Here are some quick words about some of the comics I’ve been moving out of the “to-read” stack:
Elmer (Gerry Alanguilan, Slave Labor Graphics) – a novel about a world in which one day, for no explained reason, chickens suddenly become sentient beings. Far more subtle than it would appear on the surface, and an entertaining, if disturbing, read.
Weathercraft(Jim Woodring, Fantagraphics) – Jim Woodring’s wordless parable in which the pathetic Manhog gets a bit of an epiphany, for what it’s worth. I’m a big fan of Woodring’s Frank books, and this one was no exception.
The Bulletproof Coffin (David Hine/Shaky Kane, Image) – I wasn’t sure how good this would be, so I bought the first issue through Comixology to try out. I found its silver-aged tinged oddness appealing, so I’m now trying to decide between buying the remaining five issues digitally as well (at two bucks a pop) or getting the trade paperback for about eleven dollars.
Morning Glories (Nick Spencer/Joe Eisma/Rodin Esquejo, Image) – I bought the first issue of this on Comixology after hearing a lot of good things about it. Unfortunately, it didn’t do anything for me. I found just about every character to be unsympathetic and didn’t care what happened to any of them. Also didn’t care for the art.
Grandville (Brian Talbot, Dark Horse) – A fun, gorgeously done pastiche in which a Holmesian badger investigates a murder and conspiracy in an alternate-history France populated by anthropomorphic animals. This book is guaranteed to completely fill your nerd bingo card, but it all actually works pretty well. This was one I bought on Comixology after reading the free sample there.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, vol 1 (Tardi, Fantagraphics) – I’ve liked the other Tardi books that Fantagraphics has reprinted (‘You Are There’, ‘West Coast Blues’) okay enough, and this wasn’t bad, but there’s just something there that’s not totally clicking with me. That said, I’m still intrigued enough that I will probably grab volume two of this series.
The Sixth Gun, vol 1 (Cullen Bunn/Brian Hurtt, Oni Press) – This was another one I’d heard a lot of good press about, so I just went ahead and picked up the first trade. It’s a “weird wild west” tale about a determined man and an innocent woman trying to get six magical firearms from a bunch of evil dudes. Again, I kind of felt disappointed. I finished the first volume feeling as though I’d read someone’s pitch for a movie project instead of a final product. The two main characters are as one-dimensional at the end as they are before you’ve even met them. The bad guys are built up to be the ultimate badasses only to be taken down pretty abruptly with very little effort. It just felt hollow to me.
More to come!