I expected the wrong kind of book. This is a meta-book. It's about Donald Winnicott (psychoanalyst), Alice Miller (The Drama of the Gifted Child), VirI expected the wrong kind of book. This is a meta-book. It's about Donald Winnicott (psychoanalyst), Alice Miller (The Drama of the Gifted Child), Virginia Woolf (esp., To the Lighthouse), Adrienne Rich, and many others as Bechdel relates them to her very particular daughter-mother relationship.
3.5 stars rounding down to 3 perhaps from envy. Bechdel couldn't be stopped by anything as teensy (<--understatement!) as self-doubt....more
Mother, Come Home sounded so good that as i waited for it to be delivered to my lieberry, i plucked this one from the shelves because it sounded good.Mother, Come Home sounded so good that as i waited for it to be delivered to my lieberry, i plucked this one from the shelves because it sounded good. Alas, i merely enjoyed it as a visual experience. The ideas conveyed via The Word never cohered for me....more
Vol 5 starts with Ms Marvel being an Avenger?! Precisely what i didn't wanna see.
And what, again, was the "reasoning" put into Bruno and Kamala's moutVol 5 starts with Ms Marvel being an Avenger?! Precisely what i didn't wanna see.
And what, again, was the "reasoning" put into Bruno and Kamala's mouths for not having her publicly announce, as Ms Marvel, that she had not given permission for her image to be used on the Hope Yards billboard?
And what, again, was the "reasoning" for the protest against Ms Marvel's "involvement" at the end of the volume? (apologies if you consider that a spoiler)
I'm happy that most other readers don't suffer from such pet peeves. Or maybe i'm just up way too early on a vacation day. I'm teetering on the edge of quitting the series for good (i knew this day would come) when only days ago i almost bought vols 4-6.
Since the vol 6 subtitle already has me worrying about a cheesy Avengers: Civil War money-grab crossover, i'll just have to read your reviews of it in hopes of figuring out whether i can/should give it a shot to win me back....more
I know this is a superhero comic and its main character has superpowers, but she is only 16 years old, so i rather enjoy that her great battles are acI know this is a superhero comic and its main character has superpowers, but she is only 16 years old, so i rather enjoy that her great battles are actually small battles. Her conversations with Captain Marvel—though not as emotionally touching as the ones with Mrs Khan, Bruno, and Nakia (in descending order of import?)—(i hope) express Wilson's intentions for this series.
If you're expecting young Ms Marvel to save the world, then (i hope) you must understand that "the world" she's saving is the one within her young grasp: her family OR some endangered local children OR her school OR her Jersey City neighborhood. (i think) She should not yet be teamed with The Avengers as they battle an alien army hellbent on enslaving our entire planet (for example). And, therefore, i really like that Wilson et al have chosen to keep Kamala's challenges relatively small.
For any teens reading this comic (and inexplicably reading this review), please pay close attention to the kinds of things that continue to surprise Kamala.
Her parents see the world differently than Kamala does. They impose restrictions on her but not beyond all reason (the sexist double-standards are, to me, the most obnoxious), but they sincerely believe their rules benefit or protect her. In short, they care about her well-being and ultimately want her to thrive.
Her adult(ish) brother is the same. Sees the world from a different perspective but truly wants the best for his little sister. In this issue Kamala overhears a conversation that should reshape her assessment of Aamir and his motivations.
And same for the leader of the family's mosque. Kamala has an honest conversation with him and ... he encourages her and entrusts her to be responsible.
Every person sees the world differently. Kamala feels—and this might be true for most emerging adults—that the differences are a sign of teens and adults being adversaries, specifically that adults merely want to impose restrictions as a sign of dominance. Not ALL restrictions are unreasonable and not ALL adults sincerely care about children. As an emerging adult, this must be scary: you feel alone with the challenge of determining what is reasonable and who actually cares about you.
Here's my attempt to state the main takeaway simply. Challenge yourself any time you feel the (very natural) urge to believe that adults are just trying to keep you down. You're learning all kinds of new stuff every day. You know you're gaining experience at a fast pace. You're discovering all the time that adults are not all-knowing. So,
Ask them to explain themselves ("challenge" them) when you least understand their ideas.
Be brave and honest enough to help them understand (teach them) that you're willing to take on more responsibility.
Understand that sometimes you should submit to their rules when you can't be certain that they're wrong.
An appropriately(?) preachy review for a preachy comic. Nuff said.
uh except that i'm glad they acknowleded Nakia's absence and i hope she gets a bigger role going forward...more
Don't read summaries of the plot. Don't read its back cover. I think you'll enjoy the first several dozen pages of discovery if you're as unaware as JDon't read summaries of the plot. Don't read its back cover. I think you'll enjoy the first several dozen pages of discovery if you're as unaware as Jimmy Yee is about the freakishness of his situation.
