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    February 12, 2013 10:48 pm Well, here's a few problems with I Love Trouble. 1) The logo looks like something borrowed from a bad tv sitcom from the 1970's. 2) The artwork on the inside front cover is always far, far more interesting than the boring panel the creators decided to put on the cover itself. That alone really makes me wonder if these guys know what they are doing. 3) I like the look and dynamics of the artwork, but because the story itself came to a crashing halt in #3, it came across like a series of storyboards from a couple of guys who are secretly hoping they can roll their comic into a tv or movie deal. 4) The story, which came to a halt in #3, was just a lot of exposition that I've seen and heard a million times before. There was hardly a page or panel of originality anywhere to be seen. I'm dropping this book from my pull list. I was impressed and curious after issue #1, but now I have doubts this is going anywhere interesting or original.
    January 25, 2013 1:42 am Has anyone else seen a pattern to the writing coming out of DC's New 52? Everything is slow. The Superboy annual was a big bunch of nothing. Animal Man and Swamp Thing had irrelevant annuals, and the current Rot World story really began with the first issues of each series over a year ago. Both AM and ST annuals were a waste of time and money with stories that added nothing to the regular series. Scott Snyder's Batman has always been a slog to read. Even Batman The Dark Knight has 6 issue story lines that should have been over in 3. It should be no surprise to anyone that the current issue of Justice League does little to advance the story. Isn't it time someone calls out the DC editorial staff on their deliberate policy to stetch thin stories to ridiculous lengths to maximize sales? Am I the only one who is sick and tired of endless crossover mega-events? Isn't it time people just stop buying this stuff? I know I have... I quit buying Marvel comics after the Seige event. I find DC's New 52 and Marvel Now to be marketing gimmicks that have diminished the capacity for comics to be entertaining. Comics were once a venue for the art of the short story. Will Eisner could tell a Spirit story in 7 or 8 pages. Jack Cole could tell a complete Plastic Man story in 15. When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby took 3 issues to tell a Fantastic Four story, that was considered long, but three months wasn't that long, even if you were a kid. Nowadays, prices go up, page counts go down, stories dfragon for 6, 12, even 24 months. And every writer who pads the page count thinks he's writing for the New York Times Bestseller list, running the risk of boring his audience to death before ever finishing the story. (The only breath of fresh air these days is the new Legends of the Dark Knight: short stories, or done-in-one issues). How the American comic industry continues to survive is a real mystery to me.
    January 18, 2013 3:02 am Sorry, but there's nothing "wacky" or "wonderful" about this book. You would think that a book about Todd, the ugliest kid on earth, with a bag over his head, might be funny. And when you see the cute art in Diamond's Previews, you might think the cute, cartoonish styling would lend itself to something charming and fun and funny and heart warming. Sorry, that's not happening here. By page 10 there's a serial killer who has decapitated a five or six year old girl. If you think there's anything funny about that, do the rest of humanity a favor and go jump off a bridge. Perker and Kristensen started off with an idea that could have been charming and hilarious, but couldn't wait to drag it down into the gutter to prove to everyone how dark and edgy they are. Ooooo, I'm so impressed with their cynical humor! No, wait, actually I'm bored and offended by it. Even though the art is cartoonish and fun to look at, the story is bland and boring. What a waste of time and energy and paper and ink and money. If the creators weren't so impressed with their own jaded sensibilities, they might have created something that could have caught on. But all they have here is a good idea, poorly executed, undermined by jaded hipster b-s, and dead on arrival. I'm taking my copy of issue #1 and tearing it in half and throwing it in the garbage. I don't care where the story goes from here.
    December 29, 2012 1:48 am I agree 100%. This was a waste of space. And $4...??? Erik Larsen hasn't solicited any more issues of Supreme beyond #68, and if this is what we can look forward to, he shouldn't bother. Savage Dragon on occassion also has the problem of being pages and pages of fight scenes. It's the way he likes to write them, but I sure don't enjoy reading them. I wouldn't be surprised if 68 is the end. It might very well be for me.
    November 9, 2012 6:18 pm I'm getting tired of paying more for less. This was a $4.00 comic, and for the money, I think Tobin should have given us a little more background on the characters so we know what is going on, why things happen the way they do, and allow the readers to speculate on the direction of the story. It will be up to the individual reader to decide whether this first issue is intrigueing, confusing, or ridiculous. If Tobin doesn't resolve this dilemma, if he thinks he can string his audience along for 5 issue before explaining Declan and Nimble Jack to us, it's a mistake. If some of my confusion isn't cleared away in issue #2, I won't spend my time or money on 3, 4, or 5.
    November 3, 2012 3:00 am I wish I had a dollar for every profanity in this book. Is Grant Morrison trying to imitate Garth Ennis? They aren't funny, they don't add anything to the story or the characters, and after a while it's all so tedious and boring. I use to think this sort of thing was shocking and funny when I was twelve...now I just find it lazy and stupid.
    November 3, 2012 2:54 am No doubt about it, the artwork is very amateurish. I won't spend $4 on this kind of junk either. Marvel has no problem treating its fans like suckers. Their output these days seems to focus on quantity rather than quality. The art work for Tales of the Punisher Max was always bad, the art for the current Captain Marvel is ridiculous, and thank god they are canceling FF...it also had atrocious artwork for the last year. As much as people love Daredevil these days, (due to Mark Waid's writing), I won't buy that book either because of the art. What Marvel is really good at these days is the art of marketing gimmicks.
    August 12, 2012 11:35 pm Well that's not much of a review. But I will say this: I have always enjoyed Sean Murphy's artwork. And now he is proving himself to be a capable writer as well. This is my conundrum about Punk Rock Jesus: I think the series will be a hit, and I think Vertigo will re-release as a colorized tpb. So why should I waste my time buying the black and white monthlies???
    August 9, 2012 1:12 am The build up to Walking Dead #100 was a waste of time. The Glenn character never said or did anything of any importance, so his dead, however burtal and graphic, meant nothing. It was all gorey shock value...who cares? Charlie Adlard's art continues to be crude, simplistic, and boring. Robert Kirkman is in a rut with this book and he can't see it. The group travels around, finds a new place to live, is threatened by some outside crazy lunatic....blah, blah, blah...death, death, death... blah, blah, blah. I'm so bored with the comic, I couldn't care less about the TV show. And the most annoying thing about this comic....the zombies have almost nothing to do with anything any more.
    April 23, 2012 3:11 am After being stabbed through the back, I was expecting Batman to bleed to death with most of his guts hanging out, but he shrugs it off like he has Wolverine's healing factor.This book has suddenly gone from interesting to ridiculous. This issue in particular was just 20 pages of yak yak yak. I'm also tired of crossover events. This story arc should have been over by now. I don't have the patience to keep reading it for another...what...6 months? I like American Vampire, but I'm no longer interested in Snyder's Batman.