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What comics have you been reading?

Started by irishmoxie, March 30, 2016, 10:49:35 pm

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BettyReggie

Last night I read Betty & Veronica Spectular Book that just came out. I also read Deadly Class Deluxe Edition & Last Look.

DeCarlo Rules

THE COMPLETE ALICE IN WONDERLAND HC (Dynamite)
B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #264
DICK TRACY: DEAD OR ALIVE #1
(of 4)
THE LONG CON #1
BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM #5
INFINITY 8 VOL 2 #3
(of 3)
CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL 2018
UNCLE SCROOGE #444
STELLAR #4
HIT-GIRL #8
KICK-ASS #7
ICE CREAM MAN #7
HACK/SLASH RESURRECTION #11
BURNOUTS #1
BY NIGHT #4
RICK & MORTY PRESENT SLEEPY GARY #1
DEVILMAN GRIMOIRE VOL 04

BettyReggie

I took some my commissions off the wall & I read
Archie #1- the one where Dan Parent drew Archie on the cover for me.
Betty & Veronica #1- where Gabbie Gross drew Betty & Reggie kissing on the cover for me
Jughead #1- where Gabbie Gross where she drew Jughead having a bag of Pop's for me.
Reggie & Me #1- where Gisele Lagace drew Reggie for me where he has long beautiful hair playing his green bass.

BettyReggie

I read
Love Is Love
New Romancer - Volume #1
Deadly Class - Deluxe Edition- Volume #1
Betty & Veronica #260 Jumbo Comics Digest
Betty & Veronica Book#2

DeCarlo Rules

September 24, 2018, 06:07:05 am #1489 Last Edit: September 24, 2018, 07:31:25 am by DeCarlo Rules
MEGA MAN by Ian Flynn (w), Ben Bates & various artists:
MEGA MAN #01-04 - Let the Games Begin
MEGA MAN #05-08 - Time Keeps Slipping
MEGA MAN #09-12 - The Return of Dr. Wily
MEGA MAN #13-16 - Spiritus Ex Machina
MEGA MAN #17-18 - Proto-Type
MEGA MAN #19-20 - Roll With It + Rock of Ages
MEGA MAN #21-23 - Countdown
  - At this point, I quit buying Mega Man from issues #24-27 until the crossover with the Sonic titles ended. I wasn't going to buy all those extra comics with characters that didn't interest me (which would have amounted to 4 issues of Sonic the Hedgehog plus 4 issues of Sonic Universe) just to follow the story in those four issues of Mega Man.
MEGA MAN #28-33 - Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon
MEGA MAN #34-36 - Shadow of Ra Moon + The Trial of Dr. Wily
MEGA MAN X FCDB 2014 - The X Factor
MEGA MAN #37-40 - Dawn of X
MEGA MAN #41-44 - Legends of the Blue Bomber
MEGA MAN #45-48 - The Ultimate Betrayal
MEGA MAN    #49 - Prisoners of War
MEGA MAN FCBD 2015 Worlds Unite Prelude
MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1
  - Once again, I skipped buying Mega Man #50-52 because the story was a crossover with the Sonic titles.)
MEGA MAN    #54 - Red Shift (story takes place before issue #53)
MEGA MAN    #53 - Blue Shift
MEGA MAN    #55 - Everlasting Peace
- Unfortunately, the final story arc of MEGA MAN never concluded due to the interruption of the plot by the "Worlds Unite" crossover with Sonic in issues #50-52. The final MEGA MAN story's plot had Proto Man tricked by Dr. Wily into kidnapping Dr. Cossack's daughter Kalinka, and Wily holding her hostage as leverage to coerce Dr. Cossack into attacking Mega Man with a new group of Robot Masters. After unburdening himself to Dr. Noele LaLinde and discovering Wily's deception, Proto Man vowed to correct his mistake and rescue Kalinka from Wily's clutches, but we never got to see that, or Mega Man's battle against Dr. Cossack's Robot Masters. The crossovers with Sonic really were an annoying interruption, because in both cases all the characters involved are returned to their respective universes moments after they left, with no memory of the events which had transpired, picking up the plot exactly where they'd left it prior to the crossover. As it was, it looks like the decision to end the title was made at the last moment, and knowing there was no way of squeezing a hurried confrontation and climax into the single issue #55, instead that issue's story was sort of a hallucinatory homage where Dr. Light has visions of the future -- which were all full-page panels showing the characters from the many Mega Man sequels in the franchise, along with minimal caption text boxes -- as a tribute/send-off of the title. Had those four issues (50, 51, 52, and 55) also been devoted to advancing the plot begun in issue #49, Ian Flynn could easily have wrapped up the series and ended on a satisfying conclusion, and Dr. Light's final vision of the future could have been condensed down to a half-dozen pages or so with smaller panels.

