Aww! I loved this book. And I'm surprised it took this long for someone to come up with it. I have read more than a bunch of comics by Kirby-Lee fromAww! I loved this book. And I'm surprised it took this long for someone to come up with it. I have read more than a bunch of comics by Kirby-Lee from 60's and it was extremely wonderful to get a peep into the creative process although I've known some details. Sean Howe presents an extremely detailed marvel history (at least as detailed as it could probably be), and his writing never puts us off. The beginning pages particularly show his talent for writing Non-Fiction where he introduces the readers to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in a dramatic manner.
There is so much to like in this book. Howard the Duck fans rebuttal, the posessive attitudes of Stan Lee and Claremont later to some extent. And THAT conversation between Lee & Kirby on his birthday. I've particularly enjoyed the 100-odd pages written about Jim Shooter era. I'm a fan of Jim Starlin's Cosmic Marvel, Engelhart's Nick Fury and Simonson's Thor, so it was particularly good to read the stuff that happened around that time. And I loved the description of Romita when he was asked to replace Kirby on Fantastic Four. Classy Stuff, really.
The writer never veered too much into a judgmental tone even while detailing inception of IMAGE comics or Marvel's tailspin in the 90's. To those of you wondering if this throws much information on Joe Queseda regime, it would be a disappointment (as it was to me). As the writer mentioned in his interview at CBR, there are too many obstacles. Also, the lack of any sketches across the book is disheartening. Aside from these two issues, everything else is absolutely great about this book.
You might be aware of some of the stuff in these pages, but this is THE definitive guide to every proud fan of Marvel Comics whose creative history is as rich as it's character's history. The craziness is too good to miss....more
As an ardent Rahul Dravid fan and cricinfo follower, reading this book was no real brainer. And it was good to see the awesome Sambit Bal spearhead thAs an ardent Rahul Dravid fan and cricinfo follower, reading this book was no real brainer. And it was good to see the awesome Sambit Bal spearhead the effort of bringing this book together. It is a fine book, a good looking one as well and the nice photos (almost) capture the iconic moments in his career.
Before reading the book, one would expect it to set itself apart from the countless stories published in newspapers on the eve of his retirement. But more than half of the book concentrated on saying stuff everyone already have heard or read or seen. And their approach wouldn't even work with someone with less familiarity either because they kept saying stuff like 'Dravid is disciplined' or 'Dravid is hard-working' in the first section without actually delving into the particulars. Rahul Bhattacharya was one exception though. And I don't understand why that buffoon of a Sanjay Manjrekar was allowed to write a piece in this book when he has relentlessly directed absurd criticism at Dravid throughout his final few years.
But the book picked itself in the second section with bunch of anecdotes by his contemporaries and I particularly enjoyed the one by Greg Chappell. It is indeed brave of anyone to formulate an approach in the middle of the match and go ahead and execute it. It would have been nice to have something written by someone from his earlier days. The piece by Karnataka cricketer is brief and abrupt and the one by a random guy going gaga over an handshake is ridiculous and funny as hell. The interviews and Bradman oratory speech were great especially the interview conducted during his retirement. My opinion of the book might not be objective as I read few of the articles earlier on Cricinfo before buying this book and my appetite was left short.
This might not be a great anthology but it multiplies your respect for the great cricketer tenfold. Go read it for the person who fought the tough fight for the team we all loved....more
Certainly the best trade in the whole series till now. Now that the characters and their back stories were told, Aaron is pulling all the stops to punCertainly the best trade in the whole series till now. Now that the characters and their back stories were told, Aaron is pulling all the stops to punch our guts from the inside. After dead mothers, this is the best character work done by him and I guess after slightly misdirected RedCrow-centric story arcs the series rightly shifts the spotlight to its best characters, Carol and Dashielle.
Scalped is a great book without Guera's pencils. But with him on it, it storms to a whole new level. His work easily stands head and tails above most stuff on the sale....more