- The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, vol. 5 by Eiji Otsuka & Housui Yamazaki. More Japanese horror. (Checked out of the library.)
- Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet adapted by Emma Vieceli. If done well, this could have been fantastic. But I can't see any reason for doing this manga-style except that manga is popular right now. Plus the art just isn't all that good. And the text has been drastically cut. It's been years since I've read the play, but I could tell that great chunks of the text had been left out. I'm glad I bought this on sale & didn't pay much for it.
- Age of Bronze, vol. 3A: Betrayal, part 1 by Eric Shanower. Now, this is good. Shanower does a stunning job of integrating many different versions of the story of the Trojan War into his own version. It's got an enormous cast, but he makes each character distinct, both visually & in characterization. A wonderful, wonderful comic. I just wish it came out more frequently.
- Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi. Good, but depressing tale of the last days of Satrapi's uncle's life. (Library.)
- Iron West by Doug TenNapel. Cowboys & robots. (Library.)
- Hikaru no Go, vol. 8: The Pro Test Preliminaries, Day Four by Yumi Hotta & Takeshi Obata.
- Crossing Midnight, vol. 2: A Map of Midnight by Mike Carey, Jim Fern, & Eric Nguyen. I'm really enjoying these collections, so I feel a little guilty because apparently the individual issues haven't sold well enough & the series is being canceled. Dammit.
- Cover Girl by Andrew Crosby, Kevin Church, & Mateus Santolouco. I enjoyed this, but it feels like it originated as a movie pitch: a young actor going nowhere witnesses a car accident & rescues a woman from the wreckage, the fame from that jump starts his career, but now people are trying to kill him, so the studio hires a bodyguard, and the sparks fly between him & her.
- The Dreaming, vol. 1 by Queenie Chan. Moody, spooky story set in an Australian boarding school. I reread this volume & the next because the final volume was recently published.
- The Dreaming, vol. 2 by Queenie Chan.
- The Dreaming, vol. 3 by Queenie Chan. I found the ending a little disappointing, but overall I liked the series.
- Casanova, vol. 1: Luxuria by Matt Fraction & Gabriel Ba. Imagine a young Mick Jagger starring in a Jerry Cornelius version of a James Bond novel. This is something like that. Very cool, very fun stuff, filled with weird & twisted ideas.
- Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain by Debbie Huey. Extremely cute kid's book that we discovered thanks to Alex. Teena bought this for her classroom, and I borrowed it from her before she took it to school.
Sunday, March 02, 2008