MEGA MAN was the comic book title that made me a regular customer of ACP for the first time since THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS in the 1980s. In retrospect, I wish that ACP had gotten the license to the character 15 or 20 years earlier. It might have made me more aware of what was going on in other ACP titles being published at that time ("Love Showdown", CHERYL BLOSSOM, SABRINA, JOSIE (in ARCHIE & FRIENDS), BETTY & VERONICA/SPECTACULAR, Craig Boldman & Rex Lindsey's JUGHEAD, etc.), and resulted in me becoming an Archie Comics fan much earlier. That, and the fact that I wish I could have read 250+ issues of this title like SONIC THE HEDGEHOG racked up.

I am not a gamer; never have been. What attracted me to MEGA MAN (known as ROCKMAN in Japan) were the appealing character designs and the ongoing theme of robots. I knew virtually nothing about the characters of this franchise prior to having read Ian Flynn's comic stories. As far as the robot theme goes, MEGA MAN carries on where one of my favorite mangas, Osamu Tezuka's ASTRO BOY, left off. Not only are the themes identical, but the character of Mega Man (a boy robot hero who fights bad robots, and feels bad about fighting them because he's pacifistic by nature) has many similarities to Astro Boy himself. Rock (Mega Man's real name) was made to be a helper robot, and it's part of his basic programming to be helpful. He was never meant to be a fighting robot, and in many ways he embodies the innocence, virtue and naivete of a real boy whose age he appears to be. This could have been a very simple comic book with a good robot hero fighting bad robots with varied appearances and special abilities, but Ian Flynn put a lot into making the large cast of robot characters all individuals who act & react differently. Even the evil archenemy Dr. Wily, while still your basic megalomanical villain, is given nuances not necessarily required by the story. He really did a fantastic job writing this, and put much more into it than "just a job" -- you could feel he had real enthusiasm to be working with these characters. Additionally, Ian Flynn added some original characters to the mix that did not appear in the Japanese videogames: Federal agents Rosalyn Krantz and Gil D. Stern, roboticist Dr. Noele LaLinde and her robotic creations Tempo/Quake Woman and Vesper Woman. The addition of new female characters was especially appreciated, since the original Japanese game has very few female characters (being a videogame marketed mainly to younger boys, that's to be expected). As much as I like Mega Man himself, I think my favorite storyline turned out to be "Dawn of X" (and I fervently wished that there had been a MEGAMAN X spinoff series other than the one-shot FCBD 2014 giveaway), and my favorite ongoing character, Proto Man (a.k.a. Blues or Break Man).

MEGA MAN by Hitoshi Ariga:
MEGA MAN MASTERMIX #1-3 (Udon/Capcom, 80 pages)
MEGA MAN MEGAMIX TP VOL 1-3 (Udon/Capcom)
MEGA MAN GIGAMIX TP VOL 1-3 (Udon/Capcom)

MEGA MAN ROBOT MASTER FIELD GUIDE TP (Udon/Capcom, Jan 2012)
MEGA MAN & MEGA MAN X: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS TP (Udon/Capcom)

Just like with Ian Flynn's American comics, you could feel the love that Hitoshi Ariga possesses for the MEGA MAN characters. Hitoshi Ariga's manga version spans the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, but it's hard to tell if Ian Flynn read or was influenced by any of those stories (all had appeared in these translated collections from Udon Studios prior to the beginning of Ian Flynn's ACP comic series). Some of the stories have similar elements to ACP's comic book, but the characters often appear in far different situations, and the specifics of the stories vary greatly. Both authors tell completely different stories based on the game MEGA MAN 4, with the major threat being Ra Moon (in Ian Flynn's version) and Dark Moon (in Hitoshi Ariga's version) -- they have identical appearances -- but the two stories themselves having almost nothing else in common, except that they are both excellent stories. Hitoshi Ariga's manga had greater range (or a less consistent tone, depending on how you wanted to look at it, as a positive or a negative) in that while some of the longer stories (like the aforementioned Dark Moon/To A Shining Tomorrow, which takes up the latter half of Gigamix Vol. 2 and the entirety of Vol. 3) tended towards the ultra-dramatic, some shorter stories in Megamix Vol. 1 & 2, and Gigamix Vol. 1 & 2, were definitely more on the lighthearted, comedic side of things. At the extreme end of the comedy range, some of them were merely a series of short 4-panel gag strips. I didn't perceive this to be a bad thing at all, and enjoyed both types of stories. MASTERMIX (in the traditional floppy comics format, but reading from right-to-left, manga-style) presents the more dramatic stories from both the Gigamix and Megamix volumes at a larger size, and in color for the first time.



