Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Dig List: 11/6/07 - Mostly older stuff.

You know the drill: I read/watch/experience something and if I like it, I give it a hopefully brief write-up here.

Weird Secret Origins - One of those squarebound, faux 80 Page Giants DC published a few years back which, as the title suggests, reprints the origin stories of some oddball and/or supernatural characters: Dr. Fate, the Spectre, Congorilla, Animal Man, Enchantress, Bizarro World, and Metamorpho. Varies in quality, as most gold & silver age DC tends to do, but fun when it succeeds. The Enchantress story was the highlight for me. I only ever knew her as a villain from her Suicide Squad days, so her beginnings as a hero with the god-awful nickname - "the Switcheroo Witcheroo;" doesn't that just make you wanna hurt someone? - were fun to see. I want to read more of those.

GLX-mas Special 1 - Probably not quite as funny as it wants to think it is, but it has its highlights, most of which involve Squirrel Girl and her establishment as probably the most powerful superhero in the Marvel Universe (not that she cares). Some good artwork from Paul Grist in one story, too, even though he probably should have been working on Jack Staff or Kane at the time.

Black Panther (the Priest run) 1-6 - Only just now discovering this, which means I have a long way to go yet, but most of it can be found pretty cheaply these days, so I've got that going for me, which is nice. I really enjoy the groundwork being laid here... the worldbuilding of Black Panther's homeland, Wakanda, and its (and his) place in the world; the look into the legacy of the Black Panther mantle; the secondhand recounting of BP's adventures through the audience identification character, his very Michael J. Fox-like state department handler. I've heard this called "Marvel's Starman," and I'm starting to see what people mean by that.

Yotsuba&! Vol. 2 - I dismissed the first volume as light entertainment - fun, but ultimately pretty frothy. But I kept thinking back to it, and I looked at it more fondly each time I did so, so I figured I'd give the second book a shot, and I'm glad I did. It definitely grows on you with time, and by the end of this, I finally saw what it was that makes this series so enjoyable to so many. Anyway, in this volume, Yotsuba imitates a gangster movie, goes swimming, eats some cake, hunts for a frog, and tries to let her dad sleep peacefully, among other adventures. Charming antics ensue. If nothing in here makes you laugh or even just grin broadly, then you're a probably a bad person who doesn't like puppy dogs or Christmas, either. Jerk!
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