Monday, October 02, 2006

Still working on catching up.

  1. Maison Ikkoku, vol. 8 by Rumiko Takahashi.
  2. Maison Ikkoku, vol. 9 by Rumiko Takahashi.
  3. Read or Die, vol. 2 by Hideyaki Kurata and Shutaro Yamada. (Checked out of the library.)
  4. Sexy Voice and Robo by Iou Kuroda. (Library.)
  5. Batman: Thrillkiller by Howard Chaykin and Dan Brereton. (Library.)
  6. Firebreather by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn. (Library.)
  7. B.P.R.D., vol. 5: The Black Flame by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Guy Davis. While I do miss Hellboy and Mignola's artwork, the other B.P.R.D. characters are more than capable of supporting their own stories. And I'm always happy to see that Guy Davis is working; his artwork is among my favorites.
  8. Death Note, vol. 6: Give-and-Take by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
  9. Fables, vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and Jim Fern.
  10. Maison Ikkoku, vol. 10 by Rumiko Takahashi.
  11. Down by Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, et al. Somewhere I saw this described "Grand Theft Auto the comic book," and I can't disagree with that assessment.
  12. Star Trek: The Trial of James T. Kirk by Peter David, James Fry, and Gordon Purcell.
  13. Grease Monkey by Tim Eldred. Very cool science fiction story. (Library.)
  14. Narbonic, vol. 3 by Shaenon K. Garrity. Mad science comic strips. And gerbils!
  15. Last Fantasy, v.1 by "Creative Hon" and Yong-wan Kwan. When I saw this solicited in Previews, I nearly ordered it, because it was billed as a parody of Final Fantasy. I'm really glad I didn't. The attempts at humor fall extremely flat, and the characters are completely unsympathetic. (Library.)
  16. Fantastic Four by J. Michael Straczynski and Mike McKone. The thing that most stood out to me about this collection is that one of the supporting characters clearly had his appearance modelled on Paul Giamatti.
  17. I Luv Halloween by Keith Giffen & Benjamin Roman. (Library.)
  18. Scott Pilgrim, vol. 3: Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O'Malley. More kick-ass, game-logic filled, relationship comics.
  19. Common Grounds by Troy Hickman, et al. (Library.)
  20. Challengers of the Unknown: Stolen Moments, Borrowed Time by Howard Chaykin. I'm torn about Chaykin. I love his artwork, but his writing seems to be doing less & less for me.
  21. Daredevil, vol. 5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.
  22. X-Men Vignettes, vol. 2 by Chris Claremont, John Bolton, et al. I don't know what to complain about more: the fact that the credits do not tell which stories in this collection were written by Claremont & which were written by others, or the fact that the stories are all full of Claremont's writing tics (including the introduction of a whole new world that looks interesting but is never mentioned outside of this one story). I should know better by now. In my defense: it was on sale, and Bolton's artwork is gorgeous.
  23. Negima!, vol. 10 by Ken Akamatsu. (Library.)
  24. The Maxx, vol. 6 by Sam Kieth. The stories in this finall Maxx collection are fairly hard to take, because they complete abandon the superhero trappings and are straight-forward stories about ordinary people and all the emotional baggage that entails.
  25. 1000 Steps to World Domination by Rob Osborne. (Library.)
  26. Shaun of the Dead by Chris Ryall and Zach Howard. The DVD of the movie costs less than this adaptation. What's the point? (Library.)
  27. Nexus: Alien Justice by Mike Baron and Steve Rude. Man, do I wish more of Baron & Rude's Nexus were available in affordable collections. I applaud Dark Horse's archive editions, but not everybody can afford $50 a volume, particularly when that volume only contains six issues of a comic.
  28. Disney Presents Carl Barks' Greatest Duck Tales Stories, vol. 2 by Carl Barks. Unfortunately, this appears to be the end of this series. Too bad the Duck Tales cartoon didn't adapt more of Barks' stories.
  29. Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 8 by Hiromu Arakawa.
  30. The Nodwick Chronicles V: Tour of Doodie by Aaron Williams.
  31. Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires by Richard Sala.

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