Not just another post-apocalyptic zombie comic. This one is told from the point of view of the animals who got smarter as the humans became mindless.Not just another post-apocalyptic zombie comic. This one is told from the point of view of the animals who got smarter as the humans became mindless. Can dogs and cats learn to work together to fight off their former masters? There's also another mysterious monster more threatening than the zombies. There's a quote from Watership Down at the beginning, so you can tell that's what the author is going for. It's heartwarming, but also a bit of a tearjerker. Why is it sadder when animals die than when people die? Maybe it's because we consider them to be more innocent than we are....more
One day, perhaps, we will have become legends. We’ll pass this way outside of space or time, When what they’ll know of us will be just questions. They’llOne day, perhaps, we will have become legends. We’ll pass this way outside of space or time, When what they’ll know of us will be just questions. They’ll carve our deeds in stone. Build us in rhyme. The things they’ll tell about us will be lies But lies of such a kind as tell a truth Perpetual. Our lives will be revised. Preserved, we’ll mouth the epics of our youth.
Actors will play us, braver than we are, More funny, deeper, prettier by far. Their lines will be more resonant and wise Than anything we said. Majestic lies. So wait. Such tales might be the truth one day. For now, alive, we huddle, ache, and pray.
A powerful being (who isn’t human, but who has a fondness for England) travels through time and space along with his companion in a ship that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Along the way, he singlehandedly stands up to aliens who threaten to destroy not just a world, but the whole universe.
This latest volume of the Sandman resembled Doctor Who a bit, which shouldn’t be surprising since Neil Gaiman is a big fan of the franchise and even wrote an episode of it. I must say, it was refreshing to see the Sandman take place somewhere other than Earth this time.
This story takes place before Volume 1 of The Sandman, and as with most prequels, things don’t quite fit with the events that are supposed to happen afterwards. For example, in this volume, the Corinthian escapes from the Dreaming and Dream threatens to unmake him, but in a volume that takes place later, Dream is surprised to learn the Corinthian has escaped and only decides to unmake him then. As with the Star Wars prequels, Gaiman uses a convenient memory wipe to explain away some of these inconsistencies, which left me feeling cheated as a reader.
My first impression when I started to read this was favorable. The artwork is gorgeous and often avoids traditional comic book frames. On one page, the Corinthian’s teeth are used as frames, in others it’s a window pane, a book, Morpheus’s name spelled out, or the rooms of a house. I particularly liked a scene that started out in black and white and transitioned to color when Dream made his entrance. Also, some characters are two dimensional, and some of the pages fold out. One scene in which we’re looking from behind the Corinthian’s eyes that resemble mouths struck me as particularly freaky.
The humor in this volume was of the cutesy variety, which isn’t really my thing, although I did enjoy Delirium’s comic interlude. I feel like the introduction of Dream’s parents Father Time and Mother Night didn’t add anything to the Sandman mythos. In fact, many Sandman characters make cameos throughout which don’t add anything to the plot. We’re reminded that Delight turned into Delirium at one point, but we still don’t learn how or why. Desire’s appearance did actually turn out to be integral to the plot and we learn that his/her relationship with Dream is more complicated than we’d been led to believe, which I liked.
The Dream of a Thousand Cats story from the original run of the Sandman contradicted the rest of the Sandman continuity since Dream was supposed to be imprisoned during the time period it took place. Dream of a Thousand Cats is an integral part of Overture, so I guess I should have been expecting all the plot holes in this volume. To be fair though, any story with time-travel in it will have inconsistencies. It just goes with the territory.
