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superfictious

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Postby superfictious » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:11 pm

This is the first issue of BG I've read in a while. Michael's not a completely unlikable character, but for a futuristic hero he represents a version of the DCU I'd prefer was long in the past. After this issue, maybe that'll change. Maybe Booster will change. Maybe letting go of the huckle-chuckle days of the classic, yet defunct, JLI will give the character what he needs to be the prime-time player in the DCU his ego always thought he would be.

There's nothing particularly special about the storytelling here. If anything, it's rife with old-school cliches that work in spite of themselves. The art is only servicable. But there's an air of movement in this issue that makes up for these shortcomings. I've been fooled before by "letting go" issues, but I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt. Ted Kord is dead, and Booster realizes it's time to let go. I can only imagine what that coccept actually means for a time-traveler, but this issue portrays it as heavy stuff indeed. If Booster wants to be a hero of the times, he can't afford to be stuck in times gone by.

So, all in all, this seems like a good starting or ending point for the casual fan. I'll check out BG next month to see if Michael starts to become the hero of the future or if he reverts back to being a braw-ha-ha stick in the mud.

Story: 7
Art: 6
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SilverPhoenix

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Postby SilverPhoenix » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:00 pm

My review will be up no later than Monday Night, due to the Fables Features. As for my selection, we're down to the Final 3 which consists of.

Conan: The Road of Kings #1
The Suicide Forest #1
Black Panther: Man Without Fear #513

Avengers Academy and Thunderbolts would've been good picks, but they fell a little bit to the wayside due to the natural curiosity that those 3 books have attached to them.

The Final Winner will be picked Sunday Evening.
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GLX

Outhouse Editor

Postby GLX » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:08 pm

SilverPhoenix wrote:My review will be up no later than Monday Night, due to the Fables Features. As for my selection, we're down to the Final 3 which consists of.

Conan: The Road of Kings #1
The Suicide Forest #1
Black Panther: Man Without Fear #513

Avengers Academy and Thunderbolts would've been good picks, but they fell a little bit to the wayside due to the natural curiosity that those 3 books have attached to them.

The Final Winner will be picked Sunday Evening.


I'd go with Black Panther.
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:09 pm

I would be happy with 2 of 3 of those, but you already know my pick of the 3 so I won't try to over-sell it.
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:14 pm

GLX wrote:
I'd go with Black Panther.


Me too, if its either Conan or The Suicide Forest then I think my participation is a little iffy as I'm not sure if my LCS is even going to get any issues of those in. They get Hellboy stuff for their shelves, but it seems like anything else from Dark Horse is either pre-order it or don't expect to see it. Anything from any independant companies is pretty much the same.
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:44 pm

I would probably check out Suicide Forest if it was the pick, just saying.
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Zero

Zombie Guard

Postby Zero » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:58 am

All three would be good picks, no bias here.
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SilverPhoenix

Staff Writer

Postby SilverPhoenix » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:33 pm

With a weekend of hype added to my decision, it's time to announce the book we're going to be reviewing. After much self-debate and deliberation the final decision won by less than half of thread. Ladies and Gentlemen, Review Group Week #253 will be taking on......


The Suicide Forest #1

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Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan... which is also the most famous suicide spot in the entire world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming-haunting deep in those ancient woods. This series from the creators of the acclaimed The Veil examines the lives of Alan, an average worker from Tokyo and his rather unhealthy relationship with Masami, and Ryoko, a forest ranger who recovers the suicide victim's bodies from the woods. We discover that behind Ryoko's unconcerned surface lies a secret, and these three lives will be forever changed by the darkness waiting for them in the Suicide Forest.


As for Black Panther: Man Without Fear #513, it only lost out by the slimmest of margins, and that was due to the fact that we did Daredevil #512 in Review Group Week 251. Still, if anyone feels inclined (and if BlueStreak approves) we can always do a Spin-Off Thread for that Comic with a bit of a twist that comes in the form of this question to go along with your thoughts.

From what you read in this issue, do you think Marvel can this book can contribute to the raising of T'Challa's profile to where he can be considered part of the "A-List" tier of characters?

With that said, can't wait to see how RG #253 shakes out.
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john lewis hawk

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Postby john lewis hawk » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:36 pm

Suicide Forest sounds awesome.
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Greg

Rain Partier

Postby Greg » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:37 pm

SilverPhoenix wrote:With a weekend of hype added to my decision, it's time to announce the book we're going to be reviewing. After much self-debate and deliberation the final decision won by less than half of thread. Ladies and Gentlemen, Review Group Week #253 will be taking on......


The Suicide Forest #1

Image

Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan... which is also the most famous suicide spot in the entire world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming-haunting deep in those ancient woods. This series from the creators of the acclaimed The Veil examines the lives of Alan, an average worker from Tokyo and his rather unhealthy relationship with Masami, and Ryoko, a forest ranger who recovers the suicide victim's bodies from the woods. We discover that behind Ryoko's unconcerned surface lies a secret, and these three lives will be forever changed by the darkness waiting for them in the Suicide Forest.


OOOOOHHHHHHH, this looks promising! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

And I loved The Veil.
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SilverPhoenix

Staff Writer

Postby SilverPhoenix » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:39 pm

I'm glad you guys think this book has a lot of promise.

Greg: I'm deadly serous about the spin-off thread, as well. Once we get the okay, spread the word out and get people to post their views. I really want to see what the pulse is behind Black Panther's latest comic.
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Greg

Rain Partier

Postby Greg » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:42 pm

SilverPhoenix wrote:I'm glad you guys think this book has a lot of promise.

Greg: I'm deadly serous about the spin-off thread, as well. Once we get the okay, spread the word out and get people to post their views. I really want to see what the pulse is behind Black Panther's latest comic.


I'll see what I can do.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:56 pm

I'm sure suicide forest will have 6 reviews...Is the amber atoms rule still in effect?
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john lewis hawk

Founder of The Outhouse

Postby john lewis hawk » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:25 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:I'm sure suicide forest will have 6 reviews...Is the amber atoms rule still in effect?

it's the Hawk rule, motherfucker!!!
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:38 pm

Good choice, SP, you don't have to worry about the minimum review rule and if the usual people refuse to participate because they don't get to ogle muscle-men in tight-pants for one week out of 10, it'll be no big loss as usual.

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