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« on: February 28, 2017, 09:49:18 AM »

Not sure if there's anyone other than Danny and Mr. Keene that reads comics on a regular basis, but I figured we'll give this a whirl.

During a bad six-month stretch of not being able to read novels, I turned to comics.  With Danny's help, I jumped into some great series, the best of which include Scalped by Aaron and Guera (An Indian chief and his associates start a casino on their reservation, but the list of crimes that preceded its opening has been long and bloody.  An FBI agent who has spent much of his career trying to bring the tribe and its chief to justice will stop at nothing to see justice done), Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips (gritty noir story ARCs), and the PunisherMAX series by Aaron and Dillon (easily the best set of Punisher stories I've ever read, and I've read most of them).

I also ventured off on my own and enjoyed series such as Y: The Last Man by Vaughan and Guerra (horrible title, excellent story about every male on the planet suddenly dying, except for one), Private Eye by Vaughan and Martin (great one-off story about a world in which keeping your identity a secret is more important than anything), and the new Hard Case comics, Triggerman (Walter Hill) and Peepland (Christa Faust).

In the queue is Vaughan's Saga, Brubaker's Fatale, and more Criminal ARCs.

I also joined Marvel Unlimited last fall, and it's been a great experience.  Kind of like a Netflix service in which you can read over 20k Marvel comics.  I've blown through numerous Punisher, Daredevil, and Wolverine issues, and read many of the newer Star Wars series from the past couple years (the Darth Vader series is *fantastic* and adds a great storyline between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back in which Vader falls out of favor with the Emperor after the destruction of the Death Star and tries to work his way back into the Emperor's good graces).  With as awesome as Marvel Unlimited is, it makes me wish there were similar services for DC/Vertigo, Image, IDW, etc. as I'm not big into the superheroes these days.  I know about Comixology, but while they offer "unlimited" reading across multiple publishers, 99% of the time it's only the first ARC in a storyline (a shrewd business move, but not one I'll partake in when it's so restrictive).

One quick question: I was in B&N yesterday looking for a magazine, and bumbled across a horror/sci-fi magazine called CREEPY.  Anyone reading this one?  If so, any good?  I may snag a copy later this week.  Looked to have a Grave Tales vibe to it.

Andy

 
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 02:59:03 PM »

 Are you thinking of THE CREEPS, Andy? It's a very small indy book, published by a fan of the old Warren magazines like CREEPY and EERIE. I've bought a few issues, but I haven't read any yet. A lot of contributors are folks who used to work on the old Warren mage, like Richard Corben, Sanjulian, Nick Cuti....They've managed to round up pretty much everyone who is still above ground, and published some never-before-seen stuff from some that are under  it. Some of it looks amateurish, but, what the hell? It costs five bucks, so...the price is right. Give it a try.

 I've been busy rereading a huge chunk of AVENGERS books for the past 5 months or so, so I haven't got much to recommend to you lately. I think I already told you about PAPER GIRLS (Fans of STRANGER THINGS will enjoy it.), Brubaker and Phillips (CRIMINAL, FATALE) have a new collection out whose name escapes me at the moment, which is supposed to be excellent. I also really enjoyed the first collection of the latest Batman relaunch, titled I AM GOTHAM. Kind of a kinder, gentler Batman than we've seen recently....Give it a look, if you can find a cheap copy. You might enjoy it.

 I've only read the first two books of SAGA, but they were very good. The rest are in my "To-Be-Read Mancave"....

 For some reason, I have become consumed with CONAN lately, and I've been scouring the earth looking for copies of all of the Dark Horse trades that collect the old Marvel issues....some of them are out-of-print and crazy expensive, but I've found some great steals on e-bay. God knows when I'll ever have time to get all of this stuff read.

 I hope we can get a few people chiming in on this thread....I only have Andy to talk comics with. READ SOME COMICS, PEOPLE!!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 03:09:12 PM »

Check out this piece I wrote a few weeks ago about a series I'm crazy about (and have since finished):

http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/single-post/2017/01/25/Read-This-with-Author-of-Odd-Man-Out-James-Newman
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 05:23:07 PM »

Honestly, I haven't been reading many comics. Marvel and DC don't appeal to me anymore (and that's okay. I'm a 49-year old man. They shouldn't be appealing to me -- they should be appealing to new generations of readers).

