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john lewis hawk

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Postby john lewis hawk » Sun May 09, 2010 1:50 am

Neither of the local shops had it.
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sun May 09, 2010 9:31 pm

izombie #1

Still sad about Old Man being bugled off to Jesus, but it was great to see how many people around the world will remember him. I also took it as a reminder that the words you say to someone might be more important than you think at the time, because you never know when someone may come down with a fatal case of mowing the grass, or something equally dire and unexpected. R.I.P. Alan Coil

So, that izombie, eh? Is it a contrivance of kewl thematic material (zombies, hawt vampires gone wild, rhubarb pie) crassly assembled to appeal to an "indie" comics reader, or is it a promising debut for a new Vertigo series by fan-favorite Mike Allred and less well-known (to comics fans) writer Chris Roberson?

Hard to say how the book will hold up if it goes in the direction of the crime-solving mystery like it seems to be, but I think Chris Roberson doesn't deserve the "hipster douchebag" sort of invective that gets thrown around all too often by insecure comics readers, and a lot of craft and hard work went into making the book look so damn good.

This is the writer of among other things, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love and he and his wife run Monkeybrain Press, specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies. This isn't some guy who racked up a bunch of student loans for a useless liberal arts degree and then slacked upwards--and for those detractors, one in particular, he also wrote X-Men: The Return for Pocket Books in 2007. He is a well-respected science fiction author whose work has been nominated for many awards, and we are lucky to have him working in comics today.

So kudos to Vertigo for getting such a talent on a monthly book--hell, two talents counting Mike Allred! I don't know if the book is for me or not in the long term, but I'll give the creators the benefit of not pretentiously declaring it a fraud after one issue.

7.5
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Sun May 09, 2010 9:38 pm

Spicy Dick wrote:izombie #1

Still sad about Old Man being bugled off to Jesus, but it was great to see how many people around the world will remember him. I also took it as a reminder that the words you say to someone might be more important than you think at the time, because you never know when someone may come down with a fatal case of mowing the grass, or something equally dire and unexpected. R.I.P. Alan Coil

So, that izombie, eh? Is it a contrivance of kewl thematic material (zombies, hawt vampires gone wild, rhubarb pie) crassly assembled to appeal to an "indie" comics reader, or is it a promising debut for a new Vertigo series by fan-favorite Mike Allred and less well-known (to comics fans) writer Chris Roberson?

Hard to say how the book will hold up if it goes in the direction of the crime-solving mystery like it seems to be, but I think Chris Roberson doesn't deserve the "hipster douchebag" sort of invective that gets thrown around all too often by insecure comics readers, and a lot of craft and hard work went into making the book look so damn good.

This is the writer of among other things, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love and he and his wife run Monkeybrain Press, specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies. This isn't some guy who racked up a bunch of student loans for a useless liberal arts degree and then slacked upwards--and for those detractors, one in particular, he also wrote X-Men: The Return for Pocket Books in 2007. He is a well-respected science fiction author whose work has been nominated for many awards, and we are lucky to have him working in comics today.

So kudos to Vertigo for getting such a talent on a monthly book--hell, two talents counting Mike Allred! I don't know if the book is for me or not in the long term, but I'll give the creators the benefit of not pretentiously declaring it a fraud after one issue.

7.5


Well done!
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sun May 09, 2010 9:41 pm

starlord wrote:Well done!


Thanks!

:-)
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sun May 09, 2010 9:47 pm

Jude Terror wrote:Haha, defense and self-validation via review! Nice! :P

When you've been around the block like me kid, you learn not to be impressed by anyone who can slap a scoobie doo zombie concept on a sub-par drawing of a a teen grrl. :wink: Been there, done that. :roll:


I've been around several blocks like you. They are wide indeed.
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sun May 09, 2010 9:55 pm

Jude Terror wrote::lol:


Plus I should get to call you kid, as Old Man has left me in the unfortunate position of elder(ly) review group member. :(
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sun May 09, 2010 10:03 pm

Jude Terror wrote:I could always invite Cat Scratch to join us...


Does he even read comics. :?

As a rule of thumb, new members are always a good thing for the review group! Even...uh..even....catscratch. I guess. To be honest the rule has never been tested like this before.
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S.F. Jude Terror

OMCTO

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Sun May 09, 2010 10:05 pm

Sure he reads them. He'll probably be your new best friend,* with his Claremont hating ways. :P





*much to the chagrin of amlah and fourthy.
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Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sun May 09, 2010 10:13 pm

Jude Terror wrote:Sure he reads them. He'll probably be your new best friend,* with his Claremont hating ways. :P

*much to the chagrin of amlah and fourthy.


I'm forever indebted and grateful to Mr Claremont for, among other things, Uncanny X-Men 96-200 and for him being a genuine and affable person at conventions the couple times I met him briefly as Anonymous Fan #207,356. Also, he gave you a great interview, much better than you deserve. :P

[spoiler]Just kidding, you deserve it as much as anyone and probably more.[/spoiler]
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Eric Ratcliffe

Staff Writer

Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sun May 09, 2010 10:33 pm

I'm doing my best not to create more drama but I want to badly say something. :lol:
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sun May 09, 2010 10:34 pm

doombug wrote:I'm doing my best not to create more drama but I want to badly say something. :lol:


Uh oh!

I can take it.

Unless it's in cartoon form. :cry:

[spoiler]I don't have any real drama here though, I was just joking around.[/spoiler]
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Sun May 09, 2010 10:47 pm

john lewis hawk wrote:Neither of the local shops had it.

sold out or stupid?
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Sun May 09, 2010 10:50 pm

Spicy Dick wrote:izombie #1

Still sad about Old Man being bugled off to Jesus, but it was great to see how many people around the world will remember him. I also took it as a reminder that the words you say to someone might be more important than you think at the time, because you never know when someone may come down with a fatal case of mowing the grass, or something equally dire and unexpected. R.I.P. Alan Coil

So, that izombie, eh? Is it a contrivance of kewl thematic material (zombies, hawt vampires gone wild, rhubarb pie) crassly assembled to appeal to an "indie" comics reader, or is it a promising debut for a new Vertigo series by fan-favorite Mike Allred and less well-known (to comics fans) writer Chris Roberson?

Hard to say how the book will hold up if it goes in the direction of the crime-solving mystery like it seems to be, but I think Chris Roberson doesn't deserve the "hipster douchebag" sort of invective that gets thrown around all too often by insecure comics readers, and a lot of craft and hard work went into making the book look so damn good.

This is the writer of among other things, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love and he and his wife run Monkeybrain Press, specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies. This isn't some guy who racked up a bunch of student loans for a useless liberal arts degree and then slacked upwards--and for those detractors, one in particular, he also wrote X-Men: The Return for Pocket Books in 2007. He is a well-respected science fiction author whose work has been nominated for many awards, and we are lucky to have him working in comics today.

So kudos to Vertigo for getting such a talent on a monthly book--hell, two talents counting Mike Allred! I don't know if the book is for me or not in the long term, but I'll give the creators the benefit of not pretentiously declaring it a fraud after one issue.

7.5

so Roberson is established huh? cool, this I did not know... anything in particular that I should read by him? I would especially be interested in anything that is as fun as this or Cinderella!
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Sun May 09, 2010 10:51 pm

Spicy Dick wrote:Thanks!

:-)

speaking of that, any chance I can get something that good on Other Lives? :p
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Eric Ratcliffe

Staff Writer

Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Sun May 09, 2010 10:53 pm

what else has the writer done?

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