Jimmy has almost zero interests other than his self and, therefore, i would typically dislike spending any time with him. So i credit Jason Shiga's foreword for enabling me to read about the life and death of such an uncaring humanoid.
Jimmy believes life has no worth without his wife and child. He really Really REALLY believes that. And behaves accordingly. Death. Wantonness. Hasty judgment. Certainty. These are Jimmy's fundaments. The last one, in my opinion, being the scariest.
He starts at rock bottom in an Oakland, CA, motel room. Only to drill down thru the bedrock of the criminal justice system and into the molten core of international "intelligence" from there.
I'm not totally on board yet, but Shiga assures readers that he concocted this plot backward from the end to ensure some kinda necessary mathematical precision. (Shiga's a math guy.) He admits that this probably hurts characterization. (Yeah, probably.) But i'm willing to follow an interesting path if it's intellectually stimulating.
And if my local lieberries continue to acquire and shelve the volumes continue to interest me as they're released (quarterly thru 2017), i'll definitely continue to buy and read 'em....more
I don't even remotely dislike Team Doreen Green, but when asked to choose, i'm resoundingly on Team Kamala Khan. One volume of Squirrel Girl providedI don't even remotely dislike Team Doreen Green, but when asked to choose, i'm resoundingly on Team Kamala Khan. One volume of Squirrel Girl provided enough of North's schtick for me to guiltlessly decide i'll not follow this adventure any further....more
Overall a very enjoyable book though fraught with minor instances of my literary pet peeves (aka, typos) and i could more easily point out the thingsOverall a very enjoyable book though fraught with minor instances of my literary pet peeves (aka, typos) and i could more easily point out the things i didn't love than the things i did. Nil is my country of origin; i (like this book's protagonist) only wish to defect to Optima.
I loved the LOOK and thought it was an indispensable part of the story. I think that nothing was drawn freehand, that every shape, letter, and symbol came prefab from a computer's databanks. I think that's completely appropriate for the world Turner's creating.
Turner does a good job of skewering every kind of philosophy while also representing them pretty fairly. For example, he aptly handles the Hitler speech while making it clear the speaker is a nutter (cf, Archie Bunker on All in the Family).
I loved that Nil has a Hypocripope and Uncardinals. And possibly most of all, i really dug the demon detectives Puk and Muck who are assigned to find who murdered the Hypocripope's nephew.
I'm tempted to read 1984 again because i suspect that Turner was alluding to it frequently.
Is it a happy ending, though? Please read and decide for yourself....more
Overall i liked Lemire's work and think it's worth reading, especially for fans of "soft" science fiction—Lemire calls it lo-fi sci-fi. But 3.5 starsOverall i liked Lemire's work and think it's worth reading, especially for fans of "soft" science fiction—Lemire calls it lo-fi sci-fi. But 3.5 stars overall because what happens just seems to happen because the creator said it happens that way, rather than for some REASON that the reader can believe exists outside of the story. Why are trillium flowers (real, apparently) important? I don't know, other than because the story says so. Why must Nika and William be together? I don't know, other than because the story says so. Why do time and people shift exactly in the ways they do? I don't know, other than.... I'm not exactly disappointed, but i'm also not won over.
I stand and applaud Lemire for how well and how frequently he managed to create visual symmetries between the Nika and William story arcs. Most especially Chapter 5 "Starcrossed," which proceeds from Nika's perspective across the top of each page to the "end" at which point you flip the book upside down and read to the "beginning" from William's perspective. The formal structures and echoes repeatedly impressed me, evoking delight at the talent and ingenuity and dedication to craft. (Incidentally, i'd really love for other examples to delight in.)
When an author attempts to do more than seems possible, any shortcomings are forgivable—an author's reach should exceed her grasp. Thus we're rightfully critical of cliche, stereotype and hackneyed plot: "He didn't even try!" (my examplar=Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). If you've ever attempted a sonnet or other formal poetry (playing tennis with the net up), you know how incredibly difficult it is to ensure that a) every line rhymes and b) the syllables rise and fall consistently and c) (probably hardest of all) your original idea for the poem doesn't change.
Lemire's page & panel designs often demand that high level of difficulty.
A smaller pro/con (again, though, favoring the pro): The alien alphabet decoding challenge completely misrepresents language and translation and writing systems, but i enjoyed the puzzle and agree with Lemire's decision (explained in the backmatter).
And now for an ignorable polemic aimed exclusively at the publisher that in no way affected my rating of the artists' efforts. PROOFREAD YOUR GOD DANMED COVER AMD BACKNATTER! First, a minor but barely forgivable error: The author bio refers to the Canadian Comics Awards twice in one paragraph, misspelled once. The Shuster Awards.
