete jerk, but isn't some kill crazy Punisher (though he can be just as cruel when he feels vengeful) and will sometimes just let people die because they aren't is responsibility.  And the series never forgets that despite being the Clint Eastwood type anti-hero, that he can often be shown as a damned hypocrite and that his code of honour is really more his whims of "I think I'm going to do something good today," which sometimes just blow up in his face.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: CrowTeeRobot on July 12, 2011, 05:34:08 PM
(http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/8783/hornet_cover_2-550x825.jpg)

I read through Kevin Smith's Green Hornet today, and I found it to be very good. For those that don't know, this comic was adapted from Smith's unused script for a Green Hornet movie he was going to make, but decided against in the end. Very well written, and the whole thing played out very well. I only really have one gripe:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 12, 2011, 05:39:22 PM
Reading a lot of actual comic books at the moment (as opposed to the newspaper comic strips that I was pretty much exclusively reading before that).

RASL - I recently picked up book 2. Can't believe it took me so long to pick it up - I've had book one since it first came out. It's a fantastic work. Jeff Smith's post Bone work that I've read (ie that SHAZAM book) was fine but not the follow up that I had hoped for, but this is really something. I can't wait to see where it's going. The art is, unsurprisingly, beautiful. The story is smart and intriguing, though I hope he has a great ending for it. (Also - I never read the kid's comic he did, did anyone else here read it?)

Morning Glories - I asked the guy at the comic shop (which I went into for the first time in a year) if he could recommend. Specifically I went in to buy Chew, which gets raved about a lot, but they only had books two and three on shelf*. So he suggested Morning Glories, which I hadn't heard of, but he said is similarly popular and selling out quickly etc. So even though I thought the art was hella ugly, I picked it up. I didn't love the first issue either. If I had picked up the single rather than the trade I wouldn't have kept reading. It kind of felt like it was trying too hard, and the dialogue was kinda cheesy (the book describes itself as a cross between Lost and Runaways). But, once I bought into it, I quite enjoyed it. I am interested enough to pick the next book anyway.

Guzumo comics - Bought this collection from our new friend, Matt Emery, who is a Melbourne based comic artist who came to Perth for Supanova (Australia's big, touring comic convention). His colouring is amazing, his taste is questionable, but a lot of his comics are really funny. This is my favourite: http://guzumocomics.com/2010/06/flush-them-out/

Unstable Molecules - James Sturm's take on the Fantastic Four. (The real people the comic characters are based on is the premise) I had read it before way back when it came out (Almost ten years ago now). Great book, incredible art. One of the only James Sturm books I've read, even though I liked both of them a lot. Should pick up one of his newer books.

The Nobody - A Jeff Lemire book. His take on The Invisible Man. Really nicely done. Great art, with just black and white and blue colours.

Amazing Fantasy Omnibus - The was my big find at Supanova. It was in the Empire Toys cheap bin for $30 - It's out of print and pretty expensive now, plus it's been on my wishlist for a year or two. It's all of the terrible(ly awesome) Twilight Zone-y style stories, written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. So it's cheesy, and just plain dumb in some of the stories, but a lot of fun. I'm five issues in so far, and loving it. The book ends with the issue that introduces Spider-Man, and then of course everything changes for Marvel. I would like to pick up some of those Marvel Masterpiece books that collect Journey Into Mystery, Tales to Astonish etc etc

* Have since picked up book one of Chew, but not read it yet.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 12, 2011, 05:59:04 PM
I'm way behind on my comics.  Got a lot to read, including Mesmo Delivery, Invincible: The Viltrumite War and Criminal Vol. 3.  Lot's of good stuff waiting.  Also read Pedro and Me, which was OK, but not great.  I've never been a Judd Winick fan, but I thought that maybe it was because he was suited better to real world stuff (no pun intended).  It's certainly not a bad book and there are strong moments, but it's not nearly as powerful or moving as Maus or Palookaville (although Judd seems less like a stick in the mud than Seth, though I get the feeling Seth kinda knows he's a stick in the mud).  Still, I think that while it is only OK as a work of art, as a book for AIDS education classes and similar things, it's very insightful both factually and emotionally.  I feel bad about being disappointed for someone pouring their heart out in their work, and I can certainly see it, but it just didn't do much for me.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on July 14, 2011, 06:29:20 PM
Picked up a couple of cheesy 80s Marvel limited series for cheap.  Hawkeye's four issue series from 1983 and Iceman's four issue series from 1984. 

Also finished the first two Green Lantern tpbs of DC's Chronicles line.  It reprints the first issues of the revamped GL from the 60s.  The pencils by Gil Kane are absolutely gorgeous.  The writing is hysterically outdated, insensitive and sometimes downright lazy but despite itself, there's some really great sci-fi ideas buried underneath all the Silver Age nonsense.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2011, 12:04:48 PM
Ooh, my store has a lot of cheap EC comics reprint collections.  Definitely picking up some of those for my trip to England.  I wonder what comics I should pick up there that can be got in North America?  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: shodan on December 01, 2011, 11:45:46 PM
*dusts off thread*
just finished Kingdom Come. awesome series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 12, 2011, 03:52:09 PM
Picked up some books including Batman: The Man Who Laughs, the last Jonah Hex book (at least until the All-Star Western trades come out) Power Girl Vol. 1 and Two Step by Warren Ellis.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Russell on February 07, 2012, 04:23:43 PM
I picked up the last part of Knightfall the other day, the comic where Batman's back is broken by Bane... I guess this will have to tide me over until The Dark knight Rises comes out in late July :(

Can someone explain to me why comic books supposedly contribute to illiteracy? When I first heard that argument when I was reading comics in middle school I was deeply offended.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: deevolve on February 11, 2012, 05:58:52 AM
I picked up the last part of Knightfall the other day, the comic where Batman's back is broken by Bane... I guess this will have to tide me over until The Dark knight Rises comes out in late July :(

Can someone explain to me why comic books supposedly contribute to illiteracy? When I first heard that argument when I was reading comics in middle school I was deeply offended.

Definitely, the idea of comic books helping illiteracy is absurd. I know a high school librarian who buys a lot of manga titles for the library because it brings in a ton of kids who otherwise would never read or come to the library.  Once they're there she can recommend other books, or the students can find other stories they enjoy reading.

And so many graphic novels and comic books are amazing literature in their own right.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 14, 2012, 08:46:01 AM
I picked up the last part of Knightfall the other day, the comic where Batman's back is broken by Bane... I guess this will have to tide me over until The Dark knight Rises comes out in late July :(

Can someone explain to me why comic books supposedly contribute to illiteracy? When I first heard that argument when I was reading comics in middle school I was deeply offended.

Definitely, the idea of comic books helping illiteracy is absurd. I know a high school librarian who buys a lot of manga titles for the library because it brings in a ton of kids who otherwise would never read or come to the library.  Once they're there she can recommend other books, or the students can find other stories they enjoy reading.

And so many graphic novels and comic books are amazing literature in their own right.

While I certainly don't contribute to illiteracy, they are read differently than simple books of text.  Not that it's bad for either, but that is just the nature of the differing media.

Just finished a non-comic "1001 Comics to Read Before You Die."  Mostly good picks, but some are questionable.  OK book, I'll politely let you have either BC or Wizard of Id, but you can't have both.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: karnyvore on March 05, 2012, 10:30:50 PM
I've just started back at the beginning of the DC major event line and am going to read through all the major events chronologically.  I'm starting, of course, with Crisis on Infinite Earths.  I got so confused with all of their 'Crisis' events that I'm not sure what actually happened through their history anymore.  Plus I'm a bit behind and don't yet grasp the new 52 and how it fits in their universal scheme.  I think it's just an excuse to revisit the classics though.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 05, 2012, 11:04:21 PM
I just ordered a copy of the Artist Edition Wally Wood book! It cost me just over $100Aus, which is fairly cheap given that it has already gone out of print and it was a very limited run - and it's already selling for $275 on Amazon (well, maybe it's not selling for that much - perhaps they are just trying to sell it for that much :P)

I am pretty excited for it as I thought I had missed out, but then it was listed in an email for a local book store I got today, and I pounced. I am still half expecting to get an email that it was already sold out and their site hadn't updated or something. :/

If you don't know what the book is:

http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/1885/

And some great pictures from inside the book:

http://wingsart.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/wally-woods-ec-stories-artists-edition-the-friday-book-review/

I sure do hope I actually do get a copy.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 06, 2012, 06:18:11 PM
As predicted, it was too good to be true... Order cancelled as the one copy they had was on hold for another customer...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on March 06, 2012, 07:34:59 PM
That stinks!  That book looks pretty nifty.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 06, 2012, 07:36:49 PM
Yeah, I let them know that if the customer fails to show up, I'll take it. I also sent an email to the local comic store that I am pretty sure won't have ordered a copy.

Oh well! The next one in the series is an Eisner one with some of his The Spirit work, so I will pre-order it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on March 07, 2012, 05:29:03 PM
Yeah, I let them know that if the customer fails to show up, I'll take it. I also sent an email to the local comic store that I am pretty sure won't have ordered a copy.

Oh well! The next one in the series is an Eisner one with some of his The Spirit work, so I will pre-order it.

Guh?! An Eisner Artist edition?! I might just have to have that. Do they have a list of upcoming ones? I'd love to know in advance.

Just got my Invincible 7 hardcover. I've only been reading it as it comes out in Ultimate Editions, so I'm really looking forward to cracking this one open.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 07, 2012, 05:43:56 PM
I think the Eisner one is that last one they've announced:

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/07/23/idw-artist-edition-spirit-spider-man-wally-wood-romita/
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on March 07, 2012, 08:41:31 PM
The new DC logo hit the covers today:

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o255/MrTorso/detectivecomics07_cover.jpg)

I hate it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on March 08, 2012, 03:32:23 AM
It's like the C's swelling has just gone down enough to start removing the bandages.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 09, 2012, 06:01:04 PM
Reading American Splendor, though I wish this particular collection was in chronological order.  I think it has all the content of the early issues, but not in order.  Still, good stuff.  Some of it is more interesting to me than others.

Also been reading Cross Game by Adachi Misturu.  I like it a lot, but he never topped Touch (and seems to reuse a lot of plot points).  Still, since there isn't a lot of interest to have Touch translated here (probably because of it's laidback slow storytelling style) it'll have to do.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 12, 2012, 05:21:18 PM
Update to the earlier Wally Wood saga:

The customer did fail to pick up the book and the store contacted me! :D

So I rushed to the page to reorder the book only to find the price had doubled!   :(

I sent them an email saying thanks, but no thanks.  :'(

They quickly replied and said they'd revert the price to the original one for me and I have now ordered it! ;D

(I had made another largish order when I had missed the book that I might not have ordered otherwise, so it was a hundred bucks I didn't really have, but I couldn't pass it up and it's payday in a couple of days)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Starman! on March 12, 2012, 07:44:50 PM
I hate the new DC logo oh so much.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on March 12, 2012, 08:37:53 PM

They quickly replied and said they'd revert the price to the original one for me and I have now ordered it! ;D


Nice!

I hate the new DC logo oh so much.

Yeah it does stink.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Starman! on March 13, 2012, 05:49:00 AM
Random thought: that "we can be heroes" slogan at the top of the book reminds me of Bowie's song Heroes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 13, 2012, 08:36:17 AM
Random thought: that "we can be heroes" slogan at the top of the book reminds me of Bowie's song Heroes.

It's a pretty great song. Gotten into Bowie a lot lately Heathen is a pretty awesome album considering it's his last one (so far).

I just read the latest volume of GANTZ, which I have already read online, but it is always worth revisiting just because it's an addictive read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 20, 2012, 08:16:44 PM
Holy Moses, the Wally Wood book is enormous! And just beautiful.

I highly recommend preordering the Will Eisner one when it becomes preorderable, because this just became a prized possession. My wife and I looked at the first story's art last night (didn't actually read it, just admired it) before she headed out to record her podcast.

I'm gonna be looking at it before I draw each page of comics for the near future.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 25, 2012, 11:15:36 PM
So here are some more announced Artist Editions, a couple are ones that I really, really have to get! Aside from the previously mentioned Eisner one...

Not that excited about this one:

(http://larryfire.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/daredevil_bornagain_artistedition.jpg?w=450&h=628)

Here is a MUST have:

(http://www.comicbookresources.com/assets/images/articles/1331924994.jpg)

And so is this:

(http://www.comicbookresources.com/assets/images/articles/1331924996.jpg)

WOW! Gotta keep my eye out for those!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on March 26, 2012, 01:58:21 AM
So, are these editions just the artwork? I'm trying to figure out why Frank Miller was airbrushed out of Daredevil: Born Again.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 26, 2012, 02:06:37 AM
They are specifically about the art, yeah. It DOES include the writing (or at least the Wally Wood one does, so I assume the others do) but the point of the books is that they are scans of the original art with no touch-ups, and the colour of the original art is the colour of the pages - so you can see where they have done paste ups etc. Plus they are at the actual size the artist drew the page (meaning they are gigantic books).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 26, 2012, 07:29:04 AM
I usually don't get art books, but there are some I just love.  One of my all time favourites was a book showcasing Vertigo covers/promotional art.

Man I love EC Comics.  They are still amazing books.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on March 30, 2012, 12:53:44 AM
Are the Artist's Editions hardcovers? Cuz I might have to get on board. The notion of Groo The Wanderer without the frequently-irritating Mark Evanier in tow would be a dream come true.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 30, 2012, 02:12:56 AM
They are indeed hardcovers.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on March 30, 2012, 12:53:17 PM
ICWXP #1 arrived in the mail today!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on April 11, 2012, 07:08:52 AM
Fellow iRiffer & forum member M@ Nelson's comic Catbeard The Pirate is looking for funding for his first book of his Catbeard comic.

http://www.indiegogo.com/catbeardbookone?a=541934
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on April 11, 2012, 01:32:44 PM
K1 you big niceguy! I wasn't sure about pushing my stuff here.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on April 11, 2012, 02:53:38 PM
Huh.

Coming late this year from Archie...

(http://i.newsarama.com/images/ArchieVsKiss_02.jpg)

I'll just nod and smile at this news.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: a pretty girl is like on April 11, 2012, 05:40:23 PM
Alls we need is for Josie and the Pussycats and The Bananasplits to show up and we've got a pretty bitching battle of the fake bands. *

*Much love to the great Ron Bennington.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on April 11, 2012, 06:04:21 PM
Huh.

Coming late this year from Archie...

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
I'll just nod and smile at this news.

Actually not the first. Archie Vs. Kiss is a sequel to this 4 issue mini-series:

(http://www.giantkillersquid.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Archie-Meets-Kiss.jpg)

It just came out in Trade last week.

This is the best Archie crossover ever though:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Starman! on April 11, 2012, 07:11:15 PM
Well I know what I'm tracking down...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on April 11, 2012, 09:01:57 PM
I finally got around to reading Nexus # 99-102.

(http://www.rudedudeproductions.com/img/books/Nexus99.jpg)  (http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/2hjmo.7qn7k/v/vspfiles/photos/Nx100-2T.jpg)  (http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/2hjmo.7qn7k/v/vspfiles/photos/Nexus10102-2T.jpg)

Damn... I didn't realize just how much I missed that incredible series this last 10 years.  Who knows when Baron and Rude will bring out an issue 103.  :(
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Coragale on April 22, 2012, 12:29:16 PM
When DC did the new 52, I picked up several comics. Unfortunately, I moved, and have been too lazy to continue. I'll probably find someplace with back issues that I can pick up, and I'd really like to, because my dad built me a bookshelf with a magazine rack in it for comics because he saw I was enjoying them.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 22, 2012, 06:19:57 PM
Got this for my birthday.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fLu_80V9O5c/ToDkBC39VDI/AAAAAAAADZc/ijBGhUt1SCs/s1600/EC+Archives+Haunt+of+Fear+Vol.+01+HC.jpg)

In a related note:  AAAAAAAAWWWWWW YEEEEEEAH!  I think I'll save reading it until I head out to Winnipeg on Wednesday!  That's what my plane trip will be about.  That... or THIS!

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/66/Flex_Mentallo_Issue_1.jpg)

In deluxe hardcover!  FINALLY!  Now maybe they'll get around to reprinting Zenith.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 23, 2012, 05:20:44 PM
I used to read:

(http://api.ning.com/files/-bYCKfc8AKOMxJQgnShJAgdp05hJQ06cJ4UGycYf6kHFLBIHR9dgYGrXge9xyceLUo9uwA98aghGGatZJ*u0HAN8sbdiNZqK/roy_bestof_vol1.jpg)

(http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/2000-AD-Prog-1681-Ben-Willsher.jpg)


(http://clzimages.com/comic/large/26/26_248885_0_HeavyMetalMagazineVol3420104.jpg)

I'm also a fan of horror comics.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 27, 2012, 07:57:43 PM
Finished Flex Mentallo (a fantastic book and even after all these years, some of Frank Quitely's best best work) and also Time and the Batman (not bad, but not one of the better Morrison Bat-Books).  Oh, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century - 1910.  Not bad, but I find all the League books after volume 2 lacking something, despite ambitious writing from Alan Moore.  Still, am looking forward to the last volume whenever it comes out.  Picked up Blackest Night recently, so I might read that.  I have better books, but I thought I'd save those for later.

BTW, please vote for your favourite comic strips in the list below.

That is all.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 25, 2012, 09:15:49 PM
Picked up Weird Science Vol. 3 on Saturday.  Reprints some classic Ray Bradbury adaptations.  Looking forward to that very much.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on September 16, 2012, 06:24:16 PM
Just read V for Vendetta for the first time. Really wish I'd read it before seeing the movie years back. I made a point of reading Watchmen before the movie came out, but when V was in theaters I'd never even heard the name Alan Moore before.

When it comes to V the two versions diverge a lot more than Watchmen did. It made it a little hard to get into the book at first because I had so much of the movie ingrained in my head that had no place in the book. Many characters are very different, especially Evey and Finch. About halfway though reading I had adjusted enough to really appreciate the writing...except for the character withthe thick cockney accent. He just annoyed the hell out of me because everythig was spelled phonetically and I had to read everything twice to understand what the hell he was saying.

Overall, enjoyed the read and like the character of V even more than I did.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Coragale on September 16, 2012, 06:35:54 PM
I prefer the book's ending to the movie's.

While I was in high school, I did forensics. At one tournament, I was told that they needed people to fill in for events that didn't have enough people to allow state qualifications, so I did Serious Solo Interp using the scene with the bishop. I actually placed higher than one of the original entries, which I got a kick out of since I had scraped it together in a few hours.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on September 16, 2012, 06:41:46 PM
I prefer the book's ending to the movie's.


Me too. The movie kind of killed the mask at the end. It meant a lot more in the book.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on September 16, 2012, 06:54:35 PM
Just read V for Vendetta for the first time. Really wish I'd read it before seeing the movie years back. I made a point of reading Watchmen before the movie came out, but when V was in theaters I'd never even heard the name Alan Moore before.

Now buy:
The Killing Joke - Moore's 'definitive' Joker story
Miracleman 1-16 - Moore's incredible, and incredibly intense, superhero story

Then before approaching others, to cleanse your palate, a fun sort-of tribute to Doc Savage:
Tom Strong [published by ABC comics]

Then, if you want some really unusual stuff:
Saga of the Swamp Thing issues 20-38, Swamp Thing 39-64 and Swamp Thing Annual 2 - Moore takes the character into uncharted areas [this was the series that got him 'noticed' in America]
Promethea - for a very unusual step into, well, just about anything and everything (starting with the meaning of creativity).  This one doesn't stay in standard story form, and the depth of what he approaches is so intense it can require some effort at times.

[I'm a big Alan Moore fan.]
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 16, 2012, 06:55:34 PM
[I'm a big Alan Moore fan.]

Not a fan of LoEG? That's my favourite.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on September 16, 2012, 07:00:00 PM
[I'm a big Alan Moore fan.]

Not a fan of LoEG? That's my favourite.

I'm not sure why, but League... never really clicked with me.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 16, 2012, 07:02:26 PM
[I'm a big Alan Moore fan.]

Not a fan of LoEG? That's my favourite.

I'm not sure why, but League... never really clicked with me.

Fair enough! The latest series wasn't my favourite (books one and three were pretty good, but book 2 was pretty awful)

From Hell is great too, of course.

I never made it all the way through Promethia. Should give it another try some time.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on September 16, 2012, 08:52:37 PM
[I'm a big Alan Moore fan.]

Not a fan of LoEG? That's my favourite.

I'm not sure why, but League... never really clicked with me.

Fair enough! The latest series wasn't my favourite (books one and three were pretty good, but book 2 was pretty awful)

From Hell is great too, of course.

I never made it all the way through Promethia. Should give it another try some time.

You're right, From Hell is incredible - not just for the 'comic book story' - but for the absolutely INSANE amount of research done for it [the 'index' giving sometimes three or more sources for a small detail or comment in ONE PANEL just boggles the mind... particularly since Moore had to juggle all that info in his head while writing it on a schedule].  I think I left it off my list moreso because I wasn't 'into' the story content, thanks to my prior employment (enough contact with sociopaths already in person, thank you, don't need detailed elaborations on real ones in my entertainment).  [The 'real' or 'realistic' being the operative word, since I loved V for Vendetta.]

Promethia 'strayed' so far from standard storytelling (i.e. 'Moore pushed it so far from standard storytelling') I wasn't surprised that its readership and sales dropped and it was ultimately 'let go' [though I believe Moore said he'd gone as far as he wanted to with it, regardless].  Some of the books are so concept-rich and research-heavy that they take quite a bit of effort to comprehend and follow (starting in the issues in the 20s).  ['Course, they were all released after my third head injury and before the meds, so I was constantly overwhelmed and they might not have been quite as difficult to follow if that hadn't been the case... but I was still comprehending other rather difficult stuff, so I suspect there's something to the level of complexity in those still.]
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 16, 2012, 10:17:39 PM
Just picked up the complete Dororo yesterday.

844 pages of Osamu Tezuka.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on September 16, 2012, 11:08:22 PM
Read and loved Killing Joke a couple years back. I'll try and track down the rest of that list though.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mrbasehart on September 17, 2012, 01:45:38 AM
What's Moore upto these days? I'm guessing he's still not working for either DC or Marvel.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 17, 2012, 02:13:53 AM
What's Moore upto these days? I'm guessing he's still not working for either DC or Marvel.

He just finished the new League series (three part book that I mentioned above) and is about to launch into a series of League spin-off books, the first one being Nemo.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 17, 2012, 03:37:10 AM
[I'm a big Alan Moore fan.]

Not a fan of LoEG? That's my favourite.

I'm not sure why, but League... never really clicked with me.
Do you perhaps not like 19th Century popular fiction? I love The League but my bachelor's is in 19th century popular fiction (and Renaissance drama).

I'll agree with all the titles listed and add Moore's novel Voice of the Fire.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on September 17, 2012, 10:07:35 AM
[I'm a big Alan Moore fan.]

Not a fan of LoEG? That's my favourite.

I'm not sure why, but League... never really clicked with me.
Do you perhaps not like 19th Century popular fiction? I love The League but my bachelor's is in 19th century popular fiction (and Renaissance drama).

I'll agree with all the titles listed and add Moore's novel Voice of the Fire.

While 19th Century popular fiction never did a lot for me either I think it is/was something else.  I think it was more related to head injury effects.  The series started shortly before my third, and at that point I was only going to my comic shop every 2-3 months.  It is quite possible I had the head injury before I even got the first issue, which meant I was also overwhelmed with moving/arranging a new house, trying to find a car I could live with, and dealing with an increased number of doctors appointments at a time when I was in far more pain than I am currently so had a hard time focusing (even beyond the head injury difficulties with focus/attention).  In addition, not only was reading per se much more difficult (it still is, but a bit less so now), but my memory for everything - but especially what I read - was much more limited (this was at a time when I couldn't remember to eat at regular intervals or brush my teeth even once each day).  And since it was one story for the six issues, and it took about a year and a half to publish, I couldn't remember what happened between issues, so nothing made sense in it by the end.  [As, since it was Moore, I'm guessing that it was rather complex.]

Now that I can function a bit better I may give it another try some day, knowing that I need to finish reading it within a relatively short period after starting.  But there are so many things that I want to read still, I doubt it will happen anytime soon.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 21, 2012, 12:23:10 PM
What's Moore upto these days? I'm guessing he's still not working for either DC or Marvel.

He just finished the new League series (three part book that I mentioned above) and is about to launch into a series of League spin-off books, the first one being Nemo.

He's also been working on a book about magic that was announced quite a while ago.  I don't know if it ever did come out.  Also, it stopped publication for over a year, but I recommend the magazine he edited called Dodgem Logic.  Good stuff, though sadly there just wasn't a market for it.  There's a great piece by Michael Moorcock about his Christmas during the blitz.

I prefer the book's ending to the movie's.


Me too. The movie kind of killed the mask at the end. It meant a lot more in the book.

I have a LOT of problems with the V for Vendetta movie.  The V of the movie was unmistakably a hero, but in the book it's a lot more ambiguous and frightening and he really comes across as a level above.  The movie dumbed things down a lot in ways that irk me so much, I just can't bring myself to enjoy it.  Not to say it was a stupid movie, just one with a frustratingly simple morality.

Also, BUY  Miracleman?  He's not made of money.  There's only one good way to read it until the legal issues are resolved.

(http://www.english-online.at/history/pirates/pirate-ship.png)

Also, though it's not one of his most famous books, read Top Ten.  It's one of Alan's funnest books that you can read a ton of times: partially because of the great story, but also because of the COUNTLESS easter eggs hidden in the art.  It's essentially Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue if everyone in the city was a super-hero, villain, alien, robot, god or anything you would find in a comic book.  Shame there were so few issues of it.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FVXCQBs2iUU/TQWPfpQHNsI/AAAAAAAAFGw/12Q7zbetR10/s1600/top10a.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on October 20, 2012, 03:07:37 PM
Just posting this here in case anyone is interested.

Doug TenNapel has a kickstarter for a Sketchbook archive he is putting together of a bunch of his doodles from his notebooks.  The Kickstarter will be the only way to get this book.  There's less than a day left, but if you're interested head over here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1812253609/doug-tennapel-sketchbook-archives

250 288 pages of hardcover (imitation leather bound) awesomeness.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on October 20, 2012, 11:16:31 PM
I jumped in on that Kickstarter. Looking forward to that book.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on October 21, 2012, 01:39:57 AM
Thanks k1!  I would never have heard about that if not for your post.

Synchronicities abound: I am currently waiting for the complete Earthworm Jim DVD set which should arrive from Amazon soon!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on October 21, 2012, 05:11:38 AM
A few of my tattoos are based on his work.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2012, 01:45:30 PM
I've only read a little of his work but Monster Zoo was pretty neat and Power Up was a lot of fun.  Still, I'd kind of like to see him tackle an ongoing series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 08, 2012, 08:13:00 PM
Sad news for a much-beloved classic.

http://www.avclub.com/articles/vertigo-is-ending-hellblazer,88506/

Quote
Though it's been a Vertigo institution even before there was a Vertigo, Hellblazer has been confirmed to end its run next February, bringing to a close the DC Comics imprint's oldest series. The move comes just as its lead character John Constantine—the drinking, smoking, demon-riling, grifter magician who's been lurking around since his 1985 introduction in Swamp Thing—makes his transition to DC's New 52 universe, appearing in Justice League Dark and, eventually, his own Constantine title, which will launch in March with X-O Manowar's Robert Venditti at the helm.

Still, for those who have enjoyed Hellblazer in its "For Mature Readers Only" home at Vertigo, the conclusion of Peter Milligan's "Death And Cigarettes" arc in issue #300 definitely marks the end of an era, one marked with sex, profanity, and gore that complemented the selfish, often shitty behavior of its antihero—and which almost certainly won't be replicated under the umbrella of the main DC banner. For what it's worth, Venditti promises the cleaned-up Constantine will remain "jaded" and enjoy cigarettes and booze still. So that's something, we guess. 

That bums me out.  I'm growing increasingly frustrated with the New 52.  There's some great stuff in there, but a mix of crappy series, sub-par and just plain bad creative teams (many of which don't stick around too long), dumb costumes (sorry Jim Lee, but seams aren't cool) and a sense that editorially things seem to be a mess makes me want to forget DC for a while until they get their act together.  But forcing John out of Vertigo just seems wrong.  *sigh*
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: wurwolf on November 16, 2012, 09:47:31 AM
So it seems that Tony "Effing" Harris posted a Facebook rant (http://hereticaljargon.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/tony-effing-harris.jpg?w=620) a few days ago about how chicks in cosplay costumes just don't work for him. If they're hot, they're just cosplaying to get male attention (because Lord knows that's all it's ever about). If they're fat and less than hot, they're just sad and stupid, according to him. Reaction has been pretty vitriolic, but probably nowhere more so than tumblr, the bastion of geeky chicks. Loads of angry rebuttals -- some well-written, some not so well-written.

Anyway, all that just to post this cartoon, which I found to be (in the words of Homer Simpson) funny because it's true.

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdgh81fSJD1rb4jbpo1_500.png)
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdgh81fSJD1rb4jbpo2_500.png)

Also, that Top Ten comic is one of my favorites -- I love it mostly for the easter eggs, but the story is great, too.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 16, 2012, 09:55:55 AM
So it seems that Tony "Effing" Harris posted a Facebook rant (http://hereticaljargon.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/tony-effing-harris.jpg?w=620) a few days ago about how chicks in cosplay costumes just don't work for him. If they're hot, they're just cosplaying to get male attention (because Lord knows that's all it's ever about). If they're fat and less than hot, they're just sad and stupid, according to him. Reaction has been pretty vitriolic, but probably nowhere more so than tumblr, the bastion of geeky chicks. Loads of angry rebuttals -- some well-written, some not so well-written.

Anyway, all that just to post this cartoon, which I found to be (in the words of Homer Simpson) funny because it's true.

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdgh81fSJD1rb4jbpo1_500.png)
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdgh81fSJD1rb4jbpo2_500.png)

Also, that Top Ten comic is one of my favorites -- I love it mostly for the easter eggs, but the story is great, too.

One of the best conversations I ever had at a comic-con was with Martin Nodell's grand daughter, sad thing is, we weren't even interrupted because nobody seemed to know who she was despite having really interesting things to say about her grandfather and Bill Finger (and Art Deco costume jewellery, we talked for a really long time).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 16, 2012, 10:08:31 AM

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdgh81fSJD1rb4jbpo1_500.png)
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdgh81fSJD1rb4jbpo2_500.png)

Also, that Top Ten comic is one of my favorites -- I love it mostly for the easter eggs, but the story is great, too.

NAME ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF PRECINCT TEN!

Seriously though, what I love about Top Ten is that it is the perfect combination of intelligent, compelling writing with a good dose of humour and beautiful art that's full of visual treats and surprises that you can pour over for hours.  It was always really sad to me that the series never continued (there was a mini-series by Xander Cannon that I heard was amazingly good but was cancelled 3 issues in.  Paul DiPhillipo also did a really good mini-series but it's still wasn't quite as good as the Alan Moore written stuff.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: wurwolf on November 16, 2012, 11:06:21 AM
NAME ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF PRECINCT TEN!

Seriously though, what I love about Top Ten is that it is the perfect combination of intelligent, compelling writing with a good dose of humour and beautiful art that's full of visual treats and surprises that you can pour over for hours.  It was always really sad to me that the series never continued (there was a mini-series by Xander Cannon that I heard was amazingly good but was cancelled 3 issues in.  Paul DiPhillipo also did a really good mini-series but it's still wasn't quite as good as the Alan Moore written stuff.

 lol :D

I don't think I could name one character; it's been nearly ten years since I read the books but I remember enjoying them immensely. Does that make me less of a fan, Johnny Effing Unusual?  ;D

Damn, now I want to read them again. It took me forever to get through them because normally I take in the story first and the artwork second, but this time I really had to stop and look at the artwork. It was like two stories going on at once -- the main, written story and the tale being told in the art. Really a lot of fun.

I read the Fables series regularly and it can be like that at times. There are lots of easter eggs hidden there as well, although not to the extent that Top Ten has done.

By the way, I miss our old lol emoticon. It went away with the board upgrade.  :-\
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 16, 2012, 04:15:48 PM
NAME ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF PRECINCT TEN!

Seriously though, what I love about Top Ten is that it is the perfect combination of intelligent, compelling writing with a good dose of humour and beautiful art that's full of visual treats and surprises that you can pour over for hours.  It was always really sad to me that the series never continued (there was a mini-series by Xander Cannon that I heard was amazingly good but was cancelled 3 issues in.  Paul DiPhillipo also did a really good mini-series but it's still wasn't quite as good as the Alan Moore written stuff.

 lol :D

I don't think I could name one character; it's been nearly ten years since I read the books but I remember enjoying them immensely. Does that make me less of a fan, Johnny Effing Unusual?  ;D


I can, but I tend to be pretty detail-centric.  My favourite was always Joe Pi, who struck me as both sweet and kind yet with a dark and calculating.  Generally robot characters come off as either emotionless or overwhelmed by emotions, but I always felt that Joe had emotions, but was able to have complete control over them to do what needs to be done.  I've only read up to vol. 4 of  Fables.  Lots of series that I'm behind on.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Henry88 on December 26, 2012, 04:56:06 PM
Quote
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After 50 years of spinning webs and catching a who's who of criminals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game.

But Spider-Man is still slinging from building to building — reborn, refreshed and revived with a new sense of the old maxim that Ben Parker taught his then-fledgling nephew that "with great power, comes great responsibility."

Writer Dan Slott, who's been penning Spidey adventures for the better part of the last 100 issues for Marvel Entertainment, said the culmination of the story is a new, dramatically different direction for the Steve Ditko and Stan Lee-created hero.

"This is an epic turn," Slott said. "I've been writing Spider-Man for 70-plus issues. Every now and then, you have to shake it up. ... The reason Spider-Man is one of the longest running characters is they always find a way to keep it fresh. Something to shake up the mix."

And in the pages of issue 700, out Wednesday, it's not just shaken up, it's turned head over heels, spun in circles, kicked sky high and cracked wide open.

Parker's mind is trapped in the withered, decaying dying body of his nemesis, Doctor Octopus aka Otto Octavius. Where's Doc Ock? Inside Parker's super-powered shell, learning what life is like for the brilliant researcher who happens to count the Avengers and Fantastic Four as friends and family.

