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    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2008
    @ joe.distort

    i love everything about this book, too bad most people ignored it because of who the writer was...

    I almost made that mistake, but the guy who pulls my comics convinced me to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did. Lesson learned: don't judge a man by his Emo-Punk band.
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2008

    The Goon #25. Great artwork, strong story building toward a big-ass showdown. Still, as texture mentioned above, I too miss the crass, nonsensical Goon tales of the early days. I hope that as Powell pursues this story arc, he throws in a few of those stories to keep things from becoming too dour.

    Glug, Glug:

    Angel: After the Fall #8. These flashback issues have been incoherent. The artwork is all over the place — sometimes fine, mostly ugly. And the stories are often lacking in — well, story. It's a mess. I'm eager for the series to get back to the main storyline and the new artist.

    BPRD: War on Frogs #1. I'm tired of the looooooong frog-people storyline. It's like when the mythology storylines in the X-Files started to overwhelm the fun of the thing. Got it: Frogs Bad. Can we move on now? Also, I'm not digging Guy Davis's inks over Herb Trimpe's pencils. Davis's linework is not a good match with Trimpe's heavier, blockier style. Some panels look like Guy Davis's art but with something just "off" about them. Sigh. I love Guy Davis's art, but it's moments like this that I miss Mignola.
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2008 edited
    I'M IN LOVE WITH MARLENE DIETRICH........................... DOKTOR SLEEPLESS is getting harder and harder waiting on issues of this to hit the shelves. this is by far the most entertaining and thought provoking comic i have ever read. thank you mr. ellis for including mr. shaviro's shed a lot of light for me on the series prompting me to reread it. it made the story twice as enjoyable. NARCOPOLIS #3......this is the first issue of this series i have read. i will be ordering the previous issues because i think this is going to be a great story second only to DOKTOR SLEEPLESS. SKY DOLL #2....i love this french series. this story of imposed religion on other worlds is so in tune with the problems we have with the christian menace today. beautiful artwork! NIGHT & FOG comic from studio 407 promises to be exciting from the starting gate. a government lab accident unleashes perfect killing machines on the population. this is linked with a terrible secret dating back to nazi germany. SHE BUCCANEER:TOMBS OF EDEN female pirate sails to egypt to discover the tomb of adam and eve trying to get magic to raise her dead swashbuckler. we will see where this goes. interesting enough to try another issue.PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2008 edited
    @zoem................. it would be worth investing in a magnifying glass to read PROJECT:KALKI......... the ink in AVATAR books is very fragrant indeed.
    • CommentAuthorpurvision
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2008

    SKIM, written by Mariko Tamaki, and drawn by Jillian Tamaki. While girl-in-highschool teenage angst isn't usually my thing, this is told earnestly and authentically. But what made me pick it up was the art of Jillian Tamaki. Stunningly fluid draftsmanship coupled with storytelling solutions coming from an illustrator's rather than a comix-artist source.

    Three Shadows, written and drawn by Cyril Pedrosa. A father's desperate search to keep the stalking horses of death from getting to his son. A perfect case of cartoony expressionism fitting a dark but uplifting narrative. Doesn't look like his other work. Virtuoso.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2008
    Guess I missed this when it was sticky, but fuck it, I'm gonna give this a whirl.

    I'm one of those dudes who buys tons of comics every month, and I just hit up the store yesterday for the first time all month, so chances are that most of what will eventually fall under the "Drowning In Berlin" category hasn't even been read yet. In fact, I still have a box of about 200 comics next to my easy chair that's stuff I've bought but just haven't been interested enough to read yet, so yeah, that should tell you something.

    But here's what I've read through in the past day and a half:

    I'm in love with a German film star

    LOCKE AND KEY #5: Joe Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box" has been my favorite horror novel of the past 5 years or so, and his talent obviously carries over into the graphic-arts medium if "Locke And Key" is any indication. This issue has taken things to a much scarier place than where the first four issues resided. At that point, things were just kinda creepy. Now things are getting full on terrifying, and I'm loving it. Gabriel Rodriguez, with whom I was heretofore unfamiliar, is doing a great job with the art, too. And I love the printing effects used on the covers of this series--I don't even know what that technique is called, but it's nice. There's apparently only one issue left of this series, and while I look forward to the resolution, I will miss this one. I hope Joe Hill writes another comic series soon.

