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    So: if you bought new comics this week, here's your discussion thread for them.

    Rules: I'm not interested in shopping lists. I want to know what you thought about what you bought, and so do the people reading. If you've got a spoiler element to discuss, use the "hide" button in the reply menubar.

    Why does this appear on a Thursday? The world outside North America doesn't get their books until Thursday. And a lot of people don't go shopping until the weekend -- consider yourself as providing guidance for the Saturday shoppers.

    Off you go, then.
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    out of everything i bought yesterday, the only thing that truly stands out is AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #10. im not too keen on marvel superhero stuff, but i have been picking this up since it started on one of those internal deals with myself ("if it is not good, i will stop buying it...sounds fair.") that usually goes wrong. somehow i love this book. it features everything i SHOULDN'T like (launched from a crappy "mega event", avengers family tree, super marvel continuity intwined, blah, blah, blah), but works great. Slott and Gage are weaving fun stories with enough intrigue to make it stand apart-waaay apart. and i have taken quite a shine to caselli's art since the book started too. this issue in specific is the 3rd chapter of a story i didnt expect, with great characterization throughout and a crucial ending that leaves you wanting the end of the story NOW. good job guys! plus: the taskmaster. thats all i need to say, that guy is an amazing jerk.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008 edited
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    Fantasic Four #555: Millar and Hitch...on time...brain...exploding...........
    Okay, so the issue itself was really good. It retains the grandiose blockbuster-type storytelling that made Ultimates great, but with the family dynamic that has always made FF interesting (not good, interesting). So far, Millar hasn't reverted into 'Ultimate' mode, and most of the characters are acting properly. For the time being, anyway. I would suggest it for anyone that's been tired of how mediocre the FF have been since Waid & Weiringo left the book.

    Goon #22: The Goon is one of my favorite books of all time. It's hilariously funny, stunningly tragic, and all other kinds of nice things someone could say about a comic book. The newer issues, though, are losing something that I really loved about the earlier ones. Each issue is less and less self-contained, and I thought that was one of the real strengths of the book. I trust Powell to tell a good story, so I stand by the change, but I hope it helps the book more than it hurts it, and it could easily go either way.

    Mighty Avengers #10: Although I thought that the first story arc on this series was mediocre at best, it seems that the story and art are simultaneously picking up. I like Cho fine on some things, but his superhero stuff bugs the crap out of me. Now that we have Bagley--a guy who seems to have a fair amount of love and hate each--the storytelling and the pacing has gotten better. It's probably due to the fact that Bendis and Bagely have been working together for 7 years and really know how to work together on things. Before this gets too long, suffice to say that if you hated the first story, give this one a try because it is different, and for the better.

    They also need to catch the fuck up to Secret Invasion, which is simply stupid when you think about it.

    The Last Defenders #1: "DEFENDERS--DEFENESTRATE!!"
    • CommentAuthorRoss
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    Ahh, and I just put them all away, too.

    Nova #11

    To start off with, I've got to say, I absolutely love what Abnett and Lanning are doing with Marvel Cosmic. That said, they keep up the good work here, finally showing us the Phalanx homeworld. I've enjoyed the art through-out this series just as much. The beginning and the end of this specific issue had me highly interested. On the other hand, the middle of the issue seems a little too drawn out. Still a great book, although probably not an ideal jumping on point.

    Annihilation: Conquest #5 of 6

    Again. Love what Abnett and Lanning are doing here. They've even managed to turn Ultron, to me one of the dullest existing villains, into a character of interest. There's some cool scenes in here, and defining moments for a character or two. It's building up pretty well for #6 of 6.

    And I love Groot.

    Atomic Robo #6

    I've loved this whole series, despite the fact that it's all been pretty disjoined. The issue itself is funny, although not as much so as a couple of the previous issues. It's also set up well for the next series, which will hopefully be an Ongoing, or at least last a bit longer than 6 issues.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Thunderbolts #119
    was the best issue done by ellis and deodato.I don t know what s happennin with Swordman(he has the coolest name) but with this issue he s becoming my favorite character of the book (with skrull osbourne). What he do to venom... awesome!
    • CommentAuthorRoss
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    Speaking of Thunderbolts, I almost expect Osborn to end up back in Goblin gear to take back his base.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008
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    Serenity #1 - I thought it was a decent start to the series, though I think if you're new to the world of Serenity you may be a bit lost as to who the characters. I don't know if that's a big problem though because most people picking this up will probably be fans anyway. It's good, but not as good as Buffy has been.

