Comic Book Parade, Vol. 3 - June Wrap-Up
June was a pretty comic heavy month for me. I spent a large portion of the month (two full weeks) chugging through A Feast For Crows, so I needed some short and sweet satisfaction on the side to keep me going and prevent a reading slump. I also participated in the Rainbowthon and 3 of these fit into the rainbow challenge very well.
The Sandman, Vol. 1-3
Average rating: ★★★★☆
Recently, I posted about several series that I really have been wanting to get into and The Sandman was on that list. After reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman, I was more motivated than ever to start this famous series. This series is about the Sandman, A.K.A. Morpheus, and his attempts to keep the dream world stable and free from harm. This turns out to be a much harder job than I would have thought and Gaiman's imagination seems to be boundless as we read story after story. My favorite stories so far have been the immortal man and the dream of a thousand cats.
If I could break up the ratings by story vs. art and presentation, I would definitely give the story aspect 5 stars, but since the art is so integral to the experience of reading the comic, I have given each volume 4 or 4.5 stars. I realize that my problem is that I'm spoiled by modern art in comics and I'm used to very clean, crisp, and bright-colored art. In the remastered volumes of this comics, they have redone the coloring, so I think I will try those out when I continue the story.
The Woods, Vol. 1
I was actually a little disappointed with series. It is about a high school that is randomly transported to another planet and follows the chaos that ensues. Of course, we have students that think they should be in charge, some that wander off into the woods, and teachers that have no idea how to handle the situation. Overall, I thought the premise was a little too far fetched... which I know is crazy after I just talked about enjoying The Sandman so much, but it just seems like such a random event and setting (just to fuel a comic book series). Besides the story, the art was also not quite my cup of tea. It was very cartoony, though it did have beautiful coloring. I won't be continuing the story, but I do see why some people might really like it.
Southern Bastards, Vol. 1
Next, I gave Southern Bastards a try. This is another Image series about a man who visits his hometown to pack up his dead father's house. As much as he wants to get the job done and get the hell out of town as quickly as possible, he finds out that the old football coach has taken over the town and is wreaking havoc, so he sticks around to serve up some justice. This comic is NOT for everyone. It is very gritty and graphic. Personally, I really enjoyed the story and I thought the art matched it very well. As most series, this was mostly an introduction to the story and characters, but I can't wait to see where it goes next. I'll definitely be continuing on with this comic series.
I saved the best for last, and that is Watchmen. This legendary comic series is incredible- it's well-written, has amazing characters, and beautiful art. One warning about this series though, in between the issues there are sections of full text with tons of background information. I went into this series thinking that I could fly through it, but then hit a brick wall every time I came to one of these sections. I wish I had known this going into it. Other than that, I absolutely loved the story and I recommend that all comic lovers read this at some point.
Those are all the comics I read in June and since I'm behind on my book club picks this month, I won't be reading any more until July. Let me know what comics you read this month and if you have read any of these, what did you think of them?