Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sports, Sports, Sports

Watching the Olympics. No update today.

edited to add:

Or, thanks to a lack of interest in water-polo, we might catch up with all the Olympics we had on the DVR, and I might find myself with a couple of hours before the Olympics return.

  1. Army@Love, vol. 1: The Hot Zone Club by Rick Veitch. Throw war & romance comics in the blender & add a heaping handful of satire, and you end up with this. Offensive on any number of levels, but funny & smart. This is one of the best things Veitch has done.
  2. Army@Love, vol. 2: Generation Pwned by Rick Veitch. Rounding out the first 12 issues of the comic.
  3. 100 Bullets, vol. 7: Samurai by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso. I am completely hooked on this series. (Borrowed from Alex.)
  4. Batman & Son by Grant Morrison & Andy Kubert. This felt to me a little disjointed, like Morrison wasn't really trying all that hard. Pretty good, but not great.
  5. 100 Bullets, vol. 8: The Hard Way by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso. (Borrowed from Alex.)
  6. Coraline by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell. I bought this story as a prose novel when it came out. I also got the audio book read by Gaiman. Now I've got the graphic novel adaptation. I will definitely see the movie when it comes out, and there's a decent chance I'll get the DVD when that becomes available. That's a lot of different media for one story.
  7. She-Hulk, vol. 5: Planet without a Hulk by Dan Slott & Rich Burchett. (Checked out of the library.)
  8. 100 Bullets, vol. 9: Strychnine Lives by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso. (Borrowed from Alex.)
  9. Yam: Bite-Size Chunks by Corey Barba. Cute, silent comics. (Borrowed from Teena's classroom.)
  10. Angel: After the Fall, vol. 1 by Bryan Lynch, Joss Whedon, & Franco Urru. AKA Angel, Season 6. The story is okay, but I can't say I like the art. Very muddy in places & not the best story-telling.
  11. 100 Bullets, vol. 10: Decayed by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso. Some of these volume titles are really clever. (Borrowed from Alex.)
  12. Doctor Who Classics, vol. 1 by Pat Mills, John Wagner, & Dave Gibbons. 30-year-old Doctor Who comics.
  13. The Brave and the Bold, vol. 1: The Lords of Luck by Mark Waid & George Perez. Beautifully-drawn & entertainingly-written team-up book. (Library.)
  14. Too Cool to Be Forgotten by Alex Robinson. Pretty good.
  15. Criminal, vol. 3: The Dead and the Dying by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips. Three connected stories set in the early 70s. This noir comic is simply amazing.
  16. Spy vs. Spy: The Complete Casebook by Antonio Prohias. This brought back memories of reading Mad when I was a kid.
  17. The New York Four by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly. Pretty good, but clearly intended as the first of a series.
  18. Shirley by Kaoru Mori. Manga about a maid in a Victorian household.
  19. Read Responsibly by Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum. Comic strips about a public library. (Library.)
  20. 100 Bullets, vol. 11: Once Upon a Crime by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso. (Borrowed from Alex.)
  21. Jack Kirby's O.M.A.C.: One Man Army Corps. Kirby's use of language in his comics may have been (shall we say) awkward, but man he could put together a story. No wonder so many superhero comic artists emulate him.
  22. Scalped, vol. 2: Casino Boogie by Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera. (Library.)
  23. Monster, vol. 15: The Door to Memories by Naoki Urasawa. (Library.)
  24. The Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924 by Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama. This does a much better job of explaining this book than I could. In fact, that journal entry was why I decided to try this book, and I'm glad I did. (Library.)
  25. PS238: The Role-Playing Game by Steven S. Long & Aaron Williams. I guess the game mechanics presented in this book are a simplified version of the HERO System. If that's the case, keep the full HERO System well away from me.
  26. The Adventures of Little Archie, vol. 2 by Dexter Taylor & Bob Bolling. This is a thin book, with around eight stories. I have vague recollections of reading over half of them when I was a kid. Either there are fewer Little Archie stories than I thought or I read a hell of a lot of them. (Library.)
  27. Zot!: The Complete Black & White Collection by Scott McCloud. I was a big fan of Zot! when it was first published, and I was always disappointed that the last few issues, the best of the run, were never collected. That has been rectified in this hefty tome. There's some great work here, especially the character studies in the latter issues. Read this. Do it.
  28. The New Fantastic Four by Dwayne McDuffie & Paul Pelletier. (Library.)
  29. Fantastic Four: The Beginning of the End by Dwayne McDuffie, Paul Pelletier, Karl Kesel, & Tom Grummet. (Library.)
  30. Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age by Raymond Briggs. Kids book comics format. (Library.)
  31. The Compleat John Byrne's Next Men, vol. 1. Next Men is probably Byrne's last really good work. It's nice to have inexpensive reprints of this comic.
  32. Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank. I really liked this, although the art tended to make everybody look rather crazed. (Library.)

And that catches me up.

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