Following The **OFFICIAL** Comics thread. Page 75

  • The_Goon 30 Jul 2017 21:31:32 1,396 posts
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    Sorry, can't comment.

    But thread bump reminds me - started my long and, presumably, arduous journey through Secret Wars last night. I tried reading Secret Wars II before it and that was a real slog - I gave up halfway through and just read the main event issues in the end. Wish me luck...(It's about time I caught up though.)
  • spamdangled 30 Jul 2017 22:17:45 31,764 posts
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    CBR has become total shit since they were taken over abput a year ago. It's just endless clickbait lists, no actual insightful articles (aside from Brian Cronin - fuck knows how he tolerates it) and they rarely even review anything.

    Is there a decent alternative out there?
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 14 Sep 2017 08:38:57 11,014 posts
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    New (and final) Grandville book coming soon

  • spamdangled 14 Sep 2017 09:53:35 31,764 posts
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    I see they've brought Superman's dad Jor-El back from the dead and made him a villain. Seems like the only character death that's still sacred is Uncle Ben and the Waynes.

    Edited by spamdangled at 09:53:53 14-09-2017
  • The_Goon 15 Sep 2017 14:30:16 1,396 posts
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    Come on, DC! I'm dying for a DC Unlimited service. At this current time, I just don't even bother reading DC. I didn't read Marvel before they started Unlimited and now they have a customer who subscribes to the service and even buys the odd standalone comic/TPB.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 15 Sep 2017 14:49:45 11,014 posts
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    They're probably too busy planning another reboot of all their titles
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 8 Oct 2017 23:34:35 11,014 posts
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    Marvel had a deal for an real life arms dealer so sponsor and feature in Avengers?!

    https://boingboing.net/2017/10/08/no-pasaran-2.html
  • The_Goon 18 Apr 2018 14:23:11 1,396 posts
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    I finally bit the bullet and read Secret Wars so I could get back up to speed with the current Marvel titles. Really did not enjoy it. Felt like a damn mess and all the related titles were just a waste of time as far as I was concerned.

    Still behind but enjoying the Spidey titles. Donít know much about Civil War II so looking forward to that when I get to it. Marvel Unlimited really is such a great service. I wish DC would pull their finger out.
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 18 Apr 2018 15:02:04 32,235 posts
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    I've only really started reading them properly recently with the DC Rebirth and Marvel Legacy soft re-launches, but I've quite enjoyed most of the titles I've read. I did also buy a few other books like Civil War II but that doesn't work as well as a self contained book without all the supporting material, so I reckon that'd be a far more enjoyable read on Marvel Unlimited where you can hoover up all the different stories feeding into and out of Civil War II :)

    My favourite so far have been the current Punisher run, where they've started drawing Jon Bernthal as the character so it feel quite natural going from that TV show to the comic. I also really enjoyed the Batman and Flash crossover story The Button too. I'd say that as far as soft relaunches go, I've found the DC Rebirth stuff a lot easier to go into as a new reader as they go a bit further in telling you who these characters are. The Marvel Legacy titles generally haven't felt as welcoming, especially where the differences between the comics and the movie universe are larger, but the stories themselves have been pretty decent.
  • David_Richardson 18 Apr 2018 16:03:07 1,201 posts
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    The_Goon wrote:
    I finally bit the bullet and read Secret Wars so I could get back up to speed with the current Marvel titles. Really did not enjoy it. Felt like a damn mess and all the related titles were just a waste of time as far as I was concerned.

    Still behind but enjoying the Spidey titles. Donít know much about Civil War II so looking forward to that when I get to it. Marvel Unlimited really is such a great service. I wish DC would pull their finger out.
    Civil War 2 was terrible, unfortunately. Characterisation went out the window completely.
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 18 Apr 2018 16:13:35 32,235 posts
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    To be honest, I disliked Civil War II so much I almost didn't bother buying any other Marvel stuff at all. Some stuff just doesn't sit right with me, but I just assumed there was stuff from other comics I wasn't aware of that helped it make sense.
  • The_Goon 18 Apr 2018 17:31:43 1,396 posts
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    I'm not a fan of the whole amalgamation of the 616 and Ultimate universes post-Secret Wars to be honest and I'm not really a fan of the current Marvel direction.

    The whole Peter Parker is rich dynamic doesn't work. He's almost the epitome of the tragic hero. Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacy, Aunt May and MJ/One More Day all endear him to the everyman reader. We've already got Iron Man/Stark as the billionaire superhero - we don't need another.

    I'd read about the whole Steve Rogers being Hydra plotline in the news so I'm glad to see it isn't a silly retcon but it still seems ridiculous. I've just started that plotline though so plenty of time for it to get absurd.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 9 Aug 2018 10:37:33 11,014 posts
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    2000ad and the Treasury of British Comics launch a new title rebooting a load of classic British heroes and superheroes into an Avengers Justice League type team.

