Only a few books knocked my socks off or won my heart in 2016.
March, John Lewis's 3-vol graphic novel about his involvement in the U.S. civil rights mOnly a few books knocked my socks off or won my heart in 2016.
March, John Lewis's 3-vol graphic novel about his involvement in the U.S. civil rights movement. Important. Well-done from start to finish. Nate Powell's art is always a plus as well.
Animal Liberation, the classic by Peter Singer. I read the original edition. Now i'm a vegetarian.
Between the World and Me, a pseudo letter to his son, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It illuminated some of the darker corners of all my white privileges.
One! Hundred! Demons! by that tricksy hippie chick Lynda Barry. Just like What It Is, the weirdo sincerity and openness surprised and delighted me.
Mother, Come Home, a graphic novel by Paul Hornschemeier. Grief. And visually just the way i like it.
Three Shadows a graphic novel by Cyril Pedrosa. Fear of Death. Emotionally right up my alley. A little less consistent (imo) than Hornschemeier's but a lot less distanced.
Last Look, trippy, almost sci-fi trilogy of graphic novels, by Charles Burns (X'd Out, The Hive, & Sugar Skull). Please try to see that this story actually does NOT commit the Bobby Ewing Infraction.
Depending on your maturity + taste, of course, i'd also recommend the following series (mostly still on-going). #8 Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma. #9 Saga by Brian Vaughan with great art by Fiona Staples. #10 Twin Spica (6vols total?) by Kou Yaginuma. #11 Ms Marvel by Willow Wilson et al (though i'm almost ready to quit). #12 Demon by Jason Shiga. #13 Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire.
I didn't read anything offensively awful in 2016, but two settled at the bottom of the barrel... X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga *sigh* As a teen, i loved the X-Men, but whichever Goodreader said "the X stands for exposition" couldn't've said it better! Then again, a lot of people love Love LOVE this one. 30 Days of Night is empty in all the wrong ways; maybe better to call it flimsy or scanty; plus its look clashes with my personal visual aesthetic. Then again, quite a few people love Love LOVE this one....more
You're being asked to follow the adventures of a young robot, TIM-21, who wakes up alone on a fringe colony world (moon?) of the United Galactic CouncYou're being asked to follow the adventures of a young robot, TIM-21, who wakes up alone on a fringe colony world (moon?) of the United Galactic Council. He's presumably integral to discovering how the UGC can prepare for future attacks by The Harvesters, giant robots who showed up simultaneously and terrifyingly at all 9 core UGC worlds "10 years ago" (let's do what Lemire does and completely ignore relativistic difficulties). Captain Telsa and Dr Quon are dispatched to rescue TIM. Bad guys are dispatched to capture TIM. Let the odyssey begin.
Lemire and Nguyen allude to many Many MANY of the biggest science fictions in recent memory, especially, in film: Star Wars; Blade Runner; AI; I, Robot; maybe even Guardians of the Galaxy and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If my memory were better, i could probably rattle off 5 more. You might like these tickles.
Randumb thoughts I'm drawn to Lemire's works even though most of them haven't exactly wowed me. I think it could be some narcissism: his name's almost my name, especially if you choose to pronounce his family name as if it were "lemur." I'm certain that i'm attracted to his subject matter: science fiction as a way to explore identity, consciousness, and human/non-human coexistence.
Sadly, i'm starting to wonder if Lemire is personally responsible for the misspellings that appear in his comics because the same kinds of things happened in this book (published by Image) as happened in Trillium (published by Vertigo). A minor character reports to the head of the UGC about Telsa's whereabouts but her name appears as Tesla and as Telsa in the span of a couple pages. And then there's "Megacosmos" and "Magacosmos," of which the former is clearly the correct spelling. *sigh* *eye-rolling* *grumblemumble*...more
I have vol 2 in-hand from the lieberry, so i'll probably read it, but i'm really expecting to be disappointed in Vaughan's resolution based on what i'I have vol 2 in-hand from the lieberry, so i'll probably read it, but i'm really expecting to be disappointed in Vaughan's resolution based on what i've seen so far.
If you enjoyed the codebreaking in this book, you might wanna try Lemire's Trillium....more