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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Nov. 17th, 2010 @ 08:00 PM Reply

Just got the The Darkness: Compendium Edition book a few days ago. Surprisingly, it's not overly huge, but it is pretty damn thick. More than Deathly Hollows, around 1240 pages. The book is holding up surprisingly well, but some of the pages are sticky and/or feel like sandpaper, and sometimes there are white outlines like it was an editing job in MSPaint.

A lot of the story ties in with The Witchblade which I don't have much interest in, so some of the issues don't make a lot of sense because they take place after Witchblade comics. But that's fine because I can figure it out for myself.

Now, I bought this book because I played and loved the game, and not surprisingly the comic is absolutely nothing like it. When I say nothing like it, I'm not saying I'm a purist fag, either: It literally has nothing to do with it besides tentacles, demons, and a guy named Jackie. I'm afraid I might like the game's story a bit more given how this is less about action and more about atmosphere and dark imagery. There's also a lot of comic relief (Whereas the game's story takes itself much more seriously), and some sloppy typos in the script. The comic relief though is actually funny.

I tried reading the Tales of the Darkness miniseries which is included, but it is seriously really fucking boring. Just talking, talking, talking, occasional blood, talking, the end. Along with this collection I bought the Darkness: Levels miniseries which follows the story of the game more closely, but it's largely condensed and attempts to combine the comics and games, which really does not work well, so it was a big disappointment too.

The main issues though is where the series really shines. It's a well-balanced trend of gothic art, satisfying violence, and a surprisingly funny sense of humor, at least for the first volume. The second volume seems to lack Marc Silvestri, who seriously brings this series to life with his beautiful artwork.

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Dec. 24th, 2010 @ 01:08 AM Reply

This is also on the site. Go there. If you don't know the address, you're bad.

This came from seeing lawn decorations and wondering who from the Justice League would best decorate their lawn for Christmas. Unlike most matches I am open to write in canadates because so many people have been on the team. Right now we're going with the core.

Superman: not only was he raised in the mid-west to value Christmas but he has the advantage of shiny Kryptionian crystals.

Flash: We're going with Jay to represent this team. While he's more associated with the JSA , Avie has argued that of the Flashes he'd be the most motivated towards Christmas what with the fatherly role he plays to the superhero world at large. That plus his speed giving the chance to do a whole lot.

Batman: Rich, inventive and by far the most square footage to play with. But since he wouldn't care about Christmas Alfred would do it for him. And you know he's not stepping in Alfreds way

Green Lantern: While Kyle would be by far the most creative with this and the power ring can make anything I have to think the all Green color scheme will lose him points.

Aquaman: While he has access to lots of brightly colored seaplants and coral and all that we're currently working under the assumption Atlantis doesn't celibrate Christmas. I'm very willing to be proven wrong.

Wonder Woman: Ditto, it's not in her culture.

Martian Manhunter: Double ditto

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jan. 4th, 2011 @ 03:17 PM Reply

I don't think I've ever posted in this club, but I read Batman Year One today, and I honestly enjoyed it more than The Dark Knight Returns. It's mostly because I'm not a fan of Frank Miller's artwork, but also because I just love origin stories. The Dark Knight Returns was unique and still a very good read, but Year One was more enjoyable.

I've also just started reading Arkham Asylum, and so far it's awesome. The art is fantastic and twisted, and the writing is always perfect. You feel like you're inside of the Joker's head, and then you feel as Batman does, struggling to keep sane. It's a really fucked up comic to say the least.

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jan. 16th, 2011 @ 08:36 PM Reply

At 1/4/11 03:17 PM, Makeshift wrote: The Dark Knight Returns was unique and still a very good read, but Year One was more enjoyable.

Explain to me how you derive more enjoyment about learning about a younger Batman than an older Batman beating the piss out of Superman. Explain to me. EXPLAIN TO ME.

