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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/6/2012 7:04:11 PM   
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One of those comic series which it was a great shame to see end.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 19/6/2012 3:25:14 PM   
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I've finished reading the following;

THE KEEP; a brilliant graphic novel by F. Paul Wilson based on his acclaimed novel of the same name. This comic was written by him in response to the adaption of his novel The Keep, by Michael Mann, which he feel's was atrocious and nothing like his novel. The foreword in the comic by him is very honest, and he does not hide his disdain for the film, and the comic is his version of the 'film' so to speak.

I have to say that the thing which caught my attention first is the artwork by Matthew Smith (Hellboy, B.P.R.D). It is in black and white with red for blood. It is very striking, although it can be confusing at times. Sometimes it was hard to tell which character was which especially in regards to the Nazi officers. But it is still visually striking, and very original. Evocative of Mignola's work, although less detailed. But I liked it.

The story is about the Keep, which 'has stood empty in the Transylvanian Alps for 500 years. No one knew who built it, or why. But on the eve of WW II, German soldiers move in and awaken something - something hungry..'. It is a beautifully told story, full of gothic horror. I admit that before I read this comic, my understanding was that the monster inside the Keep was a Gollum - Jewish mystical monster's created from clay/earth. But the story's dark entity is something else entirely.....

I have to say I really enjoyed this comic. It might not be everyones cup of tea, but it is well worth a look. After this, i'm really looking forward to reading F. Paul Wilson's original novel on which this is based. Also just so I can compare it to the book - a look at Mann's film which if I remember correctly, got a favourable review from EMPIRE.

The Keep **** 4/5

RUNAWAYS VOLUME 2; is an excellent comic by Brian Vaughan! I really did not know what it was about, but nonetheless I really enjoyed it - much more that I thought I would. I didn't really fancy the artwork at first but it did grow on me. So much so that by the end I was quite a fan of it!

The story is about a bunch of teenage 'runaway's' who have fled their homes after discovering their parents are part of a sinister, murderous cult like organisation. The story is full of twists and turn's, and you genuinely start rooting for the runaway's. All the character's are individual's and have their own identity, with their own quirks. We even have a dinosaur along for the ride! I cannot wait to read volume 3 to discover the identity of the mole within their group!

I jumped head long into this series without even reading Volume 1 (thats what you get when you borrow from the library!), so I am hoping to get hold of the first volume, and take it from there. This is some really enjoyable stuff!

Runaways Volume 2: Teenage Wasteland ***** 5/5

THE OTHER SIDE; is a comic by Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart. It is a harrowing tale about the horror's of Vietnam told from the viewpoint of two soldier's from both side of the war; one an American, the other a Vietnamese. It is an unflinching look into the horrors of war, and what it does to the psyche's of all those connected with it. Both protagonist's are led into a war which they believe is right, but slowly that myth is stripped apart.

The artwork by Cameron Stewart is excellent, conveying sometimes in images what these soldier's are feeling. The American soldier in particular suffer's from 'hallucination's' and dead people urging him to do thing's. There's a moment in the comic when I almost felt nauseous when the Viatnamese soldier and his comrades walk through a village where a whole scale genocide is taking place. The villager's (deemed traitor's) are made to dig their own grave before being herded in to the ground and shot. You can see the fear in the villager's faces. It is a scene which is hard to erase from the mind - this from a comic. The writer states in his foreword that the fact this is a comic does not lessen the impact or disrespect the very seriousness of war. And I agree - it is a medium much like film, and in fact sometimes more affecting than moving pictures. Because an image is more powerful and can convey a thousand thing's. The downside I felt, was both point's of views sometimes clashed and it got a bit confusing in some panels. But I think that could be remedied with a second read.

The Other Side **** 4/5

ORBITAL

Volume 1: Scars
Volume 2: Ruptures

This is a comic which was recommended to me by furrybastard, and I have to say i'm glad he did! It is a beautifully drawn science fiction comic by French/Belgian writer Sylvain Runberg and artist Serge Pelle. The art is very reminiscent of Moebius' work (as is the subject matter) also the artwork of Japanese comic book maestro Masamune Shirow (Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell).

