I only had time for a mini-review of each book. Books that were previously discussed in more detail are linked with the title.
The Complete Strangers in Paradise Vol. 1 (1994) - Terry Moore
Strangers in Paradise, Volume 2: I Dream of You (1996) - Terry Moore
A few months ago, I signed up for a free online class called Gender in Comics, which, unfortunately, I had to drop. (Dropping a free class sure felt weird....) These volumes by Terry Moore (along with the first issue of Moore’s current title Rachel Rising) made up the first reading assignment.
Moore certainly examines several important topics, including feminism and gay/lesbian issues, but what stuck with me is how good a storyteller he is. What seems like something of an ordinary tale of relationships becomes much more complex as Moore layers in other elements of mystery, crime, and noir, all in black and white.
4/5 for each volume
Hawkeye Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (2012) - Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido
Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls (2012/2013) - Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, et. al
Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus Volume I (2011) - John Bryne, et. al
Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom (2013) - Mark Waid, Chris Samnee
I’m a big fan of both the Rocketeer and Mark Waid, so when you combine a nostalgic “sense of wonder” character with one of today’s most talented writers, you’re bound to have a great time. I certainly did. Fans of the late Dave Stevens who think that the Rocketeer died with Stevens are really missing out by not picking up this volume (collecting Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1-4).
Daredevil, Volume 4 (2013) - Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Michael Allred
Well, Waid shows up again.... How about that?
When Daredevil was relaunched in 2011, Waid was wise enough to steer away from the gritty, noir-saturated Miller/Brubaker/Bendis atmospheres, choosing instead to have some fun with the character. Here in Volume 4, Waid’s still having fun, but the element of weirdness, combined with a strained relationship between Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, creates a memorable series of tales.
The Joe Kubert Archives, Vol. I: Weird Horrors and Daring Adventures (2013) - Joe Kubert, Bill Schelly, ed.
(A detailed review forthcoming)