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post Apr 27 2004, 05:11 PM
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I was going through my old stash of comics last night and came across a bunch of really kick-ass comics I hadn't read in years. I read a bunch of Midnight Sons issues I had all but forgotten about. I revisited some of my favorite characters after years of comic book-hiatus.

Of the Midnight Sons, I really like Morbius. He's a badass, but at the same time mellow and chill. I have an issue where he takes on this monster called Bloodbath and miraculously kills him (his body was encased in impenatrable armor). In the same issue, Ghost Rider takes on the Harvester who has the ability to transplant human flesh and organs into himself (he wanted Ghost Rider's skull). Ghost Rider gave him his infamous Penance Stare, which gives you all the pain you've caused a thousandfold.

I've also been a big Spider-Man fan. I've followed his exploits for years. I was also absorbed in Generation X and Gen13 during my early teens. The Punisher has always been mondo bad-ass, waisting criminals and gunning down mobsters and what-not.

Am I the only one here who reads/has read comics? If not, who do you guys like?


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post Apr 27 2004, 05:18 PM
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My favourite characters are from the Sandman comics. Dream, and his relatives Death, Despair, Desire, Delirium, Destiny and Disaster are all really great characters. I also like Jesse from Preacher - when you wield the power of God Himself, you can kick some serious ass.


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post Apr 27 2004, 07:26 PM
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ohhh dear..

Well Mara Jade (from many Star Wars comics) completely rocks and is by far the best non-film Star Wars Character.

uhhh I have always Had a Soft spot for Sailor Jupiter and Saturn from Sailor Moon

Suomo/Plum from Chobits never fails to make me giggle. And yay for Tomoyo the 10 (or so) year old Bi Sexual from Card Captor Sakura!

Oh and Asuka and Misato from Eva... those guys rock.

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post Apr 27 2004, 07:46 PM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Apr 27 2004, 06:17 PM)
My favourite characters are from the Sandman comics. Dream, and his relatives Death, Despair, Desire, Delirium, Destiny and Disaster are all really great characters. I also like Jesse from Preacher - when you wield the power of God Himself, you can kick some serious ass.

I with Commiekins on this one I love the Sandman and Preacher. Here's another you might like Sean the Invisibles, slightly odd stories but damn cool and Kingpin (?) and Ragged Robbin rock! biggrin.gif


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post Apr 28 2004, 01:10 AM
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I read a lot of Shade, the Changing Man comics growing up. I have somewhere the first issue when it was published under DC Comics. I desperately wanted to get my hands on issue #2 but never could. sad.gif


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post Apr 28 2004, 10:55 AM
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I'm another Sandman fan, but Death and Dream are probably my favourites. The only other characters I can think of that I'm into are Wolverine (who doesn't like Wolverine??) and maybe Judge Dredd, just cause he's cool. I don't really read comics much though. Only cause my boyfriend has lots and I get bored of watching him play computer games tongue.gif


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post Apr 29 2004, 12:24 AM
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Wolverine's a bad-ass, but there's too much drama surrounding him. I mean, everytime I turn around, there's something major going on in his life. That annoys me.


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post Apr 29 2004, 12:33 AM
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I like Piro, Tohya, and Largo from Megatokyo, Athan from No Ordinary Love, Inu Yasha from ...Inu Yasha, Shari from Rabid Monkeys -- I like Death too, he's funny, umm, Dominick from Wicked Alchemy, aaaand...lessee....Rakne from Spells and Whistles, and Shades from Starcross'd Destiny. smile.gif


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post Apr 29 2004, 10:45 AM
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QUOTE (Righteous @ Apr 29 2004, 12:23 AM)
Wolverine's a bad-ass, but there's too much drama surrounding him. I mean, everytime I turn around, there's something major going on in his life. That annoys me.

yeah i guess but i think that's why i like him...no matter how long it is since i read x-men he's always heavily featured so i know what i'm reading about tongue.gif

i like the new x-men graphic novels, have only read parts 1-3 so far though, keep getting distracted by ranma 1/2


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post Apr 29 2004, 04:38 PM
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I'm still really liking Ghost Rider. Ghost Rider was cool when John Blaze held the mantle, but Dan Kench makes a better Ghost Rider. He's more of a badass. They're making a Ghost Rider movie sometime in the near future and I desperately want to see that. I don't know if Ghost Rider will be John Blaze or Dan Kench. Probably John Blaze. In any case, it should kick major ass.


