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  • CHALLENGE: Most Recent Trade Paperback You’ve Read

    Posted by buddyscalera on February 25, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    I love collected editions. Trade paperback (TPB) collections are my favorite way to read a story line. Today’s challenge:

    Share the cover to the most recent TPB that you’ve read.

    I’ll go first:

    Bloodshot: Colorado Vol 1 by Valiant Comics

    thesurrealari replied 8 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • philipspace

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    February 26, 2022 at 5:17 pm
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    Grendel War Child. Probably my favorite trade paper back of all time. I recently re-purchase this, my last copy was loaned out to somebody and never recovered. Really fun read.

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    I pulled this one out today because of something I read in your newsletter. I’ve been rereading it all day.
    Wolverine, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller

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      I recently got this book in a swap, @thesurrealari – I haven’t read it in years. Does it hold up?

      • thesurrealari

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        Basically, yes, but it’s weird

        First, despite its pretentious of character development, it’s still essentially an adolescent male fantasy. It’s the kind of comic I would have loved as a teenager more than now, but it’s still very well done.

        Art wise, it’s great. Frank Miller is one of my favorite artists, and it’s a beautiful book to look at.

        I had a few issues with the writing. First, every issue starts with the same set piece monologue by Wolverine. I’m Wolverine, I’m a mutant, these are my powers (and claws) I’m the best at what I do, but what I do isn’t very nice.

        I understand why you would do that in a new monthly miniseries. They were trying to attract non-x-men readers to a new title, but in this, collected format, it becomes repetitive and annoying.

        Also, I’ve read a bunch of Claremont and a bunch of Frank Miller. This book reads like Claremont trying to write like Frank Miller. It’s fine, but a bit jarring if you are used to Claremont’s normal style.

        Lastly, the last few stories are not illustrated my Miller. There is a distinct style shift.

        That said, overall an enjoyable read, and for the style, it’s one of the better books you’ll find. Definitely an enjoyable read.