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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri May 07, 2010 5:06 pm

Spicy Dick wrote:Never ever?


Never.

It impairs your judgement.
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Garofani Spruzzo

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Postby Garofani Spruzzo » Fri May 07, 2010 5:07 pm

Punchy wrote:Never.

It impairs your judgement.


But it was the X-Men Forever Annual, I had to impair my judgement just to open it. :(
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Garofani Spruzzo

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Postby Garofani Spruzzo » Fri May 07, 2010 10:11 pm

Ok, I may have lost this week's book..
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Fri May 07, 2010 10:21 pm

Spicy Dick wrote:Ok, I may have lost this week's book..

ITT: PUNCHY WAS RIGHT!!! :shock:

























































:lol: :lol:
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Garofani Spruzzo

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Postby Garofani Spruzzo » Fri May 07, 2010 10:27 pm

thefourthman wrote:ITT: PUNCHY WAS RIGHT!!! :shock: :lol: :lol:


I didn't have any whisky, I've been getting ready for a dealer thing and there are piles of vintage children's books everywhere waiting for me to move them elsewhere. It's a wall of stacks of books 3 feet high and I think it's in there somewhere. :?

I will need some medicinal spirits when I muster the unction to tote those tomes.
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Fri May 07, 2010 11:12 pm

I have a shit-load of books to buy next week and that is one of the few I hadn't planned on getting. Guess I'm adding it to my list now. :lol:

3MJ

Postby 3MJ » Sat May 08, 2010 3:20 am

Blady hell, you people are killing me here, hopefully I'll get both books next week, when I order my monthly shop.
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat May 08, 2010 3:21 pm

Jude Terror wrote:The art was ok.


You....BASTARD! :evil:
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Sat May 08, 2010 3:23 pm

in other words, I wish I had thought of it. :cry:
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat May 08, 2010 3:27 pm

thefourthman wrote:in other words, I wish I had thought of it. :cry:


I still remembered his Daytripper review. :( I just can't rant on and on like that. Originally, the review was going to start out like this:

I, Zombie....no. I, GLX, went to my local comic book shop.....
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sat May 08, 2010 5:18 pm

I, Zombie #1 - 'Dead To The World' - Roberson and Allred

Story - Has anyone else noticed that Vertigo seems to be going back to it's magic and horror comic roots recently? It kind of got away from them with crime books like Scalped, and whatever the hell genre Y: The Last Man is. But just lately we've been getting back to the magic and horror stuff, The Unwritten, American Vampire, and now I, Zombie. And just like those titles, this is another promising debut issue from the best imprint in comics.

The central premise of I, Zombie is that Gwen Dylan, a Zombie with a difference, eats brains and then has to investigate the deceased's murder alongside her Ghost and Werewolf friends. The Hollywood high concept would be 'Buffy meets Scooby Doo meets the Walking Dead meets Chew meets Being Human meets Scott Pilgrim'. And surprisingly, it works.

This issue is pretty light on action, it mainly sets up the character's and their situations, but I found it engaging. Gwen seems like an interesting character with a past worth exploring. I'm a sucker for Ghosts who are stuck in the past, so Ellie is cool, and we all like to see a hopeless loser guy chase after a girl he loves. Even if that girl is a Zombie and he's a werewolf (sorry, were-terrier). The banter between the characters zings past nicely, and I can see myself enjoying just hanging out with these guys once a month.

Roberson also introduces some subplottish threats, you've got the Vampires who run a paintball game, the mysterious company searching out the undead, and even some ghostly dolls. And of course the mystery of who killed the guy who's brain Gwen eats, and even how she died herself. This issue was only a little taste, but I'm intrigued enough to want to eat a whole brain's worth.

I don't get any criticisms of this being too 'hipsterish' or whatever, it just seems like an interesting concept to me. I didn't detect that much irony here, Roberson seems pretty committed to his vision of what a Zombie is. It may not be as scary as the traditional take, but it's valid, and I liked it.

This is another hit for Vertigo I thinks, it has a strong female protagonist, and what with the current craze for all things horror archetype, this could do really well. This opening issue may be a little light, but for only a dollar, I can accept it.

Art - I think part of what made this book's quirky tone work is the art of Mike Allred. He's just fucking awesome isn't he? I bought Madman for like 2 years despite not knowing what the hell was going on, just to look at his art. His style goes against so many horror conventions, it's bright, with clear linework, and along with the unconventional characters, it's the perfect complement. I hope he sticks around. Accusations of hipster doucheness could become more accurate without an artist of Allred's calibre.

Best Line - 'When the ghost girl thinks you're behind the times, well...'

8/10
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Garofani Spruzzo

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Postby Garofani Spruzzo » Sat May 08, 2010 7:19 pm

Found it!
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Mr_Batman

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Postby Mr_Batman » Sat May 08, 2010 8:06 pm

I'm too lazy to post my review right now.
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Garofani Spruzzo

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Postby Garofani Spruzzo » Sat May 08, 2010 9:10 pm

Mr_Batman wrote:I'm too lazy to post my review right now.


ditto
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Eric Ratcliffe

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Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sat May 08, 2010 10:08 pm

izombie #1

Story by Chris Roberson
Art by: Mike Allred

"My old life was over, so I started a new one."

Gwen seems like your average girl at first, works a 9 to 5 kind of job as a grave digger with a crew but she's obviously hiding some secrets from everyone. It's a quirky idea, having a smart zombie who still holds on to to concept of life and doesn't crave brains 24/7. You surround her with other unique takes on classic horror concepts like a retro ghost, Scott aka Spot the weredog, mysterious creatures hunters who may be attached to her past life and a vampire who is up to know good.

Each new character is introduced with only just a few pages each but it's easy to be interested in each one. There are seveal plot threads being juggled at once like the hints of Gwen's previous life as well as Ellie's. Not to mention the consequences of Gwen's brain eating activities which will seem to feed the over all series.

Mike's art is as strong as ever and I really get the sense that they have a ton of issues already in the bag before the release. I really loved his take on Spot the weredog and i'll be curious to see more of the character in the coming issues.

All in all this is a good looking book with an attractive main character and supporting cast.

Story: 8
Art: 9.5

Over all score: 8.5 8)

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