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Hakkesshu
Nov 3, 2009



Infinity Gauntlet is like my favourite superhero comic ever, and I couldn't get through War/Crusade. They're just boring.

The Thanos mini is decent, but not hugely memorable. It does set up some Annihilation stuff, though, so go for it if you feel like it.

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Retro Futurist
Aug 8, 2007

Yesterday's Tomorrow,
Today!



Zaphod should really put this in the OP. It already gets asked for like twice a month and when Guardians comes out it's only going to get asked more

One Tall Fellow
Oct 22, 2006

Bow wow best friend.

Bow wow best friend.

Bow wow best friend.


I recently starting getting back into the various Marvel X-books for the first time since '97 or thereabout, and I've gotten some good pointers on some of the other titles, but was wondering specifically about where a good place to start with Excalibur might be/if there are any exceptional runs to check out.

On a different note entirely, I've really been enjoying Terry Moore's Rachel Rising. Are there any other good character-driven occult/horror series out there? e: I already read Hellboy/BPRD, just to get that out of the way.

One Tall Fellow fucked around with this message at 03:23 on Mar 5, 2014

redbackground
Sep 24, 2007

BEHOLD!
OPTIC BLAST!


Grimey Drawer

One Tall Fellow posted:

I recently starting getting back into the various Marvel X-books for the first time since '97 or thereabout, and I've gotten some good pointers on some of the other titles, but was wondering specifically about where a good place to start with Excalibur might be/if there are any exceptional runs to check out.
There are 3 good Excalibur runs: Claremont/Davis, Alan Davis (writer & artist), & Ellis/Various Artists.

C/D: Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn, Excalibur 1-11, Mojo Mayhem, 12-34 (there are a smattering of fill-in issues not by Claremont you can handily skip)

Davis: Excal 42-67 (again, a few fill-ins, if it's not written by Davis, skip) (this is one of the best-loving-looking runs of comics ever)

Ellis: 83-86, X-Calibre 1-4, 87-94, X-Man 12, 95-103, Pryde & Wisdom 1-3

I think all of this has been collected in trades, but they might be out of print or hard to find these days. I gave specifics if you go digital, and if they're available.

redbackground fucked around with this message at 04:02 on Mar 5, 2014

Wheat Loaf
Feb 13, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


redbackground posted:

I think all of this has been collected in trades, but they might be out of print or hard to find these days. I gave specifics if you go digital, and if they're available.

There are five Excalibur Classic trades which collect the entire Claremont run but some of them (especially the second one, I think) can be hard to get hold of. The Davis and Ellis runs both have three Excalibur Visionaries trades each, but the first Davis one and all three Ellis collections seem to be either out of print or on the way out.

bobkatt013
Oct 8, 2006

You’re telling me Peter Parker is ...... Spider-man!?


Metal Loaf posted:

There are five Excalibur Classic trades which collect the entire Claremont run but some of them (especially the second one, I think) can be hard to get hold of. The Davis and Ellis runs both have three Excalibur Visionaries trades each, but the first Davis one and all three Ellis collections seem to be either out of print or on the way out.

I have the first four classic trades, and was wondering if the fifth one is worth it? Looking it up, most of it is not written by Claremont, so was wondering if it was necessary?

Wheat Loaf
Feb 13, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


I thought it was okay, but I think it was at the point where Claremont was starting to slip (if he hadn't already). Probably not essential, I guess. Alan Davis coming back on the book definitely helped to reinvigorate it.

RevKrule
Jul 9, 2001

Thrilling the forums since 2001

One Tall Fellow posted:

On a different note entirely, I've really been enjoying Terry Moore's Rachel Rising. Are there any other good character-driven occult/horror series out there? e: I already read Hellboy/BPRD, just to get that out of the way.
Fatale might be what you're looking for. Lots of good occult centering on a handful of characters. It's up to issue 20 with an end coming at 24. There's 3 or 4 trades out currently.

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

Business is slow

Hey as someone who's just getting back into comics and hasn't really checked anything out since he was ten, what are the really good Marvel series that don't have too much continuity going on? I just checked out the first issue of Moon Knight and Magneto, and I'm interested in what else I might follow. Something that has relatively few issues would be good so I can start from the beginning.

Lurdiak
Feb 25, 2006

I believe in a universe that doesn't care, and people that do.


Try Hawkeye. It's the most unoriginal recommendation possible at this point, but it's really drat good and has almost no continuity to speak of.

redbackground
Sep 24, 2007

BEHOLD!
OPTIC BLAST!


Grimey Drawer

Maremidon posted:

Hey as someone who's just getting back into comics and hasn't really checked anything out since he was ten, what are the really good Marvel series that don't have too much continuity going on? I just checked out the first issue of Moon Knight and Magneto, and I'm interested in what else I might follow.
Lurdiak is correct with Hawkeye--it gets rec'd all the time, but that's because it's pretty great.

A new Punisher run just started that people seem to be enjoying.

A new Ghost Rider starts soon, which looks pretty boss.

Jason Aaron's Thor run is a bit further in, but man, is it awesome.

