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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/10/2013 2:47:17 PM   
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I finished Ocean...

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And Ragemoor.....

http://nexuswookie.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/ragemoor-by-richard-corben-jan-strnad-review/

Two excellent reads!


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/10/2013 5:13:00 PM   
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Thanks for all the information gents - I took your advice and picked up Prog 1853 from the newsagent earlier this afternoon. Aquila and Dredd were the standouts, Brass Sun was great (and has the kind of premise that makes me sure I'll get into it more once I'm up to speed, same goes for Damnation Station). Flesh was terrible besides the amazing cover, but four out of five is pretty good. Consider me a new convert.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/10/2013 6:15:13 PM   
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I cannot connect with Flesh at all although I am struggling to gain any enthuisiasm for Damnation Station at this time either. Brass Sun is excellent but I get the feeling that they are trying to turn Aquila into a Slaine wannabe with the introduction of the sidekick.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/10/2013 7:22:59 PM   
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Thanks for all the information gents - I took your advice and picked up Prog 1853 from the newsagent earlier this afternoon. Aquila and Dredd were the standouts, Brass Sun was great (and has the kind of premise that makes me sure I'll get into it more once I'm up to speed, same goes for Damnation Station). Flesh was terrible besides the amazing cover, but four out of five is pretty good. Consider me a new convert.


You're not the only one who feels that way about Flesh! A fair few also aren't enjoying this new series. Brass sun is amazing though and last progs Damnation Station was superb. It was a one off story and nearly everyone who read it enjoyed it. If you ever come across the last few progs anywhere, make sure you pick 'em up!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 11/10/2013 1:53:05 PM   
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Got Gotham Central this week for my holiday reading. Looking forward to it.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 12/10/2013 5:46:54 PM   
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My grud - what an awesome cover by Dave Kendall! As soon as I popped into my local newsagent, and I saw that cover on the shelf - my eyes nearly popped out of their sockets! Just the sheer detail in Kendall's work, and that magnificent king of reptiles 'Gorehead' with his mouth gaping, blood dripping, and the '666' on his face - it's a work of terrifying beauty. If you look closely you can almost see the brush strokes. It's quite possibly my favourite cover of the year so far.

You can find out more about how Dave Kendall went about doing that awesome cover on Pete Wells' superb blog;
http://2000adcovers.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/dave-kendall-gorehead-revisited.html?m=1

Judge Dredd (New Tricks Part 4) was superb, I'm really enjoying Mike Carroll's story telling here - and as I mentioned in my review for the last prog - the underground setting is really exciting. Paul Davidson brings it all alive on page with his excellent artwork. This time round, Dredd, Pax and co are getting closer to the Goblin King. And there's some further character development esp. in the case of Joyce who shows that he has a far tougher shell than we first thought, not to mention his plan to get through the criminal outpost. The characters are well realised and it's been a pleasure reading this story. I'm looking forward to next weeks concluding episode.

Brass Sun (The Diamond Age Part 4) is also coming along nicely. This episode was fraught with one double cross after another, with some unexpected, or rather surprising developments. Ian Edginton sure has a fine talent for penning intriguing scripts, it's a delight seeing the way his characters interact with one another. And I.N.J Culbard's artwork is a pleasure to behold as always.

Flesh (Badlanders Part 4) however, was rather poor. It was quite laughable the way Lara Cro..sorry Vegas Carver got the titanic T.Rex Gorehead into submission! Such a thing of sheer power and earth shattering ferocity (esp. When you consider that magnificent cover by Dave Kendall) and all it takes is a tickle from Ms. Carver? I found that utterly nonsensical to say the least. Such a shame as James McKay's art is very well done.

Aquila (Where All Roads Lead Part 3) was quite brilliant though! I'm enjoying this particular thrill immensely. This episide felt more than five pages because there's so much stuff happening in it, from the mysterious woman in the blue cloak, to the slave that's following her and the creepy 'Veiled Virgin' that stalks her too. Not forgetting Aquila and his sidekick's meeting with the giant wolf 'Magna Mater'; the mother of Rome so to speak. It's a really interesting and engaging strip with intrigue and dark divinations aplenty - and I love it! Patrick Goddard's artwork is so gorgeous, and Gordon Rennie's script is brilliant. I can't wait to see what we have in store next episode.

