Since my last review I’ve read 45 books. Well, all but five of those were comic trades or graphic novels, but still. I’ve fallen WAAAAAAAAAY behind on everything. Let’s try to make as much of it up in one go as possible, shall we?
I read pretty much the entire run of Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin comics (Oni Press) so far. I have loved every page. Someone DMed me a few months ago and chastised me cos I wasn’t reading it already. I wish I could remember who it was, cos that person was right.
I wish these comics had been around when I was a teenager. If you lose the sorcery, Courtney is very much like I was at this age. It would’ve been nice to have her to relate to. The art is gorgeous and the story has made me a little weepy on more than one occasion. More of this, please.
James Stokoe’s Wonton Soup* (Oni Press) was not such a hit for me, though. I wanted to love it. I thought the story had potential – that episode of Futurama where Bender decides to search for the secret to Ultimate Flavour? It’s kind of like that.
And, again, I wanted to like it. I did enjoy it up until about the halfway mark, and then it just fell apart for me. The art wasn’t anything to write home about, and the story got…kinda weird and hard to follow. It was just kinda meh. I would neither recommend this one or tell you to avoid it. Because I’m wishy-washy like that.
The End Times of Bram and Ben (James Asmus, Image Comics)* was a total hit for me, on the other hand.
This feels like something that was written just for me and I FUCKING LOVE when that happens. The Rapture happens and Bram is raptured, then returned to Earth cos of a clerical error. He decides the role of antichrist is up for grabs, and he’ll be the one to take over. Really funny, really blasphemous, really worth your time.
Read it so you can find out who the antichrist REALLY is, and get a good hearty chuckle out of the whole thing.
More angels and heavenly beings came up in the form of the graphic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s short story “Murder Mysteries.” (Dark Horse)* I’d read the story before, but think it was AMAZINGLY well suited to this sort of adaptation. If you’re on the fence about sequential art books at all, and don’t want to dive into The Sandman head first (which, what’s your problem? YOU SHOULD TOTALLY READ IT WITH US.), maybe check this out. Cos some of the characters here show up a few times in The Sandman. And you should read that cos it’s awesome. But so is this.
So read this, then read that.
Wait, what was I talking about?
Dreary & Naughty: Friday the 13th of February (John LeFleur/Shawn Dubin, Schiffer Publishing)* was overall a disappointment. The art itself was fantastic (like, srsly, I want prints of this ish to hang around my house), but the little poem that was the story was pretty much the worst. The meter/scansion was so off. I wanted to love this cos it seemed like such a cute idea, and if it had been JUST the art, I would have given it an enthusiastic five stars. As it is, I’mma have to stick with recommending that you just flip through this in the bookstore or library or whatever.
Rob Reger’s Emily and the Strangers (Dark Horse)* Maaaaan, idk if I’m getting too old for Emily, or if she’s totally different now than I remember or what. This was not good at all. It was so preachy and moralistic, and I don’t recall her being like that when I used to read her.
I wish I could have back the 20 minutes it took me to read this.
No. Just no.
Okay. That’s obviously not even close to everything I’ve read recently, but I’m done typing for now.
TL;DR: Read Murder Mysteries, The End Times of Bram and Ben and Courtney Crumrin. Avoid the others.
* If it’s marked with an asterisk, I received an ARC from the publisher. I promise these are my real opinions of this work.