Teenage Fansub
Jan 28, 2006



I'm loving She-Hulk by my man Charles Soule. That's only two issues old.
e: Ms Marvel #1 was kinda neat too. That's just about to get a second issue.

This ain't Marvel, but The Wake from Vertigo is on #6 out of just 10 issues. You could pick up the first five in a collection.
https://www.comixology.com/The-Wake/comics-series/10179 Check out the great preview art.

Teenage Fansub fucked around with this message at 21:39 on Mar 7, 2014

Skwirl
May 13, 2007

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

Maremidon posted:

Hey as someone who's just getting back into comics and hasn't really checked anything out since he was ten, what are the really good Marvel series that don't have too much continuity going on? I just checked out the first issue of Moon Knight and Magneto, and I'm interested in what else I might follow. Something that has relatively few issues would be good so I can start from the beginning.

Most of them that don't have X-Men or Avengers in the title.

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

Business is slow

Skwirl posted:

Most of them that don't have X-Men or Avengers in the title.

Was never a big fan of either, so that's a good thing.

Thanks for the recommendations!

Aphrodite
Jun 27, 2006



There's actually a few in those lines you could easily get into without knowing anything more than like a sentence or two of (recent) backstory.

Retro Futurist
Aug 8, 2007

Yesterday's Tomorrow,
Today!


Is Soule writing everything right now, are there five different people named Charlie Soule, or is he just some kind of fixer?

Teenage Fansub
Jan 28, 2006



If Charles Soule was actually a pseudonym, like a reverse Alan Smithee, that'd explain some things.

sleepingbuddha
Nov 3, 2010

It's supposed to look like a smashed cinnamon roll


Maremidon posted:

Hey as someone who's just getting back into comics and hasn't really checked anything out since he was ten, what are the really good Marvel series that don't have too much continuity going on? I just checked out the first issue of Moon Knight and Magneto, and I'm interested in what else I might follow. Something that has relatively few issues would be good so I can start from the beginning.

Get a Marvel Unlimited sub, even for just a month, sample a lot and figure out what trips your trigger. It's only 99 cents for a month for the next week.

http://marvel.com/news/comics/2014/...9_cents-updated

sporklift
Aug 3, 2008

Feelin' it so hard.


I really dug Invincible when it first came out and went on to read through the first compendium. Now I am halfway through the second and this series seems to have lost its luster. Does it continue to go downhill? I know it is a common comic book trope but it seems like Kirkman has some favorite villains and no matter how bad they get trashed they will be back within two story arcs. What started out pretty fun and violent now just tries to be more X treme each fight.

Comic
Feb 24, 2008

Mad Comic Stylings


sleepingbuddha posted:

Get a Marvel Unlimited sub, even for just a month, sample a lot and figure out what trips your trigger. It's only 99 cents for a month for the next week.

Is this really the best idea for more recent/less established runs? I was under the impression that stuff within the last six months or so wouldn't be there, and they were asking specifically for things that haven't really been running for a while.

Man-In-Madden
Jul 22, 2007

And when the music fades away
I know I'll be okay
Contagious rhythms in my brain
Let it play


What's the word on American Vampire? I've never read anything from Scott Snyder but I know people say good things about his Batman and I'm always looking for new horror stuff to read.

Senor Candle
Nov 5, 2008


American Vampire is really good. There are some early stories by Stephen King that are kind of weak, but it's pretty smooth sailing after that.

Teenage Fansub
Jan 28, 2006



It's fantastic. Snyder's best comic and all on sale digitally till the 14th.

https://www.comixology.com/American...-Sale/page/1025

hump day bitches!
Apr 3, 2011


I recently revisited blame! and biomega by Tsutomu Nihei, is there anything similar from occidental autors?.Noir dystopian cyberpunk with massive inhumane structures spanning endless distances with some plot thrown in there just to string the art together.I am almost more interested in the art than in any other thing.

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Soonmot
Dec 19, 2002

Entrapta fucking loves robots


Grimey Drawer

Man-In-Madden posted:

What's the word on American Vampire? I've never read anything from Scott Snyder but I know people say good things about his Batman and I'm always looking for new horror stuff to read.

I have the first three hardcovers. It's a really great take on the vampire mythos and I'm saddened that Snyder would rather make some actual money writing Batman than starve and write more AV, but I am also selfish and love vampires.

Man-In-Madden
Jul 22, 2007

And when the music fades away
I know I'll be okay
Contagious rhythms in my brain
Let it play


I'm gonna give it a shot then. Thanks y'all.

RevKrule
Jul 9, 2001

Thrilling the forums since 2001

Soonmot posted:

I have the first three hardcovers. It's a really great take on the vampire mythos and I'm saddened that Snyder would rather make some actual money writing Batman than starve and write more AV, but I am also selfish and love vampires.

Am Vamp starts back up this week or next.

Rafael Albuquerque doesn't get enough talk for his half on the books. The art is utterly exceptional.

Teenage Fansub
Jan 28, 2006



Yeah. Half the reason I'm bummed about Animal Man ending is that his run illustrating it was quite short.