Damnation Station (The Tail of the Dragon Part 1) was a little confusing. After the outstanding one off of last episode, we're back on track albeit with a new story. But it was nowhere near exciting as last weeks episode. I feel I'll probably have to read it again to get a better idea of the plot, it's a bit barmy to be honest! But Mark Harrison's artwork still continues to keep me interested . I love the meshing of almost two different styles, it's really eye catching. And I swear the General on page 2 looks an awful lot like Peter O'Toole!

We have a letters page to round things off, a lot of letters from ex-readers returning back to the fold which is nice to see.

All in all, a pretty strong line-up with Judge Dredd, Brass Sun and Aquila my favourite Thrills. Flesh was the weakest, and frankly, needs to pull its prehistoric socks up.



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 20/10/2013 10:33:55 AM   
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Making my way through this series - two issues in and the world is still being introduced. Loving the art so far in the same style as Origin. Not really formed an opinion on the story just yet as it has yet to take off.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 24/10/2013 3:25:04 PM   
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I'm not quite sure if The Judge Child Saga is brilliant or a monumental waste of time. At least we've seen the last of that awful Angel gang!

Pirates of the Black Atlantic would make a great Dredd movie. It's got pirates, nukes, kidnapped scientists and giant squid monsters. What more could you want? Wait a minute... that sounds awfully familar.

Gonna take a break from the Case Files for the moment and get started on my progs.


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 26/10/2013 10:12:23 PM   
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The Last Voyage of Sinbad by Richard Corben & Jan Strnad.

http://nexuswookie.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/the-last-voyage-of-sinbad-by-richard-corben-jan-strnad-review/

A mesmerising masterpiece!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 7/11/2013 12:02:07 PM   
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I've just finished the entire Brubaker run on Captain America, in anticipation of the forthcoming movie. It really is a brilliant piece of work, and comes highly recommended. I've now moved onto the ongoing Winter Soldier title, and so far it's living up to expectations.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 7/11/2013 12:19:24 PM   
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It is just such a shame that following his run Captain America has turned into the dire pile of poo which the ongoing series is at this time. It truly is one of the worst things Marvel has ongoing at this time.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 10/11/2013 1:48:07 PM   
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Dept. Of Monsterology #1



I had known about the Dept. Of Monsterology for a while, but it was the prologue story published in the Meg (#341) which really got me excited. It looked marvellous; the standout no doubt was P.J Holden's magnificent artwork. The double page splashes almost had me salivating, the colours by Steve Denton were deep and crisp. I was sold to the premise straight away, not to mention being a big fan of horror/ adventure comics.

Well what then do I make of this first issue (#1 of 4)?

Well the cover for one, is a bit too dark. I know it's supposed to depict the murky depths of the ocean with red eyed monsters at the bottom, but I could barely make them out. It's a shame as it does a disservice to P.J's art, in my view it could've been a bit lighter (I love the title design though). Other than that small quibble, Renegade have done a great job on the quality of the comic itself, with nice smooth papers which really brings the story alive (it smells bloody marvellous too!).

The interior art is mindbogglingly good. Even the shot of the monster strewn sea bed on Page 3 looks much clearer than the cover. The story opens with Team Challenger and their mission to investigate some strange goings on beneath the South Pacific Sea. It set up the characters really well, with each getting an introduction which I liked, from Amelia Court to Harry Wilmington - the professor with a cool mechanical suit, but we soon discover there's more to him than we first realise. His character reminded me a little of Johann Kraus, the ectoplasmic agent in Mignola and Acrudi's B.P.R.D series, but Harry is a whole different kettle of fish!

