One of the best sci fi books I've read in awhile. Thoroughly entertaining, a real page turner... I finished it in just a few days.
I know it's being cOne of the best sci fi books I've read in awhile. Thoroughly entertaining, a real page turner... I finished it in just a few days.
I know it's being compared to the Martian or WWZ but it's really more along the lines of Battlestar Galactica and Pacific Rim. Plot wise that is. So if you're fans of those I would suggest you give it a try....more
A two volume work, Boxers & Saints chronicles the development and outcome of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900’s China in two perspectives -- a boxer anA two volume work, Boxers & Saints chronicles the development and outcome of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900’s China in two perspectives -- a boxer and a Chinese christian convert. Boxers, part 1, is fully color illustrated, with colors slightly muted when not in reference to the three brothers of the Peach Blossom Oath. Fight scenes and spiritual scenes are treated with bold color choices as well. This is in stark contrast to the muted, black/white/grey color scale of Saints. In part 2 Yeung reserves color illustration when referencing Joan of Arc or Jesus Christ. I especially appreciated the echoes of each storylines within one another -- such as the eyes drawn on the palms of respective culture’s spiritual figures -- cementing the parallel paths both characters walked that lead to their tragic final confrontation. I personally do not know much about Chinese history. Admittedly, I had never done much research about the Boxer Rebellion. The fact that after the conclusion of these graphic novels, which I read in a single sitting because I could not put it down, got me into thinking about how I’d like to learn more about Chinese history speaks to the effectiveness of this medium for Yeun’s storytelling. ...more
Narrated through the first person perspective of Hazel, the daughter of protagonists Alana and Marko, the first volume of this series details the trioNarrated through the first person perspective of Hazel, the daughter of protagonists Alana and Marko, the first volume of this series details the trio’s attempt to leave the planet Cleave while being hunted by a variety of groups who wish to murder them for treason, as well as kidnap their child. A science-fiction and fantasy based series that occurs in space also features elements of the fantastic such as ghosts, anthropomorphic animals and magic. What is most interesting in this work is Fiona Staples’ vivid use of color and faded backgrounds. They serves a dual purpose in bringing the reader’s attention to the action at the forefront as well as highlight the otherworldly, fantastic elements of the worlds. I enjoyed Vaughan’s character driven storyline, as I have in his other works. His characters are strong, fully developed and realistic. This volume should definitely be kept in the core collection reading list. ...more
Based on his youth, this boy-meets-girl love story also captures the coming of age story of a young Craig Thompson. Part religious self-discovery, teeBased on his youth, this boy-meets-girl love story also captures the coming of age story of a young Craig Thompson. Part religious self-discovery, teenage love story and expression of artistry, Blankets is nearly 600 pages of captivating illustrations that simultaneously brings a reader into the cold winters of Wisconsin and the warmth of discovering love for the first time. Thompson’s long, curvey and detailed illustrations of Raina bring a sort of wordless poetry to the page, symbolizing at once his obsession for her at the time as well as idolized beauty that permeates the memories of adults reflecting upon their youth. It is because of this that Blankets is one of my all time favorite works, graphic novel or otherwise. ...more
A Superman origins story, this stand alone volume follows Clark Kent as he comes to terms with his powers and attempts to find his place in the world.A Superman origins story, this stand alone volume follows Clark Kent as he comes to terms with his powers and attempts to find his place in the world. Framed within the seasonal passing of time, Clark Kent’s journey from small town country boy to burgeoning journalist in Metropolis, stands as a metaphor of a man coming to terms with his social and familial responsibilities. Told using Americana styled art reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, Clark Kent is the symbol of small town Ameircan ideals despite his otherworldly, larger than life figure that overwhelms each panel. Loeh and Sale manage a perfect marriage of Superman who at once is a superior being and a simple country boy who wishes to live up to the ideals and standards of his aging, modest, down to Earth parents. Personally speaking, Superman is not my favorite superhero within the DC or Marvel cannon. However, while he is not a relatable character to me, I did find Loeh and Sale’s portrayal of his struggles and coming of age beautiful and touching, well worth attention for its use of Americana style art to frame Superman’s origins. Both creators bring to life the complexities of a character that struggles to be human in a corrupt world that constantly challenges his moral fiber. ...more
The origin story of Two-Face, a.k.a. former Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent, is the subject of this multi-issue story arc. The story begins withThe origin story of Two-Face, a.k.a. former Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent, is the subject of this multi-issue story arc. The story begins with Batman, along with Commissioner Gordon and D.A. Harvey Dent vowing to work in partnership to rid Gotham City from the violence that plagues its streets. While classic Batman villains make an appearance in each holiday themed issue, such as the Joker, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Scarecrow and mafia families Maroni and Falcone, the overall story arc follows the serial killer ‘Holiday’, who murders someone with each passing major holiday. The volume stands out from other Batman comics in its use of bleak coloring, shadowing and negative space that heightens tension between each frame with the element of the unknown. The story arch is more reminiscent as that of noir murder mystery rather a traditional comic book masked superhero saving the world. It blends comic techniques with literary noir styling to bring pathos, moral ambiguity and romanticism (between that of Catwoman/Selina Kyle and Batman/Bruce Wayne) to the page. I very much enjoyed this work and it rightly earns its place within the top Batman storylines for its portrayal of Harvey Dent as a man pushed to the edge time and time again, until in a moment of near success he is finally broken and the moral code he had dedicated his entire life now only can surface with the flip of a coin. ...more