March 26, 2010
I had been meaning to read the KickAss comic for quite some time and with the release of the movie I took the jump and bought the graphic novel.
Kickass, for those who don’t know is a comic about a kid who decides to don a lycra suit and mask to fight crime. Gets the crap beaten out of him, and then the story goes on. The comic has been so popular that it has already been made in to a movie that has just been released here in the UK.
In the beginning I found it to be really engaging, the characters were my type of people, geeky, inquisitive and witty. I, and loads of others I assume, could relate to the comic geekery, the hoarding of comics and wonder at how no one could have tried to be a super hero (which still does beg the question, how has no one done this yet?).
The story progresses quite happily for quite some time and it’s predictable but interesting and new, then, out of nowhere it falls like shit from a plane. Although I didn’t anticipate the twist I can see it being quite easy to predict and by the end I was pretty annoyed at how it had all gone.
I’m happy to say that the setup for the sequel made me want to vomit and cry with disapointment. I want to start reading it monthly but I don’t to start paying for it, I just hope that Nemesis is a little better.
February 12, 2010
My wonderful girlfriend (I have to say that because she is and because she’s sat next to me) bought me From Hell for Christmas. It’s been something that I’ve been meaning to read for a while after borrowing it from a friend and failing to read it.
After failing to read it the first time I went into my local Comic shop, Gosh Comics (they’re awesome) and had a conversation with someone there about Alan Moore and his inability to write anything bad. It was at this point that I admitted to not finishing From Hell and was chastised for it. It was actually a little more complex than this and I came away feeling a little stupid.
Anyway, cutting to the chase, I have to say that I think From Hell is probably the best Graphic Novel I’ve read. I didn’t think I would like the artist style at first, a sort of haphazard mess of etchy lines. It really pulls you in though, from the quieter moments to the grusome hacky slashy ripper moments, it all comes together really nicely. Eddie Campbell is an exceptional artist and I have to say I’m looking forward to reading Alec a lot.
The rest is also really great, it drags you in and I think it helps that I’ve grown up and live in London. Being able to recognise parts of London in Campbell’s art and relate to all the places the murders took place. Learning about Hawksmoor’s churches and wondering how much of the whole thing is fact and how much is thought up from Alan Moore’s magnificent mind.
I’m really looking forward to reading the appendix and doing a bit of research into Hawksmoor, the murders and the masonic cut on the whole thing.