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That's a big problem for me regarding most all of the corporate owned comic properties. They're not interested in telling great stories near as much as they are in maintaining their branded trademarks.

As such, I find more enjoyment in indie titles like 'The Mice Templar", "Invincible", "Echo" or "RASL". Books controled by their creators where anything can and often does happen.

Agreed. The constant event schedule of the corporate comics really makes story telling impossible. Its all about sales. Its annoying that trades for indie comics are hard to come by in big box book stores while the same store will have 8 copies of "Countdown to Final Infinite Dark Civil War"
 

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God DAMN Blackest Night is shaping up into an excellent saga. I don't recall ever being this anticipatory about a book series. I'm short on funds this week until Friday so I ran to the comic store yesterday and asked just for the GL books for this week. Excellent issue (Blackest Night #3) which really goes to expose a lot of what has to happen in order to defeat the Black Lanterns (an idea which goes back to the entire basis for all the corps, which (highlight to see spoilers) forces you to think of the visible spectrum of color and someone serving as the prism). I will say the new GL books don't fail to deliver the gross out, and while the Sinestro Corps war was invariably much bloodier (you had so many dismembered bodies floating in space), this one is just gruesome, like an old EC comic that just drives home the horror with dark humor.

The new GL series is going along with a promo featuring various breakouts into other titles (Titans, JLA, etc.) and each week they will feature a different colored ring 'prop' to customers who collect all the relevant issues. Kinda dorky but the boys like playing with them.

And, to surprise even me, Amazing Spider-Man is really getting GOOD. They brought back the old enemy Chameleon and took it out a whole new door with a short doppelganger saga that concludes next week. I am happy now that they seem to be getting out of the villain of the book storyline and that Peter is becoming less the dorky dude he was at the beginning of "Brand New Day" and back to his old self.

Going to be dumping the Superman/Supergirl books. New Krypton saga is rather meh, and I'm not getting near the enjoyment out of the series as I did with the Superman books 20 issues ago. Still trying to divest myself of the Hulk/Hercules books but dammit, they have two lame issues and then two AWESOME ones and I find myself reconsidering. Damn you, Jeph Loeb.
 

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Blackest Night sounds great. I've been reading GL in the trades, and I can't wait until DC stops putting every goddamn book in hardcover for a year first.

I completely agree about Spidey. I've enjoyed everything about BND except Peter so far. Making him unmarried doesn't mean making him 17 again. The recent Chameleon arc was perfect. I've been reading Spidey for 17 years, and this issue nailed both the tone of the book and most of the lingering questions longtime fans have about the characters (IE why doesn't Peter just say this to character A or why can't MJ just do this other thing).

I haven't liked Jeph Loeb at all since Hush, but Incredible Hercules has been terrific. The concept of a goofy, likable super-hero who endlessly thinks with his dick just never gets old.

Really miss Captain Britain and now Agents of Atlas is stopping regular production. Lame! Let's see: Dark Avengers, Red Mass For Mars, Invincible Iron Man and Cap (although Reborn is less a clever homage than a bad rip-off) are my main picks right now. I was enjoying Batman before it became Saw Comics featuring Torture-Porn Batman. I don't know what the hell Grant Morrison is doing but I hope he moves on soon.
 

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Blackest Night sounds great. I've been reading GL in the trades, and I can't wait until DC stops putting every goddamn book in hardcover for a year first.
hear hear. i really wanna read "Rage of the Red Lanterns" but $25 for hardcover is a little steep. but Green Lantern fan that i am, i'll probably get it anyway.
and dude, Blackest Night is truly worthy of the hype. it's damn near perfect. the plot, the pacing, the characterization... everything it does well, it does really damn well.

I was enjoying Batman before it became Saw Comics featuring Torture-Porn Batman. I don't know what the hell Grant Morrison is doing but I hope he moves on soon.
you aren't liking Batman & Robin? it's my favorite monthly right now. each issue flows so brilliantly. so much so that each issues seems too short -- each issue is filled to the brim with damn good fun.
i do miss Quietly, though. Tan is good, but not nearly as good.
 

