Sunday, January 10, 2010

Starting 2010

  1. The Mourning Star, vol. 2 by Kazimir Strzepek. Post-apocalyptic story set in a fantasy world. I didn't care for this volume as much as the first one.
  2. Detroit Metal City, vol. 1 by Kiminori Wakasugi. Manga series about a sweet young fan of Swedish pop music who is the singer and guitarist for a death metal band (complete with KISS-style make-up and costumes). Over-the-top and very silly. But entertaining. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Jim Henson's Return to Labyrinth, vol. 3 by Jake T. Forbes & Chris Lie. Manga-style sequel to the movie. (Library.)
  4. Detroit Metal City, vol. 2 by Kiminori Wakasugi. (Library.)
  5. Avengers: The Initiative, vol. 2: Secret Invasion by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Stefano Caselli, & Harvey Tolibao. I've heard great things about this series on a couple of comics podcasts I listen to. But I'm just not seeing it. It's okay, but nothing great. (Library.)
  6. Usaki Yojimbo: Yokai by Stan Sakai. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his samurai rabbit, Sakai painted this story about a gathering of monster. Beautiful artwork on a great story.
  7. Yotsuba &!, vol. 6 by Kiyohiko Azuma. Cute manga about a wide-eyed little girl & her father. (Library.)
  8. Read Responsibly: Unshelved, vol. 5 by Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum. Collection of a web-comic about librarians. (Borrowed from Teena.)

I have watched a few movies since the first.
  • Sherlock Holmes. Probably not of interest to purists, but Teena and I both really enjoyed this. Very entertaining and I hope they do more.
  • Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder. The last (?) of the direct to DVD Futurama movies, and the best of them. Not that I completely disliked the others, but the first had way too many call-backs to the tv series, the second didn't really grab me, and the third ended terribly after a fantastic first 3/4. This one was good and consistent the whole way through.
  • Cat People. Clearly a b-movie, but well done for all that. Some of the plot points seem questionable (the male lead proposes after only two dates, and they get married with the understanding that they won't kiss until Irina feels more comfortable in their relationship), but it has some genuine suspense. I can see why this has the reputation it does.

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