Local Comic Book Store is having a $1 trade paperback sale, and the first book that catches my eye is this one, just setting there on the table.
I wasnLocal Comic Book Store is having a $1 trade paperback sale, and the first book that catches my eye is this one, just setting there on the table.
I wasn't disappointed. This is the first full arc by Gail Simone that I believe I've had the pleasure of reading. It seems I've been missing out. Her style on this title is very much what I like to see in comics. Deep stories peppered with really serious shit. It's excellent.
The art is great, too. I wasn't familiar with Nicola Scott at all before this, but I'd definitely be excited to see her working with other authors I'm interested in, or other titles I'm reading. (I know your relationship has mostly been with DC, but feel free to pick up She-Hulk from Mr. Pulido, Ms. Scott.)
All in all, this book was great, and I'll have to pick up more of the non-52 Secret Six stuff, now. I've already got the first issue of the New 52 reboot, and I'm quite interested to see where it goes....more
I'm really enjoying the Negan character, but it feels like ever since he was introduced, we've been seeing poor decisions being made by Rick for no reI'm really enjoying the Negan character, but it feels like ever since he was introduced, we've been seeing poor decisions being made by Rick for no real reason.
I was forgiving of Glenn's sudden poor decision making last volume, because that's kinda what happens in the early stages of finding out you're going to be a Dad, and you're not at all ready. But Rick's been put through the ringer a hundred times already, and this bout of poor decisions is reminding me of Dale... decisions being made against a character's nature, in order to drive the plot, and put people in the situation they need to be in to do something shocking.
So, while the dialogue is still fantastically written, and the art is as great as ever, the plot is currently suffering. The flaws are forgiveable, and it's still very good work... but it's not as good as it probably should be....more
Andy Warner lost everything after his car crashed about 5 months ago. He lost his wife, his daughter, his friends, his home, his life. That's about whAndy Warner lost everything after his car crashed about 5 months ago. He lost his wife, his daughter, his friends, his home, his life. That's about when his body reanimated.
Breathers tells a story about a world where zombies are real, sentient, and seen as a gross nuisance to those they've left behind. They have no purpose, no civil rights, and no means of making any kind of a new life for themselves. If a zombie decides to venture out in the world, they're mocked and shunned by day, and actively hunted by frat boys by night.
So Andy spends his days drinking his parents expensive wine and watching terrible daytime TV. He spends most of his nights the same way. Twice a week he meets with his Undead Anonymous support group. Things stay pretty well the same, until Andy meets a new friend, and decides to start encouraging social change.
I'm not normally one for sentient zombie stories, unless they are particularly funny. With a story that revolves around support groups, undead civil rights and secrecy, Breathers feels like it wants to mix 2 parts Fight Club with one part Tru Blood, and for the most part it works.
The pacing of the book is dreadfully slow for at least the first half. It seems like Browne is trying very hard early on to create an undead Jack the Narrator, having Andy visit his support group, frequented by a mysterious and attractive female zombie, while bemoaning his mundane existence by writing witty haiku.
It starts to pick up around the halfway point. From there, we take some pretty predictable turns as Andy attempts to slowly become an undead Tyler Durden. Finally, though, in the last 30 or 40 pages Browne realized "Hey, I'm writing a book about zombies, here." and really livened things up. The end of the book was good enough, and surprising enough that I strongly considered a 4th star on the rating.
It's not enough though. At least 150 of the 310 pages are meandering whining, or Andy redundantly relaying how miserable he is. The dialogue and narrative are written well enough, but the story, the real meat of it, just takes too long to get into.
This is not, and isn't trying to be, The Walking Dead. Overall, I definitely liked the book, and I'd recommend it to fans of Young Adult fiction, and lighthearted undead fiction....more
Well, it had to happen eventually. The 13th volume of Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" is, for me and what I've read, the least interesting of the bunch.Well, it had to happen eventually. The 13th volume of Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" is, for me and what I've read, the least interesting of the bunch. The art is still top notch, and I still enjoy the dialogue. But like The Calm Before, it is a long setup of things to come. Rick's group all seem to adjust to their new life at the Alexandria compound differently.
