July 12

Reading diary: May and June

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Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson

A light comedy of manners for children, set in the underworld. The main characters are a princess who is taken for granted and her chef, a vampire baker frustrated by the king’s lack of palate. It’s superficially a cute little story, but it has some subtext that gives it more weight.

Supergod by Warren Ellis

Reviewed separately.

Deadpool: Classic [vol. 1]

I enjoyed this look at the early versions of the Deadpool character, but I find I like the more modern, slightly funnier, version more. Still, recommended for fans of the movie.  At time of writing we have 25 copies of the movie.  We live in an age of miracles, from a nerd perspective.

Gotham City Sirens [vols 1 -4]

A great series, which teams up three of Gotham’s villanesses. Catwoman, who has always been morally ambivalent rather than deliberately vicious, tries to guide Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn into a less desperate life. This is an excellent series for fans of the characters. It doesn’t have the comedic lightness of Harley’s later series, but the arc of the series works particularly well. It doesn’t have the aimlessness of many monthly comics.

Letters to His Son by Lord Chesterfield

Reviewed separately.

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

I’d avoided reading this book. I bought the previous one by this author, Vader’s Little Princess, as a gift for myself when I found out we were expecting our second daughter. Sadly she was stillborn, so I didn’t go back to the series until now. It reuses lines from the original Star Wars trilogy in situations where Vader is dealing with toddlers. It is perhaps most funny for people who know the movies well enough to recognise where the lines come from, and enjoy the dissonance.

Invisibles [Vol 1-7] by Grant Morrison

Reviewed separately.

Harley Quinn [Vols 1-3]

Similar in technique and flavour to Deadpool, but lighter in tone. Highly recommended for comic book fans who like slightly-surreal urban fantasies. It shifts Harley and Ivy into anti-hero territory, which is extraordinary given where they’ve come from.

Sad for DC that they now need an eco-friendly character and the best they can manage is a an ex-femme fatale/terrorist. I like Ivy in their children’s range (she’s basically a science dork who gets her Frankenstein on with plant genetics). I’m OK with the quasi-romantic subplot between Harley and Ivy because DC put the work in to establish the relationship. Sometimes when they spring sapphic relationships it seems like pandering to a young male audience, but it was handled well here.

Well worth a read, particularly if you area Deadpool fan.

Justice League: Origin

There are worse origin stories for a superhero team.  It hits all of the beats it needs to hit, but I preferred it as an animated movie (Justice League : War)