Thursday, April 12, 2012
What I Read – Apr 10
Anyway, Saturday was the big day so we went on a family hike up one of the local mountains. 3 hrs up, and 2 hrs down. It was a doozey. I mostly spent the walk up with the girls, and the walk down with the boy.
Boy, far and away had the best comments, but you can decide for yourself which one is better. You choices are:
#1) Just as we are starting down, Boy turns to me and says "hold on dad, I'll be right back. I have to go fertilize the grass with my ray-gun."
I can honestly tell you I have never referred to my privates, or his privates, as a ray-gun. Ya gotta love the things they learn in school. And, honestly, it's more of a bazooka.
#2) About half way down, as we were looking for a stick that he had gotten rid of earlier on the walk
Boy: Sigh. I really wish I had my stick back. It was such a cool stick but I had to throw my stick away.
Me: Yeah, that's true.
Boy: It's was so cool with these markings on it that looked like cool stuff. But Mom made me throw it away. I wish I still had it.
Me: You do know Mom made you throw away the stick because you hit her in the head with it right?
Boy: Yeah. But it was a really cool stick and I only hit her once and I didn't do it on purpose.
It's a really tough choice.
Anyway, as for books, this week I read Blue Estate Volume 1, James Sturm's America: God, Gold, and Golems, and Planet of the Apes Vol 1.
You can see what I thought of the rest of the books below the break.
Crime comics don’t get much better than this. So far in the first 4 issues, our characters are the former action movie star, the body guard, his former actress wife, the wife's brother, the wife’s A-A Sponsor (who happens to be a hitman), the brother's stripper girlfriend, and at least one mafia boss, and a couple of mob thugs thrown in for good measure. And even with that huge cast it’s easy to keep them all straight. Now then, keeping track of who may or may not be double crossing who is a completely different story.
This is just outstanding. This trade is basically all setup but the cast is so big, and the double crossed so devious that you can’t help but get sucked in. Kalvachev and Osborne do a great job of building each character up and making them feel real. At the same time, the plots is laden with ‘coincidences’ and ‘accidental meetings’ which feels natural. That’s probably the greatest strength is that the story feels real and not forced.
Even though there is a pack of artists working on the book, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the pages. The artists styles are similar enough that they mesh together really, really well. And, they are smart enough to work on specific character arcs too! But, I love Fox and Cypress so I really enjoyed it.
I picked this up because Image has been on a roll lately with great new series and I wasn’t disappointed. This was 4 issues of setup which left me dying to see where it goes. If you like crime books, then you will love this.