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Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on May 25, 2022, 04:37:45 PMPicked up Elektra: Assassin and The Complete Nemesis The Warlock Volume One for four quid each today, as I HAVE AN ADDICTION AND NEED HELP, I'm really looking forward to the latter as I haven't read it since my teenage years, but I looked online to see how much Volume 2 is and annoyingly it seems to be going for silly money everywhere (£150+ on both Ebay and Amazon) while Volume 3 is a fairly normal £12-ish, does anyone know why that is? I've tried to find an answer online but haven't come up with anything yet.
Quote from: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 07:52:21 PMCould just be that there was a recent print run of the first volume, so they're more accessible, and they haven't got around to the second yet. And there are more copies of the third knocking around because it didn't sell as much as the first...
Quote from: Magnum Valentino on May 25, 2022, 08:14:56 PMCan you show me a picture of the edition you're looking for and I'll check the local comic shops next time I'm in the city, Belfast is usually good for still having copies of sought-after things cause no cunt knows what good for 'em.
Quote from: Magnum Valentino on May 25, 2022, 08:44:35 PMDeadly, I'll keep my eyes peeled.
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on May 26, 2022, 11:07:24 AMSpider-Man: Return Of The Black Cat - A real oddity this, the first two issues are written by Joe Kelly and sees Spider-Man catch up with the titular character, and they flirt and then fuck a lot, with Peter sure that the relationship will end terribly but going along with it anyway. They're a good read, nothing amazing but Peter's quips amuse and the Black Cat's a very entertaining anti-hero, but then suddenly she disappears as after a brief interlude from J.M. DeMatteis and a story about a hairy clone of Peter Parker, Marc Guggenheim takes over for three issues with a daft story about a scientist who injected himself with dinosaur DNA and now blames a different clone of Parker for the death of his family. Finally Joe Kelly returns for the last issue in the trade but it's just Spider-Man and Deadpool fighting each other and not really interesting, and again Black Cat's nowhere to be seen. If she wasn't the subject of the title it may have felt a bit less odd, but this is still a really uneven collection, and I'm not going to bother getting the next one in the series. 2/5
Quote from: Norton Canes on May 26, 2022, 07:49:21 PMThe Nemesis preludes and Book I are just phenomenal, up there with the very best strips 2000 AD has ever offered. The Terror Tube, Torquemada, Termight's crusade across the galaxy with the sole intent of wiping out alien species, Uncle Baal ("Gill Barker!" No, not that Baal), and the climactic episodes as Nemesis and Torquemada battle it out with increasing desperation... all underpinned by Pat Mills' subversive, splenetic scripts and Kevin O'Neill's belief-defyingly good artwork. All in the prog around the time of Judge Death Lives and the golden era of Strontium Dog. Good times.
Quote from: letsgobrian on May 26, 2022, 08:54:23 PMI remembered most of this from reading the Brand New Day era (weekly schedule, writer's room approach), but had no recollection of the description of the JM Dematteis story. Turns out that is not an Amazing Spider-Man issue, instead being issue 1 of a relaunched Web of Spider-Man. The writer of Web of Spider-Man then immediately changed to Fred Van Lente, so guess that single Dematteis issue didn't really have a home with those either?Anyway, if you run across collections of the recent Black Cat series from Jed Mackay, those are a much better use of the character. He smartly takes her character back to her very first appearance and reintroduces her burglar crew from ASM 194 that had been forgotten for decades.
QuoteI heard about the writer's room / weekly release schedule situation and it's definitely a bad idea
Quote from: Mister Six on May 25, 2022, 05:48:18 PMIf stores selling on Amazon run out of a particular book and can't get more copies (typically if it's out of print), they'll jack up the prices to ridiculous amounts so they can keep the listing (and its associated reviews) open while dissuading anyone from placing an order.If someone does place an order at a ridiculous price, they can put in the effort needed to buy it for, say, £100 from a dealer and still make £50 profit.eBay I don't know about - could be that the sellers are basing their prices on Amazon's.
Quote from: Dayraven on May 27, 2022, 10:51:27 AMIt works pretty well in 52, which I'm reading as part of a binge of Grant Morrison's work on the DC Infinite app. There are a couple of differences that help make it work, though — each writer mostly takes charge of their own strands in a many-threaded plot, instead of each writing about the same central character, and the limited run gives it clearer shape.
Quote from: letsgobrian on May 27, 2022, 01:05:56 PMThe recent Beyond story they did in Spider-Man went back the writer's room weekly format, and while it was more consistent in the overarching plot, it was probably too long.The Avengers: No Surrender and Avengers: No Road Home series are much better examples of Marvel doing a weekly comic in the style of 52. It probably helped that Mark Waid had worked on 52 and Al Ewing had delivered plenty of Thrill Power for 2000AD.
