What Comics Are You Reading?

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Harbinger O Great Justice
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X
#1
Because there's a need to talk about them separately from books & things. Maybe if there's enough want to, we can make a subforum for them because they're updated weekly/monthly and I have a feeling that there'd be a shitton of threads drowning out all the things.


Here's my current list just off the top of my head:

Marvel
• Ultimate Spider-man (ongoing)
• X-Men (ongoing)
• All-New X-Men (ongoing)
• X-Force (ongoing)
• All New X-Force (ongoing)
• Uncanny X-Men (ongoing)
• Cable & the X-Force (concluded)
• Wolverine & the X-Men (ongoing)
• Magneto (ongoing)
• Guardians of the Galaxy (ongoing)

DC
• Superman & Wonder Woman (just started)
• Aquaman (planning to catch up eventually)

Other
• Saga (ongoing)
• TMNT & all connected spinoffs (ongoing)
• Samurai Jack (ongoing)
• The Darkness (Catching up through all of everything)
• Doctor Who (backlogged)
• Adventure Time (blacklogged)
• Locke & Key (finished)



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The Twilight Mexican

Ex-SeeD-ingly good
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TresDias
#2
Currently: none. Man, have I put some hours into them, though.

Who else hates what they've done with Thanos since "Annihilation"? It's been like the 90s and 2000s with him didn't exist.
 
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Drax

Pro Adventurer
AKA
Benoist; Captain Highwind
#4
I have been playing a lot of catch-up, mostly Marvel, very little DC and haven't been able to read the New 52 stuff at all. The only title I'm staying current with completely is Superior Spider-Man.

Others I come back to:

All New X-Men
X-Men (2012)
Guardians of the Galaxy
Indestructible Hulk
She-Hulk
 

Omega

We have come to terms
AKA
Godot, Joker
#5
Does everyone have access to Storytime?

I was reading Spider-Man, but then they turned him into that...thing.
 

The Twilight Mexican

Ex-SeeD-ingly good
AKA
TresDias
#7
But seriously, Marvel ruined one of fiction's greatest heel-face turns and one of comicdom's most introspective and explored/developed characters. The Thanos of today is not worth reading about.
 
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Drax

Pro Adventurer
AKA
Benoist; Captain Highwind
#8
Superior Spider-Man #30 has been read

So the good, Peter's back completely.

The bad, the was completely rushed and threw away Otto's motivations completely.

The bullet-points were good, but I did not like how Otto just gives up and trusts Peter to save Anna Maria, without even knowing if Peter will succeed. I was at least expecting him to hang back and watch from inside his brain.

The only explanation I can think of is that Otto was afraid that any memories of himself would distract Pete during the rescue.

This also kills any hope of having Superior Spidey show up later. This can be good or bad, depending on who you ask. Or it could be Otto repressing himself like he did Peter, and would jump back out when it's safe, but that would start this whole thing again and probably undermine Otto blessing off on the brain switch.

But I'm sure this is all the last thing on everybody's minds, good luck trying to clean up all the Otto mess, Pete. :monster:
 

Abortedj

The Crawling Chaos
AKA
Abortedj, The Offender, Abortedjesus, Testicules,
#11
This thread makes me kind of sad. The last comic I read was "Cable and Deadpool". Which was cool, but I know it is rather old at this point. I was really into reading "Exiles", is that still a thing? I think the last issue of I read involved an alternate Marvel universe where Galactus would seed worlds with life rather than consume them.
 

Tennyo

Paladin of Voltron
#12
Superior Spider-Man #30 has been read

So the good, Peter's back completely.

The bad, the was completely rushed and threw away Otto's motivations completely.

The bullet-points were good, but I did not like how Otto just gives up and trusts Peter to save Anna Maria, without even knowing if Peter will succeed. I was at least expecting him to hang back and watch from inside his brain.

The only explanation I can think of is that Otto was afraid that any memories of himself would distract Pete during the rescue.

This also kills any hope of having Superior Spidey show up later. This can be good or bad, depending on who you ask. Or it could be Otto repressing himself like he did Peter, and would jump back out when it's safe, but that would start this whole thing again and probably undermine Otto blessing off on the brain switch.

But I'm sure this is all the last thing on everybody's minds, good luck trying to clean up all the Otto mess, Pete. :monster:
1.) Otto indeed did repress himself so that Peter wouldn't be distracted. He flat out states that this is his motivation.

2.) I don't think this means Otto is gone for good. He used the same machine to "erase" Peter, and look how good that turned out. I think Otto is still there, just repressed.

