Comics, etc.

My favorite X-Men run has always been X-Men First Class. There are like four graphic novels and they're quite good.

Whedon's Astonishing is pretty good but you need to know a ton of backstory.

Okay, I read Hawkguy this weekend, and I didn't catch the "Make pizza your business" line. Was it in the lettercol or something?

Enjoyed the series so far, but boy howdy would it be better if Aja did every issue - I'm not sure he's done even half of them.

I'd love to see the series take a serious, hard left turn brought about by

Spoiler:

the murder of Gil, and Clint wanting real, lasting retribution

- I think there's an interesting, long story there, but it wouldn't fit with the tone so far. Then again, the tone already fluctuates between light and pretty dark.

Good read so far!

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Okay, I read Hawkguy this weekend, and I didn't catch the "Make pizza your business" line. Was it in the lettercol or something?

Enjoyed the series so far, but boy howdy would it be better if Aja did every issue - I'm not sure he's done even half of them.

I'd love to see the series take a serious, hard left turn brought about by

Spoiler:

the murder of Gil, and Clint wanting real, lasting retribution

- I think there's an interesting, long story there, but it wouldn't fit with the tone so far. Then again, the tone already fluctuates between light and pretty dark.

Good read so far!

It's the title of #11. It's just... it's pretty much the best title for a story about a dog who likes pizza and attempts to solve a murder but instead gets distracted by being a dog.

Haweye #11 is basically the perfect comic book #nohyperbole

=)

Edit: Oh hey, here's a review from Comics Alliance as to why this issue is so great.

So, inspired by Mike, right after catching up on Hawkguy, I read Planetary.

I'll share my thoughts soon, possibly tonight, but let me first ask this:

If I want to read The Authority, should I just start with #1, or do I really need to go back and read certain issues of Stormwatch?

Thanks!

I did that a few years ago. I think you're ok starting with The Authority. As I recall, a bunch of nonsense happened in Stormwatch but it was generally resolved by the time Authority starts.

I also wasn't that big a fan but YMMV, naturally.

Stormwatch helps make sense of Midnighter and Apollo and Bendix as Weatherman. If you can find it cheap, it doesn't hurt, but it's not essential.

Just the Warren Ellis run, right?

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Just the Warren Ellis run, right?

Yeah, skip the extreme, ultra, awesome, rad early Image 90's power issues...

Has anyone seen The Wolverine? How is it?

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Haven't really had much to say here because I've been on a tear through Y: The Last Man for a while now. I just finished it on the way home from work.

I was interested in the concept, and while the series had me enough to get me through the whole thing, I have to say, it was nothing especially revolutionary. It was entertaining. Probably not worth what I paid for it. But that's not meant to be a scathing review or anything.

I also read up to the current issue of Saga. Have to say, I'm liking this one. But if there's one thing that I find annoying, it's getting into a series that is still not done. Oh well.

Also been reading Batman 66, which is just the right amount of ridiculous. Also, the Guided View experience is neat.

Tried to read the first issue of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? but was bored before I got halfway through the first issue. Maybe it deserves more of a chance than that, but I don't see why.

I don't remember if I mentioned that I finished Red Son, but I did, and that was interesting and fun.

Eagerly awaiting the next Locke & Key.

So, I've got Astonishing X-Men, From Hell, The Surrogates, Kingdom Come, and Batman: Year One in the hopper. Oh, also, Fedaykin recommended Gotham Central to me AGES ago, and I've got an actual paperback on the shelf somewhere, so I should probably read that, too. Also have Sandman, The Marvel Civil War, Preacher, and Transmetropolitan to get to courtesy of the roommates.

I have spent a sickening amount of money on comics recently.

NSMike wrote:

Haven't really had much to say here because I've been on a tear through Y: The Last Man for a while now. I just finished it on the way home from work.

I was interested in the concept, and while the series had me enough to get me through the whole thing, I have to say, it was nothing especially revolutionary. It was entertaining. Probably not worth what I paid for it. But that's not meant to be a scathing review or anything.

I also read up to the current issue of Saga. Have to say, I'm liking this one. But if there's one thing that I find annoying, it's getting into a series that is still not done. Oh well.

Also been reading Batman 66, which is just the right amount of ridiculous. Also, the Guided View experience is neat.

Tried to read the first issue of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? but was bored before I got halfway through the first issue. Maybe it deserves more of a chance than that, but I don't see why.

I don't remember if I mentioned that I finished Red Son, but I did, and that was interesting and fun.

Eagerly awaiting the next Locke & Key.

So, I've got Astonishing X-Men, From Hell, The Surrogates, Kingdom Come, and Batman: Year One in the hopper. Oh, also, Fedaykin recommended Gotham Central to me AGES ago, and I've got an actual paperback on the shelf somewhere, so I should probably read that, too. Also have Sandman, The Marvel Civil War, Preacher, and Transmetropolitan to get to courtesy of the roommates.

I have spent a sickening amount of money on comics recently.

Sounds like you've got some great reads both ahead of you and under your belt! I absolutely loved Kingdom Come, but then again, I'm a sucker for Elseworlds type stuff.

I've gotten in to a bad habit of buying codes from people lately. I don't even want to know how much I've spent the last couple weeks.... But on the plus side, I'm able to keep up with a lot of current stuff that I wouldn't otherwise get to read!

Oh, also! Being an Android and tech junkie, I purchased the new Nexus 7, which, among other things, has the 1900x1200 HD display. Have to say, even with the smaller screen size, comics were not this easy to read and clear on my iPad, by far. So, if you're considering it, it works well for digital comics.

