Comics, etc.

Right. So as I progress through Ultimate Spider-man, look for the name "Wood" on volumes of Ultimate X-Men, as that's when it should be safe to start reading.

not sure if it's been posted here or not, but the Dark Knight Returns pt 1 just came out on video, and it's actually not bad. I'm definitely going to get pt 2 when it drops.

Speaking of, Comixology is running Miller's Dark Knight Returns at $0.99 an issue in "HD." If you haven't read it, or are looking for an alternative to the TPB price, you can't beat this.

oilypenguin wrote:

Fraction is amazing but yes, unless he's making up his own mythos, there is no better fit at Marvel for Hickman than FF.

I am super excited for Matt Fraction to prove me wrong.

Ok, so I started reading Hickman on Fantastic Four. Now on FF 7 or so. WHAT A FANTASTIC RUN. Not a surprise, since I am such a huge fan of Secret Warriors.

I've got a long way to go, but I'm already sure I wish he'd stayed on board longer.

I finally got finished with my Fables comics that I purchased during a sale a few months ago. I've read up until 82, before the crossover, and it's such a great series. Unforunately, the things I don't care for I think are big missteps. There may be an exception, but I think all the guest artist books are poor. Jack is a terrible character made worse by that fact that the creators seemingly love him, though they did boot him, so that was pretty great. And finally, I think the "war" was quite the wimper to end on.

Spoiler:

The flying dirigible side story, and Blue's death, were handled well, but everything else was unexciting for me. The intro of Mr. Black does have me wanting to buy the rest right now, but I have enough content to catch up on.

I also read through We3. After all the universal praise for that story, I have to say I was really underwhelmed. I found it a nice emotional tale, and enjoyed the bots individual personalities, but thought the overall tale was just OK. Also, the ending, really? Whaaaat?

So the past few months I was rehashing Saga of the Swamp Thing, Alan Moore. If you have not yet read these, go now and I will wait. All of Alan Moore is great, except League of Extraordinary Gentlemen after issue 2.

With the Mini S&T at the comic shop down the street from me, Carrotpanic and I were chatting with the owner before everyone else showed up. I have not gotten into a "New" comic in 20 years or so. But I snagged a collected Green Lantern/Green Arrow, my comic recommendations come from Kevin Smith usually. I also nabbed the New 52 Swamp Thing. It is nice to get a comic shop that is staying price competitive with Amazon and online sellers. I have had problems paying the B&M tax in the past.

I really like the new Swamp Thing. It picks up more or less after the Alan Moore run. They tweak/retcon a few things, but you get a rich experience having read those. I do not think you lose much not having read them though. It is just a nice nod to Alan Moore's work.

I would say check it out. Swamp Thing is sci-fi horror, and I will warn you all there is some intensely grotesque art in there. But there are also rich and dynamic characters. The pages are full of emotion. And damn if you are not caring for what is essentially Frankenstein/The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim, The Neverhood, Catscratch, Creature Tech, Rat Fist) has a Sketchbook project on Kickstarter.

Continuing to read Hickman on FF. WOW. Completely awesome. I haven't liked FF this much since the first ten issues (thanks to Marvel Masterworks). Maybe ever. All of the accolades are well deserved.

Friend lent me Mouse Guard. Very excited to read.

Finally hitting Peter David's run on She-Hulk. I think i'll try and get Dan Slott to sign my copy of the She-Hulk #1 trade at NYCC.

There is a mother freaking doctor who star trek the next generation crossover comic. That is all I know.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

There is a mother freaking doctor who star trek the next generation crossover comic. That is all I know.

I flipped through it. The art looked very good, and I'm tempted to trade wait on it. IDW seems to be only company besides Dark Horse that knows how to do media spin offs right.

It's surprisingly good, too. Cybermen and Borg team up. Hilarity ensues.

Here's an exerpt from "Marvel Comics - The Untold Story", a book that's coming out this month:

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...

That little bit (maybe a few pages) is packed with information. Pretty interesting!

KidDork wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

There is a mother freaking doctor who star trek the next generation crossover comic. That is all I know.

I flipped through it. The art looked very good, and I'm tempted to trade wait on it. IDW seems to be only company besides Dark Horse that knows how to do media spin offs right.

I read the first 5 on Comixology at the weekend. The artwork is indeed excellent, and really captures the characters from both series. The story is the right grade of hokum (though I could have done without several pages rehashing the whole Wolf 359/Locutus thing), but the fact that the writer does OK at capturing the voice and style of characters makes things a bit jarring. The TNG crew are a rather dour and humourless bunch when faced with then Doctor and the Ponds.

