Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by JD, Jun 13, 2011.
The Owls have surfaced a few times since then.
Oh, I just remembered they did a series focused on a Talon. Where does that take place in relation to the Batman series?
I just finished reading the first volume of Chelsea Cain's Mockingbird series, which I loved. It was a lot of fun, and the whole "puzzle box" aspect, with each issue filling in the gaps we got in #1 was a lot of fun. The only thing I missed, if it was explained here, was when Bobbi got infected with the virus.
One thing about it, though, is I can see where a lot of sexist guys would absolutely hate it. Bobbi repeatedly saves Lance Hunter, and Clint Barton, and makes a lot of jokes about it. The third issue basically uses superpowers as an analogy for girls starting to get their periods, focuses a lot on how guys just don't know how to handle teenage girls, and makes several jokes about people not talking about tampons. I could see that stuff driving a lot of idiot guys crazy and driving them away from the book, but I actually find interesting to get a woman's perspective in these kinds of stories.
With that done, I now just started Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World.
I just finished up the first collection of the Vertigo series Hinterkind a couple days ago, and I enjoyed it. It was a pretty fun post apocalyptic fantasy series with a cool world and some interesting characters. The stuff with the patchwork bad guys was pretty creepy.
It wasn't anything mindblowing, but I'll probably continue the series eventually.
Once that was done, I started New Avengers Vol. 3: Secrets and Lies, the third collection Brian Micheal Bendis's first New Avengers series.
Any fans of the 1980s Airboy series from Eclipse Comics? Chuck Dixon is picking up right where he left off with issue #51!
Finished up the New Avengers collection last night, and I enjoyed it overall. The two different storylines, the first one with Silver Samurai, The Hand, and Hydra was pretty cool, and the second where they explained where Spider-Woman's rather complicated loyalties lie.
The Silver Samurai story had some pretty cool action scenes, and introduction of Ronin caught me by surprise. I had thought that Clint Barton was the first Ronin, so I was really surprised by the reveal that it was Echo.
I have mixed feelings on both David Finch and Frank Cho's artwork. I like how detailed Finch's artwork is, but his character's phsiques are so exaggerated at times that I almost find them gross. I actually like Frank Cho's style in general a bit better, but the over sexualization of the women is really annoying.
Brian Micheal Bendis's characters really do ramble a lot, there are times where the speech bubbles fill up almost the entire panel. I actually do like his writing style, even he does go on a bit, it flows pretty well.
I finished reading The Flash (New 52) Volume 3: Gorilla Warfare just a little while ago. Grodd was a great villain, and connecting him to the Speed Force was an interesting way to give him a more personal connection to The Flash. After them being the main villains of the last arc, it was pretty fun seeing The Flash work with the Rogues to defeat Grodd and his army.
The stuff in the Speed Force was pretty cool.
The issue after Grodd's defeat with a powerless Barry having to stop a prison break was pretty fun.
I'm definitely really enjoying the series.
I just finished reading Amazing Spider-Man #3 in ASM Masterworks Vol. 1. This issues features the first ever appearance of Doc Oc and I thought it was a lot of fun. It still had that '60s cheesiness, but since this one had one story through the whole issues, it was able to give us a deeper story than the earlier issues which had a couple stories in each issues. It was really interesting seeing how much stuff has actually managed to survive into the modern adaptations of the character.
Just finished reading Doctor Strange: The Oath, and I really enjoyed it. This was my first experience with the comic book version of Dr. Strange, this served as a nice introduction, there wasn't a ton of complex backstory needed for it, and we even got a nice recap of his origin. The story in this was really good, and I thought the whole with the pharmaceutical company trying to stop the potion that could cure any illness, was a nice combination of both the magical and the mundane.
The connections between Strange and West were a nice way to make him a more personal enemy.
The relationship with Strange and Nigh Nurse was pretty fun too. Do we see her in any other stories involving Strange?
My wife is part of a local giving group on facebook and put her name in for a bunch of old comics that were being given away, and we got them! I found this one among the 5 boxes we were given:
Sadly, some mice had had a bit of a go at it so it's not in great shape.
There were about 10 of the old Marvel Treasury Editions from the 70s in the collection, as well some other goodies from the 70s which I had never seen before. It's unfortunate that all the best stuff was just thrown into an old bankers box. The other 4 boxes were proper comic book boxes and most of the comics were in bags.
OH MY OH
That is a pretty impressive find.
Nice. I've got copies of X-Men number 2, 7, 11 and 15 in similar condition. Lee and Kirby, baby!
The Walking Dead reported to be ending with issue 193.
Fare thee well TWD. It got a much longer run than a lot of current titles. I’ve noticed more and more back issues languishing on our shelves. I don’t know if it’s an overall lag in sales numbers or just a regional thing.
#193 is a wird number to end a series. You'd think Kirkman would stretch it out these few more issues to make it to #200.
Yeah, I had the same thought, but it's still a pretty incredible run. So will every issue have been written Kirkman? Or has he had guest writers come in a some point?
EDIT: Wow, I just saw that #193 is tomorrow's issue, I thought it was still several issues away. That's pretty impressive they managed to keep it as quite as they did leading up to today.
Yeah, apparently they even had fake solicitations for issues 194 and 195. I wonder what his logic was in killing off his main character in the next-to-last issue?
Not sure, but it is a bit surprising.
He ended Invincible at #144. I guess he's not one to pad things out to reach round numbers, which he could have easily done with Invincible too.
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