Regardless Q&C is a fun read, esp with the hooks into today's world climate (Al Queda, Iraq, terrorism, etc.). I'll def be picking up Vol. 4.
Ryan what do you think (or any other Q&C fans)?
You're way ahead of me Z, I still haven't purchased Vol 3. My budget is getting tighter so I am slow to pick up trades these days. I have considered stopping flops, but I just can't, it is sort of an addiction (anyway feel like this? Ha ha, rhetorical question). Anyway, the whole Q&C series is on my wish list, I was hooked after the first two, def hitting the next ones soon. BTW, I agree that the carousel of artists on this series has potential to hurt the story.
PS - There you go Uncensored. There's 4 books i really like :) and that's just this week!! ha.
I haven't read the latest DD issue, but I've already had it spoiled for me. Still, I'm anticipating getting my hands on it come pay day.
On a side note regarding DD-- I'm in the process of (just for fun, really) writing a screenplay for a Daredevil film that is closer to the comic book tone than the real Daredevil film was. Email me if you want some plot details.
As for Power, I must be honest, I read a trade once (Anarachy I believe it was called), and I didn't like it anywhere near as much as I thought I would. That is to say, I didn't like it at all. To be fair though, I've been reading the "strips" on Newsarama and I am enjoying those, so maybe I just read a subpar story?
And you talk about not liking "mainstream" stories, yet you like Wolverine? As far as the Marvel universe goes, it doesn't get any more mainstream/overdone than the character of Wolverine.
I haven't been reading Daredevil up until now, but I've been impressed with Brubaker's work on Uncanny X-Men so far, so that coupled with the ungodly amounts of praise the book gets has convinced me to give it a try this month.
I tried to like Wolverine, but I just couldn't get too into it. I don't really know what it is exactly...the writing is decent, the art is nice, although I will say that Wolverine recovering from being incinerated seemed a bit much...maybe I'll pick it up in trade.
I just started picking up Fear Agent with #5 after reading an excerpt in Image's Free Comics Day book, and its definitely got my attention (haven’t gotten #6 yet as I didn't make it to the comic shop last week).
yeah i wouldn't say i don't like mainstream comics/stories, just "most" mainstream comics/stories (though i'll never give up on them completely). and yeah generally i hate wolverine (i agree w/ you he's generally as "mainstream" as mainstream gets in comics) too but i'm with the ongoing now almost primarily because i'm a huge fan of Humberto Ramos (though Guggenheim is doing a good job too IMO).
Daredevil is also hella mainstream but i love his current ongoing... and if Thor had one i'd read that. and Ultimates kicks ass (i'm also reading Ultimate FF thanks to you). So i prob misspoke generalizing a dislike for all mainstream :)
Kross - Welcome aboard? Don't recognize your handle so i'm assuming your a first time poster.
DD is some of the best Marvel out there IMO so i'm glad you're reading that. I honestly hadn't read a single DD comic before Chris got me to try a bit of the Bendis/Maleev run and that got me sliding right into Brubaker's current stuff (which is awesome IMO).
As far as Wolverine, man i've picked up and dropped this ongoing so many times it's silly. I know Ramos isn't for everyone (or even most people probably w/ his distorted cartoony style) but i'm a big fan. Honestly i'm pretty sure i wouldn't be buying Wolvie if he weren't on it... and i'll prob drop it the month he goes off (unless the new creative team blows my socks off i guess?).
Lastly, in regards to Fear Agent, yeah man that book rocks. It stumbled a bit in the middle issues (of the 6 out so far) but overall i'm impressed... Funny thing too since i was about 99% going to bail once i found out Tony Moore was leaving the book. Turns out Opena is a beast!!!!
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Yes, I am a first time poster. Sorry, I guess I didn't introduce myself :)
Hey np Kross... welcome around partner. def comment your thoughts - i get as much from you guys (prob more) than you get from me ;)
His appearance was the cliffhanger ending, so not much to tell yet.
Iron Man & Co. are fighting Captain America & Co. and Thor shows up and seems to kick Cap's team's ass.
(As a side note: seems an odd choice to follow up issue #2, which made non-comics press all over the world, with a cliffhanger that really depends on readers being familiar with the last three years' worth of Marvel continuity for maximum impact. The question is not so much "Oh, shit, what're they gonna do now that Thor's here?" as it is "How did Thor come back and what's he been up to?", right?)
You're boycotting Civil War? No offense intended, zilla; but do you fucking like anything!?
Sean gave a vague recap of issue 3, so I'll go slightly more in detail;
Cap's resistence have all taken on new secret identities, during a metting in a diner. They recieve a call of some sort (I don't remember exactly how) leading them to a specific location, in which they're ambushed by the New Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Iron Man tries to resolve things diplomatically, and Cap attacks him. Iron Man proceeds to beat the shit out of Cap, while Spidey talks trash in the background. Eventually, Cap's team gets the upper hand, and S.H.I.E.L.D. puts a contingency plan in place-- Thor showing up to kick the renegade heroes' asses.
