Every review that I have read of this book seems to be a short story in itself. I'll try to contain myself (mostly because I don't have the capacity tEvery review that I have read of this book seems to be a short story in itself. I'll try to contain myself (mostly because I don't have the capacity to analyze anything that thoroughly). I loved this book for a couple of reasons, and here they are:
First of all, I have little to no knowledge of the Dominican Republic's history. I'm not sure how accurate the history provided here was.. but I am definitely planning on looking more into it because of it. I think this may be overlooked to some extent. As a comic book guy, I can obviously relate to Oscar, but I really walked away wanting to know more about the DR, Haiti, etc. Growing up in the south, no one taught me about this shit, and I really wish they would have. I challenge anyone from York County, Williamsburg to give me a call and tell me what they know about Trujillo. The only thing I ever knew about Trujillo was that there was a girl from my high school with the same name, that happened to be pretty attractive. Living in New York now, I run into a lot of Dominicans and it's shocking to me that the only thing I know about them is that they produced Jose Reyes, and he is awesome, and that is really sad.
Secondly, I love that this book was based in Patterson, New Jersey (sort of). I commute to West Orange, Nj on a daily basis for work and it is pretty refreshing to not see New Jersey depicted in the boring mobster way that it normally is. I've no pictures to prove it, but New Jersey shocks me on a daily basis. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not a huge fan of Jersey, but the Dominican lady that offers me bananas and coffee for a dollar, or the corner store that consistently sells me sodas from Trinidad that taste like diaper bubble gum, or my idealizing of the NJ Transit ticket taker as a Vietnam vet Rambo, or the girl that sunbathes behind the Greek cheese deli, or the twelve year old skate boarder down the street from my warehouse who has taken on a language only comparable to parrot talk, or the freakishly fast gentleman that somehow walks through the cemetary from the train yet seems to still beat me to Dunkin Donuts every morning, or the Subway that tells me with a straight face that unfortunately they are out of bread for the day, I have figured out that Tony Soprano has little idea what New Jersey is all about. So, the second thing taken from this book was... learn more about New Jersey. Imagine if your whole family (for multiple generations) moved to, say... Kansas City... it kinda changes the landscape of things.
Lastly, I have to acknowledge Oscar's nerdiness. After working in a comic warehouse, I have discovered that nerdliness can unexpectantly infect anyone! No one is safe! I've know n a lot of "nerds" and the majority of them have been saddled with some sort of social restraint. This is ridiculous, of course, because for every "nerd" conversation that I have had, I have had five "regular" conversations that lead to nothing but dissapointment. I can say that I have much more of a love for the X-Men than clubbing, I have much more of a love of Batman than Corvettes, and I have thrice the love for action figures over financial security, but just as Oscar we still love ladies/men!...more
Let me start off by saying that I have just started reading the first book in the Dark Tower series. So, I am a bit of an outsider, I guess. The storyLet me start off by saying that I have just started reading the first book in the Dark Tower series. So, I am a bit of an outsider, I guess. The story was pretty well told. It is always a little bit awkward trying to grasp the made-up lingo of a new fantasy world, but I didn't find it too difficult to deal with. I will say, and people will hate me for this, that Jae Lee's artwork is a bit stale and honestly a little bit distracting. This isn't helped by Isanove's coloring, which I have always felt to be artificial and uhhhhh flowery. Overall, a decent read, and probably added a little to my interest in reading the whole series. Oh yeah, a little story: About a year ago a couple of friends and I were held up at gunpoint in Bed Stuy. During which we were all asked to empty the contents of our pockets. One friend had a book in his jacket pocket. When the charming gun wielder asked what it was, he responded "a Stephen King book". I haven't clarified this with him because I was kind of caught up in the moment, but I think it was a Dark Tower book. The gun man's response was one of utter disappointment. I think he said something like, "I don't want that bullsh*t mutha scutha! What else you got!" So, in the future if you decide to go to a punk show in a slightly rough neighborhood, make sure to hide your money in whatever Stephen King novel that you may have lying around....more
Recently I've had a couple of conversations about the type of books you read and where you read them. This very special book falls into this awesome cRecently I've had a couple of conversations about the type of books you read and where you read them. This very special book falls into this awesome category called "books that I am ashamed to read on the subway, but am dying to read on my New Jersey Transit train ride". And if JG knew what was good for him he would publish this review.
I actually read this on and off at the same time that I was reading Michael Crichton's "Something or Other". So, I tend to get the main characters a bit mixed up. However, I proudly remember that the Crichton book was about global warming and the Grisham book was about a lawyer and Italy. I think I liked the latter more (there didn't seem to be much of an agenda). Overall though, I am reviewing the two as one. Neither was very good, or bad I guess, but together they filled a gaping commute-ish void in my life.
I normally read the New York Post on the NJ transit and fall in and out of sleep. But the Post is kind of tight because I can read it or sleep-read it and still retain the same amount of juicy information! These books were just like that!