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post May 14 2004, 09:12 PM
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i've read a lot of golden age marvel (i like my comics old school cool.gif ), so that's where most of my fav's are, but i can't believe nobody's mentioned the tick! ohmy.gif the tick was my introduction to comics and he will always hold a special place in my heart. i mean, he's NIGH-invounerable!!! and he's got a past every bit as mysterious as wolvies without all the mellow drama!

not that i don't like wolverine, he's got the isolated and full of rage thing going on, plus he's canadian! though i gotta say my favourite x-men are beast and nightcrawler (pre-monk).

and honestly, who *doesn't* love spider-man? it's impossible! it's like dis-liking bacon, or a colourful sunset, or... or... puppies! not loving spider-man is like taking pleasure in kicking cute ickle puppies!


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Jesse Custer > you.

And from the same comic:



Proinsias Cassidy > everybody.


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Yay! Commiekins!!!! Preacher is brilliant but a bit behind at the moment cause not read it reasontly. I'm still advicing you to get some Invisibles though Sean I is thinking you will like! biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (Cath @ May 14 2004, 11:10 PM)
I'm still advicing you to get some Invisibles though Sean I is thinking you will like! biggrin.gif

I'll tell my college library to buy some. They do whatever I tell them to.


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Sandman was pretty darned amazing. So is Mina from Extraordinary Gentlemen. Nightcrawler is funky whoa.

Have to say Utena's my favorite anime character, and one of my favorite comic/graphic novel/anime/manga/whatever characters overall.


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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ May 14 2004, 11:20 PM)
QUOTE (Cath @ May 14 2004, 11:10 PM)
I'm still advicing you to get some Invisibles though Sean I is thinking you will like! biggrin.gif

I'll tell my college library to buy some. They do whatever I tell them to.

Glad to here it! biggrin.gif


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post May 15 2004, 03:50 AM
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QUOTE (MissJade @ Apr 27 2004, 03:25 PM)
Well Mara Jade (from many Star Wars comics) completely rocks and is by far the best non-film Star Wars Character.

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Mara Jade, while definitely one of the best characters in the Star Wars universe, is vastly inferior to the greatest Jedi ever! I am speaking of course, of Corran Horn, a Jedi who hails from Corellia and had his roots in CorSec.

To those of you unfamiliar with Corran, I insist you drop whatever you're doing, go to the nearest bookstore, once there buy every X-Wing book and I, Jedi. Read them, Cherish them, You can thank me later. biggrin.gif

Ok, as far as I am aware, Corran is not in any comic books, so now I have to say some things that are a bit more on topic.

My favorite comic book characters (that I can think of), in alphanumeric order, are:
Alita, Battle Angel Alita
Kaolla Su, Love Hina
Gambit, Gambit, Several X-Men books
Peter Parker/Spiderman especially the ninja, Various titles, Ninja seen in Marvel Mangaverse
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post May 15 2004, 04:21 AM
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QUOTE (jicama @ May 14 2004, 04:11 PM)
though i gotta say my favourite x-men are beast and nightcrawler (pre-monk).

Nightcrawler is awesome. He just kicks major ass.

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and honestly, who *doesn't* love spider-man?  it's impossible!  it's like dis-liking bacon, or a colourful sunset, or... or... puppies!  not loving spider-man is like taking pleasure in kicking cute ickle puppies!

I read in Wizard the commentary of this one comic writer Warren Ellis who specializes in killing off characters. He said he HATED Spider-Man. His idea was to get around his spider sense by snipering him while he's climbing a building. Plus with his wall-crawling he could be up there for says and have the crows pick at him.


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QUOTE (Righteous @ Apr 29 2004, 12:23 AM)
Wolverine's a bad-ass, but there's too much drama surrounding him. I mean, everytime I turn around, there's something major going on in his life. That annoys me.

Actually, righteous, if you were to read some more of the recent Ultimate X-Men, you would see that even the writers are becoming bored with too much wolverine, and in fact the same can be said of any wolverine stories since Origin was released. The Ultimate stories dont go shy on good old logan, and he's handy in a fight as always, but the stories are written for a very new reader base who want more emotional involvement than the old comic books. For instance, much of the early series resides in the drafting of very young mutants into a minimal number of existing x-men, where things like parents' fears override a lot of what the institute is trying to do (Kitty Pryde almost gets expelled because she disobeys her mothers orders, iceman gets pulled out and almost helps his parents sue after he gets seriously injured battling sentinels, to name but a few examples), but the overriding storylines deal with the ultimate ethics of the overall goals of the institute, and how they have to compromise and sacrifice just to make progress, even in the face of everyone else, who seem to be dead set on making up the rules as they go. Besides this, the comics are also written by very liberal-minded people, and it shows in the almost sarcastic leftwing approach to politics that the characters take.

