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text 2017-10-02 17:10
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 112 pages.
Britannia Volume 2: We Who Are About to Die - Peter Milligan

I thought the first Volume was exceptionally entertaining--a supernatural whodunit set in ancient Rome and Britannia--and I'm hoping this follow-up case can match it, or at least come close. an unrelated note: between this and Angelus!, it will be nice to take a break from books with severed heads on the cover. that wasn't really part of the plan, but I noticed it after the fact, and even though this graphic novel isn't quite as gross to look at as the Tremayne novel was, that is clearly some kind of disembodied head of something, with a weird black twisting tubey-thing running through it. next cover won't have a gross head on it.

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text 2017-09-03 16:32
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 112 pages.
Britannia - Peter Milligan

gosh I need some comix in between novels...hello creepy cover!

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text 2017-04-18 00:04
Reading progress update: I've read 350 out of 480 pages.
Elektra by Peter Milligan, Larry Hama & Mike Deodato Jr.: The Complete Collection - Larry Hama,Peter Milligan,Mike Deodato Jr.

this is exactly what I wanted right now from a graphic novel--nothing too deep or cerebral, nothing that redefined the form, but I knew that Milligan would still manage to get away with some weird, atypical shit when it comes to following the superhero formula...or not. he has not topped my Milligan favorite--the Human Target stuff--when it comes to his superhero stints, but Human Target was part of the Vertigo line, and so there would be more freedom there to break rules and upset the established order, without worrying about shaking the foundations of an entire super-people universe. Milligan's Batman stories, as collected in Dark Knight, Dark City, also probably outrank this Elektra material--again, breaking a few rules in terms of strange, often supernatural foes for Batman, plus an atypical Riddler story that works REALLY well! Infinity Inc. shows that Milligan maybe should have done more teen/team-based books; too bad the characters didn't have better powers, but again, great team chemistry.

 

then it's mainly non-superhero Milligan weirdness, so I'll leave that alone, and just say that maybe this isn't where Frank Miller would ever take Elektra, but it's not so far away. she kills when necessary, she works through missing Daredevil--I liked his three-part guest-appearance here--and she fights like the samurai she is. the art will likely mean this book gets a full extra star in my final Rating--damn she look good!--and Milligan even sneaks in his preoccupation with gender roles and gender rules broken, by turning a man into a woman, and giving this new lady a boyfriend, and marriage(!) at breakneck speed. I guess she likes her new self--or it's just a sign that Milligan rushed things a tad as he exited this series; yes, all I have left is the section written by Larry Hama. I don't know his trademarks the way I know Milligan's but it looks like Wolverine's back, Shang-Chi too, Kingpin, and a friend gone villainous. so, goodbye Milligan...but I'm excited for the home stretch. more Elektra!

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text 2017-04-17 17:21
Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 480 pages.
Elektra by Peter Milligan, Larry Hama & Mike Deodato Jr.: The Complete Collection - Larry Hama,Peter Milligan,Mike Deodato Jr.

a lot of fun, partly due to that Milligan weirdness, that doesn't just go away merely because he's writing a trad superhero series instead of one of his unclassifiable gonzo efforts. guest-stars so far: Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Stick...and it looks like I get Daredevil later, which is no surprise. the more impressive villains have been: Bullseye (of course), Taskmaster (the man with the "photographic reflexes" simply has to fight like Daredevil to throw Elektra off her game), and Blacklash (used in a bizarrely emotional subplot). the new mystery-villain orchestrating much of what has gone one: The Architect. I know Milligan steps aside and there's a different writer in the back half--Larry Hama--but overall, I have a feeling that the tone of this is set, pretty much. art is flashy, sexy, energetic; if this is not considered a "classic" then, well, at least I've been entertained.

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text 2017-04-11 03:26
Reading progress update: I've read 3 out of 480 pages.
Elektra by Peter Milligan, Larry Hama & Mike Deodato Jr.: The Complete Collection - Larry Hama,Peter Milligan,Mike Deodato Jr.

I was browsing the vast graphic novel section at the big bookstore, looking to do a whim purchase if anything really leapt out at me. I spotted the spine of a thick Elektra book, which would not normally be a top priority for me--although I like Elektra--and was thinking, as I read all the words on the spine, of heading down to the Wolverine area. but then I saw a writing credit for Peter Milligan; that was totally off my radar. I was very DC-centric by the time this series was happening over at Marvel...by the looks of things, during their troubled era that culminated in a "Chapter Eleven" bankruptcy declaration that protected the company from being broken up into smaller pieces (imagine Spider-Man not being able to team up with The Avengers--oh wait, the movies taught us what that would be like...until now!) I also wasn't a Peter Milligan fanatic then, like I am these days. soooo, as the comics companies seem to make sure that more and more old and neglected material gets re-packaged into graphic novels, it means stuff like this suddenly makes my day, while browsing at the bookstore. I have no idea if this is any good--again, Marvel was on shaky ground, financially and creatively, way back when (late 1990s), and the product was a bit suspect. BUT! Milligan on Elektra. Milligan wrote Elektra? Milligan wrote Elektra!! 

 

a further whim: I ran Milligan's name on one of the bookstore's public-use computers and, unlike the last few times, didn't just see a few things I already own. this Elektra collection was shown...and a Valiant graphic novel, called Britannia. looks terrific, but before that, it's been a while since I've dipped into Marvel. good to be back (though DC became my comics home-base a long time ago). and, not just Marvel. Milligan! Milligan, writing Elektra! (PS. cover love to the nth degree; that is some gorgeous picture.)

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