The two clash mightily in the pages of issue 700, illustrated by Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba. But it's Octavius who wins out and Parker is, at least for now, gone for good, but not before one more act of heroism.

Slott said that it's Parker, whose memories envelop Octavius, who shows the villain what it means to be a hero.

"Gone are his days of villainy, but since it's Doc Ock and he has that ego, he's not going to try and just be Spider-man, he's going to try to be the best Spider-Man ever," said Slott.

Editor Stephen Wacker said that while Parker is gone, his permanence remains and his life casts a long shadow.

"His life is still important to the book because it affects everything that Doctor Octopus does as Spider-Man. Seeing a supervillain go through this life is the point — trying to be better than the hero he opposed," Wacker said.

"Doc has sort of inspired by Peter's life. That's what I mean when he talks about the shadow he casts," he said.

The sentiment echoes what Uncle Ben said in the pages of "Amazing Fantasy" No. 15, Slott said.

Editor Stephen Wacker called it a fitting end to the old series, which sets the stage for a new one — "The Superior Spider-Man" early next year — because it brings Peter Parker full circle, from the start of his crime-fighting career to the end.

"In his very first story, his uncle died because of something he did so the book has always been aimed at making Peter's life as difficult as possible," Wacker said. "The book has always worked best when it's about Peter Parker's life, not Spider-Man's."

And with Octavius influenced by Parker's life — from Aunt May to Gwen Stacy to Mary Jane — it will make him a better person, too.

"Because Doctor Octopus knows all of those things and will make decisions on what he saw Peter going through," Wacker said. "In a way, he gets the ultimate victory as he becomes a better hero."


http://www.centurylink.net/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CDA3DGQHG1%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1016
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 26, 2012, 05:22:29 PM
Wow, that sounds awful.

Not to worry, it'll be undone within a few years. :P
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on December 26, 2012, 06:31:04 PM
That is the stupidest, most ill-advised revamping of a character I can recall.  I've intensely disliked Slott's work on anything I've read him on, but this sounds like a new low for him (though, clearly, something that the editors approved, so 'blame' is not solely his).

Yes, it will be nice when it is reversed.  Now if they can just reverse Peter making a pact with the devil... that, too was massively out of character.  ["deal with the devil": Trading his relationship with MJ for Aunt May's life.]
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 26, 2012, 07:03:25 PM
I haven't been reading it lately, but I completely disagree.  I think Slott is one of the consistently strongest writers in comics these days.  His sadly brief tenure on Avengers finally gave some life to Hank Pym, moving him out of the realm of also-ran or depressed former wife beater to a great science hero.  His work on She-Hulk was a wonderful mix of humour and legal drama that showed the strength of She-Hulk didn't just lie in her strength.  Arkham Asylum: Living Hell is a very cool look inside the world of Batman's villains, introducing a bunch of cool new ones (including a great one with a lot of potential that no one seems to be able to make work). 

And I think he is my favourite Spider-Man writer of all time (with Mark Waid and Kurt Busiek coming pretty close).  I think One More Day was pretty stupid (so much of what was needed to undo the marriage and identity revelation could have easily been done without a magic wish), but I think what came after was pretty great thanks in no small part to Slott, who provided a rich supporting cast (for a long time, it seemed Spider-Man's world became very insular and didn't balance the Spider-Man/Parker stuff), great new status quos (J. Jonah Jameson as the mayor of New York is a brilliant move), some good villains (Mr. Negative is definitely one of the more interesting would-be Kingpins I've seen), and most importantly a sense of tremendous fun without lessening the stakes, which some writers just seem to forget sometimes.

Personally, I think the new Spider-Man sounds interesting.  Largely, because I love stories of villains put into the shoes of a hero and it changing him (which is what the preview seems to imply).  Reminds me of the early issues of Thunderbolts and the Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2 parter where Faith switches bodies with Buffy.  It's been a while since I caught up with Spidey, but I am rather interested.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 26, 2012, 07:39:36 PM
I'm with Lucas - I've disliked everything of Slott's I've read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on December 26, 2012, 10:00:35 PM
It's been a long time since I bothered with the "regular" Spider-Man (quite frankly, I think the Ultimate Spider-Man version got it right in a way that the mainstream version hasn't in decades) but yeah, this is a really, really stupid plot contrivance. And we're talking about a character who went through a cloning identity crisis and continuity reboot engineered by the devil. This is a character that knows from stupid plot contrivances.

It's possible that Slott is a talented writer (I'm not sure if I've read anything of his, since I don't read a lot of superhero comics) but even a talented writer can't make a ludicrous idea a good one.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 27, 2012, 04:56:51 AM
I will agree that Ultimate Spider-Man was the only Ultimate book that never faltered, even when basically the rest of the universe did.  There were some moments weaker than others, but those were usually just OK or so-so rather than out and out bad, even in the face of wrong-headed ideas like Ultimatum.  The new Ultimate Spider-Man has been rather enjoyable too, but I do wish the first volume moved a little quicker.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mearnest on December 27, 2012, 12:09:23 PM
I'm a big fan of ASM and have enjoyed a lot of Slott's run, but I'm not sure how I feel about this.  I will say that one of the really disturbing aspects is that Ock-Spidey is putting the moves on MJ now.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on January 01, 2013, 02:20:29 PM
Well, not to derail the Spidey talk, but I did buy this a month or so ago, and finally finished the last few stories this month...
(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120918163417/judgedredd/images/thumb/4/45/Judge_Dredd_Case_Files_01.jpg/200px-Judge_Dredd_Case_Files_01.jpgf)

After seeing the new movie, I've decided it is in my best interest to start reading his stories.  And you know what?  Having read NONE of the newer entries about him, I was actually quite excited to read the older stories first, since I'm not wedded to any notion of how he acts and any of his baggage with other judges like Anderson and Hershey.  Here, he's just a Judge with a gun, and his landlady and Walter the Wobot.  Sure, there's lots of people dying, but there's an innocence and charm about the late-70s Dredd that I can't help but like.  It's a very pulpy storyline with that Silver Age feel that's very easy to get into.

Only shame is, I'm pretty sure this falls victim to the same deal as other collections of its ilk and is in black and white.  Anybody know for certain if these were in color at one point, even a sort of monochrome with orange or blue highlights?  Just seems like I'm missing something reading these.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 01, 2013, 07:29:24 PM
I don't know about that.  Usually, I'm actually OK reading black-and-white reprints of colour series, since I'm from a generation of colour advances and find a lot of it looks better without (or with colour touch-ups, like in Gemstones' very handsome EC reprints).  Personally, I'm hoping for more 2000 AD reprints of classic and influential stories.  I do love those Tharg's Future Shock reprints.  I did just pick up the Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1 and I must say that it is nice to read in colour.  Does make it rather expensive though.


(http://anokatony.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/hark_a_vagrant.jpg)

Also got Hark! A Vagrant for Christmas.  Completely awesome!  I'm looking forward to seeing more of her work.  Especially in the giant Choose Your Own Adventure book Ryan North is working on.  (BTW, anyone notice her pony inspired a horse that was in the Adventure Time episode "the Eyes")
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on January 01, 2013, 08:56:00 PM
The new ongoing Judge Dredd from IDW is not bad so far (only 2 issues in).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 02, 2013, 06:52:04 AM
Just finished reading one of the lesser books in the EC canon.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f9/Ecimpact.jpg/250px-Ecimpact.jpg)

An interesting attempt to keep the same kind of stories after the rise of the comic code, but ultimately just didn't seem to have the same heart as the other books and the art just wasn't as good.  Still, interesting in a historical sense in seeing what EC did to try to survive in a repressive new era of comics.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on January 21, 2013, 07:07:26 AM
Does anyone know of a reputable site for buying single issues of a comic with free shipping? I'm trying to hunt down The Tick #100, but I've always bought my comics in person, and I don't want to give my credit card to just any old comic book store I find in Google.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on January 22, 2013, 01:14:12 PM
Why not go right to the source:

http://www.necpress.com/tick.aspx

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 22, 2013, 01:51:53 PM
READ THIS:
Malinky Robot
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I really like this.  If you have a chance and love Asian culture, beautiful painted art and gentle, fun story telling, then read it.  It's a kind of storytelling I don't see a lot of outside of even most indie comics.  The pacing is intentionally slow and there really isn't any great point except to enjoy the sci-fi scenery in this slice of life comic.  Check it out ya'll.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on January 22, 2013, 03:27:26 PM
Why not go right to the source:

http://www.necpress.com/tick.aspx

Because they want to charge me $4.75 to ship a $7 book. I might get that deseperate, but I know a lot of places send back-issues for free..
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 24, 2013, 09:37:46 AM
Finished up Vol 2 of Peter David's Fallen Angel, which I was disappointed with at first and then won me over and made up for and addressed my issues with the first half.  I also finished up Roy Thomas' Road of Kings story in the Conan comic.  I got to say, it wasn't a 100% seemless transition between writers, but none of the Conan writers have ever done wrong by the series, and it's nice that Roy Thomas remembers how to write Conan.  I recommend both.  Not strongly per se, but both series are solid sevens out of ten and are fun reads.  Looking forward to more of both.

(http://images.superherostuff.com/image-comicsfangeldtevol2-primary-Watermark.jpg)

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Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 08, 2013, 07:18:06 AM
For the first time in a while I'm excited for two DC series! The Green Team and The Movement.

(http://www.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_content_width/hash/1360314073_1231_comic_green_team_movement_artwork.jpg)

The original Green Team is kind of like Richie Rich as a team of kids who fight evil and the comic was co-created by Joe Simon, an important figure in comics history who started creating stuff that was really off-beat in the 70's,  but where also derided.  I think history has been kinder to his series since audiences are more receptive to that kind of stuff.  The Green Team always seemed like it could make for a fun reboot (sort of in the vein of Grant Morrison's interpretation of the Newsboy Legion in Seven Soldiers of Victory.  I've heard good things about Art Balthazar's all-ages books, so I'm looking forward to it.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/34/Greenteamdcu0.jpg)

The other series could be dumb and preachy, but Gail Simone is an awesome writer and I'm looking forward to what she has to offer.  Even if neither series last long, I'm expecting something interesting, clever and fun from both.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on February 18, 2013, 07:20:03 PM
So anyone going to Emerald City Comicon?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on February 21, 2013, 02:04:11 PM
This is interesting: http://blog.comichron.com/2013/02/overall-print-comics-market-topped-700.html
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on February 28, 2013, 06:09:27 PM
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/02/22/rob-liefeld-extreme-contest/ (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/02/22/rob-liefeld-extreme-contest/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 01, 2013, 11:27:44 PM
Not sure how to feel about that.  You win, you're story gets drawn by Liefeld, you lose, you were rejected by Liefeld.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 02, 2013, 08:44:49 PM
Decided to try and take up writing again, so I'm starting by writing longer reviews for comics I've read.  Working on this one right now.

(http://images.imagecomics.com/c/2011/IMG111034.jpg)
It's not as good as the last two volumes of Criminal (seriously, read the Hell out of those, especially if you want to see a brilliantly dark re-imagining of Archie comics) but overall it merges his crime style with Lovecraft VERY well.  I'm expecting to to get even better, though.  I also love that there's an inherently sympathetic element to the title character despite all the horrible things she's responsible for.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Henry88 on March 13, 2013, 01:24:23 PM
Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5792cac24346d164eb0cf6ad2&id=04affc5182&fbsend=true&e=11b2c8e2e5

Quote from: Chris Mowry
Well, the news is out. IDW's new series to be released in June. Matt Frank and I are developing the story. He's on the art, I'm on the keyboard. It's going to be one hell of a ride and I think something that you guys (and gals) are really going to dig.

And check out that damn cover! Sweet

Also. Congrats to IDW on officially being the first comic book publisher to have a Godzilla series go beyond the 2 year/24 issue mark. I know it was not one series, but collectively. Thank you.

and here is a link to a larger version of the promo image

http://i.imgur.com/4yzIgPq.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/GImetst.jpg
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 14, 2013, 07:51:21 PM
DIAL H is SUPER WEIRD!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 14, 2013, 07:54:30 PM
Also, super awesome!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 14, 2013, 07:59:00 PM
Oh, I like it. Added it to my hold. I've been looking to replace Justice League Dark with something since Jeff Lemire kinda pissed me off last week.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 14, 2013, 08:02:55 PM
I'm not up to date with JLD - Did he piss you off in the book, or in general?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 22, 2013, 01:59:48 AM
(http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347994129l/338551.jpg)

HOLY SHIT.  This is amazing.  I've never really sat down and read any of Kirby's stuff outside of excerpts.  It's WAY ahead of it's time.  A perfect mix of old-school super-heroism, bombast and quasi-counterculture philosophy.  I always knew Kirby as imaginative and a primal artist, but I never realized how smart he was about including philosophy into mainstream hero comics.

It also shows me that while Stan Lee added a sort of grounding to the characters that is missing a bit here. without Lee he was able to really free his imagination in crazy, mind-blowing ways.

BTW, reading this, I realized that Jack should have worked with Steve Gerber.  Both are outside of the box thinkers and I would have loved to see Steve's subversive sense of humour mixed with Kirby's outrageously epic imaginings.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 22, 2013, 05:29:50 PM
I've only gotten into Kirby in the last year or so myself. Love Kamandi and OMAC. Have a couple of the collections of his work with Joe Simon too!

Haven't got to his Fourth World stuff yet.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 23, 2013, 05:22:08 PM
It's well worth your time.  The Forever People has some problems (in that the title characters are barely characters after the first issue, since there never seems to be time to flesh them out) but overall it's amazing and contains some truly ambitious stuff.  Here's a fantastic spread from Forever People #3.

(http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/365fourth/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/GloriousGodfreyFP3pg2-3_sml.jpg)

And I was surprised to see the way he uses photo-collages in his work.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 27, 2013, 07:50:23 PM
Today's comic book batch was a bit of a disappointment. It was my last issue of Justice League Dark, and it wasn't as strong as the end of the previous arc that ended with the annual earlier this year. I really didn't want to drop the series, but I've decided I can't support Jeff Lemire anymore. He said some pretty immature things about Orson Scott Card a couple weeks ago that struck me as childish and unprofessional, and I have grown pretty weary of comic writers acting like whiny children. I replaced the series in my hold with Dial H, which is pretty good so far. The other three books I read today were Fantastic Four, Uncanny Avengers and Age of Ultron, and none of them seemed to advance their stories in any significant way.

HOWEVER! I read all four issues of Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan last night, and I gotta say, it was pretty awesome. So far I have read Minutemen, Ozymandias, Moloch and Dollar Bill, all of which were great, but JMS kind of blew them all out of the water with this one. I think I want to read Rorschach next. I am enjoying the whole Before Watchmen thing quite a bit.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on March 27, 2013, 08:02:27 PM
HOWEVER! I read all four issues of Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan last night, and I gotta say, it was pretty awesome. So far I have read Minutemen, Ozymandias, Moloch and Dollar Bill, all of which were great, but JMS kind of blew them all out of the water with this one. I think I want to read Rorschach next. I am enjoying the whole Before Watchmen thing quite a bit.

Has Straczynski written all the miniseries in 'Before Watchmen'?  I'm kind-of a Straczynski addict and I've tried to read as much as possible that he's written.  [I became a fan with Babylon 5, still the most potent SF filmed in my opinion.  (That is despite season 4 and 5 feeling 'off' because he'd been told there would be no season 5, so had to separate the storylines that would've been throughout both seasons into basically one story per season, making their presentations awkward.)]
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 27, 2013, 08:03:57 PM
I really didn't want to drop the series, but I've decided I can't support Jeff Lemire anymore. He said some pretty immature things about Orson Scott Card a couple weeks ago that struck me as childish and unprofessional, and I have grown pretty weary of comic writers acting like whiny children.

What'd he say?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 27, 2013, 08:08:29 PM
He wrote Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl and Moloch. He ALSO wrote Superman: Earth One, which is STELLAR!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 27, 2013, 08:17:57 PM
I'd rather not say.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 27, 2013, 08:19:34 PM
...

Can you link to it or something? I just googled it and I can't see anything except hims saying he was happy OSC's story wouldn't appear in the same series as his.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 27, 2013, 08:20:58 PM
That's it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 27, 2013, 08:23:48 PM
I would advise you to never read the opinions of anyone related to any entertainment you consume, because if that was enough to get you to drop a series you enjoyed, you won't be left with much.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 27, 2013, 08:30:02 PM
You gotta understand, that day OSC was on the verge of being bullied out of the new Superman series because of his politics. I'm not a big fan of people trying to deprive someone of anything just because of their politics, and that day his artist quit because of it. There was a huge dogpile on Card that day by comic writers on Twitter and the whole thing just smacked of childishness to me. I thought "why should I look up to these people when they act so immaturely?" And I saw that remark from Lemire and I was just like "Okay, fuck you dude."

Yeah, you're right about not trying to find out what most writer's actually think. I was really liking Justice League Dark, and I wasn't particularly looking for this when I saw it. Shame.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 27, 2013, 08:50:08 PM
I don't think this would be a fruitful argument, but since Orson Scott himself is a bully, and over far more important things than writing Superman comics, I certainly have no sympathy for him.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 27, 2013, 09:23:37 PM
That's your prerogative, man. I won't hold it against you.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 27, 2013, 09:55:12 PM
I really didn't mean to derail the thread like this. My bad. So to get things back on track, what does everybody think about THIS: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/03/22/batman-classic-tv-series-comic-jeff-parker-jonathan-case-michael-allred/

Personally, I'm stoked.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on March 28, 2013, 02:40:48 AM
He wrote Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl and Moloch. He ALSO wrote Superman: Earth One, which is STELLAR!

Cool!  Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 28, 2013, 04:36:55 AM
I forgot to say that I also read Final Crisis recently.  As a Morrison fan, I was deeply disappointed.  A lot of good ideas and moments but overall it's just a mess and just plain not fun.  It was clearly a love letter to Kirby's DC work, but it feels like he was too invested in making a plot work (which it really doesn't) that he forgot to give us a reason to be invested.  I think Morrison doesn't get the credit he deserves for his character stuff, but here it's really missing.  Shame.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: goflyblind on March 28, 2013, 04:45:41 AM
i've been reading random collected editions of recent story lines, among them some x-men, and i've just gotta ask: when and why did scott become such a dick to xavier?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 28, 2013, 04:48:17 AM
i've been reading random collected editions of recent story lines, among them some x-men, and i've just gotta ask: when and why did scott become such a dick to xavier?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men:_Deadly_Genesis
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on March 30, 2013, 03:43:52 PM
Reading Cardboard by Doug TenNapel with my kids.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 30, 2013, 05:07:50 PM
So now that enough time has passed, what does everybody think about
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Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 31, 2013, 05:01:13 AM
I didn't read the story, but from what I understand, that was sort of the plan from the very beginning, so it doesn't bother me.  I just hope it was well done.  I'm way behind on the Grant Morrison Batman (I loved Batman & Robin), so I also hope the mess that is the new 52 didn't mess up the series to much (knowing Morrison, he probably ignored most of it anyway).

Also looking forward to Morrison's future Image work.  I love his super-hero stuff but after 6 years of Batman I'm looking forward to the other kind of stuff he can do.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 02, 2013, 12:06:59 PM
Reading Cardboard by Doug TenNapel with my kids.

Man, I lost track of TenNapel all the way back at Tommysaurus Rex. I need to start ordering his books again...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 02, 2013, 05:17:57 PM
Reading Cardboard by Doug TenNapel with my kids.

Man, I lost track of TenNapel all the way back at Tommysaurus Rex. I need to start ordering his books again...

Speaking of people whose work one stopped reading due to their opinions...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on April 02, 2013, 06:20:18 PM
I read Before Watchmen Nite Owl and Silk Spectre today. Both are quite solid. Nite Owl focuses on Dan and Rorschach's early partnership, and the story it tells is pretty compelling. It has a lot of good imagery in it. Silk Spectre is Laurie's coming of age story, in that she runs away and becomes a hippy in San Francisco. If you've been on the fence about Before Watchmen, I have to recommend it. They are the best comics I have read this year. I haven't read a BW series I haven't liked so far. The biggest criticism I can give is that Ozymandias is a bit too arty for comic book sensibilities. I just have Rorschach and Comedian left to read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 03, 2013, 03:28:13 AM
Quote
Speaking of people whose work one stopped reading due to their opinions...

Hadn't heard about any controversy.  What is said opinion?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 03, 2013, 04:57:13 AM
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Speaking of people whose work one stopped reading due to their opinions...

Hadn't heard about any controversy.  What is said opinion?

OpinionS. His old blog where he said some pretty vile stuff is now gone from the internet, but you can still find writings from him around if you look.

http://bullypulpit.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=867:11-great-arguments-for-incestuous-marriage&catid=46:bully-pulpit-blog&Itemid=70

(More in the 'Show other articles by this author' section at the bottom there)

http://www.breitbart.com/Columnists/Doug-TenNapel?page=1

Also, his book Black Cherry.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 03, 2013, 05:11:16 AM
Hm... Didn't know that.  Then, I've only read one or two of his stuff.  Always weird when people whose work you like turns out to have some pretty disgusting opinions and/or behaviour.  I was never an Orson Scott Card fan, but I enjoyed Ender's Game and Ultimate Iron Man before learning about his rather aggressive stance on homosexuality that turned me off to him as a person.

And recently I read about David Lynch appearing on foreign TV to imply 9/11 was an inside job.  Not as bad, but depressingly stupid for a director I really respect.  Didn't turn me off of his art, but made me think "really?"

But it's weird; there are certain works where I can separate the art from the individual and those where I can't.  Obviously it can be hard when one informs the other.  But I like Rosemary's Baby and the Tenant despite the fact that Roman Polanski is a fucking rapist.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 03, 2013, 05:16:41 AM
Yeah, I do my best to separate art and artist too, but when they are aggressive about it...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Swiffer on April 08, 2013, 09:14:55 AM
Used to be a big comic book reader in the 90's... didn't like D.C., but loved Marvel, Image, and Valiant. And some indie stuff like Bone and Cerebus.

I recently got my hands on D.C.'s "Death in the Family" series, it's like 50+ issues (including prologue and epilogue) of the return of Joker, causing havoc and killing dozens. It's pretty interesting, pretty dark, but I'm not really hip to much of the cast... like Suicide Squad, and all of the Robin characters like Nightwing... and the new Robin is a ten year old kid... that's Bruce Wayne's SON? Wha--? Who's the mom?

What are some good comic series to get into? I'm looking for some storylines that are already completed, like some graphic novel series, etc. I loved Sandman, Walking Dead... I'm open for suggestions.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 08, 2013, 02:22:08 PM
DMZ is my favourite recent completed series. (I love the current stuff Brian Wood is doing too, especially The Massive, but I am also enjoying Conan for the first time!)

Planet Hulk was an amazing fairly self contained series.

Currently I am really loving Animal Man, Swamp Thing and Dial H.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on April 08, 2013, 04:46:41 PM
I don't have any subscriptions this week. Somebody recommend a good graphic novel or collection. Thanks.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 08, 2013, 04:58:34 PM
If you've never taken the plunge, I'd recommend The Tick: The Complete Edlund. If you HAVE taken the plunge, I'd also reccomend the spin-offs, Man Eating Cow, and Paul the Samurai.

All for sale (And some on-sale) here:

http://www.necpress.com/Ticksearch.aspx?q=[COMPWORKS]

I also really enjoy Scud: The Disposable Assassin: http://www.amazon.com/Scud-Whole-Shebang-Rob-Schrab/dp/1582406855
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on April 08, 2013, 05:33:41 PM
Well, I hate to self-promote, but I absolutely don't.

http://www.catbeardthepirate.com/?page_id=349
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 28, 2013, 04:13:01 PM
(http://files.list.co.uk/images/2006/10/10/but-i-like-it.jpg)

Got Joe Sacco's book that isn't a deeply depressing book about war journalism.  Barely started, but it's a much different animal.  In a good way.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on April 28, 2013, 04:22:05 PM
ALMOST FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!1oneone
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 30, 2013, 09:20:19 AM
Tyrant and I are going to stake out the local comic shops early this Saturday to try to grab the Tick and Walking Dead freebees. Some of the others look pretty cool too, but if we can at least snag those two, it will be a success. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on May 18, 2013, 10:47:57 AM
Looks like DC is cancelling Dial H at the exact moment I started getting sick of it...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 18, 2013, 01:13:57 PM
:(
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on May 18, 2013, 01:21:01 PM
I was planning on filling its slot with batman 66 anyway...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 18, 2013, 06:32:23 PM
Batman 66 looks pretty great.  I hope DC decides to do the same with some other classic TV series: The Superfriends, the Adventures of Superman (with George Reeves), and, of course, Batman the Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited.  The cool thing about the latter 2 is that they can make new stories without having to worry about contradicting a concurrent series.

BTW, not a comic, but I'm finally going to start watching Batman: the Brave and the Bold soon.

Also, with a new Superman movie coming out, I would kill for DC animated to make a Superman animated series in the vein of All Star Superman (Not just an animated adaption like they already did, but a series that mixes cool action with silver age fun).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on May 18, 2013, 06:36:42 PM
As long as we're talking about Superman, I gotta say that I LOVE JMS's Superman Earth One. Bought Volume One on a Saturday on a whim. Read it three times. Went back on Monday to pick up Volume Two because this is Utah and they were closed on Sunday. I would totally have broken the Sabbath to have gotten it sooner. Volume Three isn't coming fast enough, dammit!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on May 18, 2013, 06:39:48 PM
And as far as Batman 66 goes, I really hope they expand on the cast. Not just bring back lots of old faves, but add new villains and heroes to the story. I would love to see Bane, Harley Quinn, Superman and a bunch of others in that style. But I also can't wait to see Vincent Price and Victor Buono back in action. :D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 18, 2013, 07:19:26 PM
They specifically said that there will be new takes on classic villains (Two-Face will be in it).  And #2 will have the Killer Croc.  I really hope he's interpreted as being played by Charles Nelson Reilly.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-vE4HqEToGw
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on May 18, 2013, 07:24:49 PM
That's some good news! I also hope False Face is in it. That guy scared the crap out of me as a kid.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 18, 2013, 07:34:50 PM
I am sad to see Dial H go. With the recent change of writers on Swamp Thing making it unreadable, that was my next favourite.

Batman 66 = 0 interest from me.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on May 18, 2013, 07:43:59 PM
I understand how you feel about Dial H, but I think it was getting a bit too weird for a lot of people's tastes. I am interested, though, in seeing how they wrap everything up. But, I'll say this, I hope they don't replace it with just another super hero comic. Hopefully they'll find something equally creative to put in its place.  ...yknow, something that isn't LarFleeze or VIBE. I'm still not sure why either of those are happening.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 18, 2013, 07:48:00 PM
My guess is because people buy them and not the interesting comics doing new things?

:P
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on May 18, 2013, 07:50:47 PM
That's probably EXACTLY the reason it's happening :P I don't know how you feel about Injustice, but it's pretty good. If you haven't checked it out yet, I'd give it a thumbs up, if my opinion means anything ;) I'm also probably the only person I know who really liked most of the Before Watchmen books. Minutemen was far and away the best, followed by Dr. Manhattan.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on May 19, 2013, 04:08:42 PM
Just spent 3 days at the Motor City Comi-con.  Friday and Sunday were awesome.  Saturday?

Well, in the end I guess it was worth it, but let me put it this way...
1. Last year, the Suburban Collection Showcase Center where it is held put up a record for the MCCC for 17-18,000 people coming in the doors.
2. This was enough for them to get Stan Lee to show up for one day only...which they did.
3. Traffic backed up in the interstate, parked miles away, and got heatstroke to attend.  One guy working at the con estimated 25-30,000 showed up.
4. The Showcase was not ready for this.  Internet inside the building went down, people with advance tickets (but not special Stan Lee tickets) waited out in 80 degree weather for three hours (most in costume), and the concession lines never went empty.

Now, I know most of you who attend enormous conventions in San Diego and elsewhere are used to long lines for big name celebrities.  This is normally the sort of con where a 25 minute wait to get inside the building is considered ridiculous.

Well, at least now they'll know better.  And I am happy that Stan signed my copy of Monsters to Laugh With Magazine, and seeing it put a smile on his face.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BiteMe316 on May 20, 2013, 05:04:01 AM
Now, I know most of you who attend enormous conventions in San Diego and elsewhere are used to long lines for big name celebrities.  This is normally the sort of con where a 25 minute wait to get inside the building is considered ridiculous.

Gee, ya think?  That is exactly why I don't attend conventions of any kind.  That and they're never held anywhere near me to being with.   :P
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on May 20, 2013, 12:59:20 PM
I have never had a desire to go to a convention. Horror stories from Comic-Con and Wondercon have always discouraged me. That, and, I live in Utah.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on May 20, 2013, 01:14:37 PM
Just spent 3 days at the Motor City Comi-con.  Friday and Sunday were awesome.  Saturday?

Well, in the end I guess it was worth it, but let me put it this way...
1. Last year, the Suburban Collection Showcase Center where it is held put up a record for the MCCC for 17-18,000 people coming in the doors.
2. This was enough for them to get Stan Lee to show up for one day only...which they did.
3. Traffic backed up in the interstate, parked miles away, and got heatstroke to attend.  One guy working at the con estimated 25-30,000 showed up.
4. The Showcase was not ready for this.  Internet inside the building went down, people with advance tickets (but not special Stan Lee tickets) waited out in 80 degree weather for three hours (most in costume), and the concession lines never went empty.

Now, I know most of you who attend enormous conventions in San Diego and elsewhere are used to long lines for big name celebrities.  This is normally the sort of con where a 25 minute wait to get inside the building is considered ridiculous.

Well, at least now they'll know better.  And I am happy that Stan signed my copy of Monsters to Laugh With Magazine, and seeing it put a smile on his face.

Couldn't go this year due to the Opera but yeah it was by all accounts mobbed.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on May 20, 2013, 08:20:47 PM
According to a more recent news story, last year's total con attendance was 18,000.  That same amount showed up this year on Saturday alone, making 30,000 the total for the entire weekend.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on May 21, 2013, 02:09:45 AM
Got a pair of tickets to Comicpalooza in Houston this weekend for my birthday, so Erica and I are finally going to our first con.  We wish we could go all out on the cosplay for it, but as it is we're just kind of inferring the characters.  I'm going to wear my Joker suit without any of the makeup, and she's getting a Harley Quinn themed tank-dress from ThinkGeek that should arrive just in time.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on May 22, 2013, 11:53:48 PM
yknow, something that isn't LarFleeze or VIBE. I'm still not sure why either of those are happening.

Because DC is currently up to its knees in a sand trap, swinging its club about furiously, in the frenzied hope that somehow, some way, they'll connect and get the ball back onto the fairway.

Yeah. I'll take THAT bet.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 23, 2013, 03:59:03 AM
Yeah, DC is a crazy mess.  There's still some good stuff and it's nice that at least it's made some good creators into big names (Jeff Lemire), but what the hell is the deal with the fact that there's constant creator swap outs, including guys who last one issue.  The universe itself now seems a lot more confusing in it's continuity than after any continuity rewrite before.

Marvel seems to be doing a lot better with interesting, quirky and creator-driven series like Hawkeye, Daredevil and Uncanny Avengers.  Also, most of there series seemed to be focused on just being fun.  Yeah, there are a few corssover things (I hear Age of Ultron isn't that great), but it's not like the constant barrage of mini-crossovers with DC (There were 2 back to back Batman crossovers).

It's sad that it looks like DC already needs a continuity wipe to undo their continuity wipe.  Of course, what's really needed is an editor wipe.  It's sounds like Bob Harras might be largely responsible for poor editorial decisions.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on May 23, 2013, 10:20:05 AM
 picked up the  Godzilla  fifty years war trade yesterday.  Looking  forward to getting a moment to sit down and read it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on June 19, 2013, 01:44:29 PM
Does somebody want to explain to me the end of Age of Ultron?!!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Henry88 on August 07, 2013, 04:47:28 PM
Quote
Battling Boy is a departure for the idiosyncratic cartoonist in that it’s aimed more directly at younger readers. Kirby’s Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth would appear to be a significant influence, and recent remarks made by Pope at Comic-Con International in San Diego confirm his fondness for that Kirby classic and a desire to create a new comic for children. CBR’s Sonia Harris quotes Pope as saying, “I sat down with the head of DC Comics. I really wanted to do Kamandi, this Jack Kirby character. I had this great pitch… and he said ‘You think this is gonna be for kids? Stop, stop. We don’t publish comics for kids. We publish comics for 45-year olds. If you want to do comics for kids, you can do Scooby-Doo.”

http://comicsalliance.com/battling-boy-trailer-video-paul-pope-first-second/
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on August 07, 2013, 04:58:10 PM
Quote
Battling Boy is a departure for the idiosyncratic cartoonist in that it’s aimed more directly at younger readers. Kirby’s Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth would appear to be a significant influence, and recent remarks made by Pope at Comic-Con International in San Diego confirm his fondness for that Kirby classic and a desire to create a new comic for children. CBR’s Sonia Harris quotes Pope as saying, “I sat down with the head of DC Comics. I really wanted to do Kamandi, this Jack Kirby character. I had this great pitch… and he said ‘You think this is gonna be for kids? Stop, stop. We don’t publish comics for kids. We publish comics for 45-year olds. If you want to do comics for kids, you can do Scooby-Doo.”

http://comicsalliance.com/battling-boy-trailer-video-paul-pope-first-second/

The series that he pitched it after (Batman Year 100) was in 2006, so it seems that that conversation happened with the previous head-honchos at DC.

So, that is terrible, but isn't really necessarily the opinion of DC now (especially given that they recently wiped the slate clean and started again in the hopes of attracting a new, younger audience).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Henry88 on August 07, 2013, 05:35:16 PM
Quote
Battling Boy is a departure for the idiosyncratic cartoonist in that it’s aimed more directly at younger readers. Kirby’s Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth would appear to be a significant influence, and recent remarks made by Pope at Comic-Con International in San Diego confirm his fondness for that Kirby classic and a desire to create a new comic for children. CBR’s Sonia Harris quotes Pope as saying, “I sat down with the head of DC Comics. I really wanted to do Kamandi, this Jack Kirby character. I had this great pitch… and he said ‘You think this is gonna be for kids? Stop, stop. We don’t publish comics for kids. We publish comics for 45-year olds. If you want to do comics for kids, you can do Scooby-Doo.”

http://comicsalliance.com/battling-boy-trailer-video-paul-pope-first-second/

The series that he pitched it after (Batman Year 100) was in 2006, so it seems that that conversation happened with the previous head-honchos at DC.

