Sunday, June 29, 2008

Hot & Muggy

Some ugly weather today. Didn't do a damn thing except lounge around the house.

  1. The Mighty Avengers, vol. 1: The Ultron Initiative by Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho. While reading this, I couldn't decide whether Bendis was playing a joke on the people who complain about him not using thought balloons, or if he just doesn't get how to use them well. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures in Japan by Aimee Major Steinberger. We need more comics travel writing. (Library.)
  3. The Punisher, vol. 9: Long Cold Dark by Garth Ennis, Goran Parlov, & Howard Chaykin. Brutal. (Library.)
  4. Midnight Sun by Ben Towle. Fictionalized account of a mission to rescue the survivors of a 1928 attempt to reach the North Pole via airship. (Library.)
  5. She-Hulk, vol. 3: Time Trials by Dan Slott, Juan Bobillo, & Scott Kolins. (Library.)
  6. Wisdom: Rudiments of Wisdom by Paul Cornell, Trevor Hairsine, & Manuel Garcia. This was okay, but it didn't really gel for me. I didn't get much of a sense of who the main character was. I think part of the problem is that the writer assumed the reader already had that information. (Library.)
  7. Emily the Strange by "Cosmic Debris." Feh. (Library.)
  8. Micrographica by Renee French. Odd & disturbing, like most of French's work. (Library.)
  9. MPD Psycho, vol. 2 bu Eiji Otsuka & Sho-u Tajima. More Japanese horror manga. (Library.)
  10. Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, & Warren Pleece. When I was part-way through this book, I thought my review would consist of three words: Clerks with vampires. But as I read more, I realized there was more to it than that. Not a hell of a lot more, but more. (Library.)
  11. The Starman Omnibus, vol. 1 by James Robinson & Tony Harris. Even though I own all the trade paperbacks collecting Starman, I am thrilled DC is publishing this series. Quite a few issues never got collected, plus there were text pieces, fragments from the Shade's journal, that appeared occasionally in the comic's letter page, and those pieces didn't show up in the trade paperbacks. And there's the Shade mini-series, and a few short pieces from here & there. It'll be wonderful to have the whole series & all the extra collected in six nice hardbacks. I'm looking forward to the next volume.
  12. Y: The Last Man, vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
  13. Y: The Last Man, vol. 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra. The online dealer where I get most of my graphic novels tells me that volume ten of this series is on its way, and so I'm rereading the whole series before I get to the final volume.

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