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  1.  (1952.1)
    I'm beyond swamped this week, so let's get this done: this is your weekly thread for discussing the comics you may have just bought. I don't want shopping lists -- I want to know what you thought about what you bought.

    Use the Hide button for spoilers if you can, as people are now using this thread to decide what to buy on the weekends.

    Please divide your purchases into the following CATEGORIES:

    FUTURISMIC

    and

    RETROPUNK.


    I thank you.

    -- W
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1952.2)
    Futurismic:

    Thor #7 (or 8.. whichever one the new one is) - which is just good fun from JMS. Once again we don't have much of the superheroic stuff, but more father/son bonding (kinda). Also, a bittersweet ending that, while I saw it coming, I still enjoyed. Good stuff, and I hope JMS sticks with this title for a long time.

    Northlanders #5 - somehow I missed #4. Still, it didn't seem too necessary in order to enjoy this issue. I love the artwork, and while some of the dialogue rings a bit too "modern" in places, it's been a fun story so far and I'll just keep on' buyin' it as long as the quality continues to be this good.

    Modern Masters #16: Mike Allred - just started reading it so not much to review yet, but it's Mike Allred and he's one hep-cat daddy-o.

    Retropunk:

    Brave & The Bold #12: a really disappointing ending to the whole Megistus saga. The baddie was built up to be an ancient force of evil and power, so he spends his time getting into a fist fight? And he wasn't really evil, he was trying to save the Earth from the upcoming Crisis.. so why didn't he just try to tell the heroes that in the first place? I dunno... the whole thing just really didn't work for me. Ordway's art is solid as usual, but I really don't dig his stuff the way I do Perez. I think this will be my last issue of B&B.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1952.3)
    I have a pretty short pull list, so all I got this week was

    Futurismic:

    Fall of Cthulu #11 - This book has yet to let me down. I love the writing, pacing, and atmosphere. This new story arc seems is starting with much the same dread as the past two, and I assume the wrath of the Old Ones will come crashing down thanks to the past efforts of Dr. Arkham yet again.

    Cthulu Tales #1 - Another BOOM! Studios deal, this has three short stories based loosely on the current Cthulu thing BOOM! has going. Features a great story from Steve Niles, and some fine artwork. I'm really starting to fall in love with BOOM!

    Retropunk:

    Not enough comics for rickie. :( Guess I'll have to read "real" books.
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      CommentAuthororwellseyes
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008 edited
     (1952.4)
    FUTURISMIC

    Batman: Killing Joke- Easily one of my (and apparently everyone's) favorite comics. There's a simple meanness to the story that I love. Bolland's art is just sublime, his character's have weight. They feel utterly real and yet the stuff of nightmares.

    The re-coloring works and doesn't at the same time. The gaudiness of the original is gone, which lessens the carnival scenes a litte, but the greytone flashbacks are much more nuanced and clear. Bolland is one of those artists whose panels I can just stare at, admiring the craft.

    The story is the same, still a tight little horror story about two men who know they're going to kill each other. An odd comparison here, but the flashbacks keyed to visual flips, had me thinking of "Lost". The visual of the Joker reaching out to his soon to be dead wife then crash-cutting to the clown-doll almost had me hearing the "woosh" from the show.

    There's a back-up story from Bolland "An Innocent Guy" that's a nice add-on. Bolland's afterword is a nice droll counterpoint to the introduction by Tim Sale that is as close as I've seen a creator come to actually having sex with a book.

    Retropunk:
    Local comic shop not getting Northlanders in sufficient quantities. Good on Mr. Wood though.
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      CommentAuthorlordmitz
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1952.5)
    Futurismic: Hulk #3. this title is so dumb it's awesome. giant green robot harpies. what else do you need?
    Northlanders #5: not sure if it's the script or the art that makes this for me. but i love it's setting and it's feel. a nice sleeper hit.

