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Title: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on April 29, 2020, 03:43:26 PM
While the country starts preparing to open in the coming weeks, Iíll be reading these wonderful comic books!

ComiXolgy
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - 30th Anniversary Edition
Over My Dead Body TPB
DCeased: The Unkillables #1
Joker: Killer Smile #1
Plunge #1
Strange Adventures #1
Suicide Squad #2
Titans: Burning Rage #2


Marvel Unlimited
King Thor #2
Immortal Hulk #25

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Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on April 29, 2020, 04:17:35 PM
Hey Jeff, Just wondering if you are going to get any of the DC Digital First issues available on Comixology? They are basically the reprints of the original stories that DC included in the Walmart Giant size comics, like that last Batman run you recently read. Its the reprints from the book of reprints  ;D They are only 99Ę (well, 85Ę for you and those others on Comixology Unlimited) and they come out daily so you could read a new title each day ... well, depending on which ones you would like to read as I personally have no interest to read Saturday's offering of Super Hero Girls, but I love the idea that it comes out on Cartoon Saturday, if you know what I mean  :)

Swamp Thing, Flash and Aquaman only have one issue out, so far, but the others already have two.

Going to certainly check out the Swamp Thing and Batman ones, maybe even Supes, Flash and Aquaman ... hell, for the price I may ... MAY even try the Wonder Woman one but we will see.
 ;D

If you are unaware, I think this is how they are doing it. Each day a new comic.

Monday - Superman: Man of Tomorrow (#1 and #2 out)
Tuesday - Batman: Gotham Nights (#1 and #2 out)
Wednesday - Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace (also 2 issues out) Hey, just got it, Wonder Woman Wednesday!  ;D
Thursday - Aquaman: Deep Dives (only #1 ... until tomorrow)
Friday - Flash: Fastest Man Alive (one issue out so far)
Saturday - DC Super Hero Girls (one issue out so far)
Sunday - Swamp Thing: New Roots (one issue out so far)

Again, just to reiterate, these were once original stories that only the people that bought the Walmart 100 page giants were able to read, so they are not reprints of the reprints ... just reprints of the stories you were not able to get unless you bought the books at Walmart.
 ;D
I think it is a great way to get digital comics out at a cheaper price!!! Going to try and support it as much as I can! Hope you find a few you enjoy as well!
 :)

EDIT - I guess I could have provided a link!  >:(

My bad, HERE (https://www.comixology.com/Daily-DC-Digital-Firsts/list/34367) ya go!  
:)

EDIT 2 - Oh ... I just noticed that Paul Pelletier is the artist on the Superman title. Yep, gotta try it! That dude (with Negation) helped got me back into comics


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on April 29, 2020, 05:14:48 PM
Thanks Perry I was unaware of this. Iíll check them out!


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on April 29, 2020, 08:57:22 PM
Thanks Perry!  I picked up 9 issues for $8.00!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #1
Batman: Gotham Nights #1
Batman: Gotham Nights #2
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #2
Swamp Thing: New Roots #1
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #1
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #2


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on April 29, 2020, 09:33:22 PM
SWEET

The Flash one was okay, not bad for a 16 page. $1 for sure!  :)

That is the only one I got to as of yet.

Let me know, when you get to it, no rush, how the WW one hits  :). That is the one I am least interested in.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on April 30, 2020, 01:31:38 AM
HERE WE GO!!!

Tony Stark, Iron Man 14-17: Slott's work (along with FF) from after his loooong run on Amazing Spider-man. What do I have to say here? 1) I do kind of like the weird analysis study on whether Tony has a 'soul' or is, in fact, 'really' Tony Stark. Is the most complicated, amazing AI? I kind of like that big idea. 2) I enjoy Rhodey's PTSD about being in the armor, and having the fears and instabilities of becoming cyborg-like again, based on the life-then death again!- he lived through. 3) The rest of the stuff I don't terribly find that....good. Ultron-Hank partially drives me crazy. I just think it's...a visually junk idea, and as a whole, done poorly. I've not cared for this stuff especially.....and I still will complain about all this tech essentially just being magic. 4) Cringeworthy Slott writing. Janet mentioned something about Game of Thrones, in a battle with Ultron, and Tony shouts 'Hey no spoilers! I haven't watched that!' I'm sorry. Capital--L Lame is what I feel about that. I'm not connecting with this title.

