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TALES FROM THE LONGBOX!

"Comics Worth Reading"
04/15/09
by: Protoclown

I spend a lot of time on here writing articles trashing the hell out of comics that are so hilariously bad that they totally deserve to be trashed. Reading your comments however, I sometimes wonder if I'm not scaring some of you away from comic books altogether. Like any entertainment medium, it's about 90% crap to 10% quality stuff--the trick is simply to sift through the crap and find the good stuff. And while our still relatively new Weeklies section allows us to review plenty of comics good and bad, I'm not sure that's enough to prove that there are plenty of damned good comic books out there that are absolutely worth your time and trouble to check out.

So I thought for a change of pace this time around, I would let you guys know about some fantastic comics that are highly worth looking into. If you're interested in the medium, these would be good places to start. Don't worry, I won't lead you astray. Promise. And I'll save you the bother of having to waste your time and money on the crap. I follow about a million books a month, good and bad, so I have a pretty good eye on the industry as a whole.

This month's column will probably be more "informative" than "funny", but don't worry, I'll be back to my dick and fart jokes next month! My one rule here is that the book has to be current--meaning that you could walk into a comic book store, pick the latest issue up off the shelf, and follow it monthly from there on out if you so choose (sorry fans of Grant Morrison's Batman, but his run is over for the time being and I have no idea if the book is going to be good or suck from this point, so I can't recommend it). You can keep your eye on the Weeklies for books that are over and done with, and if there's something you'd like to see one of us review, feel free to recommend it! And in fact, I stand so strongly by these books as quality picks that if you pick one of them up and think it sucks (note: this is different from it just not being your "cup of tea"), I invite you to come to the I-Mockery booth at the Comic Con this year, tell me why you didn't like it, and punch me in the gut (note: I will be wearing a steel plate under my shirt).

So here are my picks in alphabetical order (note: I'm focusing on the big publishers here, because indie work tends to be more "self-contained" rather than ongoing and I feel that stuff is better reviewed in the Weeklies section):

Astonishing X-Men


Joss Whedon's mostly-outside-of-normal-continuity X-Men book was a tremendously fun romp that reminded me why I ever loved these characters in the first place. Initially (and thankfully) uninvolved in the normal Marvel universe (though later events from this book affected the other X-titles and became canon), Whedon showed that he truly understood what makes these characters so fun, staying away from the self-important emo crap that plagues much of the mutant corner of the Marvelverse these days. He also wisely chose to use Wolverine sparingly rather than have him show up six times in every panel. And so far Warren Ellis's run (picking up where Whedon left off) has proven to be an extremely interesting read as well, though his story is more of a sci-fi/mystery bent than Whedon's. This book's main focus has always been about the characters and their relationships, and so far has done a fine job of keeping the team roster lean and trim, lest it collapse under the bloated weight that has felled so many other cluttered X-titles. And Simone Bianchi's distinctive watercolor art is some of the finest work being done in the industry right now. It almost feels wrong seeing art that good in a comic, but I couldn't be happier that he's sticking around for the time being.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


I know, I know, I'm losing half of you already! Wait! Don't go! Seriously, if you were a fan of the TV series at all, then Season Eight is a fantastic book well worth your time. If you don't care for Buffy, then you truly won't give a shit about this, so just move along down to the next entry (and this one won't count toward the gut punch). For those of us who are fans however, Season Eight is a pitch perfect continuation of the television series. All closely overseen by Joss Whedon, and with story arcs being contributed by many of the shows best writers, it's the next best thing to actually having the TV series continue (now if only he would do an ongoing Firefly book). And in some ways, given the limits of a cable television special effects budget, they're able to get away with a lot more here in terms of the "fantastic". You'll see things here they never could have pulled off on the show. And the art has stayed pretty consistent for the most part--you'll know which character you're looking at without other characters having to refer to them by name in every panel (a common problem with many other adaptations).

