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Old 10-06-2017, 12:41 PM
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I expect a good number of you all to read Astro City #47.



Otherwise I expect to see people turn in their dog lovers cards.

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Old 10-06-2017, 01:33 PM
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Man, that guys name better be “Good Boy”
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Old 10-06-2017, 03:50 PM
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Close.

It's G-Dog.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:58 AM
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The most surprising thing I’ve seen so far in Judge Dredd is perhaps the story that introduces the concept of Future-Shock, a condition where people who stop to think about the state of the world they live in immediately experience a deep psychological breakdown.

Thats not the surprising part; it’s perhaps the most Judge Dreddy thing in the world.

No, what comes as a surprise is that one citizen undergoing Future Shock grabs a hatchet and murders twenty people, and Dredd admonishes another Judge for wanting to arrest him; saying that the man needs medical help not punishment.

Bear in mind that Dredd usually explodes people for far less than that, and once threatened to arrest his television set for airing an illegal pirate broadcast.

To be fair, it was The Most Illegal Gameshow In the World, and he let his TV off with a warning for helping him track down the studio.

I love this crazy-ass comic book.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:24 PM
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Read the first volume of Kill Six Billion Demons. Really good art and I... think I liked the story. The problem is by the time I finished the book, I realized that the story seems to have just gotten started. I like that I don't know where it is going and the dialogue sometimes make it a little less accessible than I expected (which is part of the reason I was unable to get into Metabarons, though I'm sure if I had read The Incal, it might have helped a lot). There's a lot going on and these first chapters make it a bit hard to cling to the world when it seems so much is being introduced one right after the other. But I am looking forward to reading more and getting more invested in this crazy-ass world.

I also just started Alan Moore's The Bojeffries Saga. It's kind of refreshing to see more just do straight-up his version of the Addam's Family. It definitely has a Mad Magazine sensibility to it that I enjoy.
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:49 AM
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The most surprising thing I’ve seen so far in Judge Dredd is perhaps the story that introduces the concept of Future-Shock, a condition where people who stop to think about the state of the world they live in immediately experience a deep psychological breakdown.

Thats not the surprising part; it’s perhaps the most Judge Dreddy thing in the world.

No, what comes as a surprise is that one citizen undergoing Future Shock grabs a hatchet and murders twenty people, and Dredd admonishes another Judge for wanting to arrest him; saying that the man needs medical help not punishment.

Bear in mind that Dredd usually explodes people for far less than that, and once threatened to arrest his television set for airing an illegal pirate broadcast.

To be fair, it was The Most Illegal Gameshow In the World, and he let his TV off with a warning for helping him track down the studio.

I love this crazy-ass comic book.
I've noticed that early Dredd can actually be quite lenient from time to time. The weird thing is that when I kept reading, he didn't gradually change, there was just one particular issue where he suddenly becomes a jerk (arresting a guy who tries to commit suicide for littering, and then fining a bystander when she takes him to task for it), and continues being so from there on out. Especially weird is that someone else then says "Oh, he's always been like that". So I guess they suddenly retconned him into being a jerk.

This all happened while he was working on the moon colony. I guess working on the moon changes a man.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:55 PM
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Anyone read Cosplayers by Dash Shaw? I really enjoyed it, though frankly I found it to be quaint compared to something like Bottomless Belly Button.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:17 PM
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I've noticed that early Dredd can actually be quite lenient from time to time. The weird thing is that when I kept reading, he didn't gradually change, there was just one particular issue where he suddenly becomes a jerk (arresting a guy who tries to commit suicide for littering, and then fining a bystander when she takes him to task for it), and continues being so from there on out. Especially weird is that someone else then says "Oh, he's always been like that". So I guess they suddenly retconned him into being a jerk.

This all happened while he was working on the moon colony. I guess working on the moon changes a man.
Just read another story where it's revealed that parents warn their children that Judge Dredd will come for them if they don't behave and go to bed or eat their vegetables or what have you. The children accept it without question.

Dredd immediately kicks down the door of one such child and also rips his entire head off in front of his mother. It's okay, it was a robot duplicate-boy.

It's not so much that Dredd was ever a good guy so much as other Judges became Worse Guys
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:48 PM
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It's not so much that Dredd was ever a good guy so much as other Judges became Worse Guys
Yeah, Dredd isn't much of a hero. He's a look at the real application of the "The Shadow/Batman" idea- a tireless ideal-become-man in service of the law above all. Y'know... a fascist supercop, more-or-less literally.

Those stories were being written from a sardonic, super-British Thatcherite perspective though, that I think can come off as quite cruel and alien to most U.S.-hero readers.

I think Dredd and most of the other stories in 2000 AD would still probably come off as structurally bizarre and foreign to most Americans, much the way Jump manga did to the uninitiated in the 90s and so on.
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:37 PM
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I'm not sure that anyone other than me has been reading Keith Giffen's work at DC since New 52, (I don't mean here, I mean period) but I finally got caught up on the last half year's worth of Rebirth Blue Beetle and this is a comic for nobody.

I don't think its bad, it just seems perfectly designed to squander the appeal that they want Jaime Reyes to have by giving him back to Giffen and Dematteis. Giffen continues to do the same work he's been doing, with or without DeMatteis, on books like Justice League 3000 and 3001, OMAC, Infinity Man & The Forever People, Sugar & Spike and Threshold. It is not poppy fun, young skewing superheroics, something like you'd get from recent Batgirl stories or Ms Marvel or hell even Spider-Man, but instead dense and convoluted stuff with banter obviously written by a 60 year old man trying to sound like a teenager. But on its own terms, it mostly works.

I mentioned all those series that Giffen wrote or co-wrote because he weaves nearly all of them in. The most recent storyline not only featured Jaime and Ted Kord working together to defeat an evil wizard that was not Mordru, but also Giffen's new Sugar & Spike,* the New 52 OMAC, the future Flash and Batgirl from JL3001, and Dr. Fate thrown on top just for the hell of it. I can't imagine the story making sense if you haven't read all those books, books that I am fairly certain no one other than me has read. As another chapter in a continuing story it is just fine, as a single comic story it is downright impenetrable.


*Incidentally, that series from the Legends of Tomorrow anthology book is his best work since his last Booster Gold run
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