Only things on my pull list are TREES and INJECTION by Warren Ellis (both fantastic, but both very slow burns that are probably better read in collected form), SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, and Alan Moore's PROVIDENCE. The rest of the stuff on my pull-list are all things my 8-yr old subscribes to -- LUMBERJANES (which is a really excellent kid's series), SPONGEBOB, SIMPSONS, AW YEAH, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 05:38:53 PM »

I'm an artist, so unlike most I follow artists and not writers in comics. I've been reading:
Reborn by Mark Miller and Greg Capullo
Unworthy Thor by Jason Aaron and Oliver Copiel
New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Perez
New 52 Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Rebirth Batman by King and David Finch
Jupiter's Legacy by Millar and Frank Quitely
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2017, 08:28:27 AM »

Are you thinking of THE CREEPS, Andy?

Bah, you're right!  That was the one I saw.  It looked like it might be fun.  I'll snag a copy on Friday when I'm back at B&N and let you know how it goes.


I think I already told you about PAPER GIRLS (Fans of STRANGER THINGS will enjoy it.)

I read the first ARC and enjoyed it.  I saw the second one came out recently, so I need to grab that one soon.  Looked like it was going in a pretty crazy direction on book one's cliffhanger.

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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2017, 08:32:19 AM »

Check out this piece I wrote a few weeks ago about a series I'm crazy about (and have since finished):

http://www.unnervingmagazine.com/single-post/2017/01/25/Read-This-with-Author-of-Odd-Man-Out-James-Newman

Yeah, Scalped is one of the better ones I've ever read.  I'm about halfway through the series right now.

Oh, and I have Southern Bastards in the queue too.  Happy to hear it's a good one!

(Jason Aaron rules.  Read the PunisherMAX series he did, that I mentioned up above.  You won't find a better Punisher ARC, including the one I sent you years ago that you enjoyed.)

Andy
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2017, 08:33:56 AM »

I'm an artist, so unlike most I follow artists and not writers in comics.

Probably not fair in that I potentially miss some great stories, but if the art sucks, I won't even bother with the comic.  Story should be, and usually is, the key to any tale, but with a visual medium like comics, the art has to be up to par.  If not, it's just not worth my time.

Andy
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2017, 08:57:20 AM »

I am enjoying ScoobyDoo Apocolypse.

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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2017, 10:33:23 AM »

I think I already told you about PAPER GIRLS (Fans of STRANGER THINGS will enjoy it.)

Thanks for reminding me that I need to pick up the trade paperbacks!  I read the first 2 or 3 single issues and loved 'em.
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2017, 08:47:49 AM »

Anyone read Snotgirl? I hear good things, but, well, you know, it's a comic called Snotgirl.

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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2017, 02:40:49 PM »

 I picked up the first collection, but haven't read it yet. It's written by Bryan Lee O'Malley, who did the excellent SCOTT PILGRIM series, so it has a good pedigree, at least. It's also an exceptionally beautifully designed trade paperback, and it feels great. (You'll understand if you buy a copy.) You can get it at InStock Trades for about five bucks, so...why not?
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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2017, 08:13:04 PM »

I've gone away from comic books lately. One recent series I was really into . . . Jennifer Blood. I remember reading one issue in my vehicle after picking it up from the local comic shop before continuing on my way. 


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« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2017, 07:46:52 AM »

Yes, I still read comics. Lots and lots of comics.

While I have my favorite graphic novels that I seem to revisit every year, I find myself not purchasing single issues, instead I wait for the Trades. Or, if I just can't wait.... I go here....

http://readcomics.tv/

They have quite a current an back catalog for free.

This all said, currently I'm going through Swampthing #5 by Alan Moore, you know the one, where Bats squares off and looses to Alec. The greening of Gotham.... interspecies love and a government out of control...

Yeah, good stuff.
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« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2017, 08:16:29 AM »

I've gone away from comic books lately. One recent series I was really into . . . Jennifer Blood. I remember reading one issue in my vehicle after picking it up from the local comic shop before continuing on my way. 


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 I was enjoying JENNIFER BLOOD, but I dropped off after Garth Ennis left the book.
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