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[Comics] What Comics are you Currently Reading Thread

Discussion in 'Media Madness' started by Covar, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. ThatNickGuy

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    Whoops, sorry, of Fantastic Four. I didn't even know Waid/Wieringo did a Spider-Man run.
     
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    Covar It's Clobberin' Time!!!

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    Never together to the best of my knowledge. But Wieringo was the primary artist on Friendly-neighborhood Spider-man, which started up around the time of the Other, up to One More Day, and Waid did several stories during the Brand New Day period before Dan Slott took over the character.
     
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    I haven't checked it out yet. Anything I don't have in print i.e. can't take on my commute means making time at home. Lately that's just mean the cosmic stuff (still between Conquest and War of Kings) but if you have a starting issue number, I can bookmark it on Marvel Unlimited.
     
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    #60-70, then it jumps back to legacy numbers with #500.
     
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    Thanks.

    Marvel can be so annoying at times.
     
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    Craaaap, I'm kicking myself for not picking up Super Sons when it started. I didn't care for the Damian Wayne two-parter in Superman--really I don't care for Damian Wayne at all--but this is much better than that two-parter. A lot funnier, some of it even feeling like the more hijinks-heavy issues of Ms. Marvel. Will try to pick up the new issue tomorrow.

    I'm really going to need to think hard about what comics I want to keep up with. Though my shop gives a discount if you subscribe to eight or more titles, it's still a lot. Granted it's been helping me psychologically for the last 11 months and is cheaper than therapy, but still.
     
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    Jonno and Maya are the PERFECT straight-men to Damian...the latter I REALLY wish there was more of, but I guess we'll just have to wait.
     
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    So here's what I've been reading lately....

    Amazing Spider-Man
    Harley Quinn
    Totally Awesome Hulk
    Uncanny Avengers
    Hulk
    Avengers
    Motor Girl
    Astro City
    Spider-Man Deadpool
    Deadpool
    Star Wars
    Spider-Man 2099 (which I am way behind on)

    Trying out both X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold, will have to see how it goes.

    I'm just about to drop Harley Quinn, I liked the way the series started, but it's really gone downhill since Suicide Squad.
     
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    I calculated late last year that if I waited for vol 2 trade of Captain America: Steve Rogers, I would only need to pick up one issue and I'd be caught up.

    #8 released in December. #16 came out today. So instead, I'm five issues behind and the next trade, which will end with today's issue, isn't due until August. Not even sure my store would have 12-15 all in stock, let alone if I should buy them when that's a bit more than the cost of the eventual trade.

    I feel like one way or another, today is going to be expensive.
     
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    Batman #21 (Batman/Flash crossover)

    Fuuuuck. It's a little jarring jumping from the end of the Bane arc to this, but you could read this after only reading the Rebirth special from last year and it'd feel like it picked up the story shortly after. I love the use of paneling and counting the seconds.

    Somebody's back from Flashpoint and this got mean.

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    I knew Eobard Thawne was a prick but to tear up Bruce's letter from Earth-2 Thomas, which benefits Thawne in no way whatsoever, what a fucker. Batman was clever in dealing with him too.


    I have to temporarily subscribe to The Flash for the other parts of the crossover. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.
     
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    From what I understand, the plot was worked on by Geoff Johns, Tom King, and Joshua Williamson. With King and Williamson writing the scripts for their respective books. So if you like the writing in the Flash book consider sticking around.
     
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    I read the first few issues and didn't care for it. I liked the art, but that's not enough for me by itself.
     
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    Batman 21

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    DAMN son, Batman got fucked up! And right after Bane, damn.


    ALSO- Supersons is still fun, Green Lanterns got real as it's known to, and shits getting real up in Hamilton in Superman.
     
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    "I have my own cow." :D
     
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    I can't wait for someone to have like, a malign response to that. Something like "UGH-we get it, your so rich you own your own personal cow-QUIT RUBBING IT IN!" Conversely "UGH-we get it, your dad's so rich he bought you back to life" would also work.
     
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    Getting caught up on Captain America: Steve Rogers aka Hydra Cap ... like I said I'd do four months ago, but anyway.

