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  1. It's 1 am, forgive me if these are kinda short. 10 Dance v1,v2: Good old fashioned BL mixed with ballroom dance. Someone finally got it right. The Weatherman v1: Glad I gave this one a shot despite my ehhhhhh-ness about the writer. Nathan Fox and Jody Lehup (sp?) deliver fun scifi. Nothing mindblowing, but engaging nonetheless. The Wrath Of Fantomas: Des, you should take a look at this one. Fantomas, the pre-WWI Parisian villain gets rebooted. Deranged and masterful. Bone Parish v1: What if we put together Narcos and Game Of Thrones? It's worse than that, but still popcorny fun. When I Ar
  2. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies-Another fantastic and tragic Criminal story. I'm not sure about Mr. Phillips' kid colors, but on the other hand, Ms. Breitweiser is a tough act to follow.
  3. Tokyo Tarareba Girls v1,2: It's a fast moving romance/slice of life serial. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
  4. Harbinger Wars II issues 1-3: Ouch. Originally solicited as a series of 40ish page issues (20 from Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello, 20 from the Secret Weapons team), it's now not that, and only from Matt Kindt and Giorello and it's not good. Giorello looks rushed and Kindt doesn't quite land the story. Britannia: The Lost Eagles Of Rome issues 1-2: Another fine detective story, though I miss Juan Jose Ryp's work. Peter Milligan is reigned in just enough for a superhero company. Speaking Juan Jose Ryp, Black Summer, the trade so nasty, the person who sat next to me left a Chick Tract on
  5. A Pound Of Steam, Spiral Bound by Dessa: Woman who writes good rhymes writes good poetry and keeps my attention during a short story. Fingers crossed Doomtree or Rain Taxi or whomever figure out a way to release this material as well as another tiny chapbook. I look forward to her memoirs. Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli: A short non-fiction thing about the status of migrants/refugees in Central America and Mexico trying to get into the United States. 2666 prepared me for some of this material, but there are images that'll stick with me, like the hell train ride through Mexico into Ame
  6. The Infinity Gauntlet #1: So Thanos murders half the universe because he wants to impress Death? It felt massive in a way that event comics today don't, probably because Marvel wasn't scheduling events back to back to back at the time. X-O Manowar by Matt Kindt v1: Aside from a couple strange uses of Earth slang, this is a well produced sci-fi war comic. Three issues (clocking in at roughly 70 pages of comic, with 30 odd pages of bonus material) for $10. I'm cooler on it now than I was when it came out, but it's still a pretty package. Tomas Giorello comes out swinging. The Actual Comic Part O
  7. Elric The Dreaming City, and the first couple issues of Stormbringer: The splashes of the city are beautiful and delicate, the character stuff makes me feel the emotions of the characters. Titan's cleaned up reissue series of the PCR Elric stuff looks like garbage, presumably because there's a lot of trouble with those original pages. The Dreaming City is the only one that looks less bad, and while it's also the shortest, and probably the most expensive per page, it's fucking worth it. Stormbringer specifically: You know that "we're not worthy" .gif of Wayne's World? It's that.
  8. Captain Swing And The Pirates Of Cindery Island: Even in Ellis' bibliography, I'd ask is this someone doing a dead on impersonation of him, but hey. Renato Guedes draws a lot of detail and throws in some cheesecake, because obviously what a steampunk story about the hopes of the future needs is ass and cleavage shots. /sarcasm font The Season Of The Snake #1: From Titan Comics' European imprint/tax writeoff comes a reissue. It's a massively detailed THING which is "about" a city, terrorism, kind of, and a use of color to indicate violence or heightened emotion. It feels similar to the Incal in
  9. Dead Rabbit #0: What Hannah wrote. Nothing new here, but executed well by lifers and I want to read more. Dept. H v3: I'd have to check the previous two trades, but I'm not feeling one of the big axes on which the story turns. That said, it's still the Kindt family so everything else about this comic makes up for it. (A note so sweet it hurts: Their daughter colored a fill-in page of Dept. H characters named and drawn after her friends. She' credited in the front of the book.) Sebastian O: Oscar Wilde as Luther Arkwright, I guess. Inessential in the Morrison bibliography. Ms. Marvel v8: I'm st
  10. Land Of The Lustrous 5 / A Bride's Story 9: Still wonderful. The superlatives remain the same. Ichikawa uses tricks to keep the pace on LotL, but they're smart tricks and they work. Jessica Jones 18: Bendis and Gaydos bow out from the character they created as gracefully as possible. As long as I don't read too many Bendis comics, the writer's tendency to use twelve words when he could use three won't grate on me so much. That Redacted Comic Hannah Mentions: Given the writer's bibliography there is literally zero fucking reason for him to put text describing the clearly visible action on the p
  11. A bunch of Batman Zero Year: This is too fun to be mad at. Bitch Planet v2: I'm beyond bummed they stopped the main story. Beast: Marian Churchland's comic about an artist stepping into another artist's shoes. It shows hints of the amazing work she'd do later on. Witchblade, Deadly Class, Rumble, Descender: These comics are as good as they usually are. Steady as she goes.
