Friday, August 17, 2007

Reading is fun-damental!

Mike's post about comics below reminded I haven't posted about comics in awhile.

Here's what I've been enjoying lately:

Essential X-men: I'm up to volume 5 on this. A cheap way to get just about the entirety of Claremont's record-shattering run (16 unbroken years on one title). Since each volume is 2 years, and they go up to 7, Marvel only needs to release one more volume to have the entire Claremont run in the Essential format.

Wolverine Premiere Classic: The original Wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont and uber-artist Frank Miller. An absolute classic. If you don't a copy of this mini-series I'm almost positive you're a bad person.

Young Avengers trades #1-2: A funny, smart, soap-opera-y take on a bunch of kids who declare themselves avengers. Good, light reading.

The more of an Avengers fan you are, the more you'll like these trades, as they are absolutely LOADED with easter eggs for Avengers fans. I mean, they have a reference to the Kree-Skrull War and the Vision-Scarlet Witch mini-series in the same issue!

Civil War: War Crimes The only dip into the CW pool I've taken beyond the core trade. This is an interesting and mostly silly story about a thug trying to make his way on the streets during the Civil War.

It also includes the War Crimes one-shot that gives the trade its name, which is a much more serious, and way better, story about Kingpin playing Cap and Iron Man against each other.

Wolverine: Enemy of the State 1-2 Wolverine is kidnapped by the Hand ninja and brainwashed into the ultimate assassin. SHIELD busts him loose, reprograms him, and turns him and Elektra loose on the hand.

Mark Millar is an awesome, awesome writer and this series finds him doing what he does best.

4 comments:

Paul King said...

Have you looked at World War Hulk at all? This looks like another interesting crossover.

Charles said...

WW Hulk is definitely on my list. I want to get Planet Hulk first though.

Paul King said...

Oh. I subscribe to Hulk, so I've had those issues for a bit now.

Chuck said...

There are so few comics that I can subscribe to.

Writers change too frequently, and Marvel does wonky things with their schedules/subscriptions that piss me off.

Of course, I continue to go for the occasional sub, so I guess I'm just a sucker.

An example of what I mean:

Because of Civil War, several books were delayed for months, because the issues written would give away the end of the mini-series.

So Captain America, a book I subscribed to, was delayed for months.

Then, the first issue post-Civil War, Cap was killed.

I was ok with that as a plot point, but the other thing this did was cause Marvel to add "Fallen Son: Death of Captain America" 5 issue mini to my subscription.

I couldn't choose NOT to get it. I could either accept it in addition to Cap (so my sub would be 7 issues of Cap and the 5 issue mini) or I could cancel my sub.