Captain America


Since it happened almost two years ago now and was covered by major news networks, I don't think it's much of a spoiler at this point to say that Captain America is dead. Or at least, the Steve Rogers version of the character. The fact that this was consistently one of Marvel's best books for a year following his death and with no character filling the title role should say something about how good the writing is. Ed Brubaker broke one of the cardinal rules of Marvel Comics: Bucky Barnes (Cap's teenage sidekick from WWII) is dead and stays dead--but they way he brought him back and groomed him to be the title character was so calculated and well-handled that the fanbase (a whiny, nitpicky, pimply-faced lot) completely forgave him for it. Part superhero adventure, part spy thriller, and part nostalgic remembrance of World War II, I never thought I could have so much fun reading about a guy who uses a shield as a primary weapon (though Bucky has no qualms about guns), but this is hands down the second best book Marvel is publishing today.

Conan the Cimmerian


Originally just called Conan, they rebooted the title and changed the name after 50 issues. This book is a largely (as I understand) faithful retelling of Robert E. Howard's Conan tales, reorganized in chronological order, and with some of the gaps filled in with the writers' own material. Fans of the old Marvel Conan series and Howard purists apparently have their qualms with this retelling, but feeling no particularly strong attachment to either of those, I'm quite happy with this version of the story. And I really like that they're filling in the gaps between Howard's original short stories, showing how Conan got from point A at the end of one story to point B at the beginning of another. I could see being upset by it if they were shoe-horning crappy stories into the mix, but their additional material blends in seamlessly with the Howard adaptations, and I can scarcely tell the difference.

Daredevil


Ever since its reboot in the late 1990s, Daredevil has consistently been one of Marvel's best books. Typically seen as a second-string character, Matt Murdock's Daredevil is actually one of the more interesting characters in the Marvel Universe (don't let the shitty movie fool you). Aside from having a disability (which is rare for a superhero, although his power admittedly makes it a non-factor), he's also completely fucking insane and continues to make a horrible mess of his life with his foolish and impulsive behavior. Watching the train wreck that has become Matt Murdock's existence is never anything less than fascinating (seriously, if you enjoy schadenfreude, this is the book for you). Even when Bendis was writing the book (and I've made my thoughts on him clear enough), it was one of the best things he was writing, avoiding so many of his annoying tendencies. And since Ed Brubaker took over, it's been nothing short of phenomenal. Right off the bat he knocked it out of the park with his story arc about Murdock serving time in prison, and even when it seems that Brubaker is picking up the pieces of Matt's life and making everything okay, something comes along to blast everything to hell all over again. Daredevil is best when his life is a complete mess, and Brubaker seems to understand that quite well.

DMZ


DMZ is Brian Wood's examination of what life would be like in a war-torn city, but instead of giving us an obvious story about, say, Baghdad, he gives us something we can really chew on--in this case, it's New York City that's in the middle of the conflict, and his decision to place the story closer to home resonates with an American audience far more than an Iraq story ever could. In the story, there is a Civil War in America as the Free States movement has decided to secede from the Union. Liberty News photographer intern Matty Roth is sent to Manhattan to help cover the story, but when the star journalist he's been sent with is killed right off the bat, he suddenly finds himself in a position to cover the events taking place in the demilitarized zone, and not being a reporter by trade, he fights to cut through the bullshit and give the real story. It's a really interesting examination of the complexities of a modern day civil war situation, while being a scathing critique of the news media as well.

Ex Machina


Ex Machina is an amazingly even-handed political book about Mitchell Hundred, mayor of New York City, who came into office based on his fame during his time as superhero The Great Machine (the only superhero in this universe). Given the ability to speak with machines by an alien artifact, he saved the second WTC tower on September 11th, 2001. All of the superhero story is told in flashbacks, usually relating somehow to the political issues that Hundred is currently dealing with. Writer Brian K. Vaughan (now working on the TV series LOST) weaves real-world events (like the northeast blackout of 2003) into the story, but the causes or outcomes are often different, having been affected by his fictional characters. Somehow Vaughan manages to resist the urge to place his own personal politics into the book, as he presents almost every divisive issue in a very balanced way. Hundred himself is an Independent who leans left on social issues, but there are always advisor characters who give voices to all the opposing viewpoints, each of which are handled with tremendous respect and understanding. If you're into politics at all, you will certainly love this book.

