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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy View Post
    Hi, so Ex Machina was great overall, but I think that some of the plots towards the end could have been shortened / or replaced with stories to explain what happened during the time jump at the end. The ending felt suddenly rushed, a bit unearned and out of character. Would still definitely recommend this to everyone though.

    *SPOILERS* for Ex Machina

    Especially the way H interacted with his two former closest allies at the end felt strange. What is the supposed takeaway in the relationship with B? Did H have feelings for B (as one of the previous stories suggest where he thinks he will die and says "tell him I loved him") but didn't want to admit it now because that would have been a problem with his campaign for higher office? Or was it because B was clearly drunk and down on his luck and maybe confused? My guess is the former and it would fit with him becoming more ruthless in the course of the book. (Or, fun alternative: he was always this ruthless, but it was revealed more and more during the book).

    As far as other BKV books, I have read the three Saga hardcovers and the two Paper Girls hardcovers that are out so far. I would say that Saga still takes top spot (even though it is unfinished) and Ex Machina comes in second. With Paper Girls I need to see whether he can stick the landing there. Also, while I did enjoy it, I wasn't blown away by it like many others.

    Still have the Y absolutes and the Runaways omnibus on the shelf that I need to read. Any other BKV books worth tracking down?
    One takeaway from Ex Machina is you can actually apply any of those 3 reasons and it all fits beautifully.

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    On a reread, you can see all his stances and decisions...from the moment he donned the costume, till he took it off and started going for mayorship...you could easily apply that to the fact that he IS in fact making way for this invasion on a subconscious level. Maybe he doesn’t even know he’s doing it.

    The other way to apply it is the political game corrupted him.

    But who can really tell? With what we’re given, we can take it either way. Either way, the most powerful being on Earth becomes in a position that is deeme almost powerless. Hundred “loses” his voice.


    And I second the Private Eye hardback.
    I’d definitely dig into Y The Last Man if I were you.

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    I just finished the Stray Bullets Omnibus and I really think it's a crime comic so unlike any other. If you like Hundred Bullets, shows like Breaking Bad or the Wire, you definitely need to check out Stray Bullets. I think this is my 3rd read through and I finally got a handle on all the characters and the way the book plays with time.

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    Just finished DD by Brubaker v2 and now starting DD Shadowland
    One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.--Psalm 27:4

    “Fortunately for me, I'm not a cop. so, I can break your face into a jigsaw puzzle if I want to...”--Daredevil

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    I've just started The Complete Essex County.
    Currently Pulling: Amazing Spider-man, Daredevil, Invisible Kingdom, Farmhand, Gideon Falls, Family Tree, Babyteeth, Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy

    “We never lose our demons. We only learn to live above them"

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    Just got around to reading
    Man-Wolf: The Complete Collection
    Some of these stories I've never had the opportunity to read before.
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    I fell into an animation rabbit hole recently so only read a couple of books (also I gave up a while ago on the 1000 issues thing)
    Mooncakes: I think, even with my affinity for YA fiction, I'm slightly older than a target demographic. Also wasn't too keen on the art, felt rushed and the compositions not well thought out (based on the artist's other work and the sketches in the back, she is good tho).
    Fun LGBTQ heavy supernatural story for young girls tho.

    Plain Janes: A teenage girl with PTSD after a terror attack moves to a small town and starts a guerrilla art collective. The first story is somewhat naive at points and Rugg's art took me a bit to get used to but I've warmed up to it a lot as it went along. I think the last third is the best part but if the premise sounds interesting I would recommend this book (the latest edition, that collects the whole series).
    Lots of discussions about the importance of art (installations, street art, traditional, etc), which I like.

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    After finishing Essex County, I'm now reading Alters Volume 1. Bought this really cheap a long time ago and only just picked it up to read.
    Currently Pulling: Amazing Spider-man, Daredevil, Invisible Kingdom, Farmhand, Gideon Falls, Family Tree, Babyteeth, Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy

    “We never lose our demons. We only learn to live above them"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FluffySheep View Post
    I've just started reading Giant Days Volume 1.
    Right when you posted this I had finished up vol. 2. Did you enjoy it? I personally can't wait to pick up the subsequent volumes. I should also give John Allison's other work, Bad Machinery, a try too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amacent View Post
    Right when you posted this I had finished up vol. 2. Did you enjoy it? I personally can't wait to pick up the subsequent volumes. I should also give John Allison's other work, Bad Machinery, a try too.
    Yeah I enjoyed it enough to make me want to buy the next volume. I don't often read stuff with that amount of humour in it, so it was a nice change!
    Currently Pulling: Amazing Spider-man, Daredevil, Invisible Kingdom, Farmhand, Gideon Falls, Family Tree, Babyteeth, Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amacent View Post
    Right when you posted this I had finished up vol. 2. Did you enjoy it? I personally can't wait to pick up the subsequent volumes. I should also give John Allison's other work, Bad Machinery, a try too.
    I just want to join the giant days praise. Loved the series, it's kinda like a comfort blanket for me.
    Allison had a new series that I'm interested in, the only thing keeping me from bad machinery is his art. Not that it's bad but the early issues of giant days when he was drawing it really didn't click with me (to be fair that's only included in the hardcovers as extras anyways)

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    I just finished up Lazarus: The First Collection, Lazarus: The Second Collection and Lazarus: The Third Collection. Still need to read the Lazarus Sourcebook. Started up the Super Sons omnibus. Been a quick read so far. Got a third of the way through in one night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FluffySheep View Post
    After finishing Essex County, I'm now reading Alters Volume 1. Bought this really cheap a long time ago and only just picked it up to read.
    I read volume 1 some time ago and can't even remember what I thought of it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    I read volume 1 some time ago and can't even remember what I thought of it...
    It was alright. I didn't think it was terrible but it wasn't brilliant. I think it could've done more from the trans angle and maybe reduced the superheroing a bit. Volume 2 might be different though.
    Currently Pulling: Amazing Spider-man, Daredevil, Invisible Kingdom, Farmhand, Gideon Falls, Family Tree, Babyteeth, Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy

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    After some recent purchases, I now have the brilliant dilemma of choosing which to read first between all 3 Black Science Premiere hardcovers or reading all 3 Invincible Compendiums.
    Currently Pulling: Amazing Spider-man, Daredevil, Invisible Kingdom, Farmhand, Gideon Falls, Family Tree, Babyteeth, Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy

    “We never lose our demons. We only learn to live above them"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FluffySheep View Post
    After some recent purchases, I now have the brilliant dilemma of choosing which to read first between all 3 Black Science Premiere hardcovers or reading all 3 Invincible Compendiums.
    I'm about half done with Black Science myself and burned through the 3 Invincible Compendiums last summer. Invincible moves much faster, so you'll feel the sense of progress more there.
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