Just finished the Tales of the Zombie run. #9 confused me in that it moved me deeply (including Doug Moench's back up story about "Herbie the Liar"), but it wasn't Gerber.
So what's the story, there? Was this the point at which Gerber left Marvel, or did he just walk off the book? And then, while it made artistic sense to kill off Simon Garth without Gerber, it seems like a disastrous decision from a business perspective (and, in fact, Tales of the Zombie made it exactly one issue without him).
So does anyone know the full scoop?
Finished Gaiman's The Sandman tonight. I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending -- the final story, as well as the entire final volume, but I cried on the last page, truly as though I'd lost a loved one. Only had one book ever do that to me, and never a comic book until now.
A Game of You is probably the most polarizing arc in the series. Gaiman was heavily involved in The Sandman Companion, giving a ton of interviews for it. A Game of You was apparently the closest to a "love it or hate it" story that the series had. It tended to break down on gender lines, with it being the favorite arc of female readers with the males generally not liking it that well.
I feel like Gaiman found a more solid voice with Season of Mists and the volumes that followed. He moved away from stories that tried too hard to be clever and/or shocking and began having more fun simply exploring the full extent of his concept/universe. The cleverness and shock naturally followed with less seeming effort after that.
For what it's worth, I felt about Fables and Reflections the way you seem to about Dream Country.
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What an underrated gem those early Legionnaires issues are. After the doom and gloom tone that had prevailed in the regular Legion of super-heroes book for the previous three-four years, the return to light hearted adventure, optimism and camaraderie in Legionnaires was a change that gave it its own identity and made us forget that the characters were, as far as we could tell, clones of the originals. Personally, I had been a little annoyed at the idea of an independent Legionnaires book that would feature these younger versions of the established heroes in a context that would simply omit to mention their origin, and would present them as the "real" Legion. I though that interactions between the old and new Legionnaires had a lot of unexplored dramatic potential (one that is currently being milked in the Marvel Universe with the "young" X-Men being transported to the present). Nevertheless, as a comic-book, Legionnaires was a lot of fun... a lot better than the latter V4 Legion of super-heroes issues running at the same time. (I loved the more serious Five years later run up until Earth blew up and characters started dying en masse, being crippled or felt victim to a deep ennui).
The artwork by Chris Sprouse is beautiful, with the elegance and deceptive simplicity of a Steve Rude or a Michael Golden. The design work in particular was lovely, as seen with the characters' uniforms, the architecture and the vehicles.
Unfortunately, in hindsight, that cool run was doomed from the start... The abomination that was Zero Hour was already looming in the future. Those were the last few days of the pre-boot Legion.
For some reason I pulled out Marvel Graphic Novel #5
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
I always wonder what the X-Mew would have become if Brent Anderson would have been the regular artist on the book all them years ago.
I really liked his art on this graphic novel and the few other issues and annuals he did.
The only thing I didn't like about this story is that the change of Magneto to a hero may have started here. I always thought that Magneto made a better bad guy than good guy.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-7
I haven't read this since it first came out, i think...
Atrocious dialogue, possibly the worst of Shooter's career, and some out-of-character moments for several heroes and villains (and why those particular villains, anyway?), but a strong story structure with multiple, multiple subplots, keeping things moving and arousing the reader's curiosity. An interesting best of/worst of, all in one. I may update this after reading #8-12.
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I really must look into Sandman at some point. Other than a couple of slim Death TPBs (IIRC), I've never done so. Are there any handy large compendiums? Last time I looked, the number of smaller collections seemed sort of daunting ...
I tend to split superhero comics fans into "People who like Krypto" and "People who don't like Krypto."
Basically, if you miss the wonder of a dog flying around in a little Superman cape, you're in the wrong hobby.