The best thing about this volume is that it focuses on Glenn a bit more. We haven't seen this much of him since he'd rejoined the group. This Glenn is much closer to the Glenn of the TV show, more resourceful, braver, and bolder. He's got a little bit of rust that needs knocking off when it comes to his city runs, but even still, we see him as more experienced in dealing with the outside world, and the cityscape, than his new partner.
There is a mildly interesting subplot of Rick trying to readjust himself into his old role as a police officer, rather than Do-Whatever-It-Takes Leader. Of course, by the end of the trade almost everyone in a position of authority in Alexandria has been proven to be just not as good at their role as someone from Rick's group.
Between that, and all the gunfire, obviously there is nothing but smooth sailing ahead in the next trade, No Way Out"....more
**spoiler alert** This is a particularly interesting re-read for me. I remember it as feeling like filler between two major arcs. I guess it kind of i**spoiler alert** This is a particularly interesting re-read for me. I remember it as feeling like filler between two major arcs. I guess it kind of is, but it's still really important filler, and really interesting stuff.
This volume manages to condemn further, and then redeem, Dale in my eyes. For the two prior volumes he, in my opinion, wrong about pretty near every decision he made, and placed blame on Rick that should've squarely fallen on his own shoulders. It was very frustrating for me to read any of the scenes that involved him. He definitely goes out on a high note, though.
Other great additions in this volume are the selfish preacher character, who has managed to essentially avoid the realities of this new world for a year, and the dynamic of Carl having to deal with Ben.
Another thing that I really think is worth mentioning, is the hunters themselves. Once again, the idea that the end of the world turns normal folks into cannibals isn't original in the least, but the portrayal of them being predators that use fear, like they're Batman and shit, to pick off small groups is definitely the kind of different take on an old hat idea that I always love to see in this series.
I went into this re-read thinking this would be the first 4 star volume, but there's no way. This one probably ends up ranking in the top 3 or 5 overall of the series for me, at this point in my re-read....more
**spoiler alert** This is one of my favourite volumes in the series. There's no named character death, but it's still so violent. People's spirits are**spoiler alert** This is one of my favourite volumes in the series. There's no named character death, but it's still so violent. People's spirits are bent and broken.
We're introduced to The Governor. He's interesting on so many levels. He's sick. He's twisted. He's a leader. He's the only thing holding together a small township. My favourite part about him is that he's clearly the end of the slippery slope that Tyreese feared Rick was going down. We're told that he was seemed to be a good enough man, only concerned with people's safety. Now he's pretty much a madman on a power trip.
Of course, the themes that this book visits have been covered numerous times in the genre. The "But-At-What-Cost" safe haven, ruled by a total psycho-douchebag has been done. Kirkman still manages to find a fresh take on it, though, by showing us a villain who's capable of instilling great psychological damage. The Governor isn't analogous to the usual corporate assholes that run the crazed communities in zombie lore. He's more akin to Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men, taken up a dozen notches. The Governor's psychotic behaviour is a necessary evil, and he knows that regular folk couldn't handle it. He also loves it. It's seems pretty clear that, to him, the fact that he helps keep his group safe is merely an added bonus.
The Governor is just the icing on the cake of this volume, though. We also get to see how the three characters he interacts with react to the pressure. We also get to see how "The Group" handles without Rick's guidance. There's a clear lack of leadership, but there's still solidarity.
This is definitely one of the strongest volumes in the series....more
I was really disappointed in this book. It starts out of the gate so fast paced and strong, but I really found the pacing to drop off at about the 2/3I was really disappointed in this book. It starts out of the gate so fast paced and strong, but I really found the pacing to drop off at about the 2/3rds mark. At the point in my life that I tried to read it, things came up and it got shelved. I did care enough to eventually try again, picking it up from about 25 pages before the bookmark I had left in it. I made it past where I had stopped, but not much farther. I would still like to finish it someday, but I sincerely doubt that will happen....more