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Best comic book cover ever? – Part 2!

So a couple of weeks I posted a blog (linkage) citing Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover as ‘the best comic book cover ever’. Well, that was until I finally (that’s another story for another time!) received The Boys: We Gotta Go Now v. 4The Boys Vol 4: We Gotta Go Now – check out this example of comic book artwork awesomeness:
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When I ordered it from Amazon I thought I would be getting a UK version with a different cover, as seen below:
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Thankfully the final version was not what Amazon showed me!

Now onto the paper thickness of this comic book, or should I say thinness? The paper is glossy but so incredibly thin – this trade paperback is made up of 8 issues but is the same thickness of the average 4/5 issue Marvel title. It doesn’t make any difference to my enjoyment, just thought it deserved a mention.

The Boys series continues to be great – I’ve not read all of vol 4 yet but it’s like welcoming an old friend back, as long to see what (mis)adventures Hughie will find himself doing this time.

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Best comic book cover ever?

I have to wait until late September to read Fables Vol. 12: Dark Ages and even longer, February NEXT year, to read Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover. But wow, just look at the awesome front cover for The Great Fables Crossover – awesome! Just a pity I have to wait so long to actually get my hands on it. Maybe I should be reading monthlies after all – remember my last post but one – linkage?

The Great Fables Crossover

The Great Fables Crossover

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Trade Paperbacks v Individual Issues – how do you comic?

I am fairly new to the world of comic books, my collector status is only about 3 years old though I have always had a passing interest from my childhood. I have always bought trade paperbacks rather than individual monthlies, without fail, but is that the right way to do things?

There are a few reasons why I choose trades over monthlies:

Storage – It’s much easier to store trades on a bookshelf than it is to store monthlies which require more than just being stacked. Monthlies also need to be packed in individual bags to avoid damage.

Accessibility – When I want to read a particular trade I just go to the shelf and pick it out, with a monthly I’d be trawling through boxes of comics to find it, and then I’d need to grab half a dozen to get enough reading material worth the effort. Which brings me on to…

Content Size – For me, a monthly comic is not big enough. Just as you are getting going the issue ends and you have to wait another month. At least with a trade I can sink my teeth into anywhere from 5 to 8 months worth of storyline.

Availability – I live in a small town with no comic book shop, just a Waterstones where I can buy trades. My nearest comic book shop is at least 45 minutes away and not somewhere we go regularly. I could order online but that really ties in with the next point…

Cost – It goes without saying that it is far more cost effective to buy trades than monthlies. I can get a 6 issue trade on Amazon for £7 or I can pay between £12 and £18 for the individual issues, and then add shipping onto that! It’s a no-brainer with those figures.

All that aside, I do sometimes feel that I missing out on the romance of receiving an issue every month and following the story on a continuous and regular basis. I visited a Forbidden Planet store a few weeks ago and saw the latest issue of Fables, something I won’t get my hands on for many months when the next trade comes out. It’s occasions like that make me wonder if my concern for the price is making me miss out on the true comic book experience.

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Blog Consolidation with F1 & Comics

I have decided to stop writing 3 different blogs (McLaren Fan Blog, A Little Less Geek and The Beach Boys Discography Project) as I don’t have the time, or to be honest the motivation, to do so. I have decided to have one catch-all blog for me to write about any subject I so desire. I used to do this and have imported the posts from my old Blogger account, hereby known as Wax On, Wax Off Version 1.0.

Now, let’s kick things off with a bit about my favourite sport, Formula 1. As a McLaren this season is pretty demoralising so far, and that wasn’t made any better with today’s Turkish Grand Prix which saw Hamilton finish in 13th (up 3 places from qualification) and Kovalainen (same as qualification). Hamilton didn’t drive too badly and was fuelled very heavily making him very uncompetitive early on. The race was once again won by Jenson Button, though his Brawn GP team mate actually retired after an awful start and bad race – the first retirement of a Brawn GP car all season.

Button leads in the Turkish Grand Prix

Button leads in the Turkish Grand Prix

The McLaren team don’t seem to be getting things right this season and are making little to no improvement, in fact some might say they are actually getting worse! maybe they should take a leaf out of the book of the team formerly known as Honda (now Brawn GP if you didn’t know) and give up on this season and concentrate on development for next year’s car. The next race is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, a race Hamilton won last year, yet this year it looks like Britain could have another victor in the form of Jenson Button, who at this early stage of the season seems the only safe bet for 2009 World Champion.

Now if we can move on to another obsession of mine, comic books! In this last week I have read volumes 1-7 of the New Avengers series and volumes 1 & 2 of the Mighty Avengers in order to get completely up to date with the Avengers storylines before and past the Civil War story arc which I read in July 2007 and up to the Secret Invasion story arc.

Secret Invasion - who can you trust?

Secret Invasion - who can you trust?

I finished the main Secret Invasion trade paperback this morning and I really enjoyed it, and all the New and Mighty Avengers volumes that I read leading up to it. After being disappointed by The Ultimates 3 I took a break from Marvel, but this was a fantastic return to form. I have a few tie-ins to read and then it’s onto the post Secret Invasion New and Mighty Invasion volumes. Will Iron Man ever regain the trust of Captain America?

On the way are Buffy Season 8 Volume 4, The Boys volume 4 and Marvel 1985 – the latter being one I have wanted to read for some time now and have finally got round to ordering. Though i still have to wait until August, it’s encouraging to see volume 12 of Fables is now available to pre-order. This is possibly, depending when you ask me, my favourite comic book series of all time.

By the way, the URL of this blog is dlrp.wordpress.com – the dlrp stands for Disneyland Resort Paris which is our favourite place in the whole world. We went there on holiday 9 times between 2002 and 2007 but have not been back since our son Lucas was born on may 6th 2008. The plan is to go back again for his 2nd birthday in 2010.

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Best of 2008

Film – Iron Man*
TV Show – GRΣΣK
Album – Chinese Democracy (Guns N’ Roses)
Song – Human (The Killers)
Concert – Bon Jovi @ Twickenham (28th June)
Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Fables #10 The Good Prince
Sport – Formula 1
Moment – 6th May 2008, 9.25am – My Son, Lucas was born 🙂

*Still to see: Dark Knight, Wall-E, Indiana Jones 4, Wanted, Quantum of Sollace, Prince Caspian, The Clone Wars and Hellboy II

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Fables TV Show!

Fables, the greatest comic series that there ever has been…FACT!

A pilot for a TV show is being made which could be all kinds of awesome. The fantastic storylines can be carried across, it’s whether the amazing artwork transfers well to the screen.

Flycatcher as a living, breating on screen character – GOLD!

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