People call these books "Beach books". Color me stupid, but if I decide to take a week from work, escape the city, and head down to the beach for vacation... the last thing that I want to do is fill that time off with reading John Grisham or Michael Crichton. Or maybe even reading at all, has America never heard of body surfing? These books should be called "New Jersey Commute Books".
To sum it up, both had pretty generic artwork on their covers, but true to the cliche held much more inside!!
* No boobs in either of the two books ** I will provide no review for "Something or Other", it would be redundant. ...more
The most memorable moments that I had while reading this book were... the forty times that my co-worker read the title and asked me in an off-hand sorThe most memorable moments that I had while reading this book were... the forty times that my co-worker read the title and asked me in an off-hand sort of way, "hey buddy, are you at the part where Will Smith has his big dance number?"
I didn't have the heart to break it to him, but the written word is simply incapable of capturing and bottling the magical moves of Will Smith.
I'm not sure he is ready to hear that... and I'm not even sure if I'm ready to hear that.
Nevertheless, "Men in Black" did it's job. You will find yourself teetering between feeling either hatred or sympathy towards the main character. The whole book felt isolated to me, which I guess served it well.
A good deal of this seemed like it was semi-autobiographical.
I've done a pretty poor job of describing this book....more
So I guess I'm supposed to love this... I didn't. I had read all of the Scott Pilgrim books prior to reading to this, so I may have been a little bitSo I guess I'm supposed to love this... I didn't. I had read all of the Scott Pilgrim books prior to reading to this, so I may have been a little bit biased. I mean, I'm a dude, I like video games, I like drumming, I like jokes, I like comics that aren't quite so muddy. And O'Malley's art has gotten soooo much better since this it's a joke. All in all (although I can never disregard the heavy use of kittens in anything, and I mean anything) I have to say that this comic reminded me of my middle school youth/the grunge scene. Do you remember when you were like "Oh shit, Nirvana's "Nevermind" is so killer, I never knew that they had an album before this shizz!"? Then you bought "Bleach" and were totally all like, "dude this is like... not as good". It's just not the same. Watch my feet!...more
If for no other reason, I loved this book because the author's past job experiences are way more interesting than my own. I certainly would not be ablIf for no other reason, I loved this book because the author's past job experiences are way more interesting than my own. I certainly would not be able to pen a graphic novel about working at a retail outlet shop. The progression (if you want to call it that) of his art over a decade or so was interesting. It seemed like he adopted a more mature drawing style as he got older. That sounds reasonable, except, he is drawing comic books. One of my small pleasures in life is sitting down in the subway, wearing my stupid work dress clothes, and cracking open a book of cartoons. So I kind of enjoy my picture books to be as unrefined as possible. Regardless, getting a peak into the mysterious life of mosquito killing was more than worth my time. ...more
There are only so many wine books out there. This one is much more enjoyable than most. I don't know what it means, but wine has always been more inteThere are only so many wine books out there. This one is much more enjoyable than most. I don't know what it means, but wine has always been more interesting to me as the secondary focus of a book/movie/discussion. I guess that means wine is boring. However, it was nice to get the feeling from this book that wine making was at one point just another form of agriculture and not the insanity that it has now become. Side note: as a comic book geek it is laughable to hear people refer to themselves as wine geeks....more
Cannot... stay awake.. while reading. I don't know why I keep subjecting myself to reading these wine books. I read Kladstrup's other wine/war book anCannot... stay awake.. while reading. I don't know why I keep subjecting myself to reading these wine books. I read Kladstrup's other wine/war book and enjoyed it much more. Burgundy during the great wars was way more interesting than Champagne. Bordeaux, kinda lame, but still a little more interesting. I will say that I am holding my breath for the next book, "Oregon Pinot: How America's Tightest Varietal Triumphed Over Not Being Regularly Stocked In My Local Wine Shop". ...more
Nerd fest!! Nothing is better than sending your beloved super heroes into space. Not to mention, this is a revenge story. The art had its issues, butNerd fest!! Nothing is better than sending your beloved super heroes into space. Not to mention, this is a revenge story. The art had its issues, but fit the story perfectly. Also, Ed Brubaker seems to have a thing for mutant make outs. All in all -- space, aliens, fights, knives, swords, french kisses, butter!...more
I guess I'm just echoing other reviews, but I loved the art. In particular the illustration of the stabbing scene on the beach was pretty great (and mI guess I'm just echoing other reviews, but I loved the art. In particular the illustration of the stabbing scene on the beach was pretty great (and made me kind of jealous). Not the gore of the scene, but just its effectiveness. The story was engaging, but nothing mind blowing. All in all, slightly less than tight....more
It's science fiction. Little kids fighting for the planet! Come on. I don't care how derivative it is, or how dated the politics are, I am down with tIt's science fiction. Little kids fighting for the planet! Come on. I don't care how derivative it is, or how dated the politics are, I am down with the war room. Is there an all-scandanavian metal soundtrack to Ender's Game? If not, there should be. ...more