Roll of the Dice Reviews 8-22-10

To remind readers, these are books that I get from the library, and just want to get some quick ideas down.

Step 1: Read books
Step 2: Roll a six-sided die twice.
Step 3: Write a review for each book with a word count matching the numbers rolled. E.G. A 2 and a 6 means a 26-word review for each book.

This weeks rolls: 2 and 1 – 21 word reviews! Forgive me if my sentences aren’t complete thoughts.

SWORDS.W.O.R.D.: No Time To Breathe by Kieron Gillen and Steven Sanders

Disappointing. Too many new, one-dimensional characters. Many jokes don’t work. Decent art other than Chester Cheetah as Beast. Skip it.

Justice League: SanctuaryJustice League of America: Sanctuary by Dwayne McDuffie, Ed Benes and others

Walking between the continuity of a two-year-old event (Salvation Run) makes this book pointless. Too many T&A shots.

Justice League: Second ComingJustice League of America: Second Coming by Dwayne McDuffie and Ed Benes

Reads like McDuffie complaining about his DC overlords (Anansi) and their steering of a story’s direction. Too many T&A shots.

Legion: Enemy ManifestLegion of Super-Heroes: Enemy Manifest by Jim Shooter and Francis Manapul

I always enjoy Legion stories. Future cursing like “florg” is distracting. Great Manapul art. Sad that this storyline ended the series.

Batman: Battle for the CowlBatman: Battle for the Cowl by Tony Daniel

Grant Morrison skips out for one of the most important parts of his Batman epic. Daniel isn’t as good as Morrison.

Wonder Woman: Love and MurderWonder Woman: Love and Murder by Jodi Picoult, Terry Dodson and Others

Picoult doesn’t understand Wonder Woman. Dodson draws gorgeous pages. Shows DC’s terrible tendency to switch artists mid-story. Nemesis is cool.

Gotham City Sirens: UnionGotham City Sirens: Union by Paul Dini and Guillem March

This is a unique book and I really enjoyed it. March and his colorists turn in some nice stuff. Check it.

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Roll of the Dice Reviews 8-14-10

I take a lot of books out of my local library and read them rather quickly. I’d like to get some thoughts on them down, but haven’t gotten into them deep enough for a full analysis. Which leads us to Roll of the Dice reviews.

Step 1: Read books
Step 2: Roll a six-sided die twice.
Step 3: Write a review for each book with a word count matching the numbers rolled. E.G. A 2 and a 6 means a 26-word review for each book.

This weeks rolls: 5 and 5 – 55 word reviews! Go ahead, do a word count.

Powers - Who Shot Retro Girl?Powers - RoleplayPowers, Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? and Vol. 2: Roleplay by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming

Pure, uninhibited Bendis. He prides himself on characters that speak in unique ways, but they don’t. They’re all clever and quippy and clash with other writer’s interpretations. Here, he defines the characters from the start, which means they’re truly special. These are serious cop stories, with Oeming’s cartoony art to stop it from getting grim.

Lost at SeaLost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Yes, Scott Pilgrim is hot right now, but O’Malley’s been exploring themes of asshole friends, emotional baggage and teen alienation for almost a decade. Here, he also experiments with what a book can be when completely created by one person. It doesn’t have the depth or action of SP, but it’s well worth a read.

Super SpySuper Spy by Matt Kindt

30-something short stories all focusing on spies on every side of WWII. I find espionage fascinating. The ways people transfer info in this book are unbelievable: morse code in laundry, hidden in comic strips, choreographed dances. A very interesting, quick read. Another example of one man in control of all creative aspects. Definitely unique.

Moving PicturesMoving Pictures by Kathryn & Stuart Immonen

More WWII goodness. Not a complex plot, but I did have trouble piecing the timeline together. It’s interesting to go from books like Super Spy or LAS to something that doesn’t use comics’ tricks. The black and white, six-panel grid keeps the book easy to read, and makes the writing that much more important.

De: TALESDe:TALES by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá

This teaches visual storytelling better than anything I can remember. You see girl on tip-toes, you know she’s kissing. You’re in love after four wordless pages. This is brothers telling stories they want to: about “bars and drunk people,” “fairies and talking birds.”  I love Umbrella Academy and Daytripper. Give me more of this.

32 StoriesShortcomings32 Stories and Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine

These books represent Tomine’s earliest and most recent works, respectively. Much of 32 isn’t the art style you’re expecting, but the tone is. Shortcomings, though, is a masterpiece. The art has the consistency of Watchmen. The story is relatable, yet feels fresh. Tomine does slice-of-life better than anyone out there. Check these out.

Wow, that was hard. But fun. Expect more in a week or two.

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