Friday, March 19, 2004

I've read a few things since Monday.
  • The Justice Society Returns by various. This book has an odd title, since the stories are set in the 40's, so there's no need for a "return." (Checked out of library.)
  • Sleeper: Out in the Cold by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips. This is a cross between a spy story & superheroics. The main character, Holden Carver, is undercover as an agent for a criminal organization. Unfortunately, the only person who knows he isn't what he appears to be is in a coma. So Carver is caught between maintaining his cover & trying to disrupt the organizations plans. Plus, there are superpowers. Good stuff. (Library.)
  • JSA: Fair Play by Geoff Jones et al. (Library.)
  • Al Capp's Li'l Abner, The Frazetta Years, volume 3, 1958-1959.
  • The Essential Tomb of Dracula, vol. 1 by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, et al. I really love Marvel's "Essential" line of reprints. 500+ pages of comics for $14.95. Admitedly, they're in black & white, but still, that's a great bargain. This is the first volume of some great horror comics from the early 70's. This is the comic that introduced Blade (as in the Wesley Snipes movies).
  • 67 Seconds by James Robinson & Steve Yeowell. This is a great graphic novel, but Marvel/Epic didn't promote it when it came out in the early 90's, plus it was way overpriced ($15.95 for a 64-page book). (I bought it on sale.) Also, the artist's name was misspelled both times it appears (two different ways).
  • Superman: President Lex by various. In the DC Univers, Lex Luthor won the 2000 presidential election. This volume reprints the issues dealing with the campain, election, & Luthor's inauguration. (Library.)
  • Fantastic Four: Authoritative Action by Mark Waid & Howard Porter. The latest reprint of Waid's run on FF, this volume deals with what happens to Latveria after the FF defeat its leader, Dr. Doom (in the previous volume).
  • Reload/Mek by Warren Ellis, Paul Gulacy, & Steve Rolston.
  • Fantastic Four 1234 by Grant Morrison & Jae Lee.
  • Playboy's Little Annie Fanny, vol. 2, 1970-1988 by Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder. All the manic energy of Mad from before it became a magazine (because Kurtzman was the writer/editor and Elder one of the artists) but with nudity.

Thanks to Gretchin for pointing out an unclosed italics tag.

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