Sunday, November 04, 2007

Back on Track

I'm updating again, dammit. (But I'll probably keep things short since I'm behind.)

  1. Spider-Man & the Fantastic Four: Silver Rage by Jeff Parker & Mike Wieringo. One of Wieringo's final works before his untimely death.
  2. The Puzzling Puzzles: Bothersome Games Which Will Bother Some People by Lemony Snicket. Keeping that Series of Unfortunate Events bandwagon rolling. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  3. But I Like It by Joe Sacco. Sacco's strips about music, including ones he produced while on tour in Europe with The Miracle Workers. (Checked out of the library.)
  4. Maria's Wedding by Nunzio DiFilippis, Christina Weir, & Jose Garibaldi. Touching story about family & the forces that can tear them apart & bring them together.
  5. Bleach, vol. 21: Be My Family Or Not by Tite Kubo.
  6. Scandalous by J. Torres & Scott Chantler. Hollywood gossip in the 50s.
  7. Punisher War Journal, vol. 1: Civil War by Matt Fraction, Ariel Olivetti, & Mike Deodato. I usually enjoy Fraction's writing quite a bit, but this was just okay.
  8. John Constantine, Hellblazer: Staring at the Wall by Mike Carey, Marcelo Frusin, & Doug Alexander Gregory. Bad things happen in this volume. But then, bad things happen in every Hellblazer collection.
  9. X-Factor, vol. 3: Many Lives of Madrox by Peter David, Pablo Raimondi, et al.
  10. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley. This book pulls off a difficult trick of portraying adolescent angst without being annoying & pretentious.
  11. Conan, vol. 4: The Hall of the Dead and Other Stories by various.
  12. First in Space by James Vining. The story of Ham, the first chimp in space.
  13. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, vol. 2: Mystery Date by Peter David, Todd Nauck, & Scot Eaton.
  14. Robin: Days of Fire & Madness by Bill Willingham & Scott McDaniel.
  15. Chronicles of Wormwood by Garth Ennis & Jacen Burrows. Adventures of the anti-Christ. He has rejected his father's plans for him & works as a television producer. Somewhat In Nomine-ish.
  16. Uncanny X-Men: Rise & Fall of the Shi'ar Empire by Ed Brubaker, Billy Tan, & Clayton Henry. I've read several comics blogs lately say that space opera doesn't fit in with the basic premise behind the X-Men, but it's never bothered me. Probably because I was at the right age (12 or thereabouts) when I first encountered the Shi'ar. I will say that Brubaker's forte is with more down-to-earth stories. (Library.)
  17. Tom Strong, Book Six by various. The final volume of this series. Alan Moore returns for the final issue to write an feel-good story about the end of the world.
  18. I Luv Halloween, vol. 3 by Keith Giffen & Benjamin Roman. Giffen is twisted. (Library.)
  19. X-Factor Visionaries: Peter David, vol. 3 by Peter David, et al. Man, 90s comics had some ugly art. And this is by far not the worst offender.
  20. Powers, vol. 10: Cosmic by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming. I love how, even though this book was released nearly a year later than originally scheduled, there is a typo on the spine. It reads "Cosimic."
  21. Shutterbug Follies by Jason Little.
  22. Daredevil: The Devil, Inside & Out by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark. This type of story (superhero stuck in prison) is better suited to Brubaker's strengths.
  23. Empowered, vol. 2 by Adam Warren. Unlike a lot of comic artists who do cheesecake art, Warren gives the impression that A) he knows what women actually look like and B) he understands that women are people.
  24. Glister, no. 2: House Hunting by Andi Watson. Cute, all-ages comic about a girl who lives in a fantastic old mansion.
  25. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight, vol. 1: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon & Georges Jeanty. Pretty good. But I am glad I'm just waiting for the collections rather than reading each issue as it comes out.
  26. Gen 13: London, New York, Hell by Warren Ellis & Steve Dillon. Eh. Ellis clearly isn't trying very hard here, but it's entertaining enough.

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