DeCarlo Rules

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN '66 #3 - Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson insinuate themselves among the Riverdale teens to try to discover clues to the United Underworld's dastardly plot. (Cue those hearts in the eyes of Archie and Betty for the new arrivals, respectively.) The United Underworld (as seen in the 1966 Batman movie) consists of The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, and Catwoman. In this series they are joined by The Siren (portrayed in the TV series by Joan Collins) because they need the power of her hypnotic siren song to control Hiram Lodge and the other Riverdale adults. Meanwhile back in Gotham City, Batman tracks down The Bookworm (played by Roddy McDowell), who is also somehow involved in the plot. The Siren's hypnotic song has Riverdale's adults under the UU's control, but they won't be satisfied until those pesky teens are also brought under control (although Riddler has already succeeded in making Reggie Mantle his new henchman). A curious (and hungry) Jughead attempts to sneak into Pop's (closed by Pop Tate on the UU's orders so they can use it as their HQ in Riverdale), only to be captured by The Joker. Holy hamburgers! Is this the end of Forsythe P. Jones?!

irishmoxie

Didn't like Archie Meets Batman #1. The Archie story was terribly drawn. Dan P must've been focusing on Batman which had good art I thought but I wasn't interested in the story.

irishmoxie

Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on August 23, 2018, 12:40:40 am
BACK ISSUE #107 - Archie Comics in the Bronze Age!
SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #41 (with Penelope Pitstop)
THE TERRIFICS #7
BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM #4
THE SENTRY #3
PUNISHER (2018) #1
RED SONJA/TARZAN #4
HIT-GIRL #7
MANGA:
  TOKYO TARAREBA GIRLS VOL 02
  DEVILMAN VS HADES VOL 02
  PLATINUM END VOLS 2-6




Love Tokyo Tarareba Girls! Did you like it?


I have that Back Issue #107 but I haven't started it yet because it seems so overwhelming with information. From what I read of it I didn't understand the older non-Archie comic book references but I'll get to finishing it eventually. I really liked that Dan Parent interview in that other comic book store magazine you recommended. I didn't know he was bisexual.

DeCarlo Rules

Quote from: irishmoxie on September 26, 2018, 02:43:53 pm

Love Tokyo Tarareba Girls! Did you like it?


[...] Mixed feelings. There is something I like about it, but it does seem weirdly 30-something angsty, and as a result of that feels somewhat emotionally exhausting to read.

The other thing I noted here is that while on the one hand, the author wants to maintain a certain degree of realism/verisimilitude, on the other hand, she's cast her main character into a role as the heroine of the kind of romantic soap-opera (with a much younger male model pursuing her), which is the exact opposite of a realistic scenario -- it's exactly the romantic fantasy that is being critiqued (via the screenplays of the main character as a writer). It's confusing to me whether the author has some ultimate purpose in these clashing elements, or if it's more of a commercial concession to the perceived audience, sort of a "have your cake and eat it too" thing.

Quote from: irishmoxie on September 26, 2018, 02:43:53 pm
I have that Back Issue #107 but I haven't started it yet because it seems so overwhelming with information. From what I read of it I didn't understand the older non-Archie comic book references but I'll get to finishing it eventually. I really liked that Dan Parent interview in that other comic book store magazine you recommended. I didn't know he was bisexual.


Me neither!

DeCarlo Rules

September 27, 2018, 01:46:00 am #1494 Last Edit: September 27, 2018, 01:43:04 pm by DeCarlo Rules
X-MEN BLUE #36 (final issue)
THE SENTRY #4
THE TERRIFICS #8
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #7
(of 12)
HEROES IN CRISIS #1 (of 9)
LOONEY TUNES #245
UNCLE SCROOGE: MY FIRST MILLIONS #1
(of 4)
IMPOSSIBLE INC #1 (of 5)
VAMPIRELLA/DEJAH THORIS #1
HILLBILLY: RED EYED WITCHERY FROM BEYOND #2
(of 4)
RICK & MORTY #42
RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2
(of 4)

manga:
  ALL YOU NEED IS KILL TP by Hiroshi Sakurazaka & Takeshi Obata
  WORLD'S END HAREM VOL 03 [tankobon] by LINK & Kotaro Shono
  PRECARIOUS WOMAN EXECUTIVE MISS BLACK GENERAL VOL 02 [tankobon] by JIN
  20th CENTURY BOYS: The Perfect Edition TP VOL 01 by Naoki Urasawa
  GOLGO 13 VOL 01: SUPERGUN [tankobon] by Takeo Saito

irishmoxie

Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on September 27, 2018, 01:16:06 am
Quote from: irishmoxie on September 26, 2018, 02:43:53 pm

Love Tokyo Tarareba Girls! Did you like it?


