i am not really a Marvel Comics reader, and i tend to avoid books about kids/teenagers, as they almost invariably feature writers trying to tap into t...morei am not really a Marvel Comics reader, and i tend to avoid books about kids/teenagers, as they almost invariably feature writers trying to tap into the hip youth slang & failing miserably. fakey teen talk is something that INSTANTLY takes me out of any story. some people are actually good at it, but most of it just rings so hollow in my mind's ear that i lose all interest. joss whedon is a perfect example of both, actually. sometimes his stuff feels very true & authentic & then other times i an just cringing. so anyway, those are the main reasons i avoided Runaways for the first 4 years or so of its existence, even though it is written by quite possibly my favorite writer currently working in comics: Brian K Vaughan. (though Grant Morrison is a close second, & he's neck-in-neck w/ Warren Ellis. the top 3 shifts constantly. anyway, i digress.) Vaughan wrote my oft-talked about favorite comic of the past 5 years, Y: The Last Man, which just ended a month or so ago. when the last issue came out, an associate & i were commiserating at the comic shop & he suggested i read Runaways, despite my serious reservations. i agreed that i should probably give it a shot but then thought nothing of it until a fat stack of manga-sized paperback collections got sold to us at the store (Half Price Books in Berkeley, Ca...come on by! sell me something good). then yesterday i needed something to read during lunch & i saw Runaways sitting there on my hold shelf, so i pulled it down. last night after work i devoured the rest of it & then when i woke up today, on my day off, i had to go over to the job to pick up the rest of the volumes. it's excellent. the book had gotten a lot of hype, both from critics & from a very vocal (albeit small) group of hardcore fans. but i am never one to listen to hype, despite the fact that i often end up liking these much-hyped things years down the line. but there is an advantage to that. i get to read 24 issues worth of Runaways in one sitting, just like i was able to watch the first 2 seasons of LOST in 2 weeks. sadly, the collections are manga-sized, which is convenient (and cheap), but the art is very cool, & i wish i were seeing it full size & glossy.
the book's high concept is that a group of teens discover that their parents are supervillains, & then have to go on the run. but Vaughan does a great job right from the outset of establishing the kids, & that is what hooked me on the book. through everything of his that i have read or seen (Y, Ex Machina, Ultimate X-Men, LOST), Vaughan has proved himself to be a master of dialogue & characterization. he makes real people who don't feel like ciphers. tragically, his run on this series has ended & Marvel is gonna continue it without him (i don't know if they are keeping the artist, Adrian Alphona, who i'd never heard of, but who is pretty much perfect here), going forward with joss whedon in the driver's seat. which probably means a drop off in quality & a HUGE drop off in frequency. alas.(less)
sorta like the X-Files, but instead of FBI agents, they are "Archaeologists of the Impossible," unearthing the secret history of the world. most of th...moresorta like the X-Files, but instead of FBI agents, they are "Archaeologists of the Impossible," unearthing the secret history of the world. most of these secrets involve Ellis's takes on classic superhero (and pre-superhero pulp) concepts & tropes. this series is like nutritional candy. but if you plan to read it, read the collections; the individual issues (which by series end will number 27) have trickled to the stands over the course of nearly 10 years.(less)
i just started this, but as i've said before (& will surely say again) any Mahfood is fucking awesome Mahfood. the man is pure genius. he made a c...morei just started this, but as i've said before (& will surely say again) any Mahfood is fucking awesome Mahfood. the man is pure genius. he made a comic based on the Slug/Murs album "Felt," for God's sake, what else do you need to know?(less)
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 some...more2.5 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. (less)
it was Grant Morrison who first (to my knowledge) called Superman "the sci-fi Jesus," & i can't think of a more appropriate, succinct encapsulatio...moreit 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.(less)