They came from the library, and then they went back. That's how it works, you see.
JLA: Earth 2 – I’ve enjoyed most of Grant Morrison’s JLA stories, but I don’t think this one worked very well at all. It borrowed a little too heavily from the Star Trek mirror universe stories (the Crime Syndicate is like the JLA, but they’re into sex, drugs and thrill killing… see, they’re all eeeevil!) and that one Doctor Who episode, “The Five Doctors” (the whole idea that if the heroes want to win, they have to lose). But most of all, it just felt rushed; I don’t think 96 pages was enough space to tell this story. A full-length 5 or 6 issue storyarc to develop the concepts more fully would have been a better choice this time around. As for the art, well, I’ve never been a big Frank Quitely fan – what with all the excessively blocky characters and their permanently pursed lips – and here he was at his Quiteliest. Green Lantern is about 5 people wide, and Wonder Woman looks like a dude. Just ugly stuff. I wanted to like this book, and I liked the basic premise involved, but the parts didn’t add up to a whole that I could enjoy.
The Groo Houndbook – A lot of people really dig Sergio Aragones’s “Groo the Wanderer,” so I figured I’d finally check it out. This book, reprinting Groo’s first encounter with his dog, Rufferto, was the earliest story I could find. Um, I guess if you like this sort of thing, than this is the sort of thing you’d like; apparently, I don’t like this sort of thing. I guess I see how people find this title funny, and I was mildly amused by just how much everyone else in the book except Rufferto seems to hate Groo (a man who rescues the hapless barbarian from quicksand is forced to apologize), but I never laughed once. In the end, I guess it’s just not my thing. But if anyone out there can recommend a Groo story that they think I will find funny, I’m open to suggestions.