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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible ... and such small portions."
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      CommentAuthoredkaye
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2008 edited
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    @Texture - Me too, that is why I set it up. Mostly I just read other peoples reviews, as I've been a lurker for a while. Right now though I have a huge backlog of comics to fight through, so my reviews will be really late. I might pick out a couple of issues from the pile tomorrow like FC #2, I can't stand the wait!

    I like seeing what others are digging. My pull list is pretty full (about 20-30 book a week) but there is always room to sneak something extra in ;) I tried to get that comic Warren talked about, but none of the 5 comic stores in town had it. Odd!

    As for your queries about Legacy. I chat with Mike Carey quite often, and can confirm for you that after this arc it will be returning to a much more normal X-men book, so don't worry if you aren't digging it. Personally, I've been enjoying it more than all the other X-Men books, as I find Xavier probably the most interesting and enigmatic of the X-men. I suggested a storyline to him featuring Xavier and Magneto forming their own X-men now that Cyclops is the clear leader, and the goals of the X-men are so very differnt fro the original mandate. I hope someone does write that, as those two characters work so well together. Oh yeah, I seem to remember something about the title crossing over with Wolverine Origins for a while before returning to normal.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2008
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    @ edkaye - thanks for that illumination re. Carey... My fanboy-ness for Carey is all that's keeping me on 'Legacy' just now. I love his writing - the Felix Castor novels are among the best books I have read recently, and as I think I said his run on X Men preceding Messiah Complex (which I boycotted cos I hate crossovers) was Grade A Awesome. I feel like it'd be a shame to leave this run only to come back to it, so I will hold tight and keep the faith. Xav and Mags starting a team would be pretty tight, good suggestion.

    I have a 'comics problem' and went to the store again today, hence yet more...

    BURN BABY BURN

    Anna Mercury 2 - I love it when Warren has people brief the prime minister / president and then tells them they don't have clearance. I never get tired of that. Plus mad kinetic bullet action, and AM's impossible hair... a stronger issue than the first.

    Hawksmoor 3 and 4
    - Getting in to Jack's origin, which is cool. Why are all comics set in San Francisco at the moment though? Puzzling. If this indeed is: 'one of those comics that people ( lately) complain about "not mattering"' as joe.distort put it, then I concur with his assesment - I can't see why people would dismiss this. The Authority are a great bunch of characters, and this made me give more of a shit about Hawksmoor than I did before, so natch. The artwork's sketchy style suits the tone of the title. Nicely rendered violence too. Don't front on the Wildstorm, peoples, it kicks DC's pervert-suited ass all over town IMHO.

    No Hero 0 -Naming the team The Levellers made me laugh, I know it's a bang-on historical reference but it just made me think of the godawful nineties hippy band. The Front Line - much better. An interesting setup, and I don't think I will ever get tired of Juan Jose Ryp's internal organs and exploding buildings. They're like frozen solid masses, as if he'd captured the thing mid-gore / fire and sculpted it from a million bits of different coloured plasticene. Proper.

    (Also - Ubu Bubu wins Book of the Week for me, I'm still fucking laughing at it...)
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2008
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    @ Egon: I feel duty bound to buy the last ish now I have sat through 1-4... I can't walk out of piss-poor movies either. Which is why I'll spare myself the agony of watching Wanted. If I buy a book that is so awful in the first issue that it makes my brain hurt, I don't buy the follow up, but I guess I just didn't see the magnitude of the drivel that Loeb was selling in the first ish... My loss. But it does make me weep man-tears, cos it's hard to see how Ultimates could recover from this book. Plus it does NOT bode well for whatever March on Ultimatum is supposed to be. I think I might just drop all the Ultimate books to be honest with you, I'm starting to agree with the rest of the internet that they've gone off the boil quite majorly. More to spend on Fear Agent and Goon and Ellis I suppose.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2008
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    @texture--dude, I loved The Levellers. The band, I mean.

    Of course, I realize that that position is not really defensible, but I had to get it out there.

    Also, I'm with you on Ultimates 3. I don't like it either, but now that I bought issues 1-4, I may as well buy issue 5. With my comic shop's generous discount for high-volume purchasers such as myself, it's only about $2.50 anyway. The hell with it. Maybe I'll wait a few months and unload all 5 on ebay or something.

