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    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007 edited
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    What is the best mainstream comic/guilty pleasure?

    Deadpool, for me. When I first got back into comics (about 5 or 6 years ago, I think) I pretty much bought all the Deadpools available in my town. I also liked Agent-X, but never got the complete series. I'm not sure why I never bothered with Cable-Deadpool, as Cable is my second favorite mainstream character, so really that's sort of my dreambook.

    By the way - not that I needed much of a push, being that it's an Ellis book, but you guys have now officially sold me on Blackgas.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    How could I forget T-Bolts?

    Stormwatch Team achilles was great. I know the guy was crazy but it was a very good story. In case you don't know the sage the guy who wrote it had himself and many others convinced he was some type of Seal/Delta Force and he was really not. He knew enough to both be convincing to nonmilitary people and write a pretty good story. His ideas for tactics on how a normal but highly trained soldier would fight a untrained superpowered guy was excellent. He was more sad than bad I think.
    It seemed like he had actually convinced himself that he was this guy.

    Team 7 as another good one.
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    Micah Wright just lied about his resume. Thats it. He lied that he had been a ranger for the sake of credibility. It was unfortunate at the time, hurt his career and a few people, but he was not crazy and certainly not delusional.

    Still make books of those propaganda remix posters.

    Edit: All that started on the Warren Ellis Forum back in the day and came to a head on the Micah Wright's WEF spin off forum (of which I was a member, if not very active, and thus shocked, but not hurt like some people) after the WEF closed.
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    i personally loved what micah ian wright has done, and wish that everything didnt happen the way it did. he was in such an amazing sweet spot in team achilles, it seemed like the spirit of the good stormwatch carried out to a logical new place. i wish you would come back micah!
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
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    First and foremost it's following writers, there are really only two artists work I do my best to follow and haven't really been let down by the writing, Cameron Stewart and Becky Cloonan.

    As for new stuff I read through Previews thoroughly I read over every new Dark Horse, Vertigo, and Image book's solicits to see if it's for me. The back half I make sure to stop on my favorite indies like Oni and the rest is all about what grabs my attention. Featured items, something striking about the art and so on. Then will usually order whatever cuz at worse I waste 3 bucks and gave some money to people trying and at best I get addicted and must have more. And then follow their work as well.

    I also check through all the new week's stuff from top to bottom paying close attention to the less mainstream stuff. Buzz from websites and the few forums I frequent will also drive me to something new.
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      CommentAuthorelwood
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
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    Again on the Wright topic, his Stormwatch was great. Damn DC for not collecting the Citizen Solider arch. Damn them for not letting him finish out the series (but, he was not the only Wildstorm folk they did that too).

    At the very least, they owe a Citizen Solider trade... I don't care what the guy lied about, his stories were solid.
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      CommentAuthorAlthalus
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
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    First step for any unknown book, for me, is always the art. If I can't bear looking at the page, even the best story (or the best reviews) in the world won't make me read a book. The second step is subject matter / genre. Straight Capes, Horror/Zombies, Art Comix and Hard Action are out (with few exceptions). That also implies I can generally skip/skim certain publishers in Previews like Marvel, DC, IDW, Dynamite, Big City, Aspen, Avatar, Virgin, etc.

    Any book surviving these two steps (or catching my eye in spite of them) needs to be sampled individually. A known author or artist can shorten that third step or make me skip it. Other than the things mentioned before, I have no fixed preferences. If I like what I see, it gets bought/ordered. As easy as that.

    A taste like that makes me read a lot of manga (and global manga), some French and other European series and English-language publishers like Red5, Antarctic Press, Image, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, Oni, etc. (see also here)

    Since I read comics in German, English and French that gives me the output of three countries' comic markets to choose from, so I always have enough stuff to read.

