Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Books I Read This Week

  1. Alpha Flight Classic, vol. 1 by John Byrne. More 80s comics that I enjoyed at the time. Fortunately, I still enjoy them now.
  2. The Drifting Classroom, vol. 7 by Kazuo Umezu. More histrionic manga. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Ghost Rider: The Road to Damnation by Garth Ennnis & Clayton Crain. When I checked the hardback edition of this book out of the library a few months back, I felt that this had a certain In Nomine-like feel to the story. It still does, what with the personable demon, Hoss, and the relentless angel, Ruth. I liked it then, so I picked up this paperback copy at that comic book store sale a few weeks back.
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 14 by Hiromu Arakwa. For a while (about the time that the story in the manga diverged from that in the anime*), the story dragged. But with this volume, it's turned back around, and I'm interested again.
  5. Superman: The Man of Steel, vol. 5 by John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, & Jerry Ordway. Still more 80s comics reprints. This book features a story in which a hypnotized Superman nearly stars in a porno film. No, really. Read it yourself to see.
  6. Iron Wok Jan!, vol. 13 by Shinji Saijyo. (Library.)
  7. Polly and the Pirates, vol. 1 by Ted Naifeh. Lots of fun. Highly recommended.
  8. Dr. Blink, Superhero Shrink, vol. 1: Id. Ego. Superego! by John Kovalic & Christopher Jones. The title says it all.
  9. Ocean of Lard (Choose Your Own Mind-Fuck Fest, no. 17) by Kevin L. Donihe & Carlton Mellick III. A parody of Choose Your Own Adventure Stories, this book is striving to be daring & dangerous, but it comes across as transgressive simply to be transgressive. It's very weird, but there isn't any meaning to the weirdness other than being strange. As you may have gathered from reading this blog, I like weirdness, but I like it best when the weirdness is in service of a good story. That's not the case with this book.
  10. Days Like This by J. Torres & Scott Chantler. Sweet story about the beginning of a record label and a girl group.
  11. Project X: Seven Eleven by Tadashi Ikuta & Naomi Kimura. Another documentary manga volume; this one about the introduction of convenience stores to Japan. Thrill to the gripping contract negotiation scene. Marvel as the characters tackle the inventory tracking problem. Wonder who thought there'd be a US market for a translation of non-fiction manga. (Of course, there is: me and others like me. But how many of us are there in the US?)
  12. X-Men: First Class: Tomorrow's Brightest by Jeff Parker & Roger Cruz. Yesterday, at the book fair at her school, Teena picked up a digest-sized reprint of four issues of the X-Men: First Class comic. I don't think this book is available anywhere besides from Scholastic Books, since I can't find a listing for it. Anyway, Teena was kind enough to let me read it before adding it to the stock of books in her classroom.

*Really that should be when the anime diverged from the manga, but I saw the former before the latter.

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