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    Let's Talk Comics! Purchases and Reviews: 04/04/12

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    Welcome to "Let's Talk Comics!" for 04/04/12!

    Every week, in this thread, you can:

    1. Discuss what you're buying this week.

    2. Discuss what you've read this last week.

    3. Discuss current news and rumors in the comic book industry that you've heard!

    If discussing something potentially spoilerific, then use your common sense and cover the text with the spoiler code (or provide spoiler space).

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    Daredevil #10.1 / Thunderbolts #172



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    Action Comics #8
    Detective Comics #8
    Animal Man #8

    I'm really only keeping Detective at this point just so I can say I have it =/

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    Amazing Spider-Man #683
    Daredevil #10.1

    Okay, first off, I hate this "point one" nonsense. I wish they'd knock it off. Of course, this is Marvel, so they'll probably introduce point two and point three, so they can ship each title four times a month.

    This leads me to Amazing Spider-Man. I love Spidey, but I hate the twice a month schedule. Since I switched to digital, I don't need to worry about not being able to get an issue, so I think I'm just going to buy this comic once a month. I'm a few months behind on most of the comics I buy, so what difference is one more going to make? Plus, Comixology drops the price after 9 issues so I'll eventually get them for back issue price.

    Anyway, a few weeks ago, I bought the Witch Doctor and Robocop/Terminator miniseries during a Comixology $0.99 sale and I finally got a chance to read them.

    Witch Doctor takes place in a world in which magic exists and follows Vincent Morrow, a doctor of supernatural medicine. It's a rather intriguing idea. Dr Morrow tackles each problem from a medical approach. Now, I don't mean it in a "there's a reasonable explanation for all this" sort of way in which they explain away the supernatural, but by approaching the problems like you would a parasite (vampires) or infection (possession), except with, you know, magical treatments.

    The only downside to the series is that
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    we learn the Morrow is fated to battle a Lovecraftian infestation. It's only mentioned in this mini, but the writers are obviously going to focus on it in the future. Honestly, I'd prefer it if they just stuck to the adventures of a supernatural doctor and not another "chosen one" (we have enough of those already.)


    As to Robocop/Terminator: Kill Human...you should avoid this at all cost. It's truly terrible. It begins in the future as the last person alive is hunted by Terminators. She finds Robocop on display in a Skynet museum and reactivates him by accident. He ends up being taken over by Skynet and kills the girl. He tries to prevent this future by going back in time to stop Skynet (and ends up in the middle of the events of Terminator 2).

    Okay, you're probably wondering why Skynet needs a Terminator museum. Good question. I guess the Terminators like to go there on their days off and reminisce.

    But wait, it gets even dumber.
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    Robocop essentially ends up creating Omni Consumer Products, the company the originally built him and goes after the Terminators (both Arnie and the shapeshifting one) with an army of ED-209s. He isn't concerned about John Conner, he just wants the Terminators dead.

    So Robocop beats them and has the T-1000 (that's the shapeshifting one) shipped off somewhere. He then has Sarah and John Conner, along with the head of Omni Consumer Products and Arnie's body, taken along with him on a ship that has a tank of aqua regia acid. He plans to melt Arnie in it. And it's on a ship because, um, robots don't like water? Yes, that's the actual explanation.

    Anyway, T-1000 escapes, Robocop lets him kill John Conner and seals everyone away in the room which is flooding with acid and lets the ship sink to the bottom of the ocean. That was Robocop's plan all along. Everyone dies. The end.

    Wait, what? So his plan was to trap the T-1000, ship him halfway across the country in the hopes that he would escape and find him on a ship in the middle of the ocean? Gee, Robocop, wouldn't it have been easier to just drop the robots in an aqua regia tank immediately, seal it, and then dump in into the ocean?


    "Horrible" doesn't even begin to describe this series. Nothing that happens makes any sense and Robocop is portrayed as some sort of sociopathic moron.

    The sad thing is that someone from the Robocop and Terminator series had to give the okay for this thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villano View Post
    Okay, first off, I hate this "point one" nonsense. I wish they'd knock it off. Of course, this is Marvel, so they'll probably introduce point two and point three, so they can ship each title four times a month.
    They're actually one step ahead of you. They did just that with Fear Itself and the Venom "Circle of Four" event.

    I liked the Point One idea in theory. Having a recap issue of sorts to get people up to date. I've just yet to read one of them that actually did that. Deadpool's musical issue (despite being really bad) did do that, but by that point it was the series second Point One issue in, like, a year. Even in doing it right it still did it wrong. Although it was a Deadpool comic, so I guess it works in a way.
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    Daredevil #10.1
    Wolverine and the X-Men #8



    Daredevil #10.1
    See the talkback thread for my comments.



    Wolverine and the X-Men #8: A Little Impossible
    The title made me hope for The Impossible Man in a guest starring roll, but no such luck. See The talkback thread for my comments.

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    I read the following Batman comics over my lunch breaks this week, Mad Love, The Man Who Laughs, and the first 6 issues of Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin.

    I loved the first two and found that they provided some interesting stories for Harley Quinn and The Joker. Kinda surprised the former was turned into an episode of The New Batman Adventures, the latter reminded me a lot of Batman: Year One with it's dual inner narratives with Batman and Gordon.

