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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    ALAN MOORE: THE COMPLETE WILDC.A.T.S TP
    Written by Alan Moore
    Art by Travis Charest, Mat Broome, Ryan Benjamin and others
    Cover by Charest
    Alan Moore is considered by many to be the finest comics writer of the last quarter century. His standout achievements in the medium include WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, and From Hell. Now Moore?s defining run on WildC.A.T.s is collected into a single volume, collecting WILDC.A.T.S. #21-34, plus a story from issue #50, featuring the impressive art of Travis Charest and other fine artists who provide breathtaking visuals.
    Alan Moore took the WILDC.A.T.S back to their roots and stirred up the WildStorm Universe considerably, creating a perfect starting point for catching up the flagship WildStorm superhero team. It?s a tale filled with unsettling revelations and gripping drama ? and the introduction of one of WildStorm?s great villains: Tao!
    Advance-solicited; on sale August 8 ? 392 pg, FC, $29.99 US

    This is a must-buy. The Wildcats are my favorite superhero team and Alan Moore's stories are a big reason why. The artwork gets kind of inconsistent because Charest doesn't draw all of it, but it really does go to show that a good script is more important than good art.

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    Just check out Sandman, boxy. It's a universal classic among the intellectual elite. I'm sure a man with your impeccable tastes will appreciate such an epic work of genius. Sandman doesn't need to be read in order, so if you want to just check out one TPB at a time, I recommend volume 7, Brief Lives.

    By the way, you ever get around to reading Bone?
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  • ShinkuuRShinkuuR Still Pissed Joined: Posts: 1,078Registered
    This weekend I brought the Secret Six trade, so I read the Villians United trade, then the IC special, then the SS trade in one sitting, awesome shit. I'm defintely gonna follow this team...and extra props for Simone bringing them onto BOP for an arc.

    Bru's second Daredevil arc comes out in trade tomorrow!!!
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  • ExMachinaExMachina valar morghulis Joined: Posts: 276Registered
    Hey guys, I've been meaning to pick up some Hellboy collections but have no idea where to start. Any HB fans out there want to recommend any trades/HCs that you think are necessary reading for the character?

    Last collection I bought was the hardcover Runaways: Vol. 2. Gorgeous, incredibly well put together book. Gotta love that oversized printing.
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath the crackdown Joined: Posts: 6,476Registered
    yeah Runaways vol. 3 HC should be dropping in the next few weeks
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Other Stories is a really nice one. So is Wake The Devil. If you want to read them in order, the first one is Seed of Destruction. But I think Hellboy is one of those series where it doesn't kill you if you skip around. You can still get a good sense of Hellboy and his world in the individual TPBs.

    Although I haven't read them, the B.P.R.D. series is pretty well-respected. It's most likely awesome because Guy Davis draws it.
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  • TaichiTaichi Fuck Heroics. Joined: Posts: 1,462Registered
    just ordered a batch of books for my birthday:

    Ultimate Spiderman vol. 8 HC
    All Star Superman HC
    Checkmate vol. 1
    Shadowpact vol. 1
    Secret Six tpb
    Annihilation vol. 1 HC
    Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team Ups vol. 2
    Sandman Mystery Theatre vol. 5

    You will love All Star Superman.

    and if you are into Hellboy, and stories of that ilk, you'll probably enjoy Shadowpact.

    if you havent' been reading the series, they're both good.

    if you have, why are you buying the trades?

    have you read Day of Vengeance?
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath the crackdown Joined: Posts: 6,476Registered
    come on taichi, you know I've read DoV.
  • TaichiTaichi Fuck Heroics. Joined: Posts: 1,462Registered
    Well, then, that makes things easier.....you're familiar with the characters.
    Now at Midnight, all the agents, and superhuman crew go out and round up everyone that knows more than they do...
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  • boxbox Joined: Posts: 1,611Registered
    Y the Last Man Volume 9 was released today. Pick it up if you're a Y fan.
    Just check out Sandman, boxy. It's a universal classic among the intellectual elite. I'm sure a man with your impeccable tastes will appreciate such an epic work of genius. Sandman doesn't need to be read in order, so if you want to just check out one TPB at a time, I recommend volume 7, Brief Lives.

    By the way, you ever get around to reading Bone?

    I'm really digging Sandman. I grabbed Volume 1, read it... then I grabbed Volumes 2-11. Thank god graphic novels were 30% off at the comic convention. I've been reading em in order and am on volume 6 right now.

    I read Bone. It was a fun read. A good change of pace from all the other "serious" graphic novels I've been reading lately. I kinda wish it was in color, but oh well.
  • P. GorathP. Gorath the crackdown Joined: Posts: 6,476Registered
    finally finished the entire Bendis Daredevil run. Very good stuff. I especially liked The Golden Age and Decalogue.
  • fluxcorefluxcore Fighting Kiwi Joined: Posts: 283Registered
    I just picked up Transmetropolitan (Warren Ellis), 1602 HC tpb (Gaiman) and the first volume of Flight - free comic book day was good to me discount wise! I've also just read Nextwave and Desolation Jones (both Ellis - and both recommended).

    Ellis is a looney.

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  • ViciousSLASHViciousSLASH Game Time Jones Joined: Posts: 6,808Registered
    I recently got Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi. I highly recommend it. I enjoyed it very much. It was a steampunkish cowboy adventure. Short sweet and entertaining.

    I also got all three Volumes of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and I love it. Love, love, love, love it. I've reread each volume like 4 times. Great comedy action goofy comic fun.

    Using the internets I stole/read all of Preacher like a month ago. God I was missing out, that was beautiful. Jesse Custer is the man.

    I read Flight Vol 3, and throughly enjoyed it, I have Vol 2 here, but I haven't read it yet.

    Bone One Volume edition is waiting to be read as well.

    Batman Year 100 by Paul Pope was quite cool. The art takes a little bit to get used to, but it's a very nice/different take on Batman. I got 100% on backorder from Amazon by Pope too, so I'm awaiting that.

    Same with Flight Vol 1. I gots me lots of reading to do.
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  • TaichiTaichi Fuck Heroics. Joined: Posts: 1,462Registered
    I just picked up the first TMNT GN (From 1984), in all it's horribly drawn glory.

    for a buck yesterday.

    sixth printing, but I don't care, I just wanted to read it.
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    I read Bone. It was a fun read. A good change of pace from all the other "serious" graphic novels I've been reading lately. I kinda wish it was in color, but oh well.

    Scholastic is publishing all 9 individual volumes in color. I think at least 3 or 4 of them have already come out, and they are only 10 bucks a pop. The colorist is the guy who colors the covers. Hopefully, one day there will be an oversize, hardcover, color one-volume edition of Bone.
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath the crackdown Joined: Posts: 6,476Registered
    Finished Secret Six. Thought it was pretty good, but not quite as good as VU + IC Special.

    Currently reading Crisis on Multiple Earths The Team-Ups vol. 2 which is silver age goodness so far.

    I got that massive The Making of Star Wars book that just came out so I am reading that now as well...very good stuff, and I'm only a casual fan
  • Pained AuronPained Auron teh cock of justice Joined: Posts: 2,072Registered
    when does punisher man of stone come out?
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    Man of Stone already came out.
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  • SanoSano I'm on the PSP! Joined: Posts: 12,260Registered, Moderators
    Reading Batman Black and White Volume 3 now that came out last week. Lots of goodies from Don McGregor, Mahfood, Cooke, Schwartz and even Brubaker wrote a story plus a whole lot more people. I love how they get like the whole comic book industry past and present to contribute Batman stories. Good stuff as always and a great addition if you have the other 2 Volumes. :smile:
  • P. GorathP. Gorath the crackdown Joined: Posts: 6,476Registered
    finished crisis on multiple earths the team ups vol. 2

    favorite story was the spectre issue where he teams up with wildcat, with gorgeous art by neal adams
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    Just starting to get into these Batman Graphic novels. Finished up DKR, Long Halloween, and the Killing Joke. Thinking about getting Hush since I love Jim Lee's artwork.
  • P. GorathP. Gorath the crackdown Joined: Posts: 6,476Registered
    check out City of Crime, Batman and the Monster Men, and Batman and the Mad Monk
  • orochizoolanderorochizoolander 2LANDER! Joined: Posts: 7,559Registered
    year one > all other bats gn's

    IMO hush, dkr, n long haloween are all tied for 2nd best. You should read the man who laughs if u liked the killing joke (who didn't) think of it as joker: year one n brubakers writing owns by showing how bats is completely unprepared for dealing with joker the first time they meet and u MUST read dark victory it's the sequel to halloween and just about as good.

