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ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet GodJoined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
I now have a blog. I am a crazy man.

This Ain't Kansas.

Lots of words, but pictures, too. The latest post is sort of a decade retrospective on superhero comics.
This Ain't Kansas. Unabashed and unfiltered comic book commentary and reviews:
http://madnessvest.blogspot.com/
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath @ButtonMashLA Joined: Posts: 6,786 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
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  • AYO?!AYO?! Strong Style Hips. Joined: Posts: 19,032
    I now have a blog. I am a crazy man.

    This Ain't Kansas.

    Lots of words, but pictures, too. The latest post is sort of a decade retrospective on superhero comics.

    You bitch enough here, why would I want to read more of it? WHY ZEPHY?!

    I'll check it out sometime this week >_>
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath @ButtonMashLA Joined: Posts: 6,786 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    I have to confess I still have not read The Authority. I will eventually track down the absolutes and the stormwatch trades that lead into them.
  • SanoSano SRKSANO on PS4 Joined: Posts: 13,059 mod
    Ha X-Statix! Haven't heard anything about that series for a long time now. Good stuff. I sure miss that book.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    @ P.Giddy - If it'll save you time, you can jump right into the Ellis/Hitch The Authority without having read StormWatch.

    @ Sano - I'm curious what this "Doopsday" thing will be all about. Let me know if you hear any news about it.

    Thanks for giving it a gander. What do you guys think have been the best new superhero books since The Authority burst onto the scene?
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  • thecarnalcorpsethecarnalcorpse ~Damaged Joined: Posts: 285
    Isn't the Madness Vest from Shade? I don't want to complain, but that was a lot to digest in one sitting. We could probably discuss that single post for days based on the sheer amount of information included. Perhaps in the future you should break down your posts if you expect them to run that long. Ashamedly, I can't really comment much more than that since I haven't read a single entry in your list, although now I'd love to read them all. I was aware of most of those books, but you opened my eyes to a few new ones and I even learned a couple of new words. So thanks for that. There is definitely some excellent shit there, and I look forward to reading more of your unabashed and unfiltered commentary.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Yup, the Madness Vest is a Shade, the Changing Man thing.

    I know, that post is a beast. I wrote it all up in a Word doc over a period of a couple weeks. I thought about posting one entry a day based on one title at a time, but I wasn't sure how often I would be able to update and I really wanted to finish by the end of 2010. I also wanted to keep things organized and in alphabetical order, so I just kept it all together. That's the main reason I put so many pictures into the thing. I figured that would make it easier to look at and for people to see what title I was writing about just by glancing through it. But definitely, in the future, I'm gonna try to avoid such ridiculously long posts. That thing is longer than almost everything I wrote at university.

    Thanks for the feedback. Knowing your enjoyment of noir, I think you'd get some real enjoyment out of Powers and SLEEEEEEEEEEPER!!!1 (as we call it here on SRK) in particular, and maybe Codeflesh as well.
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  • AYO?!AYO?! Strong Style Hips. Joined: Posts: 19,032
    Yup, the Madness Vest is a Shade, the Changing Man thing.

    I know, that post is a beast. I wrote it all up in a Word doc over a period of a couple weeks. I thought about posting one entry a day based on one title at a time, but I wasn't sure how often I would be able to update and I really wanted to finish by the end of 2010. I also wanted to keep things organized and in alphabetical order, so I just kept it all together. That's the main reason I put so many pictures into the thing. I figured that would make it easier to look at and for people to see what title I was writing about just by glancing through it. But definitely, in the future, I'm gonna try to avoid such ridiculously long posts. That thing is longer than almost everything I wrote at university.

    Thanks for the feedback. Knowing your enjoyment of noir, I think you'd get some real enjoyment out of Powers and SLEEEEEEEEEEPER!!!1 (as we call it here on SRK) in particular, and maybe Codeflesh as well.

    I read most of it yesterday, but my eyes started to kill me due to the distance, stark white background and small text. I'm going to be checking a few of these out, I'm pretty bad about looking for good comics that isn't Marvel/DC, there is a lot of shit and then quite a few gems and most of this list seems killer.

    Codeflesh and the comic with the alternate version of himself being a superhero are first on my list, and continuing Invincible again. I'm pretty behind on that series.
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  • thecarnalcorpsethecarnalcorpse ~Damaged Joined: Posts: 285
    No problem. Yeah, I have no doubt I'd enjoy Powers, Sleeper and Gotham Central, but I'd also like to read Invincible, Umbrella Academy and pretty much anything Mike Allred was involved with. Of course, that's just the stuff I've actually heard of. What I really want to check out is Codeflesh, mainly because I love Charlie Adlard and the story sounds promising. Ever since I saw The Empire Strikes Back and Jackie Brown, I've been obsessed with bounty hunters and bondsman.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    @ AYO - Hmm, I kept the layout of the site simple and didn't mess with the colors; just used a default template. Maybe I'll experiment later and see if there's anything easier on the eyes. If you enjoyed the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire Justice League comics then I can pretty much guarantee that you'd dig Hero Squared.

