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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 27/12/2012 11:52:50 PM   
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Glad you enjoyed it. I see you had the same critique I had,



Lol! Damn i forgot to thank both yourself and furrybastard (where is he by the way?) for bringing Leviathan to my attention. So cheers mate!


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Glad you enjoyed Leviathan, Nexus. It's a great little story and a shining example of what makes 2000AD so brilliant; even their short, finite stories can be stone cold classics (also recently, see Cradlegrave).

I'd also recommend checking out Edginton and D'Israeli's first project together Scarlet Traces (and its sequel The Great Game). It's a steampunk-infused semi-sequel to HG Wells War of the Worlds, about a post-Martian invasion of Britain where the British empire have exploited the advanced Martian technology to help grow and sustian their empire. There's a lot of similarities to Leviathan; themes of class conflict, murder mystery etc. They also have another 2000AD series called Stickleback which is decent enough and still ongoing in the Prog; I daresay it reads better in the collections.

I'm currently reading:


Which is pretty meh, to be honest.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 28/12/2012 1:58:49 AM   
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Lol!

I've heard about Scarlet Traces and i'm really interested in getting a copy. Sounds awesome if you ask me! Cradlegrave is another 2000AD title i'm dying to read.

I finished Absalom a few days back and thought it was bloody marvellous! You're right, 2000AD is indeed brilliant; so many great titles!


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 29/12/2012 9:37:31 PM   
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Absalom: Ghosts Of London



I finished reading this prior to reading Leviathan. I had very little knowledge of this comic beforehand. My first encounter with Harry Absalom was in the 2000AD Programme 2013 special; after reading it i liked it so much i decided to order the collected trade, and i couldn't have made a better choice.

Detective Inspector Harry Absalom is a veteran copper in London, who heads a special squad that enforces The Accord - a diplomatic treaty made in the sixteenth century between the throne of England and hell. If any demonic entities step out of line Harry and his team track the offenders down.

The comic was serialised in 2000AD and is an offshot of Caballistic Inc. But on this evidence Absalom more than holds its own. The story is written by Gordon Rennie and illustrated by the ever brilliant Tiernen Trvallion. When i first encountered his artwork in 2000AD/ Judge Dredd Megazine i fell head over er, heels in love with it! His artwork is a little reminscent of Mike Mignola's style, but more detailed and dare i say more accessible. sometimes there's a lot of things happening in just one panel as we shall see.

The trade consists of three stories. First of these is 'Noblesse Oblige'.
The story revolves around an escaped immate from a private santorium in Cumbria. It turns out that the escapee is a half breed demon. We learn that Cumbria is a place where the demon hierarchy (the Rathborne lineage) keep their offsprings which are born defective or too unhuman-like. The demonic lineage has infiltrated those in high society namely the royal family, rich bankers 'a couple of celebrity chefs and a few of the smug looking gits on the TV comedy quiz shows'. Soon Harry Absalom and his squad is tasked with finding the dangerous escapee. Along for the hunt is a new recruit, DS Jemima Hopkins. Harry's squad consists of himself, DS Terrance Sangster who is his understudy, Barney who can tell everything about a crime scene by the unorthodox method of tasting evidence. And by evidence we mean anything...even the victims blood! We also have two big blokes who act as bodyguards. But theres a slight oddity about them because it turns out they're both 'homunculi' (very Mignola-esque!), grown in Exeter! And of course DS Jemima Hopkins is thrown into the deep end of this very odd group indeed! But if she had any qualms or reservations about her safety she need not worry because Harry Absalom can more than hold his own and is one miserable bastard to have on your side, especially in times of trouble as they do in this particular case.

Another memorable character we also get to meet Mr. Critch, a 'butler' who's been serving the Rathborne family for centuries - kept alive by clockwork and patchwork (again very Mignola-esque or even Guillermo-esque!). The story comes to a very satisfying end, but not before it is revealed that there is a mole within Absalom's team...

'Sick Leave' was the second story. Here we see Harry Absalom making a visit to a hospital for checkup. He is suffering from pancreatic cancer ( this is not a spoiler as we learn about this from the start of the book) and he has been with this affliction for some time. In the first story it is hinted at thay Harry Absalom may be much older than he looks...not a few years here or there but much, much older as in centuries. Maybe kept alive a la Mr. Critch to do his masters bidding? Afterall he is the best at what he does. Anyhow, at the hospital he comes across a very familiar sight, familiar as in a doppelganger familiar! Albeit his double is in a far worse state. We gather from the encounter that this person or entity is the grim reaper. Its a really macabre moment and what makes it that more brilliant is the fact that at the same time, his team are in a run down estate in east London getting chased by a gang of demon hoodies! Although its a short read, its still a brilliant read which also helps us to learn more about the characters.

