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COMICS! |OT| May 2014. I for one welcome our new Amazon overlords.

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Saturday, May 3rd is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Free stuff!



www.freecomicbookday.com

Let's check out some of the books you'll be buying in May.






+Cyclops #1 by Greg Rucka and Russell Dauterman (May 7). Father/son bonding... in SPAAAAAACE!!! After learning that his father didn't actually die in a plane crash but instead became an intergalactic space pirate, young Cyclops makes the fateful decision to leave his time-displaced X-Men behind to see the galaxy with dear old dad. Adventure awaits!
+Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez (May 7). Who needs superior and amazing, when you're already ultimate? Miles Morales is back with a new outlook on life, but a villain from Peter Parker's past has resurfaced and set their sights on the new wallcrawling hero. You won't want to miss that last page!
+Original Sin #1 and 2 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato (May 7, 21). The Marvel Comics event of 2014 is here, and it kicks off with a murder mystery that threatens to unravel the universe! For ages he has watched the Earth, sworn never to interfere; but now Uatu the Watcher lies dead, his all-seeing eyes removed by his killer. Who would want this cosmic witness dead, and what did he see that led to his murder?
+Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 by Mike Benson and Tan Eng Huat (May 14). Intrigue and martial arts mayhem collide! Shang Chi is headed to England, to pay his respects to a former lover killed in the line of duty. But when he starts digging into the case she was working on, he's marked for termination by the same mysterious foes who had her murdered! Trying to kill the "Master of Kung Fu"? ...Good luck.
+Amazing X-Men #7 by Kathryn Immonen and Paco Medina (May 21). Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends are reunited, because Pete's back and Angelica's an X-Man so why the heck not! These three friends are out to save New York City, and to have fun doing it. Can they recapture the magic of their old 80s cartoon together? If you're anything like me, you can't wait to find out!
+Thanos Annual #1 by Jim Starlin and Ron Lim (May 28). The creative team that brought you Infinity Gauntlet reunites for this special annual issue! See how Thanos' battles with the Avengers, Mephisto, his future self, and others would shape his destiny and set in motion a series of events that will shape the future of the Marvel Universe to come!






+Futures End #1-4 by Various Writers and Artists (May 7, 14, 21, 28). The future of the New52 is a dark and terrible place, and to prevent that apocalyptic end from happening one hero will travel to the past and attempt to change fate! Hero will turn against hero, beloved characters will be murdered, and dark secrets will be revealed as Batman Beyond recruits a team to save everything in a new weekly series!
+Green Arrow #31 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (May 7). The "Outsiders War" reaches its jaw-dropping conclusion! Oliver Queen's struggle against the villainous Komodo has already cost him dearly, but the battle is far from over as Count Vertigo returns to enter the fray. When the dust settles, will Oliver have anything left to celebrate? Will he have anything at all?
+Superman: Doomed #1 by Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak, Charles Soule and Ken Lashley (May 14). Doomsday is back, and the unstoppable beast is out for Superman's blood! But there's something different about the monster this time, and if he survives their battle the Man of Steel will find himself changed in unexpected ways, perhaps forever. Are his lover his best friend Lois, his best friend his lover Wonder Woman, and the world at large ready for... Super-Doomsday?
+Forever Evil #7 by Geoff Johns and David Finch (May 21). Evil doesn't last forever... it only seems like it! In this shocking conclusion to the New52's first major event, lives will be lost, trusts will be broken, and worlds will be shattered as the Crime Syndicate battles Batman, Lex Luthor and the Injustice Gang for the fate of the Earth. Yet even if they emerge victorious, what new horrors dwell on the horizon?
+Justice League #30 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis (May 21). A new era dawns for a radically altered Justice League in the aftermath of 'Forever Evil' (which you should probably read before this, just saying)! Heroes will quit the team amid controversy. Villains will rise up, and assume their place in the ranks. And, a new and mysterious foe will set their sights on the League's newest and greatest member: LEX LUTHOR?!?
+Nightwing #30 by Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin (May 28). The Bat Family will never be the same again, as Dick Grayson's ultimate fate is revealed in this final issue! And, call me a prognosticator, call me a quack, but something tells me that fate will involve guns, no more masks, spy agencies, and a trip to Russia. And lots of gratuitous butt shots.