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jan. 17th, 2011 @ 12:35 AM Reply

I think if all you got from "Dark Knight" is enjoy Batman beating the piss out of Superman you need to read it again.

Year One is an excellent read, and Mazzuchelli's art is fantastic. I recommend picking up "Daredevil: Born Again" to see another excellent piece of super people fiction by that duo, as Born Again is really THE Daredevil story.

Also if you genuinely liked the "Year One" millieu of Batman there I recommend "The Long Halloween" by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale and to a lesser extent it's sequel "Dark Victory". Good good work there...something that I know we don't usually associate with Loeb, but, this is certifiably good.


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jan. 19th, 2011 @ 02:44 PM Reply

I would like some help.

I'm from the UK and I like buying comics from my local book store but the comic books I buy are old reprints from the US lines of DC and Marvel which contain parts of 3 different stories.

I was just wondering if I should stop buying these comic books and go to the city center and go to the real comic book store there (this would not be going out of my way).

But what I don't know is if the weekly/ bi-weekly comics in America are structured in the same way as the ones I buy (3 parts of different comics in 1 book) or something like a quarter of a story in 1 comic book. So it would take either a month or 2 months to collect a story.

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jan. 19th, 2011 @ 02:59 PM Reply

I'm reading Deadpool & Cable: Ultimate Collection.

Needless to say, Deadpool is awesome and hilarious. Cable is cool too, although most of the book has him portrayed as a villain, and Deadpool is hardly connected to him anyway, so the title is a little weird. It's still fun to read, and you don't need much Marvel experience to read it.

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Feb. 5th, 2011 @ 05:40 PM Reply

I now own X-Men Noir, but before I read that I need to get to all the books I'm borrowing.

My brother sent me Wolverine Noir, The Killing Joke, Marvels, and The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War. Excited to get at all of these.

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Feb. 28th, 2011 @ 12:13 PM Reply

So after years of just sticking to film/TV tie in stuff I've decided to give comics a proper go.

Ordered a few Batman to start. Basically just any I recognised the name of. The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Arkham Asylum, Year One and The Killing Joke.

What entry-level essentials do I need? Not just Batman, I just went there first since I'm familiar with the series through the cartoon and the films and shit.


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Feb. 28th, 2011 @ 09:35 PM Reply

At 1/19/11 02:44 PM, Blounty wrote: But what I don't know is if the weekly/ bi-weekly comics in America are structured in the same way as the ones I buy (3 parts of different comics in 1 book) or something like a quarter of a story in 1 comic book. So it would take either a month or 2 months to collect a story.

The way British comics and American comics work is very different. What the books you're reading are doing is acting a a somewhat cheap way to reprint material (and truthfully, I thought they'd stopped them once the companies started basically just importing the stuff whole hog across the pond). American comics are one story, 22, now 20 in in the case of DC I believe...stories. So if you go into the shop, and let's say by Thor #600, you're getting ONE story of Thor, or in reality probably one part of a Thor story (since they tend to pace them into "arcs" of four or five issues to make their collection as a "trade paperback" or "hardcover" more easy).

So in short, I guess it depends on which way you feel you're getting more value for money :)


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Feb. 28th, 2011 @ 09:50 PM Reply

At 2/28/11 12:13 PM, TheMaster wrote: What entry-level essentials do I need? Not just Batman, I just went there first since I'm familiar with the series through the cartoon and the films and shit.

What do you mean by entry level? A lot of people get bogged down with this. They think comics can only tell one type of story, or that somehow you should be reading everything (which isn't really possible). It's like film or television, it depends on what we're talking about, and depends on your particular tastes. That tends to be much more useful then just rattling off a bunch of titles that have been declared "classics" by others.


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Mar. 1st, 2011 @ 04:45 AM Reply

At 2/28/11 09:50 PM, aviewaskewed wrote: What do you mean by entry level? A lot of people get bogged down with this. They think comics can only tell one type of story, or that somehow you should be reading everything (which isn't really possible). It's like film or television, it depends on what we're talking about, and depends on your particular tastes. That tends to be much more useful then just rattling off a bunch of titles that have been declared "classics" by others.

