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#21 Balthazar

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:12 PM

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Hellboy Wild Hunt #2 in which we learn the Hogman's backstory plus Big Red fights giants! Also a fairly interesting backstory to Kolchieck the Undead with art by Guy Davis. I think this is the only book collect that still prints a letter column.


Lotta Image books print out letters. Nearly all the ones I read.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 11:41 PM

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Werewolf by Night #1-Well, it was horrific. A lot of blood for the sake of blood. But, I sort of liked the story, until it went in a direction that wasn't as interesting. The first issue is all set-up, and not much happens until the end.
Jack Russell is married with a pregnant wife.
He lies that he has a job that requires him to travel once a month.
I think that was an interesting set-up for the Werewolf by Night concept. By the end of the issue though, all the original bits are gone, and you're left with either a run-of-the-mill werewolf story or an Incredible Hulk story that is R-rated.
So, this'll be my only issue.


I may give it a second look.
Similarly disappointmented with the story, but the art was veering between dull and grotesque, and not in the good way that horror stories require. (The first panel of the werewolf has a weird concoction of legs that I think is meant to represent the creature leaping over the police?) The whole conspiracy to get Werewolf By Night to work for a secret agency by killing his familyawn ... story seems too familiar. If it does not pull away from that prediction I will not go beyond #2.

This book suffered from me reading Spider-Man "versus" SwampMan immediately afterwards. A decidedly silly book with interesting non-house style* art and completely useless use of Man-Thing but interesting dynamic on the whole fear thing.
Potentially worthless in so many ways and yet enjoyable in a throwaway fashion.


Whoops! Sorry about the spoiler. I thought I was indirect enough that it wasn't actually a spoiler.

I read the Spider Man & Man Thing book too. It was a total impulse buy. I paged through it, and liked the art. Plus, I have a hard time passing on a Man Thing story.
It was an enjoyable read. I liked it much better than the Werewolf by Night book too.
I really liked the ending. I thought the author had a good understanding of the Man Thing concept, what I've always enjoyed about the character, even though besides the ending Man Thing was useless in what was a Spider Man story.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 11:41 PM

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Hellboy Wild Hunt #2 in which we learn the Hogman's backstory plus Big Red fights giants! Also a fairly interesting backstory to Kolchieck the Undead with art by Guy Davis. I think this is the only book collect that still prints a letter column.


Lotta Image books print out letters. Nearly all the ones I read.


Amazing Spider Man tends to have one too. I think it's the only Marvel book that still prints one.
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 08:06 PM

Well, i finished this months stack with Sgt. Rock, Haunted Tank, and House of Mystery. All read while watching Florida win then MNC game against Oklahoma. What's interesting is that both Rock and Haunted Tank were really Haunted Tank stories, and i like the more realistic way the tank was handled in the Rock book, where you never see the ghost and the tank commander seems a little crazy.

House of Mystery seems to be starting to run in place a little, there was one particular panel with three roaches that i really enjoyed, and the book itself is good, it just seems to have downshifted a gear at the moment.
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Posted 11 January 2009 - 01:07 AM

why does every new authority title have a showdown with stormwatch? (i thought most of stormwatch got killed by the aliens, anyway). authority prime did and now the authority end of the world title does. thisone worked out quicker than the 3 issue slugfest in prime but still. it cheapens the story having been done recently.

i don't like the new fill-in artist on the boys. the other artist has taken a break a few times with better fill-ins. i keep waiting for the big 'x-men' teams free-for-all but it hasn't happened yet. the cover, showing two "g-teams" facing off didn't happen.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:27 AM

Really? I thought John "Hellblazer: Son Of Man" Higgins did a good job as fill-in, and I don't usually like his art. (Check out the ridiculous fake boobs on page 9.)


Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #2. 10/10. The first 7 pages could be used as source material in a comic book masterclass. Even the backup story has me anxious for the next instalment. As a wise man once said, "comics don't get any better than this."

Is Hellboy the true heir to Sandman?

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:57 AM

Amazing Spider Man #583-Oh, damn! I paid $3.99 for a back-up Barack Obama comic strip....I didn't even see the price tag when I picked it up, I just saw it was written by Mark Waid.
But, you know what? This lead story made it all worth it. It's everything I love about Spider Man. It was funny with a sense of sadness and loneliness underneath. It showed the true friendship that Peter Parker and Betty Leeds have, and also gave us a glimpse into the private life of Betty Brant. Great, great story.
This takes an early lead for January's comic of the year (excluding Obama fighting the Chameleon, groan).
Plus, there's an interesting sub-plot involving a certain JJJ. I wonder what's going on there?