    The seeds were planted in last years Scream/Misty Halloween Special and everything was looking good then.

    First issue next week
    https://2000ad.com/post/3881

    Treasury of British Comic is such an amazing project in general but moving into producing new titles is very welcome
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 12 Aug 2018 16:55:13 11,014 posts
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    I know everyone is too busy with the American superhero movies to care but 2000ad has been uploading the first appearances (mostly from the 70s) of the crew who will star in The Vigilant to their website for free.

    Adam Eterno! The Leopard from Lime Street! Doctor Sin! Death-Man! Thunderbolt The Avenger!
  • HoriZon 12 Aug 2018 22:32:22 14,242 posts
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    The other half bought a bracelet today from some a comic-con but it has a charm on it but for the life of my I cant find which Marvel character its meant to represent.



    Is it Ms Marvel or The Wasp - any ideas hive mind?
  • LockeTribal 12 Aug 2018 22:35:53 4,711 posts
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    @HoriZon looks like Scarlet Witch's headdress to me.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 12 Aug 2018 22:38:26 11,014 posts
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    I'd second the classic Scarlet Witch headdress
  • HoriZon 12 Aug 2018 22:44:01 14,242 posts
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    Of course I see it now its now a W or M :)

  • spamdangled 12 Aug 2018 23:03:15 31,764 posts
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    @The_Goon Both Secret Wars were a bit shit (though Secret Wars 2015 was awesome, despite having no relation to older stories really). The storyline was originally devised as part of a marketing tie-in with Mattell to sell more action figures.

    Fun fact: Secret Wars 1 is officially the first line-widw crossover event, beating Crisis On Infinite Earths by about a year.

    Edited by spamdangled at 23:04:50 12-08-2018
  • spamdangled 12 Aug 2018 23:06:40 31,764 posts
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    The_Goon wrote:
    Come on, DC! I'm dying for a DC Unlimited service. At this current time, I just don't even bother reading DC. I didn't read Marvel before they started Unlimited and now they have a customer who subscribes to the service and even buys the odd standalone comic/TPB.
    I assume you've read about DC Unlimited since you posted that? Basically DC Netflix, but also with thousands of free downloadable comics. Launches next year iirc.
  • spamdangled 12 Aug 2018 23:07:23 31,764 posts
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    @HoriZon scarlet witch.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 15 Aug 2018 07:17:40 11,014 posts
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    It's Vigilant release day!

    Hurrah for British superheroes and their totally small time powers!
  • pogomeister 15 Aug 2018 08:22:06 1,702 posts
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    @simpleexplodingmaybe it would be good if this was stocked in newsagents etc as I would go pick one up today.
  • senso-ji 15 Aug 2018 09:15:36 9,855 posts
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    Can't you order it online from 2000ad direct? Or get the digital version?
  • pogomeister 15 Aug 2018 09:47:09 1,702 posts
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    @senso-ji yeah I could do prob just get digital
  • The_Goon 17 Aug 2018 13:53:45 1,396 posts
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    @spamdangled Didn't like SW2015 either to be honest. Catching up with X-Men etc at the moment. Not always a massive fan but liking the stuff currently. The Old Man Logan series is actually quite great. This whole time-travel, universe cross-over nonsense is a bit of a pain in the neck though. Everyone acting like they're all best buds when they were actually friends with a completely different person in actuality. In any case, the build up to Inhumans v X-Men is shaping up nicely.

    I also read about the DC Unlimited service. Curious to see what they do but it sounds like they're gimping the comics element and only releasing what they like rather than a back catalogue that people can catch up with like MU. I am not entirely interested in the TV side of it so I may just give it a miss but it is enticing. I've basically not read a DC comic since 2012 or so and it would be great to catch up but I'm not just about to dump a load of money on TPBs to only read them once. Give me a proper comic digital subscription and they will make hundreds of pounds out of me over the years versus nothing.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 17 Aug 2018 13:58:57 11,014 posts
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    A comprehensive Prime/Netflix style service would be the only way I'd read single issues that aren't specials or one shots nowadays.

    If a company did it right I'd probably end up buying the collected physical edition too rather than now buying very few because I'm way behind on what's worthwhile.
  • senso-ji 21 Sep 2018 22:25:21 9,855 posts
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    So, the new 'Batman - Damned' book by DC has sold out it's first issue. At first, I had no idea why (the creators are popular, but hardly the top tier fan favourites). Then I discovered it's because you get to see the bat dick for the first time (nsfw):

    https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/09/19/bleeding-cool-batman-penis-batglory-from-batman-damned-1/

    And the issues will continue to go for silly money on ebay because future reprints and the digital version will have the offending images censored.

    Got to hand it to DC; in their desperate time of need to make their characters more popular, they've resorted to lowest common denominator marketing tactics.
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