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Grayson

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Postby Grayson » Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:57 pm

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Battle Chasers: A Gathering of Heroes - I had forgotten that I had this trade until I was looking at my bookshelves last night and saw it, so I decided to give it a quick read. It's a fun book, the writing isn't exactly the greatest, especially by today's standards but it accomplishes what it set out to do. It tells an epic fantasy setting in the style of what every dungeon master wants to accomplish when they painstakingly set-up their Dungeons and Dragons campaign. The characters are intriguing enough and a strong foundation is placed to develop a rich world and interesting stories. A pity that the series was never finished.

Obviously the real highlight of the book is the art of Joe Madureira's at the peak of his career. If you like his style, this is a quick read that you should really enjoy, however, the series was never finished. This volume only collects the first 5 issues of the series, so there are still 4 issues to track down but that's it. There is no satisfying conclusion coming.
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Arion

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Postby Arion » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:16 pm

covalesky wrote:I've been reading the massive. Its not bad, Just boring.


Did you get to read what I said about The Massive a few months ago?

A friend of mine bought the first 6, 7 issues and I read them. I didn't like them. Why?

Because while the artist of the first arc wasn't anything special he still had some good moments, the current artist is kind of bad. Besides, the story is moving so slowly that gives a whole new meaning to the term 'decompression'.

Wood has put a lot of thought into the series, he has created a world with lots of things in it, and that's good, but he hasn't worried about creating characters. So basically you get a book about interesting ideas and concepts regarding an alternate future and that's it. For a reader to feel engaged into the story you need characters, you need a certain level of emotion. Or else it just feels like you're reading an awfully boring academic paper. And believe me, in my university I've read so many of them that I got sick and bored to death of this kind of stuff.


Seems like we both used the term boring.
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Keb

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Postby Keb » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:18 am

Read Chew vol. 7: Bad Apples last night. Fucking in-jokes are the best but will ultimately be the death of this series. I kind of hope they shorten the projected length of the series from 60 to 50 issues because storylines are rampaging and shit seems to be set to go down. The muscle-posters with Kirkman's head photoshopped on them made me laugh for a good 5 minutes.
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Postby covalesky » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:23 am

Arion wrote:
Did you get to read what I said about The Massive a few months ago?

A friend of mine bought the first 6, 7 issues and I read them. I didn't like them. Why?

Because while the artist of the first arc wasn't anything special he still had some good moments, the current artist is kind of bad. Besides, the story is moving so slowly that gives a whole new meaning to the term 'decompression'.

Wood has put a lot of thought into the series, he has created a world with lots of things in it, and that's good, but he hasn't worried about creating characters. So basically you get a book about interesting ideas and concepts regarding an alternate future and that's it. For a reader to feel engaged into the story you need characters, you need a certain level of emotion. Or else it just feels like you're reading an awfully boring academic paper. And believe me, in my university I've read so many of them that I got sick and bored to death of this kind of stuff.


Seems like we both used the term boring.


I've read you thoughts on the book but a part of me kept wispering "get it, it will be worth it" well you were right.
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Arion

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Postby Arion » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:06 pm

covalesky wrote:
I've read you thoughts on the book but a part of me kept wispering "get it, it will be worth it" well you were right.


So now do I get to say ... "I told you so"?
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Postby Punchy » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:15 pm

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Keb

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Postby Keb » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:31 pm

About fuckin' time!
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Grayson

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Postby Grayson » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:52 pm

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Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising - The more that I read of the relaunched Valiant Universe, the more that I realize that Valiant is absolutely on fire right now and the first volume of Harbinger is no exception. Omega Rising tells the story of Peter Stanchek, a young man who is being relentlessly pursued by the authorities. It is during a run-in with the authorities that Peter is contacted by Toyo Harada of the mysterious Harbinger Foundation. We discover that Harada and Stanchek are both men of considerable power, power that Harada wishes to teach Stanchek to use responsibly and for the betterment of all mankind...or so he says.

Omega Rising, collects the first 5 issues of the current Harbinger series but those 5 issues are pretty action packed and things happen rather quickly. Prior to reading this trade, I wasn't familiar with Joshua Dysart's work but he does a great job of balancing the action and intrigue of this story. The weakest part of of this collection, for me, was the art. Khari Evans isn't a bad artist but I felt that the overall presentation was a little inconsistent. It wasn't a major concern, however, and it certainly wasn't something that effected my enjoyment of the book as a whole. I will definitely check out the next volume in the future.

Next Up: East of West Vol. 1: The Promise.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:55 pm

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Fast and clever, full of heart.
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Arion

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Postby Arion » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:06 pm

Punchy wrote:Image


I want it.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:19 pm

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just started Fantastic Four, Volume 1: New departures, New Arrivals. the first volume of the Marvel Now run by Fraction with the first few issues of Fantastic Four and FF. Glad to see the big ideas started during Waid's run that ran through Millar and Hickman continue.

Loved this, love Bagley, love Allred, love Fraction. Even if the fact that the Fantastic Four's four minute trip is going to go awry is telegraphed by the replacement FF existing at all. Love the Ant-Man presented in this book, what is essential reading for that cat? Scott Lang is it? Can't wait to read FF Vol 2 and Fantastic Four Vol 2.

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Sin City Vol 2: A Dame to Kill For
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Keb

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Postby Keb » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:19 pm

Grayson wrote:Next Up: East of West Vol. 1: The Promise.

After what might be considered a fucking awful day, I'm going to read this as well.
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Grayson

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Postby Grayson » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:14 pm

Keb wrote:After what might be considered a fucking awful day, I'm going to read this as well.


I'm sorry to hear that man. I've only read the first chapter so far, so I can't even tell you if it will cheer you up. :(
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Keb

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Postby Keb » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:48 pm

Let me know
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Grayson

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Postby Grayson » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:48 am

Keb wrote:Let me know


I actually really liked it. I'll post something about it tomorrow.

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