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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
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010 edited
    well, due to the books i wanted being ridiculously over priced, i grabbed the HELLBOY:DOUBLE FEATURE OF EVIL one shot by mignola/corben and it was fun, quick and gorgeous. i dont like richards art a lot of the time (the linework gives things a texture that i dont enjoy) but this was one of the books where he nailed it. nice work by everyone involved there. two short stories with a framing device that gets funnier each time i think about it. oh my cat also enjoyed laying on it, so theres that.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010
    Haven't been this week. But LAST week, I picked up a mess of goodies.

    KNIGHT & SQUIRE was amazing. I never knew the Morris Men were fascists. (They're not.) Paul Cornell hit this one out of the park.

    THE BOYS - one question - did Hughie get raped by Black Noir back at Herogasm? Or did he just get fingered, like in Freddy Got Fingered? Otherwise, a great issue, from the Dark Knight parody cover to the revelations that Monkey's now in charge.

    STRANGE TALES II #2 with the Hernandez cover? Be still my heart. Farel alrymple's story was great. I mislike Tony Millionaire but whatever.

    CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD - "Button it, Pisstube." That's my new favorite saying.
    • CommentAuthorchenryhen
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010
    Batman: The Return
    Batman Inc. #1

    Grouped together because they more or less read as one. I really can't believe how much I like Morrison's Batman(-men). I guess I don't like grim-n-gritty as much as I like awesome. Just from the internet chatter I've seen, he really seems to have pulled off the old switcheroo with putting Dick in place as Gotham's Batman. I guess it helps that everyone knew Bruce Wayne would be back, but still…I think with many other writers, Batman & Robin would've tanked and we would not be where we are now. It's fun to see a driven, yet more collegial Batman. And Paquette's art is just great.
    • CommentAuthorTemplar
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010 edited
    Morning Glories gave us another excellent issue. It continues to be the demented love child of Lost and Runaways. Which is a good thing.
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    couldnt get my MG this week :(
    • CommentAuthorMercer Finn
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010 edited
    Second half of Kill Shakespeare kicks off this week with number 7. There are a couple of dodgy dialogue choices concerning thees and thous, and some of the facial expressions are rendered rather flatly. But I can forgive the flaws, because the issue does some wonderful stuff with the form of comics, and there is some soppy but moving character work. It's not Shakespeare, but the people making this love the material, and they manage to sweep you up in it really rather well.

    Not really new, but I'm two thirds of the way through Sky-Doll Vol.1, which is gorgeous, funny AND clever. Very rare for cheesecake to not feel gratuitous, and this just about manages to pull it off. It's an expensive book (£15), but so far I'm not regretting the purchase.

    Haven't read this week's X-Factor yet, but I can be pretty confident about it not disappointing. Impressively consistent low-key brilliance.
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    Mercer -- Glad you like Sky Doll so far. It's a good read, and if you like it you may want to give some of the other Soleil titles a shot. (SkyDoll is about the middle of the list if I was to rank them all.)

    Grant Morrison: 18 Days -- This is a beautiful book. I've barely even scratched the surface of it yet but to give you an idea of what it is: Morrison has written an animated series retelling the story of The Mahbharata and this is the story notes, character bios, bible, and script for the first 3 episodes. If you see this on the shelf (and trust me, it's hard to miss... this thing is thin but huge) take a flip through it, check out the art, breath it in. It's worth it.
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2010
    Bought the new "Grandville Mon Amour" book. It's a delight.

    Batman: The Return - reasonably fun though I'm real
    tired of Muslim-themed Bond Villains

    Batman Inc. #1 - whee Japan!
    Tentacle fun for miscellaneous Japanese girl and Selina ...
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    Grandeville Mon Amour was my top book of the week by far. While the end was telegraphed from the start the path to it was nice and twisty, with a great mix of detective-work and fantastic action pieces. Detective Inspector LeBrock needs a long career, not just because it's such a fun read but because I'd love to have a nice chunk of shelf-space taken up by the lovely red spines of the books.

    Last Unicorn #6- The final issue, and a good end to the adaptation, but I can't help but wish there were an extra dozen pages. It started so well but the last two issues just felt rushed. There was a lot of story to cover, and while they touched on it all there was definite cramping.

    Superior #2- This series is easily my favorite of the Millarworld books. This issue covered the usual "get used to the powers" bit that every new superhero goes through, but the characters are a lot of fun and the art is fantastic. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the story goes, now that the startup is out of the way and it can really start moving. Also, looking at Leinil Yu's pencils on the back page, I'm not really sure why they bothered inking.

