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I bought the Hope trade from Dirk Manning's websight. He signed the inside page. It was a good read. I have also read his Haunted High-Ons and had him sign those at a show awhile back. They are by Source Point Press which has gotten some recognition of late. I also picked up the first 3 issues of Star Wars Bounty Hunters. I have not read a Star Wars book in a couple years and I really enjoyed it. I might add it to my pull list.I also picked up and read the last copy of Zero's Journey. Tight artwork but the stories are for 6 year olds.





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Got caught up on the recent pull list box. A few new series that I will be picking up future issues since they maintained my interest.










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No photos. Too lazy today.

- The Sandman (Volume 2) #8 (online)
- Death: The High Cost of Living #1 (online)
- The House of Secrets #92 (reissue)
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I finished the Frank Miller Daredevil omnibus this week. Really good stuff! The DD/ Elektra arc was outstanding. I was a little surprised that they chose to kill off a character with so much potential and I was glad to see that her story had a (relatively) happy ending. Another thing that jumps out at me about these issues is how Miller was able to elevate Bullseye into the upper echelon of Marvel villains. I think in the silver age the main knock on DD was the quality of his opposition. While others had their Dr. Dooms, Red Skulls and Green Goblins, DD’s foes were largely a collection of second bananas and Spidey villains. Bullseye was clearly the best this mag had to offer, but it wasn’t until Miller took over that he truly reached his potential as a worthy arch-foe.

Since finishing the DD omnibus I have been spending time rooting through my stacks of Gold Key comics, revisiting titles ranging from Pink Panther to Dagar the Invincible to the Addams Family. There’s really a lot of overlooked, underrated material there! My next reading project is revisiting the Gold Key Star Trek title. I have the collections published by Checker Books several years back. That’s what I am digging into tonight.





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@michaelekrupp The Elektra Saga was great but I wasn’t a big fan of her characterization when Miller revisits the character in Man Without Fear, which unfortunately is where the TV series got most of its cues for her.
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Yesterday I found my old TPB of Kingdom Come. It has an introduction in it that always stuck with me but I couldn't remember where I had read it. Here's the part I thought was particularly poignant:

Elliot s. Maggin

The New Bards
In the waning moments of the twentieth century, the super-hero is Everyman.
Look at the way we live: traveling over the Earth at astounding speeds with unimaginable ease; communicating instantly at will with people in the farthest corners of the globe; engineering economies, driving environmental forces, working wonders. If a person from only a hundred years or so in the past could look in on our lives, that person would suppose that we were not mortals, but gods. He would be bowled over by what the most ordinary among us could do with a car or a light switch or an automatic teller machine. This is the way many of us have always looked upon our super-heroes--as though they were gods.


When I first read this it appealed to my fascination with historical perspective. What I find fascinating now is that it was written in 1997, almost a quarter century ago. Consider what we have available to us today that we didn't even have when this was written in 1997.
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@dielinfinite I haven’t read Man Without Fear or seen the TV series yet. What I have heard is mostly mixed reviews. Seems like the later versions hardly ever live up to the originals as a general rule.
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I used to be cool on Friday nights. I'm a different kind of cool now... I think.


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Last couple days I've been reading the What If stories from 1980-1983 that haunted me when I was 12-13 years old. What if Phoenix lived, where she went on to murder all the X-men and consume the Earth. What if the Avengers Defeated Everyone where they hand all heroes over to a bad guy for processing. In What If 38 the stories are 30-50 years in the future and everyone is old...which is kind of eerie since they were written 37 years ago.
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The last few days had me shift my interest away from DC and towards IDW. So when it came to all of this Jennika and Last Ronin hype, I ended up reading the following:

- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #105
The whole 'Mutant Town' bit makes me wish there was a new TMNT TRPG in the works.

- TMNT Universe TPB
This is officially on my "to buy" list. And it has me starting to like the IDW version of Raph.
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I'll definitely pass on these..I'm already bald enough.
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Lately I have been reading the early Gold Key Star Trek issues. As a kid I always considered the Gold Key Trek to be somehow inferior to the DC and Marvel versions. After revisiting these stories I can clearly see why my younger self held that opinion. It’s not that they are not decent comics. The stories are well constructed with solid plotting and the artwork is competent. What really stands out to me now is that the people who worked on these comics had virtually no experience with the Star Trek TV show. While the stories are well constructed, decent SF tales, the characters don’t always act or talk like the characters in the TV show. As for the artwork, while the primary characters are generally recognizable, many of the secondary characters are drawn so differently as to be unrecognizable from their TV counterparts. This is exacerbated by the coloring, as much of the time the uniforms are colored incorrectly, adding to the confusion of who is supposed to be who. As stories, these are decent SF comics, but as Star Trek stories, they fail on many levels. It will be interesting to see if this changes in the later issues.








