This will have spoilers, but really, this is Deadpool. Killing the Marvel Universe. You know what you're getting.
I needed a Deadpool fix so I picked t...moreThis will have spoilers, but really, this is Deadpool. Killing the Marvel Universe. You know what you're getting.
I needed a Deadpool fix so I picked this up.
It was good, brutal and dark but still with a little bit of humour. The kind of humour that The Joker inspires, the kind that you laugh at, then realize what you're laughing at, then you kind of feel like shooting yourself in the head because you're an awful person.
This is one of those "Deadpool has 2 extra voices in his head that also seem to hate him" stories and I'm not a fan of that take on the character, but it used it to it's advantage here by silencing them and bringing in a new voice.
Sadly, it was rather predictable and it called to mind another Deadpool story wherein Deadpool realizes he's in a comicbook (I think it was in Deadpool #900 but maybe not.) and it just worked better in that one.
The art was kid of iffy, (Torn cloth is supposed to look like phone cords, not hula skirts! (Yep, Sam Kieth reference, aw yeah!)) not really solid and Deadpool looked kind of doughy, but the artists managed to get a lot of expression out of him. Though they seem to really like dislocating Deadpool's jaw. The opening kills were absolutely chilling, so kudos to the artist for that.
By far, (to me) the most memorable part of the whole story was how Deadpool dealt with X-23 and Daken, and it revealed something about Deadpool himself. It was horrific and sadistic and made me all sorts of "Nooo!" because I really want Deadpool and X-23 to have many angsty trysts someday. But that's what fanfiction is for.
Paper thin story, brutal deaths, questionable art and I still felt satisfied in the end. So if you're a Deadpool fan, or a fan of gore, or just want to see another take on Deadpool, pick it up. (less)
This was the first thing I read all the way through on my new Kindle. It was a very short read, despite that it was supposed to be about 80 pages. The...moreThis was the first thing I read all the way through on my new Kindle. It was a very short read, despite that it was supposed to be about 80 pages. The rest of the pages were samples of two more of his books. Unfortunately, that resulted in the whole thing sort of feeling like a commercial for his other novels.
The story was okay, nothing amazing, nothing horrible.(less)
I've actually had this book since Elementary school. I got it through the Scholastic book order things Elementary Schools offer. I was a geek, sue me....moreI've actually had this book since Elementary school. I got it through the Scholastic book order things Elementary Schools offer. I was a geek, sue me.
As a kid I would read the entries and re-read my favourites. I must have read Athena's entry a hundred times, and then yell at the Hercules and Xena TV shows because they were wrong, wrong, wrong!.
While writing my own mythology epic I actually found myself running to this book, dog-eared and yellowed-paged as it is, for refresher courses on certain mythological figures or double checking things. It's a true encyclopedia that is packed with knowledge and straight-forward facts.
It's a great introduction to Greek Mythology and while it's not heavy or overwhelming, it's certainly not dumbed down for kids, making it a great read for everybody. (less)
This was an enjoyable little book. It moved along at a nice, streamlined clip and all the characters were likable and fleshed out gradually which can...moreThis was an enjoyable little book. It moved along at a nice, streamlined clip and all the characters were likable and fleshed out gradually which can be a tricky thing to do. Maybe one or two scenes could have been added for better effect, for example: I would have liked to see Peter convince his friend to do something kind of weird on his behalf, I wanted to see how he managed to manipulate said friend.
The solutions to problems weren't clean-cut and were often multiple choice, which I liked. There were some unexpected twists and nice dark humour, which I love.
All in all, I'd read another book with these characters.(less)
Typical Alice in Wonderland story with Sam Kieth art. Not particularly creative use of imagery (Why Kieth, WHY?!), through some splash pages were well...moreTypical Alice in Wonderland story with Sam Kieth art. Not particularly creative use of imagery (Why Kieth, WHY?!), through some splash pages were well done. Robin looked all wrong. Some of it made me laugh out loud though.(less)
Each and every one of you who are reading this know I am a hugeSam Kieth fan. The Maxx made me aware of story telling methods and narratives that I h...moreEach and every one of you who are reading this know I am a hugeSam Kieth fan. The Maxx made me aware of story telling methods and narratives that I had no clue existed, I didn't even know one could go to those places in comics or animation. In short, Sam Kieth was my gateway drug.