Now for the Deadly Sin Sloth: In 9 words on the back cover, in big bold letters, they fucking misspelled the co-main character's name! Hey, dumderheads! If you'd paid attention while (proof)reading, you'd know it's Nika Temsmith (not Tensmith). How in the fuck could you let it go to press like that?!
Only as an ephemeral typographical error at an early stage of production when it would only be visible within the publishing company is this understandable. As an error in print, it's about as huge a crime against a creator/creative team as is possible. It indicates (proves?!) that you didn't take their work seriously, you didn't care for or about it as a work of art. It's as if the company thought this book was merely another widget produced on an assembly line. So why should we worry if a small part of the widget's outer packaging is a different shade of green than the rest of the outer packaging?
After all, the very next morning Raskolmikov still awoke late, after disturbed and unrefreshing slumbers, and Gregor Sansa still awoke from uneasy dreams and found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. So i ask you, "What's in a mane?" Y'know? Wherefor art thou, Roneo?" But as Ebemezer would say, "Bah! Hunbug!" So ... just call me Ishnael.
Gah! Grrrr! I remain irate about this. Look at how many Goodreaders—people who presumably read the entire book—perpetuate Vertigo's mistake. And still a single misspelling, from the back cover, affects how they recall Nika's family name. It's not a negligible mistake, for the company as a whole, for the editors, for the proofers, for the art dept, or for anybody in any way responsible for the "product."
Therefore, on behalf of readers and authors everywhere, FUCK YOU, Vertigo+DC! YOU SHAT THE BED! You seem to believe it's reasonable or necessary to name every department head, every VP, every exec on your copyright page, as if any of you deserve even small-print credit for what's between the covers. I bet there ain't no typos in the names of any of you knuckle-butted dog-faced suckerheads. Rowema Yow (Editor): I'm pretty sure you personally fucked this up. Shelly Bomd (Exec Editor–Vertigo): You stunk it up. Dam DiDio & Jin Lee (Co-Publishers): Shame on both of you. Terri Cumminghan (VP–Editorial Admin): You ignored this child. Nark Chiarello (VP–Art Direction & Design): Probably somewhat responsible. Nark Doyle (Editor–Original Series): Maybe not your fault.... Sara Niller (Assistant Editor–Original Series): Maybe not your fault....
Not long ago while whining to my friend Jason about my job via email, he said he'd seen a review of this book. His words implied i obviously already hNot long ago while whining to my friend Jason about my job via email, he said he'd seen a review of this book. His words implied i obviously already had read and revered this tale. He frequently overestimates my memory. He frequently believes i've read as widely as he has. He kindly overvalues me in these ways.
Alas, i'm fairly certain he'd be disappointed to find out that i checked out a collection of Jackson's stories and read "The Lottery" not long after his flattering email to me. And moreso, tonight i read this graphic adaptation in an equally brief sitting and, again, i can only say that i'm incapable of seeing the world in the right way to really get much out of it.
I plan to pick my English (mostly composition) professor friend's brain less than 12 hrs from now as we convene for another Breakfast of Champions. Maybe he can offer some insights that'll increase my appreciation for this classic.
Certainly not bad, but i can't call it arresting or chilling or thought-provoking or depressing or really much of anything other than well-crafted. Like a perfectly cut diamond, except that intellectually i can understand why so many people value such crystallized carbon sculptures whereas i'm not yet aware of how to fully enjoy this assembly of arranged words....more
Tardi's It Was the War of the Trenches was more affecting for me but this contains a lot more info, especially for anyone willing to pay close attentiTardi's It Was the War of the Trenches was more affecting for me but this contains a lot more info, especially for anyone willing to pay close attention to Verney's year-by-year summary of the whole war....more
I want to rate this 4 stars ... because i'm miserly that way. But also because i wasn't as moved as i was by March. Though each book covers a topic thI want to rate this 4 stars ... because i'm miserly that way. But also because i wasn't as moved as i was by March. Though each book covers a topic that boils my blud, i reacted more strongly to March's "happy ending"—the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965—whereas IWTWOTT's ending is just as dismal as its beginning and despair-inducing.
While reading IWTWOTT, i only wanted to reach the cease fire (and that fucker gave it to me alright!) and hoped only for a single measly little non-ironic sunrise! While reading March, however, i felt such hatred for the segregationists that i constantly fantasized elaborate scenarios in which the protestors rise up and violate their oppressors brutally enough to stop the insanity. THAT is my normal response to injustice. Hell, in as tame a book as Smile, i repeatedly wished that Raina would smack her asshole friends.
So why not give IWTWOTT a full 5 stars, dammit! If Tardi was able to depict the horrors of war so perfectly that it quelled my quick-to-anger revenge instinct, then he did something superhuman/e....more