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    Here is where you can talk about the comics you bought this week. But I don't want your shopping list, oh no. I want to know what you thought about what you bought. And I want you to separate your purchases into the following categories:

    SHOCK OF THE NEW

    and

    STINK OF THE OLD


    Consider there to be HUGE FUCKING SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING beyond this point.

    Begin.

    -- W
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    Shock of the New

    Doktor Sleepless - What can be said that hasn't, consistently entertaining, and the wrap covers my wife just likes to stare at for minutes on end

    Criminal - Somehow more brutal and poignant at the same time. The extras make the higher cover price worth it, didn't even think twice

    Picked up Crecy finally, that will be for tonight's sitting on the back porch with the coffee and the menthol pack.

    No Stink of the Old, there is just too much good stuff to throw money on tripe
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008 edited
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    SHOCK OF THE NEW

    Locke & Key #3 -- Perhaps unsurprisingly, it reads like a Stephen King story, with a convict escape sequence that could easily have been lifted directly out of IT, but Joe Hill shares his dad's gift for delivering solid character moments, even if the plot seems rehashed (although fairly original for comics). And after three issues, we've only seen one instance of the supposed concept, something about magic doors.

    Wonder Woman #19 -- Gail Simone is so fucking good. It doesn't matter that I could barely give a shit about Wonder Woman, the Khund, or wayward Green Lanterns. I have more fun reading this book than just about anything else on my monthly pull list.

    Young Liars #2 -- This book will do, but it breaks my heart that Stray Bullets doesn't generate enough income for Lapham to do that book full time.

    Serenity #2 -- Good stuff, as expected. Whedon repurposing his television properties for funnybooks has been a boon not only for his fans, but for the medium of comics.

    Criminal #2 -- A really good stand-alone story that, when read in the context of the previous issue, demonstrates Bru's genius for structure. Should probably pop into the other thread and let him know.

    STINK OF THE OLD

    Titans #1 -- Nekkid Starfire's got no nipples. Seriously, that was the only memorable thing about this issue. And not memorable in a good way.
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    The Criminal back-matter, aside from a shit-ton of recommendations, features the line: "BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA is quite possibly the greatest film ever made about decapitation."

    Which is quite possibly the greatest sentence of the day.
    • CommentAuthordeadhuman
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    Only one thing to say:
    If i'd have only one book to read for the rest of my life, it would be Criminal. Bru's my man crush!
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1743.6)
    SHOCK OF THE NEW

    CRIMINAL 2 #2 - Daddy Lawless is one rough character. When Brubaker/Phillips eventually finishes their Criminal run (please be never), it will be a goddamn masterpiece.

    DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #6 - Answers! Nearly a whole issue comprised of exposition, yet so enjoyably written and so relieving to discover the many truths ((seemingly) of the Doktor. Plus, I'm a real sucker for the quote "back and to the left."

    FANTASTIC FOUR #556 – I found the falling snow slightly distracting during the big CAP throwdown in the second half of the book, but other than that I’m totally on the Millar/Hitch bandwagon (not that I wasn’t already). Say what you will about Millar, but god do I find his stuff extremely enjoyable.

    OMEGA THE UNKNOWN #7 – My store sold out of this book last week, so I had to wait until now. Loved it, as always. All of the strange, bizarre threads are starting to tie together. I’m definitely buying the oversized hardcover Marvel will undoubtedly release, and if they don't, for shame.

    PUNISHER #56 – Only two issues into the final Ennis arc, and the train is already moving full-steam ahead. This will be a Punisher tale to end all Punisher tales.

    SUBURBAN GLAMOUR #4 – McKelvie killed with this miniseries. This is the first stuff of his I’ve read/bought/seen, but I’m definitely going to go back and pick up Phonogram, and buy anything he writes/draws from now on. So refreshing to see an artist able to draw different characters so distinctively (including women, which so many other artists seem to have a problem drawing).