+Rat Queens #6 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (May 7). The girls are back in the start of an all-new adventure, that's the perfect jumping on point for new readers! Something is growing inside the walls of Palisade, and the day when this unseen horror bursts forth is fast approaching. But for one Queen, this terror is a familiar one, and she's about to learn the hard way that some gods just don't let go.
+MPH #1 by Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo (May 21). The Millarworld continues to expand with a new miniseries that's sure to become a major motion picture! When a group of homeless teens uncover a cache of the latest drug to hit the streets, they quickly discover it grants each of them the power of super-speed. Will these hard-luck kids use this newfound gift to save the world? Hell naw, it's time to get paid!
+Saga #19 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (May 21). The acclaimed, Eisner Award -winning series returns! New planets, new foes, and strange new adventures await the cast as brought to you by the same great creative team. Also, things get even weirder as Lady Gaga joins the cast! ...Okay, I made that last part up. Maybe. I don't know; I mean, it kind of looks like her on the cover, doesn't it?
+Chew/Revival One-Shot by John Layman, Tim Seeley, Rob Guillory and Mike Norton (May 28). The creative minds behind two of the hottest comics at Image today join forces to bring you a crossover unlike any other! Cibopathic FDA agent Tony Chu is headed to snowy Wisconcin, where the dead don't stay dead -- and they probably don't taste so great to boot. What bizarre case brings him there? You'll have to read it and find out!
+C.O.W.L. #1 by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel and Rod Reis (May 28). If you're a costume crimefighter in Chicago, odds are you're a part of C.O.W.L. -- the Chicago Organized Workers League, the world's first superhero labor union! Once a beacon to the city, C.O.W.L. now finds itself victims of a disillusioned public. Will going after the last major villain restore them in the eyes of the people, or result in their downfall?
+Trees #1 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard (May 28). A new science fiction epic, from master storyteller Warren Ellis! Ten years ago they came to Earth, and humankind learned that we were not alone; that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. The only problem with that revelation? THEY do not see US as "intelligent life;" they see us as something else. Something... insignificant.






+Veil #3 by Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula (May 7). Separated from her only ally by forces beyond their control, the enigmatic girl called Veil finds herself vulnerable and at the mercy of a powerful stranger. Is this person friend or foe, and what does he know about Veil and where she comes from? And, more importantly, what does he want from her? The answers will shock you!
+Hellboy In Hell #6 by Mike Mignola (May 14). Anung Un Rama's homecoming journey through the underworld continues! Traveling through the depths of hell itself, Hellboy encounters an old acquaintance of the vampiric persuasion. Will this reunion be a pleasant one, or not? Given how these encounters have gone in previous issues, I"m guessing "not."
+B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #19 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and James Harren (May 21). Manhattan is the epicenter for Armageddon, as Lovecraftian demons descend ushering in the end times! The surviving members of the B.P.R.D. make their way through back to headquarters, staying one step ahead of the monsters with the aid of a brilliant young psychic, while Liz Sherman prepares to go supernova. Can the B.P.R.D. prevent the end of everything?
+Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1 by Fred Van Lente and Freddie Williams III (May 21). Agent Matt Price is on the trail of a doomsday cult, whose leader has sinister plans for none other than the President of the United States! But before he can thwart their scheme, Price will have to match wits with the mysterious G.E.S.T.A.L.T. organization, which has a very different target in mind: Agent Matt Price!
+Dark Horse Presents #36 by Various Writers and Artists (May 21). Dark Horse pulls out all the stops for this, the final issue of DHP! Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, Jaime Hernandez, and more provide exciting new stories to say goodbye to one of the best anthology series on shelves today. But don't get too sad just yet dear reader, because DHP will return in just a few short months with a lowered price (and page count)!
+Furious #5 by Bryan Glass and Victor Santos (May 28). A life hangs in the balance as new superheroine Furious faces off against her deranged nemesis -- whose true identity harkens back to Furious' own dark past. With the media broadcasting their epic showdown, can Furious battle her inner demons, her evil doppelganger, and save an innocent life while maintaining her secret? Or will the pressure of her new life finally break her?