    Deadpool Max #2- It's David Lapham and Kyle Baker. Therefore it's twisted and wrong on far too many levels to count, and great fun because of it. It's like popcorn for the creatures living in the dark pit of your soul.
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    Warped - what would you recommend? They've produced about 20 or so series according to wikipedia. Which ones have stood out for you?
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    Mercer, these are my top 5 in order. I've included SkyDoll just to give an idea where it sits.
    -Universal War One (6 issues) -- Amazing set about a crew of misfits that are part of the space army. A giant black wall appears to be coming from Uranus setting off conflict between two of Earth's warring factions. Written and drawn by Denis Bajram. I've read it three times since it's come out.

    -Scourge of the Gods (6 issues) -- Set in the far future with a Roman/Hun theme to it. The main character is a Hun that the Romans believe to be the reincarnation of their Goddess of chaos. The Roman's have known peace for centuries, and this deals with the Huns starting a war. Read it twice.

    -Tales of the Dragon Guard (currently at 5 issues, out of a possible 10 to translate) -- This series is a collection of one-shots which would be my favorite but I find the other two a little better mostly due to them being mini-series allowing you to get better acquainted with the characters and allows the story to grow a little more. That being said, each of these that have come out so far have been well worth the money. Each issue has a different theme, different artist, and different main character. There are some characters that cross over into other stories (ie: one of the main characters in the second issue appear as a woman girl at the end of the first). The different issues are non-liner, but they all happen within 40 years or so. It's set in typical fantasy time, and the main idea is that if a dragon shows up the area around it start to get twisted/corrupted so the Dragon Knights have to come in and save the day. The Dragon Knights are a collection of females that aren't affected by the dragons corruption due to being virgins. Read most of them once, a couple of them twice.

    -SkyDoll (3 issue mini, 6 other anthology books) -- You're reading this one so I'll make it short: The original mini-series is really good, I was hoping that the anthology books would answer some of the questions that I had at the end of the mini but they don't. They add a little bit to the story, but not a whole lot. Read the main series twice.

    -Samurai: Legend (4 issues) -- A story of a Samurai going up against the evil bad guy. There's mysteries and twists. I honestly don't remember a whole lot about this. It was the second series that Soleil put out and that was about 2 1/2 years ago. I would get the first three titles I listed over this one unless you really like feudal Japan stories. Read it once but now that I've typed this out I'm tempted to go back and read it again.

    A brief word on the other titles:
    Ythaq would be much better if it actually finished. As far as I can tell it's supposed to be 9 or 12 issues. Only 6 have come out (7 in French). They're really good, but the lack of an ending really ruins it.
    Spin Angels has the same problem.
    Daffodil is entertaining in a very cute kind of way. The first two issues are a story, the third is kind of a one-shot that you have to read the first two to understand who the characters are. It stars a trio of female vampires caught in a human/vampire fight and the art makes everyone kind of look like little kids. Almost felt like a comic for children.
    Kookaburra was really disappointing and didn't make a lot of sense. It almost seemed like they were missing an issue but I checked and they weren't. That being said, there are many more series' to it that I doubt will see translation.
    Husk was a similar thing. They wanted to say much more than they had time to and the politics in it would have been more effective if you knew some more history between the characters. (IE: A trusted friend betraying someone doesn't have the same effect if you don't realize that they're a trusted friend.)

    And that's all of the ones that Soleil (Marvel) have put out.
    A few things of note: There's not a lot of series that I've read twice and the fact that I've read Universal War, Scourge, and SkyDoll at least twice really means that I really liked them. With the first two I read the last issue when it came out and within a week after that I had read the entire thing again. They both read better is a set rather than as monthlies whereas Tales of the Dragon Guard read better as a monthly title. There is so much to take in in both Universal War and Scourge that things get forgotten about month to month.
    I think that about wraps it up. Let me know if there's something else you're wondering (and what you think of any of the series that you pick up.)

