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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
Thanks for the heads up! If Ennis is doing it, then it should be worth a read.
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Here's some interesting things. I'd say I recommend every one of these new titles.

I added these to the pull list since my lcs is ordering short these days. I picked up a copy of penthouse #1 on eBay since it's sold out from the suppliers.








Spectregraph is cool. Also kind of hard to get it seems.




This is formatted like Marvels Black, White, and Blood. Stand alone stories I liked whether I was familiar with the marvel characters at all. Pick this up with the same kind of freelance read.


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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
Re-reading Watchmen TPB during an extended power outage (going on hour 30). Chapter 6 “The Abyss Gazes Also” should be considered among the all time great origin stories (Rorschach). It doesn’t require the other chapters to be a great read on its own. It’s a brilliantly crafted delivery.
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Beaten by boat oars Studley_Dudley private msg quote post Address this user
New stuff from the pull list. No world burners but some solid reads.




Cauldron of Horror #4. One of the good stories is about a movie star who hides her vampiric ways by essentially hiding her past until the vampire hunter comes a calling on set. It's modern but with a call-back sensibility to the horror titles of the past. I tend to forget the issues come out because I preorder them and then they eventually show up 3 months past the solicited release date.



Invaders #1-4. I'm not familiar with some of the heroes, but that's what keeps it fresh (from 1993) for me. Roy Thomas scripts a solid tale of the heroes of yesteryear duking it out with the Battle Axis who have allied themselves with persons with political differences (thanks, South Park) from Germany in 1941. The Battle Axis is looking to aid Dr. Death in causing an earthquake to destroy CA but the real idea is that the earthquake will release a deadly toxic gas the US has been storing since WWI. Good read and good to see the old time heroes get a small share of the limelight.






Jon Sable, Freelance #21-30. Sable is still recovering from being shot in issue #20 and it is good to see it as a persistent plot point in these issues. The three-part Contract story has Sable being hired by the CIA to eliminate his recurring villain, the Sparrow. Good story and suspense building in it. #25-27 deal with the entertaining story of Sable's parents and childhood told in flashback. #28-30 is a change of pace story from the grim n' gritty to the more light-hearted in which Grell presents an homage to the Maltese Falcon. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all these issues and I find the series to be very well done. If I had a gripe, it's that Grell draws all women the same. They all have the same nose, eyes, and build. It isn't enough to detract from the title but more of an observation I has seen throughout the series.










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If I had a gripe, it's that Grell draws all women the same


Maybe that's where Greg Land picked it up.
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If I had a gripe, it's that Grell draws all women the same


Maybe that's where Greg Land picked it up.


They picked it up from Ditko.
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While looking for this thread it became concerning to me that the watching and listening to threads were more popular than reading comics......


Anyways, I keep saying to myself Id wait to make one large post when done with my pile but it kinda isn't shrinking.


Cool story



The first manga I ever read. It wasn't difficult, it just took me repeated reads of the first four pages to get it squared away. The story was awesome and I got er goin on Hulu and it's all Japanese with no sub titles. I was butt hurt.



Prolly check out a Conan Tpb from Titan.



A little less bubble gum than the last Venom mini series, I think Ill get them all.



I have 3 copies of this I didn't need if anyone wants one. I think ive read it a dozen times or so in Tpb.



Meh....



I mean, just behold. All a guy can say is, titties.....




Still phenomenal and we are approaching Legacy #800.



My two Spawn titles and a new one that was awesome in a mini series of 3. Check out Monolith, one has to have next to zero knowledge of the series and it's some good old fashioned violence with gore. Im pretty sure all Spawn titles are still only 2.99.








My only complaint about this is that the illustration DOES NOT match the story telling.




I've been surprised how much I've liked this. It's not actually BS.

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While looking for this thread it became concerning to me that the watching and listening to threads were more popular than reading comics......


Agree. I like to think more of the people on here are readers and just don't post.

On to the reads...

Get Fury #1. Set during the Vietnam War, white Nick Fury is captured by the NVA when his aircraft goes down. Frank Castle is ordered to eliminate Fury in order to keep him from cracking under the pressure of being detained by soulless commies. I agree with @HeinzDad about the art. It doesn't gel with what is being written. Burrows art isn't bad, and I liked what he did on the Punisher: Soviet miniseries, but here something is off. Still a good read with Ennis doing his thing.