+Littlest Pet Shop #1 by Georgia Ball, Nico Pena, and Antonio Campo (May 14). Based on the hit cartoon series! Russell and Penny Ling have crafted a mystery for their friends to unravel, and the search for clues will take them to every corner of Downtown City. Which team will be the first to overcome their differences, solve the puzzle, and claim the fabulous prize?
+Star Trek New Visions: The Mirror, Cracked by John Byrne (May 21). A new bi-monthly series! The "Mirror, Mirror" episode stands as one of the most cherished, acclaimed episodes of the original Star Trek series. Now, see what happened after the episode ended, as the crew of the USS Enterprise discovers a stranger in ther midst with ties to one of the Captain Kirk's oldest enemies!
+TMNT 30th Anniversary Special by Various Writers and Artists (May 21). IDW celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with this anthology special! Creators from every era -- Mirage, Image, Archie, and IDW -- have been brought together for one issue, with new stories featuring everyone's favorite heroes on the half-shell. Cowabunga!
+Weird Love #1 by Various Writers and Artists (May 21). From the people that brought you 'Haunted Horror' comes a new series reprinting some of the bizarrest, most twisted "romance" comics of the 1950s and beyond! In this issue: "Love of a Lunatic," "I Fell for a Commie," "You Also Snore, Darling," "The Taming of the Brute," and more weird tales of love gone horribly, horribly wrong.
+The Beautiful War #1 by Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise (May 28). Audel Howard is an industrialist with a dream: he wants to own America. And when he strikes a deal with forces he can't possibly comprehend, that dream and all that comes with it is finally brought within reach, though at what cost remains to be seen. Ashley Wood's first new comic series in years!
+Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #12 by Chris Mowry and Matt Frank (May 28). The kaiju battle to end all kaiju battles is upon us, as the Devonian invaders meet the human resistance to decide the fate of the Earth! Yet in the games of men and monsters, only one holds enough power to be the deciding factor and seal the planet's fate; not a man, not a god, but a Godzilla! It's all been building to this very issue!






+Chaos #1 by Tim Seeley and Mirka Andolfo (Dynamite, May 7). Chaos Comics returns at Dynamite in time for their 20th anniversary! A shared premonition of the coming apocalypse will bring together some familiar faces: undead serial killer Evil Ernie, vampire assassin Chastity, blood goddess Purgatori, and the teen hero team known as the Chosen. But when they come together, will it be to prevent the world's destruction... or to ensure it?
+The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #1 by Howard Chaykin (Dynamite, May 21). It's New Year's Day, and the Forties are at an end... and so is The Shadow? After years spent terrorizing criminals Lamont Cranston has, against the wishes of Margo Laine and his network of agents, decided to hang up his cloak and .45s and retire from life. Is the world ready to be without its dark protector? Or, does it need him now more than ever?
+X-O Manowar #25 by Various Writers and Artists (Valiant, May 21). The new Valiant celebrates the 25th issue milestone of its flagship series with a double-sized issue, and an introduction to their 2014 event: ARMOR HUNTERS! A team of intergalactic bounty hunters have come to Earth to eliminate the X-O armor weapon -- and they're not above destroying the whole planet to succeed!
+Brass Sun #1 by Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard (2000AD/Rebellion, May 28). From the author of New Deadwardians comes a new clockwork sci-fi series! The Orerry is a clockwork star system, where the planets move on great metal arms spun by gears around a clockwork sun. But that sun is dying out, the planets are dying, and a young girl named Wren will risk all to find the key that will restart the sun and save everyone.
+Clive Barker's Nightbreed #1 by Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko and Piotr Kowalski (Boom!, May 28). For centuries, they've lived hidden away from mankind; a secret society of grotesqueries and horrific beasts known collectively as The Nightbreed. This is the story of that society, and their struggle to exist in a world ruled by men who hate and fear them. Clive Barker's classic story lives on in comic form!
+Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1 by Mark Waid and Neil Edwards (Dynamite, May 28). Another Gold Key classic returns! Dr. Adam Spektor is a man seemingly who has everything; fame, fortune, looks, brains, an exciting job, and more. For years he's traveled the globe hunting the creatures of the night, keeping innocent people safe from horrors they can only dream of. So why then, does his life feel so empty? What's missing? He's about to find out...





