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Colin YNWA

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2565 on: 19 December, 2019, 09:26:01 pm »
Well normally I come on here and extoll how wonderful my comics are... this time ... not so much.

I've been experimenting with trying some new Marvel of late and frankly most of it sucks - well the stuff I've picked anyway. After reading New Mutants 2 + 3 and Maruaders 2 + 3 my attempt to play in the X-world for the first time in years is on its knees. For some reason I'm giving these titles an extra issue each. Heavens knows why they feel so.... superfluous and have no real substance. Just like Agents of Wakanda 4, which see this one gone. We'll hear no more of Marvel until the end of this post for a series of a very different quality.

There much more but not a lot of it quite hits the spot alas.

The Weather Man Vol. 2 5 is good ... I think but this series needs a re-read now with the gaps between issues.

Inferior 5 - 4 makes me worry. I think this will be served well when its done but I worry that the individual issues are losing their cohesion.

Lois Lane 6 tells us Lois' reaction to her father's death ... in something or other, breaking this series stride somewhat. At least Jimmy Olsen 5 keeps this series marvelous mapcap adventure going strong.

Copra 3 continues to pull me in.

Lazarus - Risen 4 continues this series indulgent pace with style.

Some new series. Si Spurrier's Hellblazer 1 provides a hard edged start to this apparently grimmy take on our John. Didn't blow me away but we'll see.

Question - The deaths of Vic Sage 1 is an intriguing start. I was so excited by the package over-sized and lush art by Denys Cowan inked by the mighty Sienkiewicz makes it feel special alongside other American comics.... well until you compare it to an average copy of 2000ad and then you realise how lucky we've been for over 40 years. Still this was a good start.

Second Coming 5 is just superb as this series has been throughout.

The cast and scope of Ragnarok 3 seems to stretch this series scope a little as things explode and monster plot.

The Goon 7 even with filll in art by the excellent Brett Parson is fantastic.

Books of this over-sized haul are no doubt the opposite end of the Marvel scale Immortal Hulk 27 and 28. Just brilliant. This series has taken a further step up since the shift in issue 25 and its getting better and better. A re-read of the earlier stuff is in order... one day.


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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2566 on: 01 January, 2020, 05:40:01 pm »
History of the Marvel Universe 6 sets out almost perfectly why I'm dropping two titles after this haul. Its a great read but sets out what my issues are with Marvel (and I'd assume DC but I've not tried the experiment with DC I just tried with Marvel) these days. The last issue in this fun recap of the entirity of Marvel history, covers events after I stopped reading Marvel regularly - Original Sin (I had to look that up) to date with a fun smattering of future stuff cleverly weaved into the bookending pieces to leave them suitably vague to allow wiggle room. Anyway almost all of it is Original Sin to date, so the last 6ish years and its just one convoluted sounding event lurching into another.

Read in a well crafted piece like this, the almost incomprehensible blather this becomes really works - but doesn't make me want to read any of the stories here as it all sounds like such utter nonsense. I'm sure much of it isn't, but it doesn't draw me in, in fact it  builds barriers.

Now this leads nicely to the 2 books I'm dropping. As I've discussed here I've tried to reaccess a couple of mainstream titles - partly in an attempt to not become that person that used to drive me batty by saying 'I can't read Marvel / DC as they make no sense to me any more and its all so impenetrable." ... the trouble is I seem not to be able to read... well you get the idea.

I picked a couple of interesting sounding X-books to try, coming off the whatever event just finsihed, figuring these would be good entry points and since I had no connection with X-characters for years and years I could approach them (almost) entirely fresh and open minded and just enjoy comics by what I'd assume are some of the best creators out there, with an open mind untethered by expectation or character biase...

... they were a bit rubbish... well that's not fair. They just didn't engage me and neither New Mutants 4 or Marauders 4 have convinced me to save these titles from the chop. They didn't provide me enough as a new reader to either:

1) Give me an easy entry point. I kept getting pulled out the stories wondering about bits I wasn't getting or character relationships that weren't presented well enough for me to run with.

2) Give me enough enthusisam to do the minimal work required to find out what I needed to know.

