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Family Tree #1-I wasn't that much of a fan of this book. It's definitely not bad and is well-written, but I feel like I've seen this from Jeff Lemire before. It reads very much like a cross of Sweet Tooth and Royal City.

I mean, if you want something safe from Lemire that you know he can do a good job with the premise, you'll know what to expect. It's not as if the comic book world is overflowing with these types of plots.

It's not that I didn't like the story, it's just that I don't see much here that makes me want to continue reading, because it feels like well-worn territory from Lemire.

Still, if you love Jeff Lemire's creator-owned writing, I'd say you would enjoy this book. I just don't feel I need another series to collect, unless I find it unique.

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I liked Family Tree.

It sets up a much darker tale but definitely in the same vein as Sweet Tooth.

 

I read Vampire State 1 and 2 and it's not for me. Nice storytelling art as you'd expect from Charlie Adlard, but that zombie film in that tall building was more f.u.n.

 

Marked by David Hine and Brian Haberlin is enjoyable in the hinterland betwixt Warren Ellis goth superheroes and Umbrella Academy. 

Oh and nice teasy end to BH/JLA miniseries.

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Re-read Jamie Dleano and Richard Case's Ghostdancing from the old Vertigo days. It was fun. A bit much of the trippy hippy stuff but I loved Coyote Old Man's character. Really liked the ending too, which sets up for future tales, but I doubt that will ever happen. 

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Don't know if I've mentioned it in here before, but I reread Rob Rogers' Enemy of the People last night.

He's an editorial cartoonist who got fired when the paper that published him went aggressively pro-Trump. It's a quick but depressing read (as collections of cartoons often are), though the most worrying thing about it is that the book was published by IDW, rather than one of the non comics publishers who are known for their coffee table books.

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I read Brian K. Vaughan's Swamp Thing run after picking up the digital trades on sale a couple weeks back... and it was... competently average. I enjoyed Tefe's anti-hero characterization (which is honestly what kept me going with the book). The two issues where she encounters her fathers were highlights, but I found the bulk of the supporting cast Vaughan built around Tefe forgettable caricatures and a good deal of what happened in his twenty or so issues just blurs together.

I was annoyed by his penultimate storyline where he sets up some future plot threads that he immediately waves off with a line of dialogue in the next issue cause the book got cancelled, I imagine I'd be a wee bit more incensed if I'd been buying his run when it was coming out.

If nothing else, I wouldn't mind seeing some writer (well, maybe not all writers) take a crack at bringing Tefe back. There's much potential with her character that I feel Vaughan only brushed the surface of.

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With all the talk about Iron Man 2020, I think most comic readers have forgotten another comic that revolves around the year 2020....2020 Visions by Jamie Delano!

Can we see Delano revisit his dystopian America of 2020 during this year, along with Marvel's revival of Iron Man 2020?

How well did Delano predict that far-away year of 2020 back in the '90s? I don't think that well.

I don't remember any predictions about a megalomaniacal sawdust Mussolini farce running the country.

He was probably closest with his satire of Christian fundies anti-abortion story...I think that's pretty close to what's going on in Georgia now....

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Just gone through Barbara Slate's Yuppies From Hell trilogy. Bit less topical than the Delano, but probably a lot funnier.

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I read a few older things recently:

 

The Judge Dredd and Lobo crossover. It was mostly just a simplistic Lobo story with Dredd showing up for a panel every couple of pages and barely interacting with Lobo at all, the antagonist is kind of forgettable and it felt like a bit of a wasted opportunity.

Finally read all the Devlin Waugh shorts written by Smith. I definitely enjoyed "Mouthful of Dust" as an interesting little story, but Bite Fight was dreadful, it made Devlin into a snarling beast that got easily caught by the bad guys, used in cage fights and then easily knocked out by Dredd.

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