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Friday, January 20, 2006

This Week's Friday Night Comics Chat Open Thread


Steve L. emailed me with a great idea. He wrote: "By the way... a suggestion for your web site. Every week, maybe on Thursday or Friday, you should post a generic open thread where people could discuss this week's comics. As in, 'Man, Infinite Crisis #4 was great this week!', etc."

That is a fine idea! I hereby inaugurate the Comix Connection Weekly Friday Night Comics Chat Open Thread!

Have at it, comic book fans! Tell us what you read, what you liked, what you didn't like, what your speculations are about current comics and anything else that crosses your fevered brows!

Discuss!

15 Comments:

At 1/20/2006 3:12 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

OK, I'll start. I really really enjoyed ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #2... my only complaint was that it is too short and it will be a long wait until issue #3! HELLBLAZER #216 is off to a great start, with new writer Denise Mina... TESTAMENT #2 is a highly interesting read... EX MACHINA was fantastic as usual (I really like this book), and -uh- SPIDER-WOMAN ORIGIN #2 was "meh". I enjoy the Luna Brothers' work on the bizarre GIRLS, but their style just looks stiff and flat in an adventure title... oh yeah, and INFINITE CRISIS#4 was JUST PLAIN INCREDIBLE!

What did you guys read this week?

 
At 1/20/2006 4:06 PM, Blogger Dj Game said...

I couldn't agree more about how the Luna brothers are just doen't seem to translate that well in an adventure book. Infinite Crisis was incredible, while Flash #320 was a let down, and what's up with Spider-Man's stingers, I guess the "new" suit is to distract you from them or something. Green Lantern was great and MK 4 was good as well, overall I think it was an very good week for comics.

 
At 1/20/2006 4:06 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Infinite Crisis was definitely awesome! I'm not sure how Johns is pulling it off, but each issue is better than the one before it! I loved the explanation of how the 4 different Pre-Crisis miniseries fit into the Big Master Plan*. Great stuff!

I wasn't as blown away by A.S. Superman #2 as I was with the first issue, but it was still a pretty tremendous book. I loved the new key for the Fortress and how the ground was cracking underneath it. Great touch! I'm still not 100% into the art on this title, and I'm not anti-Quitely or anything! I dig his stuff on other books. I'm just not used to such a chunky Man of Steel.

Simone & Byrne's swansong on Action Comics wasn't as good as everything that preceeded it. I'm very sad to see this team go; however, their final effort was far from their best. Really my complaint was with the story though....the art was fine. It was nice to have Byrne back on Supes even if it was for a short while.

Hellblazer was good - it almost always is - but if this is best Denise Mina has in her, then I question the wisdom in firing a solid scripter like Mike Casey to make room for her. This first installment didn't come anywhere near blowing me away. I hope Mina eventually proves herself worthy of the accolades on the cover.

There has never been a bad issue of Ex Machina. The current issue continues the trend. I was very surprised by the situation with Journal, and as always, I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.

I bought a lot of other books, but those are the only ones I have read so far. Am I the only one who no longer remembers what is going on in Planetary? I remember I used to love it, so I keep buying it. I don't know what it's all about though. If it ever ends, I guess I'll re-read it all.



*"Big Master Plan" is a registered trademark of the Alexander Luthor of Earth 3.

 
At 1/20/2006 5:07 PM, Blogger Ned at Comix Connection said...

I agree with all of the above, but don't forget Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy with art and story by Joe Kubert!
Also, the second issue of Living In Infamy was a lot of fun!

 
At 1/20/2006 6:26 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

Man, Infinite Crisis #4 was great this week. *Ahem* Anyway, it was pretty wild. I'll try to keep it spoiler free, but the fight with Superboy Prime vs. the current Superboy (who I am totally unfamiliar with) was compelling, even though it was a bit over the top. It would have meant more if I would have known who the characters that Superboy Prime dispatched so easily. I'm kind of on the fence, because the violence was over the top, but I guess the point was the highlight that.

All Star Superman #2 was another excellent read. It made me want to go back and read #1 again, just because this one just seemed so much better. The artwork reminded me a lot of that Moebius/Heavy Metal style with the clean and expansive backgrounds and the science fiction flair. I loved the key idea, but the nerd in me wondered just how the heck the thing just didn't crash through the floor to the center of the earth or why Superman didn't crash through the floor when he picked it up.

