Sunday, February 28, 2010

Another Light Week
  1. The Troublemakers by Gilbert Hernandez. This almost feels like a comic book adaptation of a David Lynch film. Whether that's good or bad depends on your feelings about Lynch. (Borrowed from the library.)
  2. Interworld by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves. Young-adult novel originally conceived as a cartoon for TV.
  3. Black Jack, vol. 9 by Osamu Tezuka. Still enjoying this.
  4. Trinity, vol. 1 by Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, with Fabian Nicieza, et al. DC's third weekly comic. All about Superman, Batman, & Wonder Woman. But with plenty of other super-heroes thrown into the mix. (Library.)

See, I said it was a light week. The Olympics are still going, so no movies again this week.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

No Movies This Week
  1. Marvel Romance Redux: Another Kind of Love by various. Old romance stories from the 60's with the dialogue completely redone. Very funny.
  2. Batman R.I.P. by Grant Morrison & Tony S. Daniel. I liked the story, but would have preferred if the artist had been somebody who could convey the subtleties of Morrison's script.
  3. Final Crisis: Revelations by Greg Rucka & Philip Tan.
  4. Exiles: Point of No Return by Jeff Parker, Salva Espin, & Casey Jones. Fun. I enjoyed this and wish that I had bought the individual issues. If more people had, perhaps the series wouldn't have been canceled.
  5. The Invincible Iron Man, vol. 3: World's Most Wanted, book 2 by Matt Fraction & Salvador Larroca. (Checked out of the library.)
  6. Essential X-Men, vol. 5 by Chris Claremont & John Romita, Jr. Nostalgia for the comics of my youth. Still entertaining, although I am much more aware of Claremont's writing tics than I was then.
  7. MPD Psycho, vol. 9 by Eiji Otsuka & Sho-U Tajima. Aspects of this manga remind me of Dollhouse, but this is much more violent & messed-up. (Library.)
  8. X-Factor, vol. 7: Time and a Half by Peter David, Valentine DeLandro, & Marco Santucci. Don't much care for the art, but I like the writing.
  9. Cromartie High School, vol. 9 by Eiji Nonaka. More absurdity.
  10. Fallen Angel: Reborn by Peter David & J.K. Woodward. I really thought the previous Fallen Angel volume would be the last, but it wasn't. However, this is more of an Illyria (from the Angel TV show) story guest-starring characters from Fallen Angel.

No movies this week, since we've been watching the Olympics, but I did finally finish Final Fantasy XII, and I take some satisfaction in that.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Light Week
  1. Iorich by Steven Brust. The latest Vlad Taltos novel. Teena found it disappointing, but I enjoyed it (possibly because my expectations were lowered by Teena's reaction). (Borrowed from Teena.)
  2. Showcase Presents World's Finest, vol. 1 by various. When DC started publishing the Showcase Presents volumes, I was disappointed when the Batman books started well after the wacky sci-fi Batman stories of the 50s. Fortunately, there is World's Finest, with the full allotment of Silver Age weirdness. Plus I get both Batman and Superman in each story.
  3. Secret Warriors, vol. 1: Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing by Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman, & Stefano Caselli. Not terribly impressed. (Checked out of the library.)
  4. MPD Psycho, vol. 8 by Eiji Otsuka & Sho-U Tajima. I'm pretty sure I've read this volume before, but it's been long enough ago that I'm glad for the refresher before moving on to newer volumes. (Library.)
  5. The Life & Times of Savior 28 by J.M. DeMatteis & Mike Cavallero. What would happen if a super-hero decided to stop fighting? Really well done. Highly recommended.
  6. Detroit Metal City, vol. 3 by Kiminori Wakasugi. Further misadventures of a nice guy hipster who would love nothing more than to sing Swedish pop, who is instead the leader of Japan's number one death metal band. (Library.)

And just one movie this week:
  • Twilight. We watched this with the RiffTrax commentary, and I'm glad we did, because it would have been unendurable without the jokes. It was pretty excruciating even with them.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Fair Number of Books this Week
  1. Six from Sirius by Doug Moench & Paul Gulacy.
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist, vol. 21 by Hiromu Arakawa. This looks like it is gearing up towards a finale in a few more volumes. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Gravel, vol. 2: The Major Seven by Warren Ellis & Mike Wolfer. More adventures of combat magician Sergeant Major William Gravel.
  4. What a Wonderful World!, vol. 1 by Inio Asano. Slice of life manga stories. (Library.)
  5. Grandville by Bryan Talbot. Anthropomorphic detective story featuring Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard.
  6. Secret Invasion: X-Men by Mike Carey, Cary Nord, & M.A. Sepulveda. (Library.)
  7. 20th Century Boys, vol. 6: Final Hope by Naoki Urasawa. Still loving this series, although I wonder if Urasawa can keep up the quality through another 18 volumes. (I have noticed that a fair number of manga series go on longer than they really should. An unfortunate by-product of serialized publication.)
  8. Batman: Monsters by various.
  9. PvP, vol. 6: Silent but Deadly by Scott Kurtz. Collection of the web-comic. (Library.)
  10. Superman: Daily Planet by various. A collection of stories featuring the staff of the Daily Planet.
  11. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, & Skottie Young. Beautiful adaptation of Baum's novel (not the movie). I haven't read the book since I was a child, so there are quite a few incidents that I had forgotten. Can't wait to see the next novel adapted. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  12. Copper by Kazu Kibuishi. I did not realize that this was a web-comic until I read the book. I had just seen the Copper stories in the Flight anthologies. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  13. The Boys, vol. 5: Herogasm by Garth Ennis & John McCrea. It's still completely over the top, and there are still plenty of jokes, but Ennis's examination of super-heroes seems to be getting more serious. (Library.)
  14. No Hero by Warren Ellis & Juan Jose Ryp. Another deconstruction of super-heroes.

Just a couple of movies this week.
  • RiffTrax: Planet of Dinosaurs. Oh, the tragic 70s fashions & hair.
  • RiffTrax: Voodoo Man. Bela Lugosi.