You are required to love a comic that features a rogue geologist as a villain. Yes.
Street Angel is the story of a homeless 13-year old world-class skaYou are required to love a comic that features a rogue geologist as a villain. Yes.
Street Angel is the story of a homeless 13-year old world-class skateboarder and ninja fighter. She lives in a world of (the aforementioned) ninjas and scientists, but her world is also chock full of Aztec gods, Conquistadores, Irish astronauts, Satanists, and the headaches that come with being homeless. This volume collects the five issues of the series as well as short stories, covers, and a wealth of pinups and sketches. And it is a thing of beauty.
The stories in Street Angel happen free of context and, blessedly, continuity. Each story seems to happen in its own little universe of fun. I suspect that Rugg (artist and co-writer) and Maruca (co-writer) weren't so interested in telling a grand, linear story; they were mostly concerned with figuring out how comics work. They needed to figure out the rules, and then they needed to break them completely.
The collection I own is called "volume one" in the indicia. I pray that there will be a second some day....more
Philip Pullman's beautifully written book, the first in a trilogy, came out during the height of the Harry Potter craze, so it didn't get the attentioPhilip Pullman's beautifully written book, the first in a trilogy, came out during the height of the Harry Potter craze, so it didn't get the attention it deserved.
Both books are for middle readers, feature child protagonists, and magic. The similarities end there. Despite the fact that The Golden Compass is set in an alternate world, the story and the characters are still believable and compelling.
Lyra Belaqua is a young girl growing up feral in her world's version of Oxford. She wants nothing more than to continue her exploration of the buildings around her. But fate conspires against her and she soon finds herself in the far North in the company of a band of Gypsies, a Texan hot air balloonist, and a talking polar bear. All of them are on the hunt for a shadowy group that may or may not be tied to The Church who are abducting children and conducting experiments on them. Lyra is one of the most fully developed characters I've ever met, and Pullman allows her to act like a real child.
Now that New Line Cinema is releasing a film based on this book, I hope that people will give these books a chance. They'll just be doing themselves a favor....more
Apparently I'm re-reading this series. Hadn't planned it, it's just happening.
A lot of people first noticed Warren Ellis's writing with this series,Apparently I'm re-reading this series. Hadn't planned it, it's just happening.
A lot of people first noticed Warren Ellis's writing with this series, and with good reason. It is all-out, thought-driven sci-fi with a nasty edge and a sometimes unlikeable main character. But for all of that, it still has a lot of heart.
Ellis's vision of the future can be fairly dim, but I hesitate to call this dystopia like some reviewers. It's a future where nanotechnology has made anything possible and humans have chosen to do a lot of questionable things with it. Our guide through this future is Spider Jerusalem, a columnist for a popular news site (and maybe an homage to gonzo journalist, Hunter Thompson). He has seen and done it all and yet he is still capable of being knocked flat by the lows and highs of human nature.
Ellis's writing is paired with the art of Darick Robertson, the artist for all 60 issues of the book. Having the same team work on every issue of a run is no small feat in comics and it speaks to the commitment of both creators to the title. Robertson's art is fluid enough to capture the craziness of a future where roving gangs of security werewolves don't make anyone blink, but can also capture the subtlety of any facial expression you care to mention.
And, to top it all off, the book is funny. Hilarious. Funnier than most any other comics I've read ever. Seriously. Oh, and it has a lot of swears.
This series shows that, nearly all evidence to the contrary, sci-fi can work well in comics. ...more
I started re-reading the Matthew Scudder books last year and haven't made a lot of progress, unfortunately. Like al of my favorite mystery novels, BloI started re-reading the Matthew Scudder books last year and haven't made a lot of progress, unfortunately. Like al of my favorite mystery novels, Block's books are less concerned with solving a murder than they are showing us the inner workings of the main character. And what a main character. Scudder's development mirrors that of his writer in a lot of ways. When the series begins, they were both alcoholics struggling to make it through the day. We get to watch them make the first tentative steps toward recovery and then (not without some backsliding, give up drink entirely. It all plays out in one of the meaner portrayals of New York I've read. I really think that the development of the Scudder character will be counted as a significant literary achievement. Block just needs some critics to "discover" him the way the New Wave "discovered" Hitchcock....more
Re-read, actually. Alan Moore disguises a modern history of magic and mystical thought in the garb of an action-adventure comic, a la Wonder Woman. ThRe-read, actually. Alan Moore disguises a modern history of magic and mystical thought in the garb of an action-adventure comic, a la Wonder Woman. The story is perfectly in sync with the art by JH Williams and the whole can feel a bit overpowering at times. I'm currently re-reading this series on my way to the fifth volume which I somehow managed to miss. I am looking forward to the experience....more