Sunday, June 13, 2010

More Books Than I Thought

I got through quite a few books since last week.
  1. Tiny Titans: Sidekickin' It by Art Baltazar & Franco. This is an odd comic. It's aimed at kids, but it's full of references that only long-time comics readers would get. Apparently children still like it. This 42-year-old does. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. The Muppet Show Comic Book: On the Road by Roger Langridge. Langridge has really captured the feel of the television show, which is an amazing achievement.
  3. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. Back to the Dresden Files novels. This time: vampires. (Borrowed from Michael.)
  4. The List by various. A collection of one-shots tying into Marvel's "Dark Reign" event. (Library.)
  5. Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade by Landry Q. Walker & Eric Jones. This is a great kid's comic, and it features a fantastic version of Supergirl. This was just a mini-series, but I would love to see more from this creative team. If the kids that Teena teaches were a little older, I would get this for her classroom. (Library.)
  6. Dark Avengers Vol. 2: Molecule Man by Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Deodato. (Library.)
  7. Wonder Woman: Warkiller by Gail Simone & Aaron Lopresti, with Cliff Chiang. Great stuff. I will miss Simone on Wonder Woman.
  8. Superman: The Coming of Atlas by James Robinson & Renato Guedes. Robinson wrote one of my favorite comics of the 90s: Starman. And then he left comics for a while. Since his return, something seems to have changed. (I haven't heard a single good word about JLA: Cry for Justice, for instance.) So I was leary about picking this up, but I have to say that I quite enjoyed this and I am considering getting the rest of his run on Superman.
  9. Halo: Helljumper by Peter David & Eric Nguyen. I don't play the Halo video game, but I like David's writing. This was good, although the art was unclear in places. But that would probably not have been the case if I were already familiar with the setting. (Library.)
  10. Rin-Ne, vol. 2 by Rumiko Takahashi. Takahashi is mining a lot of the same material that she did in Inu-Yasha, but you don't go to romantic comedies for original storytelling. And this is plenty of fun. (Library.)
  11. Ex Machina, vol. 9: Ring Out the Old by Brian K. Vaughan & Tony Harris. Building to the climax in the next volume.
  12. Showcase Presents: Challengers of the Unknown, vol. 1 by Jack Kirby, Bob Brown, et al. Some great, fun comics here.
  13. Air, vol. 3: Pureland by G. Willow Wilson & M.K. Perker. I recently learned that this comic has been canceled, which is a shame, because it is very good. And one of the best examples of magical realism I've ever seen in comics. However, the creators are getting the chance to wrap up. Perhaps sooner than they would have preferred, but they are bringing the story to a close.

Two DVDs this week:
  • Doctor Who: The Three Doctors. Still going through a lot of Doctor Who adventures.
  • Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen. I really enjoyed this and would love to see more of Patrick Troughton's stories.

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