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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.