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    Sky Pirates of Neo-Terra #1 -- Drawn by a friend of mine, based on a Nintendo DS/Wii game that she helped develop, much better written than I was expecting and seems like a cute story. Receiving great reviews, like the one found Here, or This One. I'd highly recommend it to anyone that likes good art.

    Echo #15 -- It's by Terry Moore, and is starting to develop a story rather than just being about a girl with shiny boobs. Apparently it's only going to be 30 issues long, which I think is good... That way it has a beginning, middle, and end. I've always preferred series that have a set amount of issues over ongoing stuff.

    THUNDERBOLTS #136 -- The issue before this seemed so promising... I'm not sure what happened... It was a great reminder why I DON'T like ongoing stuff... it would've been so much better if Diggle was actually allowed to change anything. To give a basic run-down: The issue before ended with Osborn shooting Nick Fury in the eye, you find out by the end that it was a LMD (of course), they have Black Widow (the real one) and Songbird in handcuff type things, they go to put a larger gap of distance between Songbirds head and body and, of course, it ends up not happening because some members of the team double cross the rest... they end up removing the other guys' short term memory so it's like nothing happened... You wouldn't believe how much I want people in that book to start dying... I think some should've when Ellis was writing it, thought one or two should while Gage was writing it, and again while Diggle did... It's gotten old for me now.
    • CommentAuthorMandrake
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2009
    @Warped Savant:yah,a huge problem with the usual Marvel/DC superhero comics,it's like Neil Gaiman's description of hell "--in in this place of flux eternal,nothing changes".Yes,yes I did look flip through the book to quote it properly.
    Question:Can I mention borrowed library comics I finished reading?
  2.  (6916.23)
    Mandrake -- The illusion of something happening without changing anything is the big reason why I currently only have 4 Marvel/DC books on my pull list (JLA Cry for Justice, Batwoman Detective Comics, Astonishing X-Men, and Thunderbolts). Three are for the creative teams, one will be cancelled tomorrow. (NOTE: I don't count Marvel Soleil titles as Marvel.)
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2009
    Still reading this week's pile. But can I put in a mention for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep 1-4. Reminded me how much I love this strange, wonderful, haunting book. A really convincing adaptation, and already fulfilling the mission of re-introducing the PKD to people raised on adaptations of his work. Also loving the backmatter. Really glad I managed to find these in Glasgow FP - they are really well-made, good-looking, satisfyingly dense comics. Relishing the prospect of 15 more issues of this. Inspiring and melancholy, violent and humane. Timely too. Full marks.

    Also loving - Batman & Robin keeps getting better and better.
    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2009

    The Wolverton Bible -- Some of the most terrifying Bible-inspired art I've ever seen. Reminds me of these Wovenhand lyrics:

    Go into the Lord's house
    And go in a mile
    The world will bow
    The knees will be broken for those who don't know how

    The Book of Genesis by R. Crumb -- I'm sensing a theme this month. But how is R. Crumb's Genesis not awesome?

    Parker: the Hunter by Darwyn Cooke -- Cooke's a great visual storyteller, and I love how he can suggest full ranges of emotion and draw backgrounds with what seems like only a few lines.


    Umbrella Academy Vol. 2 -- inspired by Morrison's Doom Patrol. It's not strictly for kids, but if kids could read Doom Patrol in the 80s, they can read Umbrella Academy today.
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    Kids across the board. Some of it's for smarter kids, but it's all kids all the time. Still a fun week, though-

    Astra- Yay! Astro City on a regular basis makes life better. I'll be glad when The Dark Age is finally done and we get stories like this more often. Sure, the history lesson is interesting and all, but it's been going on for a loooooooooong time now. The present is more interesting. This is why I didn't much mind when Tom Strong came to an end.

    Jack of Fables- I decided to give it one last chance after the Fables crossover and, with the focus switching to Jack Frost, have a little hope that this will become the series I wanted it to be. It's still hovering on the brink of indifference, but so far it's the "might as well pick it up this month" side.