The story is set in the 23rd century. The human's and the Sandjarr's (an alien race) are allowed to join an intergalactic multi-species organisation which was set up 8,000 years before. The human's are seen as an underdeveloped race by other member's of the organisation and had been kept out of all intergalactic affairs until now. Add to that the human and Sandjarr's past history of war, and dislike for one another. Caleb a human, and Mezoke, a Sandjarr, are paired together and trained as special agents. It's a historic alliance, and the whole races and world's are watching them.

In the first volume, they're both sent out to a planet called Senestam, as it is on the brink of war between the alien Javlod's and the human colony, who believe they have a right to be there and will not move from the planet.

This first volume is full of political and social intrigue. And I very much enjoyed getting to know and learn about this futuristic universe.

What I found fascinating was the detail which Pelle put in each panel. There is so much going on that you can spend a good few second's just glued to one panel.



I think that's why it took me so long to finish reading it even though each volume is only around 48 pages long! It also show's the politic's of an intergalactic society with hundred's of different alien races having to get along with one another. And the hostility which some of the alien's have toward's the human's whom they see as a lesser race. Although for all their technological advancement, the alien's are still socially inferior to the human's.

The 2nd volume (Ruptures) is a continuation of the story from the 1st volume. There is an attack on the human colony by a destructive hive of insectoid's called Stilvulls. We also see Caleb slowly building a relationship with his partner Mezoke, who until then had not spoken to him (due to both their races past history). But slowly she/he starts to trust Caleb. I say she/he because although Mezoke seem's to be female, it is difficult to say what sex a Sandjarr is regardless their outward appearance! I'm sure that hopefully in the next volumes we may find out if Mezoke is (hopefully) female, otherwise my so called 'crush' on her would have been in vain!

This is a very enjoyable series. And Cinebook have again striked gold by publishing these beautiful comics. I very much look forward to reading the remaining two volumes sometime in the future.

Orbital Volume 1; Scars: ***** 5/5
Orbital Volume 2; Rupture: ***** 5/5


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 20/6/2012 1:36:18 PM   
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I've just finished Astonishing X-Men: Gifted and I'm partway through Captain Britain - A Crooked World.

I really enjoyed Gifted. The story's great and the artwork looks amazing for the most part. My only real complaint would be that Emma Frost looks awful in a couple of panels, as in proper hag like awful (I don't know if this was a conscious decision or not but it really jarred). Apart from that it's top notch. I'm quite enjoying Captain Britain as well which is surprising because I've never been much of a fan of the character.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 23/6/2012 10:01:18 PM   
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I'm just halfway through reading Ellis' X-Men: Xenogenesis which is quite fun if i'm honest, but not too keen on the artwork (by Kaare Andrew) though - he makes Wolverine look like a fuzzy teen.....

And Emma Frost like a porn-actress with silicone implants!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 24/6/2012 10:48:23 AM   
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Just finished this. I really enjoyed it. Again, unlike Dark Phoneix this spidey yarn actually holds up really well considering its age. I'm presuming this happens during the Birth of Venom arc as Spidey is still in his Black symbiote suit and I seem to recall Kraven briefly attacking him in one of the many subplots that eruptly ended in that collection. So far, the stories I've enjoyed the most out of this collection have all been Spider-Man!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 24/6/2012 12:30:46 PM   
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Just finished this. I really enjoyed it. Again, unlike Dark Phoneix this spidey yarn actually holds up really well considering its age. I'm presuming this happens during the Birth of Venom arc as Spidey is still in his Black symbiote suit and I seem to recall Kraven briefly attacking him in one of the many subplots that eruptly ended in that collection. So far, the stories I've enjoyed the most out of this collection have all been Spider-Man!


I'm also about to start this. I had a quick flick through and it looks like i'm going to enjoy this immensely.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 26/6/2012 5:32:44 PM   
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I've finished reading the following;

1. Kraven's Last Hunt by J.M DeMatteis, Michael Zeck
2. The Punisher (Max) Vol 2
3. The Punisher (Max) Vol 3
4. The Puunisher (Max) Vol 4
5. The Punisher (Max) Vol 5
6. Batman vs Bane by Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
7. Wolverine & Captain America by R.A Jones, Tom Derenick
8. Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis by Warren Ellis, Kaare Andrews

I'll start off with the first;

KRAVENS LAST HUNT:



I've been waiting to read this comic for a very long time! Nearly all the well known online book retailer's were out of stock. So when I heard it was being released as part of The Marvel Graphic Novel Collection, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. And i'm glad to say I finally did, after months of waiting. So was it everything I hoped it would be? The answer is yes. And more.

