IMJ Open Thread

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15 Responses to IMJ Open Thread

  1. Insideman says:

    Wonder Woman by Ricardo Ramírez http://dogiukas.deviantart.com (via Xombie Dirge)

  2. Thomas says:

    Hey guys, longtime reader of the site, first time commenter. Love the site. I like how on top of stuff you guys are, lots of industry news and stuff. You guys also share the same overall view of the industry as I do… I’m tired of the same old crap Marvel and DC churn out month after month, the tired crossovers, the corporate bullshit, decompression, lack of imagination, misogyny, etc. In fact, I’m at the point now that the only super hero book remaining on my pull list is the still-brilliant Astro City.

    One feature I enjoy is the weekly stack. I see tons of interesting comics in there every week. Seriously, how can you afford it all? And how do you even find time to read it all??.

    One suggestion I have for you is to spend some more time reviewing some of the lesser known comics, ones that are actually good! Your reviews today were all negative…. Can I suggest you guys review some good comics for once? Comics are a medium in which you can tell any story imaginable. My favourite book last year was Metabarons (spotted it in a recent stack!), which I found through Jodorowski’s Dune. It would be great if you could give some exposure to the volumes of great comics beyond the tired spiderman/xmen/silver surfer/ghost rider marketing stunts du jour. Tell readers what manga is good, or about that Fantagraphics GN you loved, or Humanoids, Dark Horse, or whatever else you actually enjoy. We both know Marvel and DC aren’t worth our dollars anymore, so please tell us what is!

    You clearly read a lot more than just superheroes, so you should spread the love and attention around a bit! 🙂

    Sorry for the TLDR haha

    • J. says:

      Thanks for commenting, Thomas. As far as our reviews go, we have reviewed plenty of great indie comics in the past month including Curse from Boom Studios, Stray Bullets: Killers, Invincible, Buffy Season 10 and The Wake just to name a few. It just so happened we reviewed all Marvel Comics this week which was pretty much on purpose. We do love our indies around here.

      We also talk indies up a lot in some of our weekly columns like “Who’s Getting What This Week?” and “Insideman’s Pull List”.

    • NicktheStick says:

      Thomas, I wholeheartedly agree that we should be sharing our love. And most of the time we get to do that elsewhere – The Open Thread, Any random column we might write, or, if we are so lucky, IMJ Reviews.

      In fact, I actually reviewed the wonderful Sex Criminals a little while ago – pick up the trade when it is out! The thing is, at least for me, I need to keep going back to Marvel and DC every once in a while just to make sure things are still awful. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have branched out, but you also need crap in order to know what is good.

      Also, I still do enjoy superhero comics, I’m just hoping one of these days I stumble on a DC or Marvel comic I absolutely adore. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened for me in a long time.

      You are correct though, as reviewers it is our job to tell you what good comics are out there and what to purchase. However, it is also our job to let you know which comics are shitty so people don’t make a mistake by purchasing them.

      Just on a personal note, I continuously go back to the well of X-Men comics hoping, one day, they will be good again. I would say a good majority of the Marvel books I review are X-Related. It’s because I like the characters I keep coming back – but to much dismay, I’m usually left with a sour taste in my mouth. I want to like them, I really do.

      If there is something you are like the Nation hasn’t been talking about it, come on here and rave about it. I’m sure some of us will take a chance.

      One last thing in my randomness of a response… One of my favourite books of all-time is Green Wake by Kurtis Wiebe and Riley Rossmo and it’s definitely not a superhero story. Check it out if you haven’t yet. It’s where Kurtis really starts to shine as a writer and Rossmo is amazing as per usual.

      Anyways, keep commenting! Keep us on our toes – sometimes we need it 😛

      • Locusmortis says:

        Hey Thomas nice to hear your views! My Previews column tends to focus on a lot of Image/Dark Horse/Boom and other indie stuff along with lots of European stuff and manga although they’re just bite-sized impressions and recommendations rather than reviews

    • Insideman says:

      OMG, Thomas! It’s great to see another commenter who UNDERSTANDS The Weekly Stack isn’t a “Look At ME!” post! It’s sole purpose is to showcase a lot of cool books and PROMOTE sales of great comic book collections. I don’t know why– but we can review, discuss– even PODCAST about– certain books until we’re blue in the face… Then when people actually SEE them in a stack– they want to buy them. The Weekly Stack also proves there are way more independent collections than Big Two graphic novels released every week too….

