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Review Group Week 191 - HAUNT #1

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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:26 pm

House of J wrote:Is that the beginning of a new arc, so to speak? If so, maybe at some point someone could just put a briefish outline of where things are at in spoiler tags--I've been avoiding spoilers and in-depth reviews in case I wanted to get the first trade. Or am I supposed to just go into it blind, only having read #1? Guess it's ok either way.

I'll let you know after I've read it. No idea if you can go in blind. But you should most definitely pick up the first trade, it is a fantastic book.
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malcolm reynolds

Garbage Collector

Postby malcolm reynolds » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:27 pm

Haunt #1

I didn't hate this not one bit at all. To me Robert Kirkman's first issue's always fall a bit flat. But the concept although dated worked and the art was great, just felt like a gritty invincible.

The one thing that bugged me was the scene with the two brothers in the car just after he's died. It's the first time we see Kurt after he's been murdered, and for the first coupe of panels I was trying to figure out who this new character was. Poorly handled page.


I thought this was an enjoyable step away from the super-her genre for Kirkman and after almost cutting this before I read the first issue, I'm on board at least for a little longer.

Story - 7

Art - 8.5

overall - 7.75



First review in what feels like years, and it sounds like a 10 yr old child wrote it. Bah, I'll get back into the swing of things. Then I can have a word-count-off with punchy.
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48THRiLLS

Review Grouper

Postby 48THRiLLS » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:41 pm

young neil wrote:Haunt #1
The one thing that bugged me was the scene with the two brothers in the car just after he's died. It's the first time we see Kurt after he's been murdered, and for the first coupe of panels I was trying to figure out who this new character was. Poorly handled page.


I am glad I am not the only one who felt this way about that sequence.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:26 pm

It'll be odd reviewing The Unwritten so soon after we did #1, it's something we haven't done before.
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Kerny

Review Grouper

Postby Kerny » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:30 pm

I dropped The Unwritten after issue 4 but I guess I can pick this up for the group

Thats dedication, holmes
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Old Man

cheese

Postby Old Man » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:34 pm

House of J wrote:I don't really take meds, maybe that's the problem.

Maybe I'll buy some on eBay.

I think I could use some.


Viagra?
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Old Man

cheese

Postby Old Man » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:36 pm

Next week's book----------->House Of Mystery Halloween Annual #1?
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Kerny

Review Grouper

Postby Kerny » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:37 pm

Haunt 1

This book has been taking some heat. Most calling it awful. I for one would have to............DISAGREE. Eff it, I liked this. Is it over the top? You betcha. Is it terribly orginial? Not really. Does the costume look all symbiote-y? Of course. (I have a Venom fetish) Is it violent? Oh yeah. Ottley's/Mcfarlane's/Capullo's art is nice. Expressive faces, cool violence, should probably get started on Invincible any day now heh....

I hope Daniel doesn't get on my nerves in the long run with his negativeness and baggage, Kurt seems like the cooler brother, but he's dead so alas. The true test with first issues is will I pick up the next issue based on this one? For me, the answer is yes.

Story 7.5
Art 8

overall a 8. Because a 7.75 feels like a weird score to me to give
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:37 pm

Old Man wrote:Viagra?


One I don't need yet, not so's anyone would care at the moment but me :oops: .

Dry spell since January, after I broke it off with a stripper half my age. True story. Nice girl, two kids. No VD.

******

Postby ****** » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:39 pm

GLX wrote:It's The Unwritten #6, bitches.


[center]Image
Unwritten #6
as selected by GLX[/center]
Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross

As the Tommy Taylor fanbase reels in the aftermath of the Villa Diodati slayings, Tom arrives at Donostia prison in Southern France and falls into the orbit of another story: The Song of Roland. Unfortunately for Tom, it's a story that ends with a massacre...

Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US | Mature Readers
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:31 pm

Heh the review group got me into the unwritten which has become one of my top favorite series easily. 8)

Great choice!
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:31 am

amlah6 wrote:[center]Image
Unwritten #6
as selected by GLX[/center]
Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross

As the Tommy Taylor fanbase reels in the aftermath of the Villa Diodati slayings, Tom arrives at Donostia prison in Southern France and falls into the orbit of another story: The Song of Roland. Unfortunately for Tom, it's a story that ends with a massacre...

Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US | Mature Readers


will take that week off as well since I read issue 1 and am waiting for trade.
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:34 am

guitarsmashley wrote:will take that week off as well since I read issue 1 and am waiting for trade.


Your new av just made me laugh pretty damn hard. :lol:
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:09 am

Just read this again, a print copy this time, I paid my own money for! And I noticed some cool little nods, the Haunt logo, that spiral on his chest, it's on the wall of the room which all the tumorous test-subjects were in, someone had carved it into the wall.

Interesting, and a great example of how Kirkman plans his books.

I definitely noticed a lot more McFarlane in the art when I read the actual comic over the PDF too, his Inks are quite heavy, but it fits the book I feel.
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Mr_Batman

Review Grouper

Postby Mr_Batman » Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:05 pm

Haunt #1

Some people have slammed this book, while others have disagreed. I have to say I enjoyed this book, though I do think it had a few flaws. By no means did I think it was terrible. The story was an interesting one, and I thought Kurt was WAY more interesting than Daniel. The only problem I had was when they were transitioning between that girl saying to kill Kurt if he didn't say anything to the funeral. I know it was assumed that Kurt had died after that last panel, but I couldn't be sure. It was weird. He was alive last page, now he's dead, but his brother's "seeing" him. And I didn't understand the powers thing. Kurt kind of "dove" into Daniel if you will, but then he started throwing up a symbiote? I'm not sure I understood that, so if someone would care to explain.

As for the art, I thought it was really good. The gorier scenes were pretty intense, and even though the character design comes off unoriginal, it was still drawn well. (I especially loved when Kurt was killing all those people on his mission). I didn't have a problem with it at all.

Overall, a pretty good read. I would like to know where his powers came from or whatever. I guess I'll have to read on to find out....

Story- 7.5
Art- 8
Overall- 7.75

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