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Old 09-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #211 (permalink)
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Default Anyone here read comic books?

If so, what are some of your fave titles? Right now Im really into Batman, Green Lantern, Ressurection Man, All Star Western and Swamp.

Ive also been getting into Y The Last Man and Walking Dead recently.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:28 AM   #212 (permalink)
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got a whole bunch of Captain America as written by Ed Brubaker

have read them and will be posting reviews soon

here goes:-



in which Bucky Barnes (Cap's old WW2 sidekick) returns and turns out to be a brainwashed ruthless assassin previously working for the KGB - nicely neo-Realistic, Modernist, also the standalone story "Lonesome Death of Jack Munroe" is probably the most harsh and brutal mainstream superhero story I've ever read



the return of the Red Skull? not much of a fan of Crossbones (lackey) and I'm not familiar with Sin (RS' daughter) so I didn't enjoy this that much



mostly details the story of Bucky in a Gulag after he was tried for being the Winter Soldier - like this, it's close to being an "action movie" in comic form

some more:-



plays mostly like a multi-title crossover and details the "resurrection" of Captain America after his assassination by the Red Skull - too "superhero" for my liking



mostly a courtroom drama after the next Captain America (Bucky Barnes) is exposed by the new Baron Nemo as being the KGB stooge Winter Soldier, mildly engaging cos it's not very realistic, has Sin again, the Red Skull's daughter, whom I don't quite like, but has Master Man, whom I do like
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:50 PM   #213 (permalink)
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I've been rereading two DC comic series' that are criminally underrated and stand great by themselves but are still a part of the overall DC universe.

First up



Gotham Central

This answers the question "what would happen if The Wire took place in Gotham City". It's a police procedural about the police officers in the Major Crimes Unit in Gotham City as they attempt to keep up with Batman and remain relevant in a city full of nutjobs with jetpacks and a seemingly endless supply of disenfranchised henchmen at their command. If you liked the darker gritty feel of the Christopher Nolan Batman movies then you'll probably really like this series.

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Chase

Meet the DC universe equivalent of Agent Coulson from S.H.I.E.L.D. A government agent for the Department of Extranormal Operations with an intense distrust of superheroes for the damage they cause. This was the basic concept of The Boys but without the humor. It showed a lot of potential but only lasted 10 issues but they are well worth your time.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:01 PM   #214 (permalink)
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Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward
Just been reading this lately. By far the best Silent Hill comic, and really the only one which feels like it has a real grasp of the source material at hand. Conceptually it's closest to SH2 than anything else, which is alright with me, as I loved SH2 to bits.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:34 PM   #215 (permalink)
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Just finished reading the series Incorruptible, and now about to start the companion series Irredeemable. These are an interesting twist on the super-hero genre, where the good guy becomes the bad guy, and vice versa. Incorruptible is told from the point of view of the bad-turned-good hero, and Irredeemable is of course told from the opposite POV. Besides the concept being unique and original, the story itself was had me riveted and the end was very satisfying, in my opinion. Also, it wasn't very long, only 30 issues which translates to 7 trade paperbacks. So if I were to recommend some graphic novels for a noob, this would be one of them.

I could totally see this being made into a movie. Based on the early artwork, I keep picturing a Clive Owen as the main bad/good guy, if he could get alot more buffed up anyway.
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More suggestions guys! I'm heading to NY Comic Con and I'm going to pick up some comics and graphic novels. Taking all suggestions. Has anyone read Locke and Key? I have heard good things about it. Also this other one called Chew.
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If you haven't read Transmetropolitan or Preacher I would highly recommend those two series' off the Vertigo imprint. The former is basically follows the adventures of a cyberpunk Hunter S. Thompson armed with a gun that makes you crap yourself (not out of fear or anything, you get shot with it and your bowels releases). The latter is a comic about a foul mouthed, hard drinking preacher who gets embedded with the power to make people do whatever he tells them to (The Word of God) and sets out on a global trip to find God and make him pay for abandoning his creation.

Oh also if you find any collections of The Maxx they're also well worth your time, probably the only decent thing to come out on the Image publication back in its early days.
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Preacher is a damn fine read

i've also been reading Fatale....good story with a nice "noir" feel
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Miracleman

The history behind this superhero is pretty spectacular but what drew me to this was that it's basically ground zero the post-modern dark deconstruction of the superhero genre by Alan Moore. This character actually started out as Marvel Man and was a British superhero that was heavily based on the power set of Captain Marvel, but had to change the name to Miracleman for a US release to avoid a lawsuit from Marvel Comics. This comic has also been at the center of a long running legal battle between Neil Gaimen and Todd McFarlene, which actually attaches to another law suit between the two men based on Spawn comics royalties.

Lawsuits aside I'm really impressed with Alan Moore's writing in this one and can see how it really influenced Watchmen. It's also easily one of the most violent comics from this time period too, but I guess it kind of matches the deconstruction of the genre. I do like how the violence isn't just pandering violence that was so ubiquitous with later comics that I can see this inspired. Definitely would recommend this one if you're a fan of Watchmen or other Alan Moore comics.
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