Monday, November 26, 2018

Reviewing the Mail: Week of 11/24/18

This week brought three books from the library, as I'm trying to assemble the jigsaw puzzle that is the last month of Book-A-Day. (Current tally: posts written through December 8, posts planned and started through December 15, books to be read planned through December 11.)

So here's what you will probably see me write about the second week of December:

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 6: Who Run the World? Squirrels by Ryan North and Eric Henderson: the next one in the series. I still can't say "latest," since this one came out more than a year ago and there's a couple of later collections. But I'm catching up, I suppose. See my previous posts on Squirrel Girl for the full details, if you have no idea who she is or why anyone would want to read this.

Michael Chabon's The Escapists by Brian K. Vaughan and various artists: I still haven't read the Chabon novel that these comics launch out of (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which I tend to think of as a fictionalization of the Simon and Kirby story even though it probably isn't) but I've read other Escapist comics collections, since those are shorter and easier.  This one is metafiction about a young, modern team of comics wannabes whose dream is to make art on their own terms and tell new stories get rich quickly exploiting something they happen to own that was made up by someone else before they were born. Inspiring!

And then there's Batman '66, Vol. 1 by Jeff Parker and a number of different artists: this is a modern comics version of the Adam West TV show. That sounds awfully campy, but the reviews have been good, and Mike Allred's covers do a remarkably job of capturing the goofy look of the show -- so why not?

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