Sunday, December 02, 2007

And I'm Back

  1. Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four: v. 2: Fantastic Voyages by Jeff Parker & Manuel Garcia. One of the things I like about the Marvel Adventures books is that, because they are aimed at kids, the characters are allowed to be heroic.
  2. Firestorm the Nuclear Man: Reborn by Stuart Moore & Jamal Igle. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Marvel Adventures Avengers, vol. 4: The Dream Team by Jeff Parker, Leonard Kirk, & Cafu.
  4. Sluggy Freelance Magatome 2: Little Evils by Pete Abrams. More web-comic silliness.
  5. Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book 2. Sweet, adorable comics. Cute and lots of fun. Highly recommended.
  6. Blade, vol. 1: Undead Again by Marc Guggenheim & Howard Chaykin. Pretty good writing, and some great artwork. (Library.)
  7. Marvel Adventures Iron Man, vol. 1: Heart of Steel by Fred Van Lente, James Cordiero & Ronan Cliquet. Cool, a version of Tony Stark that hasn't become a fascist.
  8. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill. I think I've got a fair amount to say about this book. More than I want to type now in a catch-up post. I'll make an effort to do a separate post about it later this week. Short take: Easter eggs overwhelmed the story, but given that this started as (and still serves as) a handbook to the world of the league, that's not surprising.
  9. The Drifting Classroom, vol. 8 by Kazuo Umezu. More horror & histrionics. (Library.)
  10. JLA: Ultramarine Corps by Grant Morrison, Ed McGuinness, & Val Semeiks. A.K.A. Seven Soldiers of Victory, vol. 0 (plus a random cross-over written by Morrison thrown in to pad out the page-count).
  11. Jim Henson's Legends of the Dark Crystal, vol. 1: The Garthim Wars by Barbara Randall Kesel, Heidi Arnhold, & Max Kim. A prequel to the movie. Pretty good, but kind of depressing since the reader knows how it's all going to end up.
  12. Darkman vs. Army of Darkness by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, & James Fry. I bought this because I like Busiek & Stern's work, but I wasn't impressed.
  13. Brian Jacques' Redwall: The Graphic Novel adapted by Stuart Moore & Bret Blevins. Adaptation of the first novel in the series of children's books. I haven't read the original, but I enjoyed this.
  14. Ex Machina, vol 6: Power Down by Brian K. Vaughan & Toby Harris. Politics & superpowers; this time with some hints as to where the main character's superpowers came from.
  15. The Spirit, Book 1 by Darwyn Cooke, with Jeph Loeb. I have this book thanks to Michael's generosity. When I heard that DC would be publishing a new comic using Will Eisner's classic character, I had my doubts, but Cooke pulls it off beautifully. A worthy tribute to a master in the field.
  16. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, vol. 4 by Eiji Otsuka & Housui Yamazaki. (Library.)
  17. Knights of the Dinner Table Bundle of Trouble, vol. 22 by Jolly Blackburn, et al.
  18. Monster, vol. 11: Blind Spot by Naoki Urasawa. The tension builds.
  19. Tupelo: The World's Forgotten Boy by Matt DeGeennaro & Phil Elliott. The reviews at Amazon seem to indicate that the punk band written about here, The Famous Monsters, was real. However, I can find no other indication that that is true. The CD is pretty cool, though.
  20. Stagger Lee by Derek McCulloch & Shepherd Hendrix. I was very impressed with this book when I checked it out of the library a while back. So impressed that I bought a copy. It holds up on a second reading too. History of the song and a story about the people & events that inspired the song.

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