The third and last story in the trade is 'Ghosts of London'. Its my favourite story out of the three but only by a small margin because the others are so strong, but the thing that made it for me was one character - Spring Heeled Jack! He along with other strange phenomena is sweeping London. In the Thames the public are greeted with a river full of decapitated heads which appear to be from the Roman era. We have fire sweeping Pudding Lane where of course the Great Fire of London took place. And Cable Street in east London is witness to a mob battle between fascists and demonstrators reminiscent of Mosley's Battle of Cable Street. And of course that springy fella jumping from rooftop to rooftop. Just what the hell is going on? How are these historic incidents happening in present day London? Thats where Detective Sargeant Harry Absalom and his team come in.

This story was such an enjoyable and entertaining read. Tiernan Trevalion's superb artwork is just mouthwatering to behold. As i stated earlier his panels have so much happening. One of my favourite is when we see Absalom in conversation with DS Hopkins whilst behind them a policeman is chasing after a dog who has one of the Roman heads in its jaws! Its a really hilarious sight. Another is of Harry hanging from a window ledge, "bollocks" he cries as the shape of Spring Heeled Jack is seen jumping away on the rooftops behind. Its such a brilliant shot, with many things happening in one panel. Of course all this is just part of the enjoyment; Gordon Rennie's witty writing with some memorable one liners for our miserable Detective Sargeant another part of the reason why Absalom: Ghosts of London is such an awesome read.

5/5 *****

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/12/2012 12:12:54 PM   
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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/12/2012 2:19:33 PM   
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Whats that about , mate?

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/12/2012 4:52:05 PM   
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Whats that about , mate?


Nelson is a 250-page collaboration between 54 of the UK’s most exciting comic creators. It is an unprecedented experiment to create one complete story – a collective graphic novel.

London, 1968. A daughter is born to Jim and Rita Baker. Her name is Nel. This is her story, told in yearly snapshots. Each chapter records the events of a single day, weaving one continuous ribbon of pictures and text that takes us on a 43- year journey from Nel Baker’s birth to 2011.




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I'll review it once I've finished it.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/12/2012 6:57:43 PM   
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Sounds very interesting indeed, OYE! Do let me know how your reading went.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/12/2012 11:36:13 PM   
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Vol. 2, which i just got as a christmas present :) :)





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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 31/12/2012 12:54:05 AM   
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Wow! I've always been meaning to check this out! I used to love the Moomin cartoon series as a kid; me and my sister both. Its such a charming, beautiful and innocent (not to mention dark at times) world created by Tove Janson. Theres a couple of childrens books which have come out, in the normal story book format. I've read two of them to my son and he's really taken to the Moomin Valley and ita weird and wonderful inhabitants. I'm going to see if the TV series is available to buy hopefully. But yeah, that book looks great. Certainly one for the future.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 31/12/2012 2:47:28 AM   
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Wow! I've always been meaning to check this out! I used to love the Moomin cartoon series as a kid; me and my sister both. Its such a charming, beautiful and innocent (not to mention dark at times) world created by Tove Janson. Theres a couple of childrens books which have come out, in the normal story book format. I've read two of them to my son and he's really taken to the Moomin Valley and ita weird and wonderful inhabitants. I'm going to see if the TV series is available to buy hopefully. But yeah, that book looks great. Certainly one for the future.



The Moomins as tv show is available on play.com :)


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/1/2013 1:57:19 PM   
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Really enjoyed Pachyderme. It's definitely something that I will be returning to.

Adamtine is good as well but felt a little slight.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/1/2013 2:41:49 PM   
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Really enjoyed Pachyderme. It's definitely something that I will be returning to.

Adamtine is good as well but felt a little slight.


Hmm, very interesting! Jess could you tell us briefly what they're about? I don't believe i've come across them before.

As for me, i'm halfway through reading Y The Last Man Book 4 (which collects volumes 7 and 8). Really enjoyable stuff. I 've really grown to this series over the last couple of months and it'd be sad to see it end in the next book (which i'll order as soon as i'm done reading this). Y really benefits from these deluxe hardback editions; the artwork is more clearer than the TPB versions aswell as the pages being more bigger. Pia Guerra's artwork just comes alive. I'll be mighty pleased when i finish collecting all the books -they look so great together on the shelf.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/1/2013 9:27:38 PM   
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It's quite difficult to explain what they're about. Adamtine focuses on three people stuck on an apparently abandoned train some time after a suspected serial killer has been murdered by vigilantes. It cuts between what we assume is the present and flashbacks shedding limited light on the case and their situation.