Halfway through the issue we drop in on Team Carnacki, I would've liked to have seen more from the preceding Team, but there's a lot to get through with so little time. We follow Team Carnacki in a psychic investigation in Budapest as a young girl, Sawmi goes Astral Surfing, aided by her colleagues Dominic Belasco (a psychic) and Doctor Sonam. She comes up against a pair of Chinese Vampires, speaking of which, Holden's art three pages later depicting our young protagonist surrounded by the demonic pair - is simply outstanding. Like the previous Team's exploits, this was also an enjoyable read.

Gordon Rennie's script is really engaging, he has a great talent of creating vivid worlds and interesting characters which I find really appealing. His Absalom series is one of my favourite strips in 2000AD, and I really enjoyed Necronauts. And P.J Holden's artwork just grows from strength to strength. Some of his work here is just dazzling to behold, Steven Denton's colours add to it greatly. Like I mentioned prior for the prologue story, it's really vibrant and crisp. And what would a great comic be without an equally great letterer? Jim Campbell does a cracking job here, I don't know why we don't see more of his work in 2000AD.

While reading this comic, although I did get a B.P.R.D vibe, I must say that the Dept. Of Monsterology felt like its own beast, with its own mythologies taking shape. This opening issue is really great as we learn about some of the characters and the world they inhabit, but it seems like this is but an icing on the cake. Already I'm feeling that this is going to be an exciting strip and I can't wait to pick up #2.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 13/11/2013 8:52:09 AM   
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That Doc Oc battle was rather epic.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 23/11/2013 10:00:54 PM   
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Prog 1859...

http://nexuswookie.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/2000ad-prog-1859-review/

And Bryan Talbot's Grandville series....

http://nexuswookie.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/bryan-talbots-grandville-an-appreciation/

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 23/11/2013 11:20:29 PM   
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Been working my way through the first four volumes of Morning Glories, enjoying it very much. Different from what I was expecting, Image really beginning to be my main publisher these days.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/11/2013 7:35:29 AM   
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I think this is the fourth release in a row from the collection to feature JRJ artwork. Good thing i'm a fan!

Edit: Also upon reading the upcoming final releases I've noticed some changes to what's actually being released. They've snuck some ancient stuff in there and removed some newer stuff. I'm sure I can't recall these being in there:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Official_Marvel_Graphic_Novel_Collection

I've owned most of these as reprints in multiple titles or GNs.....bit of a shitty move as I thought the collection was done with digging up ancient stuff.
55[42]		Marvel Origins: The 60s	Fantastic Four #1, Amazing Fantasy #15, Incredible Hulk #1, Daredevil #1, Tales of Suspense #39, Uncanny X-Men #1, Avengers #1, Avengers #4, Tales to Astonish #27, and Tales to Astonish #44[42]	19 Jan 2014[43]


Again, read all of this a few times before. More ancients
57[45]		Uncanny X-Men: Second Genesis	Giant Size X-Men #1 and X-Men #94-103	19 Feb 2014


The rest look okay though, at least the second volume of Captain Britain material is more recent



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 6/12/2013 10:12:14 AM   
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A pick of my favourite stories in 2013, from 2000AD & The Megazine....

http://nexuswookie.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/my-2013-end-of-year-favourites-list-for-2000ad-the-megazine/

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 7/12/2013 11:49:56 AM   
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Second reading - my original thoughts still remain. Planet Hulk was much better and this story is just a string of 'epic' fights with little to no context. Just page after page of super powers smacking the shit out of each-other. An entire issue is taken up with Hulk Vs. Military as if a tank is going to do what the entire MU couldn't.

Even the JRJR art doesn't inspire.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 11/12/2013 11:26:44 AM   
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Currently working my way through this at the minute and loving it. It reads like the bastard child of Dashiel Hammet and H P Lovecraft, which is never a bad thing. Brubaker's writing is as solid as ever, and the artwork by regular collaborator Sean Philips really suits the style. Check it out!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 18/12/2013 9:10:44 PM   
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Fun and fast flowing with a very thin plot. Big flashy fights and beautiful art - for some reason it clicks.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 16/1/2014 11:37:31 PM   
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Wow. How is there any of Mega City 1 left?!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 28/1/2014 7:30:43 AM   
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Probably the best Wolverine story ever published in my opinion. Finally Marvel publish something truly adult and visceral. This was what I was expecting Garth Ennis' run on Punisher to be but found it to be quite watered down.