Published in 1989, Spiderman: Kraven's Last Hunt was the first Spiderman story to embrace the dark age style. 23 years later, it still stands up as comic book classic.

It is a dark, mediative comic which look's into the fractured psyche of a lesser known Spiderman villain (at the time); Kraven the Hunter. Kraven can feel his demise edging nearer and so he tasks himself with finally capturing the one prey who has eluded him for so long, Spiderman. Kraven has been huumiliated time and time again by the Web Slinger, but Kraven believes that to truly beat his opponent, he must become him in both spirit and deed. Only then will he feel he has accomplished his ultimate goal.

The thing I loved most was the story by J.M DeMatteis. It is very dark, delving into the mind's of Spiderman and especially Kraven brilliantly, without forgetting 'side characters' such as Mary Jane and man-beast Vermin. There's a shocking moment (for a Spiderman comic at least) when Vermin captures a woman and takes her down into the murky sewers; ''she's just like all of them up there, underneath the sweet smell is a stink worse than mine'' Vermin says to himself, before he devoures her 'Yum Yum'! His character reminded me of Gollum, with his self doubt and delusion. But the main star of the comic is without doubt, Kraven himself.

Michael Zeck's beautifully drawn panels show the madness which has engulfed Kraven's mind. A lot of the anger and lust for glory stem's from his truamatic childhood. And his sense of identity being lost as a child due to his mother being locked up in a mental asylum. His mother's illness mirror's his own years later, a sort of 'symmetry' if you like. Because symmetry is a word he uses in describing Spiderman - in a homage to William Blakes famous (and one of my favourite) poems; Tyger Tyger.

''Spyder! Spyder! Burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?''

In the end you almost start to sympathise for him. I have to say it again, the artwork by Michael Zeck is absolutely brilliant. And for a comic which is 23 years old - still stands up. It has aged more better than its other counterpart's of or near that same period (Dark Phoenix comes to mind). Spiderman look's spectacular in the black costume - and it also matches the dark mood of the comic.

Spiderman: Kraven's Last Hunt is an awesome comic and I enjoyed reading it thouroughly. It is a comic which I look forward to re-visiting again soon.

Spiderman: Kraven's Last Hunt ***** 5/5





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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/6/2012 2:18:11 PM   
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THE PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK, FRANK

***Warning: minor spoilers***

I finished reading Welcome Back, Frank (complete collection #1-12) and I just have two words to sum it all up - absolutely awesome!



This has been one of the most enjoyable, hilarious comics I have read for sometime. There were moment's I was laughing out loud at some of the jokes, one liner's and innuendo's! Garth Ennis sure has a sense of humour, or 'black' humour! I mean character's like 'Bud Plugg' (ha ha!) and Spacker Dave - honestly you cannot make it up! You know you're on to a winner when you start genuinely caring for the character's and what happen's to them. And this comic book is filled to the brim with them! Character's such as Frank Castle's neighbours;

Spacker Dave; a guy with his faced covered in piercing's. Frank will pass him by and acknowlede him with 'Dave' and he is forever correcting him ''SPACKER Dave!''

Mr. Bumpo; a guy who is so fat he can't fit through his own door! Medic's have to break the building wall to lift him through after he suffer's a minor stroke! He's alway's seen with a stack of Pizza's and can eat his way to oblivion! You have to love his 'tache which look's like a certain loony dictator's 'tache aswell as the haircut!

Joan; a mousy woman who is 'scared of the world' and is frightened of her own shadow. She bring's Frank cookies and pies and slowly start's to come out of her shell. (The Punisher movie starring Thomas Jane drew inspiration for character from this comic especially the above trio - one of the good point's of the film in what is a rather poor adaption if i'm honest).

