This book…I have to say, this book really frustrates me. I love Terry Moore’s artwork: his figures are amazing and his ability to tell a story throughThis book…I have to say, this book really frustrates me. I love Terry Moore’s artwork: his figures are amazing and his ability to tell a story through visuals alone can border on the transcendant. That’s definitely the case in Echo, the book of his that I like the best, but I was impressed to see that he had the skill right away in Strangers in Paradise. But one of my big problems with SiP is that I don’t really care about the characters in this book. They’re so inconsistent, for one thing: they morph from slapstick to grim and gritty to soap opera, and it feels jarring, not organic, when the switches happen. Another sticking point for me is that I find the dialogue and pros over-written, to the point where it has made me roll my eyes and groan while reading the book on more than one occasion.
I think I understand the place that SiP has in comics history, and if other people have the books I may borrow them and see if they get any better/more enjoyable. But I won’t be buying any more of these pocket books, and I will probably pass my copy on to someone who will appreciate it more than me. And by that, I mean “at all.”...more
P.G. Wodehouse writes novels and stories that are easy to read and fairly thin on plot, but that doesn't mean that his books don't have substance. It'P.G. Wodehouse writes novels and stories that are easy to read and fairly thin on plot, but that doesn't mean that his books don't have substance. It's the *way* he writes that's important: the deft characterizations, the dialogue, and the quick wit that's on display in every page that make his books so immensely readable. _Very Good, Jeeves_ is a collection of the Jeeves & Wooster short stories, each of them showing idle bachelor Bertie Wooster involved with some sort of very upper-class tragedy that somehow goes even further downhill, but is always pulled out of the soup by his ingenious "gentleman's personal gentleman", Jeeves. This third volume of the Jeeves & Wooster stories is, like all the others, worth reading: it'll give you a genuine chuckle every page....more
Vimanarama uses a lot of Morrison's most well-worn ideas: meta-story, breaking the "fourth wall", the power of words, secret societies, and crazy quasVimanarama uses a lot of Morrison's most well-worn ideas: meta-story, breaking the "fourth wall", the power of words, secret societies, and crazy quasi-superhero action. But as tired as some of those ideas can be to people who've read a lot of Morrison, in this series, more often than not they work. This miniseries is part Kirby, and part Indian & Hindu mythology, and it reads well on the surface level as well as when you delve a little deeper. A lot of the energy that drives the story comes not from Morrison's crazy scripts, but Philip Bond's artwork. Sometimes cartoony, Bond really has a solid grip on each of the characters and makes panels that are full of dialogue really crackle. It's not my favourite of Morrison's 3 Vertigo miniseries (I like We3 and Seaguy a little more than this one), but it's still good....more