Wow... Years ago, I fell in love with Grant Morrison's take on the 60's psychedelic super-group, the Doom Patrol. Everything I loved about Morrison'sWow... Years ago, I fell in love with Grant Morrison's take on the 60's psychedelic super-group, the Doom Patrol. Everything I loved about Morrison's Patrol is being channeled by Gerard Way in The Umbrella Academy. The book opens up with a team of six super-orphans taking on a berserk, rampaging Eiffel Tower - and after that, things start to get a little weird....more
Upon reflection, I enjoyed this book, and upon finishing it, I'm not quite sure what happened. The story, such as it is, feels like a chess game toldUpon reflection, I enjoyed this book, and upon finishing it, I'm not quite sure what happened. The story, such as it is, feels like a chess game told from the p.o.v. of one of the pawns, who gets promoted to queen at the end and given a glimpse of the entire board, then gets removed from the game just before the finishing moves.
I can't really describe what the book is about. It's easier to describe what it's not. It doesn't have a sympathetic protagonist. It doesn't have a clear villain. It doesn't seem to be set in the future. It doesn't quite seem to be set in the 1930's either. It's not quite a science fiction novel. It's not quite a pulp. It's not a Lovecraft story, and it's not an off-Broadway musical. Yet it kind-of is....more
I picked this one up in the sci-fi section of a used bookstore, but I'm not sure that's where it belongs. Rather, I'd classify it as "too loopy for maI picked this one up in the sci-fi section of a used bookstore, but I'm not sure that's where it belongs. Rather, I'd classify it as "too loopy for mainstream." Its narrator is one Lea Tillim, who has a voice and cadence not unlike Jack Kerouac, if Kerouac had been a tough-as-nails 16-year-old girl living on the street who'd developed the ability to deaden her face and kill people with her brain. Yeah, it's that kind of book.
Lea's sorry life takes a turn for the better when she hooks up with Jack Konar, a "Yid" who's turning a disused room in the back of a Sears into a spaceship that's going to fly him and the other Chosen Ones to meet God in the Garden of Eden, Ish-Ra-El. He's clearly crazy as a loon, until Lea starts to believe that maybe, just maybe, he's not. Jack needs her to protect him from the Evil One (whose agents are everywhere, of course) while he finishes painting the inside of his ship and gathering the Chosen Ones for paradise.
"Breakfast" takes as its premise what can only be described as a classic scizophrenic paranoid delusion, and says "what if it's true?" It's a neat spin, and it's surprising how uplifting the book becomes. After all, who doesn't like an Apocalypse with a happy ending?...more
Warren Ellis channels Michael Moorcock at his loopiest (there's a definite flavor of Jerry Cornelius here) to give us a reboot / follow-up to Alan MooWarren Ellis channels Michael Moorcock at his loopiest (there's a definite flavor of Jerry Cornelius here) to give us a reboot / follow-up to Alan Moore's run on Supreme from the 90s. That last bit is important, because without a familiarity of Alan Moore's take on Rob Liefeld's Superman rip-off, I doubt a lick of this would have made any sense.
Moore introduced the concept of the "Supremacy," the place where all the past versions of Supreme (groovy 60s Supreme, Dark 90s Supreme, etc) reside after each metafictional "revision" rewrites the history of the character and his world. Blue Rose runs with the idea that the most recent revision of the character went wrong, the world is now broken, and Supreme himself is missing. It's all very clever and Tula Lotay's art effectively plays with the idea of there being something fundamentally wrong with the world, but Ellis never sells any kind of emotional connection to the characters or why we should care what happens in the end....more