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Title: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on July 25, 2013, 09:47:23 PM
I'm sure plenty of us here at the 'fan love comic books.  What are some comics you like and why?  What genres do you like?  Superhero?  Sci-fi? Fantasy?  

Do you have a favorite publisher?  Among the big two, do you prefer DC or Marvel?  Or do you lean toward alternate publishers like Top Cow, Dark Horse, and the like?  Do you visit comic book stores in your neighborhood?  How are they?  There are multiple near me and I think I've found the one that I really like and will loyally frequent.  

Among the big two, I prefer Marvel.  DC does some excellent stuff, but Marvel stokes my fire much more.  Growing up, I preferred "Spider-friends" to "Super-friends" and when I was first introduced to X-men, that was it for me.  Storm is still my favorite comic book character.  I just recently read the 2011 Marvel/Crossgen reboot of Sigil and I dug it; the art style was vivid and Samantha Rey was a cool protagonist.  I hope the series continues beyond this initial 4-comic story arc, but I kinda doubt it.

EDIT (whoa, time warp!)- lately, the more I've been reading and delving into more comics by the big two, I find myself favoring DC over Marvel lately.  Like, there's more DC stuff that I want to buy than Marvel stuff.  Like Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Worlds' Finest

I also recently read the first four issues of Ascension (published by Top Cow) and I love the art style and am getting into it, but I read that the series is unfinished due to low sales.  Too bad, because it's good.  I especially love the vivid art style.  

So, yeah, let's talk comic books.  
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Monsoon on July 25, 2013, 10:53:59 PM
I'm more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan, and that's 95% because DC's 90s cartoons (Batman TAS, Superman TAS, Justice League, Batman Beyond, Static Shock) were way better than anything Marvel produced.  The only current DC books I follow are Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, and recently Superman Unchained, but all of those are excellent and I recommend them wholeheartedly.  DC also still runs the Vertigo imprint; Vertigo is probably my favorites comics label of all time.  My favorite DC character of all time is Batman, but I also have immense appreciation for Nightwing (especially Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder's runs on him in 2009-2011), Wonder Woman (GEORGE PEREZ GREG RUCKA GAIL SIMONE!!!!!1!1!!111) and Animal Man (original Grant Morrison series and subsequent Vertigo comics).  

My favorite Marvel books now are probably Superior Spider-Man, Wolverine & The X-Men (Logan as headmaster of a new mutant school) and All-Female X-Men (self-explanatory), but there's some good stuff going on right now.  Favorite Marvel character of all time is probably Beast.  I'd explain Superior Spider-Man to you guys, but those of you not in the know would probably flip a shit.  (major spoilers).  Seriously, I don't even want to talk about Superior Spider-Man unless you already know the twist.

In terms of stuff I collect in trades, I'm currently reading American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, and The Unwritten by Mike Carey.  I also recently finished Irredeemable by Mark Waid.  Those four are probably the best comics I've read in the past two years.  I'll talk about those four here, because they don't receive NEARLY as much attention as mainstream DC and Marvel stuff and I'm always eager to talk about them.  

American Vampire - with episodes set in the 1880s, 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s (I'm only at volume 3), American Vampire chronicles the lives of Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet, two new-species vampires born in different eras of American history.  The underworld is dominated by a rule of European vampires of Dracula's ilk, while Pearl and Skinner are day-walking terrors with new powers and weaknesses, having been turned under unusual circumstances on American soil.  The old vampires view them as abominations, Skinner wants to live a hard and fast un-life, and Pearl just wants to be left alone.  American Vampire is some the best vampire fiction out there.  

The Unwritten
- Tom Taylor is the son of legendary fantasy author Winston Taylor, whose Tommy Taylor books (an obvious send-up of Harry Potter) are the most popular books in the world.  Tom Taylor has lived under his father's shadow and made a living speaking at conventions, but resents his father for his rough upbringing.  Eventually Tom and some allies unearth a literary conspiracy spanning millennia and discover that they can use the spells in the Tommy Taylor books as long as there are enough believers in the magic of fiction.  It's pretty incredible.  