      Per IMJ promoting more independent comics: I think everyone has been more than eloquent in responding to you, so I’ve got nothing to add. (And Jose’s right– this week’s IMJ Comic Book Reviews column was engineered to be an ALL MARVEL post. Every once in a while, Marvel and DC pull these sales stunts… So we have to cover them to give people the straight info on the stuff they might be tempted to buy!)

      As for my being able to buy all these books… I work very hard and I’m very fortunate that I can afford them. As per my being able to READ them all? I have a SERIOUS backlog of unread titles… But I try to get through a couple a day. (Helps that I rarely sleep!)

      Thanks for all your kind words concerning Inveterate Media Junkies. All our talented contributors work super hard. Hope to see you again soon!

      • Morlock50 says:

        Heh, I remember that dude who had a problem with your Weekly Stack column (a case of stack envy, maybe?). That was one for the books 🙂

    • ComicBookDude says:

      Looks like everyone beat me to it, but I’ll chime in anyway if I may.

      First of all, thanks for commenting! It’s nice to have people who have never commented before respond. Please continue to comment! I love it when a great discussion like this starts.

      I mentioned two great Image comics in my Iron Patriot #1 review yesterday. Zero and Wild Children. They are written by Ales Kot, who wrote Iron Patriot, which is the sole reason I wanted to review it. Zero is an intriguing spy/espionage story and the great thing about that series is that every issue that has come out so far features a done-in-one story. You can pick up any issue of that series without having to worry about knowing what happened beforehand. Wild Children is a super trippy, but engaging story. It’s a one-shot with art by Riley Rossmo (who is a fan favorite here at IMJ). That man could draw anything and I’m there. Check those out if you haven’t already.

      I agree with Nick, I like to “return” to Marvel and DC actually quite often. I like to see how things are going, especially comics I don’t read regularly. There are still some Marvel comics that I think are good reads like Daredevil and Fantastic Four. I’m really enjoying those titles right now. A huge majority of what I buy is Image and Dark Horse comics. Just what I happen to enjoy the most right now.

      Again, thanks for the well-thought out response and feedback. Hope you can stop by again soon!

      • NicktheStick says:

        Oh yeah! I forgot about FF. I’m enjoying it too!

        CBD, did you enjoy the second issue better than the first? I know you had a slight problem with it, so I’m curious what you think now.

        • ComicBookDude says:

          I loved the second issue. It was great. I’ve not been that impressed by a Marvel comic in a long time. The story was great, the art was great, and the cliffhanger was interesting.

          I still think that the first issue was just your average set-up first issue that fell into the usual tropes a first issue has, but I really liked #2.

    • Morlock50 says:

      Welcome to the Nation, Thomas. You’ll never be the same again!

      All I can say, is if you’re looking for great indie titles and no bullshit cometary about all of them (and big two stuff), you’ve come to the right place. I can’t tell you how many comics I’ve discovered from here (and CCW before it) that I would have never read or even looked at otherwise. And unlike any other comic site I’ve visited, I trust the comments here. If someone says some book is awesome, I’m much more willing to pay attention to it than a five star on CBR or Newsarama. You’re comments about how shitty Marvel and DC books will find a sympathetic ear here, but we also don’t wan’t to come off as elitist and make someone feel bad if they’re enjoying something that I don’t like. It’s more important to me that someone likes a Batman title because they really like it, and is not just buying it because they need their fix of Batman, or because it’s a tie-in, or they don’t want to have a hole in their collection, or whatever. Because those folks are only a couple of weeks away from dropping comics for good, since they are fed up with being taken advantage of. And everyone who drops the hobby is not going to be quickly replaced by someone new. And that, Thomas, is how the industry will really die.

  3. Insideman says:

    Very NSFW! There’s more bush here than in the Australian Outback! 🙂

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  4. J. says:

    Marvel has FIVE ‘All-New’ comics shipping next week which include two new #1s. This is getting a bit too ridiculous, no?

    • ComicBookDude says:

      What’s even more ridiculous is that I think I’m going to buy those two new #1s… (I think they’re both written by Mark Waid?)

      What’s even more ridiculous are the comics that ship twice a month that are priced at $3.99. It’s too much. That’s why I never got into Marvel Now in the first place, even for the comics I kind of enjoyed. It’s too expensive. I buy enough (better) comics as it is. If anyone at Marvel wonders why almost nobody buys comics anymore, they’re really oblivious to reality.

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