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What are you reading and why?

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  • pretty simple, give us a list of the comics you're currently reading, and why you're reading them, keep in my mind the intention is to start up a discussion here so have fun and bring up stuff we can all talk about (since many of us might be constantly reading different books from week to week, try and keep it to just the most recent comics you've read or upcoming books you'll be reading)

    I'll start: ok, so for starters the most recent TPB I read was American Vampire Vol. 1- I like Scott Snyder and I was intrigued by the premise (1900's american history with vampires, cool) this volume is basically a standard revenge story and an introduction to the series' main premise and characters, Skinner Sweet makes an interesting anti-hero as well, considering there's not a single likeable bone in his body, but he's charming and has some funny quirks to him (like why he's called Sweet)

    as far as my weekly Pull goes, I'm gonna throw out what I got last week:

    Batman beyond unlimited- The continuation of the tv show features a nice dose of nostalgia as well as merging DC continuity

    The Shadow- The character that inspired batman has a new ongoing series written by Garth Ennis, while I had some reservations about Ennis writing the title I'll admit I was impressed with the introduction to the character here

    Justice League-to be honest this series is starting to wane for me, it's still a fun read but the sheer excitement of the first arc just isn't there anymore

    The Walking Dead-things are starting to get interesting with the "a large world" arc ending, and a nice set up for the upcoming "something to fear" arc which'll lead up to issue 100

    Batman-The Night of the Talons is upon us, the court of owls wants Gotham and is making their move, standing against them are the outnumbered and outmatched family of the bat, I'm really enjoying this series

    The Punisher- Greg Rucka and Mark Waid's micro-crossover "the omega effect" features spider-man, daredevil, and the punisher working together to take down the marvel universes largest criminal cartels, seeing as I've been loving Rucka's and Waids work on punisher and daredevil respectively this is a match made in heaven

    Venom- another of the few marvel series I'm following, Venom is consistently engaging even though last weeks issue was mostly a one-off story

    Wolverine and the x-men: wolverine runs a school, its awesome, now this awesome book has to tie in with AvX but I'll hand it to writer Jason Aaron for still making this tie in issue feel like its still telling its own story despite belonging to a larger event

    Rocketeer adventures 2: basically an anthology series featuring stories about the rocketeer, with big names attached to each issue's three short stories

    Wonder woman- Wonder woman mingled with greek mythology, its well written and fun, last issue wonder woman went to hell, I like it

    so thats about it, and you don't really have to go into detail as much as I did, this is mostly just a starting point, so have fun

    "If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now"  -Spider Jerusalem

  • Ok, so i'm not the biggest comic reader.  The only comic I was really ever interested in was Spawn.  I've collected them from issue 1 to 100.  I have a few of the spinoffs and maybe 10 issues past 100 but that's it.  I had really stopped reading comics thanks mostly to money issues.  I recently found a nice comic shop and after talking about what I like this is what they recommended for me.

    Chew volume 2- John Layman and Rob Guillory
    This is about a detective who also happens to be a Cibopathic.  He gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats.  Sounds odd at first but you should know this works with people.  If he bites someone he gets psychic knowledge of anything they have done.  It works on dead people too.  Not something he wants to do, but to solve the current case... crunch!

     

     

  • Crossed - David Lapham and Raulo Caceres

    This one is highly morbid and grotesque.  The world has gone to hell and a large number of people have succumbed to a disease that causes a red marking to appear across thier face and they become a raging homicidal maniac.  Anyone they find will be raped and murdered.  Not even in that order.  It's bloody and twisted.  I've always been a fan of the underground style comic where you get to see just how far and twisted a person will take a story.  This is no exception.  Tread lightly.

    That's all I have for now.  I'd like to start reading the Walking Dead series thanks in part to the t.v. show.  I'm a huge fan of zombie anything.  I would also like to read some of the new stuff going on with the redo of all the supers, but i'm more into the collection books rather than getting 100's of individual comics.

     

     

  • Been reading chew from issue 1 myself after the walking dead had a preview in the back, and I've recently been reading through crossed and it's worth mentioning Lapham didn't create it, Garth Ennis did, then Lapham wrote some more series for it, currently Crossed has gone into a bi monthly series called badlands, the first arc just finished and that featured the return of Ennis to the title, theres also a webcomic called "wish you were here" which can be found on avatar press' website for free, I like it despite the violence feeling exploitative ( I could do without some of the graphic violence involving children) but y'know, other than that it's well done, I can give you some reccomendations if you want, what kind of stuff do you like?

    "If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now"  -Spider Jerusalem

  • Really the darker the better.  Much like Crossed.  I get tired of the same old super hero stuff where they tend to always save the day.  Unless they tend to be more like Spawn.  He doesn't care, he just kills.  That's my kind of hero.  So if you know of anything like those or something that just shouldn't ever be in someones collection, that's the one I want.

     

     

  • I still get monthly Green Lantern. The story kind of trolled on, but I am stoked to see whats up with the "new army" lead by the first green lantern. And why he is locked up for being so bad.

    Still Getting The Stuff of Legend. Have to order it online since my store doesnt carry it. Like I have said before, If Neil Gaiman wrote a story that was the *** child of Tim Burtons version of Toy Story, you would have The Stuff of Legend. Plus the art is great.

    I am Checking out X-men VS Avengers. Im going to let this one simmer for now and see how it turns out. I dont know how awesome the story will be, but the old fan boy in my likes all my favorite characters going at it.

    Invincible and Walking Dead are great to pick up in trade. Also cant wait for the last Vol. of Locke & Key

  • nothin.......and that saddens me.

