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Postby ****** » Fri May 29, 2009 2:04 pm

GLX wrote:Batman and Robin #1, bitches. 8)


I'm shocked, shocked I say! :shock: 8)

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Postby ****** » Fri May 29, 2009 2:12 pm

GLX wrote:Batman and Robin #1, bitches. 8)


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Batman and Robin #1
as selected by GLX[/center]Written by Grant Morrison
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"Batman Reborn" begins here! With the reunited team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3,New X-Men), this first issue kicks off a 3-part story arc that can't be missed! The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who's been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? The newest era of The Dark Knight begins here!

32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

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Postby Victorian Squid » Fri May 29, 2009 2:56 pm

I don't even know GLX and I was afraid that would be the pick.

That is the ugliest Quitely art ever.
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Postby thefourthman » Fri May 29, 2009 4:29 pm

Yay!!!
Batman and Robin!!!
:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Oh by the way some other guy picked Animal Man this week at BF, but I do actually have a copy (even though it didn't ship to our stores this week :p) and the review will be an exclusive to here!!!! I should have my review up by Sunday Evening.

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri May 29, 2009 6:36 pm

Animal Man #1
The only DC proper books that I read are those chosen here ...lemme say that this is the best one I have read to date. This was fun, easy to grasp, and the art was beautiful. I really enjoyed this one, I don't know anything about Animal Man, I did not read Morrison's legendary run... hell I could not point him out if he was the only guy in the room. I wanna say again how much I loved the art, I don't know how to explain it other than it was easy on my eyes.

STORY - 8

ART - 10

OVERALL - 8.999999999

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Postby doombug » Fri May 29, 2009 8:13 pm

So....yeah. The last days of Animal man gives us Buddy as we've never seen him before, having problems with his powers, arguing with his wife and questioning his life....wait a minute, we have seen this before.

The only moment I really enjoyed in this issue was the situation with Buddy and the hollywood director. Other then that? This whole thing really felt like an average comic. It's disappointing for such a cult character and I really hope for the rest of the mini to shape up but for now?

This gets a 6.
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Postby Victorian Squid » Sat May 30, 2009 8:05 am

doombug wrote:So....yeah. The last days of Animal man gives us Buddy as we've never seen him before, having problems with his powers, arguing with his wife and questioning his life....wait a minute, we have seen this before.

The only moment I really enjoyed in this issue was the situation with Buddy and the hollywood director. Other then that? This whole thing really felt like an average comic. It's disappointing for such a cult character and I really hope for the rest of the mini to shape up but for now?

This gets a 6.


We've seen all this before, is what I was thinking too.

The Hollywood scene was ok, but it is supposed to be what, the year 2024? And they are arguing whether or not to blow up a car they should probably do with CGI effects NOW much less in 15 years.

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Postby Starlord » Sat May 30, 2009 9:22 am

my review is coming. I'm sorry guys. I've been busy looking for a little girl and haven't done much else. :(
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Postby Punchy » Sat May 30, 2009 11:46 am

The Last Days Of Animal Man #1(of 6) - 'Part One: Deny' - Conway, Batista and Meikis

Story - This will hopefully be a shorter review than usual (thank God! I hear you cry) as I don't have as much to say about it. It was a perfectly competent book, nothing bad about it, but nothing to make it really stand out.

I don't really know anything about Animal Man, never read the supposedly seminal run that Grant Morrison did with the character in the 80s, my only exposure to the man with the most all-American name in comics, Buddy Baker was in 52 and Countdown To Adventure, were he was teamed up in a sort of ad hoc cosmic team with Adam Strange (one of my favourites) and Starfire, I enjoyed him in that situation, but he remains pretty much a mystery to me. Gerry Conway too is a bit of a mystery, I know who he is, he's a bit of a legendary Comics figure thanks to his work in the 70s, but I've never really read anything he's done. So, a combination of Animal Man and Gerry Conway is not one that's likely to set my world on fire, but as I said, this was a decent, if unspectacular book.