TwingeCrag
Feb 6, 2007

I got a Phd in Badassery


Having taken a short break from reality, I recently read through all of Garth Ennis' The Boys and thoroughly enjoyed it, can anyone recommend me some other comics with the same kind of dark themes without being ULTRA XTREME VIOLENCE YEAAAAAAAAAAAHHH? I read through all of Kieron Gillen's Uber , and enjoyed that is well, if that helps cement what I'm looking for?


Edit : noticed the irony in the above post, I thought I'd clarify that I'm not looking for anything pointlessly gratuitous, but it's not gonna bother me

TwingeCrag fucked around with this message at 02:57 on Mar 10, 2014

Retro Futurist
Aug 8, 2007

Yesterday's Tomorrow,
Today!


The Boys was pretty typical of Ennis' stuff, although definitely some of his best. You might want to look into stuff like Preacher and Hitman

Teenage Fansub
Jan 28, 2006



Manhattan Projects is dark and hilarious. It gets very gory, but it's perpetrated by (real life historic) dorky mad scientists, not roided muscle dudes.

First issue is free on Comixology.

Hubbardologist
Jan 19, 2007

Secretly force socialism, communism and imperialism types of government onto the people of the United States of America.


Bit of an odd request here; are there any comics from and/or about life in the Middle East? I've not read Persepolis, but I think that would be on the cusp of what I'm looking for. However, I'm looking for something with a twist - an element of sci-fi or alternate history or noir, maybe.

Also, on a lark I bought the comixology SXSW bundle -- any recommendations of where to start with this gargantuan collection? Just so I'm not simply asking for a reading list, here are the last few comics I've read and really liked:
King City - loved the "gently caress the plot, I'm going to draw stuff I feel like drawing" sensibility and just how vibrant and alive Graham made the city.
Stumptown - I thought the artwork was subtly beautiful, and found the story and characters to be compelling and real. Reminded me of Twin Peaks, in the best way.
Prophet - love most of the artwork (usually the issues Graham drew), and the concept behind it. Also Graham really has a knack for making his universes feel alive.
East of West - blown away by the crispness of the artwork, love the notion of Death as the main character.

Hopefully that gives some ideas of what I like.

redbackground
Sep 24, 2007

BEHOLD!
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Grimey Drawer

Hubbardologist posted:

Bit of an odd request here; are there any comics from and/or about life in the Middle East?
Animal option: Brian K. Vaughan's Pride of Baghdad

Teenage Fansub
Jan 28, 2006



Hubbardologist posted:

Bit of an odd request here; are there any comics from and/or about life in the Middle East? I've not read Persepolis, but I think that would be on the cusp of what I'm looking for. However, I'm looking for something with a twist - an element of sci-fi or alternate history or noir, maybe.

Also, on a lark I bought the comixology SXSW bundle -- any recommendations of where to start with this gargantuan collection?

I just started with The Bunker and The Mire, which were great. Too Much Coffee Man is a collection of a classic 90s strip, as I understand. Probably worth trying.

I'm gonna try and read five a day and get through all of it.

I dunno about something for the Middle East, but Grant Morrison did a three issue comic Vimanarama http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vimanarama which is a 'Jack Kirby-ish' take on Indian myths, starring a UK Muslim. Might be something like what you're looking for. I need to read it, myself.

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hadji murad
Apr 18, 2006


Joe Sacco does Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza. Former is in the 90s and Gaza a few years ago.

Soonmot
Dec 19, 2002

Entrapta fucking loves robots


Grimey Drawer

RevKrule posted:

Am Vamp starts back up this week or next.

Rafael Albuquerque doesn't get enough talk for his half on the books. The art is utterly exceptional.

You are absolutly correct and I feel bad for not bringing him up. I am also glad to hear it is coming back!

Uthor
Jul 9, 2006

Gummy Bear Heaven ... It's where I go when the world is too mean.

Hubbardologist posted:

Bit of an odd request here; are there any comics from and/or about life in the Middle East? I've not read Persepolis, but I think that would be on the cusp of what I'm looking for. However, I'm looking for something with a twist - an element of sci-fi or alternate history or noir, maybe.

Sandman #50 (Ramadan) is utterly gorgeous.

Mode 7
Jul 28, 2007

im gonna be sick

I remember as a kid reading some of Dad's old collections of The Phantom and I've always had a little soft spot for the character just from the half-remembered nostalgia that provides. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start/good runs to look for? I don't know if I'm willing to take a shot from the beginning, that's one hell of a lot of comics.

Senor Candle
Nov 5, 2008


I just want to recommend anyone who likes fun lighthearted comics NEEDS to read Bandette if you haven't already. It is utterly fantastic.

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Retro Futurist
Aug 8, 2007

Yesterday's Tomorrow,
Today!


Sodomy Non Sapiens posted:

I remember as a kid reading some of Dad's old collections of The Phantom and I've always had a little soft spot for the character just from the half-remembered nostalgia that provides. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start/good runs to look for? I don't know if I'm willing to take a shot from the beginning, that's one hell of a lot of comics.

If you have archives check out some of the Newspaper comic threads. The daily Phantom is awesome, and in the last thread that just closed they ran some of the early stories

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