    1985 #1: Millar's doing some pretty awesome stuff lately--first "Kick-Ass" and now this. This story, about a pre-teen boy from a broken home who has taken refuge from his depressing life in comic books, seems at first to take place in our world, where Marvel super-heroes are comic book characters. I could relate to the boy's retreat into the comic book world, and I'm sure a lot of you will too (especially those of you who are my age and were in middle school and reading lots of comics in 1985). By the end of this issue, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems and that the house in the nearby woods that's supposedly being converted into a retirement home is something far more sinister. The boy sees more than he's supposed to see while hiding in the woods, and things just intensify from there. I'm REALLY excited to read more of this series, and love the tone in which its being written. I haven't been a particular fan of Mark Millar before now (I know, I know...), but this series and "Kick-Ass" are winning me over in a big way.

    SECRET INVASION #3/MIGHTY AVENGERS #14/NEW AVENGERS #41/MS. MARVEL #27: Unlike a lot of the other big important world-spanning event books that have been launched by Marvel and DC over the last few years, this Secret Invasion arc has grabbed me from moment one. I found "Civil War" interesting but pretty frustrating, as I felt like it simultaneously raised really cool philosophical questions and then left them sitting without resolution, stranding the entire Marvel Universe in the limbo of unsolved dilemmas for the foreseeable future. Secret Invasion promises to clean up the big mess left in Civil War's wake, and without the absolutely horrific copout that the Spider-Man editing team took as a way out of that particular corner they'd been painted into. I'm loving the way Bendis (and Brian Reed) are tying the incidents in all of these titles together and moving the whole thing forward in a dramatic and entertaining way that brings in all sorts of unpredictable plot twists and surprising cameos (Ka-Zar?!?!). Of course, it could fall apart at the end in the same way that Civil War did, and if it does no one will be more pissed off than me, but as of right now I'm optimistic.

    AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #13: Excellent single-issue story from Christos Gage, a guy who has been popping up everywhere lately with uniformly stellar results. This guy is quickly forcing his way onto my must-read list. The character of Emery Schaub, Boulder, may have only had one story in him, but if this was it, it was a hell of a story.

    IMMORTAL IRON FIST #15: Fraction writes an issue by himself to tell another between-arcs story of a past Iron Fist. I love all this backstory that this title has given the Iron Fist as a power with legacy, and this is another excellent story in that vein. I wonder if we'll see the Brahma champion again...

    THE SWORD #8: Who are these Luna brothers dudes, and how have I not read everything else they ever did? I'm not sure how this one even ended up on my pull list (sometimes I order things on a whim that I've completely forgotten about by the time they show up), but thank god it did, because this has been one of my favorite titles this year. Great art, and more importantly, great story, going all sorts of places I wouldn't have expected. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next issue of this one, every single month.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2008
    Um, hit a character limit. Part 2 of that post:

    SCALPED #17: Dark, depressing ending to the "Dead Mothers" story arc. Jason Aaron's another really talented writer who has made his way onto my must-read list with this series, and it breaks my heart that more people aren't reading this title. I was also particularly moved by the scene towards the end of the issue where a drunken Dash stumbles onto his mother's front lawn without realizing where he is, then figures it out and collapses into tears. As someone who has a very conflicted and dysfunctional relationship with my own mother, I've seen a lot of myself in Dash's inability to figure out how to feel about his mother's death. Oh, and by the way, the big reveal on the last two pages of this issue--assuming I even understood it correctly--blew my fucking mind. I have no idea where Aaron is gonna take this, but I can't wait to see.

    INVINCIBLE #50: I'm definitely on the side of those who loved this issue. Robert Kirkman has a highly original take on the superhero universe, and the cliches he's blown open with this series have done a lot to make it the awesome comic that it is. This issue really brought to the fore the question, "Do you have to become what you hate to do what you feel is right?" I like that Mark is trying to answer that question in the negative, but I suppose we'll have to see where things go from here to learn whether he really can make that answer stick. I'm sure I'll enjoy seeing where things go from here. I gotta say, though, I wasn't too excited about the backing features. The origin of Cecil Steadman was interesting, I suppose, and I actually thought the Science Dog bit was pretty entertaining, but really, I could have done just fine with this issue being normal-sized and just dealing with Invincible. If Science Dog is the new backing feature, that's OK with me, but I'll miss Capes.

    ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #122: It's good to see a bunch of comics doing single issue stories this month, and it's especially good to see a story in which Spider-Man's bumbling recurrent foe, The Shocker, finally steps up his game. I've loved The Shocker's previous appearances, and the silly shit he's said ("Straight up! I'm from Waldorf Maryland!"...which is only funny to me because I'm from Virginia), but seeing him as a more complex character with real emotions and underlying pain was interesting too. I also enjoyed the interplay between Kitty and Mary Jane in this issue. Bendis's work on Ultimate Spider-Man was what got me back into comics after missing the entire 90s and the first few years of this decade, and while it's since been eclipsed by a few other titles I'm more fond of at this point, I'll probably always have a soft spot in my heart for this title. I hope he never stops writing it.

    YOUNG LIARS #4: There's always a little bit of "what the fuck is going on?" for me in any David Lapham comic, but that doesn't make them any harder to enjoy--I think the propulsive energy and convoluted plotting of his stuff is a lot of what makes it so great, even if it is sometimes hard to follow. The more I read this comic, the less I like any of the characters (other than Sadie, who still seems like an innocent, despite her first moment of true meanness in this issue), but again, that's part of Lapham's style. At least, I think so. Either way, I'm highly entertained. This is another title more people need to be fucking buying.

    LOCAL #12: As someone who is haunted by the mistakes of my own past, I could relate a lot to Megan's struggles to find peace with the demons inside her own head in this issue. I agree with whoever above complained about the pat ending; the spelling out of everything being fine and her being glad she's where she is now seemed less than completely honest to me, but maybe that's just because I haven't yet seen my way clear to a feeling like that in my own life. I don't think I'll ever be completely at peace with all the depressing shit in my past, and I can't imagine Megan will either. But I appreciate Wood's attempt to give the comic a happy ending. And a lot of the rest of the issue hit home for me on a deep level. So it's still a great issue, overly pat ending or not.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2008
    And uh, triple post of power:

    Drowning In Berlin

    WAR IS HELL #3: Yeah, I know, Garth Ennis, Howard Chaykin, how awesome is that? It's just, I don't know, I can't really find much to care about in this title. The storyline isn't pulling me in, and sometimes I don't even understand what's going on. None of the characters have made me care about them. The whole thing just seems kinda pointless. I will probably read the last two issues, just because what the hell, it's only two issues. But I doubt I'll get excited about this one going forward.

    FIREBREATHER #1: I realize that I probably should have read the previous graphic novel if I really wanted to enjoy this one from the jump, but as it is right now, I feel like I was presumed to know enough about the characters to jump right in. But I don't, so an issue that's mostly fighting is just gonna make me think, "OK, why do I care?" I'll try to pick up said graphic novel and get the proper amount of backstory on this one, as I love Phil Hester's writing and figure I should be able to dig this one if I had the backstory I need. But at this point, this title just feels underwhelming.

    PIGEONS FROM HELL #2: I like horror comics, I like Joe Lansdale, and I like Robert E. Howard. Why isn't this title doing anything for me? I don't even mind Nathan Fox's rather idiosyncratic art, though it does make me think of Paul Pope on a sloppy day... again, I just don't feel drawn in. I'm sensing a theme here--all the comics I'm underwhelmed with this month seem to lack character development to the extent I feel is sufficient. Hmm.

    NEW WARRIORS #12: Man... I feel like I knew why I was reading this comic a few issues ago, but the current arc is making me lose the thread. It's going from an interesting book about some D-list characters that were shown to have personalities of their own to just another generic superhero-team title, only with more infighting than usual. They better reverse this trend, or they're gonna lose me pretty soon.

    FINAL CRISIS #1: Uh oh. Sometimes I love Grant Morrison's titles, and sometimes I spend the whole time going "What the fuck is going on?" This is looking like one of the latter. Maybe it'll change--I hope so--but right now the jury's still out on this one. In a big way.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2008
    Goon #25 has touched my heart.

