Hal Jordan, alpha male, meets the Red Lanterns. The Red Lanterns are total badasses. We know this because THEY VOMIT BLOOD AND TALK IN CAPS WITH LOTSHal Jordan, alpha male, meets the Red Lanterns. The Red Lanterns are total badasses. We know this because THEY VOMIT BLOOD AND TALK IN CAPS WITH LOTS OF EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They do that because they're really angry. Red Lantern members include a kitty cat and Aquaman's wife Mera. They are led by a big pink alien, who yells a lot.
Seriously...I think the lead-up issues to Blackest Night are better than Blackest Night....more
I actually liked this. The first story features Deadpool pretending to be a pirate. It guest-stars Bob, Agent of Hydra dressed in a parrot suit. In thI actually liked this. The first story features Deadpool pretending to be a pirate. It guest-stars Bob, Agent of Hydra dressed in a parrot suit. In the second story Deadpool decides to try out for the X-Men. He dons a homemade X-Men costume and attempts to assassinate one of the X-Men’s critics on live television, figuring that this will make a big impression. He’s right....more
Disappointing. What I could decipher of the plot was great, but huge chunks of the story were missing. What was left was the "Cliffs Notes" version. CDisappointing. What I could decipher of the plot was great, but huge chunks of the story were missing. What was left was the "Cliffs Notes" version. Characters appeared and reappeared, and important plot points were resolved offscreen. Since I'm not inclined to read the hundred or so tie-in issues, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth....more
Good, clean fun. Introduces Dredd mainstays such as Judge Giant and Walter the Wobot. The art is a bit wobbly in spots. Most of the stories are six paGood, clean fun. Introduces Dredd mainstays such as Judge Giant and Walter the Wobot. The art is a bit wobbly in spots. Most of the stories are six pages - I'd like to see some of today's comic creators write a complete story in that amount of space!...more
The adventures of the manly Warlord in Skartaris (which lies deep within the bowels of the earth, which apparently is hollow), the land of barbariansThe adventures of the manly Warlord in Skartaris (which lies deep within the bowels of the earth, which apparently is hollow), the land of barbarians and dinosaurs and princesses who shave their legs even though Skartaris doesn't have any razors.
Second things second...I wanted to like Trinity. I have a fondness for Kurt Busiek, whose run on the AvengersFirst things first...this gets 2.5 stars.
Second things second...I wanted to like Trinity. I have a fondness for Kurt Busiek, whose run on the Avengers is my favorite for that title. KB doesn't play favorites and is good at showcasing his characters' strengths, giving them all something to do and making sure they all have a moment. This is very important in good team books (unless you stick your company's franchise characters on the team, in which case you can do pretty much whatever you want).
So...I wanted to like Trinity. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish it. KB's weaknesses are on display, here: I kept on noticing his dialogue, which is sort of pokey. Also: tThe pacing was glacial, there were too many characters, and I had to stop reading before my head exploded. Great art, though; maybe someone with more patience with me will enjoy this.
I'm not sure if we're meant to have 52 issue storyline. I think the DC title that came closest to succeeding is 52, which in my opinion is still the gold standard....more
Omega: The Unknown isn't badly done, but it suffers from "Squid in the Mouth" Syndrome. If you don't know what that means, look here (http://www.sfwa.Omega: The Unknown isn't badly done, but it suffers from "Squid in the Mouth" Syndrome. If you don't know what that means, look here (http://www.sfwa.org/writing/turkeycit...), under Part Two: Paragraphs and Prose Structure.
This graphic novel gets three stars because there's lots of stuff to like. I enjoyed The Mink, and the way the robots spread their robotness to human beings. The main character was basically raised by a pair of vacuum cleaners, and is utterly monotone and boring. That's ok, because the rest of the graphic novel makes up for it, in spades.
Finally: Omega killing and eating the bald eagle and the little guy with the mayo jar were a bit too much for me. I noticed that the granite head (I can't remember his name) kept changing size, also.
I liked this enough so that if they ever made a sequel (extremely unlikely) I would read it....more
I heard about this graphic novel on the Newsarama or Robot 6 blog, I can't recall which. It's quite notorious. So this is my review.
Fletcher Hanks wriI heard about this graphic novel on the Newsarama or Robot 6 blog, I can't recall which. It's quite notorious. So this is my review.
Fletcher Hanks writes the same story over and over again. Here it is: a madman plots mass destruction and is stopped by one of Hanks' super-powered heroes, who then metes out poetic justice. Hanks' art style is so crude and unrealistic it reminds me of the men and women on medieval frescoes. His hero is a bloated 'roid freak and his heroine flies around in a slip sporting a skull face. Yes, his images have a sort of crude power, but so does a car accident or a triple homicide. And Hanks can't write a story to save his life.
Unlike others, I don't see this graphic novel as the creation of a genius. It reminds me of the work of a precocious nine-year old who has read too many comic books....more
A Drifting Life is the best graphic novel I've read in a rather slow year (2009). This book is all about the creative process. Some interesting informA Drifting Life is the best graphic novel I've read in a rather slow year (2009). This book is all about the creative process. Some interesting information about Japanese history and the the history of manga, also. I am not a big manga fan, nor am I a huge fan of comic memoirs, but I loved this longish (800+ pages) book.