    WOLVERINE #64 – Can’t quite put my finger on it, but there was something about this issue that I didn’t like as much as the previous two. Maybe it was the art, not sure (seemed rushed, maybe I'll pull out the other issues to examine). That said, still better than just about all the spandex comics you can find. I can’t wait to see what Marvel book Aaron starts writing next.

    YOUNG LIARS #2 – I loved the first issue, and loved this one even more. I’m quite interested to see where Lapham goes next with issue three (continuation of the Sadie “origin,” or back to NYC present time and date).

    No STINK OF THE OLD books this week, luckily.
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    Same as last time, a week behind, but I'll spew out my opinions anyway. Who knows, maybe there's someone who just needed that final push to get one of these.

    SHOCK OF THE NEW:

    Buffy Season 8 #13: Drew brings the funnies in this issue. Chuckled through every Xander/Dracula scene. Also, continuing to deal with Buffy's newest one-night sleepy fun - less about the lesbi-tastics, more about the screwing adoring minions. And I continue to be baffled by people who complain about Jeanty's art, 'cause I'm loving it.

    The Boys #17: No one beats Ennis at shocking, gross-out insane moments. However, we've still only seen the slightest shades of the genuinely touching moments that made comics like Preacher and his run on Hellblazer truly amazing. This Hughie/Annie thing might be something to alleviate that, even if it culminated in a pretty disgusting manner here. But then, as I said, no one does disgusting like Garth Ennis, and Darrick Robertson is obviously up to the challenge. I'm still having huge amounts of fun with this comic.

    Kick-Ass #2: This is quickly turning out to be a favorite. Both Millar and Romita seem like they're having the time of their lives here, and the enthusiasm shines out from the pages. Dave feels like a real teenager, someone I could recognise from my own school years - minus the costumed antics. As far as I know, anyway. Even while you're astounded by the sheer stupidity of what he's doing, you're also cheering him on. And maybe the comic's greatest feat is that by the end of this issue, you understand why this kid put on a costume and set out to fight crime. It might be completely insane, but the sense of accomplishment in that second-to-last page is almost palpable.

    Scalped #16: Let me be clear, here: However much praise I've doled out to the above-mentioned comics, Scalped deserves more. It is, bar none, the best of the crop, and it may well be the best thing being published right now. And this issue continues to illustrate the point. Every month, all these great, complex characters are fleshed out even more, and the grip this story holds on you gets tightened a little more. Lincoln Red Crow continues to be perhaps the most interesting character in the mix. At times he's relatable and almost likable, in a badass sort of way, but he'll turn completely ruthless and nasty in a second, and even just being in proximity to him might get you sent to the hospital or worse. As for Dash Bad Horse, he's still the biggest badass in comics right now. RM Guera's gritty style is amazing and just grips you by the balls, regardless of whether he's illustrating a roaring fight or two people sitting and talking.

    STINK OF THE OLD - or really, more of a slightly less than impressive smell of something that's been in the fridge a day longer than it should have:

    Angel - After the Fall #6: I've actually liked this series more than the Buffy comic at times, but not this issue. This First Night business sounded cool enough, but the execution, at least in this first of three issues, felt somewhat lacking. Maybe I'll like it better when this arc is complete, but these four fragments of stories, on their own, didn't feel quite satisfying, and I'd rather get back to where they left off in #5.
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      CommentAuthorAndre
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1743.8)
    I'm growing to really love this thread and look forward to seeing it pop up every thursday.

    SHOCK OF THE NEW

    Groo: Hell on Earth

    Another hillarious outing by Aragones and Evanier. This mini wraps up nicely with an uplifting conclusion about teaching the children to fix the mistakes of their parents. Very strong parallels to todays problems in regards to pollution and war, too strong it seems sometimes but still a funny read, which is what to expect from Groo.