    Read gothic and child of dreams if u want something different there both very underrated, gothic is kind of a supernatural tale where batman fights a man who sold his soul for limited immortality and child of dreams is a manga tale...thats right MANGA! LOL but it's actually very solid and bats goes to japan to kickass.


    Can someone post a link of all the civil war tie-ins there are too many to keep track off and have they made any CW gn's preferably hardcover? Will i get confused if i read ONLY the tie-ins of a series for example spiderman isssuex-issuey are CW tie ins but if i read only those and no other issues in the series will i know whats going on?

    I would appreciate gn recommendations for cap A, anything with onslaught, venom/carnage, transformers (i read g1 from IDW and it was decent), any big events/crossovers from the past cuz i'm sure something as epic as CW happens every year right?, How is the age of apocalypse saga?, what is house of M all i know it's part2 of some big 3part event where scarlet witch kills ppl, anything where i can see super heroes fight one another, anything on any not so well known but still very notable super hero, n finally i guess any "must haves" that every comic book fan should have.

    EDIT: just read ultimate ironman vol1 it was a very different take on the pro-reg bastard i liked it alot and he took his suit off so i'm assuming he doesn't fuse with his suit via techno organic virus till the later years? finished the preacher series and wow I <3 vertigo onto absolute sandman now!

    EDIT2: I really enjoy the ultimate line what a great idea to modernize and retell origins n whatnot so ppl new to the comic scene like myself can play catchup to everyone else while still having an enjoyable read that resonates with our world however my only gripe is that i have quite a bit of knowledge of the 616 and little changes to the ultimate line bother me simply cuz i know it wasn't like that in the oldschool comics for example venom's origin being an anti-cancer suit, or prof x being having a very different persona i guess it's the nerd in me but when i see things n the ultimate line that make me think hey thats not what happened in so n so storyline originally.


    I would also like some suggestions for more source material for example which would be better for a 19 yr old who has some knowledge of the x-men universe uncanny or astonishing? i remember years ago 2 friends told me an island named krakoa captured the og x-men while prof sent a team to rescue them n 1 of them was vulcan who died so prof erased clops's memory of it n sent a 3rd team to save them. Prof experimented on danger and admitted to loving jean grey i think? LOL prof x doesn't sound like the nice guy he is in ultimte xmen (though he does lie/manipulate occasionally but only minor things) anyways so what series's should i read to get not that info specifically but that type of info on x-men, or spiderman (neighborhood, amazing, sensational, spectacular waay too many to choose from), and whoever else u feel u should suggest should be appreciated.


    Theres so much shit out there i don't know how to find what i want or where to get it so any i would appreciate a link that could help me sort out what i'm looking for (ign SUCKS)

    i was thinking of checking out y the last man it has a very good premise so i guess it should be at least a half decent read and is there any gn's on the origin of the thunderbolts other then the CW gn?
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    Most of the Civil War books that I've read are pretty self-contained. Amazing-Spider-Man and Captain America in particular are very good reads. I really like Civil War. The TPB is pretty expensive, though. But it is very entertaining. (Keep in mind that I also think House of M is very entertaining and that I don't like any Crisis.)

    Captain America recommendations:

    Brubaker's run, of course. Start with Winter Soldier: Volume 1 and move on from there. On a related note, one of the awesome things about the Civil War Cap TPB is that it actually merges seamlessly into the ongoing Cap epic and the Civil War story.

    Other than that, you should check out Truth: Red, White, and Black by Robert Morales and Kyle Baker. Much respect, it's like the only recent Marvel comic that Alan Moore actually praised in public.

    I also think the Marvel Knights Captain America run was above average. The first TPB, The New Deal, has art by John Cassaday. Some of the other TPBs have some Jae Lee art, too. Just skip Captain America: Avengers Disassembled. That one was really weak.
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  • orochizoolanderorochizoolander 2LANDER! Joined: Posts: 7,559Registered
    Thanks zeph winter soldier looks hot n red, white, black looks like it explains alot so i guess patriot must be the son oif the original cap A.

    BUMP for everything else i asked.
    P. gorath said: seriously though, it really crystalized how much better mvc3 is than that game. "Oh look, commando vs. 3 characters...this will be excitin--zzzzzzzzzzzzzZZzzzz"
  • P. GorathP. Gorath the crackdown Joined: Posts: 6,476Registered
    Orochi - just to let you know, there is a Captain America Omnibus coming out that includes Brubaker's Cap #1-25...I dont think it will be out until august or september though.

