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Jinx
Jinx
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Powers..., 4 Sep 2001
This review is from: Jinx (Paperback)
Before Brian Michael Bendis became a comics superstar with Powers and Sam and Twitch and Ultimate Spiderman, he illustrated as well as wrote his own work. His amazing dialogue benefits even more from his own odd panel layouts, which vary from word balloons stringing between panels without being connected to any of them, you know who is speaking by what is being said, to an illustrated screenplay format. His characters are all visually based on real people, and most of the shots on actual photographs, so the realism (despite the fact this is stark black and white art) is amazing. Bendis even intergrates photographs into the art. The story itself focuses (loosely) on David Gold, a conman who falls in love with Jinx, a bounty hunter, as well as a suitcase full of money. What lets it down slightly is the abrupt ending, which requires a little knowledge of 'Goldfish', (the story that comes before this) to fully appreciate. Other than that, I'd say this is Bendis' best work, better than Powers, and far better than Ultimate Spiderman (both of which also get 5 stars though, it's just that this is even better, and the scale doesn't allow for thesede things). A slight niggle, given the high profanity ratio and the subject matter, I don't really understand why this is placed in the 4-12 year old reading catergory.


Torso
Torso
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow., 24 April 2001
This review is from: Torso (Paperback)
The true story of post-Untouchables Elloit Ness and his hunt for the 'Torso' killer. Great (though sometimes odd in the case of what i can only assume to be 30's cop slang) dialogue, moody black and white art that often incorporates photographs of crime scenes, photocopies of newspapers and polce reports from the time. Some might be disappointed by the end, but hey, it's what really happened and there's nothing you can do about that is there? One to show to non-comic fans to convince them that they're not all superheros dressed in tight spandex.


Sam and Twitch Volume 1 Udaku: v. 1
Sam and Twitch Volume 1 Udaku: v. 1
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great story ruined., 22 April 2001
This re-prints 1-8 of the Sam & Twitch monthly comic. And it is great, there's no doubt about that. Fantastic dialogue, a mysterious and somewhat twisted plot, believably characters and one of the least unexpected endings ever. So why only two stars? Here goes... this edition has been drained of the incredibly moody colours that made the monthly issues so effective and instead printed in a murky black and white that loses the subtlety the originals had. Plus it makes the text hard to see in places since this doesn't use word ballons like most comics. I'd seek out the original issues if I were you, they're better.


Frumpy The Clown Volume 1: Freaking Out The Neighbors: Freaking Out the Neighbours v. 1
Frumpy The Clown Volume 1: Freaking Out The Neighbors: Freaking Out the Neighbours v. 1
by Judd Winick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Great., 9 April 2001
This collects what is probably several years worth of daily comic strips that ran in several American newspapers. As the author states in his introduction, it is somewhat limited by the constrictions of the format, ie short, snappy two or three panel stories, but it reads well as a collected edition. It is sort of a less foul mouthed precurser to Barry Ween, the authors current project, in some places particularly the Lumus character. Some of the jokes get repetative, but it also makes them funnier sometimes. Buy it and be amused, sometimes moved and entertained throughout. Volume two is due to be released soon and should hopefully be as good as this.


Dogma [DVD] [1999]
Dogma [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 2.75

14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS!, 20 Jan 2001
This review is from: Dogma [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Amazing film, one of my faves, up there with every Kevin Smith films, hilarious, thought provoking, violent... BUT awful DVD when you take into consideration the fact that the R1 version has an extra disk full of things like deleted scenes (over an hour), interviews, 3 commentary tracks, a music video,screw ups and probably more. Compare this to the piddling trailer, TV ads and some interviews we Brits are lumbered with! If you player will allow it, buy the region 1 special edition, if not but this version grudgingly.
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
by Italo Calvino
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars non-linear?, 12 Jan 2001
I might have read this differently to the others who have reviewed it, but I didn't see anything non-linear about it. As I read it, I took the 'meta-fiction' framework to be the actual story, with the first chapters of various novels there to highlight the frustrations of the Reader who is trying to find the end of all these books. The framework itself, I thought, is far more interesting than most of the chapters. The idea of a rogue translater causing all of this trouble, with literary terrorists running around jumbling up manuscripts was hilarious. The chapters themselves varied greatly, not in quality (they were all excellently written), but in content that kept me interested. What struck me about them more than the actual content was the huge amount of styles Calvino seems able to adopt when he needs to. Very amusing and thought provoking at the same time.