So, that is terrible, but isn't really necessarily the opinion of DC now (especially given that they recently wiped the slate clean and started again in the hopes of attracting a new, younger audience).

well thank goodness for that ;D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 08, 2013, 03:58:34 AM
In the middle of vol. 2 of the Madman Omnibus.  I love Mike Allred.  It's tremendously fun and it's a pleasure to catch up on these classic books I'd never gotten around to before.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 08, 2013, 08:31:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/Sh5BzH3yPrU
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 09, 2013, 10:02:11 AM
I'd prefer an adaptation of the Radio version.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on August 10, 2013, 03:35:30 PM
I'm not going to believe for a second that George Lucas would let anyone see his "original rough draft" without at least seventeen re-writes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Bob on August 11, 2013, 10:23:33 AM
I am sure his original rough draft was just from him watching an Akira Kurosawa film.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 27, 2013, 07:30:23 PM
Wait, what?
(http://i.imgur.com/ntETwhs.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on August 27, 2013, 08:24:31 PM
Skeletor stole Ram Man's outfit.

(http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/gayest-motu/ram-man.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on August 29, 2013, 01:49:02 PM
Cripes, Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Masters of the Universe vs. DC Universe, DC Universe vs. Marvel...

Is there no universe against which they will not verse?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on August 29, 2013, 05:28:53 PM
AND THEN THIS HAPPENED
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/eb8c76341eb229268a49e9d85b362d65/tumblr_ms9uv718Ym1rpq0d0o1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: goflyblind on August 29, 2013, 05:33:13 PM
hey, your username matches the author's name. what a weird coincidence. WAH-INK.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on August 29, 2013, 05:35:06 PM
Tumblr is blocked at my work, so I can't see what we are talking about - Do you have some big news?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on August 29, 2013, 07:27:40 PM
Tumblr is blocked at my work, so I can't see what we are talking about - Do you have some big news?

Really? Laaaaaaaame. It was a picture of my new book which just arrived yesterday. It is shiny.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on August 29, 2013, 07:30:42 PM
Well, congrats!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 29, 2013, 07:48:31 PM
Second.  Glad to see it's finally out!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on August 30, 2013, 05:51:25 AM
I can't wait to see this in there!
(https://sphotos-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/418268_10151036342913692_1133041253_n.jpg)

(Or what misadventures await me in volume 3!)  ;)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on August 30, 2013, 07:15:13 AM
Well, you'll get to see that on the website first, though. :D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on August 30, 2013, 08:06:59 AM
Yeah but being in a book is cooler.  :P
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 30, 2013, 08:08:52 AM
Yeah how did that happen?

Aside from the process of being drawn I mean. :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on August 30, 2013, 07:26:03 PM
Yeah how did that happen?

Aside from the process of being drawn I mean. :)

I financed the printing of book one and two through crowdsourcing (Indiegogo for the first, Kickstarter for the second). Appearances in the comic were one of the reward tiers. K1 has been kind enough to buy an appearance in the strip twice now. :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 30, 2013, 08:01:00 PM
I thought it was probably something along those lines, very cool. :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on September 25, 2013, 12:27:20 PM
Injustice #9 wins comics this week.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on October 07, 2013, 01:10:11 PM
The TenNapel Sketchbook Archive Vol. 2 kickstarter is live! (I know mattwnelson already jumped on it.)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1812253609/doug-tennapel-sketch-book-vol-2?ref=activity
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mearnest on October 18, 2013, 06:27:05 PM
Just got these today:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eA%2B5%2BjGCL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512EFjKME1L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)
The art and reproduction is really solid.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 19, 2013, 02:47:58 AM
I love Library of American Comics books! Haven't bought those two yet, let us know what you think.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 19, 2013, 03:52:13 AM
Yeah, I might want to check those out some time.  In recent years, I've found how good some old school comics can be.  Fourth World, EC Comics (my favourite old school stuff) and what I'm reading for the Halloween season

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4110/5166409096_80a498786d_z.jpg)

It's not as fantastic as Drifting Classroom or as next level bonkers as Fourteen, but it is still pretty cool.  It's about a half-human/half-demon (this was before EVERY manga was about this) who keeps running into terrifying situations.  Though it's comparitively more younger reader friendly than most of his books (it has a hero who fights monsters... sort of.  He's not on a quest to fight monsters, they just happen to show up in his life) but still has unsettling stuff and is surprisingly enigmatic with questions that are never answered.  In the first story, a boy meets a hideous man who might be his real father.  Then he turns into a demon.  Even after the monster is finally killed, there's so many unanswered questions that it gives it a really weird feel.  Definitely worth checking out.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 14, 2013, 02:47:44 AM
Yep, it's official: Marvel is publishing the classic Marvelman (AKA Miracleman) stories from Alan Moore, as well as the Neil Gaiman one, which if Neil Gaiman spoke true, will finally finish his arc).  Here are some deets, which is short for details:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49089
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on November 14, 2013, 03:12:14 AM
Loved that series.  Alan Moore at his intense best. :)

If anyone is interested in a bit of trivia, for the birth issue Totleben used the first and second hardcover printing of 'A Child is Born' (superb intrauterine (and delivery) photos by Lennart Nilsson) as his references for the delivery sequence (the baby's newborn face is the indisputable proof).  [The third HC printing was heavily revised and those delivery pics were replaced with new ones.]
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on November 21, 2013, 10:12:05 AM
Oh man, I had the craziest dream that two big comic book companies were publishing huge events with tie-ins that come out every single week, yet the story in both never ever seems to move forward! Then I woke up and was all "whew, thank God for independent comics..."
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on November 21, 2013, 08:16:03 PM
After all these years, can you believe I've never actually read The Dark Knight Returns until this past week...

...and I didn't care for it that much.  Not sure if I can pinpoint why, other than I'm not a fan of the art style.  I'll keep thinking about it and try and come up with more.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 21, 2013, 08:24:50 PM
It's very dated, I think.

Had to have been amazing at the time though.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on November 21, 2013, 09:18:37 PM
After all these years, can you believe I've never actually read The Dark Knight Returns until this past week...

...and I didn't care for it that much.  Not sure if I can pinpoint why, other than I'm not a fan of the art style.  I'll keep thinking about it and try and come up with more.

It really is a hideous book. I'll never read it because I can't stand looking at it. Everybody loves the story, but I'll never know because I'm never gonna subject myself to Miller's substandard drawing style.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on November 21, 2013, 10:04:57 PM
My perception was probably hurt by the fact that I read it out of order.  I read Dark Knight Strikes Back last year when I got it as a gift from someone who didn't know the difference, and I absolutely despised the story, and found myself hating Miller's Batman with a passion.  DKR by comparison is definately better, but I wonder how I would find it if I wasn't comparing it in the first place.

The dated references didn't seem to bother me, though it did strike me as odd how close two details hit to home that were just window dressing back in the 80s.  First when Two-Face attacks "Gotham's Twin Towers" and the second (especially bizzare in the context of a Batman comic) when there's a montage of crimes that includes a lunatic shooting up a movie theater.

The characters seem extremely dull and lifeless to me, with the exception of Carrie Kelly, who was by far the most interesting part of the story to me.  My favorite interactions in the series were the ones between her and Batman, when he was able to open up and trust her.  Even so, I felt like she wasn't explored well enough for my taste.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on November 21, 2013, 10:22:19 PM
Personally I've always found Miller's characterizations too shallow to really get into his stories.  I think the first one of his I read was Dark Knight Returns and it was made all the more clear how 2-dimensional they were because Watchmen was coming out around the same time.

I read some of Miller's later work e.g. Ronin (which I couldn't tell you a thing about it was so forgettable), then read his earlier Daredevil work which still didn't impress me (don't remember if someone else was writing the actual words for that with his stories... I think it was that way at first then he took over completely.  Either way I was unimpressed.

And I agree about the artwork.  It is incredibly primitive.  But I suppose some people like that kind of thing.  (Jim Lee was it that used a highly sketchy style that was a major fan favorite for some reason?)

I prefer more the highly-refined lines of - say - Sterenko on Nick Fury, Starlin on his first run with Warlock (where he inked his pencils), Cassaday on, well, anything.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on November 21, 2013, 10:52:27 PM
I don't know if Jim Lee ever used anything Miller-like in his art.  I do know I started reading Hush right after, which Jim Lee drew, and it has been a hell of a pallet cleanser.  The art is fantastic and the story is better in every way.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on November 22, 2013, 03:16:02 AM
Marginally functioning brain earlier.  Should've taken a couple seconds and looked up Lee's work.  At least from what showed up in a Google Images search, it apparently wasn't his art I was thinking of (unless his 80s art was much less 'solid').  I was thinking of a fan favorite around the time the Image guys split off who had very sketchy 'art' with almost no singular continuous lines to delineate anything and with huge numbers of meaningless lines in/on everything he drew.  Now I can't think who that might have been.

[Mignola, once he stopped stealing/tracing other artist's work and passing it off as his own, is another artist I can't tolerate the look of.]
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on November 22, 2013, 04:00:40 AM
Rob Liefeld maybe?  I know there's plenty to complain about with his artwork. Horrible proportions, tons of useless pouches, "Youngblood Syndrome" of missing pupils in almost all his characters' eyes, his complete inability to portray a foot...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 22, 2013, 05:23:38 AM
Yeah but Linefilled's work is sort of the opposite problem; far too much detailing and complexity. It's not primitive or minimalist at all, it's still shite however.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on November 23, 2013, 03:56:13 AM
Yeah, you're right. My mind went to him because I was thinking of Image.

Anyway, I finished with Hush. I think I'm pretty much sold on anything With Loeb's name on it now.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2013, 05:39:41 AM
I am actually a Miller apologist.  Not of anything that came since The Dark Knight Strikes Again (which I feel has some good moments, but it a big friggin' mess), but still, I largely like his art-style.  Too me, the problem I had with DKR's art was actually more about the colouring, which is far too muddy-ish (though I suppose it works in the fight in the mud pit).  I didn't care for DKR's art when I first read it, but while it's not my favourite style, I think there is more going on there stylistically than simply "crude art".  It's not to my taste so much, but I feel I can't simply dismiss it.  Personally, my favourite of Miller's works is Ronin, in which he basically decided to mix together what he loved about Japanese and European art styles into one big story.

As far as storytelling, it is obvious that he books aren't terribly deep in terms of character most of the time but he can use his broad strokes to make some effective ones (the aforementioned Carrie Kelly, as well as Commissioner Gordon.  Seriously, I would much rather see Miller do this relatively down to Earth and likeable character rather than all the ridiculous he-men he is obsessed with) , but I really appreciate what he can accomplish structurally.  There are also other aspects I enjoy that I can't quite articulate well here.  It's not the manly prose and humour, but it is connected to that and the way in which it was utilized and I think his loss of the command of whatever that aspect was is what turned him into a joke later on.  That and thinking all muslims are terrorists.  Seriously, what the FUCK!?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on November 23, 2013, 02:16:38 PM
Just finished All-Star Superman. I liked it, I did. It started out really strong and interesting, but like a lot of graphic novels, it kind of descends into incomprehensibility towards the end. That's okay, though. I liked Lois Lane as Superwoman and Jimmy Olsen as Doomsday, that was pretty fun.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 23, 2013, 05:32:16 PM
I LOVE All-Star Superman.  It's probably my favourite Superman story (it's that or Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow.  Red Son is in third.  Then Secret Identity).  It's a fun, smart, cool, touching book with some amazing art.  I'll never get why people are complaining that they can't get into Superman because he is too powerful or "not grounded like Batman" (where do I begin with that).  In my opinion, Superman is a much more human character than Batman (though I love Batman too) and All-Star Superman is the perfect example.

I also love how crazy it is.  While there are some perfectly fine "grim and gritty" super-hero books, I prefer the trend to more absurdist/expressionistic/out there books where the focus is on fun (while still having good characters).  Marvel as a whole has definitely moved in that direction in the last few years (Uncanny Avengers, Young Avengers, FF) where the world is more fun and crazy and meanwhile DC has largely taken a step back towards a lot of it's line up being either more grim or depressingly standard hero outings (though there were some big and good exceptions).  I think Grant Morrison (along with creators like Mike Allred and Christopher Priest and probably a bunch of great obvious names who slipped my mind) really helped set that up and while Morrison was certainly a big name when this came out, I think All-Star Superman inspired the mainstream to enjoy being silly and embrace that aspect of comics (though I think this was also a direction comic were heading in since the early 2000s).

I haven't read it in a while, but I don't remember the ending being too confusing.  Certainly not compared to a lot of other Morrison works (Final Crisis, which has so many good ideas and isolated moments, it is a shame it was such a mess).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on November 23, 2013, 10:04:37 PM
Final Crisis is incomprehensible. I got two thirds through it and I still had no clue what has happening. As far as Superman stories, I really like Death and Return of Superman a lot. I also like Superman Earth One by JMS a lot, in fact it might be the best non-Watchmen graphic novel I've ever read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on November 23, 2013, 10:06:55 PM
And anytime time travel is used in super hero stories it kind of makes my brain hurt because I can almost never keep up with it. I think they make it too complicated.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on November 24, 2013, 12:48:07 AM
See, I found Return of Superman too complicated. You needed to use a damn scorecard to keep track of all the different Supermen. There were parts I really liked, but some of it was just over cluttered.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mearnest on November 26, 2013, 01:41:11 PM
Hadn't seen this on here yet:
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/11/veteran-superman-artist-al-plastino-passes-away/ (http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/11/veteran-superman-artist-al-plastino-passes-away/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 26, 2013, 06:13:26 PM
Yeah, I heard about that.  Sad, but I must admit I am ignorant about this guy.  Still, looking at the art here, I'm not sure if he was the guy for Superman but he seems like THE guy for Supergirl (I wish artists would approach the character the way he does it, instead of the attempts to make her bad-ass or whatever.  Seriously, no one seems to know how to make Supergirl fun and uncomplicated) and that JFK piece is pretty stellar.  It's like he was meant to draw everything except Superman (sort of like how Kirby wasn't allowed to draw Superman in the Fourth World books).

http://comicsalliance.com/al-plastino-r-i-p-supergirl-legion-super-heroes-co-creator-jfk-superman/
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on November 26, 2013, 07:10:09 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/YfrYaRB.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on November 26, 2013, 07:50:17 PM
This is precisely why I can't get into the X-Men. Too many freaking characters! Well, that, and the plots have been largely terrible.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on November 26, 2013, 08:01:20 PM
I remember when Pizza Hut had their tie-in with the animated series where they had VHS episodes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on November 26, 2013, 08:17:41 PM
I vaguely remember that. That cartoon, though. Whew. It's about as whiny and 90s as you can get. And the animation is TERRIBLE. Never got its popularity. Probably because it was about the only Marvel cartoon you could get at the time other than Spidey, I guess. And X-Men was selling pretty well. Still. Geez.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 27, 2013, 07:34:32 AM
We're not talking the one with the fairly cute to potentially hot designs for Kitty and Wanda right? The one where Kurt was all floppy haired comic relief?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on November 27, 2013, 11:09:24 AM
We're not talking the one with the fairly cute to potentially hot designs for Kitty and Wanda right? The one where Kurt was all floppy haired comic relief?

 no,I mean the one based off of all the Jim Lee designs in the nineties.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on November 27, 2013, 11:14:26 AM
Yeah on constant rotation on BBC Saturday morning programming, pants mostly.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on November 29, 2013, 07:34:17 PM
What?
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Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on November 29, 2013, 09:09:50 PM
Someone say Liefeld?  My favorite posts riffing on shitty Liefeld work:

http://www.progressiveboink.com/2012/4/21/2960508/worst-rob-liefeld-drawings
http://www.progressiveboink.com/2012/6/14/3084348/the-second-40-worst-rob-liefeld-drawings

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Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on November 29, 2013, 09:20:39 PM
Someone say Liefeld?  My favorite posts riffing on shitty Liefeld work:

http://www.progressiveboink.com/2012/4/21/2960508/worst-rob-liefeld-drawings
http://www.progressiveboink.com/2012/6/14/3084348/the-second-40-worst-rob-liefeld-drawings

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Variations on a theme (first one is NSFW):
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Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 04, 2013, 08:31:49 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/WVzTWLm.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on December 04, 2013, 09:23:04 AM
The dangers of a generation of supervillains raised on Dora the Explorer...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 06, 2013, 05:59:36 PM
Hey, I know that we at least have one comics artist here (Edward Grug III) so if there are any, you might be interested in this.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/12/06/call-for-line-it-is-drawn-artists/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Basically, it's an fun art thingy where you draw fan suggested comic related things, usually mash-ups.  It's a good way for more exposure and some of them have gotten a lot of attention on the internet.  For example, this week was comic character/Doctor Who team-ups/mash-ups.  (I always try to suggest.  This week I suggested Thor Vs. Sutekh, Romana joining the Birds of Prey, Prez and the Doctor saving the founding father from Daleks and, my personal favourite, the fifth Doctor trying to stop the Cybermen from calling to vote for Adric's death a la the Jason Todd/Death in the Family story).

Here are some recent cool drawings, BTW (some of which I suggested).

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Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 09, 2013, 07:56:31 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/Anq50S7.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 09, 2013, 08:01:39 PM
I'm guessing it's a limited series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 11, 2013, 09:38:19 PM
For comics fans who also go nuts any time MST3k is referenced, the latest one shot for Adam Warren's acclaimed Empowered series features a character named Dr. Big McLarge Huge.  Also will be drawn by the even more acclaimed Brandon Graham.  I've been meaning to read Prophet, which I hear is phenomenal.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 16, 2013, 09:38:44 AM
The Walking Dead comic has a Rob Liefeld Variant
(http://i.imgur.com/HXWUA9M.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on December 16, 2013, 03:03:30 PM
The Walking Dead comic has a Rob Liefeld Variant
(http://i.imgur.com/HXWUA9M.jpg)

No doubt how the screenwriter originally envisioned The Last Sacrifice. Rowsdower!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 20, 2013, 11:03:51 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/rVZpSx5.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 22, 2013, 07:15:36 PM
Garfield minus Garfield plus Deadpool
(http://i.imgur.com/3MJfu7T.png)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 26, 2013, 06:51:21 PM
Frank Miller Variant Cover for Detective Comics #27
(https://31.media.tumblr.com/e8fd97498989328a40d4c013101f5e3f/tumblr_inline_myc7zlkbdi1qbujox.png)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 26, 2013, 06:57:46 PM
Blech
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on January 12, 2014, 05:43:29 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/ZrezoWL.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 12, 2014, 05:46:30 PM
??? Was pulling hair once considered exercise?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 12, 2014, 05:52:43 PM
In Russ Meyer and women-in-prison movies...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on January 12, 2014, 07:40:35 PM
??? Was pulling hair once considered exercise?

I think that character has control of her hair. Superhero comics are weird.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 12, 2014, 07:51:40 PM
??? Was pulling hair once considered exercise?

I think that character has control of her hair. Superhero comics are weird.

She does, but even still, it doesn't really make sense.

Also not making sense: How she made the cover? Even if they just wanted a female character, she's surely not in the top twenty to choose from?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on January 12, 2014, 08:02:42 PM
??? Was pulling hair once considered exercise?

I think that character has control of her hair. Superhero comics are weird.

She does, but even still, it doesn't really make sense.

Also not making sense: How she made the cover? Even if they just wanted a female character, she's surely not in the top twenty to choose from?

Yeah on the 'not making sense', because how she says what she does - on a book about exercise - suggests that 'hair getting pulled' is an exercise.

With her getting on the cover, it may be that they couldn't afford the licensing fees for anyone 'better', or that other characters they may have wanted were already licensed exclusively to other companies for their 'whatevers'.  [As, even though Marvel owns the copyright, because of the way their financial properties were arranged, sometimes they had to effectively license from themselves for anything outside of character use in comics.  I remember that coming up a few decades ago with something else but I can't recall what.]  Either that, or they simply wanted to increase the Inhumans' profile, as that looks like an early 70s book (when the Inhumans were in Amazing Adventures).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 12, 2014, 11:34:28 PM
Got this for Christmas and read it this weekend.
(http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111104180259/muppet/images/2/26/Taleofsand-finalcover.jpg)]

FANTASTIC!  Don't be fooled by the understated cover, this book is an explosion of colour, panels and dynamism.  Based on a script from Jim Henson, this is basically an experimental film in comic form.  But don't let that scare you away: it is experimental, but it is also insanely fun.  It has elements of looney toons, silent film (there is dialogue, but it is kept to a minimum) and just plain fun.  It also has a lot of dreamlike and nightmarish elements (though I certainly wouldn't describe it as scary) and though I would also like to see it as a movie, artist Ramon Perez makes it his own, rather than simply making it a more lush storyboard, taking full advantage of the medium.  Definitely check it out.  It's a fast read but it is cool.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 13, 2014, 12:12:44 AM
I have it, but I don't think I've read it yet - must get to that.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on January 13, 2014, 07:13:42 AM
I had that and desperately wanted to like it (love Jim Henson, and Ramon K. Perez is an amazing artist) but it was just a bit too surreal for me; I prefer a fairly linear reading experience. But I understand why it's so widely loved. It is gorgeous.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 14, 2014, 05:03:04 AM
http://pipistrellus.tumblr.com/post/73262705088/look-if-dc-reprinted-the-superdictionary-they
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 14, 2014, 05:38:59 AM
That book was part of the inspiration for one of my favourite villains, Mojo Jojo.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on January 28, 2014, 09:58:49 AM
http://www.newsarama.com/20163-aquaman-teen-titans-justice-league-dark-superman-go-steampunk-in-february.html (http://www.newsarama.com/20163-aquaman-teen-titans-justice-league-dark-superman-go-steampunk-in-february.html)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 28, 2014, 05:06:36 PM
It's not an actual story.  Just some variant covers.  Marvel's been doing that kind of thing for year.  At least the Superman one is slightly better than the current costume.  Armoured booties?  Or did they finally get rid of them?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MrTorso on January 30, 2014, 08:10:14 AM
All the publishers have been doing variant covers for many many years.  I am still amazed when I get speculators buying up these "collectors" items thinking they are going to cash in someday....
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mearnest on January 30, 2014, 05:48:07 PM
The only variants I really made a point to pick up were these:
(http://acecomics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Spidey-50th-Variants.jpg)
Just because I love Marcos Martin's work, especially on Spider-man.  Anyone who buys modern comics expecting them to be valuable is just being foolish.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 30, 2014, 05:55:07 PM
Marcos Martin and Paolo Rivera are two of my favourite artists working right now.

Frankly, though, I don't think anyone is under the assumption that most variant covers are collectors item rather than an alternative and something you can pick up in a trade paperback.  I just kind of don't like it when the cover has a completely unrelated character on it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on February 16, 2014, 07:09:17 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/GLCGLia.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on February 16, 2014, 07:17:44 PM
I wonder if the writer of that had just read (or heard of) the book, Black Like Me (published over a decade before)?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 16, 2014, 08:04:22 PM
Which is also the name of a storyarc in the Punisher where he turns black.  Really.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 16, 2014, 08:24:50 PM
Which is also the name of a storyarc in the Punisher where he turns black.  Really.

Better or worse than when he's the avenging angel for heaven?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 16, 2014, 09:10:42 PM
Depends on what you respond to.  Avenging Angel is dumb, but a storyline about the Punisher turning black is bizarre and misguided.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/02/23/i-love-ya-but-you%E2%80%99re-strange-that-time-punisher-was-a-black-guy/
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on February 27, 2014, 07:22:28 PM
From Deadpool: The Gauntlet
(http://i.imgur.com/opAUdQS.gif)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 01, 2014, 10:07:08 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/toOSwfb.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 01, 2014, 07:12:06 PM
Ninja Turtles is THE BEST comic book out right now, period.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 05, 2014, 03:03:01 PM
If you want to read a ton of free golden age comics, NOW YOU CAN!

http://www.avclub.com/article/download-thousands-golden-age-comics-free-digital--201797

Awesome.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 06, 2014, 07:09:49 PM
Is ANYBODY but me reading Forever Evil?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 06, 2014, 07:10:51 PM
Nope, you're the only one.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 06, 2014, 07:13:15 PM
Nope, you're the only one.

I meant HERE. ;) But yeah, sometimes is does feel like I'm the only person I know who's reading it, which is lame because the last issue was pretty sweet. FE6 had a really great twist. I go to talk about it with people and they look at me like a crazy person, but that might be unrelated to the comic...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 06, 2014, 07:15:00 PM
I'm more of a Marvel guy.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on March 06, 2014, 07:22:58 PM
I'm more of a Marvel guy.

I'm digging Trail of Jean Grey right now. I'm also excited to see how they wrap up Superior Spider-Man, but I hope it doesn't lead to the end of Superior Foes because I REALLY like that book. Just started New Warriors, it looks promising. I'm also interested to see how they get out of the "pickle" the world is in in Uncanny Avengers.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 06, 2014, 07:29:13 PM
I actually haven't read a current Marvel book in a year or more - I got a Marvel unlimited subscription and am reading the old stuff. Currently reading all of Spider-Man from the beginning.

Looks like there's lots of interesting stuff going on at the moment though. Looking forward to catching up with the current Fantastic Four.

Other new stuff I am reading: Saga, The Massive and Sheltered.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 06, 2014, 07:36:15 PM
I read the free issue of Saga that Google Play had.  Not sure if I want to continue.  I'm curious if any of IDW's Godzilla stuff is worth picking up.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 06, 2014, 07:48:48 PM
I read the free issue of Saga that Google Play had.  Not sure if I want to continue.

Didn't hook you, or there was something in it you didn't like? I think it's pretty fantastic.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 06, 2014, 07:58:11 PM
I read the free issue of Saga that Google Play had.  Not sure if I want to continue.

Didn't hook you, or there was something in it you didn't like? I think it's pretty fantastic.
Nah.  It was fine.  It's just sometimes it's hard to tell with just one issue.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on March 06, 2014, 09:30:34 PM
I read the free issue of Saga that Google Play had.  Not sure if I want to continue.  I'm curious if any of IDW's Godzilla stuff is worth picking up.
Godzilla Half Century War is worth picking up for the art alone.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on March 07, 2014, 04:18:52 AM
Is ANYBODY but me reading Forever Evil?

I'm sure I'll get to it, but probably will be awhile.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 08, 2014, 04:11:49 PM
Been reading through the free archives of Fred Perry's Gold Digger when I stumbled upon a few panels where the main characters are singing parts of the MST3K theme.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 11, 2014, 10:05:14 AM
Read the Essential Ant-Man.  Man, that was like the one character in the early days of the Silver Age Marvel characters who had NOTHING that made him interesting.  Really thrown together.  Most of the villains are Scooby Doo-ish, though in many cases, it's like pulling off the monster mask and finding an alien.  Plus, there's the uncomfortable gender role stuff.

Also read Nemo: Heart of Ice, a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen spin-off with Nemo's daughter.  A fairly fun story that works in the Mountains of Madness, but this one isn't as good as the other League books, in that I feel that there's not a lot to grab onto in terms of characters and that despite the dark ending, it feels fairly insubstantial in the end.  Still, fun if you want more adventures in the League universe (I'd rather they'd just flesh out the adventures referenced in the Black Dossier).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 11, 2014, 04:39:41 PM
I liked Heart of Ice a billion times more than the Century series. (Especially the 60s book)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on March 11, 2014, 06:02:24 PM
Read the Essential Ant-Man.  Man, that was like the one character in the early days of the Silver Age Marvel characters who had NOTHING that made him interesting.  Really thrown together.

Quite true, since he was initially designed as a one-shot short-story 'monster' story in Tales to Astonish before Marvel's superheros took off.  When the superheroes took off they basically thought, "what the hell - let's stick this guy in a costume."
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 12, 2014, 12:22:12 PM
(http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131129114148/marvel_dc/images/7/75/Batman_%26_Robin_-_Batman_Must_Die.jpg)

Didn't actually get the "deluxe edition".  Anyway, big fan of Grant Morrison and of his Batman and Robin stuff, but this end was a bit disappointing.  It certainly is appropriately epic and crazy and there's some nice Frazier Irving art, but I found it a bit too dense for so little reward.  I usually don't mind Morrison craziness, but here it just didn't make for an entirely satisfying finale (also, it tied into The Return of Bruce Wayne and there was stuff that makes it a lot more confusing if you haven't read it).  The other problem I have is similar to a problem I often have with Morrison: really great ideas that don't feel like they have room to breathe, in this case Dr. Hurt's plot to turn Gotham into an "addicted city" which we get glimpses of but we don't get to spend to much time with.  Too much compression to really enjoy the stuff.

Still, overall I am positive about it, I just wish the breathless pace was in favour of either a simpler story (something I rarely expect or ask of from Morrison, but it really would have helped things in this case) or a story that allows breathing room.  Then again, maybe the idea was to pick it up from month to month and decompress it in those months, but as a whole it's just a bit too much.  I will say I liked how the Joker was used, overall.  A nice step back from the previous "super-nightmare" incarnation Morrison used in Batman R.I.P. without diminishing him as a threat.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on March 17, 2014, 05:07:22 AM
Hey guys! I posted this in the Kickstarter thread, but I'm so close to my goal, and you guys like comics, so I figured I'd cross post here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/86891268/catbeard-the-pirate-book-three-shipwrecks-and-shed?ref=home_location
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 18, 2014, 07:39:04 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/KRct68y.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on March 20, 2014, 08:54:53 PM
Is that Superman a Kurt Swan issue?

Man, what gems those whacky panels are
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 21, 2014, 10:19:05 AM
Might be someone else.  I usually find Swan's take a bit gentler.  But I could be wrong.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on April 08, 2014, 06:40:25 PM
Yeah; Swan's Supes tended a little more toward barrel-chested.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 09, 2014, 09:37:11 AM
Still catching up on Walking Dead.  On Vol. 14 now.  Also decided to pick up Captain America: Allies and Enemies anthology on a whim, but if the rest of the stories are like the first one, I don't recommend it.  Still, the last one is about Batroc the Leaper, so they can't ALL be misses.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 17, 2014, 04:14:28 PM
Not sure if this has been posted here yet.  Remember when Wolverine was played by Gary Busey?
(http://i.imgur.com/xkQERcx.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on April 18, 2014, 09:54:59 PM
Reading Paul Grist's "Histories", one of my all time fav sequential artists ever
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 25, 2014, 06:09:48 PM
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/981 (http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/981)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on May 04, 2014, 06:26:50 PM
From the Free Comic Book Day issue of Power Rangers:
(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBgpaHR0cHM6Ly90d2l0cGljLmNvbS9zaG93L2xhcmdlL2UyeGIxOC5qcGcUsAkUqgUAFgASAA&s=DagWZlndQu41Kli99ycQaRGHiGy7jrnwJ0jCvmUjcD4)
Of all the characters to get hit by a car...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 04, 2014, 06:37:59 PM
(http://cdn.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/covers/underwaterwelder_lg.jpg)

Not my favourite Jeff Lemire book (and not quite as good as the hype), but a decent story and an overall good read.  I'd recommend Essex County and Sweet Tooth before this, but still very worth your time.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on May 04, 2014, 07:04:21 PM
Not sure if this has been posted here yet.  Remember when Wolverine was played by Gary Busey?
(http://i.imgur.com/xkQERcx.jpg)

(http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/21506754.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on May 04, 2014, 07:09:41 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/xkQERcx.jpg)

Y'know... you first look at the thing in the background and think, "my god! That's horrible!"  Then you look at Wolverine and think, "Oh... the background is just supposed to be an average person."
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 04, 2014, 07:12:40 PM
Maybe it's Jubilee, back in action!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 04, 2014, 07:33:26 PM
From the Free Comic Book Day issue of Power Rangers:
(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBgpaHR0cHM6Ly90d2l0cGljLmNvbS9zaG93L2xhcmdlL2UyeGIxOC5qcGcUsAkUqgUAFgASAA&s=DagWZlndQu41Kli99ycQaRGHiGy7jrnwJ0jCvmUjcD4)
Of all the characters to get hit by a car...

I do not understand...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on May 04, 2014, 07:40:16 PM
The actress who played the yellow ranger died in a car accident.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on May 07, 2014, 05:21:43 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/FvHm5Xy.png)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 08, 2014, 06:33:01 AM
Picked up some big thick comics for my journey into the Chilcotin mountains.

(http://d138hkes00e90m.cloudfront.net/news_images/Stray_Bullets_Uber_Alles_Edition-cover.jpg)
(http://sarahtherebel.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/theecarchives.jpg?w=812)
(http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Templar.jpg)
(http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Jonah-Hex-Riders-of-the-Worm-and-Such.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: monsterbrains on May 15, 2014, 11:34:09 AM
Comic books are too good and too expensive.  How can you enjoy a comic book that costs $4.95?  At that price I resent the hell out of a cliff hanger ending.  If they were still 60 cents each I would still be collecting.  Plus they reboot everything all the time.  I don't want to read that shit. 
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on May 17, 2014, 05:12:39 PM
Comic books are too good and too expensive.  How can you enjoy a comic book that costs $4.95?  At that price I resent the hell out of a cliff hanger ending.  If they were still 60 cents each I would still be collecting.  Plus they reboot everything all the time.  I don't want to read that shit.

Do what I do. Get the trade paperbacks from the local library.  :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 23, 2014, 07:40:19 PM
Finished Jonah Hex and Weird Fantasy.

Jonah Hex starts off as a grim Western, but at about the second mini-series Joe R Lansdale decides to go increasingly Looney Tunes, with increasingly silly stories and jokes with mixed results.  Largely the humour and the stories are hit or miss with some wacky stuff working well and others sort of negating the stakes.  What starts as a Tremors-style story goes in a strange direction that involves underground science-cities.  That said, the scene with Oscar Wilde is pretty awesome (finally, we learn that he can take care of himself in a fist fight!)  The third story feels a little more like the mix of humour, weirdness and action are better handled, but it turns out to be a so-so story.  Still, it is fun, and if you go into it realizing it has the same vein as Garth Ennis' sillier comics (like Adventures in the Rifle Brigade), you'll have a good time.  Still, I like that somewhat more generic first story best.

