I was checking out photography books and got sidetracked by DC's Superman Confidential..#7. All i need now is a comic book cover. It the first one i bought since i was a kid. Usually i bought Marvel comics back then. I would have loved to get the more graphic novels but Moms did not approve...lol.
I want to check out the Watchmen series before i see the movie...anyone read that one.
Yeah, after reading the whole "I killed your mom and farked your dad, Love Hal Jordan" saga with Parallax I am not too keen...some things you just can't forgive with a wave of "oh, he wasn't in control of his actions". It may have worked for Hal and Jean Luc Picard, but that shit doesn't sell in the real world (yes, I know they're fic-shun-ull characters but still).GL is indeed awesome. I still disagree with the need to bring Hal Jordan back and maintain that he will always be an interstellar murderer but the character arc is great to see. I've been reading the trades and just finished the second one. Can't wait to read the Sinestro Corps War.
I have to disagree, although you can say that an adult Peter Parker with adult-style problems made Spidey somehow boring. The Other intermission saga, with Peter coming back from the dead with even more-better powers was up and down, but then the whole "I'm giving it all up to save Aunt May" excuse just SUCKED. Ironically, Marvel did a recent What If? on that to the tune of "What if the hitman's bullet had killed Mary Jane?" and it was a much darker outcome than I would have envisioned. It was all revisionist crap to make Brand New Day more palatable, like putting cheese on broccoli so you can choke it down easier, but I get what they're saying and I do understand that no, they can't go back to The Way Things Used To Be.Just like JMS overstayed his welcome on Spider-Man, (and is now writing a MAGNIFICENT Thor)
I'm oddly a Geoff Johns fan, mainly since he's been doing excellent work on the Superman series, not to mention his work with JLA, JSA and Green Lantern.The nice thing about the turn toward realism is that writers with actual talent have come to Marvel as well. Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and Warren Ellis have all done great things. I'm really hoping Greg Rucka does some more stories on Daredevil.
OK, can tell I'm not as deep as I would like to be; I stick to Image, DC and Marvel regulars. Mark Millar is my current rogue writer, mainly because with Wanted, Marvel 1985 and Kick-Ass he's making comics for adults.I am functionally addicted to comics and after rent, they're my biggest expense, but the ones I am most excited about right now are:
Anything Jonathan Hickman does, Thor, Scalped, 100 Bullets (for 1 more month), Paul Dini Batman, Marvel's cosmic titles, Queen and Country (once a year), Runaways, Eternals, Captain Britain, Top 10, Fell and The Killer.
If you're looking for a tasty "one shot," there was one that I read lastmonth as a "Wolverine - The Christmas Special" (it was actually entitled "Flies to a Spider") which has our favorite Canuck opening up a keg of ball stomp on a bunch of local sleazeballs.Since moving back to Canada, my comicbook buying has eventually weened out into an occasional treat of a tasty one shot, in favour of finally having the green to start buying everything I have lovingly preserved in mylar bags backed with acid free, museum quality board, plus the stuff i was either too young or too broke to pick up when it first came out.
I have to disagree, although you can say that an adult Peter Parker with adult-style problems made Spidey somehow boring. The Other intermission saga, with Peter coming back from the dead with even more-better powers was up and down, but then the whole "I'm giving it all up to save Aunt May" excuse just SUCKED. Ironically, Marvel did a recent What If? on that to the tune of "What if the hitman's bullet had killed Mary Jane?" and it was a much darker outcome than I would have envisioned. It was all revisionist crap to make Brand New Day more palatable, like putting cheese on broccoli so you can choke it down easier, but I get what they're saying and I do understand that no, they can't go back to The Way Things Used To Be.
OK, can tell I'm not as deep as I would like to be; I stick to Image, DC and Marvel regulars. Mark Millar is my current rogue writer, mainly because with Wanted, Marvel 1985 and Kick-Ass he's making comics for adults.
I never figured out how the new BND continuity gelled with the Civil War saga, because he was still a masked unlicensed superhero in the new series. To me Peter's 'coming out' was what made the CW saga so good, and made all the resulting storylines that more poignant in a "see, I told you so" sort of way. It would have made the whole Tony Stark as Skrull theory that much more plausible, since Stark was taking a lot of liberties with everyone's life all for the sake of national security.I loved JMS all through the "Book of Ezekiel" story (508?) but JRJR left and that would have been the perfect time for a new writer. I had mixed feelings about The Other as well. I thought it was a couple issues longer than it needed to be and it really bothered me that he killed Morlun, but it was actually an organic direction for him to go. One More Day was the real cock-up, though. Quesada's art was not worth waiting for and the logic was inscrutable. The tying-up of the Dr. Strange angle was about the only good thing.
I recently bought "The Killing Joke", well technically rebought it was my original was looking a rather over loved. I don't know if anyone else has glanced at the sumptuous "redux" in all it's hardbacked glory? Bolland completely recoloured each panel and added some tasty little treats. I was somewhat suspicious before I opened the book and was bedazzled by the contents. It looks nothing short of glorious and no big surprise, that Alan Moore's script stands the test of time and is still on of the THE best Bat capers EVER.
i posted a thread about DC's Final Crisis ( http://dimensionsmagazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53743 ) and it failed miserably.
anyway, i didn't get into comics until this past summer. but i'm a total Batman fanboy. i picked a hell of a time to get into Batman comics though, seeing as they recently "killed off" Bruce Wayne. thanks a lot DC!
See, I thought I would start a good comic book thread here, but it's also been done here and here.
I am actually in the process of winding down from the "crises" of 2008 (Final Crisis, Secret Invasion) and am trying to cull my pull lists down to something more economically viable. I shudder to think what I spent on those books last year, and really at the end of things only found about 40% of it worth my trouble.
I will say the book that got me back into it a few years ago was the Superman/Batman run of Jeph Loeb and the Amazing Spider-Man run of J. Michael Straczynski. Supes/Bats is still good, although the writing has suffered since Jeph went on to bigger and better things, and Marvel absolutely killed Spidey with their horrific "Brand New Day" reboot. I could go on for days about this, but in the end, I would just sound like an angry fanboy who gets up in arms because Han shot FIRST.
Two books I am going through and filling in the holes are the Green Lantern and Deadpool runs. GL did an excellent series last year with their Sinestro Corps run, and with all they've done this year it's setting up for a nice new crisis (the "Blackest Day" saga) for 2009. Deadpool was a fan fave for years, and he now has a new series tied in with the Secret Invasion saga, which forces me to go back and get his run with Wolverine and Cable.
Todd McFarlane came back to writing Spawn, and the jury is out right now in terms of whether it will be a hit. I kept away from Batman for the most part with their RIP series, but Kevin Smith did well with his new book "Batman - Cacaphony" which I hope stands up with his runs on Green Arrow and Daredevil which were excellent.
Now I'm off to check eBay for a Michael Turner signed litho that I hope to get without having to forefit my firstborn son.
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