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fluffy bunny
January 7th, 2004, 05:52 PM
Well the title seems to suggest the purpose of the thread clearly enough IMHO so there's no need to elaborate. Onto the comics :)

Over the last 2 or 3 weeks, I've been through a few of the trade paperbacks/comics from my collection:

V for Vendetta- the oppressive atmosphere doesn't lose any of its bite on the reread. The art from the content, the colouring, and the slight yellowing/pinkening of the pages effect all add up. I'm still engrossed by this one- forget watchmen.

Green Arrow: Quiver story arc plus a few of the issues afterwards- I've really gone off this one since buying the monthly issues a few years back. It's partly the writing- there's not a lot of depth to it, a lot of one-liners and film references that make you smile the 1st time, but a few years on, I wasn't impressed. The art also seems to be lacking IMHO.

Wonder Woman: Gods of Gotham (WW 174-177 or somewhere around there). First things first, the artwork is incredibly detailed - maybe overly so for the story, but it's still a pleasure to look at. The story's good, showing relationships between members of the bat family and the WW family, along with some truly scary merged villans (well children of Ares- fear, discord and terror taking over scarecrow, poison ivy and the joker). It was all going so well until the 3rd issue:

***Potential spoilers***
The brats spoilt it all- Batman/WW, Huntress/Artemis and Nightwing/Troia sections were really good- but I really hate young justice after this story- Robin and Wonder Girl- what did you think was going to happen when everyone was going to face their worst fears? The kid fears and reactions spoilt for me what was an entertaining, dark read
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Fables: Legends in Exile- I'm still wavering on Fables- one read through, I'm thinking it's good. On another, I'm thinking it's not that good. Now I'm back to square one and I can't put my finger on why :confused:

Y-The Last Man: Unmanned- Lovely concept, great read.

Sandman vols 4. Different people like different types of stories, so I guess that's why everyone's got different opinions as to which ones are the best, and thus which sandaman trades are the best. I don't think seasons of mists lived up to the hype surrounding it. There are some very good stories in it (I especially liked the opening chapter), but stuff like the 2nd chapter with lucifer just don't compare with the richness of lucifer's character presented later in the spinoff series. Still a reasonable read, but not quite as good as the previous 3 volumes for me.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen- vol 1
Well I've only gotten hold of this today (thank's to the ridiculously cheap price that virgin was selling it at in it's sale). Read the 1st 2 issues and loving it - the art complements the story perfectly and the world just jumps out at you. Love the cover of issue 1 - looks like one of those pulp serials that I really wish they'd publish. Reads like what I'd imagine of of them to be after wathcing Raiders of the Lost arc too. Can't wait to read the rest of it.

Keyoke
January 13th, 2004, 12:58 AM
I haven't picked up any trade paperback of lates, if any at all.

As to what I read these last few weeks that I thought were outstanding..

30 Days, just read issues 2-6, and wow, amazing. Plus, a new Cal McDonald mystery came out by Darkhorse that was great. Both titles are done by Steven Niles (writer), and Ben Templesmith (Artist)..

Been looking at collecting JSA again, since the new story arc has me interested in it.

Teen Titans and Outsiders, while not the deepest reads, are great titles.


Oh, a other great a title was Empire. Amazing.

Keyoke

Bear
January 13th, 2004, 03:05 AM
Reading 1602, the new Gaiman set for Marvel. It's awesome, so far.

Captain Marsh
January 18th, 2004, 11:16 PM
The only comics I have been reading lately are manga such as InuYasha, Ranma 1/2 (Rumiko Takahashi is both a genius and a godess!), as well S.CRY.ED, and Hellsing.

kegasaurus
January 20th, 2004, 06:21 AM
Just got a crud load of 'Tick' comics. Delightful.

Blackwing
January 22nd, 2004, 07:33 AM
I read way too much comics to be listed here, mostly from Marvel or DC. I enjoy all of them or I wouldn't be paying for them. Current favourites: 1602, Avenger, JLA, JSA, Nightwing, Exiles, Blade of the Immortal, Captain Marvel, Ultimates... I better stop until I list all of them.

I'm still hoping that the Authority team gets its act together, although it doesn't look good.

I liked League of Extraordinary Gentlemen a lot. I just didn't care for the art work much, but the characters and the story were great.

I liked most of the Phil Jimenez run in Wonder Woman and would have liked to see more. I'm a great fan of all the mythological stuff and liked to see all of the minor characters in action.

