Saturday, February 23, 2008

I'm Back

  1. My War With Brian by Ted Rall. Rall recounts his high school experience.
  2. The Drifting Classroom, vol. 9 by Kazuo Umezu. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four, vol. 7: Silver Surfer Fred Van Lente & Cory Hamscher. More kids' comics that are more enjoyable than most of what Marvel is producing nowadays.
  4. Hikaru No Go, vol. 7: The Young Lions Tournament by Yumi Hotta & Takeshi Obata. More manga about Go.
  5. Essengial Man-Thing, vol. 1 by Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik, Mike Ploog, et al. I knew, when I heard that Steve Gerber had died, that it was time to read this collection of one of his signature characters.
  6. The Marquis: Intermezzo by Guy Davis.
  7. Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart. Teena found a very good deal on this & got it for me as a gift. It's very cool, with amazingly elaborate pop-ups.
  8. Tales from the Crypt #2: Can You Fear Me Now? by various. A not very good attempt to recreate the formula & feel of EC's horror comics. (Library.)
  9. Amulet, book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi. This is aimed at kids, but it's quite good, and I'm looking forward to the next volume (whenever that may come). (Borrowed from Teena.)
  10. The Iron Wagon by Jason. A comics adaptation of a Scandinavian mystery novel that has never been translated into English. (Library.)
  11. Dragon Head, vol. 9 by Minetaro Mochizuki. This horror series is heading to its climax. (Library.)
  12. Yotsuba & !, vol. 4 by Kiyohiko Azuma. More cuteness. (Library.)
  13. Batman: False Faces by Brian K. Vaughan, et al. A collection of Vaughan's early work for DC. Some of it's pretty good, and some of it isn't.
  14. Fantastic Four: Books of Doom by Ed Brubaker & Pablo Raimondi. Back in late 2006, when I checked the hardback edition out of the library, I had completely forgotten that I had ordered the paperback edition from my comic shop, so I was quite surprised when it showed up a week or two after I read the library book. That's why I sat on this book for over a year before reading it.
  15. Fantastic Four: The End by Alan Davis.
  16. Doom Patrol, vol. 6: Planet Love by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, Stan Woch, et al. Less wild & more of a downer than the previous volumes, this is still a great comic and a good conclusion to Morrison's run on Doom Patrol. I just wish the Flex Mentallo mini-series had been included, since it seems unlikely it will ever get its own collection.
  17. Superman: The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olsen by various. Silver Age stories about Jimmy Olson being changed into various weird forms, including a wolfman, a genie, and a giant turtle man. If this quote: "Great Scott! Why is Jimmy stuffing that volcano crater with a battleship? What on Earth is his huge, twisted turtle-mind up to?" does not make you want to read this book, nothing I could possibly say here would change your mind.
  18. Will and Abe's Guide to the Universe by Matt, Will, and Abe Groening. I no longer read it regularly, but Groening's "Life in Hell" comic strip hasn't been all that good since The Simpsons began. Except for the strips where he documents things his sons have said. This collection contains nothing but those strips, and it's fantastic.

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