    @ carny - Yeah, I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of Image's new Codeflesh definitive edition HC, but it ain't really cheap. The paperback from PlanetLar/AiT is only like $12.95, though.
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  • thecarnalcorpsethecarnalcorpse ~Damaged Joined: Posts: 285
    My biggest concern with the Red Lantern title is that Atrocitus, as cool as he is, isn't a terribly deep character to base a title around. Hell, it was only recently in GL #61 that we got a bit more of an insight into what really drives his rage. So in that respect, it's like a double-edged sword. I don't really see that title lasting very long, but as far as defining the character, Milligan pretty much has free rein to develop him as he sees fit. That is, if you don't count the shitstorm of editorial mandates that are sure to follow.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    I... had never even heard of Atrocitus until they announced the Red Lanterns thing.
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath @ButtonMashLA Joined: Posts: 6,786 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    yeah to tell you the truth I really dont like atrocitus or the spotlight being shone on him. When you explain mythology too much, it loses its magic, and I think that's what Johns has done a little too much. I don't want to know about the guy who killed abin sur.

    also zephy you need to bump this thread and link whenever you make a new post

    also you should do a blog post running down all the joe casey trades that are available
  • thecarnalcorpsethecarnalcorpse ~Damaged Joined: Posts: 285
    I... had never even heard of Atrocitus until they announced the Red Lanterns thing.

    That's okay. There's nothing you need to know that you can't read in a few paragraphs on the interwebs.
    yeah to tell you the truth I really dont like atrocitus or the spotlight being shone on him. When you explain mythology too much, it loses its magic, and I think that's what Johns has done a little too much. I don't want to know about the guy who killed abin sur.

    also zephy you need to bump this thread and link whenever you make a new post

    also you should do a blog post running down all the joe casey trades that are available

    I agree to a point about the explanations. On one hand, Johns has done more for GL mythology in the last 6 years than any other creator, but at the same time there are months when the title "Green Lantern" seems like a misnomer with the utter lack of Hal Jordan's voice. In that regard, he hasn't done much to dispel the notion that many of DC's Silver Age characters lack personality. I hate to complain, because I don't think GL has ever been better, but sometimes I just miss Hal.

    I second the bumping idea.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Thanks for the vote of interest, fellas. I've just updated with a brief post again.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: Milligan on 5 Ronin

    Like I said, brief.

    I don't know if you guys looked at the archive but I had started writing some (fairly long) reviews/commentary on Human Target. It's just been a good long while since the last time I posted one. I've got sort of a stockpile of them sitting around in my hard drive, and I will post my write-up on Human Target #3 sometime this week. (For some reason, my reviews of each individual issue of the miniseries are ridiculously long-winded. I've tried to cut this down by the time I wrote my review of Final Cut and the ongoing series #1, so hopefully I can be more economical with my words.)

    Doing a post on Joe Casey's TPBs sounds like it would be fun. I'll definitely try to work that in at some point. It would take me a long time if I tried to write detailed reviews of each one, so maybe I'll do it as a bunch of capsule reviews.
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Well, here's another update. This time it's my write-up of the third issue of Milligan's Human Target miniseries. You can check out the "Human Target" tag at the end of the post to see the other ones.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: Human Target #3 (Miniseries)
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    I made a brief update after checking out the DC May solicits.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath @ButtonMashLA Joined: Posts: 6,786 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Aah! That sucks that the milligan story is reprinted as a DC Comics Presents floppy and not a trade. It sounds good
  • AYO?!AYO?! Strong Style Hips. Joined: Posts: 19,032
    For 7.99 though that is a good deal, just bag and board it when done reading and it'll stay good. I'm going to have this put in my folder as soon as it hits, ever since Zephy talked it up to me I've been trying to track it down, what a stroke of luck.
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Yeah. The DC Comics Presents books would be nicer if the paper stock for their covers was heavier. With thicker covers, those would basically be cheap TPBs. It's kind of annoying how floppy they are in reality. Still, I guess we should be grateful that these stories are being reprinted at all.
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Here's the first of what I aim to make a recurring feature in the blog: quarter bin reviews.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: For What It's Worth #1 - The Batman Chronicles #10
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Here's another quick "For What It's Worth" post.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: For What It?s Worth #2: The Batman Chronicles #15
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath @ButtonMashLA Joined: Posts: 6,786 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    i need to pick up that rucka huntress trade...i assume theres a trade?
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Yeah, there is a TRADE, BABY for that Rucka/Burchett Huntress story.

