Read The Aliens Vs. Predator Omnibus Vol. 2 by various authors which had a long and overly complicated story by Chris Claremont and then a few actually fun to read shorter AvP comics at the end. Ironic that after 300+ pages it finally got good...
Now reading Sandman Mystery Theatre: The Hourman and the Python and Sandman: Mystery Theatre: The Mist and the Phantom of the Fair by Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle.
Reading Batman: Heart of Hush by Paul Dini.
Reading Superman: Braniac by Geoff Johns.
Reading Superman: The Coming of Atlas by James Robinson.
Reading Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham.
Read Sandman Mystery Theatre: The Hourman and The Python by Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle which was another solid couple of detective stories in the series.
Read Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman which was another powerful spinoff of the Sandman mythos with an informative comic about preventing AIDS narrated by Death with a cameo by John Constantine.
Read Batman: Heart of Hush by Paul Dini which helped flesh out Hush's character a bit more and revealed quite a bit about Batman's new dangerous enemy.
Read Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire which was a neat issue where the enemies of the fairy tale people in our world begin to plan against our heroes and there are some Christmas comics and answers to reader questions.
Now reading The Punisher Vol. 10: Valley Forge by Garth Ennis.
Reading The Aliens Omnibus Vol. 3 by various authors.
Reading Superman: Braniac by Geoff Johns.
Reading Superman: The Coming of Atlas by James Robinson.
Read The Punisher Vol. 10: Valley Forge, Valley Forge by Garth Ennis. A bunch of generals decide to get a team of special forces soldiers to capture Frank Castle since he won't kill American soldiers, but the Punisher is still a formidible foe and has a taped confession that could unravel the U.S. government. Still dark and not as fun as Ennis' earlier run on the comic.
Read The Aliens Omnibus Vol. 3 by various authors. A deadly "king" alien, corporate greed, and tremendous faith being a weapon against aliens wind up making this much better than Vol. 2.
Read Superman: Braniac by Geoff Johns. Superman has never faced the real Brainiac face to face, just his drones. When he finally hunts him down he could lose more than he ever thought. A powerful comic.
Read Superman: The Coming of Atlas by James Robinson. An old Jack Kirby creation shows up to fight Superman simply because he's bored. An unlikely hero joins the fray in a bizarre twist. Cool comic.
Read Whiteout: Melt by Greg Rucka. A bit better than the first book, but the actions of the heroine become negated near the end of the story. Still a good read.
Read The Walking Dead, Book 10: What We Become by Robert Kirkman. It's disturbing what people will do to protect the people they love in this grim and excellent book.
Reading Seven Soldiers of Victory, Vol. 4 by Grant Morrison.
Read Seven Soldiers of Victory, Vol. 4 by Grant Morrison which brought the whole story of these seven superheroes who have to stop a Lovecraftian invasion but never meet. It came to an end quite abruptly, but in a satisfying way. The only comic where Frankenstein (who just took his creator's name so we don't have to call him Frankenstien's Monster) and his Bride have to save humanity against an invincible foe.
Reading The Boys, Vol. 1: The Name of the Game and Vol. 2: Get Some by Garth Ennis
Reading The Secret by Mike Richardson
Reading Thor, Vol. 2 by J. Michael Straczynski
Reading The Predator Omnibus Vol. 3 by various authors
Read Thor, Vol. 2 by J Michael Straczynski which shows that the creator of TV's Babylon 5 can write this character very well.
Read The Boys, Vol. 1: The Name of the Game and Vol. 2: Get Some by Garth Ennis. There are two different styles Ennis writes in: one is serious, grim stuff, like in his later Punisher comics and the other is messed up irreverent stuff with a little serious stuff sprinkled in. The Boys is the latter, about a team that takes heroes down a peg through blackmail, intimidation, and killing. One guy, the Scotsman Little Hughie, is specifically desingned after actor Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead fame (who wrote an introduction to the first book). Very hilarious anti-superhero fun.
Read The Predator Omnibus Vol. 3 by various authors where the highlight is a story where 3-D glasses in the 50's can see an invisible Predator. There's only so much you can write for this monster...
Read Batman: Cacophany by Kevin Smith and Walt "Tell 'em, Steve-Dave" Flanagan. A solid comic (though a bit overwritten) where we finally get the answer to when the "urban terrorist" the Joker will stop his life of mass killing and crime.
Reading The Boys, Vol. 3: Good for the Soul and Vol. 4: We Gotta Go Now by Garth Ennis.
Now reading Usagi Yojimbo Book 2: Samurai by Stan Sakai
Also read Volumes 1 and 3 ("Ronin" and "Wanderer's Road" respectively). It's a wonderful series - and continually published for the last 25 years while being written and draw exclusively by Stan Sakai!
Read The Boys, Vol. 3: Good for the Soul and Vol. 4: We Gotta Go Now by Garth Ennis where even more scummy corporate greed has squashed the ideals of heroes. Then there's the G-Men a huge group of people mutated by Compound V, the chemical that makes all superhero powers possible. Little Hughie infiltrates the team under the name Bagpipe and sees the ugliness beneath the surface. Wild and dark stuff with a slam on St. Patrick's Day thrown in for good measure. Excellent.
