JD's Comic Book Thread

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by JD, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Savage Dragon

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    Even just "The Comic Book Thread" would work too. Sorry, I can't comment on the Sandman spinoffs. I've never read any Sandman related stuff.
     
  2. Admiral_Young

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    Personally I have no problem with the thread title remaining the same. I like Savage Dragon's suggestion though if you really want to change it.
     
  3. Stevil2001

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    I've read all of them (and in order!). If you start here and follow the links, you'll see my reviews: http://www.librarything.com/work/8043105/reviews/65948359

    The highlights for me were:
    - The Absolute Death - not as good as the core series but good Gaiman work
    - The Dream Hunters (prose version) - gorgeous art and writing
    - The Sandman Presents: The Furies - if you like Lyta Hall, this is a great followup for her
    - Delirium's Party: A Little Endless Storybook - so much fun!

    Avoid at all costs:
    - WitchCraft - not that anyone wanted more stories of the witches, but this is shit
    - Book of Dreams - letting a bunch of writers loose in Gaiman's world should be good, but only a few are worthwhile
    - Thessaly: Witch for Hire - Bill Willingham does not understand the character at all
    - God Save the Queen - I never found the fairie characters in The Sandman interesting, and this is no exception

    Also, Sandman Mystery Theatre is really good, though it's pretty tangential to the main series: http://www.librarything.com/work/368622/reviews/67641293

    Mike Carey's Lucifer is a masterwork: http://www.librarything.com/work/5849/reviews/80399401

    The House of Mystery series is a lot of squandered potential: http://www.librarything.com/work/7558161/reviews/104103796

    The stuff I haven't mentioned falls somewhere in between: not bad, not great, but all right. DC was really trying to cash in for a long while.
     
  4. Savage Dragon

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    Yeah, I think a name change those of us who are participating in the thread isn't really necessary. I'm happy for it to stay as is as well.
     
  5. JD

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    If the doesn't bother you guys then I'm fine with it staying. I just wanted to make sure it didn't scare other people away from posting.
    Thanks for the info Stevil2001.
     
  6. Captain Craig

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    Has anyone tried the Armor Hunters from VALIANT?
    It's a fairly good self contained entry point into the VU if you've been looking for one.

    It's been really good!

    I'd also like to add that I feel Dark Horse is also doing a great job w/their revised super hero line tagged "Project Black Sky". Captain Midnight, Ghost, X, Brain Boy, Blackout, Skyman and King Tiger are the players thus far. DH has been teasing Barb Wire as coming soon.
     
  7. Savage Dragon

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    I've been reading Armor hunters based on your recommendation and I really like it. It's actually making me want to read some of their other stuff now.
     
  8. Saga

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    Captain Midnight is a really great book. tried the new Ghost...i don't care for it so much.
     
  9. kirk55555

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    I've never heard of Project Black Sky, but I'd heard of a few of the individual books, like Captain Midnight. They seem to get mixed reviews online, but a few of them look interesting, although not enough for me to try any out right now. Still, its always nice to see one of the non big two companies put out some superhero stuff.

    When it comes to Valiant, Harbinger was a pretty good book. It ended recently, but its got a mini series right now which I think is transitioning into a second volume.

    For other stuff not from the big two, just because I'm thinking about it now, Gail Simone's Red Sonja comic published by Dynamite is very good. I'd never read anything with the character before Simone's run, but its been enjoyable. Another one I'm reading is Saga from Image. Its a hard one to recommend, because it frequently goes overboard with its mature rating, but its core story is a pretty good sci fi themed story about a couple from two warring species if you can get past its pretty extreme language, violence and sexual stuff. Nailbiter is another decent Image book an FBI agent who heads to a town famous for its serial killers when he gets a call from a friend. It can be a bit bloody, but so far its interesting.

    The two new Doctor Who books from Titan comics, one for the 10th Doctor and one for the 11th, are also pretty good so far, at least if you like Doctor Who. For my last non Big 2 book I'm reading Dynamite's current Vampirella volume, but I wouldn't exactly recommend it. Its not bad, but its not soon enough to say if it will be worthwhile. I thought volume 1 was ok, although it fluctuated in quality a good bit, so I'm giving this a chance.
     
  10. Admiral_Young

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  11. Captain Craig

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    ^^^^^^
    The Valiant does indeed look to be a great read! As a VALIANT reader I'm also glad to see Kay Henry the Geomancer getting some more exposure since her initial debut. Admiral Young is the involvement of Jeff Lemire what's got you on board for this one?

    Glad you're still enjoying it! My goal is to read the first arc of SD with #200. I'm hoping that's a good "try it out" arc.

    King Tiger, from 90's Comics Greatest World, has had a 5 page back up story in each of Blackouts mini. King Tiger is graduating to a full mini later this year they've teased. As well as a return of Barb Wire.
     
  12. Admiral_Young

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    @CaptainCraig Jeff Lemaire and the art work!!
     
  13. Savage Dragon

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  14. Captain Craig

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    I'd see a Savage Dragon film.
    I'm also planning to find a copy of SD#200 when it drops.
     
  15. Savage Dragon

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    I got the first digital collection of the Vertigo comic Hinterkind yesterday after reading and really enjoying the free first issue last week. I used part of my birthday money early (my B-day is Friday), and once more comes in I'll probably pick up some more comics.
    I can't remember if I asked this before, but have any of you guys read any of the Aspen comics? I'm mainly interested in Soulfire, Fathom, Executive Assistants, Charismagic, and Lola XOXO.
     
  17. Savage Dragon

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    I haven't read any Aspen comics. The only Fathom I am familiar with is from the Bill Willingham series "Elementals".

    Has anyone picked up the Edge of Spider-Verse stuff? I'm enjoying it so far. It's kind of nice to see Doc Ock again.
     
  18. Mr Light

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    is Doc Ock in the "Edge of the Spider-Verse" comic? I thought it was just an anthology of alt-Spideys? does it directly tie into the big storyline?
     
  19. Savage Dragon

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    Superior Spider-Man #32 takes place in the middle of a previous issue which involved time travel (I can't remember the exact issue).

    It seems that Doc Ock will be gathering an army of alternate Spider-Men to combat a dangerous enemy they can't face on their own. I think Doc Ock and Peter will come face-to-face in Amazing Spider-Man # 10. So Doc Ock would seem to have a fairly significant role in all this.
     
  20. Hypaspist

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    Is anyone here a fan of non-superhero comic books?

    I am not dissing on superheroes

    For me, the best stories usually involve some sort of high concept that isn't about comparative superpowers, or even non-superpowered main characters.