Nexus Wookie -> RE: What comic book are you reading right now? (19/11/2011 3:18:10 PM)
I've just finished reading the first three trades of Gotham Central, which follows the GCPD's major crimes unit on various supervillain-related cases (some not, even) and features a very few appearances by Bats. It's the most I've enjoyed comics in a couple months and I'd recommend to anyone, well, ever, really. Seeing as I haven't updated my blog in ages I may as well note what else I've read lately.
Tom Strong- Utterly bored by it to the extent that when I look back on it I've convinced myself I hated it.
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic Book 5- Holds some nostalgic value for me but mostly really really weak stuff. I think I might have actually fallen asleep while reading it and woken up at a later page, which has never happened before.
Hellblazer: Original Sins- Loved it, and look forward to reading more, in order. Think I'll just hunt down the trades that already exist as the current reissue program is publishing at two-a-year which is far too slow.
All-Star Superman: I enjoyed it but as with most of Grant Morrison's stuff a lot of it went over my head, which I'm sure I'll pick up on a second run-through.
New X-Men: Morrison's run again, and more of the above really. I've noticed he seems to have a fondness for stories in which people refuse to believe character who reveal identities to
Batman: The Cult: Solid late 80s/ early 90s fare with a great sense of progression in the plot and some nasty colouring from Ren And Stimpy's Bill Wray.
Spider-Man: Spirits Of The Earth: Unreservedly the worst thing I've read since I started reading comics.
Frank Miller's Holy Terror: I really enjoyed it actually, and can't get behind most of the criticism being levelled at it by precious sorts who love a moan. I've no problem with people having a go about the story or art, but anyone banging on about its apparent status as an attack on an entire culture could do with finding something better to spend their time on than looking for, actively SEEKING out things to be offended by.
You ought to enjoy The Man Without Fear, and if you do, consider picking up the rest of Frank Miller's run (collected as Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson volumes 1-3 and Daredevil: Born Again).
I'd quite like to start reading Sandman myself but again I'm waiting on Vertigo to finish republishing it in those new editions, at which stage I'll buy the lot and not leave the house for a few days.
Also, I just noticed your sig Nex, and I'm firmly in the 'fucker' camp!
I'm in the 'Fucker' camp too! I think it was Frank Darabont or Paul S. Sammon who said that 'Fucker' made it sound more shocking, because we all know the father son allegory anyway, so we dont need Roy Batty to re-enforce that notion.
Anyway, back to comic books; first things first - SANDMAN!! If you have'nt read them yet then boy are you in for a treat! And yes, wait for the (remaining) new versions to be released, then BUY THE WHOLE FUCKING LOT!!! Trust me, you will not regret it!! I'm planning on doing the same with the Hellboy series, the Book Depository are doing them for really cheap! Check it out when you get the time. I'll see if I can get you the link.
As for Holy Terror, I too criticised it - there were certain scenes which could be seen as offensive, you see the book does not mention an 'organisation' or terrorist group as the sole perpetrators of the attacks until quite late on, and up till then the reader is under the impression that ANY Muslim could have been the enemy, or has the potential to be a terrorist which is total B.S. And the fight inside the mosque, a place Muslims hold as sacred ground - could too be deemed offensive Or maybe people ARE taking it too serious. But Frank Miller's ultra right wing politics is not a secret as are his views, so was the politics in Holy Terror intentional?
Having said that, i've yet to finish reading it. So maybe I can give my proper views on it when i'm done reading it. Sounds about fair. Being a fan of Frank Miller I like to think he has more sense than to see the world with blinkers on. Or maybe old age has turned him into a bitter, small minded man? Who knows.
As for Hellblazer Original Sins; I have yet to read it. I've read that its one of the best Hellblazer titles. I've read so many of 'em yet I leave one of the best out? I need to get my priorites right! LOL!! Oh yeah, the thing which I loved about SANDMAN was the fact that you meet other DC characters along the way, even our John makes an apperance in the 3rd chapter (which i'm reading right now)!!
Anyway, keep up the good work! [;)]