Saturday, March 25, 2006

Yet another attempt to get caught up.

  1. Young Avengers, vol. 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg & Jim Cheung. This was a lot of fun. Good, simple superhero adventure. I had read good things about this comic, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how good it was. I'm looking forward to reading more comics by Heinberg. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Hysteria by Mike Hawthorne. (Library.)
  3. The Goon, vol. 1: Nothin' But Misery by Eric Powell. Full of absurdity, this comic was a blast. (Library.)
  4. Kinetic by Kelley Puckett & Warren Pleece. Yet another attempt to do a comic about what it might be like if a real person developed super powers. I think we've seen this idea explored quite enough. Can we move on to something else, please? Still, it was well-done. (Library.)
  5. Northwest Passage, vol. 1 by Scott Chantler. Frontier adventure set in colonial Canada.
  6. Silent Dance by Matteo Lobaccaro & Alessandro DeAngelis. A vampire (sort-of) story that starts out muddled & unclear. It becomes more comprehensible later, but overall, this is not very memorable. (Library.)
  7. Captain America, vol. 1: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, et al. This is a very good Captain America story, but it's not complete in this volume. I'm looking forward to when volume two will be published, and I can see how this ends. The fact that it is so well done is what keeps me from condeming it for (seemingly?) resurrecting one of two people in the Marvel Universe who stay dead: Bucky Barnes (the other is Peter Parker's uncle Ben). (Library.)
  8. Black Panther by Jack Kirby. More mid-70's comics from Kirby. It's great, but Kirby's heart doesn't seem to have quite been in this. (Library.)
  9. Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi. A science fiction western about a train heist. (Library.)
  10. Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon by Greg Rucka, Drew Johnson, James Raiz, & Sean Phillips. Rucka's run on Wonder Woman has been great. He has a real feel for the character and the mythology that makes up her background. (Library.)
  11. Teen Titans, vol. 3: Beast Boys and Girls by Geoff Johns, Ben Raab, Justiniano, & Tom Grummett. Again, Johns' take on the Titans doesn't thrill me. But I find it interesting enough to borrow the books. (Library.)
  12. The OMAC Project by Greg Rucka, Jesus Saiz, et al. Meh. (Library.)
  13. Tales of the Realm by Robert Kirkman & Matt Tyree. (Library.)
  14. True Story, Swear to God, vol. 1: Chances Are by Tom Beland. Not long ago, I would have said that romance comics were a dead genre, but this shows that there is great potential here. Touching, charming, and (above all) true, this autobiographical comic is a wonder.
  15. Miniature Sulk by Jeffry Brown. (Library.)
  16. Wanted by Mark Millar & J.G. Johns. This is a nasty little comic about a world where the supervillains have taken over. (Library.)
  17. Iron Wok Jan! vol. 10 by Shinji Saijyo. (Library.)
  18. F-Stop: A Love Story by Antony Johnston & Mattew Loux. Romantic comedy set in the world of modelling. (Library.)
  19. Mad Night by Richard Sala. Sala's stories tend to follow similar plots: a regular person stumbles onto shady doings involving a conspiracy & lots of murder, but I really enjoy Sala's scratchy drawing style, so I can handle a certain repetitiveness in the stories. (Library.)
  20. Conan & the Jewels of Gwahlur by Robert E. Howard, adapted by P. Craig Russell. Russell's artwork is always a joy to behold. And he always chooses great stories to adapt.
  21. Legion of Super-Heroes, vol. 1: Teenage Revolution by Mark Waid & Bary Kitson. The Legion has been rebooted more than any other comic book I know. This latest version looks interesting. (Library.)
  22. Vampirella: The Morisson/Millar Collection by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Amanda Connor, & Louis Small Jr. Morrison is one of my favorite writers, so I picked this up, but this is by no means his strongest work. Plus, the "bad girl" factor in the art is cranked up so high that I would not want to be seen reading this.
  23. Ultimate X-Men, vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, Brandon Peterson, Andy Kubert, & Stuart Immonen. I continue to enjoy Vaughan's writing.

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