I thought this might be a good place to just post we're reading right now and what we think of it. Might be a good way for people to start to learn about each other's tastes.
I'm mostly a Marvel reader but right now I'm re-reading the Paybacks by Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal & Geoff Shaw. Personally I think Donny Cates is as good as it gets right now when it comes to comic book writers and the Paybacks is where I first discovered his work. It stands up well on re-reading and I find that I like it as much as the first go round which doesn't always happen.
The combination of offbeat humor tied in to a good plot and great pacing makes it really enjoyable. I'm trying to pay more attention to layout choices and things Geoff Shaw did that I feel work well and trying to use it as a way to learn more about how to better break a scene down into panels to help me with my question in the ask a creator section. So reading it in a slightly different way than I normally would but still just loving the book.
So I'd love to hear what people are reading and hope people will drop by this thread with periodic updates.
Post by thatcalamity on Feb 3, 2019 12:48:31 GMT -5
I'm reading Lumberjanes right now, and eagerly waiting for the Adventure Zone vol 2 to come out. But I'm hoping that soon it will STOP SNOWING, CANADA, and i'll be able to head to the library and grab a variety of stuff to read.
Thanks for the replies thatCalamity & Siykey. Hoping others will do the same. I finished up the Paybacks and moved on to Fearscape #1 & 2 by Ryan O'Sullivan. Really enjoyed his Void Trip series and love the concept of Fearscape, plus he has sent me to the dictionary and wikipedia a couple of times already in the first two issues so I am excited to see where this series goes and how much my vocabulary expands. I like when publishers, in this case Vault, don't feel the need to dumb down content, if the writer has a high concept and kicked butt on his SAT scores, let him show off that intelligence instead of every panel being "Kaploweey" and "Blammmo" not that I don't like a little Kaplammmo mixed in now and again.
I'm really behind on comics in general right now but I've been trying to get caught up with Giant Days. I want to catch up with Lumberjanes afterwards and then I'm looking to read the new Joelle Jones run on Catwoman.
The Wicked + the Divine is my go-to, though it's in its final arc, so not for much longer. I've followed Kieron Gillen for about 8 years now and he rarely disappoints, and Jamie McKelvie's art is always top-notch.
At Marvel, the only thing I read on the regular is Runaways. The BVK originals are my favorite Marvel comics, and Rainbow Rowell is doing a better job of capturing the characters than anybody else has since, though its occasionally a little more nostalgic than I think fits the property. Kris Anka's art was fantastic as well.
I've had Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother? sitting on my desk for a few weeks now, but haven't actually gotten to it yet.
Post by malcolmdoodles on Mar 11, 2019 14:58:32 GMT -5
For mainstream comics, mainly a fan of Kieron Gillen. So following Wicked + Divine, Peter Cannon and Die. He always does interesting things with story-structure and I like his big thematic obsessions. Also follow Warren Ellis, Cemetery Beach is fun, the Wild Storm feels different from most superhero comics today (kudos to Jon-Davis Hunt on that book).
Other then that following a lot of manga. Ao no Flag (Blue Flag) is an really impressive high-school drama with queer themes, the Promised Neverland is a well-put together fairy-tale themed thriller (also fun to contrast the comic storytelling with it's animated adaptation), Jigokuraku is kind of a Jidai Geki Annhilation that collapses a bit but has a really strong opening chapter, To Your Eternity is a heart-breaking Leguin-esque sci-fi fantasy, Soloist in a Cage is a grid-house crime story with gorgeous art.
As for web-comics. Mare Internum is one of the most impressive comics I've read, hopefully it'll finish soon. Barbarous by Yuko and Anath is also good. Sleepless Domain is great if you like Steven Universe. O Human Star is a good sci-fi story and family drama.
Just started in on Port of Earth by Zack Kaplan.. Love the concept and think he did a great job fleshing out some of the unexpected problems that would arise if earth got alien tech but had to open ourselves up to aliens corporations and visitors not following the rules. On the downside early on I am finding his characters a little one dimensional and the art work a tad bit confusing..
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Magic Order Mark Millar- I have a slightly prudish streak so some of the gratuitous sex and over the top violence in some mMillar puts me off slightly but I enjoyed the characters and plot twists within Magic Order. It was a fun read with some truly witty dialogue instead of just quips, I liked the way he moves the focus onto different characters throughout and there was one or two unique and memorable scenes that I won't spoil here. Going to go further into non-marvel Millar next.
Just went through all the Jason Aaron Thor stuff heading up to the War of the realms event. Man I love his combination of humor and deep dive into the mythos of the norse gods. I also really admire his ability to play the long game and keep his run on Thor so fresh and exciting for such a long time. I know other writers like Walt Simonson are said to have the best runs ever on thor but I'd put Aaron's run up against anyones right now!
Been on a Warren Ellis kick of late, read Cemetary Beach by he and Jason Howard and Tress by the same creative team. Both are incredible- Trees is big idea sci-fi tucked inside some world building and in depth character work. Cemetary Beach is straight up action adventure with those big ideas as an undercurrent. Jason Howard's art is mind-blowing- the density of his lines is varied from heavy and scratchy to delicate and dreamy. And his colors are outstanding- mood and atmosphere are never lacking. Also reading Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker's Balck Monday murders which is heavy duty creepy and intimidating.