Recent Reads in Graphic Novels: Magic Boots, Dead Rabbits, and Mushrooms

By on October 6, 2014 in Recent Reads

As promised, here is a catch-up on what I’ve been reading recently in the graphic novel world.

The Hood – Brian K. Vaughan

I love Brian K. Vaughan. He wrote Y: The Last Man, Pride of Bagdad, Runaways, and many more. The Hood was one of his early OOP graphic novels that I finally got a copy of. It’s the story of a young man who gets super-powers, and how he becomes a super-villain instead of a hero.

It’s an interesting concept, but the story is too simple and lacking in anything that particularly grabbed me. Very generic feeling, unfortunately.

Pretty Deadly – Kelly Sue DeConnick

This one definitely looks pretty, but it was trying to hard to be like Sandman. The author tried to build her own mythology but the ideas never resonated and it ends up being hard to engage with.

Even worse, though, and one of the worst sins in comics, is that the way the panels were presented made the action very hard to follow. I have zero interest in continuing to read more volumes.

Infinity Gauntlet – Jim Starlin

I read this to get some detail on the upcoming storylines in the Marvel films. Pretty good. It was a bit old-fashioned, lacking the more modern gritty feel of comics of the last 10 years. Also, I felt out of my depth because there were so many characters I wasn’t familiar with. The ending was cool, though. We’ll have to see if the movies head in the same direction.

Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley

This was a disappointing graphic novel from the author or Scott Pilgrim. It’s a bit of a mess. A chef finds a stash of magic mushrooms that allow her to correct any mistakes she might have made in her life. But using them causes her even more problems than she anticipated.

It’s full of surreal and dream-like ideas that never quite work out, and lacking in the humor of Pilgrim. The art is beautiful, though.

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