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David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
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Superior by Leinil Francis Yu
Superior

P.M. Bradshaw, October 13, 2014

Mark Millar is probably the best writer in comics today. From Wanted to the Ultimates, to Kick Ass, to Nemesis, to Superman: Red Son, his characters and stories are cutting edge and a step and a half above what others are doing. That being said, there is always one thing that bothers me ��" within every story, there is one point, one thing, where Millar pushes the envelope just a little too far. I’m a fan of shock value, but there’s always one thing that strikes me with an ICK-factor that I have to ignore. Until now.

Superior is Millar’s most accessible, and one of his best works ever. In it, we are introduced to Simon Pooni, a boy with multiple sclerosis. Through him, Superman and the movie BIG come together in a new and incredible way. A new twist on a couple of old tales (plus one space monkey), and Superior is just that ��" superior in oh so many ways. A great book that would make for a great movie someday!
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Catwoman (DC Comics) #01: Catwoman Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman by Darwyn Cooke
Catwoman (DC Comics) #01: Catwoman Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman

P.M. Bradshaw, October 13, 2014




Usually I'm a big fan of Ed Brubaker. His revival of Captain America was great, and his Criminal series is the best New Noir out there today. But the first story in this graphic novel collection is not only drawn by Darwyn Cooke, it is written by him as well. And I have to say it's the best part of it.

Cooke has written and drawn adaptations of some of the Donald Westlake/Richard Stark "Parker" books. His take on the first one, the Hunter, is better than both Mel Gibson's Payback and Lee Marvin in Point Blank.

He brings that style, both visually and plotting, to his very noir Catwoman story. There is a gravitas to the storytelling that is rarely seen in comics today. If he were to write a monthly series, I would sign up for a subscription today!
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Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (the New 52) (Batman) by Scott Snyder
Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (the New 52) (Batman)

P.M. Bradshaw, October 13, 2014

Good writing throughout, but fizzles at the end. The Joker can’t really beat Batman, can he? Of course not. But oddly, it feels almost forced, plot-wise, that Batman figures his way out at the end. Good story, poor ending.
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Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (the New 52) (Batman) by Scott Snyder
Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (the New 52) (Batman)

P.M. Bradshaw, October 13, 2014

Good writing throughout, but fizzles at the end. The Joker can’t really beat Batman, can he? Of course not. But oddly, it feels almost forced, plot-wise, that Batman figures his way out at the end. Good story, poor ending.
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The Secret Service: Kingsman by Mark Millar
The Secret Service: Kingsman

P.M. Bradshaw, October 13, 2014

Good, but not great. The set-up is good, but not great. Not a lot of depth to the characters like there often is in Millar's work. This is the troubled youth. This is the bad mother. This the abusive step-father. This is the super spy.
If you can read it free (i.e. from the library), it's worth an hour of reading time.
If not, wait for the movie.
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