I guess I'm looking for a taste of the different styles, then. Atomic Robo is the only non-tie in series I read, so I don't really know what type of comic I prefer yet.


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At 3/1/11 04:45 AM, TheMaster wrote: I guess I'm looking for a taste of the different styles, then. Atomic Robo is the only non-tie in series I read, so I don't really know what type of comic I prefer yet.

Hmmm, ok, let me just hit you with some stuff I've read, or currently read, a little bio, and you decide if any of it works:

Monthlies:

Thor: Like mythology and super people? Then you're most likely going to like Thor. The current monthly right now is just getting started under Matt Fraction (and sadly is not meeting my expectations as it seems concerned with an epic battle that doesn't feel right, and undoing parts of the Thor relaunch Fraction doesn't like), but there are some excellent collections you could try to get a feel for what Thor is about. If you want to read from the beginning, check out the 4 essential volumes with a 5th coming. Also try the 4 current volumes of Dan Jurgens and John Romita Jr's run that started in 99 and ran until about 03 or 04. There's some great stuff there and I can't wait until "The Reigning" starts getting collected. You'll also want the Omnibus by Walter Simonson (who did the definitive Thor run).

Fables: The continuing struggles of our favorite fairy tale characters who have been exiled from their homelands by a mysterious power known only as The Adversary. Forced to hide in our mundane world...with each other, trying to make their small community work in the face of old grudges, political maneuvering, and just generally shitty people...in short, kind of like the rest of us. Probably the best ongoing series on the stands right now.

The Walking Dead: Like the TV Show? The original comics are EVEN BETTER! Zombie fiction focusing on the survivors of the apocalypse, the way it should be dammit.

Secret Six: Join Catman, Scandal Savage, Bane, Jeanette (a Banshee), Deadshot, and Ragdoll. Six morally screwed up individuals who work as a mercenary team and form one of the most unlikely familial type relationships in comics. I have never met anyone that doesn't like this book. All the characters are bent, but aren't pathetically one dimensionally "bad" or "good" they exist in an interesting crossroads between the two extremes. An absolute monthly treat that I'm always looking forward to.

Not monthly, collections of work, notable minis:

Watchmen: Everyone should have read Watchmen, fantastic work.

Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison: A "mad ideas" kind of series from Grant Morrison about identity and insanity. Love it.

Swamp Thing by Alan Moore: The gold standard of modern comics horror.

Preacher: A lone preacher, on a mission to find God after he's abandoned his creation. With his trigger happy ex and a morally bankrupt irish vampire. So many moments of insanity, depravity, and yet with a lot of heart.

Fallen Angel: A mysterious woman, in the city that "shapes the world". She'll help you...but only if she thinks you deserve it. And then there's that mysterious old bartender she hangs out with...a modern classic by Peter David, and now finally available in complete form from IDW. Another favorite.

Hulk, By Peter David: The DEFINITIVE run on the Hulk. One of the greatest pieces of super hero fiction ever made.

That's about all I've got for now! In the end, think about what sort of stories and genres you like, and let that help guide your selections.


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Mar. 1st, 2011 @ 04:39 PM Reply

At 3/1/11 02:01 PM, aviewaskewed wrote: That's about all I've got for now! In the end, think about what sort of stories and genres you like, and let that help guide your selections.

Thanks, man. Think I'll give Swamp Thing a look first, once Amazon or Forbidden Planet get some of the first volume in stock.


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Mar. 2nd, 2011 @ 02:25 AM Reply

At 3/1/11 04:39 PM, TheMaster wrote: Thanks, man. Think I'll give Swamp Thing a look first, once Amazon or Forbidden Planet get some of the first volume in stock.

Try to give Forbidden Planet the cash if you can. We really need the DM strong because right now it's the best, steadiest distribution system comics has.

