A quick read with only five issues in the trade. I'm not a big fan of Mike Deodato art work. I've never really liked his style. It feels to dark, but...moreA quick read with only five issues in the trade. I'm not a big fan of Mike Deodato art work. I've never really liked his style. It feels to dark, but that might just be how the inkers ink it. The story itself is only okay. I except mush more from Brubaker when I pick up his stuff. He is one of the best comic book writers out there and this just didn't feel like the top of his game. I also didn't like the characters they had for the secret avengers. It felt more like a Defenders book, there was no reason for each of the members to be on this team. Plus some of the member were Defenders at one time. Maybe later they'll explain why better, but for now it feels like they had so characters and wanted to make another avenger book.
If you like the avengers and just need more of them, since they only have three other ongoing series other than this pick it up and read it. I don't think you'll be missing much if you don't though.(less)
A great short read about a little boy French. He has just started first grade and the teacher ask what his parents do. Jean doesn't know how to respon...moreA great short read about a little boy French. He has just started first grade and the teacher ask what his parents do. Jean doesn't know how to respond. He hasn't seen his mommy in a long time. This story follows Jean for this first half of first grade. We see as he grows and develops as a child. We learn his fears and joys.
This book is a fun read. It has a real feel to it. I felt that I was reading a story from this kids point of view, not someone else. He's so innocent in this story.
The art is wonderful in this book. The style is perfect. It has the feel of a great story book artist, which is amazing when it's in graphic novel format. I wish more comics were drawn like this. The art made the story come alive in a way that other art style would not have.
When I saw this volume in the Library the main thing that drew me to it was the fact that it had "The Golem's Mighty Swing" story in it. This is a gra...moreWhen I saw this volume in the Library the main thing that drew me to it was the fact that it had "The Golem's Mighty Swing" story in it. This is a graphic novel I've wanted to read for a couple years now. I enjoy baseball and love the stories behind the game. This story was no exception. It was a beautifully drawn story and a great baseball story. There are not that many baseball comics in America. This is one of the great stories. James Sturm knows how to draw baseball comics. This is the second one I've read by him. He has study manga styles and American style of baseball comics to build his style. The real story behind this baseball story is how people viewed the Jewish culture during the 1920's. It's a very interesting context to see how the "average American" in the 20's treated the Jews. Some people were nice where many were vile and mean. The devision of social classes is a great story to build on. I would recommend this story to anyone who wants a good story about baseball and prejudiced.
The other two stories in this collection were also done by James Sturm. They are drawn beautifully too. The first story is "The Revival" This is an amazing look at the 1800's and the religious uprising happening at the time. To see how people would travel great distances to go to these revivals and be saved. In this story we see one family's trail of getting there and what whats when there. A good short story.
The third story in the collection is "Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight." This story is about a mining city in Idaho during the 1886. The story is about a mine that isn't producing like so many at the time. This community relays on this mine for all it's profits and when it's not producing horrible things happen. This is my least favorite story in the collection, but still a good story.
Sturm knows his America and how to portray it. If you love America and want a true collection of what it was like then this is your book.(less)
One of the Best comics I've read in months. This book has beautiful art and amazing story telling. I've never been huge on horror comics. The only oth...moreOne of the Best comics I've read in months. This book has beautiful art and amazing story telling. I've never been huge on horror comics. The only other one I read is Hellboy, but Beast of Burden is amazing. The way the stories come together and how the characters slowly change and become so much more than they were in the first story. Plus the way Jill Thompson draws and paints the characters is wonderful. The style makes the comic stand out to the normal computerized coloring style. I love this book and can't wait to get more.
If you like paranormal investigation this is your book. (less)