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  1. Well, compared to the expectations Planetary raised for me it certainly is a letdown. When I read the first Issue my head began to spin with all the possibilities and allusions. The Snowflake seemed to me like a superhero version of Borges Library of Babel, and superhero (stories) fighting for survival, i.e. literary relevance... I was really curious what all these topoi were going to be developed into. But ultimately its just a cleverly imbedded analysis of the "secret" history" of literary influences that fails to develop a convincing new step in the superhero aesthetics (that is, for me, until now). There seems to be no conclusions in planetary to what direction the superhero story should go, there is no development of an aesthetic theory, only an indication of threads of influences . The superhero fight metapher as a battle for relevance as a literary influence is not used differentiated enough here to describe these things adequately. There are some very clever things: the deconstruction of the Vampire myth via the sexual subtext (i.e. a kick in the groin for Dracula) the ease the mythic structures of stories brush aside the modern "innovations" that try to make use of them in "Creation Songs" and so on. But this has been done much better before; when Batman feigned his death at the end of his battle with Superman to continue his crusade underground it expressed Millers idea to keep radical ideas in the subtext of comics not to arise undue censorship attention. Even the Authorities recruitment of Krigstein (the creator of the rival superhero teams) at the end of "the Nativity" arc is more subtle than the kill or be killed attitude in Planetary. But the Planetary series is not concluded yet, and last issues description of Dr. Dowlings superpower as being able to "expand" into other minds was able to rise my hopes again. Hope dies last...
  2. Just read Planetary Nr.25. Grand. It had been a long time since I remembered why I fell in love with it. But does the ending mean I have to wait till 2011 for Ellis to finish it? Damn!
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    Jimmy Corrigan

    I actually like the more twisted designs of Ware and the more associative flow which take quite some time to read and understand. Its what I like most about him. The "How to read Comics section" in pictures only is hillarious, and trying to figure out the cut out instructions (is it possible to make that thing work?). "Quimby the Mouse" excells at this. I agree with Mark that it doesn´t seem to mean anything (besides Wares sentimental idiosyncrasies). I remember having read an Interview with Ware where he says that Jimmy Corrigan is a character he found interesting in his mid-twenties, but thankfully he had moved on and now thinks of him as one dimensioned. I think so, too, but the novel gets better, or even good when it shows the "speechlessness" and isolation of other characters than Jimmy Corrigan, which happens not often enough imo.
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    Big books of comics

    Just read Kochalkas Superf*ckers 1 + 273. Seeing "Ralph!" as a soundword for puking made me laugh so hard I almost did it myself. "Ralph!" The combination of slacker attitude, gutter languange and superheroes is good for some more hard laughs. "I´m not gay" "Let´s just look at the FACTS. No girlfriend, plus you´ve got a man´s face in your ass. Hmm...should we ask the SUPER COMPUTER?"
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    Seven Soldiers

    Bulleteer and Frankenstein Nr2 Wow Seems TomC and Mark figuered it out. (Since I want to have a "I knew it", too, Jaqueline Pemberton is the Daughter of Meredith Pemberton.) Beautiful how this comes together in Frankenstein 2. The "D´oh, I really should have seen this coming but i´d be damned if i suspected something" factor of that series is sky high.
  6. Oh Noooo! Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman burned a library with Pierre Menards Don Quijote in it! Hm. Not such a loss because its supposed to be word by word identical to Cervantes Don Quijote. I´ve just started watching this series and loving it. Due to the screening schedule on my internet I´ve only seen two episodes, S1E05 and S2E05, both starring Wonder Woman and I´m wondering if she ends up in bondage every episode?
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    Seven Soldiers

    The Filth is transparent for you? On what drugs are you? :) Seaguy is more accessible for my tastes. That Popmatters Author Jesse Hicks seems to be a Morrison Fanboy: http://popmatters.com/comics/seaguy-1-3.shtml (and an academic show off; there is really no need for that name dropping to display his thoughts.) I agree that philosophical reconstruction isn´t really needed, its just a way among many others to express the content. The image of Seaguy and Chubby dying of thirst in a Sea of chocolate is stronger than most conservative criticism of culture. And its immediatly clear if one chooses to read it as such, even if one can´t read Baudrillard (and who can? I can´t, thats for sure).
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    Seven Soldiers

    Philosophical themes in Morrison Writings: I´ve just discovered this. It has only marginally to do with Seven Soldiers, but I don´t know where else to post it http://www.popmatters.com/comics/filth-2005.shtml contains possible THE FILTH Spoilers The first coherent seeming interpretation of THE FILTH I´ve seen.
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    Seven Soldiers

    Judging from the platonic and philosophical topoi Morrison used, Klarion has to die a true philosophers death. And I will mourn... Wait...An Idea I had just now: Because of the Undry Cauldron a Soldiers death doesn´t have to be final... I was thinking just along the lines of Morrison making a mockery of Platons cave analogy in Klarion. How could Socrates death by drinking from the cup of hemlock be warped? By Klarion coming to life by drinking from the Undry Cauldron? Just an Idea, as I said. I hate these speculations, damnit. This Comic has taken much to much space in my head.
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    Well, even from the little I know of that case McFarlanes bancrupcy seems to have more to do with a shite for brains judge. (Not the McFarlane vs Gaiman case of course, I mean Tony Twist vs McFarlane)
  11. Calvin & Hobbes seems to be a long way from dark/mysterious/enigmatic. Well, unless you read it as the story of a shizophrenic. But if this is developing into be an "unasked for recommendation" thread, i´d say the first book to read for comic newbies is Scott McClouds Understanding Comics. Its (mostly) brilliant, always fun to read and makes appetite to read every comic mentioned there. In a lesser extend, the same goes for Reinventing Comics. This will really get one hooked on this medium.
  12. I think his first ever although silent appearance is in SotST 25 page 21 panel 2 (The leftmost person, observing Abby). So it is included in volume 1. know it all: OFF
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    Big books of comics

    I just read Batman: Year one and must concede. It was completly included in a compilation of Batman stories by a major german newspaper which is known to be subverted by D.O.N.A.L.D. (=Deutsche Organisation der Nichtkommerziellen Annäherung des Lauteren Donaldismus). (They even smuggled Donald Duck quotes in all the captions and some headlines in the feuilleton pages for quite some time). Has anyone read "Capote in Kansas"? A very good read, surely better than everything else I read from this year, but I wonder if it qualifies as a classic. I have some doubts. I will spare you my ramblings if no one read it, but i´m willing to discuss it.
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    Seven Soldiers

    I like this theorie very much. At first i was put off by the thought of another "straight" timetravel story without regard to the paradoxial consequenses. But it seemed to be in line with Morrisons use of the different dimensions and timezones as a plotdevice. Despite his talk of the "hypertime" - ramifications Morrison seems to use the multitude of conflicting Zones and Timelines of the DC-Universe not so much for a philosophical thesis on time but as a (often tongue in cheek) reflection on storytelling. So let me add to this speculation on the "future" sheeda : The terrible time taylor (= the new supreme architect of the universe = G.M.) is neither for or against the sheeda. His responsibility is only to ensure the ongoing of the story despite logical difficulties. He sews the fabric/texture of time/the storyline that is ripped by timetravelparadoxa.
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