November 17th, 2005

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10:30 am - On modern comics...

Action Comics #1
Art by Joe Shuster.
So before I get into this, you ever notice that on the cover of Action Comics #1, the people are actually running from Superman? I mean, Superman is basically trashing some poor guys car. For no good reason. There's no sueprvillain. He's not catching it. Superman just decided to pick up some dude's ride and ram it into the pavement. Note the look of terror on the guy's face in the foreground. So that's the answer, you see. Infinite Crisis isn't blazing any new ground. Golden Age Superman was always evil, dammit!

So anyway, I was reading the news this morning and I came across an article about historic comics. I think they made some really good points. Reading through it brought to mind my Canonical List of Comics from three years ago. So I went back and reread the list. Three years later, and I'm still pretty happy with the choices, and even my omissions. Its funny, but three years later, and I find it even easier justify the omission of Sandman. I almost wish I had left out Preacher and gone with Animal Man. But at the time I was really trying to find as many good non-superhero books as possible. Anyway, anyone who wasn't around at the time, or anyone who was and feels like revisiting it, I'd love to hear what you think about it now.

Anyway, to do something a little different, I wanted to make a new list approaching it a little different. So I'm going to try and come up with 10 comics I think you should be reading now. This is going to be a little different than the old list. As opposed to canonical significance, I'm aiming for more of "what Mav thinks are fun reads." Things that are being published today, so unfortunately, I for once can't recommend Watchmen. That said, you should really go read it anyway. So in no particular order:

  • Runaways
  • Birds of Prey
  • Thunderbolts
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
  • The Ultimates
  • Infinite Crisis
  • New X-men: Academy X

Wow... I can't even get to ten. That really was my intent. I wanted more DC comics. In fact I really wanted to recommend Teen Titans, but in the last 3 issues, we've had two stories with art by Rob Liefeld, that pretty much rendered them unreadable, and the last one was an Infinite Crisis tie-in that not only was hard to read, but it had Jason Todd in it, who's return I totally oppose. I also wanted to put in a good non-standard superhero kinda book. But I can't think of any that have been really good must reads lately. The closest is Runaways, which isn't really a superhero book, even though its a Marvel book.

So anyway, I guess what I'm saying is, give me recommendations for the final 3.

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[User Picture]From: dryponder Date: November 17th, 2005 - 04:07 pm (Link)
Let's see, my top Books Worth Reading Right Now, in no particular order (just numbered to see if I made it to ten):

1 - B.P.R.D.
2 - Invincible
3 - The Ultimates
4 - New Avengers
5 - Green Lantern
6 - Daredevil
7 - Astonishing X-Men
9 - Planetary
10 - Nightwing

Recent goodies: House of M (Not the tie-ins, though), The Authority: Revolution, the first four issues of JSA: Classified, the Red Hood story, though those last two are all mixed up in the Infinite Crisis buildup, which is kinda complicated if you've been reading for less than a million years (though I have, and am enjoying that book as well).

I like the Pusle, which finally has Gaydos back on art. I like Gotham Central, but it's ending. I read Teen Titans, but the Liefeld thing was horrendous and I skipped those issues. I'm gonna try and get into DMZ, which I have, but haven't read yet. I'm reading the current Captain America series, but I'm not sure how I feel about it, to be honest. I'm behind on The Middleman (and I'm the colorist, d'oh!).
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 17th, 2005 - 04:18 pm (Link)
See, I don't like the Red Hood. But that's for philosophical purist reasons. I want Jason Todd to be dead. Same as Bucky being back in Cap. I am against it conceptually. Jason Todd means so much more to the Batman mythos as a costume hanging in a glass case than me does as a super-villain.

I've been reading the Pulse as well. And I am enjoying it, but not nearly as much as I liked the original Alias series. I feel bad about recommending it though. It just doesn't feel like its as accessible to a casual fan. It's kinda a thing where you have to sort of "get it" to like it. I almost want to remove Infinite Crisis for the same reason, same with House of M (which I left out because technically its over).

Just out of curiousity, how did you find me? You don't seem to have any obvious friend connections or anything. Anyway, if you stick around, welcome. I always like to hear points of view on stuff from people I don't actually know.
From: dryponder Date: November 17th, 2005 - 04:42 pm (Link)
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[User Picture]From: jeremiahblatz Date: November 17th, 2005 - 04:49 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 17th, 2005 - 04:59 pm (Link)
ah yes... I've seen that before. Had forgotten about it though.
[User Picture]From: nlanza Date: November 17th, 2005 - 07:23 pm (Link)
I'm currently reading and loving:

* B.P.R.D.
* Y: The Last Man
* Fables
* Ex Machina
* Desolation Jones
* The Winter Men

I'm also pretty happy with Fell, though it's too new to tell how it'll hold up.

