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Review Group Week 166 - STRANGE ADVENTURES OF LOVECRAFT #1

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Postby ****** » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:54 am

Punchy wrote:Haven't got my books yet, probably tomorrow morning.

I think for next week I'll pick Ghost Rider, because it's awesome and you all should read it,


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Ghost Rider #34
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WRITER: JASON AARON
PENCILS: TONY MOORE

THE STORY:
"TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS," PART 2
Among the truckers who work the loneliest stretches of highways at night, there is a legend. The legend of the Highwayman, the hellbilly terror of the hammer lane, a former trucker who was cursed by the devil and now drives a mystical black rig, preying on the souls of anyone foolish enough to drive his highways come nightfall. This issue, that happens to be Danny Ketch, a man who knows a thing or two when it comes to curses.
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:55 am

YES!
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Daringd

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Postby Daringd » Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:34 pm

My main store didn't have it I'll go to the othe rplace in town they might have it so. Hopefully I'll have a review for this some time this weekend. It looked good
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:08 pm

So we've had 1 review of the book so far? What kind of shit is this? :P

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Postby ****** » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:10 pm

doombug wrote:So we've had 1 review of the book so far? What kind of shit is this? :P


4thy's trying to sabotage the group. :x :x :x
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:18 pm

amlah6 wrote:4thy's trying to sabotage the group. :x :x :x


Don't worry, I'll post a review tonight or tomorrow after reading the book.
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48THRiLLS

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:16 pm

Loved this. My only major complaint was the 5 dollar price tag... This was definitely a set up issue with tons of character development and a great last page which will end up costing me 15 more dollars. It isn't anything you don't see coming but it was still done very well and definitely sold me on the 4 issue mini. I sorta agree with the sole other reviewer regarding the art, though I may like it a little more...but it definitely suits this book especially the dream sequence. Reminds me of Riley Rosmo from Proof, I prefer a little less stylized and cleaner artwork but this didn't put me off.

STORY - 10

ART - 8

OVERALL - 9


...6 pages, 2 reviews??? C'mon peoples!

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Postby ****** » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:27 pm

48THRiLLS wrote:...6 pages, 2 reviews??? C'mon peoples!


If you increase your posts per page to 50, the ratio is nearly as depressing. :wink:
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:06 pm

So... um ... that was interesting, I will have to read it again to score... it was a might bit confusing and way too much like reading Fitzgerald for my taste. the art is a very mixed bag. I will sleep on it, read it again and score tomorrow.
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Postby Starlord » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:18 pm

Well, I have to say that this was the most interesting book I've read in ages. It's extremely different and I was excited to read this. The art was fantastic and the story was intriguing. It was a little denser than I normally enjoy, but the characterization was wonderful. I will probably end up getting the rest of this series and I'm very glad I read this!

Story: 8
Art: 8
My score: 8
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:52 pm

Now that, ladies and gentleman is what I am talking about. A fun mystery using one of literatures coolest horror writers mixing in elements from his stories is definitely not a new idea, but it's fun here. We follow HP Lovecraft as he seems to have no luck in love or his career over all. He also has these weird dreams that turn out to be premonitions in a way. And things take a turn for the very weird, like they are supposed to.

The art is unique as well and very fitting for the story and the era it takes place in. It will be interesting to see just where things go from here next month.

Verdict: 9!
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:59 pm

48THRiLLS wrote:Loved this. My only major complaint was the 5 dollar price tag... This was definitely a set up issue with tons of character development and a great last page which will end up costing me 15 more dollars. It isn't anything you don't see coming but it was still done very well and definitely sold me on the 4 issue mini. I sorta agree with the sole other reviewer regarding the art, though I may like it a little more...but it definitely suits this book especially the dream sequence. Reminds me of Riley Rosmo from Proof, I prefer a little less stylized and cleaner artwork but this didn't put me off.

STORY - 10

ART - 8

OVERALL - 9


...6 pages, 2 reviews??? C'mon peoples!

Riley is highly stylized, but consistent... this guy is all over the place in designs, layouts and details. It was interesting to me that he made his backgrounds detailed and the people not so much, makes you wonder which was more important. The art fits the book, but is by no means great, there are vast internal inconsistencies and points it just looks lazy, lines just disappearing into the air. I get that it is supposed to be dreamy looking and I like his kinetic energy, none of the panels are static, but it is not refined by any means.

Riley draws a sketchy line, but he does it the same way every time, this guy is trying to pull off the same effect but is nowhere near as talented.

The art is the biggest problem I am have writing the review. I know I don't know enough Lovecraft to catch all the references, but the art is perfect in some ways and horrible in others.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:37 pm

I posted a link in the group page for Ultimate Comics: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic ... 2350553724
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:11 pm

Got a copy today, will read and review it tomorrow.
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48THRiLLS

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:43 pm

thefourthman wrote:Riley is highly stylized, but consistent... this guy is all over the place in designs, layouts and details. It was interesting to me that he made his backgrounds detailed and the people not so much, makes you wonder which was more important. The art fits the book, but is by no means great, there are vast internal inconsistencies and points it just looks lazy, lines just disappearing into the air. I get that it is supposed to be dreamy looking and I like his kinetic energy, none of the panels are static, but it is not refined by any means.

Riley draws a sketchy line, but he does it the same way every time, this guy is trying to pull off the same effect but is nowhere near as talented.

The art is the biggest problem I am have writing the review. I know I don't know enough Lovecraft to catch all the references, but the art is perfect in some ways and horrible in others.


I can agree with that... after a 3rd read, I decided that I may have scored the art a little high but I think since I really enjoyed the story it upped the art score a bit.

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