I will be going back for a second read of this!

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/1/2014 10:03:34 AM   
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Ennis' Punisher for Marvel Knights (Welcome Back, Frank & The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci) can be seen as watered down, but his Punisher Max run is anything but! And all the better for it. Have you read Ennis' Punisher Max yet, Chojin? If not definitely give them a look, starting with Punisher: Born and the rest of the volumes (I think ten in total).

@ directorscut - The repurcussions for the Apocalypse War are still being felt today. Indeed, some of Dredd's critics such as SJS member Gerhart (who appears in the curfent 'Titan' storyline in the prog) see him as a Mass Murderer for unleashing the nukes on East-Meg. If you liked this storyline then I recommend you check out the recent Day of Chaos storyline, they've been collected into two volumes, and they're nothing short of an awesome read. It's been a while since I read Case File 5, I think I'll give it a re-read.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/1/2014 10:46:56 AM   
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Ennis' Punisher for Marvel Knights (Welcome Back, Frank & The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci) can be seen as watered down, but his Punisher Max run is anything but! And all the better for it. Have you read Ennis' Punisher Max yet, Chojin? If not definitely give them a look, starting with Punisher: Born and the rest of the volumes (I think ten in total).



I had the very same thought when I read Chojin's comment! Punisher Max was bloody brutal and, next to Alias, probably my favourite of the Max titles. I have to say, if Marvel were hoping to copy DC's success with their Vertigo imprint or tackle the upstart new kids on the block like Avatar, the Max titles have largely been a disappointment. Aside from the two already mentioned, only Thor: Vikings (Ennis takes on the God of Thunder and some zombie vikings with his usual aplomb) and the War Machine series have hit the mark for me.

Anyway, having caught up with the Marvel NOW Avengers titles, I'm currently re-reading this one:



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 30/1/2014 10:53:49 AM   
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I like Old Man Logan. It's pretty decent for a Millar story (Enemy of the State is much better IMO) although I would like to know what The Hulk ever did to him. If he's not writing him as a potential rapist then he's writing him as a fucking cannibal .

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 31/1/2014 2:05:53 AM   
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Not reading right now as work gets in the way, but will start this weekend.

Maybe after re-watching the movie.



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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 31/1/2014 9:03:08 PM   
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Ennis' Punisher for Marvel Knights (Welcome Back, Frank & The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci) can be seen as watered down, but his Punisher Max run is anything but! And all the better for it. Have you read Ennis' Punisher Max yet, Chojin? If not definitely give them a look, starting with Punisher: Born and the rest of the volumes (I think ten in total).



I had the very same thought when I read Chojin's comment! Punisher Max was bloody brutal and, next to Alias, probably my favourite of the Max titles. I have to say, if Marvel were hoping to copy DC's success with their Vertigo imprint or tackle the upstart new kids on the block like Avatar, the Max titles have largely been a disappointment. Aside from the two already mentioned, only Thor: Vikings (Ennis takes on the God of Thunder and some zombie vikings with his usual aplomb) and the War Machine series have hit the mark for me.


Everyone needs to check out Ennis' recent Fury MAX series. Absolutely brutal stuff. The series starts off as a bit of a fun romp and dovetails into absolute darkness by the end as Ennis parallels Fury's war experiences throughout the decades with the destruction of the ideals and optimism America was founded upon. I'll also point out that it takes place in the same continuity as his Punisher MAX series and there are characters who pop up who also featured in that series.

Nexus makes a good point about Ennis' two Punisher continuities too. The first (with Steve Dillon) that takes place in the proper Marvel universe is more humourous and closer to Preacher but Punisher MAX is a mean little beast.

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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/2/2014 12:46:12 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Nexus Wookie

Ennis' Punisher for Marvel Knights (Welcome Back, Frank & The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci) can be seen as watered down, but his Punisher Max run is anything but! And all the better for it. Have you read Ennis' Punisher Max yet, Chojin? If not definitely give them a look, starting with Punisher: Born and the rest of the volumes (I think ten in total).



