Best Books of the week:
A Voice in the Dark #6
City in the Desert vol. 2
Trekker: Train to Avalon Bay TP - I had a hard time getting into this one due to the first few pages being a lot of ass shots of the protagonist, coupled with her having a conversation about her ass with the criminal she was apprehending. A woman sitting seiza in an above-the-knee cocktail dress in the middle of rocky terrain clinched it for me. Nnnnnnnope.
A Voice in the Dark #6 - Zoey has been extremely cautious so far, covering her tracks with the utmost care. A variable is introduced in this issue that has left me wondering if she’s going to make her first mistake…riveting, as always!
Genesis TP - I found this book to be the lackluster journey of a man given ultimate power without the maturity to handle it. The surreal imagery, coupled with his childish outbursts, left me unimpressed. I can appreciate that there’s meant to be a degree of soul-searching and a lesson here, but it’s a in a clunky, unappealing package that doesn’t really deliver.
Adventure Time #27 - Finn and Jake help people when they are trying to mess with em, and mess with people when they are trying to help em. Guess this ghost thing takes some getting used to.
Afterschool Charisma vol. 9 - Crazy backstory volume sheds some light on the motivations of a couple of characters that I was not expecting would ever be in the spotlight. Things are feeling a little Evanglion-y in here.
Captain Action Cat #1 - It is impossible to describe this book without using the word “cute” about 50 times, but I’ll do my best. A wonderful introduction to some hero book concepts for younger readers, Captain Action Cat pulls together both heroes and villains from three different eras of comics. Clever enough for adults to enjoy, and exciting for kids! Pick this one up to give your little ones a taste of time travel and the concept of multiple dimensions, as well as a dose of comics history!
Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through Science GN - While this book is full of a lot of excellent research, I was left feeling puzzled as to why the author chose to go with a graphic novel format. Facts are accompanied by lovely images that are in no way required for the reader to synthesize the information. The only time the pictures and words were inseparable was during the personal scenes of exchanges between the author and his wife that serve as chapter breaks. These exchanges didn’t so much add to the humanity as break up the intensity of the info dump. It’s almost like the author is saving journalists the trouble of interviewing him about his process by including it all in there.
If you want a lot of information about climate change, this book definitely delivers that. However, it could do it just as effectively in much less space if it was a prose novel.
Frankenstein Alive! Alive! #3 - I was really struck by the crazy angle of the flesh left above the Frankenstein monster’s nose. That must have been one hell of a schnoz. This ish was frustratingly short, with nearly 1/3 of the 29 pages dedicated to prose and ads. Undeniably fantastic art.
Star Mage #1 - This kid is the chosen one, but he has no idea of his heritage or how to use his powers! OH NOES! (Real story will start in issue 2. I hope.)
Wolfsmund vol. 4 - More villagers throw themselves at the stronghold and die horribly to the eternally grinning tyrant within. I guess an effective villain needs to be brilliant and cruel, but I’m not sure how many more books of suffering I can take.
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Hidden GN - This emotionally charged little euro book sports art reminiscent of the work of Joann Sfar, and a story that will make your heart pound. The majority of the narrative is from the perspective of a little jewish girl living in Paris in 1942. At once wrenching and gripping; a beautifully woven tale of human cruelty and kindness.
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War HC - A painterly tale of the suffering of the Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps during World War II, as seen through the eyes of a teen hapa boy. The humiliation and confusion of a young man rejected by both the Japanese and Caucasian communities due to his mixed heritage come to a boil as he struggles to make sense of the world and his place in it. Absolutely gorgeous art, and a tribute to both the weaknesses and strengths of humanity in the face of injustice.
City in the Desert vol. 2 - FINALLY. This beautifully embossed volume reveals Hari’s fascinating origin. The continuation of this epic, high fantasy story is just as lovely as the first book, and ends on an unbelievableCliffhangerICan’tWaitForTheNextVolumeArrrrrrgh! *ahem* Seriously, though, this book has it all. Action. Adventure. Romance. Monster girls. Talking snakes. Why aren’t you reading City in the Desert RIGHT NOW?!!