Also in the issue, we learn that the X-Men want no part in any of the Civil War happenings in a meeting between Tony Stark and Emma Frost (which left me wondering... Didn't she betray the X-Men in the current Astonishing arc?)
ha... ironic that you say that Chris because i've gotten comments before saying i like TOO MUCH of everything (as in i'm a softie)... the variety of stuff i like in comics is as wide and deep as anyone around i'm sure, i just don't like as much of the mainstream stuff as i did when i was a kid (and this whole mutant registration/civil war fighting your boys/teammates who you've shed blood w/ at the drop of a hat thing just seems hokey to me like most major "events").
thanks a ton for the updates though... i DO like me some Thor and keeping up w/ him is a must for me ;)
Thanks for the NR link, this looks awesome. Oeming is money, period. Can't for this to drop.
The final chapter of the Devil In Cell Block D arc, I'm fucking excited!
I'm a little bit disappointed about Loveless and dropped it after the first arc. Nice to hear that the story is becoming better. Maybe I'm going to give the book another try.
Philos - you and me both man... i stuck this out through 8 so-so issues mainly because it was the only western around. it *seems* to be showing promise though. i figure i'll give it a couple more issues.
I stuck with Loveless for issues 1-8, but won't be getting nine. I expected Azarello writing a western would rock and for a few brief panels here and there it did. So Loveless is gone and I'm anxiously awaiting the new Lone Ranger in september.
perhaps i'll still get the Loveless trades (that's how I'm reading 100 bullets).
I'm liking it, if only for the very ... Mignola-ness of it all. The page layouts are pure Mignola, and it's wierd seeing Nord interpret those "shot of wierd statue" panels. I'm also enjoying seeing Conan mix it up with the very Lovecraftian stuff Mignola loves - Lovecraft and Howard were friends, and it really mixes well.
when did you change to your more scholarly alter-ego Uncensored? I see you are commenting/posting as Christopher Green now ;)
PS great friggin' review man... thanks. my wife and i have been itching to see this (and quietly hoping it didn't "sell out" with it's big attention, big budget in comparison w/ the first film).
I changed my display name to my real name about a week or so ago. I figured it was just time for a change, and what better moniker to go by than my real name?
Isn't Gaiman writing Eternals?
He is, but the cover price is actually $3.99 (USD).
damn - i had ellis on the brain and screwed that up (i obviously know it's gaiman writing this). thanks guy. also - i had no idea this was running at 3.99... oh well, somewhat suprisingly, i STILL think it's worth it :)
By the way, in case you're oblivious as to who I am, this is Uncensored-- Christopher Green is my real name.
I imagine part of the TWD connection in your mind would be the stunning similarity between this book's artist and Tony Moore's work on the early issues of TWD... it was a comparison I made very early on, too.
Still haven't gotten around to reading this one all the way through. Opening pages didn't grab me too fast and it just got put down in the hustle and bustle o' tings. I'll have to pick it back up...
yeah wasteland for me is one of those titles i really, really want to like. the premise is good, the artwork familiar and solid, but the writing (so far)...
Nice review. It sure does sound like the book has promise. Are you familiar with the creators at all. The names didn't sound familiar to me at all. I haven't read it yet, as the LCS near me didn't get it in. I'll be ordering it sometime though, because I am now going the mail order route I already ordered #4(?). I guess that's another drawback of mail order because by the time you get the first issue of a new book, you've already ordered about 3 more in advance.
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I have to disagree (well, not really, it sounds like you liked it), I thought Casanova was brilliant! Yes, it was all over the place, but I thought it was just incredible. Hope #2 is even better.
don't get me wrong, i def dug Casanova #1. i just hope it lives up to the potential you can tell is there after one issue (if that makes sense). let's reconvene after reading #2.
absobabelutely cool looking blog template. Is it a standard or did you do it yourself? It's the bonk.
Pretty sure the Hellboy journal is blank notebook paper (hey, maybe that's what you're looking for!) Anyway, I am VERY interested to hear what you say about Wasteland #1 assuming you end up picking it up. The review on Fourth Rail made it sound pretty good. I'm a sucker for well done post-apocalyptic stories (ala The Walking Dead). By the way, I'm switching back from all trades to floppies. I just couldn't stand the waiting. Which reminds me of something, I was wondering if you had ever used DCBS, but I don't want to hijack your blog...
hey, did anyone actually get Casanova #2? I know diamond has it shipping this week but at my local comic store they were displaying it as being available next week.
