Jane (handcuffed and in a white interrogation room) and her counselor are discussing the organizational term for the people who commit evil aka "Bad MJane (handcuffed and in a white interrogation room) and her counselor are discussing the organizational term for the people who commit evil aka "Bad Monkeys":
"Irredeemable persons." The doctor smiles. "Bad monkeys." "Right." "Shouldn't it be Bad Apes, though?" When she doesn't respond, he starts to explain: "Human beings are more closely related to great apes than—" "You're channeling Phil," she says. "Who?" "My little brother. Philip. He's a nitpicker, too." She shrugs. "Yeah, I suppose technically, it should be apes instead of monkeys. And technically"—she lifts her arm and gives her bracelets a shake—"these should be called wristcuffs. But they're not."
This is but one example of the dialogue and scenes laced throughout the book. Matt Ruff does an excellent job of pulling you into the world of Jane Charlotte—one of good versus bad. Literally so.
She's involved in a organization that eradicates evil from the world. They don't hold sway to any government or country. Sometimes evil needs to be eliminated. This involves killing. Well, not in the sense, you and I think of killing. The evil person in question may suffer a heart attack or maybe a seizure. Jane would be one of those persons that does the job.
The only problem is she got caught—and her story doesn't it match up. Is it all real or is it all in her mind? That's the big question the book tries to answer.
I don't want to give away anything, but there's some excellent plot twists (and clues) spread throughout the text. An excellent and quick read. I was able to get through it in a day.
Just the whole idea of a organization that fights evil is unique. Their methods are, shall we say, somewhat unique as well. I'd love for Matt Ruff to revisit the universe he created.
You'll never look at anything with eyes on it ever the same way again. Wonder what that means? Read the book.
This book does an excellent job of showing all the various perspectives and ministries of the resurgence of Reformed theology. Each chapter is brokenThis book does an excellent job of showing all the various perspectives and ministries of the resurgence of Reformed theology. Each chapter is broken down to the various ministries and how they approach the topic.
This book is a quick and easy read. However, the author does have a bias toward Calvinism. There is nothing wrong with that because his enthusiasm does translate into the writing. His surprises are our surprises.
My only perspective has been from discussions with "Piperites" (those who pretty much memorize the messages of John Piper), and I never would have thought that there are charismatic Calvinists.
Being a youth pastor I did gather one thing from the ministries presented:
1) Young people—more specifically, teenagers—are like sponges when presented with an in-depth, clear-cut study of God's Word. In areas where adults say it's over their head, the teens eat it up.
With the current trend in comics right now to reinvent the superhero stories or to give them an update for "today's audiences" it appears that WarrenWith the current trend in comics right now to reinvent the superhero stories or to give them an update for "today's audiences" it appears that Warren Ellis got it right with Iron Man.
Finally, a retcon that makes sense and doesn't really affect the outcome of the entire comic universe it's associated with (I'm pointing at you Spider-Man.)
Although the villain of this book is nothing but a militia redneck it does set the stage for Iron Man's newer suit abilities and the new demons that he must face. There's also some great glimpses of the man he needs to become before the whole Civil War fiasco (which because of Spider-Man, can kinda of be up in the air...well, at least the specifics).
Tony Stark is usually one step ahead. That's his shtick, and he doesn't fail here.
Marvel chose wisely in letting Ellis pen this tale. ...more
This is the first trade that collects what I'm finding out to be Ed Brubaker's stellar run with Matt Murdock.
Simply take a well known comic characterThis is the first trade that collects what I'm finding out to be Ed Brubaker's stellar run with Matt Murdock.
Simply take a well known comic character and throw him in prison—a prison without over-the-top clichés,toss in his worst enemy, a sprinkle it with a couple of other colorful characters and you have one of the most original comic stories to come along this decade.
Rarely, a writer can take two sworn enemies and have them work together for a somewhat common goal, and Brubaker pulls it off with a few unexpected twists. The result is ingenious, but there is a little deus ex machina with another comic here. It seems to be the comic's one fault.
The art is gritty and matches the style of the story. Almost every panel is dirty and dark. One pleads for a ray of light, especially for Matt.
If Matt's in jail, who's masquerading as the Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen? Is Matt going insane? Who's really pulling all the strings in this over-arching plot?
These questions really aren't answered in this book, however, there are a couple of good shocks at in the last few pages that set the stage for volume 2.
An excellent page-turning read that hopefully (probably, knowing Brubaker) will continue in the next volume.
At only six issues, it should have been one that included the whole twelve-issue arc....more
Not knowing anything of the character other than he filled in for Daredevil recently, I found this book to be a pleasant surprise.
The interweaving ofNot knowing anything of the character other than he filled in for Daredevil recently, I found this book to be a pleasant surprise.
