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    Tell me of the new comics you've bought this week. Not interested in your shopping list. Interested in what you thought of what you bought.

    Use the "hide" function for spoilers, so the weekend shoppers can use your thoughts to guide their purchases.


    -- W
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    Alan Moore Neonomicon is incredible. In the pages of the first issue he encapsulates the previous series (The Courtyard), establishes character amazingly, includes some action, some horror, and some creepiness while leaving you wanting more. The art by Jacen B. was top notch, delivering all the goods on a complicated and wordy script. Seriously worth checking out, and while you're at it pick up The Courtyard.

    Disappointment when it came to Red Mass From Mars. It fell flat for me somehow, and felt rushed. Hickman's colors are nice though, and I think he might have lettered it as well (nice and simple lettering). The story lacked emotional resonance, and I felt disconnected from all of the characters. The art was pretty though.

    Brightest Day is a nice little comic. I am a fringe-character type of guy, and it is nice to see some back story and pathos built into second and third rate characters mythos. Great art this issue...and the mystery deepens. Not great, but not bad either. I am enjoying the bubble gum fun of it.

    And then Paul Levitz on Legion. Levitz is giving a fucking course in how to write a team book. Three issues down and he has multiple plot lines, great characterization and great character moments. He knows these characters and is building on what Johns did before him with these characters. And once again, solid, solid artwork.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2010
    @mjmartinejohn: What is the deal with Red Mass From Mars? For some reason I thought that was already completed.

    Agree about Brightest Day--the pacing takes a bit of getting used to, especially when you're used to your standard, six-issue arc stuff, but I'm intrigued by what's going on; same with Legion.
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    @ darkknightjared The fourth issue of Red Mass just dropped. I don't think it was a reprint, just very, very late. Worth checking out for art, plot-wise...not so much. I enjoy Hickman's writing very much, so I was excited to pick this up.

    To make up for it I bought a copy of his Dark Reign: Fantastic Four and had a great time reading that.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2010
    Nice--I was going to get the first trade for Hickman's F4, but it was either that, or wait until Friday/Monday to get the next Scott Pilgrim. It is next on the list, though.
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    Stuff I bought and why you should read it too:

    Alan Moore's Neonomicon #1 -- Because it's drawn by Jacen Burrows and written by Alan Moore. As Martine John said, it pulls stuff from Courtyard right away. Leaves a kind of creeping feeling in my cut. It looks like it's going to be a beautiful bizarre piece of work. Highly suggested to people that like anything a little otherworldly.

    Air #23 -- Second to last issue, and it looks like it's going to end with a bang. The Etesians are back, we meet an evil hyperpract, we find out where Earhart has been for all these years, Fletcher turns even more pale, Zayn is becoming himself, and Blythe is becoming what she is. This is a series I would suggest to anyone that likes playing with reality and enjoys realistic characters in comics.

    Battlefields #8 -- Didn't like the last issue of this one, this issue really makes up for it. The art is top notch, and the writing it solid. One of my favorite scenes in this series happens in this issue. The main character is talking to herSelf through the voice of a dead friend. It tells a story about people in a war instead of a story about a war with people in it. Suggested for people that like war stories that focus on the individual rather than the group.

    Echo #23 -- Holy hell! Read this series. Terry Moore's art is as beautiful as always, his pacing is dead on, and his writing is top-notch. At the beginning of the comic I thought that his art was slipping a little due to a few inconsistencies with one of the characters. A few pages latter it's mentioned and is part of the story. I have never seen anyone that can draw people in so few lines looking so consistent. This issue reminded me of reading Strangers in Paradise and knowing about how many years it was taking place from the main story because of the way the different characters looked. Suggested for people that like real people, science nerds, or anyone that likes real people put into bizarre circumstances.

    Officer Downe #1 -- This is one of the single most fun comics I have read in a long time. Full of such stupid shit happening that it's beyond funny. It was an over the top cheesy action comic. The art reminded me of a not as detailed Geof Darrow. Anyone that likes silly, over the top violence should pick this up.

    Silverfish by David Lapham -- Wonderful noir story. I can't believe how much it caught my attention and held onto it. Good action/mystery story.

