philippos42: (no chance)
I bought comics.

Rocket Girl #7 finally showed up, and I think that's some months late. I haven't read it yet.

The last issue of the current Sensation Comics was on the stands, and I got that because it's the last issue and a Trina Robbins script. This concept seems to have run out of steam. Next month, they're starting some new Wonder Woman limited series, which I'm curious about, but not enough to buy.

Prez #6 was the first thing I read. It's OK, but I'm not happy with DC leaving it hanging here. When are they going to solicit the next issue?

And then I bought this thing that's been sitting on the stands for weeks. Secret Wars: The Official Guide to the Marvel Multiverse. I had briefly glanced at the inside once before, and gotten the mistaken impression it was actually a guide to the Marvel multiverse, with short entries for a wide range of different alternate realities. A-ha no. Not even a little bit what it says on the tin.

No, it's like a really arbitrary assortment of Handbook of the Marvel Universe entries. Some of the Future Foundation kids, some players in the two "Secret Wars" series Jim Shooter wrote back in the 1980's, a few other weirdos. It really does feel like a very bizarrely selected bunch of Who's Who entries. I'm calling this one "Five bucks down the drain."
philippos42: (yotsuba)
From Fandom!Secrets: "If I wanted to get into comic books..."
Where should I start? I'm aware of superheroes and horror as genres, and I'm generally open to both of those. I just don't want to jump in the middle of a storyline and be all confused. Googling did not help me decide. Help.
I got in late, but agreed with the generic answer of more self-contained graphic novels. My post was just a bunch of recommendations:
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Nightschool by Svetlana Chmakova is supernatural action-adventure in an urban fantasy/horror world. Some people might be annoyed by the ending, and it has a lot of less developed characters which may make it hard on some readers, but there's some clever stuff.

Human Target: Chance Meetings by Peter Milligan and Edvin Biuković (Sorry for the Amazon link; I am not recommending you buy from Amazon.) I just reread this last night. It's too British in places; some of the characters are parodies of Americans rather than Americans, if that makes sense. There are some bad-but-minor plot holes in the third chapter; one because someone chose to cut and transition to another scene at a striking moment instead of showing the embarrassing seconds afterward. So, it's more of a mess than I remembered. But Edvin Biuković did a pretty solid job on the art, and it both has some trippy psychological stuff and manages to untie it and get to a surprisingly unambiguous ending. (I think.)
There are more Milligan Human Target stories, but I haven't read them. Here's a review: http://www.shinyshelf.com/2011/03/22/peter-milligan-human-target/

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: Not superheroes, not horror, just a memoir of an Iranian girl in the time of the rise of the Islamic Republic.

Of the superheroes, I like Captain Marvel, the current one, "Carol" to her fans. In the last few years, they've changed the artists, they've restarted the numbering a few times, and there's one issue that's just part of an X-Men crossover. So...you should probably get the trades (that is, trade paperback collections), anyway: I started with the issues collected as "Higher, Further, Faster, More," which is the most recent "volume one" until the next "volume one." Honestly, their packaging is terrible. But these issues aren't terribly crossover-heavy, thankfully, and Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez are really cool. (And...I think they're off the book as of this November and the fourth #1 in three years.)

[Note: If you follow Carol, know that "Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps" is...really weird. I think it's still coming out in floppy form, so I don't know what it's going to be collected as. But it's part of the "There is only Secret Wars" hot mess that Marvel got into this year, and so...it's particularly surreal for a Carol story.]

And then, and then, Rocket Girl by Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder is an Image Comics series with time travel and stuff, and I like it, but I think the creators are having a really hard time financially. I'm supposed to have a trade of it by now, and I don't know what happened.
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Oh, also Yotsuba&!. Always.

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