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Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, Volume One
4.26
liked it
This was my first attempt to read Kirby's "Fourth World" stories straight through. Everything I had read about it turned out to be true. It's packed w ...more
not set
Jul 01, 2008
 
Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits
3.95
really liked it
**spoiler alert** An interesting look at an underappreciated genius of the golden age of comic books. Though not quite the storyteller that Will Eisne ...more
May 24, 2008
Feb 17, 2008
 
The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage
3.74
liked it
Not a short story anthology, as I thought it was when I picked it up, but 30-40 page chunks of various espionage novels. It is a nice sampler of some ...more
not set
May 04, 2008
 
John Adams
4.05
it was amazing
This might be the perfect biography. McCullough's excellent writing is complimented by Adams' own in excerpts from the treasure trove of his letters t ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
Tiny Titans, Volume 1: Welcome to the Treehouse
4.11
it was ok
I really don't understand this. It's clearly intended for very young readers, but are they going to have any idea what is going on? Why include so man ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2009
 
1,000 Comic Books You Must Read
3.47
really liked it
Let's get the obvious criticisms out of the way. The title is misleading. These are not 1000 "essential" or "best" comics, but a highly subjective cro ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2010
 
Death and Judgment (Commissario Brunetti, #4)
3.89
it was ok
Just couldn't get into this.
not set
Dec 23, 2008
 
Supermen!: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes, 1936–1941
3.88
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** A crude, ridiculous, and fascinating collection of now-forgotten characters from a time when every publisher tried to cash in on the ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2009
 
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
3.70
liked it
Every bit as ridiculous as it sounds, but it's probably THE classic example of a 1970s DC comic. And, Neal Adams' art was at its peak.

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Oct 10, 2011
 
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 1: 1950-1952
4.37
really liked it
Reading this collection of the first two years of the comic strip, it's fascinating to watch Schulz shape his iconic characters. The overall tone is t ...more
Mar 12, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
 
Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil
3.77
liked it
It had its moments. Well suited to young readers. Nice art and most of the re-working of the Captain Marvel backstory makes sense. Making mad scientis ...more
not set
Jan 28, 2009
 
Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed
3.65
it was ok
A random, disjointed collection of anecdotes from the history of comic books. Despite what the cover says, most of these stories are not quite "fascin ...more
not set
Oct 10, 2009
 
Resurrection Day / Repel
3.76
did not like it
This (very well done) reprint of two 1930s pulp novels was my first attempt to enter the world of Doc Savage since a fifth grade reading of "Man of Br ...more
Feb 25, 2008
Feb 15, 2008
 
Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
3.51
it was ok
Every public library has crazy things that happen and, inevitably, somebody says "I should write a book." Now, somebody finally has. It's a shame it's ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2008
 
Lost Cleveland: Seven Wonders of the Sixth City
3.76
liked it
Brief profiles of some really fascinating lost parts of the Cleveland landscape. Why the still-standing Severance Hall is included among them, is neve ...more
not set
Dec 13, 2010
 
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest
3.56
really liked it
The plot is ridiculous, but Millar does a really good job of keeping you from noticing. Hitch is a brilliant artist on everything except faces and act ...more
not set
May 29, 2009
 
The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero
3.85
it was amazing
Maybe it's because I went into this book knowing only a little about Houdini, but I found this to be really fascinating stuff. Incredibly detailed and ...more
Mar 12, 2010
Oct 03, 2008
 
Who's Next: An Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who
3.46
liked it
Nerdy in the extreme, but fun for any fan of the orginial series. The critical commentary of each story is clear-eyed and, usually, dead on. Reading i ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 22, 2008
 
Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made
3.46
liked it
Reads like an entertaining DVD commentary. Blount shares his thoughts as he watches the movie and mixes in amusing stories about the brothers. Fun, bu ...more
not set
Nov 22, 2010
 
The Boys, Volume 1: The Name of the Game
3.99
did not like it
A twisted, crude, depressing and joyless experience.
not set
May 08, 2009
 
Potshot (Spenser, #28)
3.87
it was ok
While investigating a murder, Spenser enlists a bunch of old cronies to shoot up a gang of hillbilly bikers. That's really all there is to it.
not set
Dec 23, 2008
 
Welcome to Tranquility, Vol. 1
3.69
really liked it
A very entertaining murder mystery set in a quiet small town where old super-heroes and villians to go retire. Simone does an excellent job of establi ...more
Apr 15, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
4.20
it was amazing
One of the best film history books I've read. A fascinating (and very well written) look at the five films nominated for best picture in 1968, as the ...more
Apr 24, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.87
really liked it
A quick, enjoyable memoir that focuses almost exclusively on Martin's standup career and his strained relationship with his parents. His struggles to ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2008
 
Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan, #1)
3.88
really liked it
This is best enjoyed if you forget about every Tarzan movie you've ever seen. None of them get it right. You'll also have to get past some latent raci ...more
Feb 13, 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
The Saga of the Bloody Benders
3.82
really liked it
I've liked just about everything in Geary's "Treasury of Victorian Murder" series. Unlike his most of his other subjects, I knew nothing about the sto ...more
not set
Apr 17, 2008
 
At the Mountains of Madness
3.93
it was ok
Not sure what to make of this. Eerie, though not really scary. It's only about a hundred pages, but still seems to take forever to get going. Much of ...more
not set
Feb 28, 2008
 
The Complete Green Lama, Vol. 1
3.88
it was ok
The main attraction here is Mac Raboy's artwork on the otherwise forgettable character. Unfortunately, that work is only about a quarter of the entire ...more
not set
Oct 03, 2008
 
Masterpiece Comics
3.82
liked it
Clever, and Sikoryak does an incredible job of mimicking the style of the comics used.
not set
Dec 28, 2009
 
Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes
4.32
liked it
This is a collection of passable Sherlock Holmes stories. The Anne Perry and Gillian Linscott stories are probably the best. The weakest is the L. B. ...more
not set
Jul 07, 2008
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