NFL Superpro One Shot and #1. Where to start? It's campy. The hero uses football puns when beating up the bad guys. It is bad but in a funny way. It's over the top and you can definitely tell this is just the NFL using comics as a way to clean up its image about steroids and sports gambling. I have to power through 11 more issues.




X-Men vs the Avengers #1-4. Set during the era where Magneto was attempting to be a good guy. Part of Asteroid M lands in a lake in Southeast Asia. Magneto is lured to the lake where the Soviet Super Soldiers and Crimson Dynamo want to assassinate him for his crimes against the USSR, even though communists aren't real people. The X-Men and Avengers are at odds over this and eventually work together because the Crimson Dynamo has been acting like a butthole all along. Some decent Silvestri art and a decent miniseries.






Jon Sable, Freelance #31-41. Some of the stories throughout these issues alluded to real-world scenarios of the time. Commies in South America, poachers in Africa, and militant white supremacists hanging out in the woods. The art became hit and miss here, as some of it was good and other times it was like Mike Grell ran out of time and just dropped off some sketches to the colorist (who rotated a bit here). #33 is a fun tale with Sergio Aragones art after the first few expository pages, creating a story within a story.











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While looking for this thread it became concerning to me that the watching and listening to threads were more popular than reading comics......


I think it's a legitimate observation. When I was younger, I could dive into a pile of comic books for hours. Now it takes a power outage or long train ride for me to settle into extended reading. I think it's the distraction of stimuli from internet and cable/streaming that has re-conditioned me and shortened my attention span. Even a good movie is likely to get paused or stopped several times before I finish it.
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If you are a Freedom Fighters fan, this should be a must read. If you are not familiar with them, I would not suggest this as an introduction.
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@HeinzDad Since this forum is offered through a third party grading company, it doesn’t surprise me that actually reading comics is not the highest priority among the membership. You can rest assured that I am always out here enthusiastically reading comics, even when I don’t find the time to report in for extended periods! Currently, I am about a dozen comics away from completing my reading of the February 1985 issues. I have been dragging my feet a little because I am still missing a handful of issues from March ‘85. I prefer to have everything in place when I begin reading each month. I will eventually clean these up on MCS, but I am holding off until I go to the Livonia show in June where I can hopefully fill in a few more holes. MCS is just so darn expensive! I have been spending most of my time lately in masterworks and omnibus land, primarily rotating between Iron Man, Defenders and Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man.

I recently finished this:



And started this:



I am currently early into Roger Stern’s first stint on Spidey. Stern was one of the main Spidey scripters of the ‘80s and arguably the best of the bunch. He takes over here from the other main ‘80s Spider writer, Bill Mantlo, who would eventually return. The early issues of PPTSS are something of a mixed bag. There are some gems and a few clunkers(anyone remember the hypno hustler?😑) I think that the beginning of Steen’s tenure was when the book really started to ascend.

I finished this volume last night:



This period of Iron Man features some pretty good stuff, but it suffers from the same problem as many 1970s Marvels: a revolving door of creative people. It seems like every other issue featured a different writer, artist or editor. It wasn’t even unusual for the creative team to change in the middle of a story. I get the feeling that nobody wanted IM as a regular assignment back then.




I am also currently enjoying Steve Gerber’s run on Defenders. It is definitely Gerber who established the book’s reputation as a quirky, off the wall non-team. Where else can you see the Hulk rescue a baby deer after “men killed Bambi’s mother!”. Naturally the deer became possessed by the spirit of an evil wizard. Nighthawk’s brain was surgically removed during this period and it spent several issues in a bowl of fluids as various folks possessed his body. And then there was the elf. An elf with a gun who randomly abducted people and apparently murdered them. Gerber left the book without ever resolving this plot and the elf just disappeared until J.M. DeMatteis brought him back many years later in an attempt to tie up loose ends. Whatever medication Gerber was taking back in the ‘70s, they probably should have looked at cutting the dosage. They were some fun comics, though!
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