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I haven't liked Jeph Loeb at all since Hush, but Incredible Hercules has been terrific. The concept of a goofy, likable super-hero who endlessly thinks with his dick just never gets old.
Jeph got me back into comics (Along with Ed McGuiness' artwork) with the launch of Superman/Batman. The first "Worlds Finest" collection hooked me. I like his sense of humor and his pacing. His work on She-Hulk was excellent, albeit disjointed with all the Secret Invasion stuff going on, but I find him to be one of my favorite writers. I like the concept of Amadeus Cho a bit more in the Herc series, namely because he is such an excellent foil to Herc and is interesting enough by himself. The scenes in the Skrull saga when Cho is being seduced by this Gorgonesque amazon warrior was priceless.

hear hear. i really wanna read "Rage of the Red Lanterns" but $25 for hardcover is a little steep. but Green Lantern fan that i am, i'll probably get it anyway.
and dude, Blackest Night is truly worthy of the hype. it's damn near perfect. the plot, the pacing, the characterization... everything it does well, it does really damn well.
I was terribly disappointed how little the Red Lanterns had for center stage; I remember reading in Wizard how badass they were going to be, heads a flyin' everywhere and then bleh, Blue + Green cancels Red.

you aren't liking Batman & Robin? it's my favorite monthly right now. each issue flows so brilliantly. so much so that each issues seems too short -- each issue is filled to the brim with damn good fun.
i do miss Quietly, though. Tan is good, but not nearly as good.
The new Batman and Robin is decent, very dark and Saw-esque as marlowe said, but I was never really that huge of a Batman fan to begin with. They are definitely taking it down a horror street with the new title, so I hope that works for them. I read the first 3 issues (Mainly to find out about the pig guy murders) but not sure how long I will stick with it.
 

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Jeph got me back into comics (Along with Ed McGuiness' artwork) with the launch of Superman/Batman. The first "Worlds Finest" collection hooked me. I like his sense of humor and his pacing. His work on She-Hulk was excellent, albeit disjointed with all the Secret Invasion stuff going on, but I find him to be one of my favorite writers. I like the concept of Amadeus Cho a bit more in the Herc series, namely because he is such an excellent foil to Herc and is interesting enough by himself. The scenes in the Skrull saga when Cho is being seduced by this Gorgonesque amazon warrior was priceless.


The new Batman and Robin is decent, very dark and Saw-esque as marlowe said, but I was never really that huge of a Batman fan to begin with. They are definitely taking it down a horror street with the new title, so I hope that works for them. I read the first 3 issues (Mainly to find out about the pig guy murders) but not sure how long I will stick with it.

The whole Sacred Invasion story was perfect. The thing that made DC's Invasion story of the late 80's so cool was how there were all these different aliens and writers who participated could really tell any story they wanted. As a whole, Secret Invasion didn't work, but the idea of a strike force of gods is too cool.

As Grant Morrison goes along, it's like he's regressing, becoming more and more fixated on telling stories about beautiful people (from his POV anyway) doing superhuman things. Maybe it's a mid-life crisis move, the Scottish genius equivalent of buying a Corvette. As he is Grant Morrison, the idea that he's just not on the same dimensional wavelength would not surprise me either. What a charmer in person! He still is a great storyteller, but the "beautiful people" motif is so strong now I feel like I'm watching Batman Forever. Everything is so glitzy and cruel and, as a result, kind of unpleasant. If I'm going to be looking at some yawning atrocity, I like the earthier nature of say, Mike Mignola or Guy Davis. Also, Frank Quitely takes FOREVER to do shit, which is fine if the book is AS Superman, perhaps the best thing to come out since the new millennium. Issue two and especially issue three seemed rushed, however.
 
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I have been reading "The Punisher : Max Content" series on TPB.

I must say I am quite thrilled with the story line and the complete graphic nature of this story line.

I have also been reading The Punisher : Dark Reign" on TPB (runoff of Punisher War Journal) as well

I like the story arch, but I hate how the animators keep switching.
 

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I recently watched the firefly series for the first time... watched Serenity... and then checked out the comics. In some ways I wish I hadn't because its such a great premise and such great science fiction that its deeply saddening to realize that it was all left hanging and there's (probably) not going to be any more.

The comics are pretty good for fans of the series. You need to have watched firefly and serenity to get whats going on though... one would be totally lost if you came at these cold...

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I quite agree. Everything else Whedon is really hit or miss for me, IE some great Buffy, some SHHHIIIIIITTTT, hated Dr. Horrible. Firefly totally fired on all cylinders for me, although I am in the minority that prefers the story to end with the comics, excluding the movie. I just thought "Objects In Space" was a much better ending for the show, if a shoehorned one was necessary.
 

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I quite agree. Everything else Whedon is really hit or miss for me, IE some great Buffy, some SHHHIIIIIITTTT, hated Dr. Horrible. Firefly totally fired on all cylinders for me, although I am in the minority that prefers the story to end with the comics, excluding the movie. I just thought "Objects In Space" was a much better ending for the show, if a shoehorned one was necessary.

I second that- I HATED the movie. It was a superficial attempt at gratification that wound up being both boring and unsatisfying. Haven't read the comics though- good to know that it lives on in some form. But I love Dr. Horrible!
 

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I am currently reading the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series and I love it. I am also about to start Bone after that. I also have on order the Sandman Series form Neil Gaiman and in bed at night I read TransMetropolitan.

Can anyone recommend any comics/manga or graphic novels that feature BBWs or BHMs as the main characters?

I am new to the comic book scene and I love it. Would love to read about characters that are BBW/BHM.

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I second that- I HATED the movie. It was a superficial attempt at gratification that wound up being both boring and unsatisfying. Haven't read the comics though- good to know that it lives on in some form. But I love Dr. Horrible!

Wow - I LOVED Serenity. I mean, it was definitely a sadly truncated ending to a brilliant series, but the only thing I didn't like about it was that we lost two great characters. I think killing them was right, I just liked them so much I didn't want them to die. Certainly never found it boring.

I've been a long-time Whedon fan, and for the most part I find I can sometimes go back to Angel, Firefly, Serenity, and Dr. Horrible, but Buffy has totally worn out it's welcome for me. I can watch individual eps, but marathoning the series like I used to is long since over with me. And Dollhouse doesn't at all feel like it's going anywhere.

I don't know, maybe I've lost a bit of Whedon love after experiencing Lost, The Wire, and Battlestar Galactica... they might have raised the bar a little too high for me, heh.
 

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That really nails it. I think a lot of the fun of Buffy for me was that it realized ideas that had previously only been done in comics. Lost, however, has since done that a lot better. Lost really is a lot like a comic and having characters like Hurley emerge at the same time as writers like Bendis are doing more cinematic comics just muddies the waters further. The only exception I can think of was Season 7 of Buffy, episode 1 where the big Ancient Evil dude morphs into all the series' previous "Big Bads", going from Warren all the way back to the First from Season 1. That brief scene may be the best example of TV nailing a comic book's style. All it was missing was the characters' names appearing in their own font like a mid-90's X-Men comic.
 

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Green Lantern fans:
who's still loving Blackest Night? did anyone check out BN#5? my head is still spinning about the final twist at the end of that issue.
also, anyone have any thoughts about the shocking conclusion to GLC#42?


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hear the news about the Return of Bruce Wayne? http://bit.ly/4UDSNz personally, i'm excited as a Bat-fan, but i think it's a bit too soon. i was just now getting used to Dick as Batman, and was of the belief that he'd be under the cape and cowl for at least a year.
 

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Green Lantern fans:
who's still loving Blackest Night? did anyone check out BN#5? my head is still spinning about the final twist at the end of that issue.
also, anyone have any thoughts about the shocking conclusion to GLC#42?


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hear the news about the Return of Bruce Wayne? http://bit.ly/4UDSNz personally, i'm excited as a Bat-fan, but i think it's a bit too soon. i was just now getting used to Dick as Batman, and was of the belief that he'd be under the cape and cowl for at least a year.

I am really looking forward to the return. It seems soon, but Dick just doesn't work as Batman for me. The whole "Saw" feel of B & R right now is just not my cup of tea and I'm a little mystified at why Tony Daniels is still allowed near Batman. Tec, on the other hand is great. I would like it if when Bruce finally takes the book back from Kate it is a smooth transition, maybe even having them share it for a while.
 

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Green Lantern fans:
who's still loving Blackest Night? did anyone check out BN#5? my head is still spinning about the final twist at the end of that issue.
also, anyone have any thoughts about the shocking conclusion to GLC#42?
I have to say I loved and hated it. In one way, it elevated the suspense, and made perfect sense in many ways (I won't go into spoilers, but the whole thing about superheroes coming back to life...let's just say payback is a bitch).

The twist ending? Felt too Superfriends-y, in terms of (highlight to read) episodes like the one where they were all turned into hobbits or ghosts, or even the old Starro series where they were taken over by facehugging starfish, and you just KNOW they're going to recover. I mean, so far they only way to "cure" a Black Lantern is to discorporate it, which would suck in this instance.

I am liking Larfleeze (the Orange Lantern) a lot. He's a good bit of comic relief in an otherwise very morbid storyline. I would also say to thems who hate spoilers, stay away from DC Comics' website, they have some covers for upcoming issues that give a bit of things away.
 

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The twist ending? Felt too Superfriends-y, in terms of [SPOILERS EDITED] . I mean, so far they only way to "cure" a Black Lantern is to discorporate it, which would suck in this instance.

I am liking Larfleeze (the Orange Lantern) a lot. He's a good bit of comic relief in an otherwise very morbid storyline.

i was actually talking about the ending to last month's issue of Green Lantern Corps. there's a bit of a shocker at the end. i don't wanna say anything for those who want to avoid spoilers.
i'll just say it was very unexpected, and a little heart-wrenching.

and yes, Larfleeze is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in the current GL mythos.
i think he should get his own one-shot at some point. :)
 

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