    Amazing Spider-Man #556

    Getting better, my previous negative review of this is somewhat withdrawn. An interesting twist on the previous plot points and a bloody ending that seems rather twisted compaired to the light hearted spidey of late. An interesting read and good set-up, Spidey's conversation with a homeless SHEILD agent drew a smile and in the end I wanted to see more so its certainly a plus.

    Nova #12

    Another good issue. Being a fan of old school new warriors I gave this a try on a whim and haven't been dissapointed. Fun space adventures with solid dialogue and action. I'm not following Annhilation but I'm wishing I was. I'm unfamilair with Gen X's Warlock besides what the average fan knows
    but enjoyed the characters take in this nissue. It's nice to see Nova back to full power and ready to fight the war.

    Punisher #56

    Punishers new Task Force made up Military Soilders begins it's work. A fascinating concept that makes me wishing this wasn't Ennis's Swan song on the series. Good Development of characters and suspense. The basic action is fun to watch as well. Another Good midpoint in an Ennis story arc.

    Doktor Sleepless #6

    The Good Doktor finally reveals his methods and ultimate goal, something I've been itching to see brought to light. A nice catch up issue that puts the pieces together as well as teases us with new information. The angels? Sing and the Nurse all make appearances and we continue on with another Ellis Classic.

    STINK OF THE OLD

    Countdown #3

    I couldn't think of a better title to file this one under. Stink of the old is correct. I keep reminding myself it's almost done then sweet sweet final crisis will make this load of malarky pay off...this issue sets up the battkle of the century jimmy Olsen vs Darkseid...sigh.
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      CommentAuthorJohn Keats
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1743.9)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    (I'm happy to see that I'm not the only Nova fan in the world!).
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1743.10)
    Shock of the New

    Green Arrow/Black Canary #7: I maintain that the previous Green Arrow series didn't need to be cancelled, but this series is fantastic. Seeing Ollie (and friends) go on his crusade to find Connor is panning out for this series very well.

    BPRD: 1946 #4: I love Hellboy. I love the BPRD. I love Mike Mignola. This series has been fantastic, a perfect mix of character and mystery. (huge spoiler) And the return of Von Kelpmt? Awesome

    Fantastic Four #556: I've liked Millar and Hitch's run on this book quite a bit so far. They've got most of the characters down really well, but my only complaint would be about Johnny. I get that he's an impulsive rock star and all that, but he's not completely retarded. I have a hard time believing he would fuck a supervillain instead of turn her in. Otherwise a very good run so far.

    Punisher #56: After Garth is gone, the series needs to end. There I've said it. It's just too good with him for it to exist without him. In fact, the only story he hasn't covered in some way is Frank losing. So maybe that's what this arc is really about...

    I read other stuff, but I clearly don't have much insight into them right now. Suffice to say The Goon was great, Echo was also very good, and some other stuff was kinda meh, or good but not great.
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    SHOCK OF THE NEW:
    i discovered Criminal this week, thanks to the threads here. i picked up both #'s 1 and 2 and i was absorbed into them. very good stuff.
    picked up george r. r. martin's Wildcard which was somewhat incoherent in the beginning, but pulled together in the end and i liked it.
    also snagged a copy of Number of the Beast which i wanted to like, but i will reserve a commitment on till after issue # 2

    STINK OF THE OLD
    nothing for me neither; i was lucky. i did pick up an old copy of Jeremy: The Complete Strip Collection by local writer jon morris. this was wonderful, not stinky.
    almost forgot, i also picked up yet another Transmetropolitan by warren this week. i got Lust for Life. damn, i just can not get enough of spider. good stuff.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008 edited
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    I've only had time for two from my pull this week. Both SHOCK OF THE NEW!

    I'm fairly new to Criminal but i loved it. LOVED IT. I really felt like I was blacking out along with Lawless. Props to Ed and Sean.

