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”
[ I don’t want to ruin anyone’s reading, so I will warn you when the spoilers start.]
I finished reading the long-awaited A Dance With Dragons recently, and am now left with a multitude of doubts. There were some surprises, a few deaths, plot twists, … all you could wish for in a Song of Ice and Fire novel. As what happened with previous books, the last few chapters and the epilogue, leave us with plenty of cliffhangers.
I hope George R. R. Martin takes less time writing the next one. I decided to wait until the publication date for Dance was confirmed before I picked up A Feast For Crows, because the first half of Dance is temporally parallel to Feast. I think that was a good choice, as I would undoubtedly forget a ton of details about the previous book’s events.
It happened with A Storm of Swords. I couldn’t remember that a certain character had died, and it only came back to me while reading Feast.
Before I head on to some details, if I had to give A Dance With Dragons a rating, I’d give it 4.5/5. Why the 0.5 cut? You’ll have to read the spoilers for that.
Anyway… onward to the spoiler-filled bit. Proceed at your own risk.
Let’s get what I didn’t like out of the way:
Just like what had happened with A Feast For Crows, the chapters centered on the Iron Island folks were plain boring. The good part? There were much less of those chapters in Dance.
The Stannis plotline seemed to drag on forever since he started heading for Winterfell. I get it, there is a huge storm. Everyone takes ages to get anywhere at all, if they don’t die frozen. However, and especially considering how that particular plot ended, was it really necessary to write so much about the ‘getting there’ part and then just end it with a letter explaining what happened? Mind you, I don’t even particularly like to read about extensive battles, so I’m not complaining about the letter part, just about the time it takes to get there. Hum…
Those two paragraphs are the grand total of ‘things I didn’t like’ in Dance. Onwards to the rest.
A plot twist that I did not see coming: Aegon Targaryen lives. What? Wait… WHAT?!
That was masterfully done. We’ve been reading about the horrible death the two babies had at the hands of Gregor Clegane since A Game of Thrones. And not once did I suspect that the baby who had its head crushed was not Aegon – I just thought it was a conseguence of Clegane being true to himself.
This might mean that Daenerys will die, because she is no longer the last Targaryen alive. Although her chapters in this novel weren’t very appealing, her character’s evolution has been one of the richest and it would be a shame if she didn’t fulfil some sort of destiny. I don’t mean the prophecy they talk about, I just mean that I hope that if she dies, it is after she achieves relevant accomplishments. It hasn’t happened a lot in ASoIaF – everyone seems to die just when they’re about to make it happen.
Some questions I was left with:
Taking into account how the Stannis storyline ended, I wonder what Melisandre is doing. Did she fail to predict how horribly wrong it would go for her king, or did she let it happen for a reason?
Is Jon Snow dead? Or is Melisandre going to save him? And if so, was that her plan all along? To bring him to her side, after she gets rid of Stannis? I don’t see Jon surviving that ordeal without some kind of divine or magical intervention.
Will the Dornishmen attempt to marry Arianne Martell to Aegon? It would seem only logical, after what happened to Quentyn.
Have you finished the novel? What are your thoughts on it?
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