Joshua (dragonguyver) wrote in spadortch,

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graphics in novels.

I've been reading a lot of graphic novels lately, so I wanted to give you some thoughts on them. Well, it's content anyway!


This was a graphic novel called "All His Engines". You should know I saw "Constantine" before I read any Hellblazer comics. The first thing that I caught onto was the difference in the character of Chas, who isn't like a fucking teenager suckup hollywood cliche like in the movie. I liked it better in the book.

The story was alright, although I didn't get into John Constantine's character as much. The art wasn't bad, but it was confused at times, and some of the effects attempted at with the font faces was obnoxious. It was pretty graphic, though, and there were definitely some good scenes. I also liked how Constantine handed the demonic manipulator his ass, and then tricked the other demon and such. Let's just say there are some good twists for the climax, and John pulls some mystic McGyvering.

It's worth a read, for sure. I will try to find some of the other volumes to follow it up. You might want to skip this one if you're really interested, because it isn't even a part of the original series. It's some kind of one-shot, made up probably to capitalize on the release of the movie.

David Boring

While it's been a bit since I actually read this book, I definitely wanted to give you all a heads-up on it, because I totally loved it (Unlike a previous work by the same creator, "Ghost World")

I don't know exactly how to put it in words. It was very real. The character was so engaging. There wasn't a plot, tjere was a story, and it was super engaging. I don't really want to give anything away, but lets say it's a story about a year or so in the life of the title character, who is a young man, and his love life and obsessions. It's very unconventional and... well I just fucking loved it and lack the language for it.

Nightmare Alley

This is a really good graphic adaptation of a 40s-era noir book-and-movie. It concerns the life of one man and his drive to be rich and famous, and his ultimate and foreseeable fall. He begins as a carnie, pulling little magic tricks. He seduces a beautiful young performer there and pulls her into bigger shows, becoming more successful.

It's a pretty fascinating book, and shows what seems to be a very accurate portrayal of the con-man/performer's life. The characters' flaws are easily seen and their falls are properly executed. The major roles of this sort of noir story are all filled, and it's very satisfying in how well it is done, altogether. I reccomend this one, and I am looking to see the movie, as well.


I've put off reading this for a long while, for a number of good reasons. Recently, I just kind of felt like it was a good time to check it out. Since, I've read the first three volumes, and really enjoyed them.

If you know anything about the non-conventional side of comicdom, you've certainly heard of Sandman. This is with good reason. It isn't that it is out-there mind-numbingly brilliantly different from everything else ever, it's because it's just slightly twisted, but utterly complete, down to the finest details.

The art shows its age, of course, being from the late 80s. It's good for the era, so we forgive it. There isn't much in the way of glaringly obnoxious visual shit, though, so it's deal-withable.

The first volume is fairly serial in its episodes, as is the second. The third switches up and becomes more episodic and even slightly random. I'm waiting to read the fourth and fifth to see if this gets carried on too long, but for now its all good.

The plot and characters are utterly believable and, despite the content matter, easy to relate to. It's engaging and fascinating. Sandman is good shit.
Tags: books, comic books, comics, graphic novels
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