Speaking of...

Captain America 12-15: Another title I'm not connecting with. Remender's Cap, and the Right vs Left overt stuff was too much in your face at times, but at least it wasn't Cap's voice. Coates is...preachy at times? Obnoxious too? Makes me depressed about current affairs? Heavy handed to the nth degree? I think that's how I feel about it. Definitely a disconnect for me.

Dead Man Logan 10-11: NUTS! I thought I was going to read through this to the end; I'm wrong! 1 more issue to wait! DARN!! I was just hoping to see the ending...and have a bit of a good bye to this old, tortured lug.

Amazing Spider-man 15-25, along with the 3 .1 issues: Well, I read all 37 parts of the Hunted arc....So here's the good!....Nothing. Sorry, I found this to be all junk. I've never made any bones about it; Kraven is a junk character. His best arc was when he blew his brains out when he realized he truly had nothing to live for in his life. He's been resurrected, what, twice now? Ugh again. And now we have a cloned perfect body, but son, Kraven returned? Again, for what purpose? He hunts, nothing escapes him, excepting maybe Spider-man. Every extended Kraven and Kraven family story I have hated, and with good reason. It's junk. He's junk. This time of comics, Nick Spencer also introduced the random hobo who just happens to have been the Ned Leeds clone who escaped Peter-Jackal...only to die again. Why for? What purpose. It was a brush off, and a poor one at that.
Also, (rant now), I have to wonder what's going on that Humberto Ramos and Chris Bachalo have been mainstay 'star artists' for Amazing Spider-man for most of the last decade, even longer. I could tell you if I was the 10 year old coming into books, and seeing these guys, it would not draw me in. Some visuals can be good, but their story telling, line work, and depth of clarity for making space on pages can really suck. Then something else hit me...is ASM a poor book now? Like, is Spider-man as liked anymore? Does he have the fandom fervor that rivals or beats X-men as it once did? Maybe I could speculate and say 'no'. Maybe his book is no longer A-list material. I don't know. I'm projecting. I mean, Stuart Immonen was a huge part of the end of Slott's run, and he's...magnficent to me. I love LOVE Ottley's Invincible...but I don't quite feel the same magic here.
I've almost gone and googled 'Kindred' just to know what he is or what he's about, as I really don't give two shits about the teases so far. This is not a Hobgoblin or Venom build up to me.

Uncanny X-men 14-21: I wanted to finish all of Rosenberg's stuff before Hickman's House of X..!! And what...what the hell was that? LOL Not in a bad, calling it crap way, but man....what it did...was just brutalize the X-men, push them, and now...erase it? I havne't read House of X yet, and I know Hickman is a game breaker and game changing, but Rosenberg's work was brutal. I'm not sure I'd go with 'good' or 'great' but it was something else!!

Immortal Hulk 25: Did. Not. Like. Could not, and did not read it fully. Alien anguish prose for 14 pages? count me out of that nonsense.

There we go, so far!!!


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on April 30, 2020, 03:08:22 PM
Thor 15,16, War of Realms Omega: THE END. As Jason Aaron puts it, the end of his current Thor run. 7 years. Way to go, man!! Now, 15 issues into his Avengers stuff, and I'm not feeling it. His Ghost Rider? Cool! Even his Hulk for 16 issues was cool. Wolverine and X-men was a bright spot in a weird time.  But this stuff? LEGENDARY. I'll hold this for a long time. I will, eventually, get all the trades as well for his run with del Mundo, even if I couldn't stand it, read it, or really enjoy the work. Because this stuff is comics I want to share with my kids. This stuff is supposed to be pointed to on the shelf and be said of 'read. THAT.' I know in recent years, for me, it's been having the entirety of Johns Green Lantern, Fraction' Iron Man, Brubaker's Captain America, and yes, Aaron's Thor. Just great stuff.

