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Dread   

^seems like a lot, but that's for the entire month of July, which is probably the lightest month of the year as far as comics being read for me so far.

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Venneh   

WicDiv 30: The plot happens, but honestly, the meat of this issue is with Dionysus. Fuck, man. Wilson shows why he got the Eisner for color. 

Zines: 9
Single Issues: 200
Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 80
Omnibuses: 4

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Betty and Me #79-86: I enjoy classic Archie Comics sometimes. When I was younger, I would always read the Digests they sold in the Supermarket Checkouts. For the past few months, I was trying to find one of the stories I read in one of those since I knew it had to be some kind of continuing story.

Betty and Me was a more Betty focused Archie comic which was surprisingly rare.For the most part, it was your standard Archie fare (1-3 stories, each ending with some bad pun). Then, for eight issues, it changed up entirely. That brings me to "Betty Cooper, Betty Cooper" where Betty and Me became a parody of soap operas. This leads to crazy stories like Betty getting possessed by an evil woman from the 17th century, Jughead being stalked by a psychopath, Archie being kidnapped to join the male harem of a middle eastern heiress, alien kidnappings, and Veronica falling in love with a mannequin. By the end, it started to fall apart and it went back to normal gag of the day stuff.

That said, Life With Archie also did some weird adventure stories that I might have to check out sometime.

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Dread   

Superman #22: solid.

Swordquest #0: ok, I really enjoyed this. I did not expect that.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69: I think I'm done with Turtles comics. It was a fun ride, but I'm bored.

Tekken #1: kind of fun.

The Flintstones #11: still fucking great.

The Unstoppable Wasp #5: still fun.

The X-Files #13: really good ending to the two part Skinner story.

Weapon X #3: liking the buddy cop routine with Logan and Creed. Interested to see how Domino upsets that.

X-Men Blue #3: ok, I'm still in.

X-Men Gold #3: this was not as good as the past two issues, but had a few moments.

Youngblood #1: good start. I'll stick around for a few more.

Zombies Assemble #1: this is the movie Avengers in a Marvel Zombies story with a fun manga aesthetic, so naturally I fucking hate it.

Namwolf #2: still fun.

Comics: 822

Trades: 28

Graphic Novels: 24

Omnibuses: 12

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Justice League / Power Rangers #5: Alpha 5 has a philosophical debate with Brainiac. And when that doesn't work, well, we get that amazing last page.

Mister Miracle #1: Not sure where it's going, but a lot of hints have been laid on the table. Very solid. But! Trigger warning: Attempted suicide plays a major factor in the book.

The Defenders #4: Gorgeous book. The events of Spider-Man #17 play in the background, which is a nice touch.

Marvel Two-in-One #9 and World's Finest Comics #230: Thoughts in an upcoming episode of The Show.

Comics: 431

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Venneh   

Mister Miracle 1: Very intriguing first issue. Interested to see where this goes. 

Bitch Planet Triple Feature 3: Again, doing better with the uniting theme, and it's interesting to see other members of the Milkfed team (Kit Cox teams with Vanessa DelRey for one of the more interesting shorts of this issue.)

Descender 23: Shit continues to escalate, and it's neat to see how Nguyen tackles action sequences with his watercolors.

I Hate Fairyland 15: Interesting to see an issue switch that's entirely to goody Gertrude, and the twist at the end of the issue promises to be a fun one for the upcoming arc.

Southern Bastards 17: The last issue was long enough ago that I kind of forgot what happened, but shit is starting to go down in a big way. The back part of the issue explains why it's been so delayed - both Grimer and Latour lost their fathers within a month of each other. Love to them both. 

Mage: The Hero Denied 1: My first experience with Mage. Feels super 90s to me? 

Zines: 9
Single Issues: 206
Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 80
Omnibuses: 4

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Dread   

New Warriors Omnibus: the first 26 issues of this series (collected here) are someof, if not THE, best superhero comics of the 90s. Perfect storytelling. There's a lot more sexual innuendo than I remember (at one point Namorita calls Nova a caveman and he asks "Want to see my club?"). There's also the "Kings of Pain" crossover with the X-annuals and NW annual 1 which is fun, but very wobbly art-wise. The second annual crossover "Hero Killers" with the Spidey books the next year are pretty awful. Bagley's work on this book is just the best.

Ab Irato #1: no thanks. 

Action Comics #980: boy did they ever put the brakes on with this storyline. Let's go!

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2: pretty good.

American monster #6: fuck this book is good.

Anno Dracula #3: I don't like this. Too bad. I'm out.