The interweaving of the back story was excellently written so much so that I want to know more about the previous Iron Fists!
Brubaker and Fraction, two of the three best writers that Marvel has right now, present an excellent tale that borders on noir but maintains at time a lighthearted affair with bits of subtle humor sprinkled throughout. This book also had a few "aw, snap!" moments sprinkled throughout and that is always a plus....more
At first I was intrigued, and then I was bored because it seemed as if it was going no where, and then the ending ramped up. Now, I'm curious as to seAt first I was intrigued, and then I was bored because it seemed as if it was going no where, and then the ending ramped up. Now, I'm curious as to see where the authors take the universe.
I usually don't like dual-narratives a la every other chapter, but I came to like this. It'll make a good tv show....more
This book is not good. However, there is something about it that kept me reading.
Maybe it's the delayed foreshadowing, one dimensional characterizatioThis book is not good. However, there is something about it that kept me reading.
Maybe it's the delayed foreshadowing, one dimensional characterization (which may be brilliant knowing Greek mythology), or the deus ex machina that shows up in, uh, every chapter.
The narrative is told from the perspective of a thirteen-year-old and it's written like it (another brilliance?). I understand that this novel was not written with adults in mind, but I would tend to think that a person that age can understand a little bit of depth in character.
Some characters do change but they are only used as plot devices to introduce twists--which I guess is the thing kids want now--to be surprised.
The only good twist came at the very end. Of course, the chapter title gave it dead away. Why do a lot of YA writers have a propensity to do that?
There are some attempts at humor and they do tend to succeed from time to time. The action pieces work well also.
However, it's all the exposition in-between that gets to be dull. Meet a mythological creature, have a small skirmish, run, question the future, get ready to share it, get interrupted. Rinse and repeat. Amazing how this kid meets each and every creature at each and every place and hardly ever comes to know his destiny. Two books in and we don't really know much more than page one of book one.
The only idea with this series that's original is that it is contemporary. I do intend to read the next novel, but here's hoping that there is some originality. ...more
If I compare myself to the rest of the ratings and reviews clearly I don't "get" this book. Although it was interesting, it didn't really compel me toIf I compare myself to the rest of the ratings and reviews clearly I don't "get" this book. Although it was interesting, it didn't really compel me to check out the other books in this supposed magnum opus. It almost seemed as if some of the prose was trying too hard to be unique.
What did interest me was the scenes of when Roland was a child. I'd actually like to explore more of the world and not this bone-dry quest he was on.
I'm not at "Constant Reader" so I don't see a lot of the connections to other King novels. There was one line at the end of the novel that really made me think and it was when the man in black told the gunslinger that this has all been done before.
Ruh-roh. I have an inclination as to what this world represents and I don't want to explore it. I get a sense that there is no true resolution. If that is the case, I don't want to invest in it as well. I may try another King book or two, but I don't think it'll be in the Dark Tower series....more
It took me almost ten years to acquire a copy of this book to read. It appears as if this title is one of those novels that everyone has read, but notIt took me almost ten years to acquire a copy of this book to read. It appears as if this title is one of those novels that everyone has read, but not by anybody you know. Maybe this all raised my expectations too high, or maybe it was the shock that I knew almost nothing about it except for what is revealed by its title.
The changes presented over the course of the book appears as if Haldeman is trying too hard. Take the post-Vietnam 1970s and go to the extreme of society and this is what you get? Solving world hunger and genetic advancements lead to this? Sure. Is this what our GIs felt like after they came home? If so, Haldeman nailed it, but I find it to be over the top.
However, the ending of the novel seemed to be a lot more acceptable. The journey there--not so much. Perfection to extinction?
I found the science and problems created by space/time travel to be fascinating. It almost seemed believable. It's just that the major changes in society over the course of 1000 years was hard to accept--especially when based over the ENTIRE known history of man. There would be that many societal, extreme changes in just 1000 years?
A quick, entertaining read. One I would recommend but just cannot seem to rate high.
I am constantly amazed at the quality that comes from Astro City tales.
It's like discovering a mythos for the very first time, but also realizing thatI am constantly amazed at the quality that comes from Astro City tales.
It's like discovering a mythos for the very first time, but also realizing that they are near copy-cats.
My only complaint is that I feel the Jack in the Box character was cut off before his prime in the storytelling narrative. (I've only read the first three trades--I have a hunch we'll see more of the character as presented here).
Clearly, he's the Peter Parker/Spider-Man of this particular universe. However, the person behind the mask is ten times more responsible (yes, I went there) than Peter Parker has ever been.
Kudos to Busiek and the gang for taking the more responsible route and presenting a silver age of comic story telling in a modern era.
NOTE: Harlan Ellison is really full of himself. I love his work, but, c'mon....more