Tuesday, May 04, 2004

And now for the books I've read since last week.
  • Ultimate X-Men, vol. 2 by Marc Millar, Adam Kubert, Chris Bachalo, et al. (Checked out of the library.)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow & Tara by Amber Benson et al. A few stories co-written (plotted, I suspect) by the actress who played Tara on Buffy. Okay, not great.
  • Revelations III: Heaven & Hell by various. A sourcebook for the In Nomine role playing game.
  • Jhereg by Steven Brust. I really enjoyed this & will be reading the other books in this series. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  • Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne. This reprints Byrne's first 9 issues on The Fantastic Four, and the stories hold up pretty well. They do get a bit expositiony in places, but I think Byrne's run on FF may be his best work. (Which is a pitty because it was 20 years ago.)
  • Wonder Woman: Gods & Mortals by George Perez, with Len Wein & Greg Potter. This reprints the first 7 issues of the relaunched Wonder Woman from the late 80's.
  • Gon by Masashi Tanaka. Japanese comics about a tiny & cute (but fierce) T-rex.
  • Here Today, Gon Tomorrow! by Masashi Tanaka.
  • Going, Going ... Gon by Masashi Tanaka.
  • Madman Comics, vol 4: Heaven & Hell by Mike Allred.
  • Banks/Eubanks by Tom Hart.
  • Cicada: The Motel by Josue Menjivar.
  • DeadLands: The Black Circle: Unholy Alliance by John Goff. I've written before about the DeadLands role playing game. I like the idea of combining westerns with horror, but the execution of the game just doesn't quite pull it off. For instance, the sourcebooks for the game all start off with excerpts from "The Tombstone Epitaph," a newspaper from the game world. Except that the writing sound nothing at all like a 19th century newspaper, even a sensationalist, muck-raking tabloid like the "Epitaph" is supposed to be. Of course, if the books were written in the style of a 19th century newspaper, they wouldn't be that interesting to gamers. So it's a catch-22. Anyway, despite my disappointments in the presentation, I occasionally read books for the game, because I really do like the concept.
  • Formerly Known as the Justice League by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, & Kevin Maguire. Humorous superheroics from the team that brought you the funniest version of the JLA ever.
  • Scoundrel's Folly by Rob Vaux & Jennifer Wick. An adventure for the Seventh Sea role playing game.
  • Epitaph no.1 by various. A magazine of adventures, fiction, & other resources for DeadLands.
  • Epitaph no.2 by various.

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