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What comic books have you read today? Part two.19596

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Made it into volume two. Weird stuff, brilliantly done, wish I could afford the originals.


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Solo Avengers #11-20. A mixed bag. I liked the covers to #14 & #19 which were by Sandy Plunkett. Never heard of him and doesn't seem to have done too much work for Marvel. The backup stories in #12 and #14 were humorous, especially Yellowjacket's story. Hawkeye's team up with Black Widow in #14-16 is decent as his team up with the Orb against the Plantman in #19-20. I believe that will continue in #21 when the title is rechristened as Avengers Spotlight.












American Flagg #7-9.



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American Flagg is awesome!
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Merry Christmas!

The pull list arrived in the middle of last week. It didn't take long to go through it. Bounty Hunters will end with #41 while Doctor Aphra will end with #40. The Marvel SW universe has been getting convoluted with tons of characters who aren't memorable, but the profiteers could enjoy in case they come to a show or film. In any case, the Dark Droids crossover is winding down. I think some titles may have been released out of order, since SW #41 was released with a spoiler disclaimer on the first page.






Transformers #3. It had me up until a sequence that doesn't fit in with Optimus Prime. Maybe I'm a traditionalist, so I won't spoil it yet, but it took me out of the moment. Still, I like where the book is headed.



Cauldron of Horror #3. The first segment was very Lovecraftian while the second was very Twilight Zone. I've been enjoying this throwback to the Bronze Age horror titles. With an infrequent release schedule, it feels fresh when it does come out.



American Flagg #10-12. I'd have to take notes to provide a rudimentary synopsis since the title has been very layered throughout the first 12 issues. The short of it is that Flagg is going up against Scheisskopf who plans to gas all of Chicago even though he is in charge of the Plexusmall Rangers. Excellent read and conclusion to the first 12 issue arc.





Avengers Spotlight #21-25. Formerly Solo Avengers. #21 ties off the storyline featuring Hawkeye and the Orb after their escape from the Plant Man. #22-25 features another Hawkeye arc as him and Mockingbird attend marriage counseling only to be attacked by a real who's who of villains (sarcasm mode off). Fun story that explores some of why Hawkeye and Mockingbird weren't seeing eye-to-eye at the time. The backup stories in #22-25 were good. #22 and 24 feature origins of Swordsman and Firebird respectively, while #25 had a pretty funny Rick Jones backup about him negotiating his book rights.





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Avengers Spotlight #26-36. #26-29 tie in with the Acts of Vengeance with most of the action centered at the Vault where the supervillains have organized a breakout with the assistance of Loki. Good to see some lesser villains get screen time. #30-34 + 36 have a Hawkeye and Mockingbird story about going after street-level gangs. It gives an interesting mindset into how dealing with supervillains is one thing, but going after low-level gangs is a more daunting task. The US Agent backup story deals with xenophobia towards immigrants. It seems like it could have been written recently and not 1990.
















Tales to Astonish 1994. Beautiful painted art by John Estes and a solid script by Peter David make this an excellent read. A criminal gains the power of Loki and begins wreaking havoc. Hulk, Henry Pym and the Wasp have to team up and take him down. A solid read.

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Current series I read last night: (1) Superman: LOST (issue 8 of 10 - Priest / Pagulayan / Paz); (2) Guardians of the Galaxy 9 (Kelly / Lanzing / Walker).
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Over the long weekend I caught up on some Fables TPBs I hadn't gotten to. They covered issues in the 30s and 40s, so at this point in the series you would basically know if you wanted to read them or not. I wasn't as big a fan of the Mean Seasons collection but mostly enjoyed it all.
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I’m slightly embarrassed to admit I’ve never owned or read these. With a little help from my friends I’ve done both.


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@HeinzDad welcome to the club!
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A few of my recent reads. Also been mixing in a fair amount of golden age, novels and Amazing Stories pulps.














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Just starting this series (Bleach). Was a Christmas gift for my wife (she is a huge fan).


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My weekly soaps, (floppies) are growing fewer and farther between. I get really tired of new volumes and my cranky old ass could keep bitching as to why I'm not buying more every week.





