So I got a Kindle for Christmas. I want to read more, but I don’t like books. You see I don’t use bookmarks so I either have to turn over the corners or try and remember where I am it’s a pain in the backside. I also hate holding books, they are big and the more you read the more you mess up the spines, so when you are done with them the damned thing won’t stay shut. You have to put them on shelves or in boxes where they take up way too much room. All this hassle for something I’m most likely only going to read once. In fact I can name to you the books I’ve read more than once.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Twits by Roald Dahl
and George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
And those were because I read them as a kid then my school said "hey we're going to read these books".
Essentially what I’m saying is eff books!
I like comics though. I also like history. So while looking for books to put on my Kindle I found a book that combined the two. And for only £1.99! Sir you have a sale.
2000 AD: The Creator Interviews collects four interviews (duh) from the Judge Dredd Megazine. The interviews are always a delight. They are able to do that rare thing where they try to create a narrative. Normally it is just the life of the interviewee but it is a trick that is seemingly lost on Internet journalists. How many times have you read an interview that consists of Question followed by another unrelated Question. They read like they’ve been written by robots (funny considering people who work on 2000AD are known as Droids).
In The Creator Interviews there are interviews with Carlos Ezquerra, “The Godfather of British Comics” Pat Mills, Mike McMahon and Ron Smith. Of the set the Ron Smith and Carlos Ezquerra interviews are my favourite. They focus more on their non-2000AD work, with Smith’s only focusing on 2000AD till near the end. It is really a fascinating to read and hear of this man who’s career started in what is normally seen as the old style in interviews with Pat Mills or Alan Grant.
Ezquerra’s interview spends a good time talking about how he creates characters and visualises pages, which when you are talking to the co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, yeah that's what you bloody do. The Pat Mills interview is very much normal Pat Mills interview stuff, Subversive writing, changing the norm, you know the kind of stuff that after you have read a half dozen Pat Mills interviews you could write yourself.
The Mike McMahon interview focuses on his art and how it developed over time, from his early work where he tried to mimic Carlos Ezquerra to his more daring but more divisive work in the 90’s. It is the stuff that would be super interesting to me if I were an artist but I’m not.
Overall the book is a good one. Because the interviews are self contained you could read them in any order you want if you were crazy like that. It is also a quick read, taking me around a hour and a half with some messing around on kindle time. If you are interested in 2000AD, British Comics or even comics in general you should probably buy it. I mean it’s only £1.99 that would be nothing if it weren't £1.99.
What follows is my review of the Wolverine Anime from over on AnimeVice. It is based on Subs of the Japanese release. I thought that I should post this over here .
BEWARE THERE ARE MIDDLING TO MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
Also this is my first full series review, normally I just do single episodes, so constructive criticism would be welcome Wolverine is a show that on an episode by episode basis isn’t too bad but when you look at it as a whole you begin to notice how much of a terrible mess it is. This is a saddening fact because there are moments where the show is actually exciting; for example, the first moments of the first episode have Wolverine take a barrage of bullets to the face and chest only for him to jump five-ish meters off of a boat to kill a half dozen guys wearing jet-packs.
Sadly this is also one of the four or five more exciting parts of the whole show. The main problem that Wolverine has is its plotting, which for a show that’s main plot boils down to the age old “save the princess” is quite a feat, you see a simple premise for a show can be a good thing. It allows you to develop the characters into interesting people by letting them reflect on the events that occur to them. Wolverine however avoids this by killing off all but one of it’s supporting cast by the end of the show, hell it kills off Omega Red twice.
So the plot isn’t anything to write home about and the characters aren’t even worthy of a MTV Award but the action is good right? Well this is where Wolverine stings the most. If this was a review of the first episode and the first episode alone then I’d be saying how the sword fight between Yakuza boss Shingen Yashida and Logan are legitimately cool especially the parts where Logan gets his ass handed to him so when he decides to pop his claws it is awesome. The problem however is the show takes a drastic downturn after that first episode. All of the other meaningful confrontations in the show are either too long winded, the first Omega Red fight takes place over three episodes, or they defy any logic. You see when someone says, “describe Wolverine” you say a member of the X-Men who has metal claws, regenerates his wounds and says bub a lot. In the show Wolverine’s claws are unable to cut most of the enemy’s weapons or armour. Now if you don’t know Adamantium in Marvel’s fiction is supposed to be the hardest metal known to man so when Logan can’t cut a chain-mail vest you just have to say “really? That’s all you could think of?” Now I can see why you would do something like that, it creates drama and makes us wonder “is this it for Logan?” the problem is they do this for every major fight so it looses all of its tension.
When the first trailer for Wolverine came out in 2009 comic book fans cried out in rage at the vastly different Logan who fought some kind of demon thing with his long hair that had a streak of silver in it. Well shame on you instead we got a tension-less show that is uninteresting to watch both for fans of Anime and fans of comic books. (2 out of 5)
So I was rearranging my bookshelf when I got to the comic book section. After putting all my favourite comics+trades on the self (not bagged and boarded because I like to think that somewhere a comic nerd is having a heart attack upon reading that), and putting all the okay books in their bags and put in a box under my bed. I got to thinking what should I do with those few comics that I can't stand? Now I could sell them but I don't want to through the hassle. I could give them away but I don't know anyone who wants an issue one of a story with out the rest. So I come to you the ComicVine masses what do you do with the comics you can't stand?