I didn't quite love this second volume of Giant Days as much as I did the first one, but this is still an unbelievably fun series and I can't wait forI didn't quite love this second volume of Giant Days as much as I did the first one, but this is still an unbelievably fun series and I can't wait for Vol. 3.
Vol. 2 covers issues #5-9 of the series, from a winter ball through exams, dating crises, and what happens when you watch too many episodes of Friday Night Lights in a row. Crotchety Susan is for once the only one having reliable sexytimes, while Daisy is going through a questioning phase, and Esther is having . . . issues. Ed continues to crush hopelessly on Esther, and McGraw continues to be have a moustache.
I did find some of the stuff that happened in this one . . . bizarre. In the first issue, Susan gets (view spoiler)[locked in an office for exposing a faith healer in her hometown as a fraud, and the others have to come rescue her. This does involve a very amusing couple of incidences involving McGraw and multi-tool, and Esther unleashing her drama on an unsuspecting dance floor, but it was still weird. Also, Daisy starts channeling Tami Taylor?? (hide spoiler)] There were other little things as well, on the more cartoonish end of things, but they were so small I only really noticed them because I was so weirded out by the other stuff.
The thing that really knocked this down a star for me may just be my problem, I don't know. The artist for the first entire trade, and the first two issues of this one, was Lissa Treiman, and it is one of the best parts of the comic. Her characters are so expressive and unique looking, and they have huge personality. Starting with issue #7, Max Sarin takes over, and it's not like his art is bad. In fact, it's not at all. It's just not the art I wanted.
Am I the only one who gets supremely annoyed when comics change artists? For me, the art is inextricably linked to the identity of the comic, and when you take that away, it's like it's a whole new comic, and I hate that. I hate it so much, you guys. And I love it so much when comics have the same artists for the whole series, like Fiona Staples on Saga. I mean, imagine that series without her. You can't! I don't get it. Why does this happen. Does it annoy it anyone else as much as it does me?
Anyway, I suppose I'll get over it. I have to. I like the series too much to let a change in artwork deter me.
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So I haven't actually read this, and now I for sure won't. On a whim last Saturday, because I'm currently subscribed to HBO for my Game of Thrones neeSo I haven't actually read this, and now I for sure won't. On a whim last Saturday, because I'm currently subscribed to HBO for my Game of Thrones needs, I saw this was on there and watched it. Surprisingly, I didn't hate the movie version, so I gave in to my Curiosity Monster and checked out the ebook from my library. I opened it, read two sentences and then hardcore noped right out of there. The writing style was immediately unbearable, and nothing kills my Curiosity Monster faster than that. I will just stick to the movies and blog posts that angry people write on the internet from now on.
P.S. Jamie Dornan was just okay as Christian Grey. He's kind of a black hole of chemistry in the role, though (I've seen him be very charming and watchable in other things, notably S1 Once Upon a Time and The Fall). It would definitely have been a much different (and better) movie with Charlie Hunnam in it instead. I think he would have brought something dangerous and interesting. I was impressed with Dakota Johnson, though. I cheered every time she stood up for herself or told him "no"....more
This is a fun little novella/short story collection set in the Dresdenverse. Three linked short stories are included here, taking place at varying timThis is a fun little novella/short story collection set in the Dresdenverse. Three linked short stories are included here, taking place at varying times throughout Harry's history. "B is for Bigfoot" takes place after Fool Moon, "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot" occurs after Dead Beat, and "Bigfoot on Campus" is sandwiched between Turn Coat and Changes, so the Harry in this collection is the Harry from Before, still working as a wizard PI.
All in all, I found this book to be a fun, light read. I'm not normally a fan of short stories because my favorite part of reading is emotional investment, but here Butcher has Harry taking three cases from an honest to God Sasquatch (whose name is The Strength of the River in His Shoulders, aka River Shoulders). In each story he's hired by the Bigfoot to protect River Shoulder's half-human son, Irwin, so there's a very slight narrative through-line across all the stories, as Harry builds a rapport with both father and son. It's also fun to skip through Harry's existing timeline and watch Irwin grow up.
The stories were also surprisingly moving, mostly due to the focus on themes of growing up, responsibility and fatherhood. I've noticed since Butcher had his kid, there has been a noticeable uptick in the material in his books that involves parental relationships, and I like it. Irwin is a nice kid, and especially in the third story where he takes a more active role, he's a fun character to engage with. His relationship to his father the Bigfoot was really heartwarming, while also being bizarre and kind of funny in a surreal way.
It's worth noting that the audio version is narrated by James Marsters, so if audio is your preferred Dresden vehicle, you're covered here....more
I don't quite know how to rate this one, because it's so different from the first two volumes. I'm pretty sure this book marks the occasion of LumberjI don't quite know how to rate this one, because it's so different from the first two volumes. I'm pretty sure this book marks the occasion of Lumberjanes being made from a limited run series to an ongoing, so changes have been made accordingly, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about all of them yet.
The most notable thing of course is that the series has a new artist. Actually, two of them (plus several guest artists in the first issue collected here, which features all the girls telling ghost stories that are then drawn in various styles). This means a new color palette, and new ways of drawing the characters. It's a little bit toned down, less bright and frenetic, less crowded.
Actually, that describes the book as a whole. And you know what, I miss the freneticism, the almost schizophrenic action and quick cuts, and so much random plot happenings shoved into four small issues. It was more cartoony, but it also felt more quick and fun.
This new approach is probably smart, though, if the series is shooting for longevity. Spending more time on individual stories, calming the tone down so that you can get to know each girl more, and each weird storyline gets its due.
And its central weirdness is still present, even if it's calmed down a bit. A woman who can turn into a bear is still a central plot point. Mal and Molly get sucked into an alternate world full of dinosaurs. Meanwhile, April, Jo and Ripley spend a full day trying, and failing, to be normal. It feels a bit like treading water, but it's also pretty amusing.
In all, it feels like Lumberjanes had to rethink its identity a little bit, and is still finding its feet. I'm confident it will, though. Volume 4 comes out in just a couple of months, and I'm so there.