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2014 Weekly Comic Buys n' Reads
Topic Started: Jan 26 2014, 08:08 AM (33,926 Views)
Mad Dog
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I've been reading a lot of Post-Crisis DC lately. Blue Beetle, the Superman titles, Justice League, Suicide Squad and digging into the Flash again.

I'm also considering changing up my monthly pull list a lot. I've been tempted to pull back on my DC and Marvel books and go a little more indy. The rumored $4.99 price increases might push me there.

Also Batman '66 is super fun.
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SamoaRowe
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4.99 per single issue is ridiculous. I gave up trying to buy comics every month due to 3.99 being the norm (plus buying a house, cutbacks in work, etc).

I recently read Scott Snyder's Batman Vol. 1 and 2 because they were 3.99 a piece on the Google Play Store. I really enjoyed the Court of Owls storyline, makes me want to read the other New 52 Batman-related titles.
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Mad Dog
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I do my comics mail order and get 40% off of issue price. That's the only thing that's keeping me in.
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Erick Von Erich
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I currently "subscribe" to exactly two books: GI Joe (Larry Hama's 80's continuation) and Uncanny Avengers.

I tried the latest "Rogue Planet" Avengers; issue 25.1, ISSUE#1 or whatever bullshit numbering they pulled on it. Too much about yet another time-travel/future event that's coming down the line. It then follows up with a parallel Earth and yet-another "alternate version" of established concepts.

Of course, as has become the "tradition" for over 20 issues, Captain America and Iron Man are STILL talking about how "we need to get bigger". Damn, this makes that Justice League relaunch from about 9 years ago look practically rapid-fire (the series where Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman sat around looking at pictures for 10 issues saying who was "in").

Making time travel and alternate versions of familiar heroes and villains is THE easiest thing to do for any writer. You can mix it up to your heart's content, without fear of fan backlash. Fans are roped in at the mere mention of seeing something just slightly different that they eat it up with a big spoon. "Whoa! Captain America with a SQUARE shield and a different costume?! Sign me up!!"
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I acquired Uncanny X-Men #118 last night at Jetpack Comics for 10 dollars. It's in pretty good condition and is now my new oldest single issue of the series.
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Erick Von Erich
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10 bucks is a pretty good deal for any Uncanny X-men issue from that era. I consider #'s 94-138 to the "Golden" era of that book.

You don't want to know what my oldest Uncanny issue is. Had it for about 20 years, now.
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Giant Size Invaders #1, Invaders #1-2
One of the first significant "recton" projects, as the premise is essentially: 'why didn't the Golden Age Marvel heroes fight any super villains?' There's also a love letter from writer Roy Thomas, explaining how and why things fit in. Thomas seemed to write these editorial love letters on a LOT of his stuff. Indeed, he took this exact same Golden Age team retcon concept and re-applied it a few years later, over at DC, with "All-Star Squadron".

So the stories are a little...weak. Some Nazi spies are trying to capture one of the scientists who was on-hand at Captain America's creation. This leads to a fairly ambitious, wide-set, story as the Human Torch, Toro and Namor all come in. Their foe is the "new" Nazi supervillain, Master Man; he's the "ubermensch" and basically the original concept for Superman. He's sorta' the Nazi answer to Cap, but after beating the Invaders around, her runs out of steam and reverts to a weakling.

Master Man was supposed to assassinate Winston Churchill, who was arriving in NYC via boat. Churchill thanks the heroes and dubs them "Invaders", since they'll be invading Hitler's "Fortress Europa".

They then head off to Europe and their own series, where they fight some Teutonic "gods" and meet a mysterious blonde chick. At one point, the blonde tries to make-out with Cap. They turn out to be aliens, all duped by the Nazi villain "Brain Drain"; known locally as "Agent 14.415" (or something similar). Brain Drain's kinda' creepy, as he's a domed brain in a robotic shell. I think he becomes a recurring villain, or at least stick around long enough for a Marvel Two-in-One crossover. The aliens all rebel against Brain Drain and sacrifice themselves by creating an atomic explosion.

"Giant-Size" is okay, but the first two official issues kinda' stink.
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Invaders #3
The team returns to the US to see footage of a traitorous Atlantean, U-Man, working with the Nazis and attacking Allied ships. For 1942, they sure had GOOD camera men on a military ship. Winston Churchill is bound for the Bahamas in a "flying boat" and is suspected to be U-Man's next target.

Namor is insistent on taking out U-Man, so he storms off, fighting Cap and the Torches on the way out. Bucky talks Namor into letting him tag along. Which is weird, because the big brawl between the team was started because Namor wanted to do things himself... so why he suddenly lets Bucky tag along is strange. Also strange that Bucky suddenly calls Namor his "buddy" and is willing to defy Cap over it.
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Uncanny Avengers #16
Thor dukes it out with Uriel, the male Apocalypse Twin. Thor drops him into some sort of energy portal, apparently frying him; and burning away Thor's arm in the process. In the background, the Avengers and Earth's other heroes (in a one page cameo) are trying to stop the Celestial Executioner from destroying Earth.

