Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mostly, But Not Entirely, Library Books
  1. Superman: New Krypton, vol. 2 by various.

  2. Jack of Fables, vol. 7: The New Adventures of Jack & Jack by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Russ Braun, et al. Decided I no longer needed to buy these series, but still interested in what happens. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Superman: New Krypton, vol. 3 by James Robinson, Greg Rucka, & Pete Woods. (Library.)
  4. Thor, vol. 2 by J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel, & Marko Djurdjevic.

  5. Hellblazer: Pandemonium by Jamie Delano & Jock. Nice to see Delano working again on the character he defined. (Library.)
  6. House of Mystery, vol. 2: The Space Between by Matthew Sturges, Luca Rossi, Jose Marzan Jr., et al. This is interesting me less & less. I'm not sure I'll be checking out the next volume. (Library.)
  7. Punishermax: Kingpin by Jason Aaron & Steve Dillon. Following Garth Ennis's run on the Punisher has to be tough. But Aaron seems to be doing a fine job. (Library.)
  8. Megatokyo, vol. 6 by Fred Gallagher. I enjoy this, but find it frustrating. Gallagher acknowledges that it has been three years since the last volume was published, but the book doesn't contain a character list or a plot summary. I think he thinks everybody reading the book is a huge fan & follows his web-comic closely enough that he doesn't need anything like that. That's a bad assumption. (Library.)

  9. Stephen King's The Stand: Soul Survivors by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Mike Perkins. The adaptation continues. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  10. Incorruptible, vol. 1 by Mark Waid & Jean Diaz. The flip side of Waid's Irredeemable. In the latter, the world's mightiest superhero snaps and goes on a rampage. In this, one of said superhero's enemies goes straight. (Library.)
  11. The Trials of Roderick Spode "The Human Ant" by David Mamet. Odd little doodles & not much of a story. (Library.)

Just one movie this week:
Millennium Actress I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I have owned this DVD since before Teena & I moved in together, but it took the death of the director, Satoshi Kon, to get me to watch this beautiful, touching movie. I agree with Teena's assessment of the movie and just want to add that I don't think this could have been done live action. The transitions between movies, flashbacks, and reality are seamless. With live-action, they would have been jarring. R.I.P. Satoshi Kon.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Nothing But Library Books

As Teena and I get ready to move (at the end of September), we have packed up quite a bit, including most of my unread books. Therefore I will be reading a lot of library books in the next month & a half.
  1. The Authority: The Lost Year, bk. 1 by Grant Morrison, Keith Giffen, et al. Superheroes. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. X-Men: Nation X by Matt Fraction, Greg Land, Terry Dodson, et al. More superheroes. (Library.)

  3. Wonderland by Tommy Kovaks & Sonny Liew. Not an adaptation of the book, but the story of Mary Ann, the White Rabbit's housemaid. (Library.)
  4. Booster Gold, vol. 3: Reality Lost by Dan Jurgens & Chuck Dixon. Still more superheroes. (Library.)
  5. Other Lives by Peter Bagge. Graphic novel about how people present different faces to the world. (Library.)
  6. Filthy Rich by Brian Azzarello & Victor Santos. Noir. (Library.)

  7. Atomic Robo, vol. 2: Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War by Brian Clevinger & Scott Wegener. I wasn't terribly impressed with the first volume: it just seemed like a Hellboy knock-off. But enough people like this that I gave it another chance, and I am glad I did. This story clicked with me, possibly because it was all one story. I am looking forward to reading further volumes. (Library.)
  8. Arkham Asylum: Madness by Sam Kieth. No superheroes here, just Batman villains in a madhouse. (Library.)
  9. The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Butcher & Ardian Syaf. I bought a copy of this back before I was reading the Dresden Files novels. I thought the story was okay, but I wasn't impressed with the art, and I ended up selling my copy. Now that I am more familiar with the characters and world, I thought I'd give it another try. I'm still not impressed with the art.

Three movies this time around, including 2 in the theater.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Light Week

  1. B.P.R.D., vol. 13: 1947 by Mike Mignola, Joshua Dysart, Gabriel Ba, & Fabio Moon. Another look into the B.P.R.D.'s past.
  2. House of M: Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk by various. Another collection from a superhero cross-over. (Checked out of the library.)

  3. Wednesday Comics by various. Some of the stories here (especially "Kamandi", "Strange Adventures", and "Metamorpho") are fantastic. Unfortunately, there are enough stories that are just okay ("Sgt. Rock" and "Batman") or awful ("Superman" and "Teen Titans") that I couldn't make myself buy a copy. (Library.)
  4. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher. Volume 8 of the Dresden Files. I'm definitely hooked. (Borrowed from Michael.)
  5. Never As Bad As You Think by Kathryn & Stuart Immonen.

