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Old June 25 2011, 05:44 AM   #31
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Hmm, apparently it didn't move this up when I edited my last post earlier today.
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Old June 25 2011, 05:50 AM   #32
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I find it pretty straight forward and easy to use. If you're looking into getting into digital comics, I would certainly recommend it.
EDIT: I forgot to tell you that if you want to use the reader you need to click on the Comixology logo on the home page. I don't think any of the buttons on top take you to it. I've decided to read Fables first arc instead of Superman Secret origins as my next read after BY1. Just out of curiosity, I see it's for is for Mature Readers, how much adult content is there in the series? I read the first issue and there was a fairly tame sex scene, is that the worst of it and it's spinoffs or does it get more explicit? It's not going to keep me from reading it or anything (True Blood is one of my favorite shows, and I watch alot of foreign and indie movies, so I'm not exactly easily offended), I just like to know what I'm getting myself into beforehand. Same question for Y: The Last Man, DMC and Witchblade and it's spinoffs.
I was never a regular Fables reader, but it's less bad than Hellblazer, I think? Btw, don't read any "100 greatest comics villains" lists till you read the book, because they'll spoil it.

I can't really speak for Y: The Last Man, either, but it has some nasty parts I think, violence-wise.

It's Vertigo stuff. So probably about half as bloody as your average Green Lantern book, but there might be some nipples or penises on occasion.

Witchblade, I've always assumed is the most deeply unpleasant kind of comics sexploitation--that is, not even honest enough to call itself porn, and not drawn by either Kevin Maguire or an Italian. People might tell me I'm wrong, but it's right there! On the covers!
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Old June 25 2011, 05:55 AM   #33
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Ok, cool. And I already know who the Adversary is from Fables, due to all the stuff I read about it on Wikipedia. I'm really excited to read Fables, Y, and DMZ, everything I've read about them sounds really cool. I just wanted to know if I should go into these expecting Spartacus: Blood and Sand or True Blood kinda stuff.
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Old June 25 2011, 06:02 AM   #34
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is that the worst of it and it's spinoffs or does it get more explicit? It's not going to keep me from reading it or anything (True Blood is one of my favorite shows, and I watch alot of foreign and indie movies, so I'm not exactly easily offended), I just like to know what I'm getting myself into beforehand. Same question for Y: The Last Man, DMC and Witchblade and it's spinoffs.
Almost no sex in Witchblade. It's recommended you start reading when Ron Marz and Michael Choi is brought on the book. He basically lays out the mythology of the witchblade and the overall Top Cow universe.
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Old June 25 2011, 07:36 AM   #35
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Ok, cool. And I already know who the Adversary is from Fables, due to all the stuff I read about it on Wikipedia. I'm really excited to read Fables, Y, and DMZ, everything I've read about them sounds really cool. I just wanted to know if I should go into these expecting Spartacus: Blood and Sand or True Blood kinda stuff.
Yeah, I'd say HBO original series would about cover it, unless I'm missing something entirely. I don't think they're meant to be terribly worse than Sandman.

Btw, I know it's a cliche, but you should read Sandman whenever you get the chance. Even if you don't like Neil Gaiman (other than Miracleman, I've liked nothing else the man has ever done). It's probably in your local library.
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Old June 25 2011, 02:29 PM   #36
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It's on my list.
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Old June 26 2011, 04:49 PM   #37
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How important is it to know the original stories where the Fables characters originate? I know the basic common knowledge stuff for most of them, but I do have a couple books on my Nook wishlist that contain the original stories. Should I try to read through some of them before I read "Legends in Exile"?
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Old June 27 2011, 02:18 AM   #38
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Nah. The book'll give you what you need.
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Old June 27 2011, 07:39 AM   #39
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I've been away from reading regular comics for about a year now.

Your Thread kinda has me tempted to start up again.

Hmm.
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Old July 6 2011, 06:04 AM   #40
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How consistent is The Last Days of Krypton with what the comics have established about the world and it's fate?
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Old July 6 2011, 02:20 PM   #41
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If you're looking for a Superman story, look no further than All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly. While it's a wee bit dense in parts and really utilizes all aspects of Superman's mythology (even parts some would rather forget), I have never read a more perfect Superman story and in many ways, I don't think I ever need to read another Superman story (but I will break that in September when he starts on Action Comics!).

I'm going to have to second Y: The Last Man. It's one of the few series' where I bought many trades at a time (I bought 2, 3, 4 and 5 at once). Man, when I discovered it, I raced through it. It's also the only series I've read that could work in any medium without adaption and not lose anything. Comic, Novel Series, Film, Radio Serial, Television, Rock Opera (maybe not that last one). Just an amazing well written series. As far as adult content, there's the occasional tame sex scene, female and male (in only one case as far as I know) nudity, some light violence and some cartoon gore (the art really isn't that realistic)

Also, are there any characters you're especially interested in. I am fond of the statement that there're no bad characters, just bad stories (and the converse). So each character has amazing stories and stories that define them. So if you let us know who you're interested in and perhaps what kinds of stories you're interested in, we can better direct you to comics you'd enjoy.

Last statement: I'm not sure if anyone told you here, but DC Comics is "relaunching" in September. With everything restarting at #1, some with some type of rebooted continuity. So if you want to start with regular monthlies (the bread and butter of the comic industry for the past 70 years), that will be a great place to start and they're designing it so you wouldn't have had to read a single comic before that point.
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Old July 6 2011, 03:06 PM   #42
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I would also recommend Geoff Johns entire run on Action Comics.

Up Up and Away written with Kurt Busiek
Last Son with Adam Kubert and Richard Donner
Bizarro World
Superman and the Legion of Super Heroes that reintroduces the original LoSH
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Old July 6 2011, 03:53 PM   #43
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Is it really that good? I have been pretty disappointed with Geoff Johns lately (since Infinite Crisis)
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Old July 6 2011, 04:26 PM   #44
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If you're looking for a Superman story, look no further than All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly. While it's a wee bit dense in parts and really utilizes all aspects of Superman's mythology (even parts some would rather forget), I have never read a more perfect Superman story and in many ways, I don't think I ever need to read another Superman story (but I will break that in September when he starts on Action Comics!).
I dunno if I'd say all. He hits most of the important notes, but Supergirl and the Legion are (purposely, and with arguably good reason) completely ignored, possibly to the extent that they never existed in that universe.

Also, are there any characters you're especially interested in. I am fond of the statement that there're no bad characters, just bad stories (and the converse).
I raise you Gunfire.



Anyway, this has nothing to do with anything, but JD's avatar reminds me of the Noozles, which was as near as I can recall a fantastic program. I think it was about an alternate universe where koalas were the dominant species, and humans lived in zoos.
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Way to be a contrarian... haha. But yeah, you're right with All-Star Superman. That's a bit of a hyperbole. But Grant Morrison does try to include a lot of forgotten aspects of the mythos, but that's always been his thing. That's what makes his Batman run so fantastic, because he is able to modernize the Silver Age camp and make it less campy and gaudy and in many ways make it cool. He did it with JLA by taking them back to the core of who they were, but at the same time bring in minor, non-franchise characters to fill out the roster and give them spotlight that they didn't get anywhere else (That was one of the premiere goals of team books back in the day). He even did it with X-Men really popping out the whole angle of a school and the whole hated and feared thing. He also brought in elements of the Phoenix and Days of Future Passed and told an extremely modern Mutant Schism story.

So yeah and if you want to read summations of entire characters, go read Morrison's work on anything.

And as for Gunfire... let's just say most characters below the D-List are there for a reason.
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