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    Guy Ritchie's Game Keeper #1 - Guy Ritchie made a comic. What?

    Have another shocker - that's the second series, btw.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2008
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    What's with famous directors and comic books lately, anyway?
    • CommentAuthorDracko
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    WGA strike, Virgin imprint, wider TV/comic cross-polenisation, take your pick.
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2008 edited
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    SHOCK OF THE NEW
    I've never read a Ghost Rider comic before for the same reason I lived twenty years without reading a Punisher comic: There's nowhere you can take either character. He kills shit. Holy Fuck did Sir Ennis (has he been knighted yet??) prove me wrong. Punisher Max is unbelievably great. And most recently...

    Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears- Clayton Crain draws this 6 piece Garth Ennis prequel to Ghost Rider: Road to Damnation (which I've yet to read) and it is seriously fucking amazingly stunning. After reading Preacher, I vowed to read everything Ennis has ever written... reading Dicks and The Pro I was still thrilled about his every word, but Hellblazer threw me off a bit. Whatever, anyone reading this doesn't need me to tell them how great everything he's ever done (that I've read) is. I was disappointed with Punisher vol. 9 if I'm being honest, and I'm not wild about The Boys thus far, but I literally have not a single criticism of this Ghost Rider trade. I mean, I think the general character/ concept is pretty stupid, but Crain's art is literally stunning. I could just look at it all day long-- I can't believe how beautifully it's drawn/inked/colored (check those pages with the fog rolling in). What Garth Ennis does with Marvel characters amazes me... even if the character premise seems contrived or hard to work with, he seems to actually just write a story about very real, interesting social situations and then somehow incorporate the Marvel characters. I mean, the Punisher books are more about horrible villians who invoke within me the urge to kill people, and then he has Frank Castle kill the fuck out of them.
    Did you see Max 54??
    The same kind of thing is going on in Ghost Rider: The story is not about the actual Ghost Rider, but it surrounds mainly this Travis guy who seems to be willingly emulating these vigilante style heroes (not unlike Budiansky in Widowmaker,
    that cathartic scene on the stairs actually brought tears to my chin
    ). And Crain... wow. Every page in that book reminds me of Fabry's Preacher covers. Best $15 I ever spent.

    I will read everything the man ever writes. I'm hunting down his kindergarden teacher and getting his earliest stories. It's like heroin.
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2008
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    SOTN:
    WOLVERINE #64: My first encounter with Jason Aaron's work. Have to pick up SCALPED now. You know how sometimes you come upon one line by a writer you've never read before, and it elicits instant loyalty to his work? Aaron got me with Logan about to be attacked by US soldiers in Iraq: "Look son, I know ya'll don't get paid enough for this sort a mess, so I'm sorry 'bout what's fixin' to happen... Don't let it shake your self-confidence."