Monday, July 10, 2006

Short Booknotes on Graphic Novels 3

Beatty, Scott, et. al. Batman Begins: The Movie and Other Tales of the Dark Knight. New York: DC Comics, 2005. ISBN: 1-4012-0440-6.

This volume collects the official comic adaptation of the movie by the same title. In addition, it contains four more tales from various Batman comics that range from dark to darkly humourous. One of the tales is the origin story as it appeared in the comics. Overall, it is a nice small collection of Batman stories that fans will likely enjoy. Since the tales come from different comics, I found it interesting to look at different artist styles as well.

Whedon, Joss and John Cassaday. Astonishing X-Men, vol. 1: Gifted. New York: Marvel Comics, 2004. ISBN: 0-7851-1531-5.

The first volume in a new X-Men series. Cyclops and Emma Frost reform the X-Men. Things spin when there is word that a cure for the mutant condition has been found. However, not all is what it seems as the X-Men have to confront the mysterious Ord, an alien, and at the same time deal with S.H.I.E.L.D., who may or not be part of the conspiracy. To make things worse, one of the X-Men wonders if he should take the cure or not. An excellent start to this new series written by Joss Whedon, who is known from hits such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly. Great art by John Cassaday. This is definitely one I would highly recommend.

Whedon, Joss and John Cassaday. Astonishing X-Men, vol. 2: Dangerous. New York: Marvel Comics, 2004. ISBN: 0-7851-1677-X.

The second volume collecting the X-Men series written by Joss Whedon. Ord is still out there, there is a terrible death, and as if things could not get worse, now the heroes face an enemy from within, one that they did not expect and knows their strengths and weaknesses. Like the previous volume, I definitely recommend this one.

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