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J LHLS Archives: December 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
By Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill
DC Comics/Wildstrom America's Best Comics LLC

Review by Jane Seaton

Any hero's most subtle and dangerous enemies are close to home. And so, in 1958, Mina Harker (nee Murray) and Allan Quartermain return from exile in America (and briefly climb out of bed with each other) to recover the eponymous Black Dossier, MI5's' attempt to document and comprehend the phenomenon that is the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

This band of 'extraordinary individuals' has defended Britain from dangers as diverse as French revolutionaries, Martians, a P G Wodehouse-inspired manifestation of Lovecraft's monstrous entities and, latterly, Nazi Germany. But now they've vanished, leaving the British Empire unprotected, and MI5 is struggling replace them, having failed to recreate the League by recycling post-war B-list heroes. [more]

Posted by Jane Seaton @ 08:21 PM PST [Link]

Ai no Kusabi
By Rieko Yoshihara
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc

Review by Ryes

What fan of yaoi doesn't know of Rieko Yoshihara's Ai no Kusabi? The tragic love story of Riki and Iason, set in a futuristic world where relationships involving love never last, captured the interest of many fans. Ai no Kusabi presents a futuristic society with a complicated caste system and takes an in-depth look at look at the issue of class distinctions. Having learned all this by watching the anime adaptation, I was eager and excited to read this novel. When I received this first volume, I was disappointed at the length (only 140 pages). However, as I began reading, I was relieved the book was so short. [more]

Posted by Ryes @ 12:53 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Wonder Woman: Love and Murder
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Terry Dodson, Drew Johnson and others
Cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson
Published by DC Comics, June 2007

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

I read this book with a bittersweet feeling of familiarity. On the one hand, I enjoyed seeing my old childhood idol again, even in a graphic novel (which is how they refer to comics for grownups), and how little she has changed. On the other hand, it hurts to see how much the world of mortals has changed and how little it appreciates her. She's still as strong as Hercules, as beautiful as Aphrodite, and as wise as Minerva. But her old-fashioned values have collided with the politically correct mores of our time, particularly the one which claims that all criminals are capable of redemption. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 03:05 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Heroes Are Extinct! Vol. 2
By Ryoji Hido
Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Tom Good

"[Japanese Defense Minister] Shigeru Ishiba told reporters that he was studying whether the nation's pacifist Constitution would limit a military response to an attack by space aliens. 'There are no grounds to deny that there are unidentified flying objects and some life forms that control them,' Mr. Ishiba said, smiling at first, but then delivering a straight-faced explanation." -- The New York Times, Dec 22, 2007

Well, it's good to know that manga characters aren't the only ones taking the threat of alien invasion seriously. Heroes Are Exinct! pokes fun at the "team of teens saves the Earth from alien invasion" story. But in the case of Volume 2, it is not so much a poke as a stab in the back. Can a parody be too successful, or its target too defenseless? [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 11:41 AM PST [Link]

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