1ST PLACE WINNER:
Deadly Class #4 written by Rick Remender; pencils by Wes Craig; colors by Lee Loughridge; published by Image Comics (16 points)

2ND PLACE FINISHER:
*TIE* Batman Eternal #1 written by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV; pencils by Jason Fabok; colors by Brad Anderson; published by DC Comics (10 points)
*TIE* Southern Bastards #1 written by Jason Aaron; pencils/colors by Jason Latour; published by Image Comics (10 points)
*TIE* Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 written by James Roberts; pencils by Alex Milne; colors by Josh Burcham; published by IDW Publishing (10 points)

Here's How It Works
In the last week of the month (or earlier, if you're confident about your choices), any GAF member can send me a private message with their personal picks for the three best single issues released that month, from any publisher. These picks should be arranged in order of rank -- first, second, and third place -- and each ranking will be worth a specific point value. A first place ranking for a comic is worth 5 points; a second place is worth 3 points; a third place, 2 points. Then before next month's COMICS! OT goes live, I'll tally the results and point values from each ballot, and post the top three overall winners in the next OP as last month's, GAF-approved, best of the best. Then, maybe at the end of the year, we'll have a showdown between the year's top finishers or something similar.

A Sample Ballot
This is an example of how a sample ballot submitted by you might look. You don't have to use this formatting but I do ask that, however you send it to me, you are CLEAR on which comics you are voting for and in what order they are ranked.

Average GAF Member said:
1st Place: "Super-Fun Team Adventures" #14 (Mystery Comics; story by Jack Johnson, art by John Jackson) [worth 5 points.]
2nd Place: "Children's Bedtime Stories, Only With Nudity and Cursing" #69 (Happy Puppy Publishing; story by Jane Doe, art by John Doelner) [worth 3 points.]
3rd Place: "Grimdark, Extreme, and McDarkerson" #474 (Amazing Comics; story & art by Smitty Smithengen) [worth 2 points.]

The Voting Rules
1. Only single issues released that month are to be considered for voting; no trade collections, and no "just caught up" considerations for issues released one/two/however many months ago. Sorry if this excludes you from the voting process, trade-only readers and mail-order folk. I didn't see any other way.
2. Each GAF member is allowed one ballot, and once that ballot has been cast you are done for the month. If an issue comes out and you think it's the best comic you've ever read or will ever read, but you already cast your vote the week before, that's too bad. In other words, there are no take-backs so VOTE THOUGHTFULLY.
3. Three comics per ballot, and no more. You could send me a list of the ten best comics that month, with full paragraph summaries on why you ranked them in what order; but in the end, I'm only going to tally points for the top three and ignore the rest. You CAN pick just one book as the best that month... but that one vote is still worth only 5 points.
4. No ties on the ballots, please. You have to pick three comics as the best that month, and you have to rank them "1st, 2nd, 3rd" so that I can assign points to each. If you're torn between two issues of two different series as the best that month, and you can't decide which one you loved more than the other, TRY.
5. To make things a bit easier on me when it comes to making the OP, I'm establishing a deadline for casting ballots of 10pm Eastern Standard Time on the last day of the month. You can cast your ballot at any time during the month that you wish; however once that deadline has passed, any ballots sent to me will be ignored.
6. Again, to make things easier I would prefer that your votes be cast via private message sent to me, rather than through an open post in the OT. In addition to keeping the voting process a secret, using the PM method means I won't have to search through thread pages for someone's vote posted as an afterthought to an unrelated discussion.

Failure to comply with any of the above rules MAY result in your ballot getting thrown out.

Other rules and stipulations may follow, but for now we'll roll with these for the first round and see how it goes. Have fun voting!



Spoilers. In the age of digital comics, they are increasingly becoming an issue in these threads, as the drive to be first to discuss the week's releases overrides common sense and good posting etiquette. So over the coming weeks and months, the members of Comic GAF will be collaborating on and will eventually be implementing a system of general rules for avoiding spoilers on new comics in the Comics OT thread. But for now, please abide by the temporary guidelines outlined below. And remember, you are being watched and judged by your peers.

