There are some really hilarious strips in this collection. We get to sort of see Sara's house in "Dances with Pitbulls," a classic. We also get to hea...moreThere are some really hilarious strips in this collection. We get to sort of see Sara's house in "Dances with Pitbulls," a classic. We also get to hear about the horrors of Brian's home. Sara plays an evil character in "The Evil Among Us," proving she can be pretty wicked when it comes down to it. And we get a glimpse of the fun that is Heroes and Zeroes, the Hackmaster campaign setting where you can design and play your own superhero. In the bonus strips, we see such awesome characters as The Scratcher, with fingernails of steel, Pot Lid Boy, who wears pot lids as armor, Deadline, who has uncanny nimble fingers, super smell and fragrance manipulation, and Nemonic, the stuttering hero with total recall.(less)
Sara kicks some ass in this issue when the group plays Hacknoia. This is also the start (I think) of the Barringer Rebellion and the infamous Bag Wars...moreSara kicks some ass in this issue when the group plays Hacknoia. This is also the start (I think) of the Barringer Rebellion and the infamous Bag Wars. Bob is also a bit of a whipping boy in this collection. Knuckles loses a leg, leaving Bob in a funk... until he sets in motion a plan to get a one-legged dwarf miniature. Thus begins the Sturm Pyre fiasco. There are some pretty big storylines going in this collection.(less)
This collection is marked as the first appearance of the Black Hands Society, Hawg Waller's, and the death of Chelsie the Cow. We also discover why Te...moreThis collection is marked as the first appearance of the Black Hands Society, Hawg Waller's, and the death of Chelsie the Cow. We also discover why Teflon Billy has a daily glass of fig juice and that Knuckles and El Ravager can double as spell books. Another awesome collection, with further Bag Wars episodes.(less)
I liked the second volume of LXG, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the first. Mostly I enjoyed the development between Mina, Allan, and Hyde. This...moreI liked the second volume of LXG, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the first. Mostly I enjoyed the development between Mina, Allan, and Hyde. This volume is not for the squeamish... but are there many Alan Moore books that are? What really irks me about this volume is the same thing that I tend to enjoy about the series as a whole; I love the literary/pop culture references strewn about, and I want to sit with Wikipedia or one of the sites dedicated to deconstructing the comic series, so I'm getting it all. But the walls of text making up the "atlas" at the end of the book are just plain aggravating. It felt more like an attempt to cram in every possible allusion and then some, with Moore checking off a giant list of novels, short stories, and movies. It's really more worth your time to skim to the journal entries, particularly Mina's and Orlando's. Of course, I'm sure in the next two volumes these references will pop up and then I'll be sorry I recommended to skim. I will say that the description of the Wonderland expedition left me with goosebumps... eep!(less)
Let me preface my review by saying that I first read this series when I was in high school and I loved it. My best friend recommended it and we refere...moreLet me preface my review by saying that I first read this series when I was in high school and I loved it. My best friend recommended it and we referenced it all the time... though with some knowledge that this was somewhat cheesy writing. There were lots of jokes about guys with beautiful, steely blue eyes. But I remember thinking that the books were somewhat scary, contained a great mix of fantasy and reality, and Julian had that bad-boy/demon thing going for him, like Jareth in Labyrinth, but without the weird age difference!
So when the series was finally reprinted, I was really excited to read them again and see how my adult-self compared with my teen-self. I'm sorry to say that I don't think this series aged that well. It's not just the early 90s references... I felt like there were a lot of problems here. Like the characters feeling like stereotypes for the first half of the series. Or the language that they used sounding like it wouldn't come out of a teen's mouth now or 16 years ago. And Jenny... what did she see in Tom? She feels so flat throughout the books, which I suppose is somewhat the point. She does develop somewhat and becomes more independent, less reliant on her friends' strengths and Tom being her protector. I suppose I just got annoyed with her incredible "goodness" - I mean, who's really that good?
