"So What Have You Read Lately?" Take Two

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With wonderfly's suggestion I decided to make new thread from his original which stopped sometime in 2011.

But yeah this is give your two cents on some comics recent or revisits you want to discuss, but feel they may not succeed as their own thread.

Discuss more than one comic if you wish, but don't just post a list.

As for me, rereading each of the Graphic Novel volumes I have of The Baby-Sitters Club and it's spinoff (also adapted) Baby-Sitters Little Sister.

Never read the original books, but I would often watch the original live action series on the Disney Channel (though it aired on HBO as well I believe).

So when I saw the early volumes of the series at the library as adapted by Raina Telgemeier, I checked them out and found them to be fun reads. Can't say if the series as a whole is quality read or not, but always up for more simple fun.

Telgemeier also sometime after Volume 4 did some of her own GNs stand alone such as Drama and Ghosts, but also 3 books (Smile, Sister and Guts) that while readable on their own are an autobiography on her childhood.

Not sure if it's going ot be a regular thing, but the writer seems to have once again changed to alternating between writers Gabriela Epstein and Chan Chau (Volume 5-8 being adapted by a Gale Galligan).

And yes I have checked out the Netflix series and enjoy it so far. It is returning for another season I hear.

Edit: Just had to be sure pics were permitted, but the Raina Telgemeier originals:
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Feel free to do the same, especially if you have an old or new obscure favorite.:-D
 
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Superman Smashes the Klan (DC, 3-issue miniseries). This is a terrific all-ages story based on an arc from the old Superman radio show. The charming art style would easily adapt to animation (hint, hint!) for a movie most likely to be rated PG.

Most recently I've read (don't laugh) the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Annual 2021. This is a done-in-one tale that takes a team led by Rarity on a diplomatic mission to the Diamond Dog kingdom of Caninia. It also ties into the larger story arc that is running throughout the Season 10 comics. It's not perfect, but this would have made for a decent episode of the show.
 

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Superman Smashes the Klan (DC, 3-issue miniseries). This is a terrific all-ages story based on an arc from the old Superman radio show. The charming art style would easily adapt to animation (hint, hint!) for a movie most likely to be rated PG.

Most recently I've read (don't laugh) the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Annual 2021. This is a done-in-one tale that takes a team led by Rarity on a diplomatic mission to the Diamond Dog kingdom of Caninia. It also ties into the larger story arc that is running throughout the Season 10 comics. It's not perfect, but this would have made for a decent episode of the show.
Have SSTK as well.

As for MLP, I'll take some heat off you. I just turned 39 and am a guy.

And I've spent a good amount on trades, the Busy Books mostly to get some figures cheap, even the Daring Do Adventure Collection.

Plus as reminder of my first post I got TBSC GNs not too long ago. So for right now the title of weirdest is mine:-D.

But yeah been doing just a comic store visit a month due to circumstances and I should be getting my copy of the MLP Annual, I hope.
 
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marvels strange academy the only teen marvel book that isn't woke
meaning it's actually good seriously go read it
 

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marvels strange academy the only teen marvel book that isn't woke
meaning it's actually good seriously go read it

Cool. I'd like to hear more about the appeal of it when you have more time so no hurry.

My problem with Marvel has little to do with the politics but like with DC trying to have their cake and eat it too since the 90s to a point.

We're suppose to take them seriously but they impose the limitations of a licensed book in keeping the heroes in their prime and freezing time passage rather than letting them age, retire, pass on, letting newer heroes become the mainline, etc. It won't happen anytime soon, but that's how I feel.

Heck one of my regulars the IDW Sonic might be the most average and safe licensed comic, but some serious moments from say that Metal Zombie arc aside it's a fun book that doesn't claim to be something it's not.

Considering Nick Spencer's Spider-Man, but yeah since the 90s again we go from a run telling good stories to a bad run trying to emphasis Spider-Man being young and single. Even to the point or him being a more immature adult than he was when actually a teen. And I hear sales on the flagship title was lower after OMD, yet obviously Marvel and Slott kept up the young/immature angle.

Ramble over:-D.

