Friday, February 13, 2009

Second Printing's Weekly Question- Updated!

NEW FEATURE! Every week, we will pose (and [some of us will] answer) a question. In future weeks we'll even start taking questions. You too can play along on your own blog or in the comments section.

What were the last three trades you bought? Recommended or no?

Big Mike:
Walking Dead Vol. 8: Made to Suffer - Simply put, one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever read. I needed a drink after finishing this one. Recommended.
Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers - I am way late to the party on Fables. While I enjoyed the first three trades, it wasn't until this one that I understood why people seem to worship this book. Great story. I recommend it big time.
The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow - This is the only volume of the Post-Zero Hour Legion that I can find in trade. If you're a fan of that particular Legion, recommended. If not, get therapy.

The Incredible Hercules vol.1: Against the World - fun charming stuff, the wife liked it too. Definitely recommended
Immortal Iron Fist vol. 3: Book of the Iron Fist - not recommended (unless you're really into Iron Fist mythology), not that it's bad but the first two volumes contain the meat, this is the extracurricular.
Nova vol 3: Secret Invasion - haven't finished reading it yet, but the Galactus story was flippin' cool. Recommended.

Jon Carey:

Scud: The Whole Shebang- I bought the first trade when I was in eighth grade, oh some years gone, wanted to see the end. I can't say I'd recommend it unless you were wallowing in nostalgia, honestly.

All of Annihilation- Thanks to judicious use of coupons and buy-one-get-one-half-off deals, I got all three trades for like twenty bucks. I read the first couple trades of Nova prior to this and liked those way better- I'm kinda failing to see what the big deal was, I guess. The Ronan mini read like a weird Transformers filler issue starring, like, that Pretender that looked like a whaler, but I suppose that's just Furman for you.

Ares: God of War- Plan A is lighting yourself on fire and having Hercules throe you at stuff? Sign me the fuck up.

Devon Sanders:

Daredevil: Born Again- Loved the hell out of it when I was fourteen and loved it even more at *cough*. I was just as enthralled by its pacing. This time around, what I was struck by was the logical abruptness of its ending. Still the best comic I ever read, though. Highly recommended.

The Death of Captain America: The Man Who Bought America: Vol. 3- Jason Bourne meets superhero comics. What's not to love?

Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe: Vol. 5- Took it behind the CHUD bleachers and made out with it.


Harvey Jerkwater said...

A trio of Marvel Essentials:

Essential Power Man, Volume One: Good stuff, though uneven. Luke Cage had five different writers in his first twenty-seven issues. Recommended, though not overwhelmingly.

Essential Spectacular Spider-Man, Volume One: To me, at least, the definitive post-Ditko Spider-Man. Filled with wild, weird seventies goodness like the Hypno Hustler and the CB radio/trucker/pig-themed hero Razorback. Recommended for light-hearted, very Marvel-flavored fun. Not recommended for those who like long arcs.

Essential Man-Thing, Volume One: Steve Gerber's introductory work. The mood swings wildly, and a few spots are cringe-inducing, but the bulk of it is imaginative, fun, and well-made. Recommended, provided the idea of a barbarian king from another dimension materializing from a jar of peanut butter sounds cool. If it sounds stupid, skip it.

Scotus said...

Complete Zombies vs. Robots: The first mini-series is considerably better than the second, but it's still a really fun book.

Showcase Presents House of Mystery Vol. 2: Many of the stories are dated and/or you can see the shock ending coming a mile away. But there are also a lot of great gems by guys like Joe Orlando and E. Nelson Bridwell.

All-Star Superman Vol. 2: I really don't get how the same guy who wrote this, maybe the best Superman epic of all time, also wrote Final Crisis, which gave me my biggest comic book-related headache of all time.