Monday, April 30, 2012

4 Mini Reviews -- Graphic Novels

Review No. 1 -- Batman/Grendel by Matt Wagner

Thoroughly enjoyed this, mostly because I'd read a Grendel collection last year and found it fascinating.  And Batman is my favorite superhero.

I don't want to spoil the story (told in three parts), so I won't delve into the details.  But it's a solid read with beautiful artwork.  This was probably my favorite of the ones reviewed in this post.

Review No. 2 -- Nightmares & Fairytales, Volume 3: 1140 Rue du Royale by Serena Valentino

Thoroughly despised this book.  There is a way to revenge the death of poor souls who were cruelly mistreated, but a creepy comic book is not one of them.  (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a much, MUCH better book that does something similar)  This book was disturbing, but not because of the subject.  It was more akin to a horror story (and I really don't like much horror), which didn't give value to the deaths, it just added grisly detail.  Yuck.

Review No. 3 -- Catwoman, vol. 6, "It's Only A Movie" by Will Pfeiffer

Not bad.  My favorite Catwoman story arc (the only one I really love, actually) is the six-issue mini series "When in Rome" which ties in with my favorite Batman story arc, "Dark Victory".  This story has a fascinating villain, movie references (always a hit with me), and a surprise.  Pretty good.

Review No. 4 -- Daredevil, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid

Probably my second favorite of the bunch.  This had a solid story, an intriguing superhero, and great artwork.  Also a suspenseful ending, which was awesome.  Having only seen part of the lackluster Daredevil movie, this was surprisingly great.  I'll have to read more.

More graphic novels to come, but I think my next review might be a book.

Also: Finished my ScriptFrenzy project this morning!  Which means I've now won ScriptFrenzy three years in a row.  Woohoo!  Maybe after another three years I'll actually publish something.  ;)

What are you reading these days? Do you have a list of books you ONLY read in the summer?  Or do you read whatever strikes your fancy all year long?

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