Tag: graphic novel review
There've been many complaints from comic book fans over DC's New 52 reboot. It's been proven time and again nobody likes change. However, one thing I've noticed with the Bat-Family books is a newfound dedication to fleshing out the villains and making them more menacing and disturbing than ever before. Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 2: Cycle of Violence is a perfect example.
Batman Noir: Eduardo Risso: The Deluxe Edition celebrates the work of the accomplished artist by stripping the illustrations down to their essential pencils and inks. The black and white hardcover collection contains four story arcs written by Brian Azzarello. The tales themselves perfectly match the tone of the drawings, bringing to mind crime thrillers of classic Hollywood like The Maltese Falcon and such others.
DC Comics releases what I consider to be the best of the controversial prequels to one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all time with Before Watchmen: Ozymandias /Crimson Corsair Deluxe Edition. The hardcover collection contains issues 1 through 6 of Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, the entire run of Crimson Corsair stories, and the Dollar Bill one-shot. The Crimson Corsair storyline spread out across several of the different Before Watchmen titles.
Teen Titans Volume 2: The Culling continues the adventures of the youthful group of super heroes. This graphic novel collection contains issues 8 through 14 of the monthly title and DC Universe Presents 12. DC definitely works overtime to appeal to the target demographic by filling it up with plenty of action mixed with youthful angst, wit, and hip dialogue.
I read anything and everything related to Batman. If a comic has an appearance by the Dark Knight, chances are you'll find it adorning my library shelf. Very rarely do I find any book tied to Gotham City or the Bat-Family that I don't find worthy of reading. Obviously, I've found some stories are better than others. Thankfully, Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 2: The Starfire is an invaluable addition to my collection.
I still remember the first time I came across a Sweet Tooth graphic novel. I opened up the package and saw the cover art featuring a half-human / half-deer boy and immediately dismissed it and thought it looked silly. Little did I know as I reluctantly opened it up how captivating, tragic, and exciting it would be. My feelings of respect and admiration toward the series continue to excel as Sweet Tooth Volume 6: Wild Game brings the story to a close.
Aquaman Volume 2: The Others continues to re-establish the King of Atlantis's position as a super hero just as important to the DC Universe as Green Lantern or The Flash. The second collection of the monthly series contains issues #7 through 13. Writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis energetically bring the character's complex and adventurous tales to life.
Batwing Volume 2: In the Shadow of the Ancients collects issues #0 and 7 through 12 of the monthly title. The Dark Knight of Africa is a character I was immediately excited and fascinated by when the launch of the New 52 was announced. I'm happy to say that the feeling is still with me.
Being a big fan of Victorian-era literature and films, I can't think of a better pairing than my favorite super hero and that time period. The only way it could get any better is if he's teamed up with Sherlock Holmes or pitted against Jack the Ripper. That's exactly what Batman: Gotham by Gaslight gives readers.