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What I bought – 29 January 2014

Uber9 (2)

Gentle winced. “That’s not religion, it’s masochism.”

“And masochism isn’t a religion?” the other replied. “You surprise me.” (Clive Barker, from Imajica)
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What I bought – 6 February 2013

“Italians have made the family an extremist group. The family is the instrument of revenge.” (Don DeLillo, from The Names)

Heads on sticks! Holy crap, I love the covers of this series Everyone loves the Merrymaker! There are no ninjas in this issue Cover text! Groovy! Oh, Howard Chaykin - what happened to you? The buildings are attacking him! So misleading! He looms like a looming loomer! That dude doesn't seem to be helping all that much Come at us, bros! That's ... unfortunate Yep, here it is again Stretch, Conan, stretch! Blood!  BLOOD!
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What I bought – 24 October 2012

“We start our lives in chaos, in babble. As we surge up into the world, we try to devise a shape, a plan. There is dignity in this. Your whole life is a plot, a scheme, a diagram. It is a failed scheme but that’s not the point. To plot is to affirm life, to seek shape and control. Even after death, most particularly after death, the search continues. Burial rites are an attempt to complete the scheme, in ritual. Picture a state funeral, Jack. It is all precision, detail, order, design. The nation holds its breath. The efforts of a huge and powerful government are brought to bear on a ceremony that will shed the last trace of chaos. If all goes well, if they bring it off, some natural law of perfection is obeyed. The nation is delivered from anxiety, the deceased’s life is redeemed, life itself is strengthened, reaffirmed.”

“Are you sure?” I said.

“To plot, to take aim at something, to shape time and space. This is how we advance the art of human consciousness.” (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)

They're more than meets the eye! Smoking?  On the cover?  I'm going to get the vapors! Ultron?  Is that you? I'll have whatever she's on! What the fuck, Alex Ross? Oh, Gantz - you're so crazy! Ostrander FTW! Yes, yes - it's great blah blah blah
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What I bought – 22 August 2012

We have done as much with the matter of birth and parenting, dividing ourselves into different teams – pro-Thisers or pro-Thaters – with no middle ground, as there seldom is in matters of life and death. The debate is controlled by the extremes, each side shouting answers and accusations over the heads of the people in between, who are kept from formulating questions by the din of the argument all around them. Each paints the other with a broader brush. Each has an arsenal of names and adjectives to deploy against the other side. No one listens. Everyone screams. (Thomas Lynch, from The Undertaking)

It's Ramos-tastic! All you need is booze! Well, that's certainly something It's funny AND insulting to veterans! How did that dolphin write that? Jodhpurs! This is kind of a misleading cover, but whatever I can't stop staring at Logan's mismatched eyes! It really is too much awesome I'm not sure how this has gotten more disturbing, BUT IT HAS! Well, this looks cool I'm glad this LOOKS insane - let's hope it reads like that!
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What I bought – 27 June 2012

“The question is can you cure the disease before it kills you? Once you set out consciously to cure the disease, as I did even before I knew the word cancer, you run the risk of catching it. Comprende? Whatever you set your mind to, your personal total obsession, this is what kills you. Poetry kills you if you’re a poet, and so on. People choose their death whether they know it or not.” (Don DeLillo, from Libra)

Rejoice! Two in the same week?  Are you kidding me? No, I don't know why the other heroes are on this cover She doesn't need to get dressed to kick ass! FDR doesn't tell good jokes! Well, holy shit Still not the greatest recoloring In Technocolor! Pirate Conan! Wow, the Dodsons managed three whole consecutive issues! Behold my two penis substitutes! I have no idea what the fuck is going on with this comic anymore This will be good, right? Eddie Campbell is weird It's all olde-tyme! Keep lookin' ...
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What I bought – 18 April 2012

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” (Italo Calvino, from Invisible Cities)

So much looming! NAZIS!!!! Oh nos! Will he ever give up the ciggies? Not sold in Germany! Why, Rogue, why? Wockijika-wockijika-wockijika! Old-school! Freaky-deaky! Is he married? Ka-Boom! So much rage! Baron Zemo = Playa! That's some crazy shit, man! That can't be good Nothing is more interesting than Cleveland! Finally! Not enough tits anymore! Well, of course her ass is toward the reader!
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What I bought – 29 February 2012

In short, Roberto privately concluded, if you would avoid wars, never make treaties of peace. (Umberto Eco, from The Island of the Day Before)

Farewell! And where have you been? So ... there's that OYL! An issue that is clearly number four of six has 'the finish line' written on it? Just when you thought it couldn't get any more twisted ...
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What I bought – 28 December 2011

The Spartans were perfectly aware of the atrocious suffering they were inflicting and never imagined their victims could forget it. The solution was to establish terror as a normal condition of life — and that was Sparta’s great invention: to create a situation in which terror was seen as something normal. (Robert Calasso, from The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony)

All the stories will be named after famous musicals! I would totally see the World's Finest Dinner Theatre Man, this should have been better! Why wasn't this free? Does that bow make any sense? It's the Visible Man! Packed with awesome! Wait ... does someone get killed horribly in this volume?
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What I bought – 19 October 2011