Saga - this is the series that BKV allegedly wanted to make all his life, and I think it's his best work since Y: The Last Man (one of the best comic books of the past twenty years).  Set in an interstellar war between two species, one of which is technologically advanced and the other of which is shamanistic and able to wield magic powers.  Alana and Marko, soldiers from opposite sides, fall in love and try to raise the first known inter-species child ever conceived.  Saga is an excellent space opera that I implore you check out.  

Irredeemable - what if Superman totally snapped?  Legendary writer Mark Waid (author of Tower of Babel, Kingdom Come, and some groundbreaking material for Flash and Daredevil, among others) creates a rich universe of unique superheroes, with the all-powerful Plutonian front and center.  Plutonian is similar to Superman, with senses capable of detecting any sight or sound on earth and a myriad of incredible, nigh-invincible powers.  "Tony" grows sick of all the criticism, ridicule, and opposition that superheroes receive, so he loses his goddamn mind, murders most of his former teammates and adversaries, and starts erasing entire nations.  Irredeemable is a superhero drama among superhero dramas, with superheroes, supervillains, armies, aliens, and extradimensional beings all teaming up to stop the one that used to be the greatest of them all.  I recently finished the series (which ended in early 2012) and it's amazing.  

So does any of that sound good to you?  Check them out!  The more people that read those four books, the better I feel about comics.  
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Yoda on July 25, 2013, 10:59:45 PM
Knights of the Dinner Table


As far as DC and Marvel go I'm off the map. I have The Killing Joke and Days of Future Passed waiting for me here.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on July 26, 2013, 07:40:21 PM


American Vampire

The Unwritten

Saga
Irredeemable

These all sound really interesting.  I just might have to check them out.  American Vampire seems the most interesting to me, since I'm intrigued by Skinner's character.  When it comes to vampires, I always liked the "apex predator" type vampires best.  

EDIT: I'm also interested to find out more about female comic book writers, especially women who pen superhero comics.  That's definitely a comic book subgenre that's lacking that perspective. I'm definitely digging Becky Cloonan's work.  I really like her art style.  Wolves is really intense and I definitely want to read East Coast Rising, because I'm amused by the concept of punk pirates. 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Esper_Crusader on July 27, 2013, 12:31:51 AM
I'm a Marvel guy. Well I was but I stopped buying regularly around 10 years ago. I've bought a couple of X-men and various other titles over the last few years but I don't know what the hell is going on and its gotten way too expensive in my opinion to collect and follow storylines that cross over into 3 or 4 other titles.
Anyway, I followed the X books mostly in the 90's with favorites being the big events like Xecutioners Song and The Age of Apocalypse. I also followed Spidey, Punisher and the other staples. The What If? Books were fun and I also read Deaths Head but that one was a Marvel UK book and tricky to find.
 I had some good collectables for a while including all 5 covers of The Xmen no.1 reboot, Spawn no.1, XForce no. 1 as well as the the last issue of New Mutants. First appearance of Venom, War Zone no.1... I forget the rest.
I sold off all my comics a few years back and I reaaaaally regret it.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on August 03, 2013, 05:10:55 PM
I've heard good things about Collider #1 (Vertigo) so I'm going to see how that is.  And because it looks like high-camp cyberpunk and was only a buck, I'm checking out Bubblegun #1 (Aspen MLT).

EDIT:  Just finished reading these.  

I can see why a lot of folks are really into Collider, but I simply could not get into it.  I did not really like the art style or any of the characters.  Plus, the premise was too far-fetched, even for a comic book.  I will not be continuing this series.  

