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Review Group Week 239 - BILLY THE KID #1

Should there be a mass PM for the Group pick each week?

Yes, it's convenient and a good reminder
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******, Punchy, SilverPhoenix, Starlord, Stephen Day, The_Phenomenal_Sage, thefourthman, Tintin Quarantino
No, I'm a sourpuss grump
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BlueStreak, GLX, guitarsmashley, john lewis hawk, Zero
  Total votes : 14

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Greg

Rain Partier

Postby Greg » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:26 am

thefourthman wrote:Don't buy any more comics until you have read The Goon. Seriously, BLOWS Golly! out of the water (and I think that is a fabulous book). The Goon is a top ten all time title for me. It is AMAZING.

And what you really need to understand about 0 is that it isn't really scraps as much as it is really early work for him. Eventually he decided to create a storyline and his art is in a completely different place now than it was then.

I own like a total of 15 art prints, TWO of them are Goon prints by Powell.


The Goon is on my list, VERY high in fact. If I were still working at the LCS, I would have had some cash to by all the trades. But alas... :-(
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The_Phenomenal_Sage

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby The_Phenomenal_Sage » Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:12 pm

The pick is Steve Rogers Super Soldier #3

******

Postby ****** » Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:41 pm

The Phenomenal Sire wrote:The pick is Steve Rogers Super Soldier #3


SR:SS is an exception funny book so far. Well picked.

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Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #3
selected by The Phenomenal Sire
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: DALE EAGLESHAM

His enemy stands revealed - but that's just the beginning of Steve's problems: Reverted to his former 98-pound-weakling self, Steve is trapped in the heart of the enemy's lair and fighting for his life! Rated T $3.99
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guitarsmashley

Regular-Sized Poster

Postby guitarsmashley » Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:37 am

Please stop sending PM's about the books. I don't care if the new book has been picked I'll read about it here.

******

Postby ****** » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:35 am

guitarsmashley wrote:Please stop sending PM's about the books. I don't care if the new book has been picked I'll read about it here.


Poll added.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:36 am

I don't mind the PM, but I do mind the 4 PMs from Fourthman.

******

Postby ****** » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:39 am

Punchy wrote:I don't mind the PM, but I do mind the 4 PMs from Fourthman.


I've sent him multiple PPMs telling him not to do it and asked Jude to block him though Jude keeps ignoring my request.

******

Postby ****** » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:00 am

A long overdue updating of the Spreadsheet of Doom has resulted in an updated members list. 26 members at present! :)

Maybe two less than that at the end of the week though. :-(
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:02 am

:(
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:54 pm

Billy the Kid #1

Very reminiscent of League of Extra ordinary gentle people or whatever that thing by Morisson was. Great writing and and wonderful characterization here but not thrilled on the art. Not really my style. Billy was really fun to read though. We need more books like these. This is a brand new one I will put on my list to buy when it comes out in trade.

Story: 8
Art: 6
My Score: 7.5
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:41 pm

starlord wrote:Billy the Kid #1

Very reminiscent of League of Extra ordinary gentle people or whatever that thing by Morisson was. Great writing and and wonderful characterization here but not thrilled on the art. Not really my style. Billy was really fun to read though. We need more books like these. This is a brand new one I will put on my list to buy when it comes out in trade.

Story: 8
Art: 6
My Score: 7.5

Hey, looky what Dark Horse makes:
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Billy the Kid's Old-Timey Oddities TPB
Writer: Eric Powell, Steve Niles
Artist: Kyle Holtz, Kyle Hotz
Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure

From the Eisner award-winning creator of The Goon comes an over-the-bigtop horror romp pitting outlaw legend Billy the Kid and a band of circus "freaks" against the evil machinations of the nefarious Dr. Frankenstein!

Penned with deranged glee by Powell and illustrated by fan-favorite horror artist Kyle Hotz (The Agency andThe Hood), Billy The Kid's Old Timey Oddities starts with Billy the Kid free to roam America, having faked his own death. Free, that is, until Fineas Spoule, AKA. The Human Spider, discovers his secret. Now, afraid of being exposed, Billy finds himself in the service of a caravan of carnival sideshow performers who have unfinished business with a mad scientist none other than Victor Frankenstein himself!

This twisted love child of spaghetti westerns and Hammer horror flicks combines Powell's humorous fast-paced storytelling and Hotz's quirky macabre visuals for a story that the whole family will love...if they're the kind of family that love alligator men and miniature boys fighting monstrous mistakes of science with the help of the fastest gunslinger in the West!

Written by Eric Powell creator The Goon, recipient of the International Horror Guild Award and multiple Eisner Awards!
Publication Date: January 11, 2006
Format: SC, 104pg, FC, 7" x 10"
Price: $14.95
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Greg

Rain Partier

Postby Greg » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:00 pm

Man, this sounds like much win. Why must I be poor? :-(
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Eli Katz

OMCTO

Postby Eli Katz » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:00 pm

I will be late with my review for this book. But it will be reviewed for sure!
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:22 pm

One of the joys of "indie" comics is that there's more freedom to do just about anything you want, so long as it's not with licensed characters. It's in the realm of independent comics where you can have a story featuring the infamous Billy the Kid and a pack of misfits travel to London to search for the infamous prostitute murderer known as Jack the Ripper. Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #1 is a fun, almost whimsical take on the murders that rocked London during the late 19th century.

Written by the Goon's Eric Powell and illustrated by Kyle Hotz, Billy the Kid is an enjoyable read from cover to cover. Using the murder investigation as a commentary on the persecution of the malformed and physically disable, Powell springs into action. The first issue quickly sets up the conflict and the cast efficiently. Powell'ss protagonist, the infamous Billy the Kid, is as as likable of a miscreant as they come. He's rude and lecherous with just a glimmer of good flickering deep inside. Powell's crafted a well-developed character and excellently characterized him in only 18 pages. Acting as a foil is Fineas Sproule, the leader of a band of circus misfits and Billy's employer. The two make for an interesting odd couple, bickering at each other throughout the scant 18 pages of the story. My only complaint is the page count. 18 pages, plus a 4 page Goon backup (which honestly did nothing to convince me to read more Goon), doesn't really do it for me when I'm paying $4 for an issue. While I enjoyed the story, it certainly wasn't ground-breaking or captivating enough to pay an additional $12 for the 54 more pages of story.

The art by Kyle Hotz is serviceable but not fantastic. Some pages were strong, while others, especially the ones with the most panels were disappointingly weak. I feel like the story would have been better served with Powell's art, but that would probably be a lot to as for without taking away from Goon.

Overall, this is a good comic but not good enough to justify reading monthly. I'll wait for the trade and enjoy the rest of the story later.

Story: 8
Art: 6

Overall: 7
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:24 pm

so... you will pay 20.00 bucks to read the rest of the story?
also Marvel and DC often charge the same price for the same size book filled with tons of ads. I would much rather buy this at that price than a Marvel book.

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