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I did like Jeff Lemire's New 52 Animal Man run (though I have not reread it so may not hold up) and his Green Arrow (though maybe for GA I was just blinded by Andrea Sorrentino's pretty art) but yeah avoid anything Lemire did with DC that involved a team book along with that Future's End mess that he was one of the four co-writers of.

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It's true, his Animal Man wasn't bad, but I wouldn't consider it a must read either. It would be towards the bottom of his "worth reading" output, but above his "avoid" output.

I didn't bother with Green Arrow.

His one Marvel book that was worth reading was his run on Moon Knight. It was the best work on the character since Doug Moench back in the 1980s. In fact, if you want to read Moon Knight comics, Moench and Lemire are the only two writers I would say you should ever read.

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I thought you quite like some of the DeMatteis Moon Knight as well?

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It was only about six issues.

It was ok, but his big story-arc was mostly just an homage to earlier Doug Moench stories, and then he wrote some Demogoblin story which he didn't finish before the book was turned over to Mackie. It's not the highlight of DeMatteis' writing, but it was without a doubt the best work on that volumn of Moon Knight (from the early-1990s). Not much competition, as it was all Chuck Dixon or Howard Mackie outside of that brief DeMatteis run.

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For reasons I'm not quite sure I understand, I've been reading Savage Dragon for the past year.  It's like this glorious trainwreck that I can't look away from, and besides the impressive scale of a series written and drawn for 20 years by Erik Larsen it's also kind of refreshing to read a book where literally anything could happen to any character at any time.  I have respect for a creator who's not afraid to shake the tree of his series on a fairly regular basis, and though it veers into some damned strange territory at times Savage Dragon is weirdly entertaining.  

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I think you'd be shocked by the difference in Savage Dragon comics from the early 1990s, like the one you posted the cover for, and the ones from today.  Larsen went in this seriously bizarre direction not long ago where he essentially turned it into a porn comic for pages at a time in each issue.  Liberal amounts of bodily fluids were being thrown around during the copious amount of oral sex scenes between Dragon and his wife.  I guess that's the true gift of self-publishing, you can porn the shit out of it whenever you want!

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Essex county Book 2: Ghost Stories. Just amazing story telling, especially the way he ties into the first book. I know this came out some time ago, but this might be the best thing I'll read in 2018.

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Yeah, it probably will be, I have little doubt! The crazy thing is that this was the first comic book of any note which Lemire wrote. This predates all of the other good stuff which Lemire would go on to write, so he was starting out at that high-level of quality. Royal City might end up topping Essex County in the end, but Essex County is always going to be very high on Lemire's list of best work, and probably still tops that list, even with so many other excellent projects to his name now.

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That's the story with the House of Mystery burning down, isn't it?

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On 7/27/2018 at 12:35 PM, Christian said:

Royal City might end up topping Essex County in the end,

Man, I am not so sure. Finished it this weekend great stuff. I could not put it down.

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Bran-That would be about the point where Caitlin R. Kiernan took over as regular writer then, ending the anthology format for the comic. That was the point where I felt the book grew much less interesting. I kept reading the Dreaming until the final issue, for completest reasons, but it was a chore reading it as Kiernan continued on as the sole writer.

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I'll take Kiernan's haute gothery over the couple of turds Bill Willingham squeezed out as a dry run for Fables any day, frankly.

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OK....Well, I'll take Bill Willingham's Fables any day over Howard Mackie....if we're going to go with non-sequiturs. I'm not sure how Willingham follows on from a discussion about the Dreaming, but whatever.

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Willingham's Dreaming abominations took place after Kiernan was in place as the series' regular writer.

The breathtakingly shitawful #55, and I think that stupid Merv Pumpkinhead special was a Dreaming Special rather than a Sandman Presents thing as well.

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Oh, I'm sorry. I misread your post as saying you preferred Kiernan's Dreaming to Fables. I forgot that Willingham had written some issues of the Dreaming.

Yes, those were quite bad as well, but they were still just two issues. Kiernan's flaws were hidden by the anthology format of the Dreaming, but when she was writing almost every issue, it showed how little she had to offer the title. When it was an anthology book, at least if the author was sub-par, they were only on the book for a short period.

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The Seeds #1-I've missed Anne Nocenti. This is what Berger Books should have been about, as this is the first of that line which really stands out as something special. There were some issues I had with the writing (did Nocenti really need to use the word "fuck" every other word? I don't have a problem with that word, in the least, but it seemed like Nocenti was trying to make the book seem more "mature" by using such a "dirty word" over and over. OK, we got it. Fuck!). OK, those are minor quibbles I had with the comic. Otherwise, this story reminded me quite a bit of a John Brunner story, which is high praise, as I love Brunner. I believe this is going to be a stand-out comic worthy of consideration at the end of the year.

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In case anyone is interested, here are some up-coming comic series which look interesting:

Paul Jenkins will be returning to write comics with another series from AfterShock called Beyonders (not the Marvel character, no). It's described as a conspiracy thriller involving crop circles. I believe this one will be out this month (August).

There's been quite a bit of talk about Mark Russell on this Forum (OK, mainly from me) and how good of a comic writer he is shaping up. Besides his upcoming Vertigo project, Russell is the new writer on the Lone Ranger comic, starting in October. I would usually have zero interest in a Lone Ranger comic, but it sounds like Russell will be bringing some interesting political plots to the 1880s.

Also, our old friend J,M. DeMatteis returns with a new series from IDW in September called Impossible Inc., which sounds like a fun, cosmic romp.

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The first issue of LOEG: Tempest was a lot more fun than any of them I've read recently. More story than namedropping, some very clever and entertaining use of daft 'Fifties and 'Sixties pop culture tat and what looks like the start of a serious attempt to sort out and tie up all the loose ends that have been left splayed all over the place since The Black Dossier, never mind Century and those interminable Nemo comics.

It looks like this one is going to finish on a high note if Moore and O'Neill can keep this up.

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Wow.

Matt Kindt is good.

 

Black Badge is for all your young friends.

And you.

Mind MGMT for Young Adults

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Blew through Rising Stars, quick easy read that was alright...maybe ?  The ending was proper guff but I'll give all involved credit for telling a complete story in a manageable 24 issues.

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