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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 29/6/2013 11:11:51 AM   
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I'm now on V3, #4

The Darkness has followed the below pattern so far:

V1 - Initial arc is awesome. Writer jumps ship. Title becomes shit.
V2 - Initial arc is awesome. Writer jumps ship. Title becomes shit.
V3 - Initial arc is awesome........

However after looking ahead online it looks like the current writer (Phil Hester) stays onboard for a 35 issue run so this might be just what The Darkness needs, some consistent writing. Much like when Marz took over on Witchblade this is hopefully the turning point for the series

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 29/6/2013 5:20:21 PM   
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Fast paced fun. Though I did enjoy the first two books which were pulpy sci-fi adventure rather than the last which became typical war stuff (although the time dynamics of The Crush was genius).

The art is almost too detailed. I'm not sure if its the reprint that is maybe smaller than the original format but I found lots of panels difficult to grasp as the details were tiny.

Better than Watchmen.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 29/6/2013 8:41:54 PM   
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I'm not going to disagree with you on that one mate, Halo Jones is indeed awesome.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 29/6/2013 11:04:44 PM   
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Just finished Saga Vol. 2. Wow. Just.......

WOW!!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/6/2013 7:21:32 AM   
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Very good first 6 issues of the new volume. Lots of exposition which really helped to set the mood and the new direction the writer is taking Jackie in. It also contained some unintentionally (I think) funny lines:

I may be paraphrasing here with the first one

"I just got fucked, and when I get fucked - I fuck back"

"Shut up Fuck-Face and fight me!" - When in the middle of a heated battle.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/7/2013 4:48:40 PM   
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Just finished Saga Vol. 2. Wow. Just.......

WOW!!



My copy is on its way

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 4/7/2013 6:41:36 PM   
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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 7/7/2013 12:44:39 PM   
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Stumptown V1 & V2

Following the cases of Dex (Dexedrine) Parios, a female private investigator with a gambling problem.

Loved everything about it. Just hoping the next case starts soon!





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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 8/7/2013 6:17:04 AM   
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The plot has picked up again with Jackie putting together a rag-tag bunch of criminals to take on The Sovereign. The only aspect the title is suffering with is artist consistency. There seems to be a new artist every single issue at the moment and it's mostly a miss rather than a hit.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 8/7/2013 5:44:33 PM   
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Stumptown V1 & V2

Following the cases of Dex (Dexedrine) Parios, a female private investigator with a gambling problem.

Loved everything about it. Just hoping the next case starts soon!







I have only ever read the second case but it is a very well written piece and the artwork goes well.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 9/7/2013 8:08:37 AM   
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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/7/2013 7:13:10 AM   
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The art has got a lot better the past two issues and the plot is rolling along at a steady pace. Really liking the current direction its heading in :)

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/7/2013 8:17:25 AM   
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It is not as bad as I remember it being and the artwork, whilst not at the level Gene Ha achieved, is decent enough. The little superhero injokes which Ha put in the originals are here also (although less of them and far far less subtle). The story itself works ok although it is the characterisation and the attempts to tie the characters back to the original Top 10 books comes across as rather clumsy at times. It is an ok book rather than a great one but worth the read if you can get it cheaply enough.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/7/2013 9:08:53 AM   
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Thanks for that Sanchia, now i'm off to ebay to see if i can nab a copy on the cheap!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/7/2013 5:27:26 PM   
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Only one more issue until i'm done with Compendium #2





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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 16/7/2013 3:37:08 PM   
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Working my way through some of the marvel graphic novel collection. This week I've read

Avengers Forever parts 1 and 2
Avengers Disassembled (I got a little choked up at the end of it)

Now onto New Avengers-Breakout

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 17/7/2013 7:08:40 AM   
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Finished FF Authoritative Action yesterday. Another generous volume with 9 issues which read quite quickly - even though the FF aren't really my cup of tea this did have some genuinely touching moments.



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 17/7/2013 10:44:16 AM   
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I've been re-reading Bendis and Oeming's Powers series - currently up to this one:


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 19/7/2013 7:26:00 AM   
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Really finding this a chore to read.



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 19/7/2013 10:00:19 AM   
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Yeah Secret Wars is a bit shit. Probably the worst title in the Graphic Novel Collection IMO. I don't mind most of the 80's stuff in the collection but Secret Wars feels like the hastily put together story to sell toys that it is.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 24/7/2013 6:26:34 PM   
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AMPHIGOREY By Edward Gorey

Whether this should be placed in the comic-shack is another question but this is ,frankly, a highly amusing yet disturbingly dark,and at times,erotic illustrative book.

