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What comics have you been reading?

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

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longtermarchie101

not really any for a long time, im sorry to say, with all the new stuff they are pumping out to try and reinvent themselves that archie had died for me. instead, I have been working on my own comics, (my avatar is hand drawn) which  I plan to hopefully post some here as I promised a longgggg time ago lol :P
R I P archiecomics 1939 - 2016.

DeCarlo Rules

April 30, 2016, 04:57:31 pm #196 Last Edit: May 01, 2016, 12:29:12 am by DeCarlo Rules
I caught up on a few things that have been piling up in the last month or two (but nowhere near enough).


THE THREE STOOGES #1 (American Mythology Productions) - There's an 8 page story leading off this issue, drawn by Bill Galvan. Funny, with an Archie-like feel to it. I actually liked the second story better (in terms of the writing; it had more of the feel of a real Stooges short). Not a bad first issue. I hope there will be more Bill Galvan art in future issues, as I generally preferred the look of his story to the artwork in the second one, but maybe it wouldn't have worked for that particular story as well. There were a couple of text pages in the back with some interesting fun Stooge facts that I was unaware of, such as: 1) the famous Stooge eye-poke was the invention of Shemp, who first did it to Larry during a real argument over a card game; 2) Curly's signature bit where he runs in little circles was actually an ad-lib while filming when he forgot his lines; 3) the Stooges were once nominated for an Oscar! (for the 1934 short Men In Black - they didn't win). Closing out the issue is a short story reprinted from Dell Four-Color #1170 (1961, erroneously credited as 1942).

BRUCE LEE: THE DRAGON RISES #1 (Darby Pop Publishing) - This was a bit of a disappointment. It's an all-ages comic, and normally I'd applaud that, as there never really seem to be enough of those, but in this case, that particular choice didn't really make sense. While both the writing and the artwork here are serviceable and tell the story, the whole effect is pretty underwhelming. I've read a number of martial arts genre comics (and it's a pretty small genre to begin with), and this didn't really cut it. It would have made more sense to aim this comic at the same audience that enjoys Bruce Lee's films, and dispense with the kid-friendly elements (like the kid sidekicks), and treat the whole thing on a more adult level. Bruce Lee's film fans are bound to be disappointed. The main part where this comic really drops the ball is the art in no way is good enough at displaying the martial arts action sequences. Those need to be cinematic, and convincing to look at, to persuade us that this really is Bruce Lee we're reading about here (at least a fictionalized version of Bruce Lee). They should have hired someone like Paul Gulacy to draw this, or someone of equal ability, but I guess they couldn't afford someone like that. The whole thing just feels like it's too heavily dependent on the Bruce Lee name alone to sell the comic. A certain amount of that is expected, but the follow-through here in terms of the way the story gets visually presented is lacking.

ALL-NEW CLASSIC CAPTAIN CANUCK #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) - Here's something you don't see every day. They already rebooted Captain Canuck in a series from last year which updated the character and costume, giving the identity to a new man. Now they're doing a direct follow-up to the original Captain Canuck series from the 1980s (using the original artist, George Freeman - astounding!), picking up on some unresolved plot threads that were left when that series ended. Unfortunately, it's been a while, and I didn't do my homework and re-read the old series again before getting into this, so I was a little lost on a few background points of information (memory of 1980s comics being a bit fuzzy after all this time), but nevertheless, it felt like a good read. The story picks up with the original Captain (Tom Evans) lost in time, and trying to find his way home (to the original time period where his series left off) by using an alien time-travel device that he doesn't really understand, so he has to resort to trial-and-error (the control markings aren't clear to him). It's a good looking book at any rate, and the writing and art is clear and straightforward (in the old-school style). I'll be wanting to go back and re-read it again, after I find the time to re-read the original series.