As far as the big two goes, just DC and even then it's Batman The Adventures Continues and The Batman & Scooby Doo Mysteries (12 issue Maxiseries). Going to get Superman '78 and Justice League Infinity (the upcoming new DCAU book). Maybe the Batman '89, maybe. I am going to be getting the next Spider-Ham collection which I think is coming September.

Anyway, I'll make one more edit to the main post, but I did add in a pic of the Raina Telgemeier books and okay the same being done, especially if anyone wants to help share a very obscure previous or current read.
 
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Justice League Infinity #1. Continuing the Justice League of the DCAU. I'm down I'm that!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #99. A terrific done-in-one featuring Pinkie, her sister Marble Pie and Cheese (Weird Al) Sandwich. Only three issues left in the run.

Stray Dogs #4 (of 4). Dogs versus serial killer. So who wants to option this for an animated movie?
 

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For me, it's Boom Studios' Power Rangers.

Been keeping up with that. Only thing aside from some GNs I'm missing is Go Go #32.
Justice League Infinity #1. Continuing the Justice League of the DCAU. I'm down I'm that!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #99. A terrific done-in-one featuring Pinkie, her sister Marble Pie and Cheese (Weird Al) Sandwich. Only three issues left in the run.

Stray Dogs #4 (of 4). Dogs versus serial killer. So who wants to option this for an animated movie?

Have the first two plus 100 as seen in this which is the two pics of my recent store purchase:
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These dollar comics and some newer covers for some F4 issues and a short box are why I only got a few recent purchases.

Also Otaku-sempai: You are aware of the MLP Generations mini coming out after #102 right? Has the cast crossing over with G1.

And a recent Amazon purchase which I pre-ordered in January:
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As mentioned when I read info on what's being included as advertised is:

- Darkwing Duck: Just Us Justice Ducks

- A Goofy Movie

- Legend of the Chaos God (Goes throughout Tale Spin, Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers, Goof Troops, DuckTales and Darkwing Duck)

But there is actually more:
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears: The Legend of Tummi, The Werebear

- DuckTales: A Beagle Badtime Story

- Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers: New Kid on the Dock

- Bonkers: Raging Bull

- DuckTales: Mrs. Beakley's Secret Love
 

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Also Otaku-sempai: You are aware of the MLP Generations mini coming out after #102 right? Has the cast crossing over with G1.
Yep! It's already on my pullbox, thanx! Since both properties are already being published by IDW, I've been speculating on whether the publisher could get the clearances to do an MLP/Sonic the Hedgehog crossover.
 
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Yep! It's already on my pullbox, thanx! Since both properties are already being published by IDW, I've been speculating on whether the publisher could get the clearance to do an MLP/Sonic the Hedgehog crossover.

Something I'd like to see too.

Additionally hoping for:
1. A 3rd MLP/Transformers if only cause of that teaser ending.

2. Maybe have the Autobots end up in Equestria Girl continuity.

3. Yeah saw that fun Death Battle which is why I hope sometime since they have a professional relationship, Deadpool Meets Pinkie Pie:-D. The most chaotic friendship.
 

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I have recently been re-reading some older graphic novels and collections: DC Showcase: Jonah Hex; Jonah Hex: No Way Back; and (currently) The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman and Various.
 

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The Spider-Man and X-Men books collect all of the stories that originally premiered in Spider-Man and X-Men Magazines back in the 90s.

Clash is the 4th book in a GN series that is a slice of life. Previous volumes which I got last year:
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And while it's the title of the 1st book the series seems to go by the name Click. Really found it by luck on Amazon when getting some Pokémon manga.
 

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I've been reading comics again on "Marvel Unlimited" (the "Netflix library" app of Marvel comics). I'm exploring various "entrance points" for getting full-fledged back into the Marvel universe. I stopped reading Marvel back in 2009/2010. The "Siege" storyline from 2010 is where I finally dropped out - it kinda made for a nice "end" to that chapter of the Marvel universe (with the return of Captain America and the defeat of Norman Osborn's "Dark Reign" in 2010). It was an era that started with "Civil War" in 2007, or maybe with "House of M" in 2005.

And yes, I did end up reading some "new" material for Marvel in the 2010's, while working for Marvel (off and on from 2010 to 2015, I did some clerical work and some writing for the Marvel Indexes and Handbooks). I read the "Fear Itself" storyline and the "Spider Island" storyline in 2011. I read a whole slew of Wolverine comics from 2010 to 2012 (the Jason Aaron main series, and other spinoffs). I read the 2014/2015 Silver Surfer series by Dan Slott.

