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review 2020-03-20 02:51
One night in Gotham and the tough guys tumble
Joker - Brian Azzarello,Lee Bermejo

That's what he is, I guess: a disease that infected Gotham City...

 

...of which there is no cure.


The Joker is inexplicably released from Arkham and he quickly discovers that he's broke. And well, he might be insane, but he's not crazy enough to let people get away with that. The Penguin, The Riddler, Two Face, etc. are to blame. As far as he's concerned anyway.

 

With the help (at least presence) of his new henchman, Johnny Frost, Joker sets off to get his property back, to get a little revenge, and generally wreak havoc. You know, as you would if you were the Clown Prince of Crime.

 

That's really all I'm going to say—it's bloody, it's depraved, it's dark, it's twisted. It's not revolutionary, it's not a reinvention of the Joker. It's a good story about the character that's been a favorite of readers for decades.

 

Oh, sure, the Dark Knight puts in an appearance—but it's at the end, and he's not even brought up for most of the book. Then he's there and things go the way they usually do when he shows up.

 

The art? Hoo-boy. It's something else. It's...visceral is the best word I can come up with it. Even if you don't like it, I don't see where you can't have a strong opinion of it—I find it striking, memorable...and visceral.

 

I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it to any comic reader, or anyone who wants to see what the world of Batman can look like in the original medium instead of film.

 

2020 Library Love Challenge

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review 2019-06-28 14:55
Good strong finish
Wonder Woman Vol. 6: Bones (The New 52) - Cliff Chiang,Goran Sudžuka,Brian Azzarello

This is the finish to the first storyline of Wonder Woman's in what was the New 52 universe of DC.

 

And it rocked.

 

For the best volumes (which is, I think roughly 20 issues), Wonder Woman has been trying to protect a mother and child.  She also found out that she is the daughter of Zeus, and has been made the God of War.

 

Also, the Firstborn wants to kill everything.

 

Part of the reason why I like this run is how the Greek gods are depicted.  Hera is a bitch but she has reason to be and she isn't a total villain.  Aphrodite is what you would think, if you pause to think about it.  It is just wonderful.

 

The struggle that Diana goes though are nicely wound up here.  No loose threads.  The twist is pretty good too. 

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review 2019-03-19 02:34
Wonder Woman, Vol. 4: War - Brian Azzarello,Cliff Chiang

We get so much in this volume. We get to discover what happened to Cassandra’s neck. It is so much worse than you could think. We find out the name of Zola’s son. It’s not Wonder Woman’s choice of Steve. Wonder Woman and Co go toe to toe with the First Born, who proves just how scummy and dangerous he is. We find out more about Orion, who faces his own struggle of conscience.

But honesty, that scene where Diana calls Orion out about his sexist behavior, kisses him, and then grabs him by the balls is just awesome. Seriously awesome.

We get more of Hera here to, and it is quite nice. I really do enjoy how this series has dealt with Hera. She is too be pitied but is also bitchy and horrifying.

It is worth noting too that while Wonder Woman is wearing hot pants and boob armor, she isn’t sexualized in the same intense way that she has been by other artists. She is a warrior here, not a sex object. It is nice.

The highlight of this arc is the closing volume which is a battle between Wonder Woman’s crew and the Firstborn. The army that War brings with him is just stunning and a sharp reminder of what just a god of War is. How Wonder Woman decides to end it and the ramifications of her actions is powerful. Especially in the culminating panels of the fight and the last panels of the issue.

This arc is about family, anger, and loss. The use of power, the cost of doing good, and the need to stand for something is here as well. The book focuses on the questions of, not mortality but morality. In many ways, in exploring Wonder Woman’s godhood (she is a daughter of Zeus), we see Wonder Woman at her most human.

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review 2019-01-08 15:11
Reading this out of order
Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Flesh (The New 52) - Brian Azzarello,Cliff Chiang,Goran Sudzuka

I've read Vols 1 and 2 of this Wonder Woman run, my friend gave me this volume for Christmas.  While I have read the issue where Wonder Woman becomes the God of War (She doesn't want it, it happened because of stuff), I haven't read all the volumes between, so I can't comment how this connects to the larger ARC.

 

This volumes builds up to what seems to be a major war on Olympus as Wonder Woman eventually comes to terms with being the God of War.

 

What I like about this was how the various Greek gods were depicted.  The designs for Artemis and Apollo in particular are very good.

 

The central of the story is Diana's friendship and love for those in her circle.

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text 2017-07-20 18:36
Some Graphic Novels
Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth) - Greg Rucka
The Unworthy Thor Vol. 1 - Olivier Coipe... The Unworthy Thor Vol. 1 - Olivier Coipel (illustrator) Jason Aaron (author)
Moonshine Volume 1 - Brian Azzarello Moonshine Volume 1 - Brian Azzarello

Which won't scan dammit.

 

Wonder Woman Year one which I really enjoyed. A great origin story with only occasional weird angles that look like the artist is trying to upskirt or stare down the boobs

 

Then I read Unworthy Thor, he's just being an angsty teen. Seriously, he needs to adult up.

 

Then I read Moonshine Vol 1, not my kind of art style and I have no urge to read more.

 

Entertaining few reads, they go so quickly. I read the Wonder Woman twice.  I do want to read more in this series

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