What comics are you all reading? What do you think?

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  1. Loerwyn

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    Hm, fair point. But those Adam Hughes covers are dreadful. Can that guy do anything other than sameface and big boobs? Funny how he's held up as a great artist (Terry Dodson isn't much different, admittedly, but I think his work can look better) whereas Greg Land is criticised for much the same thing (sameface and big boobs, not to mention his inability to draw the human form).

    Anyway...

    Reading New Crusaders as it comes out in monthly editions. Really quite interested to see how it goes, and I like how a non-white, female character seems to be getting a lot of push in marketing (even if she's not had all that much spotlight in the comics yet, bar a part in Issue 3).

    And today I took delivery of Honour Among Punks, a collaboration between Guy Davis (Sandman Mystery Theatre, B.P.R.D., etc.) and Gary Reed (I dunno) which is like a punky take on Sherlock Holmes... where Holmes and Watson's analogues are female. Looking forward to getting my teeth into it. Yummy, comics as old as me.
     
  2. Corporal Blues

    Corporal Blues I like to rock the party

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    Yeah, the guy sure does seem to like drawing giant boobs... I think we've discussed Land, and Dodson before, here or elsewhere. I just don't have patience for that style of art anymore...I'm not sure I ever did, maybe as a 13 year old, but it bothers me even more lately. It is sad that mainstream comics still insist on these ridiculous depictions of females.

    That Guy Davis book sounds cool. I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

    I'm not sure what my next series will be now that I'm done with Fables. I have complete sets of Queen and Country and Gotham City Central and Criminal on my shelves, and they all look tempting.
     
  3. Loerwyn

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    Relevant aside. Opened up the Guy Davis book, and this is in his introduction:

    These thoughts he had in the late 1980s, judging by the publication dates given in the introduction, and that quote was a bit more recent (2003). But it still says a lot about how little mainstream comics has moved on.
     
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    Corporal Blues I like to rock the party

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    Speaking of stuff with a great female lead character...I read the first two omnibii of Greg Rucka's Queen and Country over the past couple of days. Really good stuff. A spy book that doesn't go all Hollywood James Bond, but takes a more realistic approach to how the intelligence field operates. My only gripe is that the art is inconsistent. They rotate a new artist in with each new story arc, so you get three artist per omnibus. They've been either hit or miss with me so far. Some, like Steve Rolston and Brian Hurtt, have been great, while others have been a total let down.

    Rucka is great when it comes to writing female protagonists. Between Whiteout, Stumptown and now this, I'd say he's one of the best.
     
  5. Loerwyn

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    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 4 arrived on Thursday. I finished it on Thursday.

    Guy Davis' art was absolutely amazing in it. Just an awesome collection. Easily the best and most focused of the four so far.
     
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    Not read a whole lot of comics (for me) lately. I've still got a few to finish, but I have still been reading.

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch
    The Sabrina series with Holly G! on art (and writing? I can't remember) is probably amongst the best stuff Archie has ever produced, behind maybe the recent Jinx reboot. But the art is consistently good (unlike Dan Parent), the humour's there and I just enjoy it. Yeah, me. Me with the military sci-fi, gory fantasy, violent films and so on. I enjoy a clean comic about a teenage witch and her talking cat. I also think the addition of Shinji, another wizard (who has a magic-related variation on dyslexia, which I think is a nice twist), adds a new dimension to the comics without it being too much like Archie.

    Sandman Mystery Theatre
    I stayed up until near midnight catching up on this series two weeks ago, reading two arcs (The Face & The Brute, as well as the first issue of The Vamp). I didn't mind the art in The Face or The Brute, though The Face was quite questionable at times with its depictions of the Chinese community, but if you view it with the attitudes of the 1930s/40s, it kind of makes sense, though is no less uncomfortable. The digital re-release is back onto Guy Davis' art, though, which I'm really glad about.

    Idolized
    One more issue to go until the end of Volume 1. I'm really enjoying this, both as a send up of popular culture but just as a capes title that intrigues me. Whilst the art can be a little... cheesecake at times (but VERY mild for an Aspen title), I am really enjoying this title.

    Judge Dredd (IDW)
    There are some who don't quite like this title, but I think it's better than some of the 2000AD stuff I've read. I feel it captures the humour and the wackiness rather well, plus it was great to see Judge Anderson appear in the second issue. She even had her own back-up story.

    2000AD
    Okay, I'm buying it. I'm not exactly reading it. Shoot me.

    2000AD - Judge Anderson: The Psi-Files Volume 3
    Best Judge Anderson collection yet, despite some cheesecake art. Steve Sampson went, over the space of this collection, from an artist I didn't care much for to one I really enjoyed. His work on the Wonderwall (I think) arc was brilliant.

    Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - The Man In Black
    Well, that's a mouthful. Whilst it doesn't do much that the novel didn't, I felt Alex Maleev's art brought it to life quite well. I don't think there'll be many more left, now. The Gunslinger is over, so I think we'll get a few related stories (e.g. the current/just-ended Sheemie's Tale) and then they'll call it quits, particularly after Peter David's recent stroke.

    Hellboy in Hell
    Mike Mignola on writing and art. Hellboy. Lots of talking, not much else right now, but I'm interested to see where it'll go.
     
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    Has anyone read Jeff Lemire's "Sweet Tooth"?? Its about a young boy named Gus who is an animal/human hybrid and takes place in a rural post-apocalyptic setting.

    This graphic novel (collection of the issues) was recommended to me by the staff at my friendly neighbourhood comic shop and I was blown away. I initially found his art style odd, but it quickly grew on me and fits with the world he is describing. Jeff Lemire has a talent for people and characters, his gritty, off centre style really adds to the creepy feeling you get when reading his books.

    I am sorry for being so vague, but its one of those series where you spoil by saying too much. I was lucky to meet the author at the Fan Expo in Toronto last year, he signed all my books and even drew the main character "Gus" inside all my covers!

    It is one of only three graphic novels I purchase without reading reviews, Goon and Hellboy being the other 2.
     
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    Mind the Gap vol. 1: Intimate Strangers
    Blerghlywergly eh. It's pretty good but it's not perfect, and I really don't know what to think about it. It's trying to be one of those Lost-esque Morning Glories titles but it doesn't really manage it too well. Esquejo's art (mostly coloured by Sonia Oback) is rather good, though. Plus it's gone one of those vile, boring, stereotypical English accents.

    Chew vol. 2: International Flavour
    Eh. Ehhhhhhhh. Average at best. Some rather dodgy choices for the humour, too, including African-Americans with stereotypical accents. And I think they came rather close to a "Black People Love Chicken" joke. Racial stereotyping is funny, isn't it? Oh, wait, it's not. Not sure if I'll continue.

    Velocity (1995 3-issue miniseries)
    I loved the more recent miniseries, and this one is just as good - there's even an issue in which Image superstar Savage Dragon appears! I found the art a little repetitive at times (okay, we get it, Velocity can look really sad, but do we need the same close up of her face at least once per issue?), but it was surprisingly cheesecake-free considering when it came out (okay, it was a little cheesecakey, but it wasn't as bad as you'd expect for '90s Image title, particularly a Cyber(-)Force spin-off). I liked it quite a bit, though. Always good to have more Velocity.

    Alabaster: Wolves
    Read all five issues in one night, and then because I want more, I've pre-ordered the hardcover to hopefully help boost the pre-order figures. Really, really good series with some great art and some really good writing. It's certainly different, but in the good way.
     
  9. Daddy Darth

    Daddy Darth Boba Fett Lives

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    Been reading some older issues of Conan:Cimmerian. I love Conan. No messing around with him.
     
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    I have the entire run of the original Darkhorse Conan comics (including issue #0), i was lucky to also meet and speak to Cary Nord at the Fan Expo, he signed an original Conan poster he drew for me on the spot, was amazing such a cool guy and he wants to do more Conan if they opportunity even comes up again. I loved that run of comics.
     
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    Daddy Darth Boba Fett Lives

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    Sweet! Colour me jealous. I am now on to Thor: Ages of Thunder.
     
  12. Quimby

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    Just read the first 9 issues of Saga and thought it was great. Dug the art and the the crazy space story. Plus, the last issue even had a giant's testicles. I assume you are all sold now.
     
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    Totally agree. His work on Gotham Central (i believe he did an arc that focused on Detective Montoya) and Batwoman are good examples too.
     
  14. Loerwyn

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    I'll definitely trade-follow it. It's interesting, certainly, and I did quite enjoy it.
     
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    I want more of the Stalk and lying cat. I may also have to change my name to the Quimby.
     
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    Sandman Mystery Theatre (Still)
    It's getting even better. I think Guy Davis' art isn't as... strong as it was in the first arc, but it's still really good and fits the title perfectly. I'm loving this series.

    Red Sonja: Unchained #1
    The artist, according to Peter V. Brett, is still fairly inexperienced and it does show. The art is messy at times, but it is reasonable. I liked how they drew some of the barbarians Sonja faces. The writing's pretty good, too, but I do think I should have re-read Blue before this. Only problem is the dang printing error on one of the pages which removes all of the text. Ugh.

    Alabaster: Boxcar Tales
    Shorts that are currently published in Dark Horse Presents, following on from Wolves. It's really quite interesting, and I'm curious as to what will happen. I read the fourth part this morning (I'm sure it was the fourth, anyway), and it's really getting good.
     