IRWIN ALLEN'S LOST IN SPACE: THE LOST ADVENTURES #1-2 (American Gothic Press) - They actually located a couple of unfilmed scripts left over when the TV series was cancelled, written by one of the show's regular scripters, Carey Wilber. The result is good, and this has the exact feel of any of the better television episodes. As I was reading the first two issues (Parts 1 & 2 of the story "The Curious Galactics"), I could easily hear the original cast's voices in my head while reading the dialogue. This would have been one of the more serious (as opposed to the sometimes silly) episodes, where John Robinson, Will, Don and the Robot are off in the Chariot, setting up some radar stations far away from the Jupiter II, and find themselves caught in an alien experiment. They don't know they're part of an experiment, and they haven't seen the aliens, but strange things are happening, and their every effort to find their way back to camp at the Jupiter II is being thwarted somehow. They need to reason out what's going on with very little in the way of clues to go on. Interesting premise, and a good story in the telling.

BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. #5 (of 6) (DC Comics) - I wasn't sure the premise of this would work, as the tone of the original shows was so different, but somehow writer Jeff Parker has made it work. He manages to work pretty much all of the major TV series villains into the story, as well as T.H.R.U.S.H. (U.N.C.L.E.'s evil opposite in the world of international espionage) and even a few bat-villains that never appeared on the TV series (including Professor Hugo Strange, who turns out to be the mysterious puppeteer manipulating both the assembed bat-villains and the forces of T.H.R.U.S.H.). The artwork is very pleasing as well. Just a really good job all around, despite my initial trepidations that it wasn't going to work, while keeping all the characters firmly in-character relative to their television counterparts.

WONDER WOMAN '77 SPECIAL #3 (DC Comics) - There are four stories in this squarebound, $8 comic book. The first two were pretty good, both in terms of story and artwork. The latter two, not so much. On average, this issue was much weaker than the first two of these specials. I'm always hoping to find a DC Comic that I can enjoy, but finding very little apart from Batman '66 and Scooby-Doo Team-Up, both of which have been consistently entertaining. This one was definitely more of a mixed bag. I'd probably enjoy this TV WW adaptation more if there was a consistent writer and artist (or at least a consistent writer).

60sBettyandReggie

 :o  I was not aware there were Three Stooges comics. I used to watch the cartoons as a child, you know, The New Three Stooges on VHS tapes.

irishmoxie

April 30, 2016, 11:08:09 pm #198 Last Edit: May 01, 2016, 02:47:56 am by irishmoxie
Patsy Walker Hellcat #5 - I think I'll be dropping this series. I liked the first 3 issues but the last two have been too superhero-y for me and skewed away from the girlie stuff.

Pink Panther Classic #1 - A type of comic that is sadly lacking in the marketplace today. A nice alternative to Archie and Disney. The humor reminds me of Looney Tunes. I'll probably read this when I have nothing else to read.

Rachel Rising #4 and 5 - very spooky. Loving it so far. Reminds me a lot of

We Can Never Go Home 1-5 - really strange story. It's supposed to return this year but I don't think I'll be continuing.

irishmoxie

Strawberry Shortcake #1, Puss in Boots #1, Camp Midnight (preview) - had high hopes for all these and sadly disappointed. The art in Puss is nothing like the cover. The writing on these just isn't funny enough. I wish more comic writers could write comedy as well as in Die Kitty Die and Supersuckers. I like all ages but these were just too juvenile for me. I think older comics pre 1980 even though labeled for kids can also be enjoyed as adults. I think the new all ages comics they are pumping out are mostly for kids now.

BettyReggie

May 01, 2016, 05:58:26 am #200 Last Edit: May 01, 2016, 08:06:20 am by BettyReggie
I got up early now & I'm going read these in my comfy chsir in my room.
Betty & Veronica #237
Cheryl Blossom #21 Cheryl when she goes to Hollywood #1 & #2 & #3& Cheryl Blossom those Summer issues #1 & #2 & #3
Archie #3000 #3 & #9 & #10 & #15
The New Archies #14
In a day or two I have catch up to After Life With Archie because the changed the date to May 25th for the one with Reggie on the cover.

