Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Recently Acquired

Excalibur: Weird War III, Marvel TPB
Gen13: Ordinary Heroes, Wildstorm TPB
Don Hudson, Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw, Active Images TPB
Wolfman and Pérez, History of the DC Universe, Book Two, DC TPB, 1986
JLA/Withblade, DC/Top Cow TPB, 2000
Gail Simone and Lea Hernandez, Killer Princesses, Oni TPB, 2004
Daniels, Wonder Woman: The Complete History, Chronicle Books, 2000

JLA/Witchblade is good crazy fun. (Oracle, Huntress, and Wonder Woman must come to terms with the mysterious power of the Witchblade!) Without continuity to constrain him, Len Kaminski pulls out all of the stops, running us through what would happen if a gravely wounded Sara Pezzini made her way to Gotham City seeking the assistance of her aquaintance, Barbara Gordon.

Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw has "labor of love" written all over it, and it's always fun to read projects like this. There are some impressive panels in the book: the fight scenes are expertly drawn, and the sequence depicting Jill's imprisonment is particularly affecting. A book about three strong women relying upon one another to survive as outlaws in the Wild West will always get my attention, and will keep it when the writer deploys his references to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Wild Bunch, and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou so well. However, I was left with a nagging need to understand what exactly drew these particular women together. I'm looking forward to a prequel TPB or a separately published issue #0 to the series.

As you might imagine, I was immediately drawn to both the Wonder Woman text and the DC History; I realize that their general appeal might be limited. However I will say that in this time of Infinite Crisis, the History was instrumental in helping me fully de-code parts of issue #3.

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