I got really upset when I found out my go to title is coming to an end at 150. Then I found out Jason Aaron is taking a crack at the turtles. And Constantine in America? You better believe he heads right to Louisiana in the first issue! Fun times!


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@HeinzDad the last Punisher series where Frank was turned into a simp rubbed me the wrong way. How is this new series? Different good, bad, mediocre?

Creepshow is a fun read. One of my few monthly-ish titles I look forward to.
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I contracted that which shan't be named for fear of account suspension so I had some free time while sitting home from work.

The Star Wars Dark Droids storyline ended not so much with a bang, but not quite a whimper either. It was just kinda meh. Mercifully, some more SW series are ending soon to help me along with my goal of weaning off new monthly books by the end of 2024. I don't know why I picked up SW Revelations. The last issue of it essentially serves as a preview for upcoming titles and this issue is no different. At $5/pop for the regular issues, I'm checking out. Ghostlore initially pulled me in with a cool concept, but this last issue has me thinking it's going to fizzle. I hope I'm wrong.
















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American Flagg #13-22. I meant to only read a few issues of American Flagg over the weekend and into the week before I went back to work after having the ick. But I got hooked. The story line with the Canadian commies and then the election strife between Mandy and Blitz with Flagg hunting down an escaped convict. This arc was pretty enthralling.












Sensational She-Hulk #1-5. The art is good because it's Byrne. The writing is a bit wooden at times even with the intended humor of breaking the fourth wall. Thus far, it's like the first series with even lamer villains and more humor.







Time Beavers. Awesome. Great art and writing. Basic plot is the beavers have to retrieve stolen items from the time stream. They travel to Earth and take care of business. If you ever served in the military, you might be able to relate to the characters better. I know I did.

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American Flagg, a total fav.
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@Studley_Dudley, I don't think I would recommend the new Punisher volume to you. At this point I'm trying desperately to find weekly's to warrant going to my shop more than once a month. I think I'm cutting ties on this one at issue 5 unless something changes. I'm not an OG punisher fan but I've enjoyed every iteration for the last 8 years or so?

Here's where I could be wrong though. I understand you didn't like the volume where Frank was in the Hand? I assume thats the simp one. I actually liked that because it was a Frank that I had never seen before. I do appreciate that it's that argument and not the logo though. Long story short, new Frank bad, (once again my take on others opinion that is opposite mine, not disrespect).

The new volume isn't Frank. Some guy named Joe Garrison. Family died in a house explosion and he survived in which time becomes suspect #1. His armor wasn't designed to look the way it does. Supposedly it just happens to glow in those spots and he never sought out to be a new Punisher.
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Also, every time I read the name Garrison I think of……………..








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Quote:
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@Studley_Dudley, I don't think I would recommend the new Punisher volume to you. At this point I'm trying desperately to find weekly's to warrant going to my shop more than once a month. I think I'm cutting ties on this one at issue 5 unless something changes. I'm not an OG punisher fan but I've enjoyed every iteration for the last 8 years or so?

Here's where I could be wrong though. I understand you didn't like the volume where Frank was in the Hand? I assume thats the simp one. I actually liked that because it was a Frank that I had never seen before. I do appreciate that it's that argument and not the logo though. Long story short, new Frank bad, (once again my take on others opinion that is opposite mine, not disrespect).

The new volume isn't Frank. Some guy named Joe Garrison. Family died in a house explosion and he survived in which time becomes suspect #1. His armor wasn't designed to look the way it does. Supposedly it just happens to glow in those spots and he never sought out to be a new Punisher.


I definitely wasn't intending to pick it up but if it brings some enjoyment to other folk, that would be a win. I don't mind trying something different, but it is difficult for me to get into the supernatural/superhuman elements when they are incorporated into a Punisher title. Sometimes it lands like War Zone vol 3 when he goes up against the Avengers. Other times it falls flat. One day when Marvel pays real talent to come in and write, Frank will come back as toxically masculine as ever. Until then, the character will continue sitting down to pee in Limbo or wherever the heck he was banished to.
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I picked up X-0 Manowar Redemption TPB collecting issues 1-4, upon a friend’s recommendation. I liked it and may be picking up some more issues.

