You know what this forum needs more of?
COMIC BOOK TALK!
I see people saying what they bought, and comic book movies and digital comics and a lot of "inside baseball" talk. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it, but I miss those olden days when we talked about comics! What did we read and what did we like! What's good? What was the first thing in your stash you read?
I've been doing a LOT of overnights as the group home I'm working for is having major staffing issues, so I'm reading the new stuff but also older stuff...so a few thoughts on what I read this week:
The Thor series keeps getting better every issue! Thor is a character that I have mixed feelings about, it can be a great series, or it can be just a big pile of cliches, but the God Killer story has been incredibly well done, and the art looks amazing. I'd pay for this to be a weekly, let alone being double shipped.
I'm re-reading the Nathaniel Dusk mini-series from the 1980's for a "Crime comics" episode I'm doing, and while the story itself is pretty by the numbers, I was struck at just how much emotion and character Don McGregor put into these stories. Add to that Gene Colon's art, shot from his pencils (the first comic series to do that that I am aware of) and it's MUCH better than I remember.
Just read the first A1 book (an anthology single issue) by Titan. Not bad. Whispering Willows seems to be yet another cash in on Fables but at least they're doing it with good artwork. I don't know that I'll stick with it but there's certainly some potential for good stuff here, and the artwork is quite good.
Of course, My Little Pony continues to knock it out of the park. ;)
Really enjoying Avengers Arena, I wish I had more knowledge of the British characters their storylines seem the least exciting but I think that's my fault as well for not having read anything on them.
Batgirl is probably the best book I read last week though, and possibly the best book I've read in the last few months.
Also going to pick up The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys as I loved Umbrella Academy...plus, Becky Cloonan!
It's a three issue mini from Dark Horse. It's freaking amazing. Issue two hit today. As a big fan of Ragman from DC Comics, I've always been intrigued by the Jewish legend of the Golem. It's pretty cool to see this take.
Dave knocks it out of the freakin park and the story is great.
Another Dark Horse entry. Freakin great. I can't say much else about it. Apparently this character and concept has been around awhile. Never knew about it. I'll be getting this bad boy in trade for sure. Sold.
Said gorilla is, along with the potential romantic interest introduced in the second issue, the most interesting character so far—which he should be, since he’s the title character). None of the characters feel fully developed at this point—it’s been mostly world building and plot development so far—but I think that will improve over the next four issues as more layers are added.
Spurrier and Stokely are building an interesting world, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. Recommended.
This book did not fail. :)
Battling Boy is so close!
Fury: My War Gone By #13 - Marvel MAX (though they just call it MAX now), Ennis & Parlov. I LOVED this series. Top of the box every time a box arrived. And while I was bummed that this had to end, I also think it told its story, and ended in a way that was complete, and each issue felt very full.
This series, set in the sort of MAX continuity where he has written Nick Fury and a lot of Punisher in the past, this 13 issue series was one long recollection of Nick Fury on the many wars he was involved in, mostly in an intelligence capacity, AFTER the big one, and what it all amounted to. There are a few supporting characters who age through those years with him- a lover, a trusted right hand man, and a political opportunist rival. It is excellent. It has an appearance of a Vietnam era Frank Castle, as well as an Contra era Barracuda. It is one of the best (and most unsung) things Marvel has been publishing, and I think it is essential reading for anyone who enjoyed Punisher MAX. As with all MAX product, print runs were limited, but there will be collections, and MAX is now on Comixology as well (though it is content that tends to be rarely promoted or put on sale). I can't recommend it enough.
A Certain Scientific Railgun sneaks a cool science fiction story in behind all the high-school girly stuff. In a future where people have started to develop talents beyond the norm, one girl surpasses all her peers as a level 5 in ability - earning her the nickname "The Railgun" - with her electrical-based powers. Yes, there's a lot of girls squealing and hugging and shopping - but there's also cloning, a giant psychic fetus (yes, you heard that right), psychotic villains with sympathetic reasons for their trauma, and a protagonist who may be the most fun female character I've read in quite some time.
Toradora! is a typical high school romance with atypical themes behind it. It's like The Taming of the Shrew set in a Japanese high school, and with a lot less iambic pentameter. Asuka Taiga is the shortest girl in school...4'6''...but has a temper that's earned her the nickname "Palmtop Tiger". While she's cute as a button, she's a total spitfire, so naturally she ends up with a guy who can't stand her, but seems fated to always be around her. Very comedy of errors. Great artwork and tons of humor.