Normally a comic book based directly after a film sends me running away screaming. The film won a Golden Globe last year, and this comic deserves at lNormally a comic book based directly after a film sends me running away screaming. The film won a Golden Globe last year, and this comic deserves at least some nominations for serious awards in comics this year. The imagery is often gruesome---especially the very real photographs included at the end---so I wouldn't suggest this to just anyone. But for any readers questioning the purposes of war will find this fascinating, gripping and really powerful. ...more
This trade collection was a serious letdown. Alpha Flight was one of my favorite series during the 80's and early 90's. Although a great team book, itThis trade collection was a serious letdown. Alpha Flight was one of my favorite series during the 80's and early 90's. Although a great team book, it wasn't afraid to put together stories that focused solely on one character for a few issues in a row. This 2000's revamp puts Sasquatch---the one surviving member of the original team----into the role of building a new Alpha Flight to fight villians in Canada. Scott Lobdell spins the book into a goofy parody of 70's style team-books, complete with an over-the-top narrative voice a la Stan Lee. Most of the gags are really obvious and pretty lame, and the ones that aren't very few people will get. ...more
Johnston tackles Wolverine by re-imagining the character and placing him inside a Shonen Manga-style storyline. A young Logan appears one day on the dJohnston tackles Wolverine by re-imagining the character and placing him inside a Shonen Manga-style storyline. A young Logan appears one day on the doorsteps of the Quiet Earth School, a martial arts academy hidden in the wilds of Canada. Beaten, starved and his memory totally gone, Logan quickly proves a fierce, if undisciplined, fighter just beginning to learn the full extent of his mutant powers. After two years Elliott, his sensei, realizes Logan needs greater challenges and tasks him with a difficult test with the promise that Elliott will take Logan to New York City should he succeed. Needless to say, Logan passes with flying colors. What starts as a pleasure trip to the big city quickly turns to danger; Elliott is kidnapped by a legion of ninjas who seem to know a great deal about Logan’s past. Logan sets out on a quest to both save his mentor and reclaim his own history. The Manga-inspired artwork supplied by Tortosa works well with Johnston’s story; the fast-paced action panels fill the pages with violence, but Tortosa manages to convey the excitement without too much blood and gore. The contemporary setting, along with some other details, will likely irk X-Men purists obsessed with continuity. But that’s not the point of this book. Bringing Wolverine into a new world separate from the sprawling histories of the Marvel Universe not only makes Wolverine more accessible to new readers but also offers greater potential for fresh stories. An exciting start to a new series, only time will tell if Johnston and Tortosa can carry this through. ...more
Absolutely brilliant---probably one of the best comics I've read in the past several months. Lethem's and Rusnak's story builds off of a short-lived aAbsolutely brilliant---probably one of the best comics I've read in the past several months. Lethem's and Rusnak's story builds off of a short-lived and very odd superhero book called, Omega published by Marvel in the early 1970's. The book begins with us seeing teenaged Alexander lose his parents, and what follows is some of the most bizarre bits of comics I've seen in sometime: a silent superhero working in hotdog truck to make ends meet, a severed hand that sprouts legs and joins the revolution of robots against mankind, and a superhero named the Mink who is quite possibly the most ego-centric character I've ever seen. And all of this revolves around an inter-galactic war that the poor planet Earth finds itself caught up in. Mixing superhero plot with an indie style, this book creates something totally new. My only reason for giving it a 4 is because I think the audience is very narrow; a lot of indie people won't like the action and super-hero fans will find the pacing slow. But readers like me who walk the line between both worlds will love this. ...more
Tatsumi is one of the developers of Gekiga, a style of Japanese comics that broke from the traditions of short, jokey Manga to develop gritty detectivTatsumi is one of the developers of Gekiga, a style of Japanese comics that broke from the traditions of short, jokey Manga to develop gritty detective tales and real life stories written for adults. A Drifting Life is a thinly disguised memoir in comic form of his early creative life, starting with his days in High School as a manga fan and taking us into his early 20's as a young writer/artist and editor. Filled with great historical details of early Post WWII Japan, the book also works as an interesting chronicle of Manga during the 40's and 50's. One of the running themes of the book is Tatsumi's continual desire to push manga to its limits and develop it as an art form as serious as film or novels. Lots of factors fight against this: publishers, editors, other writers----even his own brother, who is a skilled creator of Manga is his own right. Although the focus rests largely on his creative life, the tale is colored by small bits of his personal life and those around him: a lazy father who was always in trouble, early flirts with love and passion, and the struggle to find a way to make a living working in a creative field. I loved this----the only thing that stops me from giving this 5 stars is I don't think this is for everyone. But anyone who enjoys reading and learning about the process of a creative mind and wants to learn a bit about the Manga of this time period will find a lot to like here....more
I'm a little surprised at all the negative and ho-hum reviews people have given this title. Admittedly I'm a bit of a Booth fan. Ok, fan may not be thI'm a little surprised at all the negative and ho-hum reviews people have given this title. Admittedly I'm a bit of a Booth fan. Ok, fan may not be the right word. I'm fascinated by the man, and have been ever since I had a job at the box office at Ford's Theatre so I tend to pick up everything I run across on him. That this is a graphic novel only made it more appealing to me.
The book basically charts the main lines of Booth's life from early childhood up to the assasination, highlighting his relationships with women, his flailing acting career, the competition he had with his brother and how all of these pieces coalesced and nudged him into the post-war confederate conspiracies that eventually led to Lincoln's murder. Colbert brings the credibility of a real historian, and I can say from the other books on Booth I have read this is a fairly accurate portrayal (at least for what we know of Booth). I really like the stressing on how much of a pawn---albeit a passionate, willing pawn----Booth was in the event. Inclusion of dialogue and creation of dramatic scenes made this, at least for me, a much faster read than the graphic biographies written by Rick Geary, which I often find interesting but slow.
I also really enjoyed Tanitoc's artwork----although I've read some of his essays, this is the first visual work I've seen from him. Maybe it's just because he's French and I want to see it, but I see a lot of Daumier in his linework: the slightly exaggerated but still very real faces, the slightly skewed sense of space.... His dingy palette and wonderfully researched costumes and architecture really lend itself to the time period.
Is this the greatest bit of cartooning of all time? No. But it is an enjoyable read for history buffs, especially if their background knowledge of the Lincoln assasination is somewhat limited. ...more
A quirky, fun graphic novel that works much like the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series except with illustrations. The story starts out with young JimA quirky, fun graphic novel that works much like the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series except with illustrations. The story starts out with young Jimmy picking out an ice-cream cone: vanilla or chocolate. Most threads take him to an experimental laboratory, in which you get to pick what crazy invention Jimmy plays with and how. Each invention leads to a different set of options----some like the time machine loop you around and bring you back while others take you on very different pathways. Some storylines end very quickly while others can take several minutes to read through. All in all, a lot of fun whether you just sit with the book for a few odd minutes or for a couple of hours trying to figure out how Shiga put it all together. Shiga has a background in Math and it really shows, as he tackles oddball physics topics like alternate timelines and Schroedinger's cat without your really being aware of it. Very smart but very, very fun.
I was really impressed with how clear it is to use the book; you follow little pipe-shapes across the page to each new piece of the story while colored tabs take you to different pages. While what Shiga did is incredibly complicated I think most kids will pick up on the method very quickly----probably more quickly than a lot of adults. ...more