OK!!

House of X 1, Powers of X 1, House of X 2, Powers of X 2-3, House of X 3: WHAT AM I READING? OMG THIS FEELS BRILLIANT!! I LOVE MOIRA!!! I'm still trying to comprehend and take everything in. It's still unfolding, and I love how it feels to unfold. What a game changer. What a revitalization. What...a reading!!! When can we get Hickman on Legion of Superheroes!!!!


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on April 30, 2020, 05:17:13 PM
Thor 15,16, War of Realms Omega: THE END. As Jason Aaron puts it, the end of his current Thor run.

Real quick, I don't have much time, but just to let you know ... not the end.

Aaron has a four issue mini that actually closes out his Thor run called King Thor. You really only need to read the first 3 issues and part of issue #4, but ...



Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on April 30, 2020, 05:33:35 PM
Thor 15,16, War of Realms Omega: THE END. As Jason Aaron puts it, the end of his current Thor run.

Real quick, I don't have much time, but just to let you know ... not the end.

Aaron has a four issue mini that actually closes out his Thor run called King Thor. You really only need to read the first 3 issues and part of issue #4, but ...



Yep, I know. I took his words at the end of issue to mean ' no more current timeline' Thor, but yeah, the end of all time fight between King Thor and Loki is coming up next!!


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on April 30, 2020, 08:02:39 PM
House of X Powers of X 4-6 each -ERMAGUD!!!!  :o :o :o :o :o


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 01, 2020, 01:22:44 AM
House of X Powers of X 4-6 each -ERMAGUD!!!!  :o :o :o :o :o

Told ya!!!!   ;D


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on May 01, 2020, 02:52:24 AM
Avengers 13-21:And just before, I was cooing Jason Aaron's name over and over again. Well, that does not apply to this title. This is not interesting. This is not good. How do you write Thor as you do in his solo title, only to make him movie version Drax in the Avengers? Ugh, this is not good. I've got 3 more issues to catch up with Unlimited...because I'm a completist...and I think I'll just drop it. I do not like this.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man 8-12: THIS. This is how I would write Superman (and Spider-man) comics. The world I would write in would be exploring what the characters do within the world around them. Watch what Mary Jane does, and how she carries herself knowing what she does. How can Spidey help out a group of people being taken for everything they've had by a gofundme group. Stick his neck out for an old friend like Hobie Brown to see him keeping on going on the up and up. THAT'S how you write a character like Spidey (and Superman!-seriously! I've always said the way to make Superman more interesting is to make his world more interesting. ) That's how Taylor makes this book way better than Amazing is currently. And with a better art look to it as well. Ken Lashley! Long time no see. Weird to see him pop up every now and again on a book.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 01, 2020, 03:35:54 AM
Avengers 13-21:And just before, I was cooing Jason Aaron's name over and over again. Well, that does not apply to this title. This is not interesting. This is not good. How do you write Thor as you do in his solo title, only to make him movie version Drax in the Avengers? Ugh, this is not good. I've got 3 more issues to catch up with Unlimited...because I'm a completist...and I think I'll just drop it. I do not like this.

You've made it farther then I did.  That's a terrible comic.  It must be written by Bizarro Aaron from another universe.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 01, 2020, 03:39:48 AM
ComiXolgy
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - 30th Anniversary Edition
Over My Dead Body TPB
DCeased: The Unkillables #1
Joker: Killer Smile #1
Plunge #1
Strange Adventures #1
Suicide Squad #2
Titans: Burning Rage #2


Marvel Unlimited
King Thor #2
Immortal Hulk #25

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - This was fun to re-read.  It's been so long I had forgotten what all happens in it.  Great seeing Frank Miller/Klaus Jansen storytelling again.  Plus it was free to read on Comixology Unlimited!  I'm working on re-reading these so I can get the latest series in the story.  I'm glad I did - what fun!



Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on May 01, 2020, 01:22:10 PM

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - This was fun to re-read.  It's been so long I had forgotten what all happens in it.  Great seeing Frank Miller/Klaus Jansen storytelling again.  Plus it was free to read on Comixology Unlimited!  I'm working on re-reading these so I can get the latest series in the story.  I'm glad I did - what fun!



I used to reread this yearly. Of course, it was only one of 4 trades I used to own, and I had less than 200 comics in my collection, but still, I pop out my old, dog eared, scuffed, bent and marred copy and still lovingly read it often still.

Eyes sideways, spud.

This would be a good death...but not good enough.

The rain is a baptism on my chest...I am reborn.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on May 01, 2020, 01:30:05 PM
Avengers 13-21:And just before, I was cooing Jason Aaron's name over and over again. Well, that does not apply to this title. This is not interesting. This is not good. How do you write Thor as you do in his solo title, only to make him movie version Drax in the Avengers? Ugh, this is not good. I've got 3 more issues to catch up with Unlimited...because I'm a completist...and I think I'll just drop it. I do not like this.

You've made it farther then I did.  That's a terrible comic.  It must be written by Bizarro Aaron from another universe.

Oh, I missed this post.

OKAY THAT CUTS IT.

I'm not reading the rest of this. Cutting myself off; ripping the band-aid free, going cold turkey. Just stopping this nonsense.


speaking of nonsense....


Amazing Spider-man 26-31 and Absolute Carnage 1 & 4: What dreck. Utter worthless reading. For starters, that Carnage stuff is just a mess, and protractedly far too long, as was Maximum Carnage back in the day, with crossovers, title interruptions, and money making one-shots that add little as there is no depth or nuance to this stuff. It's just punching and shouting of 'not again!' 'this ends here' and that lame jazz. I purposefully read issues 1 and 4 to really see if I was missing something, or if I'd be lost. NOPE. Then there were 2 crossover issues into Amazing....and the best part there was not Carnage Osborn, but Kindred talking...in long circles....makes it sound like he's a dead Harry Osborn...is Harry dead again? I don't even know with this timeline.

Still discussing Amazing....the brief two parter with Boomerang and Syndicate was fun, then comes this crossover with Carnage, and now it becomes yet another cross over event thing with the 'future is burning' and bringing 2099 back fully into the fold.

I feel...yet more disinterest about this. Maybe I truly sound like a terribly old cranky man this morning...but complete stories, stories to themselves are fantastic. Immortal Hulk, Thor; that stuff just wins. This crossover and interrupted nonsense? No fan here is how I feel.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 01, 2020, 04:40:16 PM

ComiXolgy
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - 30th Anniversary Edition
Over My Dead Body TPB
DCeased: The Unkillables #1
Joker: Killer Smile #1
Plunge #1
Strange Adventures #1
Suicide Squad #2
Titans: Burning Rage #2


Marvel Unlimited
King Thor #2
Immortal Hulk #25

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Over My Dead Body TPB - Fun crime series by Jay Faerber.  Basically a former assassin agrees to find a runaway daughter for the warden of the prison heís in in exchange for his parole.  The search leads him into a larger plot and the story takes a greater turn.  I enjoyed.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 02, 2020, 04:21:43 AM

ComiXolgy
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - 30th Anniversary Edition
Over My Dead Body TPB
DCeased: The Unkillables #1
Joker: Killer Smile #1

Plunge #1
Strange Adventures #1
Suicide Squad #2
Titans: Burning Rage #2


Marvel Unlimited
King Thor #2
Immortal Hulk #25

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DCeased: The Unkillables #1 - I might like this more than the first series! The whole event from the villains point of view plus Jason Todd & Cassandra Cain!  Great first issue.

Joker: Killer Smile #1 - this is creepy! And I like it.  Lemireís as good as ever.