    Glamourpuss- Haven't read it yet. It's a lazy Sunday afternoon, I may fix that soon.

    Iron Man: Armor Wars- Interesting start. At the moment it's a mild curiosity for me, primarily because it's a limited series and I've no idea if I'm going to give a crap about anything that happens to the character after it's over. The problem with the "Get a star creator to jump-start a character" thing is that Star Creator leaves when it's done and then my reason for caring is over as the follow-up team is left to play with someone else's toys.

    New Mutants #5- I'm not sure my opinion on the new artist but I'm enjoying what appears to be an exercise in fixing a decade of bad decisions. The only problem I've got is that I'm so far removed from X-Continuity is that I've got no idea who the old guy Sam was getting advice from is. I'm sure he's important and it would make sense if I read a few dozen other X-titles, but it's easier to just make a few assumptions.

    A decent week overall, no blockbusters (as measured on a personal scale) but some nice, solid reading.
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    the jonthan hickman/ kody chamberlain story in the SHANG CHI crazy-time b+w special is the best thing ive read in weeks. its TOTAL EXPLODO!
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2009
    you want Pixu and BPRD...pretty much anything by the Twins!

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    Iron Man: Armor Wars- Interesting start. At the moment it's a mild curiosity for me, primarily because it's a limited series and I've no idea if I'm going to give a crap about anything that happens to the character after it's over. The problem with the "Get a star creator to jump-start a character" thing is that Star Creator leaves when it's done and then my reason for caring is over

    You have a peculiar set of expectations.
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    i was so stoked to read a 7" review in the maimum rock nroll that was disappointed because "the artwork looked mignola-esque, but this isnt nearly as cool as BPRD" hahahaha

    (ps i follow the twins closely as well...cannot wait for DAYTRIPPER!)
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    You have a peculiar set of expectations.

    The problem isn't that they're peculiar, it's that I have none beyond this one storyline. I expect a great four issues, and the first one delivered that nicely, but beyond that I've no idea where the character is going. Ongoing comic characters are generally a long-term investment of interest, thanks to their (usual) monthly nature. Knowing that you're probably only doing these four issues means I'm along for a short ride and then...? If I like the next creative team, great. If not, one less comic to buy.

    This is on the assumption that Marvel will do more with the Ultimate version of Iron Man beyond this, of course. It's not a particularly risky assumption.
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    Nothing ride with a short ride, James, as long as it's a good one.

    Besides, Warren has written a damn good Ultimate Tony Stark in 3 or 4 miniseries prior to this so there's a bit of history there. Seems like the chance of a return to lay further groundwork is not entirely out of the realm of possibility.
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    That would make me quite happy and spring the moneys from me without a second thought.
    • CommentAuthorMandrake
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
    isn't the Ultimate Universe blown up or something....?
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009

    Batman and Robin #5. Big fight, more banging over the head that Red Hood IS Jason Todd, and he now has red hair which is leading to pages and pages of fan boys crying that his hair should be this color or the other. It's for children not because of the crying, but because it's a straight action comic that goes boom a lot. Even with the face eating it's fucking Batman and Robin running around fighting stuff and looking cool even in defeat (for NOW).

    Sweettooth #2. I know it's a Vertigo book, but it has as much blood as the Batman and Robin book really. Just more heart to it and better art. I loved Essex County and will likely follow anything Lemire does, so this has me goin. It feels so short though, because of his art style showing so much and having characters talking so little. Looks like it will be a road trip book which can be quite good but lead to small casts.


    Greek Street #4. I haven't gotten to reading this one yet. But it starts with a "stripper" getting dressed. Though this is the series of fucking your own mother, trying to kill yourself by removing your dick, and lots of murder, sex, and family drama. So just like Greek myths I use to read as a kid. Somehow those are acceptable and this isn't for kids, but what do I know?

    Planetary #27. I loved it, I talked a bit in the thread about it. With so much science talk and theories I don't think it's aimed exactly at children. Looking at some forums, it may not be aimed at the typical fanboy adult either.