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The Fantastic Other

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  • This is the thread where we'll post things about all of the other publishers out there. Today's a great day to be a comic reader and there are a lot  of different works put out that appeal to all sorts of readers. By all accounts, Valiant has been putting out some consistently amazing books such as Shadowman, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, and Harbinger, and Dark Horse is still doing some very quality Star Wars titles if you're into that. Image has amazing titles like Planetoid, Storm Dogs, and Saga for the sci-fi/space minded, Great Pacific for those of you who want a comic with some environmental focus, and Hoax Hunters for those of you who miss X-Files like stories, that is until X-Files resurfaces. Obviously, there's a lot more out here than what's in this intro so get out there and try something new!

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  • I mainly just stick to the Big Two, but I have read Walking Dead (on vol. 4) from image and a variety of Star Wars comics from Dark Horse (LEGACY! I actually thought about subscribing to the new Legacy comic). I am also really thinking about trying SAGA because I constantly hear how good it is.

  • Oh and also Invincible from Image, too. Which is super good!

  • its worth noting that Saga is a definitely "mature reader" title, with lots of sex, cursing and violence, that being said it is probably one of the best books being made right now, seeing as theres such a wealth of books in this topic my approach is just going to be to talk about the stuff I'm currently reading

    I recently got ahold of Blacksad, a spanish comic written for french audiences thats currently on its fourth volume or "album" as French books are called and they're all being distributed by Dark Horse, it's basically a hardboiled Noir where the standard genre archetypes are matched to animals, Blacksad is a black cat, his scuzzy friend and partner Weekly is a ferret/weasel (I'm not really sure) attractive women are cats and foxes, cops are dogs, and criminals are usually reptiles, its really clever, the story and characterization is great along with astonishingly good art by a former Disney animator. I really do it a disservice by trying to explain the book. On a similar note I've also been interested in Bryan Talbot's Grandville which also features talking animals in a Noir type setting, my only real problem with both books is the huge fanbase of furries attached to both books, sigh.

    I also just grabbed JMS' Rising Stars and Supreme Power, the second one's technically a Marvel book, but it's their MAX imprint, I haven't started reading yet but I'm excited to jump in

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  • @Cameron: Yes, I was too tired to think of those "obvious" choices but thanks for posting them. I think issue 16 of SW: Legacy had an awesome Obi-Wan cover. I've only read the first two/three omibus(es?) of Invincible so I'm a bit behind. Gotta love the library, though.

    @Chaos: Yeah, I grabbed the first volume of Blacksad last year and really liked it. There was a Kickstarter for a similar project that ended not too long ago. I'll let you all know what I think of the book with a review. I was afraid of the creepy furry fanbase but haven't encountered them, thankfully. I've heard of Supreme Power, feels like I bought some of those books from discount boxes, but haven't heard of Rising Stars. I'll have to refer to this thread and check them out.

    Thank you both. :-)

    Edit: Due to a technical hiccup I double posted the same thing and can't delete one.

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  • @Cameron: Yes, I was too tired to think of those "obvious" choices but thanks for posting them. I think issue 16 of SW: Legacy had an awesome Obi-Wan cover. I've only read the first two/three omibus(es?) of Invincible so I'm a bit behind. Gotta love the library, though.

    @Chaos: Yeah, I grabbed the first volume of Blacksad last year and really liked it. There was a Kickstarter for a similar project that ended not too long ago. I'll let you all know what I think of the book with a review. I was afraid of the creepy furry fanbase but haven't encountered them, thankfully. I've heard of Supreme Power, feels like I bought some of those books from discount boxes, but haven't heard of Rising Stars. I'll have to refer to this thread and check them out.

    Thank you both. :-)

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  • I've only read the first three omnibuses of Invincible too...and I got them from the library too...0_o does your library have a copy of Marvels also?

  • @Cameron: Marvel's?

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  • Marvels. It's a very good book that explores the early Marvel superheroes through the point of view of a camera man, you should check it out.

    Either we both have the same library or your like...my alternate universe counterpart :o

  • *photographer, not camera man

  • 1) Marvel's was a miniseries written by Kurt Busiek with art by Alex Ross that was essentially the Marvel Universe from its inception to the 70's through the eyes of a regular person, it was great 2) lets stay on track here, this is the page for all the stuff not made by Marvel and DC

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  • @Cameron @Chaos: Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for it.

    @Cameron: I figured it was via mobile. I wish my Kindle could navigate webpages more easily for ease of posting/replying.

    @Chaos: All too true. This thread is for the other publishers. On task!

    I really have to plug Storm Dogs as it's amazingly well-done in terms of art, story, pacing, characterization, lack of ads, supplementary material in each issue, etc. If you like space exploration books definitely check it out.

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  • I once tried Hellboy. Hellboy in Hell, to be specific, #1 to be extra specific. It was pretty cool, but it's kinda like all over the place and I couldn't keep up with it or even know what was happening half the time.

  • @Cameron: I'm very sad to say this, but I have never read a single issue of Hellboy. I know, I know, cue the boos and hisses. If you can, try following the first story arc and see if it gets easier to follow.

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  • Lol shame on you!(: But yeah, I might go back and do that.

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