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rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1560 on: November 15, 2018, 12:59:56 am »
Image Comics H to M


Hadrian's Wall 1-8 - A science fiction murder mystery on a spaceship.  A detective is hired for what is said to be a routine check into an accidental death.  However, it turns out to be a much bigger deal and not just because the dead guy was married to the detective's ex-wife and shot him four times years earlier.   This was a pretty decent story.


Hit-Girl 1-9 - I didn't really like the first arc that much, but I did enjoy the second arc in Canada.  The art was much better and Lemire's story was more interesting.  The third arc is off to a decent start.


Horizon 13-18 - We learn a lot more about Lincoln here and this science fiction tale is brought to a premature end since it was canceled, but they had enough time to wrap up a number of things.  I enjoyed it while it lasted.


invincible 138-144 - The End of All Things did wrap things up nicely and then we get a peak at the future.  I was on board this series from the first issue and it has been consistently entertaining.  I'm glad it went out on its own terms.


Jupiter's Legacy 2 1-5 - How do you take on a group of superhero kids who murdered the parents and now essentially rule the world?  Recruit a bunch of supervillains to take them on.  A fun series that sets up the final series next year.


Kick-Ass 1-9 - I'm actually enjoying the new Kick-Ass, a former marine sergeant trying to earn some money to provide for her family.


Kill or Be Killed 1-20 - A man tries to commit suicide, but fails and starts seeing a demon who forces him to kill at least one person a month or die.  He becomes a vigilante and targets bad people.  I've been a fan of Brubaker and Phillips since Sleeper came out 15 years ago though I enjoyed other works like Lowlife from Brubaker before that.  This series is entertaining as expected.


Kingsman The Red Diamond 1-6 - I didn't think this was as much fun as the first two series (or the movies either), but it was okay.  I liked Kwaito, the South African agent.


Lazarus X+66 1-6
Lazarus Sourcebook vol.3 Vassalovka
Lazarus 27-28 - The miniseries does a nice job giving us background on some of the other families and some of the minor  characters from the main book like Casey Solomon.  It was a fun series.  The ongoing series returned with a two parter about Jonah Carlyle and sets the stage for the next major arc.  Unfortunately, that arc, which was supposed to start in September, has not even been solicited yet.  Lazarus has been a very good series about a future world taken over by a small number of families.


Maestros 1-7 - I wasn't sure about this series after the first issue, but it grew on me and I enjoyed it.  The Maestro is a big and powerful magician who rules most of the magic realm.  He is also kind of cruel, though with a mean sense of humor.  When he and almost all of his wives and children are killed, Will's mother comes to find him and inform him that he is the new Maestro.  He had been raised on Earth and never quite fit in with the people in the magic realm and he now institutes a bunch of reforms.  This was a funny series that told a decent story, too.


Manifest Destiny 30-35 - What if the Lewis and Clark expedition found tons of weird and supernatural stuff.  Strange animal, plant life and a bunch more.  This has been a pretty strange, but enjoyable series.

rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1561 on: November 19, 2018, 12:09:14 am »
I'm finally caught up with Image. 


Image Comics O-W


Oblivion Song 1-8 - One day 10 years ago, part of Philadelphia traded places with part of an alien world with monsters that ended up killing lots of people, not to mention those who were gone to this other world.  A scientist developed a method to change frequencies and reach this other world to rescue people in the hopes of finding his brother.  This has been a pretty decent series so far from Robert Kirkman.


Paklis 1-5 - This is a science fiction anthology which I hoped would be better, but I didn't enjoy that much, though the art wasn't bad.


Paper Girls 16-25 - A time traveling adventure with a group of paper girls from the 1980s.  This series has been really good.


Pisces 1-3 - A science fiction/horror series that was canceled early.  It was okay, but hadn't found its stride yet.


Port of Earth 1-8 - Aliens show up one day and work out an agreement to build a port just off of San Francisco in exchange for technology to convert water to energy.  However, humans are not allowed at the port.  I found the art rather dull with the choice of color palette.  The story wasn't much better at first, but did pick up over the last few issues.  I don't think I will continue with year two.


Realm 1-10 - Kind of a D&D type adventure.  The world has changed and computer chips and devices that use them no longer work.  Magic and monsters now roam the lands as well.  A man is hired to escort a small group from Chicago to Kansas City.  I've been enjoying this series so far.