Bubblegun, on the other hand, totally spoke my language.  It was campy, the art was great, and it actually wasn't too fanservicey.  Molli actually wears full body armor!  I think I've found a new series to follow.  I want to check out Overtaken (a new Aspen series whose first issue should be out later this month for $1 as part of Aspen's 10 for 10 deal.)  That one looks cool.  Not cheesecake-y like a lot of Aspen's other stuff. 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Monsoon on August 03, 2013, 06:15:15 PM
The only comics I've read from Aspen are a few of their Executive Assistant issues.  The writing is... lacking, but the art is good and cheesecake-a-riffic. 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: D-Rider on August 03, 2013, 08:49:18 PM
I'm not a huge comic buff anymore, but I love me some Astro City.

Of course, no comic has ever grabbed me like Transmetropolitan.  Hell, no ANYTHING has ever grabbed me like Transmet.  It had a huge impact on me personally and professionally.  It both got me into and out of the journalism business. :P
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Ashton on August 06, 2013, 06:55:58 AM
I've been reading the Batman Beyond line for a while now, because I love me some DCAU.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on August 28, 2013, 09:09:49 PM
How do you folks feel about reading comics, manga, and graphic novels on e-readers (like Kindle Fire) or tablets (like iPad)?  I HATED reading comics on Kindle Fire and they're far more doable on an iPad, but nothing beats holding the real thing for me.  

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE e-readers for novels.  Being able to increase the font size in a lengthy novel with the push of a button is great.  I also like the portable size, since it can be a pain to lug around epic fantasy tomes like Song of Ice and Fire.  Plus, if something in book 5 is referenced in book 1, I can quickly go to book 1 (in my Kindle) and look for that part.  But for comics, manga, and graphic novels, I prefer the real thing.  

I also love spending time browsing around my neighborhood comic book stores for stuff I normally wouldn't know about otherwise.  That's how I stumbled onto a lot of neat stuff I wouldn't have even known about.  I hope I can still enjoy that for a few years longer before the inevitable "digital age" makes the neighborhood comic book store obsolete.  
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Mickeymac92 on September 04, 2013, 04:34:27 PM
I like e-readers for comics since having a bunch of graphic novels and comic books around is just too messy for me. Plus going back and finding them is much more convenient on a e-reader, too.

...Not that I read a lot of comics anymore. I used to have a bunch, but I honestly grew out of superhero comics, and I've been having trouble getting into non-superhero comics. The last comic I read that I enjoyed was a 4-issue indie comic called Command Review...whose plot I can't remember anything about, and I'm not even sure how I ever found it. Did I dream it up? All I know is it gave me the idea to check out super-obscure comics looking for hidden gems...which just led to a lot of wasted money on really terrible comics. Turns out they were all obscure because no one liked them. Who knew?

I know I'm still on the hunt for a comedy comic that's not a comic strip. You know, something that's light-hearted yet still at least somewhat story-focused? And doesn't completely suck? I've wanted to read something like that since I was a little kid. Closest I got was Deadpool, but that's still too much of a superhero comic for my tastes and I just couldn't get into it. (and of course I've found some really crappy ones, but I'd rather not talk about those...)
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: ultra7k on November 21, 2013, 10:56:05 PM
I really liked the Ultimate Spiderman series, and then ultimatum happened, and I don't know what happened after that because I stopped reading. I've always meant to go back and read the newer ultimate spiderman, and finish off ultimate x-men.

I also casually read the newer rendition of Supergirl, at least before it's most modern reboot (a couple years ago now?).

That being said, for the most part I prefer Marvel to DC, but not by a whole lot. I also really liked Allstar Superman.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Monsoon on November 22, 2013, 12:02:01 AM
All-Star Superman and A Superman For All Seasons are for my money the best Superman books.  Not counting the Grant Morrison run of JLA, which is one of my favorite superhero books of all time. 

