Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

I've steadily been catching up on my pile of unread comic books; in fact I've caught up, but I've added a few titles as I've discovered some written by JMS that I missed.

Anyway, the first lot are Warren Ellis' Gravel: Combat Magician #1, 2, 3, 4. Somebody else has picked up the character and run with it while Ellis is busy with other things. The flavor of the story is different though the characters and story material has similarities. I'm not entirely happy with the change, I'm afraid, but I'm not yet ready to dump the series.

Next is The Royals: Masters of War #1, 2, 3, 4, an odd piece of fantasy mixed with alternate history. In this one, people of royal blood have superpowers. It's the middle of WWII, and the Battle of Britain, and one of the royal children could no longer sit by and watch his subject suffer, and unleashed his powers against the German bombers. The Royals of other nations who'd been sitting by the wayside then get involved and things get complicated. Interesting twist on the superhero trope.

Then, Moon Knight #1, 2, 3. These are actually Warren Ellis' work; the Moon Knight is a superhero, but this is a more gritty and grim world depicted, and much more interesting to me than the typical book of this genre. I'm still following the stories.

Next was Battlestar Galactica: Six #1, this is based on the more recent TV series, and is something of an origin tale for the character. Very interesting, and much better than the original 70s saga.

Having finished reading the graphic novel, I then caught up and read Ten Grand #7, 8 and enjoyed them as the protagonist works his way into the nether regions of the cosmos. I have an inkling what's going to happen in #9, and can't wait to see if I'm right. Great series by JMS.

Following those books, I read The Adventures of Apocalypse Al #1, the first book of a four comic series about a young woman who inherited the mantle of being a person whose life is devoted to saving the world from destruction. She lives in Los Angeles. Another JMS title, the character interactions are quippy and amusing. I'm well into the next book, and IIRC all four books in the tale are already published so I expect to finish it off quickly.

Then, in last week's releases was Fables #140. I was unimpressed. On the whole, this comic run is rather good, in fact very good, but this particular episode left me cold. I don't know if they've announced the end book of the run, but it really feels like the author has had it, and can't wait to get out. Maybe I'm wrong.
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