Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: The Book
Published by Titan Book. Written by Joss Whedon (and others).
Another week — another big-ass stack of comics and other goodies. Here's what I thought about my latest mound of stuff:
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog: The Book: The world of pop culture is split into three separate camps: folks who love the work of Joss Whedon (the guy behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and other properties), folks who hate everything he churns out and folks who are more casual fans and like (or dislike) his stuff on a case-by-case basis. I fall into that last camp. So flipping through this latest Whedon-flavored creation — a prose book that features the shooting script, sheet music and more from the cult classsic Web show Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog — doesn't elicit any super-strong feelings one way or another. I mean, I actually dig the Dr. Horrible story line (about a not-so-bad super villain's tragic love affair) and I enjoyed the performances in the original webisodes (especially from my geeky baby's mama, Felicia Day), but this book is for diehards. So, all you diehards out there really need to pick it up.
Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish: I am not ashamed to say I love all things Hellboy, and I pretty much pick up every comic that spins out of the character's little fictional universe. That said, this latest one-shot is a must-have for one reason: full pencils, inks, colors and lettering provided by industry demigod Kevin Nowlan. Hopefully, you're familiar with Nowlan, so you know what a rare treat this is. If not, trust me ... buy the damn book.
Adventure Comics No. 525: The art contained in this particular comic (by Phil Jimenez) is ultra-detailed and amazing. But, damn ... the story is just unreadable. I am truly mystified how this book can garner any sales on a monthly basis. It's just a continuity-plagued mess filled with dozens of characters that I don't care about in the least.
The Flash No. 10: Now this title is the complete opposite of Adventure Comics. Although it's filled with characters and plot threads that dangle from issue to issue, the stories are always accessible and filled with interesting character beats that make you care about the stars. I also find it cool how the creators manage to toggle back and forth between far-out science fiction and down-to-earth crime investigations. It's good stuff, so buy it.
Reviewed materials provided by Heroes Aren't Hard to Find: www.heroesonline.com.