Rocket Girl 8-10 - Lots of delays in this title, but the final three issues wrapped things up.  I liked the series quite a bit and hope they return to it some day.


Rose 1-13 - This is a decent, if somewhat average fantasy series.


Royal City 1-14 - I like most books from Jeff Lemire.  This one is certainly no exception.  It deals with a father who spends most of his time working on old radios, a mother who snipes all the time and is having an affair, the oldest son who had one hit novel, but has writer's block, a daughter who is a realtor and is trying to close down a plant as part of a big deal and a younger son who is an alcoholic, a drug addict and not very trustworthy.  All are still haunted by the death of the youngest son back in 1993.  A very well done series.


Sacred Creatures 1-6 - The seven deadly sins are all real and have been around for thousands of years along with their opposites, kept in check by the archangel Naviel.  They hatch a plot to kill Naviel and free themselves to do whatever they want.  I thought this was very good and I loo forward to the next part.


Saga 45-54 - An excellent series as usual, though a bit brutal toward the end.  It will be a long break before the next part.


Sleepless 1-8 - Those knights who take the Sleepless vow remain awake and hard to injure for years on end until their minds start to drift and then they fall asleep until death claims them.  One such knight is pledged to Poppy, the illegitimate daughter of the late king.  He has to work to protect her from those who would do her harm after her uncle takes the throne.  A very nice series so far that wraps up in a few months.


Snowfall 1-9 - Climate change and the work of one scientist have caused snow to become extremely rare.  Society is a bit different in 2045 now as a result.  I didn't enjoy this series as much as I had hoped.  I didn't really buy the premise and found most of the characters kind of dull and the story a bit muddled.


Southern Cross 13-14 - A science fiction/horror series that I like, but has suffered massive delays for some reason.


Thief of Thieves 38-41 - This series started out as an Oceans 11 type series, but has evolved somewhat.  I still enjoy it a lot and there are only a couple of issues left.


Void Trip 1-5 - Ana and Gabriel are the last two humans and they travel around in a space camper high on space froot.  This is kind of a trippy series, but I thought it was fun.


Wicked + Divine 30-39, Christmas Annual, The Funnies, 1373AD, 1923AD - Every 90 years, 12 young people ascend to godhood.  They shine brightly, but are dead within two years.  This has been going on for about 6000 years.  There is a lot more to it and we learn more of the backstory here.  One more arc until this enjoyable series ends.



Wytches Bad Egg Halloween Special - It has been a while since the Wytches miniseries.  This is a good horror special and I am looking forward to the next miniseries, which may come out in 2019.




Dark Horse is next.




BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1562 on: November 21, 2018, 05:55:59 pm »
I read 🍌 Banana Fish 🐟 - Volume #1

rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1563 on: November 26, 2018, 09:53:36 am »
Banana Fish is a really good series.


I am all caught up with Dark Horse now.


Aliens Dead Orbit 1-4 - This was a rather pedestrian Aliens series.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that great either.


American Gods 1-9
American Gods My Ainsel 1-7 - They are adapting Neil Gaiman's American Gods book in three parts and are doing a very nice job of it so far.


Angel 7-12
Buffy TVS Season 11 9-12 Season 12 1-4 Giles 1-4 - Dark Horse has done a pretty nice job on the various Buffy universe books and they wrap everything up nicely here.  I liked the idea they had with doing extra 'seasons' of the tv show.  The license is moving over to Boom and hopefully they do a nice job, too.


Beasts of Burden Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men 1-3 - This has been another good miniseries about a place where some dogs have gained magical powers and work in conjunction with a human wizard or two to keep an eye on supernatural events.


Blackwood 1-4 - A small college with a secret college within that teaches people magic.  Now it is under attack from someone.  A pretty good miniseries with art by Veronica and Andy Fish.


Mignola books - These make up a large part of Dark Horse's books and are pretty good
BPRD The Devil You Know 1-10 - Everybody is still dealing with all of the losses from Hell On Earth and a few new problems start to emerge.  Very entertaining.


Hellboy Krampusnacht
Hellboy and the BPRD Secret Nature - Occult Intelligence 1-3 - Burning Season - These one shots and miniseries do a nice job filling in the long gaps in Hellboy's history from the time he came into our world in the 1940s until his stories started appearing in the 1990s.