Fables


Fables is the new Sandman of the Vertigo line, in the sense that it's a long-running book that takes characters from many different mythologies and mixes them all together into one shared universe. Most people would argue that this is the best book being published by Vertigo, and while I'm not 100% sure that it's my current favorite, I do find it hard to argue against that claim (even the spin-off series Jack of Fables is surprisingly fun). This is one of the most imaginative series being written today, and writer Bill Willingham mixes all these different characters together so well you'll wonder how it was they ever existed in separate universes in the first place. Initially, the book dealt with "Fables" of all different stripes having fled their Homelands due to an invasion by "the Adversary" and trying to stay hidden in a small community in modern-day Manhattan. But within the last year, Willingham surprised his readers by resolving the Adversary story (which seemed destined for the final climax), and taking the book in a truly bold new direction as of issue 75 (reportedly the halfway point of the story). Willingham continues to delight and defy expectations with his inventive and surprising story, and much like Sandman, I can imagine that lots of people who aren't exactly comic book geeks could really get into this story if they gave it a chance.

Hellblazer


The longest running Vertigo book, Hellblazer continues to follow the adventures of the cynical mage John Constantine and shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that since the time it began around twenty years ago, it is the one and only mainstream comic (that I'm aware of) that progresses in real time. For every year of story, John Constantine ages approximately one year. Being in his mid-50s has not slowed him down in the slightest, however, and he still manages to find all kinds of trouble every month, often bringing it to those unfortunate enough to be around him. So many writers (all British save two) have taken a turn at Hellblazer over the years, but the quality of the book has remained remarkably consistent, particularly in the last decade or so. Like Daredevil, John Constantine is constantly shat on by the universe, except in his case it's usually the people around him who end up suffering for it. He's a fascinating, tragic character (and much cooler than the movie version) who's had to deal with all manner of imaginative, disturbing, occult menaces over the years. I don't know how they do it, but somehow the writers continue to add new layers to the shitcake that has become John's life, each layer somehow worse than the last.

House of Mystery


Another Vertigo book (I'm a Vertigo whore because it's the best comic imprint publishing today), House of Mystery is a compelling horror/mystery series that's loosely connected to the rest of the DC/Vertigo Universe (the House of Mystery is a longtime staple of DC Comics). A group of people have woken up in a house between realms that serves as a bar for inter-dimensional travelers. None of these people know why they are here, but they cannot leave, though the traveling patrons may come and go as they please. Drinks don't cost actual currency, but are paid for with stories, so the book is actually an anthology for all kinds of interesting little horror vignettes framed within the overall mystery of the characters who can't leave the house. I don't know where this thing is going (it's a mystery!) but I can tell you that I'm damn sure hooked on this thing so far.

The Immortal Iron Fist


Holy shit, this is absolutely the best book that Marvel is publishing. Hands down. If you had told me two years ago that I would eventually feel that way about an Iron Fist book, I would have laughed in your face. Back in the 1970s, Iron Fist was a ridiculous kung fu hero who ran around in his footie pajamas, and he partnered up with an angry, yellowclad Luke Cage, who felt that wearing a tiara was an acceptable fashion choice. Three decades and one well-conceived reboot later, writers Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker reintroduce Iron Fist in a book that heavily plays up the mystic, historical origins of the character. The fantasy elements they bring forth from the other dimensions give the book a feeling that anything could happen at any time. There was a great story arc featuring a martial arts tournament that introduced all kinds of interesting characters (with crazy names like Bride of Nine Spiders, Fat Cobra, Tiger's Beautiful Daughter, Dog Brother #1), and the best part of it was that when they performed their special moves the narrative boxes would label them awesome things such as "Thousand Fist Pummeling Nutsack Strike". I'm not familiar with the past written history of the character, so I don't know how much of this is totally new and how much is just reimagined--all I know is that they took a character I had absolutely zero interest in and within one year they made him the star of my favorite Marvel comic. That's quite a feat. And new series writer Duane Swierczynski who took the reigns last year has somehow managed to up the ante, sending Danny and his new friends (the other Immortal Weapons from the tournament) to hell, with seemingly no means of escape. This is the first book I go for when I bring home a new stack of books. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Justice Society of America


