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    All right then, let's see if any of you actually use this.

    Here's a thread for you to discuss and/or review the comics you picked up this week. I'm going to put it on Fridays, to give the weekend shoppers a chance to maybe find something new to look for.

    If you've got a spoiler element to discuss, use the "hide" button in the reply menubar.

    Off you go, then.

    -- W
    • CommentAuthorstarfire
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2008
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    havent had much free time to read all of my books this week so i'll go with the one was was most pleased with. i was happy that ' The Boys'( Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson) went back to the original plot line this time. i was a bit disappointed with the way things were going and was considering dropping the book. But, after this weeks issue i'm giving it another go.The team is a group of government sponsored superhuman watchdogs meant to keep super heroes in line, no matter what.its back to being dark and funny and actually involving superheroes. i'll keep you posted.
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    Just the two this week.

    Northlanders #3 - the latest issue of Brian Wood's Viking drama, from Vertigo - has a lovely cover by Dave Gibbons. Still not sure what to make of the story. The lead characters, Sven, is smarter than his contemporaries, having travelled in the big wide world and learned from other cultures, smart enough to take advantage of Norse superstitions. He's grim, he's ruthless, he announces he has no religion, and the women of the story want nothing more than to shag him. Maybe I'm getting old, but he's a bit too much the wish-fulfilment of a young man for my tastes. On the other hand, this is a story where violence carries consequences, and bows and swords require effort to operate, which I like. The art, by Davide Gianfelice, is consistent, clear and effective.

    Star Wars: Legacy #19 from Dark Horse is the other one I picked up. I really shouldn't give George Lucas any more of my money, but I like Jan Duursema's comics. She does the human figure in motion as well as anyone - great for lightsabre fights. For those who don't follow it, it's set several generations after the proper Star Wars, a resurgent Sith order have once again taken over the galaxy, and Cade Skywalker, a descendant of Luke played by Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse, has the familiar battle with the Dark Side to fight. In this issue, Cade has the standard temptation scene with the big boss Sith, and gives the obvious answer when the big boss Sith tells him to use his anger and hatred and kill someone - "no, because you want me to" - and then gets rescued by his mates and his mum. Good fun, although not as good as the Quinlan Vos stories Ostrander and Duursema did in the Republic series.
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2008
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    I just read Black Summer #5, and all I can say is the last page made my groin area a bit sweaty.

    But, you know, in a good way.
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    this week i read:
    Doktor Sleepless #5
    Suburban Glamour #3
    WILDSTORM:Revelations #3
    JSA #12
    Countdown #12
    Detective #841

    Yes, i do love me some superheroes when written well (except countdown-its my equivalent to the gossip mags. "uh oh, whats going on this week on apokalips?", that sort of thing.). Here is the meaty stuff that i have for review:

    Indestructible
    Christy C. Road
    96 pgs $5.00
    Microcosm Publishing
    www.microcosmpublishing.com

    INDESTRUCTIBLE is what became of the fifteenth issue of Christy Road's old zine, and I have to say it makes complete sense for this to stand on its own. Much more of a book than a zine, this is all prose with illustrated chapter breaks. On first flip-through, these will obviously be the more attention grabbing pages, as her artwork is gorgeous. But once you start reading her memoirs, you will almost be skimming past the art pages as you are pulled into the personal story of a teenage Road, growing up and becoming a person. I love a good autobio, but detest the ones that get too whiny and self-important- Christy doesn’t cross that line. Instead, we are treated to the story of growing up in Florida as a queer Latina punk girl. It’s almost easy to see where certain people get the drive and fire to be who they NEED to be as adults when you know their back story. This is almost the opposite, where you can see the back story and all the bullshit, drugs, pain, teenage dumb-fuckery, and malt liquor soaked shows laid out in plain, honest language and form a picture of the adult that was formed out of it. The isolation of being an outcast from even the outcasts permeates the passages here, with the concept of finding comfort wherever it may lie and learning to not take shit from the assholes that try to hold everybody down being overall themes. Very interesting, the kind of book that makes me think of my own teenage years in a similar analytical sense and well worth the cover price. On a personal note, I would love to see Road’s take on traditional sequential comic book art. Seeing her standalone images over the past few years makes me think that every time, and I can only hope it happens soon!

