Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day update

  1. Little Vampire Goes to School by Joann Sfar. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! by Joann Sfar. A pair of kid's books that I quite enjoyed. (Library.)
  3. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar. This book isn't aimed at kids, although the drawing style is cartoony. It's an exploration of faith & religion, and it's funny. Wonderful stuff, and I've heard that Tin Tin makes an appearance in the second volume.
  4. Essential Moon Knight, vol. 2 by Dough Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz, et al. In these comics, you can see Sienkiewicz stretching his art towards the wild & expressionistic style of his later work. It looks great, even in black and white.
  5. Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks. This was okay, but it could have used a tighter editorial hand. For instance, in the beginning of the book a big deal is made about how the main character knows all the rules for staying alive in a zombie movie. However, once the zombies show up, only a couple of the rules are explained, and they don't play as big a role as you would expect.
  6. X-Men & Power Pack: The Power of X by Marc Sumerak & Gurihiru. Something I picked up to read & then pass on to Teena's classroom's graphic novel library.
  7. The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman & Michael Zulli. As always, Zulli's art is fantastic. Gaiman's story is pretty good, too.
  8. Showcase Presents Adam Strange by Gardner Fox & Carmine Infantino. Although the stories all have a certain similarity to each other & tend to blend together (especially if you read too many in too short a time), I enjoyed this book more than the other Fox-written comics I've read. I really like the way that Adam Strange thinks his way out of problems.
  9. The Naked Artist...And Other Comic Book Legends by Bryan Talbot. This collection of stories about comics professionals, comic fans, & comic store owners is interesting enough (Talbot doesn't claim that the stories are necessarily true), although sometimes the writing is pretty sloppy. But given that it's just a bunch of anecdotes, that's forgivable.
  10. Spider-Man & Power Pack: Big City Super Heroes by Marc Sumerak & Gurihiru. Another book for Teena's classroom library.
  11. Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker, vol. 2 by Orson Scott Card, et al. Comics adaptation. (Library.)
  12. Dragon Head, vol. 10 by Minetaro Mochizuki. The final volume in this horror series. The climax doesn't quite meet the expectations that have been building throughout the series, but that would have been very hard, and it's still pretty good. (Library.)
  13. Rocketo: Journey to the Hidden Sea, vol. 1 by Frank Espinosa. Science fiction story very reminiscent of old time adventure comic strips and the pulps. (Library.)
  14. PS238, vol. 5: Extraterrestrial Credit by Aaron Williams. The latest collection of this fantastic series about a school for "meta-human prodigies". Lots of fun. Some of the best superhero comics currently being published. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  15. The Outsiders/Checkmate: CheckOut by Greg Rucka, Judd Winick, Joe Bennett, & Matthew Clark.
  16. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, vol. 1 by various. Mixed bag here. Some of the comics collected here are pretty good. Others aren't.
  17. B.P.R.D., vol. 8: Killing Ground by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, & Guy Davis. More adventures of the Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense.
  18. I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason. Jason's work is growing on me. Not enough that I'm willing to shell out $13 for a 48 page book, but I am happy to continue checking them out of the library. (Library.)
  19. Superman: 3-2-1 Action! by Kurt Busiek, Mark Evanier, Steve Rude, et al. (Library.)

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