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Sunday Comics: Issue 2 – Classics In Ink And Paint

In recent years we have seen a trend to take classic works which have passed into the public domain and either reinterpret them (Wicked for example) or just present them to a new audience. So for this week’s Sunday Comics issue I’m going to review a few of these works in graphic novel form.

Alice in WonderlandAlice in WonderlandLewis Carol

This classic work of children’s literature is creatively adapted into a somewhat manga style by Rob Espinosa. It’s been a while since I’ve read Carol’s original work but to my recollection Espinosa’s adaption is true to the original. Well drawn and colored, the comic has been out for a few years now. This hardcover edition weighs in at 128 pages and is scheduled for release February 12th, 2013 from Dark Horse Comics. I read this as a review copy from the publisher, however you can find it for pre-order at Amazon.

If you are looking for a way to introduce someone to Carol’s original Wonderland I would recommend this one.

Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum

Another example of a classic redone in a manga style, OZ: The Manga by David Hutchison does a wonderful job of taking Baum’s original work and translate it into a somewhat more modern style. Hutchison takes the original style of the OZ illustrations, which had what we might now call a Steampunk feel and enhanced that vision. I can’t say I’ve read the original Wizard of Oz beyond the first chapter but from what I understand of the story this is a good adaption as opposed to a retelling. I read this in digital form purchased on my iPod, it can be found at Amazon here.

I would definitely recommend this one for its great art backed by a classic story.

Hound of the BaskervillesHound of the Baskervilles –  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I grew up a big fan of Conan Doyle’s archetypal sleuth Sherlock Holmes, I was introduced to these works in version presented on Mystery! with Jeremy Brett in the title role. I later moved on to read many of the mysteries. This graphic novel version of Hound of the Baskervilles by Patrick Thorpe and Jamie Chase takes the original story and translates it faithfully into the graphic format. I was very pleased with the effort they took to remain true to the master’s work. The art of this book is very well done, however to be honest it wasn’t my thing. This one I also am reviewing from a copy I received from the publisher, Dark Horse. You can pre-order a copy for the early March release here.

This one is a must buy for fans of the works of Conan Doyle.

So that’s it for this week’s issue of Sunday Comics, catch you next week.

Sunday Comics: Issue 1 [Reviews]

Happy Sunday Everyone,

As part of my plan to get good content out on a regular basis I’m implementing what I am calling Sunday Comics. In these posts I will put up a short review of various comic books, graphic novels and web-comics that I have either read for review purposes or have found interesting.

I can’t promise that I will have something for this every week, but I will see what I can do 🙂

Sunday Comics: Issue 1

Last Days Of An ImmortalLast Days of an Immortal by Fabien Vehlmann & Gwen de Bonneval

This work is a surprisingly deep science fiction story which leans heavily on philosophy for both the main stories and the underling tale of the main character Elijah. Elijah works as an agent for the “Philosophical Police,” an organization which deals with crimes that arise between peoples in this world of the future. A future where very different alien races come into contact regularly and their cultural differences can lead to unexpected consequences.

Technology has advanced to the point that humanity is basically immortal, they can send copies of themselves off to take care of things and later re-integrate the memories into the original. But at a price.

The art is a very well drawn, but somewhat minimalist style. This stylistic choice I think does an excellent job of keeping the focus on the story by not detracting from it, instead enhancing it. Last Days of an Immortal is an English translation of the French original (les derniers jours d’un immortel) and at times it shows a bit in the language. The English version went on sale in December and is listed as ages 18 – up, I would definitely agree with that as there are sections where the art crosses the line into adult territory.

My Recommendation: Buy if you are interested in a well written story with surprising use of philosophy driving it.

I reviewed this book as a digital review copy from the publisher Archaia Entertainment via NetGalley.

Rust Volume 2: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp

Rust is a wonderfully drawn story taking place in a post war world, where robotic soldiers are a normal thing. While I did enjoy the story and the art by Lepp, I did have a bit of a problem following it as I did not read the first volume (Rust Volume 1: Visitor In The Field).

The story seems to mostly revolve around Jet Jones, a robotic soldier in the form of a boy and his interactions with those around him. At times he seems to be far more human than one would expect.

My Recommendation: Take it or leave it. I’m hoping to read a copy of Vol 1 at some point which may change my opinion upwards.

Rust Vol 2 was released at the end of December also by Archaia Entertainment and I got my review copy via NetGalley.