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Postby ****** » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:46 pm

amlah6 wrote:Since it's hard to find, I'll offer my copy of this week's book up to the first person who wants it but can't get a copy from their LCS.

It might be Friday before I can make it to the post office though.


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Postby 48THRiLLS » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:11 pm

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I would like to take you up on this. How do we make it happen?

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Postby ****** » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:31 pm

48THRiLLS wrote:I would like to take you up on this. How do we make it happen?


PM me your mailing info and I'll send it to you tomorrow.

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:00 am

right now I'm thinking,
cowboy ninja viking
frankencastle
victorian undead.
doombug wrote:You really are the george carlin of the outhouse. that's fucking hilarious.


doombug wrote:and yeah, Yoni called it. :drunk



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Postby doombug » Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:57 am

guitarsmashley wrote:right now I'm thinking,
cowboy ninja viking
frankencastle
victorian undead.


If you were an attractive woman I would want to fuck you for your taste in comics sir. :lol:

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Postby thefourthman » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:23 am

ITT Doombug, not happy with being the group cutter decides to out Starlord Starlord!

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Postby Jubilee » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:38 am

Going in to town later, will look for it, doubt I'll find it.
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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:16 am

doombug wrote:If you were an attractive woman I would want to fuck you for your taste in comics sir. :lol:


would there be dinner first?
doombug wrote:You really are the george carlin of the outhouse. that's fucking hilarious.


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Postby thefourthman » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:17 am

guitarsmashley wrote:would there be dinner first?

knowing Doomie, only if you are paying. :wink:

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Postby doombug » Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:28 am

thefourthman wrote:knowing Doomie, only if you are paying. :wink:


Took the words right out of my mouth. :lol:

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Postby Punchy » Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:49 pm

Locke & Key: Crown Of Shadows #1 - 'Crown Of Shadows Chapter One: The Haunting Of Keyhouse' - Hill and Rodriguez

Story - Uh.... yeah, so.... um, that was... different. This is a difficult review to write, because I'm really quite lost here. The only previous instalment of Locke & Key I've read is the very first issue, which I picked up when it first came out, and liked it a lot, but my LCS didn't get anymore issues in, and now I pick this up, and while I have a vague idea of what's going on there's this family who's dad was murdered, and they live in a magic house, but I just... I just don't know, I was confused, and while there's obviously a lot of craft and thought here, to someone who hasn't been reading the book, it was a load of guff.

This issue really boils down to a Ghost Fight, as this guy Sam fights this other guy Dodge, and they argue about stuff, and I really have no idea what's going on, there's something about a weird contraption on Dodge's back, and there's some magic keys. Huh? Wha? Meh. Some of the dialogue here was a bit over the top, and you can tell that Hill is chiefly a novelist, but it worked. I just don't have the knowledge to care. But I did enjoy when Sam and Dodge were both inside one body, and punching eachother, it was clever. I did find it interesting too that Sam, who is a serial killer or whatever, has been made into a sympathetic character.

It's clear that this is a pretty unique book, with a lot of ideas, and some truly interesting horror story ideas, but this issue makes no real attempt to appeal to new readers, but hey, this is my fault, I should probably be reading this book, and reviewing this was a reminder to me that I'm missing out on something special, and that I have to go and pick up the trades. Much like with Mice Templar, it's not you, it's me. Maybe I should pick up the trades of volumes 1 and 2, and then come back and Re-review this, because I'm sure I'll like it a whole lot more.

Art - I can properly review the art here, since recognising good art doesn't require me to have read the previous series, and I liked Rodriguez's art a lot. The facial expressions of the characters are strong, and Sam and Dodge were recognisable as Ghosts. The way the Ghosts were portrayed was also interesting, I liked how each of them was a different colour. Good, somewhat cartoony stuff, but surprisingly appropriate for a horror/mystical comic.

Best Line - 'Yeah, sorry on that. I'm not sure Ghosts can. Fuck, I mean. Souls don't even have a gender'

6/10

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Postby Kerny » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:36 am

Has next week's been picked yet?

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Postby ****** » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:38 am

Kerny wrote:Has next week's been picked yet?


Nope.

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Postby Old Man » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:55 am

Kerny wrote:Has next week's been picked yet?


Let's do Amazing Spider-Man.
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Postby Punchy » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:57 am

Old Man wrote:Let's do Amazing Spider-Man.


#612 or The List special?

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