I meant to post the mini reviews of these graphic novels earlier since I read them in 2013 but the month of December just zipped by and I never got a chance to post it… hence this belated 2013 edition of Mini Reviews with releases from October, November and December.
Originally published in 1975, The Cage has become a Canadian cult classic that has recently released a new edition after being out of print for many years. The pages are filled with bizarre images with mysterious text creating a surreal and cryptic narrative.
I didn’t get it. Even with an intro by Seth, a Lemony Snicket collaborator and Canadian cartoonist, who also said that he didn’t initially love this strange graphic novel I still felt completely baffled by it. I can’t even really tell you what it was about because I have no idea. The line drawings were clearly drawn by a talented hand, both detailed yet simplistic. The writing is filled with ellipses, fleeting thoughts that seem to take the reader on a walk through a strange dream of sporadic moments. I definitely appreciate the “out there” creativity of this project and that it was ahead of its time in the 70’s but when a book makes me feel stupid because I didn’t understand it, it’s just definitely not for me.
When he’s not fighting crime as part of the Avengers Clint Barton, a self-made superhero without super powers spends his time as a regular guy doing regular things. With his sidekick Kate Bishop, they find themselves in various sticky situations including car chases, ex lovers and Mother Nature.
It wasn’t until Ardo (A.A.Omer) recommended this to me while that I even gave it a second thought – and boy am I glad I took her advice and purchased this trade paperback collection issues #1-11 of the Marvel Now series. The writing is fantastic, full of humour and wit and the art and storytelling is dynamic. One entire issue is illustrated and told through the eyes of the dog and it is so well done in its innocence and plot-progression. Absolutely a new fan of both this series and Matt Fraction, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Volume 2!
Jackson Winters is sitting in prison until a rich man orchestrates a jailbreak to get him out. The catch? The man is a collector of paranormal things and needs Jackson to retrieve a ghost for his collection. Jackson assembles a team of psychics, skeptics and TV personalities for the task as they prepare to figure out how they are going to steal a ghost.
Touted as “Ocean’s Eleven meets The Shining“, Ghosted definitely seems to live up to that comparison. I love paranormal shows so this graphic novel definitely appealed to me. The art has that realistic quality that I enjoy from other graphic novels such as Y: The Last Man and Saga. With some creepy imagery and not shying away from the gore, Ghosted is a read that throws some shocking moments in among the clichés. This volume collections the first 5 issues of the series.