Monday, February 25, 2008

Golgo 13 vol. 12 and Adam Strange: Planet Heist

Here's how this works: I finish reading something, and I tell you about it, and I try not to bore you to death.

Man, I'm behind again. The 13th and final edition of this series came out last week. Anyway, you know the drill, or you should. Two incredibly intricate stories in which fiction's ultimate blunt object is contracted to rid our world of some obnoxious annoyance. The second story is rather eye-popping, and very 1970s, and the sort of thing that you could never imagine an American creator concocting: since the word is out that a Japanese man is gunning for a southern politico with the local police in his pocket, Golgo 13 changes his skin color. Recommended if you enjoy having your jaw hit the floor a time or two.

DC Comics has created a huge science-fiction universe to surround its Earthbound stories of superheroes, and this 2004 miniseries by Andy Diggle and Pascal Ferry plays with about a dozen different characters and alien races as it tells the story of some force abducting an entire star system, but don't let continuity let you shy away from this great story. Everything is presented as though it's the reader's first time. It's a loving throwback to larger-than-life 1950s heroes with rocket packs and teleporters, gorgeous alien women, heroic adventurers and crazy super-technology. It's huge fun from start to finish, and a fitting tribute to Adam Strange's long comics history. Recommended for all ages.

(Originally posted February 25, 2008 at hipsterdad's LJ.)

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