JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Have been ...

... spending my evenings this week reacquainting myself with the wonderful world of graphic novels, thanks to my library card and the public library collection I've been cataloguing, and have a couple of items for your must-read lists:

Bill Willington's Fables series: I'm halfway through volume four and still have volume five to look forward to. And I'm definitely looking forward to it ... Fables is the kind of reading where I can't wait to see what happens next and simultaneously don't want to read too fast because I don't want it to be over. Most intriguing character is Bigby Wolf, the sheriff of Fabletown ... sort of a fairy tale version of Wolverine. (interesting possible insight into Wolvie's tobacco habit, BTW ... residing in New York while having a wolf's sense of smell means that Bigby has "to smoke like a Bristol chimney just to deaden my senses enough to put up with the massive information overload.")
Saturday morning EDIT: For the interested, there's a free .pdf download of the first issue of "Fables" (chapter one of the first graphic volume) available here.

Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's Y: the Last Man: The concept sounds corny ... all males of all species on Earth have suddenly died of unknown causes, with one 21-year-old man and his capuchin monkey being the only survivors ... but the creators have managed to avoid all the schlock traps and produce an intriguing tale, full of twists, turns, and surprises (including the wide and realistic range of female reactions/communities/groups/survival gambits resulting from the event ... everything from communal greenhouses to "Mad Maxine"). Have only read volumes 1-4 so far (and am eagerly waiting my turn for 5 and 6) ... 'twill be interesting to see which of the hinted possible causes of the disaster is the real one (or whether it'll be something completely out of the blue).

James Turner's Nil : a Land Beyond Belief: This one I've actually purchased, since I figured anything by the creator of Rex Libris was a guaranteed good read. And I was right ... Mr. Turner's Nil is one of the most bizarre dystopias I've ever encountered in fiction, and one just can't help cheering the confused Mr. Nul (hero) on, whether he's courting the lovely Miss Void or doing his damnedest to defect to the neighbouring land of Optima.
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