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Supreme Convoy
06-12-2011, 09:21 AM
I’ve been getting into Mike Mignola’s work over the years. I haven’t finished reading Hellboy or BPRD but I love reading Mignola’s earlier work. Cosmic Odyssey seemed interesting to me because it has Mignola drawing a bright cosmic adventure whereas I usually associate him with gothic looking characters. Then again, Darkseid lends himself to Mignola’s sensabilities and it shows. I didn’t know anything about the book prior to picking it up so it was a treat to be surprised by all the twists & turns.

I recently picked up all of the Fourth World omnibus collections but haven’t read them yet. I suppose I’m waiting to read them in one crazy weekend or something. But I’m familiar with the Fourth World concepts thanks to the DCU animated series so I can’t help but hear Ron Pearlman as Orion and Michael Ironside as Darkseid. I loved Forager in that Twilight two parter and was happy to see him in this book but quickly surprised to learn his fate. I never knew that John Stewart was responsible for a planet’s death. That was another real shocking moment for me.

While I think the story is amazing, some of the dialogue is clunky at times, sometimes seemingly out of character. Such as J’onn telling John Stewart, “John... Shut up. Just shut up.” After awhile, I was glossed over some odd dialogue because the story is great.

I also love the lettering in this book. It’s fun and pops out of the page.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/LaughingSombrero/2011-06-12_02-33-01_530.jpg

Overall, I really love this book. Really glad that I decided to pick it up.

The Hodag
06-12-2011, 09:35 AM
That series was, along with some of Byrne's early Superman issues, my intro to Kirby's Fourth World concepts in my teens. As such I've still got plenty of nostalgia for it. It's also what got me started toward a long period where Mike Mignola was my favorite artist.

That said, Starlin's writing, while dramatic, often uses some really ridiculous contrivances to reach said drama. Starlin's other famous story, Batman: A Death in the Family, is filled with them, and Cosmic Odyssey has some groaners. I think the notion that destroying four particular star systems would cause the entire galaxy to collapse (or something like that) has to be foremost among them.

BUT...it does have some very memorable moments. And, yeah, Forager da man.

DaveCummings
06-12-2011, 09:36 AM
It is fantastic. I've been trying to hunt down Mike's earlier work. I would love to find a copy of the Bram Stoker's Dracula movie adaptation that he did the art for. I know the single issues are fairly easy to find, but I'd love to hunt down a copy of the collected edition.

Phantom Eagle
06-12-2011, 09:37 AM
Cosmic Odyssey was written by Jim Starlin, whose dialogue by that time was admittedly clunky. I was a big fan of his in the 70s, when he created some classic cosmic comics. He was also an artist, and at the time his stuff was pretty mind-blowing. Check out Warlock, Captain Marvel and the earlier parts of the Metamorphosis Odyssey (especially the parts published in Epic Magazine and the standalone graphic novel The Price).

http://itsalljustcomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/jim-starlin.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3196/2943080009_f93b96a518.jpg

http://lambiek.net/artists/s/starlin/starlin_james_metamorphosis.jpg

Supreme Convoy
06-12-2011, 09:49 AM
It is fantastic. I've been trying to hunt down Mike's earlier work. I would love to find a copy of the Bram Stoker's Dracula movie adaptation that he did the art for. I know the single issues are fairly easy to find, but I'd love to hunt down a copy of the collected edition.

A year ago, I found a copy for dirt cheap. I don't think the person who was selling it was aware how much it was going for. I love look at the opening pages as it's one of my favorite sequences in that movie. Pretty much I wanted to see Mignola's take on that red armor.

A few months later, I had Mignola sign it. He was astounded that it goes for over $100 on Ebay or Amazon. He said in the original contract for the book, there would only be one printing for the paperback.

Had the contract allow for multiple printings, I really doubt that they would reprint it now. But I'm sure during the course of the film's theatrical release it would have multiple printings so it wouldn't be so hard to track down now. I think there is a hardcover edition which is even more difficult to find.

All that being said, this is one of my prized possessions.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/LaughingSombrero/2010%2004-25%20-%20LA%20Times%20Festival%20of%20Books/IMG_5591.jpg

DaveCummings
06-12-2011, 09:53 AM
A year ago, I found a copy for dirt cheap. I don't think the person who was selling it was aware how much it was going for. I love look at the opening pages as it's one of my favorite sequences in that movie. Pretty much I wanted to see Mignola's take on that red armor.

A few months later, I had Mignola sign it. He was astounded that it goes for over $100 on Ebay or Amazon. He said in the original contract for the book, there would only be one printing for the paperback.

Had the contract allow for multiple printings, I really doubt that they would reprint it now. But I'm sure during the course of the film's theatrical release it would have multiple printings so it wouldn't be so hard to track down now. I think there is a hardcover edition which is even more difficult to find.

All that being said, this is one of my prized possessions.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/LaughingSombrero/2010%2004-25%20-%20LA%20Times%20Festival%20of%20Books/IMG_5591.jpg

After after talking about it, I ended up going on eBay and tracking down a copy and bought it for $18.

Supreme Convoy
06-12-2011, 11:55 AM
After after talking about it, I ended up going on eBay and tracking down a copy and bought it for $18.

$18 for the paperback? That's a steal.