I also got the new Miguel O’Hara Spider-Man 2099 5 issues; each one a self contained story on horror themes. Not bad at all.
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American Flagg #23-26. Flagg goes to the UK to promote a live tour of Mark Thrust (his previous role). Nefarious persons and an android/cyborg are at play. Very good stuff.






Sensational She-Hulk #6-13. #6-7 bring back US1 from the toybox which was kinda cool to see. #12 was an entertaining read into She-Hulk having a biopic made of her that is an homage to The Producers.








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These were my only three pick ups over two weeks. I was thinking about cutting back on weekly’s but it seems like selection has made it pretty easy.

I almost didn’t buy the Thanos book because the first two were meh. I gave it one more shot and it was really good. I was happy I stuck it out, I thought something could stick here. Nope, one issue and the volume is over. Thanks for another mini series of a character that I think could get a substantial series. The last volume that cates wrote the last whatever on 18 issues? Was awesome. Thanks again Marvel.

I’m not too sure why I buy Gunslinger but I do. I enjoy it. I don’t buy king spawn or scorched but I do buy Gunslinger and Spawn.

Hulk is phenomenal. It just keeps getting better. They are pretty sweet horror reads. I can’t speak loudly though, someone will hear and cancel it and start a new volume.


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been reading the "Yotsuba" manga lately (a series about a 5 year old curious/hyperactive girl who lives with dad. they move to a new home and its about her adventures with the neighbors and the simple things in life like doing errands, getting sick, renting a movie, etc)

my local library had vol. 1-5 so tried them. loved it right off the bat. they had 7-9 as well but found 6, 10-15 (complete series) in the library database (multiple locations, if one location doesnt have what you want but another does theyll retrieve it)
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American Flagg #27-30. #27 is the conclusion to the B-stories of the last few issues. The overall story was written by Alan Moore. Briefly, it involves KC being turned into a hotbed of sex and debauchery due to subliminal messages. Interesting story. #28-30 deal with a Plexmall being planned for an area of urban decay. A satirical look at urban renewal. The more of this series I read, the more it could fit in modern times.






Sensation She-Hulk #14-20. #18-20 were pretty entertaining. #18 has Dr. Bob Doom (Vic's 5th cousin) hatching a nefarious scheme to create New Latveria through means of dentistry. Meanwhile, #19-20 are a lampoon of DC and it's Batman line. This was well done and Steve Gerber's scripting along with the sight gags made it work.









I have to go out of town for a few days, so my reading will commence when I get back.
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A gift from my cousin when published, I had to break this one out yesterday and get monstered.


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Continuing in the series of collections I present this rare gem which had me laughing so hard it scared the cats.


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The final issue of Twisted Tales. Starts off with some amazing Berni Wrightson art in the first story. Also includes an interesting story wherein someone travels back in time in an attempt to solve the Lizzie Borden murders and a touching ghost story in the back. A very solid issue of what was a very solid series.



Kull is another very solid series that I am really enjoying. None of the issues have been disappointing and many have been downright phenomenal!



Power Man and Iron Fist is a title that has been somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes the story is weak, other times it is the artwork. It has never been in danger of losing my interest altogether, but it has also never been what I would consider a great book. This issue is an okay read with mediocre artwork.



I am down to just two comics left to complete my reading of the year 1984. Both are first issues, as I like to save a couple of #1s for the end of the month so I can double up when I start the next month’s stack if they catch my interest. I am very much looking forward to starting in on 1985!
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I had a chance to go through the random pile of books next to my desk.

I read X-Universe 1 and 2 from @BrianGreensnips' sale. They're sort of a side-story to the Age of Apocalypse, covering some of what's happening with the humans over in Europe. It's mostly an excuse to have some non-mutant characters show up in the series, like Daredevil, the F4, Hulk. I think it was too brief to tell the story it wanted to tell, but fine to supplement the series.

Marvel X-Men Collection 2. This wasn't a read per se since it's just a collection of Jim Lee's card art. It's honestly a little disappointing to see card-sized art blown up to comic size. But it's fun nostalgia.

What If 7, what if Wolverine was an agent of SHIELD? More 90s stuff (technically 1989), this time by Liefeld. The idea is that SHIELD recruits Wolverine after his fight with the Hulk instead of Professor X. This one has a mostly happy ending, compared to some other doom-and-gloom what if's.
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