Popmatic

Popmatic

Name: Troy Carlson

Bio: I've been collecting comics since about 1981 (the first comic I really remember collecting was the Uncanny X-Men, and my first issue was around 175)  I have 18 long boxes.  Not that I'm bragging or anything.Outside of comics, I love all things web, and I'm constantly studying the online culture, fascinated in where things are going to go (power to the people!).  I'm a database programmer in my day job, and I love drawing, though I'm painfully slow and unsure of myself.  I am married to a wonderful woman, and we live with an insane dog in Columbus, OH.


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    27 issues in 10 years.  What a massive build up this has been.  The poster for the final issue of…

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     *** spoilers if you haven’t read it yet, obviously *** Echo finally gets her chance to be fleshed out a…

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    September 14, 2008 11:32 pm

    I'm thinking that this has to be along the lines of his Amy Racecar issues when he was doing Stray Bullets?  We hang with our heroes for a while and then spend some time in another universe with Amy, and then back to reality?  Maybe?

     That Lapham guy really needs a good therapist.

    April 13, 2008 9:46 pm It sounds like most people are having the same feeling that I am about the Goon at the moment.  I just haven't been excited about this book in a good long while, but the last two issues have both been steller, and I'm back on board.  Good stuff.
    April 3, 2008 6:58 pm

    I guess I'm the only one that is ok with late books. Sure, it stinks that we have to wait in between issues (especially when it looks like it'll NEVER get done, ie Hulk vs Wolverine) but there are so many books out each week that I rarely miss them when they aren't there in time.

    Now, that having been said, I guess there are limits.  I'll never buy another Kevin Smith book after Spider-Man / Black Cat (wasn't that big a fan anyway).  But in the case of Fell or Stray Bullets or even books that occationally have problems like Walking Dead, I'm totally willing to wait if that's what it takes to keep the quality so high.

    April 2, 2008 6:00 pm This is one of those moments where I'm pissed that the iFanboy crew are reading this in trades.  This issues not only demands to be talked about, but how is this not the pick of the week!?  Seriously.
    April 2, 2008 5:56 pm

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    Hmmm...that totally wasn't my reaction at all.  The violence was pretty intense, but this book has always been that way.  I mean, check out that issue where Michonne tortures the governer.  Christ, I had to grit my teeth a few times that issue.

    So yeah, the violence was definitely front and center this issue, but that full page splash where Lori is shot totally had the effect it was supposed to have on the reader.  Kirkman had done his job, drawing our attention to Carl, who I was sure was mere moments from getting a bullet to the brain when you turn the page and BAM...it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I'm home alone, and I still said "No way.  Nuh-uh!   He did NOT!" out loud.  It was horrible, graphic, intense and exactly the gut punch that the story called for.  I really don't think it was over the top.

    That being said, I'm not a father, so I'm sure that would have some extra effect, but it's probably testament to the power of this story that it caused such a visceral reaction in you that it caused you to jump on here and write a review about it. 

    April 2, 2008 5:56 pm

    *** WARNING, THE COMMENT HAS MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS TOO!  JUST BE WARNED! ***

     

    Hmmm...that totally wasn't my reaction at all.  The violence was pretty intense, but this book has always been that way.  I mean, check out that issue where Michonne tortures the governer.  Christ, I had to grit my teeth a few times that issue.

    So yeah, the violence was definitely front and center this issue, but that full page splash where Lori is shot totally had the effect it was supposed to have on the reader.  Kirkman had done his job, drawing our attention to Carl, who I was sure was mere moments from getting a bullet to the brain when you turn the page and BAM...it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I'm home alone, and I still said "No way.  Nuh-uh!   He did NOT!" out loud.  It was horrible, graphic, intense and exactly the gut punch that the story called for.  I really don't think it was over the top.

    That being said, I'm not a father, so I'm sure that would have some extra effect, but it's probably testament to the power of this story that it caused such a visceral reaction in you that it caused you to jump on here and write a review about it. 

    March 22, 2008 11:43 am

    Honestly, I felt this was a pretty weak issue of what has otherwise been an amazing book.  Normally, I close this book thinking "Wow!".  This time, I felt like I'd read that story 100 times before.  He makes some interesting points about race relations, but nothing really resonated with me strong enough to make me feel like this story had to be told.

     Interesting that it came out in the same week that Obama gave that amazing speech, though.  

    March 22, 2008 11:31 am Personally, I'm reading now out of inertia.  I've gotten this far, and I'm invested enough in most of these characters that I'm curious as to what is going to happen next to them, but I'm really glad it's winding down.  I think I would have to drop it if there was no end in sight, but I'm totally looking forward to the day when I can sit down with all 100 issues and read them front to back, which will hopefully make the whole thing gel for me.
    March 5, 2008 6:56 pm

    Just read it, and LOVED it.  Nice typical Brian K Vaughn twist at the end, and I f**ing LOVE Risso's art.

    Seriously, Brian K Vaughn can do no wrong.   

    I also happened to pick up the black and white variant.  Really sweet seeing Risso's stuff with no color.  Anyone else pick that up?