Since my post for starting a new thread for comics didn’t get MUCH opposition, i’ll get on with it. And yes, i know we already had a thread for this. It’s here. It’s also old and too long. With this out of the way …
Nowadays, i only buy TradePaperBacks. I no longer have time and money to track and buy everything that is released each week/month and sometimes going through crap stuff in hope that a book will somehow improve. TPBs allow me to only grab the good stuff i want and actually last for more than 10-15 minutes of reading. I’m sure other people have their reasons for likeing or dislikeing this format.
Anyway, this is what i’m going through currently:
Y: The Last Man [Brian K. Vaughn, Vertigo]
I’m only on volume 3 right now. This volume was …hmm, OK+. The resolution with the Israelis was predictable and the last “part” with the actresses was not really that good but the rest was good. It’s still one of my favourites to read.
The Walking Dead [Robert Kirkman, Image]
Need to get volume 7 of this awesome book that i hope needs no introduction. To me this is how you should do Zombie stories.
Astonishing X-Men [Joss Whedon. Marvel]
Yeah, one of my favourite X-Men “universes”. The art could be better in some cases but it’s good enough to not distract me.
Only on volume 2.
Battle Pope [Robert Kirkman, Image/Funk-o-Tron]
This is Kirkman’s first book and it’s full of awesome hilarious stuff.
The book tells the tale of a hard drinking, womanizing Pope condemned by God for his own evil ways, who is called to action to save Saint Michael, with the help of Jesus H. Christ, becoming mankind’s final hope in a world overrun by demons following the Rapture.
Still on volume 2. Must have more!
Transmetropolitan [Warren Ellis, Vertigo]
Only have volume 1 of this. Still not exactly sold on it but i’m willing to wait till volume 2 to decide. Don’t know if it’s the art style or Ellis’ writing style but there’s something there that doesn’t quite right but it’s cyberpunkish so i’ll probably read it all :P
The Losers [Andy Diggle, Vertigo]
I’ve actually finished this but think it deserves a mention. American task force is betrayed by CIA and assumed dead. Except they aren’t! And now they are pissed and ready to find who betrayed them. It’s like A-Team, except not that bad and set in the mordern day. It’s not awesome but it’s good enough if you don’t have anything else to read.
Eden : It’s an Endless World [Hiroki Endo, Dark Horse]
Awesome awesome awesome awesome cyberpunk manga. Volume 1 description follows because i suck at this stuff:
Eden Volume One is both a brilliant love song to the post-apocalyptic survival genre and the beginning of a deep exploration on man’s role in the natural order. In the near future, a large portion of humanity is wiped out by a brutal, new virus that hardens the skin while dissolving internal organs. Those who aren’t immune are either severely crippled or allowed to live with cybernetically enhanced bodies. Taking advantage of a world in chaos, a paramilitary force known as the Propater topples the United Nations and seeks world domination. Elijah, a young survivor searching for his mother, travels towards the Andes Mountains with an artificially intelligent combat robot. When he encounters a group of anti-Propater freedom fighters, a maelstrom of unique characters unfolds. Graphic, cyberpunk, and philosophical, Eden is a place where endearing heroes face a constant struggle for survival and violent surprises wait around every corner!
Currently reading volume 3. And hey … it’s really awesome! ;)
Vagabond [Takehiko Inoue]
This is the story of the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi. It’s based on a novel made by Eiji Yoshikawa with a few differences. The story starts when Mushashi is still 17(and still not named Musashi) and is going through the early years before most of his famous deeds.
If you like samurai tales, you want to read this. The art and story are great and the characters are fantastic.
Only on volume 9, i think.
Blade of the Immortal [Hiroaki Samura, Dark Horse]
A samurai is “cursed” with immortality and has to kill one thousand men to be rid of his curse. One of best samurai action stories in comic form, IMO.
“To end his eternal suffering, he must slay one thousand enemies!” Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality. To rid himself of this curse and end his life of misery, he must slay one thousand evil men! His quest begins when a young girl seeks his help in taking revenge on her parents’ killers . . . and his quest won’t end until the blood of a thousand has spilled!
Warning: Manji has a swastika tatooed on his right shoulder(i think) … this is in no way related to Nazism but just wanted to warn people to avoid future drama incase they never have read this before.
Currently reading volume 8 … or 9.
And that’s it. As you can see, i go slowly through stuff. I try to buy 2 or 3 volumes each month but it’s not always possible. I also don’t buy any of the Manga TPBs i read. I have a “partnership” with one of my friends where he buys all Manga stuff and i buy the rest. Cheaper for both ;)
Really want to read/buy list
Cable & Deadpool (already read most of this but i need to own it because … it’s awesome^2!)
Wolverine: Enemy of the State
Planet Hulk (same comments as Cable&Deadpool)
So, what else should i be adding to my list?
Also, monthly thread or just this one?