Plunge #1 - a new comic from the Joe Hill line and they had me with first full splash page.  Great art and an interesting mystery to boot.  And one scary cliff hanger!


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on May 02, 2020, 02:32:29 PM
HERE WE GO!!!

 :)

Tony Stark, Iron Man 14-17: Slott's work...

Is why I didn't even try this. No interest at all.

Captain America 12-15: Another title I'm not connecting with.

This one, at least for the first three issues, we will have to be on opposite sides  :) I know that is a rarity  :D
I have yet to read past the first three however as this title was suppose to be one of the driving forces that was going to get me into signing up for MU (along with Zdarsy's DD and Cate's Thor ... the one title I couldn't wait for  :-\), so I will have to wait and see if I agree with you on the rest at a later time. I hope I still differ from you as I did like what I read in the first 3 ... but we will have to see

Dead Man Logan

Still have to read this one. You and Jeff both seem to like it so I think I will as well!!

Amazing Spider-man 15-25, along with the 3 .1 issues: Well, I read all 37 parts of the Hunted arc....So here's the good!....Nothing. Sorry, I found this to be all junk.

As I said on MarcoPolo ... JEFF, WHERE ARE YOU?!?!?!?! .... I get what you are saying and I do feel it was far too long a run for what it was, but I enjoyed this arc.

Don't know what it means that I have yet to read any more of Amazing since I got through this arc, so maybe subconsciously I agree with you more than I think I do?
 :D
I do also agree that while I loved Ottley on Invincible and even sent him a "I can't wait" via twitter when I heard he was a new artist on Amazing, his art didn't hit me as much as I had hoped or thought it would
 :-\

Uncanny X-men 14-21: I wanted to finish all of Rosenberg's stuff before Hickman's House of X..!! And what...what the hell was that? LOL Not in a bad, calling it crap way, but man....what it did...was just brutalize the X-men, push them, and now...erase it? I havne't read House of X yet, and I know Hickman is a game breaker and game changing, but Rosenberg's work was brutal. I'm not sure I'd go with 'good' or 'great' but it was something else!

I appreciated what Rosenburg did especially considering that he knew he would be writing a "nothing" arc. I like his stuff and this didn't change that
 :)

Immortal Hulk 25: Did. Not. Like. 

Also spoke quickly to you on Marco about this ... AGAIN, JEEEEFFFFFF?!?!?!?! .... and yeah ... yep

Avengers 13-21:And just before, I was cooing Jason Aaron's name over and over again. Well, that does not apply to this title.

Jeff pretty much summed up all of our feelings about Aaron's Avengers. Slott killed my FF, but Aaron? Did NOT expect that. Boring, bad art style fit, not Avengers like and all of that from the very beginning at issue #1. Think about what we had ... Celestials? Vampires? Ghost Rider? New Universe? ALL just a yawn fest that made my eyes cry with each issue. As much as I adored his Conan run, his Thor run(s), this title was just the opposite.

Editors partly responsible because Jason Aaron should NEVER be paired with McGuiness art. I can enjoy that style, but not with Aaron. Much Like Mike del Mundo ... two artists that I can appreciate, that should never work with Aaron. The artistic style and the writing voice is just far too different.
 >:(

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man 8-12: THIS.

Yes sir, this was a good one. Sadly, for me at least, it fell off quite rapidly after issue 12. Hopefully you will feel differently!
 :)

DCeased: The Unkillables #1 - I might like this more than the first series ... Great first issue.

Agree! DC has something special here. Hope it contiues but at the same time I am scared they will run it into the ground. Already another mini lined up in the wings after this one. Sad as it is to say, I hope that will be the last ... for awhile at least
 :-\

Joker: Killer Smile #1 - this is creepy! And I like it.  Lemireís as good as ever.

Agree! I may not have thought it was worth the full price, to me at least, I would say you will fell differently being the fan you are of Lemire.  ;D It is good, for sure, not a thing wrong with the product at all, other than what I paid for it.
 :D :D

Plunge #1 - a new comic from the Joe Hill line and they had me with first full splash page.  Great art and an interesting mystery to boot.  And one scary cliff hanger!