Jenny Finn 1-4 - A monster comes ashore in the form of a small girl and dooms a town.  This reprints an older series and is good.


Joe Golem Occult Detective The Outer Dark 1-5 - We learn a bit more about Joe's past as both a golem and a human.


Koschei the Deathless 1-6 - A man in the 1400s is adopted by a dragon, gains powers and near immortality.  Pretty good.


Lobster Johnson Mangekyo - An ongoing Lobster Johnson series would be nice, but I'll take the one shots and miniseries if that is all we can get.


Rasputin the Voice of the Dragon 1-5 - Rasputin is recruited by the Nazis for occult purposes, though much of this story deals with a younger Trevor Bruttenholm in 1941 before he starts working for the special branch that deals with weird bollocks.


The Visitor How and Why He Stayed 1-5 - An alien was sent to assassinate Hellboy when he arrived on Earth because of the danger he posed, but couldn't because Hellboy was an innocent child at arrival.  He stays on Earth and observes Hellboy's growth to make sure he does not become a threat and the Visitor also builds a life for himself, too. 


Witchfinder The Gates of Heaven 1-5 - Sir Edward Grey continues to fight monsters in Victorian England. Not the best Mignola series, but okay.


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Briggs Land Lone Wolves 1-6 - Continuing the story of the Briggs family, which has a compound and tons of land in New York.  The family is armed to the teeth and is viewed as a cult by the government.  Nicely done.


Conan the Slayer 11-12 - This wraps up the Dark Horse Conan books since the license is with Marvel now.  This was a somewhat weak series, but the Conan books overall were very good, especially the first 5 or 6 years.


Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows 1-4 - Jeff Lemire explores a scientist who discovers how to tap a new form of energy and which allows him to become a superhero.  He spends all his time with this and neglects his family.


Dragon Age Knight Errant 1-5 - Another good entry in this fantasy series.


Elfquest the Final Quest 1-24 - I didn't think the story was quite as entertaining as the original quest and the various series that came out in the 1990s, but the art was nice and it was decent.


Incredibles 2 1-3
Frozen 1-3 - Dark Horse has done a nice job with these Disney series.  I would like. to see more series and more frequently as well.


Groo Play of the Gods 1-4 - Many of Groo's stories have interchangeable or familiar parts, but they still continue to entertain after 30+ years.  Groo travels with explorers and clergy to the New World where they are in search of gold and Groo is in search of cheese dip.


Incognegro Renaissance 1-5 - The sequel to the excellent book Incognegro continues the tale of a young black reporter in the 1920s who could pass as white, though he does not like to do so.  When a man dies at a party and it is quickly ruled a suicide, he disagrees and investigates to. try and solve the case.  Very well done.


Mass Effect Discovery 1-4 - The latest entry in this science fiction series was okay, though not as good as previous ones.


The Once and Future Queen 1-2 - This series about King Arthur reborn as a young woman from Portland of Indian and British descent was off to a good start when it was canceled.  Fortunately Dark Horse completed the series in book form so I will be checking that out.  From the same people who put out Amelia Cole.


Predator Hunters 1-5 - A group recruits another survivor to hunt and kill predators and they pursue a lead on a remote island in the South Pacific.


Rebels These Free and Independent States 1-8 - More tales from the Revolutionary era and just before/after.  The main story is about a man with autistic traits who is a master with building ships.  It is a good series, though I did not like the George Washington story as much.


Resident Alien An Alien in New York 1-4 - The doctor sees images of artwork from a New York artist who went missing 20 years earlier.  The artwork is excellent, but it is the phone number in alien script that draws his attention and he follows the lead to New York.  I have really enjoyed the various Resident Alien books.  I guess the series concludes with the next miniseries.


Tomb Raider Inferno 1-4 and Survivor's Crusade 1-4 - These adventures of Lara Croft have been good, but not as good as the previous series that Dark Horse has published.


Usagi Yojimbo 161-172
TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo - Usagi has been one of my favorites since the 1980s and continues to entertain.  The TMNT crossover seemed kind of pointless, but at least the artwork was up to the usual standard.




Archie is next.




BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1564 on: November 26, 2018, 11:12:57 am »
I read
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #292
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #82
B&V Friends Jumbo Comic Digest #260 & #264
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest # 260 & #264 & #267

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1565 on: November 28, 2018, 08:32:04 am »

I am all caught up with Dark Horse now.