Highlander, welcome. I started off w/ one of the blogger templates but made hella changes to it overtime (i'm not sure there's much left). thanks for the comment though - it wasn't easy!
CellarDoor - Yeah man that's why i have to buy flops too... there are some titles i just can't bear waiting for. I used mailordercomics for a bit but never DCBS (though i do use instocktrades.com which is run by them). I honestly think if i didn't have this blog i would still use mailordercomics... just didn't make much sense to post about stuff a week or 2 old.
Also, about Wasteland and Casanova, i'll def be picking them up (missed out yesterday but going to get my comics today).
I'll post a review of both tonight or tomorrow?
CellarDoor: I use DCBS and am on-the-whole pleased. Discount is very good--40% off for most DC, Marvel, Image; 30-35% for most indies. They have great monthly specials where you can often get new trades for 50% and some first issues for 75% off. They ship DHL ground but I'm close to where they're at (Indiana) so I get my comix on Thursday (I pay extra for weekly shipping). Customer service has been good when I've had to contact them (rarely). You do have to pay in advance; my only complaint is that I wish they issued refunds for cancelled items sooner.
Zilla and Dave,
Thanks for the feedback on mail ordering comics. A week ago I put in an order with DCBS for the current Previews (Sept? I think...) I was a little unsure how some of it worked, like books that are delayed, are you just refunded your money or does the order stand for the next month. I don't remember choosing to pay extra for weekly delivery, so I guess I'll get all mine after the last wednesday of the month then? Thanks again, and sorry for being off topic here Zilla.
honestly partner nothing is OT around here. i love talking all things comics... as for your last thought, when i used mailordercomics, and a flop was delayed, they just kept it on your list until it actually shipped. funny for MONTHS after i stopped using them i was still getting a flop here or there :)
PS dave when you say you get your books from them on thursday you mean of the FOLLOWING week right? as in not just one day after release? if that were the case i'd be all over mail order (so let me know)!
I'm absolutely [b]loving[/b] The Eternals so far-- I love the somber, human dialogue that Gaiman writes ["Three messages on my voicemail; two from my girlfriend, the first telling me she's now my ex-girlfriend, and the second telling me she's taken the cat." Not an exact quote, but you know which scene I'm referring to=]. There's also great deal of nostalgia in JRJR's pencils for me, as he penciled my first comic book many moons ago.
In case anyone is still wondering, Casanova #2 apparently didn't make it to the Northeast. It will be there next week. Weird.
Greg - i got my copy here in VA on time (obviously not the NE so not contradicting you just saying ;) i'm really enjoying this comic BTW...
I think the penciling duties were chosen for nostalgia, as the team of the new Ghost Rider series were behind the majority of Ghost Rider vol. 2 in the 90's.
funny, I was getting ready to request some DMZ panels in the post on last weeks reads.
thank god the story arc concludes next issue. The tension is killing me. With great art to boot DMZ was the best I read this week.
I passed on Ghost Rider-- I can't stand Daniel Way.
yeah man pretty doubtful i'll be sticking w/ this... i'm not a very big way fan too (his work on Hulk has left a lot to be desired IMO).
Great stuff, I hope to see it get picked up.
Checked it out yesterday. Very good show. The art is a decent representation of what Mignola's work would look like if it could move. I thought the show's sense of humor was hilarious and for some reason I love the flip-panel-mouthed Lincoln and the assistant named Mr. Groin. So...anybody around here read the Amazing Screw-On Head oneshot that was out a couple years ago?
that's a really good question... i've been wondering if i should pick that up myself (the one-shot).
Dude, where is this panel from? I just read this issue of Conan, it was cool as hell. Later.
PS - Did anyone read Brubaker's first Uncanny X-Men issue last week?
Hmm, that Iron West sounds cool. Missed it in my own roundup. Will have to check it out tomorrow.
"HELLBOY JOURNAL (O/A) - What is this? I'm usually pre-in for anything HB."
I do believe it's a blank journal, i.e. 128 blank pages, spiral bound with a Hellboy cover:
Heh, let us know how that Hellboy Journal reads Zilla!
Please tell me more about The Escapists!
Good call on Iron West. I ended up getting it and it was a fun read.
damn it i forgot to pick up the Hellboy Journal somehow... anyone else grab that (since i prob won't see it until next week now)?
Guy - glad to hear you liked Iron West. I ordered from Amazon and should be getting here soon...
You might as well pick up Thing #8, it's the final issue.
Beyond's written by the Awesome but underrated Dwight McDuffy of MIlestone comics and JLU fame. It'll probably be worth a look, as he always turns in great superhero work.
Although I'm a huge fan of the early Y - The Last Man issues I do not recommend the current issues. The story is not as humorous as it was in the beginning and the plot does not go ahead. I'm disappointed about the lack of progress. Maybe it was wrong to determine the number of issues to 60.