Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Comics Recap 11/26/14

Hardly anyone read last week's Comics Recap entry, but that won't stop me from doing it again this week!

There were still a few I had left in a bundle of indie comics I bought a while back.  I finally finished them, which is good, because they were taking up a lot of space on my Kindle Fire.

Twilight Monk, Vol 1:  The characters were drawn like manga and I suppose the material isn't that different either.  So I guess if you like manga or anime or stuff like that you'd probably like this.  I don't, so I didn't really. (2/5)

Ultrasylvania:  This is supposed to be an alternate history where Cleopatra came back to life in the 18th Century and started taking over the world.  Much of Europe ends up being split between Dracula and Frankenstein.  The former is king of Ultrasylvania.  This book was a little confusing as it jumps not only between different time periods, but different artists as well.  The overall story is about Bram Stoker infiltrating Dracula's castle to write his biography, which wasn't all that interesting, more of a framing device. (2.5/5)

The Wastelands: Rahu:  So there's like some kind of demon and he's running around an old temple or something.  Whatever.  The artwork was kind of crude, especially the dialog bubbles, which were overly big and messy. (1.5/5)

Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day:  This wasn't really part of the bundle, but it was a free one I got on the anniversary of D-Day.  As you'd expect it's an illustrated story of D-Day.  It doesn't really use a comic book format with word bubbles and stuff.  Instead it's more prose with panels to illustrate it.  It does a good job of not being too pro-Allies (or pro-Nazis) so that it details what both sides were doing.  It doesn't just cover actual D-Day but from then until the Allies liberate Paris.  As you can see, it was pretty close to a disaster.  You can probably find a dozen examples where in a parallel universe one thing could go differently and the Nazis might still own Europe.  There were a couple of typos it seemed like and a lot of the characters looked the same, but if you're too lazy to read a book or watch a movie, it's a good way to catch up on the history of D-Day. (3.5/5)

There were a lot more in the bundle that were single issue comics.  I read through those a long time ago.  My favorite was probably the one about Sherlock Holmes and Watson only it was set in Harlem, so they were both black.  I'm not sure they've done that in TV/movies yet.  Or maybe they have.

Perhaps it's ironic I really didn't care much about the superhero comics.  I guess because the ones included were pretty much derivative.  There are so many superhero comics that unless you do something different with the formula it's really hard to stand out.  Which is why you should read the Girl Power series.  I'm just saying.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving.  I'll probably be eating hot dogs in my room.  And Black Friday I'll probably also be eating hot dogs in my room.


  1. I'm going to comment on this post and the one before it. First, that's got to be the most unique take on "A Christmas Carol" I've heard of. I went to see if there are other erotic Christmas Carol versions and the first one that came up is called "A Christmas Carol Gangbang," but it turns out it just features "Carol, the sluttiest receptionist in Buffalo." For some reason, I find that phrase amazing. "Carol, the sluttiest receptionist in Buffalo" is my new favorite person.

    Anyway, good luck on your story! I had thought about having all of us authors post a "Black Friday Book" that we recommend someone buy but then I got distracted by other stuff like not having the turkey out in time to thaw.

    Don't sit in your hotel eating hot dogs alone. Go out and eat hot dogs at a crowded mall and enjoy American capitalism at its finest! I love Black Friday. It's one of my favorite days of the year.

  2. OH ALSO something about the comics, yeah, whatever. None of these sounded any good.

  3. A black version of Sherlock would be awesome especially since "Sherlock" already broke the gender barrier. Good reviews Man.

  4. Dracula vs Frankenstein vs Cleopatra sounds like it would be awesome. Shame it wasn't handled well.



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