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Comic discussions

Posted by Quasar on Thursday, April 15, 2010

If you like comics (and hopefully read at least one), throw in your 2.

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Posted: 10 years 37 weeks ago

I forgot to mention before that Deadpool is also in Doomwar. Because he's everybody's secret weapon.

I wonder where he was during the whole World War Hulk craziness. Because if he were around, obviously the heroes would've used him to take out the Hulk like he was a quadrapalegic drowning in a puddle of mud.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Posted: 10 years 36 weeks ago

I am current through 4 issues of Fevre Dream. Issue #5 should be out soon.

I am way behind on Brightest Day.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

I'm reading J. Michael Straczynski's hilariously, impressively bad Superman run ("Grounded").

My intense hatred of Straczynski's comic writing is the stuff of Excelsior News legend. (At least, in my own mind it is.)

Have a look at this AICN Comics Kid reviewing Superman #702/shooting fish in a barrel:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/46184

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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

I'm gonna run out and grab me dat Superman comic!

Loved the Hulk review. <paraphrase>It's got everything. And for all you that hate JRJR covers, it's got a a bad one of those for you to hate!</paraphrase> Fantastic!

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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

Yeah, the Supes story is pretty tragic right now. I think I'm gonna have to call it quits on SUpes until he pulls his head out of his ass.

Brightest Day is better now that they all know what they're supposed to do, I just hope it picks up some more.

Currently, I'm reading:

Marvel - Invincible Iron Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers, Captain America, Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, The Dark Tower, The Stand, and any of the Marvel Noir minis that pop up.

DC - The Flash, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Batman, Detective Comics, Batman: Streets of Gotham, Batman and Robin, Gotham City Sirens, Batman Beyond, Batman: The Widening Gyre (ending of volume 1 was awesome!), Superman (maybe not for much longer), and Brightest Day

Vertigo - Hellblazer and House of Mystery

Plus the trades of Walking Dead and Lenore (whenever they come out).

 

Geez, it feels like I read way more than that, but I guess not. My wallet feels like I read more than that though!

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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

Well, three comics these days run you anywhere from nine to fifteen dollars.

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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

I also didn't realize until listing everything out how much Batman I read, or that I'm buying more DC than Marvel. Always thought of myself more as a Marvel guy.

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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

I currently collect Punisher MAX (or whatever it's called now), Thor, and Zatanna.

I feared the writer changeup on Thor, but it was pretty good through the Siege. A bit odd that it focused almost solely on Volstagg; my father read the same issues and now wants a comic featuring Volstagg as a small town sheriff.

Punisher is increasingly disappointing. After Ennis left it began to flounder and now it has no real continuity basis. It could be worse though, in mainline he's been hacked into pieces and is now a Frankenstein monster like creature.

Zatanna is pretty good. It seems like it will be a fun ride.

 

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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

The FrankenCastle stuff is awful.

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Posted: 10 years 35 weeks ago

I don't read most mainstream Marvel (funny cuz that used to be almost all that I read). Just the Hulk stuff (except that retarded 2 2-issue mini-series about the Hulk Avengers and Hulk FF and Hulk X-Men and Hulk Spider-man all fighting each other. I'm pretty sure it all ended in a stalemate anyway). Actually I've been picking up the Shadowland storyline now too, so that's more Marvel. For DC it's Brightest Day and any crossover with decent art. I used to be a stalwart GL and Flash purchaser until the art went way south. I pick up Teen Titans once in a while but always get burned by it (usually through the dreadful dialogue). And I pick up a couple independents like The Tick and Fevre Dream.

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Posted: 10 years 34 weeks ago

new comic day for me, i picked up the latest Punisher max and Thor, plus a one-shot for each of them, and the latest Zatanna.

 

Punisher continues to be lackluster, but my love of the character makes me push on to see if the next arc will be good. The one shot, "Happy endings" was actually really good. The art was somewhat wonky but compared to the Steve Dillon art from the main title it was like an explosion of excitement.

Thor continues to be Thor, better than punisher but i'm still kind of 'waiting for the next arc'. The one shot for it is all about Thor's rage and is pretty good. I like Thor one shots, they fit well, seemingly like bits of mythology just tossed out for the sake of talking 'bout a badass god.

Zatanna remains fun, it starts with a nice fight that ends with her bowing  to applause from an onlooking crowd. And then the plot happens. Good stuff, i'm glad I began picking this one up.

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Posted: 10 years 34 weeks ago

I'm keeping up with the Avengers-related stuff happening in Heroic Age.  Not really following the other Marvel titles tied to Heroic Age.  I suppose I'm following Deadpool, too, which is technically linked to the Heroic Age stuff (though not really). I'm doing the same sort of thing with DC's Brightest Day.  I occasionally pick up a Green Lantern or Flash tie in.  Both Marvel and DC seem to have hit upon the same idea with their current crossovers: let's focus on hero stuff and move away--at least ostensibly--from the "grim and gritty" for a while.

