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Old 05-18-2017, 10:13 AM
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I didn't know I wanted a Swamp Thing / Batman buddy cop comedy series.

Thanks to Tom King, now I know.
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Old 05-22-2017, 09:11 AM
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I didn't know I wanted a Swamp Thing / Batman buddy cop comedy series.

Thanks to Tom King, now I know.
Yeah, I just read it and The Brave and The Mold is everything I want in a Batman comic.

Also I hope Kite-Man (Hell Yeah) continues to be a thing in Tom King's Batman run.
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:34 PM
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Kite Man will have a miniseries of his own by the end of the year, Mark my words.
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Old 05-25-2017, 07:23 PM
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Read Enemy Ace: War Idyll. A good war comic, but I feel like I've felt all of these story beats before. I guess I feel a little bad about that since George Pratt clearly felt very strongly about the subject matter and worked on the book for three years. It has the murky look that one (or at least me) associates with painted comics of the 80's and early 90's which looks good but is a bit difficult to actually read as sequential art in some pages. Talking scenes work but action scenes, while looking good as skilled images, don't read as easily as I'd like.



And it is good, but as a "horrors of war" comic story, it doesn't feel particularly fresh, vibrant or as shocking/unsettling as I'd like.

I did like the philosophy of the title character and the idea that this character sees his enemies as being as human as his allies but just does his job (and he's also aware of the relative remove he has in killing compared to those fighting in the mud).




Speaking of well researched and technically well-done comics that didn't do too much for me, I also picked up an Age of Reptiles volume for cheap. It's very well drawn and laid out but... I guess I just am not that interested in what these dinosaurs are up to. Pretty art, though. I also really liked the way it was laid out. But I just wasn't too invested in the events of the comics (a predator dinosaur with a fin on his back eats some prey and finds and protects his mate).
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:30 PM
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Please tell me you people are reading Ghostbusters 101

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Old 05-28-2017, 08:21 PM
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I LOVE that the main comic Ghostbusters are getting so much mileage out of the dimensional teleporter Donatello built for them

That said, if that comic doesn't involve Abby getting into a fight with Slimer, it's a huge wasted opportunity.
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I picked up some comics on the weekend and read them while JBear was getting some stuff ready for the Popularity Contest.

For cheap, I got Waterlogged, an anthology of aquatic tales from Vancouver-based creators. This is from Cloudscape, and anthologies seem to be their bag (I also recently got Mega-Fauna in the discount section, too). It's a perfectly mixed bag. I don't think there's anything really bad in it. Though there was one of such profound mediocrity that I wasn't too surprised that he's in the Canadian animation industry. Come on, guys! We had Reboot! What the fuck happened?!

I also got Get Jiro! For those who don't know it is a comic "by" (notice it doesn't say "written" or tell us exactly in what capacity it is "by") Anthony Bourdain and features a blurb on the front cover by Jimmy Fallon, so I was well warned.

Most comics "by" celebrities tend to be a special kind of bad. This... it was uneven. There's good stuff and bad stuff. The premise is that a bad ass sushi chef named Jiro is caught in a war between two competing food giants in a vague food-focused future/alternative Earth.

It started off on the wrong foot with me. Te first scene is a bunch of dude bros obnoxiously eating at our hero's restuarant, not following proper decorum. When one asks for a California roll, he cuts the guys head off. This part feels like Anthony told the actual writer "Ugh, I hate when people eat wrong. Can we kill them?" I mean, if it was actually funny, I might have given it a pass.

Anyway, as the book goes on, I liked it a bit better. It basically retells Red Harvest (or Yojimbo or A Fistful of Dollars if you prefer) with Jiro being courted by two factions of foody and deciding to use his position to force them into a final fight. Not a bad idea. That said, I wish the premise of the world held together a bit better. I certainly doesn't need to be believable. It's a bit vague though, which could theoretically work in its favour but kind of doesn't.

The two factions represent hippie local growers (represented as fanatic hippies) and big business guys that see food as product. And I think Anthony Bourdain might be trying to say the answer lies somewhere in the middle but really it's more about stupid fights and a crazy revenge plot.

It's not as bad as it could have been but it also could have been REALLY interesting. Instead, it hits a disappointing middle ground. Which is a shame, because the art by Langdon Foss is crazy good in some sections. I suppose I could try to scan some of my favourite picks and post them but I'm lazy. Anyway, I really think if he hasn't worked with Grant Morrison yet, he needs too. His character designs are pretty great, particularly the title character and his footwear, a cross between old Japanese sandals and sneakers. Also, there's a part where he gets a big tuna cutting knife he wields like a sword that's pretty badass.
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