I'd also like to point out it's getting near renewal time for The Endless Crew website again. Want another forum to frequent? (Though admittedly this is a plea to kind of stick some jumper cables onto it as it's been pretty dead lately), or want to offer up pieces about comics and comic related type stuff? This is a fun little site where you can do that. I'm going to have to try and start blocking out time again to try and do this myself to kind of justify the place again a bit.


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Mar. 24th, 2011 @ 09:33 PM Reply

Say the word and I'd love to write more for the endless crew. With the crop of comic book movies coming out now my particular nich'e has plenty of material.
On that topic, I'd like to talk about one I just got. I picked up Black Panter, the latest in the Marvel Knights line of animated flicks. I expected it to be a continuation of the character from ultimate avengers two but that it was not. It was a mini series produced by b.e.t and had a completly different animation style to the rest of the line. It's that weird just a notch over motion comics animation.
Be warned before you watch, this is very politically motivated. It can be hamfisted at times and at others it completly forgets it's supposed to be about a super hero. I'd rate it somewhere between ok and good.
On a personal note, I took offence when the military advisor remarked that "The Wakandans have a fighting spirit that makes the Vietnamese look like the French."


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At 3/24/11 09:33 PM, stafffighter wrote: Say the word and I'd love to write more for the endless crew. With the crop of comic book movies coming out now my particular nich'e has plenty of material.

Go for it. I do plan on renewing (and doing some more stuff here and there myself there as soon as I can not be so bloody goddamn wiped out most days). I think it's going to be a lot more "free base, do whatever" going forward then trying to have any structure (because fuck it, we aren't gonna make money off this thing, so we may as well just have some fun with it).

Started picking up Uncanny X-Force as I fill in my collection from prior...the last series was good, and this one I think shows a lot of promise (and a much more fun and interesting lineup then last time around). I also like that this sort of fills in that logic problem I always had with Wolverine on the X-Men...insofar as here's a guy that is much older and more experienced of the world then the rest of them. He's seen some of the shittiest things humans have done to each other. He's a guy that doesn't like to kill, but has done so when the situation calls for it...so how the fuck does he take that off the table when dealing with just complete irredeemable scumbags like Apocalypse or Sinister? This is the answer: When he's leading X-Force, he fucking well doesn't. But he doesn't really revel in it either, it's just a dirty job that needs doing.


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Aug. 7th, 2011 @ 01:11 AM Reply

I bought Part 1 of Y: The Last Man the other day. After the reference in Chuck I decided it could be something interesting to try reading. So far it's great and I'm looking forward to shelling out more cash for the rest of the series.

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Sep. 13th, 2011 @ 08:47 PM Reply

At 8/7/11 01:11 AM, Makeshift wrote: I bought Part 1 of Y: The Last Man the other day. After the reference in Chuck I decided it could be something interesting to try reading. So far it's great and I'm looking forward to shelling out more cash for the rest of the series.

Consistently good work I heard, I only ever got the first trade myself, one of those things that got put on a list to finish but hasn't happened yet


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Apr. 22nd, 2012 @ 12:16 PM Reply

I love comix. I shall revive this club. REVIVE!!!!!!


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Apr. 22nd, 2012 @ 10:16 PM Reply

At 4/22/12 12:16 PM, WorshipTimmyTheMod wrote: I love comix. I shall revive this club. REVIVE!!!!!!

I think it might be more helpful to talk about what comics, characters, or comic related stuff you love :)


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I would like to be a part of this club. How do I sign up?


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At 6/4/12 10:37 PM, DoctorStrongbad wrote: I would like to be a part of this club. How do I sign up?

