Wednesday, March 31, 2004

As promised, here are the books I've read since Friday.
  • Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules by James Sturm & Guy Davis. The idea behind this graphic novel is that the Fantastic Four comics of the early 60's were highly fictionalized accounts of the exploits of four real people, and this comic is their real story. The introduction mentions more volumes to come. I hope that's true & not just an added detail to make the whole thing sound more plausible.
  • DeadLands: Hell on Earth by Shane Lacy Hensley. This is a sequel to the DeadLands role playing game, which is a mix of horror and westerns. This game is set in the future after a global war & is a post-apocalyptic horror western.
  • Amphigorey Also by Edward Gorey.
  • One Piece, vol. 3 by Eiichiro Oda.
  • Rose by Jeff Smith & Charles Vess. This is a prequel to Smith's Bone series, which, to use the most commonly quoted review, is like a cross between Tolkien & Walt Kelly's Pogo.
  • Spider-Man: Revenge of the Green Goblin by Roger Stern, Ron Frenz, et al. (Checked out of the library.)
  • The Complete Samurai Jam by Andi Watson. This is a collection of Watson's first comic book series. I have to say it's not nearly as good as his later work. The art actually gets worse as this series progresses. But Watson was just learning. He got much better with Skeleton Key, Geisha, Breakfast After Noon, and others.
  • Hellboy: The Bones of Giants by Christopher Golden. I'm looking forward to the upcoming movie.
  • Codeflesh by Joe Casey & Charlie Adelard. A cross of superheroes & crime fiction, this is about a bailbondsman who puts on a costume to track down & capture supervillains who skip bail. Not bad, but not great either.

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