Perhaps the story won’t seem so full of plot holes upon a second read, but I expect it will. Either way, the story is ultimately about the triumph of the imagination over reality, and our hero is the embodiment of dreams, so I guess the story doesn’t really need to make coherent sense, just a kind of dream sense....more
The angel Perdissa wants Lucifer dead, so she hires the Silk Man, a being left over from a previous creation, to set a trap for him. Previous installmThe angel Perdissa wants Lucifer dead, so she hires the Silk Man, a being left over from a previous creation, to set a trap for him. Previous installments of Lucifer have featured deities from several different mythologies and this time Buddhist philosophy plays a role. Lest we forget this is a spin off from the Sandman, Dream of the Endless makes a cameo appearance. This one off story also features beautiful watercolor style artwork....more
This is the story of an arrogant architect as told by his twin who died in the womb. After lightning strikes his apartment building, Asterios gets onThis is the story of an arrogant architect as told by his twin who died in the womb. After lightning strikes his apartment building, Asterios gets on a bus and travels across the country. He meets many interesting characters along the way, each with their own life philosophy. One character instructs him how to discover anyone's true nature: ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do. Another ongoing theme is duality versus shades of gray. I also liked that the story acknowledges that memories change over time.
The story is not told in chronological order, more like a jigsaw puzzle. Flashbacks often answer the questions brought up in the present day narrative. There are dream sequences in which Asterios interacts with the twin he never knew. Different styles of artwork are used to match the mood of the story. I liked that when Asterios misses his ex-wife what he remembers about her aren't romantic moments, but rather the every day banalities. The only fault I can find is that someone with just one eye shouldn't be driving around. Each chapter tends to end abruptly, like a series of snapshots, but it didn't feel like anything was missing from the whole as a result. The ending is just amazing. It's surprising, and yet feels inevitable at the same time....more
In his introduction, Brendan Powell Smith states he started this project because many people who say they believe the Bible is the word of God and a gIn his introduction, Brendan Powell Smith states he started this project because many people who say they believe the Bible is the word of God and a guide to morality haven't actually read it. The Bible is definitely a difficult book to get through, so turning it into a graphic novel using LEGO figurines does make it easier to read. A lot of parts are left out (otherwise this would be thousands of pages long), but the most well known stories are here, making it perfect for people who want to be culturally literate but who don't want to spend the time to read through the entire Bible itself. Note, as the Bible contains copious amounts of sex and violence, this edition may not be suitable for children. However, LEGO nudity isn't exactly NC17 and the blood is just red blocks, so it's not as bad as prime time TV. Also, this print edition is far less offensive than thebricktestament.com website which this book is based on since a lot of parts have been left out.
Smith consulted several different English translations of the Bible as well as the original Hebrew when putting this together. All the text in this book is taken from the Bible, although like all translations, he does add his own interpretation to the text. I was disappointed that he made the sin of Sodom be homosexuality when this isn't attested to in the Bible. When the sin of Sodom is mentioned in the Bible, it's referred to as inhospitality (Jeremiah 23:14, Ezekiel 16:49-50, Wisdom 19:13-14, Ecclesiastes 16:8, Matthew 10:11-14, Luke 10:8-12). Some modern people mistakenly think it was homosexuality because the Hebrew word "yadha" (know) sometimes refers to sex, however, the word yahda is used over 900 times in the Bible and only refers to sex 10 times. When God says Abraham only have I known, he's using "know" in the modern sense, as does Jesus when he says a shepherd knows his flock. In the earlier version of the Sodom story (Judges 19), the sin of the townspeople is trying to kill the foreigner spending the night in their city (Judges 20:4-5), not trying to rape him. The writers of the Sodom and Gomorrah story did not have homosexuality in mind.
Smith's sense of humor is apparent throughout this book. When Yahweh makes leather clothes for Adam and Eve to wear, the picture shows Yahweh butchering a cow with Adam and Eve looking on in horror. When Noah and his family leave the ark, there are countless skeletons strewn across the ground from all the people who died in the flood. Inconsistencies that are easy to miss when reading the Bible stand out quite a bit when you see them illustrated. The fact that Genesis gives two different creation stories is more apparent in this version, as is the ridiculousness of Noah cursing Canaan because Ham saw Noah naked (although I think the reason for this is Ham "uncovering his father's nakedness" is a metaphor for Ham sleeping with Noah's wife, thus making Canaan a child of incest).
