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    Just wondering if there was any other Comic fans out there. Just thought I'd create a thread for people to talk about New, old, up and coming comics. For the record, I'm mainly a DC Comics guy, but I do read a few Marvel as well.

    My Comic subscriptions:

    DC Comics (All are "The New 52")
    Batman
    Batman: The Dark Knight
    Batman Detective Comics
    Batman and Robin
    Batwoman
    Bat Girl
    Nightwing
    Action Comics: Superman
    Deathstroke


    Image Comics:
    Hack/Slash
    The Walking Dead

    Marvel:
    Avengers Vs. X-Men
    Amazing Spider-Man
    The Punisher
    First X-Men
    X-Men
    Hit-Girl
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    I read comics, but nearly as much as I wish I did. Writing a graduate thesis and working 50 hours a week (where I am doing nothing but reading and client analysis) will do that to you.

    One series I am taking the time to read right now by DC is Dial H. Totally off the wall and weird, but it is completely unique and I really love it. The third issue came out this month.

    I'm also really looking to the new talent doing Batman Detective Comics I think starting in October (or maybe January?).

    I generally read Image/Vertigo stuff, right now reading Saucer Country (although I am lukewarm on it), Revival, Dancer, Secret History of DB Cooper, Manhattan Projects, some other stuff I can't think of at 6:45 in the morning.

    Also reading some of the Before Watchmen stuff.

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    I read comics, but nearly as much as I wish I did. Writing a graduate thesis and working 50 hours a week (where I am doing nothing but reading and client analysis) will do that to you.

    One series I am taking the time to read right now by DC is Dial H. Totally off the wall and weird, but it is completely unique and I really love it. The third issue came out this month.

    I'm also really looking to the new talent doing Batman Detective Comics I think starting in October (or maybe January?).

    I generally read Image/Vertigo stuff, right now reading Saucer Country (although I am lukewarm on it), Revival, Dancer, Secret History of DB Cooper, Manhattan Projects, some other stuff I can't think of at 6:45 in the morning.

    Also reading some of the Before Watchmen stuff.
    I will tell you the Harman detective comics are fantastic. great buy and and read.

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    Anybody here read the new BATMANcomics? (The New 52, "BATMAN") Just looking for someone to talk to about the first entry with the "Court of Owls". Very entertaining and they're actually generating a character out of it launching a new DC Comic "Talon".
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    I generally read a trade paperback of things I have heard are good afterwords, too much trouble sticking with them month to month. I really like Locke and Key (current with this one now), The Walking Dead (not current with that one), read the first Y the Last Man trade paper recently and really liked it so I'll probably be picking those up for a while.

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    Cool idea to have a comic book thread. I sold my last collection about 8-9 years ago. I still LOVE comics, but financially, it was getting to be too much. I had to cut bait and not look back. I still try and keep up with what's going on through Comic Book Resources and I enjoy comicbookgirl's take on things, but I miss reading recent books.

    I've always been a huge DC guy and I'm REALLY old school. (It didn't hurt to have a buddy who ran a comic book store.) I had been collecting comics since the 70's. I've been gradually and slowly trying to collect trade paperbacks of my favorite series of all time, that can stand up to re-reads. See if any of you guys remember these series. I'm tracking down trades for these to compliment what I have already:

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    Mage
    Miracleman
    Keith Giffin's Legion of Superheroes run
    Kingdom Come
    Elementals by Bill Willingham
    Batman and Robin by Grant Morrison
    The Authority
    Planetary
    Starman
    Animal Man
    Avengers and X-Men with Neal Adams
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    Your all a bunch of nerds.




















    Ok, sadly that also makes me a nerd as well.

    Unlike you heathens I am a Marvel man, the only DC I have ever soiled my hands with were the Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titans, Frank Millers Batman & I actually got the watchmen limited series way back in the day.

    I am a lifelong avengers fan so in some ways you can imagine the thrill I am having seeing that be a very successful film. However it's not all peaches & cream, because comics are a business and not just an art the success has meant they are cancelling the very best animated comic of all-time (yes it was even better than the X-men & Spiderman which is hard to do) Avengers: Earths Mightiest Hero's so that it can be relaunched to look and feel more like the movie. I'm not sure why that is necessary but I guess it is and even more egregious to me they have cancelled or better yet rebranded one of my favorite comics The Thunderbolts into the Dark Avengers. Because like all comic company's do, they beat a brand into the ground. Soon I'm sure it will be Spiderman and the Dark Avengers or something like that.

    Books I'm currently reading

    Avengers
    Dark Avengers
    New Avengers (yes even I think this team is stupid)
    Red Hulk
    Xmen vs Avengers

    I've had to cut way back on books I get a month because frankly I'm running out of room & some of the books were just losing their luster for me.