Aliens Dead Orbit 1-4 - This was a rather pedestrian Aliens series.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that great either.

I liked it simply because of the superior artwork of James Stokoe. Too often the Aliens and Predator miniseries are decent enough stories, but the lackluster, pedestrian artwork is what drags them down.

Mignola books - These make up a large part of Dark Horse's books and are pretty good

Hellboy Krampusnacht

Koschei the Deathless 1-6 - A man in the 1400s is adopted by a dragon, gains powers and near immortality.  Pretty good.

Lobster Johnson Mangekyo - An ongoing Lobster Johnson series would be nice, but I'll take the one shots and miniseries if that is all we can get.

Rasputin the Voice of the Dragon 1-5 - Rasputin is recruited by the Nazis for occult purposes, though much of this story deals with a younger Trevor Bruttenholm in 1941 before he starts working for the special branch that deals with weird bollocks.

The Visitor How and Why He Stayed 1-5 - An alien was sent to assassinate Hellboy when he arrived on Earth because of the danger he posed, but couldn't because Hellboy was an innocent child at arrival.  He stays on Earth and observes Hellboy's growth to make sure he does not become a threat and the Visitor also builds a life for himself, too.

I don't get every single one of them by any means, but I do enjoy Mignola's Hellboy-verse. My favorites are (by far) LOBSTER JOHNSON, and HELLBOY & THE B.P.R.D. (starting with 1952, now up to 1956), although I'll usually try to read any of the one-shots (some of those, like Krampusnacht, are among the best stories). Sometimes I'll read the first issue of a stand-alone miniseries like KOSCHEI or RASPUTIN and decide I like it, but to wait for the trade paperback collection to read the whole thing. I read at least part of all the ones you mentioned above, and liked them all. I have all of the main HELLBOY story arcs in trade collections now, although I didn't read any of the BPRD ongoing series up to this point, or any of the more peripheral ones like Witchfinder or Jenny Finn. The Lobster Johnson one-shot you mentioned is over a year old (and the last miniseries, over a year-and-a-half old), and I'm chomping at the bit for more of Tonci Zonjic's version of LJ. There's a peripherally-related spinoff miniseries of the LJ one-shot Mangekyo, THE CRIMSON LOTUS, that just came out last week, but it's not actually a Lobster Johnson story, so it's not quite the same.

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows 1-4 - Jeff Lemire explores a scientist who discovers how to tap a new form of energy and which allows him to become a superhero.  He spends all his time with this and neglects his family.

Jeff Lemire's BLACK HAMMER universe is one of the best things to come along in years. I've enjoyed every single one of the related miniseries.

Resident Alien An Alien in New York 1-4 - The doctor sees images of artwork from a New York artist who went missing 20 years earlier.  The artwork is excellent, but it is the phone number in alien script that draws his attention and he follows the lead to New York.  I have really enjoyed the various Resident Alien books.  I guess the series concludes with the next miniseries.

I've loved Peter Hogan's RESIDENT ALIEN from the beginning. Such a good concept, and excellently executed. The last few of them I've just waited for the trade collection, since they read much better that way. I just picked up the An Alien In New York trade last week, but haven't gotten to it yet.
« Last Edit: November 28, 2018, 08:35:35 am by DeCarlo Rules »

rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1566 on: November 29, 2018, 12:10:47 am »
I've got Crimson Lotus on my pull list.  I'm sure that I will enjoy it.  I haven't been getting Black Hammer, but I checked the first two trades out of the library this week and will read them pretty soon.


I am all caught up on the regular size Archie titles now.  I am going through the digests now and then I will move on to Marvel.  I have around 300 Marvels to read and then the last group is DC, which has about twice as many.  By the time I am caught up with these, though, I will have a pile of books from my November and December shipments to read.  I'm still hoping to get caught up by Christmas, but we'll see.


Archie 23-32,699 - This has been a pretty good title. 


Archie Christmas Spectacular 2017
Archie Halloween Spectacular 2017,2018 - A decent assortment of stories.


Archie 1941 1-2 - Kind of a somber period piece, but I think it has been decent so far.


The Archies 1-7 - The Archies go on tour with the Bingos. This was a good series that focused on a different aspect of the Archieverse.


Archie's SuperTeens versus Crusaders 1-2 - The title is a bit misleading, but the two issues were okay.