All of them are lovable in their own way and makes this comic very special indeed. It's absolutely brilliant how Ennis wrote them.

On the trail of The Punisher are two detectives; R. Soap and Molly Von Richthofen! They spend the majority of their time holed up in their car, and playing games where they have to name a film, starting with the last letter of a film title; example: The Searcher 'S' > 'S' ilent Running and so on. It is a very nice touch, and being a film fan myself - very entertaining! But the pair of them are absolutely hopeless, they've both been tasked with a useless assignment because of the fact that both of them are losers and seen as a joke by the police department. Molly is a lesbian and she has found herself in this predicament because she turned down the sexual advances of her captain. And Soap is plagued with bad luck. He is the butt of jokes by fellow police officer's. He is branded a 'killer' after his first partner on the case, a psychologist by the name of Buddy Plugg or Bud Plugg as he likes to be known by - top's himself after getting put down by Soap! It is a tragedy in my opinion because I felt Butt Plugg, sorry BUDD Plugg was quite likeable! His psycho-evaluation of The Punisher was hilarious!

And let's not get started on Ma Gnucci- the main villain of the piece. She is absolutely vile, and is forever telling her foot-soldier's off like they're insects and of no significance whatsoever. 'Cretin' and 'imbecile' just some of her repeated put-down's! She's like a strict headmistress of a boarding school for goombah's! Wookie's tip: look out for Ennis' absolutely hilarious homage to The Empire Strikes Back involving Ma Gnucci toward the end!

We also get The Russian; a walking tank who is almost indestructible! I love the fight between him and Frank at his apartment - he has an unorthodox technique of using house hold items to take his victim's out - in poor Frank's case, the toilet! But the way Frank dipenses this most formidable of foes is worth the price of the comic alone!

We also have a cameo from Daredevil. The way The Punisher handles him is awesome! Using Daredevil's own idea's of justice and right and wrong against him!

And that's not all, because we also have to contend with a trio of vigilante's following in the footstep of The Punisher! We have father Redondo; a homicidal priest who hack's his victim's down after hearing their confessions! We have Payback; an angry vigilante intent on taking out all of Wall Street! And Elite; a fascist masked vigilante from the upper East Side, he's a rich boy who hates the poor/ ethnic minorites and shoot's down anyone who so much as dirty the pavement in his beloved, rich neighbourhood! The trio are absolutely hilarious! They soon get together and hope to get their idol The Punisher into their vigilante fold - of course his reaction to that idea is priceless!

This comic is awesome to say the least! If I did have one concern though it would have to be for censorship. Because the comic is very gory and bloody in places, but the language is sanitised. So we have baddies using word's such as 'motherlover' and 'fool' when we know it would have more impact if they said the real word's they are thinking. This is a Marvel Knight's title, so unlike the Marvel Max titles, does not go all out. It's like a 12 rating to Max's 18 rating. So in a way it is understandable, but my issue is if you can have so much blood and violence in a comic - it would only make sense to have bad 'adult' language aswell. But that I felt is a minor quibble. In fact you can argue it makes it funnier!

Overall this is a very enjoyable comic. Full of black humour, in-jokes, action, and laugh's - but the thing which makes it a masterpiece is the character's! I dreaded finishing this comic because I was having so much fun I wanted it to carry on forever! All this and I didn't even get to the art! All I can say is the artwork is brilliant as one would expect from Steve Dillon, and very suited to the story. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (both of Preacher fame) are a wicked combination.

This is truly comic book gold. It's more lighter in tone than Ennis' Punisher Max run, but still as vital. Ennis rescued The Punisher from obscurity and mediocrity with this title, and put him back into the superhero A list.

Every comic book fan need's to read this and have it in their collection!

THE PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK, FRANK ***** 5/5


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 4/7/2012 12:55:36 PM   
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I've just finished reading the following;

1. Star Wars: Treasure of the Dragon Snake
2. ALIENS: Nightmare Asylum

The first was a very short yet enjoyable read, taking place in the Empire Strikes Back story arc. Luke is on Dagobah, getting training from master Yoda. And he is tasked with stealing a 'treasure' from one of the swamp resident; The King of Dragon Snake. We see a glimpse of him in the film, when Luke crash lands his X-Wing, and R-2 is dragged beneath the swamp by a slithery creature who spits him back out. That is the creature which this story is set around! Its very light-hearted and aimed mainly at the younglings (sorry!) but what the heck! Its still very fun even for a grown man like myself!

