I’m on a reading spree. More specifically, I’m on a graphic novel reading spree.
For years, I read several comics each week. But for some reason, on the last couple of years I only read the odd graphic novel or manga here and there. I was a bit detached of what was happening.
I was just commenting with Luís that I had missed this feeling of almost ‘agonizing’ with the wait, when I want to read that month’s issue and it’s not out yet. My interest on comics has rekindled and, considering the fun I’m having with catching up, I hope it stays that way.
I’ve started reading DC Universe’s rebooted titles. As I write this, I’ve only read Justice League #1, which was okay – nothing spectacular. But soon I’ll read more #1s, so I see what they’re all about; among them Action Comics, Batwoman and the other zillion versions of Justice League. I loved Justice League by Keith Giffen when I was a kid. Why are there so many versions of it with this reboot? I have no clue; I guess I’ll just have to read them.
I’m also wanting to catch up with the final issues of Buffy season 8, which for some reason I stopped reading (Luís, I’ve figured out who Twilight is, this time ‘fo realz’). Since season 9 is incoming, and I hear there’s an Angel & Faith #1 already out there, it seems like a good idea to get back on the bandwagon before too many new issues come out.
Oh and Marvel. Anyone reading Marvel? With DC it was easy to get back into it, because they’re starting over. (Again.) But Marvel’s titles I’ll need to research a bit before deciding on what to read.
With all of this, and having Jorge – one of my partners in crime, at our five year old comics blog Outro Lado dos Comics [PT] – suggested a weekly column over there, I might just have to try to write something about the stuff I’ve been reading. Not sure if weekly, but at least every two weeks.
So, if you pass by over there in the next couple of weeks and find an oddly familiar article on FreakAngels, it’s just a coincidence. I haven’t started my ‘What I’ve Been Missing’ column by recycling that particular post before I start writing more jibberish on other titles. These are not the droids you are looking for. Move along.
It finally happened. Years after I found the last three of my all-time favourite comic stories – Y the Last Man, The Red Star and Runaways vol 1 -, I got my hands on a comic series which I absolutely loved.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed a lot of comics after those three series, but there’s always been something missing in all I’ve read.
With FreakAngels, the plot, the setting in post-apocalyptic London, the steampunk-y details (can I get KK’s helicopter bike?), the character design, the art by Paul Duffield, and everything else about the concept just ‘clicked’.
Although I’ve enjoyed all I’ve read by Warren Ellis, this is the first graphic novel by him that goes straight to my ‘favourite comics’ list.
The six volumes were a hell of a ride, which left me wishing for more, even though I know it was an adequate ending to the story.
You can read the whole thing for free on the FreakAngels official site.
“Freaks and Angels”