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Lunar Base Board Game Review

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07 Nov 2021 11:09 #327757 by mezike
Treated myself and my Manga-obsessed kids to the 35th Anniversary box set of Akira which I had been promising to get since I sold my collection of the Epic/Marvel release a few months ago. It's an incredible production, nicely bound hardbacks with thick paper and really clean printing. Great to have it in the traditional R-L format, black and white with a decent (and more accurate) translation than the 90's English language run. Reading through it reminds me of what an important comics landmark this is, and my daughters mind was suitably blown after all the seismic event of the mid-point.
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07 Nov 2021 11:52 #327758 by n815e
I still have my Epic collection of Akira issues and was recently thinking about how I spent years collecting them, finding issues out of order at comic shops or conventions. No internet shopping then, just time spent talking to dealers and searching boxes.
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07 Nov 2021 12:04 - 07 Nov 2021 17:03 #327759 by mezike
I purchased most of them as they came out but was missing the final three books which were in short supply (my FLCBS didn't even get any copies). Over time I picked up two of those but was always missing #38. When I saw how much they were worth, and read about the poor quality of the translation, I figured it was time to ditch them. The box set ended up costing me less than fifteen percent of what I got for the incomplete Epic run. I'm not sure how I feel about the colourisation, it was done really well but Otomo's neat and detailed work in simple line and ink is incredibly absorbing. The presentation values are off the chart as well, it's an excellent collection all round and a pleasure to read it this way.

Oh, also, the pages are larger than the Epic books which is also great. A while back I picked up Watchmen Noir which does a similar thing, Gibbons artwork is just fantastic and deserves to be on a larger page, and there is so much detail that the colour work hides. In that particular case however, the colour palette is an integral part of the presentation so I still think the standard version is better.
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07 Nov 2021 15:29 #327764 by Shellhead
I finished reading Black Science, by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera. Great writing and very stylized artwork combine to tell a frantic story of cross-dimensional travel. Every time I thought I had the story figured out and tried to anticipate the next plot twist, I got blindsided by an even wilder plot twist. The story falters at the end, because endings are often difficult, but is still well worth reading.
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07 Nov 2021 18:22 #327765 by Erik Twice

jason10mm wrote: The seemingly random bolding of words] without any real pattern. Is it to emphasize those words, add some type of inflection or what? Maybe letterers just get bored after a while?

I think it reflects which words are stressed.

Also "Where's my money, honey". My sides

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07 Nov 2021 19:59 #327767 by Sagrilarus
I’m reading Nocterra at the moment, because the character is so well rounded.

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12 Nov 2021 11:34 #327901 by Shellhead
After getting by Thanos in Marvel Champions recently, I decided to re-read the classic early Thanos stories. First, the Captain Marvel special edition reprints, which include Iron Man #55, the first appearance of Thanos. After that, I will re-read the Warlock special edition reprints that begin with Strange Tales #178, continue in Warlock, Marvel Team-Up, Avengers Annual #7, and conclude in Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2. After that, the two-part Thanos Quest, followed by Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War. I don't have all the issues for Infinity Crusade, as it seemed like an inferior sequel to the previous Infinity stories.

The early Thanos stuff is rough around the edges. Though still somewhat impressive in appearance, Thanos has a more restrained physique at first. He initially come across as a relatively typical evil mastermind, oddly focused on Earth despite his alien origin. He avoids the action completely until he is about to get the Cosmic Cube, relying heavily on minions like Controller, the Blood Brothers, and Super-Skrull to battle the heroes. But he gets darker and scarier during that Captain Marvel storyline. Death starts hanging around him, though she hasn't been identified as such yet. And Thanos himself is already revealing an unhealthy obsession with death.
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13 Nov 2021 10:52 #327921 by Cranberries
I picked up battered library surplus copies of Logan (what a ridiculous and fun comic) and Infinity War, which I haven't read yet.

