Saturday, August 27, 2005

  1. Hard Boiled Angel, Book 1: Blue Angel by Hyun Se Lee. Korean comics. Didn't much care for it. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Catch of the Day by Jim Toomey. This is a collection of Sherman's Lagoon strips. (Teena's book.)
  3. Top 10: The Forty-Niners by Alan Moore & Gene Ha. I don't know where to begin. This book is absolutely excellent. It reminded me of how good the regular Top 10 series was and how sad I am that there won't be any more. (Yeah, there's a mini-series being published, but Moore's not writing it. I enjoyed the first issue, but it's not nearly as good as the original.) The concept, police in a city where everybody has super powers of some sort, sounds odd, but Moore uses it to tell marvelously human stories. (And the easter eggs just enhance the reading experience.)
  4. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly, Witch for Hire by Bill Willingham & Shawn McManus. Most of the non-Gaiman Sandman spin-offs tried way too hard to capture the feel of the original. This one works because it doesn't. (The same is true of Jill Thompson's works with the characters.)
  5. Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen. I'd heard good things about this when is was being published as a mini-series, but I held off on reading it. Now that it's been collected, I think I'll have to pick up my own copy. This is an "Elseworlds" story (i.e. it's outside normal continuity). By telling the story of a man with superpowers in which the man ages & matures, Busiek has created one of his best works (and that's saying something considering the man wrote Marvels and Astro City). (Library.)
  6. Bad Signal, vol. 2 by Warren Ellis with Jacen Burrows. More of the best from Ellis' mailing list. Thoughts about comics, life, & the world.
  7. The Long Haul by Antony Johnston & Eduardo Barreto. A caper story set in the old west. The way the main character reacts to Native Americans seems a little too modern for this to be plausible (as if caper stories were plausible), but I still enjoyed this quite a bit. (Library.)
  8. Avengers West Coast: VisionQuest by John Byrne. This storyline got reprinted because of recent events in the Marvel Universe, but that's fine by me, because otherwise we wouldn't have this book of comics from back in the day when Byrne's ego hadn't completely taken over. Apart from his usual awkwardness when it comes to exposition (which unfortunately there is quite a lot of in this book), this is solid superhero fun. (Well, there is the matter of Wonder Man's mullet, but I'm not entirely sure we can blame Byrne for that.)
  9. Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Adventures, vol. 2 by Evan Dorkin. There is a lightheartedness to these comics that I really enjoy. I like Dorkin's other work, but Dork has an edge of bitterness to it, and Hectic Planet became pretty melancholy by the end. It's great to see something from Dorkin that's just unabashedly fun.
  10. Conan, vol. 1: The Frost Giant's Daugher and Other Stories by Kurt Busiek & Cary Nord. (Library.)
  11. Bleach, vol. 7: The Broken Coda by Tite Kubo. More ghost-hunting goodness. (Library.)
  12. King: A Comics Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Ho Che Anderson. It's exactly what it says. Very well done. (Library.)
  13. The Legend of GrimJack, vol. 3 by John Ostrander & Timothy Truman. I've praised Ostrander here repeatedly. What can I say? I really enjoy his writing. So let me say once again how happy I am that this fantastic series is being collected.
  14. Heaven's War by Michah Harris & Michael Gaydos. (Library.)
  15. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuga. This is a manga adaptation of the movie. It was fine, but because it doesn't bring anything new to the story, it felt a little flat, sort of like a cover version of a song where the performer just tries to recreate the original.
  16. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley. More kick-assery from O'Malley, full of cute drawings and game logic. Highly recommended.

1 comment:

xire said...

ok, i like scott pilgrim 2 and liked it allot more than the first one. It's kinda of a cross between rushmore and tankgirl in terms of tone. I suppose that's and odd mix to use but the art does remind me of Jamie Hewett a bit. Still not sure i'd call it "must read" matterial.