Sunday, March 09, 2008

I Hate Daylight Savings

  1. Bumperboy Loses His Marbles by Debbie Huey. Another book for Teena's classroom.
  2. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Due by Michele Petrucci.
  4. Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek & Stuart Immonen. I was very lucky to find a copy of this book at cover price. It appears to be out of print, and that's a huge shame, because it's wonderful. Busiek extends the superhero metaphor beyond adolescent power fantasies and explores how it can be a metaphor for young adulthood, fatherhood, and late middle age. This book is fantastic. It's on a par with Busiek's work in Astro City. I think part of the reason it was allowed to go out of print is that Busiek was inspired by Superboy Prime (as presented in his original appearances during the '80s). Since in the mainstream DC universe that character has been turned into a whiny emo villain (one that embodies nearly everything I think is wrong with current superhero comics), the powers that be probably don't want to remind people that he once represented something else.
  5. Welcome to Tranquility, vol. 1 by Gail Simone & Neil Googe. A great story about a retirement community for superheroes. (Library.)
  6. Astro Boy, vol. 23 by Osamu Tezuka.
  7. Thunderbolt Jaxon by Dave Gibbons & John Higgins. (Library.)
  8. Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson, vol. 5 by Walter Simonson & Sal Buscema. The final volume of Simonson's wonderful run on Thor.
  9. Gumby: The Collected Edition by Bob Burden & Rick Geary. Wacky, goofy stuff. I especially like the part where Gumby is captured & hypnotized by an evil circus troupe. They try to figure out what to do with him until the ringmaster decides that, since Gumby is made out of clay, to write some Hebrew letters on his forehead and pass him off as a golem.
  10. Iron Man: Hypervelocity by Adam Warren & Brian Denham. Tech porn. (Library.)
  11. Supervillain Team-Up: Modok's 11 by Fred Van Lente & Francis Portela. I love the idea of a heist carried out by a team of supervillains, and this did not disappoint.
  12. Bleach, vol. 22: Conquistadores by Tite Kubo.
  13. Owly: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton. Another book for Teena's classroom.
  14. Power Pack: Pack Attack! by Marc Sumerak & GuriHiru. I bought this myself, but after I read it I donated it to Teena's classroom library.
  15. Gyo: The Death-Stench Creeps, vol. 1 by Junji Ito.
  16. Gyo: The Death-Stench Creeps, vol. 2 by Junji Ito. Disgusting, creepy horror story from the creator of Uzumaki.

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