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What comics have you been reading?

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June 12, 2016, 01:37:45 pm #375 Last Edit: June 12, 2016, 04:32:52 pm by BettyReggie

I read all 6 Jughead issues in order to ready for #7.
Jughead #1- Francavilla variant
Jughead #2-Les Mclaine variant
Jughead #3-TY variant
Jughead #4-Mack variant
Jughead #5-Henderson variant
Jughead #6-Chaing variant
I also read in my room for awhile.I read each of these digests for 12 minutes
World Of Jumbo Comics Digest #41
Jughead & Archie Double Digest #1
Archie Giant Comics Festival
And I also read
Jughead #177 & #186
Archie #385 & #640 & #649 & #657


Quote from: irishmoxie on June 09, 2016, 03:15:28 pm
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I read Archie Double Digest 269, the one with Fernando's final Archie story. "Happiness is a Clean Pup" about Archie and Jughead starting their own dog washing business.

Pretty soon they expand their business to washing cats:

Obviously the story is funny and Fernando's art is as great as ever. Now we won't be seeing it in any new ACP stories anymore and no need to say to anyone here how much this sucks. Coincidental that this story comes out the same day that ACP announces their new Josie reboot as if as distraction, maybe when Dan Parent does his last story we'll get news of a Reggie reboot. With Reggie in juvie hall or maybe the psych ward if that isn't too tame for them by then.

Started reading that yesterday as well. Usually I sit and read the whole digest (Annuals and Jumbos included) in one sitting, but for some reason I fell asleep after reading (I guess) about 50 pages (it was in the middle of the Statue of Liberty story).

And now I'm wondering just what happened to that B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #248, and if I will ever see it, or if it was cancelled with no announcement.

How was the rest of that Archie digest? Does it have a lot of summer themed stories?

B&V Friends 248 has been out digitally since 5/25/2016. I've already read it. I'm not sure about the print version. Maybe they are testing the waters to see if people will buy digests digitally now. Or there is some new embargo before the print copies get released.

Not really, the closest was an old story where Veronica, Mr. Lodge and Archie are sitting by the pool but most of it doesn't even take place there.


June 14, 2016, 11:05:21 am #377 Last Edit: June 18, 2016, 05:20:37 am by BettyReggie
I read each of these books for 12 minutes
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #239
World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #48
Archie's Funhouse Comics Double Digest #13
Archie Giant Comics Collection


June 14, 2016, 07:04:50 pm #378 Last Edit: June 16, 2016, 11:35:22 am by BettyReggie
I will reading Jughead #7 on my phone . I'm getting it from the Google Play Store.
I finished Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241. And I also read these Archie Giant Comics Party & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266 & World Of Archie Winter Annual #56

DeCarlo Rules

JUGHEAD #7 - Well, it's an improvement, anyway. Derek Charm's artwork makes reboot Jughead and Archie a lot easier to look at. The humor here is coming through slightly better now, but is still far too subdued for my liking, and the overall problem of decompressed storytelling continues to apply here -- far too little is happening in any given issue. I can only hope incoming writer Ryan North will pick up the pace when he takes over.

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #9 - A decently written and drawn, solid superhero comic. One could wish that the protagonist wasn't so relentlessly portrayed as a loser (although he does manage to defeat the villains in each story arc), and for this particular title, I sometimes think it could do with a little LESS humor. Still a decent read every month.

INVINCIBLE #129 - I've been reading this since the "Reboot" arc (which wasn't really a reboot), and have managed (despite my handicap of not being well-versed in the complex backstory of INVINCIBLE) to follow along so far with few problems, but this issue baffled me as to what exactly was going on. There are a few scene changes in the latter half of the story, with no hints as to whether we're viewing events from the past, future, or perhaps even some alternate timeline. If things aren't made clear by the next issue, I'll probably wind up dropping this from my reading list, as I honestly couldn't make heads or tails of it. Not even a guess as to what might be going on here, really.

BLACK WIDOW #4 - I have to admit I'm not enjoying this book anywhere near as much as I'd hoped I would. Part of that is that the tone of the story, while fine for a comic per se, runs counter to my expectations for this character, and my expectations from the Waid/Samnee team based on their prior work on DAREDEVIL. It's reminiscent of nothing so much as the tone and tropes of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's VELVET, but otherwise suffers by the comparison to that excellent series. Again, as with the rebooted ARCHIE, Waid's writing here is in the decompressed storytelling mode, with not much happening in any given issue. I'll give it a couple more issues before giving up on it, but I'm afraid I'll be dropping this if it doesn't get better fairly soon.

SQUADRON SUPREME #8 - I've very little in the way of attachment to most of the main protagonists of this series (save for Hyperion and Thundra), but James Robinson's writing and the involvement of incidental characters like Black Bolt and Toro Raymond are holding my interest, and Robinson seems to be slowly adding some dimension to the other main characters who were previously cyphers to me. Going to stick with this one for a while yet.

WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES #732 - The conclusion of the long running series of stories focused around "The Search For the Zodiac Stones" (this is Part 12 of 12) that involved Scrooge McDuck, Donald and his nephews, plus Mickey Mouse and Goofy. Individual stories in this series were complete adventures in themselves, but this 31-page concluding chapter wraps up the overarching subplot as the component 12 zodiac stones are assembled; it's the longest story ever featuring all of Disney Comics' most popular stars. Also included is a 6-page backup story starring the less-frequently seen Ludwig von Drake (and a personal fave).

HENCHGIRL #8 - This is such a "fringe" title that I'm a little surprised (given my heavy reading list) that I'm still reading it after 8 issues, but at the same time, I realised that with every issue, I was a little more charmed by and drawn into the world of Kristen Gudsnuk's Crepe City, and its oddball heroes and villains. In this issue, Fred Stumbley (AKA Mannikin) continues to heal from having his brittle body shattered and then glued back together. He meets Lovely Celestial Angel Amelia, who's just moved to Crepe City (and just been robbed of all her belongings). Having nowhere to go, she decides to become Fred's crime-fighting partner, which leads to Mary Posa making her the object of her vengeance (due to still being turned evil, which is worrysome as there doesn't seem to be any possible way to rectify her condition). Poor Mary. Poor Fred! Actually, Amelia seems nice for a magical girl crime-fighter, so maybe something will develop between Fred and her (I can't believe I'm shipping them already). I know, I know... I'm supposed to be rooting for Mary. And now I'm thinking I REALLY should be following the webcomic at www.henchgirlcomic.com. That goes on my to-do list. So far the story is up to 233 pages.

SWAMP THING #6 (of 6) - Not much to say about this one. As ST comics go, this story wasn't one of the more interesting ones, although it had a lot of guest stars, particularly in this final issue.

ASTRO CITY #36 - 2nd part of a 2-parter. Again, not one of the more notable stories in this series.

TITANS REBIRTH #1 - Not crazy about the artwork (though I've seen much worse as well, particularly from DC), but they really are "trying to get the band back together". The original 5 kid sidekicks of the Silver Age JLA (Robin/Dick Grayson, Wonder Girl/Donna Troy, Aqualad/Garth, Speedy/Roy Harper, and Kid Flash/Wally West) are reunited after discovering that their minds have been tampered with to erase memories of their past association together (and some characters like Wally West had been erased from the current reality altogether). What can I say, there was probably nowhere further DOWN that DC Comics could go, so I guess they're at least going through the motions of pretending to listen to what their former fans have been complaining about. This is merely what I'd consider an "okay" DC comic book, but even at that it's a big improvement over the last 5 years of their superhero comics. They happen to also be some of my personal favorite DC characters, which really doesn't hurt either.

ACTION COMICS #957 + SUPERMAN (2016) #1 - The first of these comics featuring the "rebirth"ed Superman wasn't actually too bad (credit goes to old-school DC Superman writer Dan Jurgens), and has the pre-New 52 DC Universe Superman replacing the recently-deceased New 52 Superman. Trouble rears its head immediately in the form of Justice Leaguer Lex Luthor (still the New 52 incarnation of said character), who wants the job for himself. The new SUPERMAN #1 issue (by writer Peter Tomasi) gets a thumbs-down just as easily for a boring story (same Superman as Action Comics, though) that doesn't really have much interesting going on. Less than half (honestly maybe closer to 25-35%) of the DC Rebirth first issues represent any sort of improvement over the previous months, but mild though that improvement may be, it's exceeded my expectations in that regard, so I'll see what develops in a few of these books in the coming months. AQUAMAN REBIRTH, FLASH REBIRTH and DETECTIVE COMICS REBIRTH were reasonably not-too-horrible as well. None of this stuff is going to make my top 20 list, but "nowhere to go but up" seems to apply here.

PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #7 - OMFG it's Kate Leth again! After that last issue, I wasn't sure... Not a bad issue, and it finally wraps up Patsy's problems with Hedy Wolfe.

WACKY RACELAND #1 - Too bad. It's a big bore. Takes itself way too seriously. There was some real potential here, as I could see where they were using the MAD MAX franchise (with a big dollop of Roger Corman's DEATH RACE 2000) as a lens through which to re-interpret the Hanna-Barbera WACKY RACES cartoon. I still think the concept has legs, and they're complete idiots if they don't turn this into a videogame. What's missing here is that the series has no self-awareness of its own absurdity. This would have been better handled as a full-bore 2000AD (the zarjaz Mega-Comic from the UK) tongue-in-cheek sardonic humor style post-Apocalyptic comic. They should have hired someone like Pat Mills (or Alan Grant) to write it, and someone like Mike McMahon, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Ezquerra, or Kevin O'Neill (all Judge Dredd/2000AD alumni) to draw it. Or maybe someone like Jamie Hewlett (TANK GIRL). That could have really worked, and been a kick-ass comic.


Really liked Jughead #7. It's more of a classic Archie comedic story (with some inside jokes) and no dream sequences/fantastical elements.


June 15, 2016, 08:55:38 pm #381 Last Edit: June 16, 2016, 11:35:40 am by BettyReggie
I read Jughead #7 which I actually got from Archie Comics by mistake. My 6 issue subscription is over. On the label it said a Grace issue, I guess that means free. I can't wait to hang up on my wall.


