Comics Catch-Up Corner: Trade Paperback Edition

Here we go again with a couple trade paperbacks I think you should know about!

Astro City: Life in the Big City – I picked this book up because I had read a few Astro City comics before and really liked the idea of this story. Basically, Astro City is a city with superheroes, supervillains, monsters, and aliens acting up everyday. The inhabitants of the city don’t get too worked up because superhero activity is so common. Life in the Big City shows a day in the life of various people and heroes. Reading stories from these perspectives is really neat and a great change from the majority of comics out today. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of this series.

Astro City is written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by Brent Anderson.

Skull Kickers: 1000 Opas and a Dead Body – This is a fun comic. It’s violent and crazy but has an actual story and leaves me wanting more. It follows two mercenaries around killing monsters and demons for fun and money. In volume one, they are in a town where an assassination takes place and are offered money to track down the killer and rescue the body. The journey takes them on some interesting paths and opens up more stories to be told later. I really liked the art in this book. It conveys the sense of fun and adventure that is appropriate for the story. This book is a great mix of fun and violence and magic that doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you’re looking for a laugh, give it a try.

Skull Kickers is written by Jim Zub and drawn by Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens. It is colored by Misty Coats.

Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street Transmetropolitan is set in the future and follows a journalist named Spider Jerusalem. At the beginning, Jerusalem is living on a mountain, away from the corruption of the City. He has to then go back to the City after being away from it for five years so that he can complete a book contract. Jerusalem absolutely despises humanity because of the continuing corruption and selfishness of everyone. Since he needs a job, he starts writing a column for a newspaper… which leads him into many strange situations. The book is a commentary on popular culture and government. It takes things like fashion, religion, and political corruption to extremes and uses Jerusalem to talk sense and open people’s eyes. I really like the implications of this and how the whole thing is written. It’s obvious what is being written about but it doesn’t feel like you’re being preached to while reading. This is a ten part series and I for one will be reading on. I definitely recommend this book.

Transmetropolitan is written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Darick Robertson.

Eternals – I decided to give this book a try because it was written by Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) and I have to say I was absolutely not disappointed. The idea of the Eternals comes from the Marvel universe. They, and the Deviants, were created on Earth by the Celestials before man had evolved. This book takes place in modern times after something has happened to make the Eternals forget who and what they are. It’s the story of a few of them discovering what happened and making sense of their history. It also explains how the Dreaming Celestial came to be in San Francisco, which I had wondered about when reading Uncanny X-Men. I really like the bigger ideas in the Marvel universe like the Celestials and the Eternals and Galactus and others. I will be delving deeper into all of that soon I think… mostly because of this book. If you’re a Marvel or Neil Gaiman fan and haven’t read this, what are you waiting for??

Eternals was written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by John Romita Jr.


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