Justice Society of America is another book I had absolutely no interest in but decided to check out at the last reboot based on my past experiences with Geoff Johns' writing, and I have to say I'm glad I did. This is far superior to the Justice League book (which has just gone straight down the shitter), even though at first glance the characters are ridiculously cheesy. I always thought that the oldschool characters like the Alan Scott Green Lantern, the Jay Garrick Flash, Wildcat, and the like were a bunch of goofy goobers, but even I have to admit that after following their adventures for two years I'm actually really getting into it. More than anything, this book is all about the relationships between these characters and how they interact as a big gay family more than the "monster of the week" that some other team titles devolve into. Admittedly the year long "Gog" storyline was wearing really thin by the time it concluded, but fortunately they're past that now and will be launching into new unknown territory. I will caution you that this book may take some time to warm up to, as there are a tremendous shitload of characters and it's initially hard to keep track of them all. But give it a chance and you may find yourself starting to get into it. It's pretty rewarding if you give it the time to grown on you, and it's one of the most enjoyable superhero team books you could ask for.

Scalped


This is without a doubt the most insanely brutal book being published by Vertigo today, and will quite handily fill the "gritty crime" void being left by the conclusion of 100 Bullets this month. Dashiell Bad Horse comes back home to the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation (for reasons left best unsaid due to spoilers) and ends up working for Chief Lincoln Red Crow's tribal police, though Red Crow himself is corrupt as the day is long. Bad Horse is one of the angriest protagonists you'll ever see, and the brutal violence in this book is at times extremely disturbing. Life on the reservation is harsh, and writer Jason Aaron doesn't hold back, showing us all kinds of horribly depressing things. If you like crime fiction, or even Westerns, this is definitely a book worthy of your time and attention.

There we go, thirteen books for you to look into. While there are certainly others worth reading, I think this is a pretty good list for now. And of course this doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of all the amazing stories that have already been concluded and are available in trade paperback form. I may talk a lot of shit about comics that suck, but I fucking love this industry, and if you check out some of the books I've listed here, you will see that it's not without good reason. I think the comic book medium has the potential to tell some amazing stories that straight print and movies can't fully capture, and books like these illustrate that though the full potential of comics is rarely realized, when books that get this close come along, they are certainly worth paying attention to.

Found any weird, bizarre, stupid or funny comics that
should appear in a future "Tales From the Longbox" column?
Email Protoclown and let him know!

Reader Comments

Kwisatz Haderach
Apr 15th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Awesome, I'm reading about half of those books right now.
Last of the Time Lords
Apr 15th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Great list, Proto. Right now the only ones I'm reading are Fables and X-Men, but you've given me a lot of great stuff to look for next time I visit the shop.
skank pronger
Apr 15th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Another entertaining and informative article, Proto! So...will you ever get around to the 10 things you like and hate about Star Wars Episode 3?
Pickleman's Uncle
Apr 15th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Dude you must be RUINED from buying so many comics.
Haha
Member
Apr 15th, 2009, 09:28 PM
Nice to see you posting positive things about comics for once (as long as it doesn't happen too frequently). I've only read the first two, but I'll definitely check out some of those.
Fanboy
Apr 15th, 2009, 09:43 PM
A damn good list - especially Daredevil and Hellblazer. I'd just like to add Captain Britain and MI13, it's a fun title any fan - newbie or nerd - can get into.
The Magnificent Bastard
Apr 15th, 2009, 11:31 PM
Good list of Marvel and DC titles. I'm not usually a "big two" reader, but I might check a few of these out.

The only superhero comic I buy regularly is Batman/Superman. And, it's usually pretty good. I'd say it's worth checking out.

