What are you reading, November 2009
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There's no monthly thread yet, so I figured I'd get one started.
I picked up the first 3 trades of Gail Simone's run on the Birds of Prey series, starting with Of Like Minds. I've just started so I don't have much to say, but it's my first straightforward superhero title in a while so I'm looking forward to it.
Best comic I've read this month is Secret Six #15. John Ostrander writes an amazing story featuring Deadshot. It was amazing, probably one of the best single issues I have read in the past few years.
Just enjoyed the new Runaways trade, Rock Zombies. Keeping up with Buffy Season 8 (#30) and the Citizen Rex mini-series (#4 of 6).
Just read volume 2 of Preacher Until the End of the World, which I thought was excellent.
Just to go completely off-topic, why is it whenever I recommend Watchmen (the book or the movie) to someone else that at least one person feels the need to point out that it has a penis in there?
#5 Argh I just spent a few moments trying to visualise the penis in the comic.. ahem. (and yeay Preacher!)
I just read the stunningly good Noir graphic novel Britten and Brülightly by Hannah Berry. It was her debut too.
I've been reading those Dark Horse horror collections from 2003 onward:
The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings
The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft
The Dark Horse Book of the Dead
The Dark Horse Book of Monsters
Ordered them from the library because they only come in (utterly gorgeous) fancy hardcover editions.
Not really a horror person but I've started reading the new Beasts of Burden ongoing (two issues out so far) and the first issue made several references to their past adventures. The collections above are all short story anthologies and each one contains a single story about the characters in Beasts of Burden. At least one of those original stories won an Eisner, which is why they now have their own book.
PS: Although Beasts of Burden is cute animals, it's not for kids. Think We3. You've read We3, right?
Working my way through The Vesuvius Club Graphic Edition - a comic adaptation of a Mark Gatiss novel. Mad, but fun!
I recently read R. Crumb's illustrated version of the Book of Genesis-- interesting, odd stuff (I have never read the Bible). Crumb's detailed style brings the characters and settings to life, and his notes at the end suggest some interesting ways to interpret some of the stories.
I finished those first three volumes of Gail Simone's run on Birds of Prey that I mentioned previously. I really enjoyed them, especially the first two: Of Like Minds and Sensei and Student. They're fun but not dumb. I thought the characterization of the three leads was well done and that the dynamic between them was one the highlights of the book. I've haven't read the previous volumes in the series, but the introduction of the Huntress character as a full time member really makes that dynamic work. Unfortunately, my local library branches don't have any later volumes - but I'd like to pick them up at some point to get more of the story.
The main downside to the books was the overly sexualized drawings of almost all of the female characters, including the leads. These are by Ed Benes - the artist on the first to books and some of the third. Characters are all stereotypically attractive (ridiculously small waists, large chests). Panels are framed to show as much breast and ass as possible and several exist only to titillate. It didn't ruin the book for me but it was, pardon the pun, a turn off.
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