- Get Your War On by David Rees. There was a guy in my frosh dorm named Dave Rees. I wonder if he's the one creating these clip art cartoons about the war on terror. (Checked out of the library.)
- Chaland Anthology, vol. 1: Freddy Lombard by Yves Chaland. The art style is reminescent of Herge (creator of Tintin). (Library.)
- DC: The New Frontier, vol. 2 by Darwyn Cooke. This collection concludes Cooke's story about DC heroes between the end of WWII and the beginning of the 60's. Beautiful artwork and a very well-told story. Excellent stuff.
- Sky Ape Collection by Phil Amara, Tim McCarney, Richard Jenkins, & Mike Russo. How could I pass up a book about a talking ape who wears a jet pack & fights crime? How could anybody? (But somebody did, since I bought this used.)
- Wapsi Square, vol. 1 by Paul Taylor. More & more web comics are making the transition to print. This one is okay, but I don't think I'll be buying any further volumes.
- Wonder Woman: Down to Earth by Greg Rucka & Drew Johnson. Even though I enjoy Rucka's writing, I decided not to buy the individual isues of Wonder Woman when he took over. A couple collections came out, and I didn't buy them immediately. But I found used copies at Powell's so I picked them up. I enjoyed the first one tremendously. So much so that when I finished it, I immediately picked up the second one.
- Wonder Woman: Bitter Rivals by Greg Rucka, Drew Johnson, et al. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this collection, because in it, the villain who has been manipulating things behind the scenes explains her motivations (i.e. gets monologuing), and they are extremely trite & cliched. It was a huge let-down after enjoying the rest of these two books so much. Because I did like these so much (apart from the one aspect), I will buy the next collection when it becomes available, but if the quality slips again, that'll be it for Rucka's Wonder Woman.
- The Legend of GrimJack, vol. 2 by John Ostrander & Tim Truman. I cannot tell you how happy I am that this series is finally being collected. I hope it does extremely well, and the entire run (all 70-some issues) gets collected. Reprinting this comic was one of my lottery-fantasies: what I'd do with the money if I ever won the lottery. (I don't play the lottery, but it's fun to dream.) Excellent, gritty stories about an aging detective/bodyguard/mercenary. Ostrander is one of my favorite comic writers, and I hope this reprint series brings him lots of money & increases interest in his work enough that DC decides to collect the version of the Suicide Squad that Ostrander wrote in the late 80's through early 90's.
- X-Statix, vol. 4: X-Statix vs. the Avengers by Peter Milligan & Mike Allred. This is the final volume of this series. As I've mentioned before, this was more about the nature of fame & celebrity than it was about superheroics. Actually, this volume was a bit more traditional, what with a fight against the Avengers. And I think it suffers for it. Still, I liked this series quite a bit.
- The Best of Twisted Toyfare Theatre, vol. 1 by Pat McCallum, Tom Root, & Douglas Golstein. Very silly fumetti (cartoons using photos rather than drawings) about superhero action figures. This apparently was a predecessor to Robot Chicken.
- Rurouni Kenshin, vol. 1: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Amazing, I actually found this manga book on Amazon without any difficulty. (Library.)
- Unknown Soldier by Garth Ennis & Killian Plunkett. (Library.)
- Attitute Presents Andy Singer. (Library.)
- The Authority: Kev by Garth Ennis & Glenn Fabry.
- Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa. I've really been enjoying the anime series based on this manga, so I was very happy when I learned an English translation was being released (particularly since I missed the first few episodes). Two brother alchemists, Edward & Alphonse Elric, search for the philosopher's stone so they can restore Edward's leg & arm and Alphonse's entire body, which were lost in an alchemical accident. (Alphonse's soul has been grafted to a suit of armor.)
- Batman: War Games, Act 1: Outbreak by various. I do wish the Batman titles didn't have these big events where some huge occurrence runs through all the titles. I like the writers for a couple of the titles (Bill Willingham on Robin and Ed Brubaker on Catwoman), but they don't contribute enough to this whole collection for me to buy it. (Library.)
- Dragon Ball Z, vol. 16 by Akira Toriyama.
- Dungeon, vol. 2: The Barbarian Princess by Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim. Humorous fantasy. (Library.)
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Well, I didn't get a chance to update movies two weeks ago. Last weekend I just didn't have the time to update at all. So we're going back to Books for the moment. Movies may follow later (but don't count on it).