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PostThe Comics Thread
by DrDoom » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:27 pm

Hi,

You've probably clicked on this thread (specifically this opening page) because you're somewhat curious about comics. Oh, you're not? Movie thread is on the first page.

*waves*

Okay, so where was I? Comics! Comics are awesome.

You may have come here after watching the latest Marvel/D.C blockbuster and now you're interested in the character and want to know what to read next. Ask away!

You may have come in here curious about some superhero who died, an event lauded by the mainstream press every.single.time (this happens a lot by the way) and be looking to see what all the fuss is about.

You may have come here because you like that Walking Dead show and you want to know more about the comic or even if there's other comics out there that don't have capes and tights in them.

Comics are often put across as a very niche, underground kind of fandom, daunting even. This thread is here to counter that notion and foster awesome, good natured conversation about the medium and all the genres it encompasses.

Don't be afraid to ask!
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PostRe: Comics Thread
by Memento Mori » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:28 pm

Are Hush 1 and 2 any good? They're like £8 together on amazon.
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PostRe: Comics Thread
by Mafro » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:31 pm

I've got a bunch of comics to get through. The World War Hulk paperback and about issues 1-16 of U.S. War Machine.
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PostRe: Comics Thread
by Hexx » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:31 pm

Memento Mori wrote:Are Hush 1 and 2 any good? They're like £8 together on amazon.


They're not bad. They'd be quite good for "newbies", but the central mystery is a little dull. Pretty art and fights, but you might suffer for not knowing some of the characters/elements...and they aren't introduced well. (e.g. I had no idea who Howard was...so that scene made no sense :D)

It's also "mainstream", so not very dark for a Batman story.


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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by DrDoom » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:34 pm

TBF most Batman comics are mainstream. The only ones that aren't really are Arkham and maybe Killing Joke.
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by Corazon de Leon » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:35 pm

I should be getting Watchmen any time now. I know I could have downloaded it, but I want to go through it myself, at my own pace, and away from the PC. From what I've heard, it's an absolute epic. :mrgreen:
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Hexx » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:37 pm

DrDoom wrote:TBF most Batman comics are mainstream. The only ones that aren't really are Arkham and maybe Killing Joke.


No. Not really. The recent Detective Comics run, Batman, Joker's Asylum, hell even "Robin" have all had pretty mature stories.

Hush had nothing beyond (very) pretty action, and there was nothing overly "adult" about the story.
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PostRe: Comics Thread
by Fallen Phoenix » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:40 pm

I'd also like to point out i'm currently selling a whole stack of comics. Some are on ebay atm (mostly Iron Man stuff) but most of the stuff won't be going up just yet. There's a list of the stuff below i'm selling and will be replacing with the TPB version. Not really keen on splitting them to much (ie I'd rather keep arcs together etc) but may be willing for the right offers.

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/mark84a ... omZQQ_mdoZ

I'll probably add more stuff later, aswell as list everything in the trading folder.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Memento Mori » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:43 pm

Hexx wrote:
DrDoom wrote:TBF most Batman comics are mainstream. The only ones that aren't really are Arkham and maybe Killing Joke.


No. Not really. The recent Detective Comics run, Batman, Joker's Asylum, hell even "Robin" have all had pretty mature stories.

Hush had nothing beyond (very) pretty action, and there was nothing overly "adult" about the story.


Can you recommend me a good Batman graphic novel? I've read Long Halloween and Dark Victory and am looking for something similar. A good number of pages.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by DrDoom » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:43 pm

Hexx wrote:
DrDoom wrote:TBF most Batman comics are mainstream. The only ones that aren't really are Arkham and maybe Killing Joke.


No. Not really. The recent Detective Comics run, Batman, Joker's Asylum, hell even "Robin" have all had pretty mature stories.

Hush had nothing beyond (very) pretty action, and there was nothing overly "adult" about the story.



Just because they are mature does not mean they aren't mainstream. They are published by DC and use a character that is on lunchboxes. It doesn't matter how edgy they seem, there are still limits to what you can do with the character. Batman has and always will be mainstream.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Hexx » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:07 pm

Memento Mori wrote:
Hexx wrote:
DrDoom wrote:TBF most Batman comics are mainstream. The only ones that aren't really are Arkham and maybe Killing Joke.


No. Not really. The recent Detective Comics run, Batman, Joker's Asylum, hell even "Robin" have all had pretty mature stories.

Hush had nothing beyond (very) pretty action, and there was nothing overly "adult" about the story.


Can you recommend me a good Batman graphic novel? I've read Long Halloween and Dark Victory and am looking for something similar. A good number of pages.


Well. You've started with the best. 8-)

Give Hush a go. It's well worth a punt at £8 for the whole thing. It's a **little** bit shorter than LH/DV, and as I said the mystery isn't anywhere near the standard of those two.

It was aimed as a mainstream marketing push to attract new(ish) readers, so it's fairly...you know.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Memento Mori » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:08 pm

Hexx wrote:
Memento Mori wrote:
Hexx wrote:
DrDoom wrote:TBF most Batman comics are mainstream. The only ones that aren't really are Arkham and maybe Killing Joke.


No. Not really. The recent Detective Comics run, Batman, Joker's Asylum, hell even "Robin" have all had pretty mature stories.

Hush had nothing beyond (very) pretty action, and there was nothing overly "adult" about the story.


Can you recommend me a good Batman graphic novel? I've read Long Halloween and Dark Victory and am looking for something similar. A good number of pages.


Well. You've started with the best. 8-)

Give Hush a go. It's well worth a punt at £8 for the whole thing. It's a **little** bit shorter than LH/DV, and as I said the mystery isn't anywhere near the standard of those two.

It was aimed as a mainstream marketing push to attract new(ish) readers, so it's fairly...you know.


I will purchase it shortly. Is The Dark Knight Returns any good? I saw it in HMV the other day.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Madness » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:09 pm

TDKR is amazing.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Memento Mori » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:10 pm

Some options then.
Batman : Year 1
Hush 1 and 2
The Dark Knight Returns
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Hexx » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:12 pm

Memento Mori wrote:Some options then.
Batman : Year 1
Hush 1 and 2
The Dark Knight Returns


Oh you haven't read Year One?

Go for that one then.

Hush is ok. "Batman&The Monster Men" and "Batman & The Mad Monk" are also near the origin. So fit in nicely with the others you've got.

I personally can't stand TDKR.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by DrDoom » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:13 pm

Memento Mori wrote:Some options then.
Batman : Year 1
Hush 1 and 2
The Dark Knight Returns


Year One or TDKR.

Either.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Madness » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:13 pm

I'd get TDKR, it's only £7.99 on Play.com (or at least it was). It's not as long as Long Halloween, as it's only 4 issues, but it's well worth it.
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by 1>3>4>2 » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:15 pm

Hush Returns is rubbish, avoid it
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Hexx » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:16 pm

Anung Un Rama wrote:Hush Returns is rubbish, avoid it


I liked the first arc (with Riddler) but as Gotham Knights became "Hush Knights" it got really really gooseberry fool.

And then they didn't even end it! :lol:
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PostRe: The Comics Thread
by Memento Mori » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:18 pm

I can't find a brand new copy of year one in stock on amazon or play. :(

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