The NZA Posted March 12, 2002 Share Posted March 12, 2002 I've recently picked up New X-Men - while i dont like Frank Quitely's art like Wizard does, Grant Morrison's still a great writer (JLA, The Invisbles - a vertigo book loosely adapted into The Matrix). Fun, smart team stuff, like X-Men hasnt had in a long-ass time. The team's just Wolvie, Beast, Cyk, White Queen & Phoenix but its suprisingly good, new villians & everythin. My regular stuff, tho: -Ultimate Spider-Man: Some of the best dialogue and pacing ive seen in a comic, and Mark Bagley's still my favorite Spidey artists. This shit's so good, ya dont notice its been 20 issues and he's fought like 3 people, maybe. -Ultimate X-Men: Artistic is right that Wolverine shouldnt be 6', but otherwise, a good book gettin better each month. The Weapon X stuff was great; last month's book was my favorite of the series. -The Ultimates: Only 2 issues out so far, but no complaints at this point. #1 is a Captain America "Saving Private Ryan" type battle scene, lotta run. -Ultimate Team-up: The artist changes ever arc, but this book is conistently good. The Punisher/Spidey/Daredevil Teamup was badass, and the joke issue of Fantastic Four was fuckin hilarious. -Amazing Spider-Man: J. Micheal Strazinsky can do no wrong. New villians, some of the best Spidey ive read, and ive read tons. -The Hulk: Also featurin new writing and John Romita Jr's art, new creative team started only 3 issues ago but its gettin interestin. This one looks promising. -Green Arrow: Kevin Smith is quickly becomin one of the better comic writers out there, pick this one up before its prices go through the roof, if they havent already. This one's worth it just to see Smith write the JLA in some issues. -Powers: Brian Micheal Benids is a machine, doin this many books a month. This is his flagship one tho; the usual great dialogue in a supehero crime story. Surprisingly good. -The Red Star: Doesnt show up too often, but its a really good fantasy/war book, lot of its own mythology behind it & excellent digital art. -Bone: This bi-monthly classic is in its final story arc, i believe. Ive never seen such a lighthearted book go epic so seamlessly, if you enjoy fantasy and humor, this might be a favorite. -Rising Stars: Today's equivalent to Watchmen: how a real superhero team would exist in today's society. Phenomenal, wish it'd show more often tho - damn movie rights are holdin it up. -Midnight Nation: Along with Rising Stars, also by Strazinsky. This guy used to do Babylon 5 episodes, apparently...anyway, he's very innovative, new ideas are all over these books. Borth books are lookin to end in a year or so. Anyway, this is a short tale of a cop whose literally lost his soul & has to travel to the other side to get it back; sounds cliche, but i assure you its not. -Transmetropolitan: Sadly in its last year...Warren Ellis' opus tale of a bastard journalist against a corrupt President, amongst other things. Political, yet funny/nasty as shit. Not for the light hearted, but a great fuckin book that more folks oughta be readin. -Hellblazer:: Written by Azarello (Banner, 100 Bullets), this one's the best its been since Ennis wrote it. Dark, moody stuff as usual: current storyline has investigators lookin into who killed John Constantine (!). You must read: -Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again: Miller's second go at it doenst feel like milkin a sequel at all; its one book shy of finishin, but damn, the last book made me think if it keeps this pace, it might just end up on par with the original. If youre used to Lyn Varley's art (300, Dark Knight Strikes Back), this book'll really shine. -Origins: Yeah, i know, im a huge Wolverine fan, but fuck this is some really amazin shit comin from Marvel. 4 of its 6 books are out, which is killin me how theyre draggin their feet to tie it up, but then again, take your time - each book has been a blast. Paul Jenkins (Vergito, amongst other things - think he won an Eisner once) is carefully allotin a new secret each issue, some huge, some more subtle. The direction he seems to be goin in makes the character 10x better, for me....Adam Kubert (favorite Wolvy artist) dont hurt the book either. Less recommended but still OK: -Wolverine: Sweet merciful crap, this one's finally pickin up! Next month, now that Wolverine's lost healin factor (yeah, again), he gets to take on a teamup of Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike & Omega Red....yeah, im a dork & a huge fan of this often poorly written book, but its gettin better again, so im excited. -Outlaw Nation: Yeah, im just buyin this one 'cause i was 15 issues into it before i realized it wasnt that damn good, and now its just bout to end. Took it for a Preacher clone, but nah. -Punisher: Dear god, please put Ennis back on this book. I cant wait till issue 13 when he & Dillon are supposed to return...the first issue after Ennis left, its Frank teamin up with Mr Fantastic to travel back in time to take down Al Capeone...:ill: :ill: Yeah..that bout covers my monthly books, or so. Still sad Fury's over...so what's everyone else's recommendations? Anyone got books im missin? For what its worth, im curious bout 100 Bullets. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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