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J LHLS Archives: April 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Wonder Woman wanted more than anything else in the world for human beings to peacefully coexist with each other. I can think of no greater sentiment than that, and that's why she's my hero. I didn't really need a gay hero to identify with; what I look for in my heroes is an end goal that means something to me. It's why Superman and Batman mean less to me than Wonder Woman; she's a teacher and ambassador of peace, while Superman's essentially a cop and Batman's a crazy guy in need of therapy.
An Interview with Phil Jimenez
by Chad Denton
Posted by Editor @ 11:02 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Van Von Hunter
by Mike Schwark and Ron Kaulfersch
Review by Tom Good
"You are in no position to make demands, Von Hunter! For I ...! I have the power of the Black Marble. Or as I like to call it, the Blarble!" -- Van Von Hunter
Van Von Hunter has characters with amnesia, with physically impossible hairstyles, and with weapons so huge that the heroes need magical enchantments just to lift them. It has sexy barmaids, cryptic legends, giant shoulder pads, dangerous artifacts, and tortured, awkward exposition. It has characters who need everything explained to them, but who fail to heed the explanations until it is too late. In short, it contains every horrible cliche of fantasy adventure manga. Good thing, then, that Van Von Hunter is a parody. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 10:00 PM PST [Link]
by Glenn Dakin
Publisher: Active Images
Review by Tom Good
A bearded man, alone in a desert, is tempted again and again by a devil who tries every kind of offer and trick to get him to bargain away his soul. This is the theme, and each one-page episode of Temptation offers a new variation. This humorous comic almost belongs to its own unique category, but in its strict adherence to a simple storyline, its focus on two main characters, and its short episodes it resembles the old classic Spy vs. Spy from Mad Magazine. But where Spy vs. Spy had a slick, stylized look, the art of Temptation feels more like a spontaneous sketch or doodle. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 09:58 PM PST [Link]
The Diva's Guide to Selling Your Soul
By Kathleen O'Reilly
Publisher: Downtown Press, New York: 2005
Review by Kelly S. Taylor
Let me say first off that this is a cute book. It will make a really cute movie. If no one makes this book into a movie, then everyone is passing up a perfectly good chick-flick making opportunity -- And not just any chick-flick either -- One that can star a name-brand female actress just on the edge of her expiration date. Look in People or Us for lists of A-list (for the moment) celebs who have become eligible just this week. How great would that be? Might even get Liz Hurley to play the devil again.
Yes, the devil is a woman in this book. Interesting choice, I know. [more]
Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 02:37 PM PST [Link]
Monday, April 11, 2005
The Comics Go To Hell: A Visual History of the devil in comics
by Fredrik Stromberg
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (2005).
Review by Russell Smith
This reviewer would love to get a look at Frederick Stromberg's personal library. All of the images of the Devil that appear in this book are from his personal collection of comics. In the prologue, he says they are mere samplings but, "that the selection should be as representative as possible of the comics culture as a whole..." Of course he begins his discourse with a disclaimer that his work is more like a pop study than a doctoral thesis. Thank heavens! Mr. Stromberg has delivered to the public a readable and immensely interesting study of the history of the Devil in comics. [more]
Posted by Russell Smith @ 11:13 PM PST [Link]
Star Trek: Ex Machina
by Christopher L. Bennett
Publisher: Pocket Books
Review by Kathryn Ramage
This novel begins immediately after the events in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but it's really more of a sequel to the original series episode, "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky." While there are references to the transcendental fate of the Will Decker and Ilia, the "machine" central to the story here isn't V'ger, but the Oracle that runs the spaceship/planetoid Yonada featured in that episode.
The Yonadans have arrived at their destination, a planet called Daran IV, some time before the story begins. Former Oracle Priestess (and former McCoy love interest) Natira is doing her best to bring her people into the 23rd century, but perhaps she is moving too far too fast, for a number of Yonadans resist the abrupt change and refuse to give up the religious aspects of their old way of life under the mind-controlling Oracle. Many continue to worship the old spacesphere they've left behind, which is now visible in orbit above their new home. Some have turned to violence, even terrorism*, to force a return to the old ways. The Enterprise is called to Daran IV -- which is just what the terrorists have been hoping for, since they remember Kirk and his part in the destruction of their Oracle's power very well. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 11:09 PM PST [Link]
by Hector Sevilla
Publisher: Image Comics
Review by Tom Good
If you know nothing about Lullaby, you are in luck, and I will not be telling you much about it, either. Let me explain. Every once in a while a story comes along that is best experienced without any prior knowledge of what it is about, and Lullaby is one of these. Obviously this presents some challenges to a reviewer. Normally I do reveal some plot elements of the comics I review, as long as I think it will not diminish the enjoyment of the book. With Lullaby, trust me on two counts: first, this is a comic you should read, and second, it is so much fun to see the story gradually unfold page by page that I cannot spoil any of it. This is not due to some shocking twist at the end as in The Sixth Sense, but because every bit of it adds a new piece to the puzzle, a puzzle that is still far from complete at the end of issue 1. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 11:08 PM PST [Link]
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