Oh hey. It's update time.
I've read quite a bit over the last week and a half. Probably the most notable would be Identity Crisis
. This is a 7-part miniseries crossover event in the DCU that (AFAIK) helps set the stage for the 2007 Infinite Crisis
. Identity is far less world-changing than Infinite, but is still a very impactful story. Not to give anything away, the story begins with a death, which leads to everybody questioning everything. It's very much a humanized tale where there's no easy answers. There is some seriously heart-wrenching stuff in here that in all honesty almost brought me to tears at one point. Both the writing and to a huge extent, the art, really got to me and made me truly feel for these characters. The closest I'd come to that kind of emotional impact was with Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men
(who coincidentally wrote the intro to the Hardcover edition of this book) and certainly with JMS' Midnight Nation
. So yeah, it's a little tough to recommend this book without having at least a decent amount of experience reading the DCU and having some familiarity with the characters, but so far it's gotta be my favorite of any crossover event title that I've read.
I also read Andre's copy of Batwoman: Elegy
. I won't say much but it really made me excited for the new Batwoman series. I really fell for her character and the art style is just amazing. Highly highly recommended. It works well as a standalone book without much knowledge or continuity (other than maybe just knowing who Batman is).
I also read issue #1 of a new Ender's Game comic series, Speaker for the Dead
, based on the novel of the same name. It's going to be a 5 issue run, and quite frankly, based on the content of the first issue, it really seems like it should be 10 issues or more. I'm extremely familiar with the source material so I already know what's going to happen, and the pace at which they're telling the story is going to be way too fast to really appreciate anything, unless they cut out some significant plot points. Either way, the art is really cool and it's definitely awesome to see how they're treating this universe (especially Jane, who's been one of my very favorite characters in literature for a while).
Another issue #1 I picked up on Wednesday was Brian Wood's The New York Five
. Upon reading the intro page I realized that this is actually a sequel series to the original The New York Four
. So I ended up going back and picking up the trade of that book to get myself caught up. It's one of the first slice-of-life comics I've read so far and it really reminded me a lot of the Nana
manga. It's set in New York following the life of a young, shy girl named Riley who is starting school at NYU. There's not really a whole lot to say about the plot honestly. It's just a nice, fun little romp through New York. One of my favorite aspects of it are the little author intro's to each of the different areas of the city. You cal tell Brian Wood truly adores the city and wants to share his own experiences through the story.
Back to cape/cowl stuff, I've read the first 7 issues of the new Power Girl
series (launched in the middle of Blackest Night I believe) and I'm really digging it. It's a nice departure from stuff like Batman in that you still get a superhero story, but it's much more "fun" than almost anything else out there. Power Girl is brash, witty, sarcastic, and kick ass and is a blast to read.