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Friday, February 17, 2006

Friday Comics Chat Open Thread - Batmobile Lost A Wheel Edition

Well, here we are again! What did you read this week? What did you like? What didn't you like?

I read and really enjoyed HELLBLAZER #217, the second part of new writer Denise Mina's seven-part "Empathy is the Enemy" story arc, in which, among other things, we find John Constantine cursed with an unanticipated and unfamiliar feeling of... empathy with his fellow human beings! And it's killing him. Great stuff.


At 2/17/2006 2:10 PM, Blogger Ned at Comix Connection said...

I read Daredevil #82 the first issue written by Ed Brubaker. I was really apprehensive about this issue as I LOVED Bendis's run on Daredevil. If you've not read them, why? Pick up the trades now!
Anyways, this is an awesome issue with DD in prison (yea thats where Bendis left him at the end of last issue) with fellow inmates the Owl, Hammerhead, Tarantula, and the Kingpin. I don't want to tell any of the secrets here in case you are going to read this, but I was completely shocked at the ending. A fantastic start for Mr Brubaker. Definitely a must read this week!

At 2/17/2006 4:49 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

ACTION COMICS - This was a great read! I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying something by Joe Kelly. After the train-wreck that was JLA: The Obsidion Age, I promised myself I wouldn't spend money on anything with his name on it again. This story is very interesting though - and the different penciller every couple pages thing works for me too. There's some great looking art between those covers! I'm very curious to see what Superman's history is going to look like when Infinite Crisis is all said and done.

DAREDEVIL - Didn't get to this yet - it's at the bottom of my stack as it is my most anticipated book of the week. I've sung the Bru's praises many times on the CC site, so I'm not going to repeat myself - except to say that I know even without reading it that it's going to ROCK!!

HELLBLAZER - Bill will strangle me if I repeat my opinion about dropping Carey for Denise Mina for the third time, so let me just say that this is solid Hellblazer stuff. I'm glad that they kept Manco on the book at least.
JSA CLASSIFIED - Didn't get to this one yet either. The first part was really well-done so I'm expecting more of the same.

JUSTICE - Pretty pictures! Didn't get to read yet!

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE - Always funny, didn't read this one yet though.

LOSERS - Excellent wrap-up to an under-rated series! I dont' want to spoil anything, so let me just say that I think the ending was appropriate. Jock was never anything other than fantastic art-wise the whole way through the run, and he continued the tradition here. Can wait to see what he does next. Diggle really should get snagged to write action movies - it would be nice to see an intelligent one every now and again. I will miss this book!

TESTAMENT - Looking forward to reading this, of course. The story thus far has been quite intriguing.

X-STATIX PRESENTS DEAD GIRL - This was a GREAT read - and I almost dropped it because I disliked the first part so much. I should have known to have faith in Peter Milligan. Incredibly quirky and funny - love seeing Night Rider again! Well, at least I thought his name was Night Rider; here they call him "Phantom Rider" or something...what's up with that? The bad thing is that I finally was over my disappointment at the cancellation of "X-Statix" and now they reopen the wound!!!

At 2/17/2006 7:32 PM, Blogger Craig Box13 said...

Hey guys, run don't walk to the shop and get your copy of Showcase presents: Jonah Hex. Over 500 pages of Gun blazin' action. all for the low price of $16.99

Tell Bill Craig sent ya, and he will give you the six-shooter discount!**wink wink**

Great stuff!!

Craig Box13
(Harrisburg Outlaw)

At 2/17/2006 7:49 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

I love the new Jonah Hex series, but I fear the cheapo newsprint phonebooks with black and white art. They seem more like coloring books to me!

At 2/18/2006 11:57 AM, Blogger Craig Box13 said...

Hey, That's a great idea. I go get my little one's Crayola's and get Busy!!!


At 2/19/2006 11:28 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

I don't mind the black-and-white showcase books so much... I was "raised" on the '80s B&W Independents, so it's no biggie. Sometimes the best artwork *coughALEXTOTHJACKKIRBYcough* looks better in plain old black and white anyway...

At 2/19/2006 3:36 PM, Blogger AlbertJohn3 said...

Pretty good week for me.