1. Discussion of newly released comics that involves specific plot details shall be accompanied at all times by the appropriate use of the
tag function.
2. Direct posting of full-page images from newly released comics using the tags is strictly prohibited, and outgoing links to such should be accompanied by the appropriate spoiler warnings.
3. Direct posting of images or spoilers from comics that have yet to be released is strictly prohibited, and outgoing links to such should be accompanied by the appropriate spoiler warnings.
4. Covers, solicitation copy, and/or promotional materials shall not be considered spoilers and are allowed, unless their content involves specific plot details; in those cases, outgoing links with spoiler warnings should be used.
5. The unmarked posting of spoilers related to comics will be allowed after a period of one week (Wednesday to Wednesday) from that comic's release.[/b] ([u]NOTE:[/u] Longer? -Spike)
[b]6. Members of Comic GAF are expected at all times to exercise common sense and polite discretion as a matter of courtesy to fellow posters. I know, tough one.
7. If you are unsure of whether or not posting something would constitute a spoiler, err on the side of caution and use the [SPOILER] tags.[/b]

In short, don't be Stephanie Brown. Don't be... The Spoiler. For one thing, [b]you're[/b] not that loveable. >:|

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Happy reading!
 

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Bring on Miles, the Ultimate Spider-Man.

Bendis will deliver the goods on the best Spider-Man Universe.
 

Rojo

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So i just finished The Siege bundle the cross over event from a few years back, my dad liked it and wanted me to get the crossover event that ties into it and the one after for a sense of continuity so which ones am i looking at im assuming that Civil War is the Prequel of sorts and What comes after? Im looking for full series books that i can get on amazon since individual would most likely cost too much.
 

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Good OT! I totally forgot about a Deadly Hands of Kung Fu series, i'm so there. Also, Firestar is an X-Man?! I'm there too!

not many other new series i'm anticipating this month aside from COWL and Bee & Puppycat. I'll probably stumble into something though
+MPH #1 by Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo (May 21). The Millarworld continues to expand with a new miniseries that's sure to become a major motion picture! When a group of homeless teens uncover a cache of the latest drug to hit the streets, they quickly discover it grants each of them the power of super-speed. Will these hard-luck kids use this newfound gift to save the world? Hell naw, it's time to get paid!
not this though. of fucking course it's sure to become a movie
 
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Nope, not even Greg Rucka returning to Marvel can get me to read a Cyclops book.

C.O.W.L. and Trees are the only new series I'm picking up.
 

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Alright... Superman's story in Secret Origin #1 was really, really good. I wasn't sure what I was expecting but they managed to craft a very compelling dual narrative and a version of the
Bat through the Window
, with a twist, that is perfect for Clark.
 

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So how was Amazing Spiderman and what are some realistic expectations (in terms of overall quality) for it given the team?
Haven't really kept up, but I love Peter.
 

Toa TAK

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So how was Amazing Spiderman and what are some realistic expectations (in terms of overall quality) for it given the team?
Haven't really kept up, but I love Peter.

Don't expect much.

Do be excited by what the future has in store.
 
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Thinking about halting USM after this X-Men crossover and reading through Ultimate X-Men before I read the last 70 issues or so of USM.

Just cuz people said USM is better...I'd rather end on a high note than downgrading to X-Men afterward.

Thoughts?
 

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So how was Amazing Spiderman and what are some realistic expectations (in terms of overall quality) for it given the team?
Haven't really kept up, but I love Peter.

It was fun and set up a new status-quo for Peter. It was just a set up chapter though.
 

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Did a long post in the other thread before I realised it was over. Here you go:

I think I wanna read that book.

That's from Young Justice, you'd love it. Light fare, character based, very quick to get on with the in-jokes and cuteness. I enjoyed it as a lad.

also re: CBR - in my years on the interwebs I've dipped my toes into a few comics discussion places and I think CGAF is one of the friendliest, most level headed and fun places I've found. In general, large groups of comics fans tend to make me cringe, they're always a lot dumber than I'd have hoped. But you guys are good people.

COMICS! I actually didn't mean to read anything last night but got sucked into a few books before bed:

Uncanny Avengers: I forgot this last week so caught up. Amazing stuff, Remender's batshit crazy alternate future supergroup is so much fun. I think with Eimin it strays a bit too far (as it has for the whole run, really) into "I have all these grand things to say" - nobody talks like that apart from baddies in comics. Still, it's a good book brimming with imagination. Although since I didn't grow up steeped in Marvel continuity I have literally no idea who any of Kang's group are except for the old Psylocke and Doom. That the story works at all for me is impressive.