3.) I don't think Otto will jump back out and try to take back over. That would undermine the entire end of the series and make the entire plotline of the entire Superior run be completely pointless. Personally, I would like to see Peter maybe transfer Otto's consciousness into some sort of clone/construct/whatever. (Did we ever find out why Otto's grave was empty? What happened to his body?)
 

Drax

Pro Adventurer
AKA
Benoist; Captain Highwind
#13
I'm still playing catchup on the Superior issues (Unlimited's service just got to the Black Cat issue). I did read AMZ #1 and it's pretty decent. I'm glad Slott didn't leave and will tie up all the loose ends.
Electro's a no-brainer because of movie tie-ins, but I'm mostly interested in what Black Cat will do. I think this is the first time she's actually a full-blown villain now.

Also, I'm pretty sure this will end up as Alternate Costume DLC one day:



:monster: :monster: :monster:
 

Roger

Novice DM
AKA
Minato
#16
Marvel: X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine & the X-Men, All-New X-Men, New Avengers
DC: Red Hood & the Outlaws, Forever Evil, Nightwing

Lot's of other stuff on a less regular basis.
 

The Twilight Mexican

Ex-SeeD-ingly good
AKA
TresDias
#19
So, I'm going to buy a newly released issue of a Marvel book tomorrow for the first time in ... I don't know how many years. I can definitely say it hasn't happened since "One More Day."

"Thanos Annual" is releasing tomorrow, written by Jim Starlin (!) and penciled by Ron Lim (!). It serves as the prelude of sorts to an upcoming 100-page original graphic novel, "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation," written and penciled by Starlin.

As if all that weren't good enough, Starlin wrote "The Infinity Revelation" without basing it on -- without even reading, actually -- that bullshit "Infinity" event from last year that inexplicably reverted Thanos to being an outright villain after twenty years as an anti-hero who has saved all creation more than once.

I am so excited about this. Thanos has always been one of my absolute favorite characters. He is easily one of the most introspective and complex characters in fiction, and if anyone can get him back on the right track, it's Jim Starlin, who created him and writes him at his best.

So, yeah. Look for a review of "Thanos Annual" from me very soon.
 

The Twilight Mexican

Ex-SeeD-ingly good
AKA
TresDias
#21
So, I got "Thanos Annual" the other day as planned, and here's the review. In a word: Woohoo!

In addition to setting up some very interesting(-looking) things to come, the whole thing reads like a love letter to fans of Jim Starlin and the 90s cosmic stories.

For starters, there's the fact that it's Ron Lim drawing the cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe again, with Thanos, Mephisto and all the other memorable faces. And, really, no one has or does draw them better. This is just the truth. Love it or hate it, but you can't deny it.

Lim's pencils paradoxically demand the fewest comments in this review because he does visual storytelling so well, as you would expect based on past work. One action flows into the next fluidly, and in panels with spoken dialogue, you can often tell which moment in the word bubble belongs to the accompanying image, at times going so far as to influence how the words sound in your head as you read them (perfect example of Lim's ability for this off the top of my head: when Thanos says "Noble sentiments from one who is about to die" to Captain America in "The Infinity Gauntlet" #4).

He's just that good.

Moving now to the script, wow. Starlin never fails to impress for his ability to set the stage in these kind of stories. You could probably pick this thing up with no knowledge of past Thanos stories and walk away from it with a perfect grasp of who he is. For those who do know and love the Mad Titan's proper history, this book feels like lunch with an old friend.

For someone like me who absolutely hated last Fall's "Infinity" event for seemingly overlooking that Thanos hadn't been a villain since 1991, it's even more of a treat than that. It's somewhere on the scale of how Bryan Singer fixed the X-Men film series with "Days of Future Past."

Starlin walks us -- and Thanos himself -- through the major cosmic conflicts in the character's history, showing us that at least someone remembers that he became an anti-hero who struggled to stop other cosmic despots from succeeding in the sort of conquests he once attempted, and has even been outright noble at times.

Perhaps Starlin remembers because he wrote most of those stories, but he still manages to give lip service to Marvel's "Annihilation" event of several years ago. When a temporally omniscient future version of Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet informs his younger self that his death during that story is one of his favorites, one suspects that Starlin may actually be letting Thanos speak for Starlin himself.

Why, then, did no one seem to remember Starlin's own writings about Thanos when creating "Infinity"? It's pretty difficult to forget "The Infinity Gauntlet" of all stories, to say nothing of "The Infinity War," "The Infinity Crusade," "The Infinity Watch" ongoing series, "The Infinity Abyss," Thanos's eponymous 12-issue series and "Marvel: The End" -- all of which see reference here in this single issue written by Starlin.

