Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Review: Maus II: A Survivor's Tale

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles BeganMaus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the best series of books I've read. Don't be misled with this being a graphic novel (comic book), it is moving and eye opening. My words can't even begin to say what Spiegelman has accomplished here. Check right now if your library has it!

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Review: Avengers Vol. 1

Avengers, Vol. 1Avengers, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was kind of put off by the art on the cover and did not expect to like it that much, given my dislike of the JLA and the likes - too much going on and no real character development. While there wasn't a whole lot of character development here either, the story was intriguing and the writing was awesome (a lot of laugh out loud moments, very clever dialog). I'll probably be picking up vol. 2, as long as the library has it.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review: Runaways vol. 1

Runaways Deluxe Vol. 1Runaways Deluxe Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun read (previous review was just for issues #1-7, this was through issue #18), a bit lighter than some of the other graphic novels I've been reading. I picked up the second volume but found I wasn't as interested in it. The end of the first volume knocked off some (one in particular) big players and I was a little disappointed. Maybe I'll find time to read vol's 2 and 3 before they're due back at the biblioteca.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Book Review: Batman R.I.P.

Batman: R.I.P.Batman: R.I.P. by Grant Morrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a major trip. I know longer have any doubt that Batman is superhuman. The story was pretty fluid through about 80% of the novel and then decided to show you how he trained his subconscious to defend itself in the event he was psychologically broken, and that is where it gets a little confusing. I will definitely be reading this again before I take it back to the library and hopefully get more out of it the second go 'round.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Review: Maus I

Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds HistoryMaus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing. It's a biography of the relationship between the author and his father and the father's experience as a Polish Jew in WWII. The only graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize, and it was well deserving. I've read a few books on people's experiences in WWII concentration camps (Man's Search for Happiness, Night) and visited multiple Holocaust museums (including the enormous one in Washington D.C.), but this book was a new experience and a very moving one. It's only half of the story, I'll pick up the second part in a few days (after I get through some of the other graphic novels that need to be returned to the library sooner). Even though the people are portrayed as animals, you never once see them as that, it's as ridiculous as trying to classify humans by race in order to establish their rank in life.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Book Review: All-Star Superman vol. 1

All Star Superman: Volume 01All Star Superman: Volume 01 by Grant Morrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All Star Superman was awesome. I'll definitely be picking up the next volume at the library (I may even look to add this to my home collection of graphic novels that has yet to exist). There were some confusing elements to it, like the whole time traveling Supermen. But otherwise, you have some good interaction with Lois Lane, Ma and Pa Kent, Lex Luthor, and some other less familiar characters (at least less familiar to someone who's only ever read two other graphic novels and watched Christopher Reeves and the animated Superman Doomsday).

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