I won’t reveal it here, but the reveal (and then the smaller reveal on nearly the last page) in Marvel 1602
was… just wow. No other words, really. That whole book was fantastic! Good art, great story, cool setting for us history-nerds… yeah, I don’t think there’s a way to improve on that.
It’s Comics Bonanza week.
The library-IT-comics-guy that lent me Planetary
a few weeks back dropped off the Authority
with me yesterday. I’ve got the last three volumes of Sandman
at home, but never manage to get to them because I’ve been busy every evening. I usually read comics while I cook (which may explain why my cooking isn’t spectacular), but for some reason Sandman never made it to the kitchen. I’m reading volume 1 of All-Star Superman
instead, which is ridiculously
gorgeous and fun. I love the classic look/feel of it. Giant lizards! Insane arch-nemeses! Jimmy Olsen’s annoying Superman-signal watch
!! Superman robots in a variety of colors!!!
And yesterday, we got a package from SciFi Book Club–Alex ordered a Star Wars book, and while he was at it, added Trinity
and The Dark Knight Returns
for his spoiled geeky wife. I read DK almost two years ago, and things like Planetary
keep me wanting to refer back to it–that, and the awesome page with Superman (aka Super-Goody-Two-Shoes, according to Mr. Frank Miller) against the backdrop of butterflies and horses, with Ronald Reagan talking about patriotism. That, contrasted against Miller’s huge, scary Batman whose sole purpose seems to be to mete out violence upon the wicked. Good times.
(And also appropriate timing, since we just watched Miller’s bloody-good The 300
on Sunday. Finally, a movie that makes decent use of Gerard Butler
And I just had a conversation with another work-geek, who’s now going to lend me a Fantastic Four story that follows 1602. Oh, the goodness. And how the geeks do come out of the woodwork at the library… this makes four comic book geeks and… well, I lost count of the scifi tv/movie geeks at about six.
There is work to be done, and more work to be done, and classes to register for, and personal affairs to be taken care of… but I’m really just looking forward to this weekend, when Alex and I and two friends will be geeking out over the Star Wars exhibit, eating odd flavors of homemade ice-cream, and watching the entire season of Firefly. Ah, the good things in life–they’re not free, but they are… er… good.