I admit I started to get bored with the Old Testament pretty quickly since it's mainly just one battle after another (it reminded me of the Book of Mormon in this way). The New Testament was more fun. The analogies of Jesus are depicted in modern day contexts. When Jesus says to turn the other cheek and forgive them that hurt you, the LEGOs depict a man letting himself get beaten by a criminal, who then proceeds to murder his family. In accordance with Jesus's teachings to love them that spitefully use you and let them borrow your things without expecting them to be returned, the man then gives the murderer his car. The ridiculousness of someone actually doing what Jesus says by selling everything they have and giving the money to the poor is also pictured.
I loved thebricktestament.com website, so I was quite disappointed when I found out this collection doesn't contain everything the website does. Some of the funniest parts are left out. The Laws, Job, and the Epistles aren't here. Also, the books which do appear are sometimes abridged. The layout also is different. On the website, the scripture is written underneath the picture to make room for word bubbles in which the characters sometimes say non-Biblical things. The word bubbles don't appear in the print edition in order to save room on the page, but this takes a lot of the humor out of it. For this reason, I have to recommend people visit the website rather than buy this book....more
Another short story collection taking place in the universe of the Sandman. There's a story about Norton I, an actual historical figure who was the seAnother short story collection taking place in the universe of the Sandman. There's a story about Norton I, an actual historical figure who was the self-declared emperor of America in the 1800s. Another story features John Constantine's ancestor Lady Johanna Constantine trying to smuggle something out of post-revolutionary France. There are also stories about werewolves, Emperor Augustus, and King Haroun Al Raschid, but most of this volume is devoted to the story of the Sandman's son Orpheus and his wife Eurydice. The story of Orpheus will be familiar to anyone who knows their Greek mythology, so it felt like it was dragged out for too long to me, but overall this collection is far superior to the earlier short story collection Dream Country....more
Humanity's fight against other humans continues (oh, and don't forget the zombies). I was worried that Negan would just turn out to be another GovernoHumanity's fight against other humans continues (oh, and don't forget the zombies). I was worried that Negan would just turn out to be another Governor, but in this volume we learn that while he may be similar, he is also different in many ways....more
"Dean runs on an on that way he had back then like evry conversation wuz juss endless white line road he'd gotta burn up on his way t' th' celestial M"Dean runs on an on that way he had back then like evry conversation wuz juss endless white line road he'd gotta burn up on his way t' th' celestial Monet smudge o th' horizun n ole Dr. Sachs sags flags collapses back t' sit on flour bags n ole pasta sacks jaw slack his wicker works hung wiltin fum his wizened wizzerd lizzerd fingertips cain't git a wurd in edgewise an muss wait like evvabody else fer Dean t' lose hiz steam what he's got more uv 'n a reverse Chinese laundry what takes clothes in clean n sends 'm back near black" -Sal Paradyse
As usual, Alan Moore combines several different styles of writing. This volume contains passages in the style of Shakespeare, Jack Kerouac, old fashioned advertisements, an erotic novel, and more. The artwork also comes in many varieties including comic book, comic strip, postcards, woodcuts, and political cartoons. There's even a section designed for 3D glasses. As we've come to expect from the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, there are far too many literary references for any one person to pick up on all of them. Several of the literary characters making appearances this time include Christian from Pilgrim's Progress, Prospero from The Tempest, Dean Moriarty from On the Road, Lemuel Gulliver from Gulliver's Travels, Nyarlathotep from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and countless others. The main story takes place in 1950s Britain immediately following the downfall of Big Brother as "Jimmy" Bond and his fellow spies attempt to recover the Black Dossier from a couple of thieves who will be familiar to readers of the first two volumes of this series.
"We are the tales that soothed your infant brow, The roles you wore for childhood's alley-play. Did not your youth, when lust each notion seized, See paper paramour took oft to bed? When grown to grey responsibility, Its disenchantments and diurnal toils, Come each day's disappointed end were we Not all thy consolation, thy escape? And more, the very personality That scrys this epilogue was once unformed, Assembled hastily from borrowed scraps, From traits admired in others, from ideals. Did fictional examples not prevail? Holmes' intellect? The might of Hercules? Our virtues, our intoxicating vice: While fashioning thyself, were these not clay? If we mere insubstantial fancies be, How more so thee, who from us substance stole?" -Prospero...more