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@michaelekrupp Nice insight on both the Frank Miller Daredevil and the Gold Key Star Trek. I do not have any of the Star Trek books, but I have recently worked on assembling the Frank Miller Daredevil Run. I am waiting to have the run completed and then reading it straight through. Im still missing Daredevil #162, #163
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I started reading Amazing Spider-Man 252 earlier tonight. I never read ASM during this time, and have mant to for such a long time.


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More a book about comics, but I finished this today.


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What If 32, What if the Avengers had become Pawns of Korvac? Yet another one where the entire Universe dies in the end. The Avengers die a couple of times, Cap takes out Galactus with the Ultimate Nullifier, then Korvac absorbs all life on earth and a million ships show up to stop him. Everyone gets it in the end. Man, the stuff I was reading when I was 12. No wonder I had a different imagination than the other kids in school.
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As I kid in the 1970s I could never afford to buy treasuries. I was lucky just to manage the 25 or 30 cents for a regular comic. I did, however, spend considerable time looking longingly at the various ads that DC ran in their comics promoting these items. I think the ones that I coveted the most in these ads were the treasuries featuring the origin stories of the DC villains. Had I the opportunity back then, those were definitely the ones I would have bought. So when I recently had a chance to pick up several treasury editions in a trade with @esaravo, these were high on my list and the first ones I actually read once I got them.

I found that I was a little disappointed with the actual content. The stories presented are actually quite good, including a couple that I had not read before and do not have in any other volumes. The disappointment was that these stories were few in number compared to the amount of villains depicted on the cover of the treasuries. My seven year old self would certainly have expected much more than four or five origin stories, with the other villains being relegated to a paragraph or so recap. It just seems misleading. It does make me think that DC should consider producing a super villain origin omnibus, with a more comprehensive compilation of villain origins. I know I would get my wallet out for that!







A treasury edition that would have had zero interest for me as a seven year old but is of great interest to my adult self is the Dick Tracy treasury. As I kid, Dick Tracy seemed boring. He had no costume, no powers... he was just some guy! As an adult, however, I very much enjoy detective Tracy’s adventures. When I had a chance to trade for this treasury edition I jumped at it. Anyone who has never read Dick Tracy should definitely check it out! There are countless reprints available in a wide array of affordable formats.




Once again, thanks to @esaravo for all the treasuries. You rock, brother! I think I have now posted everything I received from you over the space of four threads. Hopefully we will wheel and deal again in the future!
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I read Red Rooster 1&2 and The Futurists 1&2 the last couple of days.



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More Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Volume 5) stuff. It definitely has me wish that IDW would look into doing a TRPG. And I was a fan of the Palladium version before they started to do the sourcebooks.

- Issue #100 (and nothing before it) because I was curious about Splinter's death. Now I am debating if I should read the first 99 issues or just wait to buy the collected editions.

- Issue #101 because Future Lita had me be interested in her present day counterpart. Fun to see how she did debut, and can see why people wanted this issue for Mona Lisa's 1st comic book appearance.

- Issues #102-104 because it continues Sophie Campbell's first arc in the series. The little weasels (ferrets?) are great, love Mutant Town, and Lita getting a name is a nice touch.

- Issue #105 before I found out that regular covers for this issue are going for $35-$50 for the regular covers. Loved the "Naruto" vibe, but Future Lita's 1st appearance is limited to a single page.

- Issue #106 because I had the chance. And I can only say is that Sophie Campbell is making Lita a fun character to read. Plus the new arc is something I think others might like.

Honestly... A part of me wishes that I got back into this franchise sooner. But after seeing what issue 105 is going for I doubt I will do any future "key issue" hunting with this series.
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Slow day...

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Read these for the first time in decades. Pretty solid story although it jumps around a bit. I guess that’s inherent in trying to cover seven years in a four issue mini series. What I really found disconcerting was the frequent changes in pencil artists. Three different pencillers over a four issue series is unacceptable. Maybe it’s not as noticeable when you’re reading an installment each month with 30 other comics in between, but when you sit down and read them in one sitting it is quite irritating.


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What I really found disconcerting was the frequent changes in pencil artists. Three different pencillers over a four issue series is unacceptable


I hate that in a mini-series. I also typically binge read them in TPB version and I find it so disorienting when the art or colors suddenly takes a dramatic change in the middle of the story.
On the other side, if you ever read the first color Grendels from Comico they did a pretty interesting thing with a new set of writers and artists taking over every few issues as the story moved through the years.
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I read Red Rooster 1&2 and The Futurists 1&2 the last couple of days.





I supported Red Rooster on indiegogo and still haven’t got my copy. How is everyone else getting their copies?
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Read this during my downtime at work today. The art is absolutely gorgeous. The story goes by rather quick and feels like a first act of a larger story.
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