having loved both American Born Chinese and Same Difference & Other Stories, I had high hopes for this book. and STILL they were exceeded. these shaving loved both American Born Chinese and Same Difference & Other Stories, I had high hopes for this book. and STILL they were exceeded. these stories are beautiful: lovingly rendered, beautifully illustrated, cunningly crafted. nothing here is what it seems, but it is all excellent....more
wow. this book really blew me away & instantly made Chabon one of my favorite authors. truly, this work is masterful. he weaves subplots, timelinewow. this book really blew me away & instantly made Chabon one of my favorite authors. truly, this work is masterful. he weaves subplots, timelines, characters into an amazing & cohesive tapestry. perhaps best of all, tho' it is a tale filled with incredible sadness & loss, it ends on a hopeful note. i like that....more
it was Grant Morrison who first (to my knowledge) called Superman "the sci-fi Jesus," & i can't think of a more appropriate, succinct encapsulatioit was Grant Morrison who first (to my knowledge) called Superman "the sci-fi Jesus," & i can't think of a more appropriate, succinct encapsulation of the character. he is humanity's savior, delivered from on high, in a rocketship from outer space. his father sent him to us because of our potential, which he was meant to show us, by reflecting the best we have to offer, clothed in the heavenly vestments of his otherworldly father. his earthly upbringing gave limitless power incarnate an innate understanding of the minutia of the human condition. his humanity is revealed in his inescapable interconnectedness with all life on earth. thus no one, in my mind, is more qualified to craft this painstaking reconstruction of the essence of the character. Morrison understands that those scribes who write the best Superman stories are writing in the heavens, are creating the myths that capture what humanity is & what it hopes to be. this is the Superman saga for the ages & it is writ large by Morrison, Frank Quitely & Jamie Grant. peerless....more
every bit as charming & engaging as i'd hoped it would be. and FUNNY! much funnier than i'd even expected. i think the translation is wonderful, tevery bit as charming & engaging as i'd hoped it would be. and FUNNY! much funnier than i'd even expected. i think the translation is wonderful, though it's almost impossible to tell unless it's awful......more
Bone is so great. that it took this long for me to get around to reading it is one of life's great injustices.
i read the first one in the original b&aBone is so great. that it took this long for me to get around to reading it is one of life's great injustices.
i read the first one in the original b&w, but i've been reading the subsequent volumes in the newer Scholastic edition. at first i was put off by the smaller size (something between regular & digest), & i wasn't sure how i felt about the color. but 3 vols in & i am converted. the coloring is lush & lends an animated feel to the proceedings. i think i still like the original a bit more (i have a soft spot for black & white comics, which are an endangered species), but i have come to love these little guys, too.
i highly recommend Bone to anyone with kids. it's cute & lively enough to get their attention (especially the color version), it's just a bit scary & it's full of adventure. you'll love it, they'll love it. ev'rybody wins....more
o man, how i would have LOVED this book when i was a teen-angster. heartbreak & loneliness & the neverending suffering of alienated youth. luco man, how i would have LOVED this book when i was a teen-angster. heartbreak & loneliness & the neverending suffering of alienated youth. luckily, it had a kind of interesting twistiness to it that still managed to keep the older, less miserably introspective me entertained. and the art is deceptively simple in its ability to convey feelings, something i always love about O'Malley. if you are into mopiness, you will dig this the most. otherwise, i suggest Scott Pilgrim for your O'Malley fix....more
2.5 stars. this is actually the first O.S. Card i have ever read (i have Ender's Game waiting in the wings). i enjoyed it, inasmuch as there were some2.5 stars. this is actually the first O.S. Card i have ever read (i have Ender's Game waiting in the wings). i enjoyed it, inasmuch as there were some very interesting sci-fi concepts & some very well-developed character stuff & some AMAZING art (emphasis on "some," but more on that later)...but the plot was pretty weak sauce. and the main villain was paper thin, so the last act was kind of a letdown. i say, "kind of a letdown," but i actually mean, "an enormous letdown," because not only did the end of the story suffer, the artist apparently had deadline problems, and the final issue was drawn by someone else. someone with a style *completely* dissimilar to Pasqual Ferry. it's a five issue miniseries that doesn't even take place in the present day Ultimate Universe. why did Marvel feel the need to rush it into production/publication? the shift in artist was so jarring that i came away with a much harsher judgment of the overall work because of it. ...more
my heart sings with glee. i wasn't terribly impressed with the first disc of the newest Tenchi series (which is actually the third season of the ORIGImy heart sings with glee. i wasn't terribly impressed with the first disc of the newest Tenchi series (which is actually the third season of the ORIGINAL, and my favorite, series) so i kinda lost track of it. haven't given Tenchi much thought, until this little beauty came across my desk & i gave it a read at lunch one day. i was delighted to discover that it takes place in that same continuity (as opposed to one of the other million that are floating around out there), apparently in the many-years-long gap between the original end of the original series, and the recent ACTUAL end of the original series. i later found, through a little digging, that this manga doesn't REALLY take place within that continuity, it just uses it as a jumping off point. which is to say, it is not part of that OVA canon. but that is fine. the important part is that i know who everyone is & what their stories are & what the fuck is going on. the first issue of this does a pretty good job in communicating which Tenchi-verse we're dealing with. for a non-initiate, it might be a lot of expository data to cram into about 4 panels, but for me it was just what i needed to ease the only hesitation i ever really have when it comes to checking out new Tenchi material: whose canon are we dealing with? it seems like every new series takes place in its own reality, where some things about the characters are the same, but others are completely different. i guess in a way that is true of any comic book, though.
point is, this is Tenchi to me. the characters are exceptionally well-defined in my mind, and those definitions came from the OVA. and in this book all that characterization is on the page. everyone looks perfect, sounds perfect. this is Tenchi. and it's good to have him back....more