Comics, etc.

I haven't, but the 11 O'Clock Comics guys love the series. I might check out the show, though

I read the first volume of Deadly Class. I liked it, but not enough to complete it.

I read the first volume in 2017 and volume two last month. I can remember everything that happened in the former but I don’t remember anything at all about the latter. Take that as you will.

I love Deadly Class, and have read pretty much all of it. It's a very strange tone, super dark and grim on the one hand, but also deeply emotional and often quite funny on the other hand. Remender has some interesting essays at least in the early issues explaining some of the ways the story connects with his youth. He had a pretty rough childhood, apparently. I'd recommend the book.

Boy, I haven't thought about 11 O'Clock Comics in a long time, I used to listen to them all the time. I stopped sometime around when Chris Neseman left the show. Maybe I should give them another try. There were some things I really enjoyed about them, and they talked about some off-beat books I never would've heard of otherwise, but they also had some habits I really hated that eventually just overwhelmed me. Maybe I'll check back in with them.

So in the last month I've been reading through what I believe is the entire run of Mike Carey's Lucifer. I really, really like it....the art, the writing, the subject matter, and the religious and philosophical issues raised are delicious. But I've noticed that Carey, like Gaiman himself, though not so blatantly, repeatedly tends to write his hero into a corner from which there is no possible escape and then spring him by way of a surprise event (none dare call it deus ex machina) to resolve the conflict. The omnipotent antagonists are closing in, there's no way the weakened Lucifer can escape, things look grim, and then *poof!* Order is restored.

Obviously, this can happen in any kind of fantastic media--my family is reading through the Harry Potter series, and it happens there--but I'm noticing that it's much more effective when the surprise weapon/spell/item/tactic is well-integrated with the story, rather than an obscure reference that suddenly becomes critical. The resolution then feels cheap after such an exciting, hair-raising buildup.

This won't stop me from appreciating either Lucifer or Carey, but it's definitely something I've noticed, and, though I'm not a writer, it seems avoidable.

I love Lucifer. Its SUCH a strong run. Carey has talked about how strong a voice Lucifer has and I think that his drive for independence is there in everything he does.

Anyone else reading Immortal Hulk? It's started showing up in MU and it's great so far. It's a more horror style take on The Hulk.

I really need to re-up on MU. Has the interface improved in the last year or two?

bnpederson wrote:

I really need to re-up on MU. Has the interface improved in the last year or two?

Nope

mrlogical wrote:

Boy, I haven't thought about 11 O'Clock Comics in a long time, I used to listen to them all the time. I stopped sometime around when Chris Neseman left the show. Maybe I should give them another try. There were some things I really enjoyed about them, and they talked about some off-beat books I never would've heard of otherwise, but they also had some habits I really hated that eventually just overwhelmed me. Maybe I'll check back in with them.

I've been listening since Episode 1 about forever ago, and still enjoy the show. Most of the comics I read I discover through them. I just wish they read more manga .

bnpederson wrote:

I really need to re-up on MU. Has the interface improved in the last year or two?

They did an update a month or two ago (and transitioning my saved library to the updated version was a headache, of course). The changes aren't obvious, but it feels a bit more snappy now. The offline library seems to load more reliably now. But nothing else major. I still enjoy it quite a bit, despite the rocky periods.

Hangdog wrote:
bnpederson wrote:

I really need to re-up on MU. Has the interface improved in the last year or two?

They did an update a month or two ago (and transitioning my saved library to the updated version was a headache, of course). The changes aren't obvious, but it feels a bit more snappy now. The offline library seems to load more reliably now. But nothing else major. I still enjoy it quite a bit, despite the rocky periods.

I don't think the problem is the interface, so much as the Marvel naming & numbering conventions.

NathanialG wrote:
Hangdog wrote:
bnpederson wrote:

I really need to re-up on MU. Has the interface improved in the last year or two?

They did an update a month or two ago (and transitioning my saved library to the updated version was a headache, of course). The changes aren't obvious, but it feels a bit more snappy now. The offline library seems to load more reliably now. But nothing else major. I still enjoy it quite a bit, despite the rocky periods.

I don't think the problem is the interface, so much as the Marvel naming & numbering conventions.

THAT is certainly not fixed. I've been reading a lot of older stuff, and trying to find annuals is a real trial. I think they also give them a January of that year date no matter when they actually came out. Irritating.