    Retropunk: New Avengers #whateverthelatestis. nick fury's fucking a skrull. i now call this hobby 'skrullfucking'. my guilty shame is i quite like new avengers, but this issue just seemed so pointless.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008 edited
     (1952.6)
    Pardon my geekness, but it's actually Mighty Avengers #12. I found it to be quite FUTURISMIC. Bendis knows his espionage. I was actually pretty mad at the "To Be Continued" page for making me wait another month!

    Thor #7 was FUTURISMIC as fuck! JMS reminds me of why I love mythology so much. Ever since Thor: Disassembled, he's been a complete bad ass. I hope he stays this way.

    Hulk #3 was RETROSEXUAL. I don't want to bash the writer that gave us Hush, The Long Halloween and the critically acclaimed Teen Wolf movies, but I can't hang with this series anymore. Three strikes and you're out Jeph. (Ed Mcguinness' art is pretty nice though.)
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      CommentAuthorAndre
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1952.7)
    Loving this thread, I missed last week because by the time I got my comics, i couldn't find the thread anywhere....

    FUTURISMIC

    Batman #675
    Another strong issue which ties directly into Batman R.I.P. Grant Morrison never fails to dissapoint and hearing things over the comic con weekend about where Batmans headed has gotten me really excited about the future of this book. Grants breakdown of the Batman and the mask he wears really takes an interesting turn with a stark revelation at the end. An excellent read.

    Hulk #3
    A solid action issue, those looking for an enthralling storyline look elsewhere, this is mainly just an action book with an interesting mystery. The Red Hulks identity remains a secret but a solid triple threat match between red hulk, green hulk and the rick jones Abomination looms on the horizon, a good set up issue, for a fun story.

    Ultimate Spider-Man #121
    Another fun issue, this is pretty much the only book by Bendis I still thoroughly enjoy, fun highschool hijinx with an amusing story and the return of Omega Red. Peters and Kittys baby experiement ends badly and Peter's left having to explain why.

    Supreme: The Return
    just picked up this trade and it's some of the most fun i've ever had reading a superhero comic. Alan Moore who is the midas of the comics world, touches a terrible one dimensional character and turns him into Printed Gold. Buy the first trade read it then pick up this one , Alan Moore never dissapoints examing the evolution of the different comics genres and periods through one character , its truly compelling fun reading.

    RETROPUNK

    Countdown to Final Crisis #1
    I'm happythis is finally over, now it can sit in a comic box and gather dust for the rest of my life. A terrible end to a terrible series, I know Final Crisis will be the glorious Phoneix to rise from this pile of shit stained ashes.

    Spirit #16
    Think i'm going to drop this, I like Mr Aragones but this comic is just very uninteresting. It does nothing to rise above the mundanity of an ordinary read and therefore not worth my money. I may give it one more issue but unfortunately I think it's on it's way out.
  2.  (1952.8)
    while some quality stuff happened (i mean, cmon- a new issue of morrison batman is pretty much a guarantee of radtown population:me) i would like to talk about COUNTDOWN. the last part was this week, and looking back on the series i feel DC fucked up. badly. i read the first five or so, and dropped it. it was off to a ridiculous, disjointed start and i just gave up. like many people i kept up on the goings on by reading it in the store or just catching the weekly recaps online- so i came back with issue 26 when the "change" happened. DC obviously saw everyone dropping this book and retooled the pace of it at the half way point. and for a while it was actually pretty fucking cool! the art team opened up wider to include more people that i actually liked, paul dini grabbed the reins a little tighter, even writing some of the issues directly himself. i found myself genuinely looking forward to it, even in the weeks where it was a big, dumb action movie with almost zero substance- it was still a huge sprawling book with lots of interesting parallel plots. this all stopped around 7 or 8, it seemed that the book literally fell apart- in an effort to tie together disparate strands and force the story along, the book just fucking ate shit. the lone high point in the bottom ten, for me, were the two issues told in the narrative style from buddy blank. it was a nice technique that lent a distance to the events in those two parts, making the destruction of whatever earth that was (kamandi/omac earth- im pretty sure it was never named in the series sadly enough. see what i mean here?) seem epic on a scale that wouldnt have happened with a traditional style. after that, nothing. the last part left me feeling like a sucker, i bought roughly half of a series that simply didnt deliver on almost all counts. i really try not to turn into a fanboy nerd on here, but this was just a misfire-unfortunately it was a misfire where once they started, they were locked in to a weekly 52 issue schedule. at least i didnt buy all of them, i guess? or maybe just be happy that i genuinely liked about 15 issues of a series that i own about 25 parts of ? that would be the more posi way....
  3.  (1952.9)
    RETROPUNK

