MarkAndrew at Comics Should Be Good
All my life, my Great Dream has been to grow a triangular head - Roy Thomas
I agree that the series left much to be desired. It started so incredibly well and then Roy and Gil handed it off to others who weren't up to the task.
There was no time travel stated or implied, IIRC. You just had to believe that HE could build a world in that amount of time.
I just finished Planetary (entire run). Was a very good read.
Yeah, I enjoy 90% of Planetary. The Godzilla homage early on sticks with me as something I particularly loved. The new eyeglasses for the Johnny Storm-knockoff, or the crummy way he treated the Lone Ranger mythos, not so much. Still, it was well worth it.
I read the 1970s Atlas Phoenix 1-3. It was ... fine. All right. Neither bad enough to cull nor good enough to buy, if you know what I mean. It's often a bad sign when you slow down to look at the ads while reading a comic. Sal Amendola's panels is energetic, but his drawing really never has the sheer artistic brilliance of that issue of Detective ("Night of the Stalker") inked by Dick Giordano.
I also read 2011's Annihilators 1-4--basically, Cosmic Avengers vs. Dire Wraith/Skrull plot in the front of the book, Rocket Raccoon + Groot story in the back (though the RR&G stories had a higher page count!). Both stories are mindless fun, the first for a fan of the Spaceknight-who-must-not-be-named, and the second for its sheer chaotic bravado. My wife even enjoyed the RR&G story--pleasantly odd. I've never read any other Marvel "Cosmic" relaunch books, and I never felt lost--bravo!
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As for my readings today I re-read John Byrne's Nextmen #21 today, I'm not a huge fan of his but this is the first appearance of Hellboy so for me it's an essential part of my collection. However on just about every other previous reading I've skipped the first twelve pages; they've never held my attention as I have no idea who they are or what's going on in the story. I have zero experience with the Next Men but today, for probably the first time since I first bought the book back in the late 90's, I actually read the beginning of the book ad I found myself intrigued.
Basically, what I'm saying is,are there any here who would recommend this book?
Yes, definitely. It is available in the first volume of IDW's Next Men omnibii, but it's not too hard to find around. (I actually found my copy in a quarter bin years ago.)
The backstory for 2112 is that it was supposed to be the start of Marvel's 2099 line, which Byrne had been developing with Stan Lee and a few others. Byrne fell out with Marvel, but repurposed the story as the prologue to Next Men.
Here's a picture of the cover (I believe this is the second or third edition):
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I figure someone like Grant Morrison could pull off the writing in both cases: he's shown that he can imitate different sorts of voices when he wants to. There are lots of artists who have imitated Kirby at one time or another, so that wouldn't be a problem. Not too sure who could do the Bill Graham artwork, though.
I'm semi-serious about this, BTW: I think it would be an interesting experiment.
I finally got into Tintin today and honestly it may top out as one of my favorite comics of all time. I remember liking the cartoon as a kid and I loved the movie that came out last year but I had never read the comics themselves until just today. I bought The Crab with the Golden Claw, The Shooting Star, The Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham's Treasure, The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun and while I've only read through the first two of those volumes I've already ordered more and I can't wait for them to arrive.
It simply boggles my mind that these books were being put out during the Golden Age of comics, both in terms of story telling and in their art they're just so far ahead of the books being put out by DC at that same time that I can't grasp the difference in quality. I'm not saying Golden Age Superman and Batman were bad, there are a great many stories from back then that I really enjoy but Tintin just trumps them so easily.
I imagine that this reaction is similar to when I first tasted peanut butter, I of course don't remember what I thought then but it must have been similar to the thoughts I'm having now.