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Postby ****** » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:41 am

I fear if Hawk doesn't pick a crime book next week, we may lose Eli to the Dark Side of the Force.

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Postby Punchy » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:29 am

John Snow wrote:I fear if Hawk doesn't pick a crime book next week, we may lose Eli to the Dark Side of the Force.


Hating Tiny Titans means he's already there!

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Postby ****** » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:30 am

Punchy wrote:Hating Tiny Titans means he's already there!


I have to think there's a chance!

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Postby ****** » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:30 am

Although... I do seem to recall I was one of the lone dissenting voices during the love fest for Tiny Titans #1.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:16 am

John Snow wrote:Although... I do seem to recall I was one of the lone dissenting voices during the love fest for Tiny Titans #1.


I don't think I was in for that.

Tiny Titans

Tiny Titans has a lot more DC in-jokes referencing the past couple decades of comics than any kid will ever catch, where last week's all-ages book seemed dumbed down too much, this week's all-ages book is really a comic for old men disguised as a kid's book. Although there is a level of humor in the book younger readers would relate to, it's about on par with your average Bazooka Joe offering. How many younger readers will recognize the various iterations of the Brainiac character over the years, or the Superman II references? Hell, not knowing who or what the heck Match was almost made the first story impenetrable to me as well.

It's definitely a book for a long-time DC fan to enjoy, and just maybe one his or her kids might like too. I would be surprised, though, if there weren't a lot more old men reading this than new readers. It's a bit bizarre that your typical mainstream Marvel or DC comic book seems to be what many kids are reading, while a book like Tiny Titans seems skewed toward an older market. I think DC and Baltazar have pitched this book to the "Dad & kid" market, something to have a multi-generational appeal but still make it on many adults' pull lists. I just don't think it succeeds on more than one level the way, say, an old Warner Bros cartoon or Roald Dahl story does or even some of the early comic strips. I don't think it would take long for a child of any age to outgrow this book, unless they are at least in their thirties.

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Postby ****** » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:27 am

lol, I called Tiny Titans #1 "a waste of 3 minutes".

Actually, that thread wasn't the lovefest I remembered. It didn't even score over 7.

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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:29 am

John Snow wrote:lol, I called Tiny Titans #1 "a waste of 3 minutes". :lol:

Actually, that thread wasn't the lovefest I remembered. It didn't even score over 7.


It has gotten a lot of high regard here though, because a year or so ago I grabbed a free #1 since so many people here had praised it. I think my review of this issue could go for #1 as well.

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Postby Starlord » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:32 am

my review is coming later but as much as I enjoy Tiny Titans, this one just didn't do it for me. Still, it read a helluva lot better than the Bendis crap.
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Postby 3MJ » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:38 am

Yeah the Tiny Titans books being more aimed at adults than kids cracks me up.

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Postby Eli Katz » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:52 pm

John Snow wrote:I fear if Hawk doesn't pick a crime book next week, we may lose Eli to the Dark Side of the Force.

I don't like all crime comics. I just posted a negative review of Sweets.

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Postby thefourthman » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:53 pm

Eli Katz wrote:I don't like all crime comics. I just posted a negative review of Sweets.

in my experience, the bad ones are still worth looking at, unlike a lot of the garbage the big two put out!
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Postby Victorian Squid » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:57 pm

thefourthman wrote:in my experience, the bad ones are still worth looking at, unlike a lot of the garbage the big two put out!


...which you also read.

I call bullshit, a lousy book's still a lousy book. Everyone and his brother is trying to cash in on the resurgence of interest in crime/noir comics, there's plenty of weeds to pull.

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Postby Eli Katz » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:57 pm

thefourthman wrote:in my experience, the bad ones are still worth looking at, unlike a lot of the garbage the big two put out!

Well, yeah. But that's because the big two put out a 1,000 books a month.
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Postby thefourthman » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:58 pm

hey speaking of crime books, look what i picked up this week:
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DARK RAIN: A NEW ORLEANS STORY

Written by MAT JOHNSON • Art by SIMON GANE • Cover by NESSIM HIGSON

"DARK RAIN has the twists of The Treasure Of the Sierra Madre, the political punch of When The Levees Broke and the character interplay of The Defiant Ones." – Reginald Hudlin, writer of Black Panther, director of Boomerang

From Mat Johnson, writer of the acclaimed INCOGNEGRO, comes a graphic novel thriller set in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Two small-time ex-cons with big dreams get the idea that this would be the perfect time to rob a bank. Catch is, the bank is in New Orleans, and they're on parole in Houston. Now, as every sane person tries to get out of The Big Easy, Emmit and Dabny will do whatever it takes to get in.

As they journey through a tide of human suffering, Dabny wants to help, and Emmit sees only the money. But a rogue commander of the ruthless security force "Dark Rain" has his sights set on taking down the same bank. If Emmit and Dabny don't outrace him, their last hope for a second chance could be washed away in the floodwaters – along with their lives.

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Postby ****** » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:58 pm

Looking at next week's comics on Midtown, I have a real fear that Hawk will pick the Rock N' Roll Comics issue of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts over the Jose Juan Ryp issue of Punisher Max.

I did however just watch The Runaways on Monday (not bad, not bad) and wouldn't mind reading about the adventures of Joan Jett after Cherie Currie left the band.

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