Hi, Michael :
Thanks for the invitation.
The graphics group sounds really good : I hope I can get to one in person soon.
Meanwhile, I thought I would post my favourites list :
Sandman : I have recently finished the whole series in sequence : amazing!
Also, the extra volume : Dream Hunters (an illustrated story rather than a graphic, with Yoshitako Amano's illustrations, is the most purely beautiful book I own)
V for Vendetta : I thought the film was a very good effort, but the book is better; dark, complex and scary.
Sin City : Not for the squeamish as Frank Miller takes old style hard boiled film noir and squeezes the pips out of it. Also the very best comic book/film adaptation I've ever seen.
Lucifer : Mike Carey's development on Neil Gaiman's retired lord of hell and lounge pianist has mind boggling cosmology and theology, adventure, sex, drugs and ..er.. dinner jazz.
Has anyone read Mike's first print novel : "The Devil you Know"? It's worth a look.
Fray : Joss Whedon's fantastic future Slayer, dark, funny, great dialogue.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen : A great idea : a superteam of Victorian adventure heroes battle dastardly perils and otherworldly menaces. References to sensational period fiction, both famous and very obscure, are thick as autumn leaves. Do not be put off by the dreadful film version.
Batman : Year One / The Dark Knight Returns. Both ends of the Caped Crusader's career, dark, rich and powerful. Frank Miller restores Batman to the shadows where he belongs.
Scarlet Traces : What happened after The War of the Worlds as the British Empire masters Martian technology.
Wolverine/Elektra : Redeemer. Greg Rucka's excellent one- off in which the two heroes change the life of a special teenager. Superb illustrations by Yoshitako Amano.
and, of course...
Watchmen : the War and Peace of Superhero books which covers the big questions of power and responsibility, love, hate, patriotism and political manipulation. Long, deep, complex and unforgettable. Is the projected film version still on, and if it is, after X3, should we be very frightened?
There you go :
What does anyone else think?
PS. :Did anyone see Bryan Talbot at Leigh Library last April? A great afternoon!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Hi, Michael :