Sunday, July 10, 2011

Simply Haven't Been Getting Through Many Books Lately

  1. Tex Arcana: A Saga of the Old West by John Findley. Print on demand collection of a horror-western strip from the pages of 80s Heavy Metal. The first story ends via deus ex machina, but the others work well, and the art holds up nicely.
  2. Hikaru no Go, vol. 23: Endgame by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata. The final volume. I enjoyed this, but the series dragged on too long. It really should have ended with Sai fading away when he saw that the Hikaru would continue to grow as a go player. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover.

    Great story about a young woman who may be crazy or who may be the product of mad science. Tobin & Coover play with the medium, utilizing many different narrators (who all address the reader directly). Plus, the story is set in Portland, so I enjoyed recognizing the background.
  4. 20th Century Boys, vol. 15: Expo Hurray by Naoki Urasawa.

    Still enjoying this series. Can't wait to see where it goes.
  5. Stan Lee's The Traveler, vol. 1: Man Out of Time by Mark Waid & Chad Hardin. Pretty standard super-hero stuff, but I found this more engaging than the other Lee-"created" graphic novel I read recently.
  6. Showcase Presents The Flash, vol. 2 by John Broome & Carmine Infantino. The Flash may well be the quintessential Silver Age super-hero. I had never been all that interested in the Barry Allen version of the character until I listened to the Tom vs. The Flash podcast, which is a lot of fun. Thanks to that, I picked up this Showcase volume, and I will eventually be acquiring the others. (Tom has since moved on to Aquaman, which continues to get better & better. Funny stuff.)
Only one movie this week:
  • Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin. Tom Baker without a companion. Good, but he works better with somebody to play off of.

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