Betty and Veronica Friends Forever 1-3 - Themed stories in each issue.  They were okay.


Betty and Veronica Vixens 1-10 - Betty and Veronica form a motorcycle gang with other girls to combat the Serpents and to do good deeds, but end up on the run.  I liked this series a lot.


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 7-8 - I like this series quite a bit, but wish it came out more frequently.


Cosmo 1-5 - This was a fun new take on the character.  I hope they bring it back for another miniseries.


Harley and Ivy meet Betty and Veronica 1-6 - Betty and Veronica go to a costume party dressed as Harley and Ivy only to have the real Harley and Ivy show up.  Lots of hijinx and hilarity ensue.  I thought this was pretty well executed.


Josie and the Pussycats 8-9 - These last two issues take place in Tokyo with the Archies opening a show at the Tokyo Dome for the Pussycats.  I appreciated these more since I spent a couple of weeks in Japan back in September.  I wish that this series had done better so that it had continued.


Jughead the Hunger 1-7 - Jughead discovers that his family has a long history of becoming werewolves and that the Cooper family are werewolf hunters.  He inadvertently attacks a few others before going on the run to try and get it under control.  I enjoyed this take on the Archie characters.


Mighty Crusaders 1-4 - This series was okay, but nothing special.


Riverdale 4-12 - I like how each issue tends to focus on a different character. The stories tended to be pretty good.


Vampironica 1-4 - Veronica becomes a vampire due to one of her father's clients and has to get help to defeat the bad vampires.  Another nice take on the characters.


Your Pal Archie 1-5 - Fun stories in a slightly different style.


Now to finish the digests and move on to Marvel. 

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1567 on: November 29, 2018, 06:31:36 am »
Wow, when you save them up for a year or more like that, it almost seems like ACP has a full-fledged publishing operation going on, while the reality if you look at the solicitations is more like 1 or 2 (at most 3) floppy format comic books in any given month, 3 or 4 digest titles, and 2 or 3 trade collections.

Recently, I read these -

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #268
B & V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #265
-- These are the only regular digest titles I'm getting at this point. Recently I picked up a couple of the more recent Giant Comics digest collections, and ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS ROMP, but haven't done more that read a couple hundred pages of the 1000 Page collection.

ARCHIE #700 - Theoretically, I'd say it's an improvement on the original reboot by Waid and Staples, but that doesn't mean I'll be buying it now. I only purchased this one because of the Mike Allred variant cover. It's still about as pointless to me as doing a reboot of Dilbert or Zippy using the same writer and artist.

ARCHIE AND ME TP VOL 01 - Issue 1 has artwork by Harry Lucey; 3 through 9 by Bob Bolling, the balance of the stories are written and drawn by Joe Edwards. It astounds me that this title managed to run for 161 issues. None of the stories are worse than average, but they could have appeared in almost any Archie-centric comic title. Was Mr. Weatherbee, as a character, that big of a draw? Why not Ms. Grundy? Or for that matter, what would have seemed to make much more sense to me (well I thought he was funnier, anyway) would have been Mr. Lodge.
EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE TP VOL 01 - Not as many Archies (the band) stories as you might expect. This one's all over the place in terms of artists, but the latter half of the book is heavy with Al Hartley written-&-drawn stories, which you hardly ever see much of a concentration of in random collections.

On the whole, the "Archie Comics Presents..." series of trade collections seems like a good idea, and I guess it's better than spending the same money on digest issues. It's just that the Archie-centric titles like the above (and the previous trade collections of ARCHIE AT RIVERDALE HIGH and LIFE WITH ARCHIE) don't seem all that distinctive in any way. Like you could have put the same stories into any random issue of World of Archie or Archie Jumbo Comics Digest and nobody would really have noticed that much, apart from the suspicious nature of them obviously being very close in vintage to each other. So once again, ACP continues to zig in mirror-reflection to my zag, frustrating me by not giving me what I really want. Maybe it's because they led off with unusual collections like JUGHEAD'S TIME POLICE and COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN, which might have given me the impression we'd be seeing a much more eclectic selection, concentrating stories which had been thinly-distributed as reprints through the digests in the past. And now I'm stuck with them working their way through a long list of fairly long-running but otherwise unremarkable titles. **Deep sigh**

