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General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« on: September 27, 2012, 05:03:29 PM »
So one of the things I got into over the past however long it's been is comics. As in crazy into.

I read through a lot of stuff, such as:

Y the Last Man-Great writing, but I don't like any of the character's it's okay.
Mouse Guard-Really like this series. Very minimal. Reminds me of Redwall.
Atomic Robo-All ages fun about a robot using science loosely to battle all sorts of absurdly ridiculous things.
The Walking Dead-Yea, it's legit. Probably the best thing I read.
The entire Hellboy series-Soo good. The art alone is amazing. Mignolia is the man.
The Goon-Swings wildly inbetween gaudy pulp and a harrowing horror epic. When it's great, it's spectacular, when it's not great, it's pretty trashy.
Invincible-From arc to art, it's one of the best superhero stories ever and then just kinda okay. Not digging the newer stuff.
Haunt-Terrible. Blergh.
Saga-Loving this. Just started but I think this could shape up to be something spectacular.

I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff.

Anyone else read anything new recently?

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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 05:42:57 PM »
Working on the Locke and Key series, and I just ordered Red Son.
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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 10:33:21 AM »
Locke and Key is one I want to check out for some point for sure.

I read the first arc of the new Animal Man and I thought it was pretty terrible. I like the idea of a superhero with a stable family life, but the characters just aren't that good and it feels like a nonstory at this point.

Also reading Morrison's JLA. Nothing deep, but it's a lot of fun and just the right amount of convoluted Morrison.

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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 04:59:41 PM »
Having a tablet now has made it easy to get into comics/graphic novels. Have downloaded 100 bullets, Maus, we3, Alice in Sunderland. Started Maus and have enjoyed it thus far, really good personal and emotional writing and an interesting perspective to take on such tragic subject matter.
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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2012, 03:44:22 AM »
I've been reading way too many comics (monthly, few series I end up reading in trade paperback) from way too many writers/artists/companies since 2001. It's great to see other people finally getting into them. For example, here was my list for last month (just copied and pasted from a text doc that I refer to if and when I end up sometimes placing online orders as well as just to keep track of everything as I'm not up to date)...

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OCT. 3
DC
Action Comics #13 (Grant Morrison/Gene Ha)
Animal Man #13 (Jeff Lemire/Steve Pugh)
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #2 (Brian Azzarello/Lee Bermejo)
Detective Comics #13 (John Layman/Jason Fabook)
Dial H. #5 (China Mieville/Mateus Santolucco)
Earth-2 #5 (James Robinson/Nicola Scott)
Green Lantern #13 (Geoff Johns/Doug Mahnke)
Stormwatch #13 (Peter Milligan/Guillem March)
Swamp Thing #13 (Scott Snyder/Yanick Paquette)
Fairest #8 (Lauren Beukes/Inaki Miranda)
Sweet Tooth #38 (Jeff Lemire)
DYNAMITE
The Boys #71 (Garth Ennis/Russell Braun)
IMAGE
Fatale #8 (Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips)
Thief of Thieves #9 (Robert Kirkman and James Asmus/Shawn Martinbrough)
MARVEL
Age of Apocalypse #8 (David Lapham/Renato Arlem)
Amazing Spider-Man #695 (Dan Slott/Giuseppe Camuncoli)
Avengers vs. X-Men #12 (Ed Brubaker/Olivier Coipel)
Daredevil: End of Days #1 (Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack/Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz)
Defenders #11 (Matt Fraction/Jamie McKelvie)
Uncanny X-Force #32 (Rick Remender/Phil Noto)
Uncanny X-Men #19 (Kieron Gillen/Daniel Acuna)
Wolverine #314 (Cullen Bunn/Paul Pelletier)

