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Review Group Week 162 - INVINCIBLE #60

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GLX

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Postby GLX » Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:42 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:So any more weighing in before I make my decision about next week?


Eh. Go with Proof.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:45 pm

Having just read a preview of Muppet show it's a frontrunner over incredibles and Top 10. But that Elektra preview also looked damn fine. Hmmmmmmm
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48THRiLLS

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:54 pm

I am down for the Muppets just for Statler and Waldorf... I don't know if my shop will have it, but I am willing to take that risk with this endorsement.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:09 pm

48THRiLLS wrote:I am down for the Muppets just for Statler and Waldorf... I don't know if my shop will have it, but I am willing to take that risk with this endorsement.


And it's coming in my box so it may or may not get here in time....

Ok I've made my pick.


Image

I expect full fledged anarchy and hatred for this pick...It may score lower than franklin but I don't care it looks like way too much fun.
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48THRiLLS

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:36 pm

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******

Postby ****** » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:58 pm

Just as we've always known, Yoni not so secretly hates us. :(

I went ahead and ordered Muppet Show at MyComicShop.com. Shipping is $2 for anyone else interested in taking that route. At least Yoni saved me a trip to a LCS next week. :? :wink:

When people have trouble finding the issue at their LCS next week (I think about 1 in 8 shops carry BOOM! titles in the OKC metro), substitute reviews of a book of your choice or posting clips of your favorite Muppets episodes can count as your reviews.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:02 pm

amlah6 wrote:Just as we've always known, Yoni not so secretly hates us. :(

I went ahead and ordered Muppet Show at MyComicShop.com. Shipping is $2 for anyone else interested in taking that route. At least Yoni saved me a trip to a LCS next week. :? :wink:

When people have trouble finding the issue at their LCS next week (I think about 1 in 8 shops carry BOOM! titles in the OKC metro), substitute reviews of a book of your choice or posting clips of your favorite Muppets episodes can count as your reviews.


I would also of course suggest "other" means of finding the book. Then again I might change my mind...
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:07 pm

Here's the first 11 pages
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KING King Impulse

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Postby KING King Impulse » Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:16 am

Fantastic choice, Landridge is a fantastic cartoonist. I'm really looking forward to this.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:15 am

Invincible #60 - 'Invincible War!' - Kirkman, Ottley, Rathburn & Plascencia

Story - Holy Fuck, that was different huh? Invincible is normally a book which features slow moving subplots and character development, but this was something else entirely. Kirkman was attempting to do a whole crossover event in one issue, and I think he mostly succeeded, you could recognise a lot of the beats he was homaging/mocking from stuff like Crisis or Secret Wars, the heroic sacrifice, the injured love interest, the massive team up, it was very clever, and very well done, but I think what makes it interesting is that with Invincible, it's a creator-owned book and universe, and the changes will stick indefinitely, and not be gone by next year. Yes, it was kind of confusing and jumpy, but it worked, you know how Grant Morrison claimed he was writing Final Crisis to be like channel-zapping and only getting a snippet of each scene, but he was actually spewing out crap? Kirkman succeeded here where Morrison failed, you really felt the scale and unpredictability of the multi-Invincible attack, anyone could die. and you might not necessarily see it. Another factor adding to this unpredictability was the usage of the other Image characters, yes while it may be a gimmick to get more sales (my LCS certainly had more copies of this issue than any other previously) but it showed how widespread the attack was, plus, as a fan, it did make me feel happy in a guilty nerdy way, like OMG! Spawn! Youngblood! Awesome! With these characters it's quite rare for them actually to meet, as opposed to Marvel or DC, so a crossover is actually interesting, and Kirkman managed it well, this was still an Invincible story, and the cameos were used effectively.
Overall this was a great issue, which really shook up the Invincible world, almost as much as the Omni-Man reveal back in #8, this is the advantage of creator-owned books, the creators can do what they want, and this was like the end of the Prison arc in Walking Dead on steroids, a unique reading experience and I can't wait to see where Kirkman takes this.

