Reading the description of this a few months ago, I knew I wanted to pick it up. I was really into Batman: The Animated Series as a teen and thought tReading the description of this a few months ago, I knew I wanted to pick it up. I was really into Batman: The Animated Series as a teen and thought this would be interesting. I had no idea how good it would be. Dini's story is engrossing - if you're an introvert, there's a lot to identify with, but he also struggles with depression and anxiety throughout the story, not just after the brutal beating. He uses a wide variety of Batman characters, mostly villains, to represent different aspects of his fear, anger, and self-loathing. And then there's the Dark Knight himself. I saw another reviewer compare the Batman cast to a Greek chorus, and I think that's an excellent description.
Risso's artwork truly stood out here - the use of color to portray how present or invisible a character is, or the pop of a cartoon character like Ivan Ivorybill. Throughout the story, Risso captures so many different Batman-styles and uses them depending on the tone and mood of the situation. If you're a Batman fan, this is worth picking up. It's not a Batman story, but it is a story about how we appreciate heroes and how they can inspire us. And if you like your nonfiction memoirs, particularly in a graphic novel format, this is such a good one to read! ...more
A very detailed history of air warfare during WWI, with a focus on Germany and Manfred von Richthofen - the Red Baron. What I knew about the Red BaronA very detailed history of air warfare during WWI, with a focus on Germany and Manfred von Richthofen - the Red Baron. What I knew about the Red Baron prior to reading this book was a result of reading Peanuts for years, which is to say I didn't know much. Wayne Vasant does an admirable job of providing a great deal of information about Richthofen and his Flying Circus. The picture that I've always held of WWI is of trench warfare, gas masks, and barbed wire. Fighting in the air, though, was a different type of war altogether. Vasant likens it to knights with codes of chivalry, involving grace, skill, and luck. Many pilots were killed through accidents and faulty machinery. I finished this book with a better sense of history and a greater understanding of the role planes played in this type of warfare.
So why three stars? This felt like reading a textbook. While I have a better general knowledge of the war, I didn't feel like I got to know Richthofen. The art didn't play into the narrative very often - if you were to take the text away, I wouldn't have had a good sense of story from what was happening. The art itself is fine, and there's great attention to the planes. But the characters look largely interchangeable. The dogfights all looked the same to me. There were so many people to keep track of, and so much covered, it really felt like I was going to have to make an index card of notes to remember everyone - and prepare for the big midterm exam! I just couldn't get into this story. ...more
Made two hats from this book. Parts of the pattern didn't quite make sense - the stitch count was off both times. But I loved the patterns and thingsMade two hats from this book. Parts of the pattern didn't quite make sense - the stitch count was off both times. But I loved the patterns and things turned out well regardless of the stitch count. I wish I could crotchet so I could make some of the other patterns in here. Something to learn, I guess!...more