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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What I'm reading now, and why.

I make no secret that my favorite comics are of the Marvel variety. Right now I find the Dark Reign theme really well thought out and backed by a lot of great writers. My favorite books right now are Fantastic Four and Wolverine "Old Man Logan" (Mark Millar), Dark Avengers (Bendis), Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk (Damon Lindelof of Lost fame!), Secret Warriors (Hickman & Bendis), and a little mentioned, hidden gem, The Immortal Iron Fist (Swierczynski).

I rarely hear any mention of the The Immortal Iron Fist, and maybe that's because the character himself is not very popular. The thing I do know, is that if you pick up the current issue and read the re-cap on the first page, it will be worth it! Trust me. The art is phenomenal, not to mention, innovative and the story is epic, but approachable for new readers.

Over at DC comics, it's absolutely no competition, Green Lantern takes the cake! Geoff Johns epic sweeping story picked up with Green Lantern Rebirth a few years back and hasn't stopped running full speed since. The good reason to get into the Green Lantern books now are that coming up on Free Comic Day, the world will be getting the prologue to the big DC event, Blackest Night! This book is not only a great jump on point for people looking to read Green Lantern but also to get on board with the entire DCU current.

Also to look forward to at DC is the upcoming Batman and Robin title, brought to us by the All-Star Superman team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly!

As always, the alternative books become a side note. Starting with a well established book that I'm just now getting the chance to dive into. Love an Rockets is available in seven convenient collected volumes. They are not appropriate for young lings, but if you're an adult and want to have a romping good time, try this book today. Its filled with beautifully drawn women in a sci-fi, reality twisted existence. The new format is a small square bound book, titled, Love & Rockets New Stories, continuing the mythos.
I'm catching up on Invincible as well, just completing volume nine, and boy can I say the hype was not unjustified! What an amazing comic. Its a self contained world where a college age man comes to grips with the overwhelming duty of being a real superhero. Let me clarify that it is not done in a corny way either, I, at times really feel for the character in his personal life and his larger than life, superhero dilemmas.

And last, but not least, Incognito! Which I know Bill, if not all of my coworkers, will back me in saying that Brubaker has struck again. After such hits as his mainstream Captain America and Daredevil books and his creator owned Criminal, he now brings us Incognito. Its the story of an ex super-villain who is put into protective custody after a life of crime, and how he fights the urges to go out and wreak havoc again! All beautifully illustrated by Sean Phillips!

So that's what I'm reading and loving, what are you reading and loving?

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At 3/18/2009 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta love Mark Millars War Heroes (which is looking to be the next Ult. Wvs.H in terms of release), Micheal Greens run on Superman/Batman, The Inv. Iron Man, and of course, Kick-Ass.

At 3/19/2009 9:51 AM, Blogger Currahee Chris said...

Isn't that were the 80's band Love and Rockets got their band name??

At 3/19/2009 12:52 PM, Blogger amoorefan3 said...

anonymous: those are all on the top of my list as well!

At 3/19/2009 7:32 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Yep Currahee Chris, that's exactly right! Love & Rockets (the band) took their name from Love & Rockets the comic. I am a big fan of both. (The band used to be TONES ON TAIL, which was made up of elements of BAUHAUS.)

Another great post, Jared! Keep it up!


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