Art - You know how I said that Kirkman succeeded where Morrison failed, well a lot of that was due to the artistic strengths of Ryan Ottley, as opposed to the mess that was Final Crisis art-wise, Ottley is a fantastic artist, everything he draws is spot on, and I now I can't imagine anyone else drawing Invincible, which is a great achievement when you consider how strong Cory Walker's initial work on the series was, the book wouldn't be half as good without Ottley, I should also comment on the colours of Fco Plascencia, Bill Crabtree's colouring was a very important part of this book, but Plascencia has done an excellent job of replacing Crabtree, it meshes perfectly with Ottley.

Best Line - 'My skeleton'

8/10
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48THRiLLS

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:06 am

Punchy wrote:Invincible #60 - 'Invincible War!' - Kirkman, Ottley, Rathburn & Plascencia

Story - Holy Fuck, that was different huh? Invincible is normally a book which features slow moving subplots and character development, but this was something else entirely. Kirkman was attempting to do a whole crossover event in one issue, and I think he mostly succeeded, you could recognise a lot of the beats he was homaging/mocking from stuff like Crisis or Secret Wars, the heroic sacrifice, the injured love interest, the massive team up, it was very clever, and very well done, but I think what makes it interesting is that with Invincible, it's a creator-owned book and universe, and the changes will stick indefinitely, and not be gone by next year. Yes, it was kind of confusing and jumpy, but it worked, you know how Grant Morrison claimed he was writing Final Crisis to be like channel-zapping and only getting a snippet of each scene, but he was actually spewing out crap? Kirkman succeeded here where Morrison failed, you really felt the scale and unpredictability of the multi-Invincible attack, anyone could die. and you might not necessarily see it. Another factor adding to this unpredictability was the usage of the other Image characters, yes while it may be a gimmick to get more sales (my LCS certainly had more copies of this issue than any other previously) but it showed how widespread the attack was, plus, as a fan, it did make me feel happy in a guilty nerdy way, like OMG! Spawn! Youngblood! Awesome! With these characters it's quite rare for them actually to meet, as opposed to Marvel or DC, so a crossover is actually interesting, and Kirkman managed it well, this was still an Invincible story, and the cameos were used effectively.
Overall this was a great issue, which really shook up the Invincible world, almost as much as the Omni-Man reveal back in #8, this is the advantage of creator-owned books, the creators can do what they want, and this was like the end of the Prison arc in Walking Dead on steroids, a unique reading experience and I can't wait to see where Kirkman takes this.

Art - You know how I said that Kirkman succeeded where Morrison failed, well a lot of that was due to the artistic strengths of Ryan Ottley, as opposed to the mess that was Final Crisis art-wise, Ottley is a fantastic artist, everything he draws is spot on, and I now I can't imagine anyone else drawing Invincible, which is a great achievement when you consider how strong Cory Walker's initial work on the series was, the book wouldn't be half as good without Ottley, I should also comment on the colours of Fco Plascencia, Bill Crabtree's colouring was a very important part of this book, but Plascencia has done an excellent job of replacing Crabtree, it meshes perfectly with Ottley.

Best Line - 'My skeleton'

8/10


While I pretty much agree with your whole review, I just felt that it was too much for one book. I really think it would have made more of an impact if done over a few issues.
Best Line - 'Holy Fuck'
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:10 am

guitarsmashley wrote:Man lots of great choices for next week.

On the impossible to find front there is
The Muppet Show #1
The Incredibles #1

But both of those are in monthly comic box.

Dark Reign Elektra #1
Proof #18
Planetary #1(reprint) for a $1
Top 10 Special #1

Hmmm gonna have to think about this for a while.

neither of those should be difficult to find. Unless all the stores in the country are STUPID. We are going to have an exclusive to the Muppets!
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:13 am

48THRiLLS wrote:While I pretty much agree with your whole review, I just felt that it was too much for one book. I really think it would have made more of an impact if done over a few issues.
Best Line - 'Holy Fuck'


I think a lot of what made this work was that it was all over in 30 pages, it would lose it's impact and what made it difference if it was 2 parts.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:14 am

I will get a GOTG review up sometime this weekend. Invincible is getting written currently so linkage when it is live...
Story 4
Art 8
Overall 6

stupid choppy story.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:15 am

Punchy wrote:I think a lot of what made this work was that it was all over in 30 pages, it would lose it's impact and what made it difference if it was 2 parts.

It should have been a OGN. About 54 pages. That's what was needed.

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