Needless to say, you can tell i enjoyed reading the new X-Men, but the same goes for much of modern comics. I couldn't tell you what started it all off, whether it was the introduction of serious stories in the format of the Vertigo line from DC (headlined by everyone's favourite, Sandman), or if it came from a bitter aftertaste in American writers' mouths from today's seemingly oppressive education system... To be honest I could care less why. I'm just very glad that writers have been willing to let the wolverines lie for a while to stand up and actually say something worth reading.


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Psylocke and Gambit from the X-Men hands down beat anyone else. Gambit... he's Cajun and just plain cool. Psylocke is a bad ass psychic ninja woman, so she's got that going for her. I was never really much into Wolverine... But since I'm here, I might as well ask a question that's been on my mind... I read somewhere that Wolverine's real name was not Logan and that pre-x-men and pre-experiment, he was actually a plantation owner's millato (sp?) son in pre-civil war times... yes? no?

But as far as my actual favorite comic book character goes, I'd really have to go with the amazing Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. No one makes killing look that good or sound that philosophical. No one. That book is, purely and simply, amazing.


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One thing I've noticed comparing X-Men of old vs. X-Men of new (aside from more plot twists and turns then I-95 through Jacksonville) is that back in those days, there was more of a feeling of liberation. Stan "The Man" Lee based the general concept off of the civil rights movement with radicals on either end. There was a sense of civic duty and societal unrest. Now it's all about action figures and Saturday morning cartoons. Perhaps with this loss of passion came all of the new age comic companies who wanted to have passion and outside-the-box entertainment in their comics so they broke off and started anew.

I have a cool idea for a comic that's been in the works for a few years tell me what you think:

Imagine the Earth where any war that could have happened did. The ground is saturated with nuclear, chemical and biological fallout. All of this fallout caused birth defects including mutations. Some of these mutations were superhuman and have wreaked havoc on what's left of the Earth. Then there's a small group of superhumans whose headquarters in in an old mental hospital. Psycho is the world's most powerful telepath/empath/telekinetic/pyrotelekinetic, but he's also somewhat mentally unstable with a bad temper. Now he takes care of his brother Night Shadow who is telekinetic and has a "mental security system" where anyone who attempts to enter his mind is zapped with a psionic bolt. He also has pain-induced metamorphosis where if he's attacked, he'll turn into a murder of crows or something to avoind injury. The third member of the team is Ruckus who can absorb, project and manipulate kinetic energy. So if someone punches him, he can absorb the energy and redirect in in a punch of his own. Makes sense? Anyhow, the three of them protect themselves and others from corporations (who basically own the government and run everything) and other superhumans. I'm calling the book Asylum. What do you guys think?


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post May 16 2004, 05:15 AM
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It's really close to X-Men. Really close.

The premise itself (post apolcolyptic earth being run by corporations... it's been done) is rather tired. The party of people are also too strong... way too strong. You should tone them down a little. Or a lot. Either way, if it's written well and drawn well, anything should sell.


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Stan "The Man" Lee based the general concept off of the civil rights movement with radicals on either end. There was a sense of civic duty and societal unrest. Now it's all about action figures and Saturday morning cartoons.


couldn't have said it better myself. i don't care much for the new marvel/dc comics, they just don't hold my interest the way the golden age ones do. though oddly enough, i am getting into the new cartoons. has anyone else been watching justice league? 'cause they're really aiming for an older audience.


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I'm kind of a virgin to this. Read lots of comics and graphic novels, but the only one that really make me smile was Fray (Buffy of the future)? I assume others have seen this?


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post May 19 2004, 04:21 AM
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Daredevil and Punisher are still pretty cool. They were once throwing around the idea of having Pun be some kind of demon hunter. My jaw dropped. I thought that was the biggest amount of crap in existance. You can't do that to the goddamn Punisher. His place has been and always will be the harsh dealer of justice to those who harm the innocent. You can't put living vengence into some kind of antidemonic comic crap. Grrr.


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