    As for the issues of Batman and Robin, I'm really surprised that the new Batman cartoon will be using Professor Pyg as it's main villain. How the devil are they going to pull that off? Also, I wouldn't mind reading some more stuff with Jason Todd's Red Hood after this and the Under the Red Hood animated movie. He seems like an interesting character.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos Yoshi Mage View Post
    Also, I wouldn't mind reading some more stuff with Jason Todd's Red Hood after this and the Under the Red Hood animated movie. He seems like an interesting character.
    You should see the movie, it's really great stuff with a lot of powerful moments. Oh and if you wnat more Jason Todd, Red Hood and the Outlaws of The New 52 is a good comic and I would recommend it to you to read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos Yoshi Mage View Post
    Also, I wouldn't mind reading some more stuff with Jason Todd's Red Hood after this and the Under the Red Hood animated movie. He seems like an interesting character.
    There was a "Red Hood: Lost Days" mini from about a year or two ago that was a prequel of sorts to the comic that "Under The Hood" was based on. I'd recommend that.

    Grab pretty much anything of Red Hood that Judd Winick wrote. The guy gets a ton of hate, but for my money no one has had a better handle on Todd post-revival.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VictoryStar View Post
    You should see the movie, it's really great stuff with a lot of powerful moments. Oh and if you wnat more Jason Todd, Red Hood and the Outlaws of The New 52 is a good comic and I would recommend it to you to read it.
    I have seen the movie, that's basically what I said, lol. I thought Red Hood and the Outlaws looked cool at first, but a lot of the negative criticism turned me off.
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    That's how I felt at first. It I kept with the series and by the...2nd issue the series finally found out what it wanted to do with itself and became one of my favorite New 52 titles (Batman being first). Has some great tender moments in their too.

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    Comixology is having a one day sale on The Hulk (the Red Hulk series). I picked up #25 - 30 and 30.1 because they are written by Jeff "Agents of Atlas" Parker. I loved that series (one of my favorites of all time), so I figured that I'd give these issues a shot.

    I also bought Incredible Hulk #600 (also part of the sale). I thought it was a retelling of the Red Hulk's origin, which I wanted to read about without subjecting myself to Jeff Loeb's writing. Turns out, I'm an idiot. It's not his origin and it's written by Loeb.

    Honestly, I have no idea what I was looking at on Comixology when I jumped to my conclusion. I was browsing several comics while buying the Hulk issues, so I must have combined issue descriptions.

    Oh well, at least I only wasted $0.99 on it.
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    Picked up my subscription...
    Animal Man #8 was pretty great. The new artist is growing on me, a little. It will take a while to get over the loss of Foreman. Story is pretty epic, can't wait for the Swamp Thing cross over. The cliffhanger is going to kill me though. Venom #15: He's part of the Secret Avengers now? Surewhynot. I'm pumped for the Savage Six arc. Oh and what the heck is Brock up to? This is going to get great. Super Dinosaur #9, Dat ending! There are a few different story threads happening right now and I can't wait to see how they all turn out. Love the series to bits. Mega Man #11,
    The action was great and tension is building. Can't wait for the conclusion.
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    On wednesday I purchased (2004) New Avengers: Breakout TPB, a comic brick of Uncanny X-men (The recent reboot), and X-Sanction #3 and #4.

    New Avengers: I bought tpb 2,3, and 4 at the local book and music exchange, and I was rather confused. I saw the frist one at my local comic shop for $7 and it was worth the read. I'd recommend the first 24 issues of New Avengers to any Avengers, Spider-Man, Captain America, or Iron Man fan. Quite a good read when read in order. Although the Sentry story didn't make a whole lot of sense, you'll have to research it.

    Uncanny X-Men #1 to #7 (2011) Wow, I haven't read schism, but I throughly enjoyed this series. The lineup would be my favorite X-Men team so far if they had Wolverine. Namor is awesome as an X-Man. A great read, especially for the $16 I paid for them.

    X-Sanction: Eh, the first two were great. This was kinda "meh". Wolverine's dialogue sounded like it came out of the 90's. Ugh.

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    Invincible vol 1 - Got this on Saturday at the local comic store. Really great comic and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would considering most of the characters were ripoffs of others but done in a good way.

    Sonic : Genesis enjoyed this mini when it was going and the collection was great too. I hated how they ended it on a semi cliffhanger with issue 230 as a trade is supposed to feel complete most of the time. They'll probably fix it in another rerelease though.

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    It was a bit of a comic-riffic Easter for me. I scored some of the new Marvel Legends figures: Fantomex, Thor and "Bucky" Captain America. The things look amazing. So glad they brought the line back.

    I also got the "John Constantine, Hellblazer: Original Sins" collection. I've always wanted to get into the book, but since it's, like, 300 issues in, I never knew where to start. This one has the first issues, as well as the Swamp Thing tie-ins, so it looked like the best place to start. Really curious to read it and see what all the fuss is about.
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    Comics bought this week:

    Ultimate Spider-Man: Still enjoying this title, though guessing Miles will need to step up his game (as the cop noted, he's too inexperienced)... which I'm sure will come soon enough.

    Amazing Spider-Man #683: Avengers versus the Sinister Six. Fun fight (even if I don't know why the Red Hulk(?) is now an Avenger... or sure if I should care, preferring the original green version).

    Static Shock #8: Final issue, but not read it yet.

    Action Comics #8: Glad to see the Brainiac story close, though dunno about the next storyline re: Nimrod. Liked Morrison's usual spate of old-time Superman lore references, though suspect a few will get fans agitated (the fans who grew up under the post-Crisis/Byrne Superman anyway)...
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