The alphabetical rhymes of a class of children who succumb to death is a form of dark comedy that is very close to the bone.



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 27/7/2013 8:03:41 AM   
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To be honest it does pick up a bit in the final issues with Doom taking out the Beyonder and the mindless exchanges of blows are left behind (for a while anyway). I think just about all of the earlier issues of the collection have now been released though, so from now it's relatively current stuff

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 28/7/2013 8:32:55 PM   
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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 28/7/2013 8:50:59 PM   
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Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Endgame Review



The first collection of the Day of Chaos arc was one of my favourite comics of last year, so you can understand my excitement when I finally managed to get my hands on this book, and it was just as awesome a read as The Fourth Faction.

This time round the Chaos Bug has been released and the Justice Department are having a field day trying to control the outbreak and remain in control. But as Judge Dredd tries to search for the perpetrators of this heinous act, other elements enter the fray, adding more complications to the chaos.

John Wagner with his talented array of artists such as Henry Flint, Leigh Gallagher and Ben Willsher has created an epic which is quite possibly the biggest event in 2000AD's history since The Apocalypse War. It is utterly enthralling and thrilling a read, full of twists and turns. Just when you think things cannot get any worse, Wagner trumps it and introduces elements into the story even more spectacular. It is quite a dense read and in order to appreciate the story fully, you cannot rush it. You must take your time as I did, to let it all sink in.

The collection is split into six acts, or arcs which connect with one another in the wider scheme of things. First up is "The Assassinaton List". The artist on duty here is one of my favourite, Leigh Gallagher who is famous for his breath-taking work on 2000AD's zombie epic "Defoe". We start off with Elmore Yurges and his family, who've been kidnapped by Borisenko to extract the details of the Chaos Bug. Yurges of course is the scientist who engineered the Chaos Bug and he is key to the story. Back at Mega City 1 the psychic Cadet Hennessy continues to have premonitions about the impending disaster, and her twin sister Gabrielle tries to assist the Judges, but will it be too late to avert what will surely come to pass? This was a great opener, full of heart-pounding moments, and the realisation of the horrors which are yet to come. Things are made doubly hard by undercover East Meg agents intent on silencing key figures...Dredd included. The artwork is great by Gallagher, I had become accustomed to his black and white artwork reading Defoe in 2000AD right now, so it was a pleasure seeing some of his coloured work which is equally great.

Next up was "Eve of Destruction", this is where things start really getting serious. This act makes up much of the meat of the story with not one, but three artists on duty namely Henry Flint, Ben Willsher and Colin MacNeil. We start off with undercover East Meg agents being given the Chaos Bug phial's to take into Mega City 1, before using it on themselves to spread the disease amongst the public triggering widespread devestation. Key among them is Titiana, who is Borisenko's aide. We also glimpse what the Chaos Bug is capable of causing in its victims, from the flu like symptons to memory loss, bleeding and rage. Dredd is also hard at work trying to uncover the Chaos Bug conspiracy and find Borisenko. Add to that other terrorist factions such as "Total War" and "Rage against the Meg" causing havoc, and an East Meg agent stirring up the anti-Judge media with falsified evidence and you have a city in widespread panic and anarchy. Oh and to top it all off, the Dark Judges have also been released to add sparkle to proceedings! It was simply an enthralling read - full of twists, turns and havoc upon havoc. And the artwork on show by all three mentioned artists is simply awe-inspiring. From Henry Flint's stunning style, with so much detail and character, some of his images have seered themselves onto my brain. I would spoil the story if I mention which panels but it needs to be seen to be believed. Ben Willsher with his scratchy, visceral style, and Colin MacNeil whose work is just a joy to behold. His appearance in the book is short, maybe 24 pages in total, but boy are they memorable. His depiction of the Dark Judges is just an absolute treat to witness.

"Tea For Two" follows straight after. It's very brief at just 6 pages, but very enjoyable. We have Dredd going through the devestation wreaked streets to the block where his niece Vienna lives. He persuades her to move into a more safer block, as they share tea and biscuits but Vienna is reluctant to go. I really enjoyed this brief little gem, Wagner's script showed how the Chaos Day had affected Dredd, his thoughts on the city akin to the fall of civilization was really insightful. The artwork by Edmund Bagwell is simply magnificent, whether it be the look of the streets, the block squalor or the characters themselves. It looks like something the late Moebius would conjure up.