    I started with Standoff and something important I gathered from small event: even before Civil War II, people did not give a shit about Marvel's events anymore, because if anyone read this fucking thing, it's really obvious Red Skull did something to Cap, and so when Hydra Cap was revealed in May, it would've then been a no-brainer that his memories were altered.

    And I think Marvel knew even then, before the sales slump, that nobody cared about Standoff, which as I've said before, when the Hydra Cap issue started, they spun it in the media as "he was always this way!" Because Standoff hadn't been popular enough to refute it. Because if they just let it exist as "he's had his memories altered" aka Usual Comic Book Nonsense, it wouldn't have been in the news, Marvel wouldn't have gotten the extra attention, etc.

    Anyway, onto my main point. I finished vol 1 last night, going to read vol 2 on my commute today. Civil War II was a pile of shit event meant to cash in on a recent movie. From the point of view of this comic, the dumb shit that happens in there? All have reasons. So between Captain America: Steve Rogers and The Ultimates, Civil War II doesn't look as much like the stupid crap that it actually is. You could read those two comics from that same time and see something interesting. I'm not saying that justifies it, but it is interesting.
     
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    Flash #21, part two of The Button

    Holy crisis, Batman!

    And then the last page ...

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    We're back in Flashpoint!


    This is so nuts and I love it.
     
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    And apparently the first part of the crossover is the last significant writing contribution from Tom King. Guess he just wanted to write Batman vs Reverse Flash and then go back to writing excellent regular issues of Batman.

    I'm sure the rest of the crossover will be fine; I just love Tom King's writing so much. Probably gonna re-read The Omega Men after I'm caught up on Captain America.
     
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    Why does Damian seem like more of a Dick in Teen Titans than in Supersons or anything else? And HOW?
     
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    Caught up on Hydra Cap.

    There's a lot of good in this, even amazing things. And my prediction is that I'm going to get Battlestar Galactica'd by this: tense story full of intrigue with a dumb, disappointing non-conclusion.

    It's sad, too. Reality hasn't been rewritten, only Steve's memories, and so thoroughly that part of those fake memories is that the whole world has been altered by the cosmic cube except for him.

    #15 brings together some delicious irony in this.

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    Even brainwashed, Cap thinks Red Skull is bad for the world, too selfish and bigoted for Hydra (which begs the question, if they were going to change Hydra from being Nazis, why not have Cap be brainwashed into a different evil organization? Answer: name recognition and $$).

    So Steve attacks Red Skull to kill him, something he would not do if Red Skull hadn't brainwashed him. In Skull's moment of begging for his life, he tells Steve that he changed Steve's memories, that it's all a fantasy. And Steve doesn't believe him and kills him. Oops.


    However, as events pull onward and the cosmic cube once more takes focus for part of the plot, I realized a problem.

    My original prediction for the end of all this was that Steve would go back to normal and then have to redeem himself for what had happened. That'd make an interesting story.

    But at this point, a lot of characters have died, both from Civil War II and the Hydra Cap storyline. Characters people would know from the movies. And with Legacy coming to bring back the status quo ...

    My prediction now is that everything will be undone, zero consequences, "and it was all a dream," a two-year issue of What If?, with nothing gained and no one learns any lesson from it, least of all Marvel Comics.

    I could be wrong. But seeing how Ulysses got Poochie'd at the end of Civil War II, I'm probably not.
     
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    Out of work, going to get on a bus and read Secret Empire #0 that has reignited the Hydra Cap outrage and is me being an ass to myself for even touching another Marvel event.

    Will post review shortly. It won't be dumb like Civil War II, but I'm really curious to see what got everyone online in the May 2016 mood.
     
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    I got the trades for both volumes of Robin:Son of Batman, and I gotta ask, where the FUCK is Suren Darga! Great potential there.
     
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    There seem to be a number of characters in the wind right now.
     
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    True, Booster Gold, Plastic Man, Mr.Terrific, Dr.Fate, B'wana Beast, WAY too many classics staying in Comic book limbo.
     
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    Or in geriatric ward :p. I've seen the cover of Flash #22. I think we're getting some heroes back. Don't look if you don't want spoilers though.
     
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    C-E-I-U-THUNDERBOLT! Heh, yeah glad on that at least!
     
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    I was harping pretty hard on what did and didn't make sense with the whole Superman Reborn thing. Now that I've read the second part of the aftermath, credit where it's due, it mostly works. I didn't think they could manage that.

