Savage Brothers #1, Fear Agent #7, Fell #6, DMZ #10, DD #88, Ultimates Annual #2, Wolvie #45, All-Star Supes #5, Loveless #10, UFF #33, and TWD #30.
I'm sure there's some stuff i forgot but...
Where are you dude?
I hope real life is keeping you busy and not something bad.
You forgot to pick up the latest Savage Dragon
He hasn't picked ANYTHING up for about a month! I really hope nothing sinister is keeping you away.
I emailed Rod on the side and didn't get anything. Does anyone know what is going on with Zilla? I hate to get down on the dude if he wants to take a break, just not his style to not post for over a month.
Yeah, I was just wondering how the heck to check on the guy. Glad you have an email address to try. It really isn't like him. He usually let's us know when he's going on a vacation.
I hit the LCS yesterday but FA and DMZ weren't out of the box yet! But I did snag Bat and the Mad Monk, been waiting for this since I saw it in Previews. Hope it is good. Late.
No Walking Dead for you Zilla?
oh my did TWD come out? if so i'm def getting it ;) still haven't gotten to the LCS yet for LAST week :(
yup, Walking Dead was out this week (I finally found a decent LCS after moving 4 months ago). I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on it when you get it. One aspect of the issue caught me completely off guard and I want to know if it's just because I wasn't paying enough attention in previous issues or if Kirkman did it on purpose. I also picked up Elephantmen #2 from Image (I got the first issue and it was definitely worth a second look). And Batman #656(?), I like Morrison enough that I'll follow him on a title I don't normally have any interest in.
Has anyone read the Batman and Mad Monk #1? I guess I am out of the loop on Batman. It didn't feel like a "new" arc. Maybe someone can fill me in on the concept behind this 6-issue mini. Thanks.
ryan - i haven't read it but do have it in my box... i wonder if it builds off of the monster men mini?
cellardoor - i'll def let you know what i think of TWD... can't wait to read it.
I totally dug it.
When's the second issue coming out?!
it's been ages... :(
Hands down, one of the best panels of the week.
OK, I give up what's it from?
It's from the UFF Annual (#2). I really enjoyed it... both the story and artwork. Good stuff.
for Casanova confusion... this helps (sort of)
I am actually picking up Casanova #2 and #3 today so I am of no help. Looks like you found some insider info anyway. Reading "Revelations"? I thought you read that as they came out. Just curious, not a bad story, but could have been better.
I have a feeling the sales on UFF are going to tank next issue.
Ryan - Sorry for the late reply (been in training all week so kind of sans-laptop). I only read the first issue (or 2?) of Revelations when it flopped... at that time i figured it would read better as a collection and trade-waited. I'm with you, it was solid (i think this is by far the best work Ramos has ever done, and his work looks great in that colored pencil style), but could have been much better. They left it open-ended a bit - maybe we'll see a vol 2?
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.I for one am hype.
Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues 1-20 of The Sandman and features completely new coloring, approved by the author, on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material, including the complete original Sandman Proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script to the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," together with reproductions of the issue’s original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC’s president Paul Levitz and a new afterword by Gaiman.
DCBS has it for $55, which at that price I may just buy it (even though I bought the original floppies AND have it all in trades as well...)
$55 is a pretty sweet deal on a $99 MSRP. DBCS always seems to come through on these HCs... I think i got the massive TWD HC from them for about $50 too. Do you know if we have to pre-order (and how far in advance) to get that price?
Yup; pre-order by August 28, and pay upfront. But I order nearly all my comics monthly from them, so it's not that big of a deal.
That's a good question, sir: why DID you stop reading Preacher? :)
You probably mean Steve Dillon on Preacher - Robertson did the art of Transmetropolitan...
but Preacher is awesome!
Oops you're right... sorry i brain farted. but damn doesn't the artwork in Boys seem SO reminiscent to Dillon's work in Preacher? I was having flashbacks...