My first introduction to Brit came in the pages of Invincible, where he appears in the aftermath of an extremely bloody battle between a Serpent SocieMy first introduction to Brit came in the pages of Invincible, where he appears in the aftermath of an extremely bloody battle between a Serpent Society ripoff and a few of the weaker members of the Guardians of the Globe. Brit bursts in, sees the bodies piled everywhere and says something like - 'wow, they made a real mess' - which I thought was funny. So I read the trade.
Brit - short for Brittany, he's not British - works for the government. He's really old. He's also a newlywed, having just married his stripper girlfriend. Brit is invincible. That means he can do things like strapping a nuclear bomb to his chest, have a superpowered yokel beat on him until he drops from exhaustion and get swallowed by a monster, all without getting hurt (all these things happen in this trade).
The plot: Brit's bosses decide to dissect him so as to make an army of invincible soldiers. Brit's buddy Donald, who is an android, warns him. Much bloodletting ensues. Recommended....more
It’s hard to describe LOEG: Century 1910. I mean this in the most literal sense. This graphic novel is a handful, and as such almost defies descriptioIt’s hard to describe LOEG: Century 1910. I mean this in the most literal sense. This graphic novel is a handful, and as such almost defies description. First, the characters: I was an English major in college, and had no idea who any of these people are. Don’t expect any help from Alan Moore; there is almost no back-story. Raffles is a thief – we know this because he steals something. Carnacki is psychic – we know this because he has a vision. And Lando is an immortal hermaphrodite who switches sexes, wields Excalibur and is involved in a love triangle with Mina Murray and Alan Quartermain, who is now young. Some of the characters sing, including a warbling Jack the Ripper, and Captain Nemo’s daughter makes an appearance. There is lots of violence, some of it against women, which seems to pop up a fair bit in Alan Moore’s works.
To the plot: unfortunately, it doesn’t exist. Alan Moore is so busy being clever he doesn’t plot, except in the most rudimentary sense. There’s some mumbo-jumbo about magic (no sock snake, though) and we learn that The Moon Child is going to be born a century hence. I did not learn this from reading the graphic novel; I know it because I read an interview with Alan Moore, who states that the last volume takes place in 2010. Our heroes, alas, have no such resources, and thus spend the entire volume walking about confused. Since I was confused also (see first paragraph), I could sympathize.
And then there’s the stuff about magic. On the one hand I know next to nothing about magic (except for what I see in the movies); on the other, I understand magic perfectly. At one point in my life I had O.C.D. so badly that walking to school was an adventure. Magic, as described by Alan Moore, attaches great importance to certain rituals and numbers, and as such, it’s not interesting except to other people who have O.C.D. – oops, I mean other magical practitioners.
Maybe Alan Moore should write for that 14-year old boy he talks about in interviews. You know, the mythical 14-year old boy who is his supposed audience, who apparently knows enough about English history and literature to understand all of his obscure references. One last thing: this story should have begun and ended in 1910, not 2010....more
Just read the first volume of Strangers in Paradise. Boy oh boy, did it rile me up. In a good way, of course. Let's just say I admire this graphic novJust read the first volume of Strangers in Paradise. Boy oh boy, did it rile me up. In a good way, of course. Let's just say I admire this graphic novel, but I'm not its intended audience. Loved the art. It put me in the mind of Berke Breathed's Bloom County. For some reason Francine's mother reminded me of Bill the Cat.
OK, let's get down to it. Every single male character in this volume is an asshole. Every. Single. One. Does Terry Moore hate men? I doubt it – he is a man, after all. I think it's more likely that he's a shrewd marketer who knows his audience. I admire his audacity: you've got to admire a guy who can make moving statements about feminine empowerment and draw great cheesecake at the same time and get away with it.
SIP is a graphic novel about sex, minus the sex (the first volume is, anyway). Instead we have the slow, richly deserved torment of the male characters. Let's talk about those male characters, shall we? Freddie and David, the scalp-taker and the teddy bear.
Freddie, first; he's the scalp-taker. Go to a used-car lot and he'll try to sell you a car. Go to a bar and he'll try to pick you up. He's an asshole, but at least he's up-front about it. In the interests of fairness I must also state that guys like Freddie get laid a lot. Moore nails him; the only thing he doesn't get right is that there's no way he would wait a year for sex. A real scalp-taker cuts ties and says bye-bye after two weeks.
David is the teddy bear. He's worst than Freddie, because he can’t take responsibility for his filthy sexual urges. Here’s a scoop: every man has filthy sexual urges. David neuters himself. He is the mascot, the little buddy, the pet. David is the type of character women like, because he’s harmless; men despise and pity him. Unfortunately for him, no woman will ever, ever find him attractive.
I give Katchoo credit; she tells David to go away. He doesn't, of course. David’s job is to read puerile poetry and tell Katchoo he loves her and be her designated punching bag while she works out her aggression. This is empowering, for Katchoo. In the spirit of abusive relationships David sits there and takes it. At one point he tells her he had it coming. I guess it’s Katchoo's pure soul; either that, or he likes being slapped in the face. Whatever; he stays.
The laundered Mob money storyline was a bit incoherent. It also put my Melodrama Meter off the charts. One of the characters ends up being related to another character, which - in the words of the Church Lady - is rather convenient.
Oh, and there's a wonderful fight scene between a female assassin and a fat guy. Yes, I know comic book violence is not realistic, but if you outweigh somebody by 100 pounds, all you need to do is sit on them and the fight is over. By the end of that one I was waiting for the ninjas to show up; maybe they will, in Volume 2....more