Now compare this to Copra which had rather thrown the new reader (me) in with its new series over at Image. Now Copra failed wholeheartedly on 1, BUT has succeeded on 2 meaning that I'm finding the faults from failing with 1 almost work it its favour as because of 2 I'm intrigued by the things I don't get and want to know more, which involved either closer reading of the issue at hand, some backgriund reading - or as in this case - picking it up as I go along as I've got the back issues from some digital sale or other and they have been working their way up my reading list over the last couple of years (still some way to go but we'll get there).

Anyway fair to say that I'm not letting this experience dampened me entirely, after all its a small sample - although I've had a very similar experience with Black Panther and Agents of Wakanda at the same time - but they were just quite dull comics not told very well. What it does mean is I'll be more careful about what I pick up and it will be driven, for a wee bit at least, by creator choice rather than just gambling and plucking things at semi random. So next up on the - lets pock by nose back into the mainstream - is Al Ewings' Guardians of the Galaxy coming soon. And you can read all about that experiment here folks.

Anyway that was all much more long winded that I'd expected so lets rattle through the rest of my haul. Oh and speaking of pocking my nose back into the the mainstream Hellblazer 2 a seeming safe bet with Si Spurrier at the helm, hasn't quite convinced me yet. Its all suitably grim and gritty, tough and tetchy but is that enough? There's loads of Hellblazer comics like that so let's see how this one moves over the next couple of issues.

A much safer bet in a superhero title is the latest entry into Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer universe (I leave Pete Doherty out of that as I don't know how much, if anything, he has to do with these wider Universe titles) with an very well crafted Punisher modern age Batman hybrid in Skulldigger 1. Its a wonderfully fresh and nostaglic take on this type of 80/90 tough chap.

Book of the haul though is Jimmy Olsen 6. Why isn't this book infuriating? Month on month it drops pieces of a much larger whole into place while clearly keeping much in reserve for its remaining 6 issues. So we don't really know what's going on we're having the story rolled out in interesting style in front of us.

This is therefore the kinda comic I'd normally say would be well served by re-read when its done... and while it almost certainly will be its just so charming and this well balanced dark take on the light hearted follies of Jimmy's comic past that its irresistable at times, like this issue. I loved the cheeky charm it used to disguise the otherwise brutal beating of Jimmy and its effects on him as he sits looking suitable rocked and shocked in the back of a taxi, as the normally dependable Batman just shrugs and says sorry scamper as I can't help you with this one. Brilliant stuff.

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2567 on: 11 January, 2020, 09:32:09 pm »
Another issue of Marauders (5) snuck into my haul this time. It has all the same problems I've mentioned before so I'll move quickly on.

Another experiment this month as well. I'm trying a couple of the Joe Hill 'Hill House' comics from DC. Daphne Byrne 1, Laura Marks a writer whose work I don't know turns in a solid horror story but the magnificent Kelley Jones gets every drop of potential out of it to make moments truly chilling. Interesting start.

Lois Lane 7 is so solidly Greg Rucka. I'm not loving this but will see it through I guess.

Immortal Hulk 29 sees Al Ewing continue this comics fine current form. I'm not as sold on Joe Bennett as some, he's fine don't get me wrong but having seen what Kelley Jones does with a horror comic you have to wonder what he's do with this comic!

There's nothing to wonder about with Grendel - Devil's Odyssey 3 Matt Wagner is a master and turns in a wonderful second phase to this story as Prime lands on a ice world and gets a warm reception that quickly cools. The back story ensures this moves to new interesting places as well as the central story. Wagner just balances things perfectly.

This might well of been comic of the haul had it not been for Michel Fiffe (both his first and last name seem to be missing a letter!) bringing me what I'd been asking for in Copra 4. Things settle down, and in that the new reader (me) gets to breathe and  really engage with the characters. Okay there are moments when the expostion feels a little forced but this one lands and I feel primed and ready for the next seeming epic story. Now that looks New Godstastic.

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2568 on: 14 January, 2020, 07:33:22 pm »
Punisher: Soviet #3 was every bit as good as the previous two and we're getting to the meat of the story now, figuratively and literally.

Frank Castle really seems to bring out the best in our ex-droid Garth Ennis and his continued strong writing and the fantastic art makes this an essential read.