I kill giants

9781607061724 ; Illus. by JM Ken Niimura
Read for the Graphic Novels challenge

Barbara Thorson doesn’t need career day. She already has a career, that of giant-killer. She tells her teacher and class this fact, for some reason they don’t believe her. She’s regarded as a freak. And is friendless as school, until a new girl shows up while Barbara is out setting giant traps. They slowly become friends, but things don’t really improve for Barbara. Her father is absent. Her sister out at work all day, and then stressed, and a bad cook. And her mother…

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The absolute Sandman vol. 1

Illustrated by:
ISBN: 9781401210823
Collects Preludes & Nocturnes (1-8), The Doll’s House (9-16), & Dream Country (17-20).
Read as part of the Once Upon a Time challenge & the Graphic Novels challenge.
Author’s site ; Wikipedia

Where does storytelling end and mythology begin?

Where do you start when trying to review a collection like this? I really have no idea. I was going to give up before I even began; admit defeat without letting anyone know about it, but I decided, what the hell, lets give it a go.

I first read some of Gaiman’s Sandman series years and years ago. Like a genius I started with A Doll’s House rather than at the beginning, but I soon realised my mistake and retraced my steps. The first few issues never really grabbed me. But they begin the story, so you do need to start there, and then, even if you dislike them, persevere for a little while longer. Because, lets face it, the character of Morpheus isn’t really that likeable. He is an arrogant ass. But his story is interesting. And the stories and places Gaiman gets to explore through the Sandman and his sibling Endless characters are fascinating. If you like comics and myths then you should give this[1] a go.

And there are also pretty pictures to look at.

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Linknotes:

  1. I dont mean the Absolute collection cause it costs a fortune especially if you are just testing. Unless your library has it, unlikely, but you never know. Anyway, start with reading a few issues and then see what is what

Red Son

Dave Johnson & Kilian Plunkett, pencillers ; Andrew Robinson & Walden Wong, inkers ; Paul Mounts, colorist ; Ken Lopez, letterer.
LibraryThing ; Millar’s site ; Wikipedia
Part of the Graphic Novels Challenge

I love the idea behind this graphic novel. Superman, instead of being raised by the Kents in Kansas, instead lands in the middle of Russia and is raised on a collective farm. Growing up, instead of embodying the American Dream, he becomes the Champion of the common worker. And so much of it is just cool. There are loads of great touches, I loved the idea of the alternate Batman.

Unfortunately it never got beyond the “oooh that sounds cool” aspect of the story.

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Blankets

Blankets by Craig Thomspon
Blankets by Craig Thomspon
ISBN: 1891830430 DDC: 741.5973
LibraryThing : Author’s blog
Read for the Graphic Novels Challenge

When we were young, my little brother Phil and I shared the same bed.

This is one I picked up because I’d seen positive mentions on a few blogs, I think Nymeth’s post was the one that prompted the purchase. So it came with a little bit of hype. That being said, I don’t really read reviews before I read a book, just skim the opening paragraph for a sense of what the reviewer thought of the book, so I wasn’t all hyped out. And Blankets did live up to those positive reviews.

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The Ultimates

Writ: Mark Millar & Illus: Bryan Hitch

I was a little disappointed in these graphic novels. Mainly because they often seemed to look for the cheap laugh while at the same time trying to be all gritty at the same time. You can usually go for one or the other, but both at the same time usually doesn’t work.