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.

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