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Gaz-L
Jan 28, 2009


Dawgstar posted:

Thanks to whomever recommended the IDW TMNT comic. I've read the first two trades and it's really solid. I love the rationale why Splinter and the Turtles are together.

It's the kind of reimagining of the origin that should be too goofy, but it's played just straight enough that it's actually kind of perfect.

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Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

I enjoyed Fear Case #1 quite a bit. If you like Matt Kindt I'd recommend checking it out:

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Matt Kindt! Tyler Jenkins! A new, horrific detective series by Matt Kindt (Ether, Mind MGMT) and Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)! A no-nonsense Secret Service agent and his new-age partner investigate a mysterious box known as the ''Fear Case,'' which has appeared throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy. Whoever comes into possession of this case must pass it on within three days or face deadly consequences. The agents must track down this Fear Case while staying one step ahead of a psychotic cult and the otherworldly forces behind the Case's existence.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



Erik Larsenís first printed comic book work was Graphic Fantasy, self-published in 1982. He re-released it this week through Image Comics and tried to keep it as close to how it was originally published, minus the printing gaffes like the color offset and moire patterns, but preserving the similar paper stock and print quality. Itís pretty cool to see this thing (and Graphic Fantasy 2) back in print and on the comic rack.

Heavy Metal
Sep 1, 2014

America's $1 Funnyman

Pretty cool! Long may he reign. Erik I mean. Dragon is cool too. Well I mean, oh hell, here's some big current spoilers folks there is a charming alternate universe version of Dragon in Savage Dragon currently, the very Paul Dragon from those old books! Pretty wild..

As far as I'm concerned, John Wagner (2000AD/Judge Dredd) is the finest comic writer alive, and Erik Larsen is the finest cartoonist. By finest I mean up my particular alley, but still, it's nice that these maestros happen to make stuff I dig so much.

The coolest looking art is probably Ryan Ottley. Oda from One Piece for most chutz∑pah. (I copied and pasted that)

Chairman Capone
Dec 17, 2008



ruddiger posted:

Erik Larsenís first printed comic book work was Graphic Fantasy, self-published in 1982. He re-released it this week through Image Comics and tried to keep it as close to how it was originally published, minus the printing gaffes like the color offset and moire patterns, but preserving the similar paper stock and print quality. Itís pretty cool to see this thing (and Graphic Fantasy 2) back in print and on the comic rack.



For a second I read this as Gary Larson and was very confused.

Big Bad Voodoo Lou
Jan 1, 2006


I just finished reading the first volume of Adventureman by Matt Fraction and Terry and Rachel Dodson, and I loved it. It's a new Image series, and the first four issues were collected in an oversized hardcover that is probably gorgeous, although I read it online as a Hoopla e-book checkout.

It's a homage to Doc Savage, where the titular Adventureman and his team of friends and fellow heroes from a glorious Art Deco age sacrificed themselves to stop an ultimate evil and were forgotten, except their stories lived on in rare and obscure pulp novels. A single mom who inherited her late mother's bookstore is still a fan and collector, and she and her son know the Adventureman stories inside and out. She is part of a family of overachieving adopted sisters, all of different races and ethnicities, and all successful specialists in their fields. (Even cooler, the female lead and one of the other sisters have disabilities, but still lead very full lives.)

If you can guess where that all might lead, you're probably right, but it's a fun, exciting, funny, and GORGEOUS comic. I've never seen the Dodsons' art look more stunning, and Fraction clearly has a lot of love for Doc Savage and the old pulp heroes and their networks of allies and friends. He introduced a similar team for Orson Randall, Danny Rand's pulpy predecessor, back in Immortal Iron Fist, and I always wanted to see more of that team. I have love for the old pulp heroes and Golden Age "mystery men" too, although I never enjoy those original stories as much as I want to. For me, the setting and aesthetics have a lot to do with why I like them. In his notes at the end of the book, Fraction comments on how many of the old pulp stories have aged poorly due to sexism, racism, and colonialism, and this was his change to take everything he loves about the genre (which seems to be what I also love) and put a modern spin on it.

I'm so glad it's going to be a continuing series, and not just a miniseries. Fraction might be my current favorite writer in comics, since he can write virtually any genre, and is almost always able to inject humor into his stories.

Big Bad Voodoo Lou fucked around with this message at 01:07 on Feb 8, 2021

Chairman Capone
Dec 17, 2008



I hadn't heard about that before, and it sounds great. Love the premise, like you said Fraction is one of my favorite writers currently, and the Dodsons do amazing art that I feel doesn't get them enough attention. Red One was a really good looking book, and fun too.