Spoiler:

I liked Picard's look at the Cybermen-dominated future. It seemed to reckon that the Slitheen, Judoon and other DW aliens exist alongside the Klingons and Vulcans. I don't reckon that the Cybermen could take the Borg, though. The Daleks, that would be another story!

peedmyself wrote:

Here's an exerpt from "Marvel Comics - The Untold Story", a book that's coming out this month:

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...

That little bit (maybe a few pages) is packed with information. Pretty interesting!

The author's coming and speaking at my office next week! I really hope I can make time to go - it's right in the middle of the work day.

Apparently, there's some MAJOR kerfluffle going on about the new direction Marvel's taking Spider-Man (ending Amazing Spider-Man and replacing it with Superior Spider-Man).

100% honesty? I haven't read a single minute of the series in months, the last Spider-Man thing I read was the first 2-3 issues of Ultimate SM where they introduce Miles Morales. And I know fanboys exist to get insanely excised over inane things, but criminy.

That said, i'm biased on this particular front. I met Dan Slott at NYCC this weekend, and got him to sign the copies of She-Hulk he wrote, and I found him to be an immensely affable, kind dude, and the vitriol that's been thrown at him on Twitter is WAY over the top.

Oh, I also started Mouse Guard. AWESOME.

People are mad at Slott? For what? He doesn't make decisions about cancelling books.

Blame Quesada, like I do. Or Alonso.

Oh please. They ran Amazing 3 times a month to hit huge numbers, it will be back to its original numbering eventually.

Just as Peter Parker will be back as Spider-man.

Let's just enjoy how much fun Slott's run has been and will continue to be.

(this is directed to the internet)

I picked up Coldest City a while back and recently read it. It is a B&W OGN and it reminds me very much of Queen & Country - with a female English spy as the protagonist, it would be very hard not to draw comparisons - but it is set in Germany at the fall of the Berlin Wall. While it doesn't quite live up to Rucka's best, it is a very good spy comic, which a nice respite from the usual genres. I'd definitely recommend it for any Q&C fans or anyone looking for a bit of a chance of pace.

I haven't been following the stuff too much, but I'd expect that rather than being about canceling Amazing, people are upset about getting rid of Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the main continuity. Morales took over in the Ultimate universe, but Parker was still the "prime" Spider-Man. There's been some speculation that will change with Superior. Again, I don't follow the news/hype, so this is just my 2 cents.

I do find it odd that they'd celebrate 50 years of Amazing by canceling the book.

Either move is dumb, but what do you expect from

a) Marvel/DC's race to the bottom of credibility

b) Marvel under Joe Quesada

The day Quesada is replaced by someone who knows how badly Q sucks will be the best day Marvel has had in a decade or more.

*cough*

oilypenguin wrote:

Oh please. They ran Amazing 3 times a month to hit huge numbers, it will be back to its original numbering eventually.

Just as Peter Parker will be back as Spider-man.

Let's just enjoy how much fun Slott's run has been and will continue to be.

=)

Usual YMMV caveats apply but I've been reading Slott's entire run and I love it to death. He's certainly earned my trust moving into the next thing.

I intend to check out Slott's Spidey at some point. Spidey is my all-time favorite, but the sh*t they did under JMS/Quesada has kept me from buying the title for a decade.

It's been really, really fun. I didn't like the Peter/MJ mandatory split but it's felt like old school spidey.

Slott's run on Spider-Man has been top tier.

I roll my eyes at the darker approach seen in Superior Spider-Man, but I trust Slott.

I got the OK from my boss, and I'll be leaving work shortly to go hear Sean Howe talk about his new book, Marvel Comics, the Untold Story!

soonerjudd wrote:

I got the OK from my boss, and I'll be leaving work shortly to go hear Sean Howe talk about his new book, Marvel Comics, the Untold Story!

Sweet, give us deets!

I'm new to tablet life and just downloaded comixology.

Is there really no way to purchase an entire series in one go, or subscribe? That just seems stupid. As does not being able to bookmark a title forr later purchase. Am I missing something?

Also, pricing for old stuff seems like it should match tpbs. Or provide the tpbs instead of single issues.

They do look damn good.

Yeah, it is very sparse in those types of features. Even a basic "Comics I'm paying attention to" feature would be fantastic. The "alert me" feature just gives you a bulk alert each Wednesday about whatever has come out that week (even the Monday released comic I'm liking gives me an alert only on Weds...)

Otherwise, I absolutely love that app. I've spent near $20 a few times when they've had some $0.99 sales, and only stay current on a very few select series.

Doesn't seem to have a portrait mode either. So far it fails the provide ease of use superior to pirating .I'm willing to buy things like Transmetropolitan in yet another format, but not if I have to work at it.