Quote from: Magnum Valentino on May 27, 2022, 02:12:40 PMDon't forget, Spider-Man would have been published weekly as far back as the 1990s (if not earlier), presuming that Amazing, Spectacular, Web of and 'adjectiveless' Spider-Man never came out on the same day. Even in the 1970s he had three monthly titles - Amazing, Spec and Marvel Team Up (which was cancelled to make room for Web in the 80s).During Brand New Day, I think some of the other satellite titles were cancelled to account for Amazing going weekly. So really, you always had different creative teams working on those titles, the only difference was they ran them all as Amazing Spider-Man instead of as different titles.During the mid 1990s Clone Saga, there was a period where single-issue stories were done away with and the endless 4-parters were split between titles. The Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider stuff was covered in Spider-Man and Web of, and Peter's stuff appeared in Amazing and Spectacular. Additionally, Marvel was still running Spider-Man Unlimited 3 or 4 times a year, plus endless Annuals and limited series and what have you. Web was cancelled and replaced by Sensational Spider-Man when Ben took over full time, and which was home to an excellent half-reprinted run by Todd Dezago and Mike Weiringo. Even then, they ran Untold Tales of Spider-Man for two years to appease the folks who missed Peter in the webs. It's never been easy collecting Spider-Man. I had a go at it once with a big Excel spreadsheet but once I stopped reading towards the end of Slott's run (around 'Worldwide', I think), I abandoned it. Since then I see they've made some attempts at getting the brilliant Paul Jenkins stuff out in trades before giving up, and they never did a second Tombstone TPB for those Spectacular issues and that would have been an easy sell, so it's frustrating.
Quote from: Magnum Valentino on May 28, 2022, 06:40:22 AMUltimate Spider-Man is still the one I recommend to everyone. I've read almost everything - every issue of ASM at least, and huge chunks of the other titles - but USM from the first issue up until the last pre-Secret Wars run before Marvel folded the Ultimate line into their main 'universe' is one of the most completely satisfying comics experiences and in Peter's case a very rare thing - a superhero series that tells a complete story with a definitive ending.
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on May 29, 2022, 10:45:25 AMThe League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 and 2 - An enormously enjoyable romp, and if anything the second volume is even better than the first. My only complaints are the amount of rape in it Spoiler alert(Griffn and the school girls, and his own eventual fate)[close]and I know it's something that has been discussed at length in the past, but christ, I wish he could go one volume without using it as a way of torturing someone, and, Spoiler alertThe Invisible Man getting school girls pregnant[close]is mainly played for laughs which I felt very uncomfortable about.Oh yeah, and the text story at the end of volume 1 is fairly great, and I love the Lovecraftian elements, but it really was repetitive. I don't know if that was Moore replicating the style of serialised Victorian fiction, but each chapter spent too long reintroducing characters, etc. I started reading the text at the end of Volume 2 and the guide to unusual events around the world, and struggled with that a bit, there's some amusing ideas there but at points I thought it felt like Alan waffling on and showing off as to how clever he is, and there's so fucking much of it, does anyone if it really matters if I read it or not?
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on June 08, 2022, 10:53:28 AMJudge Dredd Casefiles 14 - This is initially all about Dredd clone Kraken, and then the sisters of Judge Death descending upon the city in the epic Necropolis saga. Spoiler alertAfter building up Kraken taking over from Dredd fairly carefully his failure seems all too rushed, I would have much preferred it if he'd stuck around for a year, even survived some other mega epic, before Necropolis came along and fucked him up, it would have made for a far more interesting tale. At least the Sisters are great villains, and have an amusingly odd sense of humour, but Death and co don't get a lot to do and the ending is rushed too, with it all over within Dredd reaching Mega City one in about five issues.[close]I know this is all very negative for a story I really did like in places, but it's one mega epic that would have benefitted from being even longer.
Quote from: bgmnts on June 08, 2022, 10:57:30 AMI think the first use of rape is just to demonstrate that he is not a very nice man. Which is true to the book in my memory as he does become a bit of a megolomaniac. Presumably the second instance of it is a direct reference to the first instance, an old school type of justice that the character would have been very much into.
QuoteBut yes Moore can be a waffler but i think he's a man who puts a lot of work and research into his books so it's only right to show that off a bit.
Quote from: Ron Maels Moustache on June 08, 2022, 11:34:48 AMI don't disagree with your criticisms of Necropolis, for me it does fall short of expectations given the potential scope of the story. But thought I should mention that it should be read in conjunction with The Dead Man, a Cormac McCarthy-esque Cursed Earth tale also written by Wagner and drawn by the great John Ridgway, which pulls a fantastic twist at the end when it's revealed that Spoiler alertthe disfigured amnesiac protagonist is in fact Dredd himself after having been wounded in a confrontation with the Sisters.[close]
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on June 08, 2022, 10:53:28 AMSeaguy Vol. 1 - I loved this weird but sweet natured superhero world, and it's a real shame that the sequel hasn't been given a trade paperback, and that we're still waiting for the third and final volume despite Morrison supposedly having given Cameron Stewart the script years ago. If he ever does finish it I'll buy it, but I'm not holding my breath.
Quote from: Mister Six on June 08, 2022, 04:49:09 PM...along with the mysterious true-crime author Sexton Blake.
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