Seldes Katne said:Well, darn. Let me see what I can come up with. I think I can still get a copy for you.
I know. The art is odd, very "blocky". But hey, no book is right for everyone. Thanks for at least trying it.
Baxter said:I don't read Catwoman, and I tradewait Green Arrow (though I've heard good things about te first OYL issue).
Baxter said:I've picked up Batman and Detective Comics again. They've moved back to more traditional Batman style stories. Bullock's back, Gordon's commishioner, and we've got Batman and Robin investigation Two-Face. What more do you need? The only downside is you've got to pick up Detective and Batman for the moment, but when this storyarc ends we'll have Grant Morrison on Batman and Paul Dini (Animated series anyone?) on Detective, both of wich I have high expectations for.
Baxter said:I didn't order Superman, wich is crossing over with Action comics just like Batman/Detective, but I plan to go to my local comic shop and pick them up, mainly because I've been jonesing for a decent Superman story that isn't an elseworld and I've got faith that Geoff Johns can give us that. Apparently when the story opens Clark is powerless.
Baxter said:If you're open to suggestions then deffinatly go for Teen Titans. All of the trades for it are priced at $9.99, currently 4 volumes and an Outsiders crossover volume, and they're all damn pakced with comics. There's a new JLA series launching in a few months by Brad Meltzer. His Green Arrow trade is a must read (Archer's Quest.) and his identity Crisis helped kick off the whole mess we're in right now.
Baxter said:Oh, and pick up Blue Beetle next week. It should be crazy.
Right now they're just crossing over. At the end of the 4 month, 8 issue run they'll get thier own respective writer/artist teams.Victor Von Doom said:But from what you're saying is that I have to read both to follow? Or are they gonna merge into one series?
It's in continuity, and the reason he's powerless is probably in Infinate Crisis, but its ment as a starting point for new readers, so its probably a good place to join up.Victor Von Doom said:I remember reading something from IGN saying that Action/Superman was a good read. Does it tie into Infinite Crisis at all or is it one of those outta continuity things. Hmmmm....Superman with no powers? Sound interesting.
Thats cool. Just letting you know.Victor Von Doom said:I'll probably just check with Teen Titans OYL.....not interested in reading all the backhistory (right now anyways).
Identity Crisis was a 7 issue mini from last year. Its by no means essential reading to get into DC. Infinate Crisis is the follow up to the first good line-wide event (Crisis on Infinate Earths) and is setting the stage for all of the One Year Later stuff. You don't need to read it to understand whats going on, but when they release a TPB of it I suggest you pick it up.Victor Von Doom said:But what's the difference between Infinite Crisis and Idenity Crisis?
Yep. Ted Kord took a bullet to the head. The new Blue Beetle is a kid named Jamie and was introduced in Infinate Crisis. I do think that his series will be one of the ones to tie more into the crossover, even after One Year Later, but I've also got confidence that its going to be a damn good series on its own. Its currently being discribed by the creative team as a horror/superhero book, and when done well those are a little more intresting than normal superhero stories.Victor Von Doom said:I just wikipedia'd Blue Beetle. Didn't he just die? So this is a new Beetle?
No more than the summers family lineage.Victor Von Doom said:Damn you DC for being so confusing!!!!
Baxter said:No more than the summers family lineage.
:lol:While the first three volumes of Drizzt are interesting, the story then proceeds to peter off into nothingness. It seems like Drizzt and his companions are unstoppable, and cannot, no matter what the circumstances are, be beaten.
[snip] This seems to be a recurring theme in Forgotten Realm books. This is prevalent in Ed Greenwood books as well, where his own D&D character is a plot device arriving in the nick of time to save everyone in everybook.
I am also a fan of Vertigo's "Scalped". They weren't joking when they said this could be the next Sopranos.
There's a downloadable preview of the first issue (in PDF format) here.ipisdei (that's my name on CS) said:Forgive me if this comes across as brown-nosing, but I must say that your comics make visible the stories of the marginalized underclasses of the globalized world. The Other Side and Scalped, in particular, offer a genuine diversity of represenatation, amidst the four-color spandex. By "genuine diversity", I mean a warts-and-all presentation of the over-looked stories that get drowned out by the watered-down multiculturalism of contemporary myth-making. And better yet, you do so without recourse to cheesy, feel-good "We Are The World"-ism, or romanticized images of "noble savages".
But that's *not* the reason why you're quickly becoming one of my favorite writers -- I like your stuff because it's exciting, white-knuckled storytelling, with real human characters at its core. And ultimately, that's what I hope for, every time I pick up a new issue.
The only on-going comic series I'm reading right now is Rex Libris, an indy comic about the world's toughest librarian. (Yes, you read that correctly. Rex and his fellow librarians all get combat training as part of their job skills.) A preview of the first issue is available if you click on the title above. The running commentary at the bottom of the preview pages can be completely ignored, and you won't miss a thing. It disappears after the first issue, thankfully.
Rex Libris is being published by Slave Labor Graphics. At the moment, only three issues are available, so I'm not sure what the status of the title is, but now would be a good time to get in on the beginning of the series if you like the preview.
April 3, 2007 - Rex Libris, the comic book series by writer/artist James Turner, is being turned into a big-screen comedic action-adventure by Warner Bros. The script for the film adaptation will be penned by scribe Mark Burton (Madagascar, Chicken Run), according to Variety.
The story follows Rex, an everyday guy who becomes a member of a secret sect of librarians tasked with protecting the world's knowledge and most dangerous secrets.
Comic publisher Slave Labor Graphics sets the story up like this:
The astonishing story of the incomparable Rex Libris, Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library, and his unending struggle against the forces of ignorance and darkness. With the aid of an ancient god who lives beneath the library branch, Rex travels to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of overdue books. He must confront incredible foes, such as powerful alien warlords who refuse to pay their late fees. Wearing his super thick bottle glasses, and armed with an arsenal of high technology weapons, he strikes fear into recalcitrant borrowers, and can take on virtually any foe from zombies to renegade public-domain literary characters with aplomb.
Mosiac Media's Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing the flick.
Screenwriter Burton also wrote the forthcoming 20th Century Fox adventure They Came From Upstairs.