    Beer is the answer, but I can't remember the question.



     

     

  • Sean:

    Really the darker the better.  Much like Crossed.  I get tired of the same old super hero stuff where they tend to always save the day.  Unless they tend to be more like Spawn.  He doesn't care, he just kills.  That's my kind of hero.  So if you know of anything like those or something that just shouldn't ever be in someones collection, that's the one I want.

    Spawn got too overwrought for me, it got really convoluted after awhile despite some cool ideas spread throughout the writing just started to wane, if you like spawn though I'd recommend the darkness, the first fifty issues or so are really hit or miss and the main character doesn't come into his own until its second volume (which is after those first fifty issues) so check those out if you want to get some background to the series and then be sure to check out Phil Hester's recent run which has been collected into about 6 volumes under the title of darkness: accursed, which picks up after the First Born arc (also in a trade) so thats some stuff to check out, theres also Preacher, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, its basically about a preacher whose soul becomes melded with the spawn of an angel and a demon and becomes more powerful than god, after finding out that god fled his responsibilities after this angel/demon child/thing was born the preacher takes it upon himself to hunt god down and make him answer for abandoning his duties, lots of people die along the way. Then if you like that then Ennis' Punisher run might be worth a look, I have trouble with it myself as it's genuinely unsettling for me how the punisher is portrayed (he's basically a psychopath who kills criminals more viciously than than many of them probably deserve IMO) but a lot of people like it and it sounds up your alley, also if you can find it Joshua Drysart's Unknown Soldier is a modern classic when it comes to antiheroes, its basically Jason Bourne mixed with the punisher and the fugitive and thrown into uganda at the height of the LRA's reign, and has a peaceful doctor discovering he's able to kill people a little too well and deciding to wage war on Joseph Kony and the LRA (theres a lot of child deaths in it) and the series deals with politics, morality, and the nature of violence, and if you want to go completely overboard and don't mind some fairly longer reads Matt Wagner's Grendel series is a must, beginning by following an incredibly intelligent author who by night runs the criminal underworld as a dark assassin known as Grendel, the series then expands to cover further generations of people who take the title of Grendel each for different reasons (madness, rage, revenge) and taken as a whole is a great series, it's tough to get ahold of some of them though but thankfully Dark Horse has finally decided to start printing everything in their omnibus formats with the first one shipping in June and covering all of the "first" Grendel stories, and thats all I can think of right now, if I think of anything else I'll post it but those should keep you busy for right now, EDIT: theres also Transmetropolitan which, while not inherently violent is a nice change of pace from your average comics, and while I'm throwing out books I think are awesome that aren't completely super hero related, theres Y the last man (which even has a fun little reference to preacher) and definitely Neil Gaiman's Sandman and a few of it's spin-offs ( primarily the Death spin offs) oh, and Saga, which is currently on issue 2, it's like star wars for adults with some marital and family life drama among a galactic war mixed in for good measure

    man, so that was sort of off topic, new comic book day was today but I think I'm going to hold off on what I'm reading just for right now since this post ran a bit long

    "If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now"  -Spider Jerusalem

  • theres also "the boys", also by Garth Ennis which will probably make you smile based on how you seem disillusioned with standard super-comics, its pretty funny and has some enjoyable characters even if like Ennis' other work it tends to delve into shock-value territory, but I can look past that as his storytelling is usually pretty good

    "If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now"  -Spider Jerusalem

  • xking595x:

    nothin.......and that saddens me.

    sorry to hear that, is money an issue? or can you not find anything to read?

    "If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now"  -Spider Jerusalem

  • Austin:

    I still get monthly Green Lantern. The story kind of trolled on, but I am stoked to see whats up with the "new army" lead by the first green lantern. And why he is locked up for being so bad.

    Still Getting The Stuff of Legend. Have to order it online since my store doesnt carry it. Like I have said before, If Neil Gaiman wrote a story that was the *** child of Tim Burtons version of Toy Story, you would have The Stuff of Legend. Plus the art is great.

    I am Checking out X-men VS Avengers. Im going to let this one simmer for now and see how it turns out. I dont know how awesome the story will be, but the old fan boy in my likes all my favorite characters going at it.

    Invincible and Walking Dead are great to pick up in trade. Also cant wait for the last Vol. of Locke & Key

    can't wait for the last Locke and Key either, really looking forward to it, and I'll have to grab Stuff of legend next time i'm in santa cruz, I remember seeing it at their local shop (it's the same one featured in Lost Boys even though they've changed locations since then) during my last visit, and I'd feel better throwing some business their way since last time I was up there I only bought a ninja turtles trade

     

    "If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now"  -Spider Jerusalem

  • money....im unemployed right now. sucks

    Beer is the answer, but I can't remember the question.



     

     

  • that does suck, I guess you could always bootleg...

    "If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now"  -Spider Jerusalem

  • yea....i know of some various sites but its not the same as actually having the book.....to me atleast

    Beer is the answer, but I can't remember the question.



     

     

  • it's good for being able to read books that are out of print and difficult to find, but I agree, that and its not the same as ripping off the music industry, or whatever, most of the money spent on comics actually goes to the people making them, especially if it's a creator owned title (of course there are discrepancies when it comes to this, but in comics the publisher has a more active role in the final product than most other industries), so i stopped several years ago and tried to buy the trades of everything I'd downloaded, but if you're broke and theres some out of print books you won't be able to read anywhere else...

    "If you really loved me you'd all kill yourselves right now"  -Spider Jerusalem

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