Friday, January 13, 2006

In Passing...Fables to Lost Souls

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Flipping through the channels, I was happy to see Jason on cable. It made me happy. Anyways, the reviews...

DMZ #3 - This issue concludes the first storyarc of Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli's DMZ. Opening with missile strikes in the downtown area, the issue hardly stops to catch its breath as Matty is confronted by the military as well as Zee, forcing him to make a decision about his position and what he plans to do. A satisfactory ending of the first story of what promises to be a great, gritty comic. 8.4/10

Fables #45 - Yusuf's fate is carried out in light of his treachery in this issue of the "Arabian Nights (and Days)" arc, and we get to see what has become of Boy Blue at the animal farm, and where this arc leaves Sinbad and the Arabian fables. This is very much the wrap-up issue of the story, but it was interesting and fun nonetheless. 8.5/10

The Book of Lost Souls #4 - Oooh. A two-parter. Since its debut issue, this Icon series has been all about the stand-alones, but this issue breaks the pattern with a cliffhanger. And it's a pretty good one, as it serves to further the mythology of our shadowy hero and the Dark Man. This issue is about a hitman who has a colorful past who depends on a Corinthian knock-off (from Sandman - no eyes of his own, collects eyes - you know the one) to get him a new life when he's gotten himself into a corner. The Dark Man is very interested in this man, and our protagonist is left with a very difficult decision. Now, Colleen Doran is a great artist on this book. I love her A Distant Soil, don't get me wrong, but I was getting a little sick of the big eightie's hair she gives her characters. Here, she proves that she can draw prostitutes and hitmen along with the best of them. It's a nice change. A good look. 8.5/10

And from the pages of Shojo Beat (February 2006)...

Absolute Boyfriend - Riiko finds out the truth about her best friend as Night's groupies move in for the kill. I didn't really care for the art of this book at first, but it's kind of growing on me. I'm just not used to the rapid pace and panel structure of a lot of manga yet. It's nice to experience something different though. 7.8/10

Nana - Nana Komatsu finds herself in a bit of a bind this issue. She's indulged a little too much when it came to shopping. So, she finds herself strapped for cash and scurries to remedy the situation, while Shoji has a nice time (maybe too nice of a time) with Sachiko, the new girl from his work. This book is always such a treat. I especially enjoy the new boy in Osaki's band, Yasu. Yazawa just draws the cutest guys. 9/10

Last movie I saw in theaters: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Last book I read: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

DVDs from Netflix:
- Mean Girls
- Grizzly Man
- The Short Films of David Lynch

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