Taking a short break from the Dresden Files books, so there was more time to read graphic novels from the library.
- Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala. Hits all the standard Sala themes: sinister conspiracies, mysterious voices, gruesome deaths (off panel here). (Checked out of the library.)
- Ghost Rider: Trials and Tribulations by Jason Aaron & Tony Moore. Continuing Aaron's In Nomine-esque story about an angel's attempt to take over heaven. (Library.)
- Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire by Jason Aaron & Roland Boschi. Completing Aaron's run on Ghost Rider. (Library.)
- Sweet Tooth, vol. 1: Out of the Woods by Jeff Lemire. Interesting post-apocalyptic story. Definitely just the beginning. Will pick up further volumes to see where it goes.
- Secret Six: Depths by Gail Simone & Nicola Scott. Simone is a twisted woman, and it comes out in this brilliant comic about a group of super-villains.
- The Unknown by Mark Waid & Minck Oosterveer. Brilliant detective with six months to live investigates the possibility of an afterlife. (Library.)
- Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore (DC Comics Classics Library) by Dennis O'Neil & Curt Swan. 70s comics in which all the kryptonite on Earth is destroyed and Superman's powers are reduced. Interesting, but overpriced. I am glad I did not buy this $40 hardcover. (Library.)
- Wolverine: Get Mystique by Jason Aaron & Ron Garney. Yes, I have been reading a lot of Jason Aaron lately. (Library.)
- Black Blizzard by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Manga thriller from the 50s about two escaped prisoners who are handcuffed together. I really liked this and would love to see more old manga. (Library.)
- Batman and Robin, vol. 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, & Philip Tan. When the artist is up to Morrison's script (as Quitely is), this comic is brilliant. When they are not (as Tam, sadly, isn't), it isn't nearly as good.
- Super F*ckers by James Kochalka. The easiest way to describe this is to say that it is the Legion of Super-Heroes if they acted like real teen-agers.
Several DVDs this week:
- Dexter: The First Season. Intense series about a serial killer who is careful to target only bad guys. Michael C. Hall gives a fantastic performance in the title role.
- Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest. Animated Doctor Who adventure. The animation is fairly limited, and the story is only so-so. Good voice acting, though.
- Doctor Who: Black Orchid. It is quite refreshing to see a Doctor Who adventure with low stakes. The Earth is not in danger of being invaded, and there is no real threat to the Doctor. Nicely done historical story.