For fans of early Vertigo goodness (i.e. The Walking Dead, American Vampire) we might have the next big comic book TV show on our hands.  AMC ordered a pilot for Preacher (http://screenrant.com/preacher-amc-tv-show/).  Preacher is excellent, and its general format (3 core characters usually traveling) is ripe for adaptation into hour-long episodes.  New content wouldn't be challenging to implement, either.  I love Preacher, so naturally I'm cautiously optimistic. 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on April 13, 2014, 10:17:52 PM
http://unlikelyheroesstudios.com/

I was recently turned onto this indie comic publisher Unlikely Hero Studios and their debut comic Super!  I've read the first 3 issues and I'm enjoying it a lot.  It's top quality stuff; the writing, the art, the comic books themselves.  I hope this little dev house gets big, because so far, this stuff is good!
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Esper_Crusader on April 19, 2014, 12:27:57 AM
I recently spent like 90 dollars re-buying the Age of Apocalypse series. Well worth it.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on May 04, 2014, 11:36:21 AM
Okay, so who participated in Free Comic Book Day yesterday?  What freebies did you snag and which ones did you like?  

Shigeru Mizuki's Showa: A History of Japan (Drawn & Quarterly)- This was pretty solid; I liked the juxtaposition between the cartoony and realistic drawings.  Its' stylistically different from typical manga, so I liked that.  

Wayward Sons/ Tesla (Red Giant)- I did not get into Tesla, but I Wayward Sons seems like a fun supernatural with appealing art.

Darchon/ Shadow Children (Red Giant)- I thoroughly disliked Darchon.  The pacing was choppy, nothing made sense, and I didn't get into the characters.  The cover was cool, though.  On the other hand, I wasn't expecting much from Shadow Children but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I liked the art style, the imaginative world, and I want to further know the characters.  Especially the male lead.  Normally, I find the female characters more interesting than the males, but in Shadow Children, the boy was the more intriguing character.  

Duel Identity/ Pandora's Blogs (Red Giant)- Duel Identity had a cool premise what with a superheroine (Andromeda) playing double agent as the super assassin Artemis. It definitely has a classic superhero vibe and seems like it could be a lot of fun.  Pandora's Blogs, though, had a promising cover but the pacing was choppy and sometimes sloppy, and I had to suspend my disbelief more consciously than usual.  I also felt like it was trying too hard to be "hip" and just ended up being kinda lame.  Plus points for an ethnic protagonist, though.  

Grimm Fairy Tales Age of Darkness with previews of Dark Queen and Robyn Hood one-shots (Zenescope)- Anthony Spay, cover artist, was at the comic shop I procured this one at so I had him autograph it.  It was an enjoyable read, and I especially liked the varied use of fonts for peoples' dialogue.  The one page Dark Queen preview did nothing for me, but I dug the 2-page Robyn Hood preview.  

Zombie Tramp/ Ehmm Theory/ Dry Spell preview (Action Lab: Danger Zone)- I picked this one up on a whim because, well, Zombie Tramp.  Seriously, how could I not?  I probably had the most fun reading Zombie Tramp, out of all my freebies.  Sure, it's mindlessly fun, fanservicey schlock, but it's well-done fanservicey schlock with a wide variety of cool art styles employed throughout its duration.  Sadly, I didn't like Ehmm Theory.  The blank backgrounds did nothing for me and the comic as a whole made no sense.  The 3-page Dry Spell preview was cool, though, and I want to read more.  

So basically, the Free Comic Book Day winners for me are Zombie Tramp, Dry Spell, and Shadow Children.  
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: (Tunnels) on August 09, 2014, 02:30:34 PM
Anyone read Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley yet? It's fucking great.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Rucks on August 22, 2014, 05:40:04 PM
Can't believe no one has mentioned Neil Gaimon's classic The Sandman or Brian Vaughn's (The same guy who wrote Saga) masterpiece Y the Last Man
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Mickeymac92 on September 08, 2014, 10:47:55 AM
I loved Y's premise, but I couldn't get into the comic itself. I really need to read my issues of Saga that I got from a Humble book bundle, though.

And for some reason I always thought Sandman was about the Spiderman character...didn't realize it was DC/Vertigo. I'm definitely much more interested in it now.