The latter is also an enjoyable comic, set after Aliens. The art is very good, and the story by Mark Verhiden (Timecop) is very good. There's some moment's in the comic which look very similar to Alien Resurrection like the Alien's killing one of their own to breach their containment unit with its acid blood for escape, (apparently the creators of the film took note from this comic). We have a mad general intent on teaching the Alien's new tricks, so he can take his 'army' back to earth (which is over run with the critters) to battle their rogue brethren's. Of course, he's totally fucking insane! We have a girl and a marine (modelled on Newt and Hicks) who are planning to take the nutty general down. We also get a cameo from Ripley in the last panel. Its very enjoyable stuff. AVP Galaxy rated it number 1 in their list of top 10 Alien comics. And it isn't hard to see why.

Both comic's get 4/5 from me.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 4/7/2012 1:20:44 PM   
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Ah, good old Garth Ennis. Can't go (too) wrong.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 4/7/2012 7:43:13 PM   
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Ah, good old Garth Ennis. Can't go (too) wrong.

Yeah! Guy's a fucking genius! He's in my top 5 list of favourite comic writer's!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 6/7/2012 5:53:29 PM   
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pretty bad. lol

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 7/7/2012 3:06:42 PM   
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I've finished reading Antares Episode 1 and 2, and I must say that is has been an absolute joy to read!

Leo has done it again - he has created another brilliant set of stories taking place in the Aldebaran universe. I had been hooked to his on going series after reading Aldebran (volume 3) and haven't looked back since. After he finished Aldebaran, he gave us an arguably better story with the whole Betelgeuse story. And with Antares, even though i'm only two episode's in - is looking like the equal of Betelguese - if not better!

ANTARES: EPISODE 1



The first episode deal's with a new colonisation mission about to take place on Antares. The opening pages show a small group of human's on Antares who are tasked with finding out if the world is suitable for colonisation. The group consisting of two male and a female; are witness to a strange occurance when an animal disappear's in front of their bewildered eyes. Things get even more weirder when the woman is stung by what she think's is an insect but is in actual fact a very small mechanical device resembling a helicopter! Just what in the hell is going on?

Even though the organisation heading the colonisation programme (Forward Enterprises) back on earth find out about the problem's, their leader's, brother's Elijah and Jedediah Thornton decide to still go ahead. Both of them, especially the latter are part of a sinister religious cult and are intent on going ahead with the mission even though their ship is unsuitable for space travel. At the same time our heroine Kim Keller is also on earth. She is staying with a friend in Paris and has become something of celebrity after her Aldebran and Betelgeuse exploit's. She is seen as a 'superhero' because of her long life-span thanks to her Mantris encounters (see Aldebaran Vol 3). Forward Enterprises want Kim Keller to head their expedition to Antares but she is reluctant - until they offer her a proposal which she cannot turn down. But on a routine check up she find's out that she is pregnant - but by whom? And how is it possible since she has not had a relationship with anyone for over a year?

The answer to these question's are revelatory and the consequence this entail's is simply astonishing. There is a nice moment in the comic when we see Kim and friend watching 2001: A Space Odyssey together. I thought it was a very welocome touch seeing as there is a lot of similarities between Kubrick's film and this comic - such as the slow burning science fiction drama and alien influence.

ANTARES: EPISODE 2



The second episode is also equally as enthralling as the first book. We find Kim on Betelgeuse. She went missing from her post and no one know's where she has disappeared to save her friend Mai Lan. Her former lover Mark and friend Alexa arrive on Betelgeuse looking for her, Mai Lan helps them and they soon discover her living in a secluded forest clearing with only the lovable old rogue Mr. Pad for company. We soon discover the reason for her self imposed 'exile', is to do with the fact she has become a mother to a girl....and also to do with the infant's very odd appearance! The reason's for her abnormalities shock Mark and Alexa.

