Thumbs up for Fables Volumes I and II by Bill Willingham. Graphic novel/fantasy.
These are quite good, but after reading xkcd, Girl Genius, Steinbeck, John Sandford, and Mary Roach, and watching the most recent seasons of Doctor Who, “quite good” is not good enough for me right now. I would, however, happily recommend them to someone who just wanted something clever to read, but was not coming off an endorphin high of “great.”… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Girl Genius Volumes VII, VIII, and IX by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Graphic novel/science fiction.
Ah, the plot is as thick as pudding, the sparks of mad invention fly, and I laugh on every page. I might have to break down, wreck my eyes and try my patience by reading Volume X online!… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Girl Genius Volumes I, II, III, IV, V, and VI by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Graphic novel/science fiction.
Page for page, the Girl Genius series may have brought me the most sheer pleasure I have experienced in the steampunk vein. How can you go wrong with a series featuring an underestimated mad scientist heroine with a mysterious heritage?… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Green Lantern: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns. Graphic novel.
I’ve read chunks of Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern before, and some of this ground had been covered via flashbacks, but this was still a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the various plot lines that twine through the series.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Good Neighbors: Kin by Holly Black.
Interesting (and short) enough to finish, but not interesting enough that I want to read the second volume to find out what happens. So, meh.
“Don’t be total clowns. You saw the vines catch her. This is the part in the movie where that guy says, ‘Zombies?
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Thumbs up for Promethea II, III, IV and V by Alan Moore. Graphic novels/fantasy.
Bless my boyfriend for giving me the first volume (my review) and my friend Charles for loaning me the rest. Promethea was not only an engrossing story but it also included the best popular explanation of ceremonial magic symbology/tarot/kabbalism I’ve ever seen. Not what I’d expect to stumble across in a graphic novel, no, but it worked!… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Promethea, Volume I by Alan Moore. Graphic novel.
Since I’m going to ComicCon tomorrow it seems like it would behoove me to actually read some comics. My boyfriend was right: I loved this. It’s no War and Peace, but a good story starts to gel in this first volume and there are some brilliant moments (Little Red Riding Hood with a machine gun…ha!).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume I by Alan Moore. Graphic novel.
A witty romp filled with characters cleverly brought together from the great adventure works of the 19th century – Captain Nemo, Allan Quartermain, Dr. Jekyll, Mina Harker and so on. Some of the best steampunk I’ve read so far. Sadly my enjoyment of the book was soured somewhat by the stultifying prose story at the end, which reads like Alan Moore trying to sound Victorian by using too many adjectives.… >> Read more