Library Excursions Volume 1
There are many, many comics produced every month. So many that I can’t possibly purchase them all. Luckily for me the comic book industry has embraced the trade paperback collection whole-heartedly. And what’s even more lucky is that libraries across
This is a snapshot of what I’ve checked out of the local libraries lately.
Ghost in the Shell 2:Man-Machine Interface by Masamune Shirow
This is the sequel to manga and anime sensation Ghost in the Shell. Like it’s predecessor it deals with human consciousness meshed with computer consciousness. Like its predecessor it’s really pretty to look at but the story just doesn’t seem to grab me. But it’s really damn pretty to look at.
The Dormant Beast by Enki Bilal
Enki Bilal is a major force in European comics. I’d really only heard of him through Warren Ellis’ praise of his work. So I checked this graphic novel out. And I enjoyed it very muchly. It’s a near-future science fiction story about three orphans whose adult lives intersect owing to a conspiracy and a corrupt government organization. The story is amusing and the art is fantastic.
Adventures in the Rifle Brigade by Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra
I’ve come to the conclusion that Ennis works better when collected. Reading his stories monthly doesn’t work for me at all. And had I tried to read this monthly it would have driven me insane. But as a collection it works. It’s World War 2 and the Rifle Brigade- a collection of misfit stereotypes- stagger across
Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo
I hated the movie Akira. Hated it. Couldn’t stand it at all. I’ve always heard how the comic book is one of
Astonishing X-men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday
Joss Whedon’s approach to his X-Book is set up in the first few pages. Kitty Pryde pulls up to the X-mansion, gets out and reflects on how it never changes and, as she moves through the mansion, reflects of various events that have occurred to her in the house. It’s an emotional moment. Of course, Kitty had already been back at the X-mansion for a little while at the point Astonishing started and she’s walking up to a mansion that she claims looks just the same but has just had a radical redesign. That’s Whedon’s take on the X-men in a nutshell- nostalgic emotion over logic. The rest of the collection deals with a possible “Cure” for being a mutant and the resurrection of Colossus. It also features one of the stupidest villains ever to grace a comic book page- Ord of Breakworld. The inhabitants of Breakworld can see the future. In the future they see a mutant destroying their world. So they send Ord to Earth to eliminate all the mutants. Golly, I wonder what might have caused a mutant to want to destroy Breakworld.
Whedon has said that he feels his run is a continuation of Morrison’s X-Work. It isn’t. Well, he uses many of the same characters, but otherwise….nope.
Petshop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino
Petshop of Horrors is a fun and somewhat creepy ten volume manga. In