Weird Fantasy is not one of EC's best, save that when Harvey Kurtzman comes aboard, he does stories that are very funny and still manage to feel like a solid sci-fi story.  Man, I really got to get into Kurtzman more.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RandyMistie on May 26, 2014, 04:09:46 PM
Adult Swim has a new Batman series. Called, "Beware the Batman" it is all CGI, very interesting. Alfred is a younger dude, bald, still has the MI6 background but he acts as Bruce Wayne's bodyguard....

It is not Paul Dini or Alan Burnette but it is Sam Register who was their guy. Made a lot of DC movies. Good Batman animated movies. Very obscure villains like "Magpie" but they have to have the Joker. We'll see, only two eps so far and the next one features Anarky! So, that would be good!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 26, 2014, 06:07:17 PM
Read Templar.  I wasn't riveted, per se and it took a while to get going, but it is a rather good read.  I guess my biggest complaint is that the lead is kind of unlikable, but the idea of a medieval heist story is pretty cool and the heist itself is pretty solid.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RandyMistie on May 26, 2014, 07:37:51 PM
I liked Templar, but I agree with you the lead is not very likable.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on May 27, 2014, 02:57:06 AM
Adult Swim has a new Batman series. Called, "Beware the Batman" it is all CGI, very interesting. Alfred is a younger dude, bald, still has the MI6 background but he acts as Bruce Wayne's bodyguard....

It is not Paul Dini or Alan Burnette but it is Sam Register who was their guy. Made a lot of DC movies. Good Batman animated movies. Very obscure villains like "Magpie" but they have to have the Joker. We'll see, only two eps so far and the next one features Anarky! So, that would be good!

It's good that it still exists. They took it off the air at the end of last year and it looked like it was going away like most good action cartoons do.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on May 27, 2014, 03:12:10 PM
So I decided I want to get familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy. The graphic novels are too pricey and there are too many back issues to hunt down, so I decided to give Marvel Unlimited a try. I get digital access to the full 2008-2010 run, which is probably what the movie is going to be referencing mostly. At the rate I'm reading it, I'll probably be through the whole bunch by the end of the week. Don't know if I'll keep my subscription after I'm done, but I feel like I got my $10 worth.

It's a lot of fun. The "Marvel in space" thing normally bores me to tears (Superheroes all seem a bit less fantastic when they're out in outer space), but the snappy writing and interesting characters keep me coming back. 

Now I'm even more excited for the movie.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 27, 2014, 04:38:28 PM
So I decided I want to get familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy. The graphic novels are too pricey and there are too many back issues to hunt down, so I decided to give Marvel Unlimited a try. I get digital access to the full 2008-2010 run, which is probably what the movie is going to be referencing mostly. At the rate I'm reading it, I'll probably be through the whole bunch by the end of the week. Don't know if I'll keep my subscription after I'm done, but I feel like I got my $10 worth.

It's a lot of fun. The "Marvel in space" thing normally bores me to tears (Superheroes all seem a bit less fantastic when they're out in outer space), but the snappy writing and interesting characters keep me coming back. 

Now I'm even more excited for the movie.

I've been an Unlimited subscriber since launch and I've had my money's worth easily.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on May 27, 2014, 05:00:32 PM
Adult Swim has a new Batman series. Called, "Beware the Batman" it is all CGI, very interesting. Alfred is a younger dude, bald, still has the MI6 background but he acts as Bruce Wayne's bodyguard....

It is not Paul Dini or Alan Burnette but it is Sam Register who was their guy. Made a lot of DC movies. Good Batman animated movies. Very obscure villains like "Magpie" but they have to have the Joker. We'll see, only two eps so far and the next one features Anarky! So, that would be good!

It's good that it still exists. They took it off the air at the end of last year and it looked like it was going away like most good action cartoons do.

Is it back on? I thought it was cancelled when it went away.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on May 27, 2014, 06:42:39 PM
Adult Swim has a new Batman series. Called, "Beware the Batman" it is all CGI, very interesting. Alfred is a younger dude, bald, still has the MI6 background but he acts as Bruce Wayne's bodyguard....

It is not Paul Dini or Alan Burnette but it is Sam Register who was their guy. Made a lot of DC movies. Good Batman animated movies. Very obscure villains like "Magpie" but they have to have the Joker. We'll see, only two eps so far and the next one features Anarky! So, that would be good!

It's good that it still exists. They took it off the air at the end of last year and it looked like it was going away like most good action cartoons do.

Is it back on? I thought it was cancelled when it went away.

[Thanks to my brain being past capacity with doc appointment and food shopping today, I had written an incisive response, then accidentally clicked a link and lost it all. >:(]

Wikipedia says that when it was on before, all the created episodes hadn't been aired before it was cancelled and removed from the schedule.  It is only on long enough now to show the whole series (13 eps?).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: gbeenie on May 30, 2014, 11:49:45 PM
I'm not aware of any plans to show the remaining episodes on TV. Don't even get me started on the stuposity of WB/DC/Cartoon Network in all this.

EDIT: Maybe this Adult Swim re-airing is CN's way of trying to squeeze some value out of the thirteen episodes before the second half of the season comes out on Blu-Ray.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on June 01, 2014, 05:44:16 PM
Thought I'd share my experience at my local comicon with you fans!

Well, another con is in the bag and I had an absolute blast. It was the most successful con I've ever had, bar none, and I got to meet a lot of cool folks. I decided this year to get out of the print game (at least of characters I don't own) and so I marked the last of my old prints down to a buck each and blew them out of my stand. The big sellers, though, were shirts and original art. Not as many books as before, but I think being sold out of Book One of Catbeard worked against me. Still, I did sell some of Book Two, which included the Free Comic Day issue so people could read his origins. Definitely gotta get that reprint done, though.
I also got to meet Charlie Schmidt, originator of the internet meme Keyboard Cat (something that makes me laugh). He's been to Spokane Comicon nearly every year, but I finally worked up the nerve to talk to him this year. I didn't get to meet Bento, the current Keyboard Cat (who was also there briefly) because his line was HUGE, and the little guy could only deal with so much before he had to go home. I ended up buying one of the Keyboard Cat piano-playing dolls, which are apparently becoming pretty rare. I also drew Charlie a Keyboard Cat wearing a Catbeard shirt.
Spokane Batman came by my table and I got to snap a pic of him reading the Catbeard book. He's a local cosplayer who does a lot of charity events and appearances, and his Batman costume is really top-notch. He looks great in person.
All in all, the con was a ton of fun. I seriously wish I could just live at comicons. Next year the con is moving to a bigger locale and rebranding as Lilac City Comicon (the name change is largely due to confusion with another local sci-fi and fantasy con, Spocon), and it's pretty exciting. I included some photos of my table display, me and Charlie, and Spokane Batman for your perusal.
(http://www.catbeardthepirate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/10343520_729671737094537_79071233593116612_n.jpg) (http://www.catbeardthepirate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/10409780_10203574124970239_1486820975561118375_n.jpg)
(http://www.catbeardthepirate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/10414457_10203578010427373_7335537230107081678_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RandyMistie on June 01, 2014, 11:10:58 PM

Well, clearly, I am way behind on my Batman lovin' if youse guyses are sayin' that this show was on before and this is just a repeat... I mean... is that what you are sayin'?  That it is cancelled but they are just re-airing the first season On-Demand?

Well, that sucks, however, I must admit, after watching the show with "Anarky" (the third ep) I was disappointed with their treatment of him. Anarky was one of my favourite 90's Batman villains.

Actually, I am way behind on my Adult Swim lovin'... I was actually just on the On Demand to catch-up.... Batman caught my eye, as he always does.... (totally gay for him....).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 03, 2014, 05:49:06 PM
Gerry Conway weighs in on the David Goyer controversy:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 05, 2014, 04:13:38 PM
Marvel's Brute Force returns... kinda.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BpYoAJ5IgAEbgFk.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 05, 2014, 04:28:34 PM
To me, the real interested part is that it's written by Paul Scheer from Human Giant and How Did This Get Made.

https://www.youtube.com/v/bUNUMoLmuo0
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 15, 2014, 06:10:24 PM
Wha?
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqKrYozIEAINHk5.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 15, 2014, 06:14:29 PM
I am a fan of the art of Sam Kieth, but I don't even know what I am looking at there.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 15, 2014, 06:19:58 PM
He's gone full Tetsuo.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 15, 2014, 06:28:39 PM
The awful colouring doesn't help it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on June 15, 2014, 06:29:23 PM
Wha?
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqKrYozIEAINHk5.jpg)

When I first saw this, I thought, "this has got to be a Marvel April Fool's joke - or a revival of 'Not Brand Ecchhh'!" ::)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on June 15, 2014, 06:40:15 PM
Wha?
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqKrYozIEAINHk5.jpg)

This is like one of those ink blot tests...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: goflyblind on June 15, 2014, 06:44:19 PM
I am a fan of the art of Sam Kieth, but I don't even know what I am looking at there.

i think wolvie's trying to shove batman up his asshole. :speechless:
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 15, 2014, 06:45:32 PM
I am a fan of the art of Sam Kieth, but I don't even know what I am looking at there.

i think wolvie's trying to shove batman up his asshole. :speechless:

I see it now!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on June 15, 2014, 06:51:09 PM
Why does he have hair antlers?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 15, 2014, 07:03:12 PM
Fending off any competitive males.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on June 15, 2014, 07:17:17 PM
Thats not a comic I want to see.  Hair antler Wolverine mating with a female Wolverine.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 15, 2014, 07:27:07 PM
Agreed, but I think Lea Thompson hasn't aged too badly.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 23, 2014, 06:40:58 PM
More on the Deadpool/Brute Force crossover than no one suspected: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=53513 (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=53513)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 25, 2014, 04:01:58 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/u8ycrA8.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 25, 2014, 05:34:04 PM
Also, Gail Simone's Red Sonja #1 is free today at https://www.humblebundle.com/books (https://www.humblebundle.com/books)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 27, 2014, 07:08:07 PM
Releasing on Wednesday:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrLBSePCYAAN90P.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 28, 2014, 09:25:55 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/LMnV2e6.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 28, 2014, 10:27:42 AM
Huh?
(http://i.imgur.com/p03EdZn.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 10, 2014, 05:47:02 PM
Monster themed variants coming this October for DC titles
(http://38.media.tumblr.com/e1a5f7c9b3706c3c5bb9c725614e09f9/tumblr_n8ga5r7BDe1tndjbfo1_500.jpg)
Batman/Superman #15
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 16, 2014, 10:26:40 AM
Thor will be a woman in the comics, Marvel announces

(http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1867424.1405440421!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/thor16f-2-web.jpg)

Quote
The Norse god of thunder, played by Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel movies, will now be a goddess as part of publisher's attempt to make its lineup more gender balanced.
BY Ethan Sacks
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:13 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:29 PM

Meet the new Thor — a GODDESS of Thunder, who will headline a new ‘Thor’ series starting in October.

Marvel Entertainment has brought the hammer — more like the Mjolnir — down on any criticism that its comics are male-dominated, announcing Tuesday that one of its biggest superheroes will now be a woman.

Thor, the lightning-wielding superhero played by the Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel movies, will be recast as a female in new comic book series that will launch in October. “We’re really excited about this; it’s definitely shaking things up,” Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told the Daily News. “Thor is the broad-shouldered masculine epitome. But you see from the teaser image that the new Thor is not to be trifled with, either.”

Alonso wouldn’t give any hints about the identity of the character who will be under the helmet of the womanly warrior. He would only say it’s a character that current “Thor” readers will recognize. “We’re going to draw this out,” he says, almost teasing fans. “We’re not going to tell you right away who it is. It’s going to be a mystery ripe with red herrings and twists.”

The old Thor, that is to say the male warrior, will still be hanging around, but will be reduced to a depowered mortal unworthy of Mjolnir — the warrior’s magical hammer — and all that comes with it. And it won’t affect Thor in the popular Marvel flicks — Hemsworth is under contract for at least the next three installments.

But Thor’s new gender was big enough news in the comic book universe that the publisher revealed the change on “The View” on Tuesday.

“Giving her the title of Thor gives her a great power behind her from the get-go,” says Jill Pantozzi, editor in chief of TheMarySue.com, a pop culture news site. “People know the character Thor from the Marvel movies, that makes this a big event. It is nice to see that both Marvel and (rival publisher) DC Comics are realizing that there is an untapped market in women readers.”

Based on the Norse God of Thunder, the burly hero has been a dude since creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby appropriated Viking mythology for their comic books in 1962. Since then, the industry has been dominated by the likes of Spider-Man, Superman and Batman.

‘This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR,’ says writer Jason Aaron. Marvel ‘This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR,’ says writer Jason Aaron.

Times have changed, however. The Thor revelation was the latest move in an ongoing attempt by the publisher of heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America to be more gender-balanced to compete with DC, home of Wonder Woman and Batgirl.

In recent months, new Marvel titles have focused on veteran heroines Black Widow, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel and Elektra. Marvel has also introduced a series around a new Ms. Marvel character, whose alter ego is a Muslim American teenager from Jersey City.

“We’ll see if (this new Thor) is a feminist breakthrough or not depending on how much clothing she’s wearing,” says Danielle Ward, manager of Jim Hanley’s Universe comic store on Staten Island.
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/thor-woman-comics-marvel-announces-article-1.1867428

Actually, I think more than 'how much clothing she's wearing', whether the new Thor is written as a person, rather than a 'woman', would be more important.  [Though the amount of skin exposure would give some indication of the level of 'feminist breakthrough' this represents.]

If they had Whedon write it, or Straczynski, there'd be no issue with it.  (I don't know enough current writers in comics to know others who can write female characters well.)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 16, 2014, 12:33:09 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsnSin-IAAEukEp.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 16, 2014, 12:39:41 PM
Thor will be a woman in the comics, Marvel announces

(http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1867424.1405440421!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/thor16f-2-web.jpg)

Quote
The Norse god of thunder, played by Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel movies, will now be a goddess as part of publisher's attempt to make its lineup more gender balanced.
BY Ethan Sacks
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:13 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:29 PM

Meet the new Thor — a GODDESS of Thunder, who will headline a new ‘Thor’ series starting in October.

Marvel Entertainment has brought the hammer — more like the Mjolnir — down on any criticism that its comics are male-dominated, announcing Tuesday that one of its biggest superheroes will now be a woman.

Thor, the lightning-wielding superhero played by the Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel movies, will be recast as a female in new comic book series that will launch in October. “We’re really excited about this; it’s definitely shaking things up,” Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told the Daily News. “Thor is the broad-shouldered masculine epitome. But you see from the teaser image that the new Thor is not to be trifled with, either.”

Alonso wouldn’t give any hints about the identity of the character who will be under the helmet of the womanly warrior. He would only say it’s a character that current “Thor” readers will recognize. “We’re going to draw this out,” he says, almost teasing fans. “We’re not going to tell you right away who it is. It’s going to be a mystery ripe with red herrings and twists.”

The old Thor, that is to say the male warrior, will still be hanging around, but will be reduced to a depowered mortal unworthy of Mjolnir — the warrior’s magical hammer — and all that comes with it. And it won’t affect Thor in the popular Marvel flicks — Hemsworth is under contract for at least the next three installments.

But Thor’s new gender was big enough news in the comic book universe that the publisher revealed the change on “The View” on Tuesday.

“Giving her the title of Thor gives her a great power behind her from the get-go,” says Jill Pantozzi, editor in chief of TheMarySue.com, a pop culture news site. “People know the character Thor from the Marvel movies, that makes this a big event. It is nice to see that both Marvel and (rival publisher) DC Comics are realizing that there is an untapped market in women readers.”

Based on the Norse God of Thunder, the burly hero has been a dude since creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby appropriated Viking mythology for their comic books in 1962. Since then, the industry has been dominated by the likes of Spider-Man, Superman and Batman.

‘This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR,’ says writer Jason Aaron. Marvel ‘This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR,’ says writer Jason Aaron.

Times have changed, however. The Thor revelation was the latest move in an ongoing attempt by the publisher of heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America to be more gender-balanced to compete with DC, home of Wonder Woman and Batgirl.

In recent months, new Marvel titles have focused on veteran heroines Black Widow, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel and Elektra. Marvel has also introduced a series around a new Ms. Marvel character, whose alter ego is a Muslim American teenager from Jersey City.

“We’ll see if (this new Thor) is a feminist breakthrough or not depending on how much clothing she’s wearing,” says Danielle Ward, manager of Jim Hanley’s Universe comic store on Staten Island.
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/thor-woman-comics-marvel-announces-article-1.1867428

Actually, I think more than 'how much clothing she's wearing', whether the new Thor is written as a person, rather than a 'woman', would be more important.  [Though the amount of skin exposure would give some indication of the level of 'feminist breakthrough' this represents.]

If they had Whedon write it, or Straczynski, there'd be no issue with it.  (I don't know enough current writers in comics to know others who can write female characters well.)
Shrug.

It'll reset sooner than later, it always does, I'll be surprised if the writing passes the Bechdel test TBH.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 16, 2014, 12:50:58 PM
Yeah.  I doubt Thor will stay female any longer than he stayed space-horse (or frog).

It'd be nice if Marvel thought they could tried to come up with major female characters that were - *gasp* - original characters, not off-shoots of already-established male characters.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 16, 2014, 01:02:00 PM
Also:

Quote
Times have changed, however. The Thor revelation was the latest move in an ongoing attempt by the publisher of heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America to be more gender-balanced to compete with DC, home of Wonder Woman and Batgirl.

Really? Seems to me at least one of those is fairly hamstrung by her own publisher for the most part.

Oh and... (http://io9.com/i-think-marvel-is-lying-to-everybody-about-the-new-fem-1605924889)

Also, just in general on the subject of Strong Female Characters. (http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=311)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on July 16, 2014, 02:47:25 PM
Wonder if anyone's laying odds that it's Carol Danvers under there (assuming that'd be possible in current continuity; I'm behind on this stuff).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 16, 2014, 04:33:28 PM
Wonder if anyone's laying odds that it's Carol Danvers under there (assuming that'd be possible in current continuity; I'm behind on this stuff).

I don't think so, as they are reportedly gearing up to have her int he cinematic universe, so I think they wouldn't move her away from her "normal" standing.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 16, 2014, 04:35:36 PM
Oh and... (http://io9.com/i-think-marvel-is-lying-to-everybody-about-the-new-fem-1605924889)

I Beta Ray Bill had the title of Thor, so that rant is off anyway.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on July 16, 2014, 04:40:51 PM
Wonder if anyone's laying odds that it's Carol Danvers under there (assuming that'd be possible in current continuity; I'm behind on this stuff).

I don't think so, as they are reportedly gearing up to have her int he cinematic universe, so I think they wouldn't move her away from her "normal" standing.

Comics, man. Ain't nothing so permanent it can't be undone before their movie comes out.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 16, 2014, 04:46:49 PM
I would bet once time gets close to Avengers 2 rolling out the old Thor will be back in the title spot.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2014, 04:48:50 PM
Yeah.  I doubt Thor will stay female any longer than he stayed space-horse (or frog).

It'd be nice if Marvel thought they could tried to come up with major female characters that were - *gasp* - original characters, not off-shoots of already-established male characters.

Well, the new Ms. Marvel, despite having the name of the other Ms. Marvel, seems to be a fairly original character with powers and background that in no way reflects Carol Danvers.  I haven't read it, but it's being pretty lauded and is written by G. Willow Wilson, who wrote the pretty good but short-lived Vertigo series Air and art from Adrian Alphonse, who did AWESOME work in Runaways.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Anyhoo, am I the only one who noticed that Bryan Lee O'Malley put out a new book today?  Because I did not expect to see that in my comic book store today.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 16, 2014, 04:57:33 PM
Wonder if anyone's laying odds that it's Carol Danvers under there (assuming that'd be possible in current continuity; I'm behind on this stuff).

I don't think so, as they are reportedly gearing up to have her int he cinematic universe, so I think they wouldn't move her away from her "normal" standing.

Comics, man. Ain't nothing so permanent it can't be undone before their movie comes out.

Of course, but I suspect they are more likely going to rename this lady Thor and keep her around as a new character rather than have her be a character they already have, but we shall see.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: ScottotD on July 17, 2014, 12:17:22 AM
So Falcon's going to be taking over the Captain America mantle for a while... and I stupidly read the comments on a post about it  :(
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 21, 2014, 06:06:12 PM
There's going to be a sequel to Fight Club.  As a comic.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54215
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 21, 2014, 06:10:56 PM
There's going to be a sequel to Fight Club.  As a comic.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=54215

Blech.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 21, 2014, 06:32:48 PM
Very insightful, Professor.  I value your input.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 21, 2014, 06:34:22 PM
Very insightful, Professor.  I value your input.

Blech.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 21, 2014, 06:52:18 PM
How articulate.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on July 23, 2014, 07:32:21 AM
(http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/dma-335.jpg?w=550&h=825)

Happy Batman day!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 23, 2014, 07:38:53 AM
Not after seeing that pic...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on July 23, 2014, 07:39:54 AM
You're welcome!  :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 23, 2014, 12:32:13 PM
Criminals are a superstitious and hairy lot.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on July 24, 2014, 02:59:15 AM
It looks like the hairy butterfly flew off his chest.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 29, 2014, 07:59:00 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/FzR5cd4.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 29, 2014, 08:07:07 PM
Bizarre...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on July 29, 2014, 08:35:22 PM
I'm sure most of us can spot a Rob Liefeld at this point.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 30, 2014, 05:04:19 AM
After YEARS Multiversity is finally coming out.  It sounds like a tremendously fun book.  Basically each issue will take place in a different universe and will be an issue of a comic read by characters in another universe (which ties into the silver age Flash's origin where he was inspired by golden age Flash comics).

http://www.newsarama.com/21741-grant-morrison-on-multiversity-it-s-going-to-f-people-up.html
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on July 30, 2014, 04:27:20 PM
I didn't realize how out of date I was with my trade paperbacks, so I ended up buying 7 on monday and that only starts to get me caught up!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 30, 2014, 07:17:10 PM
Out of curiosity, what are you reading lately?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 30, 2014, 07:58:06 PM
Great Article from the AV Club with different comic creators discussing diversity in comics.

http://www.avclub.com/article/strides-and-backslides-how-tackle-diversity-comics-207460
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on July 30, 2014, 07:58:43 PM
Well this week I picked up the 3 books of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3: Century, I see a Nemo series is in full swing, I'll pick that up after it's done. Lobster Johnson 2 & 3. BPRD:1948 & BPRD:Vampire.

So I have quite a few Hellboy books to catch up on, and I haven't even started on BPRD Hell on Earth. About 10 Sandman books to get, and similar number of Y The Last Man. And also need to pick up The Twelve Volume 2,

Frustratingly on my shelf I have Abe Sapien #2. Now why just #2? Did I never pick up #1, or did I lose it? Or file it away in a bad place? Or loan it out? I honestly can't remember. Don't want to rebuy it if I still have it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 31, 2014, 01:40:24 PM
(http://37.media.tumblr.com/1c32b1f6b555c98b0e8987115d6868fd/tumblr_n9l7p3qCQK1qkinreo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 06, 2014, 08:01:43 PM
http://comicsalliance.com/darkchylde-artist-randy-queen-escher-girls-tumblr/ (http://comicsalliance.com/darkchylde-artist-randy-queen-escher-girls-tumblr/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 12, 2014, 08:47:19 PM
Also, Scott Ciencen passed away recently.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on August 18, 2014, 09:43:46 AM
I love comics, but I am certainly a novice.  I've only started reading in the last 10 years, and I don't do it very frequently.  I've mostly only read DC stuff, and pretty much only major events stuff (Death of Superman, Hush, Watchmen).

I just subscribed to Marvel Unlimited.  I'm only going to be signed up for a few months, so I need suggestions on things that I must check out while I'm a member.  I've read Planet Hulk, and I'm about 1/3 of the way through Civil War.  Both of these have been okay, but not amazing.  I was thinking about reading House of M or latest version of Deadpool with Brian Posehn.  Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 18, 2014, 10:38:53 AM
House of M is pretty good, though I always like stories where characters are given their fondest desires.  I haven't read Brain Posehn and Gerry Duggan's Deadpool, but I have heard generally good things.

Personally, I really liked Planet Hulk, certainly more than Civil War which was perfectly all right (that Steve McNiven art looks good).  You also might want to check out World War Hulk, which is a lot of fun.

Right now I'm about to re-read Sixth Gun so I won't be too lost when I read the next two volumes I bought.  A pretty fun series which will apparently be a TV series sometime in the near future.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on August 18, 2014, 06:29:05 PM
I loved both Civil War and Planet Hulk, so maybe I'm not the person to ask BUT if Alias is on there, read that. Daredevil starting with Bendis' run all the way through Brubaker's is great (Skip Kevin Smith's story unless you are in to that - I didn't care for it anyway).

I have Unlimited too. Currently reading Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova and enjoying them.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on August 18, 2014, 07:06:24 PM
Is Sixth Gun finally going to be made? It was a few years ago I first heard about it getting on TV but I thought it got dropped and later picked up by another network and then scrapped again.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on August 18, 2014, 07:06:54 PM
Marvels is worth checking out, if only to oggle the awesome Alex Ross art.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 18, 2014, 08:02:52 PM
Civil War is a polarizing one.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on August 18, 2014, 09:35:27 PM
I love comics, but I am certainly a novice.  I've only started reading in the last 10 years, and I don't do it very frequently.  I've mostly only read DC stuff, and pretty much only major events stuff (Death of Superman, Hush, Watchmen).

I just subscribed to Marvel Unlimited.  I'm only going to be signed up for a few months, so I need suggestions on things that I must check out while I'm a member.  I've read Planet Hulk, and I'm about 1/3 of the way through Civil War.  Both of these have been okay, but not amazing.  I was thinking about reading House of M or latest version of Deadpool with Brian Posehn.  Any thoughts?

The Adam Warlock Saga:
Strange Tales v1 178 (Warlock) (1975)
Strange Tales v1 179 (Warlock) (1975)
Strange Tales v1 180 (Warlock) (1975)
Strange Tales v1 181 (Warlock) (1975)
Warlock v1 009 (1975)
Warlock v1 010 (1975)
Warlock v1 011 (1976)
Warlock v1 012 (1976)
Warlock v1 013 (1976)
Warlock v1 014 (1976)
Warlock v1 015 (1976)
Marvel Team-Up v1 055 (1976)
Avengers Annual v1 007 (1977)
Marvel Two In One Annual 02 (1977)

One of the best 'cosmic' stories in Marvel history.  Written and drawn by the then-magnificent Jim Starlin.  [If it's any added incentive, Joss Whedon has said it is one of the finest stories ever in comics.  If you don't like Joss Whedon, don't read that previous sentence. ;)]

Oh, and speaking of Joss Whedon, his run on Astonishing X-Men (v3 [01-24 and 'Giant Size' #1 with the story's conclusion], starting July 2004) is one of the best X-Men stories created, with the truly exceptional art of John Cassiday.


Off of Marvel, if you have access, by all means check out the truly astonishing 'Planetary' by Warren Ellis and that same amazing John Cassiday.  It started in 1999.  It has some interesting twists on well-known stories from multiple places (e.g. a visit to, basically, Godzilla's Monster Island; a Fantastic Four 'homage').  A complete hardcover of the entire story is HERE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401242383/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1).  It is a huge (864 pages), heavy book.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 20, 2014, 02:32:37 PM
Another pic from the Deadpool/Brute Force crossover:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvggMONCEAA69gv.png)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: goflyblind on August 20, 2014, 02:46:04 PM
damn, wade's got booty.  :o
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 25, 2014, 08:08:18 PM
And here's a preview:http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=23219 (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=23219)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 26, 2014, 10:10:55 AM
Maybe Sixth Gun was dropped.  Now I don't remember.  Anyhoo, I actually think it would make a good show for Adult Swim if they ever decided to try action/adventure series.

Right now, I'm tearing through Sweet Tooth, since I got the final two volumes and I needed to reread it.  I remember it being a bit slow, but if you read several volumes at once, it actually holds up MUCH better.  Another great series worth checking out, if you haven't yet.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: PsychoGoatee on September 03, 2014, 07:44:41 PM
My fav ongoings are Invincible, Savage Dragon, and 2000AD! Also the Judge Dredd Megazine. And a shoutout to Hack/Slash, in five epic omnibuses.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 05, 2014, 11:13:39 AM
Marvel Anti-Bullying Variants:
(http://i.imgur.com/AK6YTFI.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/0hv8foC.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/2AAnE5B.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/T4PVstU.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 05, 2014, 04:34:10 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/WOtyrJQ.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on September 05, 2014, 05:59:57 PM
Pity they couldn't afford to draw Bruce Campbell.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 06, 2014, 08:47:51 AM
Killed some time at an after hours clinic reading this...

(http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140605210555/teentitansgo/images/c/c2/Teen-Titans-GO-1-Free-Comic-Book-Day-Cover.jpg)

Which I liked more than I expected.  Not as good as, say, the Adventure Time comics, but still a solid kid-friendly comic.

And this...

(http://cdn.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/covers/incredible_change_bots_cover_gif_lg.gif)

Which is a fun Transformers parody.  It's not the funniest thing out there, but it has some solid gags and an understanding of 80's cartoon formulas that serves it well (the repetitiveness of the stories, the "character who is small but he has something to prove" and stuff of that ilk.  There are definitely better humour comics out there (seriously, read Tales Designed to Thrizzle) but this is a fun, solid read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 06, 2014, 08:51:05 AM
Though I don't know why DC recycled that one from last year's Free Comic Book Day.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on September 10, 2014, 01:37:23 PM
The Guardians movie really got me back into reading comics after about 15-20 years. Since then I read the entire War of Kings storyline and Wolverine has always been my favorite so I'm back in just in time for his death; I've read the latest series and the Three Months to Die issues and am current on the death issues. Oh, and I read the Old Man Logan miniseries from a few years ago.

Now, I'm picking my way through the Marvel Civil War for the first time - thanks to Marvel Unlimited I'm able to read absolutely everything that was part of that event. Right now, I'm on Ms. Marvel #7

(http://comicsmedia.ign.com/comics/image/article/713/713416/marvel-in-september-20060620093658973.jpg)

Next up for me, after Civil War, is Planet Hulk.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 10, 2014, 01:45:57 PM
Planet Hulk is the book that got me reading super heroes again! I hope you enjoy it!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 10, 2014, 01:52:58 PM
Yeah, I loved Planet Hulk, too.  I'd like them to bring back the Warbound some day.  Would make for a great team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 10, 2014, 02:08:20 PM
Yeah, I loved Planet Hulk, too.  I'd like them to bring back the Warbound some day.  Would make for a great team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

They've said it would be a pretty unlikely Marvel movie, but I think they've proved they can pull off some crazy stuff.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 17, 2014, 04:31:58 PM
Deadpool Bi-Annual (aka the one with Brute Force)

Holy Crap!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 17, 2014, 05:03:54 PM
Anyone besides me reading Rocket Raccoon? It has been really fun so far.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 17, 2014, 05:06:09 PM
Anyone besides me reading Rocket Raccoon? It has been really fun so far.

I'm not YET, but I'm reading Nova and I read the first series of relaunched GotG, so once I'm caught up on the Bendis version, I will.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 17, 2014, 09:36:28 PM
Anyone besides me reading Rocket Raccoon? It has been really fun so far.

I'm not YET, but I'm reading Nova and I read the first series of relaunched GotG, so once I'm caught up on the Bendis version, I will.
It's actually very stand-alone. I haven't read any of the other comics and it makes perfect sense. I'm getting the impression that marvel is just letting Skottie Young do whatever he wants on the series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 17, 2014, 10:39:51 PM
Anyone besides me reading Rocket Raccoon? It has been really fun so far.

I'm not YET, but I'm reading Nova and I read the first series of relaunched GotG, so once I'm caught up on the Bendis version, I will.
It's actually very stand-alone. I haven't read any of the other comics and it makes perfect sense. I'm getting the impression that marvel is just letting Skottie Young do whatever he wants on the series.

Oh sure, but I just can't bring myself to do it :P

Pluse I read on Unlimited, so by the time I'm ready to start,t here will be a few issues up there. At the moment I think there's only one.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on September 17, 2014, 11:03:12 PM
Anyone besides me reading Rocket Raccoon? It has been really fun so far.

Loved the first two issues, but haven't had a chance to grab #3 yet. It's the only comic series outside of MLP that I'm actually making an effort to buy.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 18, 2014, 04:39:07 PM
(https://dyn0.media.forbiddenplanet.com/products/diamond/STK650/STK650073.jpg.square-true_maxheight-285_size-285.jpg)

Read the second Multiversity book and it is fairly fun, but I wouldn't put it among Morrison's best.  That said, it has a few good moments.  My one complaint: I wish the book had more Al Pratt.  The character is fairly fun and it feels like we should have had more of him.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on September 18, 2014, 06:14:44 PM
I heard Marvel is planning on killing off Wolverine, I wonder how long that will last?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 18, 2014, 06:53:45 PM
Deadpool Bi-Annual (aka the one with Brute Force)

Holy Crap!

Yeah I should have been a lot more specific.  It was a lot of fun.  Though being my first Deadpool one, some of it caught me offguard.  It was nice seeing Brute Force in action, too.  Also...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 24, 2014, 09:16:37 AM
Also, the infamous Super Dictionary has been rereleased:
(http://www.previewsworld.com/catalogimages/STK_IMAGES/STK640001-660000/STK640332.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on September 24, 2014, 10:12:29 AM
Infamous?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 24, 2014, 10:14:18 AM
Infamous?

Yeah, maybe that wasn't the right word choice.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on September 24, 2014, 10:40:12 AM
Infamous?

Yeah, maybe that wasn't the right word choice.

