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Author Topic: Whatcha’ been reading?  (Read 30441 times)
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2008, 08:54:51 AM »

Was Ms. Marvel Warbird?  I guess I need to catch up!  I'm currently reading:

Invincible Iron Man

Iron Man (just started collecting this again after years of disappointment, and I'm completely lost.)

I think Secret Invasion is lame, sorry to say.

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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2008, 09:00:20 AM »

Was Ms. Marvel Warbird?  I guess I need to catch up! 
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yes! it's carol new ongoing...  next issue is the number 32...

there's also the entire series in TPB , i hope you enjoy carol's adventures as i enjoy them..  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2008, 09:44:16 AM »

I think Secret Invasion is lame, sorry to say.

I started off really strong, but the middle issues have been pretty lackluster. Issue #7 is most likely going to be an all out battle between the Skrulls and super humans.

Even though everyone sys Ms Marvel is good, I just dont have enough interest in the character to pick it up.
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« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2008, 10:26:01 PM »

I just read will Pfeifers Catwoman Dies TBD and Geoff John’s Green Lantern, “No Fear” TPB. And you know what? I found I liked these much, much more than what I’ve been reading from Marvel.

In Lantern, Johns (who really seems to do his best work for DC, I wonder why that is?) brings back Hal Jordan after years of abuse. The first half was drawn by Carlos Pacheo, it was really clean, crisp and wonderfully rendered. While there are serious issues, the whole dang thing was entertaining too. It’s thrilling, full of super heroic action and intrigue and above it all; Lantern is a hero, respected even after what happened.

There was no superhero registration, none of that depressing police state feel I get from Marvel’s books. Jiminy, is this what it’s like to have fun while reading a comic book? Maybe I should send a copy to Joe Q and Tommy boy, maybe they’ll learn a thing or two (about a thing or two)

Catwoman Dies had a lot of thrills and chills as well, but it was also one of the most heartbreaking stories I’ve ever read. Selina realizes that her baby is never going to be safe, too many people know her real identity (see Tom B, there is a reason for secret Ids) too many villains have imperiled her child. So she makes a choice… one that was real, heartfelt and crushing. It didn’t involve a gimmick or making deals with the devil, it was dealt with straight, maturely and in a human way. And cripes, if I didn’t get a little teared up reading it. 

Cat does approach Zantana in hopes of forgetting and this sequence is also handled soberly as it should have been.

I know I’ve gotten long winded again, but man I was really impressed with these 2 pieces.
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« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2008, 07:02:45 PM »

Right now reading the same as my last post with a slight addition: Scott Pilgrim Vol.1( Which I'm almost finsh with by the way)

The book is about this 23 year old cadian guy who is part of a rock band, dates a 17-year old high schooler Knives Chau (Nothing much happens between them which is part of the plot), lives with his creepy yet cool roommate. Everything happens smoothly until a hot american girl named Ramona Flowers comes into his life, he then tries to get Ramona's attention while still dating Knives. But however when Scott attempts that, one of seven of Ramona's Ex-boyfriends tries to destroy him. I highly enjoy the book which is the greatest indie book I've ever read to date.
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« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2008, 07:36:05 PM »

IIRC, it's in development as a movie, too.
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« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2008, 08:10:30 PM »

My engineering textbooks  Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2008, 08:53:11 PM »

Comic book wise....

The Art Of Iron Man (It's got some comic pics in it! Smiley_

Iron Man- The End
Marvel Adventures- Superheroes
The Invincible Iron Man
Iron Man/War Machine- Director of SHIELD
Secret Invasion
Ultimatum
Marvel Zombies 3
New Warriors
Avengers Fairy Tales
Ms Marvel
The Mighty Avengers
Buffy
Angel
Stark Trek New Frontiers

Some of these are not regular titles, just following Tony into odd corners and see what happens. That's how I found the delightful Ms Marvel comics! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2008, 09:58:56 AM »

Marvel sucks!

How's that for an eye grabbing opening line  Cheesy

Okay, so it doesn't all suck (I liked "Legacy of Doom") but truth be told Marvel often depresses me of late. I read Brubaker's year long "Hell To Pay" storyline for Daredevil and cripes if I didn't need a bottle of Prozac to get through the damned thing.

I don't get all the Bru-love. He's terribly repetative -which you could blame on the Trade format- but that he stretched this over 12 issues was his fault. The same points and observations are hammered over and over and over again. God, condense it into 6 issues Bru! And dark? The bleedin Dark Knight wasn't this dark. That film at least offered a sliver of light and hope (that Gotham's citizens will do the right thing when push comes to shove) - Hell To Pay was needlessly bleak and empty.

I don't mind reality based comics, it keeps them grounded. But bleak I can do without. 

Thankfully I latched onto 2 trades from the past Giffen & Roger's Blue Beetle and Dan Slott's She Hulk - Lord what an oasis in the desert. These were entertaining, colorful, funny, packed with adventure and were simplu well told stories. I'm not a Pollyanna but neither do I need to read a comic that makes me wanna put a rope around my neck. Both of these trades reminded me of what I used to love about comic books.

