Thursday, October 28, 2004

grafictive excesses

Yeah, I love them comics, I do. Some spoliers ahead, proceed at your own risk.

Recently read:

Essential X-Men Vol.1 TPB - Oh the glory days! From the introduction of the new X-Men to John Byrne's first issues, everything is wickedly marvelous, flaws and all. How can I not love Phoenix's first words as she rises out of the Hudson - "Hear me, X-Men! No longer am I the woman you once knew!". Thick, black and white and affordable.

Supreme Power Vol. 2 TPB - J. Michael Straczynski's pacing is slower than a crippled turtle. Blah all around.

Dreadstar Vol. 1 TPB - This reprint of Jim Starlin's 80's ouvre collects the first few issues of the series (and not the Metamorphosis Odyssey that resulted in galactic genocide) that persuaded me that scifi wasn't so bad. Admittedly, this book doesn't age well, but still, no one did cosmic opera quite like Starlin during this period.

Teen Titans Vol. 2 TPB - Great writing and art from the team of Geoff Johns, Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza. Raven returns with the new Brother Blood and Rose Wilson becomes the new Ravager. Oh boy, this takes me back to the heydays of The New Teen Titans under the care of Marv Wolfman and George Perez - those were the days.

Runaways Vol. 2 TPB - An enjoyable second shot of a group of teenagers on the run from their villanous parents. Strong writing and characterization make for consistently good reading.

Identity Crisis #5 - I continue to enjoy this series for all the wrong reasons. I am still reeling from the distateful series of events: murder of Sue Dibny, rape of Sue Dibny (flashback), attempted murder of Jean Loring, and now the murder of Tim Drake's father. Apart from the fact that all these things should not be accessible to an impressionable reading audience (it is marked by a "For Mature Readers Only" disclaimer), the senses-shattering violence is unwarranted, even for a four-color book. But still, I'm hooked, in the same way a roadside spill with gore catches everyone's attention.

Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 - It's like this: ten years ago in real time, Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) went nuts and did a lot of bad things including eradicating both Coast City and the entire Green Lantern Corps. Then he switched identities and became Parallax, doing more nasty things in Zero Hour. He then seemingly redeemed himself by sacrificing his life to rekindle the sun during Final Night. Then he became the Spectre, the Spirit of Redemption/Vengeance. With me so far? Now he wants to go back to being GL. Trust me, just wait for the trade.

On a pure comic book lust mode, I desperately want the new Bizaaro World HC. I loved the first one, with its subversive tone and indie attitude. This one includes stories and art by Tony Millionaire, Kyle Baker, Evan Dorkin, Farel Dalrymple, Dylan Horrocks, Eddie Campbell, Harvey Pekar, Dean Haspiel, James Kochalka, Gilbert Hernandez, Peter Bagge, Scott Morse, Bob Fingerman, Paul Grist, Carol Lay, Craig Thompson, and Jaime Hernandez plus many more (sadly, it includes Andi Watson and I truly can't stand his insipid work with his sappy-happy boy-girl romances that reek with undiluted feel-good ickiness).


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