Yes sir. You just read three really good comics in a row!!! Love when that happens to me
 ;D

I will come back with what I have read a little later. I have been here way too long and my dog is wanting another walk ... hope I can do it!!
 ;D


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on May 02, 2020, 09:22:14 PM
Even slower going this week and I thought I actually had more that I got through, but its been a kinda crazy week and I know I started to go through a lot of issues, but it seems I only read a couple of complete issues and a heck of a lot of page one and twos.
 ;D

Flash (Digital First) #1 - an okay issue. Worth a buck for sure.
Flash v2 163
Flash v2 164 (John's start)
Flash v2 165 - I started reading #164, John's First issue and the way it started, I thought it would be best to read the issue prior. Ha, not at all tied in, but I read it anyway

Also, after watching the three Perez shorts on the DCU (just three little short videos with him talking about his three of his runs, New Teen Titans, Infinite Crisis and Wonder Woman) I also got a desire to start his Wonder Woman arc, but like most of the other titles I started this week (and ended up getting sidetracked on), I fell asleep on page two or three last night.
 ;D

I have watched a lot of DC shorts this week though
 ;D


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 03, 2020, 04:21:22 PM

ComiXolgy
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - 30th Anniversary Edition
Over My Dead Body TPB
DCeased: The Unkillables #1
Joker: Killer Smile #1

Plunge #1
Strange Adventures #1
Suicide Squad #2
Titans: Burning Rage #2


Marvel Unlimited
King Thor #2
Immortal Hulk #25


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King Thor #2 - Loving this even with Gorr in it.  Aaronís Loki in this is a great character and King Thor still does not really understand his brother.

Immortal Hulk #25 - I didnít hate this like you guys did but maybe my expectations had been lowered.  Not that I enjoyed it, no.  It didnít make much sense.  On second thought, maybe I did hate this like you guys.



Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on May 03, 2020, 07:48:10 PM
LOL there ya go Jeff!!!

I stopped reading after page 3 of Q-tip philosophy, and came back around to Galaga Hulk punching a planet, and still decided it was stupid.

Speaking of stupid!!!

I read, okay, I "read" (loosely there), Rob Liefeld's Major X. Why? Because I always want to know what causes such rabid fandom for his work. Mind you, it's terrible, it's something that should go away, I believe has gone away because of House of X ALSO DO WE HAVE OUR NORMAL OLD MAN CABLE BACK DUE TO HOUSE OF X?!?!! PLEASE BE IT SO!!!
*ahem*
but yeah, Major X has all the writing chops of a 12 year old writing dialogue. Just lame. Keep on walking by.

Fantastic Four Wedding, 5-12: FF is no pedestal book for me. If it's bad, I just walk away and don't care. When it's awesome, I'm totally on board! I think I.....I think the book is a bit kitschy for me. Like, swarmy in how Slott writes families. LIke, it's how poor sitcom writers (think, Life According to Jim) write family dynamics and dialogue. If anything, ANYTHING, I enjoy teen Franklin for his anger about how he will soon no longer fit in the life of the Fantastic Family. That aingst, anger, and fear is pretty good. The rest? Doom's pathetic trap was...yeah, uh, pathetic. He can capture Galactus, but he didn't know Sue can make things invisible outside herself? Or that Johnny can control temperatures, or lack thereof? That's weak-ass sauce there, man!


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on May 03, 2020, 07:52:06 PM
I also just removed from my 'to -read' list in the MU Future Foundation, Black Panther, and Thanos. Even free...I don't even care enough to start this at all.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 03, 2020, 08:13:36 PM
ALSO DO WE HAVE OUR NORMAL OLD MAN CABLE BACK DUE TO HOUSE OF X?!?!! PLEASE BE IT SO!!!

