Archive for June, 2009

Many Reviews

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Several reviews up on Bell, Book, and Candle.

Han Solo, PI

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Another awesome thing tweeted by Gareth.

Meet the Vikings…

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

What can one say? I love the Muppet Show.  This is really perfect, from the song selection to the off-key execution.

No more polka Grammy

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

This is kind of sad news.  Not that I’m a huge polka fan, but it seems sad.

Into the longbox

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Will Eisner’s The Spirit #28, Uslan, DeSnato, Justiniano, Wong. I’ve been enjoying these fellows’ take on The Spirit, but this issue didn’t have the winning character interaction from the core team that’s been holding up the short run. I found the plotting a little convoluted – a lot of exposition to introduce – and the art had some gratuitously odd perspective that didn’t improve the storytelling or look convincing. Still any issue that includes the line “Ellen, they poisoned my ketchup…” has something redeeming in it.

Glamourpuss #7, Sim. Honestly, too much unfunny parody, too little meticulously rendered comics history. Definitely playing away form the series’s strength from my perspective.

Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #3, Morrison & Stewart. An ending of sorts for Seaguy. In keeping with the rest of the series, it’s not so much that Seaguy’s changed his world, but he’s definitely done what he can, and emerged different. The art’s still gorgeous and the odd world is consistent throughout. If you liked the other issues, you’ll like this one. I may be an old softie, but I thought the closing sequence was very sweet.

Secret Six #10, Simone, Scott, Hazlewood. After the last couple issues of one-shots, we’re back to a longer arc. Simone reminds us that these folks are bad guys, even with their redeeming qualities, by having them accept a job from some very bad guys. Beneath this rollicking adventure series is a very interesting look at good and evil, with very sympathetic but flawed characters asking hard questions. And it’s a smart, rollicking adventure. With art perfectly tuned to the story, and to communicating the characters internals. If you can stomach super-stuff at all, this should be on your reading list.

Several reviews

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Capsules for The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Audacity of Hope, and The Kite Runner are up on Bell, Book, and Candle.