"Inquisitrix! Be warned: I am commander Ren Mormorian, apprentice Nekomancer to the great and ancient two-faced Zorian of Whiteclaw House! I have rais"Inquisitrix! Be warned: I am commander Ren Mormorian, apprentice Nekomancer to the great and ancient two-faced Zorian of Whiteclaw House! I have raised the Ancient dead! I have fought the Wraithmen of the Forsaken Forests. Cross me at your own peril!"
That's quite the mouthful, hey? And that's what this comic is - one big mouthful.
I'll start with the obvious. The art. Holy shit...the art. It's stunning. Sana Takeda absolutely kills it with his pictures. I'd be completely happy going through this book if all it had were just the pictures and it was left up to me to figure out what was going on. Each page was an absolute delight to discover and it singlehandedly made this a book worth reading.
Luckily, however, there were words to go along with the pictures. And those words weaved a story that is absolutely freaking stellar! Marjorie M. Liu has created a setting that is steeped in history and traditions. She has crafted something that feels alive and disturbingly real and she has thrust us into its very center, trusting us to pull up our pants and keep up.
It was just a helluva lot of fun to read. Every issue in this volume threw something new at us. A new race or species, a new horror, and even a betrayal or two. The world building going on in this comic is top notch and, because of the gorgeous art that goes along with it all, stands head and shoulders above most other books I see coming out on a monthly basis.
It had a very distinct 'Westernized' Manga vibe going on about it too. I could easily see influences of that in, not only the art but in the storytelling itself, as well. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, as I am a big Manga and Anime fan, that I found myself so enthralled by this story.
Anyways, It was brilliant and fired on all cylinders for me. Can't wait for the next volume....more
Like a lot of Mark Millar's work, I find I end up enjoying it more than I probably should. I mean, this book didn't exactly bring anything new to theLike a lot of Mark Millar's work, I find I end up enjoying it more than I probably should. I mean, this book didn't exactly bring anything new to the table. Each issue had a cliffhanger, however, it was all very predictable and I never felt like anyone was ever in any real jeopardy. The story was enjoyable but never took me anywhere that I hadn't seen before in many other iterations.
And yet, I was enjoying the hell out of it all.
And that's the thing about Mark Millar. I get the sense that he just doesn't give a fuck. He tells the story that he wants and makes it a fun little ride. He doesn't smother it all with trying to be something smarter than it actually is.
And it works. I was entertained. It didn't hurt one bit either that Stuart Immonen made every single page a complete joy to look at. The dude was on fire with the art direction and it really helped sell the story that he and Millar were trying to tell.
It was a fun adventure. The pace was fast - and it reminded me in a way of the Indiana Jones movies where it was just one thing after another after another after...another. Set pieces lined up to thrill us, the viewers, never really giving us a chance to catch our breaths.
And then it's over. Quick, easy, and fun.
I like fun. And that's why I like Mark Millar.
I'd give this three and a half stars if Goodreads would let me......more
It's true, what they say, there is a lot of walking in this book. In fact, one could say that the entire book is, for the most part, one big journey.It's true, what they say, there is a lot of walking in this book. In fact, one could say that the entire book is, for the most part, one big journey. Don't be fooled, however, this is no mundane trek through a predictable fantasy world full of whimsy. It is a journey fraught with peril - filled with Giants and creatures that crawl beneath the ground - and not all the dangers are as mysterious as the creatures of legend, for the evils of man are just as treacherous as the teeth of the most fearsome beast.
This, the second book of the MS&T trilogy plunges us head over heels into the epicness of Osten Ard. The world that Tad Williams has brought us truly shows how steeped in lore and history it really is. The lands come alive and although at times it is a place of incredible majesty the story we follow is one of abject terror. A sense of desperateness hangs off every action and we can only push our way through the words with a whisper of a hope that things will somehow work out.
When I first read this story years ago - it completely changed my world. It raised the bar on which all other stories were to be judged and, rarely, has anything ever come close.
What a treat. What an adventure. Tad Williams has most certainly given us something special. The Stone Of Farewell will forever be a favorite of mine....more
Back in 2008, Mark Millar and Steve McNiven brought us an incredible Wolverine story called, Old Man Logan. For me, it stands as one of the best WolviBack in 2008, Mark Millar and Steve McNiven brought us an incredible Wolverine story called, Old Man Logan. For me, it stands as one of the best Wolvie titles I have read. It took place outside of continuity and brought us a real gritty tale of a Logan grown old in a post-apocalyptic setting.
It was the tits!
Now, thanks to Secret Wars, Old Man Logan has made it back into the 'normal' Marvel universe. It's actually one of the very few things Secret Wars did that made me really, really, happy.
So...now we have an ongoing Old Man Logan comic book with Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino at the helm. And you know what? They fucking nailed it!
I've always been a big Lemire fan so I was pretty excited to hear that he was writing this. I really dug the way he kept the gritty and dark tone of the original Old Man Logan story and was giddy beyond relief when he even revisits that past series through the use of flashbacks. It was hella fun being in that world again. But this isn't a story about that old world. This is a story about Logan being back in the Marvel universe - and I am happy to report that Lemire pulls it off wonderfully.
Of course, it helped that Lemire had Andrea Sorrentino on picture duty. The dude makes some pretty fantastic pages and there was a number of two-page spreads that made me whoop and holler in delight.
All in all - a great first arc! This makes me happy. I'm so used to Marvel shitting the bed on their books these days that it's always a real treat when I find something I like!...more
I quite enjoyed the first book...I freaking loved this second one!
I am happy to report that the Low Town series still makes me feel dirty, cheap, andI quite enjoyed the first book...I freaking loved this second one!
I am happy to report that the Low Town series still makes me feel dirty, cheap, and proud to be so. I feel like I have shit stained underwear on or have worn the same pair of socks for a week straight. It's the black, grainy, kind of grit that darkens your fingernails and you aren't even sure how it go there in the first place.
It's not a setting or a story that one should like - and yet there I was with a big shit eating grin on my face. Really, though, how could I not be smiling? We have a noir crime thriller in a fantasy setting with a grimdark attitude that eats the face off of other works of literature that only wish they could be half as seedy as this one! Add to that a protagonist that is neither heroic or inspiring in any way, shape, or form, but is just a scheming drug dealer with a past that makes him drown his thoughts in whatever poison he can put into his body to help him forget his sins.
He grows on you, though - and before you know it you find yourself rooting for the son of a bitch.
I particularly enjoyed the flashback scenes of our 'hero' which take us back to the trenches of the great world war and his musings on heroism and patriotism.
I also loved the hell out of the dialog between pretty much every single character and conversation that took place in this story. I tell ya, that Daniel Polansky guy sure can write a helluva sentence or two.
It's like a one-two punch to the gut that bends you over...only when you straighten back up you have a big, bloody, grin on your face and all you want is for it to happen all over again.
Well done, writer dude! Have all the stars!!...more