PS Preacher and Transmet are both good :)
Did you see the trailer that Robertson made? Pretty cool. The concept for this book looks really great, I'll pick it up despite your lukewarm review:)...
Ryan - The concept for this is right our your (our) alley. I didn't mean to totally crap on it... just to say i'm not sure how i feel about it yet. I'll be with it a few more issues for sure... DEF let me know what you think though.
PS i'm about to post a very cool panel from The Boys ;)
If I can find the other two Mignola issues, I'm going to grab Conan, otherwise I'm going to start reading next month.
- Runaways #19 (Jumping on point. Its gotten great press and I love BKV, so I'm giving it a shot)
- DMZ #10 (Its listed for this week on Vertigo's site, but its not on the Diamond list for this week or next. What the hell happened? I NEED MY DMZ!)
- Marvel Adventures The Avengers (Buy these for my little cousin, enjoyable reads though)
- Emissary #3 (Came out last week, giving it a try)
- The Escapists #2 (LCS sold out last week damn it!)
- Phonogram #1 (I love music, and magic is cool. "Music is magic" you say? Hey, I'll bite)
- Deadman #1 (With JLofA pushed back until next week and Civil War getting delayed to all damnation this week, I've got an extra three bucks to take a chance with. New Vertigo series? Hey, why not?)
Kross - I've pretty much got a man-crush on Mignola so i've enjoyed his arc w/ Conan (would have loved to see him draw it too).
Thanks for reminding me about Emissary #3, i forgot to pick that up... and i didn't see DMZ #10 though i'm anticipating new issues of that about as much as any comic i'm reading right now ;)
There's a new Earthworm Jim video game coming out for the Sony PSP. That's where I first experienced TenNapel. I even liked the cartoon. What can beat Psycrow's School of Villainy commercials? What I ask?
Jumping in at Runaways #19, eh? I guess you realize by now the story arc is right in the middle of some heavy shit with the characters. But it is a consistently great read so stick with it.
I would agree that Nextwave 6 sort of slumped. Read 7 last night and loved it. The opening joke was classic. That and the Captains' bit about how he got his name just kicked the story into high gear (I thought).
Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk is allegedly being released on September 20, nearly a year after issue one shipped. Just goes to show that comics by "superstar writers" (namely, TV and film) are doomed to lateness because they have more important mediums to write for.
Fine swine, wish he was mine.
Mmmmm....Beer flavored bacon...
Welcome back! And I'm looking forward to these pics of non-alcholic adult beverage swilling swine! Read any good trades on your trip? I just read Ocean by Warren Ellis, and I'd have to say it was a darn good sci-fi tale.
Not what I wanted to read, but I'll take it under advisment nonetheless.
i'm still getting #5 ;) the story really wasn't bad...
I read the first Q&C novel and most of "Finder". The latter was very much like the Robert Parker "Spenser" series which is breezy, time killer type stuff. You'll forget it in a day. The Q&C book was fine- of course a longer more complex arc than the comics, but after a while I realized how much I missed the collaboration.
If you take the writer/artist jamming Q&C becomes just another competent spy novel in the suspense section of your local bookstore.
PS - I had "Earthboy Jacobus" on my wish list a while ago but the entry got stale enough that i took it off... after reading Iron West though, i'm putting it back :) Anyone read EJ that can recommend??
I'd never heard of TenNapel before Iron West, but he's got a new fan now and I'll be checking out all of his work. EJ and Gear seem to get the most love.
I just read Iron West the other night as well. Very enjoyable, read like a good cartoon or, in some scenes, like a good web comic.
TenNapel's most famous work is probably the video game Earthworm Jim. As for comics, the only other work of his that I"ve read at all is some of Creature Tech. That was another fun sci-fi romp that I never got around to buying/finishing.
Kross - You're exactly right partner... Iron West plays out a LOT like a good cartoon (i actually thought that several times when reading it). The book isn't great the way TWD or Hellboy or LOEG is great, it's just a lot of fun (and that's refreshing sometimes!).