Also, I got Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1. Still got to read it, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: kofvscapcom on September 08, 2014, 11:46:42 AM
For recent stuff, I really like Wolverine and the X-men, the current Hawkeye run, Sec Criminals and Fatale which just ended. Saga is also a really big one but has been updating really slowly.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Rucks on March 01, 2016, 01:04:24 PM
Necroing this to mention that A) I just read Locke and Key and it's absolutely top shelf
and B) I finally ponied up the 350 clams to buy the semi-complete (minus the art books) set of The Absolute Sandman.  Cannot wait to revisit it.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on March 20, 2016, 12:51:51 PM
I've been really getting into the comic Hexed by Michael Nelson (writer) and Emma Rios (art) from BOOM! Studios.  The art is incredible and I'm digging the story and characters.  It's nothing hyper-intellectual or anything, but it did have unfamiliar words and phrases that had me reaching for a dictionary.  I LOVE that!  I now want to read Fall of Cthulhu to get the real backstory behind Luci(fer), Val Brisendine, The Harlot, everyone. 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on January 29, 2017, 08:39:40 AM
Been reading a lot of comics lately and I might have to put Michael Alan Nelson among my favorite writers.  Not only is he skilled at writing wind-fast action scenes, but he's just as strong, if not stronger, when writing the quieter moments.  Plus, the majority of characters in Hexed are strong women and they are written incredibly well. 

I read the Comixology version of Fall of Cthulhu omnibus and I loved it.  The Hexed series is why I wanted to read it in the first place, because that's when Luci(fer) makes her debut.  I just wish the book version was still in print, because although I love my e-reader for novels, I like book-books for comics and graphic novels.  That and preowned copies cost an arm and a leg. 

I finished all the Hexed collections last night and the Hexed novel earlier this week.  I guess you could call me a Luci(fer) completist.  I love the writing, the art (especially in the latter part of the series) and the characters.  My only caveat is that the end portions felt a little rushed and awkwardly forced some characters to come into themselves prematurely, but I'm betting that's more due to budget or time constraints than anything else.  Still, I loved that everything ties together so well- Fall of Cthulhu, Hexed, the Hexed novel, and Hexed: The Harlot and the Thief. 

For those curious, the publisher here is Boom! Studios. 

Next comic I'm planning to read is Princess Ugg by Ted Naifeh, published by Oni Press.  I read some samples online and something about it resonated with me.  It's more of an all-ages comic, but promises to get heavy at times.  It's basically about a barbarian princess who needs to go to finishing school to learn tact and diplomacy so her people have a place at the table for political negotiations and don't get forgotten/ignored/left behind as primitive savages from a bygone era.

My mom is getting more into comics as well.  She is the one who got me into Star Wars and fantasy novels, so...  She loves gritty and twisted HBO shows, so I may have her read American Virgin.  That is one of my favorite series and I think everyone should read it.

EDIT: I love Princess Ugg.  Okay, Volume 1 is a bit predictable but Ugg is such an endearing character that you want to follow her trials and tribulations more.  Volume 2 is where we really saw Ugg shine and the plot became far more intriguing, what with all the political machinations at play.  The only caveat I have is that Volume 1 presents Princess Ugg as all-ages friendly, but Volume 2 has a beautiful scene of violent carnage and a segment where it's implied that [spoiler]one princess and the captain of the guard are boinking each other for ulterior gains[/spoiler], making it more YA than kiddie. 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Rook on February 05, 2017, 09:54:57 AM
I read a lot in the late 80s-early 90s but really only casually read a few things now.

Favorite comic Eastman and Laird's TMNT. Before they were a licenced product and became a big time toy and cartoon, it was a very PG-13 comic. Plus the turtles all wore red headbands. They only collaborated for about 30 issues but the stories were great and some of the art was just amazing. It looked like the most beautiful magna ever created.

