A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{January 27, 2013}   Comics and manga of the week (77)

wonder womanI finally made it through my DC backlog this week!

Animal Man, volume 2: Animal vs Man by Jeff Lemire

  • Buddy Baker’s 4 year-old daughter is the avatar for the red, the realm of animals, and they are being pursued by forced of the rot, who which to upend the balance of the world. Jeff Lemire has taken a character that I hadn’t even heard of and reinvented him in a meaningful and terrifying way. But then, I never thought that Lemire would disappoint.

Batwoman, volume 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman

  • I have a warm place in my heart for some of DC’s super heroines: Oracle, Wonder Woman, The Question, Manhunter, Power Girl and of course Batwoman. This is Kate’s New 52 debut and it’s quite an exciting story full of murder, mystery and hard choices. I think some clarity was lost in the pursuit of eye catching panels and the first issue, from Batman’s PoV, was too voyeuristic for my tastes. It isn’t as good as Rucka’s run on the series but it was enjoyable.

Black Butler, volume 12 by Yana Toboso

  • The young earl of Phantomhive and his demonic butler and trapped on a ship full of zombies. And as if that wasn’t enough, it is about to sink, Titanic style. We also get to see a whole new side to Ciel’s sweet fiance Elizabeth. I already liked her before but now she has an added cool factor. 🙂

Birds of Prey: The Death of Oracle by Gail Simone

  • This was the last Birds of Prey volume before the start of the New 52. Barbara Gordon has realized that her Oracle persona has become too well known to be effective and launches an elaborate plan to “kill her off”. This is Simone at her best full of humour, excitement and smart, kick ass heroines.

Itsuwaribito, volume 7 by Yuuki Iinuma

  • After escaping a house full of illusions, Utsuho, and his friends seek the next treasure in a locked island under a violent dictatorship. Once again his lies may be key to saving the inhabitants and finding the treasure. A really fun shounen that deserves more attention.

Nightwing, volume 1: Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins

  • In the beginning of his New 52 adventures, Dick Grayson is targeted by an assassin and returns to the circus he grew up in only to find that it holds a dark secret. I mostly read Nightwing for the cheese but this story left me dry. The twists were predictable and I felt no attachment to the characters. A bit of a disappointment.

Northlanders, volume 7: The Icelandic Trilogy by Brian Wood

  • The last volume of Northlanders follows the saga of a family settling and dominating Iceland. It is violent and it is tragic. The characters are not likable but they are complex and interesting. And though it is not my favorite volume of the series, I’m really sad to see the series come to an end. But if you’re having Northlanders withdrawal, check out the manga Vinland Saga.

Wonder Woman, volume 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello

  • The last of my New 52 titles for the week. In an attempt to save one of Zeus’ pregnant lovers from Hera’s wrath, Wonder Woman returns to the island of the Amazon. But her return brings war to the island and reveals shocking truths about her origins. I wasn’t crazy about the dialog but the story is worth reading. I was also really pleased with the character designs. They have done really interesting things with the Greek gods and the Amazons have real stature. These are definitely women you would not want to cross.

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