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    Thanx man, that's awesome. I'll deffo check out Universal War One and Scourge of the Gods next week, although it will take some time before I scrape up enough scratch to actually buy and read them. Right now the Greek Street trade is next on the list...
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    Not a problem, Mercer. And hey, ask for them for Christmas. ;)
    • CommentAuthorbumnote
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2010
    popbot book 8 - though ive flicked through this i'm holding back on reading properly until i acquire the other 7 in one format or another, which may take some time....and money. an over-large comic/art book, probably not everyones idea of a comic. i love the art of ashley wood as i've probably said before - a dystopian future with naked ladies, robots, war.

    lore book one tpb, chapters 1 to 3 - to go with book two i bought the other week. same team as above and on many other projects, ashley wood and tp louise (husband and wife i believe). this blew my socks off when i downloaded it in digital format ages ago, so much so that i had to buy it. mythical creatures appearing after forcing themselves through cracks in the ley-line network the world over. the art as usual from ashley wood is superb. telling the story partly from the diaries of the main protagonist really lets us get into his head, more so i'd imagine than just normal comic style panels. the pace doesn't really let up throughout the whole of lore, with a good helping of humour and smidges of touching moments. wonderful stuff that i could read more and more of.
    • CommentAuthorMark Datik
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
    Late to the party so:

    Lint / X'ed Out / Palookaville #20 - Ware / Burns / Seth - I'm surprised nobody's talked about these books. Not only are the creators at the top of their game but they've all made an interesting format change. Since format is the topic du jour here it's a little weird that their hardbound album move hasn't been mentioned. (Ware has been hardbound for awhile.) Anyway:

    Lint is a masterwork. It's the life story of a mediocre bully and the art does a great job of tracing this character arc. Simple geometric shapes are used when Lint is born, and the art gets more sophisticated as the protagonist ages. The garbled language the baby hears is a great moment of scripting. I also enjoyed the Panter-esque scribbling that describes the character's death. Ware has taken what he's learned over the past decade and created a work on par with Asterios Polyp.

    Making his hardbound debut is Burns with X'ed Out. A sort of Looking Glass take on Tintin, right down to the cover homage of "The Shooting Star," this is a great start to his new series. He has a great sense of montage, and the ones in this first volume are almost lyrical in their execution. I know Mr. Ellis purchased this and would be interested in his take on the volume.

    Palookaville continues the Clyde Fans story in a new hardbound volume. I liked the format change and the extras included, but I have to admit to some fatigue with this serial. It needs to end soon so he can move on to something new.

    The Littlest Pirate King / The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec - David B / Tardi - Always great to see the Europeans translated into English. I bought The David B volume is Paris a year or so ago and was happy to see the English version as my French isn't the best. A little disappointed in the smaller size but understand the vagaries of the American market. Adapted from the story by Pierre Mac Orlan, the art is as wonderful as ever. The first Blanc-Sec volume is a lot of fun (I believe the movie was released in Europe a few months ago) and look forward to more volumes.

    Northlanders #34 - Wood / Burchielli - I have to say I'm surprised such a promising story would go off the rails like this. I think part of the problem was the artist's interpretation of the script. The transition from reality to fantasy didn't really "flow" smoothly and the art at times was so abstract that I couldn't follow the story clearly. It's a shame about the misstep but it's still a great series.
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    Lint / X'ed Out / Palookaville #20 - Ware / Burns / Seth - I'm surprised nobody's talked about these books.

    Honestly, I don't think we have that many comics readers here anymore, and of those that do, they seem to prefer the more commercial stuff in singles.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
    I know this is blasphemy but I can't stand Chris Ware. "Cold" and "unreadable" are two words that I associate with his work. I know I'm in the minority but his stuff just doesn't do it for me.
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    chris ware as an artist is amazing. chris ware as a writer is usually too dry and melancholy for my tastes.
    • CommentAuthorMark Datik
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2010
    Mister Hex-

    I don't know about "cold" as Ware tells very emotional stories. "Dispassionate" may be a better term as he presents the story without prejudice. He's also a very subtle storyteller. The reader has to pay close attention as small moments tend to have greater impact later on in the narrative.

    Joe Distort-

    You should check out the latest issue. Ware uses all of his techniques in a new, unified way to create an incredible story. Not quite as flashy as Asterios Polyp, but maybe even more cutting edge and effective.

    Mr. Ellis-

    True, I forget a lot of people enjoy commercial comics here. The format issue is what really surprises me though. A lot of creators at the beginning of their careers congregate here and with self-publishing, print-on-demand, and web comics being discussed I would have thought a handful of creators going in the opposite direction and producing beautiful PRINT objects would have warranted some thought.

    Were you able to read X'ed Out yet? Thoughts?