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Im half way thru Ronin. It’s not exactly easy. I decided to keep reading and let the story take its toll. I was re reading way too much. Things get explained after the fact. It’s definitely going to be a multiple read that maybe I should just have a tpb to do so, instead of these nice comics.



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Been caught up the past couple of weeks with. Some pull list and other things.

Final issues of Enfield Gang Massacre and Canary. EGM was grim throughout the series. Good read, printed on newsprint and Image was still able to keep the price tag at $3.99. Canary was interesting but it got a little too out there for me with this issue. The pacing and the art were good, but the story went from a little weird to full bore weird.



Final issues of Bounty Hunters and Doctor Aphra. The final issue of BH was ok, but it just kind of ends since the Dark Droids storyline ended in #41. Aphra was better. I'll give some credit to Alyssa Wong for not just making it a gay dance party and putting real effort into the final issue. It has a humanity in it that was inconsistent throughout v2 of the series.






Predator: The Last Hunt #1. Solid first issue in this story arc. Picks up a few years after the end of the second miniseries. It does a good job of setting up some more Predator lore with bringing back a character from the old Dark Horse days.



Transformers #5. Good pacing and the art style is growing on me. Even the original Marvel run took a bit to reel me in.



Fury #1. One-shot plucked from the dollar bin. A nice reimagining of white Nick Fury's origin and the beginning of SHIELD. It goes through some of Nick's WWII and post war life and his eventual hiring as SHIELD director. There was enough material to have been fleshed out into a 3-4 issue limited series.



American Flagg! #31-40 + Special. Really good stuff in the main series. Flagg uncovers corruption within both government and corporate structures, facing off against the mayor and the king of England (who resides in Oklahoma). After an explosion in a pursuit gone wrong pisses off the mayor, Flagg quits in disgust and travels outside of Chicago. The Special serves as more of a backdoor pilot into the Time2 graphic novels. I'm planning to finish the first series this week before moving on the 12 issue second volume.













Sensational She-Hulk #21-30. Some time travel in some of these issues along with a professor who has his students transport villains for She-Hulk to fight. Entertaining and meta. I like that most stories are self-contained and don't generally go for more than three issues.











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Dang, I’m gonna have to check out the first two. I also liked that Predator. I’m not familiar with the lore of Predator though. I’ve been enjoying what Marvel has done with it this last year. I took that as my inexperience, not Marvel doing anything right.
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I like that they are acknowledging the events of the films while building on some of the more that DH established. I'll admit I'm not particularly familiar with the DH comics version of Predator but I've read some of the novels that were adapted into comics or vice versa.
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Yesterday and today I finished Ronin. It was my pleasure to indulge. I'd give advice into how to read it but I loved figuring it out for myself. I'll probably look for a hard cover.












I kind of feel like the way Turts is ending is just a get it out of the way? I could be wrong, Renet has been around since volume 1, issue 8??? Time travel has existed in the storyline but.... Anyways, supernatural shit with Donny is going to end the run. Long story short. I'd say no spoilers but I haven't found any Turtle readers still to this date on the forum.




A good What If, is only as good as one's knowledge of the character's history. I was ok on this one so it was awesome. It's To Be Continued though and I forgot what issue it was in already.


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How you feel about the end of TMNT is how I felt when IDW had the Transformers license. Most of the 2019 reboot felt forced with some good stuff sprinkled in and then it ultimately ended with a whimper. Hopefully, Turtles goes out on a high note with some closure to the story.
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I think it might be hard to find closure since the future is already mapped out. They already have Jason Aaron’s run scheduled out. It’s published by IDW as well. Talk about time to move on? That’s fine, I’m excited, but get on with it. I didn’t see a need for the last 35 Tmnt issues.
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Made my way into the February 1985 issues starting with these three winners:







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I finished this yesterday. I'd call it a classic Image tpb that can be read in an hour or less. That doesn't mean it's not cool. It's more cool when you borrow it from a buddy.




These are my solid weekly's. They all came out today as well as Shudder. Basically they’re some of the last few titles I'll buy. Like a child I read them already.










Exposure was the theme with all three. The Foot Clan and Karai were exposed by a more powerful clan because they got their asses handed to em. Clarice figures out what John wants with the last grain of sand of her life. Spawn is way too much to get into. I will stay this, the story arc after 350 seems like it could be fun.
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The seal has been broken, the time machine door opened, and the controls set for 1987. Here we go...





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This represents the last couple days:









Sisterhood of Steel is awesome! I can see this book developing into one of my favorites. The other two books were also very enjoyable. Lately I have been mentally comparing the quality of the titles that I have been revisiting from the early 1980s to the quality of the early ‘90s period, which is when I stepped away from buying new comics. I think it is best presented like this: my current reading (Feb 1985) is right around 100 individual comics, magazines and graphic novels per month. The vast majority of them I am really enjoying. In mid-‘92, at the very end, I guess I was probably buying 50-60 comics per month and I was probably really enjoying about 10 of them. That’s quite an observed difference. There have been a few titles that I have dropped in the early ‘80s due to lack of interest, but they are relatively few. E-man, Crystar, Vigilante and New Talent Showcase are the only ones that I can think of offhand. Now, I am entering 1985 and the shadow of the B&W boom/ bust years, so I may a bit more selective about what B&W indie books I add moving forward in time. It is challenging enough to keep track of the 95-110 or so different Marvel, DC and major independent books that I am currently reading, but I digress. My point is that the batting average for quality was much higher in 1985 than it was in 1992. Just a thought.



Swords of the Swashbucklers was an interesting read with some nice Guice artwork. I liked the merging of pirates and space opera, although I am not sure there is much to set it apart from the sea of SF comics out there. My initial impression is that it lacks the strength of story of Dreadstar or the engaging characters of Atari Force, but one introductory story is too little to make a solid judgement so I will wait until I have read a few issues of the regular series to form a solid opinion.







