Comics, etc.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Immortal Hulk? He wasn't immortal before?

Baron,

Worth the read. Very cool take on the gamma power, his internal struggle, and his own personal demons. Plus the art is top notch.

Putting that one on my list, I've been meaning to get to it, but just haven't fired up the comics app in a while. Did find New Mutants and X-Factor enjoyable enough to keep up, but the much-maligned Fallen Angels? Holy crap, that's one of the worst comics I've seen in a long time. Horrible artwork, and basically a giant "ignore all of of Laura Kinney's character development" and crap all over one of my favorite characters of the last decade. So bad.

It would be really nice to have a Marvel Unlimited site that didn't suck, though. How about some filters? Like, maybe I want to read things published in the last five years, so . . . something more than a giant-ass alphabetized list of every single Marvel title would be handy.

Yeah they’ve really done no work on MU in years. It bothers me that they put titles with The under T as well.

Just finished the first collection of Saga. Holy smokes that was good. Immediately bought the rest.

Suvanto wrote:

Just finished the first collection of Saga. Holy smokes that was good. Immediately bought the rest.

SHOUTOUT TO PYX!

I just ordered The Immortal Hulk Omnibus. Thanks for the recommendation, y’all!

I agree, the Marvel Unlimited app is frustratingly terrible. It's also frustrating to me, as someone who uses it on an an Amazon Fire tablet, that they don't have an Amazon App Store version of the app, so I have to sideload the Android version of it and endure daily warnings about my device not being supported and have to periodically figure out when there's a new version to download. But even aside from the Amazon-related issues, the app is a mess in so many ways. Speaking of X-books, I was looking to find the recent SWORD series, went to browse and typed 'sword' into search and only saw a couple of older series, not the one that came out recently and has 3 issues on the app. Eventually I found out that the latest series is officially titled "S.W.O.R.D." and so the app doesn't include it in a search for "sword". Oof. And there are so many basic features it could have that it just doesn't. Why can't I "subscribe" to a current series and automatically have all new issues of it added to my library and get a notification when they're out? The one big thing I'll say in its favor though is the (pandemic-induced, I think) switch to giving us books only 3 months out instead of 6 makes a huge difference.

On the recent X-books discussion, I'm definitely an anti-Fallen Angels person. The story was very dark and grim and I really disliked the art. Bryan Hill has written some stuff I liked, but this was one of those series that I preordered and really regretted having done so after a couple of issues.

Excalibur and the whole X of Swords crossover were tough for me because I have never been an Excalibur reader, so I have basically no background on Otherworld and all that stuff, and I wasn't wild about the initial team. I have liked it better post-X of Swords though, and I thought X of Swords was a really fun crossover in a lot of ways, even if I was lukewarm on the big picture Krakoa/Arakko stuff and am still not sure I understand what happened (there are how many Arakki mutants? are they all living on Krakoa now?). I'd say it had a ton of cool moments and fun beats, but I understood maybe 45% of it.

X-Factor has been a bit of a struggle for me. Baldeon's art doesn't do it for me...it's very close to styles I like, but there's just something off-putting to me about his figures, they're all like a little too long and everything has this stretched-out curve to it that I don't like. And I dunno about the story. People on the internet seem to love Leah Williams, and she seems like a charming and enthusiastic lover of the X-Men, but every one of her stories that I've read has felt like they have good ideas that are not well-executed. X-Factor (which apparently just concluded?) featured a lot of characters I don't have strong feelings about and put them in situations that seemed overly complicated (multiple characters have been possessed by multiple other characters, so trying to figure out who is doing what and why is a struggle). The focus on Rachel Summers' (genuinely no idea what code name she is using these days) "chrono-skimming" powers is very emblematic of my feelings about the book--I've seen people say "wow, so cool, that's a power they referenced her having decades ago that every writer since then has just forgotten about!", but from seeing the way it's depicted in the book, I can understand why that power hadn't been used in ages, because it's hard to visualize and I don't understand what's supposed to be happening when they're showing that power.

In other news, kind of on a whim I've been picking up Philip Kennedy Johnson's Superman and Action Comics (which seems like a short run to fill the gap between Bendis and the pair of new Grant Morrison and Tom Taylor Superman books?), and it's pretty good! At least some of them are drawn by Phil Hester, whose work I have liked a lot in the past but haven't seen much of in quite a while (with the very recent exception of Family Tree with Jeff Lemire, which I didn't like but was well-drawn). It's really nice to every once in a while just get a few random issues by a creator you don't know on a character you like but aren't obsessed with and just find a fun little story.

mrlogical wrote:

X-Factor has been a bit of a struggle for me. Baldeon's art doesn't do it for me...it's very close to styles I like, but there's just something off-putting to me about his figures, they're all like a little too long and everything has this stretched-out curve to it that I don't like. And I dunno about the story. People on the internet seem to love Leah Williams, and she seems like a charming and enthusiastic lover of the X-Men, but every one of her stories that I've read has felt like they have good ideas that are not well-executed. X-Factor (which apparently just concluded?) featured a lot of characters I don't have strong feelings about and put them in situations that seemed overly complicated (multiple characters have been possessed by multiple other characters, so trying to figure out who is doing what and why is a struggle). The focus on Rachel Summers' (genuinely no idea what code name she is using these days) "chrono-skimming" powers is very emblematic of my feelings about the book--I've seen people say "wow, so cool, that's a power they referenced her having decades ago that every writer since then has just forgotten about!", but from seeing the way it's depicted in the book, I can understand why that power hadn't been used in ages, because it's hard to visualize and I don't understand what's supposed to be happening when they're showing that power.

Thank you for that, mrlogical. I like Baldeón's style but don't love it, and based on your comments about the story (I've never read anything by Williams, so she's not a draw for me), well, it sounds like X-Factor is a pass, at least until the whole collection goes on sale for three or four bucks.

X-Factor is thoroughly in my "it's free on Marvel Unlimited so I'll read it" list, but I wouldn't put money into it. It's basically some amusing character interaction, but there's nothing that really hooks me; it'll be a vaguely entertaining time killer every few months when I decide to catch up.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

X-Factor is thoroughly in my "it's free on Marvel Unlimited so I'll read it" list, but I wouldn't put money into it. It's basically some amusing character interaction, but there's nothing that really hooks me; it'll be a vaguely entertaining time killer every few months when I decide to catch up.

I might not even get it for $3 or $4, then. You guys are saving me money left and right!

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Putting that one on my list, I've been meaning to get to it, but just haven't fired up the comics app in a while. Did find New Mutants and X-Factor enjoyable enough to keep up, but the much-maligned Fallen Angels? Holy crap, that's one of the worst comics I've seen in a long time. Horrible artwork, and basically a giant "ignore all of of Laura Kinney's character development" and crap all over one of my favorite characters of the last decade. So bad.

It would be really nice to have a Marvel Unlimited site that didn't suck, though. How about some filters? Like, maybe I want to read things published in the last five years, so . . . something more than a giant-ass alphabetized list of every single Marvel title would be handy.

The Android app has a published by month and year filter. It isn't great but it's something. I probably mentioned this before but the Star Wars Doctor Aphra run isn't bad and the 2 issues of the most current Eternals was enjoyable. I'm also enjoying the 2020 runs of Spider-Woman, and Wolverine, but I'd read cereal boxes with their pictures on it so your mileage may vary.

The current Daredevil run is really excellent. He figured out that beating up street level criminals is pointless and is looking higher up the food chain. Fisk is dealing with being mayor, controlling the criminals, and dealing with outside pressures.

NathanialG wrote:

The current Daredevil run is really excellent. He figured out that beating up street level criminals is pointless and is looking higher up the food chain. Fisk is dealing with being mayor, controlling the criminals, and dealing with outside pressures.

It's on my list. Thanks.

NathanialG wrote:

The current Daredevil run is really excellent. He figured out that beating up street level criminals is pointless and is looking higher up the food chain. Fisk is dealing with being mayor, controlling the criminals, and dealing with outside pressures.

Didn't they already cover this and he just became the crime boss?

lunchbox12682 wrote:
NathanialG wrote:

The current Daredevil run is really excellent. He figured out that beating up street level criminals is pointless and is looking higher up the food chain. Fisk is dealing with being mayor, controlling the criminals, and dealing with outside pressures.

Didn't they already cover this and he just became the crime boss?

You look like someone who'd know.

My library added Hoopla to their digital offerings in the last month or two so I got set up with an account. There is a ton of great comics stuff on there (as I know has been mentioned here many times before). Is the checkout policy a Hoopla-wide thing or is it negotiated differently by every library? With mine, I can check out 3 items a month (across comics, e-books, audiobooks, movies, etc.) regardless of whether/when I return the items I've checked out, which is pretty restrictive. But I thought about that on like May 28th and got three comics before the month ran out (it's 3 items per calendar month regardless of when you get them).

