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7 hours ago, JohnMcMahon said:

Southern Bastards is some damn good comics, did not expect the first trade to end the way it did and subsequent collections have been just as good.

It is pretty good but I stopped picking it up monthly cause several months go by between issues. TPB #4 is supposedly due out first quarter of next year.

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Just caught up on Royal City. What a great series. Love the style of it. What do you even call this? Drama? Slice of slightly off kilter life? The last page of issue 10 is pretty heavy.

Looking forward to Gideon Falls.

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Gideon Falls #1-This first issue didn't do much for me. The book was described with comparisons to "Lovecraft and Twin Peaks", and I'm not seeing that, so far. It reminds me of a lot of pretty typical horror fiction from the 1990s (not the bad stuff). It could improve, and I'll give it another chance, but for a first issue, nothing grabbed me. 

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Same. It wasn't a bad comic. Liked the art enough. But it just didn't grab me right away. But I'll give it a shot.

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In the days of the Nothingness, many pretenders, usurpers and worthy apprentices came to replace John Constantine. 

 

The latest if these is The Magic Order by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel.

And I like it.

Take Zatara/Zatana & siblings. Add global conspiracy of magic that has rarely worked in Hellblazer and never in JL:Dark. Smother it with lashings of gorgeous artwork. Oh yeah and no "For mature readers" £#$%words.

@@@@ing good start.

I hope this sustains.

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I liked it too. Hopefully the quality keeps up. I think its already been picked up by netflix judging by the huge logo on the back cover. Hopefully it is being written for the comic first and not just storyboards for a tv show.

In a similar vein, I enjoyed Evan Dorkin's, Blackwood at Dark Horse. It's not as sinister, at least not yet, but the first issue was fun.

 

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Netflix bought out MillarWorld. They can immediately turn any Mark Millar owned property in to a show, if they decide it's worth it.

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Is this one Millarworld? It appears to missing swear offs, mutilation and NC18 splatter thus far.

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Plutona, a fun, quick read, nothing Earth shattering but fun nonetheless.

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6 hours ago, dogpoet said:

Is this one Millarworld? It appears to missing swear offs, mutilation and NC18 splatter thus far.

Yes. Mr Millar pretty much says so in the end pages 

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Just gone through No 1 With A Bullet, which makes some well meant but fairly obvious points about social media and online bullying and fails to construct a very impressive thriller around them. It isn't bad (and at least manages to dodge the terrible gay-bashing cop out I thought it was building towards) but it isn't all that good either, which is a shame.

Nice art, mind.

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Brought the fourth and final volume of Brubaker & Phillips' Kill or Be Killed at the store recently, and binged through the entirety of the series. The beginning wasn't as strong as I had remembered reacting to it when I first read it, but it is a book that improves with every issue.

For those who haven't read it yet, it's Brubaker doing his spin on the Vigilante Genre with a Deal with the Devil tossed in for good measure. A milquetoast grad student fails a suicide attempt, and begins to see a demon who forces him into a deal as punishment for trying to end his life. The deal is take a life every month, or he dies. Over the course of the series, he becomes more skilled of a killer as stakes escalate, while simultaneously losing more of his grip on sanity. Brubaker deconstructs the "one man war on crime" story, while railing about just how much the world sucks today and our helplessness to do a thing about it. Not the most original story to be told, but Brubaker adds enough of his own touches to avoid the whole thing feeling like a retread.

On the art-front, I feel it definitely is the best that the Brubaker/Phillips/Breitweiser collabs have ever looked.

Makes you wonder how a Punisher run by Brubaker would've gone.

If there's much of a niggle, it's that at the end one of the biggest plot threads doesn't get too satisfying of a resolution.

 

As the story progresses, it's questioned whether the demon that our hero made his deal with was real or just a figment of his own unstable mental state... and it's not something that Brubaker ever really provides a definitive answer for. I suppose he wanted to leave it up to the reader to decide, or to explore further down the road if he and Phillips ever decide to return to the series.

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Cemetery Beach #1 (by Warren Ellis)-Wow, reading a description of the series, I didn't think I'd enjoy it. Actually having read the first issue? I definitely do not like it.

It seems like he did this type of plot very similarly in Shipwreck, and did it much better.

Oh, and there were about five pages without any dialogue...otherwise known as the point where Ellis got bored for a while writing the script.

I think he just wanted to write this series so he could describe the concept of cell-phones as if they were new.

Yeah, Ellis has been replaced. Ales Kot does everything Ellis used to do with comics, but does it so much better now. Ellis should realize how this goes, it's just like cell-phones. He's all caught up with the wonders of cell-phones (or doing something he was doing 17 years ago now), while in the meantime, there are smart-phones. Well, Kot is that upgrade, who is working in the world of 2018.

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