    And The Goon...Jesus, where do I begin? This has been one of my favorite titles for awhile now, but ever since Eric Powell dropped the Chinatown graphic novel, this series has been kicking extra amounts of ass. If you're not reading The Goon, I hate you.
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      CommentAuthorFerburton
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
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    Shock of the New: I bought three, since only three comics that I read came out this week, not a big stack, I'm hoping that a Black Summer comes out soon since I'm feeling stuck on my last issue from it. I bought Transhuman since it has an interesting cover, haven't read it yet though.

    Doktor Sleepless #6: Greatness, simply. Get lots of answers, we now know what the Doktor's plans are, great, though what I had thought the angels were his, it surprised me when he was surprised by them.

    Young Liars #1: I had seen it, and passed on it last time, then I remembered exactly what I liked from the preview I had read of it, it's fucking trippy.
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    alright.....i did not get a chance to read YOUNG LIARS or SUBURBAN GLAMOUR yet, kiss my ass. i was playing pinball. anyways:

    NEW!!!!!!
    CRIMINAL-well, no shit. everyone on this board seems to be getting on this book now (well, except for the ones that were already reading it...) and THANK GOD! every person that likes well written, gorgeous comics should be reading this. and a hint to the newcomers: when you go back and read the old stuff, this issues is going to get a lot cooler for you. trust me. teeg lawless, brutal motherfucker.

    DOKTOR SLEEPLESS-nice point to rest, catch a breath and pack a bowl because i get the feeling that its gonna whip back into crazy-speed again. this issue gave us the answers we've been nerding out for in a small dose and its grand. and wowzers, Dok, took the goggles off and saw the angel/ harbinger of st teresa/whatever it is. yes. so many yeses.

    BOOSTER GOLD- this book is like the anti DCU, in that its self contained, fun "comic booky" stories. for fucks sake, this issue had wild dog. WILD DOG! its just good in the nerdiest way possible.

    NUMBER OF THE BEAST-wildstorm fans, this is our book. did you want to know what happened after "change or die"? well, get the fuck on point. this is also a pure "comic book" that will have non nerds scratching their heads asking "wha- why?! why did you buy this?". your response is to hit them.

    OLD:
    FANTASTIC FOUR- am i the only one totally underwhelmed so far? waiting till the end of this arc, but i dont think im gonna stay on with this one....

    GLC- cool set up, nice moments but overall a blah issue of a normally good book
    • CommentAuthorDracko
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1743.15)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    No, you're not. It's pretty dire stuff.
    • CommentAuthordeadhuman
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008 edited
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    Nova fan here too!

    What r you talking about F4 was full of action, the art's perfect and the Nuearth thing is awesome and who's in the fucking Cap??? just there it surpass all the other F4 stories I read .so I don't know why you guys didn't like it but I liked it!
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    the art is good, and nu earth is a cool idea, but this just seems lackluster.
    • CommentAuthordeadhuman
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1743.18)
    i know its not the Ultimates... but Torch sleeping wit the villain chick is funny
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    im not even comparing it to the ultimates, im just comparing it to other runs on FF. so far it doesnt stack up. i AM giving it until the end of the arc though...
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      CommentAuthormagsman
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008 edited
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    Shocking:

    BPRD 1946 #4. I'm really digging this series. The little demon-girl Varvara makes me laugh. And the post-WWII milieu is perfect for the subject matter. The impression given is that we're seeing a mere fraction of the wackass weirdness the nazi occultists were messing about with.

    Serenity: Better Days #2. Fun to see all of the characters' fantasies about what to do with their newfound lucre. One pesky sliver in the skin of my enjoyment here: The story seems compressed to the point of feeling rushed. I wish they had given the story more room to breathe. Otherwise, great to see the crew back in action and dealing with a situation none of them anticipated.

    The Goon #23. Powell is building a nice slow-burn of dread. Some crazy shit is going down around Lonely Street, and I can't wait to find out what it all adds up to!

    Stinking:

    Nada.