Wednesday, January 05, 2005

You Decide - 2005

This is much cooler than that silly Marvel one from a few years back.

Here is my folks out there all pick a comic title that you think is good (let's try to keep it recent, unless it is an older story available in trade format), and I'll try to hunt down a couple of issues or a trade (no guarantees I'll find them, but I think I'll be able to do okay), read them, and put up an entry about it.

So a whole entry just on one comic...hopefully it will bring the attention of the two people who read this blog (plus the 5 other blog writers, so hey, that's seven possible new readers!!!).

Sound cool?

If so, then you decide!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Justice League Elite limited series, issues 1-7 out of 12 out by now. One of the very few superhero comics that I bother reading. I don't know how it sells, but whatever the figures are, they can't be enough.

For the record, I would have loved to just say "Batgirl ongoing", since the new Andersen Gabrych/Ale Garza team seems to be very good and nobody anywhere gives the title reviews or even so much as a passing mention, but as the first two issues are both crossovers with the now-shitty Robin title, maybe it's better to wait for some stand-alone stories.

1/05/2005 08:00:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Shit, just one? My favorite comic right now is Rex Mundi. (This is the comic's site.) It's a murder mystery and conspiracy theory that may strike some as a rip-off of The Da Vinci Code, except it's much better. Arvid Nelson and EricJ (who is no longer doing the art, unfortunately), have created an alternate 1930s world where the French Revolution never occurred and the Inquisition is still around. They have done maps of this world and each issue has a few fake newspaper pages at the end that pack in information about the world. It's exciting and gorgeous to look at (I hope they get a good artist to replace Eric) and it's smart. An excellent comic book.

1/05/2005 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marvel's 'Godzilla, King of the Monsters' issue #9.

1/05/2005 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Greg, the Rex Mundi Vol. 1 TPB has now been ordered.

1/05/2005 09:16:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I have a bead on the first seven issues of Justice League Elite. I'll read them soon.

1/05/2005 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Captain America v1 345
-chauncey von buelow

1/05/2005 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"Marvel's 'Godzilla, King of the Monsters' issue #9."

I wouldn't want to offend our very own Alex Cox.

1/05/2005 09:28:00 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

Wildcats Volume 2, Serial Boxes.

I believe it's the third tpb of the series.

1/05/2005 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

Scratch that. Make it "Battery Park".

1/05/2005 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Battery Park is a-coming.

1/05/2005 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't at least half of Global Frequency out in trade format. All those delicious stand-alone stories with their silver age science issue feel made me happy in ways I've not been happy in ages.....

I think I shall go re-read them now.


1/05/2005 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I, too, just recently re-read the entire Global Frequency series, so I can certainly put up an entry on that, Chad.

Good pick.

More people pick things I have recently read!


1/05/2005 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger thetechnocrat said...

How about The Pro by Ennis & Amanda Conner?

1/05/2005 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Sure, haven't read the Pro since it came out.

And I have a nice little diatribe about that one.

Brad has heard it before.

1/05/2005 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger thetechnocrat said...

I liked her attitude towards the capes myself.

1/05/2005 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Lyle said...

Electric Girl, either treade

Damn I can't wait for Mike Brennen to get back to publishing this book.

1/06/2005 02:53:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Can't decide if I'm going to go cruel or timely-nerdy. Hmmmmmm. Hell, I'll suggest both. The most recent Peep Show trade (eeeuuuughhh) and the original Longshot mini-series from Marvel.

1/06/2005 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Greg Morrow of the Howling Curmudgeons)

PS238 (Dork Storm Press, Aaron Williams, one collection available).

Fallen Angel (DC Comics, Peter David and somebody else, one collection available).

Ultra (Image Comics, the Luna Brothers, issues 1-5 available, 6 or 8 issue miniseries).

1/06/2005 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Identity Crisis.

1/06/2005 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

The artist on Fallen Angel is David Lopez, and that's my vote too. For God's sake, why aren't more of you bastards reading this title?

1/06/2005 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Michael May said...

Lurkers miniseries from IDW by Steve Niles and Hector Casanova. The first three issues are available.

1/06/2005 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger TCSmith said...

Punisher MAX. It's my favorite comic going, and it seems like there's no buzz on it!

1/06/2005 03:58:00 PM  
Blogger thetechnocrat said...

Mother Russia is looking to be extremely good. Everyone says Max isn't close to the Marvel Knights Ennis stuff. I think it's just as good. The art isn't as good as Dillon's but it's still good.

Hey Brian, I'm changing my vote to the Hitman Ace Of Killers tpb! It's a fun romp with plenty of feeling.

