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  1. Babillygunn New Age Outlaw

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    I just revisited Batman and Robin Reborn. I so want to like this, as I am a huge Grayson fan and I like Damien when he’s paired with Dick. But I really find Pyg to be too stomach churning as a character. I really despise him in this story. Plus the art is just bad. I keep looking at it and wondering how did Quitely do All Star Superman and then turn around and do this? Damien is 10 years old but could pass for 35. And (as my son says) everyone’s faces look like potatoes.

    Now I am giving Multiversity a try. I guess I am trying to like Grant Morrison. He is definitely creative and some of his work can be tremendous (see the aforementioned All Star Superman). But I have read the Freedom Fighters/ Earth X story and the Society of Superheroes stories in Multiversity and while they have been good so far, I don’t find them to be great.
     
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  2. Milk Tray Guy 70s Man of Action

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    I'm not a big fan of Grant Morrison. I bought the Multiversity trade for the guidebook, but the rest of it left me pretty cold. I see fans call it a 'kinda sequel to Final Crisis'; I didn't like that either.
     
  3. ArmsHeldOut Registered

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    I mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. Strange Adventures by Tom King, Mitch Gerads and Doc Shaner is exceptionally good, one of the best books I've read in some time. Whether you're a King fan or not, this is very much its own thing and not to be missed.
     
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  4. Babillygunn New Age Outlaw

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    I’m anxiously waiting for it to end so that I can read it all at once. I find it really difficult to read King month to month, but he’s a genius in collected editions. The nuances are just too easy to miss month to month.
     
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    With only two issues left in the run, you should definitely wait for the trade (especially as that seems to be your preference). Just the sameand I say this in all sincerity—Strange Adventures is easily one of the most accessible and straightforward books that King has ever written imho. You'll see what I mean whenever you get around to reading it.
     
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  6. Babillygunn New Age Outlaw

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    I’ve been reading Sam Humphrey’s Dial H for Hero. Starts strong. But at around issue 7 it starts to overstay it’s welcome. Still, as a whole it’s an enjoyable read.
     
  7. Babillygunn New Age Outlaw

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    I just read the Sacrifice storyline. (The infamous WW/ Maxwell Lord story.) I had never read it before. It was a good setup, but really felt like the endgame was to create something controversial rather than good storytelling.
     
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  8. flickchick85 Admin of Might

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    Ugh, that was the forced Infinite Crisis tie-in I always warn people about from Rucka’s run. Always hated that. The rest of his Superman run is awesome though, imo.

    I just started my dive into the Triangle Era thanks to those handy collections I just discovered on DCU Infinite. So far, so middling, lol. First issue with “Mr. Z” ended right when it started to get interesting. Next issue was a Dan Jurgens-scripted PSA against drunk driving. Fun times! (Don’t worry, I know it gets better - I have read a few classic arcs from the era before)
     
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    I just finished the next batman ...What can I say other then it was extremely poorly written. I don't get why Tim Fox wanted to be batman what his plans are for Gotham who is main enemy is...


    I ordered Stan Lee Just Imagine Batman on Amazon I am looking forward to reading that.
     
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  10. Milk Tray Guy 70s Man of Action

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    It's an interesting take. When it first came out I really liked it. I read it again a little while back and didn't enjoy it so much. Be interested to see what you think of it :up:
     
  11. Bruce Wayne obligatory anime seizure attack!

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    The Long Halloween.

    In preparation for the upcoming release of its animated adaptation. Much better than I remembered, though I'm still ever so slightly put off by the incredibly unsubtle Godfather and Silence of the Lambs inspirations.
     
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    Legends of the Dark Knight, 'Faces' by Matt Wagner, issues 28-30.

    A very original and enjoyable concept that feels somewhat wasted on an abrupt and kind of late in the game character study of Two-Face. It doesn't feel as though Matt Wagner wrung as much out of that initial concept as he perhaps could have. Having said that, the hypocrisy of Two-Face's character is very succinctly and tightly written, and all the better for it. The moment where he comes 'face to face' with a circus performer who suffers from an aesthetically similar affliction, and is lectured on the difference between freaks and monsters, is one of the most haunting Two-Face moments I've ever read.

    Legends of the Dark Knight, 'Heat' by Doeg Moench and Russ Heath, issues 46-49.

    Overall a decent story, but very simplistic and by-the-numbers. Regrettably, Catman is reduced to being a sexual sadist and serial killer. What he gains in believability, he loses in intrigue and memorability. The race angle is cleverer than most in how its weaved into the story, but, as is usually the case, somewhat clunkily handled and awkward seeming thereafter. The relationship between Catwoman and Batman is written very well. I enjoy how Russ Heath drew Batman. It's a shame he didn't work on the character more.
     
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  13. Milk Tray Guy 70s Man of Action

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    @Bruce Wayne Nice write-up! Faces sounds interesting. I love some of those LotDK stories :up:
     
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  14. Babillygunn New Age Outlaw

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    Ok. So one of my great embarrassments in life is that I’ve never read Hard Traveling Heroes. So I am remedying that omission.

    Three issues in and I am just in Bronze Age heaven. Denny and Neil at their best, with unadulterated social consciousness. I love this story so much.
     
  15. Milk Tray Guy 70s Man of Action

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    Just finished Crisis on Multiple Earths: Book 1: Crossing Over, a new edition collecting the earliest yearly JLA/JSA crossovers, beginning in Justice League of America #21, and running up to #83.


    These stories originally ran from 1963 to 1970 and were first collected over two volumes published in 2002/3. The bulk of them are written by Gardner Fox, running with the parallel Earths concept he played with in 1961 (Flash #123, Flash of Two Worlds). Art is by Mike Sekowsky on all but the last two of Fox's tales, when Dick Dillin takes over.

