New Thing #269: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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I think I vaguely knew that the terrible League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film was based on a graphic novel. But then again, after seeing that movie I never wanted to think upon the premise again, it was just that bad.

Boy is this comic ever better than that shitty movie.

The idea of pulling together great Victorian era fictional heroes and villains into a ragtag covert government team is too delicious not to like. At least when Sean Connery and bad CGI isn’t involved.

I pretty much just devoured the first series of this tonight. Everything from the art to the writing is befitting the age in which the story takes place. I especially love the extra care that went into including Victorian styled comic book adverts in the back pages of each issue.

I am once again left befuddled at how Hollywood can take such rich source material and bugger it all up for the big screen.

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New Thing #201: DC Comics New 52

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I’ve never been much of a DC Comics fan, choosing to empty my wallet on Marvel books as a kid.

In recent years though, I’ve wanted to give a few DC titles a try but they’ve seemed impenetrable with their decades old story lines and encyclopedia of characters. Luckily, they’ve just completely rebooted the DC Universe with The New 52 initiative

I picked up a few comics today. And by picked up, I mean downloaded instantly to my iPad. Damn, I love that thing.

Detective Comics, Justice League and Batman and Robin all surprised me with their takes on these classic characters. I’m sure purists will find fault with some choices but it feels fresh and the artwork in Detective Comics in particular is stupendous.

Justice League really sets things up for a volatile storyline right off the bat (no pun intended) and I really want to see where they go with it.

Batman and Robin was a miss for me though. I don’t understand or buy this incarnation of Robin. He’s more annoying than interesting.

Overall I think hitting the big reset button was a great idea for DC. It’s given me the opportunity to start reading some comics I otherwise wouldn’t have. I’m sure my wallet won’t be thanking me for that.

New Thing #153: Read Kingdom Come

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Even though I’ve never followed the DC Comic universe very closely my friend Tom insisted that I read Kingdom Come. This seminal book follows a world where Superman’s retired and the new generation of superheros have run amok. When he comes back form his self imposed exile things, well, things don’t go so well.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that Superman isn’t my favourite comic book hearo. He’s not nearly as boring as The Flash, but he’s still pretty bland in my eyes. The only two DC characters I really enjoyed as a kid were Batman and Lobo of all people. 

But reading this book made me wish that I knew the history of every character in this universe because I’m pretty sure every one of them shows up in one panel or another. It’s an unabashedly beautiful looking book and the writing is unrelentengly. Every page is a meticulous painting; every word is filled with weight and meaning. I just wish I knew who more of the damn characters were that I was seeing. 

I’m really glad that I read this one.

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