  12. Des: I also read There's Nothing There, and while I'm obliged by friendship to like Kindlon's work, I'm genuinely surprised as to how you thought that was a dud ending. - - - - - The Terrifics #1: Seems like Jeff Lemire gets to write the Fantastic Four and someone told him to bring in Tom Strong. Tom Strong was written by other people when Alan Moore oversaw him, so I don't imagine anyone's tremendously angry. Promethea introduced by Steve Orlando, of course, is a whole other ball game, and that was handled terribly. All-New Doop: Peter Milligan and a rushed David LaFuente have
  13. Abbott #1: Saladin Ahmed writes a 70's black reporter. See, the rub is she's poor. And black. In Detroit. And we know she's a good soul because figuratively everyone she meets in the first issue tells her how honest and brave she is. Once I understood it was a nod to cheap detective shows I eased up a little, but ugh, as Rucka said about Chandler: Put the hammer down, [Saladin]. The art team is the star here. Gideon Falls #1: Get the Green Arrow team back together on a horror comic heavily influenced by Twin Peaks, I guess? Twisted Romance 1-3: I skipped the prose pieces and just read the comi
  14. Batman The War Of Jokes And Riddles: I'm obligated to have beef with this comic because the writer's CIA, but fuck I liked this. His work with Kite-Man is good and the twists work. Django Unchained: Get the letterers a raise. Get Reggie Hudlin, the guy who adapted Tarantino's script, a raise. They did the Lord's work on this one. Art's great and the artists tradeoff isn't jarring, which means that the colorists did well. Tarantino's tarantinoisms are expaserating to read on the page. Void Trip #1: They put Cheech and Chong in Saga. Dollar store plain yogurt. Infidel #1: This screams 2000's era
  15. Unknown Soldier v4: This is probably my second favorite comic I read last year. The ending was only an 8 in a series that hit 9 or 10. Anyway. Fucking fantastic series, and now I'm kicking myself for not agreeing with the people saying I was Unknown Soldier when I actually cosplayed Newman Xeno. Ms. Marvel v6 and v7: Binged a couple collections tonight and I feel strongly that this should be the low bar for superhero comics. Compared to what surrounds it, it's a massive artistic success, given it's a distinct voice from a largely stable team that in style and tone differentiates itself fr
  16. Hellboy In Hell Library Edition: I adore this thing. It's magisterial, sad, slow and perfect. There's three or four pages in a row of architecture in an issue and never once does the comic feel decompressed. At this point, the team are masters of mixing as few elements for maximum effect. Probably the best Hellboy story I've ever read. I'm bummed they're bringing the character back because this was a perfect ending. The inkwash pages kill. Dave Stewart knows how to color Mignola flawlessly. It's difficult to say too many good things about the book. It's gothic and weird and slow. It's a m
  17. I received (I'm certain I forgot something): Books: Walk The Red Road-Misha, Hellboy In Hell Library Edition, and Vertigo-era The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen collection. Money: Money. Gift cards: Two at Amazon. Games: Wolfenstein II. Clothes: A Columbia skullcap, a pink shirt from J. Crew, a sweater. Food: Nice chocolates, a handmade candy cane. Time: With Hannah, with family.
  18. Sherlock Frankenstein And The Legion Of Evil 1 and 2-Man, Cthu-Lou and Cthu-Louise are adorable.
  19. Paper Girls v1 and v2-Oh! Right! I read Paper Girls. Art's good, but just pretend I wrote two paragraphs of "there's a stick up my ass and I feel like someone else did a similar idea more effectively". Sadly, the only times I cared about the characters were twice in ten issues. Paper Girls is endlessly referential, but to what end?
  20. Unknown Soldier v3-Does disassociation and multiple personalities well. Everything here feels authentic and brutal. The doctor's descent into violent madness is compelling. Psycho-Pass v3-I'm reminded of the Mark Waid line about how it wasn't until he left Crossgen that he understood the value of comics that didn't swing for the fences, but were solid doubles. Psycho-Pass is a solid double. There's good backgrounds, a story well told that isn't something I could just watch the anime for. When compared with the "part 2 of 6" comic or Fate/Zero v1 which looks like they just redrew the story
  21. I can understand getting caught in the lie. (Oh, what a tangled web we weave etc etc) That's human. Apparently, his 2000's-era commissioning editors at Marvel didn't know he was Yoshida until this year. What he did with the lie (allegedly, stealing other people's pitches and pitching them as Akira) isn't so easy for me to forgive. Hannah's also right that if this was Sana Amanat, it'd be more likely that she'd be fired instantly, as opposed to begrudgingly forgiven.
  22. Hannah and I catch up on videogames: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Starforce Age-A fine old Final Fantasy romp. I'm glad they decided to speed the game up, because if they didn't, this would be a ponderous slog. Overwatch-More of it. Still great. I know we're angry at "games as a service" and loot boxes, but Overwatch executes well enough that it's a fantastic argument in favor of the concept. Dest1ny-Bungie is thrifty with characters. I see they decided to use the guy from Halo again. Gameplay loop is exquisite, though I can't do the epic raids because it requires teamwork and I don't ha
  23. Hannah and I are interested in recording about these, with more potentially forthcoming: -Action 894 (the one where Paul Cornell writes Luthor, Joker and Death) -Kingdom Hearts (god help us) -Archie Vs. Predator -Maybe the Spidey/DD/Punisher done by Mark Waid/Greg Rucka/Marco Checetto (sp) that I enjoyed quite a bit
  24. Weirdworld v1-I haven't cottoned to Sam Humphries' work generally, but Weirdworld got me. Mike Del Mundo and (First Name I Forget D'alphona maybe?) draws every crazy idea Humphries throws at them almost perfectly, strange but believable. If Weirdworld v0 was Conan after two fistfuls of hallucinogens, then v1 was a lesbian Red Sonja standing in for Conan after two fistfuls of hallucinogens. Pity Marvel didn't keep it around. Hawkeye #12-Bellaire and Walsh elevate the fun one-shot they're given. Batman/Huntress: Cry For Blood-I'm a complete stan for Greg Rucka Question, which is why I