    The first thing that jumps out reading these is how simplistic the writing is. They were written in a time when the average age of comics readers was younger than it is now, and were the equivalent of theatrical Saturday morning adventure serials. Phrases like "Good job!", "Well played, fellow!", and "Drat!" abound, accompanied by dreadful puns, punctuated now and then by a good old 'right to the jaw', or similar. Villain motivation can seem paper-thin, and some of the solutions to potentially world(s)-ending situations come out of nowhere. But whilst the plots themselves may be simple, some of the concepts certainly aren't. Fox was a die-hard science fiction fan (he wrote several novels, and was a frequent contributor of prose stories to pulp sci-fi magazines of the 1930s and 1940s), and it shows. He gave at least some rudimentary 'pseudo-physics' explanations for the existence of multiple Earths (remembering, again, that these stories were aimed primarily at children), and the 'rules' governing them. He used time-travel inventively (his idea of travelling back to alter the circumstances that created each member of the Justice League, erasing them from existence, in the 1965 tale Earth - Without a Justice League!, was reused in the 2018 animated theatrical movie Teen Titans Go! To the Movies). And the JLA/JSA's battle with the Anti-Matter Man in The Bridge Between Earths (1966) was clearly an influence on the heroes' battle with the Anti-Monitor in Crisis on Infinite Earths 20 years later.

    Moving through the collection the Silver Age goofiness begins to subside, and the stories start to have a slightly more serious feel. It's a nice bridging to the final two tales included here (1969/1970) where Dennis O'Neil takes over as writer. O'Neil was more interested in human drama than 'wacky' space adventure, and whilst he honours the cosmic scale that readers had come to expect, he starts to delve deeper into relationships - and occasional friction - between heroes. The stakes feel higher. The Silver Age transitions into the Bronze Age.

    Mike Sekowsky's art looks rough, rushed, even primitive at times. I can't see art of that quality being accepted today, even allowing for changes in style. He does handle large ensemble scenes well, though. Dick Dillin's work is leagues (forgive the pun) better, and has that unmistakable classic 70s DC look. Thankfully, Dillin stayed on when O'Neil took over.

    There's a Book 2 coming, which I'm guessing will combine volumes three and four of the original collected editions (I'll definitely be picking that up).

    These early Crisis stories really are Gardner Fox's legacy, the bedrock upon which modern DC is built.

    Better art in the earlier tales would have guaranteed this an 8, but the scope, ingenuity, and later artwork still get it a 7.5/10
     
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  16. Babillygunn New Age Outlaw

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    So, I finished Hard Travelin Heroes. What a great read, even if it was a bit disjointed. I loved the beginning and the end. When it went cosmic, it lost its way a bit, but then it came back to where it needed to be.

    I loved the setup. The idea that Hal is too black and white in his thinking and Oliver was determined to teach him about the gray areas that exist in the world of social justice. But along the way, Oliver is also brought full circle to realize that he is limited as a superhero and can possibly do more as Oliver Queen than as Green Arrow. It’s a definite benefit when all characters show growth.

    The story is probably most famous for the Roy/heroin storyline, but that was just another commentary on the world when the story was set. I thought even more poignant was the suggestion of Dinah’s own unconscious racial biases that she was forced to recognize and eventually atoned for.

    Admittedly, the story is a bit dated (like watching The Warriors now, it can be a bit cringey) and I’m not totally sure whether Denny O’Neil captures some of the subcultures he aims to capture, or if he simply furthers stereotypes of those subcultures. But the sum of the parts works.

    And no one can accuse O’Neil of pulling any punches. He didn’t shy away from controversy in this one. Overall, it’s a masterpiece in it’s earnestness, with flaws that give it character.
     
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  17. gohei_ Infected by Pentapox

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    Sounds good. I have the Deluxe edition of this on my "to buy" list.
     
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    Best thing I've read lately is the new DC vs Vampires series. Here's what else I read in October:


    Picked up a few things for November reading. Top of the list is The Dark Knights of Steel and Spider-Man: One More Day (since No Way Home is coming out soon).
     
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    Carbon and Silicium from Mathieu Bablet. Wow. Strong punch in my reader's face ! :D :up:
     
  20. Babillygunn New Age Outlaw

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    Human Target #1 and 2.

    I am LOVING this. This is certainly Tom King in his element. I’m hoping that it ends up more like Omega Men and less like Strange Adventures, though. But two issues in and I would probably place this easily in my top 4 King stories. If he sticks the landing, it may upend Mister Miracle and Omega Men and take the #2 spot. But there’s definitely a lot more story to tell, but this has been a solid start.
     
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    Been reading through Trinity War (finally lol). I just started reading DC comics heavily this year, and I'm at various points throughout various points in the timeline lol but I'm really enjoying 2006 and 2011 Justice League so far!
     
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  22. Karelia Always Hold On To Smallville...

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    Picked up Crisis on Infinite Earths (HC) currently reading it. I got about an issue left. I've enjoyed it for the most part for sure.
     
  23. Milk Tray Guy 70s Man of Action

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    It's one of my all-time favourite works of print fiction of any kind. I've own the HCs of Crisis and the three companion volumes. Wolfman and Perez were an incredible team.
     
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  24. Karelia Always Hold On To Smallville...

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    I thought about getting the companion graphic novels. Yeah man, I've been reading it thr past two weeks and it's been a fun read. I really like Alexander Luthor in it. If they are adapting this in animation form, I hope they do it right man.
     
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  25. Milk Tray Guy 70s Man of Action

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    Definitely! :up:
     
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