PS i had no idea this was the guy who did Earthworm Jim... I never played that game but you'd have to have been under a rock not to have heard about it.
"For me, I love the legacy, and I love Kung Fu style action. I love the character's kinda-sleazy exploitation roots. I love the strange air of K''un L'un and the Daughters of the Dragon, Luke and everything else about Danny's character in the modern world.Amen brother. Looking hella forward to this...
"And it's the best tattoo in comics."
"...we're going to have the best Kung Fu this side of a good Jet Li film, and we're going to have mysteries and conspiracies and the odd mystical conspiracy mystery with ninjas and stuff..."
Speaking of Brubaker, I read Uncanny X-Men #477, and it will probably help catch you up on the story a little bit, but its actually a rather dissapointing, boring read with sub-par art due to the main artist (Billy Tan if I remember right) taking this issue off. The first two issues were quite good though, so read at your own risk I guess.
Powers rules. If you don't read it, you are missing out big time imho.
Finally got my hands on that issue. Great read.
Finally read my latest beloved FA. I am just as amped about this as you guys, it's just a good comic. It sort of reminds me of that game back in the 80's, it was the outer space version of Dragon's Lair? I think it was called "Space Ace"? Anyone else remember this video game?
Slow week. I'll be buying:
Detective Comics #822 - Not sure how long I'll hang onto this one. Not a huge fan of detective stories, but Dini's first was pretty good and the art was interesting if a little distracting
Ex Machina #22 - You're right, it didn't come out last month, but they've got two issues coming out this month. Joy! =)
Uncanny X-Men #477 - I'm an X-Men fan and Brubaker's X-Men crossed with the Dirty Dozen in space idea is the best thing to happen to the Uncanny book since...since...wow, it’s hard to remember a time before Chuck Austen and Claremont's horrible return. Best thing to happen to the book since the 1970s maybe?
Mouse Guard #4 - This is assuming my LCS actually gets it in on time. Really enjoying this one, very different from the other stuff I'm reading, and Mr. Gonzales over at Comic Book Commentary can't seem to praise it enough (which is why I picked it up in the first place).
I've not seen the Absolute edition, but Kingdom Come was a pretty good read if you're into the kind of deep, superhero story stuff like Watchmen and Marvels. I especially liked it because its kind of an allegory about the major comic book publishers (generally old school DC vs. the new school, at least at the time, Image with Marvel kind of stuck in between). Honestly, it’s worth a purchase for Alex Ross's art alone.
you know, i'm so geeked about Brubaker lately that i've considered picking up uncanny for an issue or two to check it out... will i be totally lost? how's he doing w/ it? on par w/ his DD and Cap Am work?
His Uncanny work is actually the first of his that I've read (blasphemy, I know). I still think Astonishing is the best X-Men book out right now, but I'm also a huge fan of Joss Whedon, so the deck is kind of stacked. Brubaker is bringing the X-Men back to their roots a bit. His team is mostly second stringers with Nightcrawler being the only really popular X-Man in the group. This has allowed him to recreate the "rag-tag superhero team” feel and mission based stories that Claremont's first run had. He's doing a very good job of showing how the very different personalities are still trying to gel together and he's letting some unexpected stars shine. Warpath, for instance, has quickly become my favorite member of the team while previously I had no love for him at all.
So to answer your questions more directly, I think he's done a great job with the first two issues, though I can't compare them to his work with DD or the Captain. I would recommend picking up Deadly Genesis trade if you haven't read it before getting into the series in order to really be caught up with what's going on. That story wasn't bad, but probably could have been better, however Brubaker was simply assigned to write it because he was going to be writing Uncanny which picks up where it left off, and the story itself wasn't his idea. Issue #477 is supposed to show what Vulcan, the mutant the X-Men are following into space, has been up to, so depending on how he writes it, it will either be a great way to catch up on what happened in DG, or leave you totally lost. I can update you on that one after I get to read it myself, either Wednesday or Thursday.