Avengers 28: great, I was wondering what the point in the past few issues was, now it seems to be coming into focus. The structure of this entire run is very odd really but I'm finding it interesting - the first half was all about Infinity with the New Avengers stuff as a bubbling subplot. Now Infinity has wrapped, the NA plot is taking centre stage. Very neat.

All New X-Men: doing exactly what I want this book to do - characters talking about stuff. Having Immonen is such a treat, I love his work so much. His kid Iceman is perfect, he always looks so cute and cheeky. I also thought he did a good job with X23, there were a good few panels where she looked so much like Wolverine, I thought that was clever. Last page was YAAAAAAAY. This sounds really weird but there is something ... alluring about
Big Molly
. I kinda want her to squeeze me.

Batman vs Bane: I really don't know why I picked this up. GAF hype? It was a solid 2/5. Reminded me very strongly indeed of a 90s comic, maybe it was the colours which were very bland and washed out, maybe it was the very standard art, I dunno. So yeah, not so much a story as a sequence of events I thought. At the end I was left wondering what the point in this was.
 

Jedeye Sniv

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Thinking about halting USM after this X-Men crossover and reading through Ultimate X-Men before I read the last 70 issues or so of USM.

Just cuz people said USM is better...I'd rather end on a high note than downgrading to X-Men afterward.

Thoughts?

Why would you want to do a thing like that? Read any issues of UltXM that cross over with Spidey but otherwise you can safely ignore it - it really wasn't that good. Pretty much just make sure you read anything that has Bendis and Ultimate universe and you'll be fine. Like Ultimate Six, super important in the USM story.

Actually, if you want more Ultimate stuff, check out the first 24 issues of Ult FF (and NO MORE ferchrissakes) so some Ellis/Millar goodness. Also Ellis's Ultimate Nightmare trilogy was excellent. Ultimate Origins was OK but becomes relevant to Spidey towards the end of Pete's run so I'd say it's worth it. The Ultimate Doom trilogy was good and leads right into Hickman's Ultimates run which is also worth reading for the amazing art.

Basically you should wiki the Ult universe or something.

I feel like I've written the word "Ultimate" too much.
 

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I really enjoyed UXM for a long time. It was different enough to 616 X-Men that it felt very fresh. Then it went seriously downhill.
 

PaulExcellent

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I had no idea a new Ultimate Spider-Man book was coming out.
yessssssh~

I guess I'll pick up Original Sin 1+2 too.
 

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So, yesterdays books:

Deadly Class: Flawlessly executed, but I couldn't care less about the characters or the world they inhabit. Time to drop this.

Batman Eternal: I have to say that I enjoyed the DC house style of the first 3 issues more than this. It fit the general tone of the story better.

Black Science: Great end of the first arc. It still feels like a big setup for the second arc (more than a self-contained story) but I don't mind. The art grew on me immensely.

Batman vs. Bane: That issue felt exactly as out of context as it is.
I mean, a few pages of hand-to-hand combat and everything's okay again? Wat?
 

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Cheska said:
Alright so since none of y'all have an opinion on Stray Bullets, what about the Oz series by Skottie Young and Eric Shanower?


Has anyone in here read it and recommends it?

Those Oz books are fantastic, Skottie Young is the perfect artist to bring L. Frank Baum's characters to life. None of them are brand new stories, Shanower adapted the existing Baum stories to fit the comic format. My wife has read all of the original Oz stories multiple times and the comics are pretty much her favorite comic book series ever.
I highly recommend those books (or the omnibus if that's what you're looking at).
 

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Cheska, read OZ. I read the first two and really loved them. Now I'm waiting for the omnibus later this year. Scottie Young is incredible.
 

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Amazing Spider-Man 1

Loved it! Story? Spectacular! Art? Astonishing! Every page was more Sensational than the last. Peter Parker truly is the Superior Spider-Man!


In all honesty, I didn't think that much of it. Slott seems determined to make sure that Peter and Anna-Maria have the most awkward breakup ever committed to paper. His order of events is questionable too Black Cat apologies before chewing out the Avengers? At least now it has the number of wisecracks I expect from a Spider-Book.
 