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.....unfortunately.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/marveldatabase/images/0/00/Cable_Vol_4_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20200222085603)

But you will want to read this when it comes to MU in six months.   First part of the book is bad but it takes a much better turn in the middle and youíll want to see the end.  Issue 2 was delayed due to quarantine so I canít speak if it sustains the goodness or not but fingers crossed.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on May 04, 2020, 12:00:43 AM
Damnit no!!!!


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 04, 2020, 12:09:24 AM

ComiXolgy
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - 30th Anniversary Edition
Over My Dead Body TPB
DCeased: The Unkillables #1
Joker: Killer Smile #1

Plunge #1
Strange Adventures #1
Suicide Squad #2
Titans: Burning Rage #2



Marvel Unlimited
King Thor #2
Immortal Hulk #25


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Strange Adventures #1 - oh man this is a hit. Or will be!  On par with his Mister Miracle and Vision.  Better than Mister Miracle but not quite up to Vision...yet. But has the potential!

Suicide Squad #2 - Wow! Better than issue 1.  Now Iím interested!

Titans: Burning Rage #2 - this was decent but suffered from the fact that I read two GREAT comics right before it.  ;D


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 04, 2020, 06:27:24 PM
Since I finished my list early, Iím going to try to get these 99 cent comics read today and tomorrow.  I know itís ambitious but Iíll give it a try!

ComiXology
Aquaman: Deep Dives #1
Aquaman: Deep Dives #2
Batman: Gotham Nights #1
Batman: Gotham Nights #2
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #2
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #2
Swamp Thing: New Roots #1
Swamp Thing: New Roots #2
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #1
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #2



Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on May 04, 2020, 08:12:36 PM
 :o
Forgot about Swamp Thing Sunday!!!


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 05, 2020, 01:16:28 AM
ComiXology
Aquaman: Deep Dives #1
Aquaman: Deep Dives #2
Batman: Gotham Nights #1
Batman: Gotham Nights #2

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #2

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #2
Swamp Thing: New Roots #1
Swamp Thing: New Roots #2
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #1
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #2

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Aquaman: Deep Dives #1 - Wouldn't be an Aquaman #1 without Black Manta right?  I like it.  It seems like a comic of old where it's not bogged down by a lot of conspiracy elements.  A nice good guy vs bad guy story.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #2 - Ugh.  Different creative team on this one and right back to the tired old - big bad corporation dumping waste into the ocean story line.  Been there done that.  i'm wondering if this will change creative every issue?

Batman: Gotham Nights #1 - Ok I get.  These are all one shots.  This one has two stories in it.  Batman Medal of Honor and Batwoman Honor Code.  The Batman story was boring.  The Batwoman one was better but Larry Hama does not know how to write soldiers.  Way too much slang talk that's over the top.  I've worked with a lot of ex-military men over the years and none of them talk like that.

Batman: Gotham Nights #2 - Much better issue.  I like that these are one shots.  This story, like Aquaman #1, is classic hero vs villain.  And Clayface is one of my favorites.

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1 - Not Gayle Simone's best here.  Plus it turned into yet another big bad corporation polluting the water.  Been there done that.

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #2 - Better than the first issue plus I'm a sucker for a time travel story.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on May 05, 2020, 09:28:52 AM
I've only read a few myself, but I think you are correct about them being one-shots, but I found (with Swamp Thing at least) they can also have a longer, overarching story. I hope more do that.
 :)


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jeff on May 05, 2020, 06:11:19 PM

ComiXology
Aquaman: Deep Dives #1
Aquaman: Deep Dives #2
Batman: Gotham Nights #1
Batman: Gotham Nights #2

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #1
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #2

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1
Superman: Man of Tomorrow #2

Swamp Thing: New Roots #1
Swamp Thing: New Roots #2
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #1
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #2

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Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1 - Fairly decent story.  Another hero vs villain story with Parasite as the villain.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #2 - Also a decent story!  Reminds me of the old Superman stories from long ago when he went up against the mob.



Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on May 06, 2020, 09:52:22 AM
I also just removed from my 'to -read' list in the MU Future Foundation, Black Panther ...

