Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Sunday, June 25, 2006



A couple cool pre-order books i noticed browsing Amazon...


Punisher Max: From First To Last HCNow this i can dig.  Pulls together 3 Punisher MAX one-shots (The Tyger, The Cell, and The End), two of which i've read (thanks again Mr. X for The End) and thoroughly enjoyed.

Can an anyone around here sell me on The Cell oneshot so i can justify putting this nice TP on my bookshelf?
Absolute Dark Knight (Hardcover)Ok i haven't read any dark knight (i don't think) but i'm a big Frank Miller fan...  What do we think of this massive hardcover?  I'm a huge sucker for absolute editions (and a pretty recent Batman convert) so this caught my eye...

PS - So you don't have to click-through, this thing is 512 pages and collects Dark Knight Returns and Dark Knight Strikes Again (plus extra's out the wazoo including money FM sketches i would imagine).



11 Comments:

25 June, 2006 21:17, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

re: DK, loved the first one, and enjoyed the first issue and a half of the second one before it completely derailed. This is going on my wish list because I'm too cheap to spend this much money on any one thing for myself.

 
26 June, 2006 14:33, Blogger Sean Maher said...

"Can an anyone around here sell me on The Cell oneshot so i can justify putting this nice TP on my bookshelf?"


Um, it's really fucking good and you should definitely buy it?

Just trust me.

(Oh, also: the art is by Lewis Larosa, who did the first MAX arc, "In The Beginning", which I thought was fucking awesome.)

 
26 June, 2006 14:43, Blogger Evan said...

The Cell was a great read. If you are interested, I have a review of it here.

 
26 June, 2006 20:50, Blogger zilla said...

Sean - I trust your opinion almost like we know each other after a year hanging out online! no but seriously your comment about The Cell was just what i needed to add this TP to my wish list... then i can return X's The End (thanks again BTW).

Evan - Good review (i also read your review of Drive and think i might check that out too ;) nice blog too... where you been hiding?

 
26 June, 2006 20:52, Blogger zilla said...

guy - so do you think it's worth reading despite the second half plummet (Hush didn't end all that great either really)? maybe not at the absolute price but... i def dig frank miller and have silently wondered about his batman stuff for some time now...

 
26 June, 2006 23:43, Blogger freedome said...

yes get it. Dark Knight Strikes Again is what actually got me back into comics. granted the 3rd issue drops like tyson past the 5th round (i think that miller had to change the plotting of the story. it was supposed to come out a couple of weeks after sept II 2oo1 and due to the nature of the story i.e. terrorism i think the editorial department and probably miller himself had huge misgivings about where the story was going) that still doesn’t take away from the original Dark Knight Returns the quintessential Batman story that every batman writer after miller has been influenced by. plus the art is sick!

 
27 June, 2006 10:00, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

As a Batman and/or Miller fan, I think the second is one still a must-read, despite the flawed conclusion. It's still thought-provoking -- even if part of that thinking is, "Wow, 9/11 really fucked Miller's head all up!" -- because it's fascinating to see how he processed the events of the day and channelled it into his work.

 
27 June, 2006 10:01, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

PS: DKSA also got me into a comics shop for the first time in nearly 10 years, though it took a couple more years after the 3rd issue came out to get me hooked again.

 
27 June, 2006 12:24, Blogger Sean Maher said...

Zilla - Cheers, homie. (Ha!) As for Miller's Batman, his two best stories are generally held to be Dark Knight Returns and Year One.

I think Year One is the best; you used to be able to get the trade for ten bucks, but nowadays they might be forcing you to spring for the $20 hardcover with all the trimmings. Year One was a HUGE influence on the Batman Begins movie, so if you liked that, I'd start there. It's the single best characterization of Jim Gordon I've ever read, made me a huge fan of the character ever since.

DKR was great, too, but a little sloppier and more ambitious, I think. These days, the whole Bats vs. Supes thing is kinda played out, but when Miller did it in the 80's it was a pretty revolutionary take on their relationship, and it's certainly a great book. Just a little looser than Year One. Also features one of the best Joker sequences I've ever read. Love it.

Dark Knight Strikes Again, on the other hand, was a really tough read for me. When I first read the series, I thought it was a train wreck. The first evidence that Frank Miller had flat out lost his mind. I still think that, but when I re-read the series a few months ago with different expectations, I enjoyed it a lot more. Basically, it has no plot or attention span. It's got a lot of the same paranoid govt/media commentary that DKR had, but more over the top and insane (the president is a hologram?), and the artwork and coloring are also kinda ADD-afflicted. It's totally messy and sprawling and nuts, but if you approach it as if that were the POINT, you'll have a good time reading it.

Personally, I'm gonna pass on the Absolute edition because of the price, and the non-inclusion of Year One. If they'd put 'em all together like that, I'd probably have picked it up on Amazon...

 
27 June, 2006 15:50, Blogger Evan said...

Thanks. Your blog is truly inspiring. I check everyday for your panel of the day.

 
28 June, 2006 14:17, Blogger zilla said...

Sean - thanks a TON for your comment... good stuff friend. i actually have read (and loved) year one.

 

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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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In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.



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