A book full of interesting ideas, presented in an uniquely de-constructed manner.
I found myself thinking that in terms of structure it's actually a lo...moreA book full of interesting ideas, presented in an uniquely de-constructed manner.
I found myself thinking that in terms of structure it's actually a lot like "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". The difference is that this story is told from Zaphod Beeblebrox's point of view and he has Marvin's personality.(less)
No matter what promises they make on the cover you can be pretty sure that you know what you're going to get when in a Wolve...moreActual rating: 3.5-lean 3.
No matter what promises they make on the cover you can be pretty sure that you know what you're going to get when in a Wolverine book. He's a tragic character with built-in claws, instant healing, and indestructible skeleton, so the only way he can be hurt is emotionally. The metaphors write themselves, and while he chops up hundreds of people, it's all about anger funneled through regret, and there's plenty of that on display here.
As a rule Millar doesn't swim in the world of Marvel characters like some authors. Even when his story is part of the main plot of an ongoing comic, like this was originally, he uses the toys he wants, the way he wants to, and then goes off to his next project. That's actually a good thing, since this book stands alone and tells a complete story, although it involves enough details concerning Hydra, Shield, Electra, and some obscure Daredevil lore that if you haven't been reading Marvel comics for the last 30 years you may find yourself running over to Wikipedia to make sense of some of it all.
As for the story itself, it starts strong, pulling some neat tricks and clearly defining Wolverine as one of the deadliest characters in the Marvel Universe. But ultimately it doesn't have the courage of its convictions, and what starts out as an interesting reversal ends up being a bit by the numbers by the time the last half of the book begins. It's still a fun ride, but not quite the epic that you're expecting after the first fifty or so pages.
The art in this book is fantastic. I've been a fan of John Romita Jr. since I was a kid, but he's really upped his game in the last few years, and while his work is stylized he clearly been willing to take on new challenges and push outside of the limitations of that style. The work he's doing with Millar on the "Kick-Ass" series is probably the best he's ever done, and you can really see him getting ready for that challenge here.(less)
It's hard giving a book as timeless and important as A Canticle for Leibowitz only four stars. It certainly has all the pieces that it needs to be a f...moreIt's hard giving a book as timeless and important as A Canticle for Leibowitz only four stars. It certainly has all the pieces that it needs to be a five star story, but it somehow lacks that gripping prose that it would take to make this book one of my all time favorites.
A post-apocalyptic tale told in three sections over a thousand years, Leibowitz starts strong. It asks hard questions of both its protagonists and the reader, ruminating on the nature of humanity in a world where mankind has already managed to utterly destroy itself.
But by the final section it seems to lose its way a bit. Not that there aren't some haunting moments, but Miller's light touch seems to become a heavy hand.
That said, you'll be shocked at how modern this book feels for something written half a century ago. Even the anachronisms work in the book's favor. While reading it I was continually struck on how many genre worlds have obviously borrowed heavily from Miller's vision—from the Fallout series to Warhammer 40K's vision of a dark religious future.(less)