Read Just a Pilgrim by Garth Ennis which is the story of Earth after the sun expands and roasts the surface so people must venture across dried up oceans to get to a safe place. But the world is full of crazed savages, with one such group led by the brutal pirate Castenado. Then an unlikely deadly hero comes to save some pioneers and can destroy all who stand in his path. An all out war explodes just as the mysterious Pilgrim reveals his disturbing past: "Let's eat."
Then in the second book Just a Pilgrim: Garden of Eden the Pilgrim finds the last hope for humanity in a jungle growing in the Marianas Trench. But a deadly new parasite that make the dead rise to kill the living make all the survivors there prepare for an escape to another planet and the Pilgrim comes to a grim realization about his own pious ideology. An excellent survival horror comic by Ennis.
Read The Secret by Mike Richardson which was a tense teen thriller about a prank call that leads to a kidnapping and that has an inexplicable ending just so they could have a good stinger in the last panel. That really ruined it for me.
Reading MySpace Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by various authors.
Read MySpace Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by various authors. It's mostly throwaway stuff to me. I especially didn't like the Joss Whedon comic here. There are some good Solomon Kane, Conan, and two good Criminal Macabre stories in the two books though.
Read The Surrogates by Robert Venditti which wound up being a neat sci-fi story about someone taking out "surrogates," which are androids remotely controlled by people so they can stay home and not live a normal life safely. Someone has a grudge against them and wants to force everyone to live their own lives. An excellent read.
Read Punisher War Journal, Vol. 3: Hunter/Hunted by Matt Fraction. One story takes place during that "World War Hulk" thing I didn't read where Frank has to take on a bunch of intergalactic alien soldiers who've invaded New York City. A cool battle and the title "World War Frank" come up. Then Frank gets caught after trying to hunt down the son of Kraven the Hunter who has captured all of the animal-costumed supervillains and then drives them crazy and sets them after Frank on a sinking, burning ship. Cool Marvel action entry in the post-Garth Ennis cycle.
Read Tales of the Vampires by various authors and I realized how much I hated Joss Whedon's characters all over again. If you make a mockery of Dracula then there is no conflict to make the story interesting. It's not funny either.
Read The Dead Boy Detectives by Ed Brubaker where two ghosts of dead boys from Neil Gaiman's Sandman books set up a detective agency to track down Gilles de Rais, who has been rendered immortal through all of his black magic and needs a certain character for more immortality. Neat fantasy stuff.
Read Dark Entries by Ian Rankin where John Constantine finds himself on a reality show that turns out to be a trap for him. Cool stuff.
Read Jae Lee's Hellshock by Lee which is a hellish trip through a state-run mental hospital where one patient has something within him that intrigues a doctor during her bleak duties. A very sad and bleak story.
Read Coraline by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell. Gaiman always knows how to make unconventional fantasy and Russell's illustration looks nightmarishly real.
Reading Isolation and Illusion: Collected Short Stories 1977-1997 by P. Craig Russell.
Reading The Book of Genesis illustrated by R. Crumb.
Reading Cryptozoo Crew, Vol. 1 by Allan Gross.
Reading The Dark Tower: Treachery by Stephen King, adapted by Robin Furth.
Read Isolation and Illusion: Collected Short Stories 1977-1997 by P. Craig Russell. Russell writes excellent adaptations of famous authors works, including H.P. Lovecraft's "From Beyond," are actually much more entertaining to read.
Read Cryptozoo Crew, Vol. 1 by Allan Gross which was a mediocre and mostly silly comic about a couple who keep encountering weird creatures.
Read Marvel Zombies 4 by Fred van Lente which reminded me why I don't read Marvel comics that much. All that useless talking during a fight and guilt becomes tiresome.
Read Batman: Harvest Breed by George Pratt where Batman's mind is stretched to the limit by demons and ghosts appearing in Gotham City because of ritualistic murders. Very gritty and nightmarish.
Now reading The Dark Tower: Treachery by Stephen King, adapted by Robin Furth.
Reading The Goon: Calamity of Conscience by Eric Powell.
Reading John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Fear Machine by Jamie Delano.
Post by angilasman on Dec 20, 2009 15:22:39 GMT -5
I was thinking of picking up the MySpace Dark Horse Presents books because of the BPRD, Goon, and Usagi stories - but it's too much of a mixed bag and I'm comfy as long as all of those stories remain online for free.
Anyone read Groo: The Wanderer? A few months ago Dark Horse was supposed to put out a Volume 1 of Groo collecting the earliest stories. I just checked amazon and it says it's out of print and sellers claim to have copies starting at $199. The wikipedia page says the collection is yet to be published and now Dark Horse's website has no listing for this collection! I was hoping to get into this series since it has such an associationg with Usagi Yojimbo (my new fav comic).