OCT. 10
DARK HORSE
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #14 (Jane Espenson/Karl Moline)
Conan the Barbarian #9 (Brian Wood/Vasilis Lolos)
The Massive #5 (Brian Wood/Garry Brown)
DC
Batman and Robin #13 (Pete Tomasi/Patrick Gleason)
Batman #13 (Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo)
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #2 (J. Michael Straczynski/Adam Hughes)
Demon Knights #13 (Paul Cornell/Bernard Chang)
Frankenstein #13 (Matt Kindt/Alberto Ponticelli)
Green Lantern Corps #13 (Pete Tomasi/Fernando Pasarin)
Team 7 #1 (Justin Jordan/Jesus Merino)
IMAGE
Morning Glories #22 (Nick Spencer/Joe Eisma)
MARVEL
Avengers #31 (Brian Michael Bendis/Brandon Peterson)
Captain America #18 (Ed Brubaker/Scot Eaton)
Fantastic Four #611 (Jonathan Hickman/Ryan Stegman)
Invincible Iron Man #526 (Matt Fraction/Salvador Larroca)
Secret Avengers #32 (Rick Remender/Matteo Scalera)
Ultimate X-Men #17 (Brian Wood/Carlos Barberi)
Uncanny Avengers #1 (Rick Remender/John Cassaday)
Wolverine and the X-Men #18 (Jason Aaron/Jorge Molina)
X-Men #37 (Brian Wood/David Lopez)
The Secret Service #4 (Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons)
ONI
Stumptown 2 #2 (Greg Rucka/Matthew Southworth)

OCT. 17
DARK HORSE
BPRD: 1948 #1 (Mike Mignola and John Arcudi/Max Fiumara)
The Victories #3 (Michael Avon Oeming)
DC
Batwoman #13 (J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman/J.H. Williams III)
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4 (Darwyn Cooke)
Justice League #13 (Geoff Johns/Tony S. Daniel)
Wonder Woman #13 (Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang)
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5 (Scott Snyder/Dustin Nguyen)
Saucer Country #8 (Paul Cornell/Jimmy Broxton)
IDW
The Cape: 1969 #4 (Joe Hill/Nelson Daniel)
IMAGE
The Activity #9 (Nathan Edmondson/Mitch Gerads)
Chew #29 (John Layman/Rob Guillory)
The Walking Dead #103 (Robert Kirkman/Charlie Adlard)
MARVEL
Avengers Assemble #8 (Brian Michael Bendis/Mark Bagley)
Daredevil #19 (Mark Waid/Chris Samnee)
Dark Avengers #182 (Jeff Parker/Neil Edwards)
Hawkeye #3 (Matt Fraction/David Aja)
Mighty Thor #21 (Matt Fraction/Alan Davis)
New Avengers #31 (Brian Michael Bendis/Michael Gaydos)
Ultimate Iron Man #1 (Nathan Edmondson/Matteo Buffagni)
Ultimate Spider-Man #16 (Brian Michael Bendis/Sara Pichelli)
Uncanny X-Men #20 (Kieron Gillen/Ron Garney)
Venom #26 (Cullen Bunn/Declan Shalvey)
ONI
The Sixth Gun #26 (Cullen Bunn/Brian Hurtt)