That book killed a man!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on September 24, 2014, 01:04:57 PM
Seriously, is there some weird lore about that book?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 24, 2014, 02:33:16 PM
(http://www.craveonline.com/images/stories/2011/Film/Three_Amigos.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on September 24, 2014, 03:02:49 PM
Well my curiosity was piqued, so I looked into it, and its infamy has something to do with this:

(http://www.toplessrobot.com/lexluthorcakes.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on September 24, 2014, 03:30:58 PM
Well my curiosity was piqued, so I looked into it, and its infamy has something to do with this:

(http://www.toplessrobot.com/lexluthorcakes.jpg)

Now I want to get a copy.  :D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on September 24, 2014, 03:35:57 PM
Well my curiosity was piqued, so I looked into it, and its infamy has something to do with this:

(http://www.toplessrobot.com/lexluthorcakes.jpg)

Monsters. Those are CLEARLY pies. This is why I prefer Marvel: superior confectionery identification prowess.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 24, 2014, 04:02:05 PM
(http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2011/03/hawkman03.jpg)
(http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2011/03/stranger.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on September 24, 2014, 04:05:53 PM
Hahaha, that is fuckin awesome.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 24, 2014, 04:10:25 PM
Arrrgh! New one isn't the same.  Same concept, but none of the of the originals are in there, at least according to Amazon.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 24, 2014, 04:11:13 PM
Though they do have the original: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Dictionary-Warner-Educational-Services/dp/0030437563/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411600096&sr=1-1&keywords=super+dictionary (http://www.amazon.com/Super-Dictionary-Warner-Educational-Services/dp/0030437563/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411600096&sr=1-1&keywords=super+dictionary)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: goflyblind on September 24, 2014, 07:41:55 PM
Arrrgh! New one isn't the same.  Same concept, but none of the of the originals are in there, at least according to Amazon.

and that's terrible.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on September 24, 2014, 08:09:57 PM
Finally got around to picking up The Twelve Vol. 2, might actually get around to reading the series this weekend.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyBombJack on September 24, 2014, 09:23:28 PM
I have both of these on the way, really looking forward to them (especially the first since says Michael Moorcock says that it's his favorite adaptation of his work):

(http://media.titan-comics.com/dynamic-images/comics/issues/Elric-Coverweb.jpg.size-600.jpg)

(http://cdn.culturemass.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Nibelung-CVR.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyBombJack on September 25, 2014, 12:45:07 PM
http://io9.com/michael-moorcock-reveals-why-this-elric-comic-is-superi-1639201318?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 25, 2014, 12:50:05 PM
(https://d2lzb5v10mb0lj.cloudfront.net/covers/300/22/22087.jpg)

Picked up Nexus Omnibus Vol. 1.  Just started, and while I doubt it's going to be among my favourites, it's a pretty solid read so far.  Curious to see where it goes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on September 25, 2014, 02:00:30 PM
Thanks for the heads up on that Elric book, I'm all over that when it comes out.

...and the addiction deepens.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 25, 2014, 04:32:37 PM
(https://d2lzb5v10mb0lj.cloudfront.net/covers/300/22/22087.jpg)

Picked up Nexus Omnibus Vol. 1.  Just started, and while I doubt it's going to be among my favourites, it's a pretty solid read so far.  Curious to see where it goes.
Just got that myself at Rose City and got it signed by the creators. Never read it and looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on September 25, 2014, 05:12:17 PM
Though they do have the original: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Dictionary-Warner-Educational-Services/dp/0030437563/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411600096&sr=1-1&keywords=super+dictionary (http://www.amazon.com/Super-Dictionary-Warner-Educational-Services/dp/0030437563/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411600096&sr=1-1&keywords=super+dictionary)

Dang. That's way out of my price range. There's got to be a digitized version somewhere... Off to the Google Machine I go!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on September 25, 2014, 06:37:17 PM
In its day, Nexus was pretty much the most interesting/revolutionary series out there.  I still think of it quite fondly (and have my set safely boxed away).

I've got a page of original art from B&W Nexus #2 [a key plot point occurs on the page]*.  Later Steve Rude autographed it for me (this was many, many years ago).  One of these days I have to set aside the money and wallspace to frame and hang some of the original art I have.  It is a shame to have most of it sitting in an artist portfolio carrying/protective case. :(

* This spoiler is for a major plot point/spoiler for that second issue.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyBombJack on September 25, 2014, 08:18:17 PM
Thanks for the heads up on that Elric book, I'm all over that when it comes out.

...and the addiction deepens.

It's out, I actually got a copy in the mail today. Due to a family emergency situation, I'm not really in a mood to read it right now unfortunately.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 25, 2014, 08:34:14 PM
In its day, Nexus was pretty much the most interesting/revolutionary series out there.  I still think of it quite fondly (and have my set safely boxed away).

I've got a page of original art from B&W Nexus #2 [a key plot point occurs on the page]*.  Later Steve Rude autographed it for me (this was many, many years ago).  One of these days I have to set aside the money and wallspace to frame and hang some of the original art I have.  It is a shame to have most of it sitting in an artist portfolio carrying/protective case. :(

* This spoiler is for a major plot point/spoiler for that second issue.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I started buying some of those Profolio books with the big sleeves to hold my original art. Then it's like I'm collecting my own artbook. There are a few pieces I have framed (like my Stan Sakai watercolor.)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 26, 2014, 10:41:22 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/4Y1sarW.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on September 27, 2014, 01:12:57 PM
Deadpool Bi-Annual (aka the one with Brute Force)

Holy Crap!

Yeah I should have been a lot more specific.  It was a lot of fun.  Though being my first Deadpool one, some of it caught me offguard.  It was nice seeing Brute Force in action, too.  Also...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I just read this one, myself. I have to say, Seaworld revenge fantasy is a much underutilized genre of storytelling...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyBombJack on September 27, 2014, 08:04:27 PM
I read the Elric book last night, it was really good, I'm looking forward to more. It's supposed to be the first part of a 4-part series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on October 01, 2014, 09:34:02 AM
Okay, what the heck?

All of these were released today:

(https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/c/DIG028400_1.jpg?h=e65851781783c3ee7490e1b177bd1556&width=180)(https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/c/DIG028264_1.jpg?h=1d5e7324edcd0a9955868469ac87e4a5&width=180) (https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/c/DIG028394.jpg?h=139f951638e07bb06e1282a9c8014d88&width=180)

I don't recall ever seeing the "stand chest to chest and stare at each other" pose before, and yet here are three all on the same day, and from different companies and artists.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on October 01, 2014, 09:40:47 AM
Wow, that Batman Superman cover looks like shit.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 01, 2014, 09:57:38 AM
Okay, what the heck?

All of these were released today:

(https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/c/DIG028400_1.jpg?h=e65851781783c3ee7490e1b177bd1556&width=180)(https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/c/DIG028264_1.jpg?h=1d5e7324edcd0a9955868469ac87e4a5&width=180) (https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/c/DIG028394.jpg?h=139f951638e07bb06e1282a9c8014d88&width=180)

I don't recall ever seeing the "stand chest to chest and stare at each other" pose before, and yet here are three all on the same day, and from different companies and artists.

Yoink! Got yer cape!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on October 01, 2014, 03:40:21 PM
Wow, that Batman Superman cover looks like shit.

You did NOT just hate on Jae Lee. GET OUT.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on October 02, 2014, 11:47:46 AM
I read the Elric book last night, it was really good, I'm looking forward to more. It's supposed to be the first part of a 4-part series.
Yeah, I just read that last night (along with the latest Death of Wolverine and Thor comics) and it's freaking fantastic...I'm an Elric fan from way back; I was obsessed with the Eternal Champions saga in High School and college, and Moorecock was right in the Intro: this is definitely the best adaptation I've see and is makes me furious that I have to wait until April for part 2. :P
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 02, 2014, 05:03:04 PM
Read Nexus and I have mixed feelings.  I'll leave it to the Nexus fans to tell me how astute or mistaken I am.  I think it is good overall, and I see why it was revolutionary for its time, but there are a few small problems that bug me: a lot of the characters feel... not ill-defined, per se, but in need of more definition, which may happen in later volumes.

Dave seems interesting, but spends much of the book sidelined so I don't get to know him as well as I'd like (his Tales of Dave stories are pretty great though).  I'm still not sure who Nexus is.  Part of that could be that he is enigmatic, but I feel I want his personality to come across more clearly (which is not a problem for other broader characters like Judah Maccabee, who really shoots some energy into the book.  He does threaten to take it over at times, but that's not a knock against him.  That said, I really wish he spent more time with Dave.  It feels like their chemistry and learning what each man had become would be an excellent arc for both characters.  Some characters feel like they pop out of nowhere, but it feels like the readers are supposed to know them (like that one cat lady who shows up in a scene and suddenly she's fighting for Sundra's life as her defending lawyer.

I also feel that Nexus and Sundra... don't have all that much chemistry.  Maybe it is because they fall in love so fast, but both characters are more interesting when they are separated.

The series is at its when it is being funny/fun.  The Bowl-Shaped World trilogy with the Badger is very fun and reminds me of the cosmic Marvel comics of the 70's in a great was.  And while the art is good, the covers are gorgeous.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on October 02, 2014, 08:54:56 PM
So I got around to reading The Twelve over the weekend.  If you aren't familiar with it, it was a limited run series by Joe Straczynski, essentially 12 obscure comic book characters from the '40s were part of the final assult on Berlin and were caught and frozen by the Nazi's in a plan to later experiment on them. Of course that goes wrong and they are not discovered until 60 years later, at which point they are revived and bought back to the US and put up by the Govt.

But wait you cry,.. isn't that Captain America? Yes! and that comparison is made quite explicit in the book itself as Captain America is referenced and even appears a major player in one book. It is set in the greater Marvel Universe.

So it's a story about how these 10 Men, 1 Woman, and 1 Robot attempt to transition into the '00s, dealing with the remains of their families (or not), old loyalties, old sidekicks, old debts, changed social attitudes (antisemitism/homophobia) improved police forensics and so on. Of course this is all the background for a bigger overall story that rises out it.

It was,... ok. Nothing amazing. I think it was hurt that the series included origin stories for every character, in some cases more than 1, so a lot of pages was spent on that, which does really eat into the body of the story. So alright if you like the theme or maybe a JMS fanboy like myself, but probably a pass for most.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on October 03, 2014, 02:56:20 AM
I'm a "JMS fanboy" as well.  Now: take your view of it, then chop the fuckin' story in half and wait - what was it? 2 years?  3?  before it was completed, and you can get an idea how disappointed I was by it. ;)

Quite possibly the least interesting thing JMS has ever done in comics (though I did, literally, fall asleep trying to read some of his Bab5 comics).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on October 03, 2014, 12:40:00 PM
Yeah I don't read/watch stuff in progress as a rule. Thanks to  Jean M. Auel taking 12 years to complete a Clan of the Cavebear book.

To be clear, I collected the comics as they came out years ago, but I literally only just picked up the hardcover volume 2 a week or so ago and that's why I finally got around to reading the set.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on October 03, 2014, 07:10:04 PM
Normally I wait til all issues of a story are out before reading it (the first time I did that was with Watchmen - and boy did that pay off! [read the whole thing in two days when issue 12 finally came out]  I saved up issues for limited series without effort after that)... at any rate... after waiting over a year, I figured The Twelve was never going to get finished, so I read what was there in The Twelve to see if it was any good.  I was unimpressed already at that point (issue 7 or 8 I think it was).  Then, long after that, the story was finished, so I read the remainder, and was even less impressed with it after the conclusion.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RandyMistie on October 06, 2014, 01:47:24 AM
I read the Elric book last night, it was really good, I'm looking forward to more. It's supposed to be the first part of a 4-part series.
Yeah, I just read that last night (along with the latest Death of Wolverine and Thor comics) and it's freaking fantastic...I'm an Elric fan from way back; I was obsessed with the Eternal Champions saga in High School and college, and Moorecock was right in the Intro: this is definitely the best adaptation I've see and is makes me furious that I have to wait until April for part 2. :P

I loved Elric of New Melnibone, by Moorecock, and I don't care if that sounds gay to anybody... (cause I have heard it all before), Stormbringer was the shits. Stormbringer was the idea behind swords with "ego's" in Dungeons & Dragons.

Also "Blue Oyster Cult" wrote a song about it. Stormbringer was basically an intelligent black hole in the shape of a sword; a tear in space, you could see stars in the Black Blade, if it was in the mood, it could cut through mountains. But if it was pissed at Elric for something, it would jump out of his hands, in the middle of a fight!

Literary genius!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 06, 2014, 11:02:05 AM
Reading the Lone Wolf and Cub omnibuses.  Up to Vol. 4 and finally starting to get into the stuff I never read before.  Still fantastic, though I'm amazed about how much I'll have left to read.  Plus, I'll need to read the other feudal age samurai/assassin books the creative team made.  And Crying Freeman.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: PsychoGoatee on October 09, 2014, 05:23:07 PM
Judge Dredd always delivers, John Wagner is probably my favorite writer of all time. Incredible that he's still writing Dredd and he created it in 1977. Also kudos to co-creator artist Carlos Ezquerra who's also still doing it!

2000AD is at 1900+ issues now, only a couple years away from 2000AD #2000.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on October 09, 2014, 09:39:28 PM
So, DC's been having one of the artists from the Final Fantasy series redo the costumes for some of their characters. Here's Catwoman:

(http://static2.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_small/1179/11799911/2685258-catwoman.jpg)

Wow. That's even worse than most of the 52 costumes are.

Here's the Batman statue by him, BTW:

(http://static4.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/1534/15343359/2607705-dsc00297.jpg)

Bats do have six limbs, right?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on October 10, 2014, 01:37:06 PM

Here's the Batman statue by him, BTW:

(http://static4.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/1534/15343359/2607705-dsc00297.jpg)

Bats do have six limbs, right?

If anyone actually had to draw that monstrosity for the comics I think that there would be a revolt over at DC. That thing is more of an eyesore than the Azrael-Batman costume. (http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090613190027/batman/images/4/41/Azrael-batman_01.jpg)


err, my own comic reading as of late is still catching up on Civil War, Wolverine, and now I've added the New 52 Batman to the roster. Just picked up the first issue of Birthright and am looking forward to digging into that.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 10, 2014, 03:23:07 PM
Reading Jamie Delano-era Hellblazer.  While not bad by any stretch, Delano is only an alright writer with an occasional brilliant story.  Some great fill-in issues by Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman, though.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on October 10, 2014, 06:35:21 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Super-Powered-Revenge-Christmas-Corbett/dp/0990422704

Bill Corbett's comic Super Powered Revenge Christmas is finally out.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on October 12, 2014, 02:04:01 PM
Over at New York Comic Con, DC announced:

(http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2014/10/WonderWoman77_colorB1.jpg)

Wonder Woman '77 based on the TV series and playing off the success of Batman '66.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 12, 2014, 02:23:40 PM
Neat.  Kind of hoping this means we'll get a new Justice League animated book that won't have to worry about being beholden to the show's continuity.  Don't need a Superman 50's whatever series, thanks.

Nice cover, too.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on October 13, 2014, 08:43:33 AM
Over at New York Comic Con, DC announced:

(http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2014/10/WonderWoman77_colorB1.jpg)

Wonder Woman '77 based on the TV series and playing off the success of Batman '66.

Like! Like! Like!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on October 14, 2014, 12:37:13 PM
Marvel is cancelling Fantastic Four (the comic, not the movie)

Quote from: vulture.com
Marvel Entertainment has done what Dr. Doom, the Skrulls, and even the world-devouring might of Galactus couldn't do: killed the Fantastic Four.
During a Sunday-afternoon panel at New York Comic-Con, Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso and current Fantastic Four writer James Robinson confirmed what observers had suspected for months: the company is closing up shop on its longest-running series after a world-changing 53-year run. The news has been met with a collective shrug of resignation among the comics community, but attention should be paid. This is no small event in the history of superheroes. It's a premature ending, and it was most likely borne of the comics economy's worst tendencies in the age of blockbuster superhero flicks.

A rep for Marvel said the company has no comment on the reasoning for Fantastic Four's cancellation. But a glance at the Fantastic Four's licensing situation starts to tell a very plausible (and disappointing) story leading to the end of the series. Before the superhero-movie renaissance, a struggling Marvel sold the FF's film rights (along with those of the X-Men) to 20th Century Fox at terms very favorable to Fox. Fast-forward to now: Fox is rebooting the Fantastic Four film franchise and Marvel gets hardly any money out of the movie, unlike the insane cash it makes on flicks made by its own studio (Avengers, Captain America, and the other titles in that universe) and the Spider-Man franchise (owned by Sony, who cut a good bargain with Marvel a while back). Reports have long circulated that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter despises Fox for not playing ball, much less returning its various properties to Marvel.

The X-Men have become so essential to the Marvel Comics universe that Marvel would never do mass cancellations of its various X-titles (although there's periodic speculation that Marvel is trying to somehow minimize X-Men characters). But the Fantastic Four only star in one monthly series, ever since their second series got canceled a few months ago. Sales of the book have been decent, but not spectacular. They're an easy target in the war between Fox and Marvel. With the new Fantastic Four movie on the way in the next few months, Marvel has very noticeably taken FF characters out of its promotional materials.

And now, with little fanfare, the series is on the chopping block. We don't know the specifics of how the so-called first family of the Marvel Universe will disappear, and it seems likely that at least some of the characters might remain in published Marvel series. For all we know, the series could be back sometime in the future. But everything we know about the wrap-up of the series indicates a near-total end to the FF's adventures. Robinson said the team is "going away for a while" and alluded to killing off characters in an interview. Marvel made no effort to assure fans that the FF will still show up in other titles. The final story line will be called "The End Is Fourever." A solicitation for the collected edition of the story line describes it as "the closing act on the First Family of the Marvel Universe." Combine all of that with the business disputes, and it all adds up to a pretty stark picture.

Let's step back from the business specifics for a moment and mourn. The Fantastic Four are the defining characters of Marvel's superhero universe. They're its foundation stone and its guiding light. From the team's first appearance in Fantastic Four No. 1 in 1961 until the present day, they've been relevant and worthwhile — and very often revolutionary. Let's look at just three reasons why it's tragic that the series is getting killed so blithely.

First of all, without the Fantastic Four, we wouldn't have the Marvel universe or any of its characters. No Spider-Man, no X-Men, no Iron Man, nothing. Prior to the FF's creation, Marvel Comics was in a death spiral. Long gone was its World War II–era heyday (during which it wasn't called Marvel, but leave that be for the moment), when it created Captain America and the Sub-Mariner. Writer and editor Stan Lee was on the verge of quitting comics when his publisher told him to create a series about a team of superheroes — something their rivals at National (later to be DC) Comics had done with some success. So Lee and fellow comics veteran Jack Kirby, the legendary penciler, cooked up a team of four ordinary humans who, after being exposed to strange space radiation, gain powers of invisibility, elasticity, strength, and flame. They put out an issue and it flew off the racks. Marvel was saved, and the Marvel Era of comics began. The book set the template and the tone for an insanely fruitful period of creation. Within a few years, Lee, Kirby, and a few other compatriots dreamed up most of the characters and teams you've loved on the big screen. Nothing like that period has existed in comics before or since, and it all happened because of the Fantastic Four.

Second, the ideas behind the Fantastic Four were as beautiful as they were game-changing. Prior to that, the most popular superheroes were generally confident, beautiful, and successful members of society. But the Four were dysfunctional and, in many ways, freakish. When they got their powers, the team was horrified and confused, and the after-effects were ambiguous. Ben Grimm, known as the Thing, was the best example: The accident left him with a permanent exoskeleton of orange rock, meaning he could no longer walk in daylight without being branded as a freak. He was no Superman, embracing his powers and acting as a gleaming symbol of hope. He hated himself and what he'd become and struggled to do the right thing in a world that feared him. And the FF were a family, with all the drama that comes along with any family: Reed Richards (the elastic-bodied Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (the self-explanatory Invisible Girl) were romantically involved (and soon, married) and would get into heated arguments; Johnny Storm (the flaming and flying Human Torch) was an attention hog who perpetually squabbled with Grimm. On top of all that storytelling, the series was also drawn with a stew of colorful costumes, sci-fi-heavy action, and apocalyptic imagery that had never been cooked up in the comics medium before. Nothing would ever be the same.

And perhaps most important, the FF haven't lost their relevance. To put it bluntly: This is an execution, not a mercy killing. I've been talking about the historical importance of the early Fantastic Four issues, but that's only the beginning of the team's significance. It has a core idea that never gets old: the struggles, compromises, joys, and agonies of being in a family. Over the ensuing five decades of the team's history, their adventures and tribulations have produced some of superhero comics' greatest story lines and characters. There was the Galactus Saga of 1966, in which a massive alien visitor almost devoured the Earth, giving us the highest-stakes comics story ever told to that point (and giving us Galactus, who's been used to great effect dozens and dozens of times ever since). Or writer/artist John Byrne's incredible run in the early 1980s, which fleshed out Sue Storm and introduced heartbreaking conflicts between her and Reed over work-life balance and gender roles in a marriage. Or Mark Millar's gripping and horrifying Ultimate Fantastic Four, an alternate-reality tale from the 2000s about a younger FF facing truly horrifying threats. Or Jonathan Hickman's run from the early 2010s, or Matt Fraction's run on Fantastic Four and its short-lived spinoff series FF just two years ago. The list goes on and on.

With any luck, at least some of the characters will continue to pop up occasionally in other Marvel books. And who knows, maybe the upcoming Fantastic Four movie will do so well that Marvel will think it can make lots of money through comics sales, due to rekindled interest. But the first family's days at center stage are likely done for the foreseeable future. In Marvel's defense, Fantastic Four sales haven't been spectacular as of late. But there are a ton of titles that do way worse and aren't getting nixed, much less in the run-up to a major movie release.

There's been a nice running motif in Hickman's recent run on New Avengers that holds no small amount of irony now. The series has prominently featured Reed Richards as he joins a cabal of other Marvel heroes to avert a total collapse of the cosmos. Repeatedly, the series revisits a meeting Richards led with the cabal, in which he gave the following rationale for their mission: "Everything dies. You. Me. Everyone on this planet. It's inevitable and I have come to accept it. What I find unacceptable is the unnatural acceleration of that end." He could very easily be talking about the real-world chronicle of his family's revolutionary adventures.

Honestly, I really don't mind.  I like Ben, Johnny, and Sue well enough, but I've never liked Reed or Dr Doom.  Mr. Fantastic is one of those characters that everyone seems to love, but I've never seen why.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 14, 2014, 12:48:54 PM
Well, I'm bothered if it is for the licensing reasons.  As much as I'd like all the Marvel Movies to be under one cinematic roof, it sounds like Perlmutter (who's name sounds like a stereotypical old crank) is a real jerk (sure seemed that way in "Marvel: The Untold Story" and is simply making a decision out of spite.  That's a shame considering the otherwise positive response to Marvel's current editorial actions, it's a shame that this sort of thing has to ruin it.  Well, hopefully it will be a well written finale and that Marvel will do something interesting by taking them off the board for a while.

For Halloween season, I read Steve Niles and Damian Worm's Madman and Monster.  Perfectly alright.  Not really anything special.  Probably would have benefited from being a short story rather than a mini-series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 14, 2014, 04:57:21 PM
FF HAS been underperforming for a long time though.

Take it away, reinvent it and bring it back as something great.

Hopefully after Fox lose so much money on it that they let the rights go (Dream world, I know)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 14, 2014, 05:32:45 PM
Still, I'd rather it come out of something organic to the state of the Marvel Universe rather than "Oh, you won't give us those FF rights.  Fuck you!"

It's funny though, because I thought it would be neat to do a story arc where the FF split up (or get split up by some big event) and each character gets their own book (and introduce a brand new Fantastic Four with an all-new cast) while the other members get their own individual books: Sue Storm could use her invisibility to have an espionage and/or conspiracy book, Mr. Fantastic could be traveling the universe Doctor Who-style trying to get home to Earth, Human Torch could be trapped in Marvel's golden age replacing the original Human Torch (or he could be be on regular Earth and without the other members, indulging his celebrity in a different way, though the latter has been done) and the Thing... well, he's the character who responds best to different kinds of adventures that you could do all kinds of things with him.

Then, you know bring the old team back in a year.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 14, 2014, 05:35:53 PM
Still, I'd rather it come out of something organic to the state of the Marvel Universe rather than "Oh, you won't give us those FF rights.  Fuck you!"

It's funny though, because I thought it would be neat to do a story arc where the FF split up (or get split up by some big event) and each character gets their own book (and introduce a brand new Fantastic Four with an all-new cast) while the other members get their own individual books: Sue Storm could use her invisibility to have an espionage and/or conspiracy book, Mr. Fantastic could be traveling the universe Doctor Who-style trying to get home to Earth, Human Torch could be trapped in Marvel's golden age replacing the original Human Torch (or he could be be on regular Earth and without the other members, indulging his celebrity in a different way, though the latter has been done) and the Thing... well, he's the character who responds best to different kinds of adventures that you could do all kinds of things with him.

Then, you know bring the old team back in a year.

Isn't that what Allred's FF just was? I haven't read it yet...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 14, 2014, 05:42:20 PM
Sort of, but it does have familiar characters like She-Hulk and Ant-Man.  And from what I understand, it became more akin to the X-Men as a lot of it involved the young Future Foundation students learning to deal with stuff.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on October 14, 2014, 07:38:47 PM
Send the Thing back to France to fight with The Heroes of Paris.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on October 18, 2014, 10:16:15 AM
Just announced over on... Entertainment Weekly? Really? (shrug) Well, Marvel announced their new mutant-themed title:

(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2014/10/Squirrel-Girl-Art-Adams-0af02.jpg)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

It's written by Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Adventure Time, That Hamlet choose your own adventure book) so it's likely to not suck.

And, as a bonus, the existence of this title will infuriate the "Squirrel Girl is a stupid character" crowd even more. Nyah,nyah. Fun characters exist to ruin your grimdark.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 19, 2014, 06:43:13 PM
Squirrel Girl will do until they decide to finally bring Slapstick back. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on October 23, 2014, 09:15:37 AM
Midtown Comics is having a holiday related Free Comic Book Day this Saturday (both in store and online).  The titles involved: http://t.co/3zAzIwK6Eh (http://t.co/3zAzIwK6Eh)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on October 24, 2014, 01:41:30 PM
This week was only 2 - Legacy of Wolverine #2, a really nice one-shot featuring X23 (a character I've really started to like.) Nothing earth-shattering but fun. Then Deathstroke #1...my first actual DC purchase. I bought it on cover alone and it's not bad. I know next to nothing about the character and thought it was pretty funny that my first random grab just happened to be another character with a healing factor.

Anyway, I also got this:
(http://www.comicshop.de/images/product_images/popup_images/60048_0.jpg) (http://www.previewsworld.com/catalogimages/STK_IMAGES/STK640001-660000/STK642132.jpg)

If you're at all interested in the creation side of things this is gorgeous - it's the entire Court of Owls run without the color or the ink; just Greg Capullo's pencil work.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on October 24, 2014, 09:18:51 PM

Anyway, I also got this:
(http://www.comicshop.de/images/product_images/popup_images/60048_0.jpg) (http://www.previewsworld.com/catalogimages/STK_IMAGES/STK640001-660000/STK642132.jpg)

If you're at all interested in the creation side of things this is gorgeous - it's the entire Court of Owls run without the color or the ink; just Greg Capullo's pencil work.
OOOOHHH! I should get this for my brother. He's an artist, and a HUGE fan of Greg Capullo!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on October 30, 2014, 08:59:59 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/xW5CAC9.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RandyMistie on November 01, 2014, 05:49:58 AM
BTW, "Court of Owls" absolutely amazing!

Fantastic Four... I never liked the "elastic" powers. "The Incredibles" showed how they might be practical, although even then, it was creepy. Actually, "The Incredibles" really showed up the FF for what they SHOULD be, in my opinion.

(Elastic powers includes the DC versions... just silly, and pointless...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on November 02, 2014, 08:10:09 PM
Elastigirl worked because she was cute.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 02, 2014, 09:50:14 PM
You realize the DC characters with elastic powers are supposed to be silly, right?  And that the point was they were more light-hearted (Identity Crisis, not withstanding).  Plastic Man was the first major comedic superhero and Elongated Man (what an odd name) evolved from a simply fun detective hero to a Nick to Sue Dibny's Nora Charles.  That said, I can't imagine judging a character by their powers.  Plastic Man and Elongated Man are great.

Reading volume one of Locke and Key again.  Good stuff, but I'm not exactly hooked yet.  Still, interested in seeing where it goes when I finally get to the stuff I haven't read yet.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on November 07, 2014, 07:41:42 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/yjsMlXX.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on November 08, 2014, 09:43:10 AM
Oh shit!  Kirk is going to ram a photon torpedo up their harry asses!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on November 10, 2014, 03:07:08 PM
This past week's pickups:
Death of Wolverine: Life After Logan #1
-3 stand-alone tales about Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and Armor mourning and honoring Wolverine in their own special way. Pointless but sweet and, actually, had 3 fitting send-offs for both Logan and the characters giving the honors.

Death of Wolverine: Weapon X #1
-Beginning of an ongoing series that takes place immediately after Wolverine's death - first appearance of the corpse since the deed was done (not a spoiler nor important, just an observation.)
It was an intro to a new group of characters so there wasn't a LOT that happened but I do think there's potential and am intrigued by the ending.

Birthright #2
(http://d138hkes00e90m.cloudfront.net/release_images/Birthright_02-1.png)
-The first issue of this was my first non-hero comic on this comics resurrection that I'm going through. Fantasy and modern setting, almost a Mythago Wood meets Narnia by way of Jumanji type of thing. It really works and the art is BEAUTIFUL.

Tooth and Claw #1
(http://d138hkes00e90m.cloudfront.net/news_images/ToothAndClaw01_PrevCvr_2.jpg)
-Epic fantasy featuring anthropomorphic creatures from all walks and flights of the animal kingdom. Beautiful art, fun world building...but a bit jarring seeing earth-based animals in an otherwise alien setting; however not enough to turn me away.
 
Wytches #1
-Scott Snyder and Jock put this out a few weeks ago and it sold out but I managed to find a lone issue hidden in a pile of X-men back issues still on the rack. It's a horror tale. It's pretty disturbing. It's freaking awesome.

Now I have a roster of stuff to follow in print and am going to see where that takes me. In the meantime I'm catching up on the last 20 years with the digital stuff.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Soguru on November 26, 2014, 09:51:21 PM
There are so many Transformer comics and I just have a hard time getting into them because I'm so confused as to where I should start. I tried issue 1 of several different stories, but I still had no idea what the hell was going on. With comic books being $3.99 and up these days, I see comic books as too much of a frivolous investment. :(
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on November 27, 2014, 02:22:25 PM
Considering the posing and commentary, I can't help wondering if it was repurposed from something more "adult"...
(http://38.media.tumblr.com/36a9cada291ca9ae4fd3089104497b18/tumblr_nfiox0oxqq1r34y4ho1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on December 03, 2014, 11:07:50 AM
There are so many Transformer comics and I just have a hard time getting into them because I'm so confused as to where I should start. I tried issue 1 of several different stories, but I still had no idea what the hell was going on. With comic books being $3.99 and up these days, I see comic books as too much of a frivolous investment. :(

If you wanted to drop some money on it and get caught up a little at a time, IDW has released these Transformers: IDW collections:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=idw+transformers+collection

They collect all the myriad comics into conveniantly ordered chronological collections. It's a journey I plan to take myself some day because I'm exactly where you are.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 04, 2014, 05:40:42 PM
I don't know if it's going to be good, but I love these covers for the recently announced Bill & Ted comic.

(http://i.onionstatic.com/avclub/5284/39/original/608.jpg)

(http://i.onionstatic.com/avclub/5284/40/original/565.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 07, 2014, 03:40:04 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4H9SoXCEAAVuPX.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on December 08, 2014, 04:13:06 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4H9SoXCEAAVuPX.jpg)

Archie:  "Come on!  I've already been shot once this year!"
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 08, 2014, 06:07:32 PM
I know there is at least two artists on this board who draws and likes comic, so if you are interested in joining Comics Must Be Good's artist line up for The Line is Drawn (a weekly feature where artists choose from and draw fan-suggested pictures), they are looking for new artists.  I tend to suggest a few every week (and some of my suggestions on the list of picture suggestions).

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/12/08/the-line-it-is-drawn-2014-call-to-artists/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on December 10, 2014, 03:32:12 PM
Currently reading the Complete Collection of Wolverine (Vol 1& 3) by Jason Aaron and LOVING this guy's work.

Just read the Spider-Man and Wolverine team-up Aaron did with Adam Kubert and loved every second of it.

(The rest of the haul from that sale: Remender's Venom vol 1, Guardians of the Galaxy vol 1, Conan the Barbarian vol 14 - Queen of the Black Coast, Weapon X - Adamantium Men, Saga - Special Hardcover (This book is stunning), Batman - Hush Unwrapped, Batman - Year One, Wolverine by Aaron Vol 1 & 3...I'm not allowed to buy comics until the Wolverines series starts in January)

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RandyMistie on December 14, 2014, 04:35:22 AM
You realize the DC characters with elastic powers are supposed to be silly, right?  And that the point was they were more light-hearted (Identity Crisis, not withstanding).  Plastic Man was the first major comedic superhero and Elongated Man (what an odd name) evolved from a simply fun detective hero to a Nick to Sue Dibny's Nora Charles.  That said, I can't imagine judging a character by their powers.  Plastic Man and Elongated Man are great.

Reading volume one of Locke and Key again.  Good stuff, but I'm not exactly hooked yet.  Still, interested in seeing where it goes when I finally get to the stuff I haven't read yet.

Well, so very MUCH is silly in comics it is difficult to figger out which is what... I guess it's like the Supreme Court decision about porn, "I know it when I see it..."

Which is a legal non-answer. And who gives two shits, anyways?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 14, 2014, 08:27:54 PM
Archie has been doing some interesting things lately, but this one takes the cake: a Mark Waid-written and Fiona Staples-drawn Archie series.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=57781
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on December 16, 2014, 02:05:26 PM
DC comic characters in classic movie poster styles:

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--cMJKZsDk--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/kyzzyua3wh6mtka4zyug.png)

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--y7KHyluZ--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/tixd8mmoxodgvelljqyt.png)
[Obviously this should say, "'Unknown' in 'The Joker'", as the picture in the actual poster is of the named character.]

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--1w3mpvB7--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/unet7juwom0zs5huvtmx.png)

There's quite a few more, HERE (http://io9.com/dcs-march-variant-covers-are-movie-themed-and-they-loo-1670728033/+Fahey).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on December 17, 2014, 03:44:13 AM
So far, the only one of these I've liked has been that Catwoman one. It just seems to fit. The others have all felt really forced to me.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 17, 2014, 02:55:52 PM
A complete Damage Control trade collection is coming in March.  YAY!