Pachyderme is quite surreal. A woman is driving to see her diplomat husband in hospital but gets stuck in a traffic jam caused by a dead elephant. She walks through a forest to a hospital full of crazy people, spies and all sorts of other things. It's definitely something I'll need to read a couple of times to take it all in.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/1/2013 9:53:42 PM   
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It's quite difficult to explain what they're about. Adamtine focuses on three people stuck on an apparently abandoned train some time after a suspected serial killer has been murdered by vigilantes. It cuts between what we assume is the present and flashbacks shedding limited light on the case and their situation.

Pachyderme is quite surreal. A woman is driving to see her diplomat husband in hospital but gets stuck in a traffic jam caused by a dead elephant. She walks through a forest to a hospital full of crazy people, spies and all sorts of other things. It's definitely something I'll need to read a couple of times to take it all in.


Fuck me - that sounds awesome! Very Lynchian. I might check it out. Thanks for that mate.

I've ordered a trio of comics a short while ago from Amazon, The Chimpanzee Complex Vol 1-3, it sounded awesome from all the reviews i read and being a hardcore sci-fi fan, something right up my street.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 2/1/2013 12:28:06 AM   
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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 2/1/2013 1:58:38 AM   
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Those two are an absolute gem, mate. Especially Tin Tin, who always has a special place in this (Nexus/Replicant) Wookie's heart!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 6/1/2013 4:04:13 PM   
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I've just finished book two of The Chimpanzee Complex, one more to go. Its a really outstanding trilogy from what i've read thus far, Jean Michel Ponzio's Arthur Ransonesque artwork is superb. Almost photorealistic. But no tracing involved, its all purely down to the genius of his artistic talent.



The story is very moving, a mother daughter relationship strained by the rigours of the mothers yearning for both space exploration/ Mars and her daughter. Being a big fan of Arthur C. Clarke/ 2001: A Space Odyssey, i'm really enjoying the story. The big format of the books make it perfect to revel and get immersed in Ponzio's artwork.

I'm also reading Sandman: The Wake; the only book in Gaiman's awesome series which i haven't read yet. Oh hold on, i don't think i've read The Doll House yet also; i'll probably ask my local library to order in a copy. Its such a joy to be back in the Sandman universe after my last reading which was maybe over 7 or 8 months ago.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 6/1/2013 5:09:55 PM   
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Pretty good until Superman turns up.

The Joker releases his laughing gas into the UN. How is Batman going to save the day? HE DOESN'T. Because Superman takes care of things by inhaling all the gas using his SUPERPOWERS.

Another example of why Batman and Superman do not belong in the same universe.

Also, why does everyone have blue hair highlights in this era?

Also, Nightwing's costume looks ga.... lame. It looks lame.

Also, do I really need to read about child pornography in a Batman book? And this was the first line.


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 6/1/2013 5:44:18 PM   
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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/1/2013 3:48:54 PM   
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Programme 1814: Martian Monocles

Judge Dredd/ Hellers Last Stand Part 2; Really enjoyable stuff! I'm loving Peter Doherty's outstanding artwork. His almost watercolour style is quite reminiscent of Guy Davis' work. The opening pages with Judge Heller's ricochet shot cockup was really funny - as was his attempt at trying to cover up for it. Last page was superb; nothing stays hidden from Dredd...or does it? Looking forward to the next instalment.

Red Seas Part 3; I'm really enjoying this strip. The whole set up for me at least is quite intriguing. Theres some nice touch in the artwork, and the fact the devils triangle is outside the rule of time and we see all manner of oddity such as dinosaurs and fighter planes in the same place, is fascinating. The two page spread of the giants holding up the earth was superb, maybe not as awesome as the Kraken shot in Prog 2013, but still worthy of mention. And Yeowell's artwork is great.

Savage/ Rise Like Lions Part 3; unfortunately this right here for me is the weakest strip. I just cannot get into it, regardless of Goddard's brilliant black and white art. His two page spread of the Hammersteins wreaking the fury of grud was outstanding though.

Ampney Crucis Part 3; another great strip. Simon Davis is doing a stellar job on art duties and this week is the same. The opening to this was great, as was our protogonists meeting with the Martian ambassador. But all is not as cosy as it seems....

Strontium Dog/ Mutant Spring Part 3; its coming along nicely. Great to see Middenface back in the mix.