I read the first 2 volumes of Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion and Werther Dell'Edera. For someone whose work I don't really like, I've read kind of a lot of Tynion's work, but he's growing on me--whether he's just gotten better or something has just clicked with me, I dunno, but I really liked the first issue of Department of Truth (and have the first volume tpb sitting on my nightstand) and now I quite liked these two volumes of this horror comic. Basically, kids are going missing and dying in a present day (I think?) suburban town, a teenage boy (a clear author self-insert named James) ends up witnessing a few of his friends get killed by a monster, and a strange and slightly scary young woman comes to town and is revealed to be some kind of monster hunter who knows what's happening in this town and aims to solve it. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's creepy and fun and interesting. The art is striking and very fitting for the book. It's very sketchy and messy and angular in a way that I found a little off-putting at first, it's not a style I'd like to see many comics drawn in, but it makes a ton of sense for the story. One odd detail is that the monster-hunting woman is always drawn with these exaggeratedly large eyes tinged with yellow or green with big black circles around them in a way people even comment on in the book--it's the sort of detail where at first I was like "why can't this dude draw eyes right?", but the more I got into the story the more it worked for me. Anyway, this was pretty neat, and I'm definitely going to keep reading.

I also read the first volume of Crossover by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw. Fictional comicbook universes breached into the real world in some event that killed a lot of people until the government (I think?) put an impenetrable bubble down over the area where the breach happened and locked up any comic book people who escaped to the real world. One young woman wants to be reunited with her normal human family that got trapped inside the bubble, and then she discovers a young comic book girl with superpowers who somehow escaped outside of the bubble, and so the two of them and some other folks are going to try to get back in the bubble. It's okay. A breezy read, with some fun ideas and cool moments, but nothing that got me hugely excited. There are some fun cameos--Cates apparently got permission from a long list of creators to use their creator-owned characters, so a few indie comics characters play important roles in the story and you'll occasionally get a huge splash page of people fighting where you can spot some very prominent and obvious characters along with lots of other more subtle nods (I'm assuming the level of subtlety at play depends on whether they got permission or not). The thing that made me first sit up and take notice of Donny Cates was when I read his Cosmic Ghost Rider books, which were completely ridiculous and yet somehow also managed to make me feel feelings and take it seriously, so this sort of story where he's taking big swings and doing over the top stuff feels like it's in his wheelhouse. I just don't quite know what to make of it yet, I think in part because I don't have a sense of what it's supposed to be. Is this going to be a 10-15 issue, fairly straightfoward story, or is he going for a 60-100 issue epic? It's not clear to me either from the content or the pacing of the story, and I think my main sticking point is parts of the book where it seems like it's leaning more towards the 60+ issue end of things when I'm not sure what I'm reading is interesting enough to get me there. I'll be back for more at some point, but I'm not sure how quickly.

Here is a question, do you own a entire run of any comics that have been going on for at least a couple of years? The only ones I own are The Maxx, Invincible, and The Walking Dead. I actually haven't finish Invincible or The Walking Dead. I think I am a trade or two behind on Saga or might actually be caught up with how rarely it comes out. I'll probably wont look into it until I finish Invincible and the walking dead.

On a different note I'm currently on my fourth start of Invincible and gotten slightly pass my previous start. There are some comics I wait until a good number of issues are out or the trade is out and start over when I buy the comics. Man are things crazy. Going to be interesting to see how the anime plays out, Kind of funny that the last fight scene I read plays out exactly like a fight in One Piece, the one with the doughnut guy.

Sandman. But I don’t have the original issues. I have all hard cover anthologies. But I also have every single spin off from the Sandman series. In fact I have every single Neal Gaiman comic in some form or another.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Here is a question, do you own a entire run of any comics that have been going on for at least a couple of years? The only ones I own are The Maxx, Invincible, and The Walking Dead. I actually haven't finish Invincible or The Walking Dead. I think I am a trade or two behind on Saga or might actually be caught up with how rarely it comes out. I'll probably wont look into it until I finish Invincible and the walking dead.

I have a few I can think of: I Hate Fairyland and MiddleWest, for instance. I used to have many more, but I sold most of my collection a few years ago. Also, these series are still ongoing, but I have full runs (so far) of Empowered, Lady Mechanika, Saga, Isola, and Battle Chasers (yes, Battle Chasers --there are three more issues coming!). If we add European comics to the mix, I have every volume of Blacksad and Sky Doll (and you should too!); and if we include manga, Bakuman, Food Wars! and, so far, Persona 5.

Edit: I forgot! I have the whole run of the first comic book I ever bought: Marvel's Transformers series from back in the 80s. The one that run for 60+ issues. But I have them all in Spanish.

And talking about Transformers, I have every issue of More Than Meets the Eye and Lost Light. Amazing both of them!

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Here is a question, do you own a entire run of any comics that have been going on for at least a couple of years? The only ones I own are The Maxx, Invincible, and The Walking Dead. I actually haven't finish Invincible or The Walking Dead. I think I am a trade or two behind on Saga or might actually be caught up with how rarely it comes out. I'll probably wont look into it until I finish Invincible and the walking dead.

