Sunday, March 14, 2010

Back Up to Speed

After some light weeks, I finished a few more books this time around.

  1. Ghost Rider: Hell Bent & Heaven Bound by Jason Aaron, Roland Boschi, & Tan Eng Huat. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Batman: Death Mask Yoshinori Natsume. Manga version of Batman. (Library.)
  3. Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, vol. 7 by Peter David & Dale Keown. David's whole run on Hulk was good, but here is where it starts getting great.
  4. The Nightly News by Jonathan Hickman. Condemnation of the news industry. The tag-line goes "Fight Club meets Network" and that's entirely fitting. (Library.)
  5. Sam & Twitch: The Brian Michael Bendis Collection, vol. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis, et al. Cops. (Library.)
  6. 20th Century Boys, vol. 7: Truth by Naoki Urasawa. Still blown away by this series, although I'm wondering if it can sustain the level it is at for another 17 volumes. I'm getting curious about the live action movies, but I don't know how far the adaptations go, and I want to read the manga first.
  7. Transhuman by Jonathan Hickman & Jim Ringuet. (Library.)
  8. Hellblazer: Scab by Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli, et al. As I've mentioned before, Milligan is hit or miss for me. In this case, he's a hit. Nice take on the character.
  9. Models Inc. by Paul Tobin, Vicenc Villagrasa, et al. Back before they started publishing super-heroes, Marvel had some Archie-like comics featuring "Millie the Model", her friends, & her rivals. This is an updating of those characters.

Just one movie this week:
  • Star Trek. Now that we have a TV that can accept an HDMI connection from the PS3, we can watch Blu-Ray discs in full high-definition. This looked spectacular. And so much fun. They really nailed it on this reboot.

1 comment:

David said...

I would definitely avoid the movie adaptations until after finishing the manga. The upside of the adaptations is they hit some emotional and atmospheric notes really well on occasion. Otherwise, they're very rough and somewhat confusing as a result of having to cut too much.

The first movie should be safe to see after you've read the first 8 volumes. The second after 16, and the third after you've finished the series. They don't divide perfectly neatly because some of the time jumps are modified, but those are the spoiler-free ranges.