Sunday, July 17, 2011

That's More Like It

  1. Essential Tomb of Dracula, vol. 4 by various. Collecting stories from Marvel's 70s horror magazines. Interestingly, the stories are arranged chronologically by when they occur in Dracula's un-life, rather than when they were published.
  2. Jack of Fables, vol. 8: The Fulminate Blade by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Tony Akins, & Jim Fern. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Atomic Robo, vol. 4: Atomic Robo and Other Strangeness by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. I am finding this series more and more enjoyable. It keeps getting better. (Library.)
  4. Batman: Knight and Squire by Paul Cornell & Jimmy Broxton.

    I wish the realities of the comic book market didn't dictate that this book be labeled "Batman". It's a fantastic, light-hearted comic that still has some substance to it. But most comics fans don't want that, so, because it's features characters that first appeared in a Batman comic, they don't get top billing in their own book. I loved this and would be thrilled if Cornell were to write more adventures of the Knight & Squire.
  5. DC Comics Presents: Batman: Gotham Noir by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips. I really enjoy stories that take familiar characters and re-imagine them in different circumstances (although I do find it tiresome when the creators cram in too much of the "real" continuity). This is a great version of Gotham City as the setting for a noir story starring private eye James Gordon.
  6. Punisher: In the Blood by Rick Remender & Roland Boschi. (Library.)
  7. Captain America: No Escape by Ed Brubaker & Butch Guice. Still enjoying Brubaker's run on Cap.
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 3: War of Kings, bk. 2 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker & Wesley Craig. Abnett & Lanning have a great handle on Marvel's cosmic characters. (Library.)
  9. Bat Boy: The Complete Weekly World News Comic Strips by Peter Bagge.

    I think this may be the best thing I've read by Bagge in years. Lots of fun, full of tabloid madness. (Library.)
  10. The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives, vol. 2 by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith.

    Beautiful art on these stories. Windsor-Smith was growing into his talent when he worked on the comics collected here.

Just one movie:
  • Transformers, with the RiffTrax commentary. The commentary made the action sequences very funny, but nothing on earth could salvage the attempts at a story. I have never seen such a collection of plot holes, lazy jokes and just plain stupidity. (And I hope to never suffer such again.) Both Teena & I were rooting for the Decepticons. "Kill all humans!"

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