Monday, February 16, 2009

Celebrating George and Abe

As has become standard practice for three-day weekends, I'm updating on Monday rather than Sunday. (As you may have noticed.)

On to the books.
  1. Teen Titans: Year One by Amy Wolfram & Karl Kerschl. Nice take on the early Titans from one of the cartoon series' writers. And I like the take on Aqua Lad, giving him the Innsmouth Look. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Hulk, and Iron Man: Triple Threat by Paul Tobin & Alvin Lee. I absolutely love the idea that Klaw, Master of Sound, would go straight & form a country-western band.
  3. Jack Kirby's The Demon. So happy that a lot of Kirby's work is finally being collected. Now if only there were affordable reprints of Kamandi.
  4. Cromartie High School, vol. 5 by Eiji Nonaka. More absurdity at Japan's toughest high school. (Library.)
  5. Notes Over Yonder by Scott Morse. Silent comic that doesn't really work. At least not for me. Beautiful art, though. (Library.)
  6. The All New Atom: Small Wonder by Gail Simone, Rick Remender, Mike Norton, & Pat Olliffe. I really enjoyed the end of Simone's run, but did not like the beginning of Remender's. It lost all the charm it had and grimmed things up, not a move I approve of. (Library.)
  7. Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker, Dough Mahnke, & Patrick Zircher. The story of Batman's first meeting with the Joker. Because if there's any part of DC continuity that's under-explored, it's the early stages of Batman's career.
  8. Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur by Gary Russell, et al. This could have been a pretty good story if the people involved had been better at using the comics medium to tell a story. (Library.)
  9. Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds. This is great. It's a retelling/updating of Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd done in comics format. I haven't read the original, but this is extremely well done. Wonderful. (Library.)
  10. Journey, the Adventures of Wolverine McAlistaire, vol. 2 by William Messner-Loebs. The remainder of Messner-Loebs' story of life in the Northwest Territory in the early 19th century. So, so happy it has been collected.
  11. Criminal, vol. 4: Bad Night by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips. The latest volume of Brubaker's & Phillips' noir comic. I don't know why I never really got into crime fiction, because I certainly love it when it's in comics form.
  12. House of Mystery, vol. 1: Room and Boredom by Matthew Sturges, Lucca Rossi, Bill Willingham, et al. Pretty good, but I did find it annoying in places. It is not made clear to the reader if all the people you see in the House of Mystery are trapped there or just the main characters, and one of the characters spends too much time freaking out to listen to another character when they try to explain what's going on. Once would be fine, but it happens several times, and I just ended up thinking the first character was an idiot.
  13. The Immortal Iron Fist, vol. 3: The Book of the Iron Fist by Matt Fraction, et al. More kung fu action. Lots of fun.


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