(http://www.comicbookresources.com/imgsrv/imglib/0/0/1/DAMCON1989001CVR-2-06e24.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on December 17, 2014, 10:26:03 PM
Oooh, I've always wanted to read that series. Yay!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: AMKR on December 20, 2014, 08:54:54 PM
Currently reading, being astounded by and loving The Invisibles by Grant Morrison.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 21, 2014, 03:03:15 AM
It's a great book and it changes gears that makes it even better when on paper it sounds like it would be a lot more dumbed down (but, because it is Morrison, isn't).  Have you read Seaguy yet?  I think it is one of his most underrated works.  Also, Mystery Play is worth checking out.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on January 15, 2015, 07:37:37 AM
Picked up The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl yesterday. I was worried that it would be a little bit TOO kiddy, or a little bit TOO "for the ladies" but those fears are quickly squashed in the first couple pages. It's a comic for everyone. The art takes a lot of getting used to, but when coupled with the quirky writings of Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics! Woo!) it starts to work. I genuinely laughed more than once and smiled a lot. Can't wait for more.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 15, 2015, 08:21:46 AM
I'm looking forward to reading it.  I'm in China so I can't pick up a physical copy, but I might finally break down and get it on comixology.  North did such a good job on Adventure Time, making it his own while respecting the source material, that I'm looking forward to all comics he makes now.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on January 26, 2015, 07:20:06 PM
http://comicsalliance.com/viz-legend-of-zelda-shotaro-ishinomori/ (http://comicsalliance.com/viz-legend-of-zelda-shotaro-ishinomori/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 09, 2015, 06:07:10 AM
Finally read Seconds.  A really good book.  Doesn't really rewrite time travel (though this is more history editing than any actually travelling), and it sort of ends in a way a lot of these stories end, but overall it is a really good work.  I'm really looking forward to whatever he does next.  Also, I can see why Nathan Fairbairn was tapped to color the Scott Pilgrim books.  It won't make me buy those editions, but the colors in Seconds are pretty great.  I'd really like it to be an animated movie.  Also, I don't know if you can "double bill" a book, but it would also make a great companion piece with Alex Robinson's Too Cool to Be Forgotten.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on February 09, 2015, 10:09:40 AM
OK. After reading Squirrel Girl 2, I can safely say that this is a book that need to be around forever.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 09, 2015, 03:50:28 PM
Finally read Seconds.  A really good book.  Doesn't really rewrite time travel (though this is more history editing than any actually travelling), and it sort of ends in a way a lot of these stories end, but overall it is a really good work.  I'm really looking forward to whatever he does next.  Also, I can see why Nathan Fairbairn was tapped to color the Scott Pilgrim books.  It won't make me buy those editions, but the colors in Seconds are pretty great.  I'd really like it to be an animated movie.  Also, I don't know if you can "double bill" a book, but it would also make a great companion piece with Alex Robinson's Too Cool to Be Forgotten.

I'm very keen to get to that, but haven't picked it up yet. I'm just getting back into non-Marvel comics for the first time in quite a while. Post of what I've read and re-read coming up...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 09, 2015, 06:13:05 PM
I have restarted drawing comics after a close to three year break. Part of getting back into it is rereading some of my favourite and most inspirational books. So far I have read:

James Kochalka's The Cute Manifesto: A comic about making comics. A manifesto about just doing it and about not worrying. I'm not so big on his current work, but Kochalka was one of my biggest influences in my late teens/early 20s.

John Stanley's Nancy (book 1): Drawn and Quarterly's John Stanley Library was a real mind-blower for me. Kids comics that were laugh-out-loud funny from Dell Comics? Impossible. His greatest work that I've read is Thirteen Going on Eighteen, I wish these reprints had sold well enough for us to get a complete collection.

Drew Weing's Set to Sea: An impossible book - Each page is a single panel, and I am sure each one would take longer to draw than a full page does for me. Incredible detail. We bought one of the pages of original art from this book. A prized possession.

Luke Person's Hildafolk: (Read for the first time) A beautifully illustrated, utterly charming book. Going to pick up some more from the series.

Joann Sfar's Klezmer: Not my favourite of Sfar's stories, but one I return to a fair bit anyway. His loose art is really inspirational to me - It encourages me to be a bit freeer, and not to go too heavy with the Photoshop after I've put the lines on paper.

Richard Sala's Peculia: I love this and The Chuckling Whatsit, also by Sala, but haven't enjoyed his other work that I've read nearly as much. I like how silly this book is - It feels like a Dell comic, but in an adult, gothic style. Lots of fun.

Eleanor Davis' How to be Happy: (Read for the first time) This is one of the most impressive complete packages of comics I've ever read. The whole book is so beautiful. The different styles for each of the stories - It's hard to pick out which ones are the best! Highly recommended.

Christophe Blain's The Speed Abater: A real hidden gem of a book. Incredible art, perfect, contained story. I read this book fairly regularly.

Zack Giallongo's Broxo: (Read for the first time) Amazing art in this book. I love the colouring too. A well told, young adult fantasy novel.

Joann Sfar's The Little Prince: A great reworking of the novel, building on it, and making it its own book. I look at Sfar's line work and can't even imagine how he pulls it off sometimes.

Aaron Renier's The Unsinkable Walker Bean: One of, if not the best YA graphic novel ever! You can see the French influence on his book. So beautiful and so well told.

Covers behind the spoiler tag:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 20, 2015, 07:50:52 PM
New Invader Zim from creator Jhonan Vasquez coming in July

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=59483
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on February 20, 2015, 11:02:05 PM
New Invader Zim from creator Jhonan Vasquez coming in July

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=59483
Hell FUCKIN' yeah!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 13, 2015, 10:15:49 AM
Looks like Marvel's starting a comic book series based off of the 90s X-Men show.  X-Men '92.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on March 13, 2015, 10:18:03 AM
Looks like Marvel's starting a comic book series based off of the 90s X-Men show.  X-Men '92.
I hope Bill Clinton turns out to be a mutant.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 13, 2015, 05:09:55 PM
Looks like Marvel's starting a comic book series based off of the 90s X-Men show.  X-Men '92.

Blech
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 13, 2015, 06:59:15 PM
I remember growing up with it as a kid.  It got me interested in the X-Men franchise even though I only had few X-men comics.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 16, 2015, 08:35:01 AM
Behold the new Batman outfit!
(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2015/03/BM-Cv41-36bbf.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on March 16, 2015, 01:22:45 PM
(http://i3.minus.com/ibbgEsAdsd5mIu.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 16, 2015, 05:14:26 PM
Behold the new Batman outfit!

no
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on March 16, 2015, 06:37:04 PM
Behold the new Batman outfit!
(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2015/03/BM-Cv41-36bbf.jpg)
That looks more like an anime Easter Bunny.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on March 16, 2015, 07:02:34 PM
Behold the new Batman outfit!

no

Like  :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on March 16, 2015, 07:56:15 PM
Behold the new Batman outfit!
(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2015/03/BM-Cv41-36bbf.jpg)
I'm blue da ba dee da ba DIE!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on March 17, 2015, 04:15:43 AM
Ridiculous bunny armor is one thing, they better have a good excuse for him holding a damn gun.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on March 17, 2015, 06:22:56 AM
Ridiculous bunny armor is one thing, they better have a good excuse for him holding a damn gun.
He has to protect his eggs.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 17, 2015, 06:31:45 AM
Ridiculous bunny armor is one thing, they better have a good excuse for him holding a damn gun.
He has to protect his eggs.
Little Bunny Pew Pew
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on March 17, 2015, 04:05:26 PM
Poppin through the forest.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Henry88 on March 27, 2015, 05:08:12 PM
http://multiversitycomics.com/news/exclusive-idw-does-the-unthinkable-puts-godzilla-in-hell-this-july/

Quote
San Diego, CA (March 27, 2015) – In over six decades of battles and triumphs, Godzilla has never faced a challenge as great as what’s coming his way this July in the brand new mini-series Godzilla in Hell! In a conquest for the ages, Godzilla will storm through the gates of hell, proving that the towering behemoth is still King Of The Monsters!

With no warning and no sign of salvation Godzilla will find itself plummeting to the deepest darkest bowels of hell. The mystery of what led to Godzilla’s damnation, and what it will face will take readers on a dark and twisted journey unlike any Godzilla story before!

A rotating creative team will each take Godzilla through a new and more dangerous layer of Hell beginning with none other than writer and artist James Stokoe, who is returning to the character for the first time since his stunning and haunting mini-series Godzilla: The Half Century War.

“Drawing Godzilla must be my comfort food, because it feels really great to come back and work on pages with IDW again,” said Stokoe. “Also, the list of amazing creators they’ve tapped for this series feels equally great as a reader, especially with the theme everyone gets to play with. You can’t get much bigger than Godzilla versus Hell!“

Successive issues in this 5-part series will feature talents familiar to the Godzilla franchise including the multi-talented writer/artists Bob Eggleton, and Dave Watcher. Watcher most recently wrapped up the apocalyptic take on Godzilla in Godzilla: Cataclysm.

New to the world of Godzilla will be writers Ulises Farinas, and Erick Freitas, together on issue #3 and Brandon Seifert, tackling issue #4; artist’s will be announced on these issues at a later time.

“I’m very proud with the level of quality we’ve brought to all of our Godzilla mini-series,” said editor Bobby Curnow. “Godzilla in Hell will prove no exception. It’s been incredibly fun seeing the creator’s imagination stretch to fully utilize this otherworldly premise.”

This explosive new series will join a number of other major debuts in July as part of the Five Featured Firsts program, which launches a brand new title each and every week in July. Additionally, the debut issue will feature an EC Comics homage variant cover by Godzilla: Rulers of Earth artist Jeff Zornow as part of EC Cover Month!

(http://i.imgur.com/s3t2Nc0.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LHD3KBE.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 03, 2015, 07:50:09 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBtryUsWAAAadSo.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 06, 2015, 07:06:41 PM
Umm...Elektra?
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/2b55a4e945c11df4567ff2357d51d346/tumblr_ni5i24CvDo1r34y4ho1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 06, 2015, 11:11:26 PM
Yikes, who is the artist on that?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 07, 2015, 07:52:56 AM
Carlos Meglia, I think.  From issue #20 (March 2003).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 07, 2015, 01:05:40 PM
I think some of the red shirt/cape-thingy is covering up part of her belly.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 07, 2015, 01:37:16 PM
I think some of the red shirt/cape-thingy is covering up part of her belly.
I think it's just a midriff top, though.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 07, 2015, 01:50:29 PM
That is some ugly stylized artwork, regardless.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 07, 2015, 01:57:29 PM
I'm wondering what's holding up her pants.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 07, 2015, 02:06:49 PM
That would be the huge cheese wedge she's smuggling back there.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 07, 2015, 05:59:05 PM
That would be the huge cheese wedge she's smuggling back there.
She's got an armadillo down her trousers. And two more in her shirt.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 08, 2015, 09:08:19 PM
Well Deadpool now lives up to the first half of his name.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

While I'm sure we'll be seeing him again, I am going to miss this run. Duggan and Posehn have told some darn good stories over the last few years. The fake back issues were always especially good and the more serious issues really dug into Deadpool's... more serious issues.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on April 15, 2015, 10:33:54 AM
In stores today:


(https://dcomixologyssl.sslcs.cdngc.net/c/DIG056289_1.jpg?h=968dfa2b8f6eceb9bb7b91552fef2329&width=180)

Because, why not?

And doesn't the Predator only go after people with weapons? I don't recall any of the Archie gang using those, even in the "Riverdale Zombie attack" thing.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 15, 2015, 09:45:43 PM
Maybe he thinks the surfboard is a weapon.  Or he knows he is the greatest game of all: Captain Pureheart!

(http://www.archiefans.com/gallery/d/275-4/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on April 16, 2015, 04:21:46 AM
They are lucky the postal peril doesnt involve assault rifles.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 16, 2015, 06:28:43 AM
And that it isn't the mid-90's, when that was a reference.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 16, 2015, 09:41:26 AM
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/08fe8da6fc90a67aa259c0d442e62996/tumblr_nmvs6lUiB91qkinreo1_400.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 16, 2015, 09:50:24 AM
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/08fe8da6fc90a67aa259c0d442e62996/tumblr_nmvs6lUiB91qkinreo1_400.jpg)

The Regster?

(http://cache2.asset-cache.net/gc/78460354-antique-cash-register-with-no-sale-sign-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=3qRwbq6%2Blo6zPN0jSE0Iijbeh0Ss15r%2FDsX2yDeeUfSJZttnv63hFIMM3utv8EAo)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 17, 2015, 07:34:03 PM
Ya know...

(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2015/04/unnamed-21-720x1067.jpg)

http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/04/17/are-you-ready-for-archie-vs-sharknado


I remember in the '90s when Archie Meets the Punisher hit the shelves. It was an odd enough concept to get me to pick it up despite reading neither of the 2 titles. It was a haphazard flash-in-the-pan in-joke-made-comic-book. That was awesome.

Now they're just doing it on purpose.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 17, 2015, 08:36:47 PM
No Archie, that's a bad Archie!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 24, 2015, 02:58:10 PM
Frank...please stop.
(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBheaHR0cDovLzQxLm1lZGlhLnR1bWJsci5jb20vZjA5ZmVhNWRhMDZlY2RhZmQxYjMwMTc0Mzk1MWFjNjcvdHVtYmxyX25uYng5Y0NNN1IxcWtpbnJlbzFfNTAwLmpwZxTABxS4CgAWABIA&s=3C1dobEBWqxFIeVyejM3ABBI6hDIVpUAJq6G9dDJ0Aw)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 24, 2015, 05:11:28 PM
well he can't ruin it any more, so why the fuck not?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on April 25, 2015, 04:32:13 AM
At least now I know I hate his take on future-Batman and can just ignore this one.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 28, 2015, 03:40:00 PM
http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/131478-dc-using-spurious-logic-to-screw-creators-out-of-royalties-and-credit.html (http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/131478-dc-using-spurious-logic-to-screw-creators-out-of-royalties-and-credit.html)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 29, 2015, 05:15:37 AM
I hope Batman will beat Superman in a fight.  Frank hasn't done it before and no one is sick to death of it.

(http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh500/KhalimaShatire/science-sarcasm-Professor-Frink-Comic-Book-Guy-631_zps279e4ae8.jpg)

I just feel bad that Brian Azzarello is involved.  I like him but I imagine it will be less "his writing will improve Miller's work" and more "the worst creative instincts of both creators are invoked".

http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/131478-dc-using-spurious-logic-to-screw-creators-out-of-royalties-and-credit.html (http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/131478-dc-using-spurious-logic-to-screw-creators-out-of-royalties-and-credit.html)

I'd rather they just linked to the Gerry Conway article, the injections got a bit annoying.  But yeah, that's pretty shitty.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 11, 2015, 08:56:14 PM
Big relaunch of Archie comics on Kickstarter. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2096518612/riverdale-reborn?utm_source=Press&utm_campaign=fd83f33a94-Archie_Kickstarter_PR_Corrected&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5dacc73e87-fd83f33a94-89673409&ct=t%28Archie_Kickstarter_PR_Corrected%29&mc_cid=fd83f33a94&mc_eid=bb31483f50)

I'm actually considering checking some of these out...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on May 12, 2015, 08:57:46 AM
This kickstarter confuses me, but Archie comics has always confused me too. They have a habit of publishing comics that nobody should be reading anymore. (Their Ninja Turtles comics ran well after the hype machine had shut down, and I think they're STILL publishing Sonic the Hedgehog. Also, Archie...) They must be selling these comics to someone, or they wouldn't be there, but I've never met this person. So since I have no clue where their money comes from, I have no clue why they need to ask us for more.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on May 12, 2015, 11:45:25 AM
This kickstarter confuses me, but Archie comics has always confused me too. They have a habit of publishing comics that nobody should be reading anymore. (Their Ninja Turtles comics ran well after the hype machine had shut down, and I think they're STILL publishing Sonic the Hedgehog. Also, Archie...) They must be selling these comics to someone, or they wouldn't be there, but I've never met this person. So since I have no clue where their money comes from, I have no clue why they need to ask us for more.

Yes.  And when it is a 'for profit' business, I think it is arrogant (and inappropriate [maybe unethical and immoral]) of them to ask people to fund them when THEY will reap any/all profits.  That is what selling/buying stock in a company is for: shared risk, but also shared success.  A lot of Kickstarter has been turned into a place where companies have to take NO RISK, yet reap every bit of the benefits of any success.

Seems a lot like Wall Street to me.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on May 12, 2015, 11:58:58 AM
Well the consumer benefits because when you take away the risk, the company becomes willing to put out things they wouldn't otherwise.

Every now and then, a fan of something says, "I'd pay like- $500 if they'd just make ______." Kickstarter is where you go to pay that $500. That's why I'm OK with Rifftrax going to the well when they want to do a live show. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be getting The Room live without it. They were able to do something they wouldn't have been able to otherwise, because the fans were willing to put their money where their mouth is and remove the risk of doing so.

But Archie doing a kickstarter in order to publish Archie comics seems like Pepsi doing a kickstarter to keep Pepsi on the shelf.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on May 12, 2015, 02:12:19 PM

But Archie doing a kickstarter in order to publish Archie comics seems like Pepsi doing a kickstarter to keep Pepsi on the shelf.
Except that a lot of people actually LIKE Pepsi.


I'm with you, Pak, I don't get why Archie is still around at all. And given that they have 500 backers and haven't even made 10% of their goal yet indicates their fanbase is probably pretty small.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on May 12, 2015, 02:18:04 PM
A large part of it is because of the Sonic comic.  I do find it interesting that the secret character from Sonic the Fighters is actually a full-fledged character in the comics now.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 12, 2015, 03:54:22 PM
They are going to Kickstarter to relaunch Archie, with cool mostly indie artists and writers, a move that could be very damaging for them. Who is buying Archie comics that isn't doing it for nostalgia reasons?

On top of that, it gets them covered by a lot of news sources and gets the word out there, and people get to take ownership of the relaunch.

It all makes sense to me.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on May 12, 2015, 06:15:59 PM
Well the consumer benefits because when you take away the risk, the company becomes willing to put out things they wouldn't otherwise.

Every now and then, a fan of something says, "I'd pay like- $500 if they'd just make ______." Kickstarter is where you go to pay that $500. That's why I'm OK with Rifftrax going to the well when they want to do a live show. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be getting The Room live without it. They were able to do something they wouldn't have been able to otherwise, because the fans were willing to put their money where their mouth is and remove the risk of doing so.

But Archie doing a kickstarter in order to publish Archie comics seems like Pepsi doing a kickstarter to keep Pepsi on the shelf.

They are going to Kickstarter to relaunch Archie, with cool mostly indie artists and writers, a move that could be very damaging for them. Who is buying Archie comics that isn't doing it for nostalgia reasons?

On top of that, it gets them covered by a lot of news sources and gets the word out there, and people get to take ownership of the relaunch.

It all makes sense to me.

When put like that (from each of you), I get it.  [I was in a crap mood when I wrote the former post, so rather more pessimistic and cynical than usual.]  So yeah, for instance, when the updated/2nd printing of the huge Harryhausen 3-volume book set was being solicited, even though I already had the first set (thankfully, given their aftermarket prices), I still signed on to get the slipcased 2nd printings.  That was a collectible/film resource that - while the first set sold out and was in high demand - Ernest J. Farino (publisher, and - I just noticed when I watched it again after many years - creator of the title sequence for Cameron's 'The Abyss') could not have known would sell out in a second edition, as die-hard collectors tend to all want first editions.  With Kickstarter funding of a second printing, he knew his small business wouldn't go belly-up, and a bunch of the people who weren't able to get a set of the originals were able to get them.  [But then again: the Kickstarter promotional gifts for the different tiers ran virtually identically-priced to what they would cost normally.  When a commerce item is grossly overpriced for its donation tier, that's when I get irritated.]

But yeah, for a company that is - or has been - large to Kickstarter something, it seems Pak and I agree (i.e. that it is inappropriate).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 12, 2015, 06:30:50 PM
I used to be against it more than I am now.

I get what it's meant for is bold new ideas from someone who isn't able to fund the project, but there's a lot of truth behind the fact that high profile kickstarters bring people to kickstarter who wouldn't have considered the idea before - And once you've kickstarted one project, you are much more likely to do it again (assuming your experience was positive - again, probably more likely with an experienced company).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on May 12, 2015, 08:06:47 PM
I used to be against it more than I am now.

I get what it's meant for is bold new ideas from someone who isn't able to fund the project, but there's a lot of truth behind the fact that high profile kickstarters bring people to kickstarter who wouldn't have considered the idea before - And once you've kickstarted one project, you are much more likely to do it again (assuming your experience was positive - again, probably more likely with an experienced company).

I hadn't considered the 'crossover-traffic' aspect of it.  That is a good point, and - presuming the gift is commensurate with the 'donation' being asked - seems reasonable.

I believe I have to modify my irritation at big companies participating that way.  [Though it does still irk me a bit when a company with the resources won't take any risks with their own resources - it still smacks of the big Wall Street traders/companies and the 'too big to fail' banks too much for my taste.]
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 13, 2015, 07:00:52 AM
I wouldn't say I'm super-excited about these projects (though if I read one of them, it might be Jughead simply because Jughead is objectively the best character) but I like that in the last 5 years or so, the company that represented a sort of ridiculous stagnation (or at least subbornness to change anything about itself) began experimenting with being a very different company.  I mean nothing to take away from what people liked before (and hey, they did do some stuff like the awesome Archie Meets the Punisher) but after cementing a very specific house style with only some rare deviations (there was a manga styled Sabrina about a decade before), their works are radically different now.  Heck, Sabrina is actually a horror series now.

BTW, it's nice to see the rare non-superhero shared universe, I am curious when they're going to bring back Captain Pureheart and Super-Teen.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on June 12, 2015, 03:44:56 PM
Ridiculous bunny armor is one thing, they better have a good excuse for him holding a damn gun.

A few months late but...

(https://static-ssl.businessinsider.com/image/556e2a4f6bb3f7b16214f8a7-835-626/batman-preview.png)

Batman disappeared/died and the Gotham PD decided that without Batman around, the criminals would go a bit nuts so they made a Batsuit and stuck Commissioner Gordon in it.

Yep, that's a thing.

While you could make a good story about this situation given the DCYou Universe's track record, I'm not expecting it to be good in practice.

And no, I don't know how this interacts with Bat-Mite, who has his own book now and is interacting with the non-Iron, non-dead Batman.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on June 12, 2015, 03:45:21 PM
Oh, and the cover for Zim!

(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2015/02/invaderzim-90e3e-720x1099.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 12, 2015, 05:32:11 PM
Ridiculous bunny armor is one thing, they better have a good excuse for him holding a damn gun.

A few months late but...

(https://static-ssl.businessinsider.com/image/556e2a4f6bb3f7b16214f8a7-835-626/batman-preview.png)

Batman disappeared/died and the Gotham PD decided that without Batman around, the criminals would go a bit nuts so they made a Batsuit and stuck Commissioner Gordon in it.

Yep, that's a thing.

While you could make a good story about this situation given the DCYou Universe's track record, I'm not expecting it to be good in practice.

And no, I don't know how this interacts with Bat-Mite, who has his own book now and is interacting with the non-Iron, non-dead Batman.

Didn't they just do a long stint where Batman had died though?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on June 12, 2015, 11:58:18 PM
Didn't they just do a long stint where Batman had died though?

2010-1 for the "Bruce Wayne is lost in time and thought to be dead" plot. Prior to that, the Knightfall plotline back in 1993, and he took some time off in the "One Year Later" timeskip in 2007, IIRC. Oh, and in the last movie too. You can probably toss Batman Beyond in there too, if you like. Both DC and Marvel are really bad about recycling plot lines lately.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on June 15, 2015, 02:30:39 PM
So, Batman 41 was a good intro and I'm interested in a Superman story for the first time since getting into comics. Convergence might have been a mess but I bought more DC this week than Marvel or Image for the first time ever...so something worked.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on June 21, 2015, 05:54:13 PM
http://www.vulture.com/2015/06/peter-parker-must-be-straight-white-guy-onscreen.html?mid=twitter_vulture (http://www.vulture.com/2015/06/peter-parker-must-be-straight-white-guy-onscreen.html?mid=twitter_vulture)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on June 22, 2015, 01:22:45 AM
Am I the only one who has thought this?  [If it's been discussed in the comics since the early/mid-'80s, I likely missed it.]

The Inhumans are genetically predisposed humans who were exposed to Terragen mists.

Terragen mists only affect genetically predisposed humanoid DNA.

Therefore, the Inhumans' transporter, Lockjaw, was never, and has never been, a dog.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 22, 2015, 01:35:53 AM
I think that was a truth for a while, brought up in a John Byrne comic.  Eventually, they retconned it because it was too creepy and gross.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on June 23, 2015, 03:24:05 PM
Am I the only one who has thought this?  [If it's been discussed in the comics since the early/mid-'80s, I likely missed it.]

The Inhumans are genetically predisposed humans who were exposed to Terragen mists.

Terragen mists only affect genetically predisposed humanoid DNA.

Therefore, the Inhumans' transporter, Lockjaw, was never, and has never been, a dog.

You should see what they're doing with Eldrac in that regard.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on June 23, 2015, 06:46:41 PM
Am I the only one who has thought this?  [If it's been discussed in the comics since the early/mid-'80s, I likely missed it.]

The Inhumans are genetically predisposed humans who were exposed to Terragen mists.

Terragen mists only affect genetically predisposed humanoid DNA.

Therefore, the Inhumans' transporter, Lockjaw, was never, and has never been, a dog.
I think that was a truth for a while, brought up in a John Byrne comic.  Eventually, they retconned it because it was too creepy and gross.

I don't know why it would be considered creepy (unless there've been scenes where Lockjaw was present for intimate interactions between other characters).

Now I'm curious how in the retconning of that they explained a dog being transformed by terrigen mist. ???


You should see what they're doing with Eldrac in that regard.

Hmmm... I'd never heard of Eldrac, but having just looked him up on the Marvel Wiki, it seems clear that between Byrne and whoever created Eldrac, I'm not the only one.  It is interesting that both of the two characters that appear not to be human or humanoid have the same gift of being transporters.  I'm curious if those at Marvel gave that any thought (possibly before creating Eldrac).

Ahhhh... the deep questions of the universe. ::)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 25, 2015, 06:18:12 AM
Am I the only one who has thought this?  [If it's been discussed in the comics since the early/mid-'80s, I likely missed it.]

The Inhumans are genetically predisposed humans who were exposed to Terragen mists.

Terragen mists only affect genetically predisposed humanoid DNA.

Therefore, the Inhumans' transporter, Lockjaw, was never, and has never been, a dog.
I think that was a truth for a while, brought up in a John Byrne comic.  Eventually, they retconned it because it was too creepy and gross.

I don't know why it would be considered creepy (unless there've been scenes where Lockjaw was present for intimate interactions between other characters).

More along the lines of a severely disfigured human acting like a dog, doing dog stuff, licking people all the time, etc. is kind of unsettling.  It should also be noted that they never still never specify that he was a dog BEFORE he went in the mists (at least that I know of) and his wikipedia page refers to him as a "dog-like" creature, so make of that what you will.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on June 25, 2015, 11:10:08 AM
He could be some manner of native Kree canine analog that is sensitive to the mists.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on June 25, 2015, 07:03:19 PM
He could be some manner of native Kree canine analog that is sensitive to the mists.

This makes the most sense of anything I've heard (other than a human transforming into a dog-looking creature... there's plant-looking Inhumans, so an animal-looking one isn't a stretch).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 28, 2015, 11:33:55 PM
But the thing is, it is one thing if something looks like a plant or an animal, but Lockjaw, though treated with love or respect, is treated as an animal, not a being of higher level sentience.  It's OK for Lockjaw to pee on a fire hydrant, but you none of the other Inhumans are gonna do that.  He's more Krypto than Beast.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sugar Ray Dodge on June 29, 2015, 12:02:11 AM
I just finished Old Man Logan and... I think to say "it gets kinda silly towards the end" would be putting mildly.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on July 02, 2015, 06:57:55 PM
Not American comics but Tokyo Pop has panels scheduled for this weekend's anime expo and SDCC. They had shut down US operations in 2011 but apparently might be making a comeback. Or something.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 02, 2015, 07:00:11 PM
Not American comics but Tokyo Pop has panels scheduled for this weekend's anime expo and SDCC. They had shut down US operations in 2011 but apparently might be making a comeback. Or something.

I hope it's a panel to announce they are all being launched into the sun for being assholes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 02, 2015, 07:09:00 PM
Need context for that comment.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 02, 2015, 07:13:08 PM
http://www.comicsbeat.com/tokyopop-hey-dude-totally-bad-contract/

Pretty famous in the comics industry for fucking over everyone that signed with them, and then refusing to even negotiate the rights of the properties they signed when they folded.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 02, 2015, 07:13:44 PM
Ah.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 02, 2015, 07:15:04 PM
Lots of chatter on Twitter right now from comic professionals, if you search tokyopop
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 04, 2015, 07:24:06 PM
Speaking of unprofessional behavior...
http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/132325-arthur-suydam-takes-up-4-tables-in-artists-alley-pisses-off-fellow-creators.html (http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/132325-arthur-suydam-takes-up-4-tables-in-artists-alley-pisses-off-fellow-creators.html)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 04, 2015, 08:04:36 PM
Oh and read his bio, too.
http://www.arthursuydam.com/about/the-artist/ (http://www.arthursuydam.com/about/the-artist/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on July 04, 2015, 09:59:55 PM
What shitty con organizers.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 05, 2015, 04:40:46 PM
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/1b3d59fd909d40ec4d75c11cafd7efab/tumblr_nr1ba7CVTz1r6m3eno1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 05, 2015, 08:55:23 PM
https://twitter.com/CullyHamner/status/617772916273385472

More Arthur Suydam. I swear I never heard of him before last week.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Jesse412 on July 05, 2015, 09:57:24 PM
Anyone else checked out Squarriors by Ashley Witter and Ash Maczko? It has a similar vibe to Redwall and Watership Down. The artwork is gorgeous although it gets a bit gory at times. The battle scenes in issue #2 were pretty epic.

(https://therapyincomics.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/squarriors-1-cover-a-regular-ashley-witter.jpg?w=603)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 08, 2015, 05:24:48 PM
http://www.newsarama.com/25087-back-to-the-future-comes-to-idw.html (http://www.newsarama.com/25087-back-to-the-future-comes-to-idw.html)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 09, 2015, 07:06:00 AM
I cant help but notice the release date, thats awesome.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on July 09, 2015, 07:25:59 AM
Wow. Quite a stroke of luck that the date fell on a Wednesday...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on July 09, 2015, 12:16:40 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/XVLBEsG0MH4
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 09, 2015, 06:44:41 PM
http://www.newsarama.com/25087-back-to-the-future-comes-to-idw.html (http://www.newsarama.com/25087-back-to-the-future-comes-to-idw.html)

Having read some of Bob Gale's comic writing before, I can't pass hard enough.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 09, 2015, 07:06:13 PM
It sounds like he is just a consultant and IDW writers are actually writing it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 09, 2015, 07:22:50 PM
It sounds like he is just a consultant and IDW writers are actually writing it.

Depends what co-written means I guess, but I don't like what I've read from Erik Burnham (Also co-written though) and looking at John Barber's credits, I don't see anything that interests me.

I guess I'm just saying, don't get your hopes up.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on July 09, 2015, 07:26:54 PM
Yeah, maybe...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 11, 2015, 07:22:28 AM
Apparently this is happening...
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJm3Bf5VEAIeQV8.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: soguru on July 12, 2015, 12:19:15 AM
Was anybody really asking for that?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on July 12, 2015, 12:51:35 AM
Batman meets the Ninja Turtles in the quest for pupils!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: soguru on July 12, 2015, 10:06:24 AM
Batman meets the Ninja Turtles in the quest for pupils!
And their motto has been changed from Cowabunga to EYE of the Tiger.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 12, 2015, 11:44:20 AM
An actual pic from a recent Mark Trail strip:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJudKi4UwAAu3oU.png)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: soguru on July 12, 2015, 02:37:20 PM
That's horrifying.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2015, 04:35:07 AM
Wait, does it have two tongues or one big tongue and a weird tongue-shaped lower lip or one tongue and it's vomiting a large kielbasa with a bit of mustard on it?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 13, 2015, 05:29:17 AM
One tongue and a lower lip.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Jesse412 on July 13, 2015, 08:26:14 AM
Read the first three issues of Space Riders by Alexis Ziritt and Fabian Rangel from Black Mask Studios and really enjoyed it. The art has this really cool psychedelic quality especially the coloring just insanely cool.  From what I've read about it online it's only a four issue miniseries.  The premise is basically a disgraced space captain gets a second chance to redeem himself. He flies around in his space ship shaped like a skull and is joined by his first mate who is an anthropomorphic baboon and a female robot.

(http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/699/333026_20150401184112_large.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 13, 2015, 09:30:03 AM
Bloom County is returning.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Jesse412 on July 16, 2015, 08:30:17 AM
I'm really enjoying Image Comics' Revival and it's quickly become one of my current favorite Image titles. As a huge fan of the horror genre I find it refreshingly imaginative and genuinely disturbing. The Jenny Frison cover artwork is gorgeous. Mike Norton does a great job with the interior artwork and Tim Seeley's character work and plot are interesting.  I would really like to see it picked up as a TV series.

(http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/551/265557_20130526162725_large.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 22, 2015, 06:52:50 PM
Hopefully they're not stapled to the comic...
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/07/20/image-comics-to-give-away-condoms-with-beauty-1/ (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/07/20/image-comics-to-give-away-condoms-with-beauty-1/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Jesse412 on July 25, 2015, 04:19:54 PM
Recently finished binge reading Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Fatale and really enjoy it. It starts out like a crime noir but has elements of horror including a vibe that's very Lovecraftian. There's a really intriguing femme fatale, an ominous cult, a good bit a disturbing gore and the ending was pretty satisfying. Plus the cover art is really cool.

(http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/486/241195_20120104184208_large.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: soguru on August 01, 2015, 09:31:25 PM
I recently picked up Archie vs Predator... it was an excellent series. Made me laugh a lot.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on August 19, 2015, 04:44:08 AM
If anyone is wondering what Hebs is up to....

She will be doing issue 5 & 6 of the new Archie comic!
http://comicbook.com/2015/08/18/everythings-archie-mike-pellerito-reveals-who-will-follow-fiona-/#Image9
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on August 19, 2015, 08:37:55 AM
If anyone is wondering what Hebs is up to....