I'd also like to mention that "Heavy Metal Magazine" is always a great read.

And, to anyone with kids (or who doesn't mind reading a kid's story if it's good, and really well written), I'd like to add "Amelia Rules" to the list. It's kind of an updated "Peanuts".

Also, to add a few Manga to the list...

Ice Blade- Gritty crime drama at it's finest.

Tramps Like Us- A romantic comedy smarter than any movie of the genre. It's about a stressed out career woman who keeps a mischievous younger man as a pet. It's not as sick as it sounds.

Nana- Very fun. It's two roommates with the same name dealing with their hectic lives.

Doll- A series of very haunting short stories about androids. Plus, the artwork is incredible!

A couple Man-wha (Korean comics), I recommend.

Soul To Seoul- My favourite comic (of any nationality or genre) out right now. Hands down! It's basically about Korean American teenagers trying to find their place in a bustling New York City.

Tarot Café- Gorgeous artwork and creepy stories, centered around Tarot predictions.

Out of American graphic novel series published as Manga, I recommend...

Bizenghast- This series is AMAZING! It's about a young girl named Dinah who spends her nights getting ghosts to cross over in various surreal dream-worlds.

I Luv Halloween- Dark, sick, gory humor! It's about a group of sociopathic trick-or-treaters that do horrific things to obtain candy. Most of the characters are usually dead by the end of each volume (and back the next). I love it!
Forum Virgin
Apr 16th, 2009, 12:55 AM
I stopped reading Iron Fist when Fraction and Brubaker left. I know it's not fair to Dwayne Scwhatever, their successive writer, but I'd read his work and I just didn't see any chance that the series would remain at that level of quality. I mean, how could it?
Member
Apr 16th, 2009, 12:56 AM
Hear, hear. I just picked up the latest JSA trade today, in fact. Part 3 of Thy Kingdom Come.
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Apr 16th, 2009, 01:36 AM
I was wondering where 100 Bullets was, but then I remembered that it just recently finished up its run. And I'm only at issue 88, which bothers me :/
Member
Apr 16th, 2009, 02:03 AM
I periodically read Fables, myself...usually when the TPB come out and I have an hour lunch at work, heh. The others, not so much, even if I am an X-men and Buffy fangirl. Maybe I'll have to give Astonishing a second look. And as for the Buffy, I will admit to not recognizing Xander at first, but it was a pleasant surprise.

And to Tetsu: Check out Les Bijioux (I have a feeling I'm butchering the spelling) if you haven't already. It's the same artist as Tarot Cafe (which is a fab book, too!) I Luv Halloween is just...wrong on so many levels (but I find myself flipping through it anyway.) and Bizenghast needs to come out quicker, dammit!
Pickled Patriarch
Apr 16th, 2009, 02:40 AM
Pox, believe me when I say that, if he never bought any comics, Proto could be a retired man with an island of his own by now.
Forum Virgin
Apr 16th, 2009, 03:47 AM
Thanks for the list of comics Proto. I've been meaning to get back into comics and now i've got somewhere to start. I've been wondering about The Walking Dead comic. If anyone has any opinions about it i'd like to read them. Looks interesting. Thanks again Proto!
Forum Virgin
Apr 16th, 2009, 04:30 AM
Good list. Just to throw a few more into the list...

Both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps have been pretty outstanding for the past couple years.

Marvel's recently given pretty much all of their cosmic guys to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, and they've been doing some great stuff, particularly with Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova. They've actually made Nova into an interesting character - a feat by any stretch of the imagination.