I loved the look of NYC in these issues.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1QN-d3kuApw/URBDh1E4LTI/AAAAAAAAP9Q/vryckL5u-EQ/s1600/Review91+TMNT+scan1.png)


one of my all time fav panels

(http://blog.timesunion.com/comicbooks/wp-content/blogs.dir/2664/files/2014/04/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-10-003.jpg)

Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on February 05, 2017, 12:32:02 PM
Old school TMNT was killer.  I thought the first TMNT movie, the 1990 one, best captured the irreverent Eastman and Laird flair.  Of course, that movie caught flak for being "too violent for a kids' movie" and for some of the dialogue like this little gem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K7hL_p0kXQ (tame by today's standards, eh?)

I feel like Yu-Gi-Oh! was a similar phenomenon.  I remember reading some early Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in Shonen Jump and being surprised at how gritty and violent it was given the contrast of the cartoon that kids were watching.  In the manga, games that Yami Yugi would challenge "villains of the day" to had nothing to do with cards; they had creative variety and high stakes.  Like when he challenged a bully to an air hockey match on an okonomiyaki griddle where the puck gradually melts around a fuse that the last person to hit it would cause a massive explosion.  Yami Yugi was a murderous psychopath.  But then somehow, the card game was introduced, it became the focus (rather than games in general) and I'm guessing the marketing department took that ball and ran with it to make it into a more kid-friendly licensed product. 

Currently, I'm reading Gambit: The Complete Collection vol. 1.  Gambit is my favorite X-men character, I own a Gambit costume I've wore on Halloween 2015 and Free Comic Book Day 2016 (though this past Halloween I dressed up as Lando Calrissian and will reprise Lando for FCBD this year).  I'm enjoying Gambit quite a bit. 

Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on February 16, 2017, 08:35:52 PM
I finished Gambit and loved it.  He's long since replaced Storm as my favorite Xman and favorite superhero.

I read some sample pages of Night's Dominion, Ted Naifeh's superhero in medieval fantasy world comic, and really liked what I read.  I might splurge on Vol. 1 when it comes out.  I already love Naifeh's work in Princess Ugg and he's fast becoming a favorite comic book artist.  He has a contemporary superhero series called "Heroines" coming out in May, so I might pick up the first issue. 

My next comic read is this Aspen series called Idolized.  I really like the concept.  In a contemporary world where a lot of people have superpowers, what better way to show them off than a reality TV competition show called Super Hero Idol, where the top prize is a spot on the premier super hero team?  There is no print volume (the only way to get it in print is to scour for individual issues), but there is a Kindle/ComiXology volume so that's better than nothing.  Still, I prefer actually books when I'm reading comics. 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on February 24, 2017, 08:18:12 PM
So, I finished reading Idolized this week and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Visually, the comic is gorgeous.  Colorist David Curiel does amazing work.  In terms of content, I'm surprised not more has been done with the "superhero reality show" concept that Idolized does incredibly well.  I love how it not only explores Leslie's story but also taps into how reality show producers and editors manipulate characters, situations, and footage to create a show that fits their schemas.  As I was reading, I kept thinking that various aspects could have been more in-depth (e.g. the other contestants' stories), but once I read [spoiler]the epilogue at the end of issue 5, I exclaimed, "That is brilliant!"  Any misgivings I may have had totally made sense.  [/spoiler]
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on May 06, 2017, 06:51:49 PM
Free Comic Book Day was AMAZING!!!  I got so much stuff I'm still going through it all.  The freebie I really wanted was Malika: Warrior Queen from Youneek Studios and though I've only skimmed through it, it looked fantastic. 

Best deal I got, though, was all four volumes of Azumanga Daioh for only 12 bucks!  Yay for FCBD sales! 

Anyway, I'll be back later to talk about the freebies I read.

EDIT:

Animal Jam- I got this one for my 7 year old nephew.  It has brightly colorful artwork, but story progression feels choppy.  He'll like it, though, since it's all about animals and he loves animals.