Authority: Revolution was pretty good, though it just finished and probably doesn't count.

If I had to pad current-books-I'm-enjoying to 10, I'd throw in Hellblazer, though it's kind of going through a slow patch now. Also 100 Bullets.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 17th, 2005 - 08:03 pm (Link)
Oh, Was Authority:Revolution good? Maybe I should check it out. Back when I did that initial canonical list of comics thing, I was way high on the Authority. Then after it got cancelled and brought back as the toned down "post Sept 11 safe version" I pretty much hated it. I kind of enjoyed the first Kev story, but then even those started getting tired. So I gave up on it. I had heard they were going to try to get back to some of the stuff that made it great, but I hadn't checked it out yet. If its that good, maybe I should.
From: nlanza Date: November 17th, 2005 - 09:07 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: akiraking Date: November 17th, 2005 - 07:49 pm (Link)
I read a lot of comics, and my favourite books right now are:

Y The Last Man
All the Seven Soldiers of Victory books
The Walking Dead {!}
The Ultimates
Green Lanter Corps
New Avengers
All Star Superman [actually all the Superman books are good]

my guilty pleasure book is Blood of the Demon, which is hokey but works.

I tend to focus more on creators than characters, so anything by Grant Morrison or Robert Kirland I enjoy quite a bit...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 17th, 2005 - 08:06 pm (Link)
New Avengers and GLC are both good books that I am enjoying, I just felt bad about recommending either just yet. New Avengers has been a little hit and miss. I pretty much thought the whole Sentry thing was stupid, for instance. Some times I really love Bendis's writing, other times I completely understand where every critic he has is coming from. GLC, I just haven't decided if its actually good or not yet. I like it, but it may be just that I like having the Corps back. We'll give it a couple more issues and see if it can keep my attention.
[User Picture]From: katieboyd Date: November 18th, 2005 - 03:31 am (Link)

The Last Man

I saw this and was attracted to the cover art, but (as mentioned in another comment) felt I couldn't get any sort of summary of "what it's about" to know if I'd like it or not.

What's it about?

From: nlanza Date: November 18th, 2005 - 02:04 pm (Link)

Re: The Last Man

From: ludimagist Date: November 17th, 2005 - 08:03 pm (Link)
I agree with the people who said Y: The Last Man, and would also add Lucifer to the mix.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 17th, 2005 - 08:07 pm (Link)
I never really got into Y. Maybe I should give it an honest shot since so many of you are pimping it.
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From: chrismaverick Date: November 18th, 2005 - 01:00 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: katieboyd Date: November 18th, 2005 - 02:27 am (Link)
Different, non-superhero, artsy and slow moving, but I like it.
Don't know if it fits your list, because I think it's one that some people will really like, but it's not for everybody, so I guess maybe not a "must read". But I thought I'd mention it anyway.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 18th, 2005 - 03:15 am (Link)
I actually didn't realize they still made it. But yeah, I was trying to find things that were recommendable. That's why I had to let some of my favorites going. Anyway, what do you like about Kabuki?
From: katieboyd Date: November 18th, 2005 - 03:29 am (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: November 18th, 2005 - 12:55 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: katieboyd Date: November 18th, 2005 - 02:41 am (Link)

What I wish comics had

small tangent

I was in the comic store the other day, browsing around amongst comics I don't already read (i.e. most of them). I'd like to try some new ones out, ones comming out issue by issue right now rather than old storylines (TPBs) that I can get recommendations for.
Anyway, what I really wish comics had was a short description of what the comic is about on the back, just like a novel. So I can take a look and think whether or not it might be something I'd be interested in reading. It just seems to make sense to me. How else does one decide to start buying issues of something? Just by friend recomendations? Or reading Wizard magazine?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 18th, 2005 - 03:32 am (Link)

Re: What I wish comics had

These days TPBs aren't always old stuff. Most series from the big two (marvel and dc) publish trade paperbacks of a completed story arc just after the arc ends (roughly every six months). So you can keep up pretty easily that way. In fact, that's pretty much how jameel buys all of his comics these days. Anyway, those have write ups on the back. Some comics, notably Marvel, but also some indy comics have "previously in Amazing Spiderman" or whatever on the inside front cover. That can give you a little detail. Remember, an average comic is only 22 pages, so they really don't want to give away too much.

Beyond that, yeah, you can get a lot of info for the more popular stuff in Wizard. For the less popular stuff, you can either hear about it from word of mouth/internet or you can read Previews which is a monthly catalog of EVERY comic that is going to come out next month. And I mean EVERY comic. So it really will take you some time to go through all of it if you wanted to, but its a good way to learn about stuff.
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