On a different note I'm currently on my fourth start of Invincible and gotten slightly pass my previous start. There are some comics I wait until a good number of issues are out or the trade is out and start over when I buy the comics. Man are things crazy. Going to be interesting to see how the anime plays out, Kind of funny that the last fight scene I read plays out exactly like a fight in One Piece, the one with the doughnut guy.

Invincible, Lucifer and Scalped I have complete, I'm getting Firepower and Monstress as they release. I used to have the Brubaker/Fraction runs of Iron Fist and Hawkguy but I sold them after getting Marvel Unlimited.

I also have the entire Astro City in TPB format.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Here is a question, do you own a entire run of any comics that have been going on for at least a couple of years? The only ones I own are The Maxx, Invincible, and The Walking Dead. I actually haven't finish Invincible or The Walking Dead. I think I am a trade or two behind on Saga or might actually be caught up with how rarely it comes out. I'll probably wont look into it until I finish Invincible and the walking dead.

About the only thing I own where I have the complete run is Priest's run on Deathstroke from a few years ago. Rebirth happened right when I decided to dip my toe into comics and that was one I tried out and the only one I really stuck with. I really enjoyed the first 70% or so, and then it felt like it got off the rails with some crossover stuff. I think he did manage to stick the landing though in the last three issues. Whole thing ran 50 total, with a couple Teen Titans crossovers thrown in for good measure.

I have the complete runs of a lot of comics but I’ve also been exclusively digital since like 2011 or something so I’ve gotten a lot of stuff on the cheap and storage isn’t really an issue.

Continuing with my all-Lee, all-the-time recent obsession, I bought and read Absolute WildCats, and what a terrific volume this is! I had a blast walking down memory lane and re-reading the first 13 WildCats issues for the first time in over twenty years. They hold up! Also, I got to read a couple of things I missed back in the day, like WildCats #50 and the WildCats/X-Men: The Silver Age crossover, in which Lee channels his inner J. Scott Campbell. It was also great to revisit Grant Morrison and Jim Lee's WildCats #1 from ten years ago --it was much more interesting than I remembered, but it made me wish that series had continued. In lieu of that, Absolute WildCats includes the script for issue 2 and a break down of what the twelve-issue series would have been. Finally, there are a bunch of covers and promo illustrations, many of which I had never seen. (The ones I did know brought a smile to my face when I saw them again.) All in all, if you like the power duo that is Jim Lee and Scott Williams, you must get this book, because it is a blast from beginning to end.

But since there are other artists out there besides Jim Lee, I read the first volume of The Gremillet Sisters, a French comic written by Giovanni Di Gregorio and illustrated by one of my favorite artists and the reason I bought the book, Alessandro Barbucci. (This is a French book, even though the creators are Italian!) In any case, I loved this book. It stars three young sisters who, in wanting to make a special gift for their single mother for Mother’s Day, discover parts of their mom’s past that were completely unexpected. The book is super sweet and charming and an absolute delight. I loved the story, and Barbucci’s artwork was, as usual, superb. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone, and if you have younger daughters, even more so. A fantastic read!

Jeff LeMire’s Sweet Tooth is now a miniseries on Netflix. I couldn’t get into the comic but I think I will give the show a try. It’s live action rather than animated.

I've been curious about the book for years now, but have never tried it. Maybe I should check out the show as well...

I found the book to be too depressing. I’ve heard that the story becomes more hopeful as it goes on, but I didn’t make it that far.

Part of why I didn’t like the book is that it’s similar in some ways to The Road by Cormack McCarthy. It assumes that human beings are completely exploitative towards others, yet research has shown that in times of crisis humans mostly turn to altruism and cooperation.

I really liked Sweet Tooth when it was coming out, though haven't re-read it since. It was definitely inspired by The Road and has similar bleakness. If that's not appealing to you, the TV show is a fantastic alternative. It keeps most of the major details (though changing one of the character's backstories from having been a hockey player to football player must have broken Lemire's Canadian heart) but tweaks a lot of little things so that it's actually largely positive and upbeat.

Well, I've been avoiding bleakness in my entertainment for the most part of the year, so it sounds like the show would be the way to go for me.

I got halfway through the first episode of Sweet Tooth before I noped out. I might try to finish it. Instead I went to s5e2 of Rick and Morty. That was exactly what I needed!

Sweet Tooth incorporates child exploitation and endangerment as a means of manipulating the audience. Both the comic and the Netflix series do this. This trope is a no-go for me. Maybe it’s because of my own childhood trauma. In general I think the use of this trope is the most lazy form of story telling.

I will try to continue the Netflix series, but only because I generally admire LeMire’s writing.

I watched the first episode. It was okay, but I don't feel compelled to continue with the show.