Sunday, April 29, 2012

No Post Today

I just didn't get around to it today. And now it's time to watch Mad Men.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Beautiful Day

It is gorgeous out there. Warm, too. I wish Teena weren't sick and I weren't fighting off whatever she has had for the past week. Anyway, here are some books.
  1. Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman.

    Nonsense about Mark Twain's adventures in the 20th century. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Chi's Sweet Home, vol. 1 by Konami Kanata.

    I heard this series described as "Yotsuba &! for cat-people", so I thought I'd take a look. It's cute, but it doesn't live up to that description. (Library.)
  3. Joe the Barbarian by Grant Morrison & Sean Murphy.

    Fantastic book about a teenager having amazing adventures in a wonderland. Or maybe he's hallucinating as he slips into an insulin coma. Morrison at the height of his game. Beautiful art from Murphy.
  4. Chimichanga by Eric Powell.

    Cute story about a little girl with a beard and her monster that hatched from an egg. (Library.)
  5. The Compleat Terminal City by Dean Motter & Michael Lark.

    Retro-futurism at its best. Lots of puns and adventure. The only thing that keeps me from recommending this wholeheartedly is that several plots are left unresolved. This is less style-over-substance than Motter's Mister X series, but there is still some in evidence.
  6. Jennifer Blood, vol. 1: Woman's Work Is Never Done by Garth Ennis, et al.

    Bloody vengeance (which could describe a hefty percentage of Ennis's work). (Library.)

Feeling tired, so I'm postponing movies another week.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Another Sunday, Another Post

  1. Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez.

    Another fantastic volume. Jaime's "Love Bunglers" is particularly amazing.
  2. Spider-Man, Chapter One by John Byrne.

    Re-telling the first Spider-Man stories because why not? (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Showcase Presents: Batman, vol. 1 by various.

    These stories aren't bad, but I wish, when deciding where to start collecting Batman stories for these volumes, DC had gone back to wacky sci-fi 50s Batman.
  4. Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary M. Talbot & Bryan Talbot.

    Impressive mix of memoir and biography of Lucia Joyce (James' daughter). The more of Bryan Talbot's art I see, the more impressed I am by his talent. Mary Talbot hadn't written for comics previously, but she and her husband use the medium extremely well here. A beautiful book. (Library.)
  5. John Constantine, Hellblazer: Phantom Pains by Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camunodi, Stefano Laudini, et al.

    Latest collection of this horror comic.
  6. Chase by J.H. Williams III, Dan Curtis Johnson, et al.

    Another hefty collection of a 90s comic that I didn't read at the time but have heard good things about. I quite liked this and wish I had bought the issues when they were coming out because the series ended too soon. (Of course, one additional customer probably wouldn't have saved it.) The story is about Cameron Chase, an ordinary (or is she?) woman working for the government in a world of super-heroes. Williams produces some beautiful art (as usual).
  7. Hellboy, vol. 12: The Storm and the Fury by Mike Mignola & Duncan Fegredo.

    The latest Hellboy collection. This brings to a head a lot of long-running plot threads. Satisfying, although I was happy to learn that, despite appearances, more Hellboy is coming.

Only one, not very good, movie this week, so I'll hold off on posting about that.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Breaking 100

  1. Princess Knight, pt. 2 by Osamu Tezuka.

    I really enjoyed this, although I admit that the gender politics are rather problematic. But they're not too bad considering that this was created in Japan in the 50s. The ending is odd, because several new characters and plot twists show up late enough that their resolution feels rushed. But overall, I liked this story of a princess born with a boy's heart a lot. Tezuka basically invented Shojo manga with this story.
  2. Jim Henson's Tale of Sand by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, & Ramon K. Perez.

    Beautiful artwork on this adaptation of an unmade screenplay Henson & Juhl worked on before the Muppets really took off. This is good, but didn't really grab me. It is very strange, which often is a plus for me, but in this case the strangeness didn't speak to me. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Annotated Sandman, vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, Leslie Klinger, et al.

    Not overly impressed with this. The annotations did not offer much in the way of insights into the story. There wasn't anything significant that I didn't already know, and occasionally the annotations about the details of the DC universe were incomplete or just plain wrong. (Library.)
  4. Hitman, vol. 5: Tommy's Heroes by Garth Ennis & John McCrea.

    Nominally a super-hero comic, this bears little resemblance to most super-hero titles. The title character is, in fact, a hitman, although he only accepts contracts on bad guys. Great stuff, if often overly violent and over the top. And this collection contains Ennis's love-letter to Superman and the dream of America.
  5. Northlanders, vol. 6: Thor's Daughter and Other Stories by Brian Wood, Simon Gane, et al.

    More viking stories. (Library.)
  6. The Stuff of Legend, bk. 3 - A Jester's Tale by Mike Raicht, Brian Smith & Charles Paul Wilson III.

    For some reason, this volume didn't hold me as much as previous ones. It might be because I read it in fits & starts rather than straight through. It might be because I expected the story to be further along than it turned out to be. Still enjoyed it and looking forward to the next volume, though.

And now, movies:

Sunday, April 01, 2012

April Fool's Day

No jokes, just some books.
  1. Essential Captain America, vol. 6 by various. The first third of this book is by Jack Kirby and is great. The rest of it isn't at the same level, but is still pretty good.
  2. The Grave Doug Freshley by Josh Hechinger & mpMann.

    Supernatural western. Not bad. (Checked out of the library.)
  3. Resurrection Man, vol. 1 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning & Butch Guice.

    I've heard good things about this 90s comic about a guy who, whenever he dies, is resurrected with a new super-power. The things I heard about it are justified. (Library.)
  4. Mass Effect, vol. 1: Redemption by Mac Walters, John Jackson Miller & Omar Francia.

    While I love the video game series (at least up until the last 5 minutes or so), I would not have picked this up if the games' main writer weren't involved. It's pretty good.
  5. Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale by Joss & Zack Whedon & Chris Samnee.

    The back story to Shepherd Book. The story skips backwards every few pages, but it still coherent. Beautiful art, too. (Library.)
  6. Stephen King's The Stand: The Night Has Come by Roberto Agguirre-Scasa & Mike Perkins.

    Final volume of the comic adaptation of King's epic novel. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  7. I, Zombie, vol. 3: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred.

    Another great volume. Lots of cool new monsters. I can't wait to see where this is going.
  8. Explorer: The Mystery Boxes edited by Kazu Kibuishi.

    Another great all-ages anthology from Kibuishi & friends. (Borrowed from Teena.)
  9. Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer by Van Jensen & Dusty Higgins.

    On the one hand, this is a great premise. On the other, it ends up taking itself too seriously. There are angst-ridden moments where Pinocchio remembers Geppetto and his death at the hands of vampires. Come on! This is a comic about a wooden puppet who slays vampires with stakes snapped off his ever-growing nose. Have some fun with it. The best part of this book is the recap of Carlo Collodi's original novel. (Library.)
  10. Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, vol. 2: "Trapped on Treasure Island" by Floyd Gottfredson.

    The comics collected here are great. Lots of fun and adventure. Unfortunately, as products of the 30s, they are sometimes racist. There's no getting around that. I just try to remember that times were different then and concentrate on the other parts.

I'm going to put off movies until later. I'm taking tomorrow off work, so I may put up an entry then. No guarantees, though.