I have been a Thanos fan since adolescence; frankly, his machinations make Darth Vader and Palpatine look like chumps. I did enjoy this, but it feels...moreI have been a Thanos fan since adolescence; frankly, his machinations make Darth Vader and Palpatine look like chumps. I did enjoy this, but it feels like more of a prelude to something else, and I would recommend this hard cover solely to hard core fans of Thanos like myself. This is a typical Starlin work full of cosmic conflicts, but I feel it rather perfunctory - the conflicts are quick - the narration is through dialogue - and it is only at the end, I think, when Thanos confronts what has happened to him, that the work gels in an aesthetically pleasing way.
I also find it rather thrilling to see that the hype surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy has gotten to me, as I hadn't revisited this subject matter in nearly two decades. Nonetheless, if you peruse my shelf, you'll see I've got a taste for the heavy books, but these are quite delightful in their own way.(less)
While I won't go into too much detail here, this opening section of Carey's Lucifer starts off haltingly but does, in my estimation, climax in one of...moreWhile I won't go into too much detail here, this opening section of Carey's Lucifer starts off haltingly but does, in my estimation, climax in one of the most epic finales ever developed any modern fiction, and I've read quite a few.(less)
While an atheist, I find this story, essentially the graphic novel adventures of Milton's Lucifer, quite compelling and it moves at a galloping pace,...moreWhile an atheist, I find this story, essentially the graphic novel adventures of Milton's Lucifer, quite compelling and it moves at a galloping pace, though it is not always as clear as I might like it, and that is perhaps saying something, given my penchant for opacity. While it depicts a strange and dark series of adventures guaranteed to entertain a wide audience, it does develop themes of morality, predestination, liberty, and, of course, divinity in a compelling fashion not normally encountered in series such as this.
Lucifer is an excellent character and definitely; this is definitely a rebel angel I can give credence to. Given the toll of millenia enthralled to predestination despite his best efforts, he has grown to despise his relatively infinite power, which makes the story much more entertaining, as he tends to rely on his wits, though in one arc Carey does deploy the "loss of power" trope that remains a perennial motif in comics - and he deploys it effectively. He also has excellent dialogue; some of his quips are worthy of being collected as 'maxims' if the author didn't swipe them from someone else:"Well, belief is meant to be be a great consolation - take it with you when you go."
I look forward to finishing the entire series and will be sorely tempted to purchase the smaller trade editions.(less)
This is truly an amazing work. This damnable keyboard ate my review, but I will be concise. First, Neil Gaiman's work in prose has never equaled his w...moreThis is truly an amazing work. This damnable keyboard ate my review, but I will be concise. First, Neil Gaiman's work in prose has never equaled his work in comics for weight, skill, and resonance; I've read enough to know that his print career is to some extent his dining out on his work from "Sandman" - and what a work it has proven to be. There was nothing quite like this when it began - and to some degree, there's been nothing like it since. I suppose some might suggest "Cerebus," but that work, according to general consensus, did not begin so well, nor did it end so well, and though I have not read the second half, its reputation speaks for itself.
It took me twenty years to get to "Sandman" and I am glad that I waited. I was only ten years old when the original series began and I recall finding the covers pretentious and the plots rather dull looking - a criticism I think Mr. Gaiman would agree with, since I am sure he did not write this for ten year olds of any sort that have ever been. This is the work of an adult for an adult, and I am thrilled that I avoided the hype, which in my world was generally proclaimed by pretentious and dull New Age goth types with an excessive reverence for Robert Smith, whose work I enjoy, but do not idolize, making it possible for me to come to it as a formidably well-read man who can read it not merely for entertainment, which is a child's way of reading, but also with an eye for its execution. Rest assured, were I not familiar with William Shakespeare's works, I would not get much pleasure from his skillful integration of that poet's work with his own; it always a great risk to remind a reader of great works of literature, for it runs the danger of making your reader consider that his or her time might be better served through reading not Gaiman's story about Shakespeare, but Shakespeare himself, because Shakespeare is better - but Gaiman meets this challenge with resounding success...
Today I visited my local comic shop and mentioned to the clerk that I am finally reading "Sandman" and I said it was excellent, and he riposted with the assertion that it is overrated; I wanted to defend it vociferously, but I knew that my defense would only make me seem a patronizing ass, but it is wonderfully well executed and powerful to boot, and rewards repeated reading. It is literature in the best sense and to read the Sandman because it is horror or fantasy or merely entertaining is to fail to derive the best pleasure one can get from it, which is watching an artist work, and discerning in that work tremendous skill and artifice of the best sort.
Amazing art and excellent story; no matter what your appetite is, if you have any appreciation at all for Godzilla, you will love this. James Stokoe i...moreAmazing art and excellent story; no matter what your appetite is, if you have any appreciation at all for Godzilla, you will love this. James Stokoe is an amazing artist who manages to write about a rather old property in ways that are sure to delight old fans while also being accessible to the new. I have let this text pass through the hands of the most erudite of friends as well as my students, and this is a pop culture masterpiece with tremendous appeal to myriad audiences.(less)
The memoirs of an unrepentant bastard carrying all the most odious baggage of Victorian British manhood with none of the virtues so often bruited abou...moreThe memoirs of an unrepentant bastard carrying all the most odious baggage of Victorian British manhood with none of the virtues so often bruited about in the works of Kipling or films like Gunga Din, it's quite funny and a scathing satire relevant to our own misadventures in Afghanistan.
Frankly, we should count our losses quite light compared to what Flashman's comrades experienced in 1844.(less)