Just jump on in and start talking about whatever comics or comic related stuff tickles your fancy. Books, movies, cartoons, tv shows, whatever. This is the place for all things comics


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jun. 5th, 2012 @ 03:48 AM Reply

There is going to be a new Green Arrow TV show called Arrow coming to the WB. It will be somewhat of a spinoff from Smalleville. Oliver Quinn has a reoccurring role, and win now get his own series.
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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jun. 5th, 2012 @ 04:04 PM Reply

I'm looking for some comics to buy, and I was wondering if there was any specific ones that were particularly good.

I'd like to have comics featuring these specific characters :

Gambit
Colossus
Deadpool
Wolverine
Magneto
Silver Surfer
Venom

And obviously, I don't want to get the costy and rare stuff, but rather some affordable comics I could buy off the internet or in a comic book store.

Thanks people :)

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jun. 6th, 2012 @ 10:10 PM Reply

Just finished reading "Old Man Logan".

Best read I've had in a while.

Also, I received my first copy of Before Watchmen!

I haven't started reading it as I'm too busy writing. But I'll probably crack it open next week.

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jun. 6th, 2012 @ 10:13 PM Reply

Also:

At 6/5/12 04:04 PM, HeavenDuff wrote: I'd like to have comics featuring these specific characters :

Gambit

Never!

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At 6/5/12 04:04 PM, HeavenDuff wrote: I'm looking for some comics to buy, and I was wondering if there was any specific ones that were particularly good.

Oh, there's a metric crap ton! At least in my opinion.

I'd like to have comics featuring these specific characters :
Gambit

Hmmm, he's been off the radar lately...I would suggest that the only "recent" stuff I know of with Gambit is Mike Carrey's run on "X-Men Legacy". I've also heard talk of another Gambit series, and there might be some collections around of his older series.

Colossus

Regularly appearing in "Uncanny X-Men" monthly, and also in Marvel's latest crossover AVX (Avengers vs. X-Men)

Deadpool

He has his own book, and I also cannot recommend highly enough "Uncanny X-Force" which he also appears in every month. Fantastic work for my money.

Wolverine

Has his own book, also is leading his own X-Men team in "Wolverine and The X-Men" which just released it's first collection (though frankly I feel it's over priced in hardcover, wait for the softcover is my recommendation) and also leads the aforementioned "Uncanny X-Force" also appearing in the main and "New" Avengers titles. Wolverine is just everywhere man.

Magneto

He has SEVERAL mini series that are collected. He also appears monthly as a member of Cyclops's "Uncanny X-Men"

Silver Surfer

Another one that's been off the radar for awhile...old FF and his own short lived series are the only things I know of right now. You could also pick up some old "Defenders" collections as well for your fix.

Venom

Which Venom? I really like the current monthly with current Venom Flash Thompson which is one of the best reboots of a concept in a long time I feel. There's lots of Eddie Brock Venom collected. The Mac Gargan era reaches a high point with "Dark Reign" a couple years ago and I recommend that era of "Thunderbolts" (collected in full and in print from Marvel) and his "Dark Avengers" stint.

And obviously, I don't want to get the costy and rare stuff, but rather some affordable comics I could buy off the internet or in a comic book store.

Hopefully I've given you a decent list of things to keep your eyes peeled for. Remember if you don't see it in the stores, ASK YOUR RETAILER TO ORDER IT!!! If they actually like money, they'll be more then happy to do it for you.

Thanks people :)

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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jun. 11th, 2012 @ 09:59 PM Reply

Hey Aview, have you watched any of Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men on AMC?

I've heard some things about it, both good and bad, and was wondering if it was worth my time. I'd consider your opinion valid on this...


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Response to The Endless Crew: Comic Book Club Jun. 13th, 2012 @ 03:14 PM Reply

At 6/11/12 09:59 PM, ZJ wrote: Hey Aview, have you watched any of Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men on AMC?

I've heard some things about it, both good and bad, and was wondering if it was worth my time. I'd consider your opinion valid on this...

I've seen it. It's pretty good, not incredible, but enjoyable. There's only six episodes, so I'd say you should give it a watch if you're interested in comic book memorabilia and such, since that's the main focus of the show.


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