Monday, December 19, 2005

Here's an idea: How about I actually do what this blog is supposed to be about? It's been nearly 3 months since I last added to the book list. It's well past time I did something about that. Comments are likely to be sparse as I've got a lot of books to get through (I'm hoping to get caught up by the end of the year) and I may just not remember enough about the book to have something interesting to say.

  1. Frumpy the Clown, vol. 2: The Fat Lady Sings by Judd Winick.
  2. Dr. Slump, vol. 3 by Akira Toriyama.
  3. Ursula by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. (Checked out of the library.)
  4. The Avengers: The Serpent Crown by Steve Englehart & George Perez. I think I'd had my expecations built up too high after having heard about this storyline for years, because I was a little disappointed. Still, there's something about Marvel comics from the 70's.
  5. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Wow, an actual novel. Set in the same world as Gaiman's previous novel, American Gods, this has a very different tone & feel. I like them both, but I can see where somebody might not.
  6. Runaways, vol. 4: True Believers by Brian K. Vaughan & Adrian Alphona. I'm still not buying individual issues, but I do really enjoy these cheap digest-sized collections.
  7. Sleeper, vol. 1: Out in the Cold by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips.
  8. Sleeper, vol. 2: All False Moves by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips.
  9. Sleeper, vol. 3: A Crooked Line by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips.
  10. Sleeper, vol. 4: The Long Way Home by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips. I know people complained that this excellent series came to an end, but it seems to me that the nature of the story (an agent deep undercover in a terrorist organization must decide where his loyalties really lie) has to have a conclusion. If this series had gone on much longer, I don't think it would have worked; the stories would have become repetitive or too implausible (of course, we're talking about people with superpowers, so credibility isn't a large factor to start with, but that's a reason not to stretch what you have any further).
  11. Project: Superior by various. (Library.)
  12. Jack Cole & Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits by Art Spiegelman & Chip Kidd. I didn't actually know much about Cole before reading this, so it was interesting. Plus, it was nice to actually read some of Cole's Plastic Man stories. Reprints are available in archive reprints, but at $50 a pop, that's out of my range.
  13. Tuxedo Gin, vol. 3 by Tokihiko Matsuura. (Library.)
  14. Tuxedo Gin, vol. 4 by Tokihiko Matsuura. (Library.)
  15. Pet Shop of Horrors, vol. 4 by Maturi Akino. (Library.)
  16. Tramps Like Us, vol. 1 by Yayoi Ogawa. Even manga without any elements of the fantastic are strange: The premise her is that a woman helps out a young homeless man, brings him into her apartment & essentially makes him her pet. There's no sex (at least, not in the volumes I read), but there are plenty of power games & control issues. Odd stuff. (Library.)
  17. Tramps Like Us, vol. 2 by Yayoi Ogawa. Wow, it's been nearly 3 months since I've felt the need to complain about Amazon's search function & the difficulty of finding particular manga volumes. (Library.)
  18. Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, vol. 2 by Peter David, Todd McFarlane, & Erik Larsen. I wonder how many more volumes before they get to a good artist. David wrote the Hulk for something like 10 years, and did some very interesting things with the character. Unfortunately, the early part of the run just doesn't look all that good.
  19. InuYasha, vol. 22 by Rumiko Takahashi. Apparently this series is still ongoing in Japan, so no end in sight. Still, I really enjoy it. (Library.)
  20. The Murder of Abraham Lincoln by Rick Geary. (Library.)
  21. No Dead Time by Brian McLachlan & Tom Williams. I didn't remember anything about this book until I found it on Amazon. I still don't have anything to say about it. (Library.)
  22. PS238, vol. 2: To the Cafeteria...For Justice! by Aaron Williams. This is a great little comic about a school that teaches the children of superheroes. There was a recent movie about the same topic. Unfortunately that film looked absolutely terrible. While I haven't seen the movie, I can virtually guarantee that this book is much better.
  23. Hunter X Hunter, vol. 4 by Yoshiro Togashi.
  24. Superman: Day of Doom by Dan Jurgens & Bill Sienkiewicz. Has Jurgens done anything in the past ten years that didn't somehow relate to the "Death of Superman" storyline? (Library.)
  25. Secret of the Swamp Thing by Len Wein & Berni Wrightson. This is a nice (and cheap) little reprint of the original Swamp Thing stories.
  26. B.P.R.D., vol. 4: The Dead by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, & Guy Davis. While I love Davis's artwork, and I like seeing the other characters, I miss Hellboy. Aren't there enough short pieces for another Hellboy collection yet?
  27. Boneyard, vol. 4 by Richard Moore. (Library.)
  28. Little Lulu: Sunday Afternoon. (Library.)
  29. Showcase Presents: Superman, vol. 1 by various. Oh man. Where to begin on this wondrous collection of Superman stories from the 50's? It's great (although I had to take it in small doses); full of goofy stories, like the one where a pair of con artists make an educated guess at Superman's secret identity & do a damn good job of convincing Superman that they are his parents. My favorite part of the story is when they set off a smoke bomb to cover their tracks when hiding their "time machine" (since Ma & Pa Kent are dead). They're 10 feet away from Superman, the guy who can hear Jimmy Olsen's signal watch from the other side of the planet, rolling their hamster-ball-shaped time machine into some bushes, and he doesn't notice anything. And I really need to figure out Teena's scanner, because there is one panel in the book that needs to be shared with all the world.
  30. Strangehaven, vol. 3: Conspiracies by Gary Spencer Millige. This quirky series about a small English village is great, and I don't begruge Millige the time it takes to produce it (18 issues in 10 years isn't a speedy track record), but I was annoyed that this book collecting issues 13-18 came out a week before issue 18 hit the stores.
  31. 2020 Visions by Jamie Delano, et al.
  32. From the Desk of Warren Ellis, vol. 1.

Okay, I'm getting nervous Blogger will crap out on me or something along those lines, so I'm going to stop for now. I'll try to post more later today.

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