- Reading Pile: 2/11/14
Apocalypse Al & Batman Black and White
Apocalypse Al #1- Conceptually this sort of reminds me of an updated Cast A Deadly Spell, where they merge crime noir with magic themes. Magic detective is sort of an old hand concept and this strikes me as not terribly original, even among Straczynski’s works. That in itself isn’t a major problem, as long as it is well done. Straczynski approaches it with a sense of humor and that goes a long way.
- Reading Pile: 2/10/14
Vinland Saga, Mighty Avengers, & Rover Red Charlie
Vinland Saga Book 2 HC– There’s a good reason this won the Japan Media Arts Awards Grand Prize for Manga, and that’s simply because it’s a fantastic synthesis of storytelling and artwork. Makoto Yukimura presents fallible, emotional, and engaging characters in such a way that for a while you forget they are Vikings and then the killing and pillaging and raping begins.
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