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101Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:59 am

Birdman


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Got Anna Karenina. Reading the 2nd Ophan X book.

102Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Noh means no on Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:51 pm

Zenyn

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Started Kabuki: Circle of Blood. Seeing how much the artist will evolve in the further production it would be cruel to call the first stories blunt in style. Any person has to start at some point. I find the self-taught means of it remarkable. From the start a strong center is forming. It's set in near-future Japan, yet that doesn't make it scifi. It depicts the past with WWII politics and it's not about history lessons. It shows female assassins in underwear and it's not about ass an' titties. It seems to be about what one perceives and not perceives. All in panels. I'm intrigued.

103Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:19 pm

Royta/Raeng

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Artwork of that one looks right up my alley. Going to hunt down a copy, thanks for the suggestion!

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104Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty In dreams on Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:10 am

Zenyn

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Circle of Blood makes up the larger part of the first Dark Horse trade. The smaller, Dreams, is done differently.
If you still care for paper, that is.

105Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:04 am

Royta/Raeng

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I can't imagine reading comics digitally. So which one should I start with?

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106Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty feel good hit of the summer on Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:15 pm

Zenyn

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Well, I started with the first Omnibus. It's the beginning for the artist, so for me it's the right entry. Though I pick up that a lot of themes are revisited, so that perhaps Kabuki is a thing that is accessible from more angles then start and finish. Maybe to go a way by which art appeals most?

Circle of Blood brings obviously manga and FM's Sin City to mind. But I'm reminded of European magazine comics as well. It's nifty. I had some scenes in where the dangerous ladies take out some hits, and it's not shown in action panels, yet in a descriptive mode characteristic to the hit and the assassin I found impressive. Siamese I love you

107Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:04 pm

TheFirmament1

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FINALLY finished Pandora Hearts after starting in May, and then putting off the final stretch for nearly 3 weeks. Link to review.

Now I can finally get started on other series, like Blade of the Immortal, Kingdom, The Invisibles and Attack on Titan, which my real-life friends have been hyping to no end. As well as continuing Injustice, and Lazarus.

108Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:31 pm

Birdman


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Started reading Fairy Tail. Some of the characters from the game really interested me and I wanted to know their back stories and how their powers worked.

Pretty good in terms of fight scenes so far. I like clever use of abilities and that there hasn't really been any stupid power ups to win fights for no reason.

I suspect that might change by the length of it.

109Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:00 am

TheFirmament1

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>Fairy Tail
Oh god. I read the entire thing a couple of years back, and I ended up hating it. And yes, it just gets worse and worse over time. I won't go too in-depth into it, because dunking on Fairy Tail is a dead horse, but I think you're either gonna drop it, or you won't come away from it satisfied. For good fights, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Vinland are my recommendations, although the latter has become much less action-oriented over time.

I've personally been reading some Attack on Titan lately. Only on volume 5. Not bad so far. The art is kind of not great, but considering it's been running for over 10 years, it's a given that it'll get better in that regard.

110Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:05 am

Dan.A

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Oh cool a books thread. I read way too much - blame academia and my previous career.

I'm currently reading Erickson's Malazan series. It's among the finest fantasy series ever written, but it can be dense. I intend to read "Dune" next.

Earlier in the year, I read McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" which might well be the finest novel I've ever read.

111Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:47 am

Birdman


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>And yes, it just gets worse and worse over time.
If you mean the story, that doesn't matter to me. If you mean the fights get worse, as in, power up wars like say DBZ, where the only strategy is power up more than the other guy, then yeah I'll probably get bored.

Fights may get worse in the way I've described, but there will still be the good ones. I don't take it as a whole I guess. I'm only reading it because the character designs and powers in the game look cool and I want to learn more about them.

Highlights so far would be when Natsu fought that barrier guy on Galuna Island and used his flame as a rocket booster to get through and physically attack, since the barrier only really nullified magic. That was great.

General use of fire to boost around. Firing it from his mouth to generate quick bursts of movement in midair and dodge attacks.


>For good fights, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
One of my favs. I think we discussed it before. I was reading the latest one, JoJolion, a few years ago but caught up, left it for awhile, then forgot where I was up to. Is that one finished yet, Might just wait if not. I loved Stone Ocean. That had so many weird fights I'll never forget.

I think we discussed Berserk as well where I had the same issue. I might leave than one for now because it seems like it'll never end.

>Attack on Titan
That was another I caught up with and abandoned. It is finished yet? I might go back to it.

112Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty Re: Books and Comics on Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:01 am

TheFirmament1

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>Fairy Tail fights
To be honest, I don't remember all that much about the fights themselves. But yeah, as you guessed, I hated the story, characters, and painfully unfunny humour.

>JoJolion
That one's not done yet. 100 monthly chapters in. Pretty sure that it's getting close to endgame.

>Stone Ocean
Hell yes, Stone Ocean is one of the best parts.

>Attack on Titan
Almost finished. I hear that it's ending within a few months.

Thinking about series that just have really strong fights above all... Some of the earlier fights in Naruto actually come to mind. One that really stuck with me was Shikamaru vs Temari in Chunin Exams. Nothing to write home about story/character-wise, but Naruto did have some really neat fights. Keyword being 'did'.

113Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty the last of dust on Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:13 pm

Zenyn

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@Dan.A wrote: I read way too much

A combination of words I haven't seen in this composition before. Any symptoms? Ennui? The last word on everything?

Started and finished The Institute by SK. Easy read, and I could take something away for me, which before I only did with Pet Sematary.
Reread TDKR. For all the moving parts it's still amazingly taut. The abscence of Todd as a child soldier was more prominent for me this time around. Following an oral history Miller did it first for his dramatic purposes and then the editorial thought it would be a terrific idea to cast a telephone-vote. And my lard did the voters do theirs. You must die ! I alone am best !

Ready for Kabuki: Skin Deep. I quiver with exitement, because it starts with my faves, Siamese...
A later chapter is called That was Zen, This is Tao! I love you

114Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty do you read me? do you write me? do you atrophy? on Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:58 pm

Zenyn

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Kabuki: The Alchemy.
A work that is a fountain of inspiration for anyone who acts creatively. Not just because it is a "stand-out masterpiece in the sequentional art". It is a wake-up call without an imperative. I say everyone who reads it and holds enough creativity inside will find through it the means to release it. Impecable.

115Books and Comics - Page 3 Empty dear abby on Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:30 pm

Zenyn

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To whom it may concern: Don't you read anymore? Or is it just that you are too miffed to post about it? Reading only headlines? Not enough strenght for your share of escapism? Rather keeping busy? I would like to know. Thank you.

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