Chew Volume 2: International Flavor – John Layman and Rob Guillory

34c1fee74a1caee593478485967434f414f4141So, we’ve got a police procedural mixed with Robocop Lite, possible alien fruit, and a vampire that’s made himself look like a vampire to scare people, but is actually pretty scary because he absorbs other people’s abilities by eating them.

This series is so far so completely random, I love it.


Saga, Volume 1 – Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

8d3fc008ad909c85968474b6f51434f414f4141Back to a new (to me) graphic novel series – I wanted some quick distraction, and the BF was happy to hand me a few of his recent favorites to check out. He described this book as Farscape on steroids, and I’ll agree with that.

Two soldiers in a long standing galactic war have run off together, and actually had a baby together. She’s the narrator of this story, and it starts with her birth. There’s already a fascinating cast of characters, and you can tell they’ll be going all sorts of places while they’re on the run. This is one of BF’s favorite recent graphic novels, and I can totally see why.

Chew Volume 1: Taster’s Choice – John Layman and Rob Guillory

099ecfd1b27f90e593077475677434f414f4141Here’s an interesting concept for a story – a plague of bird flu has made chicken illegal, driving an underground market for it, and the FDA is therefore one of the most powerful government agencies. Tony Chu is a Cibopath, which means he can get psychic impressions from anything he eats. He’s also a detective, and a good one, if he can eat something he wants clues from. That’s how he gets hired by the FDA.

This is the introductory volume, where we meet an interesting cast of characters, some with some other interesting abilities, and find out that there’s far more than meets the eye about the whole bird flu thing, so that’s clearly a central story. It’s an interesting set up for a very interesting concept.

Fables – Bill Willingham et al

I can’t believe I managed to take a two year break from catching up on Fables.    And yes, I still have plenty more to catch up on, because there’s been more added since I last picked them up.

I really have to remember that they’re great filler books for when I want to hold off on starting something new for some reason (like the pending coming of Spring and the Once Upon a Time Reading Challenge.)

In these books, the Fables have to mobilize against Mister Dark, and Rose Red finally gets over her mopey self (ok, she has reasons) and steps back up to leading things again.     I was also a bit surprised to see they gave up on the Farm, though I’m assuming that’ll only be short term.

I do really like Bellflower, aka Frau Tottenkinder’s way younger self – she’s pretty kick ass.    I think I really do just enjoy the different takes on all these characters.

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffey Chaucer – Adapted by Seymore Chwast

Read for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

I’ll admit to enjoying this graphic novel adaptation purely for the front cover, and back and front inside covers, which portray the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales as a crowd on motorcycles. If that kind of thing offends your sense, don’t pick up this adaptation.

This graphic novel manages to capture all of the Canterbury Tales in abbreviated form, with drawing and modern language. The only truly modern device is the motorcycles (which I’ll admit, I don’t see much reason for, even if they are fun) – everything else is straight out of the original. Well, minus the Middle English, and much summarized.

For that reason, this would make a good intro to the tales. It’s certainly not to the depth of the original stories, but captures a flavor of them, and the language is certainly more accessible. There’s a great undercurrent of humor as well. Really, this would be a great teaching tool with teenagers. I’m pretty sure I would have been motivated to dive a little deeper into the full length tales, had I read this when I was that age.

Fables 14: Witches – Bill Willingham, et al

We’re still pretty clearly in story building territory in this volume, and it’s all about a bit of a power play among the Fabletown sorcerers. Frau Tottenkinder leaves for the Fable Realms on a mission she’ll tell no one about, and the deceptively child-like sorceress Ozma seizes the opportunity to assert her leadership.

My favorite part of the story is the interludes, where the flying monkey Bufkin is leading the assorted denizens trapped in the business office against the rather frightening Baba Yaga. He may be only a monkey, but he’s a great leader, and his adventures make this book.

Fables 13: The Great Fables Crossover – Bill Willingham, et al

I haven’t read Jack of Fables yet, mostly because I find Jack to be a pretty obnoxious character. But, having him back in the realm of the main storyline again, I can see that his side story seems to have some interesting other characters, so I’m a little more inclined to read it now.

This particular book is pretty much a side story from the main Fables action line. I’m hoping it’s back to the set up for the next big bad guy now that this plot is out of the way.