I check out Absolute All-Star Superman from our campus library. I own a battered library surplus copy. What a fun story, but one that, on a third reading, is a bit campy and ridiculous. Such beautiful art in places, and then flat and computer-ish in others.

I wish more boardgames had art like this, or at least like my favorite panels.

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13 Nov 2021 17:53 #327931 by Shellhead
I have mixed feelings about Absolute All-Star Superman. The artwork is sometimes great but often not. Superman and his supporting cast have never been my favorites, but Morrison is writing them properly. Morrison also seems to tightly rein in his usual wild creativity to tell a solid set of Superman stories for this run.
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13 Nov 2021 19:49 #327941 by DarthJoJo
The problem isn’t Frank Quitely’s art. It’s the coloring. There are way too many digital gradients that give skin, hair and fabric this same, hideous plastic sheen. I can understand not being on the same wave length as Quitely’s lumpy image of humanity, but his body language is so good.

Otherwise I will brook no criticism of All Star Superman. It’s the standard for all characterization of Led Luther. It’s the standard for all characterization of Superman. At the same time it’s the full Grant Morrison respecting the entirety of the character’s history and dense storytelling and a restrained Morrison that doesn’t allow his own ideas to overwhelm the narrative and characters. It’s great.
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24 Nov 2021 13:17 #328201 by Legomancer
I stopped buying and reading most comics a few years ago, but about two months ago I suddenly got a wild hair to read some Hellboy. But of course I didn't want to just read the stories, I decided to read them in chronological order.

The Mignolaverse has a timeline it has pretty much held on to well, and I wanted to find out how well. I did some digging and found someone who had attempted to order the stories. I started with that and, with other resources, I put together The Mignolaverse Index , a list of all the Hellboy and adjacent stories, where they've been collected, publication order, and chronological order. It's complete (up to about October) as far as I know.. This includes Hellboy, BPRD, Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, Sir Edward Grey, and other spinoffs and one-shots.

I started where the order starts, in Prehistory. I just finished 1956, and 1957 is currently being released, not collected yet, so I'll have to skip over it. It's a lot of fun and I'm impressed with how well it does hold together. I'm also making notes to improve the chronology as I can.

What's more, most of the books I have been reading through Hoopla, a digital library app with tons of graphic novels. (In the Index I indicate which books are available on Hoopla or Comixology Unlimited). I've bought very few, even though I got rid of most of my non-Hellboy Mignola books. A lot of the stuff I've read so far were things I had not read before, so that's also been cool.
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24 Nov 2021 13:27 #328202 by Shellhead
I am currently reading Black Hammer, by writer Jeff Lemire, artist Dean Ormston, and publisher Dark Horse. The art looks similar to Mike Mignola's work on Hellboy. The writing seems unremarkable until it sneaks up and hits you in the feels. The main characters are superheroes who seem to be trapped in a small town in an alternate reality. The heroes are all somewhat familiar, with some clearly based on Captain America, Mary Marvel, the Martian Manhunter, and Adam Strange (not Dr. Strange). However, this is not a superhero comic, it's a soap opera because the characters are all trying to pass themselves off as normal people living on a farm in a small town. There is some interesting tension at work, because the characters are flawed and abnormal, while the town is more subtly wrong.
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25 Nov 2021 15:18 #328240 by Cranberries

Legomancer wrote: I stopped buying and reading most comics a few years ago, but about two months ago I suddenly got a wild hair to read some Hellboy. But of course I didn't want to just read the stories, I decided to read them in chronological order.

The Mignolaverse has a timeline it has pretty much held on to well, and I wanted to find out how well. I did some digging and found someone who had attempted to order the stories. I started with that and, with other resources, I put together The Mignolaverse Index , a list of all the Hellboy and adjacent stories, where they've been collected, publication order, and chronological order. It's complete (up to about October) as far as I know.. This includes Hellboy, BPRD, Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, Sir Edward Grey, and other spinoffs and one-shots.


I've read the library editions and BPRD, but it looks like I've got some catching up to do. The best kind of homework.

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