Final Crisis #6-This is perhaps the most badly paced series I have ever read. It reads awfully.
It seems Morrison is playing around in his Kirby-love mode, but forgetting everything that he loves about Jack Kirby. Forgetting everything that has made his recent work so beloved.
There are some good moments buried in this mess. Some good lines of dialogue even. But, reading this issue as a whole, and what's come before, this is an epic failure.
I just can't believe a writer of Morrison's caliber can go so wrong.
This just does not work as a story. The current issue is more a series of snippets anticipating upcoming stories, is how I read it. A mega-event like Final Crisis should not read as a preview book, and the penultimate chapter of the series shouldn't be written as a trailer.
It's just mind-boggling how wrong this whole series has ended up and I can't fathom how Morrison thought this would make an epic event.
I don't even know why I'm bothering to review it. There's nothing to even review really other than the fact that the pacing of this comic is so awful....
I guess I wanted to review more than one book.

Captain Britain was also good this week. I get the feeling this is one of those books that everyone who loves it is already reading it and most other readers won't give it a chance. It's not the best book on the rack, but has been consistently high quality and one of the top Marvel books month after month.
Long-time readers of Excalibur will be interested to see the developments in the life of Captain Britain and a certain old flame.
The epilogue showing the pure cold nature of Dracula was pretty funny.
I think the problem with the book is that the characters all fall flat, as the ideas are carrying the title. Captain Britain was interesting in Excalibur when he was flawed, so you care about the character based on his past. Pete Wisdom who Cornell wrote beautifully is so generic in this title. Other characters have flitted around the periphery. There was one good character moment for Wisdom in this issue.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 11:05 AM

X-Men Noir #2 was great. I like how all the powers translate into criminal tendencies, particularly Rogue. I just wish it had more of the X-Men in it. The big reveal at the end you could see a mile away but then the third page of the first issue had Jean covered in slashes in groups of three, the real killer will inevitably turn out to be Detective Creed or something, but I like the character design.

The Boys #26 was boring again. I think I'll quit the series if next issue isn't well to my liking.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:36 PM

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Really? I thought John "Hellblazer: Son Of Man" Higgins did a good job as fill-in, and I don't usually like his art. (Check out the ridiculous fake boobs on page 9.)


yeah, i didn't like his version on annie at all.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:44 PM

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Is Hellboy the true heir to Sandman?


Not sure about that but in my opinion it is the best example of what could be considered a perfect comic book. Perfect in the sense that story and art are one.

Been going back over my Hellboy mythology with Seed of Destruction, Wake the Devil and some of the shorts like Chained Coffin, Makoma, Baba Yaga and such. Great stuff, it really is.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:25 PM

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Final Crisis #6-This is perhaps the most badly paced series I have ever read. It reads awfully.
It seems Morrison is playing around in his Kirby-love mode, but forgetting everything that he loves about Jack Kirby. Forgetting everything that has made his recent work so beloved.
There are some good moments buried in this mess. Some good lines of dialogue even. But, reading this issue as a whole, and what's come before, this is an epic failure.
I just can't believe a writer of Morrison's caliber can go so wrong.
This just does not work as a story. The current issue is more a series of snippets anticipating upcoming stories, is how I read it. A mega-event like Final Crisis should not read as a preview book, and the penultimate chapter of the series shouldn't be written as a trailer.
It's just mind-boggling how wrong this whole series has ended up and I can't fathom how Morrison thought this would make an epic event.
I don't even know why I'm bothering to review it. There's nothing to even review really other than the fact that the pacing of this comic is so awful....
I guess I wanted to review more than one book.

Especially when the much vaunted "Fate of the Dark Knight" segment, which was all of five pages (And even that included one full page spread and then a double page spread) was done so much better in his JLA: Rock of the Ages.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:40 PM

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I just can't believe a writer of Morrison's caliber can go so wrong.

Despite the fact that he's been publishing for thirty odd years now?
(If you want to see other examples of a fine writer amusing themself with witless bollocks, have a look at the Eternals. Or Michael Moorcock's Fookin' Shite Multiverse. Or Garth Ennis' Pro. Or...)

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 10:15 PM

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Is Hellboy the true heir to Sandman?


Not sure about that but in my opinion it is the best example of what could be considered a perfect comic book. Perfect in the sense that story and art are one.

Been going back over my Hellboy mythology with Seed of Destruction, Wake the Devil and some of the shorts like Chained Coffin, Makoma, Baba Yaga and such. Great stuff, it really is.


Is it bad that I think Fegredo is actually better than Mignola on art? Holy shit, I love these last two mini series. It was really funny when Darkness Calls, with all its russian mythology, came out just as there was a huge expo on russian fairy tale paintings over here.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 11:20 PM

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I just can't believe a writer of Morrison's caliber can go so wrong.