One more to throw in there: Jonah Hex. I started getting into the title to just try and get away from all the Marvel "Let's jump into the next crossover!!!" and DC's "Sure, Grant - you just do your thing" garbaget and was surprised to find a really dark and interesting book about a character who's probably doing what he's doing just to get the shit kicked out of himself. Jonah's an ugly son of a bitch in the late 19th century, wandering the west and getting his ass into trouble. No super powers, no magic, no fantasy. Just a guy with a ridiculously scarred face getting into trouble with guns and dames.
Forum Virgin
Apr 16th, 2009, 04:43 AM
One more that I forgot to mention: Booster Gold. The book is pretty much as close to actual super-hero fun as you can get in comics these days, now that we're well and deep into another turn on the old "grim and gritty". Booster Gold has a bit of continuity to it, but the book is about a time traveling corporate super-hero from the 25th century who has now decided to grow up a little and help make sure that time doesn't get screwed up. Pretty standard, really.
pickled
Apr 16th, 2009, 06:39 AM
While I absolutely love comics, I prefer trade paper backs and graphic novels to monthly comics. I just enjoy reading the whole story without having to wait.
Retardedly Handsome
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:55 AM
I'm with nick on that one...It also keeps me from falling into the trap of buying them twice.
Pickleman's Uncle
Apr 16th, 2009, 10:49 AM
Warning to everyone: DO NOT BUY HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE.
Unless you like paintings of hot women doing things like riding motorcycles, cutting off the heads of ogres and kissing lesbian cyborgs.

The stories are shit though.
What Video Games?
Apr 16th, 2009, 10:55 AM
I'd say this is a pretty insightful article here. Iron Fist and Buffy probably the most unexpected thing to look into.

I'm not much of a comic fan but if I ever got inclined I'd check these out.
Mocker
Apr 16th, 2009, 01:31 PM
I agree with Nick and it makes it easier then buying a comic once a month
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Apr 16th, 2009, 01:49 PM
hisholiness: I've been reading The Walking Dead for a while now, and I definitely give it my endorsement. It's a damn fine zombie read, great characters and art, and an engrossing story. You'll definitely want to check it out.
Commarade General
Apr 16th, 2009, 01:59 PM
I've been reading about Captain America lately (not the comics themselves, but different webpages and books on the subject) and I was amazed that the same character that was created in the World War II to promote propaganda WAS the modern day Captain America with no reboots or alternate universes; just by using some imagination and a big chunck of ice. I was thinking of picking up a Captain America book, but now with this article, I have DECIDED to pick up a Captain America book.

Thanks Proto. I hope the comic industry gives you some kind of commision for this and the Longbox entries (I've also been tempted to buy the "One More/Brand New Day" and the "All Star Batman and Robin" just to show them to everybody I know and let them know how hilarious they are. Without evidence, they would'nt believe me).

-Goddamn Commanderraf
Droog
Apr 16th, 2009, 03:13 PM
None of these comics are sold over here.
Strange blob from beyond
Apr 16th, 2009, 05:35 PM
delirium, where is over here?
Riot Control
Apr 16th, 2009, 05:39 PM
When I as a kid I used to read comics quite a lot, even though I never got any special degree of insight about their true quality. These days I mostly read an old collection of comic srtips (Calvin & Hobbes being my favorite) as well as other local ones that are published on the local newspapers (my favorite one being Trino).

Commanderraf: Being that you are a fellow Mexican, do you think that you can give me advice about a good way to start reading comic books again?
The Goddamned Batman
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:38 PM
Aries: It's coming soon. Within the next month or two for sure.

Poxpower: You have NO idea, dude. Roger is right. I could own my own island by now. But what would I have to READ on the island without comics??

Tetsu Deinonychus: I was reading Superman/Batman for a while (probably the first 30 issues) but I lost interest in it sometime after that and dropped it. Too many crappy stories in a row.

KanyonKreist: Go back and give Iron Fist another chance. Seriously. The book hasn't lost ANY momentum at all since Brubaker and Fraction left.

Relaxing Dragon: Yep, the last issue of 100 Bullets came out the same day this article posted. Great book. Not quite sure about the ending though.

hisholiness: I have to admit that I've not yet checked out The Walking Dead. I read a shitload of comics but that is one I've not checked out yet. I've heard lots of good things though.

MallardMan: Booster Gold almost made my list, but I think it'd be pretty inaccessible to someone unfamiliar with the DC Universe. And I had to draw a line somewhere. I read the current Jonah Hex book for about the first 20 issues or so, but I had to drop it because I was spending too much money. Might start trade collecting that one though.