    For X-Men they are releasing Brubaker's first big arc as well as Mike Carey's first big arc in hardcovers

    But if you want the best Cap, check out the Captain America: Heroes Reborn tpb

    On the reading front, I finished Shadowpact vol. 1. I enjoyed it for the most part even though I dont like Enchantress' new costume or Chimp's super hero costume, and the art was a little cartoon-y for me. I also dont know if I like the whole Nightmaster becoming young thing. The ragman issue was cool though.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    P. Giddy is the meanest and most cruel there is. That's just... wrong.

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    Oh, baby. They're coming out with Essential Silver Surfer volume 2. It's gonna include the first 18 issues or so of the late '80s series, too! Hopefully they will continue to pump these out... The world could always use some more Ron Lim Powerblasts.
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  • NeoBloodNeoBlood kara bank account Joined: Posts: 2,224Registered
    Im looking for:

    Earth X
    Universe X vol.1 (I have vol.2)
    Paradise X

    and anything else related to this great series. If anyone knows a good site to get such things or knows if they are being reprinted anytimes soon, please, DO TELL!
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    finished sandman mystery theatre vol. 5 - very good stuff, good character development. Dodds is like what batman would actually be like in the real world, as a human.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    I think the Earth X series is still in print. I still see copies of all the TPBs at bookstores and comic shops.

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    Sandman Mystery Theatre is one of the best, man. I always think of that when I think of the best Vertigo comics ever. Wagner and Seagle did a really great job developing the relationship between Wesley and Dian. I think their relationship really helped make the stories stand out as more than just pulp noir tales. Especially compared to other superheroic comics where the romance is pretty basic or just trite.

    And I love that Detective Burke. Gotta be one of the best supporting "cop" characters around. I love that snarky attitude of his.

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    This is the stuff I've read lately:

    Eternals HC - This was amazing. I never read any of those old Kirby comics, but Gaiman and JRjr's work is fantastic. This needs to be an ongoing series. Except I have no idea who should write it if Gaiman's too busy. But the story here is just too good to not follow up on it.

    Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane HC - sano pride, baby, sano pride.

    Walking Dead v.6 - How intense was this? Just ridiculous. This is Kirkman's best comic. Everything in Walking Dead is just on the mark. The character development is so believable, the art is on fire, and the plot is just crazy good--it's surprising and yet inevitable.

    The Boys - Finally got around to read the TPB of this, and yeah. I can see how it out-Preachers Preacher. Maybe I'm just desensitized or personally disturbed, but I really don't see why DC wanted to cancel this comic. I feel like I've read things that are more violent, sexual, and obscene. I guess DC musta crapped themselves after seeing Ennis piss all over a JLA analogue. This series is shaping up to be classic, though. It's like the best of Ennis. It's got all the debauchery, humor, and messed up stuff like his work on MK Punny, Kev, Fury (the original), and Thor: Vikings. It's got the intense, driven, contextual violence like Punny MAX. It's got the heart and soul like the characters in Preacher.

    The Homeless Channel - I know the guy who made this, so I guess I'm biased. It's a story about a woman who starts a 24/7 cable TV station about homeless people. AiT/PlanetLar always publish good stuff. The black and white art totally reminds me of Bendis' art. Matt's a really good writer, though. There's a free 32 page preview on his site. www.thehomelesschannel.com
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  • SanoSano I'm on the PSP! Joined: Posts: 12,260Registered, Moderators
    Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane HC - sano pride, baby, sano pride.

    Man I'm gonna miss McKeever on this book. I wish Marvel would of given him a main title...

    He did do a few 616 stories in the Spider-Man Family comics, though they were mostly fill in the gaps between ages old issues kind of stuff. Those are great and hopefully Marvel will decide to collect those in a trade one day. He did a Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends story where Spidey hooked up Firestar and Ice Man for a while and they broke up very briefly after lol (during this time Spidey was married) and he even brought in Video Man from that cartoon into 616 all while making the story fit between old Spider-Man and X-Men issues! Man this guy knows his Spider-Man! :lovin:

    Oh well I'm looking forward to his Teen Titans comic.
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