    Essentially, the Mr. White stuff still happened, but the reason Lois and Clark were hiding out is because Lois was hiding from an assassination plot against her, and they wanted to raise their baby in peace. Same with heading to Hamilton County and the farm. So if you're just reading the Superman Rebirth title, most of it still makes sense.

    However, it seems like everything New 52 Superman did has been written out of continuity. If you're just reading Rebirth like me, no problem. If you were reading New 52, it suggests that quite a lot of that stuff never happened. My guess is that's the point. Since Rebirth has been DC's apology for New 52, they don't seem to mind writing it out of continuity. And since I didn't jump onboard until Rebirth, it doesn't bother me either.
     
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    Yeah its really not that different than in the 80s when they created New Earth Superman from abridged/adapted versions of Earth-1 and Earth-2 Superman's history, and sure the amnesia is a major cop-out, but SCREW IT-I'm reading a Superman book where Superman is nice and hopeful! Reborn does however imply some stuff from New-52 happened which is okay, like when he fought Ulyssess the Superman from a microscopic universe. THANKFULLY THOUGH-him still being married to Lois when that happened meant that incredibly depressing sad man's dinner he had in issue 32 didn't happen....just so damn depressing.
     
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    Just finished Bombshells Volume 3.

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    Mary Marvel!

    I should have seen her coming, they set it up right there in front of me with her reciting the names. But it just fit so well with what Miriam was going through that it caught me by surprise.



     
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    Archie, Volume 1 (Waid, Staples)

    I'd heard a lot of great things about this relaunch/re-imagining. And they were all right. It's great. This is some legitimately well-written teen drama stuff. It's the sort of thing I'd want from a modernized Archie. Not...whatever the hell Riverdale is. Which, admittedly, I've only seen the trailers for, but that was enough for me.

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe (North, Henderson)

    Oh. My. God. I love, love, LOVE Ryan North and Erica Henderson's work on this title. It's just non-stop hilarious. There were moments when I had to put the book down to laugh. Sometimes, it wasn't even within the panels themselves. Like the main series, this graphic novel has little footnotes as the bottom of the page. It's a technique I don't think I've ever seen done in comics.

    I really hope Marvel eventually publishes some nice softcover Complete Collection editions of this run.
     
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    Best we're getting right now are hardcovers that are a little pricey, and in the case of the first one, a little sparse.

    But yeah, this is one of my favorite series right now and the graphic novel was fantastic. It had everything the series gives--squirrels, girls, riffs on the Spider-man Clone Saga.
     
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    Torso (Brian Michael Bendis, Marc Andreyko)

    I love crime fiction comics. Criminal, Sin City, Whiteout, Stumptown. All great stuff. But I never got around to reading this highly praised graphic novel. I'm glad I finally did because it's quite good. It makes me wonder why Bendis doesn't do more comic art, though. He did the art for this and it's fantastic. Really gorgeous shadow work, especially. Of course, being that he co-writes it, the comic also has many "Bendisisms." Like conversations that he might think sound natural, but only wind up being annoying. Or 2-page spread conversations where you don't know if you keep reading left-to-right to the next page or down the left page first. And there were a few niggling spelling errors, like the wrong use of "there/their."

    Still, it was a compelling story based on true events. I guess they've been trying to get a film adaptation off the ground for almost a decade. Shame, because I'd love to see it.
     
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    Batman #22, The Button, part 3

    ... no, YOU have something in your eye! Wait, I mean --

    That was sweet.

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    "You're a grandfather."


    And then that turn at the end, just the suspense you can generate from Flash's time travel bullshit :D.

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    I love that Thawne is so arrogant that his reaction to hearing someone has god-like powers is "wait til they get a load of me."


    I think Linkara put it best on all this, no one asked for Watchmen in the DC universe, but I can't help being curious where they're going with it. Likewise with the three Jokers thing. It's been almost a year now and I'm hoping the next Batman arc, The War of Jokes and Riddles, can shed some light on that plot point.
     
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    Superman Black Dawn part 2

    Schmuck: Why does the wife of Superman need a gun?

    ... REALLY? With all the crazy shit that happens in her life, someone REALLY questioned that?
     
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    I thought it was part 1 this week. Now I know why I was confused.