A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{February 19, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (27)

Avengers: The Origins by Joe Casey

  • This is exactly what it sounds like: an introduction to the Avengers’ origins for all the new fans looking forward to the movie. It succeeds remarkably well at capturing the characters without bogging readers down in their long history. But it does have some big plot holes and a super cheesy ending. Besides I could never get fully behind a comic that simplistically portrays Loki as evil.

Catwoman, Volume 5: The Replacement by Will Pfeifer

Catwoman, Volume 6: It’s Only a Movie by Will Pfeifer

Catwoman, Volume 7: Catwoman Dies by Will Pfeifer

Catwoman, Volume 8: Crime Pays by Will Pfeifer

Catwoman, Volume 9: The Long Road Home by Will Pfeifer

  • I was ready to be disapointed by Pfeifer’s Catwoman after Brubaker’s stellar run on the series. Pfeifer is no Brubaker but I was pleased with his work (though I don’t like Adam Hughes’ covers at all). After a year absence, Selina resurfaceswith a newborn baby girl and her young friend Holly has taken up the mantle of Catwoman (hurray for lesbian superheroes!). Neither ends well.

House of Mystery, Volume 7: Conception by Matthew Sturges and Luca Rossi

  • The apocalypse predicted by the Conception is at hand and Fig explores the low points in her life that led to her creation of the house of mystery. The book comes to an explosive end. I’m waiting for the next volume with baited breath.

The Unwritten, Volume 5: On to Genesis by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

  • Another great Vertigo title about stories. Tom tries to take control of the story that is his life and explores the past through his dad’s journals.

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