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My Initial Journey Into Comics
So using what I've learned I've from your suggested reading I've struck out on my own a bit. I wanted to share two titles that I discovered. I mostly enjoy reading these because the artwork is very appealing to me.
First up is Marvel's new take on Weirdworld. This is apparently a fantasy mish-mash setting from the 70s that I know jack shit about. It seems like a place where anything can and will happen. There has been two issues so far and I'm really digging it. The story is OK so far, but I really love the art. Here are a few examples:
The other book that I'm sort of in love with is a 4 issue mini series called Space Riders. It's like this low brow, crazy space adventure, with some really awesome art. The main guy is a bearded space officer with an eye patch and a space ship shaped like a skulled called The Santa Muerte. I find myself re-reading this quite a bit. I'm in love with artwork.
So yeah just wanted to share. So far I'm really loving what I've discovered. Even though I'm just dipping my toes I can already tell I'm gonna love comics quite a bit.
You should definitely look into the Jodorowsky stuff...and also Prophet. And Battling Boy. If you like this stuff, I think you would definitely get into those titles.
Also, to update the first post I have delved into some super hero stuff as well. It's not all monsters, spaceship skulls and swamp things for me. I'm currently reading the following:
The Vision - Marvel has a new series that just came out. Vision goes about creating a family of um...other Visions. He is trying to live the perfect suburban life with them. He has no idea what that is or what it means, so he just tries to logically suss it out. It's obviously not working out so well for him. I'm really digging this one so far. It has this creepy detached tone that leads to some funny situations. So far it's good stuff.
The Black Knight - This about Martin Lawrence as a modern day man transported back to more primitive and ancient time. A world he doesn't understand. What a second...that's the wrong Black Knight! Fuck. This new black knight is about Dane Whitman who is a modern day man transported back to a more primitive and ancient time. Apparently this dude was in the Avengers but I don't know enough about comics to have ever encountered him before. Still I bought this on a whim and it's been enjoyable enough. Whitman has landed in Weirdworld and has carved out a little niche for himself. He has this Master Sword type thing called The Ebony Blade that is all crazy n shit...but sort of corrupts him and makes him into an asshole. So there's that. First few issues have been backstory and setting the stage for a bunch of stuff, but it's interesting enough to continue plowing forward at this point.
Howling Commandos of S.H.E.I.L.D. - Alright I lied it's still about monsters and weird shit. So this is a bunch of freaks and monsters being used by S.H.E.I.L.D. to take out the more bizarre threats on Earth. It's got this pulpy, carefree attitude that I really like. The team of monsters is just tossed together and they don't know each other or work all that great as a team. It's satisfying my love of superheroes and monsters. So I'll continue with it for now. Plus it's got dumb shit like this which I love:
Egg Shen wrote: Yeah I've been thinking of picking up the trade that Marvel released of the original Weirdworld. I was thumbing through it the other day and it looked pretty interesting. Do you think it's worth getting?
Depends on what you like most about comics. Doug Moench is one of my favorite comic book writers of that era, but I don't recall anything remarkable about the writing in Weirdworld. The memorable part about Weirdworld was the excellent artwork by Buscema and Ploog, a team that I can't remember seeing together anywhere else. The coloring and paper stock used in the magazine-sized Weirdworld stories was also top-notch, and hopefully this trade reprint captures that quality.