Still like this story, but it needs to wrap up, soon. The last 5 issues have felt like penultimate issues, so it's a little discouraging to get strung along like this. It seems like we've been in the final chapter for way too long, now. I've kept expecting to see "To be CONCLUDED..." instead of "To be Continued..."

Since the Scarlet Witch, Celestials, Kang and even Immortus are all involved, I don't suspect any of the "deaths" in this story to stick (Witch, Wonder Man and Rogue).
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Invaders #4
The team fights U-Man in Bermuda (not the Bahamas like I said before). Cap and the Torches make a big deal out of stealing a plane from the US Army to get there. When everybody gets to Bermuda, things are going along like you'd expect... until a weird time vortex causes all the ships to fly up in the air and everybody to freak out. U-Man and the Nazis escape and Winston Churchill is safe.

Turns out, the weird vortex was a plug for Marvel's "Skull the Slayer" series. Umm... okay. Since Skull was apparently Incredibly Important at the time. We even got a glimpse of dinosaurs. I understand a little passing reference to a new title to cultivate interest, but having it as the deux ex machina that affects the ENTIRE PLOT (especially the fight they had built up for the past two issues) is horse-crap.

5 issues into this series and my opinion of it has plummeted.
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I've heard it gets better as the series progresses. It's on my to read list.

I've been sticking to the Post-Crisis Superman books, Justice League, Suicide Squad and the Flash. I'm having a kick doing that. I'm also reading the Post-Crisis Blue Beetle book that's interesting.
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Just read the August 1987 slate of Superman titles. This has Annual #1 with Titano which was a decent enough read. Superman #8 and Action Comics #591 dealt with the Superboy pocket universe storyline to get him out of the Legion. I really am not digging that story. I know it was an issue with their reboot but their attempts at getting rid of him are far more convoluted than just letting him hang around and ignoring that glitch. Adventures of Superman #431 featured Erik Larsen as the fill in artist... yeah, I don't need to say more.

It was a real let down month. The July set of books were really strong as the Metal Men teamed up with him in Action Comics against Chemo. The Fearsome Five showed up in Adventures and Supes battled Rampage in Superman.

But things are looking up. The Joker shows up next month, Gangwars starts and Superman and Barda make a porno starts next month too.
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Cerebus #16-18
Tone changes, a little, as it aims to be a political satire with "Lord Julius", a stand-in for Groucho Marx. Sure, Groucho was awesome, but this is like a half-baked attempt at the humor in "Duck Soup" (aka: the movie where the Marx Brothers run a country). With the sword n' sorcery stuff, the rest seems like Monty Python "Holy Grail" fan fiction. *fart*

I understand this is a well-loved series, and I can see its appeal. I'm just beginning to wonder if it's for me. I know, I know: "it gets good at issue ____".

I'll say that the cartoon art on Cerebus (the actual character) has gotten better with each issue. Along with some of the perspective shots and geography. It's really ahead of its time in that regard. The art on the humans is still kinda' sub-par, as part of me wishes it was just cartoon characters in the entire book.
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Issue 19 has some good stuff in it if I remember correctly. Issue 20, well, let's just say drugs probably created that issue. Issues 21-25 have some good stuff in it. Issue 26 kicks off High Society and that's really where the book starts firing on all cylinders. It might not be for you though.

Gerhard joins up with Sim in issue 65 and that's when the art on Cerebus gets really really good.
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Invaders #5-6/Marvel Premiere #29-30
A four part, title-flip-flopping story to introduce the Liberty Legion. The Red Skull captures and brainwashes 4 of the Invaders, deliberately leaving out Bucky, since he's kinda' worthless. Skull uses the Invaders as his personal saboteurs to blow up US industrial plants.

Bucky takes to the radio waves and sends out a call for help to all US superheroes. He gets the Patriot, Whizzer, Miss America, Jack Frost, Red Raven, Blue Diamond and the Thin Man. They have a VERY quick "3 location split-up team fight" against the Invaders, a la Gardner Fox and JLA/JSA.

The story ends with a big ol' fight in Yankee Stadium between the two teams. It was a public challenge from the Skull, so the Stadium is packed with fans. The big fight doesn't really last too long, as Toro flies into the Red Skull's zeppelin and sets it afire.

About 75% of the story was there to introduce and set-up the Liberty Legion. Writer Roy Thomas has yet another love letter talking about how he dug up all these guys (he seemed to do this a LOT across all the titles he wrote). Of note: Blue Diamond only had two appearances, before this. The actual story is, once again, a big let-down with too much stuff trying to be crammed in.

There's even a "go team" panel of the Legion running out-- and it's damn near identical to one from DC's All-Star Squadron #1 from 1981. A book that Thomas also did. The letters pages become a plea to get the Legion their own title. It never happened and I think they only made two (already scheduled) appearances in "Marvel Two-in-One", before going into limbo/obscurity. When we haven't seen the main characters operate as a team too much (all of 6 issues), it's kinda' silly to try a spin-off, already.
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