As for Future Foundation ... meh ... and as you didn't like Coate's Cap, there are two big reasons/probabilities you wouldn't like his Panther
1 - he wrote it  :D
2 - it is set in space and is TOTALLY different from the Black Panther setting  ... something I found I wanted to get back to (having read those first three issues as well)
 :D

A lot of people didn't like the idea of Piiiiigs in Spaaaaace ... ooops, sorry, Muppets came through ... some people didn't like the Panther in space idea, but I thought, again, the first three issues, were pretty solid ... if you like Acuna art (I think he was the artist?)

I was going to quote all of Jeff's posts, but it is a lot easier if I go this route and say I agree with everything he said  ;D Well, except for the Titans Rage reprint which I didn't get and the Batman Digital comics which I haven't read ... yet.
 ;D

DC Digital -
Superman #1 - Decent story with Parasite, good for sure and certainly worth a buck but ...
Superman #2 - Just as Jeff said. Good, but I'm just not much of a Superman fan so I think I'm done
Swamp Thing #1 - Yes typical save the swamp stuff for the character, but done well
Swamp Thing #2 - As Jeff stated, these are basically one-shots, but they do tie in. It's cool
Aquaman #1 - Theme is all over these.Again, as Jeff said, save the ocean, again. The norm
Aquaman #2 - Nice to see the Sea Devils ... and a giant Angler Fish, but ... yeah. Yawn
Flash #2 - Ugh, the art I hate (Flash with lightning all over him and then ... SCOOBY LEGS??) Done.

Flash v2 166
Flash v2 167 - Finishing the end of John's first arc of Flash with a couple rouges (Captain Cold and Mirror Master). Pretty fun, yeah, good stuff. Although having peeked at the next issue I am not too happy that this artist continues to the next arc (or issue at least). Was hoping for Kolins, but I know he is coming soon. I know he is ... or was at least ... one of Jimbo's favorite  :D, but I liked the look of his Flash and background work.

Wonder Woman #1
Wonder Woman #2
Wonder Woman #3 - Speaking of backgrounds!! MY LORD, have you ever seen this guy Perez draw?  ;D Dude is just incredible. Pumping these issues out like he did (when he was younger), filling each panel with loads and loads of backgrounds and details ... just incredible. I know today's artist are "faster" (that is laughable), but the way they use blank backgrounds, or a damn wall, is just ridiculous when you think of what they are doing (and getting paid) compared to what the comic penciling kings of Kirby, Kubert, Ditko, Swan, Romita Sr, Buscema  (both John and Sal) and this new guy, Perez  ;D it is just ... man ... I don't know. I guess that time is gone.  :-\
Again, I know that artist do put more work into ... the "cityscape" per se, and yes, a lot or artists use different/better techniques to get the work looking fantastic, but when an issue is late ... compared to what these guys did? I mean, most of these guys could knock out at least 2 titles a month ... with complete and full backgrounds!
Anyway, sorry for the rant, and as for the writing these issues are actually pretty well done and hold up fairly well, so far.  :D
Yes some items feel a tad dated, but not many and not much at all, again, so far. There is perhaps a tad of Clairemont over scripting, but I don't feel it at all when I am using panel to panel mode
 :D

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Flash (Digital First) #1
Flash v2 163
Flash v2 164 (John's start)
Flash v2 165



Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Jimmy T on May 06, 2020, 11:59:52 AM
Scot Kolins started his run with issue 170 , Perry. That's also when they decide to change the costume without any described story reason.


Title: Re: Weekly Reader, April 29, 2020 Preparing to Open
Post by: Perry on May 06, 2020, 12:12:46 PM
Scot Kolins started his run with issue 170 , Perry. That's also when they decide to change the costume without any described story reason.

Hmm, didn't know they had a costume change back then. Thanks. Gives me something to look for. That will change my opinion of Kolin's Flash if he is the one that is responsible for all these damn lines.  >:( I thought they came closer to nu52 era, but I am certainly DC ignorant.
 ;D