    I have & I'm not kidding here, thousands of books. I've been collecting off & on since 1982 and in the mid to late 80's I got real serious about collecting so I went and got very old school books.

    I have issues # 1 of the following & by # 1 I mean the 1960's not just the newer relaunches.

    Daredevil
    Iron Man
    Silver Surfer
    Dr. Strange

    I have issue # 2 of the Avengers and issue #6 of the Fantastic Four.

    I need to sell all of them honestly but a couple of things always stop me, I don't know where to sell them that I don't get robbed blind on and well in the past its been hard to part with what was once such a big part of my life.


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    Scattered thoughts
    *I cannot express how pissed I am at them for ending Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Did you see the preview for next week? The Vision?? Hell yes!! He was one of my all time favorite, absolutely coolest heroes EVER!! Great origin and great character, till they started messing with him too much. I can't wait for next week's show.

    *I kept up with the whole Red Hulk thing and I gotta say, I thought the storyline was brilliant......as opposed to my knowledge of this Phoenix Force crap that's going on right now. I admit, I haven't read the books, but it seems really dumb.

    *As popular as Spidey is, I never was a big fan other than the Marvel Team-up days for sheer fun. I would only read him for stuff like Kraven's last Hunt. I also got sucked in for McFarlane's run on the book.

    *Peck, you can appreciate this. I started reading comics when I was around 8. This was around 1971 or so. Our next door neighbor, and my parent's best friends, the male half of the couple, had a huge comic collection...even for back then. He trusted me enough to let me come over, sit in his basement and read book after book (covered in plastic). Imagine being that young and whetting your comic book appetite on EARLY Tales to Astonish, Hulk and Avengers. The couple moved away and over the years, my parents, of course lost touch. Some 40 years later, my parents reconnected with them, through happenstance. They came to visit my parents and I stopped in to see them. I told the guy, who's now almost 70, that he gave me one of the biggest gifts of my life in letting me read his comic books and trusting me. He instilled such a joy and love of comics in me that it lasted my whole life and I had a lot of good memories that resulted from my love of comics and I thanked him. He was really surprised that something so little meant so much to someone. But it did.

    *Constellations-You'll have to forgive Peck. I keep hoping that someday he'll "get it" and come to the deep end DC side and stopped wallowing in the baby pool Marvel stuff, but he insists on wearing his water wings. We'll get him to come around eventually. BTW, what are your favorite 52 books? Watching from afar, I was pissed they rebooted stuff, but I guess it was time. Which ones do you like best? Court of Owls looks pretty good. Should I buy the Trade paperback?
    *Hicks/Sipdey/Captain Universe was the best!

    *idioteque-Dial H looks REALLY interesting, from what I've read of it and illustrates why I had to quit collecting. My tastes are WAY to broad. That is something I would really like, but then I love mainstream superhero stuff, but then I loved Lov e and Rockets back in the day and Warren Ellis stuff.
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    I have not bought comics off the shelf/rack for many years now, but I'm interested in going back to read some trade paperbacks of the most beloved stories. I had a stretch where I did that around 2009, but I cooled off. I read Dark Knight Returns, Dark Knight Strikes Again, Killing Joke, Watchmen, and Long Halloween. I think that's it, but it's been a while.

    When I was younger I would buy more Spider-Man paperbacks. Maximum Carnage, there was that had a few of the classic Green Goblin stories, one of them was a bundle of Spidey/X-Men crossovers, and I think one was called something like Marvel's Greatest Stories or something like that. I don't remember what was in that one except for a really good one where the Thing (from Fantastic Four) is picked to represent either our galaxy or our entire universe in a boxing match against some champion from another realm. Good stuff.

    Let's see, I had another bundle of Spidey/Venom stories. I had one that was the arch where Spider-Man got the powers of Captain Universe. One with stories about the spider slayers robots. I think there was a Sinister Six one. I guess I had a lot of them in my teens.

    I think I also had the first volume of Spider-Man bundles that were in black and white but contained like the first 30 or so issues of the original run. Wish it was in color, but it was still neat to read through them like that.

    I was really into the X-Men starting around 9 years old, but that was primarily because of the great animated series that was running at the time. The comics were always ancillary to that. Ditto with Batman's show that came a bit earlier than that but was even more awesome.

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    As big of a Spider-Man fan as I am, I have a hard time liking ASM since OMD neutered the guy. And the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon is just awful. Joe Quesada needs to stay the hell away from Spider-Man.

    Btw, Scarlet Spider is an excellent book for those who want a no-nonsense kind of Spider-Man. The new Venom book is also very dark and well-written.

