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07 Jan 2019 22:42 #289397 by DarthJoJo

Shellhead wrote: I enjoyed their Fatale, which has the opposite of the Scott Pilgrim problem.



Fatale is solid, but I recently finished the fourth volume and am still waiting for something to happen. Kill or be Killed and The Fade Out are tight. They knew the stories they were telling, and they kept moving. Fatale just feels like a wheel spinning Marvel Netflix series at this point. We've seen plenty of men sacrifice themselves for Josephine and plenty of times she's just made it out. What comes next? I have every faith these guys will pull it together, but right now it feels like they could have cut a volume without losing anything.

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10 Jan 2019 22:13 #289761 by repoman
I recently discovered that all the original Elfquest is available online for free. Totally legit as it was uploaded by the Pini's themselves.

My only real exposure to Elfquest was a few issues a girl I knew in college lent me. At the time I thought it was a bit too girlie for my liking.

Re reading it now, it is certainly much more feminine than say Conan or Fafherd and Gray Mouser, and there is a bit of new age post hippie earth mother feeling to it but I'm enjoying it. Certainly it is far removed from any mainstream comics of the early 80s.

I think the recent Netflix animated show Dragon Prince has drawn some inspiration from this comic. The elf/human hatred and elves having only 3 fingers at the very least.

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11 Jan 2019 08:54 #289780 by Shellhead

DarthJoJo wrote:

Shellhead wrote: I enjoyed their Fatale, which has the opposite of the Scott Pilgrim problem.



Fatale is solid, but I recently finished the fourth volume and am still waiting for something to happen. Kill or be Killed and The Fade Out are tight. They knew the stories they were telling, and they kept moving. Fatale just feels like a wheel spinning Marvel Netflix series at this point. We've seen plenty of men sacrifice themselves for Josephine and plenty of times she's just made it out. What comes next? I have every faith these guys will pull it together, but right now it feels like they could have cut a volume without losing anything.


Fatale has a worthwhile ending, but I agree that it feels like the overall story was padded out to hit a certain quote of issues.
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11 Jan 2019 08:56 #289781 by Shellhead
I found that free archive of Elfquest several years ago, and might even have posted a link early in this thread. I read several issues, but it wasn't quite my kind of thing. The big pretty elf eyes grate on me after a while, and the stories felt a little too familiar.

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10 Mar 2019 21:36 #293621 by DarthJoJo
Richard Stark's Parker, adapted and illustrated by the inimitable Darwyn Cooke.

There's two ways to look at this: Richard Stark's story and titular character and the work of Darwyn Cooke. To begin with the original, it's a simple story. A man is wronged, he seeks revenge, he takes revenge. Nothing special about it at all. Parker, the wronged, is also simple. He is a hyper-competent professional, always the strongest, meanest, smartest, most capable man in the room. He is also remorselessly violent. He lacks charm, stiffing waitresses on tips, and beats his ex-wife and chokes another woman. He is no hero but in a refreshing way. Popular media today is rife with anti-heroes with hearts of gold, bank robbers who do it for their sick kid, but to see it all chiseled away and ground down to this Platonic ideal of a criminal who murders and steals purely because he enjoys working just once a year and otherwise living at tropical resorts is a splash of cold spring water to the face. You don't like him, you don't admire him, but maybe you're cowed by his absolute masculinity into wanting to see him triumph over those weaker and less deserving than him.

Darwyn Cooke? The man is so good. Parker appears in the very first panel. It takes another ten pages before you see his face, but you've already learned so much about the man from his body language. Probably no more than twenty lines to a face, but even in three colors, you always know whom you're looking at. Just great. And now I learn that he's been dead for coming up on three years. Disappointing.

I'll be looking into the next two books in the series, The Score and The Outfit. Maybe I should read some more of the classics. One of my podcasts covered Robert E. Howard a week or two back, and I haven't read The Maltese Falcon yet either.
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