Catching up on first graphic novels in various series

The most fun of this post’s reading is VORACIOUS: Diners, Dinosaurs and Dives by Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr. Protagonist Nate had a great career as a Big Apple chef until the death of his sister broke his spirit. Back in his tiny Colorado home town he’s content working as a barista; then the death of a relative he didn’t know he had leads to Nate inheriting a time machine. This, in turn, leads to him going back to the dinosaur age and the discovery dinosaurs are really, really tasty. Suddenly the vision for a new restaurant is born …This is light and a lot of fun.

BEASTS OF BURDEN: Occupied Territory by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer and Benjamin Dewey is a WW II adventure in which the Wise Dog Emrys, accompanied by a very unwise dog, explores an uprising of supernatural Japanese forces. Not bad, but I much prefer the Burden Hill dogs to the Wise Dog adventures in this mythos.

THE UNSOUND by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole is an enjoyably weird horror story, though I’m not sure I want to follow the series further. Ashli is the new nurse at a mental hospital who’s finding i a little weird there ā€” why are the patients allowed to run loose? Shouldn’t someone do something about all the razor blades she keeps finding on the floors? It turns out things are even weirder than they initially appear …

BRITANNIA by Peter Milligan and multiple artists has Rome’s Vestal virgins send centurion/detective Antonius Axa to investigate a series of strange deaths in ancient Britain. It turns out there’s a supernatural force behind it ā€” is the centurion able to stop it or is he in way over his head? This is enjoyable but somehow insubstantial.

SEVEN SECRETS by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo is another that’s readable but didn’t grab me. The protagonist, Caspar, is the son of two members of a cult that protects seven secrets with the power to end the world. As Caspar prepares for the tests that determine his own future with the order, the fellowship comes under attack from an outside force determined to possess the secrets. Readable, but it didn’t convince me the secrets were so important they were worth all this fuss.

MARCH by Rep. John Lewis (yes, the John Lewis), Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell chronicles the life of the civil-rights icon from his childhood dreams of becoming a preacher (“I baptized our chickens.”) to the initial civil-rights lunch counter sit-ins. This one is very good; while I’d say the drama of the material guaranteed it would be compelling, I’ve read lots of stuff in the same vein that wasn’t. So good job!

#SFWApro. Cover by Jason Muhr, all rights remain with current holder.

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  1. Pingback: Businessmen, wolves, dinosaurs, titans and Superman: graphic novels read. | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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