Nick and Icculus: Believe me, I hear ya. I'm starting to trade wait for some books (like Conan) now myself. I like to support the industry as much as I can though, so I buy a lot of issues monthly and then I sell them on eBay later and then swap out for the trades. Some books I sell over what I paid, some under, but on the whole I think I break fairly even.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback. I hope you check out some of those books and that you aren't disappointed!
The Magnificent Bastard
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Copper
And to Tetsu: Check out Les Bijoux (I have a feeling I'm butchering the spelling) if you haven't already. It's the same artist as Tarot Cafe (which is a fab book, too!) I Luv Halloween is just...wrong on so many levels (but I find myself flipping through it anyway.) and Bizenghast needs to come out quicker, dammit!
I've heard good things about Les Bijoux. I'll definitely have to check it out.

And, I Luv Halloween is so wrong it's right!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Poxpower
Warning to everyone: DO NOT BUY HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE.
Unless you like paintings of hot women doing things like riding motorcycles, cutting off the heads of ogres and kissing lesbian cyborgs.

The stories are shit though.
Actually, the stories range from awesome (like John Buscamares, and Awakenings) to awesomely bad (like The Kiss), but I'm usually pretty amused by them. And, there's almost always one really good story, and at least one "so bad it's good" story per issue. I dig it!

Of course, all the sexy sci-fi-girl paintings you mentioned don't hurt, either.
Member
Apr 16th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tetsu Deinonychus View Post
I've heard good things about Les Bijoux. I'll definitely have to check it out.

And, I Luv Halloween is so wrong it's right!



Actually, the stories range from awesome (like John Buscamares, and Awakenings) to awesomely bad (like The Kiss), but I'm usually pretty amused by them. And, there's almost always one really good story, and at least one "so bad it's good" story per issue. I dig it!

Of course, all the sexy sci-fi-girl paintings you mentioned don't hurt, either.
It's a good story, but too short, in my opinion. It's five issues long (or 6. Man, the memory *is* the first thing to go...) but they skip a lot between the next to last book and the last. Not so much skip as...fast forward, I guess you could say, and I get the impression it's the type of stories I'd have liked to read. (I enjoy the whole "gathering of the fellowship" type of thing and discovery of powers type stories.)

As for Heavy Metal, gods, I haven't leafed through one of those seriously since I was in college. Now and then, I'll flip through them to check out the art, but lately nothing past the covers has really grabbed me.
Member
Apr 18th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Outside of my hatred for that Godless Femi-nazi Joss Whedon, I dig just about all of these right now.

also, I throw X-factor along with Captain Britain and MI13 in there as well.
Clobbersaurus
Apr 21st, 2009, 08:48 PM
I got a girlfriend so I had to unsubscribe to all but two series. I wish you made this article when I could buy more than just Deadpool and The Sword.
The Magnificent Bastard
Apr 21st, 2009, 10:46 PM
Why does having a girlfriend mean you had to drop all those comics?

Is she telling you what to read?
Member
Apr 22nd, 2009, 04:01 AM
Could be that Credo's spending most of the comic money on her *laughs* At least, I hope that's the case and she's not making you give up comics.
Forum Virgin
May 16th, 2009, 12:44 PM
Kudos, on mentioning Buffy. The comic is great and the TV show is untouchable.

Copper: As for the Buffy, I will admit to not recognizing Xander at first, but it was a pleasant surprise.

'Cause of the numerous other characters who wear any eye patch?
Forum Virgin
Apr 13th, 2010, 06:33 PM
Well done on a damn fine list Proto! I can not thank you enough for including Fables as part of your list, and I'd add onto that the series that took off from Fables, Tales of Jack
Forum Virgin
Apr 13th, 2010, 06:33 PM
Well done on a damn fine list Proto! I can not thank you enough for including Fables as part of your list, and I'd add onto that the series that took off from Fables, Tales of Jack
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