Despite the fact that he's been publishing for thirty odd years now?
(If you want to see other examples of a fine writer amusing themself with witless bollocks, have a look at the Eternals. Or Michael Moorcock's Fookin' Shite Multiverse. Or Garth Ennis' Pro. Or...)


What do you mean with The Eternals? Jack Kirby's Eternals? I find it one of Kirby's best written series, myself.
If you mean Neil Gaiman's Eternal, Gaiman has been phoning it in for years now. It's not like he's written an All-Star Superman level title within the last number of years, unlike Morrison.
And half of Garth Ennis' career is described that way.

It's just comparing the quality of All-Star Superman with Morrison's Batman and Final Crisis, plus the fact that both Batman and Final Crisis were meant to be the biggest books from DC Comics, paving the way for all the new DC Universe bollocks, it seems that Morrison wouldn't be going back to a style of writing that first-year college students know better.
I mean, with Moorcock's Multiverse, it just screamed overkill. There was no real purpose to it. It wasn't like it was meant to be the biggest exposure the writer has ever had. Yes, Morrison is already a well known name, and became so back when he was writing JLA, but DC have given Morrison incredible importance, and in return, he's given them probably the worst work of his career.
If this was my first exposure to Morrison, I sure as hell wouldn't have any interest in reading The Invisibles.
Of course there are some comic readers out there who read Final Crisis and think, "This is the best comic ever written" and will go read Morrison's earlier work, only to conclude, "Man, Invisibles is shite. This is the same guy who wrote the brilliant Final Crisis?". Then I'll get all depressed again.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 11:23 PM

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X-Men Noir #2 was great. I like how all the powers translate into criminal tendencies, particularly Rogue. I just wish it had more of the X-Men in it. The big reveal at the end you could see a mile away but then the third page of the first issue had Jean covered in slashes in groups of three, the real killer will inevitably turn out to be Detective Creed or something, but I like the character design.


It's a classic red herring, something part and parcel to noir.

I like the little throwaway things that are a bone to long-time X-fans, like Moses Magnum having a plaque stating that he was had renovated the city. Moses Magnum was an old X-villain who had the power to start earthquakes.

Agreed totally about Rogue.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 06:09 AM

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Is Hellboy the true heir to Sandman?

Not sure about that but in my opinion it is the best example of what could be considered a perfect comic book. Perfect in the sense that story and art are one.

For muhfuhn shizzle. And how good is the colouring? Could there be a better colourist than Dave Stewart?


QUOTE (sethos @ Jan 16 2009, 09:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it bad that I think Fegredo is actually better than Mignola on art?

It's fine by me. His work on "The Wild Hunt" has been stellar. Maybe Mike's art looks prettier with its iconic use of light and shade, but I think Duncan Fegredo is a better storyteller.


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Posted 19 January 2009 - 11:22 PM

Amazing Spider-Man 583:
This is total filler, including the much-publicised Barack Obama backup story. The main story is a Peter Parker slice-of-life that harks back to the days when ASM was a soap opera; that sort of thing isn't bad per se, but it only works when it's insightful, and this particular script lacks the ring of truth. The art's second rate, and the few panels that show Spider-Man are consistently poor. As for the backup, it was produced in a week and it shows.

I love the John Romita Sr cover:


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Posted 20 January 2009 - 12:58 AM

Huh. I absolutely adored the Mark Waid story. One of the best Spider Man stories I've read in a while. And, I have been enjoying Dan Slott's work on the title too, and am counting that.
The Obama story, I completely agree about. But, I was never expecting to enjoy that.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:56 PM

Daredevil #114
Loving Daredevil but not as much as I did before Lady Bullseye appeared. Enjoy Stick's trainer though (whose name escapes me).

X-Men Noir #1 #2 and Spderman Noir #1
Preferred Spiderman, that was amazing, spectacular even. Ahem.
Think I'll be getting all the Noir series. Daredevil Noir better live up to my expectations.

Immortal Iron Fist #20 #21
Another series I'm really enjoying. Love the fight panels and how the kung fu moves are named.... 'the palm of 40 sorrows' 'the sting of the angry wasp'
Ho ho ho. Can't get better than that.

Jack of Fables #29
Jack has gone flat as a character but really into the whole Literals concept.

Fables #79
Fables never fails for me. Great characters, great story, always surprising, pretty art. Yum. Fables and its spin-offs are my only DC owned titles now, I think.

Hellblazer.
I hate to say it but this is the worst thing I am reading right now. Pants. I've dropped it. Really one-dimensional (IMO). I just can't get into it anymore.

Trade Paperbacks
Catching up on all the Civil War titles as I have been mostly ignorant...
Loving them.
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Posted 21 January 2009 - 10:09 PM

You're reading the Marvel Civil War books and loving them?
Wow! You've really become quite the superhero comic fan in just this little short time.

X-Men: Noir is probably my favourite comic running at the moment.
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