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  1. Hope you're including me in that count. I wrote below in Spidey Noir thread after reading #3. I'll say there's too much packed into each issue. I ended up confused and making the decision to read them all over again in one sitting when I get #4. I might be able to follow that way. The story pace is all scrunched up with too little cohesion. Still haven't read #4 et. Like I said, need to wait until I have enough time to sit down and start at the beginning.
  2. Only just got this months comic subs so I'm late to the party as usual. Normally read Daredevil first off but this month it was X-Factor #40. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with this issue. After Peter David's 'this will blow you away' introduction, I was expecting something huge and the climax of this issue? Well, I knew it was coming, I just didn't know when. It would have worked a whole lot better if the no-spoiler-warning had come at the end of the comic. Mind you, it would be hard to meet the mind-melting standard of #39. But back to #40. Flip back to the entrance of Madrox and re-read the second balloon that comes out of his mouth, now contrast this with later events. Nice. Now that is the X-Factor and a perfect example of the more subtle foreshadowing that permeates this book.
  3. I thought Dark Avengers #1 was fecking awesome with some great piss-taking. So there
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    Spidey Noir

    Agreed. Though I'm dissapointed with Logan's role. I also don't care for the lead character. Not one bit. I'll say there's too much packed into each issue. I ended up confused and making the decision to read them all over again in one sitting when I get #4. I might be able to follow that way. The story pace is all scrunched up with too little cohesion. Logan is kinda disappointing - . Takes the whole thug image too far or makes it too mundane. The main character - I'm struggling to remember. Although I do think i was more impressed with him in Part #1
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    Big books of comics

    Recently read Fallen Son: Death of Captain America Bargaining was the best issue. And I really liked the whole card-playing scenarios in#2 I really don't like Tiger Shark's appearance in anything I've read so far. And Civil War: Ironman That I enjoyed. Thunderbolts (Are Go) Caged Angels = Really enjoyable. I just love emo boy Penance and all his pain.
  6. Umbrella Academy - that's the MCR bloke isn't it? Or not? I know the reviews hype it but frankly that means nowt because he's probably got great press. For reasons of extreme prejudice, I have never given it a shot. So it's good?
  7. That does sound a little more up my street. I'm very much more interested in characterisation - insight and development - than I am in action or [shock tactics] - reason I just dropped Hellblazer.
  8. If you don't find it to be one of the most amazing comics you've read recently, you're dead to me! You're out of the will! Colour me dead. It's well executed but it's just run-of-the-mill gangster/crime-fiction. The kind of story that's been repeated a hundred times in film media. Rotten cop insider strikes deal with experienced con. Bad cop dupes him but the con comes good. Along the way con loses people that mean something to him. Most interesting character was Jenny from Internal Affairs. Most interesting potential development is the way Leo hints at being something entirely darker than he seems. If you had held me up the first copy of Incognito and the first copy of Criminal and said - you can only choose one to follow. I'd have gone for Incognito, no doubt. It promises something a little different. I'm interested in how the setting will pan out - nice coincide with the pulp-driven universes of the Noir series too. I'll still be reading the next 3 trades because someone got them me for Chtistmas and they've finally started to drift in the door.
  9. Yeah, Layla is a great character - refreshing, but as you say the book is rife with strong characterisation. I love Madrox but I think Rictor is my favourite (can't wait for him to get his powers back - it's going to happen isn't it? Yeah it is.) and M is a riot. David did bounce back but there was the whole Darwin/Secret Invasion hurdle to negotiate too. The Mr Patrosky/Madrox dynamic was a nice interlude before that. All in all - X-Factor has been one of the best things I've read recently.
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    Edit: Not best but a couple of the funniest I've seen. I'm juvenile, I know....
  11. I agree to an extent. Definitely, the X-Factor was great up until #25 when the MC took over for 3 issues - it totally changed the pace and did not fit the mood of the book AT ALL. I really don't think it has returned to form since then but #39 was promising and maybe... (I wasn't too keen on the Endangered Species add-on but at least it was that - an add-on).
  12. Yes, and NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Outstanding turn of events.
  13. Might check that one out then since I am tired of Hellblazer.
  14. Just got the Coward trade through the door. Hope it lives up to its hype.
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    Spidey Noir

