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    Black Cat v1-3 - a breezy read without super heavy stakes. Felicia is on the outs with the Guild but they honestly don't seem that threatening. Was annoyed these 13 issues didn't wrap up that plotline though. 7 out of 10.

    November v4 - I don't know what the takeaway was supposed to be. Like, it was fine to read, with cursive lettering that was actually difficult to read haha... Lapham lite. Nothing I feel the need to read twice. 6 out of 10.

    Space Boy v8-9 - continuation of a lovely book with great characters. Recommended. 8 out of 10.

    Gert and the Sacred Stones - the artwork is gorgeous and the characters are solid. I really love these YA type books with Disney-ish art. 8 out of 10.

    BPRD 1946-1948 / Vampire - still don't know why they don't put the Vampire mini in with the 1946-1948 compilation; it's a pretty essential continuation. Anyway, great book. This is my 3rd or so time reading this over the years. 8 out of 10.

    The Dept of Truth v1 - Excellent. Highly intriguing. I hope it doesn't devolve into questions on top of questions on top of mysteries like Gideon Falls did. I find I enjoy a lot of Tynion's indie work (the Woods, Something is Killing the Children, now this) whereas I can't point to a single DC work of his that I'd call memorable. 8 out of 10.

    Maggy Garrison - fantastic little working class British thriller. Fun, funny, and sometimes violent. Like a Guy Ritchie film. 9 out of 10.

    Next: Bad Machinery v9-10. Love this series by John Allison. Wasn't hot on his Steeple or By Night. I have all volumes of Giant Days but haven't read them yet. Looking forward to Machinery continuing into Wicked Things later this month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy View Post
    Reading BPRD The Devil You Know HC as a little break from my X-Men 90s readathon (so far 10 omnibus and OHCs in a row).

    My Mignolaverse readthrough up until this point was sometime last spring so I hope I will remember enough plotpoints.
    I felt the Devil You Know ended on a whimper. For one, that major character's return... you'd think there'd be a memorable reunion with the old team. But, nothing. This saga really needed a stronger finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newparisian View Post

    Gert and the Sacred Stones - the artwork is gorgeous and the characters are solid. I really love these YA type books with Disney-ish art. 8 out of 10.
    oh that looks promising. The art reminds me more of stuff like Lumberjanes but either way, it looks good!

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    The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen: Immigrant story +coming out + fairy tales.
    Absolutely loved this GN,beautiful art, touching story, I was hooked after a few pages. The way the narratives interweave and the fairy tales reflect on the issues the characters are going through is very satisfying.
    Just a lovely lovely book.

    Delicates by Brenna Thummler: The sequel to Sheets, which was about a young girl processing grief and then meeting with a ghost.
    The sequel expands on the concept, brings in new characters and issues (gets pretty heavy by the end) and in my opinion even surpasses the first book.
    Both are excellent but Delicates feels more complex and a bit more adult (although I'd say both are for a YA audience but should be read by everyone).
    Also Thummler's art is just lovely and moody. Another highly recommended book.

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    After a short interruption to finish my Mignolaverse read-through (following the release of the BPRD Devil you Know omnibus), I'm currently back to my X-Men readathon and reading my custom "X-Men: Road to Onslaught" omnibus.

    At about halfway through, I think the word "onslaught" has been mentioned on two, maybe three occasions. Not much actual foreshadowing going on. More focus on the characters and some of the lingering effects caused by the end of reality and the Age of Apocalypse, which is cool. It seems some of the nastier characters from that Earth made it to our universe.

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    Just finished BPRD devil you know and now started injustice 1 omni at home and Conan by Busiek omni at work, enjoying both of them (first time I’ve enjoyed a DC book with Batman in it for a good while)

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    Read the first volume of Wonder Woman 77. The stories are OK, but wow, it is so far from Lynda Carter Wonder Woman. It just isn't. They can say it's based on her all they like, but it's a completely different Wonder Woman. The art is nice though, and I said the stories aren't bad at all in themselves.
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    @Enigma

    I have been tempted to try it in sales, but comic and novel adaptations are almost always bad/out of character so I'm not surprised. At least it was a good comic if not a faithful one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    @Enigma

    I have been tempted to try it in sales, but comic and novel adaptations are almost always bad/out of character so I'm not surprised. At least it was a good comic if not a faithful one.
    I was also a bit worried. I didn't want to sound too down it, because the stories and art themselves are good, although the stories are very basic. It uses WW's rogue gallery and she can also fly now apparently, which she doesn't to my knowledge in the TV show, at least not that I remember. She mostly just jumps very high, possibly some gliding in there. However, to me, Lynda Carter's WW is a detective more than a superhero and these just don't fit that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newparisian View Post
    I felt the Devil You Know ended on a whimper. For one, that major character's return... you'd think there'd be a memorable reunion with the old team. But, nothing. This saga really needed a stronger finish.
    Agree. Have to say I do like that there is a definitive ending. Overall, looking at the "main narrative" of both Hellboy and the BPRD books, I felt it was neatly tied together and I also liked that it wasn't an ending where someone waved a magical wand and everything was back to normal again.

    However, it all felt very rushed. I also would have liked more time for the main / original characters to reconnect and catch up before the end. Also, the fate of one character who just gets thrown into the water was far from satisfying. Something like a proper epilogue was also missing.

    If they had just taken 5 issues more, it would have probably been enough.
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    New X-Men by Grant Morrison. Don't like most of the artwork, hate the transformation done to Beast, really despise the Xorn storyline (thank the gods for the retcon) and I'm not a big fan of neither Fantomex nor Jean Grey's arc. Yet... in spite of all that, I still find the run very much engaging. It's a huge step up from the many miserable years leading up to this run, and even though I'm not a fan of many of Morrison's choices, his modern and mature storytelling is amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hive View Post
    really despise the Xorn/XXX storyline (thank the gods for the retcon)
    You should edit that so as not to spoil it for people who haven't read this run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShooCat View Post
    You should edit that so as not to spoil it for people who haven't read this run.
    If you go for the Ultimate Collection tpb editions, the cover to vol. 3 readily spoils it for you... and I honestly considered it common knowledge all these years after, like the death of Jean Grey in the original Phoenix Saga. But I've edited my post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hive View Post
    If you go for the Ultimate Collection tpb editions, the cover to vol. 3 readily spoils it for you... and I honestly considered it common knowledge all these years after, like the death of Jean Grey in the original Phoenix Saga. But I've edited my post.
    Is Jean Grey dead?

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    I just finished Curse Words: The Hole Damn Thing (Kickstarter complete collection), so I'm between books now - I have about $400 worth of stuff arriving from CGN on Thursday so I don't want to dig into anything too big. Maybe I'll finally finish Seeley's run on GL
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