    Sam Kieth Sketchbook vol 2 -- Beautiful! I love this man's painted work. Well worth the... however much it cost.

    Haven't read Meta 4 yet. I figure I'll wait until I'm half asleep as it just seems to be appropriate.
    • CommentAuthorThe Brad
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2010
    @Warped Savant- God I love Sam Kieth. I still don't know quite what the fuck THE MAXX was about, but I always return to it every few months, and I know its mostly due to how progressive and amazing the art in that comic is. Really gotta pick up his sketchbook. I also dug Silverfish, and loved how explosively psychotic the protagonist got. Sort of reminded me of Blue Velvet

    on to my comics-

    Neonomicon- Its Alan Moore, and sometimes I set my expectations way too high for that reason (I mean, I can't even count the times he's made my head explode with revelation), and at first I was 'meh' about it. But I reread it and realized its a first step in what might be an entertaining yarn from a guy who really knows how to spin them. If I would have judged Promethea by the strength of its first Issue I would have missed out on one of the most rewarding comic experiences of my life. so whether it blows my mind or just entertains the fuck out of me, I'm on board for the remainder.

    Ex Machina # 49- Please don't end, Ex Machina. Mitchell Hundred is one of the most compelling altruistic characters I've seen in comics. I love this series, and I loved this issue.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    The Courtyard was a proper head trip, loved the sequence where <div id="hide">the guy was returning to his apartment and the previous panels got incorporated into the subsequent.</div> Only read the preview of Neonomicon so far. wish it wasn't coloured though. preferred the way in The Courtyard. Yeah Moore rarely disappoints, cant think of a time he has done actually . . . some of Tom Strong maybe . . .
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    Meta 4 #2 -- McKeever's art style really grew on me this issue. Read this when I first woke up and enjoyed this one a lot more than the last. Still no idea what's going on, still feels like I'm watching someone else's dream. Or maybe a story made up in a little girls mind. Not sure which. Very good though. I'd suggest it for people that like surrealistic writing and that are able to walk in a dreamscape.
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    Very nicely done. Jacen's art is awesome (as you'd expect) but Alan Moore's story setup is a thing of beauty. I haven't read "the Courtyard" yet, much to my dismay, but obviously will get it ASAP. Left a very unsettled feeling in my stomach - exactly the way I hoped it would (Moore working on Lovecraft - I wouldn't've expected less).

    Especially liked
    the line from the band "Hey, don't worry about these feds! The shub-nigger's coming, and he fucked a thousand bitches like them"

    Lovely stuff.
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    This week's Daytripper was a little flat for me. Sometimes the series gets a bit too saccharine for my evil mind. But can that Fabio Moon DRAW OR WHAT.

    Ultimate Spidey lacked good jokes this issue, but made up for it with DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA.
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    Power Girl was superheroics as situation comedy, given that Judd Winick was handling the writing chores. Aside from the slightly jarring sight of having both heroes and villains shoot off not too shabby one-liners, it entertained enough to make me want to check out future issues.

    But the big winner so far is Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows' "Neonomicon." Lots of subtle jokes riffing off the Cthulthu Mythos made me take notice and one or two panels made me wonder if Moore was channeling Harlan Ellison's aborted TV series "The Starlost." Definitely not the "X-Files" ripoff I was fearing, and I definitely want to see where this one goes.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2010
    The real find of the week for me was Darwyn Cooke's The Man With The Getaway Face. Glorious, the silent pages, the two-tone coloring, the shadows, the cliffhanger at the end. Marvelling at it over and over again.
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    MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE was so tight, so beautiful and such a great package overall. sorry i havent been keeping up on this thread, my wednesdays are pretty busy lately. i know you are all heartbroken about not finding out how i feel about DEADPOOL (hint:its still hilarious!) and grant morrison comics
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2010
    The real best thing about GETAWAY FACE was ... it's two bucks! Go now, buy twelve.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I bought the Marvelman things this week, which are cute, but I dont understand Marvels thinking with this. Like the audience for this old material must be vanishingly small. I thought the idea was to publish and finish the neil gaimen run?
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    i dont really understand it either...they havent even announced specifics for the stuff that people ACTUALLY want to read. and $4 for b+w newsprint comics that no one i know of is actually interested in is kind of ridiculous