I wish they were the rule rather than the exception.
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« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2009, 12:33:56 AM »

I bought the recent Ms. Marvel trade and for the first time in the series history, I hated the storyline. It’s a look at her early days, she is kidnapped tortured. It was just ugly nonsense and the stuff that came after meandered about unfocused and was not in the least interesting.  I guess every writer hit a bad spell, I hope he snaps out of it quickly (my one problem with M.M. is that she so tied in with each event, her series seems to whip around to and fro. I wish it would be allowed settle into its own, independent storyline for a while)

And I bought the new Batman and Robin. I was prepared the hate it. I’m lukewarm on the writer, not happy to see Bruce gone. But damned if it wasn’t thrilling. It hooked me.

Into the hold list with ya.
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« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2009, 07:44:51 PM »

Let's see....comicwise....

Marvel Zombies Volume 4- Which is all Voodooish...which I kinda like, since that's really getting back to Zedhead roots....

Predator/Alien comics- Dark Horse getting nostalgic, and so am I.

Astonishing Tales- y'know, for the Iron Man 2020 story. Also for the mildly amusing Wolverine/Punisher team up.

Angel/Buffy- I'm almost ready to give up on the Angel ones but Buffy still intrigues me.

War Machine, Invincible Iron Man....

Pet Avengers! (Okay, okay, I'm a cat person....it makes me laugh!)

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century (Love this pastiche!)

Books.

The usual overloaded review list lately.

-Lowside Of The Road-The Life Of Tom Waits. Just started this one.

-Atomic-The First War Of Physics- Jim Baggot. History of the atomic bomb. A chilling read! First time I'd heard that the Nazis actually got as far as building experimental nuclear reactors...strewth!

-Anno Dracula-Kim Newman. Spiffing pastiche where Dracula seduced and wed Queen Vikky, creating a Vampiric British Empire. Somewhat similar in some respects to Barbara Hambly's couple of vamp books. I've read this, what, six or so times, but couldn't resist! Bloody good read.

-Things We Didn't See Coming- Steve Amsterdam. A low key post-apocalypse chronicle that reads a little like George Stewart's classic Earth Abides.

-The Road- Cormac McCarthy. I can't believe I missed this one! But it's solid, execpt, I thought, for the upbeat ending, which felt very tacked on. Still, for the rest of it, I can see why it got a Pulitzer.

-The Forest Of Hands & Teeth- Carrie Ryan. Low key zombie novel....a nice mood piece really.

-Red Seas Under Skies- Scott Lynch. The second novel in an outstanding knockabout fantasy series which focuses upon pirates and a casino caper in this instance. Yo ho!

-War In Heaven: The Arms Race In Outer Space- Helen Caldicott & Craig Eisendrath. Now there's an area to sink a few gigatrillions of dollars into and have it vanish without trace!

-Zima Blue- Alastair Reynolds. A worthy collection of bang on hard S.F stories. Beaut! I just hear Al has been given a One Million Pound advance for his next ten books. Good on him!

-Use Of Weapons-Ian M. Banks. Another enticingly sophisticated S.F novel from Banksy....


-Pride And Prejudice And Zombies- Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. A real hoot, which satirically overlays a zombie plague on top of Austen's classic underpinnings. Oh larks, underpinnings! (I shall swoon!) Lizzy and her sisters are Shaolin trained zombie slayers who are somewhat at odds with the Ninja trained Mr Darcy...And it's illustrated. Perfection.
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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2009, 07:15:47 AM »

Invinciable Iron Man: Dark Reign
Deadpool: Suicide Kings series
Iron Man Movie Novel
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« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2009, 01:18:40 PM »

I've dropped a few titles i was picking up which were the Transformers series based on the movies, Mighty Avengers, Avengers the Initiative and Hulk. The two Avengers titles I dropped both nosedived horribly after Secret Invasion.

Still following War Machine, not sure why though. I cant imagine this series lasting more than twelve issues.

Dark Avengers seems to be taking somewhat of an interesting turn now that Noh-Varr has gone AWOL after finding out the rest of the team is a bunch of criminals, and there always seems to be some dissent from Ares. I think he will play a pivitol part when everything comes down around Osborn. I do like how he is being treated in the series though, with one person saying to Osborn "he's the god of war, what do you want me to do?" I think of the Marvel series I am reading this has been easily the best since Dark Lame began.

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« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2009, 09:46:32 PM »

For what it's worth, Ann Nocenti set the gold standard for depressing storylines.  Her work on Daredevil made you wonder why the poor schmo got up each morning.

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« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2009, 10:26:17 PM »

For what it's worth, Ann Nocenti set the gold standard for depressing storylines.  Her work on Daredevil made you wonder why the poor schmo got up each morning.

It's like what if Sylvia Plath wrote Daredevil?  Smiley

DC's new Batman & Robin book has me reading a Batman title for the first time since Hush.
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