waiting for barnes and noble to ship my final, SCW, and B&R.
for those that had bad shipping experiences from barnes and noble were you guys only outside of USA or USA included?
Those are the only items I've had shipped to Canada directly. Everything else I've shipped to a receiving company in Washington and drove down to pick them up.
thanks NZ_Inferno and Martin.
I have read Identity Crisis (Absolute) really liked it. Will aim to pick up Crisis on Infinite Earths - thought id make a start on reading the huge books i have at the moment! Already in bed with Vertigo series - have Ex Machina, Y-Last Man and Preacher - all deluxe. I might re-read 100 bullets and give it another go, if not will probably sell them off. I am looking forward to House of Secrets Omnibus as i still have some of the floppies of when it was released and recall loving it - didnt continue as went off to uni where my money was spent on more important things like alcohol and parties!
Now my next question is JLA related - only read a few Batman stories - Long Haloween, Dark Victory, Hush (absolute - can you see a trend! ), halfway through All Star Superman, so kind of familiar, and probably will have a better grasp of things after Infinite Crisis and 52, however what decent JLA books out there in deluxe/ hardcover format that are worth reading - age does not bother me....
Regarding JLA, a great title is Absolute DC: The New Frontier, it's more DCU than strictly JLA, but it's such a great book... It's written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke and set in the 40's and 50's. It's not in continuity (if you care about those things) and has won several awards like Eisner and Harvey.
The four JLA Deluxe hardcovers are also pretty good. Written by Grant Morrison with art by Howard Porter. The stories are a lot of fun, though I'm not too fond of the art. The 4th hardcover also contains JLA: Earth 2 with art by Frank Quitely. Fantastic stuff that one!!! The first 2 books are pretty hard to come by though, but volume 3 and 4 are not OOP yet and should be easy to get.
Also, I'm assuming you've read Kingdom Come (that is obviously in Absolute form)? That's a great JLA tale, too, if you haven't.
It currently has a 3 star out of 5 on amazon. The only Absolute with comparable review scores is Final Crisis (something I love). It would be a very, very odd choice for an Absolute, can you agree with me on that?
I'm going to have to disagree with the notion that the Absolute format is given to books solely because of the art. I'd challenge you to pick out an Absolute with bad writing. You would likely say Hush or For Tomorrow, and I'll have to agree with the idea of Lee having a lot of pull. He does have a lot of Absolutes. Although, Hush was critically acclaimed, and I think the hate might largely come from it's popularity and accessibility to newcomers. For Tomorrow is an odd choice, I have never seen it on "best Superman stories" lists. But the fact of the matter is, nobody wants a crappy story with good art for 100 bucks. That's why I'm saying that the story has to be well written and interesting. It doesn't have to be Watchmen, but at least good.
I, personally, would be very, very disappointed if the next solicited Absolute is ASBAR. Like I said, there are multitudes of books more deserving.
All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.
With that said . . .
No, I don't think it would be an odd choice once it's complete. It's Jim Lee art. You must not know about the politics involved in the comic world if you don't think for one freaking minute Jim Lee can't snap his fingers and get that series put into Absolute form if he wants.
Star ratings mean jack. Who cares. And why bring it up and then cite Final Crisis. You defeat your own argument by the fact that a 3 out of 5 star book (Final Crisis) is in absolute form.
Also, I never said that the Absolute format is given to books solely because of the art. Never. I said Jim Lee could get it done based on his art.
In regards to Absolute books with bad writing? OK, how about Hush, For Tomorrow, Justice, Black Dossier (This is a disgrace of an Absolute in fact because it has nothing new to offer), and World's Greatest Super Heroes. (On a side note, the only absolute I have never read is Danger Girl. Maybe this has poor writing, too, but I can't say.) Heck, to turn it around, V for Vendetta made Absolute and it's got crappy art and a great story. (That, though, was DC milking Moore's name just like they will Lee's name.)
You said "the fact of the matter is, nobody wants a crappy story with good art for $100." You are either naive, kidding or far worse. I will go with kidding and give you the benefit of the doubt.
Further, no one ever said ASBAR would be the next Absolute nor has anyone ever said that they want it to be. I don't know where you're getting this. The next Absolute will be Batman and Robin (Morrison also has some major stroke with upper management) and then Top Ten. Hell, I'm willing to bet that Tom Strong will be solicited by the end of next year if only to complete the Alan Moore ABC run.