Ouroboros
January 22nd, 2004, 08:08 AM
Originally posted by Blackwing
I'm still hoping that the Authority team gets its act together, although it doesn't look good.


Likewise...

Recent story arcs have been so weak it's like they're not even trying any more.

fluffy bunny
January 23rd, 2004, 07:54 PM
Went and bought a few trade paperbacks with my b'day money since I'm in a comic mood this month:

Sleeper: Out in the Cold (reprints #1-6). Good story about a sleeper agent whose handler's been stuck in a coma and noone else knows he's a good guy (well it makes it sound like face/off when I put it that way, but sleeper's much better). No black and white, just shades of grey- to stay alive compromises have to be made and acts need to be commited that go against the protagonist's better nature. The story's wonderfully told, emphasising the moral ambiguity of the situation.

Fables: Animal Farm (reprints #6-10). Nice change of pace and a totally different story to that of the 1st trade, this one utilising a political revolutionary story (as sen with Orwell's animal farm). The only caveat that I've got with the thing is that the dialogue doesn't flow as naturally as I'd have liked. Apart from that, a good read.

Y-The Last man: Cycles (#6-10) I'm sorry to disagree with the norm, but I didn't really like this one (which is particularly disappointing for me given the quality of the 1st trade). The plot's not really advanced much, and a lot of it screams 'filler' to me. The town with a hidden secret plot I've seen done much better than this- there just didn't seem to be that much tension in this incarnation.

Lucifer: Inferno (#29-35) I've been looking forward to this for over a year now (since I transitioned from comics to trades at issue #8- around the time ultimates #6 came out). Good read, resolving the plot threads that were left hanging in the air at the end of divine comedy. It's difficult to see where it's heading though. #34,35 do drop some hints but I have no idea what Lucifer's going to do with a ship of nails.

Superman: Red Son (#1-3) I really dug the preview pages that DC put up on their site to promote the release of the indivual issues last year, hoping it'd capture the spirit of Superman for all seasons. When I read this though, it started well, but I lost interest as the story progressed, not really caring what was happening by the end of the 2nd and 3rd chapters. It's not a bad story by any means, but given the hype surrounding its release and the promise of the 1st few pages, I was expecting something more.

Planetary: All Around the World and other stories (#1-6) Loved vol 1 of the authority and sleeper, but I really don't see what everyone sees in this title. I can see the references, but I don't think this is my thing. eg the technobabble in #1 put me off from the outset.

Daedalusman
January 24th, 2004, 11:53 AM
I just read "Origin" the story of how Wolverine became whom he is now. The story starts when Wolverine is a 12-year-old boy and finishes when he is in his twenty (exact age not told). I thought this was the best comic series I have read thus far. I am new to the comic world, only just started to read comics about two weeks ago. Next to Wolverine my favorite character is Spawn, just love the art and the story is awesome as well. I'm also read "The Sandman", so far I'm liking it a lot and am looking forward to reading some more of the series. If anyone has some personal favorites they would like to recommend to me that would be great.

Reekar
January 25th, 2004, 12:23 PM
I've just started picking up some comics at the library. What I've read so far:

Kurt Busieks' Astro City (Life In the Big City v1, Confession v2)-- I enjoyed the art in v1 but the various stories were OK. It was interesting and good enough for me to read v2, which luckily I had. v2 was definitely better. It seemed more a graphic novel instead of a trade with several seperate stories, which I suppose I prefer. Because I've already checked out most of the comics the libraries around here carry I'll probably check out v3 just because...

Alan Moores' Watchmen -- Engrossing. Good read, sucked me in and all that (except for some few things.. but no matter). The only thing that worries me is that everyone says it is one the greatest comic and all that...

Ruse, by Mark Waid - read v1 and v2 of the trades. Good stuff, fun and catchy. Wity banter and character interactions. It is a mystery type story in the vein of sherlock holmes. If the library carried any more volumes I would definitely get them.. but they dont. heh.

Batman: Year One by Frank Miller -- It put Batman in a better light for me. The batman show I used to see and and JL show I now see make him out to be the arrogant, always right leader... In Year One, it was nice to see him almost die every time he went out as Batman (this is when he just started for those that don't know). Very fast read but worth it to me.

Well that is all I've read so far, but I just started V for Vendetta and am planning to read Sandman, the League of Extraordinary Gent., and Meridian -- I wish the library had more CrossGen stuff.