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The MAXX MAXXIMIZED awesome or MAXXIMIZED rip off?

tomisboredtomisbored Cavalier, NDRegistered User regular
So I am a HUGE lover of The Maxx and have all of the original issues, a couple reprints and blah blah blah...

I recently purchased the "remaxxed" or whatever hella lame marketing speak they are using for it, fully expecting at least a new intro or something. I was severally disappointed in the book. They said the colors were being redone by Kieth himself and were going to blow my socks off!. I couldn't really tell the difference at all, granted I do have messed up eyes were it can be hard if not impossible for me to tell the difference between shades of similar colors. I don't know what I was expecting on that one...

Is all the fuss over the new scans of the original art? I don't remember the pages ever being terrible or fuzzy or whatever but maybe I don't know enough about how the sausage is made to get that technical about how a book is made.

So I guess my take away here is... Whats the big deal? Don't get me wrong I am really glad they are doing this, it's always good to get more books out there for people to read, and maybe some more work for him. I would love to see him do another book, but I do feel like this is kinda just a cash grab?

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    Linespider5Linespider5 ALL HAIL KING KILLMONGER Registered User regular
    edited February 2014
    You might want this to get some answers.

    Far as I can tell, it has something to do with the original series having a bungled release schedule and the prior trades having some pretty glaring errors, like certain chapters not in the right order and so on. I completely understand there's some hesitation about the premise of a creator returning with a remastered version of a previously 'completed' work, but it sounds like this might be the first time the series can exist in some kind of definitive state. Sam Kieth sounds like he's got a pretty measured rational for this undertaking, and makes a case for the project-but yes, this is NOT new Maxx, and there won't be any new stuff later either.

    I agree it's more than a little odd to re-release a series on an issue by issue basis, but then again, maybe that's not the craziest thing in the world either. Certainly, enough time has passed and it could be decent experiment to see how it will perform on its own as though the Maxx had never existed before. There's definitely a good chunk of comic fans now who weren't around for the original run. If you've already got or read the series, maybe not so much incentive to buy it all over again in the singles, but, it would seem the ultimate intention is to have a completed TPB version too, however you may prefer things.

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    RingoRingo He/Him a distinct lack of substanceRegistered User regular
    I'd be down for buying a TPB of The Maxx

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    tomisboredtomisbored Cavalier, NDRegistered User regular
    You might want this to get some answers.

    ... Sam Kieth sounds like he's got a pretty measured rational for this undertaking, and makes a case for the project-but yes, this is NOT new Maxx, and there won't be any new stuff later either.

    See I had read that before and I disagree with "got a pretty measured rational for this undertaking" maybe I just need more coffe or I am touchy about changes to something I loved, but when I read that interview, even on the second read, it just seems a mess. First its I am not changing anything but colors then its well I am just fixing some missing subplots, which seems like it would be hard to do with just changing some colors, then he rambles on about how we as readers should be happy he isn't adding anything new?

    I really like Sam Kieth's work and I am not trying to nitpick, I agree its great to get this back out there for new people to get a chance to get into the book, I just wish I would have known more before my purchase. So I guess this is just a really long post for buyers remorse?

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    PhillisherePhillishere Registered User regular
    You might want this to get some answers.

    Far as I can tell, it has something to do with the original series having a bungled release schedule and the prior trades having some pretty glaring errors, like certain chapters not in the right order and so on. I completely understand there's some hesitation about the premise of a creator returning with a remastered version of a previously 'completed' work, but it sounds like this might be the first time the series can exist in some kind of definitive state. Sam Kieth sounds like he's got a pretty measured rational for this undertaking, and makes a case for the project-but yes, this is NOT new Maxx, and there won't be any new stuff later either.

    I agree it's more than a little odd to re-release a series on an issue by issue basis, but then again, maybe that's not the craziest thing in the world either. Certainly, enough time has passed and it could be decent experiment to see how it will perform on its own as though the Maxx had never existed before. There's definitely a good chunk of comic fans now who weren't around for the original run. If you've already got or read the series, maybe not so much incentive to buy it all over again in the singles, but, it would seem the ultimate intention is to have a completed TPB version too, however you may prefer things.

    It's probably just easier to finance issue to issue than as complete trades.

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    MunchMunch Registered User regular
    Funny story about the Maxx.

    I had the first three issues as a kid, and read them over and over. They formed this very neat little plot, about a hobo who thought he was a hero, the mysterious Mr. Gone, and jungle queen/social worker Julie. In those first three issues, Julie's kidnapped, the Maxx is confronted by the Iszs, we see a glimpse of Outback, and Mr. Gone makes his villainous debut, before being dispatched.

    To teenage me, it formed a very cool little arc, ending the story in an interesting place, where there were still unanswered questions.

    Years later, I tracked down the five or six TPBs that completed the entire series, and read them in one go, only to find the actual story, wasn't as fun as the one I'd cooked up in my head.

    I mean, I barely remember the details of the later plot, except that it veered off on bizarre tangents, following supporting characters, to no apparent end.

    The homeless-guy-who-thinks-he's-a-superhero stuff, Outback as a real world/delusional escape, and all that other fun stuff, seemed like it got dropped pretty quickly.

    Maybe I should go back and re-read it sometime.

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    WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    I find that happens a lot in comics , especially back in the day when internet wasn't really dominant , and back issue searching was a thing.

    I always ended up with a ton of arcs that would be 3-5 parts, and I'd have every part but the last issue. And whenever I'd finally track down that issue years later, it could never live up to the ending younger me's amazing imagination had dreamed up instead.

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    tomisboredtomisbored Cavalier, NDRegistered User regular
    Yea the Maxx really should have been broken into like 5 or 6 different series with a communal set of characters. It probably would have made a little more sense.

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    Linespider5Linespider5 ALL HAIL KING KILLMONGER Registered User regular
    Hell, I can remember seeing a Dukes of Hazzard lunchbox when I was in, like, first grade and imagined they were professional stuntmen who traveled America, fighting crime and doing movie work.

    Basically, I thought the Duke Boys were going to be a sunny side up version of the guy from Drive, only with two of him.

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    Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The sunny beaches of CanadaRegistered User regular
    The Maxx is certainly an usual read, but I enjoyed the first half very much and I go back to it now and then. Not really for the super hero stuff, but the overall story elements - the Outbacks, Spirit Animals, the original creatures, mysticism, symbolism, etc.

    The second half though that moreso follows Sarah, not as much... I still liked the bits relating to the Outback and Maxx, but the series starts relying pretty heavily on elements and symbolism that don't make a lot of sense and, according to Keith himself, aren't supposed to. Events get really bizarre and then it all ends in basically a giant cosmic reset that simply erases all the previously unresolved stuff, which I didn't care for.

    I actually first got into it because of the TV show, which had a somewhat sappier if arguably neater ending... it was pretty great getting into the books and finding out that they went way past where the TV show ended though.

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    tomisboredtomisbored Cavalier, NDRegistered User regular
    edited February 2014
    I think of The Maxx much like I think of Neon Genesis Evangelion (or however its spelled) if you say you understand the ending of it I either think:

    A) you actually haven't watched it or at least the (original ending before they made a movie out of the last 30 minutes)
    B ) your lying because that shit makes no sense at all!
    c) you have access to some really really good drugs and should either take more or less of them until the ending no longer makes sense like it does to a "normal" person.

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