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So i just started with Saga vol. 1.

Finished the first couple chapters, and i really enjoying it so far!

Do they keep up the quality? Worth it to keep reading this one or is there a drop like in some many comics after the first couple issues...?
 
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Why would you want to do a thing like that? Read any issues of UltXM that cross over with Spidey but otherwise you can safely ignore it - it really wasn't that good. Pretty much just make sure you read anything that has Bendis and Ultimate universe and you'll be fine. Like Ultimate Six, super important in the USM story.

Actually, if you want more Ultimate stuff, check out the first 24 issues of Ult FF (and NO MORE ferchrissakes) so some Ellis/Millar goodness. Also Ellis's Ultimate Nightmare trilogy was excellent. Ultimate Origins was OK but becomes relevant to Spidey towards the end of Pete's run so I'd say it's worth it. The Ultimate Doom trilogy was good and leads right into Hickman's Ultimates run which is also worth reading for the amazing art.

Basically you should wiki the Ult universe or something.

I feel like I've written the word "Ultimate" too much.

I've heard decent things about it and I figured I might as well go for it. I know Spider Man is generally liked better but I don't have much experience with X-Men. Hell, I just got Days of Future Past and even though I didn't like it much I couldn't help but love the characters. I'd love to dive into a 100 issue series and get a general feel of the X-Men, even if it is the "Ultimate" version.

I really enjoyed UXM for a long time. It was different enough to 616 X-Men that it felt very fresh. Then it went seriously downhill.
I have the same opinion, Ultimate X-Men was really good.
The only reason I remember Ultimate X-Men is because it has one of the best solo Gambit stories of all time which doesn't revolve around a love interest.

http://marvel.wikia.com/Ultimate_X-Men_Vol_1_13
http://marvel.wikia.com/Ultimate_X-Men_Vol_1_14

Sounds great. I'm really looking forward to it.

Speaking of X-Men, what are the best trades I can get for them? I have House of M and Messiah Complex on my list of "to buy" trades but am always looking to add more.
 

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Speaking of X-Men, what are the best trades I can get for them? I have House of M and Messiah Complex on my list of "to buy" trades but am always looking to add more.

Messiah Compley is part of a Event Trilogy about the return of Hope, so I recommend you to read Messiah War and Second Coming, too. While I am not so much into X-Men, I read them all and thought it was absolut fantastic.

And I think, Divided We Stand is also a follow up of Messiah Complex, but I didnt read it.
 

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Weren't Kyle and Yost taking over Amazing X-men with #7? Has that been pushed back?

The Immonen issue sounds fun.
 

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I've heard decent things about it and I figured I might as well go for it. I know Spider Man is generally liked better but I don't have much experience with X-Men. Hell, I just got Days of Future Past and even though I didn't like it much I couldn't help but love the characters. I'd love to dive into a 100 issue series and get a general feel of the X-Men, even if it is the "Ultimate" version.

Sounds great. I'm really looking forward to it.

Speaking of X-Men, what are the best trades I can get for them? I have House of M and Messiah Complex on my list of "to buy" trades but am always looking to add more.

Dark Phoenix Saga
God Loves, Man Kills

The best of the 90s stuff would probably be Age of Apocalypse.
 

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So i just started with Saga vol. 1.

Finished the first couple chapters, and i really enjoying it so far!

Do they keep up the quality? Worth it to keep reading this one or is there a drop like in some many comics after the first couple issues...?

The quality doesn't drop, it's still a whacky adventure book.
 

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Today at lunchtime I read some Justice League Beyond which after the first couple of issues I'm not sure about yet. I have the first 6 so I'll carry on. I'm up to Power Girl in Ame-Comi girls and I'm enjoying myself. Lovely art in a bizarro world where everyone appears to be a girl. Really mixed signals though. On one level it's a story for teenage girls but it's drawn for teenage boys.

Then I got bored and bought the first volume of Strangers in Paradise which I liked a lot but it's not something I could mainline. I might keep an eye out for sales with that one but I do want to read the rest. Then I bought volume 1 of Rachel Rising but I haven't started that yet. I never did finish Echo either. Might get the last few volumes of that I need.