Archie #20: oh! They're going "1950s set 1980s teen movie"!

Batman/Shadow #2: the Shadow's really out of character here, but I like the book.

Batman #23: way behind on this. GREAT issue where he teams up with Swamp Thing. One and done. Beautiful.

Batwoman #3: I'm done. BOOOOOOORING.

Black Cloud #2: still not sure what the fuck is going on, but I like it.

Black Hammer #9: really good.

Britannia We Who Are About to Die #2: solid.

Comics: 834

Trades: 28

Graphic Novels: 24

Omnibuses: 13

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Venneh   

Ooku: The Inner Chambers v1: Alt history of Japan where 75% of the male population dies due to a disease, and women take over the public roles, and men are the ones cloistered and sheltered. Mostly focuses on the harem of men who serve the female Shogun, and all the tiny politics therein. The character I thought was going to be our main character only appears to have been around for one volume, so I'm kind of interested to see how this will play out in the long run. And there's only minimal instances of Fumi Yoshinaga dude character sameface! The main thing hindering this is the damn translations; they chose to go with thee/thou/borderline Shakespearian parody for a lot of the dialogue, and it really quickly grates.

Land of the Lustrous v1: This and Steven Universe came out at the same time (though the translation is just being released now Stateside), and man, Kodansha should probably be real careful about using the "if you like Steven Universe, you'll love this!" marketing tag, because while that statement is very accurate, Cartoon Network could prooobably sue for copyright infringement if they looked too close. That said, I'm very interested to see how this distinguishes itself down the way. 

Lone Sloane: Chaos: It took them a month and a half, but the Heavy Metal order we placed during their warehouse sale finally fucking showed up! The art on this is gorgeous and absolutely nuts. No clue what's going on storywise, but I get the sense that this is towards the end of a series? There's a note in front about a movie, or something.  Just look at the goddamn pretty artwork and let it happen.

Juan Gimenez: Overlord: Heavy Metal has a Juan Gimenez artbook. It's goddamn gorgeous. 

Fatal Rendevous: A Manara story with lots of rape and a wife who's in over her head because of her idiot husband. Really weird, not my favorite of his. 

Zines: 9
Single Issues: 206
Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 85
Omnibuses: 4

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Donomark   

Totally Awesome Hulk #22: Solid as always.

Amazing Spider-Man #30 and #31 (2015): So-So. I don't think Stuart Immonen is a good enough artist to regulate an A-List title like this.

Superman #29 (2016): Pretty decent issue.

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Koete   
1 hour ago, Donomark said:

Amazing Spider-Man #30 and #31 (2015): So-So. I don't think Stuart Immonen is a good enough artist to regulate an A-List title like this.

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jim   

The Heavy Metal Order

tl;dr Heavy Metal ran a crazy clearance sale on their website at the end of June. Said order shipped last week, and only after three emails, a phone call and a PayPal claim. This is super shady.

Druillet-Loane Sloane Something Or Other Aside from a weird 90’s LOOK WE CAN USE PHOTOGRAPHY IN COMICS THANKS TO COMPUTERS, it’s bugfuck nuts and completely beautiful. Near as I can tell, it’s about a woman who commits an interstellar train robbery to wake up a religious/resistance leader by giving the sarcophagus he’s buried in a blowjob. Euro as fuck.

Milo Manara-Fatal Rendezvous Manara draws a lot of rape. Like every other “rape story, but with a twist”, the female character comes to enjoy it and there’s information at the end not included in the extortion of her body. It’s difficult to complain when it’s $2, but still left a bad taste in my mouth.

Juan Giménez and Roberto Del Prado-Apocalypse  Sr. Giménez elevates the story about an American Vietnam vet that sees a child blow up helicopters Akira-style and meets that person again, decades later, manipulated by Vietnamese gangsters. Sr. Giménez’s watercolors remain stunning. The story’s okay, maybe it lost something in translation, idk.

Juan Giménez-Overload Juan Giménez art book. Literal stunner for the art. Multiple embarrassing misspellings. At least one unclosed parentheses I caught, there might be one more. But look. Sr. Giménez’s work carries weight, and not merely in the breasts of his female characters. His Tarot deck is fucking incredible, from The Empress to Justice to Chariot, just goddamn, Juan Giménez.  Please, Humanoids, find a way to expand on this for a re-release! I’ll even copy edit it for you! For free!

 

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Spider-Man II #2: I have no idea what's going on, and I'm not sure I care.

Generations: Wolverine / All-New Wolverine: Exactly what you expect from an old-school Wolverine book, with a bit of an emotional punch at the end.

Comics: 433

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