    I almost never follow writers alone, BTW, since every change of artist is just another chance for me not to like the new one. I stay with artists, though, and writer/artists of course.
    • CommentAuthorLyons
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007 edited
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    The creators, no question. Morrison, Brubaker, Lapham, Ennis, Ellis, Casey, Cooke, Sakai, and Smith will always get my hard-earned Yanqui dollar.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
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    My husband and I bought a comic book store around three years ago, and since then I've read anything that grabs my attention or was a "required read" for my comic knowledge background...but I find myself drawn to books with kinda anti-hero heroes, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, or anything that has a compelling story I guess...I also read as much batman, moonknight, deadpool, grendel, and transformers as I can get my hands on...
    I generally prefer reading trades because I have a shitty memory and can't keep a story in my head through the weeks or months until the next issue. I suck...i know this...
    oh...and zombie books...i have a thing for zombies...
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      CommentAuthorCDoring
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
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    I pretty much follow writers, but I'm always open to suggestions. If I start hearing some noise on the web about a title or writer I'll generally go in on Wednesday and just buy something sight unseen and take it home.
    I also tend to like self contained series or stories, and avoid the endless major titles. I hate continuity, have'n't read a mainstream title consistently in ages, the only exceptions being Star Wars(my guilty pleasure) and stuff like Fables. I like spandex books, but only the outside-the-continuity one shots and mini series, such as the Superman series Red Son or Secret Identity. Mostly, I buy a lot of independent and small publisher graphic novels(my comic store keeps a well stocked shelf of such) along with anywhere from 5-10 monthly subscriptions. Some weeks I get nothing in my box, but I usually walk out with something, be it a trade or some single I grabbed for shits and gigges, which is how I generally discover new stuff.

    -CD
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    Writers. More than artists, I look for the work from the people whom I feel I could sit around the fire and hear a story from. Which, admittedly, keeps me from discovering new writers very often. I find those via word of mouth from a few trusted friends with similar tastes.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I got the impression from what happened to micah after the whole thing blew up that he had really believed what he was saying?
    Personally I find that less offesive than if he had simply lied about being in the military because it mitigates some of the responsibility.
    Either way he was a fantastic writer ,I loved the Citizen Soldier stuff and especially the part about the Finns. I really hope he comes back. I for one would buy anything he did to help get him started again and because it would probably rock.

    I have to check out the propganda poster stuff as well. I love prop art and especially soviet realism.
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    Unsub, no he just lied about his resume. A few of us were there, thats all it was.

    And yes he is a excellent writer and it would be nice if all the wounds were healed to the point where he could come back.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    J-Traub in agreement with "ME"

    It really is Christmas.
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    Unsub, I really liked the failed Wildstorm as superheroes for adults period. Sleeper, Wildcats 3.0 and SW:TA were all quite good.
    • CommentAuthorMr. Pants
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
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    Certain creators always attract my attention but for the most part I'm just looking for some fun books. Which for me at this point is more Independent and creator owned books. Right now there's a lot more freedom in companies like Boom, Avatar and Image than DC or Marvel so the primary focus is there.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    certain creators get bought reguardless...

    Other than that, i generally try anything from Vertigo(and its getting that way with Avatar), Other than that, i go for Fantasy or Sci-Fi, if the art looks good, I'll order it. (I really dont care about art, but thats usually all you can get to go by in previews or the internet, so i figure, if the art sucks, the story probably does too, or that it would be to hard to get into)
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2008
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    1. writer/artist combo first (morrison/quitely should be an entry in my bank statement)

    2. writer (for example anything warren ellis here)

    3. artist (for example anything cassaday here.)

    and finally
    4. Paneling : if it s a new creative team on a new series, i usually thumb through the issue, you know if the creators know their shit
    just by glancing at how they can flow through a scene.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008 edited
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    What drives my comic reading choices:

    I go to the comic store to buy Warren's books, then the people working there recommend things to me, or they don't. If they recommend, I usually buy. If they don't, I leave with my usual purchases.

    -Z
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008
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    I've always been irresistibly drawn to comics with gorillas on the cover.