Terrific. It isn't a story everyone is going to relate to in all the aspects which the author was conflicted with while growing up. But while not an '...moreTerrific. It isn't a story everyone is going to relate to in all the aspects which the author was conflicted with while growing up. But while not an 'every man' book it is a beautiful rendering and recapturing of the author's years leading up to adulthood.
Very enjoyable page-turner, wonderfully crafted/woven story which ends with your understanding of the titles meaning. I enjoyed the authors acceptance and maturity after later after he displayed the opposites earlier.
I heard a quote which I think relates well to this book, "Happiness is fleeting, I prefer contentment." While the tone of this book isn't happy throughout and Craig doesn't depict his personal childhood as a happy one, he does find contentment in his maturity and accepts the good things he experienced in life however temporary for what they were, a good thing.
Production value and quality of Batman: Year One is off the charts. This is my second favorite Batman graphic novel but in many ways its superior to a...moreProduction value and quality of Batman: Year One is off the charts. This is my second favorite Batman graphic novel but in many ways its superior to all. The artwork and tone are terrific. I just happened to be partial to TDKR's storyline's epic nature.
Gordon over time has become my favorite comics character to read and see drawn. He has a lot of inherent strength of character and consistency in the way he is written that are sadly and astoundingly a rarity in this medium. He's presented better nowhere else than in Batman: Year One. In the Killing Joke Gordon is a sympathetic character for what he endures at the hands of the joker. In Year One Gordon sheds the helpless victim role for a much more active vindicated outlook. The only thing I didn't care much for was Catwoman.
Terrific read otherwise. Good substance to it.(less)
I'm a tv show convert that was interested to see the root inspiration for the show. I thoroughly enjoyed Vol. 1 as an introduction to the events to co...moreI'm a tv show convert that was interested to see the root inspiration for the show. I thoroughly enjoyed Vol. 1 as an introduction to the events to come.
One of my major problems with Vol. 2 is the change of artists for it. In Vol. 1 the writer, Robert Kirkman, raves about artist, Tony Moore, in the opening pages. I have to agree after finishing that first volume, the artistry and attentiveness to each square was impressive and very much a work of quality and care. Thus the transition to a new artist in Vol. 2 was upsetting when I felt major shifts from the quality of art in Vol. 1.
I'm a fan of substance. In graphic novels the term graphic tips you off as to what the main substance is. If the writing is great, but the art work is poor, the story doesn't have legs.
In vol. 2 I have to say I am disappointed that Image chose to dupe fans by swapping for a lazier, more rushed artist to pump out work (no idea about the timelines of issues, but it appears this way so I'm going to say it). The same thing occurred in another series I liked early on and it killed that run for me too (Gotham Central).
It's like the producers see the incoming revenue from sales reports and say "Holy crap we've got a hit! We've gotta get the next issue out on the shelves pronto!" "Hey Robert! Write faster. (No problem boss), Hey Tony! Draw Faster! (I can't draw anything worth printing in that time frame sir."
"Okay Tony. I'm sorry but we're going to have to replace you with someone who can. Would you mind still drawing the covers so that our customers still think it's your work inside?"
In Vol. 2 there are many scenes where Dale looks identical to Hershel. As someone else stated, I can't tell the young blonde females apart at all. Rick looks like he gained 50-100 lb.'s over night with how much weight he put on his face in the opening pages of the book (and that continues throughout. Rick looks like he went through the Oprah Winfrew yo-yo diet in Vol. 2."
Rick's son was drawn all wrong. A lot of the characters have such dramatically angered or juvenilely pissed off expressions on their faces for no reason, especially early on. They are much too expressive (I don't care the circumstances, it's no pun intended comical). The moments call for more sincerity, not 14 year old OMG to every little thing.
Tony Moore should've stuck on for these. And Robert Kirkman's writing sucked in most of this volume. Rick talks like an adolescent male video gamer playing Call for Duty with his friends before any fight scene with zombies. It's pretty tough to rank this one high unless you're just giving a lot of bonus points for the theme of it rather than the quality of the work.
They just need to take their time with these more. I'm glad that many saw inspiration in the rough story lines to create something much more in depth and thinking. This second volume of the comic feels like this series got spammed out to the masses in a hurry. It's too bad because the legacy of Walking Dead if this continues for the rest of the series, will lie with the AMC TV show in memory, and not with the Graphic Novels created and written by Robert Kirkman.(less)
I'd give this one 3.5*'s if I could. If this were an original main story line I'd give it 4*'s, but it isn't. The main scientific finding has been use...moreI'd give this one 3.5*'s if I could. If this were an original main story line I'd give it 4*'s, but it isn't. The main scientific finding has been used many times, both in the movies and previous arcs.
This is definitely a quick and enjoyable read, but critically it isn't outstanding in any way. And there are many aspects to it that leave you wanting it to be greater than it is. The main villain is showcased as an 'anything you can do, I can do better' type of villain, which always leaves a dissatisfied taste in my adult mouth. Remember the lines from the movie, Big Daddy, with Adam Sandler where he, his "son" and the chinese delivery guy are sitting around playing cards? The son lays down his cards and proclaims "I win!" and the delivery guy questions him, saying "why do you win? You don't have anything, just a 10-card high." Which the boy retorts to by saying "Because..I WIN!" and raking in all the chips towards himself.
That's how the lead villain feels in this story. No explanation for why he's stronger than the X-men cast, but he just is, so deal with it. Wolverine isn't showcased well in this story besides some of his classic personality which I enjoyed. But during the fights with the main villain Wolverine isn't done justice and you can tell its by author design to not have the spotlight on that character as the driving force. He does get in a nice scene with Beast, but otherwise he is made to look like an amateur. Until the end when the last confrontation closes with Wolverine ending it much to easily in comparison with how the villain was previously shown to be Wolverine's superior. Which is it?
Stuff like that makes this feel like a PG/PG-13 read, but is enjoyable none-the-less. It has good pacing and is obviously a lead in to further volumes.
Having a hard time getting into this story. The characters don't come across as likeable or intriguing. The dialogue is ridiculous and is hard to take...moreHaving a hard time getting into this story. The characters don't come across as likeable or intriguing. The dialogue is ridiculous and is hard to take seriously.
Half-way through and I'm having a hard time finding the redeeming value. Everything seems a little obnoxious in this thus far, from facial expressions, all of the situations, the dialogue, and the premise.
Where as with different comics you have an understanding of an idea the character stands for which you know to take serious as it is the bedrock of the fictional character; ie. Captain Americas morals, Batman's vengance/dark side/vigilante justice with a line he won't cross, etc.
I'm having a difficult time identifying what that idea to take serious is in this series, and since I'm not intrigued by much else other than a few bits of art, I don't plan on reading future issues to find out what the idea is which grounds this story and gives it depth. Thus far it doesn't amount to much and lacks direction.
Again, only half way through Vol. 1 to be fair. (less)
This is probably my favorite classic. For a long book, I simply couldn't put it down. Extremely well written and captivates your imagination. Read if...moreThis is probably my favorite classic. For a long book, I simply couldn't put it down. Extremely well written and captivates your imagination. Read if you haven't.(less)