    Yeah, you're right. Ok, so Spidey does some extra-special drugs and just believes he has the power of a spider? If it's not magic or radioactive - it has to be drugs. Drugs are very criminal ;) Fantastic Four Noir? I don't like the Fantastic Four - but noir - I could get to like them.
  16. Forgot. Also this month Incognito #1 Don't know how I forgot that - it was superb.
  17. Do us a favour and shout me a message as this approaches. In case I miss a bulletin. Nice to move in at the right moment.
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    Spidey Noir

    Ah, but 1939 was the start of atomic development and I believe we can stretch the time-frame and suspend belief in the comic book genre ;) Yeah, I agree - the non-power thing is great and Spidey can do the whole non-organic web thing since he's a scientific sort. But. On the other hand, super-powers are cool.
  19. Yeah, the Noir titles are going to be right up my street. I like the whole 1930's feel in most things. Sandman Mystery Theatre remains one of the most enjoyable comic titles I have ever read. Is it wrong? I guess I've been doing quite a bit of um... research since I last popped by this forum (though I often look in to see what you're all chatting about and stay silent - yeah, I think that's called lurking). I think Civil War is great and yes, I have rather surprised myself by getting so deeply into the superhero thing. I started with Vertigo but I rarely hunt down a Vertigo title these days. It's all Marvel right now. And I think I got a lot of catching up to do. I'm mostly back-logging at the moment. Haven't a clue about this Dark Reign thing yet. I guess the Dark Avengers is going to be confusing, but you got to jump in somewhere. I'll fill in the gaps - if and when.
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    Spidey Noir

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. That would be wrong. It should be connected with the development of the atomic bomb. Ben has to go meet with some scientists on a newspaper mission - a spider crawls out of one of their suitcases while they're all getting high, like reporters and scientists often do. The spider sneaks into Urich's pocket - it's warm, he's got mints. Later, in a meeting with Petey, Ben (hung over and guilt-ridden) does the whole REVEAL thing. Pete gets Ben his coat and kicks him out the door. Spider transfers to Pete, spider bites his sweet little ass. Thus Ben leaves Pete mightily pissed off but gifts him the power of Spiders by way of apology. Alternatively, the spider could bite Aunt May.
  21. Happy New Year Christian. Oh well, I can always drop it. Liked the cover and what is it about that Venom get-up? The Hellblazer thing, I have been giving it another few months for a while now and it's just not happening for me any more. It needs more regular characters aside from John and Chas. I think that is what is lacking for me - no relationship dynamics. What's the opinion on Thor?
  22. 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.
  23. I get mine delivered by post since I live in the sticks and the nearest city doesn't even have a comic store. This is England and I'm not sure we do comics - well, not round here anyway. Always read Daredevil first - my favourite. Then no particular reading order - likely Astonishing X-Men next. Always read Hellblazer last... because I have been finding it hard-going and trite lately. In fact I cancelled my subscription after #250! And swapped it in for Dark Avengers. We'll see if I regret it.
  24. Granted. Andy Diggle has been great (mostly). I'll hang on until they move writers and reassess. I just got so turned off by that last story, I recoiled. Don't worry, I'm not shooting myself in the foot yet.
  25. Editors need to think again. I've been feeling as if I should give up on Hellblazer for a while now. Diggle was good but John seems to have gone into a character limbo. The best Diggle story for me were those Vatican issues. It had humour and commentary - the commentary was niave and done but I still liked it. Also we had Ellie. John's a loner but one of the things that made him interesting for me were the characters that surrounded him and his interactions and relationships with those characters. Without this human part of the story - Hellblazer devolves into a gore fest, which is great for those that like it but it's not for me. I'll give this 1/10. Because I'm hovering over the cancel my subscription button. And that's the first time that has happened.
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