Quote from: BettyReggie on June 15, 2016, 08:55:38 pm
I read Jughead #7 which I actually got from Archie Comics by mistake. My 6 issue subscription is over. On the label it said a Grace issue, I guess that means free. I can't wait to hang up on my wall.
Maybe to see if the new art style will tempt you to renew ...


June 15, 2016, 10:39:18 pm #383 Last Edit: June 16, 2016, 11:35:54 am by BettyReggie
That could be the reason but I'm not going get a subscription to it. That 6 Jughead issue subscription was enough.  I have a subscription to Archie & hsve only got 8 issues so far. A lot of them are damaged. And The issues are cheaper at Midtown Comics. Midtown Comics sends them in a box so they are not damaged.


June 16, 2016, 07:40:55 am #384 Last Edit: June 16, 2016, 11:36:08 am by BettyReggie
I read these books for 12 minutes each
✈ 1-World Of Archie Winter Annual #56
🐝 2-Archie Giant Comics Party
👻 3-Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #266
☔ 4-Archie-Volume #1 with those issues  1-6
👗 5-Friends With Boys
🍟 6-Nameless City


June 16, 2016, 09:19:27 am #385 Last Edit: June 16, 2016, 11:36:27 am by BettyReggie
I read
Jughead #7-Charm, the beautiful cover with Jughead giving us the peace sign even though it's for 2 for 1 Burgers.
Afterlife With Archie #9- The Reggie cover


🐯 🐻 🐨 🐯 I took a break from reading today

DeCarlo Rules

June 17, 2016, 07:40:04 am #387 Last Edit: June 17, 2016, 08:42:45 am by DeCarlo Rules
THE BIRTH OF KITARO by Shigeru Mizuki, a just released collection of manga stories from the late 1960s, and an earlier-released (2013), larger collection (300-ish pages) of the same, simply entitled KITARO. Both of these were published by Drawn & Quarterly.

Kitaro is a little yokai boy, the last member of the Ghost Tribe, who helps humans (and other yokai) with their problems. You could call him a "yokai buster". He has a number of strange abilities due to his yokai heritage, and seems to discover new ones in every story. He has a long prehensile tongue like a gecko, his hair can stretch out and grab things, and is strong like metal wire. He can also fire the hairs out of his head like porcupine quills, or blend into his background surroundings like a chameleon. He has special yokai glasses that allow him to see things that humans and other yokai can't. He wears wooden sandals that have special properties like allowing him to walk on rainbows. In one story his hand is cut off, but continues to move around on its own until it finally returns to his body.

As for what exactly a yokai is, that's a little hard to explain. Yokai can be monsters, demons, goblins, spirit creatures, minor deities, ghosts, or cryptids. They encompass all sorts of folkloric beings and paranormal creatures. Some are humanoid, some combine features of various animals, and some are in-between. Others have no real form at all -- they can be like balls of gas or light. They could be Japanese, or from another country, or even from outer space. They could be daikaiju (giant monsters) or mythical creatures that inhabit lakes and rivers, live underground, or in the sky. Some were once human, and some are born as yokai; some might have a mixed heritage, being half-human and half-yokai. Traditional western monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein's monster are considered yokai too. About all you can really say that they have in common is that they are strange, intelligent beings that inhabit our world (which is to say, the modern world). There are bad yokai and good yokai, and some who are just mischievous.

Kitaro was born of a dead mother, in a graveyard. He's a little boy with a bulbous head and one huge eye. His other eye socket is empty, and that's where his father lives. His father was a yokai too, but as he lay dying of a long illness, slowly decomposing, he learned of his son's birth and was so motivated to protect and look after the boy that he willed his remaining spirit into his eyeball, which oozed out of its socket and fell on the floor, where it regrew a tiny body from the optic nerve so that he could move about. Now he's just an eyeball with an itty-bitty body and he rides around in Kitaro's empty eye socket.

These are whimsical stories about monsters and paranormal creatures and a little monster boy who helps people who are being troubled by them. Not a genre of manga that I was familiar with before reading this, but they're quite fun.


June 17, 2016, 03:52:51 pm #388 Last Edit: June 18, 2016, 05:20:56 am by BettyReggie
I read Archie #9. It was very good. Fish's art is getting better. Veronica has to hang out at Archie's being of mean old dad. If Mr. Lodge sees Archie, I think he kill him. So to make Veronica feel at home with the Andrews she buys them expensive gifts which Fred Andrews love especially the huge tv. Veronica overs hears Mary Archie's complain about it make Veronica question their relationship. Which has Archie worried that they are going break up. Betty gives Archie her opinion but it falls on deaf ears. Archie & Veronica don't break up. The only bad thing about the issue there was no Reggie.


June 17, 2016, 06:51:18 pm #389 Last Edit: June 18, 2016, 05:23:32 am by BettyReggie
I read each of these books for 15 minutes
🌠 Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion
👑 Archie 1000 Page Comics Shindig
🌲 Archie 1000 Page Comics Celebration

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