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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #195 on: April 23, 2012, 05:20:44 PM »
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #196 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.

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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #197 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.


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #198 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.
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #199 on: September 16, 2012, 06:35:54 PM »
I prefer the book's ending to the movie's.

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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #200 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.
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #201 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.]
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #202 on: September 16, 2012, 06:55:34 PM »
[I'm a big Alan Moore fan.]

Not a fan of LoEG? That's my favourite.
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #203 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.
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #204 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.
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #205 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.]
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #206 on: September 16, 2012, 10:17:39 PM »
Just picked up the complete Dororo yesterday.

844 pages of Osamu Tezuka.

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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #207 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.
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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #208 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.


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Re: Comic Book Thread
« Reply #209 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.
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