Buffy the Teen Years- I found the Buffy short very enjoyable to read and I know my 13 year-old niece would dig it.  I wasn't too keen on the Plants vs Zombies short, though.  I don't know if the kiddos play the game, but if so they'll get something out of it.

Boom! 2017 Summer Blast- Nothing in this one particularly stood out to me

Miraculous- It's based on the TV show and I'm sure my niece watches it.  I Googled it to see what it was about, and that opening song is so freaking catchy.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiq2qS1Alzw

Spongebob- It's Spongebob and it has that old subversive Spongebob humor that both appeals to kids and adults. 

Betty & Veronica- I did not really enjoy the art and the storytelling wasn't as sharp as I normally expect from Archie. 

Bongo- 2015's Simpsons ones made me laugh.  2016's amused me.  This year's were not as witty, although I liked the one that put Flanders' sons on a wild adventure.  It at least tried to give a couple of throwaway characters a little something something.  I just wish it had taken that further.  Still, I feel like Bongo Simpsons is stagnating. 

*Catalyst Prime "The Event"- This offering from Lion Forge was excellent, especially the gut punch at the end.  The art is amazing too.  Definitely one of the best freebies this year. 

Dr. Who- It's Dr. Who.  Not my favorite Dr. Who comic offering, but still fun. 

Dragonball Super- Dragonball and Boruto were what you'd expect from Dragonball and Boruto.  I like Naruto, but this Boruto was all nonsensical action.  At least Dragonball had some dialogue and more detailed art. 
 

Guardians of the Galaxy- GotG was a fun romp, but The Defenders was a very pleasant surprise.  It was dark, gritty, and drew me in.  I don't know much about Daredevil and his buddies, but now I want to know more. 

I Hate Image- This was just a bunch of lame gratuitous splatter and inside jokes. 

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess- This was a nicely drawn Legend of Zelda manga.  However, I preferred the excerpt from the Ocarina of Time manga also included in the book.  Twilight Princess felt like any other fantasy manga out there, but Ocarina of Time felt like Legend of Zelda; more creative and wide-eyed adventurous. 

*Malika Warrior Queen- my favorite of all the free offerings this year.  I read about Youneek Studios recently and when I saw that one of their offerings was available for FCBD, I had to have it.  Rarely does anything live up to our internal hype, but this totally did.  I'll definitely be buying stuff by Youneek. 

Riverdale- This comic is based on the "grimdark" live-action Archie series, and I did not enjoy it at all.  It did not feel like Archie at all, some characters were completely changed (for the worse) and was just another ho-hum teen drama. 

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mirror Broken- This was interesting.  The watercolor style art really made the whole "bizarro world" Star Trek concept stand out, and though it seemed conceptually silly it grew on me.  There were a few other teasers as well.  Star Trek: Boldly go had appealing art.  The Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover was just plain stupid.  And I couldn't get into Star Trek: Waypoint.

Street Fighter V: Wrestling Special- I like Street Fighter and pro wrestling is fun, so why not?  The art wasn't really my thing and the storyline was as stupidly fanservicey as any WWE storyline, but it was mindless fun.  And a part of me will admit to being curious about the advertised Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers comic if for nothing other than the fanservice, since I love those games and characters.  Hopefully its art is better. 

Wonder Woman- It was alright. 

