the few, the proud, the May graphic novels

May graphic novels:

DMZ vol 1: On the Ground and DMZ vol 2: Body of a Journalist by Brian Wood and Richard Burchielli

Redoing New York has been redone ad nauseum. The DMZ alt-NY is the best of the bunch. It’s a fully realized, supremely enjoyable world.  Great story, great characters, dialogue, art, etc.  One of my new favs.

Desolation Jones  by Warren Ellis & J.H. Williams III

Extremely vulgar: porn, murder, torture, and general filth.  And I loved it.  The setup is an L.A. subcommunity of broken/retired intelligence operatives from all arenas.  Jones is the best anti-hero since Spider Jerusalem of Transmetropolitan, of which Ellis is the author.  The art in this is great.  Williams did art and layout for Alan Moore’s Prometheus so the layouts are stunning and unique. 

Jack of Fables, vol 1: The Nearly Great Escape  by Bill Willingham

The first in the Fables spin-off.  Not bad.  It was a fun little story set after Jack is exiled from Fabletown for telling his tales Hollywood style.  Jack’s arrogance and bumbling are amusing. 

Seven Soldiers of Victory vol 4  by Grant Morrison and various artists

I can’t tell if I’ve forgetten too much in the months since I read the first 3 volumes, or if this was confusing gibberish.  I lean toward the latter.  I had no idea what was going on in this inconclusive conclusion to the story arc.  Mister Miracle was the worst- stuck in black hole (and felt like an acid trip), his life kept morphing.  The only thing that kept me reading was hoping for more Frankenstein.  The art by Doug Mahnke was breath-taking. 

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. vol 1: This Is What They Want  writen by Warren Ellis, art by Stuart Immonen

Great new series.  It’s like a parody of JLA, without the smarminess.  I was laughing throughout.

Manhunter vol 1: Street Justice  by Marc Andreyko

I usually avoid DC universe stories because they’re backstory-heavy.  Nothing annoys me more than a cameo I’m supposed to recognize.  Luckily, Manhunter leans more towards the self-contained a’la Bendis’ Alias.  The main character is atypically sympathetic and unlikeable at the same time.  Chain-smoking, divorced, and obsessed with her public prosecutor job to the exclusion of all else, including her son.  When a metahuman supervillian fresh off a killing spree found not guilty promptly kills again, she goes vigilante and becomes Manhunter.


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