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    I'm reading a Dutch series Agent 327. I love this. The first stories were wrtten in the 60's. I'm now up to the 80's. This year two new collected editions will follow. In total there will be 8.

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    Wicked+Divine:
    Kieron Gillen in his most Kieron Gillen form but if you like his "look at me, I'm cool and doing cool things in my cool sunglasses but also not giving a hoot" style of character writing (which I do!) then this series is an absolute blast.
    A fairly simple concept, with the 12 gods being reborn every 90 years in the bodies of teenagers but they only live for 2 years, then the whole thing just spirals out from that, multiple twists and turns keep the plot intriguing and very engaging.
    The gods being portrayed as rock stars makes sense (especially since they are teenagers) and even the more obnoxious characters grew on me after a while.
    Also I really like a well constructed urban fantasy and for me this is a prime example of that.
    I'm usually not a fan of McKelvie's art style, it's too clean and static for me but after a while I started enjoying it a lot and now have a newfound appreciation for it.

    How is this not a tv show already?

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    I got to the end of the 2nd hardcover of Wicked + Divine and decided it was a decent jumping off point. I wasn't really getting much of a payoff, I appreciated some of the plotting but some aspects (dialogue, depth of characters) was not really working for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madave View Post
    I got to the end of the 2nd hardcover of Wicked + Divine and decided it was a decent jumping off point. I wasn't really getting much of a payoff, I appreciated some of the plotting but some aspects (dialogue, depth of characters) was not really working for me.
    Totally understand if the style of writing is not for you although the series was only half way done at that point so of course you were not getting much of a payoff
    I've just binged the whole thing so might be a different experience although I've read the first 2 ohcs before when they came out.

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    Daredevil by Brubaker v1. What a big difference between him and Bendis. Bru is a master at street level character storytelling. Bendis’ DD run is pretty good too, but not as good as Bru’s.
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    Just wrapped up K Vaughan’s and Tony Harris’ Ex Machina. Great read...dark but made sense. The most powerful man in the world, with a voice that controls machines, ends up politically powerless and without a voice. Really enjoyed the run. Think it was a little rushed towards the end, but #50 saved it.
    Brian K Vaughan is one of a handful of writers who can really, really stick the landing. Very satisfying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Whovian View Post
    Daredevil by Brubaker v1. What a big difference between him and Bendis. Bru is a master at street level character storytelling. Bendis’ DD run is pretty good too, but not as good as Bru’s.
    I always felt it was a fairly seemless transition but this is a big debate that will forever divide DD fans.
    Who is the best at pushing Matt further and further into the abyss for our entertainment?
    Bendis? Brubaker? Miller?

    I prefer Bendis to Brubaker but it's not a significant difference (almost flip of a coin) and the third place is reserved for Zdarsky.

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    OK guys looking for some advice over the long weekend. What Omnibus should be next up?

    Doom Patrol by Morrison (also have Invisibles but figured I would do them in order)
    Thor by Simonson
    Uncanny Avengers (just finished first read of Uncanny X Force a few weeks ago)
    New X Men
    Wonder Woman by Simone
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    Quote Originally Posted by lodebone View Post
    OK guys looking for some advice over the long weekend. What Omnibus should be next up?

    Doom Patrol by Morrison (also have Invisibles but figured I would do them in order)
    Thor by Simonson
    Uncanny Avengers (just finished first read of Uncanny X Force a few weeks ago)
    New X Men
    Wonder Woman by Simone
    not that there is any continuity between Doom Patrol and the Invisibles but DP is probably a good warm up. It's weird but structurally the stories are easy to follow, while Invisibles is all over the map, experimenting and doing it's own thing.
    As to what to start first, it depends on the mood you are in I guess. I always just go by what I feel like, no point forcing yourself (for whatever reason).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balakin View Post
    I always felt it was a fairly seemless transition but this is a big debate that will forever divide DD fans.
    Who is the best at pushing Matt further and further into the abyss for our entertainment?
    Bendis? Brubaker? Miller?

    I prefer Bendis to Brubaker but it's not a significant difference (almost flip of a coin) and the third place is reserved for Zdarsky.
    Zdarsky really surprised me. I think I only read one or two books before his DD run and didn't think he was amazing or anything, but what he has done on DD is phenomenal. I hope he stays on the book a very long time. Even if he only does 40 or so issues, if it stays at this level, it will shoot up my list of all time DD runs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balakin View Post
    I always felt it was a fairly seemless transition but this is a big debate that will forever divide DD fans.
    Who is the best at pushing Matt further and further into the abyss for our entertainment?
    Bendis? Brubaker? Miller?

    I prefer Bendis to Brubaker but it's not a significant difference (almost flip of a coin) and the third place is reserved for Zdarsky.
    Zdarsky has definitely taken him there.

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    One of my favorite series from the '70s
    The Champions
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    The Prince and the dressmaker: lovely story about a cross dressing prince who hires a young tailor. It touches on the expected subject matters: manly father (the king) who wants his son to marry and be the new king while the son just wants to dress up as a lady and the new tailor, who just wants to be a fashion designer (I think the story takes place about a 150 years ago?).
    Very good cartoony artwork and a heartwarming story. Loved it.

    Anya's Ghost: a girl falls into a hole and she finds a ghost there. She takes her home and then the ghost starts helping her to navigate her high school life, but it might not be the best decision.
    High school crushes, immigrant problems with fitting it, trying to be cool but maybe you shouldn't try that hard. All that and nice little supernatural touch. Very good YA graphic novel.

    The old guard (v1): interesting concept, bit Highlander but more serious and grounded. It's Rucka so you know it's gonna be good but I think the end was a bit lacking in tension, due to the main characters not being able to die. Curious about how it continues tho and if the upcoming Netflix movie manages to be good.

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    After some adventures with new material that left me somewhat dissapointed recently, I decided to venture back into "safe" territory with the Dark Phoenix TPB, which I just finished. I have now begun on the Days of Future past TPB, which follows it directly. Sure, the comics of the early 80's are a bit dated in their presentation and coloring, mainly - but they hold up. Claremont and Byrne are both amazing storytellers and their run together was one of the finest X-Men runs I have had the pleasure of reading.

    I looking forward to the Proteus Epic Collection being released in a few months, which will end exactly where Dark Phoenix began and contain most of the Claremont+Byrne UXM I'm currently missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lodebone View Post
    OK guys looking for some advice over the long weekend. What Omnibus should be next up?

    Doom Patrol by Morrison (also have Invisibles but figured I would do them in order)
    Thor by Simonson
    Uncanny Avengers (just finished first read of Uncanny X Force a few weeks ago)
    New X Men
    Wonder Woman by Simone
    Simone's Wonder Woman
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