1/06/2005 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Darnit, Joe, I actually could have read the Longshot mini-series recently!

But not anymore.

And Peepshow is out of stock at Diamond.

However, I did order Fallen Angel TPB , Lurkers #1-3, The Pro (yeah, thetechnocrat, I put that order in already...sorry), Electric Girl Vol. 1 TPB and The Punisher Max Vol. 1 TPB

1/06/2005 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Phoenix" by Osamu Tezuka. Start with "Phoenix: Dawn." Viz started publishing these in English but stopped about midway through. Good stuff.

1/06/2005 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

I'm trying to think of something that hasn't been covered by someone else here, so I'll go with The Intimates by Joe Casey and Giuseppe Camconoli (yeah, I butchered his name horribly). I liked the first two issues a lot, and the third issue shipped this week.

1/06/2005 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Since Brian cowardly backed out of my two suggestions, let me see if I can come up with another one. How about: Snake 'n Bacon's Comic Calvacade? If not that, then Pussey!

1/07/2005 07:40:00 AM  
Blogger Dan Apodaca said...

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1/07/2005 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Apodaca said...

I wanted to edit this to include another one. So...

David Boring
by Daniel Clowes

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
by Chris Ware

1/07/2005 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Shake 'n' Bacon is unavailable for order.

Pussey is out of stock.

Give me another one!

1/07/2005 05:50:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Intimates, I'm good with.

I just ordered Phoenix:Dawn.

And Dan, I'll review either one, but aren't both of them, like, really really famous?

1/07/2005 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either of Kirkman's Image titles. Walking Dead or Invincible? They both have been put into Trades recently.


1/08/2005 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Sure, Jed, I'll do an Invincible one right now.

1/09/2005 03:13:00 AM  
Blogger Dan Apodaca said...

Are they? Sorry, I have this condition where I can't hear what people say. I just found out that it's called being "deaf".

1/11/2005 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

I'm having crappy luck. Or the catalogue has a crappy selection, one of the two.

How about Little Lit (any of them)?

Pupshaw and Pushpaw?

Mister O?


Beg The Question?

Top Ten?

1/11/2005 05:20:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Hicksville, it is!

1/12/2005 05:14:00 AM  
Blogger Will said...

Hey, new reader posting.

This sounds like a worthwhile exercise, at least if it sparks some interest/discussion in good comics.

I've got a few suggestions:

How about Andy Diggle and Jock's Losers from Vertigo? The first trade is out and this should be a top ten book every month. I'm surprised it doesn't get more recognition. It has the added bonus of being ongoing and still coming out.

Or to go in a different direction: how about the Dark Horse reprints of Lone Wolf and Cub? It seems like a daunting commitment to start reading a 40+ volume story, but it's kinetic and immersive.

Or: Pistolwhip, the Yellow Menace by Jason Hall and Matt Kindt (from Top Shelf). Although the first Pistolwhip book would be a better introduction to the recurring characters and atmospheric setting, I read the Yellow Menace first and it's clever and twisted. The characters are drawn very loosely with a whimsically loopy style, but the linework isn't sloppy out of Liefeldian disregard for human anatomy. It has excellent plotting and overall design and rewards rereadings with layered clues, and visual double entendres. Has anybody else read these?

Or the first Starman tradepaperback by James Robinson and Tony Harris? Nostalgia done right. The material collected in the first few trades is tremendous. The energy sparking from the early collaboration of Robinson and Harris leaps off the pages.

Or Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules, by James Sturm? I think this is currently out of print, but will be coming out again from Marvel in the upcoming year to coincide with the FF movie. Sturm cleverly tackles the "real-life" origin of the FF. I think what makes this story stand out is how Sturm incorporates the myriad social forces in turmoil during the late fifties and early sixties and how they were indirectly reflected in Stan and Jack's early Marvel stories.

Or: Murder Me Dead by David Lapham? A femme fatale, hard boiled hoods, crooked cops... this is Lapham's bread and butter. I'm glad DC hired him to take over writing Detective Comics since it might boost his fame and get Stray Bullets and Murder Me Dead into more readers' hands. Gold.

Fortune and Glory (from Oni)? A funny autobio story by Brian Bendis when he was a humbler man (or at least more swayed by the vicissitudes of working for Todd McFarlane and trying to break into Hollywood).

Kane by Paul Grist (from Image)? Grist and Kirkman are pretty much the Image golden boys now that M.O.B. moved to Icon. Kane is inscrutably enjoyable for me. I feel like I shouldn't enjoy it as much as I do.

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