    I'm reading Jack Kirby's Devil Dinosaur Omnibus. It's fantastic. The hippie monkey boy rides his red dinosaur Jesus, they get into shit, red dino Jesus stomps or kicks rocks at the problem until it dies. Nobody's worth biting, to mighty Devil. Everything is worth kicking.

    There's a panel that's just Devil stomping a space man, with "BONK BONK BONK" being the only sound. Best kid's comic ever.

    Also, I love that the letter columns are just Kirby going "Fuck you, Science. Monkey pre-men could've totally ridden dinosaurs. Were you there? Then shut up." every issue.
  4.  (1952.10)
    FUTURISMIC

    I just finished the complete Y: The Last Man. Awesome book, even though i thought the art, while nice, was a little off-tone most of the time. That ending really beat the hell out of me...

    RETROPUNK

    Back in the day, when I could afford more comics

    (edited to be in line with regulations, my bad)
    • CommentAuthorsashasklar
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1952.11)
    RETROPUNK

    The only thing I picked up this week was the second Manhunter trade. The guy who writes it is a regular at my LCBS and he gave me a money-back guarantee, so I picked up the first one a couple weeks ago. You know what? It's damn good! It's set in some kind of parallel DCU where instead of stripmining the silver and golden age for anything that isn't nailed down they decided to try and move forward a little.

    FUTURISMIC
    Speaking of moving forward, I read a friend's batch of Skrull assfuckery: Ms Marvel, Mighty Avengers, etc. You know, now that they're out in the open doing stuff, the suspense is gone and I'm kinda bored.
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      CommentAuthorGypsy
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1952.12)
    FUTURISMIC...I think...

    Picked up the first issue of Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti's PAINKILLER JANE. I'm really liking the character and the comic a lot so I've added Issue #2 to my wishlist.

    A friend gave me Issue #1 of GLOOM COOKIE this evening, saying he thought I'd enjoy the art even if I didn't like the comic. Jury's still out as I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'll edit and mention the verdict after I have.

    ~Kim
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1952.13)
    @JoshHechinger

    That Devil Dinosaur Omnibus sounds awesome. Plus it's great to hear the letters sections were added to the omnibus. Makes me realize I need to read more Kirby. To which I must confess that the word "more" is improperly used there, because in fact I have yet to read any Kirby. Daddy don't hit me!
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1952.14)
    Straight up Futurismic week:

    Got Five Fists of Science and Casanova: Luxuria. I'm now officially on the Fraction wagon. Five Fists is wonderfully insane, like Jules Verne or H. G. Wells on crack, using real characters. Casanova is just plain mindblowing. Had to read it twice to get all of it, which might have something to do with the fact that my head is completely filled with snot and pounding like... something that pounds a lot. Can't think of inspiring similies right now. But it's cool as hell. The comic, I mean, not the snotfilled headache.

    Also extremely futurismic: The first issue of Witch Doctor. Original and funny. And just gorgeously drawn.
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008 edited
     (1952.15)
    FUTURISMIC

    BATMAN #675 - GM's Batman is the shit and that's all I got to say. Except I won't. I would have preferred to have Tony Daniel penciling this issue, but I cannot have the world. That said, the final few pages were pitch-perfect in script and execution, and that last panel was a beaut.

    NORTHLANDERS #5 - A lovely flashback issue that gives the first four issues of this series actual resonance. Sven finally feels like a real character now, and not some rich-kid from the Valley that wants what is due to him, who, you know, runs around murdering Vikings while draped in a deer hide.

    ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #121 - I enjoyed this one-and-done issue. Lots of fun to be had, and as good of a match Bagley was to this book, I can't get enough of Immonen's work here. The argument can definitely be made that Ultimate Omega Red is underdeveloped (really, it is not even an argument), but I can imagine this whole running Roxxon Corporation subplot running throughout the series will be given a true arc down the line sometime. You know, before Jeph Loeb kills the entire Ultimate universe.

    UNCANNY X-MEN #497 - I'll come out right now and say it. I love this San Fran Hippie subplot. Sure, not much has happened with it yet, but I love how diametrically opposing it is to everything else that is happening in the X-verse (except X-Factor, since they're battling fucking Arcade at the moment). Oh oh oh, and Mike Choi has definitely raised high on my list with this arc (hadn't seen his work before now). Oh oh oh, and I LOVED the action sequence at the start of this issue. I'm a little peeved that Choi will be working on X-Force, only because I have given up on that book after the first two issues.

    RETROPUNK

    MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 - I read it, but luckily didn't buy it. I was real excited about the return of Nick Fury, but I've since realized I have very little knowledge of the Marvel 616 version of Fury. I really only know him as his Marvel MAX and Ultimate universe versions. I love and adore Ennis' original FURY MAX miniseries, and I guess whenever I think of Fury and think of that book and how fucking awesome he is in it. But anyways, I wasn't all that impressed with what Fury has been doing since Secret War, as is chronicled in this issue of Mighty Avengers. Also, I'm quite happy that I'm not buying into Secret Invasion. As someone mentioned (I just read it, I think it was in this thread), the suspense of the story has been lost with all of these Skrulls revealed and running about.
  5.  (1952.16)
    @madmatt

    To which I must confess that the word "more" is improperly used there, because in fact I have yet to read any Kirby. Daddy don't hit me!


    • CommentAuthorMark Datik
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1952.17)
    Futurismic -

    Suburban Glamour #4 (Jamie McKelvie) - I really enjoyed this allegorical tale of teenage transition into adulthood. It's refreshing to hear an authentic younger voice in this medium and I really enjoyed the art, the story, and the overall packaging. Great to see the next generation of talent be so concerned with all aspects of presenting a story. He should be proud of this effort, I'll be on the lookout for his next project.


    Cold Heat #4 (BJ and Frank Santoro, PictureBox) - Dan Nadel, of Art Out of Time Fame, publishes a small line of art comics under the PictureBox banner. This particular comic deals with alien intruders and is rendered using a beautiful combination of cyan and magenta. Art comics are somewhat difficult to talk about due to their more abstract nature, so check this out (and other comics/books) for yourself:

    http://www.pictureboxinc.com


    Criminal #2 (Brubaker/Phillips) - This was a great read. The blackout panels had an almost melodic quality to them that was extremely impressive. I was a little unsure they'd work but both creators did a fantastic job on that front. I happened to have bought the Blast of Silence dvd from Criterion so the four page booklet was an extra bonus. Both of these gentlemen should be very proud of this work.


    Northlanders #5 (Wood/Gianfelice) - Sven and Zoe BOTH being kids and pulling one over on Zoe's father's rivals was a bit of a... stretch for me. Otherwise another entertaining issue, looking forward to the inevitable beatdown of the villians.
    • CommentAuthorDonburiBoy
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
     (1952.18)
    FUTURISMIC
    NUMBER OF THE BEAST #2 (Wildstorm) written by Scott Beatty & illustrated by Chris Sprouse. My inescapable WildStorm bias aside, I'm enjoying this series a lot. I was always a fan of the WildStorm Superhero Universe because it was a dark, paranoid place full of cynical, opportunistic heroes who only saved the world if it was in line with their personal agendas; and creepy big-brother techno-governments who were just trying to create new weapons with feet.