For the record, here's my "most wanted" wish list of titles that would fit in this series:

She's JOSIE (from #1, 1963)
THAT WILKIN BOY (from #1, 1969)
The MADHOUSE GLADS (from their 1st appearance in Madhouse Ma-ad #67, into #73-93 of their own title)
Tales Calculated to Drive You BATS (all 8 issues, complete)
Archie's MADHOUSE (from the earliest issues)
BETTY AND ME (from #1, 1965)
REGGIE AND ME (from #19, 1966)
CHERYL BLOSSOM (from the beginning)
JUGHEAD'S FANTASY (#1-3 complete + JUGHEAD'S FOLLY, the 1957 one-shot that served as a prototype)
The New WILBUR (#80-87, by Doyle & DeCarlo, 1958-59, complete)
BETTY'S DIARY (including the AGS one-shot that preceded the regular run)
VERONICA (#1-17, the "Veronica Around the World" issues)

I'd say Sabrina, but they've really already done exactly the collection I want, except that it's in black & white. Now that Sabrina's profile has been raised due to the Netfilx series, let's work on getting a deluxe hardcover edition of the exact same stories in color now, m'kay, ACP?


Just some random older floppies I found in the back issue bins:
THAT WILKIN BOY #11 (Oct-78)
ARCHIE'S T.V. LAUGH-OUT #63 (Dec-78), #67 (Jun-79)
PEP #342 (Oct-78), #345 (Jan-79)
REGGIE AND ME #342 (Dec-77)
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #45 (Jan 66), #85 (May-69), #188 (Dec-77)
ARCHIE'S CHRISTMAS LOVE-IN [AGS] #478 (Jan-79)
JUGHEAD #282 (Nov-78), #285 (Feb-79)

It's gotten to the point where some of the run-of-the-mill issues of Archie titles from the 70s or 80s, if it's a title that doesn't feature B&V, Josie, Sabrina, Bingo Wilkin, or Madhouse Glads (-- those are the ones I'll actually collect) I'll just give it a quick flip-through, and unless I see something out of the ordinary, I won't even bother to read it.

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rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1568 on: November 29, 2018, 09:59:48 am »
I was disappointed with the new reprint lines since they are essentially 'best of' collections rather than being a complete reprint series.  When  they were announced, I thought that they would be starting a comprehensive reprint line with perhaps Archie and Me #1-10 in volume 1, 11-20 in volume 2 and so on, but I must have misunderstood them somewhere.  I'll just stick to my complete runs of all those titles.  If they had done it the other way, I probably would have purchased them to support the line anyway.  The few books that I don't already have were mostly covered in the Dark Horse Archives, at least for the Archie stories.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1569 on: November 30, 2018, 01:59:44 am »
I was disappointed with the new reprint lines since they are essentially 'best of' collections rather than being a complete reprint series.  When  they were announced, I thought that they would be starting a comprehensive reprint line with perhaps Archie and Me #1-10 in volume 1, 11-20 in volume 2 and so on, but I must have misunderstood them somewhere.  I'll just stick to my complete runs of all those titles.  If they had done it the other way, I probably would have purchased them to support the line anyway.  The few books that I don't already have were mostly covered in the Dark Horse Archives, at least for the Archie stories.

I'm convinced it's less a function of "best of" than of "what we have on hand already digitized". If people just scratched their heads wondering why SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH Complete Collection v1 was in black & white (the only such "Archie Complete Comics Collection" b&w collection that ACP has produced to date), it's because it was an experiment. That required them to do some actual work in terms of locating older Sabrina stories that hadn't yet been digitized, and the trade-off of the cost of that production work in digitizing previously undigitized stories for the first time was that the whole thing was printed in black & white to save ACP the cost of paying for full-color printing. The same economics applied to the trade paperback collection CHILLING TALES IN SORCERY VOL. 1.
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DeCarlo Rules

