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    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    I tend to go into the comic shop every few months and buy enough to catch up on Y: The Last Man and The Boys. I also read American Virgin when I get a chance, and Fell whenever it comes out.

    What would you folks recommend as something I should try to keep up with? I'd prefer something that's early in it's life cycle so I can easily grab up any missed issues, but if it's so awesome that I just can't live without it, I may be willing to grab the TPBs.

    Likes, other than what's already been mentioned:
    The Sandman
    The Watchmen
    The Invisibles
    Desolation Jones
    Ex Machina
    Alias
    V for Vendetta
    Dislikes: Capes, when not in a POMO revisioning context (Miller, Morrison, etc.).

    Thanks!
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      CommentAuthorShawn
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    One new thing right now that seems pretty cool is Vinyl Underground. It's sort of an Invisibles -ish title taking place (thus far) in mainly in London, and involving a sort of 'occult crime' set up. Great art. Definitely a treat as something that looks more like an old school Vertigo title. By Si Spencer, Simon Gane and Cameron Stewart. It's only on #2.

    Also, and granted this is further into the series on this one, but Walking Dead is the first book I read every month. When I finally got into it, I read the first four trades in about a day and then jumped to the monthly some time back, but really, it is a great book, worth the catching up.

    And do I even need to say Doktor Sleepless and Black Summer. I may read Walkng Dead first every month but Doktor Sleepless is the one that resonates the most. The effect it has on me reminds me a lot of how The Invisibles affected me. Surface emmanations behind which we get only glimpses of something so much bigger...
    • CommentAuthorAzmoooo
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007 edited
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    Can't go past DMZ.
    No capes and only 3 trades in thus far.
    Everyone wins.
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
     (318.4)
    Booster Gold! Sure, it's a little cape-y (actually quite a lot cape-y), but it's pretty self-aware, and quite intelligently handled. Geoff Johns isn't above using the humour therein to highlight some of the idiocies of superheroes, and their publishers.

    R Stevens, creator of the wildly brilliant Diesel Sweeties webcomic, recommended it a while back. I bought it on his advice (it's only 4 issues in now) and absolutely love it.
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    Hmm.

    Fables - fantasy epic with political overtones
    Crossing Midnight (early) - Mike Carey (Lucifer) doing j-horror (if its not canceled, I buy trades of this one)
    Powers, clearly, if you liked Alias, capes or no. (Bendis's other super hero Noir)
    Criminal (early) (Brubaker's holy shit this is good crime book, if one new book then this is it)
    Casanova (Fraction's SF spy/crime book that can sit right next to Desolation Jones)

    Based on Alias and Watchmen, I would possibly say Checkmate (spy super hero stuff by Rucka), but that might be too cape. Looking above, I like Booster Gold myself, but its very traditional super hero stuff - very, and rooted in serious DC continuity and nostalgia.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    DMZ
    Brodie's Law
    The Boys - it has capes, but they get the shit kicked out of them
    Desolation Jones
    Y-The Last Man - almost to issue 70, but you can find the collected works without much problem
    Fell
    100 Bullets
    I'm not a huge Fables fan, but I like Jack of Fables
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    If we're talking about ongoing titles, consider that Garth Ennis' run on the <em>Punisher MAX</em> is amazing, informed and a welcome throwback to the days where pulp anti-heroes were just as scummy as the people they gunned down. Read it. That and Jason Aaron's <em>Scalped</em>. Aaron is fresh new American talent and he's showing nothing but promise, no matter what kind of project he's worked on so far. Other MAX titles worth a look are <em>Terror, Inc.</em> by David Lapham, and <em>Foolkiller</em> looks like it could be going interesting places. The last issue was pure black comedy.

    <em>DMZ</em> is a great concept, the later arcs are brilliant, once Matty realises his worth as a political football, but the current issues are side-stories varying in quality.

    There is good capes stuff out there. At the moment, there are the mini-series <em>All-Star Superman</em>, by Morrison, which actually makes me give a damn about one of my most hated figures in superhero mythos, and Brian Azzarello's run on <em>Deathblow</em> is both hilarious and bizarre. It's very reminiscent of Frank Miller's <em>Hard Boiled</em> in a lot of ways. His <em>Loveless</em> is also quality stuff.

    And Greg Rucka's <em>Queen & Country</em>'s first season has come to an end with issue #32. If you enjoy realistic portrayals of covert and intelligence operations, with deep characters coping with their duties, now is a good time to catch up on it.