Big Bad Voodoo Lou
Jan 1, 2006


Chairman Capone posted:

I hadn't heard about that before, and it sounds great. Love the premise, like you said Fraction is one of my favorite writers currently, and the Dodsons do amazing art that I feel doesn't get them enough attention. Red One was a really good looking book, and fun too.

I hope you check it out. If your public library offers the Hoopla service, you can literally check it out, but I may actually want to own this in hardcover, and I NEVER buy hardcovers.

By the way, my favorite comic of 2020 (even though I didn't read it until January 2021) was Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, one of the funniest drat comics I've ever read, but also a really clever and twisty mystery by Fraction and Steve Lieber.

And I have never heard of Red One, so now I need to seek that out.

Big Bad Voodoo Lou fucked around with this message at 07:27 on Feb 8, 2021

Dragonshirt
Oct 28, 2010


Radiant Black was pretty boring.

ruddiger
Jun 3, 2004



I thought this was pretty cool. So the original Graphic Fantasy came out in 1982. In 1999, Erik Larsen reincorporated his Graphic Fantasy storyline into his then ongoing plot in Savage Dragon with issues 63 and 65. Those stories were then reprinted in black and white in the Archives Vol 3 edition in 2013. Graphic Fantasy was released this month, so if you have the 3rd volume of the Archives edition and the new GF reprints you can check out the side by side comparison of Erikís art in the same story told 17 years apart.







Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

There are a lot of Canadians in comics! I had no idea Chip was from Edmonton and I didn't even know Curt Pires was Canadian.

Skwirl
May 13, 2007

The 'blood babe with the silicone chest, 200-dollar haircut, and a closet full of the latest fashions.




Chinston Wurchill posted:

There are a lot of Canadians in comics! I had no idea Chip was from Edmonton and I didn't even know Curt Pires was Canadian.

Vaguely functional healthcare system lets people pursue crazy arts based jobs.

JordanKai
Aug 19, 2011

Get high and think of me.




https://twitter.com/JoeMadx/status/1366777702817087494

C'mon Joe, you can't post something like this without context!

Dawgstar
Jul 15, 2017





Was Nightwar any good?

Skwirl
May 13, 2007

The 'blood babe with the silicone chest, 200-dollar haircut, and a closet full of the latest fashions.




JordanKai posted:

https://twitter.com/JoeMadx/status/1366777702817087494

C'mon Joe, you can't post something like this without context!

I assume its whatever video game he's playing instead of drawing comics.

Alaois
Feb 7, 2012

D U S T M A N


battle chasers is the video game that he did all of the art for

fatherboxx
Mar 25, 2013



Skwirl posted:

I assume its whatever video game he's playing instead of drawing comics.

Uhhh Battle Chasers is his old comic that is probably FINALLY coming back now

Endless Mike
Aug 13, 2003

Get running
Start pumping your bunions, I'm coming
I'm the dumbest, who flamethrow your function to Funyons
Flame your crew quicker than Trump fucks his youngest
Now face the flame fuckers your fame and fate's done with





Alaois posted:

battle chasers is the video game that he did all of the art for

That's because it was based on his comic.

Dawgstar
Jul 15, 2017





fatherboxx posted:

Uhhh Battle Chasers is his old comic that is probably FINALLY coming back now

Although he's apparently not drawing it, which is why it's coming out.

Skwirl
May 13, 2007

The 'blood babe with the silicone chest, 200-dollar haircut, and a closet full of the latest fashions.




Dawgstar posted:

Although he's apparently not drawing it, which is why it's coming out.

So what videogame is he playing then?

fatherboxx
Mar 25, 2013



Skwirl posted:

So what videogame is he playing then?

Probably the League of Legends spinoff RPG that his company is developing now

Alaois
Feb 7, 2012

D U S T M A N


Endless Mike posted:

That's because it was based on his comic.

that cant be right, joe mad doesn't draw comics

Koburn
Oct 8, 2004

FIND THE JUDGE CHILD OR YOUR CITY DIES

Grimey Drawer

I've had an ebay alert for Charles Burns' early out of print collections for over a year, last week I found out I could have just loaned them from my local library this whole time. I was half hoping they would be bad so it wouldn't matter that they're to expensive to justify getting but no, they're all great. Check them out if you're a CB fan in Suffolk I guess.

IUG
Jul 14, 2007

Without me, there is no mission.
I am the mission!


Does anyone read the Ahoy Comics stuff? I feel like I'm the only one, but stuff like Second Coming, Dragonflyman, etc are pretty great. I was disappointed with Penulitman however. The ending really didn't stick for a comic series where the gimmick is "super hero with self-esteem issues". He decides to just go with the robot's plan for the robot to take his identity while he stays at home, away from everyone's sight, and assume the robot's former position. Like, what the hell is that about, how is that an ending?