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1570 on: December 03, 2018, 02:01:32 am »
THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #2 - One of the very few Marvel comics that interests me at the moment. Maybe the only one (haven't made up my mind about the whole INFINITY WARS thing), apart from the Thanos original graphic novels of Jim Starlin. I like that it's a comic featuring a teenage character, but that it's essentially upbeat and positive (none of the teenage angst traditionally associated with Marvel since Spider-Man and the X-Men). Also that it's promoting STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) for girls -- good for them! I almost missed out on this character (the first series went by without me reading it until it came out in TP). The new Wasp is Nadia Pym (daughter of the original Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket, Henry Pym - who just happens to be one of my favorite Marvel characters), who was raised in secret in Russia by "The Red Room", a covert intel/black ops division left over from the Soviet days (where the Black Widow was previously trained). I automatically assumed from this brief sketchy info that the character would be angst-y (when she was initially introduced in AVENGERS), but as it turned out, nothing could be further from the case. For the sake of any kind of logic or realism, it's getting harder and harder to justify the Cold War origins of some Marvel adversaries. After all, the Cold War ended officially with the fall of the Berlin Wall, so we're now going on almost 3 decades without an 'evil Soviet regime' to justify the origins of characters (especially Iron Man villains) like Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, and of course, the Black Widow (who defected from the Communist Bloc to become a SHIELD agent and an Avenger). As far as how this relates to the current teenage version of the Wasp, supposedly Maria Pym (the first wife of the hero who would become the original Ant-Man) was kidnapped while the married couple were visiting her homeland (an un-named nation under Communist rule) and was never seen alive again. Details were sketchy, but this is the supposed motivation for Pym becoming a hero. How Nadia Pym was born in Russia without Henry Pym ever having been aware his that wife was pregnant at the time of her kidnapping is a mystery, as is how long she survived after her abduction and what eventually became of her. But since Nadia Pym is merely a teenager, these events could not have occurred more than about a decade and a half ago (since she is now about 15 or 16). Communist agents kidnapped Pym's first wife circa 2002-2003?? Best not to think too hard about it, I guess.

ELECTRIC WARRIORS #1 (of 6)
DETECTIVE COMICS #992
HAWKMAN #6
PLASTIC MAN #6
(of 6)
- Not really feeling anything for the DCs, either. I'll probably stick with Detective Comics at least until it reaches issue #1000 (under incoming writer Peter Tomasi, whose previous Batman stories I've liked); after that, we'll see. Other than Detective, let's see... There's DOOMSDAY CLOCK, which I'll see through to the end (#12), and I'll probably check out the new Geoff Johns SHAZAM series too (despite not being really keen on the initial backup miniseries from JUSTICE LEAGUE a few years back); the new GREEN LANTERN by Grant Morrison (the first issue wasn't bad), and FREEDOM FIGHTERS (a 12-issue limited series) sounds like it might be interesting, so I'll be checking that one out. I think that's about it, except for SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP and LOONEY TUNES.

WILLIAM GIBSON'S ALIEN 3 #1 - Sunk by pedestrian artwork. I'll pass on the rest of the story, which wasn't bad as far as it went.
DR. HORRIBLE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER #0 (one-shot) - An unexpected sequel to a previous one-shot from 2009!
BLACK HAMMER: THE QUANTUM AGE #4
BLACK HAMMER: AGE OF DOOM #7
DICK TRACY: DEAD OR ALIVE #2
(of 4) - Now here's the kind of reboot I actually like.
LONE RANGER VOL 3 #2 - It's just okay. Not as good as the previous version.
MARS ATTACKS #2 - I may actually like Dynamite's version better than the previous (IDW) version, or the original (1990s) Topps Comics version.
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #4 - Sorry, I'm just not into it. For one thing, this seems to ignore the original PSP series' revelation that when released from their imprisonment in Pandora's urn, the 1940s superheroes had been transformed into the avatars of the mythical Greek pantheon. This version of the story gives an entirely different explanation for the origin of the urn, and its source of power. I'll probably ride it out though, unless it goes beyond 12 issues with no sign of improvement.
THE THREE STOOGES: MATINEE MADNESS #1 - Now in black & white (just like the original Stooges shorts!), and set in the 1930s/40s. It's an improvement, as is the more cartoon-style artwork by Eric Shanower (!!)
STELLAR #6 (of 6) - It was interesting at first, but it just seemed to... stop. Not sure I understood the ending, or if they were just leaving things hanging in hopes of a possible sequel.
LIGHTSTEP #1 (of 5) - Incomprehensible... at least to me.
GO-BOTS #1 - Only picked it up because I've enjoyed Tom Scioli's previous work (GØDLAND, AMERICAN BARBARIAN, G.I. JOE vs TRANSFORMERS). I don't even like Transformers that much, and this is just a pale knockoff of that. So... no.
SAVAGE DRAGON #240
CRIMSON LOTUS #1
(of 5) - It was okay. A little hard to get into because I wasn't totally familiar with the historical context of what (exactly) was happening in China at the time of the story. I'll probably wait and just pick up the trade collection later.
SUKEBAN TURBO #1 (of 4) - Just an ugly, terrible story about gang girls whom I couldn't possibly care about. Nice artwork fooled me into reading it.
RICK & MORTY PRESENT: PICKLE RICK #1 (one-shot)
EXORSISTERS #2 - Not quite as funny as the first issue (more backstory-ish), but I enjoyed it.
HEDY LAMARR: AN INCREDIBLE LIFE OGN TP - Interesting, but I felt like I was missing something. I wish there was more in it about Hedy Lamarr's inventions and technical interests; it feels like they just scratched the surface of that aspect of her personality.
COMICS COMICS QUARTERLY #1 - Graphic stories written by comedians. Not as good as it sounds. Can't win 'em all.
HELLBOY & THE B.P.R.D. 1956 #1 (of 5)
VAMPIRELLA/DEJAH THORIS #3
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #44
LOONEY TUNES #246
THE TERRIFICS #10
TITANS #29 & 30
- Essentially DC tricked me into reading these by using a retro/flashback-y type misleading cover on issue #30. Cheap trick, DC.
DC NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #993