    Casanova - came out last week, but I missed it and ooh, was this fun. Violent as all get out (with a title like "Fuck Shit Up" what would you expect?) and I really enjoy this series. Hopefully it won't be hurt by Fraction picking up so much more work over at Marvel.

    Streets of Glory #4 - awesome wild west violence. I hope this turns into an ongoing series, or at least a series of minis.

    Narcopolis #2 - I'm really like this so far, especially since it forces you to really pay attention to the dialogue since they are creating their own vocabulary. Fun and interesting stuff so far.

    Empowered #3 - not my favorite volume so far, but still amusing. I'm a fan of Adam Warren's artwork so he's got me sold on that alone, though I really do prefer his pencils to the sharpie-inked pages in this volume.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    or change into hulk orange or hawkeye/bullseye or a headless sabertooth!!!!
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    he s a skrull so whatever he wants to be!
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Oh and DMZ, what a perfect book! Just like PunisherMax and Walking Dead(I think Michone can t kill Humanbeing, i gotta check the back issue. What the fuck is she doing????)
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2008 edited
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    B.P.R.D. 1946 #3 A solid, action-packed issue. The breakdowns are a bit disorienting at times but they don't get in the way of the story...

    GUTSVILLE #3 Finally Spurrier and Irving are with us again, with a great issue. Some revelations about the past, some nice action and a lot of hallucinatory perambulations, courtesy of Irving's incredible artwork. This comic looks like Vandermeer and Mieville's novels read. Like the visual equivalent of a cross between Veniss Underground and Perdido Street Station. The language is imposing and evocative, textured and literary without being unnecessarily obtrusive. Great book.
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    shit, i was trying to pretend DMZ didnt come out, now that im a trade waiter on that one....dammit!
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2008
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    Picked up Gutsville #3, and I'm glad to say it was worth the wait. The pace seems to have kicked up a gear, and the stakes have been raised for all concerned. The text story at the end of the issue is as entertaining as ever, and helps to add an extra depth to the main strip. This is a series that seems to have real potential for an extended run in the future - delays permitting!
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2008
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    FANTASTIC FOUR #555 - Millar's writing is starting to pick up steam. Hitch's work looks noticably better on this issue, too. Interesting to see how they solve the enormous problem at hand, or the majority of the Marvel universe will be fucked in ten years (though what's that in our real-world time, sixty years?).

    PUNISHER #55 - Looks like Ennis is leaving this series in a blaze of glory. I really hope Marvel ends the book at #60. Any new writer they bring in will just feel like an imitator, and besides, this is Ennis' book, and his alone.

    WOLVERINE #63 - Jason Aaron is the shit (though Garney's work should not go unmentioned).
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    @madmatt
    I think Duane Swierczinsky(Punishermax force of nature, Cable) is taking over Punishermax.
    And i think Michel Lacombe(force of nature) ll do the art!
    • CommentAuthormatt d
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2008
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    shit, i was trying to pretend DMZ didnt come out, now that im a trade waiter on that one....dammit!

    join the club, guy. it's a fucking miserable wait.

    i bought the first three trades at once in january... fucking JANUARY... and have been anxious as a virgin on prom night ever since.
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    ive been reading singles until now, it seemed a good place to make the switch. i hate HATE waiting on trades, but money matters make me try .
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      CommentAuthorPyD
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2008
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    and have been anxious as a virgin on prom night ever since.

    Are Veritgo likely to spike your paperback, cameraphone what they do to you afterwards and put it on youtube?

    All the best Vertigo comics are cruel little teases for being so perfect fro trades but jsut too good to pass up every month. Plus giving up Woods sweet covers would spoil it for me. Its a similar position I find myself in with Fables.

    DMZ this week was a great little opener to a tale that I hope sees Matty getting a little more perspective on his position within the DMZ - thinking of this series as going the 60-100 issue distance is a lovely prospect as to what dark places Wood is going to lead his characters. Makes me all warm and fuzzy.
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      CommentAuthorbrianwood
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2008
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    I should say that a DMZ trade came out this week as well. And the next one after is in July. Not so bad.

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      CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2008 edited
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    Thunderbolts continues its chemically imbalanced madness.This book is so twisted and dark,Ellis is once again matched with an artist who truly brings out the tone of his stories.

    Deodato is pumping out the work of his career.

    Mr.Ellis,please stay on this book for a long time!