I had first heard about Scratch in 2003 or 2004 and I was eager to read it. I mean, Sam Kieth drawing werewolves AND Batman?! I had flipped through it several times at my local comic book store but never put down the money for it. It never grasped me enough to actually buy it.
Today I got myself the series and read through all five issues
Sadly, I found Scratch to be just...kinda...meh.
Searching the internet, I found that apparently I wasn't the only one, hell, there wasn't even a Goodreads entry on it. I had to make it. Wikipedia doesn't have anything, DC Comics wiki has nothing, the series isn't even collected in a trade paper back. There isn't even a "Scratch" tag on Kieth's blog! All I could scrounge up was a CBR interview with Kieth.
So, why is it so...meh? Probably because I know Kieth is better than this. The writing is sub-par (For Kieth's standards) and simplistic. The story doesn't move at break-neck speed so much as it just sort of bounds along, jumping from place to place with not very much connectivity. I don't know if there were time-jumps that simply weren't labeled or if big chunks were edited out or what but it all just moved too fast for me. Kieth is great at setting ground work (The Maxx, Ojo, Four Women, the Zero Girl series, Batman: Secrets) but there wasn't enough time spent on much of anything. Who was Zack? Who was his family? Did they miss him? Did they abuse him and call him a freak? Was he emancipated? What?
The art veers too much into crazy whimsy (Batman's Chin(s)!) and not enough somber eeriness (Batman! Werewolves and Batman! And Circus freaks!), and some parts Kieth just goes into "Pfff screw it" mode and renders basically kiddy drawings of characters, which works for him a lot of the time but it simply doesn't here because it doesn't feel appropriate.
But to be fair, some shots of Sage are absolutely stunning. I love how Kieth draws women. They all look so natural and cuddly.
Finally, Batman. Batman is narrating this story and I found myself asking "Why?". Why does Batman care? For that matter, how did Batman learn about Scratch/Zack in the first place, let alone go out hunting for him?
There were some good moments of course, some scenes were poignant and some of the lines were funny, but all in all it was weak and moved me very little.
It's not all bad, it's a nice little time-killer and I recommend it for hardcore fans, like myself, who want to leave no Kieth story unloved. But if for some reason you're new to Kieth, go read The Maxx, Ojo or Batman: Secrets and then get back to me.(less)
A funny thing happened when I finished this book. Immediately after reading the final page I flipped back to the opening pages to read about John as h...moreA funny thing happened when I finished this book. Immediately after reading the final page I flipped back to the opening pages to read about John as he was in the start of the story, his reasons, his motivations, to see how much he changed.
It was an interesting read.
The world was creepy, horrific and I suppose plausible. The future was subtle but dark and hopeless and it reminded me of the film version of Children of Men where everything was just high-tech enough to communicate "future" without flying cars and cliches like that.
My one big complaint about the story, and it bugged me to the point of rolling my eyes and switching books for a short time, was that upon receiving the cure, it seemed every woman wanted to cling to her family and her husband and their comfortable domestic life while every man wanted to relive the bachelor lifestyle. I know that there's a biological theory that males want to procreate more to spread their genes around but it wasn't put forth like that. It was put forth as "Guys get bored with the same old chick."
There wasn't one female supporting character in the entire narrative that didn't just wanna live the life of their carefree 20's again? None? They all wanted to be Suzy Homebodies forever?
That seriously irritated me and it put a cloud over the middle of the story for me.
And yet, I liked the book. I liked John, even if he was rather aimless at times, which was the point of course, I liked Allison, I liked Ernie and Matt and I loved the imagery in the final few chapters.
But then, good dystopias are so hard to find.(less)