I've been thinking about picking up a tablet of some sort for comics. My wife likes the idea of an iPad - which model did you use? Was it a retina screen?

soonerjudd wrote:

I've been thinking about picking up a tablet of some sort for comics. My wife likes the idea of an iPad - which model did you use? Was it a retina screen?

Jumping into the conversation here I do a lot of reading switching between my iPad with Retina and my Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Digital comics look GREAT on both tablets.

Looks like everyone is reading some great stuff. IMO Gotham Central is a series you really can't miss if you love everything that surrounds the Bat universe.

I've been reading through American Vampire and loving the story and the art. Also going back to read Sandman in prep for the new Overture stuff coming as well as picking up some of the weekly books (going through Trinity War, Batman, Invincible, The Wake.)

I thought I'd hate reading comics on a tablet, but I prefer it at this point.

American Vampire is great, particularly the first two or three storylines. It's one of the best things I've read in the last two years.

The ipad is pretty much perfect for comics, even the non-retina models. The ipad mini is especially nice given it's size and weight, though sometimes you may have to zoom in to clearly read text if there is too much packed into a panel.

My iPad is an iPad 2, non-retina display. Doesn't hold a candle to how crisp the comics are on the new Nexus 7. Can't speak to how a retina display looks.

Having gone from a 2 to a Retina-based, it's night and day.

trueheart78 wrote:

Having gone from a 2 to a Retina-based, it's night and day.

Absolutely. Comics on a retina display are gorgeous.

Something to consider: not all publishers are putting comics out there high-res enough for HD/retina displays, either, so based on the comic and platform, ymmv.

I'm really tempted to buy the Gaiman/1602 books on today's comixology sale. Like I said before, I'm a sucker for alternate histories like this.

Also, with all the love for digital comics coming up, I'll just reiterate what I mentioned upthread: I'm getting a couple books in print, but just use the codes out of them, so if anyone wants to trade (my print for your digital, etc.) just let me know! Also, if you're in to Marvel stuff, there are a lot of codes going out on twitter - just check the #marvelshare hashtag.

Speaking of the love for digital comics, is ebay still the place to buy and sell actual print comics? I have 8-10k comics that I wouldn't mind moving (time not a huge factor) that I somehow managed to acquire in my youth.

peedmyself wrote:

Speaking of the love for digital comics, is ebay still the place to buy and sell actual print comics? I have 8-10k comics that I wouldn't mind moving (time not a huge factor) that I somehow managed to acquire in my youth.

For that many, I'd do fulfillment by Amazon. Ship them one time to Amazon, and let them deal with the individual logistics.

sometimesdee wrote:
peedmyself wrote:

Speaking of the love for digital comics, is ebay still the place to buy and sell actual print comics? I have 8-10k comics that I wouldn't mind moving (time not a huge factor) that I somehow managed to acquire in my youth.

For that many, I'd do fulfillment by Amazon. Ship them one time to Amazon, and let them deal with the individual logistics.

Amazon is definitely one possible place if you wanted to move everything at once. Otherwise eBay is still the place people go looking for the rare and collectible stuff. If you're not afraid of doing some homework go to http://comicbookrealm.com/ and figure what your most valuable books are and try moving those first through eBay.

Caught up on Powers this weekend.

(Because no more Powers to read right now.)

Fedaykin98 wrote:

So, inspired by Mike, right after catching up on Hawkguy, I read Planetary.

I'll share my thoughts soon, possibly tonight, but let me first ask this:

If I want to read The Authority, should I just start with #1, or do I really need to go back and read certain issues of Stormwatch?

Thanks!

Planetary is kind of interesting. However, it has the wackiest transition between itself and The Authority. Possibly one of the wackiest things I've ever read in comics. That's not hyperbole, it's the sudden and jarring collision of about four different franchises that probably should never have met.

How far into Saga should I get before I can conclusively say that I don't like it? I read the first TPB, and I found it kind of uninspiring. The art was dull, and I didn't find the plotting and dialogue as tight as I usually expect from Vaughn. I didn't dislike it, but I'm not particularly excited about reading more.

It's been close to 17 years since I last read a comic book. I had quite an interest in comics when I was young. I remember losing touch with comics when we moved house (and also school) which saw me fall in with a completely different set of friends. Those friends had no interest in comics nor the animated series counterparts that I so loved. I adjusted my hobbies and interests to better fit in. I focused more on football/soccer and video games which I adored anyway, so it wasn't a matter of faking it, more so placing certain interests on the back burner for a time. That time was yesterday. I picked up Marvel Civil War whilst my wife was browsing over the latest Karen Slaughter release. I read the synopsis and had a glance at the opening scenes. I wish I had made the purchase. I postponed so we could have a look at the local comic book specialist. Instead we ending up going straight home once we realized the time. I am now looking it up on Amazon!

I never had any continuity with my comics when I was young. I would purchase random comics at irregular intervals. I would get a Batman, then I would get a Spider-Man, next it would be the X-Men, followed by Spawn, and so on and so forth. I never cared for Superman! I remember my Uncle giving me some very old Incredible Hulk comics when I was really young, as well as a similarly old Avengers collection.

I'm thinking about getting a Kindle or a similar device. The wife much prefers print, and likes having a collection of real books. I do too, but an e-Reader would sure as hell save on storage space, and in the long run I would assume cost.

I think the Google Nexus right now is probably the sweet spot for buying in for e-reading. At the asking price, the screen resolution is brilliant. Just ask NSMike!

Kazooka - If you don't like Saga, I don't know what to tell you.

Are you by any chance young and single? Because I have young kids, and the themes are right in my current wheelhouse.