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    • CommentAuthorcatullus
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
    Double SWIG on the Twelve, because there seemed to be more emotional heft to it. Better, it seemed like Chris Weston was channeling Dave Gibbons, especially of the waitress; Weston's done such weirdness that, save for MINISTRY OF SPACE, this was an issue where he could do more straightforward art.

    As to the NEW UNIVERSAL book, why was it that the first three character's glyphs are mentioned, but not the fourth's?
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    I read Black Gas recently, one of the most fucked up things I've ever read.
    Oh, and I happened to find this one called Action Philosophers. Good stuff.
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
    fluids: CASANOVA. the best comic going, seriously. amazin' amazin' amazin'.

    herbals: captain britain secret invasion thingie. gibberish. i knew this was going to be a mistake. oh well. i'd say it'll learn me not to buy things out of nostalgia, but it won't.
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
    Walking Dead - A further turn of the screw; I can't personally think of a credible way
    for Rick to survive if what I think has happened to him actually has
    . Genuinely excited to see where the next 12 issues go.

    DMZ - Wish fulfillment interview. nicely done. Great Zee moment, I like that Matt is immature and selfish in a very believeable way. Interested to see the other shoe drop on his mum.

    New Universal - Didn't go to enough interesting places for me after the end of the first volume left me on tender hooks. Its herbal only really in comparison to the company it was in this week and Just left me a little flat. I have faith though.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008
    Fluids of the Fantastic:

    New Universal: Shockfront #1 I'm not familiar with the old new universe at all, so to me these have always just been about telling a superhero story with characters that are totally new to me. It feels 'present day' without beating the reader over the head with it, and it's nicely grim too.

    Captain Britain and MI-13 #1 I think this is a reasonable start for it, although the initial set-up at the beginning doesn't really make any sense to anyone that hasn't read Cornell's Wisdom MAX miniseries. It does lay on the Britishness a little thickly, but I kind of like it that way. And if he manages to do an issue of this that's as utterly baffling to the American's as most of Wisdom was, I'll be happy.

    Black Summer #6 Finally managed to track it down (I think there might've been a restock, or else it was a bit late arriving in Blighty), still loving this to bits and I have no idea how it's going to end. And the amount of detail Ryp can cram into a panel is still astounding me.

    Secret Invasion #2 Again, slightly behind on this, but I echo what was said about it by people last week in that it's ok but a bit of a filler in terms of moving the plot on.

    Herbal Junk

    Serenity: Better Days #3 It felt like there were pages missing, so many story elements coming from nowhere. I think this one really needed to be a 4 parter to cram it all in properly. Shame as well, cause the first two issues were great.
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008
    amazing fluids (damn it, i want something to drink now):

    transhuman 2- always a fan of transhuman themes, and i like the documentary style of this. the we3 reference is also a plus.

    (kinda) herbal (because i don't like being harsh, and goddamn it, i like herbal infusions):

    genext 1- i don't know about this yet. the concept has interested me since marvel started talking about this book.... years ago. not a lot of explanation of what the hell's going on in this so far.

    batman 676- i guess it would help if i knew what was going on before this, huh? joker's pretty cool though. should pan out into something cool though... wow, i am optimistic about stuff today.
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    the we3 reference is also a plus.

    oh shit! i forgot about neat.
    • CommentAuthorocvictor
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008
    I have not had a chance to read it, but how did I not know that there were new issues of "Scud the Disposable Assassin"?
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    If you haven't read Scud yet you might as well wait a month (or so) and buy the ginormous, all-in-one complete graphic novel. I have that on my list of required literature without which no comic library is complete.
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008 edited
    -Casanova #14: Beyond incredible. I'm stunned and stupefied. Comic of the year.
    -Thunderbolts #120: "I AM GOD!" Moment of the year.
    -Booster Gold #9: I would love this book if it were shit, luckily it's the opposite. Does that make it food?
    -The Walking Dead #49: sad but good. I don't think Rick's gunna make it.
    -Young Liars #3: Digging this series. Pretty insane but a good insane.
    -newuniversal: Shockfront #1: It was a slow burn but the flames were hot.
    -Transmetropolitan vol 1: Finally picked this up after years of having it on my wait list and with Darick Robertson's signature to boot. Thoroughly enjoyable and will be picking the other trades up throughout the summer. Also bought an extra one for my friend who's a journalism major/sci-fi geek and he really dug it.

    -Wolverine #65: I enjoyed the short ride thanks to Aaron and Garney, but there's only so much Wolverine I can handle. Kind of dissapointed in the whole set up an arc to kill someone and then fall back on the cliche of leaving them for dead which in comicbook terms means we'll see her in the next 2 months. Dropped.
    -Serenity Better Days #3: ehh. This one didn't really do anything for me.
    -Green Lantern Corps #24: I miss Gibbons.
    -The Twelve #5: This series needs to start going somewhere, I get that they're suffering, lets do something else for a change. Pretty to look at though.

    -Batman #676 and Amazing Spider-Man #556 are somewhere between the two categories
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2008
    I feel like running with this drink comparison a bit.

    If Black Summer 6 was a drink, I think it'd be a cup particularly tasty mead. Bitter and gag-inducing, but pleasantly so. This story is endlessly entertaining. A finely tuned epic with beautiful, gruesome violence. And it's the premise and the character moments that sets this above standard superhero fare. Still, I wish I'd opted to read this in its collected form as it was obviously intended. To continue, I the whole bottle, and so I'm left unsatisfied.