It says something about me that in a light week, I finished five books.
Now for movies:

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Vacation Week
  1. Huntress: Cry for Blood by Greg Rucka & Rick Burchett. An exploration of the Huntress. Very well done.
  2. Baby's First Mythos Lovecraftian alphabet book. Oddly, I cannot find it on the Powell's website even though I bought the book at their Burnside store.

  3. Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Box by Warren Ellis, Simone Bianchi, et al. Ellis bringing SF concepts (in this case: invasion from parallel worlds) to the X-Men.

  4. Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson. This is a fantastic collection of a series of stories about a group of dogs (and a cat) who fight supernatural menaces to their homes & people. Thompson's beautiful watercolors do an amazing job of conveying the story. And the whole book is well-designed. I bought this for myself, but once Teena read it, she claimed it for herself. (Borrowed from Teena.)

  5. Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka & J.H. Williams. Lots of books with beautiful artwork this week, and this is one of them. Great story too.
  6. Agents of Atlas: Marvel Boy by Jeff Parker, Feliz Ruiz, et al. New mini-series about a character from the 50s, with reprints of some of those 50s stories.

  7. Neil Young's Greendale by Joshua Dysart & Cliff Chiang. I am not familiar with the album that this graphic novel is based on, but maybe I should be. (Checked out of the library.)
  8. Runaways, vol. 9: Dead Wrong by Terry Moore & Humberto Ramos. I avoided this for a while because I soured on Moore with the later issues of his Strangers in Paradise, but I've been enjoying Echo, so I picked this up. Pretty good.
  9. Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead by Steve Pugh, from an idea by Warren Ellis. Science fiction exorcism.
  10. Essential Defenders, vol. 1 by Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, et al. Marvel's "non-team".
  11. North World, vol. 3: Other Sagas by Lars Brown. More fantasy adventures.
  12. Cthulhu Tales, vol. 4: The Darkness Beyond by various. Anthology of Lovecraftian stories.

Even though I was off work the entire week, I didn't watch much in the way of movies:
  • Doctor Who: Survival The final Doctor Who story before the show went on "hiatus" for a long, long time. Not the best story to go out on.
  • Inception Both Teena & I were really impressed by this. Hard to say much more without spoilers, so I'll leave it at that.
  • Five Million Years to Earth (a.k.a. Quatermass and the Pit). There's something about British science fiction movies & television from the 60s and 70s. It just seems smarter than American SF from the same period. Maybe it's because it assumed its audience is made up of adults. And even when it is aimed at children (i.e. Doctor Who), it doesn't talk down to them. Anyway, this is a great story about an unusual find buried beneath London.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

More Books
  1. Chew, vol. 1: Taster's Choice by John Layman & Rob Guillory. This was pretty good, but I don't get all the praise I've seen for it online. (Checked out of the library.)

  2. Witchfinder, vol. 1: In the Service of Angels by Mike Mignola & Ben Stenbeck. Another Hellboy spin-off, this one set in Victorian times. As long as Mignola keeps writing these, I'll keep reading them.
  3. Agents of Atlas: Turf Wars by Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman, et al. A great updating of characters from the 50s. This comic deserves to sell a lot more than it does, and I will be sad when the latest version finishes with issue 5.
  4. One Model Nation by C. Allbriton Taylor, Jim Rugg, & Cary Porter. I would have enjoyed this more if I knew more about the Baader-Meinhoff gang and the German music scene in the 70s. (Library.)
  5. Agents of Atlas vs. X-Men & the Avengers by Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman, et al. I picked this up at a signing even at the shop where I get my comics, and Parker signed this for me. Plus, he drew an awesome sketch of Gorilla-Man for me.
  6. Spider-Man: Death and Dating by various. (Library.)
  7. Unknown Soldier vol. 1: Haunted House by Joshua Dysart & Alberto Ponticelli. Good but depressing comic about the situation in Uganda. (Library.)
  8. Star Drop by Mark Oakley. Oakley doesn't publish books very often, but when he does, they are worth the wait. This is a collection of a web comic about a galactic princess hiding on Earth. Sweet & fun.
  9. Showcase Presents: Dial H for Hero by Dave Wood & Jim Mooney. Entertaining but not-very-good comics about a teenager who has an alien artifact that transforms him into a different superhero every time he spells out H-E-R-O on the dial.

  10. Gotham Central, bk. 3: On the Freak Beat by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, et al. Police procedural set in Gotham City. Great stuff. Glad it's getting reprinted in a nice format (that includes all the issues).

Just a couple of movies this week:
  • Special: Specioprin Hydrochloride (Rx) A man participates in a clinical trial for a new anti-depressant and begins to think he has super-powers. This is good (albeit depressing) up until the end. I just don't like the ending. Neither did Teena.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost Russo-Finnish production of a folk tale. It is somehow reassuring that other countries also produce terrible movies for children.