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The Ongoing New Comics Thread


#3030

Anyway, sorry for knocking things off-topic a bit for this thread!

I have nothing this week so I’m using the current Comixology sales to go back and catch up on Action Comics #1000, as well as the first issue of that new Terminator book that ChrisS mentioned a while back.


#3031

Well my other, more controversial, position is that Alan Moore is now well off of his A game and this isn’t discussed with him nearly as much as other 80s icons.

(Although an Alan Moore book is still better than almost every other book)


#3032

I was honestly really affected by Providence.

Not everything Moore does is gold, it’s true, but I like it more than pretty much all his 90s work. It’s the closest in feel to From Hell which I think was his last masterpiece.


#3033

I remembering hearing a lot of comparisons to Gull Ascending with that one sequence near the end, for sure. Not as all encompassing, that’s a given, but there’s still that magnetic quality of cross-throughs that Moore is very capable of depicting in his books.


#3034

It is definitely close in spirit to that book. The difference would be that book felt like it led with the story and the research followed, and this one feels like it leads with the research and the story follows.

That’s not getting into the prose sections which I find to be weirdly bland, and written in that faux-handwritten script which I personally find as corny as using comic sans or papyrus.

(These posts are making it look like I hate the book whereas I’m actually enjoying it quite a lot)


#3035

How many issues are you into it so far?


#3036

Halfway


#3037

That I agree with.
It’s really more about the world, the history, and the impact rather than a narrative about the characters introduced. I found all of that very interesting and liked how Moore played with some things we know/take as fact. Reading Joshi’s long biography helped haha. But I agree that it’s not something with a very active internal story.


#3038

I’ve also never tried to read it through all in one go, I only ever read it monthly as it came out. I can imagine the slowness of some of the early issues being compounded by reading them in quick succession.


#3039

I have a few friends who write nonfiction books for a living and they say the biggest challenge is knowing what research to leave out. It’s very hard for them as they worked hard on the research and it is genuinely fascinating stuff but a lot of it has to go to service the narrative.

Moore struggles with this too. I’d say From Hell is the one where he threaded the needle perfectly. Promethea and LOEG were/are a little up and down but mostly got the balance right (I know the former has its critics). I think with Providence some of his research could have been cut.


#3040

Yeah I’m on this side of the camp.

For me, Burrows was a big reason why that trilogy worked. There was a lot of unsettling stuff I couldn’t really put my finger on and I have difficulty explaining, a bit like how I felt about the second season of Channel Zero.
To me that is something that must be incredibly difficult to pull off in a comic book and providence is one of the few times I’ve seen it done and probably the best example I can think of.


#3041

Yeah, me too.

Each to their own, but Providence is the comic that immediately springs to mind when people ask me for recommendations of recent comics or in ‘best comic of the last 5/10 years’ type conversations.

For me this is up there with Moore’s best, and a long distance ahead of most other comics published in recent time.

As a caveat however, I love horror.


#3042

On to the subject of new comics…this is the first time in years, literally, that I’ve not picked up a single issue on new comic day.


#3043

For my part, I enjoyed Ve’Nam, Lex Luthor/Porky Pig, Joker/Daffy Duck, and Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #2.

One of the better fifth weeks for me.


#3044

I was seriously tempted by Ve’nam until I saw who wrote it. Burned too many times by him.

How was the Mark Russell story?


#3045

I’m digging his Venom run, so I checked it out on the decency of that.

Russel did good work, as always. Heavy on the allegory, but works it wonderfully.


#3046

Walk Through Hell?


#3047

I’ve decided that I’m definitely getting the trade, so I stopped double dipping on it this week.

Although part of me wants to support it in singles, I’m trying to screw the nut a bit on the spending .


#3048

I know you’re only talking comics, but I just want to say that I think Jerusalem was his last masterpiece.


#3049

One day, probably when my kids have gone to college, I may get the chance to read and finish it. :smile: