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Eli Katz

OMCTO

Postby Eli Katz » Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:33 am

Victorian Squid wrote:
Just about, yeah, but the next volume should really try to open the scope of the book more...I don't feel very articulate at the moment so I can't be much clearer right now.

Writing crime fiction is hard, it's much more difficult than people imagine when readers are even moderately well-versed in the genre, to keep them interested. Sometimes it falls to characters, and in Lawless I felt like I had seen them all many times.

Well, I agree completely. I could never figure out why Bru kept saying that Tracy Lawless was his most popular character in the Criminal universe. "Huh?" I kept saying to myself. Tracy was easily my least favorite protagonist, and his first arc, Lawless, remains my least favorite Criminal arc.
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:53 am

The first issue of the return of Incognito -- YES!!!!!

This was more of a set up issue to get readers up to speed on where Zack's life currently stands than anything else (it was page 19 when the plot finally began), but it was excellent at doing this and the twists that his life has taken since the last time we saw him are all engaging. I loved the psych evaluation scenes, everything having to do with Zack and Zoe's relationship and the obvious hatred that Van Chance and Zack have for one another.

The plot itself is also interesting, it should be fun to see Zack twist and turn morally as he infiltrates Level Nine in his search for Simon Slaughter. It was that choice of morality between being a hero or a villain that Zack found himself in that made the first Incognito such a great read. Its comforting to know that this aspect hasn't been forgotten, because its a big factor that makes Incognito what it is.

9 out of 10
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:02 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:
Except the last arc of Criminal has a lot of the same problems in terms of following a course readers of genre fiction are all too familiar with.


Criminal is probably more cliched than Incognito, but because it's in a genre that isn't dominant in comics, it gets a pass.

Still very good though.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:03 pm

Eli Katz wrote:Well, I agree completely. I could never figure out why Bru kept saying that Tracy Lawless was his most popular character in the Criminal universe. "Huh?" I kept saying to myself. Tracy was easily my least favorite protagonist, and his first arc, Lawless, remains my least favorite Criminal arc.


Yeah, Tracy is nowhere near as interesting as Leo or Jacob, or even Gnarly and Teeg in their single issues.

I really hope the next arc is a Coward sequel.
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:00 am

I've narrowed it down to three. Two that were on Punchy's list and one from Marvel that I'm seriously considering since it's my favorite Marvel title at the moment.
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john lewis hawk

Founder of The Outhouse

Postby john lewis hawk » Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:31 am

Punchy wrote:
Yeah, Tracy is nowhere near as interesting as Leo or Jacob, or even Gnarly and Teeg in their single issues.

I really hope the next arc is a Coward sequel.

Yeah, I agree.

Personally, I would like to see Gnarly as the main in current times or have a brand new character.
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48THRiLLS

Review Grouper

Postby 48THRiLLS » Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:07 am

I like Tracy :smt102
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:09 am

Okay, it's always easier to go with number ones and Superboy was one I was seriously considering, but I'm going out on a limb with my choice this time around. Hawkeye and Mockingbird #6
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:46 pm

starlord wrote:Okay, it's always easier to go with number ones and Superboy was one I was seriously considering, but I'm going out on a limb with my choice this time around. Hawkeye and Mockingbird #6


What the fuck is that? It's like you become more unattractive to me every day.
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:06 pm

starlord wrote:Okay, it's always easier to go with number ones and Superboy was one I was seriously considering, but I'm going out on a limb with my choice this time around. Hawkeye and Mockingbird #6


That works for me. :)
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:00 pm

starlord wrote:Okay, it's always easier to go with number ones and Superboy was one I was seriously considering, but I'm going out on a limb with my choice this time around. Hawkeye and Mockingbird #6


The last issue of a cancelled series?

An... unconventional choice.
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guitarsmashley

Regular-Sized Poster

Postby guitarsmashley » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:40 am

This was a pretty decent comic but it did feel a lot like sleeper and that may just be because of the topic and creative team. There is no way to separate Brubaker and Philips from what is their best work together especially when delving into the world of the super criminal underworld and conspiracy theory. I still don't remember exactly how the previous volume ended but, so what. This one begins with a bit of a kick and then it's all a bunch of nothing, Philips art looks great, so much better than shitty marvel zombies and on par with sleeper. The story is still just ok and I don't have the strongest desire to check out the next issue but might...really the hardest part is not remembering what happened in the previous volume which isn't a major complaint but it tells you how much I cared about it. Either way this was book was still pretty good but also a bit of meh.

7.5
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Eli Katz

OMCTO

Postby Eli Katz » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:55 am

Punchy wrote:
Yeah, Tracy is nowhere near as interesting as Leo or Jacob, or even Gnarly and Teeg in their single issues.

I really hope the next arc is a Coward sequel.

That would be fun.
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:31 am

Punchy wrote:
The last issue of a cancelled series?

An... unconventional choice.



It"s CANCELLED????!!!! When the hell did that happen?!?!

Change of plans. Superboy #1 is my pick for this week.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:07 pm

starlord wrote:

It"s CANCELLED????!!!! When the hell did that happen?!?!

Change of plans. Superboy #1 is my pick for this week.


I just can't quit you.

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