2008 My Comic Reading Year In Review

2008 is over and my entry back into comics was quite the comeback.  Heck, now with digital comics, I can check out everything I ever wanted to check out!  I found a great kickass little proggy to view comics on my Mac called Comicbooklover and well, it all took off from there!

So what were the best books out there this year?  Please keep in mind that I haven't really kept up with comics for over ten years and am just trying to catch up.  Oh course catching up usually means just finding out and understanding what the hell is going on with the big two universes. 

The Phantom (Moonstone).  Well, the Phantom is the one comic I HAVE been paying attention to for the past few years.  I am a huge Phantom phan and well, have picked up many of Moonstone's trades.  Love the series more than ever, BUT the bloody delays releasing this comic have REALLY turned me off.  I used to really root for the underdog little Moonstone press but man, make a bloody deadline!  This series is apparently over and a new series will debut in 2K9 called something like The Phantom: Ghost Who Walks.  Why?  Beats the hell outta me.

CONAN!  I got to go through the entire Conan series this year, the Dark Horse one.  They've closed that one down now and created a new series called Conan the Cimmerian which I have to get into yet, there's so much out there that I just haven't gotten around to the new series but I'll tell you one thing, the first series ROCKED!

BOOM!  Studio's Fall of Cthulhu is freaking amazing.  I have to get caught up recently but the first several issues I have read are great.  Unfortunately this comic is suffering from expansion - itis.  There's a different Fall of Cthulhu line every month it seems.  Boom!, don't over saturate the bloody thing and confuse people like me.  Keep the main comic going and patiently release these great stories, don't release like several Fall of Cthulhu:Spinoff titles a month!

A long time ago I read Strikeforce: Morituri and loved it as a kid.... I was able to go back and re read this series and get all the comics I missed.  It started out as good as I remember it, but then got caught up in this government conspiracy story which kind of blew.

Tarot - Witch of the Black Rose... good shit here.  Some over the top crappy stories, but way more fantastic ones.  I have run out and bought all the trades available!  Good stuff, fantastic stories, and Raven Hex is my dream comic girl!

Perhaps in my top three ongoing series... The Walking Dead!  Zombie horror, great characters, just plain awesomeness!

Oh, I'm a big fan of the show Battlestar Galactica so thought I'd check that out, read the original Dynamite Series but they are suffering from the same BOOM! Studios' Fall of Cthulhu disease... there are a million spinoffs now!  I may get back to them, expecially once the show is over this year.  Speaking of Dynamite, the one big title I read... but have only read a dozen or so, so far is Red Sonja.  heck I am a huge Conan fan so why not check this out... plus I am sooo looking forward to Rose McGowan as RED!

The Jungle Babes:  Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, Jungle Girl, and Shanna the She-Devil... all of em are quite similar but I love a girl in leopard print bikinis!  Tell you one thing.  It was Shanna and Jungle Girl that made me an instant Frank Cho fan!

And finally I decided to TRY and catch up to the DCU.  I started out with titles I liked as a kid, I checked out the new Supergirl thing and it was actully pretty danged annoying.  I would have dropped it, but every once in a while there was a good issue.  I got into Superman/Batman... mainly because Supes and the Bats are who I grew up with and heck, it introduced that whole new Supergirl series.  However, I have kind of set that series aside for a bit, the whole two point of view thing was getting on my nerves.  So I started with the Supes comics, Action, etc.  Couldn't understand a thing so I checked out Crisis On Infinite Earths to see just what the heck is going on...began to sort of understand it a bit and am currently checking out the UBER CONFUSING Infinite Crisis.  Yay.  After that I know it's Final Crisis and then I hope I am bloodywell caught up and understand a little of what has gone on in the DCU for the past ten-fifteen years.  We shall see.  I WISH I could've just read my stinkin' Supes comic W/O all this bullstuff just because I keep thinking to myself 'what the hell is going on here?' every once in a while.

Last but not least I read the whole (well the latest anyway) Legion of the Superheroes series.  Bloody good stuff most of the time anyhow.  Too bad that series is cancelled after one more issue!

What I THINK is going to happen in 2K9?  I am still gonna try and figure out this Crisis crap and get slowly caught up in the DCU and try and keep up with my faves I have discovered this year like the Walking Dead, Tarot, etc.  I will have to find replacements and new discoveries for the cancelled stuff like the Legion of Superheroes so I will keep exploring!  So many comics out there!

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Posted by pixelized
CaptHowdy said:
Tarot - Witch of the Black Rose... good shit here.  Some over the top crappy stories, but way more fantastic ones.  I have run out and bought all the trades available!  Good stuff, fantastic stories, and Raven Hex is my dream comic girl!
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Seriously?
Posted by CaptHowdy

As I recall there were two really great storylines through the thing... the story 'Witch War ", and I think it was "Quest for the Black Rose".  The Goblin Queen issue was funny too.  Yeah there are some bad ones in there... Diary of a Witch.. Haunted Hairball... but those are obviously outright filler issues.

