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Rogue Trooper (Friday). War Machine was great, the rest.....was not. I didn't really enjoy Dead Meat, although I haven't read it in thirty years.

Outlier, which I enjoyed on re-reading in the floppies. The Order is beautiful but incomprehensible (to me at least).

Events / Re: BHP Glasgow Comic Con 4 June drinkies?
« on: 24 March, 2022, 08:19:14 AM »
Is this event good? I remember speaking to some of the BHP people at an Edinburgh Comic Art fest a few years ago and they seemed like a decent bunch. I'm tempted to head down if I'm around in June.

You know what you are not far wrong there. I'm a big fan of it all - and disappointed with myself that I didn't use that as part of my intro - but there's not denying the post Swordfishtrombones works are his best and Raindogs is arguably the best of those, Alice, Mule Variations and Blood Money are all up there though.

How could I have forgotten Swordfishtrombones!

Much as I love Mule Variations, Frank's Wild Years, Heartattack & Vine and even early stuff like Closing Time, Rain Dogs will always be his defining album, for me.

Thanks! I missed that (unless its just been added).

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 22 March, 2022, 08:31:15 AM »
Apache Delivery Service #2 (Kindt, Jenkins, Jenkins). After the atmospheric opening issue, this issue does the grunt work of explaining the premise and introducing the antagonist, which is where it takes a turn towards the supernatural. The artwork is the highlight here. You can practically smell the jungle.

Batman/Catwoman Special (King, Leon, Chang, Crystal, Gerads, Stewart, Cowles). The lengthy credits list is because this unfinished Tom King and John Paul Leon story has become a tribute to Leon, who died last year. Leon was a fantastic artist, who made me think of Mazzuchelli's draftsmanship (and I can't think of a higher complement). The other artists finished the story and there are a couple of essays by Michael Davis and Kurt Busiek. The story itself is slight, running parallel to the current Batman/Catwoman series.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: In the beginning
« on: 21 March, 2022, 04:26:37 PM »
For anyone who hasn't read it, this review of Shako by American comics critic Tegan O'Neil is an interesting perspective:

Thanks. I can't remember that one at all, so I'll refrain from voting (much as I love the original series).

Which Bogie Man was in the Meg? Did they reprint the original 1991 version?

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 21 March, 2022, 12:32:14 PM »
Brilliant! Those books will be going on the wishlist!

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 21 March, 2022, 12:06:33 PM »
Two stories indirectly or directly inspired by Robert E. Howard this week:
Sword Of Hyperborea #3 (Mignola, Williams, Campbell, Robins, Winter, Stewart). The sword, lost in the English Channel last issue, is recovered by a diver hired by a cult. This doesn't quite have the atmosphere of #2 and the need to tell the diver's tale in a single issue means that it feels very rushed. Still enjoying this, though.

The Cimmerian: Hour of the Dragon #1 (Blondel, Sécher, Sienty). The titular Cimmerian is, of course, Conan in this adaptation of Howard's novel. I imagine Disney/Marvel's legal team put the kibosh on referring to him as such on the cover, even though the book must be out of copyright? Anyway, what we have here is a lavishly illustrated and well written adaptation of a tale of King Conan, up against a a dark wizard (of course) raised from the dead by his enemies. This is great. It really feels the the real thing, compared to some of the flimsier Dark Horse and Marvel tales (though some of those are also wonderful). I'm eagerly looking forward to #2 and I might have a hunt to see if they've done any other adaptations.

Moving away from Howard's influence:
The Silver Coin #10 (Walsh). Michael Walsh wrote and illustrated this issue of his horror anthology, drawing on the rich well of teen slasher films for his influence. I hope this series gets a nice collection, because I can see myself going back to it again and again.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 21 March, 2022, 11:48:28 AM »
The Thing 5 this series started so well and now it feels like its just trying to throw more and more at things and hope some of it works. Like if they pile so much in it will feel intriguing and complex, instead of confused and cluttered. On this read it the latter BUT the opening and the art... and hits of what might be underneath mean I'm actually looking forward to re-reading this and seeing what actually is there when its done.

That series was so confusing. You might be right that it'll work on a re-read (in a single sitting maybe).

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 18 March, 2022, 11:54:41 AM »
The Human Target 5 - seems odd to say this was a little oblique, Tom King does that really well, indulging in his nods that you'll eventually see as knowing. I was a little tired when I read this and it came across as a bit obtuse. A re-read I suspect will sort that out. Beautiful comic still!

This has to be the most beautiful comic being published at the moment. Every issue is a delight.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 18 March, 2022, 11:25:39 AM »
I agree that The Punisher sort of works alongside Daredevil or Spider-Man, as their strong moral core makes the point of how twisted Castle is. Where he goes off on solo stories, he basically becomes a right-wing military/power fantasy with a little hand-wavy "gosh he's bad" from the writer. Ennis fell into this trap, I think.

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