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BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1571 on: December 04, 2018, 10:31:42 am »
I read
Die Kitty Die #4
Jem & The Holograms #25 & #26
Bighead #13

rusty

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1572 on: December 04, 2018, 12:08:46 pm »
I checked the first two Black Hammer trades out of the library and enjoyed them.  I plan to continue following the series in trade form.


I divided the Marvel titles into three roughly equal categories - Star Wars, Spider-Man related and the rest of the Marvel titles that I collect.  I started with Star Wars.


Beckett 1 - a tie in to the Solo movie giving background on Beckett.  It was good.


Captain Phasma 1-4 - This follows Phasma from the end of The Force Awakens up toward the beginning of The Last Jedi.  I enjoyed it.


Cassian and K-2SO Rogue One 1 - We find out how the two Rogue One characters first came together.  Plenty of humor and entertaining.


DJ: Most Wanted 1 - We find out how DJ ended up in jail.  Sort of an Oceans 11 feel.


Droids Unplugged 1 - Short stories by Chris Eliopoulos.  I wouldn't mind seeing this as a regular series.


Han Solo Imperial Cadet 1 - This fills in some of the gaps in Solo.  It seems a bit unnecessary, but is okay.


Lando Double or Nothing 1-5 - I thought this miniseries was kind of dull and the art wasn't that great either.


Mace Windu 1-5 - It wasn't bad.


The Storms of Crait 1 - This seemed like a story that could have gone in the regular Star Wars series.  It was a decent story, but nothing special.


Thrawn 1-6 - I liked this series quite a bit.  It is an adaptation of the novel by Timothy Zahn.


Star Wars 33-56 Annual 3-4 - This series focuses on stories set between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back and are pretty entertaining.


Darth Vader 3-22 Annual 2 - These stories are set after Revenge of the Sith and see Darth Vader establishing his position in the Empire.  Pretty good overall.


Doctor Aphra 9-25 Annual 1-2 - Aphra is sort of a combination of Han Solo and Lara Croft.  I enjoy the series, but it seems a bit odd that Marvel would give a comics only character her own book.  I'm not complaining, though.


Poe Dameron 17-31 Annual 2 - Most of this series takes place before A Force Awakens with the last arc taking place after The Last Jedi, though with some flashbacks.  The series wasn't bad, though not quite as interesting as some of the others.  It is completed now.


I'll start working on the Spider-Man related books soon.  I also have four Street Angel trades that I checked out of the library.

BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1573 on: December 04, 2018, 06:18:28 pm »
I read each of these books for 12 minutes each
Banana Fish #1
The Best O Archie Comics Starring Betty & Veronica - Book #2
Archie Comics Presents Betty & Veronica Spectacular
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #260
World Of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #82


BettyReggie

Re: What comics have you been reading?
« Reply #1574 on: December 09, 2018, 12:39:55 pm »
I finished Banana Fish #1
And I also read
Unnatural - Volume #1- Awakening
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #267


 


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