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  • Tom Murphy
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    Originally posted by Pebble View Post
    Did you go up to the odyssey 7 shop near the Uni?

    There use to be a second hand book/comic/magazine shop at the back of the print works in one of the old buildings - probably gone now. Had a lot of SF/Fantasy books. A couple near the cathedral. Also England's Glory?
    Yeah, it was the one in the university precinct. I remember heading off there for a Chris Claremont signing the night before my English A-level in 1984. (Sadly, my much-loved copies of X-Men 135-137 and 141-142 got lost somewhere over the past 25 years.)

    They had another shop, which I think was the book and magazine centre, in a basement in the Corn Exchange. I think it was badly damaged by the bomb in 1996. I was there a couple of years ago - sadly the shop had gone.

    Now I come to think of it, didn't Odyssey 7 use a Rodney Matthews image of Elric on their bags? I've had a quick whizz through Google Images and can't spot it.
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  • Pebble
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    Originally posted by KevJo View Post
    I am coming across images and whole issues that I remember from my childhood - but I was never able to collect all of the titles. In those days you were at the mercy of whatever the local newsagent happened to have in stock, and the idea of a collecting consecutive issues of four different titles wasn't possible. So I am finding it hugely nostalgic.
    I hear you, brother - I remember walking miles on cold winter evenings from one end of Chorley to the other to trawl through the diverse comic offerings in the town's newsagents.

    Things became a lot more convenient from 1985, when I got a Saturday job and could make regular visits to the (now-defunct?) Odyssey Seven comic shop in Manchesterford.

    (I still can't pass through Manchester Victoria station without happy memories of how much anticipation and pleasure those comic-shop expeditions used to give me - and a pang of nostalgic sadness that it's so much harder in later life to generate the same sort of excitement about stuff.)
    So do I, Tom.

    I still remember where I found certain issues - New Gods no 10, the one with Bug and couldn't make head or toe of it. Did you go up to the odyssey 7 shop near the Uni?

    There use to be a second hand book/comic/magazine shop at the back of the print works in one of the old buildings - probably gone now. Had a lot of SF/Fantasy books. A couple near the cathedral. Also England's Glory?

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  • dasNdanger
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    Wow...my list is ever-changing.

    Right now I am reading:

    Sweets (a mini, and the best book on the shelves right now)
    Secret Six (I ADORE Ragdoll!)
    Casanova
    CowboyNinjaViking
    Avengers
    New Avengers
    Amazing Spider-Man
    Invicible Iron Man
    Iron Man Legacy
    Wolverine
    Dakin:Dark Wolverine
    X-23
    Uncanny X-Force
    Astonishing X-Men

    And various minis and one-shots, mostly those featuring Wolverine. I will probably be dropping the Avengers books (since reading Secret Six, I find the Avengers a bit...lack-luster), and Spider-Man (getting bored with it). I have to cut back because this is turning into an expensive habit. I'm not thrilled with Wolverine right now because it's all 'he's in Hell and demons are trying to kill everyone he loves' thing...which just isn't my cuppa. Wolverine and the supernatural has never been a comfortable fit to me. I much rather see Wolverine roaming the countryside, killing murderous rednecks and poachers and outlaw bikers...stuff like that.

    Anyway, that's about it. The two books I really look forward to each month are Sweets (a New Orleans 'police procedural' in the days just before Katrina strikes), and Secret Six, though I am really enjoying Casanova, too. Also, Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis has been a real hoot - lots of fun - and I have big hopes for Uncanny X-Force...I really like the new team line-up, especially with Fantomex joining them now.


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  • Tom Murphy
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    Originally posted by KevJo View Post
    I am coming across images and whole issues that I remember from my childhood - but I was never able to collect all of the titles. In those days you were at the mercy of whatever the local newsagent happened to have in stock, and the idea of a collecting consecutive issues of four different titles wasn't possible. So I am finding it hugely nostalgic.
    I hear you, brother - I remember walking miles on cold winter evenings from one end of Chorley to the other to trawl through the diverse comic offerings in the town's newsagents.

    Things became a lot more convenient from 1985, when I got a Saturday job and could make regular visits to the (now-defunct?) Odyssey Seven comic shop in Manchesterford.

    (I still can't pass through Manchester Victoria station without happy memories of how much anticipation and pleasure those comic-shop expeditions used to give me - and a pang of nostalgic sadness that it's so much harder in later life to generate the same sort of excitement about stuff.)

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  • Tom Murphy
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    For the past few months I seem to have been accumulating comics without getting round to reading many of them!

