This graphic novel based on the video game based on the series of movies was a lot of fun! I have only played the first installment of the game, so IThis graphic novel based on the video game based on the series of movies was a lot of fun! I have only played the first installment of the game, so I can't say how faithful the book is overall, or whether it spoils the games or not. However, I can say that between the writing of Bob Gale, writer of the original movies and co-writer Eric Burnham, who has faithfully brought the Ghostbusters to the comics page, it really captures the tone of the movies. The art, by Alan Robinson, isn't photorealistic, but captures the feel of the game graphics without directly copying them. A lot of fun for fans of Back to the Future!...more
Of all of Greg Rucka's various series, I think Stumptown--his ongoing series about Dexadrine "Dex" Parios, a private eye in Portland, Oregon--continueOf all of Greg Rucka's various series, I think Stumptown--his ongoing series about Dexadrine "Dex" Parios, a private eye in Portland, Oregon--continues to be my favorite. Owing a great deal to series like Magnum, PI, Simon & Simon and The Rockford Files--all influences that Rucka acknowledges--the series holds my attention as much through the characters as it does the stories. I want to follow whatever Dex's current case is through to the end, but I want to come back because I care about Dex, her autistic brother Ansel, their neighbor Grey, and everyone else.
The series also keeps me coming back through its portrayal of Portland, almost as another major character. I lived in Portland for a short time back in the 9os, and Rucka and artist Justin Greenwood completely capture what makes the city feel unique in these pages. And never more so than in this particular storyline, which is slightly lighter in tone than previous volumes. This book focuses on Dex's attempts to protect shipments of rare coffee (a particularly Portland obsession) from entitled billionaires and the Barista Mafia. That story is a lot of fun, contrasted with Dex dealing with the sudden arrival of her sister for an unannounced visit.
The book also includes a second, shorter tale of Dex on a stakeout. Told almost wordlessly, this story is a great showcase for Greenwood's talents as an artist. Greenwood is the second artist to work on this series, following Matthew Southworth, who did the first two volumes. Greenwood has definitely made the series his own, particularly with the stories in this volume.
While I think Rucka's other current work is great, and will always have special places in my heart for his earlier comics like Queen & Country and Whiteout, Stumptown is the one I most look forward to these days. I wish it came out more frequently, but whenever it does, it's always something to be treasured....more
As the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series, it's tough to know just what to say about Cress. It continues the story from the first two books, adAs the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series, it's tough to know just what to say about Cress. It continues the story from the first two books, advancing the plot but ending by setting up the fourth book rather than wrapping too much up. This is definitely not the place to start the story. However, Marissa Meyer's compelling writing introduces a couple new characters, including the charmingly awkward Lunar hacker Cress, who has spent most of her life alone in a satellite spying on Earth. Now, however, she joins with Cinder and the other heroes in their plot to overthrow the evil Queen Levana before she can marry young Emperor Kai and become Empress of Earth. The story is fast-paced and exciting, and there are some surprising revelations along the way. I'm excited to read the next book in the series!...more
Roger Langridge has a way of telling a story that feels classic and almost old-fashioned, but without aping the storytelling styles of previous eras oRoger Langridge has a way of telling a story that feels classic and almost old-fashioned, but without aping the storytelling styles of previous eras or descending into pastiche. Here, he tells the story of three young kids (two girls and one boy) and a dog who are apparently recruited by Sherlock Holmes to uncover the mystery of statues disappearing throughout London. However, all is not what it seems, and the answer is a great deal more fantastical than mere thievery. What really makes the book special is the diversity of the cast, in gender, in race, and in religion (even leaving aside the fact that one of the characters is a dog). Also special is Andy Hirsch's artwork, which is fun and energetic and captures the mood of the story perfectly. I love it when Langridge illustrates his own work, and had honestly been a little sad to hear he wasn't drawing this one. That sadness disappeared as soon as I saw Hirsch's art here. Overall, this is a fun mystery/adventure/fantasy/historical story that adds a new twist to the Holmes legend. It is truly appropriate for all ages; both children and adults will find much to love here....more
Ian Edginton and D'Israeli's Scarlet Traces is one of my favorite comics series, and it's fantastic to see the first story back in print, along with tIan Edginton and D'Israeli's Scarlet Traces is one of my favorite comics series, and it's fantastic to see the first story back in print, along with their adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Scarlet Traces picks up ten years after that classic novel, telling the story of what the British Empire has done with the technology that the Martians left behind following their failed invasion. Sadly, rather than using that technology to improve mankind, it has only served to widen social inequities, making life better for the haves at the expense of the have-nots. Sadly, while this story is set over a hundred years ago and was created over ten years ago, the commentary it makes is still very timely. It's a brilliantly written and beautifully drawn tale of adventure, suspense and mystery, but it's got a lot to say at its heart as well. I'm glad that Edginton and D'Israeli have the opportunity to finally continue their story in the pages of 2000 A.D., and I look forward to further collections on my bookshelf....more
Fred Van Lente returns as writer on this volume of Big Trouble in Little China, joined this time by artist Dan McDaid. As with previous volumes of thiFred Van Lente returns as writer on this volume of Big Trouble in Little China, joined this time by artist Dan McDaid. As with previous volumes of this series, this really captures the humor and over-the-top nature of the movie, although the emphasis is stronger on the humor than on the otherwise straightforward martial arts action. In many ways, like the movie, Jack Burton is treated almost as a sidekick, remaining a focus of the story while the rest of the cast are the prime players in terms of action and getting things done. The art, by McDaid, has a very kinetic feel to it, and that energy certainly feels at home in this series. Another fun installment, although, sadly, this is the penultimate volume in this series....more
This graphic novel, detailing Mickey's early career as a screenwriter in 1927 and his first meeting with Minnie Mouse, was a lot of fun! Less an advenThis graphic novel, detailing Mickey's early career as a screenwriter in 1927 and his first meeting with Minnie Mouse, was a lot of fun! Less an adventure, less a traditional Mickey Mouse story and more a thoughtful, melancholy tale of introspection, it felt like a real change of pace while still remaining true to the characters. Almost as if F. Scott Fitzgerald were writing a Mickey Mouse story. And the art was really evocative of the early Mickey Mouse comic strip and movies, as well as other Walt Disney cartoons. Reading this book made me feel happy, and that's exactly what I was looking for from it....more
While I haven't seen the new movie, it is apparently close enough to the original animated feature that I did not feel lost reading this story that taWhile I haven't seen the new movie, it is apparently close enough to the original animated feature that I did not feel lost reading this story that takes place in the middle of it. This novel tells an original (not in the movie) story of Belle literally becoming lost in a book during her time in the Beast's castle. It's a gripping story, filled with some compelling, sometimes creepy images. It also adds to Belle's emotional development over the course of the movie story, and consequently feels like it fits, rather than just being a throwaway tale. I thought it was a lot of fun, and I must have really enjoyed it, because I raced through it in two sittings, literally unable to put it down the second night until I finished....more