I should balance this review out by saying that I still did enjoy rereading this series... it just felt more like a guilty read! I think that for those Twilight-readers this is an excellent collection to move on to; even though it's populated with the troubled, beautiful, immortal bad boy, it revolves less around being obsessed by this boy and more about friendship and inner-strength. Jenny's not the strongest of heroines, but she still becomes "her own master." As a librarian, I'll be recommending this book to those still looking for something after Twilight, but also to those looking for a good haunted house story, something to do with nightmares, or something that doesn't include vampires! (less)
Our intrepid heroes march further into the depths of the research facility, and finally enter the mysterious Level 4. They have to deal with a new typ...moreOur intrepid heroes march further into the depths of the research facility, and finally enter the mysterious Level 4. They have to deal with a new type of monster (one hint... frogs!) and we learn a little history for a few of the survivors. This volume starts to move away a bit from the horror/survival stuff (though there's still plenty here!) and get into some more mental/supernatural elements. Things just keep getting curiouser and curiouser!(less)
I was first introduced to The Last Unicorn through the movie. I think my sister and I watched the VHS until is was ragged. And then in high school I f...moreI was first introduced to The Last Unicorn through the movie. I think my sister and I watched the VHS until is was ragged. And then in high school I found out that the movie was based off of a book. I have bought multiple editions of this book because I love it so much. I found out about the comic adaptation a little more than year ago when one of the teens at my library very sweetly bought a copy of the first volume for me. All that is to say that I went into this book pretty much prepared to love it. And I do.
The story sticks close to the novel, not the movie, which I appreciated. I love the movie, but I also know that it's cheesy and has some grimace-inducing scenes - oh, the singing! The singing. So instead we get more of Schmendrick's history, the story of Hagsgate, and Lir is a little more fleshed out. Dialogue is often taken straight out of the novel.
The artwork does seem inspired by the movie, but cleaned up and less ridiculous. Parts are absolutely gorgeous - check out the Midnight Carnival and the cover for that issue with the creatures tangled in Mommy Fortuna's hair. I got choked up during the final battle with the Red Bull - the art just has an excellent sense of pacing. When I got to the guest art featured at the end, I couldn't imagine the book looking any other way than it does with Rene De Liz illustrating.
If there's anything I missed in this book, it was the way that the story is told in King Haggard's castle. I feel like that part of the story is glossed over in both the comic and the movie. Haggard is a fascinating but unexplored character, Amalthea is losing herself and falling in love at the same time, and Schmendrick and Molly are both trying to solve the mystery of the Bull's location. But this section of the tale gets rushed to the moment of finding the clock and the passageway and the final confrontation. I don't know if that's to be helped, but that's my complaint.
This is definitely on my wish list - time to try collection more of the individual issues!(less)
This is a Neil Gaiman book and, as such, if you like Neil Gaiman, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy it. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it? Not...moreThis is a Neil Gaiman book and, as such, if you like Neil Gaiman, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy it. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did I love it? Not really. I tried reading this earlier this summer and nothing came of it. I got about halfway through and really didn't care for our unnamed main character. For some reason, I'm really put off when authors try to insert themselves into their stories. While Gaiman ends by saying that this is not actually his family, it was obviously his childhood and very much himself. And yet, this character was somehow to ambiguous to me. Lettie Hempstock was much more intriguing and I think I would've enjoyed the story more had it come from her perspective.
So I got stuck with the book and didn't try again until I got my hands on the audio copy. Maybe something had changed with how I read books over the years, but I'm much more into audio now. And if it's read by Neil Gaiman, then yes please! And things went much faster and I really did like the story, even if I didn't care about the main character. I guess if you're building a story about friendship and sacrifice and having a life well-lived, then I feel that there needs to be more substance to our hero. And he just... wasn't. I don't think it's helped that I've been in the midst of reading Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series, which I feel the Hempstock family would be very much at home in. Lettie reminded me so much of Tiffany that I wanted to hear more from her, and less from the narrator.
All that being said, the writing itself is beautiful. Ursula Monkton is horrifying and the Hempstocks are the sort of people everyone wishes they had as neighbors. I love that Gaiman can make something like a scrap of canvas into an object of terror... and I will never look at an empty shirt the same way again! And once again, a book makes me crazy for food - Gaiman's descriptions of the Hempstock meals will make you desperate for raw honey, oatmeal, bread... basically you'll want a lot of carbs. I think that's a trend in writing now - make people want to eat what you're writing about! And then terrify them with stories about worms in feet. Yeah!
So, if you like Gaiman's writing, you'll want to read this book. But it may just leave you wanting to read Terry Pratchett at the end. (less)