Hello to the little handful of readers from Europe! How on earth are people in Berlin finding me?
I hope I don’t sound too tired this week. I have spent pretty much all day recording, first engineering for my friends, the band Sidhe, and then with this. I’m going to be editing in my sleep tonight, but it’s totally worth it.
On to the Comics!
Foolkiller: Fools Paradise Writer Gregg Hurwitz, Pencils Paul Azaceta
Wow. Um. This was awful. I know that there are people out there that are going to like this book, but I am not one of them. The whole thing felt kind of like Punisher fanfic done by that kid in Jr High that everyone is afraid is going to snap. The art is good looking though, so points for that.
Batman Tales of the Demon Art by Neal Adams, Irv Novick, Dick Giordano and others
This collection of short stories was dense and rich with the old school Detective gumshoe goodness. I wish I could say that the cover made more sense. I had this book on the counter for a couple of days last week as I tried to find time to read it. People kept seeing the flung out Robin and the broken-hearted Batman on the cover and going “Ooh! What’s this?” Robin only appears in 2 of the stories in the book, and he doesn’t really get enough page time to be given that level of cover exposure. He’s got great gams though.
Sandman Vol 01 Preludes & Nocturnes Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones, III; Painted Cover by Dave McKean
Reading this book was like having dinner with an old friend. This was my first graphic novel, back when I was a little grunge/goth teenager. Now that I am a grown-up person, I have the posh Absolute Edition. Wow. The new coloring is amazing. They updated the colors and shading and it’s way less garish than my old paperback. If you have the $$ to drop on the fancy ones, go for it. No matter what, everyone should read these. If you have not yet, consider it your homework.
Nightmare Inspector Story & Art by Shin Mashiba
Yay! More great manga! Like last week’s excellent books, I read both of the available volumes in one sitting. The books are short story collections revolving around a “dream eater” He helps out clients with thier arcane and sometimes spooky problems in exchange for the dream or nightmare that is the root of thier problem. Which he then eats. Cause he’s a dream eater. Some of the stories were creepy as heck, and some were dark but sweet. I look forward to Vol 03 of this series, which should be out soon.