My granddaughter Andrea wrote a composition for school in which she said that she liked her “grandmother’s imagination.” I asked her what she was referring to, and without hesitation she replied, “You remember things that never happened.” Don’t we all do that? (Isabel Allende, from My Invented Country)

This is why you shouldn't take walks in the snow! This is why you shouldn't go into space! This is why you shouldn't send an android into space! This is why you shouldn't let other winds into your castle! This is why you shouldn't do big events! This is why Hope should use conditioner! This is why John should wear clothes! This is why you shouldn't swear off killing! This is why you shouldn't fly through wormholes! This is why you shouldn't cancel the title, because Greg Land is the final artist of Uncanny X-Men! This is why you shouldn't unzip your costume! This is why you should talk to your son! This is why you shouldn't make shit up when you're kids! This is why you should work out that booty! This is why you should read Warren Ellis comics! Yep.  Still insane.
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What I bought – 10 August 2011

By the river. She was standing by the river. She was dancing without moving. By the river. She wasn’t beautiful exactly; she was like a shimmer in the distance. She was so white his reservation eyes suffered. (Sherman Alexie, from “All I Wanted to do Was Dance”)

Dustin Nguyen is soooooo awesome Oh, the temptation! That can't be feminist-friendly! It's TABOO! This cover would be much better if they put a POW! on it Tony doesn't forge a sword in this comic, which is a damned shame Why isn't Franken-chick green on this cover? SCORE! Look, it's a boomerang pun! I'll get it out of the way in the alt-text: TIME TRAVEL IS IMPOSSIBLE! More good Kordey art for the haters! Bolland!  Gracia-Lopez!  Russell!  Holy crap!!!!!! More Fiona Staples goodness! You cannot deny Risso's excellence! So many phallic symbols! Horrific violence in Gantz?  Unprecedented! Why should I read it for free when I can buy it? Holy crap, this looks awesome Spies!!!!!
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What I bought – May and June 2011

Hey, look at that! I’m back in Arizona and I picked up almost two months’ worth of comics! Yeah, I’m not going to review them properly here – that would take waaaaaaaay too long. This is more of a “What I bought and the random thoughts I have about the issues and, why not, what I did in Pennsylvania for seven-and-a-half weeks.” Can you handle that??????
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What I bought – 16 March 2011

For Vida, that moment was the beginning of happiness, and in that happiness, like some kind of disease, the beginning of her titanic jealousy, which stayed with her forever and finally drove her to her grave. Because one dies of happiness sooner than of misery. (Milorad Pavić, from Landscape Painted With Tea)

More free comics! I don't think Korvac can really throw a good punch when he's standing like that Things get even freakier! What's up with Hope's feet? That's what happens when you don't tie your shoes! I don't know what he's looking at! They just dig his threads, man! No, I didn't get the Brereton cover - you wanna make something of it? That's a pretty keen Manapul cover I don't know who Stephanie Hans is, but that's a cool cover! So much information on that cover! I love these Jusko covers! Boobs, boobs, and more boobs! Yeah, we'll see how long this lasts More death! Do yourself a favor and read some Bertozzi! Travis Pelkie ought to buy this sucker
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What I bought – 24 November 2010

“I write in blood, and the best truth is a bloody truth.” (Irvin D. Yalom, from When Nietzsche Wept)

Batman needs some gum work done! Not surprisingly, it's a stunning cover! How is she standing up? If that dude is so invincible, why does he need a vest? Not surprisingly, it's a stunning cover! You mean it doesn't end well for the humans?  What a shock! Sheriff Badd-Asss sure loves his penis substitute! Another great Cheung cover! I can't believe that's not Fin Fang Foom For an anniversary issue ...... this is a pretty cool cover There's just never enough killing in this series! The French love them some prostitutes!
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What I bought – 13 October 2010

Our nation has grown by its need for the unnecessary — another name for human progress. (Daniel Boorstin, from Cleopatra’s Nose)

Ryan Sook makes everything better! Estrogina and the Zamoran pirates need to get an ongoing title NOW! Naked chicks and giant robots! Did they honestly think it could be an ongoing? Naked chicks and giant Vikings! I couldn't resist! CBR reviews get quoted on the front of Marvel books, but God forbid they quote me! Yet another cool cover! It's all true! That dude needs to chillax! I hope there's bloodshed and ugly-bumpin' in this book! Yay!  More dinosaurs! Dang, this looks awesome! It's all European and shit! So much funny!
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What I bought – 9 September 2010

“They were lovers of peace,” Gaudior replied shortly. “Your planet does not deal gently with lovers of peace.” (Madeleine L’Engle, from A Swiftly Tilting Planet)

Oh, G-Mozz ... I want so much to love your Batman work! That blood is really going to mess up that puzzle! Ten for ten in great covers! Why can't they just get along? She must have had butt implants or something! Well, this is a misleading cover! I love this series more each issue! Sigh - this has been fun It's a MANLY hug! It's all fun and game until ... well, you know I sure hope there's violence and nudity in this! Who names their kid 'Shadrach'?  I mean, really?
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