Other books I've followed recently: Darkwing Duck, Hit Monkey, Batman: Odyssey, DC Universe Legacies, Walking Dead, Chew, Batman & Robin, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (the Hama one), From the Pages of The Goon: Buzzard.

I picked up Batman: Odyssey because it was Neal Adams.  The writing is plodding and pretentious (Adams wrote it), and the artwork looks like a Mort Drucker-inspired version of his Now Comics-era artwork.  I picked up DC Universe Legacies because it was Len Wein and artists I like, among them the Kuberts (all three of them), García-López, and Gibbons (inking García-López's pencils).  I've been disappointed by the García-López/Gibbons teaming.  It seemed to make a lot of sense, because the two have such similar styles, but they're both getting pretty old (nowhere near as old as Joe Kubert, whose work is also mediocre in comparison to what it was), and their artwork together, so far, has been loose in an unpleasant way.  

Books I'm reading to annoy myself: 

Superman, Brave and the Bold. (Both are written by Straczynski.  I often force atrejub to read the worst passages aloud.)

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Posted: 10 years 34 weeks ago

I tried to tell atrejub to run when she had the chance. So now I don't feel sorry for her in the least!

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
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Posted: 10 years 34 weeks ago

If everything I hear about Straczynski on Supes is as bad as it sounds, then I am afraid that classes as cruelty to Jubbers.  In fact I am pretty sure that it is against her human rights.

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Posted: 10 years 34 weeks ago

I thought that since Goiter was too poor to buy the 2nd issue of Straczynski's Superman I would be spared for at least one month.

I was wrong. Thank you, internet.

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Posted: 10 years 34 weeks ago

Tuesday August 31st 2010.

THE DAY BATMAN DIED

Bruce Wayne has been time travelling (WTF???).  He is due to return.

Robin has been filling in as Batman (that old chestnut again!).

Grayson will stay on as a new, light-hearted Batman.

Bruce's troubled son Damien (who???) will become Robin.

Bruce Wayne will travel the globe and franchise the Batman brand to other cities.

DC comics can, basically, fuck right off!

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

What's absolutely hilarious is that's exactly what Marvel did to bring Captain America back. He was a-time travelin'! I have no idea what put him into the time stream to begin with. I think he just got shot in the head or somethin'. DC is extra funny because they had the perfect scenario in place aka Blackest Night, where they brought back a bunch of other previously dead characters. I guess DC didn't want to be predictable, so they decided to do the same dumb thing Marvel did. I guess, on the plus side, no one could've predicted it.

Oh, and Bucky became the new Captain America too, so the similaries continue to abound!

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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

This is why comics, or at least the mainstream comics with the more mainstream characters, pretty much constantly piss me off.

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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

Finally got around to reading some of my backlog:

Green Arrow #1: Cover art phenemonal; inside art not so much. (though not terrible for the most part) Dialogue not so good. Unfortunately I already have 2 more issues, so I guess it's got 2 issues to persuade me not to drop it.

The Thanos Imperitive #2: I didn't think the first one was too bad, but the dialogue in the second issue really started to bug me. Also, the Guardians of the Galaxy (basically a ragtag group of misfits) went up against a souped up version of the Defenders (The Hulk, Dr. Strange, Valkyrie, etc.) and took them apart in seconds, talking smack the whole while. I hate when they do shit like that. Fortunately I only have 1 more issue purchased.

Wildcards: The Hard Call #6 (final issue): wasn't really worth the wait.

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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

On the positive side, Batman's death brought about Tim Drake becoming a full on bad-ass hero in his own right.

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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

jraven56 wrote:

On the positive side, Batman's death brought about Tim Drake becoming a full on bad-ass hero in his own right.

Did he become Boat-Man? He tacked through evil with an iron prow, leaving only destruction in his wake.

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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

No Jack, that was pre-Infinite Crisis and bought about by Clark Kent becoming Batman for a short period as a result of the Green Arrow falling into an inter-dimensional time loop that brought back Harvey Dent from the dead with hitherto totally unknown or undisclosed powers.

You are thinking of post-Final Crisis, pre-Justice League alternate Elseworlds history, the cross over with Loony Tunes whereby an evil clone of Superman actually killed Batman and The Riddler whilst disguising himself as a unconvincing transvestite Lex Luthor who invented a kind of super-boat, leading to Tim Drake assuming the mantle of Boat-Man until he was eaten by the Joker's robotic shark which turned out to be, ironically, all a dream caused by an ex-schoolfriend of Bruce Wayne and some pixie dust.

Silly Rabbit!

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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

Dalty's a liar.

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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

Reads about the same as most characters continuity descriptions these days.

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Posted: 10 years 33 weeks ago

I'm surprised that people are willing to put up with this shit. I don't know how a kid growing up these days is supposed to keep up with all the baggage the classic heroes bring with themselves. It seems like all of these multiple universes and convoluted continuity lines would be too much of a hurdle for a seven-year-old trying to get into mainstream comics.