tl;dr- Malika: Warrior Queen and Catalyst Prime: The Event were the best freebies I got for FCBD and recommend reading those. 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Jimmy on June 16, 2017, 04:45:42 PM
I've been reading a few of the DC Universe Rebirth series (namely Superman, Batman, and the Flash, plus crossovers when they happen). I'm actually pretty pleased with it so far. I lost interest in the New 52 within a few of months, but the writing and story arcs for Rebirth are excellent so far. It also helps that [spoiler]The Watchmen are being incorporated into the main DCU in an as yet unknown fashion. It has been hinted that the DCU is possibly the universe Dr. Manhattan created after leaving the The Watchmen universe.[/spoiler] I know a lot of people are up in arms about it, but it gives the DCU a sense of mystery and intrigue that it has lacked for a long time now. I'm actually curious to see how it all plays out. Even if the revelations turn out to disappoint, I don't regret my time with the comics themselves. The Superman series has been mostly great so far. The only times it hasn't is simply because the editorial team is trying to tie up some loose ends in regard to the big picture story of Rebirth. Batman has been mostly good, and Batman Rebirth #16 is one of the best single issue comic books I've ever read. The Flash has been really good as well. Not as good as the other two until just recently, but still very good. I've also heard some good things about Wonder Woman, so I may check out that series once I'm caught up on the rest (I'm a few issues behind). I'd definitely say they're worth checking out for anyone interested.
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on June 18, 2017, 08:41:05 PM
I don't actively follow as much DC or Marvel as I used to (though I'm reading Charles Soule's Uncanny Inhumans because it has Indian inhumans with interesting subplots), but I like what DC has done with Aquaman in recent years.  Aquaman used to be a big joke (and I think slews fo DC writers were to blame for wasting his potential), but New 52 Aquaman is pretty cool and it's about time.  Aquaman's a boss!

Next on my reading docket is my newly finished collection of the 6-issue New Gods Bloodline Saga.

I also splurged on a bunch of stuff from Youneek Studios: EXO vol. 1 and 2, Malika Warrior Queen, and WindMaker.  I loved the FCBD preview of Malika (by hook or by crook, you all have to read it) and what I've seen of the others makes me want to read them.  Youneek has plans for a bunch of other "YouNiverse" stuff and I'm pretty sure I'll be following them for a while.  I love the unique persepective the YouNiverse offers: it's Africa-centric (given that the creative team are all African), thus embracing a fresh set of cultural sensibilities that have been around for centuries but that I don't know enough about.  They have more stuff in the works for the next few years so I'll definitely be keeping an ear to the ground for it.  I also love their whole approach to doing things.  I haven't been this excited about a new comic book studio in years. 

http://youneekstudios.com/ 
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Tomara on June 24, 2017, 03:27:16 AM
Maybe you guys could help me with something? I'm looking for a comic or two to cover in an anime/manga magazine. We always dedicate some space to non-Japanese games/comics/movies animefans might find interesting, but it can be hard to find titles if you're not fully up to date when it comes to comics and well... I'm not fully up to date.

Basically I'm looking for graphics novels/first collected volumes that:
-were influenced or inspired by Japanese comics and/or (pop)culture
-are available in English
-are/were released somewhere between April and July 15th of this year

Korean and Chinese comics are welcome too.

Some titles that qualified in the past:
-I Kill Giants
-Monstress
-Attack on Titan Anthology
-Wayward
-Dramacon
-Tokyo Ghost
-Kill 6 Billion Demons
-Scott Pilgrim
-Milkyway Hitchhiking
Title: Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow?
Post by: Dincrest on June 24, 2017, 03:12:43 PM
I'm going to have to figure this one out- I've read my fair share of "non-Japanese manga" but much of it is older than this year. 

I wonder if any of this year's Free Comic Book Day offerings fit the bill: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/catalog

Miraculous might fit, since though the show is a French-Japanese collaboration.  However, according to Action Lab Comics, much of the Miraculous comics came out last year. 

I'll have to look into this some more. 

EDIT:  If the whole "Japanese inspired/influenced" thing wasn't a requirement, I would wholeheartedly recommend Malika: Warrior Queen from Youneek Studios.  Vol. 1 came out earlier this month and it is a historical fiction fantasy about an African kingdom facing both civil war and the looming external threat of the warmongering Ming armada.  Writer Roye Okupe is Nigerian and Youneek Studios' creative team is all African.  However, several Asian artists were called upon to craft the Ming Dynasty concept art, so Malika is a multicultural collaboration.

Malika was my absolute favorite offering during Free Comic Book Day and the full Vol. 1 is spectacular.