I’m behind on my reading posts, so here’s part one of me catching up.
For July I decided to take a break from regular old just plain text and tackle the stack of unread comics that was threatening to topple over and crush me or a loved one. So here’s all the comicking I did during the month.
MOME vols 1-10 (various, Fantagraphics)
Are you interested in comics that aren’t about superheroes or wizards or ninjas? Would you like to read more stories about everyday people dealing with everyday issues? Are you interested in writing, art, and humor that pushes the envelope? And would you like to be cured of all this? Then I heartily endorse the MOME series.
Maybe it’s just that ten-in-a-row is way too much MOME for any human, I don’t know. But man, there was a whole lot of nothing here. Paul Hornschemeier does an excruciatingly drawn out look of a woman who, over several issues, sleeps with the guy from the ice cream shop and regrets it. There’s a bunch of the same tired “Oh my god that’s so wrong” humor. There’s everyone and his accountant illustrating their dreams. And Sophie Crumb, good grief the Sophie Crumb.
There was some stuff I enjoyed but I don’t remember enough of it to tell you what it was. All I know was, after it was over, I suddenly wanted to read every X-Men book I could get my hands on and that, friends, is no way to live.
Emma vols 5-7 (Kaoru Mori, CMX)
Becky gives me grief about reading a manga about a maid in Victorian England who falls in love with a gentleman who is well above her social status, but it was a sweet and fun book. This is not to say I’m going to continue with other maid-related manga, but it was a nice change from the usual for me.
Dragon Head vols 7-10 (Minetaro Mochizuki, Tokyopop)
More manga. I finished out this intriguing and gripping series. I highly recommend this title. There are very few books, movies, or TV shows I’ve seen that capture the feeling of capital-A Apocalypse so well. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but while I’m sure a lot of folks might have a problem with it, I find it to be 100% appropriate. Great series.
Dungeon (various volumes, Louis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, NBM)
Utterly delightful books that I’m going to talk about at greater length soon.
Hikaru No Go vols 9-12 (Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata, Viz)
This series just gets more and more fun. I really would like to see, though, a girlfriend for Hikaru. I know it’s a “sports” manga and playing Go is the main subject, but it would be nice to see Hikaru have to deal with a non-Go issue for a bit.
Rex Mundi vols 3 and 4 (Arvid Nelson, Dark Horse)
Okay, so I like this alright? But I really can’t say why. There’s magic in it, but it serves no real purpose. It’s an alternate history, which is nice, except that World War II happens earlier here and a French dude is Hitler. And then there’s a mystery about the Holy Grail that looks like all the basic boilerplate Mary Magdalene, Templars, Merovingians stuff yet again. But still I read it. No idea.
I also got caught up on Wasteland, BPRD, some Showcases, and Usagi Yojimbo, but all of that is good stuff and I’ve raved about it enough before.
Tomorrow: August Reading!