Posted by mrenb

I've been hearing so many disparaging comments regarding Infinite Crisis, 52, Final Crisis, etc., and I knew that would be the case of the onset when DC attempted to milk the cow of the whole Crisis crap.  I mean, how many years is DC going to do that?  I like DC, don't get me wrong, but the entire story line, I haven't even bothered with at all because A.  I can't afford to keep up with all the titles, and B.  like you pointed out, it's all too blasted confusing.  I've just stuck with Justice Society of America, where the flotsam of the whole continuity mess is actually better than the rest of the titles!  Characters that are lesser known and I've enjoyed them for the last 10 years.  Seriously.  There have been some tie-ins with Crisis, etc., but not enough to detract your understanding of what his happening in JSA.   Thanks for posting reviews of Boom and Moonstone titles.  I've wanted to pick them up, and I also like The Phantom but am not a die hard fan.  The whole Project: Superpowers sounded interesting, but don't know if I will pick it up.  I've friended you, if you don't mind.  Enjoyed this blog review of yours.

Posted by gunswordfist

So how is Legion Of Superheroes these days?!

Posted by G-Man

It's great that to see someone reading such a varied list of comics.  I love Marvel and DC books as much as anyone but it's always nice to see that people are reading other stuff too.  The competition forces the big two to continue putting out quality stuff rather than just get lazy and release off shoots of the same book (which they tend to do).  Bravo!

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Posted by Acheron
CaptHowdy said:
"CONAN!  I got to go through the entire Conan series this year, the Dark Horse one.  They've seen closed that one down and created a new series called Conan the Cimmerian which I have to get into yet, there's so much out there that I just haven't gotten arouns to the new series but I'll tell you one thing, the first series ROCKED!"
Haha, yeah! Nice to see another Conan reader around here. The new series is pretty good, not as good as the first one, but still great Conan.

Hi-fives CaptHowdy
Posted by gunswordfist
G-Man said:
"It's great that to see someone reading such a varied list of comics.  I love Marvel and DC books as much as anyone but it's always nice to see that people are reading other stuff too.  The competition forces the big two to continue putting out quality stuff rather than just get lazy and release off shoots of the same book (which they tend to do).  Bravo!"
Competition makes the world go 'round. I'm planning on getting my hands on some Image, Top Cow, Wildstorm and Malibu comics.
Edited by CaptHowdy

Ack.   I don't know what command to use to quote with, and I see no button on this screen for it so I'll have to use quotation marks... somone help me out... how'd you folks quote there?

Mr ENB said "I've just stuck with Justice Society of America"

Cool.  I picked up the first few issues of the older JSA series and read em.  They are being reformed and such.  I didn't even realize it wasn't the newest series until too late, but I figure what the hey, I may as well keep going with this JSA series and if I like it move onto the new one.  I mainly have moved to that series because of the cancellation of the Legion of Superheroes comic, sigh.

Mr ENB said "I've just stuck with Justice Society of America, where the flotsam of the whole continuity mess is actually better than the rest of the titles! "

Come to think of it, perhaps that's why I loved Legion of Superheroes so much... it was basically its own thing w/o all that DCU mumbo jumbo.

GUNSWORDFIST said "So how is Legion Of Superheroes these days?!"

Well, I liked it... quite a lot actually but honestly man, I never really read Legion of Superheroes as a kid.  I really didn't know anything about em and just started on this series on a whim because I knew nothing about it.  I really liked all the characters that I had never seen before or knew nothing about.  Light Lass, Braniac 5, etc.  Now that it's gone though.. thinking of moving on to JSA... have to see if I start liking those characters as much... it did take a few issues for me to start liking the Legion folks, so I gotta give the JSA some time.

GMAN said "It's great that to see someone reading such a varied list of comics. "

Two things Iove in life... Horror and Superheroes... and maybe my metal music... not too varied :)

In Addition:  One comic I really want to get around to is Y The Last Man... I hear good things about it.

Posted by gunswordfist
GUNSWORDFIST said "So how is Legion Of Superheroes these days?!"

Well, I liked it... quite a lot actually but honestly man, I never really read Legion of Superheroes as a kid.  I really didn't know anything about em and just started on this series on a whim because I knew nothing about it.  I really liked all the characters that I had never seen before or knew nothing about.  Light Lass, Braniac 5, etc.  Now that it's gone though.. thinking of moving on to JSA... have to see if I start liking those characters as much... it did take a few issues for me to start liking the Legion folks, so I gotta give the JSA some time.

Well I never heard of LoS until the great cartoon series came on (this decade's only good Saturday morning cartoon) It's the only show where I had 6 characters as my top favorites (but eventually picked Timber Wolf as my favorite) so I know I'll love the comics.
Posted by Xill

thats because raven hex has giga bewbs the size that matches the statue of liberty's

Posted by CaptHowdy
@Xill: Yes suffocation by Raven Hex would be an alright way to go I think.