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The Fantastic Other

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  • @Chaos: Yeah, look's good.

    @Queso: #1 comes out on Wednsday, so I have not read it yet.

  • Actually The Wake #1 comes out on the 29th.

  • @Cameron @Chaos: This sounds vaguely familiar. I'll have to check out the first issue.

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  • Sorry to double post but no one's posted in here for a while. Has anyone else read Dream Merchant and/or Ten Grand? If so, what did you think?

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  • I haven't read those, but I did read The Wake #1 and it was great, in storytelling and art. It made me eant to check out Snyder's American Vampire, It was already on my reading list, just not at the top. So I bought the first hardcover volume and have not read it yet, But with Scott Snyder (my favorite writer) and Stephen King ('nuff said) on writing duties and Rafael Albaquerqe (beautiful art, also, I think I spelled his last name wrong) on art, I think it'll be an amazing read.

  • @Cameron: The Wake is definitely on my "to read" list as well. I was able to read the hardcover volumes 2-4 of American Vampire during the last week, thanks to my local library. I had taken an intial leap of faith, bought volume one off of Amazon and loved it so I may go back and actually buy the collected volumes in future. I've been consistently impressed and amazed by American Vampire so you're in for a good ride. :-)

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  • I felt the wake got off to kinda of a rocky start (similar to how I feel about American Vampire) I'm not sure if that's just how Snyder does his creator owned stuff or what, I guess Severed was also pretty dull at the start, they all get more interesting right before they end, hell Severed has one of the most anticlimactic endings I can think of in recent memory, at the very least The Wake should tell a nice little horror story or what have you, I'm definitely interested to see where the story goes

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  • @Chaos: Severed was one of my favorite books at that time and I actually liked the ending as it seemed fitting, but I can definitely see it as being anticlimactic. Having heard another endorsement for the Wake from one of you guys definitely makes me look more forward to reading it.

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  • Well, needless to say, I freaking loved American Vampire and I will definitley be buying the rest of the hardcover volumes, then subscribing to it in volume form (for some reason, I feel like I need to buy all my indie/creator-owned stuff in volumes, The Wake being an exception).

    As for Scott Snyder's beginnings, I enjoy them, The Wake may not have had much big things happening, but it made up for it with superb storytelling IMO.

  • The wake had very approachable writing with some good characterization, as far as first issues go I wasn't blown away but I feel like it'll all play out really well in the coming issues, it's got a kind of Locke and Key thing going where it's not a series whose plot can be easily summarized which is always great because it usually makes for a creative and complex story. As for American Vampire, those other volumes are on my things to buy eventually list, having read most of Steve Niles 30 Days of Night series I'd already read a lot of similar stuff, what set AV apart from other similar stuff was the period settings and Skinner Sweet, who is probably one of the most unapologetically evil bastards in comic book history and loving it, there's also the promise that the series will open up into an epic spanning several decades and time periods and featuring several other interesting characters I'm sure, but right now I'm satisfied with the first volume, maybe when I run out of other stuff to read I'll get the other volumes, but right now I'll settle for just buying up any of Snyder's current monthly work

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  • The Wake was not even on my radar. Are any of you reading East of West?

  • @Cameron: How do you subscribe to something in volume form? Is that being done through your lcs? I've only heard a few things about East of West over at comicvine and comicbookresources but it's somewhat on my radar. What do you think of it?

    @Chaose: The Wake is one more book I have to check out (feel like I've written this before). I actually enjoyed 30 Days of Night and am slightly fond of Skinner Sweet, particularly his unapologetic nature, which is refreshing in a villain. Snyder is consistently putting out good stuff so that's refreshing.

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  • @Queso: well, I haven't subscribed to it yet (I need to buy all the current volumes first), but yeah, my lcs guy is cool, he'll probably be ok with me subscribing to it in volume form (if not, I can always just grab it off the shelf), which would just mean he would put one of the volumes in my pull bag every time a new one is released.

  • @Queso: yeah, back in high school I was really into 30 days of night, the more recent stuff I got my hands on didn't scratch that itch though (I've yet to read the stuff Niles did when he returned a few years back, but I would love to jump back into that world) and I agree with Skinner being refreshing as a villain/anti-hero he's just an evil person with an unpredictable quality to him, almost like a sane version of the Joker, he doesn't play elaborate games, he doesn't beat around the bush unless the situation calls for it, and if he wants you dead he's gonna do everything he can to make you dead. There's a matter of fact quality to his brand of evil and it's fascinating to behold

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  • @Cameron: Ok, that makes sense. Strangely enough it never occurred to me to subscribe to trades/hardcovers. That being said, those have grown to outsell single issues at my lcs in recent years, according to the great staff who work there. That's cool that he'd do that for you but it does make sense.

    @Chaos: Yeah, Skinner's definitely refreshing as I'm sick of the "misunderstood" villain. Just give me someone who's downright nasty for no good reason for a change. Wayne, my favorite staffer at the lcs, said that seeing the movie 30 Days of Night made it much easier to distinguish characters than the comics and I hadn't really thought of that. I was surprised that I ended up liking the comics as much as I did to be honest.

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