I have also come to the end of the Steve Gerber run in my Defenders reading. Defenders has always been one of my favorite teams and Gerber was well suited to the title. Really good stuff and some fond memories there.
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There’s two of you that if we would ever want to exchange a pile of reading material we could meet between us and do so. Just throwing that out there. Also, I’ve floated around this idea in my head of thread system for the forum where we could borrow books for anyone that’s ok with that. A forum library if you will. Unfortunately, from what I figure, the logistics put it out of reach.
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Magazine day.








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@HeinzDad I have a handful of Marvel Essentials and other assorted tps and hardcovers that are either doubles or books that I have upgraded on as far as format. I would be happy to swap these for any 1980s readers on my want list. Here’s a picture of some books I can painlessly part with. If anything is of interest to you let me know and I will message you my 1980s need list. This offer is good for anyone that may be interested.

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I doubt I have any of the issues you are looking for in your run @michaelkrupp, but I would be more than happy to check.




I've been into arts my entire life. It's part of work for me now. Writing however, never seemed to be more than that. It wasn't until I bull $h!tT=d my way thru many high school and college papers that I realized I had a style that seemed to work. 20 years later I appreciate writing a lot more whether its comedy, music, books, etc.

Maxwell Prince has always toyed with a style I emulated. It's magnified in a couple issues of volume 9 here.



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Magazine day.










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The Creepshow issues were cool. I'll be honest, I don't know what the hell is going on in Ghostlore at this point. The first half of the series was entertaining, now I'm confused because it switched gears. Undiscovered Country is still adequate and is chugging along towards its conclusion.



Sensational She-Hulk #31-33. John Byrne returns and Jen ends up travelling down a giant sinkhole to meet the Mole Man and battle this thing from one of the old Marvel anthology titles. Good 3-part story.





Batman #428: Robin Lives. Absolute dog shit. This was a total cash grab by DC and it shows. Only a few panels and some words are different. It should be a hard pass for anyone thinking about it.
F**kin' waste of time.



Uncanny X-Men #268. Jim Lee is awesome. Good story and sets up the mini series.



Wolverine: Madripoor Knights. Picks up directly after UXM 268. Good characterizations from Claremont who shows he can still write it well when he needs to. Edgar Salazar does a fine job on the art although I wish he kept with the big hair fashion that was en vogue in UXM 268.



Strange Tales. Entertaining one-shot told in flashbacks within flashbacks during a poker game.



American Flagg #41-50. It's still very layered thematically. It was an excellent read most of the way through the series. Sometimes it could get a little too deus ex machina at times but all in all a great series. I'll start on vol 2 at some point.










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Forgotten signatures in issues 8 and 9... JACKPOT!!!





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Not much from the LCS today. 11 dollars for about 40 minutes of reading? I wasn’t offended.









I’d really like to recommend this to everyone. It doesn’t appear as if anyone needs to know where they came from to enjoy it. I’ll call it a “seedy cop drama”. Also, at 2.99 still? Give issue 1 a try.


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Sooooooooo…………. If one has read Ronin can they assume Casey McKenna banged a droid?
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@HeinzDad I had to reread our monthly comic book club posts to refresh myself a bit - I think a cyborg at least. Does the series have droids?
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Only thing I read today was Jackpot and Black Cat #1, and I swear that Fantastic Four literally just did this story line.
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I went to the local flea market yesterday looking for some new reads. They have a comic shop there with a large selection of comics in the 50 cents to two dollar range. They are constantly buying collections so they add to the bins regularly and it’s worth a visit every 2-3 weeks to see what’s new there. When I hit the discount boxes I do my very best to stay laser focused on filling in my 1980s list. I know that if I start to go off script it’s very easy to go down a rabbit hole and get myself in trouble. Many is the interesting looking comic that I have passed over because it was not in my 1980s wheelhouse. Fighting a war on multiple fronts is a good way to lose that war, says I. The reason I mention all this is because I broke my own rule yesterday and picked up something from the late 1990s. It looked just too good to pass up. It was only a three issue limited series, so it was a pretty shallow rabbit hole, as far as rabbit holes go. Also the issues were bookshelf quality, prestige format editions. The 1999 cover price had been $5.95, so at 50 cents a pop it was a pretty low risk proposition. Plus it featured a golden age character, and I am a sucker for golden age.









As it turns out, the Dr Mid-Nite in this story isn’t the actual golden age character, but a re-vamped modernized version of the concept that is faithful in spirit to the original golden age character. The story is intricate and well thought out and the murky, moody artwork is perfectly suited to the subject matter. I loved it! I recommend this series very highly to anyone who is a fan of good reading and I am extremely glad I decided to give this a chance, even if I will be crawling back into my 1980s box the next time I go discount boxing😉.
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@HeinzDad I had to reread our monthly comic book club posts to refresh myself a bit - I think a cyborg at least. Does the series have droids?
It reminds me of One, from Metallica. Billy was an armless, legless, wonder of this world.

In the case of Ronin, Billy's mind brought a character to life that combined with bio circuitry of Aquarius, made a humanoid. Whether its his torso or not, human on altered human coitus happened.
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In the case of Ronin, Billy's mind brought a character to life that combined with bio circuitry of Aquarius, made a humanoid. Whether its his torso or not, human on altered human coitus happened.


As far is this goes, I thought that Billy used bio-circuitry and his mental powers to animate the spirit of a centuries old samurai who had been looking for a way to return and complete his mission, which was to destroy his ancient enemy that had also managed to return to Earth through Virgo. To your point, whether it was cyborg, droid or magic based, there was definitely something kinky going on there!
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