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1sweetiegherkin
Jun 4, 2012, 2:16pm Top

Again, haven't been reading any comics lately so I'm living vicariously through you all. :) So what's everyone reading?

2groovykinda
Jun 4, 2012, 2:28pm Top

After seeing the Avengers, and the next villain, I went back and dug out all my 70's Jim Starlin Warlock comics, including the "Senses Shattering" first issue. Excelsior, true believers!

3lucien
Jun 6, 2012, 7:51pm Top

The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Volume 1, which is not one Larry Gonick's series, was a good look at microeconomics although I thought they could have fit a bit more information in. I'll be checking out volume 2.

Chew: Volume 2 was as fun (and as out there) as the first.

4apokoliptian
Jun 6, 2012, 8:37pm Top

I have just received Flex Mentallo. Neat. Neat. Neat.

5apokoliptian
Jun 6, 2012, 8:41pm Top

>2 groovykinda:
I think that Warlock must be one of the best things I ever read and I have fond memories of those good times.
I think that I read the Star Thief story 1000 times.

6groovykinda
Jun 8, 2012, 2:57pm Top

It's a lot of fun, but it sure gets over-the top at times. Still, you gotta admire Starlin's ambition.
I'm also re-reading Ghost World, The Complete Funky Winkerbean: Volume 1972-1974), and Bite Club, by Howard Chaykin.

7apokoliptian
Jun 10, 2012, 2:08pm Top

>6 groovykinda:
Okay, I must admit that there is some affective memory envolved with comment. ha ha ha

8groovykinda
Jun 10, 2012, 3:39pm Top

Yeah, that's why I avoid re-reading some stuff I have fond memories of from my past.
I will say, I re-read all my American Flagg comics, and they were even more awesome than when I was a youngin'.

9jnwelch
Edited: Jun 14, 2012, 4:26pm Top

Loving The Incal Collection. What great drawings by Moebius!

11edgewood
Jun 20, 2012, 2:48pm Top

A few things I've been digging this month:

I really enjoyed The Massive, the new monthly from Brian Wood & Kristian Donaldson. Very cinematic, beautifully drawn, with an engaging post-disaster story.

The Moon Knight, Vol. 1 collection was great. I'll follow the Bendis/Maleev team anywhere. The monthly was cancelled, but I still have Vol. 2 to look forward to, and now they can get back to Scarlet.

The new Daredevil, Vol. 2 collection, from Mark Waid & Paolo Rivera, was mostly good. There was a silly arc with The Mole Man, and some goofy repartee with Spiderman, but hey, we're still recovering from a decade of bleak, noir DD.

I just reread Lynda Barry's The Freddie Stories. Great stuff but very dark (like her novel Cruddy). Nobody captures the earnestness, joy, terror, & resilience of children quite like her.

Finally, in addition to several other monthlies I follow, I started reading the new Dial H, written by China Mieville, one of my favorite sf novelists. This book is over-the-top weird--not sure how I feel about it yet.

12jnwelch
Jun 20, 2012, 2:56pm Top

I'd never even heard of Dial H. Look forward to hearing your reaction when you're done.

Wholeheartedly recommend The Incal Classic Collection. The sci-fi story is only so-so, although there are some interesting characters, but the Moebius art is terrific.

13drasvola
Jun 21, 2012, 4:32am Top

> 12

Agree. Moebius was one of the greatest (sadly, he died recently). Have you seen or read the volumes of Inside Moebius ?

14jnwelch
Jun 21, 2012, 5:16pm Top

No, I haven't, Antonio. The Inside Moebius volumes available in the U.S. all seem to be in Spanish, and my Spanish is rusty.

Yes, I saw he died recently, darn it. Some of his books are available here, but not as many as should be.

15one-horse.library
Jun 22, 2012, 4:14am Top

I'm starting Fable: Volume 1: Legends in Exile and intend to catch up with the series by the end of the year. I really liked what Bill Willingham did in The Sandman Presents and I've heard great things about Fables, so expectations are high.

Some Batman comics before the movie comes out. Because the trailers are making me impatient.

I hope to start Astro City by August.

16edgewood
Jun 22, 2012, 1:03pm Top

Okay, I've lost my patience with Batwoman. JH Williams III is a genius artist, but his plotting here (issues 6-10) is a crazy mess. Maybe I'll check out the next arc when it's collected, and see if things have improved, but I'm avoiding the monthly issues for now.

17one-horse.library
Jun 22, 2012, 1:20pm Top

Really? I just read Batwoman: Elegy (where Williams III was illustrator) a few days ago and liked it. It seemed like a great start. How bad does it get?

18edgewood
Jun 22, 2012, 4:54pm Top

> 17

I really liked Batwoman: Elegy as well. (Notice Williams did not script it.)

I find the current arc ("To Drown the World") incoherent. They'll spend one or two pages on a scene focused on one character, but those scenes jump back & forth in time ("Chase: 2 days ago", "Jacob: 3 weeks ago", "Kate: Now") in a way that doesn't build the story, but derails any momentum. I don't see how it will hold together any better as a collection. This is just poor storytelling.

The first arc, collected as Batwoman, Vol. 1: Hydrology, was good. But this one is driving me bonkers!

19Gendy
Jun 22, 2012, 7:22pm Top

>18 edgewood: I just finished reading the latest issue and I was just thinking that while this is probably one of the most beautiful book I'm reading right now the story is, as you said, a mess. I love Batwoman as a character but I may also have to stop reading this (for now at least).

20one-horse.library
Jun 23, 2012, 6:49pm Top

edgewood

Thanks for the warning. Williams is a great artist, however.

21groovykinda
Jun 27, 2012, 3:34pm Top

Just finished The Walking Dead volume 7.
It was really good, as always, but I'm getting really tired of the whole "What Bad Thing Can We Make Happen To Rick" thing. Just once I'd like to read a collection where something terrible doesn't happen to him.
I realize that, yes, it is the Zombie Apocalypse, but still. Kirkman doesn't do this to the other characters as much.
It's like that season on St. Elsewhere where they just kept doing terrible things to the one doctor.

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