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    As big of a Spider-Man fan as I am, I have a hard time liking ASM since OMD neutered the guy. And the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon is just awful. Joe Quesada needs to stay the hell away from Spider-Man.

    Btw, Scarlet Spider is an excellent book for those who want a no-nonsense kind of Spider-Man. The new Venom book is also very dark and well-written.
    I'm actually currently reading Spider Man "Ultimate Comics". I'm actually enjoying it greatly

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    Ok to kick this thread into high gear let me as a question.

    What makes you like your favorite character/group/comic?


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    Ok to kick this thread into high gear let me as a question.

    What makes you like your favorite character/group/comic?
    I would have to say my favorite is batman just simply because you're the most believable
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    I would have to say my favorite is batman just simply because you're the most believable
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    You know people always say that & I think that they just mean that he has no super powers so I get that.

    But I've always wondered why people think Captain America is so out of this world unbelievable. With Steroids, Vitamins and even illicit drugs (like LSD or such) why would creating a super soldier be so far out of the question?

    For that matter if you're looking for realism, it probably can't get much more real than the master of Kung Fu.

    Which btw I have the entire first run of. There are some issues drawn by Michael Golden that are to die for and then there are some by Paul Smith down towards the end that were just as good.


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    Just finished up Round 9 of The Avengers Vs. X-Men. Great Issue. Also got the first issue of "First X-Men", so far so good.

    I've also just got Issue #1 and #2 in for "Hit-Girl". All I can say is, Wow! Amazing.
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    Just finished up Round 9 of The Avengers Vs. X-Men. Great Issue. Also got the first issue of "First X-Men", so far so good.

    I've also just got Issue #1 and #2 in for "Hit-Girl". All I can say is, Wow! Amazing.
    Is Neal Adams drawing First X-Men or writing it? If he is drawing it I may have to pick it up.

    On another note I think I'm about to drop the Secret Avengers. Book has no idea where it is going and seems to be months behind the rest of the marvel universe. Sadly it had promise to start with but just has fizzled.

    Red Hulk needs to pick up the pace as well. Still a decent book but they need to add something besides making it the monthly monster mag for marvel. He is much better served when he is fighting against established marvel characters instead of trying to make him face giant Incan monsters and the like.


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    What makes you like your favorite character/group/comic?
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    I usually pick up the trade paperbacks. The only actual comic books I have are a few from the aftermath of the "Death of Superman" arc, and the entire 4 issue run of the A-Team (the only Marvel comics I own). My main forte though is Batman. I raid the local Half Price Books every couple weeks looking for Batman storylines that I don't already own (as least on the more gothic Batman stuff, I refuse to touch any of the campy Batman ****)
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    Just thought I would throw a comic news update out there. Marvel is releasing a new comic called avengers plus x men taking place after the aftermath of AVX.
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    Re-reading the Batman: The Court of Owls. On issue 3 currently.
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    Obviously I still like my classic artist but to answer Scott's question about today's I'll say that I love

    Gary Frank, his art on the Hulk series was as good as anyone has ever done & his take on the Squadron Supreme was breath taking.

    I like artist who are crisp and clear, I'm not much into abstract so the artist over the years that I tend to gravitate to are the onew who have bold pencils that have clearly defined characters.

    However when I am looking for something different I really enjoy the pencils of Mike Deodato. I like the way he tells a story with his artwork.

    I also kind of like Mike McKone although not enough that I would follow him to another book.

    Ed McGuinness is another artist that I really like as well.

    But as to all time favorite artists it's a pretty large group and in no particular order.

    George Perez
    John Byrne
    Neal Adams
    Paul Smith
    Barry Windsor-Smith
    Art Adams
    John Buscema
    Walt Simonson

    and there are several others but that's a good start.


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    is there a good comic store in Indy? Or somewhere close? Please help me out, because my Comic store here really sucks.
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    I get my stuff from Downtown Comics at 7301 West 10th Street.

    They do an excellent job of collecting my books and keeping them till I get in to get them, which sometimes is a month or two. They have an in store subscription system that you don't have to pay any extra for. You just tell them what books you want and they pull them back & keep them for you till you get them.

    They have some old books as well and are really good about getting you books you might want.

    What side of town are you on?


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    I get my stuff from Downtown Comics at 7301 West 10th Street.

    They do an excellent job of collecting my books and keeping them till I get in to get them, which sometimes is a month or two. They have an in store subscription system that you don't have to pay any extra for. You just tell them what books you want and they pull them back & keep them for you till you get them.

    They have some old books as well and are really good about getting you books you might want.

    What side of town are you on?
    I live in Columbus.
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    Oh good lord how did I forget this artist.

    Jim Starlin


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