It is, of course, obvious why Marvel chose to depict Thanos as a villain once more. Comics publishers are always trying to lure in new readers. The Avengers movies' unparalleled success meant that a new fanbase was waiting to be tapped -- one that would wonder who the mysterious purple villain is who made his ominous debut during the end credits of the first self-titled Avengers movie.

Being that this new source of fans would be seeing a malevolent Thanos in the films, they would expect a malevolent Thanos in the comics. Good writing and characterization be damned.

It makes sense financially, but that doesn't excuse it artistically. The films are their own continuity, separate from the comics, so you can have a villainous Thanos there and not step on anyone's toes. That punk in "Infinity," though? That is not Marvel's most complex and self-reflective character.

We're talking about an anti-hero who, when he was a villain, overcame unfathomable obstacles more than once to acquire omnipotent power, only to quickly lose it because he knew he didn't actually deserve to lord over anyone, and, thus, subconsciously provided the heroes out to stop him with opportunities to do so. Later, he would set out to make amends for his past misdeeds and safeguard the universe against those like him.

You don't do much more complex and intriguing than Thanos, so while Marvel's need to pay the electric bill is a noble cause, it made "Infinity" feel no less like a piss in the face.

With Starlin's return to the character, we begin to see him set back on the right track. This voice matches the real Thanos. The motivations match. The cunning mind matches. The clever sense of humor matches. And all the continuity references are simply awesome.

While this story is set in Thanos's past, one expects the same justice will be done to the character in Starlin's upcoming original graphic novel, "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation," to be released in August. Both written and penciled by Starlin, the next story will be set in the present day and, according to Starlin, see Thanos reunited with a resurrected Adam Warlock -- the closest person Thanos has to a friend in all the Marvel Universe.

Sadly, Starlin's planned concluding chapter to what was intended to be a trilogy visiting Thanos in his past, present and future has been placed on hold indefinitely, despite Starlin turning in a completed script. "The Infinity Duel" as the title would have been known, was again to feature Adam Warlock alongside Thanos, but Marvel editorial have put a hold on use of the former beyond his resurrection in "The Infinity Revelation."

This is presumably because Marvel is awaiting the box office results of August's release of "The Guardians of the Galaxy" film, which may inspire later inclusion of Adam Warlock in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- and would, presumably, then entail industry-related strategic use of the character in the comics.

With any luck, we'll get to see Starlin's planned conclusion for this set of stories, which are all related to some upcoming "universal transmutation" coming to the Marvel Universe, as mentioned at the end of "Thanos Annual." Undoubtedly a factor in Marvel's upcoming "Time Runs Out" event, we may finally be seeing the stage set for a universal reboot of the Marvel Universe after 75 years.

If Marvel's own version of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" is on the way, then I eagerly await it. In all honesty, despite Marvel's comics being with me since before I could read, as well as inspiring my childhood and young adult imagination more than any other source, it might be time for some of us to be able to say "This is where it ended."

In so many ways, it has run its course. The very existence of the "Ultimates" line points to a need for more freedom with stories and characters. Paradigms where death in comics not only has gravity, but where it isn't a revolving door for some A-list characters while the fans of C- and D-listers can expect to never see their favorites again.

Also, honestly? Ever since the "One More Day" Spider-Man story, there hasn't been a lot of reason to care about what happens in the Marvel Universe. The message to fans with that debacle was that if editorial wants something, they'll shit all over decades of character development and continuity to get it.

And speaking of continuity, what are we supposed to make of the current landscape where the Beyonder was inexplicably retconned into being an Inhuman or where Galactus is currently starving to death in the Negative Zone after being shuffled out of the mainstream universe into the Ultimates universe -- despite it being long established that Galactus is an integral part of the Marvel Universe's eco-system?

Time itself has been everyone's bitch lately between back-to-back major events like "Age of Ultron" (not to be confused with the Avengers film sequel of the same name) and the story currently unfolding in the pages of "Uncanny Avengers," as well as wacky hijinks like Legion, the son of Professor Xavier, apparently altering reality such that he was never born. Who even knows what the proper course of history is in the Marvel Universe right now or whether events like "The Age of Apocalypse" (caused by Legion) are still canon, even as alternate timelines?

Time needs a fresh start. The Marvel Universe needs a fresh start. Is Thanos going to deliver it?

I for one sure hope so. May universal transmutation commence.
 

Tennyo

Paladin of Voltron
#22
I've really kind of been getting back into Spider-Man as of late so I've been picking up back issues of various Spider-Man titles whenever I am near a Half-Price Books store. I need to run to an actual comic shop and get the new post-Superior issues to find out what's going on.

I've also really taken an interest in Carol Danvers lately. Been picking up back issues of Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel as well.
 

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Harbinger O Great Justice
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X
#23


This crossover is everything I've ever wanted.



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