This series is set in the future, (albeit one that doesn't seem that different to now, but how can we criticise Conway for that, nobody knows what the future will be like, he may be the new Nostradamus!), and we find Buddy Baker as an aging superhero, no longer in his prime, his kids are grown, he and his wife are having a few troubles, and most importantly, he seems to be losing his powers. What I liked about this was that we were seeing an older hero, most heroes are young and tough, but this is a guy in his 40s, still trying to help the world, I know there are a few characters who are about that age already, like the JSA, but even though they are supposed to 80 they are probably much fitter than any of us! Buddy isn't, and it's interesting, you can feel his worries about his powers. Adding to the power of his emasculation, the future setting of this series means that it's not in continuity, so you know, he could actually die, unlikely, but maybe. Later issues promise appearances by other DCU characters in this future, that could be interesting.

One of the best things about this comic was the way Conway described how Buddy's powers work, which was interesting and evovative, it's like listening to a choir of Animals, it's almost poetic, and Conway uses it well, that series of panels when Buddy is listening out for the Gorilla and then loses it were perhaps the highlight of the issue. As I said, I haven't read any other Animal Man stories, so I don't know if this is something Conway has come up with, or if it's from the original silver-age stories or from Morrison, but either way, I liked it.

So that's the good stuff, but as I said, it was nothing brilliant, the villain of the story, I can't even remember his name now, Bloodrage or something else Liefeldian, was a bit cliched, and the troubles Buddy has with his wife are also cliched. The dialogue, as is to be expected by an old-timer like Conway, was very traditional, nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't help to set the book apart, at least he made some attempts to update his style, unlike a certain long-time X-Men writer ahem ahem.

Overall, this was a perfectly adequate comic, Conway obviously still has a knack for the medium (despite working for crap TV shows like Law and Order), the beats all work, the dialogue while not spectacular does it's job, and I particularly liked his description of Animal Man's powers. It's not flashy, but if you like Animal Man, and are hankering for an old-school story that stands alone (and doesn't rub it's old-schoolness in your face, like a school disco club night), you could do worse than check out The Last Days Of Animal Man.

Hmm, it looks like I did have plenty to say about this, oh well.

Art - I really like Chris Batista's work, it's traditional and not flashy, but he has a very good style, and can draw pretty much anything, from JLA: Crisis Of Conscience, through 52, and other work like Robin he is one of DC's unsung artistic heroes. I'd like to see him work on Superman, his neo-traditional style is a perfect fit for these kinds of stories. Good stuff.

Best Line - 'Now pick out one voice, one single voice. Listen to it'

6/10
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Postby thefourthman » Sat May 30, 2009 12:08 pm

Punchy wrote:The Last Days Of Animal Man #1(of 6) - 'Part One: Deny' - Conway, Batista and Meikis

best review ever.

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Postby Punchy » Sat May 30, 2009 12:11 pm

thefourthman wrote:best review ever.


I pressed submit by accident! The full review is up now.

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Postby GLX » Sat May 30, 2009 12:55 pm

starlord wrote:my review is coming. I'm sorry guys. I've been busy looking for a little girl and haven't done much else. :(


I know. That's why I made the comic nomination thread.
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Postby doombug » Sat May 30, 2009 11:45 pm

House of J wrote:We've seen all this before, is what I was thinking too.

The Hollywood scene was ok, but it is supposed to be what, the year 2024? And they are arguing whether or not to blow up a car they should probably do with CGI effects NOW much less in 15 years.


The reason I liked the hollywood scene was because Buddy was sticking up for the kid, not the over all argument. But awesome, this may be the first time we've actually completely agreed on something.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Sun May 31, 2009 8:48 am

doombug wrote:The reason I liked the hollywood scene was because Buddy was sticking up for the kid, not the over all argument. But awesome, this may be the first time we've actually completely agreed on something.


Yeah, I liked that too. I like the Buddy Baker character, and that's spot-on characterization. I wanted Buddy and Ellen to be happy in the future, I mean let's face it they've been through a lot. One thing I really didn't like was how the scene with Buddy and Ellen made me actually dislike her. I think Buddy should opt for the life of the swinging bachelor at this point.

It's just one of the reasons this book felt so flat to me was because of how little imagination went in to crafting the 2024 background, other than little knee-jerk things like "carbon taxes" worked into the dialogue rather artificially-sounding. For some reason it bothers me more than any other single problem with this issue.

But cool we agree. Do we disagree often? (For the record, I'd rewrite my Herogasm paragraph now that I've read 16 issues of The Boys. Kind of weird going into that with Herogasm as my introduction, but actually it gave me good background going into The Boys first two graphic novels and kept me from getting bored with the slower parts.)

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Postby Punchy » Sun May 31, 2009 12:43 pm

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