I know there was an "Avengers vs. X-Men" storyline and I know the Marvel and Ultimate universes merged into one universe, and there was a period where Doc Ock was pretending to be Spider-Man. I missed out on Emma Frost becoming a villain again, and Thor became a woman for a while. I know there was a 2nd "Civil War" and there was a storyline where Captain America was revealed to be a Hydra agent all along. But I didn't read any of that, really.

All that said, I consider revisiting most of the 2010's a lost cause at this point, and want to "start over" with the 2020's. More than anything, I think I just wanted to move past Brian Michael Bendis writing for Marvel, and him being the writer that drives the direction of the Marvel Universe (as I heard he was heavily behind the 2nd "Civil War" storyline around 2016). His final work with Marvel ended in March 2018, so I knew after that is about where I wanted to start "picking up the pieces".

I've discovered the Avengers, Hulk and Spider-Man books restarted with new issue #1 in Spring/Summer of 2018 (and some of them still have the same numbering since 2018, and still have the same creative teams, so that's good for continuity). And that's after Bendis' departure, so that looks like a good entrance point for the Avengers/Spider-Man books. I'm aware that the whole X-Men line was restarted in 2019 under Jonathan Hickman, and so that appears to be a good starting point for the X-Men. And I've discovered the whole line of Star Wars books restarted in January of 2020, so that's a good "entrance point" for that line of book as well.

Does anyone else think these are good starting points for getting back into Marvel?

I'll have more to say later, but I wanted to start with the above....
 

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Electric Tale of Pikachu, Issues 2-4
Pikachu Shocks Back, Issue 1
The Ship of Ishtar
Some chapters from the Bible.
 

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So I've already decided to largely not bother reading any Avengers or Spider-Man before 2018, or any X-Men from before 2019, or any Star Wars from before 2020.

But I am willing to go back further for some other series.



Runaways (2017) #1 and 2: I saw this book was still releasing new issues today in 2021, so I went back to the start of this run. Released in the Fall of 2017, the solicitation for the first issue reads "The 'It' book of the early 2000's is back with the original cast!" That stirred a lot of memories, though I consider it a "mid-2000's" comic phenomenon - it premiered in the Summer of 2003, and I didn't personally discover it until 2005.

Anyway, the first two issues of this 2017 restart revolve around the return of Gert, the member of the original cast who died back in the 2006 (and this is not really spoilers as it spells that out in the solicitations and she's prominently seen on covers of several issues going forward).

Upon Gert's return, Chase and Nico make observations that Gert was the heart of the team and that things haven't been right since she "died". I find that very much true: Original writer Brian K Vaughan left the series just a few issues later (in early 2007), and the subsequent writers (Joss Whedon, Terry Moore, and Kathryn Immonen) didn't really handle the book properly and it slowly withered from 2007 to 2009, and ended in 2010 (right around the time I was getting out of comics).

Arguably, it almost feels like things haven't been right for the whole Marvel Universe since Gert died, in the Summer of 2006. Just a few months later, in early 2007, the original "Civil War" started, and it was kind of all downhill from there, with "mega crossovers" character "deaths and rebirths" hitting critical mass. Yes, those type of stories were around before "Civil War". But that may be when it started to be "too much", for me anyway.

So Chase's line of "nothing's been right since you died" to Gert, it just....feels very true. And now that she's back, I hope the Marvel universe feels right again, as I start reading it again.

On a side note, they also make a comment that "2 years" have passed since she died. So from 2006 to 2017, we are to believe it's been "2 years" in the Marvel Universe. :lol: I have a love/hate relationship with the logic of comic book timelines.
 

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My pick ups since we last used this thread:
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Added the Darkhawk mini since it is being approached like a Tokusatsu, plus the writer for most of it, Kyle Higgins wrote previously for Boom's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Blue & Gold caught my eye and getting it as Dan Jurgens was mentioned as the writer.
 

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Did a major comic store catch up yesterday:
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Yeah saw the first season of Harley Quinn the other day. Pretty good and I'll be finishing the show before reading the issues.
 

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