    And I'm going to recommend him because he's got two new mini-series coming up which sound fascinating, and he's another brilliant American new talent, but pick up Jonathan Hickman's <em>The Nightly News</em>, in anticipation for <em>Pax Romana</em> and <em>A Red Mass for Mars</em>. It's <em>Network</em> as written by a paranoid-schizophrenic conspiracy nut cultist, is one way of looking at it, and boasts one of the most interesting graphic layouts and design ethos comics have seen in ages. And yes, catch up on <em>Desolation Jones</em>. I can't wait until Ellis gets back to that one. I think it's just about the best thing he's done aside his Apparat label material.
    • CommentAuthornleavitt
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    I'm going to recommend Punisher War Journal, with this quote from a recent issue:
    "What is it?"
    "It's a gun, Frank. A gun that shoots <em>swords.</em>"
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    Warren Ellis' GRAVEL.

    Issue #0 shipping before Christmas, monthly beginning with #1 in March 2008. I should remind everyone that #0 contains material that will not be reprinted in #1; this is not a "preview" book, but the prologue to the series. (See Warren's "sticky" From GRAVEL #0 thread for a peek at the art.)
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007 edited
     (318.10)
    Awesome recommendations, all around. Thanks! Ill try to get a few of them and see what's up.

    I actually started Punisher Max when it first started, but I got sidetracked and lost the continuity. I miss Alias quite a bit (The Probe just couldn't cut it. Jessica's constant use of the f-bomb made the book for me.) so I'll definitely give Powers a look.

    Definitely interested in Gravel. Hopefully they'll have it at the local shop. They have a pretty good indy selection, so I should get lucky.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    <em>Punisher: War Journal</em> has its ups and downs. When it works, it's like <em>The Venture Brothers</em>, though.
    • CommentAuthorBill Reed
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    All Star Superman is the perfect Superman story-- even if you hate the character.

    Casanova is a cool and sexy superspy book that's so much more than I can describe. Also, it's two bucks.
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    casanova, casanova, and this book called casanova. best current ongoing. 11 issues, 2 bucks apiece, like fell.
    lets look at my table...PHONOGRAM, WANTED, NIGHTLY NEWS, UMBRELLA ACADEMY (possibly too superhero-ish, but in a fraction/morrison vein),DOKTOR SLEEPLESS, UNFUNNIES, AMERICAN VIRGIN...
    these are all great, great stuff to try out.
    first issue of brian wood's NORTHLANDERS just came out and looks to be a long viking trip that you could get in early on.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I have the entire run of punisher Max. Even the few non Ennis stories are good. The first Barracuda story blew my mind.
    There seriously are people like that and they are way scarier than most capes. I have even liked the more capy war journal.
    I am not a fan of the Punisher as a character ,I mean a Mack Bolan rip off but Garth is the PERFECT guy for this series.
    As a gun and knife nut I really like seeing actual weapons. Real weapons designers are way more far out and creative than most comic book writers so there is always a real weapon that will work for the story. There are these types of machine guns that instead of shooting bullets shoot mortars. Imagine what one of those could do.
    There are also real puke gas bombs ,guns that shoot around corners, a robot went crazy in SA just like the one at the start of Robocop2 and killed a bunch of army staff.

    I am definitly going to start picking up Casanova.

    I got the new Northlanders and the new Grendel.
    Powers , Criminal and Walking dead are all indy goodness.
    Scalped,I have the first few DMZ but then lost interest. I will pick up a trade or 2 to check out if I made a mistake.

    I like Peter Davis even though he does exactly they type of genre I usually don't like(cape ,humour) X Force was great until crossover crap happened.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Oh God, how could I forget the new Grendel mini? That series is practically essential reading.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Hunter Rose was by far the best Grendel and it is Matt Wagner.
    The original series might make a good choice for TPB but it would piss me off as I went to the trouble of finding all 40 original isuues and even the Mage ones with
    Devil by the Deed as an extra story.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Oh, I agree. Rose is the original and best, but as an epic series, Grendel is fascinating. Who was the third Grendel again? The failure? I recall that arc also being something else.

    They've since reprinted <em>Devil by the Deed</em>, I believe. It dates sure, but you can already tell Wagner's brilliant layout sense.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    if you post apocalyptic type stories, i can't reccomend <em>Wasteland</em> enough. Absolutely brilliant and the second volume is about to come out.(If not already)

    I just checked, and you can actually buy both volumes on amazon right now for about $21.50 combined. not a bad deal at all.

    Then you can pick up the new issue next month!
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    Oh god, oh god, overloading...

    Read the free issue of wasteland online this morning. I think I may like it, but I'll have to read a bit more to find out.
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    wasteland is good, but i feel its kind of hit-or-miss over the last three issues.