A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{September 25, 2011}   Comics and manga of the week (8)

Amulet, volume 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi

  • Emily, her family and companions finally reach the floating city of the stonekeeper council but they will not find the support that they had hoped for. A great all ages fantasy epic with beautiful, colourful art.

The Authority: Revolution volume 1 by Ed Brubaker

The Authority, volume 9: World’s End by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

The Authority, volume 10: Rule Britania by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

  • A group of super powered heroes who fight to make the world a better place, whether the world wants their help or not. Though the series is more violent than I usually like, I can’t resist it: I love Apollo and Midnighter and I would read anything with this superheroic couple in it.

Boumeries, volume 1 (French) by Boum

  • A Quebec artist chronicles her daily life in these amusing comic strips. (My copy was personalized by the artist, thanks so much!)

Chew, volume 1: Toaster’s Choice by John Layman

  • Tony Chu is cibopathic: he gets a psychic impression from anything he eats. He is hired by the FDA to use his special talent to solve strange and sick crimes. Brilliant. But do not make my mistake: do not read this during lunch.

Criminal, volume 4: Bad Night by Ed Brubaker

Criminal, volume 5: The Sinners by Ed Brubaker

  • Brubaker has written the definitive crime comic with this look at the lives of forgers, hitmen and thieves.

Essex County by Jeff Lemire

  • A tale of small canadian town, the inter-realted families who live there and, of course, hockey. This comic was a nominee for Canada Reads 2011 and I’m rather disappointed that it didn’t win.

Gargoyles: Bad Guys by Greg Weisman

  • Five of the Gargoyle’s villains join together in a quest for redemption.

House of Five Leaves, volume 4 by Natsume Ono

  • The continuing adventures of an impoverished and bumbling samurai who has fallen in with a band of criminals and kidnappers.

House of Mystery, volume 2: Love Stories for Dead People by Matthew Sturges et al.

  • Magical and adventurous tales told by the prisoners and guests of the House of Mystery. I love stories about stories and this is one of the best out there.

Justice League Unlimited, volume 4: The Ties that Bind by Adam Beechen and Paul D. Storrie

  • A series of all ages stories about some of the DC’s greatest heroes based on the cartoon.

Morning Glories, volume 2 by Nick Spencer

  • Six teens born at the exact same time with unusual powers are brought to a terrifying school. There is no escape.

The New York Five by Brian Wood

  • A continuation of the Minx (DCs defunct label for girls) title The New York Four. The continuing drama of five college girls in New York city. I honestly wish they were continuing more of the Minx titles this way: P.L.A.I.N. Janes 3 anyone?

Stormwatch, volume 1: Force of Nature by Warren Ellis

Stormwatch, volume 2: Lightning Strikes by Warren Ellis

Stormwatch, volume 3: The Die is Cast by Warren Ellis

Stormwatch, volume 4: A Finer World by Warren Ellis

  • A team of superheroes under the authority of the UN watches over the earth from space and comes to the aid of nations who need it but their leader, the mysterious Weatherman, may not have the good of the world at heart. If you liked the Watchmen (who didn’t), you’ll find similar themes in this series.

Vixen: Return of the Lion by G. Willow Wilson

  • The Justice League’s Vixen returns to Zambesi to investigate the murder of her long-dead mother and learn to better control her animal powers.

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