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Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Best Current Comics -- This thread at The V has me thinking of what current comics I am enjoying the most at the moment. This is actually a tough one of me, now that I am out of the habit of weekly comic shop visits but not quite in the category of "waiting for the trade." But here's my list:

Punisher MAX
All-Star Superman
Love and Rockets
Scott Pilgrim
D&Q's Yoshihiro Tatsumi reprint series
Anything Frank Santoro touches (Cold Heat, Storeyville, Incanto)

Not many regular titles are grabbing me these days; I was loving Conan under Busiek and Nord but not so much now they're gone. I want to love everything Ed Brubaker touches, but Captain America's art is a total turnoff to me, and Daredevil hasn't really excited me as a character since the end of Born Again.

I've ordered Steven Grant's Two Guns in trade, but some of the issues were sold out so I was unable to read it in singles once I heard it existed. Tom Spurgeon is quite right today when he notes that a lot of publishers aren't getting enough word out about their books.

I am still getting Morrison's Batman, but I haven't liked an issue since the JH Williams trilogy of issues. Since it's Morrison, I am holding on in hopes it will come together again, a privilege I reserve pretty solely for Moore and Morrison.



Blogger Andrew Goletz said...

Great list up there, Alan. I get em all myself.

What exactly don't you like about the art on Cap? Only reason I'm asking is because the writing on it is so good that it would outweigh the art issue for me. I think only Brubaker could make a Captain America title even more compelling with the main character dead.

And what will it take for you to give The Walking Dead a try?

27 March, 2008 22:19  
Blogger David Wynne said...

I can't believe you're still not reading Scalped.

I realise it may be a little too pulpy for your tastes (mmm PULP I love it yes I do) but even so, RM Guerra's art on it's own would be enough to have me buying it.

27 March, 2008 23:11  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Thanks for the comments, Andrew and David...as to the titles you mention:

Captain America: Dreary, drab, dull and lifeless. Crossgenny. Can't stand it. Sorry.

Walking Dead: Read it the first couple of years or so; once Tony Moore left, it was never the same for me. And even though something happens almost every issue, nothing ever seems to happen.

Scalped: Flipped through it at the comic shop; neither the art nor the premise grabbed me.

28 March, 2008 07:22  
Blogger Jason Hissong said...

That's a fine list. Well done.

All Star Superman: is there any doubt that this is a book in which every person that touches it is just on fire for this title. It's an amazing 21st Century superhero work. I came to the realization the other day that the real star of the book isn't Superman, or Morrison, or Quietly. It's Jamie Grant.

28 March, 2008 14:25  
Blogger David Wynne said...


Hmmm... well, the art has matured pretty drastically since the start of the series, and I can see how the first couple of issues might not impress- while the high concept of "The Sopranos on a reservation" sounds awful (even though it turns out to be bordering on genius, in my opinion). The issue that hooked me was #10, which happened to be the fisrt one I picked up. This'll sound odd (since I'm white and live in London, as you know), but it was the first comic I'd read in years where I could actually relate to the lives of the characters.

28 March, 2008 20:42  
Blogger Rob said...


Have you done a big re-read on the Morrison Batman? Upon the second reading, I felt the elliptical structure of the 7 Soldiers at work in the run as a whole and they took on a meaning that utterly evaded me taking them on one at a time and then waiting for the next.


09 April, 2008 01:04  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Not yet, but it's definitely getting to be time...

09 April, 2008 01:12  
Blogger Rob said...

Set aside an evening. Them's some chunky monkies.

09 April, 2008 01:16  

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