This volume has a moderately slow start. The book is one long build up. The direction Michonne seems to be headed is less interesting than she had bee...moreThis volume has a moderately slow start. The book is one long build up. The direction Michonne seems to be headed is less interesting than she had been. The love affair between Rick and Andrea still seems forced, as well. Basically, if you don't love the newer characters, like Jesus and Negan, this build up would be painful.
Fortunately, I love almost all the newer additions, and the relationship between Carl, Rick and Negan is fantastic.
Once the volume kicks into high gear, though... it's a constant page turner. I couldn't stop until I was done. Of course, it turns out the payoff still isn't until the next volume. I'm almost excited enough about where this is headed to start buying the monthlies. Almost.(less)
Runaways continues it's run with no discernible drop in quality. It's still a fun, light book, despite dealing with potentially heavy topics. Adrian A...moreRunaways continues it's run with no discernible drop in quality. It's still a fun, light book, despite dealing with potentially heavy topics. Adrian Alphona's artwork continues to suit the book perfectly, and Takeshi Miyazawa handles this book's second arc equally well.
Vaughan's up to his usual tricks writing witty dialogue that's full of pop-culture references and banter. The stories themselves, I think, work very well considering their target is a YA audience.(less)
The interesting thing about this re-read was that this particular chapter is arguably the best one of the six. Four or five of the most interesting pl...moreThe interesting thing about this re-read was that this particular chapter is arguably the best one of the six. Four or five of the most interesting plot points occur in Coffey's Hands. The story really gets cooking.
Unfortunately, that also makes it one of the most memorable parts of what has been--for me, anyway--a very memorable story. So while I still find it interesting, and very enjoyable to read, this particular chapter has been the hardest so far to "get through" again... simply because I felt like I knew every word that was coming. Despite having re-read many books before, this isn't a feeling I can recall having happened before.
I'm really curious to see how the next three books entertain as I re-read them, since I feel like there's really only one or two important events that occur in each of them.(less)
I first picked this up in Audio Book format at a thrift store. Turns out the 3rd cassette had some issues, and wouldn't play. I saw it on the shelf at...moreI first picked this up in Audio Book format at a thrift store. Turns out the 3rd cassette had some issues, and wouldn't play. I saw it on the shelf at another store this week, and picked it up.
While I definitely missed the fantastic voice of John Glover, it was still his voice I was hearing in my head as I read along myself.
The book itself is a fantastic work of Young Adult fiction. I'm honestly surprised I hadn't ever heard of it before, because 12 year old me was very much interested in Clive Barker's The Hellbound Heart and Cabal, having read them both after watching the movies that had been made of them.
The story itself is a fresh take on the whole "Pleasure Island" arc of Pinocchio's story. I think it really worked well, because, although you feel like you know what's coming, you're still interested to read it.
Obviously, since the target audience is pre-teens, it is a very easy, quick read. It's well written, and just dark enough to interest that age group.
I give the audio book 5 stars, because adding John Glover into the mix just made it that much better. I wish I had been able to finish the audio book. The book itself is a solid 4 stars, but I'm fairly sure had I read it when it released in '92, when I was the target age, it would have been the full 5.(less)
This is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the Earth...moreThis is a solid enough soft reboot of a series I knew nothing about. The Eternals are a race of immortal beings created to guard and protect the Earth from whatever various threats, from both without and within.
Take one part The Fifth Element, one part Ancient Aliens revisionist history, and just a dash of The Highlander... the story's premise was interesting. I enjoyed the characters greatly. Gaiman's dialogue was sometimes serious, sometimes light hearted, and worked over-all. Unfortunately, it's an introduction story that didn't really get picked up. So several questions go unanswered.
As far as the art is concerned, I'm not generally a fan of Romita Jr. However, since these were characters I didn't have an attachment to, nor an expectation of how they should look, I found the art to be good at worst and--in some places--actually pretty great.
One of the biggest setbacks of the story, was how this grand premise is not only shoehorned into the Marvel Universe, but also manages to get jammed square in the middle of their "Civil War" fiasco. Interestingly, Zuras, at one point, effectively tells Iron Man "I don't give a shit about your Civil War." which is precisely how I felt about Marvel Comics at the time this launched.
I'm not sure of the history on this book, but it's just good enough that it's disappointing it didn't get picked up for more after it's intro-arc finished.(less)
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 re...moreI'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.(less)
This is my first time re-reading this book since '96, when it first came out. Like any fan of comic books, I still love the concept of serial story te...moreThis is my first time re-reading this book since '96, when it first came out. Like any fan of comic books, I still love the concept of serial story telling, and absolutely loved this little experiment that Stephen King ran back then.
While this first volume mostly introduces the characters, it does a fantastic job at doing so. We get a clear picture of what "regular" life on the Green Mile at Cold Mountain Penitentiary was like. King's Paul Edgecombe character is a fantastic narrator. He tells a fantastic and interesting story. The likeability, relatability and believability of his character is strengthened even more by his unmatched level of understanding and empathy.
Of course, King's descriptions of the setting, the characters and the events are immersive, and at times, disturbing. His style is generally easy to read, but the material itself can sometimes be too much for some readers. This is arguably his most accessible story, with minimal amounts of supernatural occurrences.
Of course, since this is merely the first of six parts, the story is mostly introductory... and short. But, since this is a re-read on my part, it's fascinating to see--knowing where they're going--the groundwork laid, even at this early stage of the story.
This is one of those stories I wish I could go back in time and experience again for the first time. I think I'm going to force myself to wait a month to re-read the second part, although I doubt it will matter much. I remember this story so well already that most of the fun of the serial release (the forced waiting, the absolute inability to find out what happened next, no matter how much I wanted to) is only attainable if you could somehow completely forget this story... and that's something I can't do.(less)
I really enjoyed this mini-comic. It still feels weird to call it a mini-comic, though. I mean, it's 30 pages without ads. Most comics today are maybe...moreI really enjoyed this mini-comic. It still feels weird to call it a mini-comic, though. I mean, it's 30 pages without ads. Most comics today are maybe 30ish pages, with ads, right? Oh well, it's not as large as a comic book in page size, so I guess it still fits.
Anyway, this book was a great one-shot story. It has some wiggle room in the narrative for interpretation, which is always interesting. It's well written, and very enjoyable.
The book really is well crafted. The panels flow together nicely, making it a very smooth read. The water and scenery are fantastic, they have a real feeling of depth when you look at them. The characters's faces show great ranges of emotion. Anna's cold and vacant on the cover is amazing. Cloonan is rapidly becoming one of my favourite artists in comics.
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 wh...moreAndy 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.(less)