Next up was " Wot I did during the worst dissaster in Mega-City history". Here we drop in on my favourite seriel killer, P.J Maybe to see what, well what the title basically says! We last saw him in the first book, getting up to all manner of mischief and worming his way to a elderly rich lady's heart. Well he seems to be holding up pretty well at home during the chaos outside, with plenty of food and whatnot. But his peace is rudely interrupted when the Dark Judges come a-calling! I must say this was a really welcome inclusion! Not only was it funny, but Henry Flint's artwork again was superb, especially the way he rendered the apparitional Dark Judges. Although brief again like the preceding story, it was great fun.

"Chaos Day" and "The Days After" were the last stories in this fantastic collection. In the first, the Academy of Law is attacked by terrorist groups. And we see other shocking acts of killing and chaos. Henry Flint's artwork is just magnificent, capturing the anarchy and devestation in beautiful detail. Especially eye catching is the shot of the city at dawn, with train wreckage strewn and refugees walking in line almost silently like lost souls. Or two children holding one another, but suddenly we see they are infected and Dredd has to shoot them. Not to mention the image of Dredd himself, head lowered, his face obscured in shadow. A broken man.

This whole collection was an absolutely rivetting read, there were moments which hammered home the severity of this disaster and the implications it will have on Mega City 1, not to mention Judge Dredd himself. He sums it up clearly at the end when he says he has let the people down "Protect the citizens. The one thing above all we're supposed to guarantee....and we couldn't get that right". It is obvious he feels guilt on his part for the disaster. The Mega City he knew is gone, he will have to move on but one thing is for sure, it won't be that easy.

And so ends the stunning conclusion to one of the biggest episodes in the history of Mega City 1 since The Apocalypse War. I really enjoyed this collection, there is so much depth in Wagner's storytelling and scope via the talented group of artists on show. Special mention must also go to the awesome cover by Henry Flint (originally released on the cover of Prog 1781). It is just as eye catching and superb as Greg Staples' cover for the first book. It's a great package again from Rebellion who are one of the best when it comes to publishing top quality trades.

Overall, magnificent stuff!

5/5

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 28/7/2013 9:26:05 PM   
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Dark Horse - Blood Brothers Issue 1

There is a lot of potential here. I quite enjoyed it considering I bought it on a whim.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 31/7/2013 5:38:59 PM   
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Great series and that's probably the best of it so far. Me I've been reading this



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 31/7/2013 8:07:19 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Nexus Wookie

Just finished Saga Vol. 2. Wow. Just.......

WOW!!



My copy is on its way


I second Wookie's WOW!! - Vol 3 needs to be released NAO!!!!!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/8/2013 2:01:01 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Nexus Wookie

Just finished Saga Vol. 2. Wow. Just.......

WOW!!



My copy is on its way


I second Wookie's WOW!! - Vol 3 needs to be released NAO!!!!!


You'll have a 7 month wait for that. Vol 2 has caught up with the monthly series. The pattern seems to be that they release 6 monthly issues followed by a 2 month gap in which the TPB is released. Presumably this is to give Fiona Staples some breathing space seeing as she pencils, inks and colours the book.

Anyway, I just read this month's Animal Man annual. Holy shit, I hadn't really cared much about Cliff's fate (the ginger mullett kinda made it feel like he deserved it ) but the annual left me with a lump in my throat. Excellent writing by Lemire and as much as I like Steve Pugh's work on Animal Man I still got excited to see Travel Foreman on art duties. His work is just perfect for Lemire's take on the character.

Also I'm really beginning to think Charles Soule is the man. He instantly found his feet on Swamp Thing and his Red Lanterns this month was fantastic. I was going to drop the title but I decided to give the new writer a chance and if he keeps this up there's every chance Red Lanterns will become the book to buy in the Lantern series. That said I do think the main Green Lantern title is in fantastic hands with Venditti. His X-O Manowar has been brilliant from the start so I'm really enthused at the prospect of two really good Lantern titles.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/8/2013 5:18:14 PM   
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What a fun graphic novel if a tad slight.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 2/8/2013 4:12:12 PM   
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