Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Slightly Longer Post
I finished a few more books this week than last.
  1. Superman: Camelot Falls, vol. 1 by Kurt Busiek & Carlos Pacheco. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Birds of Prey: Perfect Pitch by Gail Simone, Paulo Siquerra, et al. (Library.)
  3. The Dark Tower, Book 4: Wizard & Glass by Stephen King. I continue to enjoy this series, and I quite liked seeing Roland's back-story. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  4. Batman & the Mad Monk by Matt Wagner. Wagner does an excellent job of reinterpreting one of the very first Batman stories, but I have to say that Batman's early career is possibly the most over-mined subject matter in all of superhero comics.
  5. All Star Superman, vol. 1 by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely. Wow. Just wow. These may be the best Superman stories I've ever read. Morrison fills the stories with mad details and wonderful touches that echo the Silver Age but don't feel corny. As always, Quitely's art is gorgeous. He may be slow, but the work is definitely worth the wait. If you haven't read this, get it.
  6. Usagi Yojimbo, Book 4: The Dragon Bellow Conspiracy by Stan Sakai. Exciting samurai adventures with funny animals.
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. This volume is considerably better than the previous one. I enjoyed spotting the clues Rowling put in that hint at the revelations at the end of the book.
  8. The Legend of Wild Man Fischer by Dennis Eichhorn & J.R. Williams.
  9. Death Note, vol. 11: Kindred Spirit by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata. The plots & double-bluffs in this manga have gotten so abstracted that I would have given up on this series a volume or two back if I hadn't known that it will come to a conclusion in the next volume (or the one after; there's some confusion). Since it's ending soon, I'll stick it out to the end.
  10. Usagi Yojimbo, Book 5 by Stan Sakai.
  11. Essential Luke Cage, Power Man, vol. 1 by various. The best story in this is the one where Doctor Doom hires (via proxy) Cage for some detective work and then skips out without paying. Cage then borrows a rocket from the Fantastic Four so he can follow Doom, one of Marvel's A-list villains, all the to Latveria and get his $200. 1970's Marvel was a wild place. (Library.)
  12. The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, vol. 1 by Eiji Otsuko & Housui Yamazaki. (Library.)
  13. Same Difference & Other Stories by Derek Kirk Kim. The short stories at the back of this book vary from okay to pretty good. But the main story is absolutely fantastic.
  14. Runaways, vol. 7: Live Fast by Brian K. Vaughan, Mike Norton, & Adrian Alphona. Vaughan's final six issues, and he brings things to as satisfactory an end as could be hoped in the world of corporate-owned superheroes. I hope Joss Whedon handles the characters well.

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