All in all a strong Prog. In terms of favourite; Judge Dredd wins it, followed by Red Seas and Ampney. And the cover by Davis is magnificent. So far the best of the new year, although we don't have much to contend with at this time!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 1:20:56 AM   
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I finally managed the mountain of 2000AD i had built up.
It was a great read, Chaos Day was brilliant so many twists and turns and with the Dark Judges out the future does not look good. Another story arc I loved was Trifecta, it was going along brilliantly, all the stories were brilliant in their own right Low Life especially Overdrive was a very funny villian. It was really a shock when the three stories finally came together.

Now on to Prog 2013 and to see where this has led too.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 4:20:10 PM   
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I finally managed the mountain of 2000AD i had built up.
It was a great read, Chaos Day was brilliant so many twists and turns and with the Dark Judges out the future does not look good. Another story arc I loved was Trifecta, it was going along brilliantly, all the stories were brilliant in their own right Low Life especially Overdrive was a very funny villian. It was really a shock when the three stories finally came together.

Now on to Prog 2013 and to see where this has led too.


Great to see you finally go through your Thrillpower stockpile, mate! Glad you enjoyed Trifecta, its a really fun ride complemented by some superb writing and artwork.

As for me, i'm halfway through Book 5 of Y; some awesome stuff. I'm already getting choked up by the prospect of seeing this addictive series come to an end.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 4:56:27 PM   
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Nooooooooooooooo!! Noooooo....

God i hate that stupid cow Alter so fucking much.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 5:10:16 PM   
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Last book I gather?

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 6:27:02 PM   
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Last book I gather?


Yep. Just finished it a few moments ago. What a roller coaster, correction an emotional roller coaster it was too! The ending was magnificently done by Vaughan. So many bittersweet moments...a great end to a magnificent series.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 7:18:27 PM   
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The moment with Ampersand.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 7:28:35 PM   
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The moment with Ampersand.


Yeah that got to me big time. Such a sweet poignant moment.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 9:32:25 PM   
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I'm not actually a huge fan of Y overall. I think the dialogue is a bit too self aware and on the nose a lot and ultimately Vaughan squanders the premise a bit. The emphasis onthe cause of the outbreak rings odd when he clumsily backs down from any solution and tries to back away from that core aspect of the series.

That last issue is really something special though. Saves the whole series and about as damn near a perfect final issue as you can get.

Funnily enough i read the final issue of Sweet Tooth last night and it pulls some similar tricks, though perhaps to not as great an effect. Lemire's art seemed a little rushed in places too, oddly.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 10:37:04 PM   
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I'm not actually a huge fan of Y overall. I think the dialogue is a bit too self aware and on the nose a lot and ultimately Vaughan squanders the premise a bit. The emphasis onthe cause of the outbreak rings odd when he clumsily backs down from any solution and tries to back away from that core aspect of the series.

That last issue is really something special though. Saves the whole series and about as damn near a perfect final issue as you can get.

Funnily enough i read the final issue of Sweet Tooth last night and it pulls some similar tricks, though perhaps to not as great an effect. Lemire's art seemed a little rushed in places too, oddly.


The points you've outlined furry are right on the button but for me personally the strong human aspect of Yorick and his friends journey outweighed some of the weaker aspects; such as Yorick's constant pop culture-speak, which did get a little tedious at times. And you're right, we never get a definite answer to the cause of the plague. Was it the Culper Ring? The Israeli's? Dr. Matsumori or the 'earth's vibes'? I think its up to us the reader to make up our own minds. Beth sums it up by saying that it doesn't matter what the cause is any longer, but what we choose to do about it ie. the future. But i really enjoyed the series from the first issue forth, there were definitely hiccups along the way, but i thought Vaughan tied it up quite brilliantly especially with the last issue. I tell you what, i never saw that coming! Its been a joy to devote my time to Yorick, Ampersand, 355 and Dr. Mann's journey. I'm really looking forward to re-reading this again sometime soon.

EDIT: Sweet Tooth is another comic which i need to read; i read the first volume and thought it was superb. So i might pick up vol 2 and the rest in the near future.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/1/2013 11:21:34 PM   
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Ed Brubaker doing a noir? How can this fail?

Well it doesn't really fail but it didn't blow me away either.

The art is much better than the writing. The characters initially grabbed me but weren't developed and by the end were pretty thin.

I think Brubaker bit off more than he could chew here in the relatively small amount of space - a present day framing device, four main characters, a romance, police corruption, an underground cult, supernatural elements, Cthulhu-esque monsters.

A bit too many onions in the pot.

Could have done without the EXTREME violence and very strong language (TM, BBFC).

Still I ordered Vol 2 in the hope that it will fulfill its potential. And it was only €7.5.

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