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    Doktor Sleepless 7 - It's really coming into form now. I enjoyed the rant, and the V-esque mask deliveries.

    Red Mass for Mars - Hickman does it again with his soul to Satan bought talent. Can't wait to see where this leads.

    The Boys 19 - Answers, and Ennis shows his history of modern warfare knowledge with his own sly take on the war biz.

    Nacopolis 3 -
    So the whole of Narcopolis is controlled by Cthulhu's mom?


    Invincible 50 - When I first read on CBR that it was nearly fifty pages, I was ecstatic. Imagine my disappointment when half the issue is Science Dog and a half hearted Cecil backstory. The cover was misleading,
    as Cecil isn't beaten bloody in any way
    and the main story felt like it was over too quick, but still quality. We'll see what's in the future.
    • CommentAuthorjohn-paul
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2008

    Glamourpuss #1 The cover grabbed me. It’s like a magazine filtered through a comic lens. Opening it up we have series of vignettes about women representing different fashions as well as a discussion on artist Rip Kirby. A wonderful bizarre object.

    H.P. Lovecraft’s Haunt of Horror #1 I’m a sucker for Richard Corben. Has Warren done a book with him? Seems like perfect sense IMHO. Anyway, you get to enjoy the timbre and rhythm of Lovecraft’s words against the black and white of Corben’s inimitable style.

    Narcopolis #3 – This is one of those titles that I’ll still be re-reading ten years on, knowing that it won’t have lost any of its edge or originality.

    100 Bullets #92 – How this guy manages to weave together two separate plot lines with equal gravitas simply blows me a way. Minimal and precise.

    Batman #677 – A guilty pleasure. The velocity at which the story moves keeps me interested. Honest.
    • CommentAuthorMitchB
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2008
    Possibly the most solid week this year in terms of the quality of releases.


    DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #7 - Kind of a no brainer that this would be here. Bit concerned about the "to be concluded" - what's going on there? Probably my favourite issue yet and possibly the greatest intro sequence Warren's ever written.

    NEWUNIVERSAL: SHOCKFRONT #2 - While I miss Larocca's art on the first volume, I've been enjoying Shockfront so far. I really missed this series when it went on hiatus.

    LOCAL #12 - I somewhat anticipated the conclusion's theme, right back to the first issue, but I have no problem with the ending. While I've got all the singles I'm really tempted to still pick up the hardcover. I'm going to miss Megan..
    YOUNG LIARS #4 - Best issue yet, first time I've laughed out loud this whole series too. Sadie was just perfect and adorable this issue.

    RED MASS FOR MARS #1 - Yet another great new series from Hickman. Took me a couple of read-throughs to digest it all (which counts as a bonus in my book!). Not at all what I expected and all the better for it. Hickman's books are wonderfully dense without being impenetrable. With all the 'decompressed'/widescreen comics that I find myself finishing in less than ten minutes I love finding books with more textual meat to them like Hickman's. Always feel like I get my money's worth


    SECRET INVASION: WHO DO YOU TRUST? - Epically pointless. None of the stories were particularly bad at all but this thing has cash in written all over it. I wasn't intending on picking it up until I saw it had an Agent Brand story and supposedly filled in what was going on with Skrull Mar-Vell and the Thunderbolts but I was quite disappointed. Marvel Boy should've been left alone as well, not too excited with seeing the character in this crossover.If Joey Q wanted to use him they should have greenlit Grant and J.G's MARVEL BOY 2 instead back in the day. Only high point to me was the small portion of backstory on Agent Brand and that certainly wasn't worth the purchase. I really should have known better by now...
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
    MADMAN #9 - Every time i turned the page i said to myself "oh my f*cking god".

    You're gonna need like 8 more copies to get the true experience. Remember when Warren and Immonen did nothing but double page splashes in Nextwave? This one takes it up a notch, everything is one big-ass side-scrolling New Jersey (one assumes, since Jay & Bob's Secret Stash make an appearance)
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
    SCALPED collected TPBs 1 & 2. This book is sooooooooooooo good it hurts. Jason Aaron is the next BKV

    DROWNING: TRINITY. Just can't get excited for it, yet I LOVE Busiek and Bagley. Maybe if I read it to my kids it'll shine for me a bit...