Soonafter, all six of them board the ship for Antares. However all is not plain sailing, tension start's mounting in the almost claustraphobic ship between Kim and the hostile passenger's. They're members of the same religious cult of that of the Thornton brother's, and take offence to the most trivial of thing's. Mai Lan is attacked by a group of men for wearing 'revealing clothing' and is almost raped until Alexa saves her. However, we see the whole backward nature of this group of people when they arrest Mai Lan who is the victim and Alexa instead!

When they finally arrive on Antares, Kim is already exhausted and demoralised, but the worst is yet to come.

I have to say that I read part's of this book with my heart in my throat! I was furious the same as Kim by the injustices metted out to her by this sinister group of people. I was surprised how this book could elicit such a reaction from me - this is how powerful Leo's writing and artwork is! It is a page turner of the highest order.

This is an awesome new story in the Aldebaran saga and I cannot wait to find out what happen's next!

The artwork again is simply superb by Leo; his flora and fauna of Antares is more exotic, menacing and alien than on previous books. I simply cannot recommend this series enough! It is without doubt one of the best science-fiction stories via the comic book medium in recent years.

Antares Episode 1 ***** 5/5
Antares Episode 2 ***** 5/5

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 9/7/2012 7:46:03 AM   
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Just started the series yesterday - I can already tell i'm going to love this one.



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 9/7/2012 9:37:01 AM   
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Just started the series yesterday - I can already tell i'm going to love this one.




Wow! The Preacher rocks!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 9/7/2012 6:04:29 PM   
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can't believe I haven't read it before! literally burst out laughing in the canteen today - I can't remember the last time a comic had that effect on me.

The Saint of killers was confronting the sherrif, jesses and tulip and cassidy rams a truck into the saint. At which point he notices 'Arseface' - fuck me! he's got a face like an arse!

It was just so out of place and brilliant. I'm going to get through this quickly!



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/7/2012 6:35:09 PM   
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Now that the Euros are over I can get back to some HARDCORE comic reading.

First up:



Enjoyable series - love story with fantastical elements. Some Miyazaki/Ghibli influence in there. Some very nice art - especially like the paneling where characters are placed out of or between panels at times. Hard to explain.

NOTE: Some people might find the Americanized use of the words "spaz" and "retarded" offensive. I did not.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/7/2012 7:17:34 PM   
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Now that the Euros are over I can get back to some HARDCORE comic reading.

First up:



Enjoyable series - love story with fantastical elements. Some Miyazaki/Ghibli influence in there. Some very nice art - especially like the paneling where characters are placed out of or between panels at times. Hard to explain.

NOTE: Some people might find the Americanized use of the words "spaz" and "retarded" offensive. I did not.


Does that make it Hentai?



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 11/7/2012 7:46:52 AM   
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I'm getting through this at quite a pace. It had me laughing again a few times at work! I really need this to improve my mood on my lunchhours, it's doing the job. Herr Starrs encounter was hilarious. I was expecting him to be this really bad-ass villain but now he's more like a fumbling batman tv show villain. Maybe things will change.....

His line of 'I won't be able to sit down for a week without gasping!' got me.

I reckon 1-2 weeks tops and I would have consumed the entire series

The arc with TC, Jody and Granma was also rather epic. No idea how Ennis thinks up this stuff, absolutely brilliant.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 11/7/2012 8:32:38 AM   
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I'm getting through this at quite a pace. It had me laughing again a few times at work! I really need this to improve my mood on my lunchhours, it's doing the job. Herr Starrs encounter was hilarious. I was expecting him to be this really bad-ass villain but now he's more like a fumbling batman tv show villain. Maybe things will change.....

His line of 'I won't be able to sit down for a week without gasping!' got me.

I reckon 1-2 weeks tops and I would have consumed the entire series

The arc with TC, Jody and Granma was also rather epic. No idea how Ennis thinks up this stuff, absolutely brilliant.


Wow! That right there was one of my first ever comics I bought as school kid!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 11/7/2012 7:40:04 PM   
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I reckon 1-2 weeks tops and I would have consumed the entire series

The arc with TC, Jody and Granma was also rather epic. No idea how Ennis thinks up this stuff, absolutely brilliant.


