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).

  1. 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.)
  2. Chaland Anthology, vol. 1: Freddy Lombard by Yves Chaland. The art style is reminescent of Herge (creator of Tintin). (Library.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Rurouni Kenshin, vol. 1: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Amazing, I actually found this manga book on Amazon without any difficulty. (Library.)
  12. Unknown Soldier by Garth Ennis & Killian Plunkett. (Library.)
  13. Attitute Presents Andy Singer. (Library.)
  14. The Authority: Kev by Garth Ennis & Glenn Fabry.
  15. 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.)
  16. 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.)
  17. Dragon Ball Z, vol. 16 by Akira Toriyama.
  18. Dungeon, vol. 2: The Barbarian Princess by Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim. Humorous fantasy. (Library.)

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