She will be doing issue 5 & 6 of the new Archie comic!
http://comicbook.com/2015/08/18/everythings-archie-mike-pellerito-reveals-who-will-follow-fiona-/#Image9
Yeah, I saw that on her twitter yesterday. That is so cool!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on August 19, 2015, 09:07:51 AM
I've been reading Crisis on Infinite Earths.  I'm about halfway through.  Isn't this supposed to be a good comic?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on August 19, 2015, 09:36:13 AM
It's an important comic, but it's very much a mid-80s comic.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on August 19, 2015, 10:28:15 AM
It's an important comic, but it's very much a mid-80s comic.

That's my impression now.  Also the first 100 pages is just the same thing over and over.  Random characters defending Monitor's devices, and saying stupid things.  Does it get any better?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on August 19, 2015, 03:03:44 PM
It's been a while since I read it and it didn't leave much of an impression, so no, I suppose. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on August 19, 2015, 05:07:47 PM
It's an important comic, but it's very much a mid-80s comic.

That's my impression now.  Also the first 100 pages is just the same thing over and over.  Random characters defending Monitor's devices, and saying stupid things.  Does it get any better?

I forced my way through that once.

Blech.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 26, 2015, 04:28:46 PM
Nice arm you've got there, Batman.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CNXstoBUsAAdBNo.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on August 26, 2015, 04:52:56 PM
Mmmmmm......is the second one any good?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on August 26, 2015, 05:18:48 PM
Mmmmmm......is the second one any good?

Nnnnope!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 26, 2015, 08:19:07 PM
Infamous nope.  It has one or two moments in a see of not good to awful.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on August 26, 2015, 09:35:30 PM
Maybe we should get our hopes up for this one.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on August 31, 2015, 11:41:57 AM
I love Andy Kubert and Scott Snyder has mentioned that he's involved behind the scenes and I'm a bit of a fanboy...so I'll be picking it up.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 03, 2015, 06:36:44 AM
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/b0dfaf899b91a49e9920aa4cee0d4544/tumblr_nu2qzfuIfo1rvt1x8o1_400.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on September 14, 2015, 01:42:53 PM
So my friend is doing some fundraising at a booth at Salt Lake Comic-Con.  I was thinking about having an activity where kids can decorate a small piece of paper, then we'll turn it into a pin-back button.  I was also thinking about getting some clearance comics that the kids could use to make a collage for their button.

Would that be some sort of sacrilege?  Is that bad taste at a comic convention?  Is it akin to defacing art or flag burning?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 14, 2015, 05:46:53 PM
So my friend is doing some fundraising at a booth at Salt Lake Comic-Con.  I was thinking about having an activity where kids can decorate a small piece of paper, then we'll turn it into a pin-back button.  I was also thinking about getting some clearance comics that the kids could use to make a collage for their button.

Would that be some sort of sacrilege?  Is that bad taste at a comic convention?  Is it akin to defacing art or flag burning?

That sounds awesome! Raid those dollar bins and get some buttons made!
(Speaking of Comic-Cons, anyone doing Rose City? Come see me! At table J3. I'll talk your ear off about my new Kickstarter. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/86891268/catbeard-the-pirate-book-four-corsairs-and-catnip))
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on September 15, 2015, 10:30:27 AM
Any issues that people have with it are their own problem. My own included, haha - it sounds like a lot of fun and I would love to see the results but the deep, dark nerd part of my brain cries out in Comic Book Guy terror.  :P
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on September 15, 2015, 10:39:29 AM
Just check Ebay first to make sure you're not dicing up a valuable comic. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on September 15, 2015, 12:38:37 PM
So my friend is doing some fundraising at a booth at Salt Lake Comic-Con.  I was thinking about having an activity where kids can decorate a small piece of paper, then we'll turn it into a pin-back button.  I was also thinking about getting some clearance comics that the kids could use to make a collage for their button.

Would that be some sort of sacrilege?  Is that bad taste at a comic convention?  Is it akin to defacing art or flag burning?

Personally,  I'd have a problem with it. I don't really approve of the gratuitous destruction of a book for any reason, even a comic book.

Plus you'd probably get more paper to work with if you picked up by picking up the same dollar amount of Sunday papers and using the comic section instead.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Kete on September 15, 2015, 02:47:45 PM
A local comic book store donated a box full of about 300 copies of comics from free comic book day.  There were only 2 different issues in the box.  They were going to throw them out, and they know what we are going to use them for.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 15, 2015, 03:42:33 PM
http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/133201-emperor-didio-gives-order-66-to-batman-66.html (http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/133201-emperor-didio-gives-order-66-to-batman-66.html)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 25, 2015, 07:49:01 AM
Looks like this one will have some neat tv/movie nods.
http://comicsalliance.com/jem-and-the-holograms-annual-preview/ (http://comicsalliance.com/jem-and-the-holograms-annual-preview/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 25, 2015, 07:57:40 AM
I haven't read it, but I hear it's a good read.  Certainly more appealing than the upcoming movie, at any rate.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: mattwnelson on September 29, 2015, 06:42:06 PM
I know it's not really the purpose of this thread, but the Kickstarter for my fourth webcomic volume is half over, and we aren't at the halfway mark for funding yet. Please consider sharing, donating, or bugging your local comics shop to order!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/86891268/catbeard-the-pirate-book-four-corsairs-and-catnip
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on October 06, 2015, 07:17:04 AM
Frank Miller's cover for a Dark Knight III tie-in.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQnWr4QUwAAO4cl.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on October 06, 2015, 08:29:25 AM
Frank Miller's cover for a Dark Knight III tie-in.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQnWr4QUwAAO4cl.jpg)
Daaaaamn that is some ugly artwork.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 06, 2015, 04:48:31 PM
Frank Miller's cover for a Dark Knight III tie-in.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQnWr4QUwAAO4cl.jpg)
Daaaaamn that is some ugly artwork.

Daaaaamn that is some Frank Miller artwork.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on October 08, 2015, 11:52:50 AM
I'm with Kurt

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2015/10/as-fans-mock-frank-millers-dark-knight-iii-cover-kurt-busiek-defends-it/
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on October 09, 2015, 04:06:54 PM
I know it's not really the purpose of this thread, but the Kickstarter for my fourth webcomic volume is half over, and we aren't at the halfway mark for funding yet. Please consider sharing, donating, or bugging your local comics shop to order!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/86891268/catbeard-the-pirate-book-four-corsairs-and-catnip

Bumping this because I love this comic.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on October 12, 2015, 12:07:21 PM
I'm with Kurt

http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2015/10/as-fans-mock-frank-millers-dark-knight-iii-cover-kurt-busiek-defends-it/

Fully agree. No interest in reading it and if I did I'm sure I'd hate it, not because the art is "bad" but because I don't happen to like how Frank characterizes Batman and Superman. This looks like a very good interpretation of the character I hate.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on October 14, 2015, 11:53:10 AM
A quick plug for one of my favorite series since getting back into comics:

The trade for Death Vigil comes out today. It's a dark comedy with gorgeous artwork and really fun characters.

(https://imagecomics.com/uploads/releases/DeathVigil_vol1-1.png)

"Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! The only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight, and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between Good and Evil."

In Stock Trades has it for 45% off. (http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Image/DEATH-VIGIL-TP-VOL-01/MAR150526)

The creator, Stjepan Sejic, has several issues for free on his deviant art (http://nebezial.deviantart.com/art/death-vigil-1-full-issue-cuz-it-s-a-good-day-496921638) page along with his, also fantastic, Sunstone and Ravine series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on October 14, 2015, 02:24:02 PM
This is a real comic book, released in 2015:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/S/cmx-images-prod/Item/289859/289859._SX640_QL80_TTD_.jpg)

Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on October 14, 2015, 03:02:45 PM
There's also a Marvel & Pirates Booty popcorn comic I found while browsing Marvel Unlimited.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 14, 2015, 03:06:36 PM
I doubt I still have it, but when I was a kid they included a Spider-Man/Firestar/Ice Man comic in the local newspaper and boy did they love shopping at Macys before and after their adventures...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on October 14, 2015, 05:50:39 PM
If they both have goatees how do you tell which is the evil one?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on October 20, 2015, 12:09:45 PM
If they both have goatees how do you tell which is the evil one?

They're both evil, the 11 herbs and spices poisoned their minds long ago and turned them to dark ends.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on October 20, 2015, 06:24:16 PM
In case anyone is interested, Hebs has some pretty sweet work coming out including Howard The Duck, the Archie Reboot, and Silk.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 20, 2015, 07:04:50 PM
Ooh. Hebs is on Howard the Duck? I'm reading that one!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on October 21, 2015, 05:56:18 AM
Ooh. Hebs is on Howard the Duck? I'm reading that one!

She has a variant cover for #2 coming out that is super rad.

We just did a podcast with her the other night & she talked about stuff she's working on.  I'll post the link when the episode goes up. It got pushed back for a Back To The Future episode.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on October 21, 2015, 11:59:18 AM
Anyone planning on picking up the Back to the Future IDW comic? 
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on October 21, 2015, 02:14:19 PM
From Marvel's Facebook page:
(http://i.imgur.com/DL5FG5Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Sideswipe on October 21, 2015, 02:16:52 PM
Love it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on October 21, 2015, 07:45:55 PM
I've got it on pre-order. Since IDW is based in San Diego too, they were throwing a "Save thr Clock Tower" party at my local shop with some of the creative team in attendance. I was planning on going but a nap decided to descend upon me.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on October 22, 2015, 09:25:41 AM
Almost time for Halloween Comicfest!  The selection...
http://www.halloweencomicfest.com/Home/1/1/78/1147 (http://www.halloweencomicfest.com/Home/1/1/78/1147)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 27, 2015, 05:48:20 PM
This is wonderful:

https://twitter.com/neo_rama/status/657666610539438081

Huey, Dewey, Louie... and Phooey.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on October 29, 2015, 04:31:15 PM
So Squirrel Girl is no longer a mutant? I'd love to see her show up in MCU at the tail end of the Infinity War and kick Thanos butt. It would be hilarious and would piss off so many people.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 29, 2015, 08:04:56 PM
So Squirrel Girl is no longer a mutant?

Where did this happen?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 29, 2015, 08:11:06 PM
In the All-New, All-Different Squirrel Girl #1, it's stated that while her parents assumed she was a mutant, she got a bill of health from a doctor stating that she wasn't and that they don't know where the squirrel powers and tail came from. (And then on to a gag stating that it might have been the Gamma Rays or cosmic radiation or radioactive bites that she was exposed to during her mom's "eventful" pregnancy.)

If it IS, in fact, a move to get her slipped quietly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's a clever one. I wonder how many assumed-mutants they can smuggle back in.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 29, 2015, 08:17:12 PM
I'm wondering that would actually hold up? I don't see how you could take back something that would have to have been assumed to be owned by Fox up till that point.

But then I also wonder about Namor's rights. A character long before Fantastic Four or X-Men, tied heavily to both, especially since he was retconned to be a Mutant.

But I believe the Namor rights were with another company before Fox got the rights to the mutants, and it's unclear where they are now.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on October 29, 2015, 08:24:16 PM
In the All-New, All-Different Squirrel Girl #1, it's stated that while her parents assumed she was a mutant, she got a bill of health from a doctor stating that she wasn't and that they don't know where the squirrel powers and tail came from. (And then on to a gag stating that it might have been the Gamma Rays or cosmic radiation or radioactive bites that she was exposed to during her mom's "eventful" pregnancy.)

If it IS, in fact, a move to get her slipped quietly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's a clever one. I wonder how many assumed-mutants they can smuggle back in.

If you say, "oh wow: we never looked at it before, but the thing we thought was the 'mutant gene' was actually the 'Inhuman gene' and everyone we thought was a mutant was clearly exposed to terrigen mists around puberty..." they can get away with retconning pretty much all but the X-Men who have already appeared in film.  ::)

Of course, that can/would/will piss off 99% of the readership.


I'm wondering that would actually hold up? I don't see how you could take back something that would have to have been assumed to be owned by Fox up till that point.

But then I also wonder about Namor's rights. A character long before Fantastic Four or X-Men, tied heavily to both, especially since he was retconned to be a Mutant.

But I believe the Namor rights were with another company before Fox got the rights to the mutants, and it's unclear where they are now.

(http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/54da4013ecad044b6c1f0fc4-1200-1000/marvel-rights-13334x10667%20%281%29-1.png)

Apparently 1/2 with Universal, 1/2 with Marvel.... :o
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 29, 2015, 08:26:58 PM
But we know for a fact now that Hulk isn't with Marvel, so we also know that chart is making some assumptions.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on October 29, 2015, 08:44:32 PM

(http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/54da4013ecad044b6c1f0fc4-1200-1000/marvel-rights-13334x10667%20%281%29-1.png)

"Stan, I don't own you."
"Nobody does. I'm the wind, baby."
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 30, 2015, 02:31:46 AM
Well they still managed to snag Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and those two are about as mutant as you can get. They couldn't CALL them mutants, but nothing else changed. The rules are fuzzy. Maybe if there's a strong enough association with the Avengers they get to use them? But then that would mean they could use Wolverine, which they can't of course...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on October 30, 2015, 03:28:09 AM
Well they still managed to snag Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and those two are about as mutant as you can get. They couldn't CALL them mutants, but nothing else changed. The rules are fuzzy. Maybe if there's a strong enough association with the Avengers they get to use them? But then that would mean they could use Wolverine, which they can't of course...

I think since Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were Avengers for so long (issue #16, 1965) they've got almost as much history there as they do with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (X-men #4, 1964).  Whereas Wolverine didn't come along til the end of Hulk #180 (1974).

Or it could be that certain characters were delineated in the licensing agreement as 'exclusives', with just generic 'other' included or approved on a case-by-case basis.

But we know for a fact now that Hulk isn't with Marvel, so we also know that chart is making some assumptions.

I thought it was just distribution rights for solo Hulk that were still with Universal, since Incredible Hulk was still a Marvel Studios film, fully within MCU continuity?  Granted, distribution rights is where the largest chunk of profit comes in, so it may as well be their licensed property, as far as what Marvel can do with the character, but the licensing per se, I thought, was with Marvel.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 30, 2015, 09:06:18 AM
Yup. My understanding is that Marvel can make a Hulk movie whenever they want, should they want to give Universal Studios a boatload of distribution money.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 30, 2015, 03:23:04 PM
Ok, that could be the case.

I wonder if they will try and get Namor in universe before Aquaman comes and muddies those waters?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on November 25, 2015, 11:28:40 PM
Well, Dark Knight III came out today.

I'll be honest. I bought DKII when it came out and my recollection of it now is basically "Carrie wearing a kitten suit" and "Wow. Frank's artwork is not very good in this." I don't remember the plot at all.

For DK3, well, it's a thing, I guess. Andy Kubert did the pencils, so no one's looking like Prune Face from Dick Tracy in it. And Miller pencilled a little mini-comic bundled inside it with Ray Palmer, and it's actually not too bad. The artwork's a hell of a lot cleaner than I recall DK2's was. I'd credit it to the inking, but nope. That's still Klaus. I'm not really sure why it looks better.

I'm also not sure how much of this Frank wrote. There are bits that scream "Miller-style" but at the same time, Miller's made statements in interviews that sound like he didn't have a lot of involvement in it. (shrug)

Is it good? Um, maybe? Not? It certainly feels like "Yes, that was part of a story." There hasn't really been much that makes me go "Oh, Frank" yet, aside a reminder of "Yeah, that's not a good design for a character." It hasn't really passed a good or bad threshold in either direction.

A special bonus. Batman does an imitation of the Ice Cream Bunny. Spoiled because it is a spoiler for the plot.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Oh, and in Squirrel Girl, Doreen is thrown back to the 60s and only her room mate remembers her. And Ryan North shows why when he's thrown back in time, he'll do just fine.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on November 26, 2015, 04:16:18 AM
Found a copy of Jughead #2 with the variant cover done by the forum's own Hebs! (Veronica Fish)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on November 26, 2015, 04:14:20 PM
Her Howard the Duck cover is next week. I'll have to see if I can secure that cover...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on December 10, 2015, 04:59:06 AM
Her Howard the Duck cover is next week. I'll have to see if I can secure that cover...

Hey thanks!  Just found out that issue went into second printing - woot!  That was a fun issue to draw.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on December 10, 2015, 09:02:36 AM
Hebs!

I scored that comic last week and didn't realize at the time you were drawing the whole thing. Fantastic job. Congrats on making the big time!

Young Linda and Shocket were adorable. Good job on them!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on December 10, 2015, 02:00:05 PM
http://comicsalliance.com/free-comic-book-day-2016-gold-titles-announced/ (http://comicsalliance.com/free-comic-book-day-2016-gold-titles-announced/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on December 10, 2015, 04:05:28 PM
Hebs!

I scored that comic last week and didn't realize at the time you were drawing the whole thing. Fantastic job. Congrats on making the big time!

Young Linda and Shocket were adorable. Good job on them!

Thank you! It was very fun and thanks for the kind word :)  I think Chip can do anything.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on December 10, 2015, 04:06:32 PM
http://comicsalliance.com/free-comic-book-day-2016-gold-titles-announced/ (http://comicsalliance.com/free-comic-book-day-2016-gold-titles-announced/)

Alright - Archie is in there!  Please everybody get addicted to it and stay with it AT LEAST until issues 5 - 8 ;)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 10, 2015, 04:10:08 PM
http://comicsalliance.com/free-comic-book-day-2016-gold-titles-announced/ (http://comicsalliance.com/free-comic-book-day-2016-gold-titles-announced/)

Alright - Archie is in there!  Please everybody get addicted to it and stay with it AT LEAST until issues 5 - 8 ;)

The first issue is free on comixology today. I just picked it up, but haven't read it yet.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 31, 2015, 11:54:41 AM
Read Astro City: Through Open Doors yesterday.  Astro City was one of my first major comic book loves and while the series is still solid, I haven't been quite as over the moon for it as others have been (and the move to Vertigo is baffling since there's nothing objectionable in it).  Still, I really enjoy the stuff with the Ambassador, a God-like being in the Jack Kirby vein who has set up shop over the city and has been making friends with regular-type humans.  Interesting to see where that story goes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: PsychoGoatee on January 02, 2016, 12:33:55 PM
I've been meaning to check out Astro City, I've enjoyed Busiek's writing on other stuff (Conan etc).

My top comics are always 2000AD (featuring Judge Dredd), Savage Dragon, and Invincible.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on January 19, 2016, 08:59:42 PM
Astro City is an awesome love letter to the best parts of superhero comics, Psycho. Pick up the "Tarnished Angel" or "Confessional" trades for a sample.


And in other news that should surprise no one:
Quote
Steve Rogers will return as Captain America at Marvel Comics this summer, as announced during Tuesday night's "Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years" special on ABC.

Steve becomes Captain America again right before his new movie comes out? I'm shocked, shocked by this news!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on January 19, 2016, 10:48:40 PM
That's actually kind of a shame. I've been enjoying old Cap as a sort of mentor figure to all the Marvel heroes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 19, 2016, 10:54:35 PM
That's actually kind of a shame. I've been enjoying old Cap as a sort of mentor figure to all the Marvel heroes.

Yeah. It's a shame Marvel (and DC) can't move forward.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyJack on January 24, 2016, 12:07:58 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/S/cmx-images-prod/PublisherPage/461/logo/461._SX250_QL80_TTD_.jpg)

I've been enjoying new publisher "AfterShock" of late. They've brought in some talented folk, like Garth Enis, who is writing the miniseries Dreaming Eagles.

This week I picked up Brian Azzarello's American Monster and was very impressed. Looks like it's going to be a hard boiled crime story, and considering how much I loved his other tough Vertigo series, 100 Bullets, I'm hoping this is just as successful.

Palmiotti & Conner's Superzero has been fun too.

Next week sees the debut of Justin Jodan's Strayer. David Hine's Second Sight is due in Feb.

https://www.facebook.com/aftershockcomics/ (https://www.facebook.com/aftershockcomics/)

http://aftershock.world/ (http://aftershock.world/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on February 08, 2016, 01:03:39 PM
CONGRATS TO HEBS!  :highfive:

Exclusive: Veronica Fish joins Archie as regular series artist
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/08/veronica-fish-archie?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on February 08, 2016, 01:13:35 PM
Her compliments totally dominated the letters page for Howard the Duck #4. They even closed it with something like, "We'll have more letters about #2 next month! And if anyone wants to write in about the other issues, feel free!"
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on February 08, 2016, 01:30:49 PM
Damn was about to post this story. Absolutely awesome. :D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 08, 2016, 04:56:15 PM
Neat!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 08, 2016, 07:35:44 PM
That's great news!  I really need to check that series out.

Read Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 the other day.  Still a wonderfully fun series and Lockjaw is a wonderful addition to the cast.  I knew he was going to appear, but I'm delighted that he's a new regular.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on February 09, 2016, 05:36:04 PM
That's great news!  I really need to check that series out.

Read Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 the other day.  Still a wonderfully fun series and Lockjaw is a wonderful addition to the cast.  I knew he was going to appear, but I'm delighted that he's a new regular.

I really enjoyed the Ms Marvel books. It was a fun read.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on February 10, 2016, 07:09:28 AM
So Slapstick has long been one of my favorite obscure Marvel characters, and it's great that he's being used regularly again in a book I'd be reading anyway (He's one of Deadpool's "Mercs for Money.") but I hope they explain how he turned into such a bummer. I know each of the mercs is supposed to get a backup story in this week's Deadpool anniversary issue, so maybe I'll get to find out more soon...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on February 11, 2016, 03:19:27 PM
Just announced- an illustrated  novel Big Trouble in Little China sequel- Big Trouble in Mother Russia from Boom. The illos are from by Doctor Who artist Elena Casagrande and its written by some hack named Matthew J. Elliott. No idea who that clown is.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 11, 2016, 03:37:36 PM
Just announced- an illustrated  novel Big Trouble in Little China sequel- Big Trouble in Mother Russia from Boom. The illos are from by Doctor Who artist Elena Casagrande and its written by some hack named Matthew J. Elliott. No idea who that clown is.

Argh. I hate how many comics Boom publish that are by people I want to support, because Boom are a garbage company who treat their artists terribly.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 11, 2016, 08:25:34 PM
http://www.themarysue.com/tms-interview-veronica-fish-archie/
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyJack on February 19, 2016, 11:00:12 PM
I didn't know Boom was terrible to its artists, I wonder why Casagrande  keeps working for them? She's talented enough that you'd think she be in demand anywhere (and she has worked for other publishers)

I just finished with Boom/Archaia's Toil and Trouble from writer Mairghread Scott, with art from Kelly & Nichole Scott. It was a riff on Macbeth from the perspective of the witches, and was an outstanding read.


Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on February 22, 2016, 02:00:22 PM

Argh. I hate how many comics Boom publish that are by people I want to support, because Boom are a garbage company who treat their artists terribly.

Can you link to some more info on this? It seems that the industry is so writer-centric right now that a lot of artists are feeling unappreciated and, as that's something I'm working on heading into, I would like to read up on Boom (and any company's) treatment of their creatives.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 22, 2016, 03:55:04 PM

Argh. I hate how many comics Boom publish that are by people I want to support, because Boom are a garbage company who treat their artists terribly.

Can you link to some more info on this? It seems that the industry is so writer-centric right now that a lot of artists are feeling unappreciated and, as that's something I'm working on heading into, I would like to read up on Boom (and any company's) treatment of their creatives.

I know a lot of it from first hand conversations with comic artist friends, so I can't link that, but there is a great site with anonymous questionnaires about how each of the comic publishers treats the people they hire - I'll try to dig it up.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 22, 2016, 04:03:24 PM
http://sktchd.com/longform/whats-the-life-of-a-comic-artist-like/

Edit: This one shows they are one of the worst paying companies, and second-to-lowest rated in experience.

There's another one where people actually wrote what had happened to them at various companies too.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on February 23, 2016, 10:37:03 AM
Thanks! Very interesting stuff...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on February 23, 2016, 03:24:36 PM
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/80c443abc76d45a01ed34f6e5b853b9c/tumblr_o30ugapfcP1qaotjto1_500.png)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 04, 2016, 08:40:44 AM
Just heard on Twitter that comic book writer Gail Simone has joined the Rifftrax writing team.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on March 04, 2016, 10:59:24 AM
Just double checked that and they're just messing around.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on March 04, 2016, 11:17:20 AM
That would have been interesting, though.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: matthew j elliott on March 08, 2016, 01:37:41 AM
I hear good things about the Big Trouble book.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on March 11, 2016, 11:38:42 AM
First issue of the Darkwing Duck comic comes out April 27th.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on March 13, 2016, 03:01:30 PM
http://www.themarysue.com/tms-interview-veronica-fish-archie/

Hey thanks for the shout out man

http://sktchd.com/longform/whats-the-life-of-a-comic-artist-like/

Edit: This one shows they are one of the worst paying companies, and second-to-lowest rated in experience.

There's another one where people actually wrote what had happened to them at various companies too.

I feel compelled to jump in here and just say that my experience with BOOM! has been very good, I've worked on 7 or 8 covers with them and unfortunately had to turn down some mini series (simply due to a busy schedule) but have found them to a very nice company to deal with.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 13, 2016, 03:17:51 PM
Cool, I hope they keep on that way. Perhaps things are changing? :)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: MightyJack on March 17, 2016, 12:48:03 AM
I was reading Silk #5, and was enjoying the expressive, action packed art and looked to see who drew it. "Oh, that's the artist they were talking about at the forum." (Veronica Fish). It was good stuff.

And Helen Chen is killing it on covers.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/S/cmx-images-prod/Item/337180/337180._SX360_QL80_TTD_.jpg)

She (Chen) drew interior on one of my favorite Gotham Academy issues (the teaming of Maps and Damian)


Oh and Matthew, I will be getting that Big Trouble book for sure. http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/952913-exclusive-boom-studios-announces-big-trouble-little-china-illustrated-novel (http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/952913-exclusive-boom-studios-announces-big-trouble-little-china-illustrated-novel)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on March 18, 2016, 06:18:06 PM
Yeah Veronica's style is super rad. I really dig it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on March 18, 2016, 09:11:56 PM
(http://i65.tinypic.com/pt0zd.png)

Kraven the Hunter has the most awesome van.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on March 29, 2016, 06:41:44 PM
NO PENCILS.

https://twitter.com/Marvel/status/714921372368003072

This MUST be witchcraft.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on April 04, 2016, 12:43:37 PM
I picked up Max Landis's Superman: American Alien series (what is out so far.) It's pretty great. I've never been a big Superman fan but this year, with Greg Pak on Action Comics and the de-powering, I've really taken a shine to the character and this mini-series is pure joy. (even if some of it isn't, ha.)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 04, 2016, 04:50:15 PM
I really enjoy Greg Pak's work. Haven't checked out his DC stuff yet though.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 05, 2016, 02:05:29 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/WcRqGVlh.png)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 05, 2016, 07:29:23 AM
Sometimes, I think Newspaper Spider-Man is just TRYING to get on the Comics Curmudgeon's page.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Tripe on April 05, 2016, 08:07:19 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/WcRqGVlh.png)
And now I have a new Facebook cover (or at least one for after the Easter Uprising anniversary period is over). :D
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 14, 2016, 12:05:44 PM
The Unbelievable Gwenpool has my attention. It's like Deadpool, The Tick, and Kick Ass all had a baby.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on April 15, 2016, 01:32:29 PM
I picked up Max Landis's Superman: American Alien series (what is out so far.) It's pretty great. I've never been a big Superman fan but this year, with Greg Pak on Action Comics and the de-powering, I've really taken a shine to the character and this mini-series is pure joy. (even if some of it isn't, ha.)


Huh. No wonder I don't like the current Superman stuff. Lex Luthor is writing it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 27, 2016, 11:15:08 AM
http://comicsalliance.com/jeff-smith-new-bone-graphic-novel/ (http://comicsalliance.com/jeff-smith-new-bone-graphic-novel/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 27, 2016, 11:46:08 AM
Oooh. Picked up the complete Bone for $7 from a bookstore's going out of business sale about 10 years ago and just adored it. Can't wait to get more.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 27, 2016, 07:24:37 PM
Bone is a fantastic book.  When we did a top 50 comics LoC, I ended up putting it on my number 1.  It's one of the few fiction comics (usually I give them biographies/autobiographies) that my mother and sister have read (though my mom admits to being a little embarrassed reading it in public).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on May 04, 2016, 02:38:09 PM
http://comicsalliance.com/jeff-smith-bone-coda-preview/ (http://comicsalliance.com/jeff-smith-bone-coda-preview/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on May 04, 2016, 03:04:20 PM
Wish it was more than 32 pages, but some Bone is better than no Bone.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 04, 2016, 05:06:13 PM
Wish it was more than 32 pages, but some Bone is better than no Bone.

Yeah, I'm pretty disappointed given that the original story was a new graphic novel. AND I already have the Bone Companion. :/
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on May 08, 2016, 07:23:53 AM
Hope every one had a great Free Comic Book day!

I saw Hebs (Veronica Fish) and her husband. She sketched a Princess Zelda and a Poison Ivy for my daughter (who was very excited to meet someone she had heard on the Hitting Play podcast I guest spot on)

She did an Arch Hall Jr for me which was rad.

I got a couple of her Archie prints, the 1st vol of Archie, couple other trades, big pile of comics, etc. definitely a fun day.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on June 03, 2016, 10:11:04 AM
Spoiler RE: Civil War 2
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on June 03, 2016, 08:26:50 PM
The Unbelievable Gwenpool has my attention. It's like Deadpool, The Tick, and Kick Ass all had a baby.
So does she not have the Deadpool healing factor? I bought the holiday special and was disappointed to see that she wasn't a mass of tumors like Deadpool is.


So, um, I learned through the grapevine about Marvel's big Plot Twist with Captain America. *Sigh* Apparently they have taken over the position of making depressingly bad choices from DC comics now.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 03, 2016, 08:35:02 PM
It's just going to be someone fucking with his timeline and it will be undone in a couple of issues.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on June 03, 2016, 10:32:32 PM
My thought was that it would be that he had to go DEEP under cover to unseat some truly nasty Hydra kingpin who was even more evil and nefarious than the Red Skull.

But I've read of little kids who have heard that news and been in tears because of it.  Understandable for young'uns who don't have the cynical shield (so to speak) that older folk do, to know that it - like his death during the comic Civil War - will be undone at a later date.  Unfortunately it is left with these young kids who looked up to him devastated now.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on June 04, 2016, 02:06:31 AM
The Unbelievable Gwenpool has my attention. It's like Deadpool, The Tick, and Kick Ass all had a baby.
So does she not have the Deadpool healing factor? I bought the holiday special and was disappointed to see that she wasn't a mass of tumors like Deadpool is.

She's pretty much powerless, except where Deadpool knows he's in a comic, Gwenpool is from our universe (Or she believes she is) and is aware/believes that as a protagonist, nothing can happen to her.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on June 29, 2016, 01:07:40 AM
So who had "Actually, yes. Cap's memories of being in Hydra were implanted in him" in the "What's the twist?" pool? Because's that's what happened. The cosmic cube that turned into a girl (comics!) is under the Red Skull's influence and planted the memories in Cap.



Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 29, 2016, 01:28:33 AM
That's even lamer than messing with the time-stream as I thought it was.

I wonder how many people that were outraged are feeling dumb now?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on July 01, 2016, 08:41:26 AM
Hope every one had a great Free Comic Book day!

I saw Hebs (Veronica Fish) and her husband. She sketched a Princess Zelda and a Poison Ivy for my daughter (who was very excited to meet someone she had heard on the Hitting Play podcast I guest spot on)

She did an Arch Hall Jr for me which was rad.

I got a couple of her Archie prints, the 1st vol of Archie, couple other trades, big pile of comics, etc. definitely a fun day.

It was so nice hanging out again and meeting your lovely family!

That's even lamer than messing with the time-stream as I thought it was.

I wonder how many people that were outraged are feeling dumb now?

You know the editors always knew it was just part of a larger twist (nothing ever stays changed in comics, right? Nobody "dies" for long etc) but had no idea some people would send poor Nick fucking DEATH threats - jeez, come on, what is up with that kind of reaction??
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on July 01, 2016, 09:46:20 PM
Everyone knew a twist was coming, I think that was half the reason to the reaction.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Hebs on July 02, 2016, 06:33:01 AM
Yeah I getcha
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on July 12, 2016, 01:24:09 PM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Slapstick is getting his own comic again!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/08/marvel-reveals-post-civil-war-2-comic-lineup
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 12, 2016, 04:27:42 PM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Slapstick is getting his own comic again!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/08/marvel-reveals-post-civil-war-2-comic-lineup

I was going to say 'and now we know what will be the first post-civil war book cancelled, but some of those look like pretty long shots!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 12, 2016, 07:27:22 PM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Slapstick is getting his own comic again!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/08/marvel-reveals-post-civil-war-2-comic-lineup

I was going to say 'and now we know what will be the first post-civil war book cancelled, but some of those look like pretty long shots!

Yeah, it really feels like they are going for real obscure stuff.  Solo?  Who remembers Solo?  And the Prowler?  Not that I mind, I like digging up the old characters (I always had a soft spot for the Battling Bantam, since his first appearance is one of the first comics I bought).
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 13, 2016, 02:11:27 AM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Slapstick is getting his own comic again!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/08/marvel-reveals-post-civil-war-2-comic-lineup

I was going to say 'and now we know what will be the first post-civil war book cancelled, but some of those look like pretty long shots!

Yeah, it really feels like they are going for real obscure stuff.  Solo?  Who remembers Solo?  And the Prowler?  Not that I mind, I like digging up the old characters (I always had a soft spot for the Battling Bantam, since his first appearance is one of the first comics I bought).

Trying to raise some brand awareness to turn them into movie and tv franchises perhaps?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2016, 06:12:59 AM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Slapstick is getting his own comic again!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/08/marvel-reveals-post-civil-war-2-comic-lineup

I was going to say 'and now we know what will be the first post-civil war book cancelled, but some of those look like pretty long shots!

Yeah, it really feels like they are going for real obscure stuff.  Solo?  Who remembers Solo?  And the Prowler?  Not that I mind, I like digging up the old characters (I always had a soft spot for the Battling Bantam, since his first appearance is one of the first comics I bought).

Trying to raise some brand awareness to turn them into movie and tv franchises perhaps?
Perhaps.  But if they do that, I wish they'd do it with Sleepwalker.  Another soft spot character with a cool premise.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on July 13, 2016, 07:19:33 AM
I just like that the age of the gritty superhero seems to finally be waning. Between Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck and now Slapstick and Foolkiller and the Great Lakes Avengers, Marvel seems to be embracing the goofier corners of its universe. I hope the strategy pays off. Comics are so much more fun when they're comical.

