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:

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