Even crippled I still like Comixology. I just added the homepage as an icon to my iPad.
 

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I wasn't to crazy about the beginning of Amazing Spider-Man #1, felt forced to be funny and a random start to it.. but once I read the whole issue I thought it was much better overall. We'll see how Parker handles all Doc Ock's old asshole ways..

Black Science is awesome,, such a beauty..
Might not be around much longer seeing how everyone is dying!?

Deadly Class.. This was a fun issue. Purrty colors.

Did anyone pick up Dream Police #1? I started reading it last night fell asleep tho. The guy who runs my LCS was telling me about it last month and he had Dream Police #0 on hand (It was published by Marvel Comics, on June 22, 2005, under their Icon imprint for creator-owned titles.).
Its a pretty cool idea curious to get through #1.
https://imagecomics.com/content/view/dream-police-is-a-mysterious-fantasy-series-sure-to-intrigue-readers
"Joe and Frank have been partners for as long as they can remember, patrolling the alternate universe of dreams, nightmares, and the great void beyond, an alternate but very real dimension of changelings, echoes, wisps, ethers, and nightwalkers, those that died in their sleep and wander the dreamscape forever."
 

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So i just started with Saga vol. 1.

Finished the first couple chapters, and i really enjoying it so far!

Do they keep up the quality? Worth it to keep reading this one or is there a drop like in some many comics after the first couple issues...?

It is still fantastic. Fiona Staples is wonderful.
 
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So i just started with Saga vol. 1.

Finished the first couple chapters, and i really enjoying it so far!

Do they keep up the quality? Worth it to keep reading this one or is there a drop like in some many comics after the first couple issues...?

I read vol 3 the other day and am still just as in love with it as when I first started.
 

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So, yesterdays books:

Batman Eternal: I have to say that I enjoyed the DC house style of the first 3 issues more than this. It fit the general tone of the story better.

I am in the opposite boat. I'm actually pretty sold on Batman Eternal's weekly story now, but that Fabok art was a real bummer. Nguyen's art is always dynamic and a hell of a lot more interesting to look at than Fabok's dreary muscleman shit. Fabok's Bullock bothers me.


Shocking that Toccinni is the artist behind the most hideous and incoherent Uncanny X-Force issues. Low looks damn good.
 

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I wonder if Comixology plan to kick off a new sale on free comic day this weekend. That would be nice.
 
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I am in the opposite boat. I'm actually pretty sold on Batman Eternal's weekly story now, but that Fabok art was a real bummer. Nguyen's art is always dynamic and a hell of a lot more interesting to look at than Fabok's dreary muscleman shit. Fabok's Bullock bothers me.

Nguyen just gets the life choked out of him when inked. I can see the good art under there, I mean, his painted stuff is flat out jaw dropping, but his inked pages are p. wack.
 

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Looks to be a great month. Looking forward to the return of Saga, the Chew/Revival crossover, C.O.W.L. and motherfucking ARMOR HUNTERS.
 

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I am in the opposite boat. I'm actually pretty sold on Batman Eternal's weekly story now, but that Fabok art was a real bummer. Nguyen's art is always dynamic and a hell of a lot more interesting to look at than Fabok's dreary muscleman shit. Fabok's Bullock bothers me.

It was such a tonal shift from the dark and gritty of the first three issues to the more vivid version in the fourth, made it hard for me to get back into the story. Of course they have to have multiple artists and writers on a weekly title and I'll get used to it.
Also, I don't read many books with DC house style so maybe that's why I am not fed up with it.
 

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Speaking of X-Men, what are the best trades I can get for them? I have House of M and Messiah Complex on my list of "to buy" trades but am always looking to add more.

A word of advice about UXM. Bail before you reach the Robert Kirkman downfall. That was when the book turned to rubbish. So that is to say, get the volumes till 13 and stop. SERIOUSLY, I can not emphasize this enough!!

Also if you are a fan of character work then read Peter David's X-Factor (2005-2013). Really consistent all throughout and the pay-off is amazing in the end. Buy one volume to see if you like the writing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/07...=0785154388&linkCode=as2&tag=ck-xmen-guide-20

Don't focus on the art as the artists' keep changing a lot so base your decision on the writing.
 
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