And now my secret fantasy of a Roger Rabbit-style Slapstick movie jumps up by one chance to one in a trillion. Just gotta bide my time. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 13, 2016, 09:59:31 AM
I just like that the age of the gritty superhero seems to finally be waning. Between Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck and now Slapstick and Foolkiller and the Great Lakes Avengers, Marvel seems to be embracing the goofier corners of its universe. I hope the strategy pays off. Comics are so much more fun when they're comical.

At the very least when they aren't outright depressing.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on July 13, 2016, 05:03:14 PM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Slapstick is getting his own comic again!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/08/marvel-reveals-post-civil-war-2-comic-lineup

I was going to say 'and now we know what will be the first post-civil war book cancelled, but some of those look like pretty long shots!

Yeah, it really feels like they are going for real obscure stuff.  Solo?  Who remembers Solo?  And the Prowler?  Not that I mind, I like digging up the old characters (I always had a soft spot for the Battling Bantam, since his first appearance is one of the first comics I bought).

Trying to raise some brand awareness to turn them into movie and tv franchises perhaps?

Not a silly idea. Try to build up some heroes that are cheap and have no conflicting licensing arrangements with other studios. There's probably a whole committee dedicated to long range planning like that.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 13, 2016, 05:06:42 PM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Slapstick is getting his own comic again!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/08/marvel-reveals-post-civil-war-2-comic-lineup

I was going to say 'and now we know what will be the first post-civil war book cancelled, but some of those look like pretty long shots!

Yeah, it really feels like they are going for real obscure stuff.  Solo?  Who remembers Solo?  And the Prowler?  Not that I mind, I like digging up the old characters (I always had a soft spot for the Battling Bantam, since his first appearance is one of the first comics I bought).

Trying to raise some brand awareness to turn them into movie and tv franchises perhaps?

Not a silly idea. Try to build up some heroes that are cheap and have no conflicting licensing arrangements with other studios. There's probably a whole committee dedicated to long range planning like that.

Yep, and GotG was considered a franchise too obscure and even silly to work once...
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: k1 on July 14, 2016, 04:30:44 AM
I just like that the age of the gritty superhero seems to finally be waning. Between Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck and now Slapstick and Foolkiller and the Great Lakes Avengers, Marvel seems to be embracing the goofier corners of its universe. I hope the strategy pays off. Comics are so much more fun when they're comical.

And now my secret fantasy of a Roger Rabbit-style Slapstick movie jumps up by one chance to one in a trillion. Just gotta bide my time. :^)

Slapstick did roll with Deadpool in Mercs for Money didn't he?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 14, 2016, 07:46:14 AM
I just like that the age of the gritty superhero seems to finally be waning. Between Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck and now Slapstick and Foolkiller and the Great Lakes Avengers, Marvel seems to be embracing the goofier corners of its universe. I hope the strategy pays off. Comics are so much more fun when they're comical.

And now my secret fantasy of a Roger Rabbit-style Slapstick movie jumps up by one chance to one in a trillion. Just gotta bide my time. :^)

Slapstick did roll with Deadpool in Mercs for Money didn't he?

Yep. half the members of the Mercs for Money are getting their own series.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on July 14, 2016, 08:13:56 AM
Mercs for Money is so crowded, there hasn't been nearly enough Slapstick. He did get a nice one-shot story in the annual that I loved.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on July 14, 2016, 12:51:16 PM
I just like that the age of the gritty superhero seems to finally be waning. Between Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck and now Slapstick and Foolkiller and the Great Lakes Avengers, Marvel seems to be embracing the goofier corners of its universe. I hope the strategy pays off. Comics are so much more fun when they're comical.

And now my secret fantasy of a Roger Rabbit-style Slapstick movie jumps up by one chance to one in a trillion. Just gotta bide my time. :^)

Haha, we could not be more different. I actually just dropped most of my Marvel titles precisely because of what you're talking about. I seriously love how widespread tastes run.

I'm definitely more into Valiant than Marvel or DC (...which is odd becuase Faith & Archer and Armstrong are two of the best humorous superhero books out there now.)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 14, 2016, 05:12:06 PM
I just like that the age of the gritty superhero seems to finally be waning. Between Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck and now Slapstick and Foolkiller and the Great Lakes Avengers, Marvel seems to be embracing the goofier corners of its universe. I hope the strategy pays off. Comics are so much more fun when they're comical.

And now my secret fantasy of a Roger Rabbit-style Slapstick movie jumps up by one chance to one in a trillion. Just gotta bide my time. :^)

Haha, we could not be more different. I actually just dropped most of my Marvel titles precisely because of what you're talking about. I seriously love how widespread tastes run.

I'm definitely more into Valiant than Marvel or DC (...which is odd becuase Faith & Archer and Armstrong are two of the best humorous superhero books out there now.)

I haven't tried the Valiant line - what do you recommend?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on July 14, 2016, 11:39:59 PM
I haven't tried the Valiant line - what do you recommend?

The Valiant fans I know rave about Eternal Warrior and Divinity. I enjoyed Ninjak and Doctor Mirage as well, but I seem to be an outlier there.

And I preferred the 90s Harbinger to the modern version, but Faith is much improved over Zephyr.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on July 15, 2016, 07:02:57 AM
Compound, you are not alone in your love of Ninjak. His was the first series I tried as it was just starting as I was getting back into comics and was blown away. "What if James Bond was a Ninja?" Was how it was pitched to me.

Eternal Warrior is my absolute favorite - his storyline is all over the place but it actually works. You get some sword & sorcery, some post-apocalypse, some sci-fi - really good and really diverse. Plus you get to see talent like Greg Pak and Cary Nord pop up.

I have their whole line in my pullbox, so some of my favs:
X-O Manowar (...of course)
Archer and Armstrong
The original relaunch of Harbinger, up through Harbinger Wars.
Bloodshot
Divinity
Imperium (though it helps to read Harbinger first)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 15, 2016, 04:10:39 PM
Greg Pak is one of my favourite writers, so that might be a good place for me to start. Anyone who can turn Hercules into a must read book from Marvel deserves respect!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on July 15, 2016, 07:39:19 PM
All of their volume 1 trades are $10 and Pak kicks off Eternal Warrior for 2 arcs.

http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Valiant-Entertainment/ETERNAL-WARRIOR-TP-VOL-01-SWORD-OT-WILD/NOV131271
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on July 21, 2016, 09:04:41 AM
All of their volume 1 trades are $10 and Pak kicks off Eternal Warrior for 2 arcs.

http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Valiant-Entertainment/ETERNAL-WARRIOR-TP-VOL-01-SWORD-OT-WILD/NOV131271 (http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Valiant-Entertainment/ETERNAL-WARRIOR-TP-VOL-01-SWORD-OT-WILD/NOV131271)


Late reply, and not terribly useful for Grug, but if you run into Valiant at a con, those $10 TPB are $5.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on July 22, 2016, 10:07:38 AM
But here's what's gonna take home all the Eisners next year:

https://www.kfc.com/comic
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 23, 2016, 05:29:56 PM
Am I just old?  I can't understand the appeal of the San Diego Comic Con any longer.  [I know that my TBIs make the sheer volume of people an impossible thing to tolerate.]

I went to the SDCC around 1973 (age 15, by myself).  At that point it was pretty huge, and I just barely managed around much of it, checking out things like seller tables (and buying a HUGE box of stuff to ship home) and I think going to a panel.  The high point of that trip being meeting Jack Kirby with him just walking around the floor, and getting his autograph.

I've seen some video from the last few years of the SDCC.  The content of the panels look like they'd be enjoyable to see first hand, but with the rooms so huge, one would have to get up close for any visibility.  And there's discussion of many people camping out right outside the door to some panels the night before, to even get into a 'desirable' afternoon panel.  I just saw a brief video of the Guardians v2 signing table (presumably after they exited their panel), and looked at the number of people waiting just for that.

Now, I don't believe that admission to the SDCC is cheap.  To then spend MANY hours simply waiting for a one-hour panel, or for a brief interaction with a comic-film star for a signature, it seems that the time and effort involved simply doesn't balance with the cost and effort.  [Seems to me it far exceeds the wait/ride time-ratio for things at Epcot, for instance.]

It seems it would be great to see panels and meet/get autographs from the people involved, but it also seems like one panel and one signing would pretty much suck up damn near an entire day's effort (and therefore daily admission cost).  With so much to see, even if one went non-stop (no panels, no signings), unless one hasn't got a very wide range of interests, it seems that one still couldn't manage the entire event even with a full 4-day pass.  And heck, if one has children, the extra time involved (and easy-exhaustion factor) would reduce what one could see and do I would guess at least by 1/2 (if not more).

Am I overestimating the time involved, based on possibly mis-representation of things (such as comments about people camping out 'the night before' for an afternoon panel)?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on July 24, 2016, 12:43:19 AM
It takes a certain amount of fanaticism. I've never done SDCC, but Tyrant and I have been to our share of smaller nerd-conventions (Fun fact: Our first in-person meeting was at Botcon 2000, a Transformers Convention!) Now Comic-Con has tapped into the mainstream to the point that it's no longer just the geeks, and that seems like less fun. To me, the appeal of cons has always been to be around "My people." That doesn't mean socialization, mind you. My people don't do socialization. But during that same convention, we popped into a McDonalds for sustenance and nearly every table had someone busily transforming their newly-acquired transformers or debating which Autobot leader was the best. It felt good. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 24, 2016, 03:04:29 AM
Thank you!  I think you hit on what my discomfort with the idea was perfectly, without my being able to focus what I was saying that specifically: SDCC is now an INDUSTRIAL comic convention.  No longer a fan-originated and fan-based one.  The difference between a mass-produced molded toy and a hand-crafted one that clearly has love and care put in it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 24, 2016, 03:19:54 AM
Thank you!  I think you hit on what my discomfort with the idea was perfectly, without my being able to focus what I was saying that specifically: SDCC is now an INDUSTRIAL comic convention.  No longer a fan-originated and fan-based one.  The difference between a mass-produced molded toy and a hand-crafted one that clearly has love and care put in it.

Well, don't get me wrong, I think there is love and care put into a lot (though certainly not all) of Comic Con, but yeah, I'd say because it is A) big B) industry focused, and C) lack of fan-focus (keep in mind, that depends on how you define it and what elements of fandom we are talking about, which feel like it could be a whole other conversation) it does cause it too feel a lot less personal and it puts a big distance between the fans and the creative forces.

Frankly, I've only been to one con: PAX East in 20...12?  2010?  It was the one that appeared in Indie Game: the Movie) I don't exactly remember.   It was a really big con (and is bigger now) but it did feel like a mostly great mix of big industry stuff and more quiet discussions.  I think Comic Con is just so big, it can handle a lot of stuff that allows smaller cons to be a little more intimate.  Of course, that's a hot take at a glance, so make of that what you will.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: SJP on July 25, 2016, 08:18:07 AM
It does feel like, now that the comic book movies are now some of the biggest moneymakers out there, cons in general seem less focused on the stuff I really used to like.  It seems like there's a greater emphasis on getting 'the stars' to show up and doing big panels, while the area I liked best, the indy artists and their little booths, seem more shoved to the side.  I think the turning point in the Motor City Comic Con (located several miles outside of Detroit in Novi, natch) was when Stan Lee was slated to appear.  They used to offer one-day and three-day passes, but the one-days were good for any one of the three days.  Let's just say, the year Stan came to town, they were not expecting everyone to use their one day pass to show up on the Saturday he was there.  They now, wisely, offer Friday, Saturday, or Sunday-specific passes.  They also now know they can get bigger celebrities, and the place is a zoo.

Of course, it also stinks now that one of the artists that used to show up, that was a big reason we went to con in the first place, now has health issues and cannot work, so con has lost a lot of the luster that made it extra special.  Now, granted, there's nothing wrong with con being popular (helps keep it open, certainly), but it has a different feel than it used to.  It has become less of a comic con than a 'media' con, sort of, since so many more wrestlers and movie stars show up, and cosplayers have expanded well beyond comic book characters.  I see way more video game characters and movie versions of the heroes than I do the stuff I used to see.  And the combos...I've seen a Master Chief with Rainbow Dash colors along with steampunk/furry Ghostbusters (amazingly, not at the same time...yet), so it's really less about the comics and just general nerd-dom these days.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 31, 2016, 06:58:49 PM
OK, I had a bunch of Valiant first issues I had picked up free last year on Comixology, AND there is a sale (just about to end) on Valiant titles on Comixology.

So I read and enjoyed the first issues of:

Doctor Mirage
Eternal Warrior
Archer & Armstrong (Started off not liking it, but turned around by the end of the issue)
X-O Manowar (This was my favourite of the bunch)

And read and really didn't like:
Rai
Shadowman
Harbinger (Really, really didn't like this one. Was the second of the titles I tried, and it nearly turned me off reading any more :P)

Of course, first issues aren't always the best ways to judge things, but based on that, I bought a few books int he sale:

Archer & Armstrong Deluxe Edition
X-O Manowar Deluxe Edition
Eternal Warrior vol 1
Ninjak vol 1
Ivar Timewalker vol 1
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: PsychoGoatee on August 16, 2016, 01:06:05 PM
My favorite ongoing comics are Judge Dredd (in 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine), Savage Dragon, and Invincible!

Especially jazzed that 2000AD is hitting weekly issue number 2000 next month, pretty cool. 2000AD #2000. And it has a story in it by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, the creators of Judge Dredd in 1977, still rocking it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on August 16, 2016, 08:58:18 PM
Recently got a confirmation of just how skewed (and screwed) San Diego ComicCon has gotten: I was listening to panels from it on YouTube, and people waited outside 'Hall H' for the ONE HOUR Marvel Movie Panel for up to 36 hours!  That is fu¢king insane!!  To pay admission for the Con (I presume, in order to get in the vicinity of the hall) and waste 1 1/2 DAYS worth of admission sitting for a 60 minute panel?  WtF is up with that?  [And Hall H - the biggest one they've got there, I think - was filled to capacity.  And they likely had to turn away a bunch more people that wouldn't legally fit for fire regulation reasons.]

I just don't get it: 36 hour wait for 1 of a panel?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: RoninFox on August 17, 2016, 04:40:06 AM
Recently got a confirmation of just how skewed (and screwed) San Diego ComicCon has gotten: I was listening to panels from it on YouTube, and people waited outside 'Hall H' for the ONE HOUR Marvel Movie Panel for up to 36 hours!  That is fu¢king insane!!  To pay admission for the Con (I presume, in order to get in the vicinity of the hall) and waste 1 1/2 DAYS worth of admission sitting for a 60 minute panel?  WtF is up with that?  [And Hall H - the biggest one they've got there, I think - was filled to capacity.  And they likely had to turn away a bunch more people that wouldn't legally fit for fire regulation reasons.]

I just don't get it: 36 hour wait for 1 of a panel?

Yeah, I've gone to a couple local cons and I love them, but I don't think I'd ever want to go to San Diego's. It just stresses me out thinking about something like that.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on August 17, 2016, 07:33:20 AM
The scope of the celebrities is a big deal. People will form much bigger lines for Harrison Ford or Scarlett Johansen than they will for the green Power Ranger or the guy who did the voice for Salacious Crumb and various Gremlins.

The biggest name I've seen in a convention is probably a tie between Billy West and Joel Hodgson.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on August 17, 2016, 10:46:38 AM
I went to see Bruce Campbell's Q & A twice at Philly Comic Con years ago, he was awesome. The room was just the right size.
But this year I went to the Back to the Future panel with Michael J Fox, Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd and could barely see anything, even though I was only halfway back. The room was that big. So I ended up just watching the big monitors. So I might as well have been just watching it on TV.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on August 17, 2016, 11:16:42 AM
Got to meet Tommy Tallarico at MagFest once.  He apparently hated working at G4.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on August 17, 2016, 11:42:12 AM
What I really don't understand is that the SDCC has PLENTY of money: why can't they just rent out a HUGE auditorium nearby (like, where U2 might play) and have the biggest panels there?  That way, no-one would have to wait in line at all (except if they wanted the best seats) and more of the nitty gritty of the Con (dealer rooms, company booths, etc.) would get more traffic (and therefore more sales).

People having to camp out even overnight is too much, though I understand that some would to get right up front regardless.  And larger auditoriums would mean more people doing as Darth Geek did - watching on huge monitors - but they'd still get to be 'in the presence' of the people they admire so much without it taking a 36:1 ratio of waiting to seeing anything.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on August 28, 2016, 04:58:47 PM
In case anyone wants to dress up in Marvel or DC style...

(http://fashionablygeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/superhero-business-suits.jpg) (http://www.fun.com/suits/fun-suits.html)
picture is link

They are amazingly cheap: $250 for most, $350 for the 'Dark Knight' Joker one (since it has a vest and long outer jacket).  There are many more than the three shown here, including an 'under cover' Avengers one, a Cap one, a green question mark covered Riddler one, and more both DC and Marvel.  The best ones I think are Iron Man, Superman, and Batman (plus the Dark Knight Joker one and the Riddler one are each pretty good).

EDIT:  The details are pretty cool.  For instance, here's the back of the Iron Man suit.
(http://images.fun.com/products/40805/2-1-76383/iron-man-suit-alter-ego.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on September 30, 2016, 08:06:27 PM
I think Spider-Man/Deadpool might actually be the best Deadpool book right now. It's got the mix of pathos and comedy any good Deadpool book needs, and it's an actual MIX. Not just a switch that the writers flip back and forth. I would not be sad if it became his main book, like his Cable and Deadpool days.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 05, 2016, 02:12:55 PM
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe hardcover graphic novel drops today. I expect to be reading it with a big dopey grin on my face throughout the week. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on December 07, 2016, 12:05:57 PM
Slapstick comes out today!

I hope 20 years of anticipation, clinging to his every appearance and hoping against all odds for this day hasn't set me up for disappointment.

EDIT: I am pleased with this new title and I really hope I'm not the only one buying it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 21, 2017, 03:52:25 PM
Has anyone not tried Marvel Unlimited that would like a free one month trial? I have one I can give away, but it's only good today?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 21, 2017, 07:54:24 PM
Has anyone not tried Marvel Unlimited that would like a free one month trial? I have one I can give away, but it's only good today?

Claimed.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 20, 2017, 07:19:44 AM
Lately, I've been reading a lot of 70's era Marvel books due to a big sale on Essentials trade at my local comic shop.  Man, characters seemed kind of extra childishly jerky to each other at the time.  Still, some good stuff (Cap and Falcon vs the Secret Empire is pretty fun) and I'm sort of impressed how much I like Gerry Conway's Fantastic Four run.  There's nothing that particularly sticks out as to what makes it feel like a cut above except that it's just fun.  Also, Medusa was on the team for a surprisingly long time.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Compound on April 16, 2017, 01:10:59 AM
So....

In June DC is doing a bunch of crossovers... between DC and Warner Brothers characters. Batman v. Elmer Fudd. Jonah Hex/ Yosemite Sam. Lobo/ Road Runner. Etc.

I'm not sure if this is brilliant or insane.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on April 16, 2017, 03:44:11 AM
If only it were their animation department(s) doing this...  I can just hear it:

             "Be vewwy vewwy quiet ... I'm hunting Batmen... Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh."


[Oh, and I think I'll go with "brilliantly insane". :)]

How about Hawkgirl and Tweety Pie?  Hawkman and Foghorn Leghorn?  Wildcat and Sylvester?  The Flash should really be with Road Runner, but since they're putting Lobo with him(?!?!), we'll have to go with Taz (who would have actually paired FAR better with Lobo than Road Runner!).  J'onn J'onzz and Marvin.  Granny and Wonder Woman.  Zatanna and Witch Hazel.  Darkseid and Ralph Wolf.  Booster Gold and Pepe LePew.  Gossamer and Gorilla Grodd.  Daffy Duck and The Question.

Any others people think should be linked?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 20, 2017, 06:32:26 PM
In regards to the Captain America twist...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 20, 2017, 06:38:36 PM
I hate Nick Spencer.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on April 20, 2017, 10:32:45 PM
Really? Of all the "Marvel will just undo that in a few months" plot twists, this is the one they're gonna double down on?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 21, 2017, 10:47:27 AM
Yeah, this seems... incredibly ill-conceived, especially considering the world we live in now.  I think it's a terrible idea that apparently the default Marvel Universe
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on April 21, 2017, 01:46:45 PM
I'll be the odd man out here and say that I LOVE what Spencer is doing. I really enjoyed Standoff and have been following the Cap Steve book. If I knew that this stuff was going to be permanent I would be more concerned, but the setup to this event has struck my fancy perfectly and has actually gotten me interested in Cap for the first time in years. I dunno...just another perspective.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 21, 2017, 02:25:00 PM
Why did the reality changing Allies keep the Holocaust?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 21, 2017, 06:35:19 PM
http://www.avclub.com/article/captain-america-fascist-batman-has-shitty-watchmen-254036?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=feeds
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on April 22, 2017, 03:36:25 AM
When dealing with 'reality altering artefacts' does any claim 'this is the way it really is' hold up?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 22, 2017, 03:55:48 AM
I don't think that anyone thinks this is permanent. but if they aren't meant to take it seriously as a story, what's the point of it?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on April 24, 2017, 10:45:49 AM
Fun?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 24, 2017, 05:14:15 PM
You find the idea of cap being a nazi fun? Different strokes I guess
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on April 25, 2017, 08:55:16 AM
Maybe not the idea, but I'm enjoying the ride...that's all I ask.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 25, 2017, 08:57:59 AM
I certainly don't enjoy watching a longstanding beloved character get fucked up because some shitty writer wanted to be edgy.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on July 12, 2017, 01:56:41 PM
The Tick is getting his own ongoing book again!

http://www.necpress.com/tick.aspx

I've enjoyed a lot of Cullen Bunn's work in recent Deadpool spinoff books, and I think he might be the most seasoned writer ever to take on The Tick. Let's hope this one can make it past 8 issues!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 12, 2017, 03:24:43 PM
I wouldn't have expected Cullen Bunn.  The only thing I read from him is the Sixth Gun, which is a fun supernatural western adventure with monster and magic gun.  Worth your time, though not a comedy.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Jesse412 on July 13, 2017, 02:01:08 PM
Recently read...

God Country
#1-6 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw

Plot (spoilers):

The protagonist Emmet Quinlan is a West Texas widower with dementia whose violent outburst are taking a toll on his son and family. That is until a demon tornado attacks and Emmet comes into possession of the magical sword Valofax which restores his mind. Emmet defeats the demon but a mythical god comes to claim the sword which he refuses to give up. Emmet defeats him but another one of the gods attacks their house with a horde of demons and kidnaps his granddaughter so Emmet is forced to go into Hell to save her. Afterward Emmet travels to the realm of the gods to confront Attum, the king of gods in a fight that threatens to tear the realm apart.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2017, 05:26:38 PM
Read The Infinity Gauntlet for the first time.  Mostly, it is really good.  George Perez's first four issues look great and Ron Lim does a decent job replacing him.  Unfortunately, I don't like some of the characters designs, though that is partially the fault of where those characters where at the time.  I don't care for the reveal that Thanos has some sort of mental block that has always prevented him from winning.  It's a weird choice in trying to explain why he always lost despite being invincible.  It would make more sense as a reveal at the beginning of the story, were he to have it removed.

Still, despite knowing a lot about the story, it managed to surprise me quite a bit.  My favourite is a clever reveal of someone misusing the Time Gem in a irresponsible way.  I also like Thanos' "final fate", even though it was probably undone a year or two later.  I feel like it is hard to do a really good "all-powerful" villain story arc well, but this really sells the threat and makes his defeat plausible (and I also like that it comes down to a made scramble for the Maguffin.)

Oh, and the whole Nebula and Starfox subplot feels like a Alan Moore subplot in the best possible way.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Jesse412 on August 08, 2017, 12:19:27 PM
The New Teen Titans #28 - #31 Volume 2
written by Marv Wolfman and Paul Levitz

(http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/2/735_20050921205459_large.jpg)
(http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/2/739_20050921205905_large.jpg)

This story arc is nothing short of epic and features a team of Titans both new and classic.

Summary:

The Church of Blood makes a public spectacle of the resurrection of Brother Blood with millions of people following on TV which allows the church to greatly increase his powers.  Donna Tory leading a team of Titans including Wally West Flash and new Robin Jason Todd attempt to stop them but are easily defeated when Raven is brainwashed.  There are also  with appearances by Robotman and the Justice League. Robin really steps up in this and even Frankie Kane tries to hero up and helps recruit the Justice League who mostly deal with the hordes of angry mobs incited by the airing of Brother Blood's resurrection on TV.  Blood is finally defeated when a pregnant Mother Mayhem betrays him and Raven recovers from her brainwashing.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Jesse412 on November 30, 2017, 01:32:19 PM
I checked this out last week and thought it was pretty cool.  Tim Seely returns to horror with Vertigo's Imaginary Fiends. I'm a big fan of Revival so I was excited to check this out. The Stephen Molnar artwork is sufficiently creepy and the character designs are interesting.  The solicit teases that "the Boogeyman is more than a figment of a child's imagination" and the story is set in a world where children's' imaginary friends are actually inter-dimensional parasites that feed off of people.  Some parasites can become so strong that they can effect the real world. There is a special unit of law enforcement that deals with them and they recruit a young woman who spends her life in a mental institution for stabbing her friend because a parasite named Polly Peachpit told her to.  Right away I couldn't help but notice to similarities to the real life Slender Man case that involves similar circumstances which I think is obviously intentional.

(http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/900/422017_20171126165236_large.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 30, 2017, 04:06:25 PM
Meanwhile, I've been reading the original Legion of Super-Heroes stories.  Even taking into account the state of comics when they were released, a lot of them weren't good.  Fun premise, but those early adventures makes the weird choice Superman comics did at the time, which is for some reason the heroes are involved an insane web of lies with a "rational" explanation at the end as to why the characters acted like assholes.

BUT I love the Legion of Substitute Heroes and I LOVE Night Girl.  The beehive hairdo, the little owl head on her costume and her power (being super strong... but ONLY in the dark) that must be fun for writers to play with).  Anytime the story is a Substitute Heroes story, I love it, because they are the heroes whose powers have huge weaknesses that they overcome and though they've save the day, they rarely get (nor even want) the glory.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on December 24, 2017, 04:54:13 PM
Nooo! Gwenpool is being canceled. They were just really figuring her out.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 25, 2017, 07:16:03 AM
Got Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection vol. 1 and Golden Age Wonder Woman Vol. 1 for Christmas.  Looks like a lot of vintage holiday reading this time out!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 01, 2018, 01:01:56 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Jzll8zyl.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/zqh7GmP.jpg)

I know Superman is a new concept for you, but there MUST have been a better way to test your theory.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 28, 2018, 05:33:55 PM
We'll, I didn't want to start this thread on a bummer note, but that's just what it is.
William Messner-Loebs is currently homeless. (http://"http://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/03/27/comics-william-messner-loebs-homeless/")

The good news is that he's on his way to living in a home again, but the dude needs work.  He still seems to be a great artist so I hope he gets it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 30, 2018, 04:31:46 PM
On the lighter side.

https://instagram.com/p/Bg87eqVhbZM/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_control

Guys, I think I like Rob Liefeld now.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on March 30, 2018, 06:48:50 PM
On the lighter side.

https://instagram.com/p/Bg87eqVhbZM/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_control

Guys, I think I like Rob Liefeld now.
His partner is The Shoulder Pad.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on March 30, 2018, 07:14:32 PM
On the lighter side.

https://instagram.com/p/Bg87eqVhbZM/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_control

Guys, I think I like Rob Liefeld now.

Can't be the real guy, you can see his feet.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Thrashalla on April 02, 2018, 10:34:58 AM
On the lighter side.

https://instagram.com/p/Bg87eqVhbZM/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_control

Guys, I think I like Rob Liefeld now.

The way that he has leaned into his reputation and jokes about it has certainly made him more endearing than he was in the 90's.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 02, 2018, 10:43:13 AM
Started Bitch Planet.  Though issue one does some great world building in a creepy misogynist society, I wasn't completely sold on the series until issue 3, which is fantastic.  Even though the Twilight Zone-type twist is easy to see coming, it is a real moment of triumph and made me realize "Wait, why isn't THIS the main character."
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 11, 2018, 04:50:17 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/ZRagEpC.gif)(https://i.imgur.com/9MoDtqW.gif)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on April 17, 2018, 02:17:31 PM
So Marvel's Brute Force is finally getting a Trade Paperback release in August...https://www.amazon.com/dp/1302912453?tag=viglink20248-20 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1302912453?tag=viglink20248-20)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on April 18, 2018, 05:58:19 AM
So Marvel's Brute Force is finally getting a Trade Paperback release in August...https://www.amazon.com/dp/1302912453?tag=viglink20248-20 (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1302912453?tag=viglink20248-20)
Is it too much to hope they have a cameo in a Deadpool movie at some point?
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 29, 2018, 11:15:23 PM
Marvel Unlimited is having a sale this week - $5 a month for a year (instead of $10)

Code:

042718
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on July 06, 2018, 04:48:33 PM
RIP Steve Ditko
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 06, 2018, 04:58:53 PM
Shit.  The guy was great and created some wonderful characters like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Question and the Creeper.  Not always a fan of his worldview (the only issue of Spider-Man solely written and drawn by him has Peter Parker complaining about student activists), but it certainly lead to some fascinating books.
Art spoilered for size.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: LucasM on July 06, 2018, 08:31:40 PM
RIP Steve Ditko

 :'(

The king of weird.  Sorry he's gone.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Russoguru on August 13, 2018, 02:10:18 PM
I just read issues 2, 3 and 4 of Archie Vs Predator yesterday. It was pretty violent and even gory(which I must admit is to be expected), but it's also very funny.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 11, 2018, 07:46:27 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZMWiX-U0AASTSU?format=jpg&name=small)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: BathTub on September 11, 2018, 06:32:31 PM
Very pleasantly surprised that my local comic shop is getting the new MST3K book in, and they had a spare copy, so I put my name down on the list for it!
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on September 11, 2018, 06:37:34 PM
It's on my pull-list. Comes out tomorrow. Can't wait.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 12, 2018, 10:00:35 AM
Oh, I better remember to pick it up.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on September 15, 2018, 06:28:28 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DnHlnjdUYAIXqYC?format=jpg&name=small)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on October 28, 2018, 04:22:15 PM
http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/10/28/henry-quietly-retires-to-the-old-comics-home/ (http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/10/28/henry-quietly-retires-to-the-old-comics-home/)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on October 28, 2018, 04:28:26 PM
http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/10/28/henry-quietly-retires-to-the-old-comics-home/ (http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/10/28/henry-quietly-retires-to-the-old-comics-home/)

That says there hasn't been a new strip in over 20 years. (In fact, if their dates are right, getting close to 30)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on October 28, 2018, 06:57:31 PM
I'm enjoying the MST3K comic so far, but the concept makes for a tricky read. I think it's a comic I'm going to have to learn the rhythm of to really enjoy. I keep getting distracted by things like, "Why was that dialogue altered?" "Who was supposed to have really said that?" "What voice should I be reading in?" It's funny whenever I'm not worrying about those things, though. Maybe the problem is I've only read each issue once. This might require multiple readings.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on October 29, 2018, 09:00:14 AM
I'm enjoying the MST3K comic so far, but the concept makes for a tricky read. I think it's a comic I'm going to have to learn the rhythm of to really enjoy. I keep getting distracted by things like, "Why was that dialogue altered?" "Who was supposed to have really said that?" "What voice should I be reading in?" It's funny whenever I'm not worrying about those things, though. Maybe the problem is I've only read each issue once. This might require multiple readings.
I've only read the first issue so far. I enjoyed it, and I liked the concept. But man, they picked such a BOOOORING type of comic to parody. This is like watching Last of the Wild Horses episode for me in how much of a slog the movie is to get through. But that's just me. Plus I'll give them credit for not going the obvious route of parodying superhero comics right off the bat.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on October 30, 2018, 07:12:55 PM
Behold bishounen Chewbacca...
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dqx4Dk8VYAA1oQy.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: The Lurker on November 12, 2018, 10:50:26 AM
Looks like Stan Lee has passed away.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 12, 2018, 10:58:52 AM
Shit.  I think we knew it wasn't far off but I need time to process this.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Pak-Man on November 12, 2018, 11:42:50 AM
That stings. At 95, he had a good run. Still, it always felt to me like he was going to be cameoing in Marvel Movies forever.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 12, 2018, 03:51:10 PM
That stings. At 95, he had a good run. Still, it always felt to me like he was going to be cameoing in Marvel Movies forever.

He still might
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on November 13, 2018, 06:51:23 AM
That stings. At 95, he had a good run. Still, it always felt to me like he was going to be cameoing in Marvel Movies forever.
Captain Marvel and Avengers Infinity War 2 have both finished filming. So presumably he would have done cameos in them.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: stansimpson on November 13, 2018, 08:41:09 AM
That stings. At 95, he had a good run. Still, it always felt to me like he was going to be cameoing in Marvel Movies forever.
Captain Marvel and Avengers Infinity War 2 have both finished filming. So presumably he would have done cameos in them.

Avengers 4 cameo (and presumably Captain Marvel) was already filmed. Source here. (https://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/11/12/stan-lee-death-avengers-4-cameo/)

In honor of Stan's legacy, I read Marvel's "S Is For Superhero" alphabet book to my 3 month old last night. He was actually really into it... more than any other book I've read to him before.
(https://i.imgur.com/IZLfSDD.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 13, 2018, 09:49:06 AM
Stan Lee will be missed. There are elements about him that are troublesome (a sexual harassment allegation that bubbled up a year or two ago, the fact that he was pretty negligent in standing up for his peers) but I still can't not love Stan, despite his flaws. He was just an incredibly charming dude and while it is unclear EXACTLY how much of the Marvel Universe he made up, I feel like his attitude still runs through the DNA of Marvel in a good way.
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 14, 2018, 05:19:47 PM
They will be CGing him into movies, I'm pretty sure. (I am also pretty sure Stan Lee would heartily approve of that)
Title: Re: Comic Book Thread
Post by: Darth Geek on November 15, 2018, 09:14:06 AM
They will be CGing him into movies, I'm pretty sure. (I am also pretty sure Stan Lee would heartily approve of that)
He was CG in Big Hero 6. I'm still surprised we never got a sequel to that.