Monday, February 20, 2012

Presidents' Day

Early last week and late this week. Oh well.
  1. FreakAngels, vol. 1 by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield.

  2. FreakAngels, vol. 2 by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield.
  3. FreakAngels, vol. 3 by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield.
  4. FreakAngels, vol. 4 by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield.
  5. FreakAngels, vol. 5 by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield.
  6. FreakAngels, vol. 6 by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield.

    When this final collection of the web-comic came out a few months back, I decided I wanted to re-read the previous volumes. Found the time recently. This story inspired by The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham holds up nicely when read all together.
  7. Crossed, vol. 1 by Garth Ennis & Jacen Burrows. More brutal than usual zombie story. (Checked out of the library.)
  8. Excalibur Visionaries: Warren Ellis, vol. 3 by Warren Ellis, Casey Jones, et al. Pretty good. Ellis gets better later.
  9. Stan Lee's Starborn, vol. 2 by Chris Roberson, Khary Randol & Matteo Scalera. Ordinary guy gets caught up in space-opera with a twist. Very enjoyable. (Library.)
  10. Witchfinder, vol. 2: Lost and Gone Forever by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi & John Severin.

    I read this the day after Severin died (at the age of 90). He was one of my favorite artists. He did quite a bit of work for Cracked in the 70s, which is where I first encountered him. Even now, his style speaks to the kid I was, even in a horror-western, which is what this story is. He was one of the greats, and he will be missed.
  11. FF, vol. 2 by Jonathan Hickman, et al. Lots of big science concepts at play here. Enough is going on that I think that once Hickman's run on Fantastic Four (and related titles) is over, I should go back and re-read it all in a short period so that the details don't slip from my memory. (Library.)
  12. PS238, vol. 9: Saving Alternate Omaha by Aaron Williams. The latest volume collecting the comic about a school for super-powered children. The last 2 "issues" in this collection have never appeared in print before. The current comic marketplace won't support a quirky humor title from a self-publisher. (While it does feature super-heroes, I'm sure to a lot of comics fans, it doesn't count because they're not the "right" super-heroes.) I hope going straight to books works out for Williams, because I'd hate to see his work go away.
  13. Wisdom: Rudiments of Wisdom by Paul Cornell, Trevor Hairsine & Manuel Garcia. I feel I should like this more than I do. There's good stuff here, but it never quite gels for me. I think there's a little too much in the script that never makes it to the final page. I think this series would have benefited by being at least an issue or two longer so that there was more room for characterization and less need to get straight into the fighty-fighty.

Don't feel like doing movies this week. So that's all for now.

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