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    This past weekend I plowed through Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men. I don't often read capes and tights books, and when I do, I tend to go for Batman, but this X-Men stuff was pretty great. A lot of fun to read, and not too silly. There was a lot of characters just running straight at each other and fighting, which is pretty stupid. Also, the X-Mansion takes hella damage, yet always seems in good repair by the next issue. Maybe there's a mutant with a knack for carpentry.

    Other recent reads in the comics realm:

    I binged on the first 4 trades of Gotham Central. I can't find the 5th one anywhere, but these are only okay, so I'm not too torn up about it. I also accidentally read the 4th trade, before reading the 3rd. Slightly confusing but not too bad.

    On a sick day I plowed through all of Brian Wood's Local. Great stuff. I laughed, cried, and hurled, (probably more due to the sickness). I wasn't a fan of the artist guy...can't even remember his name. Seemed like he was trying really hard to make his people look like how Paul Pope draws people, and dude, there's only one frickin' Paul Pope.

    I've been readin' the floppies too: Is it just me or has Chew gotten kinda crappy?

    Luckily Saga is the bomb. Easily my favorite comic on my pull list right now. I want to look at Fiona Staple's art all day long.

    James Stokoe's Godzilla mini-series was flippin' great. That dude can draw.

    Another fun fave of mine has been Francisco Francavilla's Black Beetle. Crime Noir? Yes please!

    Also, the Batwoman with Wondy was great. Makes me wanna delve into some Wonder Woman comics... one of these days I will.
     
  18. Loerwyn

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    Same artist as Paul Cornell's Saucer Country, Ryan Kelly. Have to admit I'm not much of a fan of his art, though he does some good stuff, but his online 'persona' really turned me off him.

    I thought Chew was always a bit crappy ;)

    Oh, yes! I'm getting that in HC, along with The Creep (Arcudi?). Dark Horse are putting out some good stuff lately.

    As for me...
    Judge Dredd (IDW) - To me it's fairly indistinguishable from 2000AD, but that means I'm a heretic and heading for the Iso-Cubes. Eh. Either way, I am enjoying it, and I like how most issues are a main story with a back-up that's related in some form.

    Sandman Mystery Theatre - Yeah, still reading this. The artist for the last arc or two was Vince Locke (who did letters on Guy Davis' excellent Honour Among Punks), who pretty much did a serviceable job, but it's clear he was trying to emulate Guy Davis' style (he was still on layouts) and it didn't really work for me.

    Idolized - Volume 1 is finally over now, which is a shame. Six issues (well, five and a zero), and I did quite enjoy it, though the last issue or two put the foot down on the gas pedal. The writing was the best thing about it, the art was a bit *too* cheesecake for me.

    Amala's Blade - Only the Zero is out so far, but I enjoyed it. It'll be a four issue mini (with the zero), about a young woman who kicks butt. And the first issue has a Guy Davis variant. Which I'm getting from the series artist. Yessssssssssssss.

    Princeless - Read Volume 1 in an evening, and absolutely loved it. It's a fantasy parody, and really sends up both male-lead stories, traditional fantasy stories and, well, comics in a big way. The main character's really fun, and I laughed a few times. Volume 2 has just started (one issue in so far), and is just as fun, I reckon.

    Bandette - Issue four alone justifies the multiple Eisner nominations. Go. And. Read. It.

    Mouse Guard - Took me forever to get around to trying Mouse Guard, and I fell in love with it. First story (Fall 1152) was great, and when I get paid I'm ordering the second. Already got the third volume on pre-order.
     
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    Ghost Rider (Vol6) Issue 10 Each issue has lead into another leaving me wanting more. I read Ghost Rider issue 10. One Jack O lantern was killed by the Punisher, the suspect was described as having a flaming head for killings in Sleepy Hollow Illinois, and since Ghost Rider also has a flaming skull the Sherrif thought he was the killer. Although its changed when Blaze answers the Sherrif's question. A cliffhanger. Cool lines including by Ghost Rider.

    Ghost Rider (Vol1) Issue 64
    I read this yesterday. Ghost Rider fights a very powerful demon in his own dimension Azmadeus in his own dimension who tried to make him his mindless servant. It failed, Ghsot Rider was able to use what looks a double sided scythe on Azmadeus minions, shoots hellfire at the demon that disguised itself as Cynthia Randolph embarassing it, also easily embarrased and defeated Azmadeus so horrid Azamadeus transported both Cythia and Ghost Rider out of his dimension.
    A outstanding feat, also I think clearly shows that Ghost Rider (JohnnyBlaze) should be a powerhouse in Thor's League.
    It was said by Doctor Strange with the demon in control Zarathos Ghost Rider's power is boundless, godlike also recall Blackheart saying I think it's power rivals his Fathers Mephisto.
    If Ghost Rider (JohnnyBlaze) is ever done justice with Zarahtos in control he'll have so many feats that to list them and the details it would last longer than the song Stairway to Heaven.
     
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    i just finished 5 ronin from marvel