Black Orchid
Black Orchid
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great., 28 Dec 2000
This review is from: Black Orchid (Paperback)
The other reviewer comments purely on Dave McKeans brilliant art. This was (I think) before he went on to draw Arkham Asylum and is in a very different style. The colouring is interesting, apart from the heroine who is purple, every human character is in black and white against gloriously coloured backgrounds, very odd, but what we'd expect of Dave McKean. Now onto Neil Gaiman's story. It actually begins with the death of the character Black Orchid in a brilliant take on the usual superhero style dilema. "I know the bad guy usually takes the time to explain his plans in great detail around now, but I'm not. I'm going to kill you. Right now" or similar (I've not got the book in front of me). And he does. the rest of the book follows a new-born Black Orchid, a plant woman who is still a child, but has memories of the other one who just died. She goes on a journey to discover who she is, and along the way bumps briefly into Batman, and makes a trip to Arkham Asylum to meet up with Poison Ivy. She makes enemies who want to kill her. Neil Gaiman, in the introduction, says that when the finale came out originally, (part 3) people were asking when part four was due. There is a rather suddenness to the ending, but it is also the last thing you would expect to happen in what might be seen to be a (shock) super-hero story. Neil Gaiman does it again.


The Adventures of Luther Arkwright
The Adventures of Luther Arkwright
by Bryan Talbot
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Boggling Brilliance., 28 Dec 2000
I'm not even going to pretend I followed most of what was going on in this book, it needs re-reading when I have time. What I could follow, though, was incredible. Huge battles across countless multiple universes that skip through several time periods, the death of an empire, and the birth of a new. Metaphysical arguments, the evolution of a new species of human. Gore, subtle humour, fart jokes, graphic sex... There's room for it all here, and more. The story is far too complex to go into, but it involves Luther Arkwright, a typical heroic type, who works for a multi-dimensional watchdog sort of thing that keeps a track on all of the other dimensions and keeps it's enemies at bay. Things mount and mount, building tension right the way through to the final battle. Bryan Talbot ranks up there with Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore for bringing intelligence back into comics (and he draws his own scripts), but for some reason doesn't get as much attention... Check out the sequel, 'Heart of Empire', which may or may not be released as a trade paperback soon. If not, pop down to your local comic shop and ask about it, it was nine issues long and ran during 1999. It's a very different tale and doesn't actually feature Luther Arkwright himself, but focuses on his daughter about twenty years after the end of this volume. It's very good. Buy this first though.


The Sandman: Fables and Reflections (Sandman library)
The Sandman: Fables and Reflections (Sandman library)
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but..., 11 Dec 2000
This is a collection of single issue stories from the Sandman series, and they are all very good. There's a the story of a female werewolf, a member of the Ceaser family in Rome, the story if the King of America (I think) that cleverly ties in with later events, as well as the story of how Orpheus ended up on a window ledge in a monestary. Also included is the Orpheus special, sadly lacking the glow-in-the-dark cover. So, I don't have a problem with the stories. What I do have a problem with is the collection itself. These stories were fillers between major arcs, and as such should really have been included in either the collection they ended, or the one they began. This is because some of them take place 'in continuity', as well as the fact that they are jumbled around in this edition, rather than appearing in chronological order. It seems that DC was holding back printing these as a collection so that they could put out another Sandman book and make more money instead of putting them where they should be in the epic sequence of events that make up the Sandman series. By all means buy it, it is good, but read it as the Sandman series was meant to be read... look up the issue numbers of these short stories, as well as some of those in the other books and read them in sequence. It might be awkward, but it is more worthwhile if you are intending to read the series as a whole.


Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 18.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fantastic album., 26 Oct 2000
It's odd. They format hasn't changed, the band aren't doing anything different to what they usually do, but somehow it IS different. The tone has changed. The apocalyptic pre-millenial gloom that permiated f#a infinity and Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada have become something more optimistic. The band have honed their skills at adding layer upon layer of sound to create incredibly intense movements, such as the incredible 2nd track, which starts with several minutes of waves of sound before giving way to a constant beat that slowly build over nearly ten minutes, getting faster, with different instruments joining in until you think your head will explode, then just at the last moment it stops. If you have bought other Constellation releases, you can hear where some of the members other projects influence this album. There are parts that sound exactly the "A Silver Mt Zion", (most notably the end of the 1st track) the splinter group formed by Sophie, Theirry and Efrim. There are other parts that sound like Fly Pan Am (one of the guitarists other band) on track 3 i think. This is not a bad thing, in a way it kind of helps you trace who has the input where on the album, allows you to gain an insight into how the songs are written. A must buy album, even though it would be spoiled if it became too popular.


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