DeCarlo Rules

I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.

irishmoxie

Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on May 01, 2016, 02:07:38 pm
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.



I've tried reading this several times and can never get past the first issue. The writing is just bad.

invisifan

Quote from: irishmoxie on May 01, 2016, 03:03:35 pm
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on May 01, 2016, 02:07:38 pm
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.



I've tried reading this several times and can never get past the first issue. The writing is just bad.
Like it or hate it, it's one for the "Crazy Betty" thread in the end ...

BettyReggie

I'm going read each of these for 15 minutes
Archie-Jumbo Comics Digest #256
Archie-1000 Page Comics-75th Anniversary Bash
Archie-1000 Page Comics Comics Gala
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #242

DeCarlo Rules

Quote from: invisifan on May 01, 2016, 04:26:06 pm
Quote from: irishmoxie on May 01, 2016, 03:03:35 pm
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on May 01, 2016, 02:07:38 pm
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.



I've tried reading this several times and can never get past the first issue. The writing is just bad.
Like it or hate it, it's one for the "Crazy Betty" thread in the end ...


I'm not even sure I'm clear on what Alex DeCampi was trying to imply with that ending -- that somehow the Predator killed everyone else because he's smitten with Betty and just wants to get her away from everyone else, or protect her from those he sees as a threat to her... Cheryl and Jason, Veronica, Archie? Because she's so pretty and nice, and even an extraterrestrial hunter could see that? NOTHING about the story makes the least bit of sense, and then DeCampi is just casually tossing stuff in there like implying that you don't get to be a teenage witch without making a few sacrifices -- of the human type (enough to fill a mass grave, which just disappears along with her house into the netherworld, after she's killed) -- at least, as best as I can make things out there.

60sBettyandReggie

Archie vs Predator was so weird and it made me feel a bit uncomfortable seeing my characters killed of, especially since they were drawn in the classic house style. The writing wasn't great, but that being said, I liked it  :o 

irishmoxie

Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on May 02, 2016, 12:51:43 am
Quote from: invisifan on May 01, 2016, 04:26:06 pm
Quote from: irishmoxie on May 01, 2016, 03:03:35 pm
Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on May 01, 2016, 02:07:38 pm
I reread Archie vs Predator to see whether I'd like it any better the second time, reading the whole thing together. I didn't.

Mr. Lodge has a bunker beneath the mansion that he built "after that Russian arms deal went sour"? (Because, c'mon... we all know that's how he got so rich, by selling weapons to the Russians, right?) With some kind of sci-fi machine that turns an almost-dead Archie into Arnold Shwarzenegger on crack? And it can also turn the Predator into Archie? Because even though he spent the entire story picking them off one by one, he's repented his evil ways at the end and is a good guy now? WTF? That's the kind of writing that turns the phrase "comic book writing" into a venomous slur to sling at any hack writer. Utter tripe.



I've tried reading this several times and can never get past the first issue. The writing is just bad.
Like it or hate it, it's one for the "Crazy Betty" thread in the end ...


I'm not even sure I'm clear on what Alex DeCampi was trying to imply with that ending -- that somehow the Predator killed everyone else because he's smitten with Betty and just wants to get her away from everyone else, or protect her from those he sees as a threat to her... Cheryl and Jason, Veronica, Archie? Because she's so pretty and nice, and even an extraterrestrial hunter could see that? NOTHING about the story makes the least bit of sense, and then DeCampi is just casually tossing stuff in there like implying that you don't get to be a teenage witch without making a few sacrifices -- of the human type (enough to fill a mass grave, which just disappears along with her house into the netherworld, after she's killed) -- at least, as best as I can make things out there.


Now you got me curious. I'll have to read this. I usually love beach/tropical stories.

BettyReggie

I read the comics I got at the thrift store  Archie #380 & #385 & #403 & Betty & Veronica-Summer Fun #611 & Betty & Veronica-Christmas Spectacular #580 & 629.

irishmoxie

some Betty and Veronica single issues from the late 90s/early 2000s as I add them to comics.org


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