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Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody owns Lagos, 18 April 2014
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Having read this book I still aren't entirely sure how I feel about it. Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death was a book I enjoyed very much but Lagoon is very different to that book. There is no central character in the book and from chapter to chapter the perspective shifts through a wide community of characters who are tied together by geographic proximity. All are based in Nigeria, and particularly Lagos, which means Lagoon, hence the title of the book. This in itself is necessary to the theme of the book but means that characters don't have as much space to live and breathe and become a particular set of characteristics pushed along by the plot, rather than influencing the plot… Read more
Stormwatch Volume 2 HC by Various
5.0 out of 5 stars A finer world, 17 April 2014
This completes (almost) Warren Ellis' run on Stormwatch and it's very interesting in that it is bookended by slightly weaker art than you get in the middle. The book starts with Change or Die. This was Warren's first big widescreen superhero story, complete with a mixture of golden age superhero and pulp adventurer analogues come back to save the world but also gone a little bit mad. It saw out the end of the initial volume of Stormwatch, and was Warren's chance to sweep out the last vestiges of what he'd inherited on the book. He then restarted the title. Change or Die is by Tom Raney. I love Tom, his art is slightly unkempt which I find charming, but there's no doubt that it feels a bit… Read more
Mad Archives Volume 1 HC: 1-6 by The Usual Gang of Idiots
Mad Archives Volume 1 HC: 1-6 by The Usual Gang of Idiots
5.0 out of 5 stars Superduperman et al., 17 April 2014
I must admit I bought this for the Superduperman story in which he faces Captain Marbles, which Alan Moore credits as an influence on his superhero work (especially Miracleman and Watchmen). I wasn't sure how well the humour would have transitioned down the years, so felt like I was taking an expensive chance. But goldarnit if it wasn't worth it. The parodies within the sturdy hardcover are a mixture of genre (taking on science fiction and horror tropes) through to skewering particular targets like Superman and the Lone Ranger. The art is magnificent. Wally Wood is my favourite, but there isn't a page in the book where I think the art is sub-par. The jokes are slightly racier than I… Read more