Sunday, October 01, 2006

Yes, it's been 2 months since I updated. No excuses; but I will mention that Teena & I did get married during that gap (although if you're reading this, you probably already know that.)

Anyway, I'm now 4 months behind in listing books, so comments will be few.

  1. Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 7 by Hiromu Arakawa.
  2. The Punisher Max, vol. 2 by Garth Ennis, Dougie Braithwaite, & Leandro Fernandez. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. The Fate of the Artist by Eddie Campbell. Excellent stuff.
  4. Birds of Prey: Between Darkness & Dawn by Gail Simone, et al. (Library.)
  5. Start Wars: Honor & Duty by John Ostrander, C.P. Smith, & Luke Ross.
  6. The X-Files, vol. 3 by various.
  7. The Moth by Gary Martin & Steve Rude. Gorgeous artwork; so-so story.
  8. True Porn 2 by various. This is a collection of (semi-?)autobiographical comics stories about sex. Despite the title, I wouldn't actually call these stories "porn", or even "erotica".
  9. John Constantine, Hellblazer: All His Engines by Mike Carey & Leonardo Manco. (Library.)
  10. Walking Dead, vol. 4: The Heart's Desire by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard. (Library.)
  11. Trailers by Mark Kneece & Julie Collins-Rousseau. (Library.)
  12. X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 1 by various. This is a terrific example of mainstream comics from the 90's: awful artwork, unclear story-telling, and the assumption that all the readers would be intimately familiar with all the characters. Stay away from this. (Library.)
  13. Tuxedo Gin, vol. 10 by Tokihiko Matuura. (Library.)
  14. X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse, Book 2 by various. I hated the first volume in this series, and yet, I voluntarily read the second. I don't know what's the matter with me. (Library.)
  15. Disney Presents Carl Barks' Greatest Duck Tales Stories, vol. 1 by Carl Barks. For a long time, I felt that a series of affordable reprints of Barks' duck stories would be a fantastic idea. Here's a start.
  16. Tuxedo Gin, vol. 11 by Tokihiko Matsuura. (Library.)
  17. Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. (Library.)
  18. Tuxedo Gin, vol. 12 by Tokihiko Matsuura. (Library.)
  19. Lucky Lulu, vol. 9: Lucky Lulu by John Stanley & Irving Tripp. (Library.)
  20. Ju-On 2 by Takahashi Shimizu & Meimu.
  21. The Goon, vol. 4: Virtue and the Grim Consequences thereof by Eric Powell. (Library.)
  22. Concrete, vol. 5: Think Like a Mountain by Paul Chadwick.
  23. Action Philosophers! Giant Size Thing, vol. 1 by Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey. This book is in the tradition of Larry Gonick's work in that it presents what could be dry information in a humorous way. Lots of fun.
  24. Tuxedo Gin, vol. 13 by Tokihiko Matsuura. (Library.)
  25. You Deserved It by Bob Fingerman. (Library.)
  26. Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar. (Library.)
  27. Tuxedo Gin, vol. 14 by Tokihiko Matsuura. (Library.)
  28. Godland, vol. 1: Hello, Cosmic! by Joe Casey & Tom Scioli. (Library.)
  29. Wonder Woman: Land of the Dead by Greg Rucka, et al.
  30. Jingle Belle by Paul Dini & Jose Garibaldi. (Library.)
  31. Tuxedo Gin, vol. 15 by Tokihiko Matsuura. This is the final volume of this series. (Library.)
  32. A.L.I.E.E.E.N.: Archives of Lost Issues and Earthly Editions of Extraterrestrial Novelties by Lewis Trondheim. (Library.)
  33. The Authority: Revolution, Book 2 by Ed Brubaker & Dustin Nguyen. (Library.)
  34. Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes. (Library.)
  35. The Books of Magic, book 7: Death After Death by John Ney Rieber, Peter Gross, et al.
  36. Castle Waiting by Linda Medley. This was one of my favorite series, when it was first published, so I was very happy when I learned that it would be collected. And I was even happier to learn that Medley would be continuing the adventures of the inhabitants of Castle Waiting. And apparently, this book sold very well; which bodes well for the continuation of this series.
  37. Wonder Woman, vol. 3: Beauty and the Beasts by George Perez, et al.
  38. The New Avengers, vol. 3: Secrets & Lies by Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, & Frank Cho. (Library.)
  39. Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story by Michael Malice, Harvey Pekar, & Gary Drumm. As I read this, I was struck by how competitive Malice is: He puts everything in terms of winning and losing, of scoring points against people. Also, he will carry a grudge for a long, long time. Several times he mentions slights that he has not forgiven, even when the people who slighted him are his parents. I wonder if he'd be happier if he realized that life doesn't have to be a zero-sum game.
  40. Caricature by Daniel Clowes. (Library.)
  41. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar. This is a remarkable work about faith, heritage, and the interaction of cultures. Highly recommended. (Library.)
  42. X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, Book 3 by various. The only excuse I can offer for continuing to read this garbage is that some of the comics collected in it were written by Warren Ellis. (Library.)
  43. The Abandoned by Ross Campbell. I'm not sure why, but I found this grim, even for a zombie story. (Library.)
  44. Dragon Ball Z, vol. 26 by Akira Toriyama. This is the final volume in this series.
  45. Spooked by Antony Johnston & Ross Campbell.
  46. Batman: Gotham Adventures by Ty Templeton & Rick Burchett.
  47. JLA Classified: New Maps of Hell by Warren Ellis & Jackson Guice.
  48. Tom Strong, book 5 by various.
  49. The Cartoon History of the Universe III: From the Rise of Arabia to the Renaissance by Larry Gonick. I mentioned Gonick above. He does a fantastic job of making history interesting & understandable.
  50. Batman: Under the Hood, vol. 2 by Judd Winick, Doug Mahnke, Shane Davis, & Eric Battle.
  51. House of M: Incredible Hulk by Peter David & Jorge Lucas.
  52. Ultimate Galactus, book 2: Secret by Warren Ellis, Steve McNiven, & Tom Raney.
  53. DMZ, vol. 1: On the Ground by Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli.
  54. The Amazing Spider-Man, vol. 9: Skin Deep by J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Deodato, Jr., and Mark Brooks. (Library.)
  55. The Jew of New York by Ben Katchor. (Library.)
  56. The Amazing Spider-Man, vol. 10: New Avengers by J. Michael Straczynski & Mike Deodato, Jr. (Library.)
  57. Teen Titans/Outsiders: The Death & Return of Donna Troy by Judd Winick, Phil Jimenez, et al. This may be one of the best examples of why comics characters should be allowed to die and why continuity can be a bad thing. (Library.)
  58. Coffee & Donuts by Max Estes. (Library.)
  59. Hello, Again by Max Estes. (Library.)
  60. Dungeon: Twilight, vol. 1: Dragon Cemetery by Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim. (Library.)
  61. The Bakers: Do These Toys Belong Somewhere? by Kyle Baker.
  62. X-Men: Golgotha by Peter Milligan & Salvador Larroca.
  63. Plastic Man, vol. 2: Rubber Bandits by Kyle Baker.
  64. Young Avengers, vol. 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg & Jim Cheung. Really solid, fun superheroics.
  65. Bleach, vol. 12: Flower on a Precipice by Tite Kubo.
  66. Bleach, vol. 13: The Undead by Tite Kubo.

Okay, that's enough for now. I'm not even close to being caught up yet, but I hope to get there before going to Hawaii next week.

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