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Mithfânion
March 12th, 2005, 12:38 PM
I'll be picking up both of the first trades of these series at the end of the month, woudld anyone care to give some thoughts to the series?
How's the art for Conan btw?

I also saw that a hardcover combining the first two trades of Supreme Power will come out in April, very cool. Has anyone read this series?

Priestvyrce
March 12th, 2005, 12:44 PM
"Arrowsmith" is beautifully drawn and the story starts out really well, I just found the ending a bit of a no big deal. Conan's first few issues are great. Just fun-tastic. I like cary Nord's version of everyone's favoriter Cimmeran. As to "Supreme Power", it starts off slow, but this series contiues to grow and amaze me. The BEST writing that JMS has done in a long while. Three-dimensional characters, interesting and well thought out intrigue and some really great action.

Out of the three mentioned, I would have to say that Supreme Power is the best.

Mithfânion
March 12th, 2005, 12:51 PM
Is Arrowsmith finished a series already? In that case there'll have to be more trades soon.

Priestvyrce
March 12th, 2005, 12:59 PM
Yes, it was only a six issue mini-series. Which is too bad, since I felt that Buisek seemed to squeeze alot of story in a short space of time. This should have been like Sandman or Preacher, Buisek should have just told the story he wanted to tell and then just end it.

Mithfânion
March 12th, 2005, 01:50 PM
Someone on another board said that Busiek had planned the Arrowsmith universe as far back as the Age of Charlemagne, so he must have given it a lot of thought. Maybe it was meant as a bigger series?

Priestvyrce
March 12th, 2005, 02:46 PM
That's what I thought it would be, when I read the first issue. But it turned out to be a six issue mini-series. Though Buisek has said that there will be more, still I'd rather he and Marvel would've let it be a on-going series or like how Sandamn and Preacher were done. Only time will tell, if we will get more Arrowsmith.

Rob B
March 25th, 2005, 10:16 AM
Here's a review I posted over at Newsarama.com's review forum (http://www.newsarama.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=9) last year

Arrowsmith
6 Issue Mini-series published through DC/Wildstorm's creator owned imprint
Co-Creators Writer: Kurt Busiek, Penciller: Carlos Pacheco
Inks: Jesus Merino
Lettering: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Atternity Consultant: Lawrence Watt-Evans

The Premise:
World War I in a world vaguely similar to our own. Magic is the driving force rather than technology, creatures out of myth, legend and faerie are real: Dragons, Trolls, and Faeries. The world is configured a bit differently, with USA now known as the United States of Columbia.

Thrust into this scenario is young Fletcher Arrowsmith, as he enlists in the Overseas Air Corps. This initial mini-series charts Fletcher's journey from his initial exposure to the Air Corps in a exhibitional display in his home state of Connecticut. Awed by what he sees and the growing sentiments of discord surrounding the state of the World, young Fletcher enlists.

The tale told through Fletcher's eyes is wondrous. We see the darkness of War and its consequences. As much as this is a tale of War and, regardless of how it is waged, via technology in our world, or through thaumaturgy in Fletcher's world, there is a core of humanity. In the darkest times, there is hope and love.

That's the basic thrust of the story, a young man experiences the trials of war.

The comic itself--I think it would be an understatement to say Busiek is a DAMNED FINE WRITER. From Astro City to Marvels to Conan, the guy is a master at his craft. Arrowsmith is a different type of story, though on some level similar to Conan. The emotion Busiek invests into the characters is wonderful.

Can't forget about Pacheco's art, either. I knew his Super Hero stuff was great, but dear lord, when he lets loose and draws fantasy inspired stuff, like a flaming Toll, a Rock Troll or a Dragon, it is amazing.

The overall packaging of each issue is cool too, presenting it like one of the old picture shows.

The lettering is great, too, with different fonts and placements for each type of character's voice and what not.

GRADE: A
This is well told tale, with some of the most gorgeous art I've seen. Since this comes out in TPB very shortly, I'd recommend everyone to pick it up.

As for Conan, it is on my pull list, Cary Nords un-inked artwork is perfect for the story.

Mithfânion
March 25th, 2005, 10:28 AM
Interesting stuff Fitz.

BTW I was wondering, what are the best comics sites to check out for reviews and news?

I just found www.sequart.com, which is pretty cool.

Rob B
March 25th, 2005, 09:49 PM
The guys running The Fourth Rail (http://www.thefourthrail.com) provide some good insights.

Silver Bullet Comics (http://www.silverbulletcomics.com) is pretty good, too. However, their site seems to take forever to load.

Warewolf
April 19th, 2005, 04:44 PM
The guys running The Fourth Rail (http://www.thefourthrail.com) provide some good insights.

Silver Bullet Comics (http://www.silverbulletcomics.com) is pretty good, too. However, their site seems to take forever to load.

Don't forget The Pulse (http://www.comicon.com/pulse) and Comic Book Resources (http://www.comicbookresources.com).