Cloks
Jan 31, 2013

Guaranteed to be right twice a day.




Koburn posted:

I've had an ebay alert for Charles Burns' early out of print collections for over a year, last week I found out I could have just loaned them from my local library this whole time. I was half hoping they would be bad so it wouldn't matter that they're to expensive to justify getting but no, they're all great. Check them out if you're a CB fan in Suffolk I guess.

And don't forget about inter-library loan! Also, Hoopla has a lot of Image comics and modern libraries tend to have great comics collections, Dewey 741.5 for life.

I work in libraries so the more people use them, the more secure my job is.

hadji murad
Apr 18, 2006


Iím still waiting for the middle part of six issue miniseries Nonplayer.

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

Proudly supporting vanilla legends 1994-2014



hadji murad posted:

I’m still waiting for the middle part of six issue miniseries Nonplayer.

You mean issue 2?

Happy Noodle Boy
Jul 3, 2002



We're never getting the ending to Uber: Invasion, are we?

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

Heeeeeeey




Considering Avatar unceremoniously killed the series, we're not getting an ending because they own the IP.

hadji murad
Apr 18, 2006


Jedit posted:

You mean issue 2?

3 actually.

Dawgstar
Jul 15, 2017





I just read the first TPB of Dryad from Oni Press by Kurtis Weibe and Justin Osterling. The art's great and I enjoy this a lot more than I did Rat Queens, although the story might jump around a bit too much. Reads nice in chunks, though.

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

Dawgstar posted:

I just read the first TPB of Dryad from Oni Press by Kurtis Weibe and Justin Osterling. The art's great and I enjoy this a lot more than I did Rat Queens, although the story might jump around a bit too much. Reads nice in chunks, though.

I've been meaning to bring up Dryad in here, and I second your recommendation. It's a fun mix of fantasy and...other things that will become apparent over the first few issues.

Dawgstar
Jul 15, 2017





Chinston Wurchill posted:

I've been meaning to bring up Dryad in here, and I second your recommendation. It's a fun mix of fantasy and...other things that will become apparent over the first few issues.

Yeah, it's absolutely a hard book to describe but it would give too much away and you also don't want people to go poking too closely because that also gives stuff away.

Chinston Wurchill
Jun 27, 2010

It's not that kind of test.

I quite liked Ultramega! I love James Harren's art and although the story was a pretty standard Ultraman/Pacific Rim pastiche there's enough to keep me coming back.

The new Stokoe book Orphan and the Five Beasts is also worth checking out.



Chinston Wurchill fucked around with this message at 17:24 on Mar 18, 2021

Napoleon Nelson
Nov 8, 2012




Chinston Wurchill posted:

I quite liked Ultramega! I love James Harren's art and although the story was a pretty standard Ultraman/Pacific Rim pastiche there's enough to keep me coming back.

The new Stokoe book Orphan and the Five Beasts is also worth checking out.





I just came to post about both of these! Ultramega had great art (not surprising) with both really good giant fighting action and small-scale body horror. The near humanity of the kaiju really adds another layer of monstrousness as compared to, say, Pacific Rim kaiju.

And I'm a sucker for James Stokoe, so I loved Orphan and the Five Beasts. So far it seems fairly standard, plotwise, but the art is gorgeous and I'm excited to see what twists he brings.

(Also, Stokoe mentioned doing a comic on Patreon about Bowie from Orc Stan which I'm also very excited about)

Alhazred
Feb 16, 2011






Read a Walk Through Hell and really liked it. When you know it's a story about hell and a child murderer written by Ennis published by an indie label you kinda expect the worst, but this is Ennis at his most restrained. The most horrible stuff is left to the reader's imagination. It also have some neat twists: The gruff agent who breaks the rules would usually be the hero but in this story she unknowingly causes the manifestation of anti-christ. There's also a part where it seems like it's all an elaborate hoax before it's revealed that, nope, this is really hell
The art is also good.

The_Other
Dec 28, 2012

MOTHER-HECKING FLIP YEAH!



Heads up, Humble Bundle has Best of BOOM! Studios 2020.

Andrigaar
Dec 12, 2003
Saint of Killers


Looks like an odd grab bag of comic volumes and maybe all of the Irredeemable series without Incorruptible. Or is it with? Not that I'm sure I could ever re-read Irredeemable anyway.

Chairman Capone
Dec 17, 2008



The only ones of those I've read are Folklords and Strange Skies Over East Berlin, and I liked both of those.

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JordanKai
Aug 19, 2011

Get high and think of me.




Origins and Wynd are both pretty good. We Only Find Them when They're Dead is amazing of course, but I think most everyone already knows that.

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