Sunday, March 30, 2008


  1. Sgt. Frog, vols. 1-3 by Mine Yoshizaki. Kinda cute, but not really all that interesting.
  2. Past Lies by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, & Christopher Mitten. Detective story with a (possibly) supernatural edge. In some ways, this reminded me of Veronica Mars, but that's because the main character is a young woman working as a private eye in southern California.
  3. Tank Girl: The Gifting by Alan Martin & Ashley Wood. I'm not sure why I expected anything different, but this was remarkably like the original Tank Girl comics, just with a different artist. (Checked out of the library.)
  4. Rex Mundi, Book 4: Crown & Sword by Arvid Nelson & Juan Ferreyra. The latest volume in this alternate history series. (Library.)
  5. Marvel Adventures Iron Man, vol. 2: Iron Armory by Fret Van Lente, et al.
  6. One Piece, vol. 12: The Legend Begins by Eiichiro Oda.
  7. The Mourning Star by Kazimir Strzepek. Post-apocalyptic graphic novel set in a fantasy world. I picked this up on Alex's recommendation. Pretty good stuff.
  8. The Tomb by Christina Weir, Nunzio DeFillipis. The writing is very good here, but sometimes the art isn't up to par when it comes to storytelling or making sure the reader knows who is who.
  9. Ultimate Spider-Man, vol. 9 by Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagely. It's been a while since the last one of these, and I had forgotten just how good this can be. It really is an excellent comic.
  10. The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time by G.B. Trudeau. A collection of Doonesbury strips about BD's rehabilitation after losing a leg in Iraq.
  11. MW by Osamu Tezuka. This is much darker than I'm used to from Tezuka, and I'm not quite sure what to make of this story about a sociopath's search for a stash of nerve gas.
  12. Showcase Presents: Metal Men by Robert Kanigher & Ross Andru. I don't know if I can describe the insanity of the stories in this book. In one, a chemist has a huge plastic man-shaped container made so that, when an experiment goes wrong, he can empty the chemicals into it as a reminder of his failures. Of course, when the container is filled, it comes to life & runs amok. In another, Tin has been captured by the robot queen of another planet because she has fallen in love with him. Unfortunately, Tin is much smaller than she is, so she force-feeds him giant fruit that causes him to grow to her size (and also changes his demeanor from meek to callous). I don't know what Kanigher was smoking (or perhaps what meds he should have been on), but I'm glad he did (or didn't), because the madness of these stories is glorious. On the other hand, the casual misogyny on display here is pretty hard to take.
  13. Phoenix, vol. 1: Dawn by Osamu Tezuka. I had been checking these out from the library, but then I decided that they were good enough that I wanted to own them. I also decided to wait until the whole entire series was available before reading them. Volume 12 was recently published, so here I go.
  14. Phoenix, vol. 2: Future by Osamu Tezuka.
  15. Phoenix, vol. 3: Yamato/Space by Osamu Tezuka.
  16. Phoenix, vol. 4: Karma by Osamu Tezuka. This volume is fantastic. It's the story of a woodcutter and a bandit in feudal Japan, and it is very moving. Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended.
  17. Phoenix, vol. 5: Resurrection by Osamu Tezuka.
  18. Phoenix, vol. 6: Nostalgia by Osamu Tezuka. This one I didn't like so much. It's odd and rambling, and it feels rather pointless. A lot of it feels like filler.
  19. Princess at Midnight by Andi Watson. The latest of Watson's comics aimed at kids.

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