    I'm a child of angry 90s comics, and so I missed out on this magical Golden & Silver Age of genuinely altruistic heroes who want to help for the sake of doing Good. What I like about NotB is that the WildStorm Universe DID have a Golden Age full of quirky do-gooders, but then the government just annihilated all of them at the end of World War Two to pave the way for the current WSU.

    Without giving too much away: The minds of this missing generation of Golden Age heroes called the Paladins get downloaded into this Matrix-like virtual reality, where they stop campy downloaded supervillains and help old ladies cross the street over and over again for eternity.

    Until the Government injects two new minds into the machine: The Eidolon & The High, from StormWatch's "Change or Die" series. These new minds upset the balance and suddenly, the mind-machine isn't working the way it should, triggering a Biblical Apocalypse scenario that will probably spill out into the real world.

    I'm also enjoying this series because it's going to set up the next stage of the WSU: the complete destruction of their Earth. All the WildStorm properties, Wildcats, The Authority, Gen 13, and StormWatch are going to be relaunched in a new, post-apocalyptic status quo. While on the one hand, I get that it might limit the kind of creative freedom that gave us books like Sleeper or Planetary, I've always been a fan of WildStorm's willingness to take drastic risks with their properties. I'm interested to see how the books turn out.

    That was a bit rambly, sorry. To sum up: Good writing, great art, neat characters, world go boom.

    THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AUTHORITY: HAWKSMOOR #2 (WildStorm) written by Mike Costa & illustrated by Fiona Staples. Neat little story about Hawksmoor's life, pre-StormWatch, where he's essentially a superpowered homeless man. Hobocop. It's got a bit of noir, as we get Jack's gritty internal monologue as he tries to solve a murder in a city that won't listen to him, and a bit of sci-fi, as there are some nasty superhumans and the occaisional giant robot. Good story. Good art.


    RETROPUNK
    DAREDEVIL: HELL TO PAY VOL 2 (Marvel) Written by Ed Brubaker & Illustrated by Michael Lark. I really enjoyed Brubaker's first year on Daredevil, and I liked the first half of "Hell to Pay", but for some reason, I didn't really respond to this. Daredevil spends some time under some of Mr. Fear's fear-gas, and I couldn't help but think that it felt like a recycled Batman story with Scarecrow. And then we again put Daredevil's woman in extreme physical/psychological peril. Don't get me wrong, I'm still a big fan of the series and its creative team, but I guess I just felt that everything up until now was exceptional, the Bendis run & first Brubaker runs, not to mention Bru's work on Captain America & Iron Fist, and this one was just kind of a "normal" superhero book.

    SPIKE: ASYLUM (IDW) written by Brian Lynch & illustrated by Franco Urru. Joss Whedon said he read Lynch's Spike work, and it impressed him so much that it helped created the Angel: After the Fall series that I'm currently kind of digging. Well, there were lots of cute bits in the story, and you can really tell that Lynch is a fan, but man, do I find Urru's art muddy and hard to follow.
  6.  (1952.19)
    i should add that i am absolutely loving both the wildstorm books you mentioned- its like these are flying under almost everyones radar, too. seriously, there has been some very good stuff out of that unwatched corner in the past six months or so. this new hawksmoor book is probably my favorite WS thing since stormwatch phd ended.
  7.  (1952.20)
    They certainly were not new comics, and not sure if I'm correct in placing them in the FUTURISMIC category, but I just received from TFAW.com a box full of Bonelli Comics reprints that Dark Horse Comics published 9 years ago; Dylan Dog, Martin Mystery, and Nathan Never. Each offers entertaining stories and great artwork, and a complete narrative experience without needing to have ever read any previous installments or 37 other titles to get the whole story. Warren's writing on the idea of Pop Comics came to mind as I delved into them.
    Not sure why these didn't catch on. Black and white digest comics, 96-110 page count range for $4.95 (though I think I picked them up out of the on-line remainders bin for around $1.50 each). Maybe they were just ahead of their time, since they predate the manga and "wait for the trade" movements currently in vogue.