book review: supergod

Supergod is the story a British scientist tells of how the world was destroyed by nations putting their trust in hugely powerful beings who can fly. It’s an interesting read for the ideas and the pictures of superbeings reshaping the world.

There aren’t really any characters to get attached to apart from the narrator, who basically takes the place of Uncle Warren telling creepy tales of mushroom sex and soviet robots. Also, because it’s a Warren Ellis comic, of course the British space program plays into the story.

It’s a different take on superhumans than something like Black Summer; a much bigger picture story, and one that highlights how badly people would really deal with that kind of thing.

book review: captain swing and the electrical pirates of cinderry island

Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cinderry Island is the story of a London constable in 1830 who tries to solve the murder of a fellow Peeler (or Bobby as the police are sometimes known) and gets mixed up with pirates in a flying electrical ship.

Written by Warren Ellis, it’s filled with cursing and scientific emancipatory exultation. Raulo Caceres’ art is dark and bloody. I liked it a lot. One of the cool things they do is have pages with the pirate captain discoursing in prose (over schematic engravings) explaining all sorts of history and background. It’s more effective than putting it in as expository dialogue, and enhances the notion of this being a document of secret history.

I haven’t read enough of Doktor Sleepless, but the two books feel connected. I’m unsure how deep that connection is.

book review: the courtyard

One of my farewell gifts from the kind folks at the branch was Alan Moore’s The Courtyard, a Lovecraftian comic about an FBI agent investigating a bunch of unrelated homicides. Anomaly Theory he calls it. The story is nice and tight, but knowing a bit about mythos stuff sort of spoiled the big reveal. I knew long before the character did what was going on and how it was all going to end in tears. Thankfully, the reveal isn’t the point of the story. It isn’t trying to be uber clever so it doesn’t really matter. It goes into some of that Alan Moore traditional stuff about time and our perception of it. Evidently he didn’t do the script, Antony Johnston did. Beautiful book too. Jacen Burrows is one of those Avatar Press artists who makes comics I like to look at.