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Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood
Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood Reviews

Review: Nothing is prettier in comics than that which David Mack creates. This heady weight tome is a comic unlike many others, just thumb through it and look and the paneling. Through out the story Mack reiterates on themes with certain visual elements until you have an almost Pavlovian reaction to these visual elements, then he begins laying them and telling you new themes with the words but pulling in a sophisticated visual short hand to remind of the previously established thematic elements.
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Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth Reviews

Review: There wasn't a single person in this book that I liked, and yet it's still one of the most amazing books I've ever read.

Chris Ware is the not the kind of artist that I suspect most readers will appreciate, as most of the characters in this book were arguably the most miserably wretched human beings on the planet. the story was not pleasant, the choices that were made by the characters only resulted in more heart-ache, and by the end of the book there was an overwhelming feeling that one... Read more

The Acme Novelty Library
The Acme Novelty Library Reviews

Review: More ware brilliance. Some crazy logorrhea in 4pt font on some of his old timy adverts/text that after a bit I glazed over, but the "rusty and chalky white" series was worth the library checkout alone. Not the first Ware book I'd recommend (Jimmy Corrigan or lint gets that vote) but brilliant and I'm thankful I have met Mr. Ware, my current number 1 author. Read more

Secret Agent X-9
Secret Agent X-9 Reviews

Review: My first reaction: "Dashiell Hammett AND Alex Raymond ?! Worked on a comic strip together ?!"

This is a beautifully assembled collection published as part of the Library of American Comics series by IDW. I checked it out because I love learning about early comics, but I confess that serialized secret agent stories aren't really my cup of tea. The introductory essay is well written and very informative, setting up the personalities and pressures under which this strip was created. I read t... Read more

Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey
Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey Reviews

Review: Some of the interviews repeat information (and most of it is very elemental - he started drawing at 1 1/2, his first drawing was of sausage-shaped railroad cars, he taught himself to read at 3 1/2, he attended nearly every performance (evening and matinee) of the New York City Ballet for 10 years...), but you glean at least one nugget of new information from each one. Since I love Gorey, it was fun to read more about his actual life, but after reading this, I'd rather read his actual work.
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The Kindly Ones
The Kindly Ones Reviews

Review: I can't even pretend that I got all of this. I'm not sure it's possible for anyone to get all of it in a single reading. Perhaps in the kind of intensive studying one associates with a doctoral thesis. But even then only maybe.

Fun coincidence: I was reading this and also reading Hades: Lord of the Dead, because every time I got up some kid would swipe one of my books, and I'd have to switch to the other. Two books starring the Kindly Ones at once.

I'm starting to view Greek mythol... Read more

The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House
The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House Reviews

Review: 4,25 / 5

Liberado de su cautiverio y tras restablecer la plenitud de su poder, Morfeo detecta la existencia de un vórtice en su reino que amenaza terminar con todo el mundo de los sueños. Ese vórtice es Rose Walker, una joven a la que debe encontrar antes de que sea demasiado tarde. Este segundo libro recopila los números 9-16 de la serie original del sello Vértigo, entre las que se incluye el arco argumental “La casa de muñecas” y un par de grandiosos interludios que sirven de prologo y ... Read more

Death: The Time of Your Life
Death: The Time of Your Life Reviews

Review: As great as the first time that I read it!
This the collected edition of the story “Death: The Time of your Life” with an introduction written by the actress, Claire Danes, who is a personal friend of Neil Gaiman, and she was the lead actress in the film adaptation of “Stardust” (another story by Neil Gaiman).
Creative Team:

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Illustrators: Chris Bachalo & Mark Buckingham

Letterer: Todd Klein (since he is the best letterer in the business... Read more

Eternals
Eternals Reviews

Review: Do you just love backstory?! Then this graphic novel may be for you! Cuz, there's really nothing else besides the backstory. The characters not even wooden so much as paper dolls marching around scenery, barely distinguishable. Except for the Deviants, our Bad Guys; it is obvious who they are because they are ugly! They have gross deformities like tentacles and fangs and mouths in their stomachs. Everyone knows that ugly/deformed/otherwise differing-looking people are Teh Ebuls. And also, Bad Gu... Read more

Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days
Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days Reviews

Review: Une beau recueil de petites histoires liées à l'Univers de Sandman. Evidemment, c'est hétéroclite, mais cela montre à quel point l'univers crée par Neil Gaiman est riche et protéiforme. On se mettrait à rêver à toutes sortes d'audaces. Une mention spéciale pour la poignante "Hold Me" et la macabre Midnight theater, mises en scène par Dave Mc Kean pour la première, et Matt Wagner et Teddy Kristiansen Read more

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