    Reich #1
    Elijah Brubaker
    24 pgs $3.00
    Sparkplug Comics
    PO Box 10952
    Portland, OR 97296
    www.sparkplugcomics.com

    Here is a little DIY comic that professes to be a biography of one Wilhem Reich. I honestly had never heard of him until now, and this first chapter has me intrigued to learn more. It begins by humanizing him, showing him leaving the army in Italy at the end of World War One, before getting into the documented history he had at the Vienna University. Here he challenged the views of human sexuality that were being reinforced through the medical courses that existed at the time. He actually commandeers the class, and steers the curriculum to where he felt it should be going. There are interesting asides with his personal life, as well as meeting Freud before an abrupt cliffhanger hits on the last page. The inside back cover details the research that went into this with footnotes, as well as notations of places where there were not solid sources of information available which led to using hearsay of peers at the time. The writing is pretty sharp, and the art looks good in that indie cartoonist way that you are probably well accustomed to by now. Reich seems to be an interesting historical figure and I like the looks of where this biography is going. Definitely one to pick up if you see it with the zines or minicomics on your store shelf.


    yes!
    • CommentAuthorabkosher
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2008
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    Comic Relief in Berkeley is having a 50% off sale on all back issues, so I picked up a few series that I'd heard good things about, but hadn't paid much attention to: a bunch of Rick Remender's, a lot of Bendis' Daredevil run and a slew of Ennis' Punisher. I know a lot of people will say "duh," but I favor single issues to trades and, well, you just can't get to everything. I got a stack of new stuff too, but I've yet to read most of it, so bear with me. I shall return!
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      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2008
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    I digged the Boys too. for the same reasons as Starfire.

    Midnighter #16 was alright, I quite like what Keith Giffen's doing in an old school comics kind of way. Since he took over the book as the regular writer the books found a voice.

    All build-up this issue, the introduction of a meticulous killer from a lineage of meticulous killers, Midnighter enjoying the 'normality' of a fake identity, conspiracy theories and chat. A fight's on the horizon but we're not there yet.

    Giffen has taken the character into pleasant territory, largely by putting him in situations where killing is the wrong answer and by concetrating on him as a solo act and not as half of a gay marraige. It's working for me.

    When out of his work clothes he's no longer the white suited, po faced 'alien' that Mark Millar and Garth Ennis wrote him as (not sure who first put him in the suit), Giffen's normalised him somewhat, made him a guy you could imagine having a beer with. Now I wouldn't be surprised if fandom takes objection to 'demistifing' Midnighter but this evolution feels like a good step for this ongoing solo title to work; fast, hard, enigmatic characters rarely work on centre stage.
    • CommentAuthorjohn-paul
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2008
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    Narcopolis –This isn’t a one-sit read, it demands something of you as a reader and I like that. The newspeak language used in the story made me want to re-read this again to decipher the meanings, which in turn helped my understanding of the story. By the end of issue one I felt I had read something much longer than 32 pages.

    El Diablo – I picked up the trade paperback of this Vertigo title penned by Azzerello and it’s a great straightforward mystery yarn. The pace of the plot is a lot faster than other Azzerello stories I’ve read; the subtly of dialogue is still there, but it’s great to see him writing a story that unfolds at a faster pace.

    100 bullets #87 – That said, the scene with the hitman talking with his daughter before leaving for his next job is deftly handled. It manages to say an awful lot about how this guy feels about his work and his family in only a page.
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    el diablo is sooo good. im very happy its finally back in print.
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    Abe Sapien - beautiful artwork, intriguing storyline kicking off; classic Mignola
    Buffy - Whedon's back at the helm (although I appreciated Vaughn's work on it) and I love Jeanty's art (and the 'shot' of Buffy air-walking!). The exploration of B's angst continues but the story definitely moves forward with the Big Bad going 'boo'.
    Northlanders - I take Patrick's point about the buxom wench naked on a bed of furs (wish fulfillment of a *young* man?!) but the story really took off this issue with an amazingly dynamic and realistic outburst of violence (yes your arm would be knacked after firing a bow like that)
    Dr. Sleepless - didactic, deep and discussed elsewhere
    Wasteland - Joe Infurnari steps in for a flashback episode about Michael the ruin runner. I really liked the art and could see it working nicely (made me taste the dust) but I'm smitten with Mitten and can't wait for the next arc.