Action Comics #836- Love this storyline. Joe Kelly is one of my favorite Superman writers and he is really shining on this.

Archie and Friends #98- More great Archie fun. Love these classic characters.

Birds of Prey #91- Fill in issue, but the writer pretty much nailed the characters. Gail comes back next issue.

Firestorm #22- Since Stuart Moore came on this book, it has had the classic Firestorm feel. It is great having this title involved in the Crisis.

JSA Classified #9- Great two issue story. Going to miss Don Kramer on JSA, but at least we will see him on Batman soon.

New Avengers #16- This wasn't so good. I am not the biggest Bendis fan, but it would have helped if some of the title characters appeared in the book. This is probably the last issue I will pick up.

Noble Causes #17- This is one the best Image books. The introduction of the Blackthorne family has really jazzed up the storyline.
Highly recomended to anyone who likes the Lee/ Kirby Fantastic Four.

X-Men: Deadly Genesis #4- Brubaker is crafting a great X story. I am not sure how I feel about the third Summers brother yet, but this has been a fun series.

That's about it. Looking forward to next week already.

At 2/20/2006 12:34 PM, Blogger nate&amy said...

Hey there Bill and Ken, we finally made it, eh? BTW, this is Nate. Amy MAY OR MAY NOT agree with my comments here...just thought I should throw that in...

Anyhoo here are my impressions of some recently purchased comics...

Uncanny X-Men: As Bill knows, I am a HUGE Claremont fan. I'm the first to admit that some of the stuff he did when initially returning to the X-family titles was spotty at best, but he seems to really be regaining his greatness with the current run. Oh, and the new Excalibur is fun too. I do hope, however, that Bachalo returns as artist on Uncanny soon.

Batman: Don't misunderstand me, Bats is my fav character. Lately though? Not so much. My favorite Batman era was the Starlin/Aparo (sorry Bill!) Batman run and the Wagner/Grant/Breyfogle (sorry again Bill!!) on 'Tec. His most recent stuff, especially his refusal to admit that the League was correct in their dealings with Dr. Light, and the whole Jason Todd fiasco is getting to be too much. Judd Winick needs to stick with team books like Outsiders, and remove himself from Bats. Let's hope he takes the out that Geoff Johns provided in Infinite Crisis, and send Jason back where thousands of comic fans sent him. BTW, this is coming from a fan of Starlin's version of Jason Todd.

Legion of Super Heroes: Next to JSA, best super-hero team book on the market today.

Green Lantern and GL Corps Recharge: Fantastic. If GL was this good in the 80's and early 90's, Emerald Twilight would not have been necessary.

At 2/20/2006 9:00 PM, Blogger nate&amy said...

This is just my followup to Nate's comments, just because we don't read all the same books. I have to agree about Legion of Super Heroes. This is one of the first books I read when we get it. I'm not feeling enthused about Judd Winick's run on Batman, either. However, I'm really enjoying his Outsiders, which is a surprisingly fun read.
Another book that I tell everyone about is Fables. It's such a cool concept, and the best part is having to do a little research to figure out who some of the characters are. Bill Willingham is becoming one of my favorite writers.
The last time I picked up my comics, I got a welcome surprise. Peter David's Fallen Angel has been picked up by Dark Horse, after it was cancelled by DC. This was a really good book, but people just didn't seem to buy it right away. There was a rumor going around that the main character, Lee, was actually Linda Danvers, formerly known as Supergirl. If it was ever true to begin with, that obviously won't be pursued, but it is still a good title to check out.

At 2/21/2006 11:27 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Re: Aparo and Breyfogle. Hey, everybody has different tastes, and each one of us has a "Golden Age" when we were first reading comics... I myself am scarred by the fabulous art of Ramona Fradon from Metamorpho.

Unfortunately for me, Jim Aparo art conjures up images of "speed/shock" lines on either side of a character's head, which I find highly distracting. And I will never forgive Norm Breyfogle for creating "Little Orphan Annie"-eyed Batman. Brrrr.

Anyhoo, LEGION OF SUPERHEROES and GREEN LANTERN are great, FABLES is also great, and FALLEN ANGEL is an overlooked gem.


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