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    Quote Originally Posted by Balakin View Post
    It's been a hot minute and I have a horrible memory for details, but if I remember correctly they felt sorta dream like which made me except it more. I don't remember thinking it was the strongest metaphor ever but didn't bother me either.
    Gotcha. I'll see how Spinning and On a Sunbeam strike me. Flipping through the latter, I can already tell the small font is going to be annoying lol

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    Fables Compendium vol 1- Very good read so far. It's different than the Telltale game in terms of tone and genre but I'm still loving it. The constant art change is hella annoying though. The first arc with Medina and the colorist and inker was when the book looked its best.

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    I just finished Three Jokers by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok. It was way better than I thought and I didn’t know it would reference Killing Joke. This and Scott Snyder’s take on the Joker are both out there. I am also loving Grant Morrison’s Green Lantern. What if DC’s Silver Age Sci Fi universe took place in a 2000 AD magazine?

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    I'm currently reading the complete collection of Royal City by Jeff Lemire. I've always liked his writing and his art has grown on me now too.
    Pull List: Daredevil, Radiant Black, Radiant Red, Time Before Time, Black Hammer Reborn, Mazebook, Farmhand

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    Cap America by Remender omnibus, not really to my tastes

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    Doctor Strange: Strange Origin- pretty good modern origin story by Pak/Rios. I liked it and wouldn't have minded if they'd continued putting out more OGNs in this world. 8/10

    Akira- this is the classic manga. I think I prefer the movie version. It's funny that this was an almost 3000 page story but still had so many unexplained and unnecessary threads. Like Kaneda just disappears for an entire volume and then randomly shows up again without explanation. The colonel character or the army infiltrator dudes don't go anywhere. The Akira character itself is just malevolent for no reason, and then hooks back up with his other psychic cohorts in the last volume to do, something. Great action and writing, but a lot of these pages could've been used better. Still... TETSUOOOO!!!! 6/10

    X-O Manowar OHC v1-2- I had liked the initial Venditti series and how it mixed in with Ninjak, Unity and all that jazz. This is the Kindt run, which I also liked. It's sort of similar to King's Omega Men in that it shows the ugly side of revolution and how usually once the "good guys" are in power they too turn into assholes. Aric's arc was good though. 7/10

    Ninja-K OHC- this is the Gage run and it has some good ideas but I hate it when Ninjak mixes up with magic/Deadside aspect of Valiant. There's a good core story though about how MI-6 handles the ninjas, of which Colin is a legacy. Artwork has its ups and downs. 6/10

    Imperium OHC + the Life & Death of Toyo Harada- excellent continuation and conclusion of the Harada character from Harbinger, which I'd liked but not loved. Harada was the most fascinating character from that bunch though, and the side characters introduced here by Dysart are really good. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for "heroes try to change the world for real" type stories. 9/10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellboydce View Post
    Cap America by Remender omnibus, not really to my tastes
    What do you not like about it? Did you like Brubaker's run and are judging it in contrast to that?
    I thought Remender's run was different and a nice change of pace with the initial Romita Jr arc. I prefer Bru still, but Remender's was nice too.

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    Mind the Gap v1-3- for the longest time I thought this was drawn by Mike Choi (whatever happened to him?), but it's not. Still great art! The story is confounding and annoying. Imagine every teen murder mystery show from the CW, with red herrings, characters speaking in riddles and ominous tones, double crosses. Sure, sounds appealing, but to me that kind of cloying writing is annoying. Every character is overbearing, the whole "I'm going thru some shit so it's ok that I'm an asshole" and "did you know I have a secret??". Ok with the series never finishing. 3/10

    Jupiter's Legacy v1-2 + Jupiter's Circle v1-2- Quitely is the main draw for the Legacy volumes. The writing is the usual Millar characters, and the story is fun to a degree. I couldn't finish the Circle volumes because I didn't actually care about any of these characters. And now I believe the Legacy series is being continued with Tommy Lee Edwards, who is a great artist but the visual dissonance with Quitely is just too much. Overall, I'd recommend the original Legacy volumes and none of the others. 7/10 for Legacy