Anyway, nitpicks aside, All Star Superman got me excited about reading Superman comics again, which is pretty darned cool.

No one's mentioned X-Statix Presents Deadgirl #1 yet, so I'm going to. I love Mike Allred's artwork, and this issue delivers. I really enjoyed the Dr. Strange stuff... the way he was acting reminded me of the Dr. Strange parody that's on Harvey Birdman, which was kind of a weird loop (parody of a parody of himself). Not much happening, yet, but things are unfolding nicely.

 
At 1/20/2006 7:07 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

X-Statix is in my stack - just didn't get to it yet. I'm really looking forward to it though cuz I miss that book!

So you thought A.S.S #2 was much better than the first one, Steve? Maybe I'll have to read #2 again. Like I said, I enjoyed it a lot, but not as much as I enjoyed #1. Maybe I was just sleepy though...it was pretty late when I read it.

 
At 1/20/2006 7:23 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

"A.S.S #2"? Please! A little decorum.

Heh heh heh. At least you didn't say "FN Spider-man"...

 
At 1/20/2006 8:00 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Oops! DIdn't even realize what I spelled out there! Sorry about that!!!

 
At 1/20/2006 9:04 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Oooh, that's right djgame, I forgot to grab a FLASH!

linnen, I think that Hellblazer should pick up... I thought it was a great set-up issue for a 5 (6?)-part storyline. We'll see.

steve - Agreed with the whole Quitely/Moebius thing... I think Frank's art works very well with Supes, but I know some people don't like the art. Taste in art is VERY subjective... for instance, I have no idea why people like Norm Breyfogle or Jim Aparo...

Aaaaagh! I forgot that X-STATIX DEAD GRL came in!

And, yes linnen, I have no idea where PLANETARY is right now, but I too remember loving it. Remember the "Gun Club" issue? Great stuff. I guess that book works best if you wait a few years and THEN read the seven issues that have been released...

 
At 1/20/2006 10:00 PM, Blogger Manager Ken said...

Is it just me or wasn't Conan kickin'?

Total package for me:

Great story and beautiful art (reminds me of Gene Colan)


Look for the variant cover at Comix Connection later this month

Now I got to go and read Infinite Crisis #4 before I read anymore

See ya all tomorrow at the signing....

 
At 1/20/2006 10:31 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

Yeah, I definitely enjoyed #2 more than #1... I like Lois Lane a lot, and I just enjoyed the little touches throughout the story, like the reimagining of the Fortress of Solitude with all of the robots, the flowers from Alpha Centauri IV, the sun eating monster (including Superman making suns to feed to it), and even revelation at the end.

[Kind of dirty for me to think of, but does this mean that Superman can finally do "it" with Lois without some horrible "Woman of Kleenex" scenario unfolding?]

The reason I like the second issue better might just be because I can't remember a darned thing about #1. Maybe if I reread it, something will come back to me.

 
At 1/20/2006 10:42 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Yeah, I never understood the Jim Aparo thing either. I totally dug Norm Brefogle at the time, but just last month I dug out the first four issues of Shadow of the Bat and I was kinda unimpressed.

The quickest way to get me to buy something is to relate it to Gentleman Gene Colan, so I'm definitely going to have check out this Conan book Ken is talking about....

 
At 1/20/2006 10:46 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Steve, I read #1 once and wasn't blown away. For whatever reason, I read it a second time and dug it infinitely more, something for which I have no explanation. And even more mysteriously, when I was putting the book away, I actually read it a third time. I don't think I have read a comic three times in one week since I was in middle school. It was very weird.

Anyway, like I said, it was late when I read #2, so I'm definitely going to check it out again. I'm way into Grant Morrision right now having just finished the first Seven Soldiers trade anyway....

 
At 1/20/2006 10:58 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

I will never forgive Norm Breyfogle for the "Little Orphan Annie-Eyed" Batman.

Yeesh.

Now I'm off to bed to rest up for the MICHAEL AVON OEMING signing which is tomorrow at...

Oh, forget it.

 
At 1/22/2006 1:37 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

As always, I demand, and receive, the final word on topic of comics.

Comix rock!

 

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