I imagine I'll update this review to say much, much more later, and to tone down the high minded pretentious to come, but I definitely wanted to write...moreI imagine I'll update this review to say much, much more later, and to tone down the high minded pretentious to come, but I definitely wanted to write something right here and now, moments after turning the last page, absorbing the last image, and finishing this book (for the first of what will probably be many, many times). But here goes: In many, many truly wonderful and dazzlingly cogent ways, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra have created a smart, funny, thoughtful and seminal work. This series started out wonderfully, built and built and built upon itself and it's characters perfectly and ended in a way that felt perfect to itself. It surprised and delighted when it needed to, took your hand and lead you along with it, and made you smile and broke your heart. Sometimes doing both at the same time. Collectively, this series, and especially this final collection have built an alternate world in the tale where the last boy lives the ultimate fantasy/nightmare and becomes the last man, with all the pain and suffering that comes with it. It's an alternate world where you'll be stuck for some time, pondering. It scares me that they'll make a movie out of this work, and probably a shit one at that, when it needs to be a TV show. The ride Yorick & co. go on is one that needs time to find all it's windy roads and adventure, and it needs the audience to go along with it through that time. The road changes and you change along with it. Vaughan has achieved a great Vertigo ending and just a great ending in general. And Pia Guerra's storytelling abilities have only gotten better as she's gone along. I've been reading this series since the beginning and now, alas, it's the end of the road. And I'm here, in that alternate world, pondering the journey taken and journeys to come.(less)
I've always had a passing curiosity to the depth and design I've perceived in King's Dark Tower books. Reading the plots of...moreThis was really terrible.
I've always had a passing curiosity to the depth and design I've perceived in King's Dark Tower books. Reading the plots of some of his books and reviews of them, they seem like the kind of books I would like, but they never are. In fact, they're typically surprisingly hackish.
Is this graphic novel true to the novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub, I'm wondering? Part of me hopes not.
Separate from the story itself, this is bad comic booking right here. As far as sequential art goes, this is just terrible. The art is stilted and paced horrendously. I would think that having King's name on this, Marvel would put a little more talent into this affair, but that's just another thing I was wrong about apparently.(less)
This is a collection of Ellis' email mailing list that goes out several times a day to his fans, followers, moonies, sheep, acolytes, critics, and jus...moreThis is a collection of Ellis' email mailing list that goes out several times a day to his fans, followers, moonies, sheep, acolytes, critics, and just general online suscribers. It's basically just him talking out loud, things a normal person would say into a journal, but that a writer can only expel into the world if they know someone will find their words.
In short, it's fascinating. He doesn't really talk about himself that much unless he's mentioning something he hates. But he does speak a lot on technology and the fringes of weird human cultures. He talks about the format of the fields he excels in, be them comics or prose, the state of sci fi and whatever animted movie or video game he's writing. He's honest about the way he goes about his business and the structure he sets up his stories in. A lot his thoughts on things start here and then will get modified into dialogue form into his actual works. (less)
I was at a point in my life where... I guess you could say I was feeling down. Down to the point that I'd literally read anything suggested to me or t...moreI was at a point in my life where... I guess you could say I was feeling down. Down to the point that I'd literally read anything suggested to me or thrust into my face. A friend mentioned in passing that he had read a few issues of Love & Rockets and loved it. Then I went online and read probably a 100 or so complimentary articles on this sprawling masterpiece. So I figured, Oh, what the hell?
And I'm glad I took that chance. This is 500 pages of slow building awesome. It starts with a bunch of punk-obsessed latino teens and becomes something more. You start to feel less like a follower of their lives over time and more like you're there, sweating and hating and fearing and loving and fucking up along with them. There's a few moments that could probably be washed away, but I'd say 99% of this material is fascinating and builds upon itself excellently. And, best of all, it saves the hardest and fiercest and most satisfying knock you on your ass punch for the very end, the very last page. Probably not for everyone, but I was amazingly satisfied with it. (less)