    And re: your comment, "If I buy a book that is so awful in the first issue that it makes my brain hurt, I don't buy the follow up, but I guess I just didn't see the magnitude of the drivel that Loeb was selling in the first ish..." Yeah, same here. I stopped red Hulk after one issue, because Loeb was obviously going nowhere good with it, but my reaction to Ultimates 3 was to reserve judgment. Then by issue 3 i knew it was going to shit, but I still bought issue 4 (haven't read it yet). At this point, I may as well buy issue 5.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2008
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    Oh but so by the way, I am still gonna read Ultimate Spider-Man. Bendis is still doing awesome work on that comic if you ask me.
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    I am moderately interested in Red Hulk.. Only to figure out who the Fuck it is.

    It had better be someone IMPORTANT and not some fucking janitor from one panel in comic #22 in 1965
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2008
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    Fucking Red Hulk Shitcock. I can't believe I bought the first two issues of that. Biggest waste of money I've ever spent. Which is why I'll never read Ultimates 3. Apparently Jeph Loeb did some good work with Batman at one point, and I'll check that out, because he must have done something really fantastic to land him such big Marvel gigs.
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    Anyone have the slightest idea what's up with Millar's FF run? I mean, is it supposed to be Marvel continuity or not? I've got no problem if it's not, I'm enjoying it one way or another, but it's only fair to know what rules it's playing by.
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      CommentAuthoredkaye
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
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    Ahh Jeff Loeb. Once good, now terrible. It's a fucking shame really. It all started with Superman/Batman and went downhill from there.
    I don't hold out much hope for Captain America: White
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    Apparently Jeph Loeb did some good work with Batman at one point


    as far as i care, which, you may have decided whether you care to listen or not by now, the only thing jeph loeb has done that wasnt just him doing whatever he thought would be cool (but is not-so-secretly-terrible) is his run on superman/batman. he played with the rules of what readers expected and what nerd continuity sticklerism would reject, and fucked with everybody. other batman stuff he has done is NOT good in any sense of breaking new or good, familiar trodden ground. its just bad. do you want to see why dc hasnt done "ultimate batman"? read hush. answers abound.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
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    Fucking Red Hulk Shitcock. I can't believe I bought the first two issues of that. Biggest waste of money I've ever spent. Which is why I'll never read Ultimates 3. Apparently Jeph Loeb did some good work with Batman at one point, and I'll check that out, because he must have done something really fantastic to land him such big Marvel gigs.


    Batman Hush wasn't anything spectacular and I happen to think The Long Halloween is only a good Batman story. Certainly doesn't measure up to my top 3(Year One, The Killing Joke, DKR), not by a long shot, nor is it my favorite Two-Face story.

    But Red Hulk is completely awful. I flip through it, get fed up with the stupidity, and put it back on the shelf. Ultimates 3 is equally as shit, no one here is obligated to buy the rest of it. If any series could possibly be left with a missing issue in your collections, this is that series. Even Joe Mad's art looks muddy as hell. By Issue 3 they're quoting Terminator, which is a great movie and all, but c'mon Loeb, gimme a break.

    Aside from Ultimate Spider-Man, the Ultimate line is done. Ultimate FF lost me after the Namor arc, I got fed up with Ultimates sometime during Ultimates 2, which the story and Hitch's art had dropped to the point that it just wasn't worth the wait. Ultimate X-Men is...just another X-Book. I only read one X-Book, and I was looking for an excuse to drop it(Greg Land, same reason I left UFF and half the reason I did not buy Ultimate Power). If Ultimatum resulted in the cancellation of every Ultimate title and retconned Ultimate Spider-Man into Amazing Spider-Man's place, I would not complain about one single Secret Invasion thing for my life.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
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    Dude, retcon Ultimate Spider-Man into Amazing Spider-Man's place... that's the best idea I've ever fucking heard in my life. Obviously the Amazing line got too unweildy with continuity and bullshit anyway--shutting it down and throwing the whole thing over to Bendis would have been 10 times better than the "Brand New Day" bullshit.

    Which, by the way, they are losing me on, FAST. Dan Slott is a good writer. Marc Guggenheim is a good writer. I've got nothing against Zeb Wells, although he hasn't impressed me yet. So OF COURSE the majority of the issues need to be written by Bob Gale, who is a HORRIFIC writer. His issues remind me of Tom DeFalco's work on the title in the 80s, complete with all the overbearingly expository thought balloons and stilted dialogue, but minus the good story ideas which were, to give DeFalco the credit he deserves, at least pretty frequent back then.