    Amazon.com: Batman: Huntress - Cry for Blood (9781840233957): Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett: Books

    That's the one I have... It must be out of print or unavailable on Amazon for some reason.
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Concluding Milligan's initial Human Target miniseries, here is my analysis and review of the fourth issue.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: Human Target #4 (Miniseries)
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    For a change of pace, here are some brief write-ups on some of the TPBs/HCs I've read lately.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: Quick Reviews
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Here's another For What It's Worth review. The best of the bunch thus far.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: For What It?s Worth #3: The Batman Chronicles #19
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    ^ reading your blog makes me want to do some serious back-issue hunting!
    Yeah there need to be more gangbang creampie porno. VAMPIRE GANGBANG CREAMPIES.
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    I should read zot...and that green arrow trade. To me Meltzer is the "good" jeph loeb.
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    Zephy spreads lies and slander everywhere he goes. Don't read it!!

    Oh and I'll check it out. Also hi comic forums. :lovin:
    no one cares syxx

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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    ^ reading your blog makes me want to do some serious back-issue hunting!

    Thanks! I appreciate the sentiment. There's something satisfying about spending a quarter on a comic and then discovering you got more than your money's worth. (Of course, it's also a lousy feeling when you read a piece of tripe that isn't even worth twenty-five cents...)
    I should read zot...and that green arrow trade. To me Meltzer is the "good" jeph loeb.

    Zot! you should definitely read.

    I'm curious to learn more about your Meltzer to Loeb comparison, though. Care to elaborate?
    Zephy spreads lies and slander everywhere he goes. Don't read it!!

    Oh and I'll check it out. Also hi comic forums. :lovin:

    Haha, I wondered where you've been.

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    Here's another brief update. Another For What It's Worth review.

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    Permalink: http://madnessvest.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-what-its-worth-4-action-comics.html
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    A brief little blurb on a couple new comics I noticed in the latest DC solicitations.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: Thoughts on DC's June 2011 Solcititations
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Here are some write-ups of a few TRADES, BABY that I read/re-read recently. I'd be interested in knowing what you guys have been reading lately. No one seems to post too much in The Official TPB Thread anymore...

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: Quick Reviews 2
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    I posted a review a quality Batman story that I recently discovered in (surprise, surprise) a quarter bin. It's worth checking out for yourself!

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: For What It?s Worth #5 ? Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #7 (1997)
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    The quarter bin is all about testing your luck. Kinda like Russian roulette, but without a revolver and without a bullet and without two idiots.

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: For What It?s Worth #6 - Brass #s 2-6
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath @ButtonMashLA Joined: Posts: 6,786 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    zephy what do you think of Superman For Tomorrow?
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    zephy what do you think of Superman For Tomorrow?

    I think For Tomorrow is an enjoyable but deeply flawed comic. Its biggest weakness, I feel, is Jim Lee's artwork, which does not go with the tone of Azzarello's script at all. I think I've mentioned this before, but start in the first issue and just count how many times Lee draws Superman with clenched fists, even when he's just having a conversation with that priest dude. It gets ridiculous.

    The comic was very introspective, which isn't necessarily what I want to see from a 12 part Superman story, but if the art had been better, it would have been easier to swallow. It's been a few years since I last reread it, so I can't get too specific with details. I just remember there being a little more wallowing than I prefer to see in a Superman tale.

    Azzarello's Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, though, is something I would consider one of the very best Superman stories of all time.
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  • P. GorathP. Gorath @ButtonMashLA Joined: Posts: 6,786 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Hmm...but isn't it Azzarello's fault for not writing something that plays to Jim Lee's strengths?
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    I guess that's a reasonable argument, but I would rather a writer tell a story he wants to tell rather than be forced to shoehorn a whole bunch of scenes to suit his artist. That's what Jeph Loeb claims to do ALL the time - and we ended up with things like a giant half-Batman/half-Superman robot piloted by Captain Atom into the dying sun.

    Besides, being able to draw two people having a conversation should be a requirement for anyone who draws comics for a living. I'm not going to deny that superhero comics should have a lot of action, but I don't think For Tomorrow was intended to be a typical superhero comic. You don't bring Brian Azzarello on board to have him write a typical superhero comic. You bring him on board because you want a unique voice and the best dialogue writer on an established icon.

    Otherwise, why not just have Jeph Loeb reteam with Jim Lee? For Tomorrow could have just as easily ended up as a Hush remix, with Superman going through a gauntlet of his rogues gallery, only to discover, shockingly, that Zod was secretly pulling the strings while twirling his curly mustache. It would have been safe, would have sold a lot of issues, and surely people would remember it as fondly as they do Hush.

    For Tomorrow may be a failure in some regards, but at least it aspires to be more than it is, which is more than I can say for most superhero comics. I also find ambitious failures to be far more fascinating than even a decent average comic.
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  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,463 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Here's another round of Quick Reviews.

    P.Gabby, you ever read Spider-Man: With Great Power... by Lapham and Tony Harris? Thoughts?

    This Ain't Kansas.
    Permalink: This Ain't Kansas.: Quick Reviews 3
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