Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Help me plan my next order? (BUMP)

Ok i was looking over my ever growing wish list and wondering what to put in my next TP/HC order from Amazon or instocktrades. What do you guys think? Have a look at my list here in the left column ("Futures" under the money Transmet image) and pipe-up about anything on there you've read and recommend or let me know what's missing?

EDIT: My wish list has grown from a paltry few to a massive scroll that would certainly give my poor wife a coronary. Thanks a ton... keep the recommendations coming, i'll def review whatever i buy/read here in the coming weeks/months. Cheers.


23 April, 2006 01:30, Blogger Rob H said...

Fables, Fables, Fables. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that you've already had the honor of reading this title.

Secret Identity. Great Superman tale with a twist. Note: Doesn't actually have any Superman in it.

The Long Halloween if you haven't already read it.

The first Lullaby trade from image? Haven't read it but the first issue was kinda fun. The Amazing Joy Buzzards are worth the mention but only if you're really stuck.

I dunno, Zilla. You've already got the good stuff. The Goon, Daredevil, TWD, Invincible, Ex Machina, Conan(need to get back into that again), Godland(did you spot my kiss arse letter? Not sure which issue).

23 April, 2006 08:52, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

I still recommend you try at least the first trade of "The Maxx". I believe the trades are put out by Wildstorm.

Also, have you read the first trade of "Girls" from Image. I thought it was pretty entertaining.

How about "The Authority" supposedly the Warren Ellis penned trades are the best, but I haven't tried the title yet.

"Astro City"?

As a side note, you have "X-Force" listed in your pull-list, but I'm pretty sure you mean X-Factor. Just wanted to let you know.

23 April, 2006 10:03, Blogger zilla said...

cellardoor - i most certainly DO mean x-factor not sure what i was thinking when i fat-fingered that one ;)

23 April, 2006 10:06, Blogger zilla said...

PS - i'm going to check out the first trade of Maxx (what's it about again??).

I actually read the first Authority trade and while i remember enjoying it... i'm not sure why i wasn't eager to run out and get the second one (it was a while ago).

I keep hearing about "Astro City" so i'll def get around to that one someday... where's a good place to start? how long was the run?

23 April, 2006 10:15, Blogger zilla said...

rob (ps thanks a ton you guys for jumping in here to comment) - i've read the first 2 fables trades. i actually DO have #3 on my wish list in reality but forgot to add it to the list posted to the left.

Thanks for the heads up on "Superman: Secret Identity". I took a look at that and based on your recommend and the fact that Busiek wrote it (love that guy) I'm def adding that to my list... though i have to be honest i've never been a Superman fan until All-Star Superman (so very recently). I've always seemed to lump him and Captain America in together as too goody-two-shoes for my taste... but Brubaker and Ellis have really won me over w/ their recent work...

Lastly - about "The Long Halloween", i friggin' LOVED that book! I read and reviewed it a while back... great, great stuff.

23 April, 2006 10:20, Blogger zilla said...

CellarDoor - I added "The Maxx" to my wish list... this is it right:


i'm def picking this up after reading about it this morning (and per your recommend)

23 April, 2006 11:56, Blogger Rob Woods said...

Point Blank is pretty good, seeing as though you loved Sleeper so much. Maybe some Planetary or Top 10 if you haven't read them? (Also Morrison's New X-Men run, though you might have read that already if you have Astonishing on your pull list, I don't know...)

23 April, 2006 11:57, Blogger Rob Woods said...

...Also, Secret Identity is brilliant.

23 April, 2006 13:00, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

I definitely agree with Rob on the New X-Men suggestion. Morrison's take on the X-men was one of the first things I read when I got back into comics. It gave me such great hopes for originality with the mutant titles that I have been VERY disappointed to find out the freshness Morrison brought left when he did.

Zilla, The Maxx is one of the original titles from when Image launched what, 12-13 years ago? It is different than pretty much anything else I have ever read...a very dream-like quality to the whole thing (which Sam Keith's artwork is perfect for). So I couldn't really compare it to anything. But definitely post your thoughts...good or bad...I won't be offended if you think it's a piece of crap.

I personally haven't read any Astro City, I was hoping you'd be the guinea pig and let us know how it was. :) But it looks like "Life in the Big City" is the starting point.

23 April, 2006 14:49, Blogger zilla said...

rob - i've wanted to read the first book of "Top 10" for some time now but Amazon doesn't seem to have it (or instocktrades). beat.

23 April, 2006 22:07, Blogger Rob H said...

I'm picking up my first Promethea trade today. No idea what it'll be like but I've been told that it's pretty intense Moore.

23 April, 2006 22:59, Blogger Rob Woods said...


Astro City is great too. Confession is probably the best arc I've read so far, but yeah, start with Life in the Big City.

24 April, 2006 08:28, Blogger zilla said...

rob (h) - i've always wondered about Promethea myself... do me a favor and let me know what you think about it once you read it???

rob (w) - i'll be adding astro city... thanks for the link too.

24 April, 2006 09:03, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

Yeah you've got the correct first volume of Maxx. I don't have the trades...I have the original single issues...some of the last I bought before my hiatus from comics

24 April, 2006 22:14, Blogger Pat said...

Zilla -

Astro City is awesome. All of the volumes are really pretty good - I enjoyed them thoroughly and would highly recommend them.

If you like Busiek, I'd recommend two things - the first Thunderbolts trade is written by Busiek, and it's pretty entertaining. Here's a link

I'd also highly recommend The Wizard's Tale, by Busiek. My wife and I both enjoyed it. Here's a link for that one too... (you might have better luck going to library, or inter-library loan, route to get this one)

You can't go wrong with Top 10 - it took me awhile to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I have the lastest (and last?) one by Moore - the 49ers - on my reading stand. Other than that, there are two volumes, along with a seperate one called Smax, which features one of the main characters.

25 April, 2006 15:50, Blogger zilla said...

Thanks Pat... I added the first volume of Astro City to my wish list and once i get a second i'll check out your other two Busiek recommendations...

You guys are hooking up my wish list so phat i appreciate it. i'll def review everything i end up buying/reading so stay tuned...

26 April, 2006 03:02, Blogger Rob H said...

Just finished the first Promethea trade and really enjoyed it. Good mix of great art, humour and imaginative story telling. I'm not much of an Alan Moore fan but this book has me thinking otherwise. You should give it a go. After I finish off the Promethea trades, I'm moving onto Top Ten. The ABC line seems to have it's fair selection of great titles.

I notice you've got Foundation by Isaac Asimov in your "Futures" list. I've the first three books in the series(Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation) yet I've never gotten around to actually finishing them. Nonetheless, I love what I've read and I think you will too.

26 April, 2006 07:42, Blogger zilla said...

Yeah rob the next 3 "text only" books in my stack are Clavell's Shogun, re-reading the Bourne Identity (for about the 5th time in my life but first in years), and Asimov's Foundation.

26 April, 2006 15:10, Blogger Stephan Schroeder said...

I think you may have enough open interests that you don't need many new recommendations. But maybe a guy with a Godzilla logo should read a few selections from Japan. :)

Akira, Blade of the Immortal, Planetes.


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I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

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