HealyG (healyg) wrote,

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Currently Reading Wednesdays 11.75: So what graphic novels did I read last week?

Last week I reread The Best of the Spirit, by Will Eisner. It's got a bunch of some really good stories about the sorta superhero The Spirit; a couple of my favorites are The Story of Rat-Tat, a comic done up as a children's book about a toy machine gun that longs to be real; and Fox at Bay, about a "rational" criminal who kills several men and hides himself away as some sort of experiment. There are some uncomfortable racial caricatures stereotypes, but they play a minimal role in the stories in this collection; I think some of them may have been edited out.

I also reread Parker: The Score, adapted from a Richard Stark novel by Darwyn Cooke. It's about super-smooth criminal Parker working with a top-notch team to rob an entire town. Of course, these plans rarely go off without a hitch, and and Parker and his gang runs into a real doozy of one. I wasn't too impressed with this one on my first read, but after rereading it I think that was just because I was disappointed that it wasn't as good as Darwyn Cooke's second Parker adaptation, The Outfit. The Score is a good, solid thriller that any reader of crime fiction would be pleased to have on their shelves. (Outfit's still better, though.)

Last but not least, I'm getting deeper into my reading of the Oishinbo series. I finished the Ramen and Gyoza volume, and am just getting started on the one on spirits and wine. My opinion of it hasn't changed from what I said last time I reviewed this series. After thinking it over, I think part of what makes Oishinbo so good is that it always remembers to bring some human element to the stories about cooking and eating. Like, there's one story that begins with Yamaoka and friends helping a down-on-his-luck gyoza restaurant owner get an edge on his competition, that quickly spirals out of control when Yamaoka's jerkface of a dad wants to get in on the action. The conflict gets transposed from the gyoza restaurant owner and his competitors to Yamaoka and his dad, but the author still remembers to keep focusing on the humans that populate the story. Am I making myself clear here? It is pretty late. Well, regardless, these are pretty good books.

Also: I want to let everyone know that I'll still be doing selections from 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (over here). Just comment with a page number and I'll tell you what selections were on that page and what I think of them. Ciao!
Tags: comics, crime, currently reading wednesdays
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