I had the very same thought when I read Chojin's comment! Punisher Max was bloody brutal and, next to Alias, probably my favourite of the Max titles. I have to say, if Marvel were hoping to copy DC's success with their Vertigo imprint or tackle the upstart new kids on the block like Avatar, the Max titles have largely been a disappointment. Aside from the two already mentioned, only Thor: Vikings (Ennis takes on the God of Thunder and some zombie vikings with his usual aplomb) and the War Machine series have hit the mark for me.


Everyone needs to check out Ennis' recent Fury MAX series. Absolutely brutal stuff. The series starts off as a bit of a fun romp and dovetails into absolute darkness by the end as Ennis parallels Fury's war experiences throughout the decades with the destruction of the ideals and optimism America was founded upon. I'll also point out that it takes place in the same continuity as his Punisher MAX series and there are characters who pop up who also featured in that series.

Nexus makes a good point about Ennis' two Punisher continuities too. The first (with Steve Dillon) that takes place in the proper Marvel universe is more humourous and closer to Preacher but Punisher MAX is a mean little beast.



I found the Slavers rather brutal, but the second Barracuda arc


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/2/2014 11:49:05 AM   
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quote:

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quote:

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Ennis' Punisher for Marvel Knights (Welcome Back, Frank & The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci) can be seen as watered down, but his Punisher Max run is anything but! And all the better for it. Have you read Ennis' Punisher Max yet, Chojin? If not definitely give them a look, starting with Punisher: Born and the rest of the volumes (I think ten in total).



I had the very same thought when I read Chojin's comment! Punisher Max was bloody brutal and, next to Alias, probably my favourite of the Max titles. I have to say, if Marvel were hoping to copy DC's success with their Vertigo imprint or tackle the upstart new kids on the block like Avatar, the Max titles have largely been a disappointment. Aside from the two already mentioned, only Thor: Vikings (Ennis takes on the God of Thunder and some zombie vikings with his usual aplomb) and the War Machine series have hit the mark for me.


Seems i'm not as informed as I thought I was! I read the two Welcome Back Frank stories that were released as part of the graphic novel collection. They used language like 'mother-loving' instead of motherfucking etc and it just seemed cheesy to me. From the Preacher creative team I expected something a little more adult.

So perhaps I should check out the proper MAX Punisher run which should sway my opinion.

What's Enemy of the state?


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RE: What comic book are you reading right now? - 1/2/2014 12:34:04 PM   
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Ennis' Punisher for Marvel Knights (Welcome Back, Frank & The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci) can be seen as watered down, but his Punisher Max run is anything but! And all the better for it. Have you read Ennis' Punisher Max yet, Chojin? If not definitely give them a look, starting with Punisher: Born and the rest of the volumes (I think ten in total).



I had the very same thought when I read Chojin's comment! Punisher Max was bloody brutal and, next to Alias, probably my favourite of the Max titles. I have to say, if Marvel were hoping to copy DC's success with their Vertigo imprint or tackle the upstart new kids on the block like Avatar, the Max titles have largely been a disappointment. Aside from the two already mentioned, only Thor: Vikings (Ennis takes on the God of Thunder and some zombie vikings with his usual aplomb) and the War Machine series have hit the mark for me.


Seems i'm not as informed as I thought I was! I read the two Welcome Back Frank stories that were released as part of the graphic novel collection. They used language like 'mother-loving' instead of motherfucking etc and it just seemed cheesy to me. From the Preacher creative team I expected something a little more adult.

So perhaps I should check out the proper MAX Punisher run which should sway my opinion.

What's Enemy of the state?





Wolverine gets brainwashed by Hand and used as a weapon against S.H.I.E.L.D. As far as Millar goes it's pretty good. As you can tell I'm not a huge fan of the guy but I quite enjoyed this and I'd certainly recommend it to someone who likes his work. Plus I know you're a fan of Romita Jr.'s work and his work here is solid (I'm probably not Romita's greatest fan either).

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