Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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scott91777 said...

Suggestions are fun, and since Myspace's 'what you're reading/listening to/ watching thing is disabled, I'm just going to foist my opinions on you guys.

If you haven't bought the new REM album, Accelerate, or The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely, check them out.

On DVD, get Walk Hard, Juno and There Will Be Blood... (did anybody get the deluxe editions of the latter two... worth it?)

I'm also working my way through the Formerly Known as the Justice League and I Can't Believe It's Not The Justice League 'reunion' stories Giffen-Dematteis-MaGuire did.

Oh, and I just finished Rick's Story in Cerebus... I think I'm going to stop there, that way Cerebus gets a happy ending (I also understand it becomes pretty intolerable in the last two volumes)

Jason said...

Re: Cerebus ... If you're married to the notion of a happy ending, that's a good place to stop, but I recommend going up through Form and Void. It's the most excruciatingly realistic dramatization of a love-relationship's dissolution as I've ever seen. Heartbreaking.

scott91777 said...

Don't Tempt me, Frodo! Form and Void is the last one before the Latter Days and Last Day, Right?

I must admit, I would like to see Jaka and Cerebus happy for at least a little while which, I'm assuming, we would get to see before it dissolves.

Does Sim every get wildly off track in the course of those two volumes? (i.e. the Cerbexegis I've heard so much about from Latter Days)

Jason said...

Yeah, what is it, 16 total books? Rick's Story is 12, Going Home is 13, Form and Void is 14 ... so yeah. Then it's Latter Days and The Last Day.

When you say "those two volumes," do you mean Going Home/Form & Void or Latter Days/Last Day? I think if you were still on board for Guys and Rick's Story, you'll also enjoy Going Home and Form & Void. All of those books meander, narratively speaking. You'd agree that all that gospel-writing stuff in Rick's Story gets a bit monotonous after a while, right? There's some of the same in GH and F&V, but nothing more trying.

Going Home devotes a lot of time to a fictional avatar of F Scott Fitzgerald... generally speaking I found it pretty unmemorable.

Form & Void continues Sim's fascination with authors, this time devoting a large amount of pages to the adventures of Ernest Hemmingway in Africa. I found that stuff a lot more interesting, for two reasons: 1.) the artwork is some of Sim's very best. The stuff set in Africa is just gorgeous. And 2.) the material ties in more directly to Cerebus and Jaka. I think F&V is as focused and controlled as anything in the first half of Cerebus. (I don't think many people agree, though ...)