- Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, & Michael Lark. This is something like a comic book version of NYPD Blue or Homicide: Life on the Street but set in Gotham City. Batman shows up sometimes, but the emphasis is on the ordinary cops and their lives. After the initial, co-written, story, Brubaker & Rucka trade off storylines; one writing about the day shift the other about the night shift. Because this is a Batman-related comic book, I figured it wouldn't need my support all that much, so I haven't bought any individual issues. I'm just getting the collections as they come out. (And I'm hoping that later volumes will be as cheap [$9.95] as this one.)
- Weirdoes from Another Planet by Bill Watterson. Ah, Calvin & Hobbes. I wonder what Watterson is doing nowadays. I respect his decision to stop Calvin & Hobbes, but I wish he'd create something else.
- Illegal Alien by James Robinson and Phil Elliot. Aliens, mobsters, mods, and family. Kind of hard to explain, but a nicely touching little story.
- Terra Obscura by Peter Hogan, Alan Moore, and Yanick Paquette. Moore co-plotted this spin-off of his Tom Strong comic.
- Greyshirt: Indigo Sunset by Rick Veitch. Veitch takes the Greyshirt character away from his roots as a tribute to Will Einer's Spirit and crafts a great story about his origins.
- Teckla by Steven Brust. Continuing to read Brust's novels about Vlad Taltos. (Borrowed from Teena.)
- Bone, vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith. Before I started re-reading these books, I had forgotten just how funny they are (the early volumes, at least). Smith really has his comic timing down. (Checked out of the library.)
- The Filth by Grant Morrison & Chris Weston. More weirdness from Morrison. This is probably his best-constructed work, but it doesn't quite gel for me the way Doom Patrol or The Invisibles did.
- Batgirl: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, & Marcos Martin. (Library.)
- The Magic Flute. P. Craig Russell's adaptation of Mozart's opera. Absolutely beautiful artwork.
- Cable: The End by David Tischman, Darko Makan & Igor Kordey. Eh. (Library.)
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
And a few more books since last week.