Still nursing this stupid recurring cold, hence my lack of posting last week. (Yeah, that’s right, I’m blaming the cold.) But I did get a chance to devour some more comic-y goodness:
Lady SnowbloodVol 1: The Deep Seated Grudge Part 1 (Kazuo Koike & Kazuo Kamimura): I honestly can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to reading this. As a rabid Meiko Kaji (Female Convict Scorpion) fan, I am also a big fan as her turn as Yuki in the film adaptation of this manga, but I guess the “Kill Bill” style covers on the English language releases they did a few years ago had rubbed me the wrong way and so I never bothered to pick it up. Until now. All I gotta say is “hot damn!” The art, by the creators of “Lone Wolf and Cub” is pure 70’s manga gold and the stories are intensely political, with lots of historical and cultural detail. My only real gripe is with the English translation, which seems to favour more contemporary colloquialisms and curses. Something more in keeping with the period (19th century Japan or 1970’s America, your pick) would have been less jarring, but oh well.
Scott Pilgrim 2 – Vs The World (Brian Lee O’Malley): As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the first volume, volume two really manages to kick things up a notch and I have to say that I am HOOKED! Lots of character development, exciting twists and turns, awesome new characters and lots more video game references. While E did have to explain most of those to me, the relationships are all developing in such genuine and touching ways that I cannot wait to see how this all plays out. Poor Knives.
Scott Pilgrim 3 – And the Infinite Sadness (Brian Lee O’Malley): Not quite as gripping as volume 2 (for me, anyways), this one has a lot more action and a really wicked girl fight. Maybe it was the Pumpkins reference in the title that threw me off, I don’t know. However, a host of great vegan jokes that had me guffa-ing out loud. E’s already picked up vols 4 & 5, so we’ll be all done soon until the mythical vol 6 manages to get released.