A couple comments on a couple trades I recently read:
Batman and Son
by Grant Morrison, Andy Kubert and John Van Fleet
This was a fantastic read. Morrison delves into some old, old bat-tales and unearths them here for two story-arcs, both of which are a delicious read.
The beginning of this trade has got to be one of Morrison's best feats ever: Batman does away with all his supervillains, and resolves to learn to be Bruce Wayne again.
Of course, things don't work out so well. Two phrases for you: Ninja Man-bats and the Three Ghosts of Batman. Along the way, Morrison fleshes out Bruce Wayne for us as a James Bond-ian character, and it is a fun ride all the way through.
Akira vol. 1
by Katsuhiro Otomo
It's hard to deal with critically acclaimed stuff like this. There's usually no point in commenting on it because, well, what new things can I add?
That said though, this is a non-stop action ride with drugs, motorcycles and exploding heads induced via telekinesis.
It's a perfect example of the cyberpunk subgenre (of sci-fi), and I'm at the same time amazed and disappointed that there's a killer cliffhanger at the end of the trade.
It's good, but I wouldn't consider buying it for 25 bucks. Hopefully the library has the second volume.
That's it for today. I'm not sure if I even have time to read the comics I get tomorrow, which saddens me to no end, but hopefully I'll be able to get something in Wednesday.