    Djinn v1-3- a translated European comic about a woman who sets out to learn about her grandmother who turns out to have been queen bee at a sultan's harem. Then once a treasure enters the picture the present-day woman decides to let herself be made into a pleasure-woman (or whatever the word is) herself, who has 30 little bells tied to her body and has to sleep with 30 men in order to remove them, so that she can I guess get at the treasure. It's laughable. Great art and fantastic covers, but overall it's "yeah sure, that happened". 4/10

    Starlight reread of the Millar series. Parlov is doing his best Moebius impression and the art is fantastic, though it's annoying how he signs his name to every splash page (did it in Punisher too I believe). Anyway, the story is John Carter pastiche about a dude who travels to another world and saves the people there. It's really a young-adult type story, probably the only Millar book I'd give to a young person. What I didn't like was that there wasn't any conflict or danger. The main character Duke is supposed to be old and past his prime, yet he faces zero challenges and kicks everyone's ass; doesn't have a heart attack or wheezes due to all the activity or anything like you'd expect. Overall a standard adventure story elevated by excellent art. 8/10

    I wish Millar would put out oversized hardcovers for some of these series. The artwork is usually wonderful regardless of the story.

    The Authority: Revolution- this is the only way the Authority storyline could've ended, with the group's attempts at policing the world ending in disaster. I do wish though that for once one of these superheroes-take-over-the-world stories actually turns the planet into a finer world. I guess, Gaimain's Miracleman? 6/10

    Justice League (Meltzer) deluxe- as usual with Meltzer outside his excellent Green Arrow run, there are great character moments here but overall the story doesn't quite land for me. I've never cared for the Legion so their inclusion here which just leads to Wally coming back was, like, sure why not. I really liked the Vixen/Arsenal issue about being trapped under rubble. So yeah overall a lot of great character beats and good Benes art. 7/10
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    Quote Originally Posted by newparisian View Post

    Starlight reread of the Millar series. Parlov is doing his best Moebius impression and the art is fantastic, though it's annoying how he signs his name to every splash page (did it in Punisher too I believe). Anyway, the story is John Carter pastiche about a dude who travels to another world and saves the people there. It's really a young-adult type story, probably the only Millar book I'd give to a young person. What I didn't like was that there wasn't any conflict or danger. The main character Duke is supposed to be old and past his prime, yet he faces zero challenges and kicks everyone's ass; doesn't have a heart attack or wheezes due to all the activity or anything like you'd expect. Overall a standard adventure story elevated by excellent art. 8/10
    6/10
    not shocked to see I agree with you again, haha. I always hear a lot of praise for this book but I never got the hype. The lack of stakes and danger just made it an empty, breezy (in a bad way) read for me. It's not horrible but it kinda just became a long action sequence at the end where the hero is invincible despite the whole premise of the book.
    I had the same problem with his Hit-girl mini as well (the one that was before Kick-ass vol3 IIRC)

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    Quote Originally Posted by newparisian View Post
    What do you not like about it? Did you like Brubaker's run and are judging it in contrast to that?
    I thought Remender's run was different and a nice change of pace with the initial Romita Jr arc. I prefer Bru still, but Remender's was nice too.
    I love the Brubaker run and I may of been expecting more of the same, don’t really read much marvel stuff nowadays and found the change in style quite jarring

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    Silver Age Justice League and The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2, with a visit here and there to Silver Age Adam Strange, pairs surprisingly well with 90’s Rap and Grunge. Of course I did go to high school with the Ancient One on dinosaur back.

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    Don't really have much time to jot down my readings lately but just wanted to mention that the current Tom Taylor Nightwing run is really good! I always wanted to like Nightwing but none of his runs I've checked out before did anything for me until now.
    It feels like a mix between Hawkeye and Daredevil + some really neat Bruno Redondo art.
    I just REALLY hope it stays like this and won't do any crossovers or anything (literally it's the only main DC title I'm reading and as soon as it becomes necessary to read anything else I'm dropping it).

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    I'm finishing the second Lucifer omnibus!
    Long story and I really liked how the secondary characters shined more - Lucifer is all cool, but a bit too hermetic for me to empathize too much haha

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    Just finished Daredevil by Bendis v1 and oh man was it amazing.

    Sometimes I forget that Bendis is an amazing writer especially when it comes to street level characters.

    I was also surprised to have so many issues take place in a courtroom

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