    I'm about a hair's breadth from dropping the title completely. 11 year old me would be horrified, but 32 year old me is tired of spending $9 a month for stories that suck at least half the time.
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    Ultimate Spider-Man is all you need. Buy one $35 book every year or so and you're set. Seriously, one of the things Marvel has done right over the last several years is to keep the USM hardcovers consistent in format and up-to-date.
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    I think I am interested only because Ultimate Herc Sucks so much more. I will give it till the end of summer and it better be fucking rewarding by then or it gets dropped just like ASM did this week.

    I can only reread the early 1980's so many times. Fucking ass shit reset. (im not enthused about Hulk, but i really fucking hope Banner gets out of the fucking hole hes in.)
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
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    @buzzorhowl

    I think Dan Slott is the most upsetting thing about this whole One More/Brand New Day fiasco. I remember an issue of the Thing where he used Spider-Man and had him get a code to defuse a bomb from the Trapster, Spidey then interrupts him as he is giving him the code and asks "Wait are these the numbers from Lost?!" Since that moment I thought "Get JMS off Spider-Man and give it to Slott!"

    Sadly, the Spider-Verse after OMD just does not interest me. I think that every truly great tale where Spider-Man runs out of webbing has already been told. Ialso don't care for Guggenhiem or Gale. Hearing that Mark Waid will be writing an arc hurt though, I really love his work.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
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    Off of the memory, killing time at work

    IT SET MY MIND ON FIRE

    Vix #1 - Very afternoon cartoon, excellent. Freckles!

    Final Crisis #2 - And here things pick up. While I liked and 'got' issue 1, this one was definitely a step up. Will be interesting to see how it reads all together once Countdown has done some more fading from memory.

    No Hero #0 - Certainly more meat than most #0s, but little more than an appetizer as I eagerly await the main course.

    Immortal Iron Fist #16 - And that's that for the Brubaker/Fraction run.
    Having not read prior runs on the character I don't know if those dates/ages ever came into play, but once again they carve out an entire area of storytelling potential from essentially nothing, absolutely amazing. Part of the issue has an odd timing with Bill Gates leaving Microsoft to focus on giving his money away.
    I'll be giving at least the next few issues a go, with fingers heavily crossed, but its just not going to be the same without them.

    NOT EVEN A HINT OF SMOKE (enjoyable but not amazing)

    Huntress Year One #4 - Really laying the groundwork for her later acquaintances here, leaves me wondering if she'll have a passing meet with The Question along the way.

    Madame Xanadu #1 - Hooray for yet another take on Arthurian legend. Still, it looks great and I'm always, always up for the fae folk.

    Trinity #4 - Oh, I'm going to enjoy those three-pane cover sequences if nothing else, big art is always a bonus. While this feels much tighter than countdown, the pace is quite lethargic and I'm wondering how many issues the story would run were it a monthly without the luxury/need of omgsuperdecompress.
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      CommentAuthoredkaye
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
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    @mac

    Especially because Waid has always been a proponent of letting superheroes grow and mature. They take spidey's life back by about 20 years, and he jumps in to write it. What a hypocrite!
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008
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    @mac--I think, considering the quality of his issues on the title, that if Slott were writing it all the time, it would be a great comic. Of course, that would also require them to take it back to once a month.

    That three times a month thing is one of the most insulting parts of all of this, by the way. They had 3 monthly Spider-Man titles, Amazing tripled the sales of the other two, so they killed the other two and had Amazing come out 3 times as often. It's like they were saying, "Oh, you don't want to buy 3 Spider-Man books a month? Well, how about this--we'll MAKE you buy 3 Spider-man books a month! Or you won't buy any at all!" I'm still pretty insulted by that.

    Seriously, Spider-Man's my all time favorite corporate-owned character, and they're gonna get me to the point where I am not going to be reading about him at all. Well, except for Ultimate Spider-Man--thank god for that title.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008
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    @Buzzorhowl

    I think that is the biggest fault in Amazing Spider-Man now, the assortment of writers. I just don't think that writing by committee is going to produce excellent results, not in a contained book like Spider-Man. OMD or not, if it had been just Dan Slott on the book, 1, 2, or 3 times a month, I would have checked it out. I love his She Hulk and The Thing.

    @edkaye

    One of the most annoying bits about that is when discussing how it is not impossible to tell great stories with a married Superhero, I always pointed to Mark Waid on The Flash. I've always felt that the Linda/Wally relationship is the best in comics.