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Grandpa Grimm

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Subj: Re: Reading mostly Independents?
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 04:09:39 pm EDT (Viewed 677 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Reading mostly Independents?
Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 06:14:46 pm EDT (Viewed 684 times)

    I did a couple years ago. No regrets. I follow 2 titles from Marvel. A few from DC. The majority of my reading is indie work.

Liberating - right? I would feel differently if I thought Marvel or DC were genuinely striving for excellence at the editorial level - but I don't. I think they're cynically exploiting the completists on the one hand, the goofy financial speculators on the other hand, and the scary barely literate on the third hand, while the nostalgia buffs who appreciate the real potential of their favorite fictional universe try to hang on in the face of repeated disappointment. Which is so different from the Marvel of Stan Lee and Roy Thomas. Sure, Marvel has always been trying to make a buck. They're not a charity. If they noticed something was popular in mainstream pop culture, they gleefully jumped on the bandwagon. There's nothing wrong with that, in my opinion. But Stan and Roy and the other writer/editors from that general time period respected their audience. That's the big difference.

    Valiant gets most of my attention. I also get books from Image, Dynamite, IDW and a couple more. It runs the gamut of superheroes to crime noir.

I sometimes find the art in Dynamite or IDW books to be sub-par. The Alterna books I buy are less polished art-wise than Marvel or DC, but they also cost under two dollars so I'm OK with it. What are your favorite Dynamite or IDW books? (I would ask you about Valiant but I see Reverend Meteor has already done so.)

    One new publisher I'm excited about is Lion Forge and their Catalyst Prime Universe. Creating a new line of superhero books with titles like Accell, Noble and Superb. All of these are original, diverse characters without being knock offs of originals. Reminds me of what the Valiant publisher started a few years back so its exciting to be in with both these publishers from the start.
    I'm guessing the book Noble that you are following comes from Lion Forge, too? Really enjoying that one! He's a really sympathetic and dangerous individual that makes you root for him, but wonder if the government agents trying to track him down might be in the right (Just a little bit) just because of how imposingly powerful he is. There's just something fresh about this character and the others Lion Forge is creating while still keeping it superhero themed.

Yup - the Noble book I'm following is the very one you mention. I've been noticing the advertisements for Accell and Superb. Noble has a Bronze Age feel to it, somehow. It makes me think of Moench and Buckler's Deathlok in some ways. The art reminds of me of Bob Layton's Iron Man.

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