[...] Mixed feelings. There is something I like about it, but it does seem weirdly 30-something angsty, and as a result of that feels somewhat emotionally exhausting to read.

The other thing I noted here is that while on the one hand, the author wants to maintain a certain degree of realism/verisimilitude, on the other hand, she's cast her main character into a role as the heroine of the kind of romantic soap-opera (with a much younger male model pursuing her), which is the exact opposite of a realistic scenario -- it's exactly the romantic fantasy that is being critiqued (via the screenplays of the main character as a writer). It's confusing to me whether the author has some ultimate purpose in these clashing elements, or if it's more of a commercial concession to the perceived audience, sort of a "have your cake and eat it too" thing.



I loved it because of all the Sex and the City spoofs. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and it did. The younger male "fantasy" is very popular in Asia particularly in K-dramas known as "noona dramas."





DeCarlo Rules

September 28, 2018, 05:28:56 am #1496 Last Edit: September 28, 2018, 06:12:15 am by DeCarlo Rules
Quote from: irishmoxie on September 27, 2018, 09:05:33 pm
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on September 27, 2018, 01:16:06 am
Quote from: irishmoxie on September 26, 2018, 02:43:53 pm

Love Tokyo Tarareba Girls! Did you like it?


[...] Mixed feelings. There is something I like about it, but it does seem weirdly 30-something angsty, and as a result of that feels somewhat emotionally exhausting to read.

The other thing I noted here is that while on the one hand, the author wants to maintain a certain degree of realism/verisimilitude, on the other hand, she's cast her main character into a role as the heroine of the kind of romantic soap-opera (with a much younger male model pursuing her), which is the exact opposite of a realistic scenario -- it's exactly the romantic fantasy that is being critiqued (via the screenplays of the main character as a writer). It's confusing to me whether the author has some ultimate purpose in these clashing elements, or if it's more of a commercial concession to the perceived audience, sort of a "have your cake and eat it too" thing.



I loved it because of all the Sex and the City spoofs. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and it did. The younger male "fantasy" is very popular in Asia particularly in K-dramas known as "noona dramas."


Tokyo Tarareba Girls is, in fact, the very first josei manga I've read. My confusion here stems from trying to decipher whether the manga is intending to be a "realistic slice-of-life dramedy" or a traditional romantic fantasy story, because it has elements of both. In diametric opposition to the fantasy of Rinko, an unmarried older woman (possibly) finding love with a younger, idealized fantasy lover, the unrealism of the romantic fantasy is pointed out by the "what if" duo of Tara and Reba, and the direct critical comments of "Key", the fantasy lover himself. Also directly contrasting the romantic fantasy are the (incipient) relationships of Rinko's friends, Kaori (possibly rediscovering a lost lover she regrets having broken up with... but I foresee complications) and Koyuki (who finds her ideal type, who seems like a nice guy... but he's married). These seem like more realistic relationships where everything isn't so perfect, not like in romance comics. So it seems to me as though there are mixed messages in this manga, but the manga seems to lean a little more heavily on the side of "realistic slice-of-life", so maybe the Rinko/Key fantasy-romance angle won't work out after all. It feels to me like if it does, it kind of betrays the other side of what's going on here. What I'd like to see instead is that it doesn't work out, but instead Rinko discovers something about herself, that allows her to become more aware/open to a more realistic type of romantic relationship. The major point being made here so far, it seems to me, is that these women aren't giving themselves a chance for realistic relationships by cloistering themselves off together in a small bar, gossiping, and commiserating "O, woe is us" and getting drunk to escape dealing with living life.

I've never seen Sex in the City, so that whole subtext was lost on me.

DeCarlo Rules

BIO-BOOSTER ARMOR GUYVER by Yoshiki Takaya (Viz, 1993-1997):
  BIO-BOOSTER ARMOR GUYVER (VOL. 1)
  REVENGE OF CHRONOS (VOL. 2)
  DARK MASTERS (VOL. 3)
  ESCAPE FROM CHRONOS (VOL. 4)
  GUYVER REBORN (VOL. 5)
  HEART OF CHRONOS (VOL. 6)
  ARMAGEDDON (VOL. 7)

That was a great action/SF/superhero manga. Too bad the translated version had to end just when things were really getting good. The Japanese version began running in 1985, and apart from a couple of breaks in continuous publication (1997-99 and 2002-07), is still running today (compiled into 32 tankobon reprint volumes so far). Sure would like to have been able to read more of it in English.

BettyReggie


rusty

During the past week, I've read Xxxholic volumes 1-16.  I am missing #17 so I will finish the series after that volume shows up at the library.
I also read Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volumes 1-28 which crosses over with Xxxholic.
I am currently working on getting caught up with My Hero Academia and have read volumes 1-12 so far.


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