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The "what are you reading" thread gave me the idea to kick off a comic book discussion thread. I was kind of surprised that we didn't have one going already, seeing as we have a rather diverse crowd of comic lovers. So, to get this one going, I bring this news:

https://screenrant.com/superman-costume-action-comics/

And I couldn't be more excited by it! :)
 

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Aw damn, so I may or may not be able to even find copies of issues 1 and 2 for these two titles? Well, I guess I'll see what they have. But story wise....is it good or not the usual Marvel mess of recent times?
You may have luck at Excalibur in Shreveport. I don't remember them ever not having issues of major books on hand for stuff like this. Not promising they will but they are a good store.
 

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You may have luck at Excalibur in Shreveport. I don't remember them ever not having issues of major books on hand for stuff like this. Not promising they will but they are a good store.
There's also digital if that's an option.
 

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There's also digital if that's an option.
Comixology. Great source for digital. And once digital it is always available. Never goes out of "print".

I've gone almost all digital (I just bought The Authority omnibus, so some paper). A good sized tablet is hard to beat as a comic reading media.

On the topic of the demise of comics, I'm honestly more worried about the smaller publishers than DC or Marvel. The little guys are putting out some great stuff these days and are willing to take chances that the Big 2 are not.

Dynamite, Dark Horse, Valiant, Image, IDW, and others all have some really good titles available. I'd hate to lose those guys, but they'll probably be the Canary in the coal mine. When we start seeing those guys fold, DC and Marvel may not be far behind
 
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As much as I'm into technology, I just never can get into digital comics. I love having the actual book in my hand, opening it up, and sticking my nose close to the inner fold of the pages to take in the smell. I'm old school like that.
 

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As much as I'm into technology, I just never can get into digital comics. I love having the actual book in my hand, opening it up, and sticking my nose close to the inner fold of the pages to take in the smell. I'm old school like that.
I'm old school too, but I do digital as well, particularly for graphic novels. As @MightyMite said, it comes in very handy when you can have hundreds of titles to choose from on your 10.1 inch tablet.

Since the indies gave been mentioned, let me also state how much I love them. For the first time ever, I'm reading more stuff from Image, Boom, etc. than the Big 2. I don't think they're in as much trouble because they seem to know the market better. They don't have large runs and they have awesome stories to go along with them so the financial risk seem more minimal. More and more know how good they are these days. Case in point, every nominee for Best New Series at the 2019 Eisner Awards were Image books. That has never happened before.
 

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@Sun Wukong, thoughts on the claims Hickman plagiarized for House of X...
Pretty weak from what I can tell. When I first read the accusations I expected it to be some blatant thing, but it basically boils down to claims he lifted the idea of Moira living multiple lives from the book of novelist Claire North, who he's praised in the past. But...that's hardly a unique trope. It's been done time and again. For it to be "plagiarism" in any real sense, it would need to be a unique idea to her work to begin with and, well, it isn't. It's been around for decades. Whose to say she didn't rip the idea off from All You Need is Kill? Or Groundhog's Day? Ken Grimwood was using that plot device in Replay over three decades ago. Claire North didn't invent that plot device so she can't really lay claim to any kind of ownership of it. Hell, author Jonathan Lupoff tried to sue Columbia Pictures when Groundhog's Day came out because he felt it ripped off a story of his from the early 1970's, but was basically told by lawyers there wasn't a case and dropped it.

For that reason, plot devices are rarely actionable as plagiarism in legal cases unless the plot that contains them is beat for beat similar to something pre-existing. A general concept (reliving one's live over and over again) isn't unique enough to be "stolen" per se. For Hickman to have plagiarized North, it would have to be way more specific to her work than that (specific plot beats, characters, etc), and I don't see where it is. North's story is about two guys having a multi-lifetime rivalry and involves a secret society of people who reincarnate. There's nothing like that in Hickman's work, really. They're both using the same idea but it seems to begin and end there. And many others before them have used a similar idea. So...much ado about nothing in the end, I think.
 
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The comic book goodness just keeps on coming from BEC. BTW, I've always had a crush on Bennett...

 

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