Ennis and Dillion also did a similar-humoured run on Punisher for Marvel (a 12 issue miniseries, followed by a 37 issue Marvel Knights series). Then Ennis moved into darker territory with Punisher: Born and his 66 issue MAX series but without Dillon on art. All are worth checking out.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 14/7/2012 11:28:31 AM   
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I've just nearly finished The Boys volume 6: it is absolutely hilarious! I love Frenchie's backstory; death by a croissant! ha ha!

After that, i've got The Boys volume 7 to get through.

I'm also 1/3 of my way through reading Akira volume 1 - absolutely awesome stuff!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 16/7/2012 6:00:04 PM   
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Hmm, I thought this was going to be a self-contained story but rather it's a collection of stories spanning about a decade of comics, as such there is a disconnect between stories. Still they are fun to read. The Batman here is a bridge between the colourful character of the 40s/50s and 60s and the dark, brooding modern incarnation.

In one issue Batman talks to a talking brain.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 16/7/2012 7:43:47 PM   
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The Batman here is a bridge between the colourful character of the 40s/50s and 60s and the dark, brooding modern incarnation.

In one issue Batman talks to a talking brain.


Does it include moustachioed, gun toting, murderous Batman?

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 16/7/2012 10:18:10 PM   
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I've borrowed two book's from my local library today:

Judge Dredd Case Files 01; i've never been a fully fledged Judge Dredd fan, having just read a few single issue comics as a kid. Hopefully this reading will change things! One thing I did notice is how skinny Dredd looks in these earlier renderings! But its a very fun read.


Elektra Assasin; i've been meaning to read this comic (by Frank Miller) for a long time now. I opened the book....and the artwork looked like a collage of magazine cut outs!

Also, I've finished Akira Volume 1. I remember saying a few days ago that i'm going to buy one volume each month until I complete the whole collection (6 Volumes), well I lied....i've ordered Volume 2 today from Amazon! i'm really impatient when it comes to comics ' especially such an awesome series like Akira.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 17/7/2012 1:16:52 AM   
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I've borrowed two book's from my local library today:

Judge Dredd Case Files 01; i've never been a fully fledged Judge Dredd fan, having just read a few single issue comics as a kid. Hopefully this reading will change things! One thing I did notice is how skinny Dredd looks in these earlier renderings! But its a very fun read.


Case Files 01 is unfortunately probably the worst volume to read if you're looking to get into Dredd. In those earliest stories, they were still trying to figure out the character and his world as well as the visual style of the character. It's good retro fun but honestly you would get more out of it if you read CF01 after you've read a couple of the other volumes and are more familiar with the character. It's interesting to see the different ways the character could have gone down.

If you can find it in your library, I'd recommend Case Files 03 and 05 as well as volumes 08-12. Judge Dredd: America and The Pit are also available in standalone volumes and would be the beginning of what's considered modern Judge Dredd.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 17/7/2012 7:49:48 AM   
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Thanks for the tip furry! I'll keep an eye out for Case File 03 and the rest. I have to admit that you're right - the first book is quite retro!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 18/7/2012 4:12:54 PM   
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Not bad so far. The writing is good even if the story is a bit hokey (if you get what I mean).

I've got the following to read when I'm done.




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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 18/7/2012 7:38:46 PM   
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I finished reading Marvels today - it was pretty damn epic and I think it's the first volume after the initial spiderman volume to really impress me. My only gripe was that it didn't continue into the 80's and 90's as I could have related to the storylines a lot more - but it was an epic piece of artwork and storytelling. Really enjoyed it!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 18/7/2012 8:05:07 PM   
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I finished reading Marvels today - it was pretty damn epic and I think it's the first volume after the initial spiderman volume to really impress me. My only gripe was that it didn't continue into the 80's and 90's as I could have related to the storylines a lot more - but it was an epic piece of artwork and storytelling. Really enjoyed it!


There's a sequel called Eye of the Camera. I think that does continue into the later iterations of the characters to a degree. It's written by Kurt Busiek as well (check otu his Astro City series if you liked Marvels!) but drawn by another artist.

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