    I hadn't been enjoying The Boys but issue 18 was a particularly effective issue. I can't tell if I'd compare this issue to a fine wine or a particularly chokeful batch of tequila, but the feeling is somewhere between those two. I'll be switching over to buying this series in collected format henceforth, but I'm glad I bought this issue. It climaxed out the story arc with a fight scene that was less than epic. This series is more about the emotional journey of the Wee Hughie character than anything else, and Ennis is hitting his stride in that regard. And Robertson's inks have tightened pleasantly in this issue. My only complaint was that there were a few awkward, Austin Powers-esque moments where Robinson took measures to cover up a certain character's penis. It seems odd to me that Ennis and Robertson can depict anything from a man's face covered in menstrual fluid to gruesome violence to a team of superheroes ravaging an entire whorehouse, but actually drawing a man-zombie's penis is avoided.

    Green Lantern 30 shows two creators working to the best of their abilities. Goes down like a good summer ale. I bought the last issue knowing nothing about Hal Jordan or Green Lanterns, and I'm enjoying this introduction to the character immensely. Johns does an excellent job of writing Hal Jordan as a human being of immense passion, and Ivan Reis is a phenomenal comic book artist. His style is very traditional, but he's adept at storytelling in all regards, and his level of detail reminds me of Bryan Hitch, and Onclair Albert's inks feel like a combination of Paul Neary's and Scott Williams'. I'm glad I started buying this comic so far.

    Wolverine 65 concludes an entertaining story with a powerful punch. This is a stout, dark and sooty, but pleasant and with a resonating aftertaste. Ron Garney's art was a bit looser than in previous issues, but not unpleasantly so. On the other hand, Jason Aaron has managed to become my favorite new writer in the business. I loved The Other Side, and Scalped is consistently excellent. But this rich, chocolaty story is everything a superhero story shouldn't be. The portrayal of Mystique is sexy but not degrading. The fights are intensely violent but not mindless. And the issue ends on a note of emotional resonance that few superhero comics achieve. Aaron is one talented writer.


    I picked up Action Comics 864 on the basis that it was a stand-alone story that was relatively well-reviewed, but this issue tasted something sickly. I had enjoyed what Johns was doing on the title before the Legion of Super Heroes arc, which I had no interest in. I was unfortunately surprised to find that this was more of a continuation of that. More, this issue was nothing more than a prologue to Johns' Final Crisis tie-in, which I also have no interest in. It's not that this issue was poorly executed. I'm sure it would have been fine--the art and writing were both decent, if unspectacular--if I had actually known what the hell was going on. But the story was narrated by a character I'd never heard of, and featured several other characters I'd never heard of all talking about events I'd never heard of, so I was completely lost.

    The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home 3 isn't a bad comic. I'd say that it tastes like a particularly creamy organic coffee drink. But writers Robin Furth and Peter David have the inherent that people who have read the Dark Tower novels--their target audience--already know what's going to happen, so there's very little suspense. They tried to remedy this problem by adding additional conflict to the story that Stephen King already wrote. But somehow the added conflict of attacking wolves isn't nearly as interesting as the preexisting story of Roland getting his soul sucked by his arch-nemesis, Marten. The comic is saved by the art by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove. This is the most aesthetically beautiful comic book on the shelves right now. That's why I'm buying it.

    It occurs to me that I buy far too many superhero comics. Partially because that's what makes up most of the market. Also because the non-superhero comics I buy--Walking Dead, DMZ, etc.--I purchase in collected format simply because they read better that way. Actually, most comics these days read better collected.
    • CommentAuthorb_radical
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2008 edited
    ok, so i signed up for "my pull list" with my local store and it was the first week with it. so they didn't have goon or newuniversal.


    SECRET INVANSION:FANTASTIC FOUR - this was horrible, but i knew it would be. it had a very bland story, it was told poorly, and was just made to sell issues and make secret invansion a bigger event.

    CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 - i really wanted to like this, but it was really rushed and made to fit into secret invasion, if given proper time to develop this COULD be a good book.

    BATMAN 676 - yeah, i know. i didn't get it. call me stupid, but this issue just doesn't make any sense to me. still going to keep reading RIP. just to see how they make Dick Batman, cause you know thats whats going to happen, cause thats the only change fans would be willing to accept.
    • CommentAuthorocvictor
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2008
    If you haven't read Scud yet you might as well wait a month (or so) and buy the ginormous, all-in-one complete graphic novel. I have that on my list of required literature without which no comic library is complete.

    That's the whole run, right? Including the four new issues? I have everything except the four new ones -- left them in my box at the store while they order me part two.
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2008
    add to my SWIG list:

    Transmet vols 3 & 4. Hot damn do I love this book. I'm sure everything I could say about it has already been said, but I do have one complaint. Did we really need the needle into the tear duct? Why would any human being combine the two things that I hate the MOST (subcutaneous injections and things fucking with my EYES) and combine them into one horrific scene? Fuck you, Mr. Ellis.

    Well, not really. But my eyes are watering just thinking of that scene again. Jerk.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2008
    Thank you sir, may I have ANOTHER!

    Batman R.I.P
    Ehhh...yeah okay, just get on with it, quit sugar coating.