OCT. 24
DARK HORSE
Mind MGMT #6 (Matt Kindt)
DC
All-Star Western #13 (Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray/Moritat)
Batman Incorporated #4 (Grant Morrison/Chris Burnham)
Flash #13 (Francis Manapul)
Vampire #13 (Joshua Hale Fialkov/Andrea Sorrentino)
Justice League Dark #13 (Jeff Lemire/Mikel Janin)
Red Lanterns #13 (Peter Milligan/Miguel Sepulveda)
Talon #1 (Scott Snyder and Jame Tynion IV/Guillem March)
Fables #122 (Bill Willingham/Gene Ha)
The Unwritten #42 (Mike Carey/Peter Gross)
DYNAMITE
The Shadow #6 (Garth Ennis/Aaron Campbell)
IMAGE
Invincible #96 (Robert Kirkman/Ryan Ottley)
MARVEL
Amazing Spider-Man #696 (Dan Slott/Giuseppe Camuncoli)
Avengers #32 (Brian Michael Bendis/Mike Mayhew)
Captain America and... #638 (Cullen Bunn/Francesco Francavilla)
Captain America #19 (Ed Brubaker/Scot Eaton)
FF #23 (Jonathan Hickman/Nick Dragotta)
Incredible Hulk #15 (Jason Aaron/Jefte Palo)
Invincible Iron Man #527 (Matt Fraction/Salvador Larroca)
Journey Into Mystery #645 (Kieron Gillen/Carmine Di Giandomenico)
Secret Avengers #33 (Rick Remender/Andy Kuhn)
The Ultimates #17 (Sam Humphries/Luke Ross)
Wolverine #315 (Cullen Bunn/Paul Pelletier)
Wolverine MAX #1 (Jason Starr/Roland Boschi)

OCT. 31
DARK HORSE
BPRD: Hell on Earth- Return of the Master #3 (Mike Mignola and John Arcudi/Tyler Crook)
DC
Aquaman #13 (Geoff Johns/Ivan Reis)
Justice League Dark Annual #1 (Jeff Lemire/Mikel Janin)
Lot 13 #1 (Steve Niles/Glenn Fabry)
Swamp Thing Annual #1 (Scott Snyder/Marco Rudy)
American Vampire #32 (Scott Snyder/Rafael Albuquerque)
IDW
30 Days of Night #11 (Steve Niles/Christopher Mitten)
IMAGE
Bedlam #1 (Nick Spencer/Riley Rossmo)
Fatale #9 (Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips)
Happy #2 (Grant Morrison/Darick Robertson)
Haunt #27 (Joe Casey/Nathan Fox)
MARVEL
Mighty Thor #22 (Matt Fraction/Alan Davis)
Ultimate Spider-Man #16.1 (Brian Michael Bendis/David Marquez)
Ultimate X-Men #18 (Brian Wood/Carlos Barberi)
Winter Soldier #12 (Ed Brubaker/Butch Guice)
Wolverine and the X-Men #19 (Jason Aaron/Jorge Molina)
Hit-Girl #4 (Mark Millar/John Romita Jr.)
ABSTRACT
Rachel Rising #12 (Terry Moore)
ONI
Wasteland #40 (Antony Johnston/Russell Roeling)
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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2012, 09:09:00 AM »
Wow, that is a lot. Here's a list of what I'm subscribed to right now:

Swamp Thing
Fatale
Saga
Fashion Beast

And next month I'll start getting:

The Legend of Luther Strode
Hellboy
BPRD


What do you think of Animal Man? I tried to get into it, picked up the first trade, but I thought it was really, really bad.  :-\

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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2012, 10:01:09 AM »
I liked it. Lemire has given the book this bizarre and horrific feeling that contrasts interestingly with the family dynamics. It certainly is a bit of a homage to Grant Morrison's run and it also interacts nicely with Swamp Thing.

It isn't for everyone though, I've seen some people disliking it for the reason you posted- that it sort of just drifts along and the characters aren't anything special. I suppose I just dig the wacky nature of it.
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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2012, 10:02:55 AM »
Yea, that was my main complaint, the characters were really generic. I did pick up the Animal Man/Swamp Thing crossover, which I thought was pretty good.

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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2012, 01:00:53 PM »
Speaking of Swamp Thing, can I recommend going back to the Alan Moore collections/ graphic novels. The American Gothic/Parliament of Trees/ Expulsion from Earth stories are "organically" inventive.
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Re: General Comic Book/Graphic Novel Thread
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2012, 01:04:28 PM »
I've been keeping an eye out for that, but DC has released so many versions and they're really weirdly priced right now, some volumes are $20, others $40 or more, so I'm having a hard time finding a way to consistently pick them all up at once. I read the very first run by creator Len Wein it and I liked those a lot.