    Anyway, here's my current sort-of-pull-list:
    • Hellblazer
    • DMZ
    • Sweet Tooth
    • Powers
    • Casanova
    • Joe the Barbarian
    • Love and Rockets (even if it is only annual!)
    • Bulletproof Coffin
    • Meta 4 (Ted McKeever)
    • The Unwritten
    • Incognito: Bad Influence

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  • KevJo
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    Just finished the final volume of Rex Mundi, which I have really enjoyed. An alternate universe in which the Catholic church rules supreme (reminded me of Luther Arkwright a bit) and where a politician slowly rises to become a Hitler-like demagogue and plunges Europe into war, with lashings of 'Holy Blood and Holy Grail' type conspiracy stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I have just made a start on the four volumes of Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, and already I am coming across images and whole issues that I remember from my childhood - but I was never able to collect all of the titles. In those days you were at the mercy of whatever the local newsagent happened to have in stock, and the idea of a collecting consecutive issues of four different titles wasn't possible. So I am finding it hugely nostalgic.

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  • J-Sun
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    Yeah, I just dropped:
    Uncanny X-Men
    X-Men Legacy
    X-Factor
    New Mutants
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Azrael

    Which leaves me only with the Thunderbolts.
    My problem (primarily with Marvel) is that there are too many crossovers. Necrosha was immediately followed by Second Coming, and EVERY X title combines into it. It's like having to collect 8 subscriptions a month to get a single story, which is not what I am after.

    What happened to the days when comic books were stories where good guys fought bad guys, and you totally freaked out because when there was a guest appearance, you had waited two years for it?

    So I'm taking a break from comics.

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  • David Mosley
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    I've just dropped Wonder Woman (from #600), Power Girl (from #12) - both due to changing creators - and Batman Confidential (I dinnae mean to buy it for this long but there were one or two decent stories) but also added the new Zatanna on-going to go alongside my regular Standing Order.

    The current highlight of the comics month is Peter Milligan's Hellblazer, which has had a very strong run recently - with some v. impressive (and subtle) interior art from Simon Bisley - but which is about to go wildcrazyapeshitman with the return of

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  • Bleddyn
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    Originally posted by Pebble View Post
    Originally posted by Bleddyn View Post
    I have collected all the Elric Comics and graphic novels ..... I am hoping for a son. My youngest daughter is very respectful and loves looking at them them too.. I hope they are in to miniature wargaming and Pen and Paper RPG's as well. Its cheaper than Outward Bound I found out.
    My daughter tried the RPG and failed and is on to the outward bound.
    Outward Bound is still good it instills self relience!

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  • Pebble
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    Originally posted by Bleddyn View Post
    I have collected all the Elric Comics and graphic novels ..... I am hoping for a son. My youngest daughter is very respectful and loves looking at them them too.. I hope they are in to miniature wargaming and Pen and Paper RPG's as well. Its cheaper than Outward Bound I found out.
    My daughter tried the RPG and failed and is on to the outward bound.

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  • Bleddyn
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    My wife is pregnant

    I have collected all the Elric Comics and graphic novels ..... I am hoping for a son. My youngest daughter is very respectful and loves looking at them them too.. I hope they are in to miniature wargaming and Pen and Paper RPG's as well. Its cheaper than Outward Bound I found out.

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  • Chris T
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    Some of the more memorable stuff I've been reading

    Orc Stain
    Possibly my favourite of the new comics coming out now. This is great (re)imagining of Orc society and quite possibly the best one I've ever encountered. A great Fantasy comic.

    Nemesis the Warlock
    Wow - just wow. I'm keen to get vol. 2 soon.

    Sparta USA
    Usually I'm more of an Art person when it comes to comics but in this case the story elevates the somewhat sketchy art in this series. It manages to combine the barmy with the relevant/topical rather well.

    Criminal
    Continuing my Ed Brubaker kick I bought all the trades in this series in the space of a couple of weeks. No 3 was perhaps the most impressive. I'm keen to check out the new one.

    100 Bullets
    Following from the above I checked out this first volume of this one hoping to get some more noir-ish, pulpy crime comics a la Criminal. Some of the stuff happeining in the panels seems too busy and unnecessary and unrelated to the main story: eg. a helicopter attack on a building in the background (huh?). I rather enjoyed it but I'm not sure if I should stick with the whole series. I'm sure I'll get another couple of volumes though. Any opinions?

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  • Pebble
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    http://www.bluewaterprod.com/news/fe...i_thatcher.php

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  • Pebble
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    Picked up some thing I had not heard of before called Mezolith by Ben Haggary and Adam Brockbank for £10.00. Looks a great production. Link below.

    http://www.davidficklingbooks.co.uk/index.asp

    Also found a free PDF version of a French comics zine, which I can get the 'gist' of with my poor french. Definitely worth getting hold of.

    http://www.zoolemag.com/

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  • Rothgo
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    Originally posted by Rothgo View Post
    Just read the first two books of Gّdland - Casey and Scioli. Great fun and a good revisiting of a Kirbesque stylistic without being a dull 60/70s pastiche. The usual issues with what to do with a truly super-powerful hero are clearly there (what excuse this time as to why this rumble didn't end in 1 millisecond?) but its still well worth the read.
    Fun but no must-have.
    'Cept I must now get books three and four...
    It's been quite a wait, but finally Godland Celestial Edition Volume 2 is about to hit the shelves. Pre-order in and soon the wait will be over!

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