This is probably about as good as Superman and Son can get. The first issue, a sort of slice-of-life family piece, is the best of the lot, and one ofThis is probably about as good as Superman and Son can get. The first issue, a sort of slice-of-life family piece, is the best of the lot, and one of the best single issues I've seen from the Rebirth books so far. That's followed by a Darwyn Cooke homage, good pulpy fun with dinosaurs and a lost World War II regiment. And then the book's momentum comes screeching to a halt, because it becomes all about Damian's continued refusal to get along well with others. Specifically, Jon. Apparently there's going to be a new series starring the two of them being frenemies or something. I have zero interest in such a book, particularly after these two issues felt like such an awful slog. The collection ends with two issues dedicated to a guest stint by Frankenstein. I never got around to reading any of DC's Frankenstein books, so I wasn't thrilled at the idea. As it turns out, it's a decent, if mostly unremarkable story, redeemed by a few really good scenes towards the end. All in all, this volume is on average pretty good. I don't think I'm likely to continue with the series. It just doesn't quite feel like my kind of thing. Good, and maybe I'll pick up the next volume from the library if I need something to read and it's on the shelf, but nothing I'd go out of my way for again. ...more
Well, the art is pretty. But the story itself just didn't do it for me. It may have been that the mystery itself wasn't terribly compelling. So Teddy'Well, the art is pretty. But the story itself just didn't do it for me. It may have been that the mystery itself wasn't terribly compelling. So Teddy's family is actually in Witness Protection. So what? I simply couldn't muster up enough reasons to care. That's because it's basically a small family drama, and I didn't like anyone in this family. Teddy's parents aren't meant to be likable, but it was Teddy himself who annoyed the snot out of me. He's introduced into the book by way of a cop bringing him home, because he's broken into the library. Again. I would actually be marginally more sympathetic to him if he were stealing or causing mischief, but he just wants to read. Who does that? Is he incapable of checking books out? Does the library have some sort of mystical appeal to him? No, as far as I can see he just wants to read by himself, and somehow thinks that the world owes him a private reading room at all times, or something. I hated him instantly. His idiotic, fumbling attempts to investigate his family's mystery did nothing to endear him to me. You've lived in the same very small town virtually all your life, and have found photographic evidence that your father has a twin you know nothing about. If you do absolutely anything but parade a photo of your father and his identical twin around your very small town asking if anybody's seen this man (who, to recap, is identical to your father and is in a picture with your father), you're about twenty steps ahead of Teddy. It's a shame, because there's the bones of an engaging story. It just needed a more thoughtful protagonist, or at least one with more than one or two thoughts in his head.
But hey, it's a really, really good looking book. I loved the watercolor style. It really stands out next to other comics, and it's very nicely done. The art does a great job of setting the mood of the book. It's just a shame that the writing doesn't live up to the art....more
So much fun to read. It has a very similar feel to Lumberjanes, which is very high praise indeed from me. The sense of humor, style of dialog, and oveSo much fun to read. It has a very similar feel to Lumberjanes, which is very high praise indeed from me. The sense of humor, style of dialog, and overall wackiness is very much like what you might find in Lumberjanes, and I am sincerely all about that. Jonesy herself, however, is a significantly less sympathetic character than the Lumberjanes girls. She can be selfish and short sighted and impulsive, but I still find her strangely charming. It may be because her entire world is so cartoonish that I can't take her flaws that seriously, but I bet she'll annoy the snot out of plenty of readers. It's a delightfully quirky book, though. As a bonus, I think this is one that my niece would like, so I'll be passing the recommendation on to her....more
I still love the way Simone writes these characters, but it's obvious to me that she knew the end was coming, and sooner than she'd have liked. I enjoI still love the way Simone writes these characters, but it's obvious to me that she knew the end was coming, and sooner than she'd have liked. I enjoyed both stories collected here, except that they both ended in a rush. The first, Black Alice focused story ended so abruptly that I wondered for a moment if I'd skipped a page. Nope, just a writer trying to squeeze as much plot as possible in a limited number of issues....more