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JasonT    438

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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Christian    734

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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St. Apathy    140

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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slinker    893
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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Lou K    1,054
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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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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dogpoet    442
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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sethos    5
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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Christian    734
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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Christian    734
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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JasonT    438
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?

 

 

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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JasonT    438

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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Christian    734

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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arrazello    0

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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Christian    734

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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arrazello    0
X-Men: Noir is probably my favourite comic running at the moment.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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Shawn    297

Might Avengers #21 - (to paraphrase WWE superstar the Rock) Finally! The Avengers...have come back....to the Marvel...Universe!!!

This is a a good book. Slott manages to bring everything together in yummy stew filling the reader in on current goings on and also kick off something new. Hank Pym is a hero again as the Wasp and shows how smart he can be. In one issue Slott brings Pym to a level he deserves. Jarvis is back as the "constant" that holds the team together. Along with Hulk, Jacosta (modeled after Janet's brain), Scarlet Witch, USAgent, Hercules (with Amadeus Cho), Stature, and Vision they must come together to battle a magical menace. A good team to be sure but I don't see them all staying. I do hope Herc stays.

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Shawn    297
HOLY LIVING HELL! Did anyone else read the new X-Factor?!?!?!?

I knew I forgot something. Yes I did and was blown away!

It was completely shocked and unexpected. DAMN.

 

I will respect David's wishes and not put spoilers or even hints of spoilers anywhere. It lived up to the hype.

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Balthazar    167
HOLY LIVING HELL! Did anyone else read the new X-Factor?!?!?!?

I knew I forgot something. Yes I did and was blown away!

It was completely shocked and unexpected. DAMN.

 

I will respect David's wishes and not put spoilers or even hints of spoilers anywhere. It lived up to the hype.

 

I'm seriously lost for words. Goodness gracious. WOW!

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Christian    734

I agree with Shawn's review of the Mighty Avengers #21. Slott made Hank Pym really cool. I'm not sure about that ending though, as I like that character. Interesting to see where it's going though.

 

About X-Factor #39. Madrox just seemed so emotionless and deadened to everything. I thought the events were just Madrox' nightmare for a bit.

 

Thunderbolts #128-Obama makes a second appearance in a comic book this month. Is he going to be a regular character in the Marvel Universe now? Are they going to have an Obama comic book soon?

Really good story showing the pure manipulation of Osbourne's twisted mind.

Really interesting picks for the new Thunderbolts team, or so I think.

 

Astonishing X-Men #28-Well, we're back to decompression mode with Warren Ellis. The art was also very confusing in places. Ellis also seemed to be having fun playing around with foreshadowing, didn't he? Could you guess who they were talking about at the end of the issue? Yeah.

I do really like this series, but I got some bad feelings reading this remembering Ultimate Nightmare. It started off as very moody and intriguing....but, let's just hope this book isn't going in the same direction as that little mess.

 

Mysterius the Unfathomable #1 by Jeff Parker-Oh, this is fun! Sure, it's about a bastard magician, but who on this forum ever gets enough of bastard magicians? I'd describe Mysterius as a mix of John Constantine and Baron Winters actually. If you're getting tired of the mood of Hellblazer, you might enjoy this book, as it has more of a light-hearted tone. I also was reminded of Mike Carey's Felix Castor books. I'll be around for issue #2, and this is my favourite book of the week.

 

Superman Beyond #2-Oh, how I do love this. The one good thing to come out of Final Crisis, and the best work by Morrison outside of All-Star Superman.

 

This was a good week.

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arrazello    0
Mysterius the Unfathomable #1 by Jeff Parker-Oh, this is fun! Sure, it's about a bastard magician, but who on this forum ever gets enough of bastard magicians? I'd describe Mysterius as a mix of John Constantine and Baron Winters actually. If you're getting tired of the mood of Hellblazer, you might enjoy this book, as it has more of a light-hearted tone. I also was reminded of Mike Carey's Felix Castor books. I'll be around for issue #2, and this is my favourite book of the week.

 

Might check that one out then since I am tired of Hellblazer.

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St. Apathy    140
The Night Witches #3 was a bit too quiet an ending. Its alright, but it feels like its an ending to a much longer story.

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